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The panic over 9/11 that led to the Patriot Act is almost understandable. We had seen thousands of our fellow Americans incinerated, and our military and financial invincibility symbols were toppled. So, limiting a few freedoms for revenge seemed reasonable amid anger and fear (at the time). I am baffled...

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  • July 6, 2022

Some in the mainstream media are challenging Republican hypocrisy. This CNN host exposed Ted Cruz and his cabal Maxine Waters faux outrage. Ted Cruz exposed x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Republicans are hyperventilating over some comments made by Maxine Waters. What did she say when asked about...

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  • April 19, 2021

As much as I would like to take credit for the fitting title of this piece, I cannot. I heard it for the first time yesterday afternoon (April 8th) on the Randi Rhodes radio broadcast. A caller from Philadelphia used the two-word descriptor, and I found it apropos to the...

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  • April 9, 2021

Wait, I’m confused. I thought we lived in a free-market democracy in which corporations are “people” with sacrosanct “opinions” (which, for some reason, usually come in the form of gobs and gobs of campaign cash). So when corporations literally write their own legislation, it’s A-okay. That’s just what the Founding Fathers...

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  • April 8, 2021

Chuck Todd schools a willfully naive Senator Joe Manchin about the filibuster. He reminded the Senator of something many may not know or realize. The filibuster has nothing to do with Founding Fathers See full episodes here. Chuck Todd tried to feel out Senator Joe Manchin. He wanted to see if there...

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  • March 7, 2021

Mulligan’s Law, horseshoes and hand grenades: how can those same GOP senators distance Trump from his mob. “No thinking person could seriously believe that the president’s January 6 speech was in any way an incitement to violence or insurrection.” Trump's attorney comes out of the gates trying to claim that...

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  • February 12, 2021

Donald Trump’s time in office was defined by death, destruction, disarray, and multiple attacks on democracy. Yet we must never forget that Trump’s legacy also includes an evil milestone, reached in 2018, when the United States, for the first time ever, ranked among the top five deadliest countries for journalists....

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  • February 6, 2021

We’re not even at the Silly Season yet, even as we’re reminded of the predictions of Harold Camping about the end of the world in 2011.  But DHS has taken it seriously by keeping troops in DC until Mid-March. Accordingly the nutters are casting about for prophetic revisions to maintain...

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  • January 25, 2021

You may have heard over the weekend that Donald Jizz-O-Matic* Trump has reached the pre-bunker phase of his months-long post-presidential pout. Several news outlets reported that Trump hosted weirdo dead-enders Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn on Friday, and he considered naming Powell a special counsel to investigate the ghost of Hugo...

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  • December 21, 2020

Yeah, you knew this was coming. And it’s here — until the economy is drowned in a kiddie pool full of crocodile tears or a Republican is back in the White House, whichever comes first! x GOP Sen. Rick Scott today on Fox Business: “We're at $27 trillion worth of debt....

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  • December 17, 2020

From ABC News: As Republican leaders fearful of losing the majority in the U.S. Senate parade through Montana to rally behind embattled incumbent Steve Daines, one has been conspicuously absent: President Donald Trump. The president visited Montana repeatedly in 2018 and hosted huge rallies in a failed bid to oust...

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  • November 2, 2020

In May of 1996, my middle son graduated high school. I had been hospitalized the Tuesday before his ceremony, because of a hereditary bleeding disorder, I have suffered from since age 34. I was due to be released from the hospital on Thursday the day before his graduation but I...

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  • October 5, 2020

Saturday as I watched 10 white coats appear in front of a mic looking professional  I began thinking about equal justice as  I thought this.   How can anyone vote for a 10 to 0 medical care in America and feel any moral pride or anything but selfish and ashamed?  As those doctors...

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  • October 4, 2020

It strikes me as curious as to why the Black Lives Matter slogan is such an irritant to a large number of conservatives. It seems a simple premise, include us in your view of the sanctity of life. When  Donald Trump bellows “America First” does that mean that Europe, Asia,...

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  • August 31, 2020

I have lived a lot of years, and I have seen a lot of injustices.  The “talk” that has been so widely spoken about in the media and by black mothers and fathers is a real thing. There was a time, when it was a mitigating factor but never eliminated...

