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I wonder what happens this coming February; you know, Black History Month. Will the contingent of book banners and people who fear the delicate little psyches of white children will be permanently marred by black history prevail. Since the first enslaved Africans stepped out of the bowels of slave ships...

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  • November 1, 2021

This is the sixth set of notes for a reading group on Marx’s Capital, and includes a Volume I refresher for further reading of Volume II. There are links to earlier posts and texts that may be useful. Marx is probably too taken with a kind of scientism by proposing...

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  • October 25, 2021

Because Hawley’s whines about Big Tech while promoting sales of his book on Amazon, the epitome of …. Big Tech. “Democrats are eyeing a comeback in Missouri, believing the Capitol riot hurt Republicans in the state, not least because of Josh Hawley’s prominent role.” “Don’t try to censor, cancel, and silence...

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  • May 10, 2021

Concealability had nothing to do with Monday’s massacre in Boulder, Colorado, but the details tell us more about the marketability of semi-automatic firearms using high-capacity magazines. Discussing open-carry regulation may have been rendered irrelevant with the death of the police officer although some details will be important: was he carrying his “patrol rifle” and...

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  • March 25, 2021

So this is the guy who’s suddenly an expert on voting machines and algorithms. Mike Lindell, the reason tech support people often drink on the job, called into the Domenick Nati Show recently to talk about … erm, something. Probably voter fraud, but who knows? He may have also been touting...

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  • March 15, 2021

Can’t afford to keep Trump off their channel. Trump will be back as they say, with a vengeance and a renewed grift. YouTube CEO says Donald Trump suspension isn’t permanent because of “grace period” https://t.co/WkdRZjmyc2 — Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) March 5, 2021 In remarks to the Atlantic Council, YouTube CEO...

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  • March 5, 2021

You know what? NO. You don't get to do this. Not this time, Fox News. During the violent insurrection at the Capitol building, everyone was on the same page. Our Capitol hadn’t been invaded since 1814. People couldn’t believe what they were seeing. No one dared empathize with the malevolent traitors...

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  • January 9, 2021

A brief note on a diary that I wrote yesterday arguing that Democrats should embrace the fact that many Trump election lawsuits were dismissed for lack of “legal standing”: Democrats should embrace the “standing” dismissals because what the courts, vitally, are saying is that you Republican plaintiffs don’t matter.  You are...

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  • January 7, 2021

Many of the election lawsuit challenges brought by Trump and his allies have been dismissed under a somewhat obscure to the public, but fundamental in the law, doctrine known as “standing.”  I would need a lot of space to fully describe the standing doctrine, but at core what it is requires is...

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  • January 5, 2021

It’s too, too easy. It’s like Sarah Palin’s intumescent spider sac exploded five years ago and seeded the Earth with omnipresent fucknuttery. And now there’s almost too much conservative cray-cray to make fun of. The semi-sentient bout of cocaine sweats that claims to be the pr*sident’s son has been unwittingly embarrassing itself...

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  • December 20, 2020

Then I would hate to experience the real thing. Once again my partner and I made the horrible decision [a couple of weeks ago] to live apart because of her work in ER. ML specializes in mental trauma so you can imagine she is tired beyond belief. I have suffered...

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  • October 29, 2020

Then I would hate to experience the real thing. Once again my partner and I made the horrible decision [a couple of weeks ago] to live apart because of her work in ER. ML specializes in mental trauma so you can imagine she is tired beyond belief. I have suffered...

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  • October 29, 2020

The second actual debate could be three too many as we expect more of the same stunts despite a mute switch for the two-minute responses to questions. The GOP has telegraphed some of the debate’s tactical options including foreign interference, even as they whined after foreign policy wasn’t included as...

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  • October 22, 2020

“Trump's odds of victory will decrease rather quickly, absent a sharp increase in his poll numbers.” Trends will out, and then there’s this bit of unhingery, as Trump bails on a 60 Minutes interview, because reasons… Likely Lesley Stahl asked more than a few uncomfortable questions. This recalls his historic comments to...

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  • October 20, 2020

Nothingburger: but the latest attempt to vilify Hunter Biden does remind us that bad things could happen when you bring your computer in for repair. Ever desperate for a horse race, Comcast gives Trump free air for his own town hall in Miami. x No one should link to or share...

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  • October 14, 2020

We all cheered Fox News’ Chris Wallace when he challenged Trump’s fusillade of bullshit in a recent interview. Well, it turns out veteran journalist Barbara Walters showed us the way long ago — when Trump was just a buffoon and not a dangerous, potentially world-ending buffoon. This is uber-satisfying, and you simply...

