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The right-wing has spent the last few weeks gnashing and grinding their teeth to the gum line, trying hard to compare the Afghan evacuation to Ho Chi Minh City, (Saigon). President Biden extricated America from a black hole of war that sucked the very lives, resources, and emotions out of...

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  • September 10, 2021

A new book suggests now the necessity of reexamining the historical materialist project of Walter Benjamin recognizing those moments of historical contact as acts of recognizing the constructed historical object. “Historicism tends to be hermeneutic because it values cautious, rigorous, and contextualized interpretation of information; or relativist, because it rejects notions of universal, fundamental...

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  • April 24, 2021

It’s easy to see why the minimum wage is unacceptable The minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.2  If it had been indexed to the consumer price index since 1968, the minimum wage would now be $10.15. If it had kept pace with executive-level pay increases, it would be $23.3 So...

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  • February 6, 2021

Marchers were beaten into withdrawal, spoiling their first attempt to march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama. In the ensuing successful march in 1965 to Montgomery, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an address that predicted the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Nation’s Capital. To the...

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  • January 18, 2021

Even as DC is now better prepared for a “million militia march” on 20 January, the likelihood is that only the most foolhardy will lay their lives down for Trump’s Big Lie. Meanwhile “something of a pariah” Trump will flee to Florida to rehabilitate his now permanently abysmal position in history. And...

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  • January 17, 2021

This continues the diary of two days ago. Nostalgia is a coping mechanism at the place known for its association with William Faulkner. Oxford Mississippi is a place where the nostalgia for a lost cause remains a kind of delusion. When injuries are imagined and retribution seems easy, this happens where...

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  • December 24, 2020

I recently came across a typical Twitter argument about the CIA promoting modern art as propaganda. The usual distorting tweet-discourse occurred but what remained are somewhat paranoid discussions of whether the CIA supported Modern Art. They really didn’t, as much as they supported US propaganda in general. The argument about CIA and Art evolved...

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  • December 6, 2020

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx “I have joined a family, and like all families, it's full of shit.” – Pablo Picasso on the French Communist Party. x does this mean i dont have to read it— A.M. (@spaceprole) November...

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  • November 28, 2020

This is a view from abroad as I have been an expat since the middle of the second term of W.J. Clinton. I am not a Democrat, I am middle of the road European Left and Bernie still makes sense to me. The Republicans have been sprinting to the right...

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  • November 25, 2020

Men’s basketball has been in the Bubble and fittingly (I guess) the women are in the Wubble. Baseball is playing before packed houses of canned noise and football began in earnest yesterday, before empty seats of orange, blue, and green. Boxing and professional wrestling (if you consider that a sport)...

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  • September 14, 2020

< p style=”text-align:justify”>Moderator: Mr. Trump, how would you protect the suburbs? Trump: BOO! I am not sure at what time or where the first presidential debate will take place but I feel certain the answer to every question put to Mr. Trump will be; BOO! The President is ignoring the...

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  • September 9, 2020

The 1961 Trump didn’t meet the 1968 Trump and his bone spurs. Trump runs against his own lies about the size of the MIC budget, military pay, and the invisible F-35 plane. And he thinks the military hates “his” generals as much as he hates the intelligence community. It’s the...

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  • September 8, 2020

Cadet Bone Spurs's campaign can't help itself, it is like the candidate, lewd and crude, but it looks like there’s more to the iceberg. What is obvious is Trump’s ultimate obsequiousness to the military, even ex-KGB officers, accompanied by a passive-aggressiveness revealed by his comments. The Trump campaign flunkies are...

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  • September 7, 2020

In fear-mongering, there are plenty of fine people on both sides. the Trump 1968-styled campaign looks for a 2000 result, with one state making it go to SCOTUS, failing that a House decision based on faithless electors. You figure, all it would take would be a stack of Russian, Saudi,...

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  • September 5, 2020

The are numerous attempts to make the election closer, few credible. Trump’s accelerationism is like Emilio LIzardo hitting a wall with a faulty overthruster in the film Buckaroo Banzai. This remains the path to the bunker on scorched earth, as Trump raves on… x ….His problem is interesting. He must always...

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  • August 31, 2020

Because we’re still using stereotypes from the 1960s, the Nixonian 1968 campaign Trump now has hate riders and flags. And violence. Presently lots of disinformation on twitter with RWNJs spinning the event. One version of reporting is that a person with a Patriot Prayer hat sprayed someone with pepper spray...

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  • August 30, 2020

The strangest thing is the GOP attempt to con the nation into forgetting about a massive and avoidable death toll.   x If this makes you feel rage, then you’ve got to vote. pic.twitter.com/hnFgB4lbUX— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 26, 2020 In polling, there’s still too much horse-racing as “gap-tightening” memes...

