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“It's the most wonderful time of the year…” And what could be more heartwarming and chock full of the seasonal spirit than a Christmas greeting from that perennial spreader of yuletide joy, Donald Trump? This is, after all, the Xmas savior who made it possible for Americans to once again...

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  • December 25, 2022

Yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee’s ranking member tried to pull off a well-worn Republican tactic to hide malfeasance and misdeeds. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) wrapped himself in the skirts of MAGA America, defending the former President of the United States. Brady asserted that all Americans should be on...

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  • December 21, 2022

The last piece I contributed to this forum was last Wednesday, November 16, 2022. It was entitled Mass Shootings: An American Institution. Admittedly it was a retelling—in part—of the mass shooting at the University of Virginia. Their football coach Tony Elliot said about the three young men who died in...

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  • November 21, 2022

A conservative justice on the Supreme Court asserted after the overturning of Roe v. Wade that other rights were safe, including LGBTQIA rights, birth control, and interracial marriage. Chief Justice John Roberts, who has long had a bee in his racial bonnet, started his quest in 2013 by eliminating section...

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  • October 31, 2022

Since around age sixteen, I have had friends and adults in my life who have said to me more than once,  ‘no, no, I don’t do politics.’ Well, to those who angrily rebuffed me—I say—you may not do politics, but politics is doing you. From local legislatures and school boards...

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  • June 27, 2022

Since anti-Obama protesters donned three corner hats adorned with dangling tea bags,  the Republicans have proven, over and over, they are followers, not leaders. After some consultation, the so-called “grassroots” group removed the tea bags because of the sexual connotation of being called teabaggers. Hence the Tea Party. As it...

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  • February 16, 2022

[Poor white men] “ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man. And he ate Jim Crow.” ~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King wanted the crowd to understand...

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  • January 21, 2022

“I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office,...

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  • November 5, 2021

CNN’s David Gergen: The Only Thing That Can Stop Donald Trump From Running in 2024 is a Prison Sentence From the Insurrection, we know that conspiring to commit felonies is also a felony. We know with greater certainty that Trump knew what was going to happen, despite Pence’s resistance and...

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  • October 24, 2021

I have rolled a question around in my head for months; why are Republicans so mean? I have concluded that it is not meanness, it is fear. The fear of betraying the religion of Trump and fear of being called stupid. Having a point and blind devotion to a point...

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  • October 1, 2021

Let me start by saying no one—for or against—is in favor of abortion. Subjecting a woman and her partner to outside scrutiny from what is the most anguished-filled decision of their lives, is no business of any of ours to decide for any woman. One of the few tenets left...

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  • August 20, 2021

Florida bans its schools from teaching critical race theory On Thursday, Florida’s State Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of an amendment banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools throughout the state. The theory, according to PolitiFact, is a collection of ideas about systemic bias and privilege...

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  • June 12, 2021

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

Repost: Fordham Political Review. No one issue in politics today causes greater polarization than the issue of abortion.  I remember sitting down with my mother in high school, nerves fluttering in my stomach as I asked her, “What do you think about abortion?”  I was thinking about the fact that...

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  • May 22, 2021

MSNBC Host Katy Tur is taking the family leave offered by MSNBC. She slammed the U.S. for its deficiency in valuing the needs of families. MSNBC Host Katy Tur touts family leave See full episodes here. She did not have to do this, but she did. MSNBC Host Katy Tur is almost...

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  • May 6, 2021

Why is McConnell destroying the GOP? Why is Trump popular with his base? What does a low birth rate mean? Is capitalism the epidemic’s Achilles heel? Is McConnell oblivious to what he is unleashing? Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799...

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  • May 5, 2021

Politico constructed an oral history of the bin Laden raid and it’s worth the read to get a sense as one can from on oral history, of the authenticity of the event, as well as some interesting details, the rosary held by Biden, and especially the trashing of previous guy...

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  • May 1, 2021

Just wanted to share this: Texas Senator Ted Cruz was not a fan of a Tuesday Daily Show segment and he let host Trevor Noah know it. The bit was about Congressional reapportionment due to population shifts in the U.S. Those shifts are causing New York to lose a U.S. House seat while Texas picks up...

