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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The Unbearable Cluelessness of Being: En Route To the Hague!
Because the whole tacky grifter clan crashing the palace party on our dime wasn't enough, the Sociopath-In-Chief had to follow up with the "cruel, craven and illegal" move to further traumatize poor brown kids in concentration camps. So it was that when an oblivious Princess Complicit proclaimed she was leaving for the Hague, a giddy Twitter rejoiced. "Voluntary surrender - didn't see that coming," said one patriot. "I hope the trial is swift and justice is served."
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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Shall Not Be Denied
After years of asserting, "It was we the people, not we the white male citizens," suffragists won their long, un-genteel fight 100 years ago today when Congress passed the 19th Amendment giving (white) women the vote. Amidst a renewed war on women - "Same shit, different century" - we celebrate the steadfast firebrands once reviled as "monstrosities of nature" who kept fighting. Sojourner Truth: "You may hiss as much as you please, but women will get their rights."
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Monday, June 3, 2019
Burn Level: Majestic
Leave it to the Brits, masters of passive aggression, to troll the clown of the western world into oblivion. From the moment he arrived to the sight of a giant penis mowed into a field, those in the U.K. have told it like it is with subtle snubs - no red carpet - and empty streets and in-your-face ridicule. The prize goes to Led By Donkeys, whose giant projections around London offered an unending feast of taunts, jibes, slurs and rudeness. "Doing the Lord's work," said one fan. We thank them.
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Sunday, June 2, 2019
Party and Politic: A Celebration of the American Citizen
The 448-page Mueller Report has become an improbable touchstone of the sordid times, read aloud by Dem lawmakers and topping bestseller lists. This weekend it hit a New York theater, where over 100 performers gave a 24-hour live reading, "Filibustered and Unfiltered: America Reads the Mueller Report." Meant to honor the power of we the people, the event is billed as "people coming together and finding their voice." Music will play during redactions “for our own sanity.”
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
In Your Dreams: The Stupid Wall Is "Very Very On Its Way," Except for Losing In Courts and Cease & Desist Orders and Anyway It Won't Work
Annals of Grifting: Hey, remember the wall? Seems the $1.57 billion scammed to date has built just 1.7 miles of fence, an original cost of $15 billion has soared to $1.85 trillion, another judge called bullshit on stealing money for it, another lawsuit's pending, We Build the Wall cranks - AMERICA FIRST! Not Mexican cartels! - must stop and desist 'cause oops permits, locals hate it, it's an environmental debacle, it's dissolved into a MAGA fever dream, and oh yeah ladders. Too much winning.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Now We Are Spreading Freedom Gas Around the World and We Are Definitely Doomed
What fresh hell is this. Not only did the USS McCain have to hide from our fragile toddler-in-chief in Japan, but the Energy Department is touting our increased natural gas production as allowing "molecules of U.S. freedom" to be globally exported and "spreading freedom gas throughout the world," even if it also causes freedom global warming and freedom cancer. We are beyond parody, Orwell and jingoistic stupid. Just take us out back of the barn.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
There, We Fixed It. Because People Other Than White Men Built This Country
Unsurprisingly, slimy Steven Mnuchin, on behalf of Donnie "Very Fine People" Trump, just announced they're "postponing" the move to replace racist ghoul Andrew Jackson with freedom fighter Harriet Tubman on $20 bills because, notes Bree Newsome, representation be damned and we "can't have y'all contemplating racism and resistance every time y'all go to the ATM." Thanks to some proactive artists and makers, though, you can now stamp Harriet on your money - cheap and legal! - and do just that.
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Sunday, May 26, 2019
No More Imperial War
Amidst Memorial Day's "hyperbolic salutations of soldierly valor," Veterans for Peace marked the day by delivering "Letters to the Wall," one part of a "Vietnam Full Disclosure" project that seeks to present an unadorned accounting of war and its grim costs - this, despite persistent attempts by those in power to maintain their "eerie moral silence." Commemoration is always an act of choosing what to remember, they argue; ours needs to be a warning: "No more Vietnams, no more imperial war."
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Hope Will Never Be Silent
A belated, heartfelt happy birthday to Harvey Milk, assassinated in 1978 for daring to come out of the closet, be himself and insist on his rights, who would have turned 89 this week. On Harvey Milk Day, California passed a resolution honoring his "critical role in creating the modern LGBT movement." From one ally: "He imagined a righteous world inside his head and then he set about to create it." These dark days, his message resonates more than ever: "You stand up and fight."
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
It's Not Brain Surgery: Oreos and Idiots and Arrogant Incompetence Oh My
Exhibit 742 of the evil clown show that is our current government: The surreal "testimony" before House Democrats of alleged HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who in several mind-bending exchanges veered between stupor, belligerence and breathtaking ignorance about his job as he bunglingly defended plans for massive budget cuts and rent increases, compared throwing 55,000 children on the street with oxygen masks on airplanes, and confused foreclosures with cookies. Really.
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