Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Women On the March
Vowing to "stand up and fight back" against the coming horrors, hundreds of thousands of women along with men are gearing up to march in D.C. They follow in the defiant footsteps of a 1913 New York to Washington Woman Suffrage Procession aimed at Woodrow Wilson's inauguration, with moral support from nationwide sister marches and a wave of Nasty Women and We the People art. "I march because our democracy is a dumpster fire," says one. "I march because we fight sexism with solidarity."
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Whoah Say What?!? Betsy DeVos Diligently Loves Congress and States' Rights and Potential Grizzlies But Schools - Not So Much (Also, Actually, Not Crazy About Kids With Disabilities)
Man, this is gonna be tough. Tuesday's "hearing" on right-wing zealot Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education even though she wants to kill it was unreal, aka "a revolting dumbshow of the arrogance of monied ignorance." Asked about fraud, proficiency, student debt and disability rights, she was swiftly eviscerated by the lofty likes of Warren, Franken and Sanders revealing she knows nothing about anything, including bears. It'd be entertaining if our kids didn't have to pay.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
No Time To Keep Silent: The Press Goes Looking For Its Backbone
Hopefully better late than never, the media may be starting to stand up and speak out. With the Orange Travesty bullying, belittling and possibly banishing them to White House broom closets, the head of the renowned Columbia Journalism Review has written him a blistering open letter vowing the press corps will do its job and "we, not you" will set the rules. Judging from Trump's latest deranged interview, not a moment too soon. Finally, a vital Murrow moment.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Infinite Hope: We're Not Done
On a bittersweet MLK Day, John Lewis is still fighting against the ugly lunacy of the times. Having been unwisely trashed by a clueless tweeter-elect, America's "singular conscience" has vowed to "keep working for what is right" and, summoning MLK's spirit, urged others to do the same. His loyal constituents have likewise defiantly, hilariously stood up for him. And a fiery Nina Turner has chimed in, exhorting a huge crowd to stay strong with, "We have been here before."
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
This Is Going To Be A Fight
Trump's first cataclysmic "press conference" revealed the tawdry depths to which we've already sunk. It also sparked some pithy words of wisdom from a Russian journalist to his "doomed colleagues" on handling a tin-pot tyrant, and from an American warning us, "This is going to be a fight." A good time to start is a pathetic inauguration for which 200 buses have applied to park, compared to over 1,200 for the Women's March the next day. To remember: "You don’t kiss the ring of Donald Trump."
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Moving Terrifyingly Up From Clubs and Cattle Prods To Federal Power
Of Tuesday's surreal Sessions hearing - aka day of "unremitting banality in the face of questioning" - two moments stand out. One was the trashing of Sessions' lies about his record by a calm, take-no-prisoners Al Franken, glorious to behold. The other, unfolding beyond, was the first-time publication of a fiery letter by MLK widow Coretta King that helped block his 1986 judgeship. Sessions' "shabby" acts of racism, she charged, would “irreparably damage the work of my husband.”
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Monday, January 9, 2017
To Live Now As Human Beings Should Live
For those dreading the ghastly impossibility of Jan. 20, an alternative: The 2017 Peace Ball will celebrate "voices of hope and resistance...for us to continue to do the work we do." Held at the new African-American Museum and featuring 30 artists and activists - Angela Davis to Van Jones to Alice Walker - the Ball reflects the spirit of its first host Howard Zinn: "To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
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Friday, January 6, 2017
We Want To Be Somebody
Because the world feels dark these days, particularly in this imperiled republic, some light: For 30 years, Pakistani firefighter Mohammed Ayub - aka Master Ayub - has spent his "free" time running a School In the Park for Islamabad children who would otherwise spend their days on the street, working, and illiterate. Wanting "to be of some use," he started with one boy and one notebook; there are now over 200 kids, Muslim and Christian. Gandhi: "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."
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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Bernie Gets Gleefully Photoshopped
Bernie, thank God, is still here, and still speaking up. Yesterday, he took to the Senate floor during a health care debate to lambast the deranged toddler-elect for (surprise!) lying about cutting benefits and wasting all our time. His prop: A huge poster of one of Trump's own bullshit tweets. Perhaps because so many are so relieved to see Bernie - oh rare lucidity - back among us, the Internet went berserk devising alternative, demented visual aids to help him keep fighting the good fight.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
In the Best Interest of Justice: Former Peltier Prosecutor Joins Urgent Activist Calls For Clemency
In a "truly extraordinary" and evidently unprecedented act, a former prosecutor of Native American activist Leonard Peltier, now in his 41st year in prison for a shooting at Wounded Knee he has unceasingly denied committing, has joined myriad, decades-long demands by rights advocates to free Peltier. Supporters have long argued the trial for one of this country's key political prisoners was deeply flawed, engendering "one of the greatest injustices in the American justice system.”
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