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A part of the nationalistic, anti-immigrant, and rising anti-Semitic hunger in America is the refusal to examine the U.S. side of the border. The last presidential administration wanted to build walls and accused immigrants crossing our southern borders of being rapists and murderers. In 2018 over 30,000 murders were reported...

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  • October 19, 2022

All wars are battles among falcons, they are never fought between hawks and doves. A UN enforced no-fly-zone would have no doves. As James Clapper said on CNN: “The game’s on”. The reality is that wars like Ukraine-Russia are fought in blood even if they can be modeled as a series of...

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  • March 14, 2022

Rube Goldberg was an inventor and cartoonist who satirically depicted complicated machines to perform simple tasks used to show the absurdity of over-thinking. In March of 2016, with eight months to go in former President Obama’s first term, the then-Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell refused to consider the current Attorney...

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  • June 16, 2021

For the second time, in approximately sixteen years, President Joe Biden is part of a multicultural team pulling America back from the brink. The last time, in 2009, Mr. Biden was second in command to former President Barack Obama. This time he is in charge, with Kamala Harris as his...

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  • May 10, 2021

Structural change needs to happen, because in community policing, community should precede policing. The paramilitary trend should not be seen as a burgeoning conflict between armed militias, one more official than the other. We need a de-escalation whose goal is the diametric opposite of the 1/6 insurrection. The problem isn't...

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  • April 15, 2021

I read “Biden Can Go Bigger and Not ‘Pay for It’ the Old Way” by Economics Professor and MMT advocate Stephanie Kelton. It is an important read that we need to understand. Stephanie Kelton hits the nail on the head. See full episodes here. Ironically Professor Kelton shared some concerns with former...

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  • April 7, 2021

OMG, this was brilliant! https://twitter.com/AnitaM86/status/1367911317491834888?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw If you can’t see it, a reporter (I don’t know which outlet) asked, “A lot of Americans are saying that, you know, the surges are happening under President Biden’s watch, after he reversed some previous policies. Does the administration take any accountability for what’s happening?” Jen...

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  • March 5, 2021

OMG, this was brilliant! x Jen Psaki not taking any nonsense, immigration edition. pic.twitter.com/7Z75x4jpEO — Anita (@AnitaM86) March 5, 2021 If you can’t see it, a reporter (I don’t know which outlet) asked, “A lot of Americans are saying that, you know, the surges are happening under President Biden's watch,...

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  • March 5, 2021

A Swiss Navy Knife. A new article in Forbes about the failure of the F-35 aircraft system in terms of building a Ferrari points us toward the problem of seeking nails for hammers. Another failed weapons system signifies how national security could remain intact without waste and still save the economy...

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  • February 24, 2021

Josh Hawley wants to rule the United States; let us make no mistake about that. Claire McCaskill (whom he barely beat in 2018) said on MSNBC the other day that he had just won the race for attorney general when he started running against her, and that he hadn’t even...

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  • January 9, 2021

As with most faculty politics, there is a subtext to the story of a professor fired for specious reasons. Garrett Felber was fired for failing to “communicate face-to-face” with his department chair at University of MIssissippi, even as he was outspoken about a variety of university actions after the selection of...

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  • December 22, 2020

Stories do have consequences, and following Trump’s American Carnage, truth will out in the larger American narrative. This James Fallows essay is worth reading, made important by the trial balloon of making Andrew Cuomo the AG nominee. For Biden personally, as president, the best thing he can do for most of...

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  • December 13, 2020

The Kraken Caucus makes itself known. GOP sedition messaging harkens back to the 19th Century, except Trump's lost cause won't rise again. This time it’s not a Brooks Brothers Riot but pseudo-secessionist displays. “Trump can't handle the concept of the label 'loser'” as he pimps a 'seditious abuse of justice', and Jake Tapper...

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  • December 11, 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

Men argue. Nature acts. Voltaire Climate change does not respect any international borders. Disaster is coming for us all at some point, regardless of the color of our skin. People should insist on the government's actions and not worry about our beautiful minds. It’s not all about you, America. Only wealthy...

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  • November 27, 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

I have republican family members and I know right-wing fellow workers.I researched for the unions in the South for a decade.   I’ve done collective bargaining to protect the health plan of an industrial worker group of several hundred union members who voted almost 100% for Trump in 2016.  The...

