Birthday

I share an important date with former basketball coach the late Don Haskins, March 14, our birthday. Haskins led the then Texas Western Basketball team to the 1966 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship against the vaunted and famed Kentucky Wildcats, led by legendary coach Adolph Rupp. Coach Rupp...

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  • October 13, 2021

I took my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine two days after my birthday. I had my second shot 21 days later, and I am well past the two-week waiting period to be considered fully vaccinated. Now that I have reached that milestone, I am ready for the next public...

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  • May 14, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: On March 9th the United States House of Representatives passed H.R.842, Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, known as the PRO Act. The PRO Act vastly expands labor protections related to employees' rights to organize and collectively bargain in the workplace....

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  • May 9, 2021
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Not surprised by this: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party. But many of his former staffers told Politico they felt used and abused by the MAGA politician. A group of former DeSantis staffers have formed a “support group” to regularly discuss their adverse experiences...

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  • May 7, 2021

I step back to reflect on many things, including this strangest year of my more than 2 ½ decades as a classroom teacher.  It is also as I approach what I suppose is a milestone of sorts, my 75th birthday on May 23. And of course since my major course...

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  • May 2, 2021

420 should be an official national holiday. Also, here’s the latest news out of Pennsylvania: The suit means business. Revenue. Jobs. Justice. Freedom. Legal Weed ✅ for PA. pic.twitter.com/0qEHxolMNh — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) April 20, 2021 People who want lawmakers to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania rallied Tuesday at the...

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  • April 20, 2021

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D. OR) in support of U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D. NV) re-election campaign: President Joe Biden & Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) Do you remember how close the election was in Nevada in 2020? Joe Biden got just 50.06%...

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  • March 29, 2021

Here’s the latest news on the recall effort in California: The effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has gathered over 2 million signatures — a number of signatures, if validated, that could force a measure on a ballot. The leaders of RecallGavin2020 announced this week that their effort reached over 2,060,000 signatures...

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  • March 16, 2021

It is patently clear that Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has lost the fealty, loyalty, or any semblance of respect from his underlings and enemies. As Mr. Cuomo becomes more defiant in his denials of sexual harassment, the Democratic party both locally and nationwide is getting bored with the drama and wants...

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  • March 15, 2021

If you listen to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and conservative media silos, like Fox News, black Capitol police officer Harry Dunn, who was called the N-word a “couple dozen times” by Confederate flag-waving insurrectionists, is crazy to believe the ‘hoax’ that white supremacy exists. The supremacy deniers would also have...

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  • February 26, 2021

Lat week was my birthday and I took most of the week and weekend off so I am playing catch up here with my e-mails. Received this e-mail on Friday from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT) group, Our Revolution: Yesterday, because of the incredible grassroots pressure that you helped...

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  • February 9, 2021

And he’s not even dead yet, or even a son of Ohio, but there remains Trumpist delusions. Then again shouldn’t James Buchanan get his national holiday on 23 April. Republican Reps. Jon Cross of Kenton and Reggie Stoltzfus of Paris Township sent an email to their House colleagues Friday asking...

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  • January 30, 2021

Marchers were beaten into withdrawal, spoiling their first attempt to march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama. In the ensuing successful march in 1965 to Montgomery, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an address that predicted the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Nation’s Capital. To the...

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  • January 18, 2021

Yesterday on Reliable Sources, CNN’s Brian Stelter interviewed his colleague Jake Tapper about the Trump years, which I kind of thought would end in spectacular fashion like a Hindenburg Hindenberder crash but are instead gradually pissing out like a leaky balloon at a children’s birthday party. And Tapper, who frequently interviewed Barbie Riefenstahl Kellyanne...

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  • December 28, 2020

On March 25, 1965, eleven days after the candles were blown out on my birthday cake, Ms. Viola Liuzzo was gunned down in her car following her participation as a civil rights marcher and transport driver. After a long day, she had agreed to drive black activist Mr. Leroy Moten,...

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  • December 9, 2020

RW logic at work: They’re so angry at GA Governor Kemp that they might urge a GOP voter boycott of the Senate Runoff in January or even write in Trump’s name. You go, nutters. Georgia has already certified the election results so their objective got a bit screwed up. There will be...

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  • November 21, 2020
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I’m all in for this: President-elect Joe Biden will join the lineup of influential Democrats involved in Georgia's ongoing senatorial campaigns, according to his recently-named forthcoming chief of staff. Ron Klain—who will formally step into the role when become Biden assumes office in January—discussed the outcomes of Georgia's two runoff...

