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The Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races are going to be decided on Tuesday, November 2. Although Republicans Glenn Youngkin and Jack Ciattarrelli are playing hide the Trump, Democrats Terry McAuliffe and Phil Murphy lead in the polls; McAuliffe narrowly and Murphy, reportedly, with a lead from six to twenty-nine...

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  • October 29, 2021

The Tin Lizzie was a Ford Model T car that ushered in prefabricated manufacturing, thereby featuring profits over craftsmanship. Although for the first time, the middle-class had real dreams of affording an automobile, the Tin eventually went bye-bye because it bowed to modernization. The current Tin Lizzie, Republican House member...

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  • May 5, 2021

We’re now at that strange nexus where Brian Kilmeade’s attempt to pin Prince Phil’s death on the granddaughter-in-law fits other anti-semitic and racist tropes fronted by Fox News. This because of counting artifacts in threes. “The New York Time’s (NYT) Upshot examined the statistical prevalence of celebrity deaths in threesomes. How did they do...

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  • April 9, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who announced a 2022 Senate bid earlier this month, said in a statement Tuesday that he will not accept donations from the fossil fuel industry in his run. Fetterman said in the statement obtained by The Hill via...

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  • February 16, 2021

The Washington Post did a version of the NY Times profiles of Trumpists, albeit those who were involved in the 6 January insurrection, and there does seem to be a class struggle, not quite like one would expect. The participation of people with middle- and upper-middle-class positions fits with research...

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  • February 10, 2021

The national madness of 74 million people sent to the fainting couch by voting for a persistent complainer and his tweeted grievances, often as impure as their iteration. Courtesy must end if only because Trump ignored his intel briefings while in office. His only reason to want them would be...

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  • January 18, 2021

The Washington Post is my go-to online news source — unless you count Daily Kos, of course, at which I loiter like a teenager contemplating his 11th Mountain Dew Baja Blast refill on a Saturday afternoon at Burger King. I prefer The Post because it appears to irritate Donald Trump even more than The New...

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  • January 16, 2021

Edward Abbey memorialized environmental resistance to mindless development in his tome The Monkey Wrench Gang. It essentially endorsed sabotage to thwart degrading of the natural world, for instance, putting sugar in the gas tanks of bulldozers that are about to plow under a nice area. However, advances in surveillance make...

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  • December 19, 2020

Did Trump actually call the two Wayne County canvassers to try to reverse their reversal.  Autogolpe Trump's widespread effort to delay or undermine certification includes no-take-backsies.  Now Rudy saying lots of people from Camden came to Philly to vote. “It happens all the time. It's about as common as people getting...

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  • November 19, 2020

Trump sells off his private helicopter after losing the election, so perhaps he’s cash-short, even as he’s running another grift, claiming he’d run again in 2024. However, there’s other shenanigans possible in the remaining 70 days, including a small-scale international military action that in itself could cause a continuing problem...

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  • November 11, 2020

This is so much more serious but just as annoying.   I was sitting outside on the porch tonight when I thought back of the time  when my 4 year old could not get his way about something.  I don’t quite recall what it was but I think it had to...

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  • November 7, 2020

As if to compensate for showing for doing a town hall with Trump on Thursday, MSNBC showed the Pete Souza documentary The Way I See It without commercials. It’s worth watching, if only because it did serve as a perfect Biden campaign ad as well as book promotion. x YouTube...

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  • October 17, 2020

I like this: Democrats eager to link Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins with President Donald Trump in her reelection race have begun posting campaign-style “Trump/Collins” signs in Maine. They’re similar to the traditional “Trump/Pence” signs touting the Republican presidential ticket of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. In this case,...

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  • October 11, 2020

The White House is now blaming Michigan governor Whitmer for the kidnap/assassination plot against her by domestic terrorists. Similarly Trumpists think Biden is weak for not wanting to catch COVID from Trump. We do not still know when Trump last tested negative before going to Walter Reed. Besides, who wants...

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  • October 9, 2020

It does seem old-fashioned but the Biden post-debate train tour seems better than Trump’s promises to never return to (insert state) if he loses, which he did tonight in Duluth. x All aboard! Tune in as @DrBiden and I kick off our train tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania. https://t.co/z2m4tpAHNJ— Joe...

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  • October 1, 2020

Former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden fought the instinct to punch President Donald J. Trump in the nose last evening. The scowling pruned face expression of disdain displayed by the president last night was just short of him sticking his fingers in his ears and poking out his tongue. Give ole’...

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  • September 30, 2020

Apparently there is a Trump-Orban-Putin authoritarian alliance as well as coordination and support for the Trump re-election campaign. It did seem more inevitable that Mitt Romney would choose party over country if only to demonstrate a potential leadership position upon the repudiation of Trumpism. Apparently he can vote one way...