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  • April 29, 2021

Yesterday I was so depressed.  Could not figure out why.  Vet came and sat out on the patio and said, “You know, I am depressed really bad”.  I shook my head and said, “Not a good sign you know if we both are”.   I felt like a cloud was hanging...

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  • April 17, 2021

Some big news today out of North Carolina: Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s career in politics is not over. McCrory, a Republican who served one term as the state’s chief executive and 14 years as Charlotte’s mayor, has launched a campaign website announcing his run for North Carolina’s open U.S. Senate...

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  • April 14, 2021

“As in the Times Op-Ed from which the book originated, the title refers to the results of studies conducted in Germany from the mid-nineteen-eighties onward, which reported, among other intriguing findings, that eighty per cent of East German women always experienced orgasm during sex, compared to sixty-three per cent of...

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  • April 8, 2021

So much thick-headed media activity this past week. OTOH Chuck Todd panders to the center again, or perhaps it's the college drop-out demographic. x A @MeetThePress fail today: talking about anti-Asian violence and racism – without any Asians on the panel. I can’t imagine MTP having a discussion about anti-Black...

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  • March 22, 2021

Senator Ron Johnson said the blatant part out loud, that he fears black people and not white people. When confronted about his remarks, surprise, surprise, he accused his detractors of playing the “race card.” Mr. Johnson uttered one of the most overt racist statements in recent political history. Johnson recognized...

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  • March 17, 2021

Some big news this week out of Missouri: A Missouri Democrat who works at an organization that fights corporate monopolies on Tuesday became the latest candidate to announce a bid for U.S. Senate. Lucas Kunce, 38, is the national security policy director at the American Economic Liberties Project, an organization...

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  • March 11, 2021

Oprah Winfrey’s query of the exiled Royals was a superfluous gesture to most black Americans. That was until she brought up the subject of the baby royal, Archie. By exposing what most black men and women around the world know, that racism exists from the commoners to literal Kings and...

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  • March 10, 2021

To be fair, practically everyone’s opinion about the royal family is worthless, because the royal family itself is a pointless anachronism. And now that it’s clearly both racist and pointless, the world is piling on. Enter Meghan McCain. Now, admittedly, I have mixed feelings about McCain. I tend to like...

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  • March 9, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

Scientists have successfully cloned an endangered black-footed ferret from the genes of an animal named Willa that had died over thirty years ago. After Willa died, her remains were frozen and sent from Wyoming to San Diego Zoo Global that maintains a bank of frozen tissues for over 1,100 endangered and...

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  • February 19, 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

Lately, I feel like the whole world is Green Acres and I’m Mr. Douglas. (I grant you my references are ancient. Is there a more contemporary reference I can use? Something on the TikTok, perchance? I’d ask one of my nieces or nephews, but they’re old, too.) Anyway, it just feels like...

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  • February 1, 2021

Nothing but baboons: x “Baboons do not go far from the place of their birth.” Maasai proverb https://t.co/6pedtij0BT— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 3, 2021 x Fun Fact: In 1861, 11 U.S. Senators were expelled from the Senate for refusing to recognize the election of Abraham Lincoln. — Alex Cole (@acnewsitics)...

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  • January 3, 2021

But there are 40-odd cinder cones of once-active volcanos clustered near the bucolic town of Boring, just east of Portland Oregon.  These, and the related lava flows, are part of the Boring formation. I live off this map to the left (west of Beaverton).  I am intensely interested in this Boring...

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  • December 12, 2020
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A loser’s victory rally, what a message. In his Valdosta, Georgia speech on Saturday Trump will essentially repeat his 46 minute Facebook rant from Wednesday with a few local references and additional stupid ad libs. Save that hour for more productive activities that don’t involve super-spreading. They’re “not dumb in Georgia” but...

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  • December 3, 2020

Typically, nations around the world watch but don’t celebrate the selection of our leaders. This year is a big difference. People all around the world joyously broke out in celebration as if America just overthrew a dictator. We kind of did… x West London, November 7th, 2020: Fireworks celebrating the...