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  • November 16, 2020

Lemmings, with the Secret Service locked and loaded. Was this also a protest of DC gyms’ occupancy limits? x This loser parade must’ve left their self respect at home. https://t.co/ztC8SLOMUC— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 14, 2020 x MOMENTS AGO: Trump supporters rush to see the president's motorcade driving by. pic.twitter.com/h0brs4gfC0...

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  • November 14, 2020

For a period in history, there existed something called the Whig Party. A group of disaffected Nationalist Republicans and Democrats who saw a need to unify the country after the horrifying presidency of Andrew Johnson. One of the main tenets of the Whigs was a limit on presidential power. Unlike...

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  • November 11, 2020

PBO does the lead in: Watch live: President Obama joins Joe Biden at a campaign event in Flint on Saturday afternoon. https://t.co/Fo306hvhTB — Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) October 31, 2020 Biden on Obama’s presidency: “Went through 8 years without one single trace of scandal. Not one single trace of...

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  • October 31, 2020

PBO does the lead in: x YouTube Video x Watch live: President Obama joins Joe Biden at a campaign event in Flint on Saturday afternoon. https://t.co/Fo306hvhTB— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) October 31, 2020 x Biden on Obama’s presidency: “Went through 8 years without one single trace of scandal. Not...

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  • October 31, 2020
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With all the news that’s going on, this has resurfaced: According to court filings obtained by American Ledger, North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis’ ex-wife alleged “cruel and inhuman treatment” by Tillis, raising questions about the reasons surrounding the couple’s eventual divorce. In Tennessee, where the couple was married, “cruel...

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  • October 11, 2020

Condescending or patronizing, how we forget until people get talked over. Tupac Shakur didn’t show up last night in Utah for the VP debate, but the truth got busted with a cap in its posterior. x Since the debate, Trump and his allies have called Kamala “unlikeable,” “this monster,” “an...

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  • October 8, 2020

So many contradictions, so little time, as non-socially distanced followers are kept away from Trump by a thin white line. x What about everyone else? https://t.co/XExDwnbqOO — Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) September 14, 2020 x Notice the big empty space on the right? That's where @realDonaldTrump “works” the ropeline. The...

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  • September 15, 2020

to finish my doctorate. I abandoned my previous attempt almost 20 years ago with a dissertation almost half written for a variety of reasons I choose not to revisit now.  In the meantime, my interests had changed greatly and I was no longer excited by the topic on which I...

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  • July 15, 2020

This was originally posted July 4, 2018. I repost it because I find it still very relevant. On this, our nation’s birthday, I have had numerous thoughts running through my mind as I compare the idea of America, as flawed as it may have historically been in its implementation, and...

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  • July 4, 2020

It is a surprise to some who haven’t spent time in African-American cultural institutions that Lift Every Voice and Sing is a standard for many events. It never substitutes for the US national anthem. It is equally surprising not to know the lyrics of a song that is much more...

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  • July 3, 2020

How good are the cameras at Rose M. Singer Center (Rikers for Women)? The goods: laundry, baggage, etc. and the tapes, oh so many tapes. Is the GOP “so far gone that even if Ghislane Maxwell implicates the President in child sex trafficking, they will find a way to excuse...

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  • July 2, 2020

Apparently there’s RWNj demand for something that’s like Twitter but monetizes subscription scams and harvests influence among like-minded crazies.  Parler is the RWNJ refuge from Twitter, like it makes much of a difference considering Twitter still allows Trump to tweet. So much work just so you can show reactionary “tongue-in-cheek”...

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  • June 26, 2020

Antifa still hasn’t taken over Seattle as much as Trump might wish it, since Boeing is still not the #CHAZ state airplane company, nor has Amazon been nationalized. Trump’s alternate reality imagines some radical left left over from Nixon’s paranoia and Reagan’s red-baiting. x Does anyone notice how little the Radical...

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  • June 14, 2020

Rutherfraud B. Trump’s second term will doom any third Reconstruction, but before then, military ceremonies prop up his uses of the armed forces in political campaign stunts. Bringing cadets back to campus was only designed for another IMPOTUS* photo-op, and some self-congratulations: For the first time in 70 years, we established...

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  • June 13, 2020

Giggling RWNJs seized on a Biden comment that only reveals how much context will be needed with an IMPOTUS who’s a pathological liar. If @realDonaldTrump said this the left would mock and the MSM would write articles about economic intercourse for days. — Dr. Russ Arnold, Esq. (@Russarnold22) April 28,...

