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I don’t watch Fox News anymore. If I really want to know what they’re up to, I’ll read watchdog sites like Media Matters or Mediaite. Or I’ll check my mom’s bedroom closet to see if she’s been stress-buying Trumpy Bears again. That said, Fox has an outsized influence on our...

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  • February 19, 2022

I don’t know if this statement has been diarized, my apologies, but it bears repeating often, so if anyone missed it. The Threats to American Democracy and the Need for National Voting and Election Administration Standards The Bolding is mine Introduction We, the undersigned, are scholars of democracy who have...

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  • June 6, 2021

Oklahoma’s right-wing politicians would like to erase history because that’s what they do, whether it’s the omission of facts or rewriting them to favor those in power. Historical guilt and its associated media effects cooties can’t be part of public school curricula. H.B. 1775  implies that the past prior to 1776...

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  • May 24, 2021

The Atlanta spree killings are unfortunately a story with structural similarity to events elsewhere. How do we know that Robert Long wasn’t on his way to Mar-a-Lago when the cops performed a PIT maneuver on him after he killed eight people. Darn hypotheticals of the culture wars. Mar-a-Lago as spa resort...

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  • March 19, 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

In the choice between wolf predation and human predation wolf culling seems more about sport than the economic threat to herds. Subsidizing trapping and killing with wolf bounties doesn’t begin to address the real ecological harms from other populations like feral pigs.  “Should Montana Allow New Methods of Killing Wolves to...

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  • March 10, 2021

There are now far too many Trump proxies to ignore, but ignore them we must, simply because liberals seem too frightened, says Anat Shenker-Osorio. “Because in a battle of fear against fear, the right will always win.” Majorie Taylor Green is no Daughter of Kobani, and more like a Turkish taffy for...

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  • February 21, 2021

Well, this seems significant. CNN: In an expletive-laced phone call with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy while the Capitol was under attack, then-President Donald Trump said the rioters cared more about the election results than McCarthy did.   “Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election...

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  • February 13, 2021

Riding with the cops and rooting for the robbers, many members of the Senate GQP have made their decisions, siding with technical arguments as the Republic was threatened. Criming will happen again, even if violating a Constitutional oath while in office, and now further as the potential of returning to...

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  • February 11, 2021

Trump aide who slipped an abortion pill into a girlfriend’s smoothie claims Trump is happier. The reality is that there may be a Trump sockpuppet account in Parler anyway, but fortunately no one has yet noticed. x https://t.co/tFzNoKODki— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) February 8, 2021 x A Former Aide Would Like...

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  • February 8, 2021

While our attention was consumed by the latest Republican shiny object, Vice President Kamala Harris the originator of the pearls and Chucks meme, un-clutched her pearls, laced up her Chucks, and cast her first tie-breaking vote in the Senate. President Joe Biden and his second in command are demonstrating what...

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  • February 5, 2021

The best explanation of short selling (as it applies to GameStop) that I've read pic.twitter.com/o9ZL5HqsKf — John M. Cunningham (@jmcunning) January 28, 2021 1/2Short selling means borrowing shares and immediately selling them. When the price goes down, they buy them back for cents and return them to the lender. This...

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  • January 31, 2021

Democracy is an afterthought for Trumpists. Whether it’s the “sense of style” or “good men knowing their limitations” the movie character of Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood resembles the RWNJ fantasy of transcendent morality embodied in some westerns. Harry Callahan acts beyond a rule of law premised on liberal...

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  • January 28, 2021

Mr. Naiveté is here to tell you he thought maybe, just maybe, the very people who suffered the brunt of Donald Trump’s bumblefuck putsch might stand firm in their revulsion. But of course they didn’t. The taste of spray-tan and pocky buttocks is simply too tantalizing for most Republicans to resist, and...

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  • January 23, 2021

More Charlie than Kevin, McCarthy now tries to polish a turd about the insurrection, tiptoeing a fine line between Trumpists and “post-trumpist” GOP constituencies. McCarthy is just not good with shiny objects to distract the media, as he defaults to the GOP’s more covert racial messaging. x Wherein @GOPLeader indignantly refuses...

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  • January 21, 2021

Vladimir Putin really did a number on this country, didn’t he? If only Donald Trump’s admiration had led to emulation far sooner. Had Trump been photographed shirtless on a horse, I have to think this would have all been over in June 2015. But he wasn’t, and it wasn’t. And...

