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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Too Fast, Too Soon
Because grim times call for grim measures, members of the progressive group Indivisible laid body bags overseen by the Grim Reaper at Florida, Arizona and Texas statehouses Tuesday to protest their GOP governors' reckless moves to push ahead with re-opening their states despite grossly inadequate testing and rising COVID-19 cases and deaths - most notably, as restrictions begin to be lifted. Given the willful, lethal stupidity on display, they say, "Giving up is not an option."
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The Atrocities, Documented
So Trump's Monday presser was a wowzer. Yes, he ended it storming offstage after a racist, sexist meltdown. But it also featured a dubious new campaign theme - People Are Dying of Other Things Too! - a massive dodge on his lame Obamagate, and a host of brazen lies on tests and cases. Most scarily, despite his bold "We have prevailed" claim of "numbers coming down rapidly," it seems his own task force has found cases spiking up to 650% in new hot spots in the heartland. Heck of a job, Donnie.
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Friday, May 8, 2020
To Be A Black Man In America
The battered wheels of justice are slowly turning in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, killed while jogging in Georgia for the crime of the color of his skin - another black life reduced to a hashtag. As thousands ran to honor what would have been his 26th birthday, the feds were asked to investigate why it took two months and a now-viral video of "the intolerable spectacle of a black man’s execution in public view" to prod the state to arrest his killers, and recognize his black life mattered.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Bursting the Bubble: Mourning and Whining In America
Day by car-crash day, the malignant narcissist disintegrates. Increasingly saying the quiet parts aloud - please die for capitalism - he had a 1 a.m Twitter fit over a Lincoln Project ad naming his catastrophic failures and the glaring truth America is now "weaker and sicker and poorer." Having spent more time fixating on an ad than the 72,000 deaths he's caused, he thus gifted it much free publicity and brutally exposed the "cracked crucible that is the White House." Def don't share the video.
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Monday, May 4, 2020
The Hate That Is Among Us
The apparent decision by "a stunningly dysfunctional White House" hellbent on re-electing a sociopath to pursue opening the country - thus sacrificing what could be 3,000 American lives a day - seems to have opened wider the floodgates of stupid and hateful. Cue lockdown protests boasting swastikas, nooses, assault rifles, Confederate flags and the Auschwitz slogan "ARBEIT MACHT FREI" borne aloft in the demented air. A dismayed official: "This is not who we are." At this point, we're not sure.
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Friday, May 1, 2020
Free Fauci
In the midst of a pandemic that's killed over 65,000 Americans, the White House announced Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading expert on pandemics and the primary reason the death toll isn't even more obscene, will be blocked from testifying at a House hearing on Trump's crisis response, because it would be "counterproductive" to have a scientist spout science stuff and nothing says we have nothing to hide like flagrant obstruction of the truth. We are without speech.
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
America Eats, or Doesn't
As usual, Trump's failing, this time to feed the hungry: food banks are overwhelmed while, with no coherent supply system, mountains of produce rot. Enter Chef José Andrés - "Without empathy, nothing works" - who in stark contrast is "leadership in crisis...nimble, confident, proactive." Working with schools, parks, restaurants, his World Central Kitchen has served over three million meals - 200,000 a day - to everyone from health care workers to the homeless. From one fan, "You are hope."
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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Operation America Unfriggingbelievably Tone-Deaf: Everybody Gets A Plane! (But Sorry Still No Masks, Tests, PPE or Jobless Benefits)
In the first of many more planned, unfathomable moves, the military has performed obscenely expensive, deeply pointless flyovers over COVID-ravaged New York in what was billed as "a touching display of American resolve." Residents pleading for masks, tests and a living wage were " overwhelmingly uninspired" by the shiny planes roaring over a still-9/11 traumatized city - "My God..the virus..it has planes now!" - especially as they flew over hospitals putting duct tape on their ventilators.
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What Would Jesus Do? (Not This)
Leading as ever by invaluable example, Mike Pence refused to wear a mask as he toured the Mayo Clinic Tuesday, though the alleged head of Trump's coronavirus task force knew the hospital's policy that all visitors wear masks per CDC guidelines, and the doctors, staff, patients all wore masks, and Pence was endangering them with either his ignorance or arrogance or boot-licking devotion to his idiot, real-men-don't wear-masks boss. What a shocker we now have over a million cases.
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Monday, April 27, 2020
Pity the Nation
With yet more news of lethal failure - a dozen pandemic briefings ignored - it's hard not to feel buried by our daily evils. For a fresh, bleak, brilliant take, Irish writer Fintan O'Toole describes it to us - the "deliberate and homicidal stupidity," abject right-wing surrender, "monstrous blossoming of misrule" in a pandemic, and "toxicity (that has) become the lifeblood of American politics." "The world has loved, hated and envied the US," he writes. "Now, for the first time, we pity it."
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