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  • November 8, 2020

If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze — Joe Biden Vice President Joe Biden’s climate plan has received rave reviews across the planet. Many have hope that the United States carrot and...

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  • October 9, 2020

Marine props, naturalized citizen props, and tonight it featured a guy charged with insider trading, who also claims that Trump, unlike Bill Clinton, is “the first Black president”. The GOP keeps thinking that if they refer to the pandemic in the past tense, that 180,000 deaths won’t matter as much. ...

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  • August 27, 2020

Thematically there will be the same contradictory elements: freedom of religion only for specific religions, carnage is here because it’s been manufactured, the stock market is the economy, the other side is subversive even as we’re trying to pervert the rule of law and sabotage the election. And mainly, ignore...

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  • August 22, 2020

So many things to clean up starting January. A Josh Rogin piece at WaPo suggests that progressives will be sidelined in a Biden-Harris foreign policy. ‘Democratic muscular liberalism’ is more rebranding for the same centrism that often supported making wars last longer and often with less satisfying outcomes, despite multilateralism and...

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  • August 16, 2020

Trump’s self-fulfilling idiocy still needs to drive his numbers further down. Like punking his gun-toting followers, a desperate Trump thinks that having his GOP RNC acceptance speech at Gettysburg will do for his neo-confederate followers something, something Charlottesville. The Stephen Miller logic probably has more historical revisionist malarkey in the...

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  • August 10, 2020

This is like telling Titanic passengers not to get on the lifeboats because someone thought he saw a spider in one of them. Apparently, our State Department has issued a travel advisory for New Zealand — because the country currently has 23 active coronavirus cases. And, well, New Zealand media are...

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  • August 7, 2020

Kansas demonstrated unintentionally that mask use “flattens the curve” by comparing counties that had mask mandates with those that didn’t.  x US records more than 2,000 #coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the highest number of daily fatalities in 3 months: Johns Hopkins University #COVID19 trackerhttps://t.co/5v8lF3itDm— Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) August 7,...

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  • August 7, 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

In his latest screed, Trump made the usual nonsense claims, hoping to gain support from independents who might be afraid of PoC and poor people. Because no one’s heard of the FHA, Trump wants people in McMansions to vote for him, even if his claims about higher home prices is more about...

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  • July 29, 2020

Today when we hear the words ‘new normal’ it generally relates to living life with Covid-19. The Coronavirus has altered lives not only in the crowded cities and cozy suburbs of America but in the Brazilian favela and the bowels of the London Underground. A large amount of the over...

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  • July 22, 2020

Two stories on the news tonight: First is that Joe Biden put out a statement tonight warning foreign governments, and Russia in particular, that if  they try to interfere with our November election, they will pay a heavy price for doing so. (Assuming Biden wins in spite of their interference.)...

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  • July 21, 2020

Trump continues to ignore the COVID-19 crisis, trying pathetically to divert attention with cranes, weights reminding us of the Python 16 tons, and trucks. because this is what deregulation does not look like, but only idiots in the WH PR team would choose Monty Python weights WaPo’s Philip Bump addresses how...

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  • July 17, 2020

Hell has officially frozen over: x The lovely Amy McGrath is a Marine Corps veteran.  The average donation to her campaign is $36. Mitch McConnell is a broken-down old man owed by cheap labor lobbyists.#DefeatMcConnell— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 10, 2020 On Friday afternoon, conservative commentator Ann Coulter made news...

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  • July 10, 2020
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The Economist has a great piece out about former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential candidate. The part that I think always deserves emphasis about how Biden has quickly reached out to Bernie Sanders and his team to help draft a progressive agenda that he can implement as president: When Mr...

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  • July 3, 2020

Thanks to Donald Trump’s sweeping “America Worst” policy, we’ve become a world pariah in many ways. And now Americans may be barred from traveling to Europe as it reopens its borders in the wake of COVID-19. The New York Times: European Union countries rushing to revive their economies and reopen...

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  • June 23, 2020

Reading the Bolton book is a tough slog. although it is amusing to read how he wanted to settle scores including obliquely allowing Rex Tillerson to call Nikki Haley a c***. If there’s a takeaway so far, it is how badly edited it is, and how absent any consideration of...