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  • September 22, 2020

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the three witches promised Macbeth that he could not lose until “Birnam Wood shall come to Dunsinane” (that being Macbeth’s castle). Since it was impossible for a forest to pick itself up and move, Macbeth figured he was invulnerable. But Duncan’s troops cut branches from the trees...

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  • September 4, 2020

Received this e-mail just now from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Wow! What a week. We heard inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, stories from Americans of every background, color, age, creed, and identity. We made history and shattered glass ceilings when we nominated Kamala Harris as the first Black woman on a presidential ticket. We officially named Joseph R....

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  • August 21, 2020

He golfs most of the time when he is not tweeting or on the phone like a 16 year old.  He loves the cameras and mics.   He loves the sound of his own voice.  He spends a lot of time saying, “Mirror Mirror on the wall”. Who really believes that...

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  • August 16, 2020

All 435 House seats are up for election. Emily’s List has endorsed 57 candidates this cycle. Five are African-American.  As of this morning, you can make that six. Pam Keith was just added to this prestigious list. For those who don’t know, Emily’s List does not just endorse people who are pro-choice....

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  • August 14, 2020

Expect more of this, because fire-starting and gaslight come from major arsonists. NYT: A video of a Bible burning in Portland that was amplified by conservatives originated with a Kremlin-backed video news agency. The video now appear to be one of the first viral Russian disinformation hits of the 2020...

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  • August 11, 2020

Flaws and all, The Mueller Report. like the Steele Dossier remains a foundational source for the current mischief that will flood the disinformation channels until election day. Because “Kremlin-linked actors.”. BREAKING: China would prefer Trump not win reelection, seeing him as 'unpredictable,' while Russia is seeking to damage Biden candidacy, intelligence official says...

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  • August 7, 2020

Trump cares not to acknowledge that he was briefed on Russian bounties on US troops, much like the 150,000 COVID deaths exceeding war dead from the last century’s wars. These are why he will lose in November, but until then, he will worry about our knowing he’s had some mini-strokes...

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  • July 30, 2020

Even as some things are becoming less clear in the repression-stunts being pulled by Trump, we can see that Trump is prepping the ground for a loss. Can he keep it up? Trump will need that support to keep himself out of prison and to galvanize the 25% dead-enders. There are...

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  • July 27, 2020
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This week I attended (remotely) the Rethinking Economics Festival and encountered challenging pluralist discourses like a platform economy (noting that most of such work is populated by women), decolonizing the Eurocentric position in disciplines, or “fully-automated luxury communism”. I thought I’d share some resource items and make a few observations....

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  • July 26, 2020

I can only assume Junior was actually trying to drag Joe Biden, but everything he says fits the ocher abomination to a T.  Watch: x Don Jr. gives a damning description of his corrupt father courtesy of @MeidasTouch 🔥#ByeDonJr pic.twitter.com/8wNcUJwLOF— Eleven Films (@Eleven_Films) July 14, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”> I don’t...

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  • July 14, 2020

Trump wants Confederate spectacles, why else try to attack NASCAR because of its flag ban. The ultimate Confederate spectacle is the resilience of the lost cause narrative perhaps reinforced by the Jim Crow erection of monuments. It was amusing that the press tried to goad the WH Press Secretary into an admission...

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  • July 7, 2020

Two stories picked up from Political Wire this morning: Trump predicts 'big' win in November, pointing to 'silent majority' Trump admits it: He's losing This is not quite the contradiction it seems (close, though). Trump has never in his life had to confront reality in a way that he couldn’t...

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  • June 28, 2020

x Photos of Trump today – from @tru62. pic.twitter.com/dVVHvwUG9q — Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 27, 2020 x In white polo shirt and red cap, Pres Trump returns to WH from his Virginia golf club. pic.twitter.com/8hAWAvma8z — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 27, 2020 x The choice of messenger…. Irony and any...

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  • June 27, 2020

Uh … dude. Come on. x Today, President @realDonaldTrump will sign an executive order to transform the federal hiring process—and replace one-size-fits-all, degree-based hiring with skills-based hiring. More from @IvankaTrump: pic.twitter.com/W8xhiyCRBy— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 26, 2020 IVANKA FRIGGIN’ TRUMP, FOR FUCK’S SAKE: “President Trump has always been a champion...

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  • June 26, 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

Since the latest media frame “defend/defund the police” is self-limiting, the discourse should move to redefining emergency services much as “first-responders” has expanded to include those on the “front-line”. Trumpists just don’t get it, but they will seize on the latest frame much like some celebrities (and IMPOTUS*) can confuse...

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  • June 11, 2020

LBJ once said that when he lost Walter Cronkite, he lost America. Well, Trump is no LBJ and Robertson is certainly no Uncle Walter. But today, at least for moment, Trump lost Robertson. ‘It isn’t cool’: Televangelist Pat Robertson blasts Trump for his protest response Televangelist Pat Robertson criticized President...

