2002

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

GOP consultant Tim Miller weighs in on the Newsom recall effort in California. Someday the political status quo will be disrupted in the Golden State—politics is always in motion. But if somebody tells you the disrupter is  going to be a red-hatted reality-show star (or an obnoxious internet troll turned interim director...

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  • April 23, 2021

More like stupid being bigger than evil, a few trial balloons for Sarah Palin have emerged as Trump makes official his promise to campaign against Lisa Murkowski in 2022. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin threatened to run a primary challenge against GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Ugh. pic.twitter.com/FXmEToYOdm — PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) March...

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  • March 14, 2021

As Climate Crisis returns to the new US administration agenda, negative emissions technologies (NETs) may find their implementation hindered by neoliberal financialization.   An earlier ACM story showed how Steve Keen’s critique of Nordhaus’s use of discounting climate change demonstrates that orthodox economics is incapable of accelerating innovation especially in...

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  • January 31, 2021

“Pena que a cavalaria brasileira não tenha sido tão eficiente quanto a americana, que exterminou os índios” “It’s a shame that the Brazilian cavalry hasn’t been as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians.”  Jair Bolsanaro  via Correio Braziliense newspaper Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsanaro, may face charges for crimes against...

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  • January 25, 2021

These entitiled babies whining over extra security and metal detectors need to pack their bags and go home and hide under their beds with their guns.  They are ridiculous.   We need security in the People’s house and should have had such for a long time.   Who are these entitled people...

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  • January 13, 2021

The Jewish Action group Twitter account, shared an image of  Senator Kelly Loeffler with a former leader of the KKK. Chester Doles, a fourth-generation Klansman, now leads the National Alliance and Hammerskins. He introduced the nation to the American Patriots USA in 2019. International Business Times writes: Kelly Loeffler claims she had...

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  • December 14, 2020

The Independent writes on the intensification of melting on the Antarctic peninsula. Last year's melt season was the highest in forty years of satellite records. Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf experienced its highest rate of melting since records began 40 years ago from 2019-2020, a new study has found. The unprecedented melt at...

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  • December 11, 2020

From The Huffington Post: For weeks, the couple had done almost nothing but sell. Loeffler was one of several senators who faced public outrage for unloading millions of dollars in stock before most Americans understood the towering threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Then shortly before the CARES Act, a...

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  • December 8, 2020

Old John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave, While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save; But tho he lost his life while struggling for the slave, His soul is marching on. Abolitionist John Brown was executed by the state of Virginia on December 2, 1859. pic.twitter.com/AOAIpDQKPG — Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) December 2,...

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  • December 2, 2020

Don’t dangle Twitter threads like this in front of me when my heart is already bursting with schadenfreude. Are you trying to kill me, Twitter? It’s too much! Quick, someone show me a Chachi tweet to bring me down! Or some Jon Voight gibberish. I can’t safely hold this much joy...

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  • November 12, 2020

Some very good news today out of South Carolina: Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison has taken a two-point lead over Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, according to a new poll. Conducted by Morning Consult, the latest survey found 47 percent of South Carolina respondents saying they'd vote for Harrison,...

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  • October 22, 2020

From The Houston Chronicle: The Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee has raised over $3.6 million in just under three months, a massive cash infusion as the party pushes to take control of the lower chamber for the first time since 2002. The $3.6 million haul, which came between July 1...

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  • October 5, 2020

Trump's in Ohio today, trying distract us from knowing that the Manhattan DA has grounds to prosecute Trump and his business on these grounds: -Scheme to Defraud -Falsification of Business Records -Insurance Fraud -Criminal Tax Fraud x Q: Who do you think poisoned Alexey Navalny in Russia? TRUMP: Uhhhh … we'll...

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  • September 21, 2020

Elle Magazine has a great profile piece out about U.S. Senate MJ Hegar (D. TX). She talks about how after very narrowly losing a very red congressional district in 2018, she decided to move on from politics and not for office again. But all that changed after having a discussion...

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  • September 18, 2020

Vogue has a great piece out profiling a few of our top notch Texas Democratic candidates that’s worth a read: It’s been 32 years since Texas elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. MJ Hegar is trying to break that streak. Hegar — with her cherry blossom tattoo, flashy Harley...

