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At the turn of the century, horse racing was the number one sport in America. By the time Babe Ruth overtook Seabiscuit amidst the Great Depression, baseball had become America’s pastime. There are various iterations of what symbols mean the most to America, but the one I am most familiar...

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  • July 8, 2022

We haven’t yet reached that point where the losses to the Russians are sustainable. Replacements may be on their way to the front. They likely will not see the same troops who have until now resisted any new advances. There have been some Ukrainian counter-attacks. The Russians now settle for longer range...

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  • March 17, 2022

Joe Biden and the Democratic party are walking a tightrope on implementing meaningful changes to save the biosphere. The QOP party joined by two Democratic senators provides strong headwinds to derail that action. The action is the Build Back Better Plan; it is without a doubt the most substantial effort to fight...

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  • October 7, 2021

The Justice Department this May refused to tell Schiff whether any Republicans were investigated. Schiff: “Trump repeatedly & flagrantly demanded that the Dept. of Justice carry out his political will, and tried to use the Department as a cudgel against his political opponents and members of the media. It is...

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  • June 11, 2021

Just broke by the New York Times and picked up by Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow: Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks of classified information early in the Trump administration, it took a highly unusual step: Prosecutors subpoenaed...

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  • June 11, 2021

When former President Obama introduced the Affordable Care Act, he made the recurring mistake Democrats often commit; negotiating with Republicans in good faith. Mr. Obama took it a step further and negotiated against himself. Although there were varying views within his panel of healthcare experts on how far the legislation...

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  • May 24, 2021

On Wednesday, Rep. Liz Cheney was bounced from her leadership position in the House GOP for refusing to acknowledge the eternal, immutable, omnipotent godhead recently incarnated in the form of a mealy, incontinent panic yam in order to drain the D.C. swamp and save the world from blood-hoovering pedophiles like Tom...

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  • May 13, 2021

I’m not a vindictive person. I’m really not. Certain things I’ve endured in my life I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, such as depression, debilitating flu, and the Carrot Top Spa Day Experience in Vegas. Which is exactly what it sounds like. Not sure what I was thinking there. That...

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  • May 3, 2021

I was listening to an Apple representative explain this: Apple and partners launch first-ever $200 million Restore Fund to accelerate natural solutions to climate change Investment builds on the company’s forestry and responsible packaging innovations to deliver new financial and climate returns. The partnership aims to unlock the potential of...

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  • April 19, 2021

Minnesota law enforcement, at its based level exhibits some intersectional issues often represented in fictional culture products like Fargo. Their police forces haven’t learned very much since the death of George Floyd. So many examples of bad faith below:

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  • April 19, 2021

Remember Pizzagate? It seems like Right Wing Republicans and the GQP had the wrong address. They should have visited Matt Gaetz in Florida. The Pizzagate folks should have visited Matt Gaetz See full episodes here. New York Times’ Katie Benner and Michael Schmidt are on the Matt Gaetz trail. And there...

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  • April 2, 2021

Steve Bannon’s path to a pardon included appeals to a range of RWNJ groups including some dangerous proto-fascist cults. “The Fourth Turning” by Strauss & Howe returns to our attention, because of Bannon. But are we shifting to a more liberal era or are we on the brink of a greater series of disasters....

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  • March 15, 2021

Without the strange speculation about how Trump is in decline, it is reasonable to think that Trump is consistently inconsistent in not being able to assemble a successful policy or even a political apparatus to execute policy. For example his insistence on claiming credit for COVID vaccine development also comes with...

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  • March 15, 2021

Don’t ask me how I stumbled onto the New York Post website. I’d like to say it was during the tail end of a turpentine-and-bath-salts bender, but no. I was sober and alert. And now my computer is chock-full of Murdochian mildew, thank you very much. These are the kinds of...

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  • March 8, 2021

Trump never truly understood why Paul Manafort chose Mike Pence as his Vice President. Trump thought that Pence’s commitment to theocracy would serve Trump’s con of the evangelicals and guarantee loyalty rather than the opposite. Trump got “betrayed” by Pence because he knew Trump would never really be able to deliver a...

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  • February 24, 2021

If you had any doubt that the Trump presidency was just an elaborate four-year grift, this story should dispel your quaint Pollyannish notions. Because their brains are the functional equivalent of an ‘80s-era Texas Instruments calculator that has not yet learned how to spell “boobs,” the world’s daffiest fucks (aka Trump’s most ardent...

