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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

It’s safe to say that Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wisconsin) is not the brightest bulb on the marquee. While a member of the Wisconsin state Senate, Grothman proposed putting an end to weekends, said sex education could turn kids gay, once issued a press release titled “Why Must We Still Hear About...

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  • October 27, 2021

The latest news from Bizarro World is that Donald Trump is finally starting his own social media company—and it’s named TRUTH Social. Because while irony is long dead, that doesn’t mean Trump can’t beat it in the head with a shovel a few more times just to watch its corpse...

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  • October 22, 2021

The straight news or punditry often starts with the premise of scaring the American people away with a price tag. From the Biden Build Back Better plan reporting, one would think that its’ only attribute—or detriment, depending on your point of view, is the 3.5 trillion dollar price tag. Even...

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  • October 18, 2021

If you haven’t seen Netflix’s Squid Game yet—well, what are you waiting for? If anything is a parable for our time, this is it. Too often meteoric cultural phenomena that purport to capture the zeitgeist fail to capture my interest, but this one is different. If you believe, as I...

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  • October 14, 2021

There is a saying in playground basketball games, no harm, no foul. That may be fine for Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle, but the United States’ sanctity is a different story. Saying that democracy is at stake seems to elicit two feelings, one, that Democrats are hyperbolic or Republicans are...

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  • October 8, 2021

The tens of tens who showed up in Washington, DC Saturday had a face, former Trump staffer Matt Braynard. Braynard, who presents himself as one of the many “voter fraud experts,” investigating the presidential election, was front and center Saturday afternoon in the Justice for J6 huddle. Braynard, who once...

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  • September 20, 2021

Asking a rhetorical question; Is there an ongoing social experiment in this country that has continually pigeon-holed Black people and left the cage open for white men? If you ask a black man or woman—of mature age, we can point out the historical and verbal gymnastics that subtly brainwash our...

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  • September 17, 2021

If you were old enough and curious enough, most of us can remember where we were when tragedy struck. Historically sad events have a way of freezing that point in time like it is suspended in dry ice; only thawed by the heat of another heartbreak. Again, if you are...

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  • September 13, 2021

Most of us saw or heard the campaign ads for the gubernatorial race for Florida. Ron DeSantis, dressing his infant daughter in MAGA motif pajamas, helping her with border wall building blocks, and reading her a faux bedtime story about the fanciful mind of Donald Trump. Unfortunately, the internal xenophobic...

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  • August 4, 2021

It’s sick. So, so sick. But that’s what Republicans are all about these days: inspecting children’s genitals. It’s pretty much all they talk about—when they’re not talking about Mr. Potato Head. And his starchy, androgynous genitalia. They’re so into it, in fact, they’ve passed bills that would allow them to scrutinize any...

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  • June 12, 2021

World events and notorious characters can have a significant impact on baby-naming conventions over time. That’s why you didn’t have a lot of kids named Adolf, Pol Pot, or Smallpox Blisters in your high school homeroom. And it’s why “Jeffrey Toobin” will henceforth be regarded as a simple declarative sentence instead...

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  • June 11, 2021

Living with the nagging uncertainty of being racially discriminated against and worst not being believed shatters the psyche. The most devastating effects are that people of color start to accept their treatment as their unchangeable fate. Asking white friends to hail a cab at night, telling one’s kids to keep...

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  • June 7, 2021

A 12-year-old boy with an AK-47 and a 14-year-old girl were arrested after allegedly shooting at cops while boasting “it’s like Grand Theft Auto.” Florida authorities said two armed children engaged in a violent shootout with law enforcement in the town of Enterprise on Wednesday. Travis O’Brien and Nicole Jackson...

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  • June 5, 2021

When people who are supposed to be governing, half of the country is being abused.    I know some personal things happening from deep red republican judges also allowing things to happen that is not upholding the law.   I can’t even go into what is happening personally from even judges...

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  • May 29, 2021

Peter Doocy keeps trying to stump Jen Psaki, and he continues to come up short on the gotchas as she continues to clean his clock. Jen Psaki schools Fox News Peter Doocy once again. See full episodes here. Fox News Peter Doocy thought he would take Jen Psaki off-kilter, but...

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  • May 21, 2021

Ron DeSantis is actually giving Trump a run for his money on dictatorship try outs. Check this out.  www.local10.com/… I would assume that includes hurricanes.  No emergency shut downs.  Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that he is using his executive powers to terminate all local COVID-19 orders, effective immediately. During a...

