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  • August 6, 2023

I tried sitting through FOX News’ commentary/critique yesterday, following Joe Biden’s report on the status of the nation, and in particular the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. After a few minutes, and when one of the conservative panelists had the temerity and amnesia to call Joe Biden a liar, I...

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  • August 25, 2021

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, terrorism? 9/11? ISIS? The Taliban? While these examples are certainly just, they don’t always represent terrorism in its entirety. Dan Brown said, “History is always written by the winners”. Stereotypes and generalizations often cause the public...

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  • June 13, 2021

Yesterday was a very busy day for me so I’m playing catch up today. Received this e-mail yesterday from former Air Force Pilot and U.S. Senate candidate, Amy McGrath (D. KY) on behalf of her new organization, Democratic Majority Action PAC: RoJo The Traitor Since I told you about my...

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  • May 7, 2021

More elephants will get killed as trophies. Cash-short countries do have to think about revenue, and carrying capacity is but a rationalization when eco-tourism is crippled by a pandemic. What’s worse is that killing bushmeat remains always remains an option beyond the poaching for ivory. x “We can expect not...

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  • May 7, 2021

A Trump appointee sabotaged the stimulus checks heading to Social Security recipients. Social Security Works Executive Director Alex Lawson explains. Alex Lawson on stimulus check sabotage See full episodes here. I ran across the article “Trump Holdovers Accused of ‘Sabotaging’ Effort to Get Checks to 30 Million Social Security Recipients” on CommonDreams...

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  • March 26, 2021

Not about authoritarian horseshoes or even close hand grenades. The “environmental” claims of RWNjs or even wise use advocates is also about corporate land use, private property NIMBYism/sovereignty, and constraining minority populations via immigration. Even the New Zealand terrorist’s manifesto proclaimed a ecofascist threat was largely about fearing indigenous people because of...

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  • March 22, 2021

The New York Times shed some light on this on Monday: G.O.P. legislators, dozens of whom supported overturning the state’s election results to aid former President Donald J. Trump, are moving to change the entire way that judges are selected in Pennsylvania, in a gambit that could tip the scales...

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  • February 17, 2021

Oh barf: Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue took the first steps toward a potential comeback bid by filing campaign paperwork on Monday to explore a challenge against Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. The Republican’s aides say he still hasn’t decided whether to challenge Warnock next year, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...

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  • February 16, 2021

Trump’s lawyers argued that the Senate lacked jurisdiction to try the impeachment of a former president, and today that argument failed by a 56-44 vote.  The issue was resolved: the Senate has jurisdiction to try and convict Trump. A question: isn’t this now the “law of the case,” and, thus, a...

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  • February 10, 2021

Yep, he’s running scared: Republican strategists aligned with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Monday launched an outside group aimed at hitting Democrat Stacey Abrams over her possible 2022 gubernatorial run. The independent group, dubbed “Stop Stacey,” says it will work to uncover what it called the former gubernatorial candidate's “shady voter groups that...

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  • February 1, 2021

Justice Roberts won’t preside over the Senate trial, if only because of the optics and fortunately the rules allow the Pro Tempore senator to preside. Let’s assume for the moment that former president Donald Trump’s efforts to undercut the results of the 2020 election began only when the sun rose...

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  • January 25, 2021

From The Huffington Post: Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, one day before her closely watched Georgia Senate runoff, announced Monday she’s joining the coalition of GOP senators objecting to this week’s tally of the Electoral College results in Congress. “The American people deserve a platform in Congress, permitted under the Constitution,...

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  • January 5, 2021

I know this New York Times article is a month old but I wanted to reference it for the purposes of this  diary: More than 180 years ago, as part of the Trail of Tears, the United States military drove thousands of Cherokee and Muscogee people off the land they...

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  • January 4, 2021

Received this e-mail today from actor Bradley Whitford on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA)  & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Hey there. Happy New Year! Bradley Whitford here — the monster from Jordan Peele’s film Get Out who's not unlike the two GOP Georgia Senators we're...

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  • January 3, 2021

From The Huffington Post: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday punted on a House-passed bill to increase coronavirus relief payments to $2,000 despite mounting bipartisan support for the checks, including from President Donald Trump. McConnell acknowledged that Trump, as he signed on Sunday the most recent COVID-19 relief...

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  • December 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from singer-songwriter James Taylor in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) This year, I went all-in on helping elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the most...

