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These are days fraught with political battles over cultural histories abjuring complexity. Today it’s The Wall Street Journal and the reactionary path to critical race theory, the latest bit of Trumpist ignorance now projected into personnel policies and the larger revisionist history project that would deny the historical relevance of slavery...

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  • May 27, 2021

It’s one of the crimes that the victim is held immediately responsible for the crime. I am talking about la décharge sauvage [English: Fly-tipping, American: Fly dumping]. We have been at our small farm [our retirement plan] for fifteen years now and every year it gets worse. Every day, we...

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  • May 14, 2021

A new book suggests now the necessity of reexamining the historical materialist project of Walter Benjamin recognizing those moments of historical contact as acts of recognizing the constructed historical object. “Historicism tends to be hermeneutic because it values cautious, rigorous, and contextualized interpretation of information; or relativist, because it rejects notions of universal, fundamental...

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  • April 24, 2021

If Tucker Carlson brags about beating up a gay man and/or liked junk food in high school, shouldn’t he clear that up among other strange tropes like the George Floyd verdict attacking Western Civilization. Here are all the mentions of Carlson in his senior year. Anyone know what the Dan...

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  • April 21, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

Fox News continues its inhumane behavior as its narrative and messaging have likely caused the lives of many in its audience. Fox News is Damage Inc. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. The proof that Fox News cares nothing about its viewers is there for all their viewers...

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  • December 27, 2020

While explaining why he became a registered Democrat on his appearance with Lawrence O’Donnell, Steve Schmidt did not mince his words. Steve Schmidt fights autocratic fascist GOP as a Democrat x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out to Schmidt that he could have remained independent....

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  • December 16, 2020

Well, Donald Trump is a big winner of something. And no one is going to steal this honor from him. It will hang around his neck forever like an albatross … or a turkey wattle. Yeah, more like a turkey wattle, come to think of it. The Politifact Lie of...

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  • December 16, 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

As usual GOP/Trumpian evidence makes no sense and given the Impeachment, will not make a difference. Some of us have held out hope for Tara Reade to make an appearance. x Trump aides have been telling people that the big surprise in store for tonight's debate is he's bringing Tony...

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  • October 22, 2020

We’re now past the point in 2016 where PBO got derailed by McConnell on election interference from Russia. We can see why Trump has undermined trust in intel agencies We can now see why Trump spent a lot of time discrediting Peter Strozk Today featured more desperate tweets x NEW:...

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  • September 12, 2020

Rolling Stone interviewed U.S. Senate candidate, MJ Hegar (D. TX), about her upcoming race against incumbent U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R. TX). Here;s a little taste of the interview that’s worth the whole read: I want to talk about the campaign of course. But I want to first talk about...

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  • August 17, 2020

Trump held his hate rally on June 20th at Tulsa.  Trump had workers remove “Please don’t sit here” stickers on the seats to discourage social distancing. He demanded a packed event. Three weeks later, Tulsa hit a record number of COVID patients. Thankfully, the venue was sparsely attended, or it could...

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  • July 30, 2020

The ego trip of absolute immunity has been thoroughly trashed. x Donald Trump likes to use the term 'commander in chief' but he's in command of nothing except his own ego. pic.twitter.com/rO3aX0IbL2— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 10, 2020 x Good morning. #SupremeLoser is trending number 3 in the United States....

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  • July 10, 2020
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Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) can (but not will) save the US economy. What with the White House Council of Economic Advisors now reduced to one economist, it’s worth noting that one of their econometric models (Hassett) influenced the prediction that COVID-19 infections in the US would go to zero by...

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  • June 28, 2020

I suppose it is not enough for conservatives, big C, or little c, to deny science. They listen to a man [Trump]who suggests the nuking of hurricanes would stop their destructive winds, says exercise hurts the body like draining a battery, and he tweeted in 2012 that asbestos would have...

