Monday, July 3, 2017
That's Just the Way It Goes: These People Are Grotesque
Talk about your profanely perfect metaphor: This weekend New Jersey cretin Chris Christie closed the state's parks and beaches due to a budget stalemate. Then he hopped into his helicopter and took his entire family to one of the now blissfully pristine beaches he'd closed, where all day police turned away the steamy peasants who pay his salary. When asked about it, he offered a middle-finger "that’s just the way it goes" retort. Welcome to the class war; soon, let them eat sand.
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Friday, June 30, 2017
Who Weeps Not, Sees Not: Celebrating Victor Hugo's Les Misérables
For a break from the current squalor, we pay tribute to Victor Hugo, who on this date in 1862 published the last chapter of Les Misérables, his extraordinary, timeless, 1,500 page paean to the wretched of the earth, giving voice to the voiceless. Written over 20 years of upheaval in 19th-century revolutionary France, it is a cry of rage against poverty, injustice and an inhumane prison system that remains stunningly relevant today, as do Hugo's final words: "To love is to act."
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
GrandparentsNotTerrorists Grandparents Not Terrorists: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses of Bona Fide Relationships
Amidst the uproar about repugnant tweets, other no-less-repugnant crimes underway: Thursday night's re-introduction of a Muslim ban widely dismissed as unfounded and thus "as illogical, discriminatory and un-American" as ever. Even as the ban went into effect, a Hawaii court challenged it, Trumpsters struggled to define a "bona fide relationship," and aggrieved grandchildren started posting loving pictures of their banned elders to ask, "Does my grandpa look dangerous to you?"
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Holding Their (Racist) Feet To the Fire
The hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (sic) - which boasts close ties to white nationalists and, these appalling days, the Trump administration - got the unwelcome it deserves at its annual "Hold Their Feet To The Fire" conference to talk up deporting “illegals” in the name of a devoutly-wished-for "Anglo-Saxon dominance." Entering the toxic event's D.C. hotel, attendees were greeted by immigrant and civil rights activists admirably telling it like it is.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
You Cannot Destroy History
The bad news (which alas seems unending): Unknown creeps again vandalized a Mississippi memorial to Emmett Till, scratching it so badly the facts and photos of Till’s brutal young death were obliterated. The good news: A group of black and Jewish high schoolers/ activists in training visiting the site decided to bring it back to life, posting their own heartfelt tributes. "You can kill a boy (but not) the idea of freedom," they wrote. "Our fight (for) justice and equality continues."
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Monday, June 26, 2017
FYI GOP: First, Do No Harm
Facing off against the GOP's "devastating," dystopian, mendacious "Let's Kill People We Don't Care About For More Tax Cuts Bill" is an impressive wall of opposition. Joining it on Monday was the massive American Medical Association, arguing the bill violates doctors' fundamental duty to "do no harm," and rural doctors bluntly warning, "People will die." Arrayed against these humane voices: Mitch McConnell, master of dickery, who should be held to account for what amounts to "death care."
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Friday, June 23, 2017
Too Many Getting Shooted, Still
Sorry, more bad news. Friday, another white cop - Ray Tensing - got away with the murder of another black man, Samuel DuBose. The third such travesty in about a month, it came days after the acquittal of Philando Castile's killer despite damning, heartrending video. Here's more: See the young daughter of Diamond Reynolds, handcuffed (WTF?) in the back of a cop car, try to comfort her distraught mother before pleading, “I don’t want it to be like this anymore.”
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Killing People For Tax Cuts: What The F*ck World Are We Living In?
Now we're down to dueling monstrosities: The GOP Senate's "health care" bill aka tax cuts for the rich vs. the ungodly sight of Capitol police arresting and dragging out of wheelchairs disabled people protesting its obscenity. The furious call the bill a cruel act of class warfare. The ever-civil Obama calls it a mean and "massive transfer of wealth," noting, "If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm." Whatever you call it, just say no.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
We Have A Lot To Lose: Black Caucus Says Thanks For Nothing and Turns Down Trump Invite For "Meeting" aka (Duh) Self-Serving Photo Op
Refusing to be "a co-star on the reality show,” the Congressional Black Caucus declined an invite from our Loser-In-Chief to "meet" so he can prove black people like him, and he likes them, sort of. In a scathing, mic-drop letter, the CBC cited the times Trump ignored them, his actions that will "devastate" the black community, and his failure to even read their 130-page policy proposal before concluding, "(We) fail to see how a social gathering would benefit the policies we advocate for.”
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Murder Plain and Simple
No wonder Minnesota police waited until Tuesday - several days after one of their own was acquitted - to release dashcam video of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile for being, in the words of his grieving, trenchant mother, "black in the wrong place." The harrowing video shows a panicked Jeronimo Yanez, seconds after stopping Castile, frantically screaming and firing in what is clearly an execution; he got away with murder, critics say, because "this is America 2017."
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