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“No, no. There's 52 senators who don't agree, okay, and there's two that want to work something out if possible in a most rational reasonable way.” Joe Manchin fessing up that he and Sinema are Republicans to CNN reporter. Manchin Cheerfully Gives Republicans A Senate Majority (video in link) West Virginia is...

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  • October 19, 2021

Shedding Facebook becomes more necessary as awareness of disinformation and propaganda effects forces editorial action by Facebook. The problem is that ad revenue can and has come from malign forces beyond the usual influence operations of capitalism. This comes as its Oversight Board asks more questions about Facebook’s role in...

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  • May 11, 2021

The land of nonsense has now been proposed, because the new America First Caucus decided they’ll advance the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like neoclassical architecture promoted by fascist movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits...

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  • April 16, 2021

The new America First Caucus advances the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like the neoclassical architecture often called Federalist. Not coincidentally it also is the official state facade style promoted by  authoritarian movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits fought by...

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  • April 16, 2021

The sponsors of campus speakers like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos, Young America’s Foundation took on Pete Buttigieg, thinking that they were delivering trenchant criticism. Instead, they’ve revived the critical history of urban planning and design, now articulated by the Trump-jungend. Anyone who’s encountered urban elevated highways has experienced the social divisions...

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  • April 11, 2021
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Not a victory for cancellation as perhaps poorly vetted stereotypes best left for an era when Bruce Lee couldn’t be chosen for the lead of a TV series. Dav Pilkey, whose Captain Underpants has its own issues but remains popular, agreed with the withdrawal of his latest ‘graphic novel’ by its...

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  • March 29, 2021

“The universe has been to them.” (Resident Alien) 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...

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  • March 13, 2021
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From The Hill: Spoiler: Passing laws would indeed make my flags go away. Just not that one. Let’s do the right things for Pennsylvania. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇺🇸 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 24, 2021 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, has replaced the pro-weed and LGBTQ rights flags hanging from...

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  • February 25, 2021

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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  • February 13, 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

< p class=”is-empty-p” style=”text-align:left”> Randall Lane, the editor of Forbes Magazine, has warned corporations not to hire former Trump officials. If they hire them, said Lane, they will be viewed as a “funnel of disinformation” by the magazine.  Business Insider writes a summary of how Trump’s failed coup attempt inspired Forbes...

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  • January 10, 2021

Since we have allowed ourselves to sink into the wormhole of conspiracies like QAnon and election fraud, my contribution is Warhammer. I actually know little about the dark arts, or how serious its followers are, but in my word searches I found out that an encyclopedia exists for its aficionados....

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  • January 4, 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

As he prepares to ride off into the sunset on a screeching, incontinent llama, Donald Trump is wasting no time in abusing his power even more than he already has. While he still hasn’t given up on turning the U.S. into a hereditary monarchy that swears allegiance to a damp sack of...

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  • December 22, 2020

It’s too, too easy. It’s like Sarah Palin’s intumescent spider sac exploded five years ago and seeded the Earth with omnipresent fucknuttery. And now there’s almost too much conservative cray-cray to make fun of. The semi-sentient bout of cocaine sweats that claims to be the pr*sident’s son has been unwittingly embarrassing itself...

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  • December 20, 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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  • December 19, 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

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

“Increase in cases is accelerating with no signs of abating. Hospitalizations already increasing. Reasonable conclusion – deaths too will follow.” If Trump wins and continues his dissonant herd immunity ‘policy’, over 100,000 excess deaths will occur in addition to the Trump Death Clock. x View this post on Instagram Don't...

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  • October 30, 2020

jlmiller.us/… Webpage secure.actblue.com/… Florida needs your support for this fine candidate… VOTE ! x x YouTube Video  I was born in North Carolina and raised in Clinton and Columbia South Carolina.  I lived in poverty, often with no electricity, water or indoor plumbing.  Often, I did not know where I would lay my head...

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  • October 12, 2020

From CNN: The last time Kansas sent a Democrat to the US Senate, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby was all over the news. “Tarzan the Ape Man” was a hit movie. And Franklin Delano Roosevelt won his first term, crushing incumbent Herbert Hoover. The year, as you history majors...

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  • October 5, 2020

The Kansas Reflector wrote an op-ed to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts asking them to suspend  U.S. Senate candidate and U.S. Representative, Dr. Roger Marshall’s (R. KS) medical license for constantly campaigning without a mask: As many in your profession have said repeatedly, masks are one of the simplest...

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  • September 23, 2020

Considering the penchant for bored federal tactical teams to practice their snatch and grab techniques with their rental vehicles, it’s a good thing to take down that statue. Chicago will feature at least 200 members of the miscellaneous DHS protection squad this weekend.  x BREAKING: Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans to...