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  • January 10, 2021

After President Donald Trump ignited his riotous group of seditionists with the words “fight like hell” and ‘take our country back,’ the return shouts and whoops from the crowd were foreboding. In the subsequent hours, Trump's followers proved that walls do not work when they scaled the stone porticos of...

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  • January 8, 2021

I had never heard the extraordinary story of Ada Blackjack, her Alaskan way of life was transformed into a destitute single woman with a small child when abandoned by her dog-musher husband. She had no choice but to walk forty miles to Nome, Alaska, with a two-year-old ill with tuberculosis.  Upon arrival, she...

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  • December 28, 2020
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

Donald Trump has been plotting to screw our climate and kill off the diversity of life for four years.  This isn’t hyperbole; he has devasted critical habitat and created scars over 400 miles long through National Parks, private and public lands along the US and Mexican borders with his racist wall. By changing...

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  • December 8, 2020

Trumpist anti-certifying efforts for the remaining states seem a fools’ errand but Trump and Giuliani seem to be the best fools for it. Regardless, they are chasing some version of an apocalyptic conclusion. x And Bannon talking about it openly on his insane Alex Jones-level podcast. — S.V. Dáte (@svdate) November 18,...

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  • November 18, 2020

Negligence is not a feature of libertarianism but it is a tasty bug as the Trump campaign ignores local ordinances and continues to spread the pandemic, mainly in smaller US cities that have large enough airport hangars. The Trump strategy of herd immunity will kill over a half-million people before a...

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  • October 14, 2020

In a scene that may eerily replicate the mass evacuations that occurred with Hurricane Rita in 2005, residents in the same area are warned to flee the coasts of Texas and Louisiana as a powerful Category 4 hurricane will soon barrel over the area. Hurricane Laura, now a major Category 3...

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  • August 26, 2020

Monmouth University released their Georgia poll today. They found that both Joe Biden and Donald Trump are tied 47/47 but I wanted to bring attention to the polling in both the U.S. Senate races in Georgia: In the regularly scheduled U.S. Senate election, Republican incumbent David Perdue holds a 49%...

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  • July 29, 2020

From Chris Cillizza at CNN: North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis has a theory about the 2020 election that you need to hear. “The stakes are very high this election, but you know why I know we're going to win?” Tillis said in a speech at the North Carolina Republican virtual convention...

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  • July 13, 2020

I’m just an old race horse out to pasture, pawing the ground when the race track bugle sounds.  I still read the local public notices about developments, reflecting back on 40 years of environmental challenges, wishing someone was doing some more challenging. And then something happened.  I am terrible at this...

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  • July 9, 2020

There’s juicy stuff in the Bolton book even if his mercenary lust for money came before putting Trump in the vise during the Impeachment. It seems less revelatory as it might simply confirm how incompetent and dangerous Trump remains. “He then, stunningly, turned the conversation to the coming U.S. presidential election,...

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  • June 17, 2020

Will Trump also call the Catholic archbishop a “leftist media pawn”? There was no need for crowd-clearing teargas because this was a trip to signal to conservative Catholics (see Steve Bannon and Opus Dei) and maybe St Mickey’s…. but this trip may have been an attempt to counter the Biden...

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  • June 2, 2020

Seems the Media attention is all on Brian Kemp of Georgia and his reopening experiment with with the lives of his fellow Georgians during a viral pandemic.  And DeSantis gets the same level of scrunity because…well….It’s Florida.  Meanwhile, AL, MS, and SC have increasing numbers of coronavirus infections since their own grand...

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  • May 30, 2020

Continuing the Trump economy described initially as “just right” for a second term is more Red Riding Hood than Goldilocks. Where “what was originally a frightening oral tale became a cozy family story with only a hint of menace”, the economy now becomes capital crime and assault. Mother Hubbard got knocked...

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  • May 28, 2020

Quackery emerged again during the WH COVID Taskforce briefing yesterday, because Trump does listen to people in his base who engage in fringe beliefs and conspiracy theories (CT). “Expect a Miracle”  x The President inquires about injecting disinfectant? pic.twitter.com/75kGQkD0h7 — Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 23, 2020 “Maybe you can, maybe...

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  • April 24, 2020

Live Blog below (still doing it only because Trump says stupid stuff) 5:00* PM EDT ( expect delays — yesterday’s presser started at 6:15pm) Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing The White House So many possible press questions, so little time. Unfortunately there will be WHO follow-up...

