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Friday, July 14, 2017
You Are Stupid F#cks, Sincerely...Drumpf's Voter Disenfranchisement Thingy Is Going Swell
So that whole "Election Integrity Commission" idea - aka voter suppression scam - is working out about like most things Drumpfian. At least 44 states have refused to comply, two lawsuits are pending, voters are removing themselves from the rolls, and its inept beleaguered perpetrators have called a temporary halt to the debacle. They've also published some of the often priceless responses they got. Typical sample: "Mr. Kobach, fuck off. Sincerely, Marcia McCarthy."
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
But You Forget/He Is A Seed: Chinese Dissident Liu Xiaobo Dies In Prison
Nobel Peace Prize Winner, pro-democracy advocate and "China's conscience" Liu Xiaobo has died of cancer in Chinese custody while serving an 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power." He was 61. A leader of the non-violent struggle for human rights, Xiaobo long denounced hate and praised freedom of expression as "the mother of truth." Despite his loss, supporters say, his ideas “will persist, spread (and) one day come to fruition.”
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Bad Numbers (Also Spelling, Proofreading, Making A Case, Running A Country)
Another flop by the Flailing Trumpettes. Embarked on a sleazy effort to trash the staid Congressional Budget Office - along with every other institution - to help ram through their crappy let-poor-people-die-to-get-tax-cuts bill, they released a shiny bauble of a video charging the CBO's criticism of the bill uses "bad numbers." But not only did they offer no evidence or numbers of their own; they inaccurately spelled “inaccurately.” Yes, it all matters.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Smoke, Meet Gun: It Just Goes To Show You Their Exact Moral Compass
Little Donny Jr. - aka Fredo Corleone/Gob Bluth/the village idiot - has earned his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day: With evidence of "the dumbest and biggest crime in the history of American politics," revelations of "a great unfolding treason (and) a general betrayal of reason," and what turns out to be a foul, unending string of lies. Now his smug cant comes back to bite him. Hear him fume, "They will lie and do anything to win." In his own words, we love it.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017
An Uneasy, Awkward Travelling Medicine Showman Whose Remedies Will Kill the Patient
Cognitive Dissonance 101: As our loser-in-chief celebrated his big boy triumphs in Hamburg by releasing an exquisitely tacky "Make America Great Again" video - see little Donny pretend to be a statesman and shake all those grown-ups' hands! - a renowned conservative Australian journalist offered a blistering, now-viral account of what the rest of the world saw: An "uneasy, awkward figure" who has “no desire and no capacity to lead the world.” U.S. press take note: This is how you do your job.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017
We Are Not Safe: The Clenched Fist of Truth Is Back To Threaten "The Violent Left" and It Is Some Scary
Organizers of the Women’s March plan a July 14 protest against an NRA so emboldened by the times they've followed their incendiary, let's-shoot-all-them-liberals ad with another menacing video in which they snarlingly assure "the violent left" there is, in fact, "an 'us' and 'them' in this country" and we should all "get over it." Organizers say they "will not be intimidated (by) the false and intimidating rhetoric." We won't either, but we're pretty convinced of the 'them' and 'us' part. Watch.
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Our Sacred Honor: A Prince Whose Character Is Thus Marked By Every Act Which May Define A Tyrant Is Unfit To Be the Ruler of A Free People
Sorry to start the week this way, but we're doomed. Three-fold. Because North Korea. Because the addled Emperor Child King lost his limousine though it was waiting in front of him. Because when, for the 29th year, NPR celebrated our fine nation by reading aloud and tweeting the Declaration of Independence that gave birth to it, the moronic fans of said Emperor freaked out that all those gay hippie commies were calling for revolution. Wait. Come to think of it, we are.
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
We Need the Storm, the Whirlwind
On this fraught Fourth, in what Chuck Wendig calls "this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery," some scavenged words of hope, rage, persistence and perspective to help us through. As ever, Frederick Douglass comes to mind for his fiery 1852 speech asking, “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” His answer still rings true: A sham until we right our historic injustices. "The feeling of the nation must be quickened," he said. "The conscience of the nation must be roused."
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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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