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  • July 24, 2020

Received this e-mail from singer-songwriter James Taylor is support of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: Joe Biden I'm reaching out personally to ask because this election is the most important one in my lifetime: can you chip in $16 to elect Joe Biden and defeat Donald Trump? In just...

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  • July 14, 2020

Here’s A Letter on Justice and Open Debate in Harpers July 7, 2020. The usual contingencies apply considering that some of the signatories have serious issues with one or more ideas represented by other signatories. For example one is currently being pilloried for calling gay conversion therapy the equivalent of hormone...

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  • July 8, 2020

I have never seen such stupidity and idiot leadership in one country in my life.      Do I have faith in the American people to wear a mask and social distance?  Hell No.  They don’t have sense enough to believe science and truth.  They only believe if they get...

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  • July 3, 2020

I teach at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville MD, a school founded in 1946 originally to educate people for  the Trinitarian Order, more properly known as The Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives (Latin: Ordo Sanctissimae Trinitatis et captivorum), abbreviated OSST. The order was founded...

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  • May 31, 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

This is what white privilege looks like: The podcast host Joe Rogan has said he will vote for Donald Trump over Joe Biden in the presidential election, should the former vice-president be the Democratic nominee. The comic was speaking on Friday’s edition of his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, which regularly tops the...

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  • April 5, 2020

As a second US citizen (also in Washington State) dies from COVID-19, the Trump lies continue. A reminder that actual Trumpian truth happens only under oath. Trump had brought it on himself. He had sued a reporter, accusing him of being reckless and dishonest in a book that raised questions...

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  • March 2, 2020

Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is not just a Michael Bloomberg supporters.  Fischer is also a national co-chair on Bloomberg’s presidential campaign.  And how did Bloomberg snag the support of Fischer?  You will never guess how.  Yeah, you will.  Seems that Bloomberg Philanthopies provided a grant to the city of Louisville...

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  • February 27, 2020

News on Friday that a federal court convicted former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone on seven counts, including obstruction of a proceeding, false statements, and witness tampering only added to Trump’s woes as the second day of impeachment hearings played out in Washington. Stone’s conviction certainly added to an aura of criminality that surrounds...

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  • November 18, 2019
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I attended public school growing up in Oklahoma. After I graduated from the University of Houston, a public university where tuition cost only $50 a semester, my first job was as a special education teacher at a public school in New Jersey. I later attended a public law school. I...

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  • November 18, 2019

Trump is about the ceremonial and pomp, so awards ceremonies and his pomposity overrule advise and consent when cconsidering federal recognition of the arts.  Because for Trump, there should be no federal support, for even the martial arts even as his visit to the UFC match at MSG cost the taxpayers...

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  • November 12, 2019

Florida man thought he’d get a warm reception from a mixed martial arts audience. Trump Booed at Second Sporting Event in Less Than A Week, This Time at UFC Championshiphttps://t.co/mLBtZpGpLh — Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 3, 2019 Two groups of about 150 protesters — from Refuse Fascism and Rise and Resist —...

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  • November 3, 2019

The GOP should be careful about wishing for a quick up and down vote on impeachment. The Ukraine chapter is essentially part III of the Mueller report, leaving the GOP with a Pyrrhic victory if they “acquit” Trump in a Senate trial.  The Democrats, by contrast are looking to optimize...

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  • October 12, 2019

Nicole Bell of Crooks and Liars has another story up about how even Democratic political consultants are helping to restart the career of a prominent sexual harasser:  Mark Halperin.  According to Politico, there are 75 Democratic consultants who decided to be part of Mark Halperin’s latest book. NEWS … MARK...

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  • August 19, 2019

“BBQ Becky.” “Permit Patty.” ”Pool Patrol Paul.” ”Cornerstore Caroline.” I guess i should be numb to this by now, yet this one tears into me.  Jumping out of your Jag to yell about a baby sitting on the effing sidewalk is apparently a thing now.  Kelyn and Isaiah Allen tried to take a few...

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  • February 23, 2019

My, my, my. What a mess.   Tommy Lee Jones   The Fugitive Things like this pop up in politics occasionally, although not all that often. Shit happens, or as a coworker of mine at United used to say “Ka-ka occurs.” Although, like so many things Trumpain, this one is kind of...

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  • January 28, 2019

An employee of Smith College in Northampton, Mass. called the police on Oumou Kanoute who was enjoying her lunch in a common area because…she “seemed to be out of place”… Huffington Post “A Smith College employee called the police on a black student who was eating lunch in a common area...

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  • August 2, 2018

From the Louisville Courier-Journal: Maria Butina, arrested and accused by the U.S. government of being a Russian spy who tried to influence American politicians, was a last-minute speaker at a 2016 fundraising dinner in Louisville that included Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton as guests. Butina, identified...

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  • July 24, 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