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  • August 27, 2020

Stop by and comment if you’re watching. There’s a diary on the DK front page. x YouTube Video x August 20: Last wk we got several national polls that suggested tightening & state polls that suggested stability. Today we got the opposite! Biden up 13 natly from Echelon and tied,...

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  • August 21, 2020

person woman man camera television Presently it’s an 88-12 likelihood of a Biden win and a 343-195 Electoral College margin. The model first averages the polls, weighting them by their sample sizes and correcting them for tendencies to overestimate support for one party. It then combines this average with our...

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  • August 18, 2020

Running a live blog for entire convention just in case. I will interject occasional things below as the evening proceeds x YouTube Video x YouTube Video x Using @FiveThirtyEight's terrific estimates of polling averages for historic contests, looked at where Biden stands coming into the convention. Upshot: in better shape...

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  • August 17, 2020

Eternal vigilance ahead for 90 days. Even with the 1968 noise Trump wants 2016 back because it may be the only real victory he’ll have. Rovian math 2012 comes back sprouting turd-blossoms. Remember how Karl Rove “openly acknowledged that the function of his propaganda was to create a mythology and...

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  • August 2, 2020

Trump’s attempts to rationalize his future grievances resemble the excuses he’d created for an anticipated 2016 loss. He had hoped to grift for his quasi-empire from his opposition to a Clinton presidency when he gained it via the Electoral College. He’s repeating that tactic, only this time his adoption of the 1968...

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  • July 31, 2020

How does a president get us into a 1918 pandemic, 1930s depression, and 1968 race riot all in 6 months? Answer: with no plans and no clue… Chad Wolf huffs and puffs, but blows an opportunity to not be be called a fascist tool for Trump. It is amateur hour with Trump...

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  • July 26, 2020

Mangoface clearly thinks sending armed anonymous federal agents dressed in military camouflage into America’s streets to beat up, snatch up, and generally fuck up American citizens exercising their Constitutional rights will help him win re-election. (It also feeds his sadism, his narcissism, his feelings of power, but mainly it’s about...

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  • July 24, 2020

Trump's cosplay paramilitary uses repression stunts to reinforce GOP's voter suppression message, pointing their tiny mushrooms. x “I can't turn my back. But I fear for my life”: photographer captures pictures of #TrumpsGestapo pointing their guns at him during #PortlandProtests https://t.co/GgFF9VOtmxâ€Â&#x94; Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) July 23, 2020 Putting the sado...

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  • July 23, 2020

Some very encouraging news today out of Alaska courtesy of PPP’s latest poll: x Election Twitter’s crowdfunded Alaska poll results@ppppolls / Election Twitter (7/7-7/8)MoE +/- 3.0% ________ AK-SEN Sullivan  39% (+5)Gross  34% AK-AL Galvin  43% (+2)Young 41% Presidential Trump  48% (+3)Biden  45%— Jack Vaughan (@theJackVaughan) July 9, 2020 PPP’s new...

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  • July 9, 2020

Trump wanting to be so mask free and wanting his own way, Florida is going to be a nightmare I predict come August. Ron Desantis is so naive that he thinks the Republican Convention will bring prosperty and money into Florida’s economy at the risk of killing the state.   I...

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  • June 25, 2020

Trump tried to dog-whistle the lost cause for his base during an interview with Fox News last week. There are not fine people on “both sides”. DONALD TRUMP: I think I've done more for the black community than any other president, and let's take a pass on Abraham Lincoln, because he did...

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  • June 15, 2020

Antifa still hasn’t taken over Seattle as much as Trump might wish it, since Boeing is still not the #CHAZ state airplane company, nor has Amazon been nationalized. Trump’s alternate reality imagines some radical left left over from Nixon’s paranoia and Reagan’s red-baiting. x Does anyone notice how little the Radical...

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  • June 14, 2020

Trump’s doing the best he can to try to make his election about whiteness, and ax handles do have a meaning in the 1960s. Dixiecrat Lester Maddox was Georgia governor in 1968, and Trump is still crudely trying to use Nixon’s Southern Strategy with all its referents. Future Gov. Maddox (right) brandishing a...

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  • June 12, 2020

Trump claims that domestic terrorists run by “radical left Democrats” have taken over Seattle. #CHAZ is not exactly Paris 1968 or even 1871. Imagine Occupy as a street fair. Trump is relying on his alternate reality to keep him appearing like IMPOTUS*. Darn it, the oxymorons have liberated Seattle and nationalized Microsoft...

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  • June 11, 2020

So much performance art, so little time left to the November election. Much like Trump’s refusal to consider changing the names of military bases named for traitors, Trump’s brain trust will bring carnage to Oklahoma not only in the form of COVID-19 spread, but also the virtue signaling to his...