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  • August 28, 2020

Good: Montana's Democratic governor asked a federal judge Aug. 20 to take swift action to remove the Trump administration's chief steward of public lands, as the former industry attorney hangs onto the post despite the White House saying Aug. 15 that his nomination would be withdrawn. Gov. Steve Bullock said...

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  • August 26, 2020

No, I am NOT being Chuck “Bothsiderist” Todd, but I need to tell you all about the descent into the rabbit hole that the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky has taken.  I’m pulling for Amy McGrath.  I really am.  But I’m not the only one who has noticed the blatant...

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  • August 15, 2020

He’s golfing again this weekend in Bedminster. Will he do more pseudo-pressers and populate the “press corps” with “reporters’ from Epoch Times, Gateway Pundit, and OAN. “The president is back at his New Jersey golf resort, bringing his taxpayer-paid golf tab to $142 million.” x Trump’s here at Bedminster, his...

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  • August 14, 2020

Philadelphia is where the Founding Fathers met to write the Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of George III. The Philadelphia district attorney is continuing that tradition: He will defend the city from the tyranny of Donald I. Philly DA Krasner vows to arrest federal law enforcement if they break...

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  • July 23, 2020

Donald Trump is the angel of death. He’s a coronavirus super-spreader and the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse’s biggest fanboy. The only way his actions make any sense at all is if he’s actively and intentionally trying to kill Americans. This morning, as you’ve probably heard by now, he retweeted confused...

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  • July 14, 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

Just when you think we’re not going to go all degenerate art versus official art, Trump goes more Roman with triumphal graven images. Perhaps there’s a merchandising tie-in with replicas. If anything, Trump wants effigies out there, forgetting that there were the blimp babies. What better way to display Trump carnage than...

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  • July 8, 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

Trump has just issued an executive order to protect statues. This faux martial law applies only for objects, and specifically protects by inference, right-wing extremism. Because Trump wants to sanction only one side of those “very fine people” and protect appearance rather than substance in public spaces. The farcical Trump regime...

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  • June 27, 2020

From Ashley Reese at Jezebel: Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler—who rose to national prominence after being implicated in an alleged covid-19 insider trading clusterfuck—has a fast and loose definition of who the second amendment applies to, despite presenting herself as a gun rights champion. And she made this loud and clear during a hilariously racist Fox...

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  • June 26, 2020

The 74-year-old current President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been telling us for days and affirmed by his Vice President, and COVID-19 task force leader Mike Pence, that testing is “generating” more coronavirus cases. I used a thesaurus to find words that can be substituted for generating. The...

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  • June 26, 2020

On November 4, 2008, Barack H. Obama, was elected the 44th  President of the United States, needless to say, he was the first black man or woman to hold that distinction. On November 5, 2008, The View’s co-host Whoopi Goldberg told America, “ I could put my suitcase down, finally.”...

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  • June 17, 2020

A submission for Memorial Day weekend: The Highest and Purest Democracy: Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn’s Iwo Jima Eulogy to his Fallen Comrades Roland Gittelsohn was a Marine Corps chaplain in World War II, and he was on Iwo Jima just after the battle. One of the other chaplains, who was organizing...

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  • May 23, 2020

A listener to my show failed to see the gross insult in his statements as we discussed the 3/5-clause in the constitution. He said the clause gave people like me partial humanity. A listener said 3/5-clause gave black people humanity? Watch the entire show here. The listener made several statements...

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  • April 22, 2020

Which film version of Mutiny on the Bounty does Trump prefer (extra points if a reporter asks this during the COVID presser). The Mel Gibson version? Or is he only doing this to divert attention from the fictional Caine Mutiny. If we assume that the president can read (which, honestly, is a...

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  • April 14, 2020

Some big news today from ABC News Campaign Reporter, Molly Nagle, on Twitter: x NEW: @JoeBiden's campaign confirms that he has reviewed @ewarren’s bankruptcy plan closely, and is endorsing her proposal, as he said in his IL town hall. That's a significant shift, as the proposal would largely undo the...

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  • March 14, 2020

Another day, another Kentucky criminal’s family pays to have them pardoned from prison.   GOP prosecutor took donations from sex offender's family, then pressed Bevin for a pardon The elected Republican commonwealth’s attorney in Christian County wrote to Gov. Matt Bevin last month seeking a pardon on behalf of a prominent...

