Thursday, May 18, 2017
Little Donny Goes On A Trip
With Drumpf heading to Brussels to meet with the big boys, NATO leaders are said to be "freaking out" about handling a thin-skinned, tantrum-throwing, attention-deficit toddler man "who has no knowledge of NATO, no interest in in-depth policy issues, nothing”; their child-proofing prep includes keeping presentations under four minutes with, presumably, no bigly words. Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Hyperbole Is Dead
Whoah. It's nigh-on-impossible to keep up with the latest mind-blowing twists in the Comey Paper Trail/ Russia Intel Giveaway/ More Nixonian Than Nixon/ Tangerine Nightmare saga, or to process the surreal state of the Republic. To date: Maine's Sen. Angus King talks impeachment, Jason Chaffetz claims "I have my subpoena pen ready," the Rogue POTUS Staff account is live again, and Rachel Maddow has declared, "Hyperbole is dead."
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Black Mamas Bailout Day: Because All Of Us Are Fallen
Declaring in the tradition of their ancestors, "We're gonna free ourselves," a coalition of 25 grassroots, black-led groups bought the freedom of about 60 black women jailed around the country for low-level offenses by raising $550,000 to pay their bail and bring them home for Mother's Day. The slogan for the campaign, aimed at an unjust bail system that punishes people, especially women of color, for being poor: "Money kept them in. Black love got them out."
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Friday, May 12, 2017
Garbage In, Garbage Out: Happy Birthday George Carlin
The take-no-prisoners George Carlin would have turned 80 on Friday. It's hard not to wonder what the guy who famously berated a country where "Anybody can be president. That's the problem" would have made of the Trumpster calamity. Prescient, he savaged both politicians and the soulless culture that made them, arguing, "If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders." From his trippy weatherman: "Tonight's forecast: Dark."
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
The True Definition of Unapologetic
The electrifying moment of solidarity at the historically black Bethune-Cookman University commencement, when about half the graduates loudly booed and defiantly turned their backs on rich destroyer of public schools Betsy DeVos, has passed. But its power remains: Many community members have applauded the students' courage "in the face of assumed power," and over 200 black professors have written an open letter proclaiming, "You are the best of us."
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Kissinger Cuffed Hey We Know: Let's Bring Some Despots and War Criminals To the White House To Calm Everyone Down
Irony Overload Warning: Facing a massive Comey backlash, the Trump circus got their best optics consultants in and decided the most cunning way to say "Not Like Nixon" and "Not About Russia" was to meet with ancient war criminal Henry Kissinger and two top Russian officials, while only allowing in Russian press to report it. Ole Henry, the Russians, and Putin in full hockey gear all said everything's cool and never mind that "false news." Wait, what?
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Lots of Copies Make Stuff Safe: Saving Trump's Bigly Dumb Words
Little Donny is busy. Tuesday he fired Comey - a brazen move dubbed a purge, a coup and "the most NIXON WATERGATE DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKNESS thing since whatever Trump did yesterday." Monday, on the off chance he ever said anything stupid, his minions deleted all press releases before Jan 1. Enter the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, which, facing a regime not so fond of free speech, had wisely backed them all up. Because the Internet never forgets.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017
Can't Stand No More: Another Hashtag, Another Black Kid Dies
His grieving family, teachers, football team and community have buried Jordan Edwards, 15, "a kid who did everything right" - except for his color - after a cop killed him for leaving a rowdy party. After police admitted their initial story was " unintentionally incorrect," the shooter was fired, then charged with murder. Still, says the family's lawyer, "America must figure out a way to police its citizens without killing them.” Because, duh, "Black boys deserve to grow up too."
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Friday, May 5, 2017
We Are A Pre-Existing Condition
Gone is that grotesque sea of smug, doughy, chortling, white men gleefully celebrating the "moral travesty" that will rob 24 million people of health care to give tax cuts to billionaires. Their execrable scam will gut coverage for dozens of "pre-existing" conditions from AIDS and addiction through cancer and yes pregnancy to seizures and schizophrenia. The mordant, furious response on social media is best summed up by Pierce's, "Goddamn them all." Time to make them pay.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Wyoming Lives and Lets Tutu
In these mean times, a sliver of grace and good: After a Wyoming senator told students that "a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night" is "kind of" asking to be assaulted, supporters of LGBTQ equality - including many scruffy, smiling, boots-and-jeans-clad straight guys - took to wearing tutus to work, school and, yes, bars. There were also tutu-themed parties, game nights and bar discounts to urge Equality State residents to "show up for each other."
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