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  • June 3, 2020
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Good: In a meeting with black Wilmington leaders Monday, Joe Biden said he will create a police oversight board in the first 100 days of his presidency.   The former vice president and presumed Democratic presidential nominee met with about a dozen community leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington,...

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  • June 1, 2020

You know the old adage: A shot of insulin, Clorox bleach, hydroxychloroquine, and a sunlamp up the asshole keep the doctor away.  Today, in the middle of some scripted lies about Obamacare and Trump’s own “health” care policies, the tweaking interdimensional fart gremlin inside the pr*sident’s head suddenly decided to chime in:  President...

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  • May 26, 2020

Well, not your pocket — an irredeemable dipshit’s pocket. But you already knew that. Because Jared Kushner has done such a bang-up job with the coronavirus crisis, the opioid crisis, and Middle East peace, of course Republicans want to put Ivanka’s third-favorite dildo in charge of more things. I’ve heard of...

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  • May 24, 2020

The Hill had a piece this week that goes into how U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R. SC) full embrace of Trump might be putting his re-election bid in danger: Graham’s alliance with Trump has helped him avoid a nasty primary fight, while fueling Democratic efforts to unseat him in November....

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  • May 10, 2020

Rule of thumb:  If Rand Paul and Congressman Thomas Massie are screaming, you are doing something right.  Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has been pleading for weeks with churches, synagogues, mosques and and other sites of worship to shut their doors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  Beshear has issued...

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  • April 11, 2020

Hey everyone, I rarely do this but I have to call out a diary that is currently called Sebellius Regrets The ACA. By the way, her last name only has one L in it. It’s Kathleen Sebelius. The author took a quote and edited a certain part out of the...

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  • April 3, 2020

It’s been clear since October 2016 that Vladimir Putin has been interfering in our elections, and that he’s planning to do it again. Even if he can’t get Trump re-selected, he can throw things into such confusion that we won’t trust the election results. His goal is destabilizing the West,...

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  • March 18, 2020

Not unlike those nuisance defamation suites against MSM, Trump may use the DoJ for further re-election lawfare. At worse he may get the Secret Service to bar people with coughs from the WH grounds.  Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair reported: The problem is that the crisis fits into his preexisting...

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  • March 10, 2020

The redoubtable Gabe Sherman has another inside look at the paltry, ping-ponging passel of brain cells flitting about our pr*sident’s capacious kopf. Inside sources tell Sherman that Trump is becoming increasingly paranoid over coronavirus — simultaneously worrying that the media are hyping the virus to make him look bad and fretting that...

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  • March 9, 2020

For you baseball fans out there, the managerial strategy is, get ‘em on, get ‘em over, and get ‘em home.  Last evening, despite a billionaire throwing spitballs, Joe Biden hit a triple. With a short supply of money, zero campaigning in Minnesota and counted out in California and Texas, Joe...

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  • March 4, 2020

Gonna be interesting day tomorrow, comparing the last candidate endorsed by the NY Times to the endorsement of Joe Biden. across the super-Tuesday states Today In a swift turn of events, Mr. Buttigieg and Ms. Klobuchar quit the presidential race and decided to endorse Mr. Biden on the eve of Super Tuesday… Also on Monday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar...

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  • March 3, 2020

Civiqs final Iowa Caucus poll performed well in a comparison with the major polls. x A look at how the final polls fared, with all the vote in and… roughly counted. I can think of plenty of ways to measure pollster error in a multi-candidate race, and it's possible other...

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  • February 7, 2020

Not to be confused with Leeroy Jenkins, and with much arm-waving Alan Dershowitz affirmed that the House has charged IMPOTUS* with impeachable offenses, despite declarations to the contrary. He also tried to apply a critique that trashes the recently revealed Bolton book in his speech to the Senate. x Dershowitz asserts...

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  • January 28, 2020

Trump for Shah. Because assassinating Suliemani is just not provocative enough, Trump is following a “strategy” intended to achieve a consequence-free objective by goading Iran into some major retaliatory attack against the US. An aerial bombing campaign is the current threat, however empty. The US is good at air superiority...

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  • January 5, 2020

This is part three of our three-part series comparing all major electric vehicles that will be on sale in the US in 2020.  For “Part 1: Offerings, Basic Stats, Safety, and Manufacturers”, click here.  For “Part 2: Price, Performance, Efficiency, Range and Charging”, click here. Electric 2020 Every Electric Car...

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  • December 19, 2019

The question of whether the Individual Mandate can be separated from the rest of the ACA (or some parts of the ACA), and therefore whether the entire ACA is unconstitutional, parts of the ACA beyond the individual mandate are also constitutional, or only the individual mandate is now unonstitutional, have...

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  • December 18, 2019
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