2018

I have to apologize. Yesterday I wrote a diary about Trump’s latest flabby argument for building his southern border wall: namely that the Obamas have a wall around their home, so there should also be a wall blocking a small portion of our giant border because, you know, those walls are so...

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  • December 31, 2018

Well, this is disgusting. And vile. And disgustingly vile. x i mean he's like a RW comic now. hes milo pic.twitter.com/QYOGI7TrGa — jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) December 31, 2018 TMZ “The jokes are vile. First, Louis attacks the youth of this generation … comparing them to himself in his 20s, and...

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  • December 31, 2018

But no one in their right mind trusts Donald Trump to negotiate in good faith or keep an agreement.  Trump whisperer Senator Lindsey Graham is telling the world that Trump and the Republicans are willing to negotiate on wall funding. Graham says Republicans are going to put on the negotiating...

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  • December 31, 2018

Um … x President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound. I agree, totally necessary for their safety and security. The U.S. needs the same thing, slightly larger version! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2018 Off the top of my head, I can...

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  • December 30, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, there is growing concern about what the next year will bring for the American economy. President Trump’s twin self-inflicted wounds of an ongoing trade war with China and a needless government shutdown helped send stock markets into a December panic. The expanding global economy,...

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  • December 30, 2018

Whoo boy, just when you think you’ve heard it all… x Candace Owens Claims Trump's Popular With The Youth Generation Because He's 'Punk Rock' https://t.co/6GJgoNtI4b pic.twitter.com/fAvmuXX0PG — Contemptor (@TheContemptor) December 30, 2018 x No rock, just punk. — Lindsey Graham’s Gay Boyfriend (@DankSinatra06) December 30, 2018 x She got one...

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  • December 30, 2018

Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action: They clean houses. Care for seniors. Nurse the sick. Raise children. But the reward for the hard work of our nation's more than 2 million domestic workers is low wages, harassment, unsafe work conditions, discrimination and even abuse.1 Eight states already have laws on...

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  • December 30, 2018

Trump loves him some generals. They allow him to look tough in a vicarious sort of way. Since Trump has no discipline, brains, courage, heart, willpower, probity, honor, impulse control, elocution, continence, or clothes that fit him correctly, hitching his wagon to proud, patriotic Americans who don’t make half the...

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  • December 30, 2018

2019 is going to be great. 2020 even better. Yeah, the shutdown sucks, but I imagine it can only last so long—Trump’s 54,000 border patrol agents are currently not getting paid, nor are the farmers who can’t get their bailout payments until the furlough ends. Trump will cave, and it's not going...

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  • December 30, 2018

This article was first published on Up North Progressive on December 29, 2018 On Christmas Eve Rick Snyder closed the citizen’s input hotline early to ensure Michigan taxpayers could no longer object to the shame duck bills he signed just in time for Gretchen Whitmer to take over on January...

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  • December 30, 2018

It’s not much money in the grand scheme of things, but it’s definitely more than most federal workers could make from loofah-ing dead skin off the buttocks of their landlords. (Or painting or doing carpentry work or whatever, but who are we kidding? Landlords want their buttocks loofah-ed. Or am...

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  • December 29, 2018

An epic hero, Justin Bolognino of Brooklyn N.Y., got some amazing video of the Con Ed transformer explosion Thursday night… Pajiba.com x So this is happening in #LongIslandCity #Queens #LIC what the… went on for many minutes and now is dark. pic.twitter.com/dLDinfkWaI — jUSTIN bOLOGNINO (@jbolognino) December 28, 2018 And...

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  • December 29, 2018

Putting aside Donald Trump’s ridiculously authoritarian decision to put his freaking kids in top White House positions, the fact remains that they are federal employees. When Ivanka Trump was made “Special Counsel” and husband Jared Kushner was put in charge of everything, they filed official paperwork (including Form 278) which legally binds them...

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  • December 29, 2018

I can’t find any information on this topic yet, but I was wondering if the U.S. Senate can approve Trump’s judicial nominees while there is a partial government shutdown?  The only verification of this potential hiccup for Mitch McConnell was the fear expressed by Fox if there was a government...

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  • December 29, 2018
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In 2018, MoveOn members helped power spectacular victories at the ballot box, fought back against attacks on our democracy, and provided critical aid to those facing humanitarian crises at home and abroad. Millions of MoveOn members were part of a movement that ended Republican control of the House, marched against...

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  • December 28, 2018

In the wake of McClatchy’s bombshell story about Michael Cohen’s cell phone being used near Prague in the summer of 2016, Cohen himself categorically denied — three times via Twitter — that he’d ever been to the Czech Republic. I hear #Prague #CzechRepublic is beautiful in the summertime. I wouldn’t know...