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  • April 15, 2020

Live Blog below. (Why yes, doing this is getting tiring, and I may give it up soon if only because the lies and campaign talking points are increasing. My interest in them is mainly for sound bites that often get edited out in transcripts) IMPOTUS* is expected to attend, expect...

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  • April 6, 2020

The dimensions of the Trump inaction and now profiteering from COVID-19 have become clearer. A Trump emboldened by an impeachment acquittal felt no need to respond to a “foreign” pandemic. Trump’s nativist denial, conditioned by his attacks on international institutions, colored a negligent US response much like his treatment of...

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  • March 15, 2020

Breaking news: x BIG: the @BostonGlobe, who once suggested Warren should sit out 2020, has endorsed her for president. “Fearless and brilliant on her feet, Warren has the greatest potential among the candidates to lay bare Trump’s weaknesses on a debate stage.” https://t.co/pgRbx5M9Nm— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) February 26, 2020 Here’s...

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  • February 26, 2020

I really wish Donald Trump Jr. were restricted to shooting at living things that are less intelligent than he. That would pretty much leave bivalve mollusks and his own foot fungus, and I wouldn’t mind watching him shoot himself in the foot literally for once. According to a story in...

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  • February 22, 2020

NPR interviewed Sen. Angus King of Maine (independent, caucuses with the Democrats): Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly on Monday that up to 10 Republican senators could vote for witnesses following the Times' report about the Bolton manuscript. “I'm already hearing a number of Republicans who are...

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  • January 27, 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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  • January 4, 2020

Climate change, it’s here. Perhaps it is time that the world helps Australia in their moment of need. It is like Armageddon in many areas of the continent. Yesterday, over 30,000 people were ordered to evacuate a huge swath of land in Victoria state, known as Gippsland, as soaring temperatures...

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  • December 31, 2019

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

2020 is almost upon us, and there’s many people out there who will be making a New Year’s resolution to buy a new electric car during the course of the year.  The number of offerings on the market keeps expanding every year, so what will this year look like?  Join us...

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  • December 17, 2019

Ever since he showed up on the national stage, Trump has been called — with good reason — a narcissist, a megalomaniac, a disordered personality. But he is also a sadist, and he leads a sadistic base. This point has been raised before on this blog — Trump is Sadistic...

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  • December 13, 2019

Whether among a family, in the workplace, or on the web, gossip operates as cancel culture and at scale is easily monetized by tabloid media. The production of pariahs is one genre of media culture, that in a family is the production of runts, scapegoats, or black sheep. You may...

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  • December 2, 2019

Finally after Pat-a-cake half the day someone says… Just answer the question, boy. x Barry Berke. This is how you question a fool like Corey Lewandowski. Don’t be nice. Don’t say “I agree with you”, like some of the Democrats did today in their exchanges. Just keep throwing out the...

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  • September 17, 2019

One of the most overused talking points of the Republican Party is calling themselves the “party of Lincoln.”  Because too much of America has no sense of historical nuance, explaining that Lincoln would be a Democrat today is useless and I have ceased trying years ago. The switch of the...

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  • August 2, 2019

Because this is our world now. Business Insider: Among the names that have reportedly been discussed as a replacement are controversial former CIA analyst Fred Fleitz, president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP). The CSP is a far-right think tank that has been labelled a hate group by the Southern...

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  • July 23, 2019

I assume by “normal person” he means “not the president” — not “a tool-using hominid who’s not totally fucking insane.” But the sentiment still holds. The indispensable Gabriel Sherman at Vanity Fair has an insider’s look at the mood inside the White House in the wake of the redacted Mueller...

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  • April 19, 2019

Apparently the world as we know it came to an end on Friday, not that I knew anything about it. For me, these last 4 days are my World Series and Super Bowl all tied together. Starting at 9:15 PDT on Thursday, and ending around 8:30 on Sunday night, I...

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  • March 25, 2019

The dotard has been showing such manly strength and resolve on the world stage lately – ceding Syria to the Russian and Turks, ending sanctions to one of the worst actors in the 2016 election interference scheme, and meekly allowing those same Russians to violate the Monroe Doctrine and place offensive...

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  • December 20, 2018

The United States Senate has installed a credibly accused attempted rapist with a fifty vote confirmation vote by senators representing fewer than 45% of Americans. Dr. Blasey Ford can still not return to her home due to continuing death threats by said attempted racist supporters … x Dr. Christine Blasey...

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  • October 8, 2018
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