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  • June 10, 2020

While national polling continues against Trump, trailing Biden by 17%, his frantic fascist cosplay is playing out in ways reminiscent to Nixon’s reaction to antiwar protests. President Trump came closer to the brink of ordering active-duty military troops to intervene against protesters in Washington this week than has generally been reported,...

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  • June 6, 2020
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I just received this e-mail from former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. It’s the full transcript of his speech today in Philadelphia, PA: x YouTube Video “I can’t breathe.” “I can’t breathe.” George Floyd’s last words. But they didn’t die with him. They’re still being heard. They’re echoing across...

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  • June 2, 2020

While Trump referred to himself as a “law and order president(sic)” is isn’t the first conscious use of Nixonian rhetoric or imagery. The 1968 Nixon was a beneficiary of historical events that Trump has limited options to manufacture in the time remaining. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1267838101340196866?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Trump now appeals to more Nixonian referents: Trump’s...

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  • June 2, 2020

There have been a lot of commentators in the past few days comparing the present mess to 1968, when there was rioting in the streets of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, and general unrest over the Vietnam War. Those are valid comparisons, but there is another...

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  • June 1, 2020

Trump is no Nixon, but like Nixon, he could still win a second term, extending the latest national nightmare. x Going back further, the Kerner Commission reported in 1968 that frustration over racism and policing had been at the center of the riots in Newark and Detroit. President Nixon pivoted...

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  • May 31, 2020

2020 will again be about margins in marginal areas. x Here is Trump's approval rating in each of the 50 states converted into Electoral College format, via @Civiqs. https://t.co/I9N8fmN4KT pic.twitter.com/VvtJjC8NzT— Matt Rogers (@Politidope) April 7, 2020 One would be optimistic but we know how that optimism failed in 2016. x...

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  • April 8, 2020

It was either three years prior to her birth, or when my great-grandmother (GG) was three years old, that the Wright Brothers flew for 12 seconds in a field just outside Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  My late great-granny was born at home in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, sometime between December...

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  • February 24, 2020

We are in the midst of investigations that may eventually lead to the ouster of a criminal President; one responsible for possible physical threats, to not only the country of Ukraine but to an American citizen, Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.  Mr. Trump has blatantly disregarded the powers of an equal...

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  • January 15, 2020

The Impeachment of Donald John Trump, 45th President of the United States has made me ponder the difference between leaders and leadership.  I have come to the conclusion that Republicans require leaders and Democrats want leadership. Following a leader means you have no trust in your ability to discern facts...

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  • December 23, 2019

The last time that a sitting President of the United States willingly chose not to seek a second term after being elected to either a first term or first full term as President was in 1968, when Lyndon Baines Johnson chose not to seek a second full term as President....

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  • December 11, 2019

A troubling element of the murder-suicide in Saugus is that the firearm used was a “homemade” or rather home-assembled gun, put together with a parts kit. This subset of the firearms industry has little regulation for such “kit guns”. Unlike home manufacture using 3-d printers, the individual components are available from a variety...

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  • November 21, 2019

To many, Omaha Nebraska is where you could buy insurance from the company that sponsored the Wild Kingdom TV show.  Henry Fonda and Johny Carson were from Omaha.  The liberal billionaire, “Oracle” Warren Buffet, lives in Omaha. Yet for 50 years, Omaha also became the most segregated city in the US,...

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  • September 22, 2019

I am a Black man, over sixty years old, who grew up in Washington, D.C without my biological parents.  When I was 11 years old, I was in the 5th grade and attended an elementary school located in the southeastern quadrant of the city.  I was lucky; I had some...

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  • August 7, 2019

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

Received this e-mail from Democracy for America in support of Mike Espy’s (D. MS) U.S. Senate campaign: Five hundred and eighty one. That’s the number of lynchings that occurred in Mississippi between 1882 and 1968. Five hundred and eighty one mothers lost their sons. Five hundred and eighty one fathers...

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  • November 21, 2018

AUTHOR’S NOTE #1: This story does not make or imply any endorsement by Bob Uecker, the Milwaukee Brewers, Major League Baseball, or the Miller Brewing Company, and is reflective of the opinions of the author of this story and no other individual or organization. Many people who are older than...

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  • November 12, 2018

One day, Brian Kilmeade will donate his brain to science. And soon after that, you’ll be able to buy it on Craigslist for 35 cents and a pouch of magic beans. And then, God willing, you’ll be able to find out exactly which Tinker Toy has been lodged in his occipital lobe...

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  • October 9, 2018

x The calendars show he was out of town much of the summer at the beach or with his parents and they detail basketball games, movie outings, football workouts and so forth. A few parties are mentioned but include names of people other than those identified by Blasey Ford. —...

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  • September 23, 2018
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