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  • December 28, 2018

Forced into choosing between the Devil and the deep blue sea by Trump’s abandonment of them earlier this month, Kurdish forces in the Northern Syria city of Manbij have chosen the Devil. BBC “The consequences of President Trump's surprise announcement to withdraw all US troops from Syria are now being...

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  • December 28, 2018

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1169. Shutdown the government for the third time in a...

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  • December 28, 2018

He’s denying it but…. lets have some fun anyway…. Cohen In Prague x And then, Michael Cohen used his cellphone in Prague to book an Uber to pay cash for the Russians who hacked the election. #TrumpRussia #MichaelCohen pic.twitter.com/gFlpZrrL3z — Power VO (@PowerVoiceOver) December 27, 2018 x ANYONE ASKS YOU...

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  • December 28, 2018

This can’t all be the result of my hiding my mom’s TV remote over Christmas, but I’m sure that made a huge dent.* From The Hill: MSNBC beat out Fox News last week in key ratings for first time in 17 years, topping its competitor in total viewers for the first time...

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  • December 27, 2018

Under Trump, we went from a few dozen in shelters to 14,300 toddlers, children and teens being packed in detention centers. The centers are so horrifying that public officials aren’t allowed to see their conditions. Migrant children are still being abused, assaulted, and molested; the “lucky” ones are just abandoned...

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  • December 27, 2018

After forcing hundreds of thousands of federal employees to go without pay for the holidays so he can make the vertiginous syphilis fever dream he once had about a giant wall worth it somehow, Donald Trump told another whopper while visiting the troops in Iraq today. From The Washington Post: The president...

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  • December 27, 2018

During his brief visit to Iraq today drumpf manage to reveal the identity of a covert Seal Team deployed there, information that is usually carefully guarded. Newsweek “President Donald Trump and the White House communications team revealed that a U.S. Navy SEAL team was deployed to Iraq after the president...

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  • December 27, 2018

Politico has a fun bit of schadenfreude-fluff on its website today. It’s a retrospective of the shittiest political predictions from 2018. Now, everyone screws up badly from time to time when it comes to predicting the future. I predicted the Packers would win the Super Bowl this year (as I...

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  • December 26, 2018

First off, I hope all of my fellow Kossacks had a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Hannukah. As we get ready to close out 2018, Lauren Sandler’s op-ed in the Huffington Post gives us a harsh look back at a certain action caused by a certain “Moderate Republican” Senator. Here’s...

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  • December 26, 2018

In the wake of media reports that China imported exactly zero U.S. soybeans in November (down from 4.7 million tons in November 2017) because of Donald Trump’s regrettable trade war — and following yesterday’s Trump-induced stock market plunge — Asian stocks took a tumble today. Seems Trump’s Christmas gift to the...

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  • December 25, 2018

I didn’t believe it, but here it is. Trump just said that he can treat the federal workforce exactly like he treated all of his real estate contractors: x The Wall is different than the 25 Billion Dollars in Border Security. The complete Wall will be built with the Shutdown...

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  • December 25, 2018

For most of his presidency — when it came to the economy, at least — Donald Trump was like a toddler sitting in one of those car seats with a fake Fisher Price steering wheel that made him think he was driving. Now he’s like a rabid Ebola monkey set loose in the cockpit of a commercial...

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  • December 25, 2018

If you are a Republican president, you know you have shit on yourself when TigerBeat On the Potomac has this for a headline: 'Hunker down like a jackass': Shutdown could drag on for weeks The president spends Christmas Eve 'all alone in the White House,' complaining about Democrats with no...

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  • December 24, 2018

T'was the night before Trumpmas, and all through the town Not a creature was stirring, the place was shut down The lobbyists all drove around in their cars Since no one was in the congressional bars The Senate had fled, all those sly little foxes The House hallway held 40 stuffed...

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  • December 24, 2018

Ursulafaw requested a repost of this Christmas classic from 2016.  Hope you enjoy! 'Twas the Right before Christmas   Twas the right before Christmas, when all through the states, – 'Thug legislatures were ginning up hate. – In Charlotte they dimmed the new Democrat's lights, – And Columbus nixed women's...

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  • December 24, 2018

Big executive boss man didn’t have the courage to fire SecDef General Mattis to his face, so, in typical Trumpian fashion he had somebody else do it. Sec. of State Mike Pompeo. Bloomberg (Parens and bolds mine) “Hours after Mattis announced his resignation to Trump in an Oval Office meeting...