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  • February 7, 2021

There is a video that is going around that illustrates the problem. She became a robot of fake news, lies, & complicit politicians. Fake News, Lies, & complicit politicians are dangerous. Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics:...

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  • January 11, 2021

Sometimes when a mirror is held in front of us, it is hard to believe. Tiffany Cross did that today. The American dream has been a nightmare for many. Tiffany Cross got it completely right. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Tiffany Cross's narrative in this soliloquy clarifies...

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  • January 9, 2021

Darn that Big Tech, it’s like the Deep State decided to merge with it and become mega-kleptocracy. Appropriately the new platform could be called “Trump”, and like Parler, access your personal information with its influence and affiliation interface. It could cut out the “middleman” in his grifting model. Twitter permanently...

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  • January 9, 2021

Twitter has finally and permanently suspended @realDonaldTrump from its platform. Bye Felicia.  x After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y — Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021 x So...

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  • January 8, 2021

During her second appearance on the leader of the genre in daytime talk, The View (1/5/21), following her maternity leave, Meghan McCain was told in no uncertain terms by one of the other four co-hosts, Joy Behar, that she was not missed.  Although McCain was apparently appalled by the rebuke,...

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  • January 6, 2021

The hummingbirds dash around my back yard, as hard to track as a feathered 3-card monte game; are there 2 or 3 or 4 hummers? Any hummer that sits in our Bartlett pear tree is automatically named Bart.  It fights any other hummer using any one of five feeders below...

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  • December 16, 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

There’s something undeniably hilarious about those classic late night talk show segments in which kids are asked to relate the instructions (as they see them) for cooking a turkey. Usually they say things like “cook the turkey for 100 hours at 50 degrees” or “stuff the turkey with potatoes, yams, pumpkin...

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  • November 26, 2020

Loopy shrunken apple head Rudy Giuliani has been at the vanguard of Donald Trump’s farewell unreality tour — a lurid spectacle that reached its zany zenith over the weekend when his team scheduled a press conference to bellow into the wind about fraud or something. Oddly enough, the event was...

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  • November 9, 2020

As the headline says, I have Republican friends, co-workers, neighbors and so on.  I got added to one of their message lists, and they had quite the reaction when I celebrated Biden’s win.  I don't personally know everyone on the list but they are all White and I am reasonably...

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  • November 8, 2020

Rachel Maddow makes the sad case that Donald Trump is a purposeful coronavirus super spreader. And he enjoys doing it. Rachel Maddow exposes Trump x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Rachel Maddow pointed out the sad reality that Trump's irresponsible rallies are making the pandemic worse. USA Today reported that the...

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  • October 25, 2020

x “It's called a merge commit, Marty! It's a directed acyclic graph! We need to bisect and revert, and then use interactive rebasing possibly with a cherry-pick. What aren't you getting about this!?” pic.twitter.com/zahjHhiB33 — Gabriel Lebec (@g_lebec) October 2, 2020 Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those...

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  • October 10, 2020

“Oyez!  The Summer Session of Frog Court is called to order,  Judge Jeramiah Bullfrog presiding,” honked the Bailiff, who was  a Canadian goose. In strode two robed judges, who were six foot tall bullfrogs, trying to walk on two legs, but instead hopping from foot to foot.  The third bullfrog...

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  • October 3, 2020

Now they’re just making things up. US Department of Justice designates #NYC as an anarchist jurisdiction. Seattle and Portland OR are also on the list because a couple of blocks in each city were involved. x Here is the current pace of what the murder rate might be in 2020 for...

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  • September 21, 2020

Other than Trump’s deliberate mass-casualty response to COVID-19, there was an earlier event that had similar malevolence. This is not about “antifa” as a threat, rather it is the continuing, intergenerational threat of right-wing domestic terror, made more possible by Trump’s election and not triggered by isolated individuals. x TREASONOUS SABOTAGE OF...

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  • September 15, 2020

Trump tried to disinform again and again… x It’s just so embarrassing pic.twitter.com/6I1ROwr86G— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) September 12, 2020 x Attorney General William Barr makes yet another false claim, this time wrongly claiming that mail voting means “there's no secret vote” and that “the government” can find out who you voted...

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  • September 12, 2020

Trump continues to dig the hole deeper. Expect some stunts that attempt to divert attention from the current news cycle in the coming week. President Donald Trump conceded on Wednesday that he did purposefully downplay the COVID-19 in its early stages despite privately acknowledging it was “deadly stuff” — but he did...