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  • May 3, 2021

For some reason I don’t have complete faith in this vote audit they’re performing in Arizona. For one thing, hardly anyone heard of Cyber Ninjas, the company that’s performing the audit, before this farce commenced. For another, the company is named “Cyber Ninjas.” That’s like going with a wealth management firm called...

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  • May 1, 2021

Received this e-mail from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign: x We don't need some hedge fund millionaire like @JDVance1 claiming to speak for working families who are struggling to get by. In Dayton, we passed universal pre-k and the results have been incredible both for kids and...

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  • April 29, 2021

Former Republican Congressman David Jolly dispelled the GOP stereotype applied to Black Lives Matter with one simple statement. Black Lives Matter truth. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. David Jolly appeared on a panel on Nicolle Wallace's show. Wallace called out the GOP for using a sort of identity...

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  • April 22, 2021

One of the more despicable senators in the US Senate now acknowledges that climate change is real after four years of kissing Trump’s ass as the know-nothing did all he could do to derail the fight against climate change and kill life on the planet. Better late than never, but words...

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  • April 19, 2021

Yesterday I was so depressed.  Could not figure out why.  Vet came and sat out on the patio and said, “You know, I am depressed really bad”.  I shook my head and said, “Not a good sign you know if we both are”.   I felt like a cloud was hanging...

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  • April 17, 2021

I’m not even sure what to do with this. I’m gobsmacked. Oh, he was a man, eh? I guess that means it’s okay for the cops to shoot him. What other conclusion can you possibly take from this ribbon of rancid tripe dribbling out the malignant maw of one Sean...

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  • April 16, 2021

My father helped run a construction company when I was a kid, and he was pretty hands-on with his work. While he was perfectly at home in the office drawing up plans (or whatever construction guys do; I never had much interest in his profession, though I know he was...

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  • April 13, 2021

You’d think Texas would want to fix its electrical grid or do everything in its power to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, but you’d be wrong. Nothing is ever more important to a Lone Star State politician than launching unnecessary salvos in the culture wars. If it’s not the brutally defamed Mr. Potato Head...

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  • April 13, 2021

No. No.  We don’t need infrastructure bills in America .   We are fine according to republicans.  Well, that state of mind is being changed I bet as I type. (or maybe not according to Republican thinking)  Manatee County Florida is under mandatory evacuations and every homeowner can expect higher homeowner...

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  • April 3, 2021
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Here’s some big news today out of Pennsylvania: .@JohnFetterman announces he raised $3.9 million in the first quarter for his Pennsylvania U.S. Senate run, through 140,000 contributions. A big haul of 💰 at an early stage. — Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 1, 2021 Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he raised...

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  • April 1, 2021

It is a cruel irony that before the start of the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin the state of Minnesota is one of many placing the knee of racism on the neck of black American voters. It is also not lost on me that Colin Kaepernick was denied his...

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  • March 29, 2021

The week has started badly and tragically. Even the Suez Canal got blocked. but we should at least think about Spring Cleaning, even if we never get it completed. It’s enough to make you nuke a space hurricane, eat a pie under the covers, or buy a QAnon Sudoku decoder...

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  • March 24, 2021

BUT HER E-MAILS!!! State superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr solicited clients and organized branding for her private consulting business through her public school district email address, including several times during work hours, prior to her retirement as Brown Deer School District superintendent last year. Emails obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal...

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  • March 20, 2021

Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy exposed his true racist feelings unapologetically today at the Anti-Asian American Violence hearing. Congressman Chip Roy made it clear he is a racist See full episodes here. Chip Roy made his racist comments and comments that seem to encourage violence at the House Judiciary Committee hearing,...

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  • March 18, 2021

Believe me, if it were possible to fatally overdose on marijuana, I’d be a heapin’ midden of THC-infused mulch right now. But it’s just not. In fact, the number of recorded cases of fatal cannabis overdose in the history of cannabis and overdoses is—oh, would you look at that?—still zero.  I’m...

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  • March 17, 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

Ok, this is Sunday and I try to stay away from political posts on Sunday.   Something happened yesterday and took me back 30 years and I smiled.  My car had just stopped and would not crank at the drive through at CVS.  I called my husband to come down and jump...