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  • July 23, 2020
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Here’s the latest news courtesy of Qunnipiac University’s latest poll: If the election for president were being held today, former Vice President Joe Biden would receive 49percent of the vote and President Donald Trump would receive 41 percent, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll of registered voters released...

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  • June 18, 2020

After he leaves office, Trump will try to stonewall a prosecution of him but eventually he will lie to prosecutors —  he won’t be able to help himself. Adam Schiff says Trump faces “real prospect of jail time” after leaving office” (CNN) Poll of the week: A new Marquette Law School poll finds...

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  • May 18, 2020

All that remains from Trump is virtue signaling: ignore deaths, go back to work, you’ll be a warrior, and we’ll give you a flyover. I made this case at some length the other day. The imperative of creating the illusion of success is undermining the possibility of actual success. It...

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  • May 13, 2020

Remember that DoJ dropping charges against Flynn is being done in the context of a diversion and a pandemic. There are Mueller investigation files being unsealed. With imminent release of #RussiaTranscripts Fox News is already spinning it as raising doubts about @RepAdamSchiff saying there was evidence of collusion. So, here's...

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  • May 7, 2020

Remember that DoJ dropping charges against Flynn is being done in the context of a diversion and a pandemic. There are Mueller investigation files being unsealed. x With imminent release of #RussiaTranscripts Fox News is already spinning it as raising doubts about @RepAdamSchiff saying there was evidence of collusion. So,...

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  • May 7, 2020

Steve Schmidt is a regular critic of the president. But today he strung an all-encompassing narrative that highlights his incompetence and danger. Steve Schmidt did not hold back Watch the entire episodes here. Steve Schmidt once again appeared on the 11th Hour with Brian Williams. I listen to two or three channels...

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  • May 6, 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

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is ending exactly the way that it began. The Trump defense began the day, and their arguments were the same pathetic, thin gruel that they led off with. They blamed the Democrats for a purely partisan impeachment, claimed that they failed to prove their...

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  • February 3, 2020

Trump may have been squandering Obama’s strong economy. (2018) “The benefits of this strong economy and sound financial system have not reached all Americans.” Economists call them leading economic indicators because they measure the early influencers on growth. In October 2019, they report that the economy is faltering slightly. It has slightly slower growth, low...

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  • February 2, 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

New story up from the Washington Post: Senate Democrats privately mull witness trade in impeachment trial: A Biden for Bolton Several Senate Democrats are privately discussing the possibility of calling Republicans’ bluff on witnesses, weighing an unusual trade in President Trump’s impeachment trial: the testimony of Hunter Biden for the...

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  • January 22, 2020

And here we go again. Another book revealing what an irredeemable idiot our pr*sident is — and, of course, the people who really should read it won’t. Because, by and large, they don’t read. The book, A Very Stable Genius, by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig, is chock-full...

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  • January 16, 2020

Facts and figures are second to innuendo and hollow announcements in the current political climate.  Three years past the Clinton/Trump presidential race the press is still biting and snarling while circling the floor and chasing its’ tail.  The former head of the FBI, James Comey, announced in the weeks prior...

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  • January 13, 2020

Apparently Alan Dershowitz got insulted when he claimed he had a perfect sex life, and forensic psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee thought it verged on delusion like his buddy, IMPOTUS*. Darn those tweets and darn that tendency to lawfare.  This may have seemed like symmetric media messaging because Dershowitz and Trump were sharing...

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  • January 12, 2020

Since the concept of imminent has become stretched, so should that compliance, if only to make Moscow Mitch sweat, since it appears that he’ll do whatever he pleases. “Imminent” means something, something to Mike Pompeo and that rule should apply. Speaker Pelosi simply needs to delay long enough to not...

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  • January 11, 2020

Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. We are in the midst of the WH crime spree and it must end. Michelle Goldberg worries about it in the NY Times. Democracy Grief Is Real Seeing what Trump is doing to America, many find it hard to fight off despair. “Left...

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  • December 14, 2019

docs.house.gov/… Taylor identified the “second channel” of the amigos reporting to Giuliani, as well as indicating that his notes are in the custody of the State Department. Analysis: 3 big takeaways from Bill Taylor’s full transcript https://t.co/jqWUBN8udx — The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 6, 2019 1. A second quid pro...