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  • December 28, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) organization, Powered By  People, in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) This is not a fundraising email. Instead,...

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  • December 28, 2020

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

Received this e-mail today from former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on behalf of his  organization, All On The Line: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) The 2021 redistricting process will be the first-ever with a nationwide grassroots movement to hold map manipulators accountable. But the truth is,...

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  • December 21, 2020

Received two e-mails today from two members from The Squad in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA)  and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns. The first one is from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D.  MI-13): Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Tonight at 6pm ET...

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  • December 17, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s  (D. TX)  organization, Powered By People, in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Yesterday, members of the Electoral College officially...

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  • December 15, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Joe and I both know firsthand the power of the U.S. Senate to make people’s...

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  • December 14, 2020

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

Received a few e-mails for upcoming GOTV event to help Jon Ossoff (D. GA) and Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) win their runoff elections. Received this e-mail last night  from Senate Circle: Thank You Going into the holiday season, we give thanks for you: for joining this team and bringing...

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  • December 10, 2020

“When this campaign began, we said ‘not one acre.’ We meant it.” Patrick Donnelly, Center for Biological Diversity In early July of 2020, GOP  Utah Congressional Representative Rob Bishop introduced an amendment to turn over 50 percent of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge's southern half. The House Armed Services Committee shortly passed the...

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  • December 4, 2020

“When this campaign began, we said ‘not one acre.’ We meant it.” Patrick Donnelly, Center for Biological Diversity In early July of 2020, GOP  Utah Congressional Representative Rob Bishop introduced an amendment to force the Fish and Wildlife Service to turn over 50 percent of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge's southern half to...

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  • December 4, 2020

Received two e-mails from prominent Democratic politicians helping mobilize Latino voters in Georgia for the upcoming U.S. Senate runoff elections on January 5th. The first one  is from  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D. NY-14): Without Democratic control of the Senate, Mitch McConnell is going to do everything in his power to...

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  • November 22, 2020
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I’m all in for this: President-elect Joe Biden will join the lineup of influential Democrats involved in Georgia's ongoing senatorial campaigns, according to his recently-named forthcoming chief of staff. Ron Klain—who will formally step into the role when become Biden assumes office in January—discussed the outcomes of Georgia's two runoff...

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  • November 16, 2020

Hey everyone! So I needed to take a little break after election day from posting diaries and I think you all know why. First off, I am very happy that my home state of Pennsylvania delivered for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris! I was in Cleveland this past weekend heading...

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  • November 9, 2020

The day after Johnny Virus-seed’s superspreader events in Florida — hey, they’re not going to die before November 3; that’s all he cares about — a billboard in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is taunting POTUS over his 2020 COVID Road Show. (Will he have T-shirts made up with all the tour stops...

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  • October 24, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Georgia: x GEORGIABiden 49% (+4)Trump 45%.#GAsen:Ossoff (D) 44%Perdue (R-inc) 44% Opinion Insight/@AAF (R), LV, 10/12-15https://t.co/aYPXpogmS8— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 23, 2020 x #GAsenWarnock (D) 31%Loeffler (R-inc) 19%Collins (R) 18%Lieberman (D) 3%Johnson (R) 2%Johnson-Shealey (D) 2%Bartell (I) 2%Winfield (D) 1%Tarver (D) 1% Opinion Insight/@AAF (R),...

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  • October 23, 2020

Assuming that there will be some violent provocations, we should encourage all deescalation efforts for election week, regardless of the vote outcomes. We’ve now seen the potential for serious planned electoral violence with the attempts on the governor of Michigan and the mayor of Wichita.   We’ve also seen long-term confrontations in...

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  • October 20, 2020

We are fifteen days from electing the next President of the United States. Honestly, if you are still one of the undecideds, I would love to hear your reasons. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was widely criticized for saying if you do not vote for him “you ain’t black.” Other...

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  • October 19, 2020
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Since today is a heavy Lindsey Graham (R. SC) news day on Daily Kos, I figured it was important to highlight this from The Huffington Post: Democrat Matt Lieberman hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in 2013, a tough look as he tries to win over Democratic voters...

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  • October 4, 2020
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So this bull shit just happened: The Michigan Supreme Court issued a split decision late Friday that ruled against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over her power to extend emergency declarations used to mandate COVID-19 restrictions. The court's decision throws in to question orders issued by Whitmer related to...

