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In nineteen seventy-four, I reached three milestones in my life. In March of that year, I turned eighteen; ten days later, I registered with selective service—conscription ended in 1973, and naively I registered as an independent voter. I remember the sense of power I felt. I could join the military...

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  • October 27, 2021

From the Church of the Perpetual Face Palm (aka the modern-day Republican Party) comes another wee dollop of “what the fuck?” So how do you even begin to respond to this? The Republican-controlled Arizona House voted along party lines last week to allow state businesses to ignore any and all city,...

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  • March 8, 2021

Always ready with useful idiocy, Trump’s inaction on COVID while POTUS* was beyond negligence and continues by keeping his own vaccination secret from his supporters. A consequence comes parallel with Russian disinformation efforts to discredit vaccines specific to the US. The net effect is also to help demand for the...

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  • March 8, 2021

Hey, did you hear Rush Limbaugh died? Not that you need another post about this. You can already choose between endless right-wing hagiographies and a host of far-less fawning fare-thee-wells, but this kind of tectonic shift in the conservative radio-sphere doesn’t happen every day, so I’ll toss in my two cents....

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  • February 17, 2021

Republicans are intimidated by the size of Joe Biden’s bills. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and a group of likeminded milquetoasts are balking at the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package Democrats appear determined to pass through budget reconciliation. Seems they’ve either noticed the giant deficit Donald Trump amassed both pre- and...

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  • January 31, 2021

The worldwide distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines exposes the immorality of our current economic system. Dr. Dean Baker sheds important light. Dr. Dean Baker exposes a sad reality about our economic system. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Recently there was a headline at Common Dreams that drew my ire....

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  • December 22, 2020

I was talking to a colleague yesterday and a word that has driven me crazy since its entrance into the lexicon in the last 20 years came up, ‘microaggression.’ The word bothers me because it carries with it a minimization of racism that soothes the oppressive nature of white privilege....

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  • December 16, 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

Everyone is screaming over Trump’s absolute indifference to the safety of the Secret Service agents sworn to protect him at their risk of the own lives. The speculation is that he needed the adulation of his supporters, or that he wanted to keep the campaign momentum going, or that he...

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  • October 5, 2020

I am so sick of stupid.  I am sick of parents putting their kids in danger right down to being canaries in a coal mine.  The people who believe the orange headed nutcase who spreads as much poison to ignorance as possible are dying from his poison kool aid. Magically...

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  • August 10, 2020

Two names, Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci and President Donald John Trump. Dr. Fauci has served as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. That spans six presidents, starting in the second term of Ronald Reagan to the current commander-in-chief Donald Trump. Anthony Fauci has...

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  • July 13, 2020
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More Trump lies and spin, and again he took no questions because it’s a pageant. It had the usual earmarks of such speeches, including a “sir” remark and the confabulation of facts. Michael Steele called this a “stopgap”. x 2 died of Ebola: They said Obama should resign. 4 died...

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  • June 16, 2020

Received this e-mail today from VoteVets in support of Amy McGrath’s (D. KY) U.S. Senate campaign: We wanted to make sure you didn’t miss VoteVets-endorsed badass veteran Amy McGrath’s appearance on Burn the Boats, a political podcast hosted by Ken Harbaugh, where she talks about how her service in the Marine...

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  • May 7, 2020

At 50,000 dead, Trump may have reached the season finale of the daily COVID Taskforce briefing show and dinner theater. There will be clip shows and re-runs until November, and treachery, even more treachery. Apparently Trump’s bleach-touting referents did have an origin and it was yet another grift no different than...

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  • April 25, 2020

In early to mid-March, the City of Miami canceled large gatherings such as Calle Ocho, Ultra Music, and Coachella festivals all located in the City of Miami. One event not canceled was the Winter Party Festival, an annual fundraiser that raises millions for various HIV/AIDS causes, and LGBTQ rights. The...

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  • April 1, 2020

Filmmaker David Hoffman in 2016 interviewed leaders of the National Institutes of Health. Hoffman combined portions of the interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci (video below). This is not the first time that Dr. Fauci has been at the center of a threat to world help. He was a critical voice...

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  • March 25, 2020

There remains an absence of a US national policy as the COVID-19 death rates mirror Spain and Italy. and the rate of infection is as fast in Louisiana as New York. x Alabama's 'Last Resort' plan: “…any of a wide range of underlying health conditions – such as metastasized cancer,...

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  • March 25, 2020

I was sitting outside on the patio tonight and boy did I have a huge reflection hit me.   I hear a lot of young folks complain about boomers.  This is not a pie fight, just a little reminder of what we have been through.   You young folks have some real...

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  • March 21, 2020

The New York Times reported this on Friday, but it seems we all missed it: China Spins Tale That the U.S. Army Started the Coronavirus Epidemic It seems that back in October China held Military War Games in Wuhan — a kind of Olympics for armies — and the US...

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  • March 15, 2020

There were those who warned us about Dr. Robert Redfield when Trump appointed him to the be director of the CDC, and the coronavirus pandemic and the American governments abysmal response to it are proving Redfield’s critics right.  However, Redfield has been able to keep his head down and not...