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  • November 6, 2019

It truly is that simple, The whistleblower is irrelevant, Lindsey won’t even consider the case when it comes before the Senate, and more deposition transcripts are coming. Step-by-step, Gordon Sondland won’t be left holding that bag. David Corn and Dan Friedman in Mother Jones identify that “Trump designated Giuliani as the...

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  • November 6, 2019

MSNBC has been hyping the selection of the women “journalists” for the next upcoming Democratic presidential debate:  Ashley Parker, Kristen Welker, Andrea Mitchell, and Rachel Maddow.  Only one of those selected is a real journalist IMHO — Rachel Maddow.  The other three are, well, let’s take a look. Ashley Parker doesn’t...

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  • October 24, 2019

The Wall Street Journal in an editorial tries to rationalize the GOP stunt of crashing the Capitol SCIF. Because like the GOP, they’ve got nothing but process objections. Apparently fitness for office is irrelevant because Trump’s infallibility assumes that shooting someone on Fifth Avenue requires hitting a barn door. An editorial...

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  • October 24, 2019

Recalling the delaying action of the Bill Barr “summary” of the Mueller report, the White House released a 5-page memo to frame the eventual release of the whistle-blower complaint. In it Ukraine President Zelensky mentions Javelin missiles (page 2), and then Trump immediately asks for a “favor”. In this context, the...

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  • October 12, 2019

I have a question.  How in the world if we live in a democracy, and there are laws that are supposed to apply to everyone but this bunch in office just ignores that fact. How can they get away with this?   Every subpoena will be ignored. Face it Congressman Schiff.  THEY...

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  • October 8, 2019

On Tuesday, CNBC’s Jim Cramer noted that he’s been hearing a lot of doom and gloom from Wall Street executives over the possibility that Elizabeth Warren could — gasp! — actually win the presidency: “Look, I’ve got to tell you, when you get off the desk and you talk to executives,...

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  • September 12, 2019

Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman skewered his own newspaper’s silly coverage of the now totally irrelevant tea party movement today in a series of pull-no-punches tweets: x Academic research confirms the obvious. The idea that the Tea Party had something to do with notions of fiscal responsibility...

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  • August 28, 2019

Gearing up for another Democratic primary season, journalists have already settled into the “gaffe” newsbeat, posting extensive updates on verbal miscues and how they could supposedly doom certain candidates. Specifically, the media narrative is that Joe Biden's gaffes will hurt him if he is the nominee against Donald Trump in...

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  • August 15, 2019

Sarah Sanders won, and it wasn't really a contest. As Donald Trump's press secretary officially exits the White House at the end of June, it's worth examining the extraordinary impact she had on how the Beltway press corps functions, and how news outlets barely put up a fight as she helped...

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  • June 30, 2019

Waiting for the person who went out for a pack of cigarettes and you holding supper is what this is like.   The person left and now here it is a week later and you have not seen hyde nor hair of them.  Supper is ruined and everyone went somewhere else...

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  • May 16, 2019

effective June 30.   I did so even without having another job, although I am exploring moving to an independent school next year as well as the possibility of employment using my skills as a writer and an editor. I am a retired/rehired teacher in the Prince George’s County Public School...

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  • May 4, 2019

In looking for recent polls on impeachment I found this discussion from fivethirtyeight on whether the American people Trump to be impeached from March 13 (between the Barr report which the media ate up and the Mueller report). It is an interesting discussion but here is the key exchange for Trump...

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  • April 22, 2019

In looking for recent polls on impeachment I found this discussion from fivethirtyeight on whether the American people Trump to be impeached from March 13 (between the Barr report which the media ate up and the Mueller report). It is an interesting discussion but here is the key exchange for Trump...

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  • April 22, 2019

which means “I am not a lawyer,”  I do not understand lawyers for the current occupant of the Oval office warning Mazars USA, the financial services firm subpoenaed by Elijah Cummingsfor Trump’s financial records not to comply with that subpoena. That implied threat threat of legal action against the firm...

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  • April 17, 2019

Because of course he did. Via Media Matters: RUSH LIMBAUGH: The idea that there is far more crazed right-wing terrorism in America than there is any other kind is nothing more than a media narrative manufactured out of whole cloth, and it's just waiting for events like this to take...

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  • March 15, 2019

I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore   Helen Reddy   I am woman Just a quick reminder, I have absolutely no idea of who is going to win the Democratic primaries for President, and neither do you. I don’t even have a “favorite” yet, and won’t for some...

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  • February 12, 2019
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