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In nineteen seventy-four, I reached three milestones in my life. In March of that year, I turned eighteen; ten days later, I registered with selective service—conscription ended in 1973, and naively I registered as an independent voter. I remember the sense of power I felt. I could join the military...

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  • October 27, 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

MFP is neologisms that get sticky. Cheugy is the latest, being a term that Generation Z calls Millennials, perhaps it’s the revival of more postmodernism. Generation Z consumer-brand attacks on Millennials consumption habits may be all that Gheugy is about. Proud Boys and their golf polos may be Cheugy, if only...

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  • May 16, 2021

At home with my elder five sisters I very soon learnt that freedom of speech had consequences, by that I mean that you better had been damn ready to defend what you said. My parents had encouraged the principle that you say want you want, however the wise course of...

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  • April 27, 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

Have some weekend reading for you. The Atlantic has a great piece out about U.S. Senate candidate, Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D. PA), that’s worth a ready. Here’s a taste: Fetterman has already raised lots of money—$500,000 in just the first 72 hours he was in the race—in part as...

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  • March 12, 2021

This is why they lie. Because they get away with it—and it works. GOP Rep. Nancy Mace, who earlier this week questioned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s personal account of the Capitol insurrection, is now soliciting funds based on her lies. Now, the coup attempt that we all saw with our own...

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  • February 6, 2021

I’m not entirely sure why Rand Paul’s neighbor beat the crap out of him—and I certainly don’t condone such behavior (only God can judge—and subsequently beat the shit out of—Rand Paul)—but figuring it out isn’t exactly like searching for a unified field theory. I assume it had something to do with...

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  • January 21, 2021

The Republicans admit 50 years of gaslighting. The Great Orange Snowflake only profited from their hateful agenda. Like many I learnt very early on that I was an object of their vile venom, as did millions of people of colour, LGBT, women, people that pointed out their hatred and those...

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  • January 12, 2021

Trump’s passive assent to events like the kidnapping/assassination plot against Michigan Governor Whitmer signaled the path to the current DC crisis. He enjoyed watching the unfolding attack on the Capitol rather than deal with it as a national crisis. x Historians are going to point to Trump’s incitement of the Michigan...

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  • January 12, 2021

Don’t listen to any lizard people this year. x Greetings from the White House. Trump appears to be tweeting and watching OANN from the Oval Office this New Year’s Day. The press pool has not been covid-tested for a second day in a row. pic.twitter.com/jtFidJ3TZZ— Sophia Cai (@SophiaCai99) January 1,...

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  • January 1, 2021

So it was off-the-charts divisive when Hillary Clinton called some of Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables,” but I guess this is okay: x Progress! https://t.co/K0NrpChXuI— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”> The story linked to in that tweet appears to have gone poof, but here’s...

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  • November 15, 2020

The crises facing the country are severe — from a pandemic to an economic recession, climate change to racial injustice — and the transition team will continue preparing at full speed so that the Biden-Harris Administration can hit the ground running on Day One. Biden Transition Team As I write...

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  • November 8, 2020

Darn crime families and their damn raccoons. Now they’re using Sharpiestm. Because concessions are where you get your Barbecue and Beer, frothy beer. x Some news — Jared Kushner has approached President Trump about conceding the election, per two sources.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) November 8, 2020 x That would be good for...

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  • November 8, 2020

8pm ET join us as we celebrate with the victory speeches of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. x YouTube Video “Our democracy is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it, to guard it, and never take it for granted,” Harris opens with, quoting Rep. John Lewis. As...

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  • November 8, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Mississippi courtesy of Data For Progress’ latest poll: x MISSISSIPPITrump 55% (+14)Biden 41%Jorgensen 2%Hawkins 1%.#MSsen:Hyde-Smith (R-inc) 50% (+3)Espy (D) 47%Edwards (L) 3%@DataProgress, LV, 10/27-11/1https://t.co/BoXt8f9bYL— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) November 3, 2020 While Hyde-Smith gets 50% in this poll, it’s within the MOE. Click here...

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  • November 3, 2020

Little Lord Fauntleroy has an urgent message for Black Americans: You must appreciate everything Donald Trump has done for you! Why are you complaining? The Great Ocher Oz has spoken! Bloomberg: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said Black people must “want to be successful” in order...