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  • December 24, 2018
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First off, Happy Holidays to all my fellow Kossacks. Apologies for not being as prolific as I normally am with my diaries. Once the New Year begins, you can sure bet that I will have a ton of new diaries out on the upcoming races in 2019 and 2020. But...

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  • December 24, 2018

In solidarity,  Alan Minsky for Mike H., Mike F., Deb, Janis, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Help PDA Sustain ProgressWe Need Your Support Now As 2018 comes to a close, American progressives can look back on a tumultuous year with a sense of satisfaction. There...

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  • December 24, 2018

In the future, historians and political scientists will speak of the “Ryan Gap.” That moniker will be used to measure the yawning chasm between the shining image a politician manufactures for him or herself and the brutal truth of their failed ideas and meager accomplishments. Of course, the inspiration for...

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  • December 23, 2018

'Twas the fight before Christmas, and in the White House, The dotard was pissed off, and starting to grouse; “I want Wall” he pouted, then reached for his phone, And tweeted his Twit-sters, misspelling “unnown”. Chuck and Nancy were nestled, all snug in their beds; While dreams of majorities danced...

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  • December 23, 2018

Ugh. We’re all dead. Merry Christmas! From The Washington Post: President Trump, who aides said has been frustrated by news coverage of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s scathing resignation letter, abruptly announced Sunday that he was removing Mattis two months before his planned departure and installing Patrick Shanahan as acting defense secretary. Shanahan, a...

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  • December 23, 2018

About three weeks ago, Saint-nominee Attack Gardener sent me 5 lotus seeds that were almost 10 years old. I followed Yubtube instructions on scarring the seeds before placing them in water.  Remarkably, all the seeds sank in water, showing they were not dried out.  I talked to them in a...

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  • December 23, 2018

National Mall closed during the 2013 shutdown. Emw • CC BY-SA 3.0 In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Tell Congress we need a Green New Deal! Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has had another hectic week....

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  • December 22, 2018

Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker have a new piece in The New York Times today that portrays our pr*sident as a puddle of fondue getting ready to evaporate into God’s blessed ether. It will unsettle you to your bones (if you’re not already way past that point) and clearly shows that Trump...

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  • December 22, 2018

Congressional representatives and senators should NOT be paid during a shutdown. Ever. I don’t care which party is in charge. Granted, it is unthinkable that this stupidity could ever happen with complete Democratic control. Dems had the most productive legislative session in history when we were in charge. By contrast,...

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  • December 22, 2018

I knew Donald Trump was incompetent the moment I saw his face. If you’re going to spray-tan, whhhyyyy are you leaving two big white circles around your eyes so you look like part of a brand-new Deep Space Nine Star Trek race that’s being introduced because they didn’t have the budget...

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  • December 22, 2018

Well, this is a feel good story. Washington Post “Randy Heiss found a balloon while hiking in Patagonia, Ariz., on Dec. 16. Attached was a note.  “Dayami,” it read on one side, in a child’s handwriting. A hand-drawn bow accompanied the word. Heiss flipped it over. It was a numbered...

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  • December 22, 2018

Not only did President Donald Trump shut down the federal government by refusing to back down for his ridiculous demand for a border wall border steel slat barrier boondoggle at the expense of American taxpayers, Congress failed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): The Violence Against Women Act...

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  • December 22, 2018

As we face our third government shutdown under unified GOP control, a lot of people will be impacted. Veterans who depend on disability checks are always in danger of not getting paid during a shutdown. Some non-essential government employees will be forced home without pay, and aren’t guaranteed back pay.  The worst...

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  • December 22, 2018

I’ve worked for labor unions for 40 years and I’m proud of it.  But I’ve also witnessed, and suffered, from the employers’ and their conservative political allies’ relentless and successful attacks on workers. Unions have lost ground over the last 40 years. Weaker unions meant we had to bargain contracts...

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  • December 22, 2018

Julia Davis, an expert on Russian propaganda and creator of the Russian Media Monitor, does yeoman’s work in keeping the Western world apprised of Russia’s sometimes shifting attitudes toward their addlepated puppet. Sometimes it looks like he might turn into Chucky, but lately he’s more like Mortimer Snerd with all the varnished stripped off...

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  • December 21, 2018

Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted from her hospital bed and Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the good guys to turn back Trump’s Justice Department’s attempt to reinstate the ban on asylum seekers. UPI “Dec. 21 (UPI) — The Supreme Court on Friday denied the Trump administration's request that it be allowed to enforce...

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  • December 21, 2018