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  • August 23, 2020

Some big news today out of South Carolina: The Cook Political Report on Monday moved its forecast of South Carolina's Senate race, which features Lindsey Graham (R) seeking re-election, from “likely Republican” to “lean Republican.” The state of play: The race has tightened as Jaime Harrison, Graham's Democratic challenger, has proven himself to be...

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  • August 18, 2020

Wow… Just wow.  I don’t have to write a darn thing in this diary.  Read the facts.  They don’t lie.   This is gonna hurt Trump big time.  He fed the tigers that fueled their rise in politics.   He actually fed the tigers who are going to eat him in 2020. We...

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  • August 11, 2020

From The Houston Chronicle: Not even the worst pandemic to hit Texas in a century was enough to stem the surge in voter registrations that has remade the state’s electorate over the past four years. Just since March, Texas has added nearly 149,000 voters even as the political parties and...

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  • July 11, 2020

Didn’t get a chance to post this but this poll was released yesterday out of New Mexico: In the U.S. Senate race, the poll found that Democrat Ben Ray Luján had a similar lead over Republican Mark Ronchetti, 48 percent to 34 percent, with 18 percent unsure. Luján is a...

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  • June 18, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: We must abolish qualified immunity. There is a crisis of police violence against Black and Brown Americans in the United States and qualified immunity allows police officers who abuse their power to avoid accountability. It puts them...

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  • June 7, 2020

Political Wire has a new story just posted on how Amy Klobuchar this morning explained her actions while she was the county DA (I’m quoting Political Wire because the link is to a tweet that doesn’t give as much information): Said Klobuchar: “When I was county attorney, cases we had...

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  • May 29, 2020

Homeland security laws would have dramatically lessened the impact of COVID-19. The two most recent were prepared by the Trump White House in 2018.            I have a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland     Defense and Security,...

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  • May 11, 2020

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • May 9, 2020

This fucking idiot is making Ted Cruz look like the smart one: x Sen. John Cornyn: “China is to blame because the culture where people eat bats & snakes & dogs & things like that, these viruses are transmitted from the animal to the people and that's why China has...

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  • March 19, 2020

Hi everyone, So my last diary that made the Rec list was from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, an organization that I respect greatly and still do, was an e-mail about how Elizabeth Warren was gaining votes from Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. It presented Tweets from the people who...

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  • March 4, 2020

So Bernie Sanders is still defending that he said nice things about Fidel Castro, Daniel Noriega, and the subway system in Moscow, and Sanders is only doubling down on his previous comments because Trump does this?  I saw that being posited on MSNBC today.  It’s bullshit.  Politicians were doubling down...

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  • February 26, 2020

Trump quotes Peter Baker quoting Emerson, as Trump golf trips are 250% of PBO’s at the same moment in their presidencies. x …..biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to the campaign trail.” Peter Baker @nytimes The Greatest Witch...

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  • February 15, 2020

Trump’s attempt to rationalize the use of the 2002 AUMF to kill Qasem Soleimani has now failed and Congress is now ready to vote on War Powers resolution(s) and AUMF revisions that are specific to the current possibility of major warfare. Trump’s strategy has been maximum pressure, minimum results. Trump constantly...

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  • January 9, 2020

Australian fires continue to rage on the island continent as yet another looming record-breaking heatwave bears down on the land down under. The unrelenting heatwaves on marine and freshwater river systems alike are raising concerns of another carbon-related feedback not included in climate models. The most recent event was occurring...

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  • December 27, 2019

#MoscowMarsha trends after GOP Senator Blackburn accuses Alexander "Vindictive Vindman" of being whistleblower's "handler" https://t.co/pYcJt9mstV — Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 22, 2019 A sitting United States Senator is trying to shade an American hero, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. ICYMI, this highly-decorated Veteran shed blood on the battlefield for us. #MoscowMarsha should...

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  • November 23, 2019

Republicans proudly advertised their radical ways during Wednesday's impeachment hearings into Donald Trump, wallowing in conspiracies and embracing debunked claims. The question now: How does the Beltway media cover a party that has aggressively removed itself from reality? How does the news business describe and treat a political party that routinely...

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  • November 14, 2019

ROFL at how hypocritical this bag of orange bones really is.   I did not know Individual # 1 had a pastor.   Paula White ( a televangelist from Florida) will be joining the White House to advise THE ONE.   Really?   This woman is nuttier than a fruit cake missing a few...

