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Democrats court trouble when they use metaphors and comparative thinking. Remember when former President Barack Obama used an old idiom. “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” in a June 2008 fundraiser during his run for his first term as President. Republicans like his opponent John...

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  • October 12, 2022

Republicans who threw a truth tampering tantrum that manifested into an insurrection are destroying this country. A famous and heated argument between Archie Bunker and Edith’s cousin Maude Findlay is a prophetic example. The discussion led to a disagreement over the wives of President(s) Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Richard “E”(sic)...

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  • January 24, 2022

From that moment in November of 1969, when former President Richard Nixon asked for a “silent majority” to support his ‘Vietnamization’ effort, utilizing the peace with honor strategy; America’s shotgun wedding to the GOP marriage of silent loyalty and moral obedience was consummated. Between the Nixon and Reagan administrations, Republicans...

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  • August 13, 2021

Speaking to a colleague this morning who asked if I was tired of writing about racial ‘strife.’ The answer was—no—I am tired of living it. In less than two weeks a white Ohio police chief thought it was a joke to leave a KKK reference on the desk of one...

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  • July 23, 2021

I was born in the 1950s when it was not illegal for black people in the south to vote—it was suicide. Pseudo-laws, tests, intimidation, hoods, ropes, and guns were the anti-democracy tactics of the day. Southern state officials could not legitimately ban black people from voting, so the strategy was...

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  • July 12, 2021

I watched the celebration of former police officer Derek Michael Chauvin’s conviction of three various counts of murder yesterday, and my feelings were mixed. No, no, I felt no sorrow for the man who not only took George Floyd’s life away but broke the hearts of countless Americans, both black...

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  • April 21, 2021
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The Black Codes of the late 1800s are making a comeback in America. These ordinances were meant to control the free movement of people of color using minor infractions as the reasoning, which was a literal attempt to keep black people in their place. The beginnings of policing in America...

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  • April 16, 2021

A noted piece of work, State Senator Hensley, a Sons of Confederate Veterans member, decided there were so many new ways to get a KKK founder’s statue to stick around in the usual battles of Tennessee culture. This particular 1978 bust is a Jim Crow monument with marginal historical value other than honoring...

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  • March 19, 2021

Kelly J. Baker is a writer and scholar of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. She sees frightening similarities between that culture and the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Interviews like this are one of the reasons that I still subscribe to the NYT, some snippets [bolding...

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  • February 9, 2021

Living, working, and surviving as a black man in a national community that sees you as an inferior, from time to time the question is asked, ‘ do you think there will be a second civil war?’ In my lifetime, I remember the question being asked when my great-granny clutched...

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  • February 1, 2021

From The Los Angeles Times: But a Times investigation found that recall campaign leaders, seeking to capitalize on the darkening public mood, allied with radical and extreme elements early on to help collect signatures. Those included groups promoting distrust of government, science and medicine; peddlers of QAnon doomsday conspiracies; “patriots”...

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  • January 29, 2021

Because you shouldn’t pay any attention to the attempt to extort votes from Georgia election officials. Remember a current Trump delusion revealed by the latest tape kerfuffle is that because the states near to Georgia went for Trump, it must be a “Trump state”, and he needs to pimp his speech today. President Trump on...

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  • January 4, 2021

Chicken Coup. As of 12:01pm on January 3, 2021, David Perdue is no longer a U.S. Senator. Let’s keep it that way, as WaPo discovers a tape of Trump trying to threaten a public official. ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’ President Trump urged fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger, the...

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  • January 3, 2021

The Jewish Action group Twitter account, shared an image of  Senator Kelly Loeffler with a former leader of the KKK. Chester Doles, a fourth-generation Klansman, now leads the National Alliance and Hammerskins. He introduced the nation to the American Patriots USA in 2019. International Business Times writes: Kelly Loeffler claims she had...

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  • December 14, 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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  • November 7, 2020

Big Man….How cowardly and cruel can you be and people wonder why we don’t put up Biden signs without arming ourselves?  I saw this on another blog and now the Trumpsters are now attacking our children.  Freedom of speech?  That parent would and should have stood their ground.   YOU DON”T...

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  • September 19, 2020

The choice of Mt Rushmore for a campaign event has avoided the hoopla Trump has wanted over parades as well as his desire to call troops in to disperse demonstrators. It is designed to add another election stunt to another event scheduled for tomorrow in DC. I refuse to give...

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  • July 3, 2020

So much more than meets the eye, and then there’s stupid fruit of the loins. So much lying and falsehoods in a masque of masks. x Kellyanne Conway: “People are not wearing masks. And I don't think they're not wearing masks because the President of the United States is not...

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  • July 3, 2020

Made to order for whenever the national guard(s) and whatever federal riot squads are ready in DC to trash BLM demonstrators. Heck, the RWNJs could recruit anti-freemasonists to take this sculpture down, once the NPS puts it back up. Even the RCP has led a street demo against this sculpture....

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  • June 28, 2020

Like a teen-aged pin-boy, Trump wants demonstrators and their heads cracked, much like his #BunkerBoy need for that St John’s church photo-op. Because the only Confederate outdoor statue on federal property needs to be a target for DC demonstrators so troops can be called out. Rinse, Repeat. Darn that Grand Army of...

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  • June 25, 2020

Wear a Hawai'ian shirt, go to jail…Tulsa did have in attendance the anti-government gun-toting version of Proud Boys called Boogaloo Bois. Fortunately they chickened out on a mission to foment conflict for a second Civil War. Fortunately, the fashion police and the National Guard were present in Tulsa, and monitoring the Boogaloos’ paramilitary...

