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In the mid-1920s, the term ‘Pinko’ reared its accusatory head. Anyone deemed a sympathizer but not a full-on communist was labeled a pinko—dare I say—semi-communist. The word’s resurgence was on display during the Army-McCarthy Hearings of the 1950s. Then Senator Joe McCarthy of Minnesota brought paranoia to new levels. He...

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  • September 2, 2022

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

Either the political acumen of the voter is in dire need of reeducation, or Democrats need lessons in exploiting a golden opportunity. Republicans publicly pull off political tricks without recrimination. They manipulate the public with chicanery, walk away, and brag about it later. At the beginning of the Biden administration,...

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  • October 6, 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

Dr. Eddie Glaude points out that Democrats lose when they act like scorned lovers as they neglect parts of their base for others. Dr. Eddie Glaude makes a necessary observation x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. While discussing the draconian Texas abortion law, Nicolle Wallace noted that Democrats are, in...

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  • September 9, 2021

Let me start by saying no one—for or against—is in favor of abortion. Subjecting a woman and her partner to outside scrutiny from what is the most anguished-filled decision of their lives, is no business of any of ours to decide for any woman. One of the few tenets left...

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  • August 20, 2021

Women and people of color had a unique experience that ended yesterday in Tokyo, Japan. The controversial Summer Olympics closed with America at the top of the medal leader board despite some members of the team having barbs and sticks hurled at them from the right-wing.  Lots of conservatives and...

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  • August 9, 2021

The misplaced displays of so-called love for the U.S. by Republicans will eventually strangle her to death. We heard evidence of that in the opening testimony from one of four officers present at the Capitol insurrection on January 6. Faced with a frothing mob of white supremacists, fascists, and riotous...

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  • July 28, 2021

Radio Host Tim Danahey sent me a note that gave me pause. If we could make sure all Americans understand this, we could force the hands of politicians on the wealth tax. Tim Danahey’s wealth tax calculation. See full episodes here. Here is the note I received from Tim. Dude,...

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  • June 15, 2021

We all love how effective Jen Psaki has been as President Joe Biden’s White House Press Secretary. This was not her best moment. Jen Psaki had the perfect opportunity to swing hard See full episodes here. It was clear why the question tripped. This type of question will continue to trip up...

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  • June 5, 2021

It’s now time to drop the GOP American Jobs Plan bipartisan negotiating farce. Jen Psaki needs a better answer. Think working class. Michael Steele again. Jen Psaki has her first fail? Drop the GOP farce! Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls:...

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  • June 4, 2021
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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

If I had to watch this, you do, too. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy, who sounds like Mr. Haney and looks like Arnold Ziffel, shot a video that made the NRA—which is dissolving faster than an Adderall suppository in the pulpy crevasses of Donald John Trump’s bottomless backside—bray about “triggering” the libs....

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  • May 25, 2021

I’ve spent some time in newsrooms, so I feel like I’m a savvier news consumer than most. While watching the local news, I’ve occasionally said to my wife, in reference to a particularly fawning segment about a product, “Yeah, that’s an ad.” (Yes, I’m married. What, do you think I spend...

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  • May 24, 2021

A few years ago, I wrote the piece titled “Boomers Must Take Some Blame And Help Fix Generation Y Unhappy Problem” without any malintent. I was raked over the coals by my boomer friends who accused me of agism and much more. Some said I was pitting generations against each...

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  • May 23, 2021

Donald John Ignatius Caligulard Trump has had a lot of coffee boys for someone who only drinks Diet Coke. If you’re in the Trump orbit and that orbit begins to decay, well, you might as well be green cruciferous vegetables as far as DJT is concerned. He sure as shit...

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  • May 23, 2021

After a black woman received two low-balled appraisals for her home, her friend’s white husband played the owner, and the appraised value doubled. Appraisal increased when black woman owner became a white man See full episodes here. One can fight outward racism overtly. After all, it is easy to see....

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  • May 22, 2021

Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) appeared on Meet The Press to turn questions into talking points. He got a few out, but ultimately Chuck Todd neutered him. Chuck Todd neuters Dan Crenshaw See full episodes here. It started fairly cordial with Todd asking Crenshaw about his opinion on the Liz Cheney event. Chuck...