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  • September 11, 2020

Ok, so we know about Trump’s “executive order” on the coronavirus stimulus relief package: President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders Saturday in an effort to bypass congressional negotiations and extend financial relief to tens of millions of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. One order would extend enhanced unemployment benefits at a...

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  • August 10, 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

So much disinformation, so little disambiguation time. Enough gaslight to save the fossil-fuel industry. x Fox News peddled misinformation about the coronavirus 253 times in five days: study https://t.co/UZU4MbpdHt— Salon (@Salon) July 18, 2020 x I’m an ER doc treating #COVID19 and I want you to know that every second...

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  • July 19, 2020

The real question is whether Republicans are really the “unnerved who have long enabled him but now fear losing power and forever associating their party with his racial animus.” Leaning on a culture war requires the power of a reactionary populism that can keep intimidating and oppressing people on the basis...

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  • July 5, 2020

And no it’s not about testing levels, which are nowhere near what needs to be done; and then there’s the lack of contact tracing. This in addition to the numbers that are probably under-reported. Andy Slavitt tells us we need not freak out (yet): x COVID Update July 2: Why...

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  • July 3, 2020

There is a finger pointing debate raging between conservatives and liberals over who is more responsible for the uptick of the spreading of the Covid-19 virus. Liberals say it is the premature opening of Trump states and conservatives say it is the tweens, teens, and Black Lives Matter protesters.  Here...

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  • July 1, 2020

I watched the movies Kill Bill 1&2 for the umpteenth time last night. I endured the blood and guts, the pulpy glamorizing of violence, and the catchy soundtrack, most of which I have committed to memory. Sorting it out is sometimes a tough task, with Quentin Tarantino’s use of overlapping...

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  • May 27, 2020

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Donald Trump, February 17, 2017 It  has been a while (a few years) since I have posted a last Dispatch. I thought though with most (sane) people finding...

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  • May 16, 2020

Another article from Jacobin magazine worth your reading. The #1619 Project is important for reminding us that while racism is as American as apple pie, its reflexive relationship to modern US capitalism is no less foundational. Modern slavery is most evident in human trafficking, but the structural constraints are as important,...

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  • May 5, 2020

http://www.inquirer.com/… http://www.usatoday.com/…  A very good read. Tom Ridge: Selfish protests against stay-at-home orders dishonor America’s veterans Tom Ridge, a combat Vietnam Veteran and member of the Bush Administration and the 1at Homeland Security Secretary let it rip on these Stay at Home protestors.  He called it a dishonor to veterans....

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  • May 3, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman, Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV), in support of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: I’ve known Joe Biden for nearly 10 years, but he wasn’t the first member of the Biden family I met. It was actually his late son,...

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  • May 2, 2020

Classic Trumpian economic policy, preying on chaos. Trump pimps a “V-shaped” recovery in time to re-elect him. Nope, probably not happening. DC is barely keeping the US economy together because the GOP intends to rebuild it on the victims of the pandemic. Bill Blain does a rant on this. … The...

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  • May 2, 2020

The Italian death rate may be ahead for the US as the numbers now follow Italy’s, which wouldn’t have happened had Trump not wanted US companies to profit from the contagion (as well as not accepting non-US testing solutions). It’s should always be people’s health before profits. Italy’s current rate is 6.8%...

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  • March 14, 2020

HuffPo found a tweet from the Hair Apparent trying to take a swipe at the Speaker: Likelihood of Nancy Pelosi praying for Trump is about the same as the likelihood of Satan running around quoting the Scriptures. https://t.co/rdz7UdOEvu — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2020 As is so often...

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  • February 7, 2020

Donald Trump thinks that somehow the results of a rigged impeachment trial with no witnesses and a foregone conclusion amount to an “exoneration.” But the viewing public hasn’t exonerated him. They conspired with the FAKE NEWS media to make his third State of the Union address a crushing ratings disappointment. Early returns...

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  • February 6, 2020

Darn those actions in furtherance of crimes, Trump still needs his Roy Cohns, as debate roils on whether to call witnesses. The GOP wants justice by the time the Super Bowl begins. x Jay Sekulow seems unaware that he is now waiving whatever executive privilege might have shielded Bolton’s account...

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  • January 28, 2020
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