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  • June 21, 2020

Trump’s doing the best he can to try to make his election about whiteness, and ax handles do have a meaning in the 1960s. Dixiecrat Lester Maddox was Georgia governor in 1968, and Trump is still crudely trying to use Nixon’s Southern Strategy with all its referents. Future Gov. Maddox (right) brandishing a...

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  • June 12, 2020

The e-mails in support of U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D. AL) for voting to convict Donald Trump keep coming in. First from Democracy For America: There’s been a lot of talk about Mitt Romney this week, but he’s not the only Senator who put the country above politics. Senator Doug Jones is a...

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  • February 8, 2020
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If you’re like me, you probably have received several e-mails from congressional Democrats and progressive groups united in support of U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D. AL) re-election campaign and for his courageous vote to convict Donald Trump. To me, it’s a huge sign of First off, VoteVets: Yesterday was a...

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  • February 7, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D. IL) in support of U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D. AL) re-election campaign: Sen. Doug Jones (D. AL) Jeff Sessions recently announced he is challenging Doug Jones for Senate in Alabama. Split a $3 contribution between Doug Jones and my reelection campaign right away to help defend...

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  • November 13, 2019

Russia’s useful idiots are also proxies. In a bid to repeat 2016, the swing states will have third-party efforts as well as support for non-Democratic efforts. In this case the self-proclaimed “environmentalist” declares that he supports the Green Party, but not really. Like greenwashing, it’s bait-and-switch. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1185643744932106240? Jill Stein got more...

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  • October 19, 2019

Long before Trump, today’s GOP lost any ability to be constructive on just about anything. If something is good, they reflexively oppose it.  People having healthcare? Oppose. People going to college? Oppose. Stopping gun massacres? Oppose.  Renewable energy? Oppose. Their entire policy on immigration is bigotry and hate. Their policy...

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  • September 29, 2019

To many, Omaha Nebraska is where you could buy insurance from the company that sponsored the Wild Kingdom TV show.  Henry Fonda and Johny Carson were from Omaha.  The liberal billionaire, “Oracle” Warren Buffet, lives in Omaha. Yet for 50 years, Omaha also became the most segregated city in the US,...

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  • September 22, 2019

Karma is really fun sometimes, huh? A police officer in Muskegon, Michigan, was placed on administrative leave after a black man who was interested in buying his house saw a framed KKK application on his wall and Confederate flags in his house and garage. The officer, Charles Anderson, is on...

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  • August 12, 2019

Because he’s not racist at all — oh, no, not even close; he’s the least racist person you’ll ever meet … the least racist — Donald Trump hate-tweeted at Al Sharpton early this morning. (If you’re a black politician or celebrity and he hasn’t attacked you yet, don’t worry. He’ll get...

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  • July 29, 2019

How fitting that the conman in chief said this… x Our July 4th Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial is looking to be really big. It will be the show of a lifetime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019 PT Barnum started The Greatest Show on Earth.  Donald...

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  • July 5, 2019

Nine. Nine people. Jeb Bush’s “please clap” rally had a better turnout. This is more like the Tuesday early lunch crowd at a Green Bay strip club. Looks like we will replace you, assholes. In fact, we already have. The Hill: A Klu Klux Klan (KKK) rally held in Dayton,...

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  • May 25, 2019

After MoveOn members asked candidates to skip the AIPAC conference, no 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are yet publicly committed to attend the AIPAC conference in DC this weekend! The story comes after a number of leading candidates—Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Mayor Julián Castro,...

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  • March 22, 2019

NEW SURVEY: Over 74% of MoveOn Members Believe 2020 Presidential Candidates Should Not Attend AIPAC Conference AIPAC conference to be headlined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Chuck Schumer & Rep. Kevin McCarthy A new survey from MoveOn Political...

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  • March 20, 2019

Received two e-mails in support of U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D. AL) re-election bid. First, from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D. RI): Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D. RI)   This is important: My friend and colleague Doug Jones is up for reelection in 2020, and a far-right challenger just jumped into the race against...

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  • February 23, 2019

Received two e-mails in support of U.S. Senator Doug Jones’ (D. AL) re-election campaign from two of my favorite Democratic Senators. The first one is from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D. OH): Sen. Doug Jones (D. AL)   I need you to chip in $5 or more right now to...

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  • February 21, 2019

Damn straight: Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D) called for the resignation of a local newspaper editor for publishing a “disgusting” editorial urging the return of the Ku Klux Klan. “OMG! What rock did this guy crawl out from under?” Jones, a former U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted two klan members for the...

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  • February 20, 2019

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: x Democrats can do so much better than callously defending this blackface and Klan picture, Dick Saslaw. This kind of mentality is exactly why I’m running for office. It’s time for a change. https://t.co/ibrkS6E6p8 — Yasmine Taeb (@YasmineTaeb) February 1,...

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  • February 3, 2019

With the advent of the Trump era, the GOP has already gone all in with treason, so why not racism as well?  If we are already at a place where a GOP congressman can yell at a Hispanic Democratic congressman on the House floor to “Go back to Puerto Rico,” I don’t...

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  • January 19, 2019

John Dean knows a little something about awful, criminal, paranoid presidents with berserk rage boners for the popular Democratic presidents who preceded them. As White House counsel under President Nixon, he was deeply involved in the Watergate coverup. Eventually he flipped on the president, cooperating with investigators and pleading guilty...

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  • August 17, 2018

I watched Flimflam Man Paul Ryan’s CNN town hall last night, and realized that at this late date we still can’t honestly question, and thus confront, Republican leaders on the root problem of Charlottesville and Trump.  Instead, all we get is moronic, weak tea like Paul Ryan and other Republicans condemning...

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  • August 22, 2017
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