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  • April 28, 2020
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CNN is just now reporting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has had surgery and is in grave danger: US source: North Korean leader in grave danger after surgery The US is monitoring intelligence that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after a surgery, according...

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  • April 21, 2020

Received this e-mail from Sarah Riggs Amico’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: Team — The U.S. Postal Service is always there for us when we need it — whether sending a birthday card or casting an absentee ballot. It made my family feel more connected to friends and loved ones...

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  • April 17, 2020

LIVE BLOG below (presser likely will start 30-45 minutes late*) 5:00* 6:15 PM EDT Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing at The White House (in the Rose Garden) What fresh psychodrama is this? Will anyone ask Trump why his propaganda video clip from yesterday omitted February from the...

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  • April 14, 2020

Received this e-mail from former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: This is part of Joe Biden’s newsletter series for supporters. To share feedback and submit questions, use this link: https://go.joebiden.com/newsletter Enjoy! — Team Joe Hi, it’s Joe Biden again, writing from my home in Delaware.     As always,...

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  • April 7, 2020

I wanted to do something special for Sierra.  She is our baby girl, the only  one left at home of the grandkids we adopted.   I have been Mama since she was 3 months old.   She is so smart, so animated, talented and the world today is dark but not for...

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  • March 30, 2020

Thank God I stocked up on weed. From Donny’s Daily Disinfo Dance Party: x “How do you go from 10 to 20 to 30,000, to 300,000 — even though this is different. Something is going on. And you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going?” —...

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  • March 29, 2020

It was either three years prior to her birth, or when my great-grandmother (GG) was three years old, that the Wright Brothers flew for 12 seconds in a field just outside Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  My late great-granny was born at home in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, sometime between December...

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  • February 24, 2020

For the record, a drunk Larry Kudlow and a sober Larry Kudlow are pretty much a horse apiece. I have no doubt he can do his job just as well — or better — while drunk, baked, tripping on mescaline, passed out in the bathroom stall of a Long John...

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  • February 16, 2020

How strange, Lord Haw Haw gets an Iron Cross. There was a scholarship giveaway, a reunion, and all it needed was that DNA sample in the E. Jean Carroll defamation suit for Maury Povich’s on-camera reveal. x Speaker Pelosi on tearing up the president's State of the Union speech tonight: “It...

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  • February 5, 2020

So I was lying in bed this morning eating a family-sized bag of Funyuns and thinking that America’s children are not nearly obese enough yet when I saw this Washington Post story about the Trump administration undermining Michelle Obama’s signature achievement … on her birthday. And it made me swell with —...

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  • January 17, 2020

We are in the midst of investigations that may eventually lead to the ouster of a criminal President; one responsible for possible physical threats, to not only the country of Ukraine but to an American citizen, Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.  Mr. Trump has blatantly disregarded the powers of an equal...

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  • January 15, 2020

I went to Catholic school and often ate Lucky Charms on Saturdays. Not every Saturday. You know, when I’d get a wild hair. I wasn’t gay or anything. I just liked Lucky Charms. Something about the festive assortment of colors and the convivial cardboard texture. Not that there’s anything wrong...

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  • January 15, 2020

Happy new year! These people are morons: Question: What's your New Year's Resolution? First Lady Melania Trump: "Peace on the world." President Trump: "Peace is right but I'm not sure you're supposed to say a resolution out loud." #2020NewYear #NewYearsEve2020 pic.twitter.com/u9iJrXO5gf — The Hill (@thehill) January 1, 2020 REPORTER: How...

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  • January 1, 2020

No, I did not attend a boring seminar on quantum mechanics or bend my brain studying the theory of relativity. I spent Christmas Eve and Day in Albert Einstein ( with whom I share a birthday) Hospital recovering from what was termed, a cardiac incident. Short of a heart attack, I...

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  • December 27, 2019

Russian thumbs have been on the scales as well as on the screens. Only willful ignorance keeps so many usefully idiotic assets still in power. In which I think I understand. The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State https://t.co/wAe7doaUrD — masha gessen (@mashagessen) January 31, 2019 A study of how...

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  • November 30, 2019

elections.cdn.sos.ca.gov/… California Secretary of State has published registration figures that show state voters are registering as Republicans at lower and lower rates. Since January 2016, registered Republicans have dropped by four points while Democratic registration has increased by one percent. Total registration is up sharply. Since the last 154-Day Report...

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  • November 12, 2019
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