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  • October 3, 2020

From The Bangor Daily News: A Hawaii defense contractor who has donated to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and whose business operates in Maine faces federal charges alleging he defrauded the Paycheck Protection Program, the small business loan program championed by the senator. Martin Kao, the CEO of Martin Defense Group,...

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  • October 1, 2020

The Houston Chronicle highlights how the Supreme Court vacancy is reigniting the health care debate in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R. TX) and veteran MJ Hegar (D. TX): The Supreme Court vacancy stands to alter the Senate race more than just about any other...

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  • September 27, 2020

A lot has been going on in the news this past week but it’s important to know that this happened: An organization that represents 6,000 physicians, residents and medical students in Iowa discussed with U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst her recent questioning of the legitimacy of how hospitals are reporting COVID-19...

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  • September 18, 2020

We’re now past the point in 2016 where PBO got derailed by McConnell on election interference from Russia. We can see why Trump has undermined trust in intel agencies We can now see why Trump spent a lot of time discrediting Peter Strozk Today featured more desperate tweets x NEW:...

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  • September 12, 2020

I was reading another diary and I looked up something that caught my eye.   How sad it is that the people have become this mentally unstable.  People who have been raised at the same table, shared the same holidays, worked along beside each other and many raised by the same...

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  • August 29, 2020

Some big news today out of Michigan: Michael Taylor, the GOP mayor of Sterling Heights, announced Friday he is endorsing U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) for reelection. Taylor said Peters has a track record of working across the aisle to get things done for Michigan. Taylor backed John James,...

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  • August 28, 2020

The Republican party has decided not to have a platform this year. Instead, they have issued a resolution saying that whatever Trump says, is fine with them. RESOLUTION REGARDING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM WHEREAS, The RNC, had the Platform Committee been able to convene in 2020,  would have undoubtedly unanimously...

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  • August 24, 2020

Some more good news today out of North Carolina: x NORTH CAROLINABiden 47% (+10)Trump 37%.#NCsen:Cunningham (D) 48% (+16)Tillis (R-inc) 32% HIT Strategies/Education Reform Now Advocacy (D), RV, 7/23-31— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) August 10, 2020 Click here for the full results. Lets keep up the momentum and win big in North...

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  • August 10, 2020

Some good news today out of Georgia: x GEORGIABiden 44% (+4)Trump 40%.#GAsen:Ossoff (D) 42% (+3)Perdue (R-inc) 39% HIT Strategies/Education Reform Now Advocacy (D), RV, 7/23-31— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) August 10, 2020 Click here for the full results. Let’s keep up the momentum to flip Georgia Blue. Click below to donate...

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  • August 10, 2020

I’m liking this: x YouTube Video A new advocacy group focused on supporting Democrats in rural America will funnel $1 million into television and radio ads targeting Republican Sen. Joni Ernst. The group, One Country Fund, is the new advocacy arm of the One Country Project, founded by Democratic Sens....

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  • August 9, 2020

Here’s some very good news today: NEW @DataProgress Poll (7/24-8/2):#AZsen:Kelly (D) 50% (+10)McSally (R-inc) 40%.#NCsen:Cunningham (D) 49% (+8)Tillis (R-inc) 41%.#MEsen:Gideon (D) 48% (+3)Collins (R-inc) 45%.#IAsen:Greenfield (D) 45% (+2)Ernst (R-inc) 43% — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) August 6, 2020 Here’s some more info: The surveys also show former Vice President Joe Biden...

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  • August 6, 2020
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This week I attended (remotely) the Rethinking Economics Festival and encountered challenging pluralist discourses like a platform economy (noting that most of such work is populated by women), decolonizing the Eurocentric position in disciplines, or “fully-automated luxury communism”. I thought I’d share some resource items and make a few observations....

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  • July 26, 2020

Trump said if there were 100,000 deaths, “then we’ll have done a good job”. Low-Information Individualism may continue among the Trumpist population to November. There will be more conflicts on mask policies, as if resistance was a pro-Trump statement. And the death toll will likely rise. “We’ll have done a...

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  • July 18, 2020

Some big news today out of Maine: Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden endorsed House Speaker Sara Gideon on Friday in her effort to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, saying Gideon can help “restore the soul of America.” “This November, we need to restore the soul of America...

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  • July 18, 2020