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  • March 14, 2021

After Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham, and Kayleigh McEnany, anyone or anything would have been an upgrade as press secretary. A wheel of Gorgonzola with a Furby chip jammed into it would have been better. But, luckily, we did much better. Biden’s first press secretary, Jen Psaki, is knowledgeable,...

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  • March 13, 2021

From the Church of the Perpetual Face Palm (aka the modern-day Republican Party) comes another wee dollop of “what the fuck?” So how do you even begin to respond to this? The Republican-controlled Arizona House voted along party lines last week to allow state businesses to ignore any and all city,...

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  • March 8, 2021

“There is nothing about equality in that act! If anything, it’s, the, uh, it’s supremacy of gays, lesbians, and transvestites. This is what this is about, it’s about putting them higher than anyone else!”  Lauren Boebert  Trumpanzee Representative Lauren Boebert (QAnon CO) does what she does best while speaking with disgraced traitor...

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  • March 3, 2021

These kinds of stories drive me up the wall. There’s nothing heartwarming or cute about this, but it’s the kind of thing people in this country slurp up like syrup. Nothing against the journalist who brought this grotesquerie to light, but my takeaway from this tragic tale is that we...

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  • March 1, 2021

Wasn’t it just last week that Moscow Mitch said, no to impeachment but took to the floor to say “Lock him up” and then within the last 24 hours saying with all listed below, if he is the primary candidate he would absolutely vote for the orange thing?  My head...

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  • February 26, 2021
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From The Hill: Spoiler: Passing laws would indeed make my flags go away. Just not that one. Let’s do the right things for Pennsylvania. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇺🇸 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 24, 2021 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, has replaced the pro-weed and LGBTQ rights flags hanging from...

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  • February 25, 2021

Speechless.   Just speechless.    According to CNN, Mike Pence is starting a PAC to defend Donald Trump’s record and they remain close friends. What in the world?  Some man incites a mob, a former boss, hunts me and not just me but my family, screaming down the halls of congress, Hang...

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  • February 24, 2021

Democrats look for solutions, and Republicans look for blame. I am not sure where I heard that phrase and I probably rejected it as just political rhetoric.  Recent events have given me reasons to examine and not dismiss the statement. Democrats are not perfect as demonstrated by the wavering support...

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  • February 22, 2021

Good God almighty. Well, this proves Ted Cruz isn’t the Zodiac Killer, because even the Zodiac Killer wouldn’t be sociopathic enough to blame his fucking kids for the biggest asshole move in Texas history. New Statement from @tedcruz: pic.twitter.com/0WMni5O9R1 — Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) February 18, 2021 The full text: Statement...

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  • February 18, 2021

Here’s the first big campaign of 2021: A white candidate to be Wisconsin's top education official deleted her Twitter account and apologized after posting a message that she had been called a racial slur for Black people when she was 16 because “my lips were bigger than most and that...

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  • February 18, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Governor Tony Evers’ (D. WI) re-election campaign: Today is Primary Election Day, and I want to make sure you have all the information you need to vote. As a state schools superintendent, I understand more than most how that is one of the most important...

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  • February 16, 2021

My weary, rheumy eyes have seen a lot of heinous shit over the past five years. I’d like to donate my brain to science when the time comes, but I fear it’s too soiled now. The second they slice into it, ocher apparitions will start swirling around the room catcalling...

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  • February 11, 2021

Rachel Campos-Duffy is a former reality star … and some other things. Her husband, Sean, is a former GOP congressman from Hayward, Wisconsin, which is way, way up north. I’ve been to northern Wisconsin. I know northern Wisconsin pretty well. And I can tell you with some confidence that most northern Wisconsin...

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  • February 8, 2021

“Can anyone honestly say that if some of those in the mob with zip ties, stun guns and other weapons actually came upon a member of Congress in the Capitol on Jan 6, they'd have just stopped and asked them to pose for a selfie?” x Anyone who thinks Trump...

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  • February 2, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Tim Ryan (D. OH-13): You’ve always had my back. That’s why I want to be the first to tell you: I’m thinking about running to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate. This choice isn’t just about what I want. It’s about ensuring Ohio has...

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  • January 27, 2021

So locking kids in cages, praising “very fine people on both sides,” shivving democracy, criminally mishandling a pandemic, and lying nonstop were not enough to make Trumpies permanent pariahs. But it looks like inciting a murderous mob may have finally done the trick. Go figure. Now that the ex-prez with...

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  • January 25, 2021
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