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  • October 26, 2020

And in case you’re giving Donald Trump credit for a level of understanding that seems beyond his ken, he also thinks Republicans will take back the House. And no one thinks that.  No, it appears he thinks the Senate is lost because there are some GOP senators he doesn’t like — and...

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  • October 24, 2020

From The Houston Chronicle Editorial Board: “I work with people on a daily basis to pass legislation who I know get up in the morning trying to figure out how they can defeat me in my next election,” he told the editorial board in an hour-long interview last week. “…...

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  • October 9, 2020

Bull shit: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) says she doesn’t think the Supreme Court will overturn its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling, even though she signed a brief urging the court to do so earlier this year. “I think the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned is...

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  • September 30, 2020

Received two e-mails today I wanted to pass along. First, from Governor Tom Wolf’s (D. PA), PAC, Wolf PAC: Hey, when we say every single vote counts, we mean it. In 2016, Donald Trump won Pennsylvania by 44,292 votes — less than one percent. In 2018, we flipped four Congressional seats in...

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  • September 22, 2020

Only a Biden blowout will stop the impending doom for so many things. But not any ontological arguments, even if Trump promises that God will not exist if Biden wins. Perhaps even CNN has learned something from 2016. x From your lips to God's ears… Trump is headed for a...

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  • September 20, 2020

Rudy Giuliani hasn’t kept his gaslight under a bushel, but may get prosecuted, not for his quasi-espionage or actions supporting Trump’s re-election, but simply for defrauding the US Treasury. x To get the amount of money Giuliani did, business owners must prove payroll expenses between $720,000 and $1.68 million in 2019....

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  • September 17, 2020

Having a seat at the table and being offered a meal is different. It is becoming harder and harder for me to watch the dream of the American melting pot being turned into a bad stew. While President Trump spreads his veiled racist message of fear and loathing to every...

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  • September 16, 2020

‘We’re all safe because of law enforcement’ Trump says in Kenosha where a cop shot a Black man in the back 7 times x Can we just pay to run this as an ad across the country? #Strokeahontas pic.twitter.com/MC6j6oEYW6— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) September 1, 2020 How weird is it for Trump,...

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  • September 2, 2020

All of Donald Trump’s favorite pickup strategies — meeting porn stars at golf tournaments, asking to be spanked with magazines sporting his pug-ugly mug, calling women who turn him down fat slobs, grabbing unsuspecting women by their privates — are pretty much worthless in a political context. So the guy is flailing. ...

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  • August 18, 2020

The Supreme Court in June released a flurry of opinions some of which were applauded by myself and many others as we braced ourselves for the worst.  For example, LGBT rights being upheld. But since the summer recess, they have issued many important decisions. What they are doing is hiding...

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  • August 14, 2020

The Supreme Court in June released a flurry of opinions some of which were applauded by myself and many others as we braced ourselves for the worst.  For example, LGBT rights being upheld. But since the summer recess, they have issued many important decisions. What they are doing is hiding...

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  • August 14, 2020

MJ Hegar (D. TX) Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D. NJ), in support of MJ Hegar’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaign: MJ Hegar is Texas tough: she's a U.S. Air Force veteran, a mother, a teacher, a fighter for the people in every...

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  • August 13, 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

Recall that the White House “over-classified” various documents to prevent Congressional investigation in the Trump impeachment. On the other side of the public sphere, websites like Global Research and Newsfront spread conspiracy theories also promoted by Russian Intelligence. CHICAGO (AP) — The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed...

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  • August 6, 2020

They’ve left Seattle, now it’s time for Portland. “Why can't we all just get along”, as the ACLU charges that law enforcement has targeted journalists at the Portland protests. Trump continues to hope for more atrocities to distract from his other failures. x Protesters walk and sit in silence in Chapman...

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  • July 29, 2020

So this happened earlier this: Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), who is a co-owner of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, has been outspoken regarding how she feels about the Black Lives Matter movement. She recently asked the league to make sure players don't put messages of social activism on their warm-up shirts....

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  • July 24, 2020

From Huffington Post: x Here's the TV ad that @JohnCornyn's campaign is going up with tomorrow, similar to the attack ad that it first ran against @RoyceWestTX last summer: pic.twitter.com/05NBUzO12U— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) July 9, 2020 Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars meddling in...

