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Wednesday, April 3, 2019
J Is For Jenius, But What About The Windmills and Oringes?
We can't even. If you've wisely stayed in your cave of late, the stable genius just threatened to get rid of judges, said his father was born in Germany, claimed the noise of windmills cause cancer, promised a health care plan that doesn't exist, warned he'll close the border even if it wrecks the economy, and ranted about needing to find the oranges of the Mueller probe. Today we don't care if he's evil or an idiot or has Alzheimers/ dementia. For the love of God we just want it to be over.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
To Be Truly Righteous: Commemorating the Prince of Soul
Marvin Gaye, the "truest artist," divided soul, Motown legend and tormented "seeker who sought salvation through music" is back among us, both ethereal and palpable. This week marks what would have been his 80th birthday, the 35th anniversary of his murder by his own father, the dedication of a Commemorative Forever Stamp in his image, and the release of his long-lost, posthumous album to remind us of what we lost. The bittersweet title says it all: "You're the Man."
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Monday, April 1, 2019
Trump Comes Clean (Finally)
In a startling burst of decency and remorse, a tearful Trump today offered a litany of his towering crimes - his cruel abuse of migrant children, countless lies, collusion with Russia, profiting off his position, sexual assaults, sowing of division and hate, and attacks on every institutional foundation of our democracy. “I have put a cloud over this presidency and disgraced this great country, for which I will feel ashamed for the rest of my life,” he said, before resigning immediately.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Know Your Rights: Thugs and Monsters Are Everywhere
After Trump's mocking of destitute asylum seekers, thus confirming he's "one of the worst human beings in the history of US public life," we take solace in video of immigration rights activist Bryan MacCormack valiantly blocking an attempted arrest by ICE thugs with the lethal weapon of knowing/exercising his legal rights. Calling out a bogus "warrant of arrest of alien" - aka a big fat con job - he issued the delectably stirring pronouncement, "I have no obligation to oblige by that warrant.”
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Because There Is No Difference: On Bikers, Headscarves, Haka and Unity
In need of a glimmer of light, we looked to New Zealand, where in the face of a bloody cataclysm people have risen together in extraordinary strength and grace to steadfastly declare, "We are one." Their peerless leader mourned, consoled, embraced, acted; women donned headscarves; gangs performed haka; thousands guarded mosques and joined Muslim prayers; and a 95-year-old World War ll vet took four buses to attend a rally against racism because, despite all, "We care for each other."
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Monday, March 25, 2019
Death Brings On Death: Father of Sandy Hook Victim Another Apparent Suicide
The toll rises: Dr. Jeremy Richman, neuroscientist, activist and father whose daughter Avielle was killed in Newtown, has died, the third evident suicide in days of a survivor of our gun carnage. The death of Richman, whose Avielle foundation researched brain health to prevent violence, coincided with the anniversary of March For Our Lives. It also lays bare a devastating, irreparable trauma needlessly endured by too many. One survivor: "He was a brokenhearted person, as we all are."
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Saturday, March 23, 2019
On Cherry-Blossom and Conflict-of-Interest Motifs: The Tacky, Relentless Selling of America
As we await Mueller's findings, Trump is hustling every greedy dollar he can before - please - prison or impeachment. Hence his Trump Store's new line of crappy cherry-blossom-themed mugs, shirts, soap - all bearing images of the White House and other D.C. buildings bizarrely (and illegally) slapped with “Trump Hotels” and "Trump Washington D.C.," as though America now = the mad huckster. His final, classy act: Partying at Mar-a-Lago's Lincoln dinner, he also stuck a MAGA hat on ole Abe.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
In Praise Of Jonathan Daniels and Ruby Sales: Greater Love Hath No Man Than This
This week marks what would have been the 80th birthday of Jonathan Daniels, Episcopalian seminarian, civil rights activist, witness and martyr after he took the shotgun blast from an Alabama racist meant for black teenager Ruby Sales. An "ordinary man who saw great evil and responded with love," Daniels was 26. Today, Sales upholds his memory and mission as theologian and advocate. "I didn’t carry his death as a burden of guilt or as a weight," she says. "I carried it as a commitment."
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Lady Liberty Gets Probation
Patricia Okoumou, the Congolese immigrant who climbed the Statue Of Liberty last July 4th to protest Trump's evil child detentions, was given five years of probation and 200 hours of community service by a New York judge who warned she'd be jailed if she undertook another protest - which she says she fully intends to do. Okoumou, who came to court with her mouth taped to symbolize the threat to free speech, said she is "not a criminal," but is "frightened by this country's moral bankruptcy.”
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Sunday, March 17, 2019
The Only Hope Is To Be the Daylight
Belatedly, we mourn the passing of WS Merwin, master poet, fierce defender of justice and the environment, who has died at 91 at home on Maui, where over decades he and his wife built a palm forest "as fearless and graceful (as) the power of imagination and renewal." In language spare, grave, stirring, the much-lauded Merwin explored loss, war, nature and time's passage. Always, he gave thanks for the world, "dark though it is." Edward Hirsch: "He is like a great pine tree that has fallen."
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