2021

My ancestors—Hans Gruber, Wilhelm Belsnickel, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, et al.—immigrated to the U.S. in the 1870s. They were part of a major wave of German immigrants who settled in Wisconsin and surrounding states, ensuring that my bloodstream would absorb more alcohol before my 40th birthday than the Milwaukee Summerfest grounds. It’s...

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  • December 31, 2021

When Fox News demonstrates more journalistic scruples than the BBC, you know we’re in trouble.  Famed constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz, who thinks the Constitution gives Donald Trump the power to do anything he wants so long as he’s earnestly attempting to steal elections, appeared on BBC News Wednesday after Ghislaine Maxwell was...

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  • December 30, 2021

On Monday, POLITICO’s Playbook reported that ABC is having a hard time finding a conservative host to replace Meghan McCain on The View. The problem? It’s become impossible to find a modern conservative who won’t go on the air every weekday and try to kill thousands of Americans and/or Western...

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  • December 29, 2021

For the past two years—and especially since we all got access to the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines—I’ve felt like Luke Wilson’s character in Idiocracy trying to explain to relatives and acquaintances why they should irrigate their plants with water instead of sports drinks. It’s hard to get through to them, though—without...

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  • December 23, 2021

I have a deep, visceral mistrust for anyone who says God is on their side. When has Providence ever sorted winners and losers like this? Didn’t we learn better from the bloody Crusades? Or centuries of ruinous sectarian violence? Or Tim Tebow’s NFL career? Of course, these days we’re meant to believe...

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  • December 19, 2021

Contrary to Donald Trump’s usual attempts to pulverize reality into an unrecognizable heap of dust he can power-snort directly into his fib-pickled brain, the Trump-Russia investigation was neither a witch hunt nor a hoax. For one thing, Robert Mueller’s report—which former Attorney General Bill Barr (mostly successfully) hid from public scrutiny...

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  • December 10, 2021

Contrary to Donald Trump’s usual attempts to pulverize reality into an unrecognizable heap of dust he can power-snort directly into his fib-pickled brain, the Trump-Russia investigation was neither a witch hunt nor a hoax. For one thing, Robert Mueller’s report—which former Attorney General Bill Barr (mostly successfully) hid from public scrutiny...

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  • December 10, 2021

Among the hundreds of lies told by the former president, one has proven to be particularly dangerous to public health. “That’s all I hear about now. That’s all I hear. Turn on television—'Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid, Covid.' A plane goes down. Five hundred people dead, they don’t talk about...

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  • November 29, 2021

We Shall Overcome, Black Power, No Justice-No Peace, Say Her Name, I Run with Ahmaud and Daddy Changed the World. The preceding words are just a few chants, pleas, memes, and cries for help from black mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers over the years. I have chanted some of those...

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  • November 26, 2021

This Thanksgiving, as with others, a lot of us will reminisce about our last big Thanksgiving soirée, at home, with immediate family. My last big family gathering came in 1977, two years before the death of my beloved great-grandmother. ‘Ma’ raised five generations of my family before she died in...

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  • November 24, 2021

We spent the four years before President Joe Biden took office in a drama-laden dystopia authored by an incompetent, irresponsible president. America’s press became so addicted to the reality show aspect of a man who had more lies than answers that real stories gave way to Kabuki theatre. Chasing the inflation...

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  • November 22, 2021

With the news media lapping at the toes of the former Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, save for a few like MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, no wonder the GOP bar for redemption is set so low. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden is fighting the headwinds of oversized media expectations, conservative propaganda, ridicule...

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  • November 17, 2021

I had a spirited discussion a little over a week ago with a family member about getting vaccinated and the idea of a vaccine mandate. Both of us and our families are vaccinated. We agreed on the science and the necessity. The problem came when I ferociously stated I had...

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  • November 15, 2021

States’ rights, America first, Make America Great Again, and Freedom. As much as the right-wing tries to bestow nobility on their coded phrases, those buzzwords were bastardized to promote racism, antisemitism, and misogyny throughout American history. When all else fails, the tactic switches to ignore the truth and replace it...

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  • November 12, 2021

Watermelon Man is a movie released in 1970, written by Summer of ’42 author Herman Raucher and directed by the late Melvin Van Peebles; for those younger than me, the elder Peebles is the father of Mario. About a year later, he released a low-budget cult classic entitled Sweet Sweetback’s...

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  • November 10, 2021

When one speaks of the far-right-left, the obvious target for progressives would be Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Although they both are low-hanging fruit, the harvest is bountiful. Voices of the left, like comedic satirist Bill Maher, longtime Democratic strategist James Carville, and...

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  • November 8, 2021

“I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office,...

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  • November 5, 2021

Oh, my gourd! Really? Rudy Giuliani is going to assess another human being’s probity and mental competence? Rudy Fiddle-Drawers Giuliani? The guy who sounds like a beef tenderloin who mysteriously came to life 20 minutes ago? That Rudy? Okay, so Rudes appeared on Steve Bannon’s War Room Thursday to talk about … things. One...

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  • November 4, 2021

The freshly defeated Democratic nominee for Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, is a lousy politician. Let me preface the past statement with the admission that if I lived in Virginia, I would have wholeheartedly voted for Mr. McAuliffe over the new incoming Governor Glenn Youngkin. While McAuliffe lived in the past,...

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  • November 3, 2021

The entire raison d’être of the Republican Party is now to scare white people into voting for them so they can continue to wield power (on behalf of billionaires, of course) with the backing of a craven minority of the U.S. population. Indeed, the only problems conservatives seem interested in...

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  • November 3, 2021

Progressives must not allow the bipartisan infrastructure bill unless working-class Americans are supported via Build Back Better. Complete Build Back Better is a must. x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 11:00 AM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Manchin, progressives aren’t...

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  • November 1, 2021

Joe Manchin wants America to believe progressives are holding the bi-partisan infrastructure bill hostage. It is he who is holding the working-class hostage. Joe Manchin is holding America hostage x x YouTube Video Watch Politics Done Right TV here. Joe Manchin is full of it. It is clear based on...

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  • November 1, 2021

I wonder what happens this coming February; you know, Black History Month. Will the contingent of book banners and people who fear the delicate little psyches of white children will be permanently marred by black history prevail. Since the first enslaved Africans stepped out of the bowels of slave ships...

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  • November 1, 2021

Because Donald Trump lies about everything, right? All I need to hear is that Trump said something in order to determine—with metaphysical certitude—that that thing is false. When I first heard about the alleged pee tape, I thought, “Hmm, interesting—but come on! Really? Too lurid to take seriously.” Now, after observing this...

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  • October 30, 2021

Oh, Facebook. Sweet, sweet Facebook. Could you go back to the day when everyone annoyed me with their latest Bejeweled Blitz and Candy Crush scores instead of their breathless invitations to join in the thorough dismantling of Western civilization? You’d think a guy who wanted to nuke hurricanes, suggested injecting disinfectant...

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  • October 30, 2021

The Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races are going to be decided on Tuesday, November 2. Although Republicans Glenn Youngkin and Jack Ciattarrelli are playing hide the Trump, Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Phil Murphy lead in the polls; McAuliffe narrowly and Murphy, reportedly, with a lead from six to twenty-nine...

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  • October 29, 2021