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Friday, October 4, 2019
Free Speech: Use It or Lose It
Awash in our national, sputtering "John Le Carré novel starring the Marx Brothers," it's comforting to remember the resisters out there. The tireless Freeway Bloggers, working on the principle that if you put up a sign, multitudes will see it before it's taken down, have released the video "Free Speech Freeway." Its missives - Putin Owns Trump, Where Are the Children, Wake Up and Smell the Permafrost, Now Officially A Kleptocracy - remind us, "Things are not normal."
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Nobody Had To Die: A Jury Finally Decided It Was Unreasonable For A Cop To Kill An Innocent Black Man
In "a seismic shift" in a criminal injustice system that's long seen police get away with shooting black men and women, a Dallas jury found former cop Amber Guyger guilty of murder for killing Botham Jean, 26, a literal choir boy who " loved God (and) loved everyone" after she mistakenly barged into his apartment as he ate ice cream and watched TV. The universally stunned reaction to the verdict, says one activist, " tells us all we need to know about what we mean (by) #BlackLivesMatter."
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Monday, September 30, 2019
On the End of the Arduous, Triumphant Second Civil War: It Was A Battle of Wits. Our Opponents Were Unarmed.
Yes, Trump's pernicious summoning of the specter of civil war is reprehensible, irresponsible and stupid. It's also irresistible - oh sweet mockery - to the wiseacres of Twitter. Hence the splendid #SecondCivilWarLetters: tales of windmill cancer, smocking guns, Hamberder Hill, Generals Pelosi/Schiff, retreats to Chick-Fil-A, the mind of General Cray Cray "turning in on itself," MAGA troops stymied by "your" and "you're," our troops running low on pumpkin spice latte. Onward, comrades.
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Sunday, September 29, 2019
Wow Minneapolis: Trump Boldly, Stupidly Heads to The Belly of the Beast
Awash in the the chaos, incompetence and serious sleaze of our national crime drama, it can be hard to remember just how bitterly daft things are. How's this: When the (so-called) president of the United States says he's holding a rally in one of the country's major cities, the leaders of said city promptly announce they don't want him, “will not stand behind” him, and "his message of hatred will never be welcome" there. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters are organizing. This should be fun.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time After Time
As the wheels start to fly off the clown car and the shadowy specter of accountability hovers on the horizon, let's not forget the guy who got us here - soulless, slimy, dissembling, colluding Mitch 'Douchebag McTurtle' McConnell, who, oh irony, a few years back piously intoned, "Time after time, the President came to a fork in the road (and) chose the path of lies and lawlessness (because) the name of the game was winning at any cost." Please, may they go down together.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
People Have the Power
For a break from the madness and slime, here's ever-cool Patti Smith joining Choir! Choir! Choir!, who transform crowds of strangers into a joyful, powerful community of song in the name of "leveraging music as a global language." As a congenial warm-up to an October concert on the US/Mexico border - hundreds will sing from both Tijuana and San Diego - the group released video of Smith et al blasting her anthem for the times: "The people have the power/to redeem the work of fools."
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Game On
So it begins. Finally, the Dems found a fragment of a spine, and wheels started turning. Within hours, the Senate unanimously voted to turn the whistleblower complaint over to intelligence committees; Mr. Once-Unimpeachable tried to convince Pelosi to "work something out"; when he failed he slunk off to Trump Tower to sulk, freak, eat hamberders and rage tweet " PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!" Per Bette Davis: Buckle your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
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Monday, September 23, 2019
A Child Is A Child: The Kids Are Definitely Still Not All Right
Amidst the latest noise - treason and Ukraine and extortion oh my - a grisly reminder: Crimes against small, brown humanity are ongoing, with thousands of children still in cages, sick, hungry, frightened, suffering "trauma after trauma" until "every heartbeat hurts." Advocates trying to shut down the largest baby jail, now empty but costing $ 720,000 a day, charge " government-sanctioned child abuse.” Trump et al say that's not "relevant." Treason pales: Put 'em all away.
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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Blessed Freedom From Health Care, Because GOPers Always Have the Best Ideas
Last week, liberty-leaning, gun-loving, socialism-hating, immigrant-maligning conservative Eric Brakey announced he's running for Congress in Maine's huge 2nd District on the deeply wonky platform to " defend your freedoms and let you live your life!" He also met with the best photobomb ever, standing between activists who quietly flipped their "FREEDOM" signs to "FREEDOM FROM HEALTH CARE." He live-streamed his debut on Facebook. Yes, it's still there.
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Saturday, September 21, 2019
On Panic and Hope: No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference On Panic and Hope: No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference
That stark photo of Greta Thunberg's solitary, obstinate climate strike was a mere year ago. This week, four million people joined her in the largest climate strike ever to declare, "L ike the sea, we rise ." Greta's rhetoric is hard-core: She told Dems lauding her to "save your praise...Don’t (tell) us how inspiring we are without doing anything about it," and told global leaders, "I don't want your hope, I want you to panic." We're all good on panic thanks, but we'll take the hope too.
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