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  • November 1, 2019

Pathetic: With just three days remaining before the Saturday election for the governorship of Louisiana, Republican candidate and House representative Ralph Abraham is pulling out the symbolic, Trump-friendly gestures in order to rally the base to vote out Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards. On Tuesday, the congressman for northeastern Louisiana’s...

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  • October 9, 2019

I keep vigil.  Lots of activity on the world's largest reserve of fresh water.  x Following the startling narrative of the IPCC report on the Oceans and Cryosphere, our open access paper came out yesterday in Nature Scientific Reports documenting >65,000 lakes on the surface of the East Antarctic Ice...

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  • October 1, 2019

Kudos to Texan Caitlin Cruz at Splinter for calling out her U.S. Senator on this: x I genuinely appreciate this note. We need more off this: John, it’s Chris Murphy. I am so so sorry about El Paso and I am pulling for everyone (including you) right now. — Senator John Cornyn...

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  • August 5, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein is getting his comeuppance for alleged sex trafficking of underage girls. Is it rude to point out that Epstein is an old Trump pal, of whom Trump once said this? “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is...

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  • July 8, 2019

Unlike the title suggest, the configuration of race and war in the immediate future may have a new facade. I fear a new war, but not because of any perceived weakness on the part of the United States or the capabilities of its’ fighting men. In fact, my nephew has...

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  • June 21, 2019

So let me give some background. On May 15 I saw a posting on DC Craigslist for a private high Catholic high school in Hyattsville MD looking for a 12th grade Government teacher.  As a DC area resident since 1982, I was pretty sure that the only Catholic high school...

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  • June 14, 2019

It was shortly after 8 AM in the old Women’s Hospital in New York City.   According to the certificate the mother was Sylvia and the father was Louis, both now long since passed away, the mother, born in 1915, in 1963, the father, born in 1911, in 1995. Since coming...

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  • May 23, 2019

We need a serious Howard Schultz presidential run like we need another government shutdown. Of course, we could get both. Let’s hope we get neither. Schultz must know his controversial tenure as owner of the Seattle SuperSonics is a major vulnerability as he ramps up for an independent run for president....

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  • January 28, 2019

First off, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I went home to Pittsburgh, PA last week to be with the family. Afterwards, I flew to El Paso to go on a road trip to Marfa, Texas and then onto Roswell, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Yes, I visited...

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  • November 28, 2018

I love baseball. Growing up in southern Missouri, long before I paid attention to politics and other adult pursuits, baseball occupied a lot of my consciousness and spare time, particularly after my beloved St. Louis Cardinals bested the detested Yankees in the 1964 World Series, when I was eight years...

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  • November 25, 2018

There is record setting early voting turnout for Tennessee, but what does this mean for Phil Bredesen?  Once again, in my miniseries on “What is going on in other states because there is not much happening in Kentucky?”, I’m just trying to figure out if I should be hopeful or...

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  • November 3, 2018

A pair of polls out of Ohio give us a view of Governor’s race in Ohio. First, there’s Emerson’s latest poll: In Ohio, US Senator Sherrod Brown (D) is at 49% with Jim Renacci (R) at 43%. Females are breaking for Brown 54% to 37% while males are breaking for...

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  • October 30, 2018

Some big news today out of Georgia: The race for Georgia governor couldn’t be closer just two months before the election, as an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll showed Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp deadlocked at 45 percent. The poll of likely November voters showed the two...

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  • September 6, 2018

As President Obama faced the looming re-election campaign in the spring of 2012, he issued a stern challenge to those critics of his approach to the Iranian nuclear program. “When I see some of these folks who have a lot of bluster and a lot of big talk but when...

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  • May 6, 2018

With media mogul Oprah Winfrey reportedly considering a run for the Democratic presidential nomination and a large section of the Democratic establishment being at least interested in supporting her candidacy for the Democratic nomination, it’s time for me to talk about reasons why I wouldn’t support Oprah unless she wins...

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  • January 9, 2018

In 2001, Bush 43 selected his Secretary of Labor, a Taiwanese-American woman with a long history of involvement in conservative causes. Elaine Chao resigned her position in the Heritage Foundation to accept the cabinet role. She would be the only cabinet member to serve all 8 years of the Bush...

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  • November 29, 2016

David Brooks states the issue properly: Given the financial crisis, widening inequality, the unpopularity of the right’s stances on social issues and immigration, you would have thought that progressive parties would be cruising from win to win. But, instead, right-leaning parties are doing well. In the United States, Republicans control...

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