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  • July 13, 2020

U.S. Senate candidates Jaime Harrison (D. SC), Mike Espy (D. MS) and Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) have penned on op-ed for BET promoting their candidacies, promote their platforms addressing racial injustice and how they can be the faces a of a New South in the U.S. Senate: As Black...

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  • July 10, 2020

Ask Donald Trump how effective his maladministration’s coronavirus response has been and he’ll tell you it’s fantastic. The best. We test a lot of people, you know. And, anyway, he’s more focused on the real crisis facing America — the health and security of our nation’s most racially offensive statues. But...

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  • July 10, 2020

From The New York Times: As Representative Doug Collins went booth to booth at a recent Republican jamboree in northeast Georgia’s Rabun County, he was a hero, not an insurgent. No one knocked him for splitting the party with his bid against the state’s junior senator, Kelly Loeffler, who is...

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  • July 9, 2020

Tammy Duckworth has the makings of a very attractive VP candidate. Smart, articulate, a working mother (who gave birth while in office and has brought her baby to the Senate floor). An Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in the service of her country. Multi-racial (though Black is not...

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  • July 6, 2020

Next Saturday will feature an outdoor rally in Portsmouth New Hampshire to re-infect the northeast. x Trump has visited his properties 366 times since becoming president and today is the 274th time at one of his golf clubs, per CNN tally. @tru62 captures Trump from afar at his Virginia club...

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  • July 5, 2020

First off, she needs to be called out for her bull shit: Embattled Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement Monday that she agreed with the Supreme Court decision striking down Louisiana’s draconian abortion law, adding that while conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the minority, his opinion “gave...

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  • June 30, 2020

There have been a lot of diaries here, and a lot of moaning among the punditocracy, about how Biden should be doing this, or how he needs to do that, or how he’s letting opportunities slip. But from where I sit (stand, squat) it looks to me like he knows...

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  • June 24, 2020

More monkey business. One hopes the USIC is working hard on protecting the 2020 election, especially from unnamed other malign actors. Forgeries, interference, and attacks on Kremlin critics across six years and 300 sites and platforms. Secondary Infektion is a series of operations run by a large-scale, persistent threat actor...

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  • June 17, 2020

Deciding where to schedule Donald Trump’s next political rally is a little like finding a government site for spent nuclear fuel rods. No one wants it, and you’re certain to endanger innocent people. This isn’t merely annoying — like getting a second Olive Garden in your town when no one...

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  • June 16, 2020

Here’s the latest news regarding the U.S. Senate race between incumbent U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R. AK) and his challenger, Dr. Al Gross (I. AK), courtesy of the Cook Political Report: Sullivan, 55, grew up in Ohio — a refrain against him in his 2014 race and one that Gross...

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  • June 13, 2020

Apparently the disinformation default for the GOP is to ridicule the iconoclasm of decommissioning  US monuments and exaggerate illogical alternatives, while trying to get its base to waive its right to sue for damages if they go to a rally and get sick. The Obelisk of Wokeness actually sounds kind...

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  • June 12, 2020

Steve Schmidt progressively fine-tunes his critique on the president and this time he includes the president’s supporters in the Right-Wing media. The excoriation was palpable. Steve Schmidt nails the President x x YouTube Video Watch full episodes here. Steve Schmidt had some doozies in his assessment of Donald Trump in this particular...

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  • May 20, 2020

Reminding us that Obamagate was invented in January of 2017 to blunt an oncoming investigation of Mike Flynn, CNN’s Daniel Dale looks at Trump lies yet again, because they will not ever let up. In my second weekly video, I took a look at three of Trump's signature dishonesty patterns:...

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  • May 16, 2020

The Great Orange Shitgibbet ™ has always operated on the “divide and conquer” principle. He has said he loves chaos, but what that also means is that he loves division, so that people get so busy fighting each other they are unable to unite against him. That strategy worked to...

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  • May 1, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D. MI) re-election campaign: Sen. Gary Peters (D. MI) This past year, running for president was an extraordinary experience. I met people from all walks of life across...

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  • April 24, 2020

Kudos to Tommy Christopher at Mediaite for highlighting this: President Donald Trump has taken to attacking Joe Biden and the World Health Organization over the coronavirus and China, but a thorough review of Trump’s very recent record of public comments is very damning for him — especially when compared with Biden’s. In the space...

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  • April 19, 2020
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