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  • June 24, 2020

“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” Donald Trump, February 17, 2017 It  has been a while (a few years) since I have posted a last Dispatch. I thought though with most (sane) people finding...

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  • May 16, 2020

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that...

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  • May 9, 2020

Classic Trumpian economic policy, preying on chaos. Trump pimps a “V-shaped” recovery in time to re-elect him. Nope, probably not happening. DC is barely keeping the US economy together because the GOP intends to rebuild it on the victims of the pandemic. Bill Blain does a rant on this. … The...

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  • May 2, 2020

5:00* PM EDT *(it rarely starts on time) Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing The White House Strike a match to ignite Trump’s gaslight. Today, without nuance, Trump lied because he got caught making some stupid, even lethal suggestion yesterday. x Maryland health authorities now issuing a don’t...

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  • April 24, 2020

Trump is spewing more stuff like “I inherited Broken Junk” … Live Blog below Many people are saying that the things they are hearing from John Barron, John Miller, and David Dennison are unbelievable bullshit. Believe me! — BrooklynDad_Defiant!☮️ (@mmpadellan) April 18, 2020 https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1251561224120254464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1251561332790439938?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Trump concludes the briefing with...

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  • April 18, 2020

She’s not fooling anyone: During an April 2 tele-town hall, Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) lied about supporting protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. Throughout her career in Congress, McSally has repeatedly voted against those protections and has encouraged her colleagues to do the same. On the Thursday call with...

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  • April 9, 2020

So many different games of the middling sort. From Nikki Haley invoking “liberal socialist” to what ever counts as appeals to “moderates”. Moderates’ fear of extremism and controversy will get more complicated as 2016 will get revisited by the prospect of a contested convention. Salt’s granularity gets more complex rather...

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  • February 12, 2020

Much like a Woody Allen satire of nouvelle vague cinematography, a Trumpist bystander tried to interrupt the Capitol Hill reporting of MSNBC’s Garrett Haake. Haake’s crew did an interesting job of choreography to try to keep the nutter out of the shot before she could compliment Howard Stern’s junk. x Kudos to...

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  • December 13, 2019

Rep. Al Green Calls for Impeachment(Photo Screen Shot from C-Span Video) In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Shayna, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Dan, and Janis—your PDA national team. Demand Accountability For Trump   This past week, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) called upon you to join us...

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  • August 17, 2019

In solidarity with the planet and humanity in general.  Mike Fox for Alan, Dr. Bill, Dan, Janis, Deb, Bryan, Kimberly, Mike H. and Shayna — your PDA National Staff If We Ignore It, It Won’t Go Away. Climate change is the single most important issue impacting national security, and is...

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  • August 9, 2019

photo: Rep. Al Green Calls for Impeachment(Photo Screen Shot from C-Span Video) In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Shayna, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Dan, and Janis—your PDA national team. Demand Accountability For Trump   This past week, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) watched two nights of debates...

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  • August 3, 2019

This story was posted in the Daily Mail today: Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama: How the British ambassador called the President's actions 'diplomatic vandalism' fueled by 'personality reasons' – as revealed in more explosive cables that have sparked a free speech row while Iran tensions mount Now, we...

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  • July 14, 2019

This is not the diary I wanted to write. Though it includes snippets of the research I wanted to share, it is not what I had been working on for the past few days, obviously. I am rushing this diary through as I had most of the research already and...

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  • July 2, 2019

The Florida GOP literally refers to pregnant Florida women as “host bodies”. Now, we are expected to get an abortion ban that is in every way as bad as Alabama’s—and may even be worse. Our state is purple, we have more Democrats here than Republicans, and yet our state legislature...

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  • May 25, 2019

Trump got a beating in November, and we have a responsibility to keep the pain going. There’s a few special elections coming up that need some attention: North Carolina House District 9 — Dan McCready Dan McCready This is our best chance. Although GOP “clergyman” Mark Harris led Dan McCready by...

