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Monday, August 5, 2019
Racism Has A Name
So the White Supremacist-In-Chief dully read a speech, POW-like, blaming El Paso and Dayton on video games, the Internet, "mentally ill monsters." But we know who to blame: Trump - racist, accomplice, ethical black hole, "cruel, cruel man." And Massacre Mitch McConnell, who for years has blocked gun control. And idiots like the Ohio pol who blames fatherless kids and "drag queen advocates." And the rest of the NRA-funded, blood-soaked, gutless GOP. Because, again, "silence is violence."
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Friday, August 2, 2019
The Fire Next Time
Friday would have been the 95th birthday of James Baldwin, brilliant, bighearted writer and truth-teller who spent his life as a black gay man insisting, "I'm not a nigger, I'm a man." Passionate and prescient about our enduring racism, he spoke, wrote and embraced his rage as he explored how to " communicate to the vast, heedless, unthinking, cruel white majority that you are here." Always, his task was " to make the world a more human dwelling place." Today more than ever, he is missed.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019
We Are Here With Peaceful Purposes...But They Are Not
A salute to the bravery of Olga Misik, 17, who during recent bloody protests for free Moscow elections sat before Putin's armed-to-the-teeth goons and calmly read aloud the Russian constitution, including Article 31 affirming the right to peaceful political assembly. She was later arrested and allegedly beaten. “Injustice always concerns everyone," said Olga, who takes the long view of repression. "Today the Moscow City Duma, tomorrow the governor of the region...It is only a matter of time."
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
A Seesaw At the Border, Because What Goes Up Goes Down
In a “subversive re-imagining” of the border wall - representing what Noam Chomsky calls " the architecture of violence” - two artists installed a set of fluorescent pink seesaws Monday in both Texas and Mexico to provide "a literal fulcrum" between the two countries, and all of us. Kids and adults promptly flocked to them, offering a joyful, poignant, spontaneous illustration, said architect Ronald Rael, that " what happens in one place has an impact in the other."
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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Better To Have Rats Than Be One: Fearless Furious Baltimore Just Ripped Trump A New One
With our foul racist clown now attacking entire cities/districts of color, behold the glory of people fighting back. After Trump bizarrely trashed Elijah Cummings as a "bully" and "racist" whose district is a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live," Baltimore and environs had at him. Best was a fiery editorial slamming the inept son of a Klansman. Its final sick burn: " Better to (have) vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one."
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Trolling Trump 101
Poor little "No Puppet - You're the Puppet" Donnie. It seems the whole time he was babbling to a bunch of eager young conservatives, he was standing before a bogus presidential seal replete with double-headed Russian eagle clutching not arrows and olive branch but golf clubs and cash; its motto wasn't "E pluribus unum," but "45 es un títere" - Spanish for "45 is a puppet." None of the morons in charge noticed, and America has a new hero. These days, it's the little things in life.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
On Decolonizing Art: Everything Is Impossible Until It Happens
In "a seismic shift in the art world," fierce protests have forced the resignation of war profiteer and Whitney Museum vice-chair Warren Kanders, who made his fortune from body armor, bullets and so much teargas fired against innocents from Palestine to the southern border that artists renamed the Whitney's signature event "The Tear Gas Biennial." The move is part of a growing wave of resistance against "toxic philanthropy" by artists and activists vowing, "When we breathe we breathe together."
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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Put Down Your Swords: After 18 Years, the Senate Was Finally, Ingloriously Shamed Into Doing Right By 9/11 Responders
After unconscionably stalling for almost two decades - while 200 more people died - the Senate voted 97-2 Tuesday to re-authorize funds for the 9/11 first responders compensation fund through 2092, or effectively in perpetuity. The bittersweet victory came after multiple lobbying trips by sick and dying workers, and a tenacious Jon Stewart, to plead for what was rightly theirs; said demolition worker John Feal, "What I'm going to miss the most about D.C. is - nothing."
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Sunday, July 21, 2019
What He Hath Wrought
Remarkably, our tireless Il Douche is still spewing sick racist hate - in exquisite pot/kettle dissonance, the Squad are now " weak & insecure people" and "very racist troublemakers" - with the expected consequences of "go back to your country" outbursts sprouting like toxic weeds. A somber reminder as his white supremacy coils into the deep dark recesses of our country: "If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere."
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
In the Face of Flaming Racism We Are Well and Truly Done With Decorum
Having seen the grotesque spectacle of a party of craven, slimy, old white bigots drop their careful masks, embrace their inner Klansman and furiously dance around reality by declaiming it's "unparliamentary" to call a vicious racist buffoon of a president a vicious racist buffoon of a president - and then seeing the House table impeachment - we wonder what it will take. We and Rep. John Lewis are some fed up: "I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. The world is watching."
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