Friday, January 27, 2017
We Must Breathe, and Then Push
A dark week, a dark time. For solace, hear Sikh activist, lawyer, mother and founder of the multifaith Groundswell Movement Valarie Kaur rise to the grievous occasion in a shattering speech marking the start of the perilous new year. Celebrating the call by Rev. William Barber and other activists for a national moral revival, Kaur movingly imagines the story of America as "one long labor," with a finer country "waiting to be born." Let it be so.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
They Will Not Win
More tales of resistance, from the satirical - a bill by women lawmakers banning the disposal of unused sperm - to the profane - donate now to "Impeach the Motherfucker Already," with proceeds going to good causes - to the ingeniously annoying: Ceaselessly call Trump's hotels, aka "Satellite White Houses," to offer your comments and concerns. "Tell them anything you want!" urges the helpful White House Inc. campaign. Call now!
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Breaking Badlands: National Park Service Goes Yugely Rogue, Insists On Pesky Facts
Well this is cool: Trumpian efforts to block information on climate change - 'cause who needs science/a planet? - have sparked fierce resistance by the National Park Service, suggesting the Revolution may yet be tweeted. After being gagged for posting science FACTS - think about that - defiant rangers at Badlands National Park re-posted them, swiftly followed by Golden Gate, Death Valley, NASA, and new alt-park sites vowing, "You will never silence the truth, tiny-fisted dictator."
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Beyond Orwell: Trump's Alt Universe
While social media and wiseacres everywhere have a fine old time with DerGropenFuhrer's newly created "Alternative Facts" - Yoko Ono broke up the Monkees, Trump is America's first black astronaut, zillions attended the Inauguration wearing invisibility cloaks - the press may actually, albeit woefully belatedly, be starting to do their job. In these dystopian times, says Dan Rather, "We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. 'A lie, is a lie, is a lie.'"
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Crawling Out of the Darkness, Standing In the Light
The marches - the million-plus peaceably, ardently packed into D.C., all the others coming together in hope and righteous rage from Fairbanks (minus 16 degrees) to Budapest to Iraq - were extraordinary. The signs - Resistance Is Fertile! - were brilliant. And the actions will continue: On the bridge between El Paso and Juárez, women from both sides braided their hair together in a tender, potent show of solidarity. Their message: "No act is stronger than coming together.”
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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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