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  • November 8, 2020

For six years, tadpoles have morphed into tiny chorus frogs in my backyard ponds.  But once they’ve turned into frogs I seldom see them again. For the first few days into July, I  find them near their birth ponds. Their default move is to hop back into the water for...

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  • November 1, 2020

Maybe we can now just wait for every vote to be counted. Fortunately we’re past the fail-safe point of the Comey email fiasco of 2016 and its associated manipulation by the NY Times. We may be out of October Surprises. Even Putin seems to have officially cut Trump loose. Then...

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  • October 29, 2020

One has to remember that an Amendment to the Constitution is  PART of the Constitution, and since it is LATER than the original text of the Constitution actually becomes more relevant. And so I remind you that the Bill of Rights was ratified by a Congress including a number of...

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  • October 13, 2020

A thorough bit of reporting by NBC has now tracked down the closest origins for Q of the QAnon cult. Now can we just ignore them, even if Trump retweets them. x Millions of people believe there's a Democratic cabal of baby eaters, and Donald Trump is fighting a secret...

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  • October 7, 2020

Lots of social distancing and challenging sound with an outdoor setting bordering a highway. Biden did well in terms of relating to the questions and the questioners. Biden was not surprised by the news that President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. What he's saying: “Quite frankly, I wasn't surprised,” Biden said when...

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  • October 6, 2020

George Washington shepherded the United States through the War for Independence and presided, literally, over the birth of the nation, without panic. Abraham Lincoln guided the United States through the literal secession and reuniting of the Union, without panic. Franklin Delano Roosevelt told the nation we had nothing to fear,...

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  • September 25, 2020

This is VOTING INFO AND IS  important to tell voters..  FLORIDA IS VERY IMPORTANT   I suggest all Kossacks in all 50 states put this info on Daily Kos and Twitter and your email lists and send your State’s info to the voter… NOW…Don’t wait.  If you have family in Florida and...

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  • September 25, 2020

Periodically, ACM readers might want an introduction to anticapitalism. This emerges because of the disinformation propagated by kakistocratic clowns like Trump, who enables neoliberal capitalism while pursuing kleptocracy and monopolizing violence. This is important as yesterday Trump signed an executive order that had no effect on big pharma, and endorsed extrajudicial killing...

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  • September 13, 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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  • August 29, 2020

In 2015, writer, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote a scathing rebuke in the National Review of President Trump’s sister, then federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Like most who oppose partial-birth abortion, he seized upon gory detail, describing the procedure in its most medieval incarnation, all the while ignoring its medical necessity or rarity....

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  • August 24, 2020

One could not help being moved by the sheer empathy displayed by MSNBC Host Hallie Jackson, who used her return from maternity leave to make an important point. Hallie Jackson shows uncharacteristic empathy x x YouTube Video Watch the full episode here. I was so impressed with Hallie Jackson's statement...

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  • August 20, 2020

Yes I am SHOUTING.  That’s because this is about the most important thing you can read today. The piece is titled How the Pandemic Defeated America and is subtitled “A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.” Yong, a staff writer for The Atlantic, actually warned...

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  • August 3, 2020

One of the best and honest speeches given at Congressman John Lewis' funeral was by James Lawson, an activist of activists from the early days. The words of James Lawson are ones every activist must listen to now. x x YouTube Video Watch the full episode here. While President Obama...

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  • August 2, 2020

Fortunately Twitter decided to rein in QAnon, one of many cults projecting both the main tenets of Trumpism but also serving as a channel for non-domestic malign actors to invest in GOP disinformation and disruption. Twitter’s crackdown comes too late to stop QAnon’s growth. While QAnon’s presence on Twitter will...

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  • July 24, 2020

The New York Times has a good piece out about Joe Biden’s campaign and hpw it’s giving him a great shot at winning Wisconsin: There are a range of ways Mr. Biden can build a general election coalition in a battleground state like Wisconsin. He could focus on winning back...

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  • July 19, 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