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  • January 21, 2019

Trump got a beating in November, and we have a responsibility to keep the pain going. There are a few special elections coming up that need some attention: North Carolina House District 9 — Dan McCready This is our best chance. Although GOP “clergyman” Mark Harris led Dan McCready by a...

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  • January 21, 2019

photo: Join DREAMers Saying “Build Bridges Not Walls!” In solidarity,  Debra Schrishuhn for Alan, Mike F, Mike H, Janis, Dan, Dr Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Tell Congress Not One Cent For Trump’s Racist Wall As Trump’s Temper Tantrum continues, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) renews our demand...

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  • January 8, 2019

First off, I hope all of my fellow Kossacks had a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Hannukah. As we get ready to close out 2018, Lauren Sandler’s op-ed in the Huffington Post gives us a harsh look back at a certain action caused by a certain “Moderate Republican” Senator. Here’s...

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  • December 26, 2018

I do not have the transcript, but I was listening to AM Joy this morning.  And she and her panel brought up the false equivalency the Media finds between Republican scandals and Democratic “scandals.” In other words, the Hillary Clinton emails.   I think most here can agree that the Media...

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  • November 26, 2018

OK Democrats, in another two months it’s going to be time to put up or shut up. We got the House over the finish line, and we did it the old fashioned way, we worked our collective ass off for it. We won like any political party does, by making...

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  • November 13, 2018

… because the white man in question is friends with the guy who could very well destroy Obamacare, which ensures that all insured Americans have coverage for addiction, depression, and cancer — all of which this particular white man has. (Full disclosure: I’m also a white man, but please don’t hold that...

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  • September 30, 2018

Received quite a few e-mails from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA). The first one is in support of Lucy McBath’s (D. GA-06) campaign: Lucy McBath (D. GA-06)   After losing her son to senseless gun violence, Lucy McBath has dedicated her life to advocating for common sense gun control....

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  • September 18, 2018

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s (D. MT) re-election campaign: Sen. Jon Tester (D. MT)   For too long, politicians and special interest groups have attacked the health care of the 152,000 Montanans with pre-existing conditions. A few months ago it was Washington bureaucrats expanding “junk” insurance...

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  • September 10, 2018

The Huffington Post is filled with must read 2018 election pieces today: Josh Hawley, the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, says he is all about making sure anybody can get health insurance, regardless of their medical status: “We need to cover pre-existing conditions,” he said earlier this summer. But Hawley,...

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  • September 3, 2018

Please Dios, let this be the start of something big. Fresh off of another political version of a bachelor party in Florida last night, His Lowness is obviously full of piss and vinegar. Now he's picking a public fight with the Koch brothers, calling them a “total joke.” Donald Trump's...

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  • August 1, 2018

This Washington Post editorial — “Let the Trump team eat in peace” — provides a useful platform for intelligently discussing the recent instances where Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller have encountered resistance while trying to dine out in D.C. area restaurants.  The WashPo...

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  • June 24, 2018

No need for sophisticated computer skills.  Just a lot of chutzpah, climbing equipment and paint. x Activist group Indecline has changed a billboard in Emeryville that used to read “we make junk disappear”. pic.twitter.com/ZQnOMf7149— Amy Hollyfield (@amyhollyfield) June 21, 2018 This billboard is visible from I80 in Emeryville, CA, a...

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  • June 21, 2018

Perhaps I’m a glutton for punishment, but I went ahead and geotagged the entire tomahawk strike on the Shayrat airbase.  Now you can see at a glance what areas were struck (and with what level of confidence), and (to the best that can be determined with public images and information) what struck...

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  • April 13, 2017

In Ramadi, Iraq, last week a force of some 200 ISIS fighters carried out a successful suicide-based attack on the Government Center building. A chain of cars drove in and blasted check points and strong-point bunkers. The main ISIS force engaged defenders in a 30 minute battle that ended with...

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  • May 19, 2015