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  • March 8, 2020

This explains the CDC cuts, some of the incompetence and delays, plus why Redfield tends to let Anthony Fauci correct Trump’s lies. x This is the head of the CDC. He backed Trump up on blaming Obama today for lack of testing kits for Coronavirus. I smelled something fishy and...

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  • March 6, 2020

Anthony Fauci is the premier public health expert on viruses and their spread. He has been the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a branch of NIH, since 1984. Dr. Fauci has advised six Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues....

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  • February 28, 2020

Like financial bubbles, health epidemics also appear to be based on implausible or inconsistent views about the future. Trump could double-down on his inaction and use the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to implement more incompetent misuses of power. x 2. Trump also cut funding for the CDC, forcing the CDC to cancel its...

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  • February 25, 2020

x Smugglers are now using camouflaged ladders to get over Trump's multi-billion-dollar wall. How much do they cost? $5.https://t.co/2AKj7tGow0 pic.twitter.com/Ovm7j0kETV — Mark Elliott (@markmobility) February 16, 2020 Smugglers in Juárez have engineered camouflage hook-and-ladders made of rebar that blend in so well with the border wall that it can be...

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  • February 16, 2020

TODAY 3PM ET; Noon PT: How To Win The Climate Struggle photo: Climate Activists Demand the Declaration of a Climate Emergency, (Takver • CC BY-SA 2.0) In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Deb, Janis, Kimberly, Bryan, Dr. Bill, and Donna—Your PDA National Team Join Activists On The...

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  • January 30, 2020

What they do! They smilin' in your face All the time, they want to take your place The back stabbers Rudy Giuliani now calls John Bolton a “backstabber”. But McConnell thinks he’ll be able to “peel off” rebels by Friday to keep the Superbowl ball-spike acquittal on schedule. x Some Republican senators...

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  • January 29, 2020

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Republicans have had less than nothing (or nothing real, anyway) to fall back on in their defense of Donald Trump during the recent impeachment imbroglio. What they do have amounts to repeating Hunter Biden’s name into a mirror over and over again...

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  • December 14, 2019
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There’s a Beto counter-rally (above) about 14 miles away from the Trump rally in Dallas at the American Airways Center (image below). At the Trump rally there are more than a few riffs on today’s craziness with Turkey and #Trumpeachment Daniel Dale tweets the fact-checks below.  This is the American...

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  • October 18, 2019

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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  • October 12, 2019
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Trump is at the Minneapolis Target Center tonight for yet another campaign rally. Below is the Daniel Dale tweet thread in anticipation of another even more stupid Trump statement. It is unbearable to put up with such repetition of falsehoods, but there’s always that hope of some ad-libbed idiocy “><p...

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  • October 11, 2019

Governor Matt Bevin and the Republican legislature have nothing else better to do than pass more restrictive abortion laws in the hopes that they make it to the SCOTUS and Roe v. Wade is overturned.  How is that going so far? Once again, Kentucky Republican politicians acted like doctors and...

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  • May 18, 2019

It’s Sunday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your espresso, croissant, and crossword puzzle in the fetal position, clinging to your very last soupçon of vanishing hope. Oh, Time has a nightmare story about Donald Trump’s willful, harrowing ignorance that’s bound to frighten you even more than his uneven...

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  • February 3, 2019

The passing of President George H.W. Bush this week presented Americans with an opportunity to reflect on a life lived in service to the United States. A child of privilege, at age 18 Bush nevertheless volunteered for the military after Pearl Harbor. A bomber pilot who survived after his plane...

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  • December 9, 2018

George W. Bush gave a touching eulogy for his father today, and in its own way it was truly wonderful. His affection for his dad seemed genuine, and who wouldn’t want their son to send them off with such a muscular, yet tender, tribute? But one line in particular stuck out...

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  • December 5, 2018

To begin with, asking Mike Pence to give a World AIDS Day speech is a joke. You might as well ask him to host the Tonys dressed as Divine from Pink Flamingos. It just doesn’t work. No one in the universe is that good at feigning compassion. Also, you just knew he was...

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  • December 3, 2018

Vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote vote. Also, FFS, vote! From Yahoo News: The Department of Health and...

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  • September 21, 2018
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Sorry for being rather late on this one; I don’t write here much anymore. The reaction was ever so predictable. After the New York Times’ report that Clinton shielded campaign adviser Burns Strider after he made inappropriate advances on another staffer, against the wishes of her campaign manager who wanted...

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  • January 30, 2018

The New York Times today has a horrifying, yet unsurprising, article about Trump discussing immigration issues in the most racist terms:  “Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a...

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  • December 23, 2017

The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.  Tutu's admirers see him as a man who since the demise of apartheid in South Africa has been active in the...

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  • June 16, 2014

Do you remember UNICEF?  Perhaps you remember the “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” program that raised millions of dollars for that organization.  They're still around and they're still helping children!  Here's a very brief summary of what UNICEF is and what they do: UNICEF was created by the United Nations...

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  • March 8, 2013
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