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  • January 10, 2020

x BREAKING: The House passed a war powers resolution that limits President Trump's ability to wage war in Iran. It blocks U.S. military force against Iran without Congress's approval or declaration of war. pic.twitter.com/sbAYDGEaz6 — AJ+ (@ajplus) January 9, 2020 WASHINGTON — The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday...

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  • January 9, 2020

A desperate Trump imagines himself in numerous ironies in advance of must-see TV. x But you didn't. You didn't sign the Whistleblower Protection Act. The law in its present form was signed by President Clinton in 1998. You are a liar and an idiot @realDonaldTrump, which is why you are...

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  • November 11, 2019

Tony Schwartz, who ghostwrote Trump’s Art of the Deal, has a column in today’s WaPo: Why Trump can’t change, no matter what the consequences are This one sentence sums it all up: As Trump himself has said, he is essentially the same person today that he was at age 7....

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  • October 18, 2019

The California legislature has passed and sent to Gov. Newsom SB24, which will require all public universities in the state to offer the “abortion pill” at their health clinics as part of standard health care: Because abortion by medication techniques is both a recognized treatment for the medical condition of...

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  • September 14, 2019

As you all know, the big issue for me in the 2020 Democratic Primary is which of the nominees support abolishing the filibuster if we are to get progressive legislation passed. I am very happy to see this issue gain momentum and kudos to John Oliver for shedding a light...

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  • September 10, 2019

The Fake President Fake Condolence Tour is scheduled to make a stop in El Paso tomorrow, but the city’s residents aren’t having it. They’ve been signing onto an online letter to Trump telling him, in no uncertain terms, to stay the fuck out. Written by the Border Network For Human Rights, the...

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  • August 6, 2019

Back in April, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) indicated that he is willing to do this in order to make the Senate work: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer won't commit to retaining the filibuster if Democrats win control of the chamber in 2020, the latest sign of...

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  • July 18, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein is getting his comeuppance for alleged sex trafficking of underage girls. Is it rude to point out that Epstein is an old Trump pal, of whom Trump once said this? “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is...

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  • July 8, 2019
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Sadly, an Air Force buddy I had served with over 20 years ago is, today, a huge Trump fan.  He’s the complete package, down to the stupid red hat and wacky conspiracy theories. His immigrant attacks must have made things particularly awkward with his lovely wife, who immigrated from Mexico. (I actually...

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  • April 7, 2019
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Sadly, an Air Force buddy I served with over 20 years ago is a huge Donald Trump fan today. He’s the complete package, down to the stupid red hat and wacky conspiracy theories. His immigrant attacks must have made things particularly awkward with his lovely wife, who immigrated from Mexico. (I actually...

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  • April 7, 2019

A new book on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, titled Kushner Inc., is due out next week, and excerpts are starting to leak like the cranial fluid from Donald Trump’s head. The book, by journalist Vicki Ward, includes several revelations, including that “Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner wanted to control...

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  • March 13, 2019

So, Nancy Pelosi won’t allow formal impeachment hearings in the House unless she is sure that the Democrats can drag along at least enough of those pesky Republicans to make for a “Who shot JR?” style finale in the Senate, huh? because it’s so, like divisive. Well, hell! Where are the tar...

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  • March 11, 2019
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For your consideration. This was a damn fine speech. (close captioned — she begins @ 1:06:30) “I’m running for president because I love my country. I’m running to be a president by the people. Of the people. For all the people,” “We are here at this moment in this because...

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  • January 27, 2019

Actually, I’m thankful for a lot of things. A lovely wife and loving children. Parents who loved me enough to raise me and my brother right. The fact that I’m still functional, if slightly creaky, staring 62 in the ace. I’m thankful for faithful readers. And I’m eternally thankful for...

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  • November 22, 2018

Received this e-mail from Democracy for America in support of Mike Espy’s (D. MS) U.S. Senate campaign: Five hundred and eighty one. That’s the number of lynchings that occurred in Mississippi between 1882 and 1968. Five hundred and eighty one mothers lost their sons. Five hundred and eighty one fathers...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • November 21, 2018

This shit is going to put me out of business. The best description of the job of a comedian is “One who finds and exposes the absurdity in the mundane.” But what happens to guys like me when what should be mundane is by itself completely ridiculous? I remember the...

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  • September 25, 2018