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  • June 21, 2020

http://www.gravismarketing.com/… Gravis Marketing released a poll today showing Joe Biden has a 58% to 42% lead in Minnesota, a closely divided state that was also the scene of racial and anti-police disturbances after the death of George Floyd on May 25. In addition to being a state that Donald Trump came...

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  • June 20, 2020

From Lachlan Markay at The Daily Beast: As Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) proclaims her exoneration from allegations of insider trading, she’s simultaneously building a campaign fundraising system that imagines her campaign as a Wall Street-style investment opportunity. The Georgia Republican is offering donors and fundraisers benefit packages to support her re-election...

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  • June 13, 2020

Sigh.  More wonderful news out of my home state of Kentucky. First, one of the cops involved with shooting Breonna Taylor is now being investigated for sexually assaulting two women.  And one of the ministers who won a Kentucky court case allowing in person attendance for church services has now had to...

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  • June 9, 2020

Trump’s Inaugural Speech: REMARKS OF PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP – AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY INAUGURAL ADDRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens...

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  • June 1, 2020

Presidential re-elections are normally a referendum on the incumbent. George W. Bush won re-election because he managed to shift the election to a referendum on John Kerry. (He was also a president in the middle of a war, and the Ohio Secretary of State was also his Ohio campaign chairman.)...

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  • May 21, 2020

I was running down my usual checklist of reminders as to why I cannot vote for a Republican and the list grows daily. Bill Barr destroying the Department of Justice by subverting the rule of law, Mike Pompeo turning State Department employees into gophers and insisting on the firing of...

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  • May 20, 2020

From the book The Man Who Knew Too Much, there is a quote that reads “I am the man who knows too much to know anything, or, at any rate, to do anything,” –G.K. Chesterton The Party that detests the government seems obsessed with getting in office and breaking it...

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  • May 1, 2020

Many here and other liberal sites always believed Georgia was going to go blue.  I don’t think so.  I hoped so but with that idiot governor Kemp in the statehouse, I don’t see it.  I am a Georgia native and not a proud one but I am one still the...

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  • April 21, 2020

We have reached some strange place but it’s on the path to the bunker and it’s a scorched earth. x Even the most stable democracy is threatened by having a sizable chunk of the electorate whose only governing philosophy is basically social resentment. Income redistribution or a bigger social safety net...

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  • April 18, 2020

Just going to leave this here: President Trump, having stopped dismissing the threat of the coronavirus and calling criticism of his laggard response “their new hoax,” has begun insisting everybody was shocked. “It’s something that nobody expected,” he has said. Conservative pundits have picked up this revisionist history. “Armchair Quarterbacks...

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  • April 2, 2020

Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic in central Asia, has been ruled by a succession of strongmen. The first one, Turkmenbashi, had a huge statue of himself built over the capital of Ashgabat (see the photo). When we were there in 2008, shortly after Turkmenbashi had died, there were signs that ...

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  • April 1, 2020

Trumpian incompetence continues with number-rigging, even as actual facts get presented by scientists. In today’s presser, he worked in campaign rally rhetoric including softball answers about his impeachment in order to attack Democrats. x PLEASE STOP TELEVISING THESE CORONA CAMPAIGN RALLIES LIVE. THEY ARE BAD FOR THE PUBLIC HEALTH. — Richard Stengel (@stengel) March...

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  • April 1, 2020

Only 12% of medical groups say they have received anything from the Feds (CNN). x Governors failing to praise Trump sufficiently are having emergency supplies held back. Exactly what Trump did to Ukraine. https://t.co/m6Q11qwv1O — James Farro (@JF991) March 29, 2020 Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those...

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  • March 28, 2020

You’re doing a heckuva job, Clownie. If you thought the breadth and depth of Donald Trump’s fucknuttery was limited to what’s currently in front of your astonished, bloodshot eyes, guess again. From 2005 to 2017, a Department of Homeland Security office created analyses of the probable effects a pandemic would have...

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  • March 25, 2020

Desperate for a change in the COVID-19 spread that will help his re-election, and in the choice of available hope, Trump opts for false ones.  x One anecdotal story from the New York Post does not constitute a large scale randomized clinical trial on which to base the practice of medicine....

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  • March 23, 2020

Maybe we should just build a giant dome over the country. Would that have prevented this? x THIS IS WHY WE NEED BORDERS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020 Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing. He never has, of course, but the reality of it has never been...

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  • March 23, 2020