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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Grotesque Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Grotesque Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is
The orange perpetual deception machine, caught in more yuge lies on Sessions/ Russia, is again madly disassembling and distracting, this time with triumphant tweets about "JOBS!" It's a timely reminder of the utter vacuity of his speech's much-touted "core principle" - cue teeny hand motions - of "Buy American! Hire American!" - which it turns out he hasn't done with wine, ties, towels, TVs, hotels, pipelines, plane parts or any other economic "ideas" widely deemed "garbage."
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Passing the Torch In A Chain Full of the Earthquake of the Dreams In Our Hearts and the Bigly Hopes In Our Souls All the Way Down To the Present and the Swamp, Which Will Be Great
Full disclosure: We didn't watch The Speech. We couldn't stomach the hollow spectacle of that cretinous shitgibbon lying and babbling and smirking and being praised - oh, low bar - for not grabbing any pussy. This is a roiling gut level response; see inside for more sober/sickened/fact-checking ones. Just this: May those of good will and sound mind keep fighting, and may God, Bowie, Karl/Groucho Marx and the Sisters of Mercy bless these once-and-perhaps-once-again shining United States.
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Safe and Secure: Who Does and Doesn't Matter In Trump's America
Hundreds of mourners followed the flower-laden body of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, to its cremation site in southern India after he was killed by a white man in a Kansas bar who yelled "Get out of my country!" before opening fire. Another Indian was wounded, as was a white patron who tried to stop the shooter because it "was naturally right to do.” The ever-blathering Trump, whose rhetoric has helped make these things acceptable, has said not a word. Which speaks volumes.
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Monday, February 27, 2017
On the Right Side of History
For all its sparkling privilege, Sunday's Oscars also offered a fierce, joyful, potent "middle finger to Trumpism" by rightfully rewarding the gifts and stories of black/ brown/ gay/ poor people, Muslims and other "others" threatened by the current regime. The flood of speeches extolling tolerance along with the startling win of Moonlight - the searing, soulful coming-of-age tale of a gay black boy in Miami - represent the triumph of both empathy and "justice when that seems impossible."
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Friday, February 24, 2017
Trump and Putin Great Leaders, Yes?
We'll Take Our Comic Relief Where We Can Get It Dept: The ghastliness of the CPAC conclave and Herr Trump's "abject nightmare" of a speech was leavened a tad by an epic troll that had red, white and blue patriots giddily waving Russian flags stamped with Trump's name. Staff quickly confiscated the flags and booted the activists who gave them out, not before one proclaimed, "Trump great man, very strong, he build great wall, put people in cage."
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Heartbreaking, Inhumane, and Illegal: ICE Targets Woman with Brain Tumor
The latest of the "really bad dudes" rounded up for deportation by Herr Trump's "military operation" is a 26-year-old Salvadoran mother of two who had been moved from longtime detention to a hospital for what doctors said was a brain tumor; she was awaiting emergency surgery when ICE agents forcibly removed her, bound her hands and ankles, and returned her to detention, where she has been banned from visits with her family or counsel. Charles Blow: We are seeing "the death of compassion."
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Is It Not A Human Soul?
In the wake of rising anti-Semitism - Swastika-bedecked hate crimes, another spate of bomb threats, the desecration of a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis - and a tepid White House response deemed "a pathetic asterisk of condescension," Muslims and many others have vociferously stepped up to denounce the hatred. Most heart-stirringly, two Muslim activists launched a fundraising campaign to rebuild the cemetery. Their goal: $20,000. Current donations: over $120,000.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Yearning - and Sometimes Dying - To Breathe Free
A group of self-described "everyday people" hung a massive banner across the foot of Lady Liberty Tuesday declaring "Refugees Welcome" - an act and sentiment, immeasurably ironically, radical enough in these dystopian times that park officials are now seeking the "suspects." The day before, meanwhile, the bodies of at least 74 refugees trying to reach Europe washed up on the Libyan shore; each, critics say, is "a testament to our indifference."
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Monday, February 20, 2017
We Are All Here Together
This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of FDR's Executive Order forcing the internment of over 120,000 men, women and children - over half U.S. citizens - who happened to be of Japanese descent. With an Islamophobic despot now summoning those "terrible echoes from the past," many Americans are standing up to say "Never Again" to the racist demagoguery of suggesting, "There are those who belong here and those who do not."
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Friday, February 17, 2017
For Mirth Becomes A Feast: Tiny Trump Draws As Finland Battles Moldova For Coveted Second Place
Presser/Russia/Enemy of the American people got you down? Soothe your soul with the enterprising global ridicule raining down on our orange pretender. The Trump trolling, savage to antic, takes new forms daily: Trump Draws, Tiny Trump, Fine Tuned Machine and, now, an entire website of countries from Namibia to Armenia to Iran battling for #2 after America becomes #1 again. Mars - "A sea on Venus? FAKE NEWS" - takes a shot, too.
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