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  • May 16, 2021

MFP is neologisms that get sticky. Cheugy is the latest, being a term that Generation Z calls Millennials, perhaps it’s the revival of more postmodernism. Generation Z consumer-brand attacks on Millennials consumption habits may be all that Gheugy is about. Proud Boys and their golf polos may be Cheugy, if only...

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  • May 16, 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

Meet Michigan House member Matt Maddock. He’s a Republican who bought into the fiction that a gurgling bucket of Twinkie filling and circus peanut goo couldn’t have possibly lost to that nice man with the infectious smile and conspicuous lack of boat parades. He also thinks fact checkers need to...

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  • May 12, 2021

Look, this is popcorn time.   Orange man thinks he is so big and bad with a mouth that runs 90 miles a minute and filled with conspiracy and lies.  Personally, I was always a bit leary of a quiet, soft spoken person.    You never know what they are thinking and...

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  • May 12, 2021

I’m always gobsmacked whenever anyone gets in bed with Donald Trump—either literally or figuratively—because, for one, he never shows love or loyalty to anyone and, for another … ew, gross. Last week, we discovered that glitching espresso machine cum coffee boy Rudy Giuliani wants Trump to pay him for his legal...

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  • May 9, 2021

Whenever I feel compelled to freak myself out about the GOP’s seemingly ineluctable march toward cult-of-personality authoritarianism, I have to remind myself that Republicans might not be Hitler boof stormtroopers so much as they’re just lemmings. For the most part, rank-and-file Republicans still love the guy who tried to geld our democracy...

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  • May 8, 2021

Senator Tim Scott was willing to allow the Republican Party to make him a sacrificial lamb. Tiffany Cross called out Scott like no other. Tiffany Cross makes minced meat out of Tim Scott’s silly statement. See full episodes here. Tiffany Cross was justifiably not kind to Tim Scott. Nor should...

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  • May 2, 2021

Time after time, Melania Trump slapped her husband’s hand away faster than a hummingbird could flap its wings. Assuming fusion power fails to pan out, it’s nice to know that her phalanges-flickin’ wrist is an untapped source of renewable energy that will last us at least until her death—or until...

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  • April 29, 2021

We give a more progressive response to Biden's speech. TrustWomen founder Julie Burkhart discusses choice. Biden made an important statement that punishes the GOP. Welcome Julie Burkhart, founder of TrustWomen x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799...

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  • April 29, 2021

It’s been clear for some time that Donald Trump gave the Republican Party permission to be who they are. Nicolle Wallace got it. Nicolle Wallace gets it. See full episodes here. I really love how Nicolle Wallace can be pretty tough on herself, the media, and others to make her point....

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  • April 27, 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

Received this e-mail today from Governor Jared Polis’ (D. CO) re-election campaign: Almost 70% of Colorado’s most vulnerable population, those aged 60 and older, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s fantastic news, but now that we’ve protected so many of our most vulnerable, our focus moves to protecting everyone...

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  • April 22, 2021

Received this e-mail today from badass Rep. Katie Porter (D. CA-45) in support of appointed U.S. Senator Alex Padilla’s (D. CA) re-election campaign: Sen. Alex Padilla (D. CA) Hi  — It’s Katie Porter. I’m not one to beat around the bush. So let me get right to it: I’m asking you...

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  • April 21, 2021

“Today, a jury did the right thing. But true justice requires much more.“ x Opinion | Caught on camera Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is found guilty of all three counts of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.https://t.co/Wi66rRx6iO pic.twitter.com/alUPrS7W4u— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) April 20, 2021 The...

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  • April 20, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), and his organization, Powered By People: I'm personally inviting you to join Beto and Powered by People volunteers next Tuesday, April 27, at a virtual phone bank to call voters in Webb County. I've joined Beto on...

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  • April 20, 2021

Apparently the spree killer in Indianapolis was also a “Brony”, a follower of My Little Pony as reported by the Wall Street Journal. We are in our pandemic (l)anguish, even more confused by a sad shape for online culture. Not unlike the infantile imagery used by Boogaloo Boys, racism and sexism filter into...

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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

Structural change needs to happen, because in community policing, community should precede policing. The paramilitary trend should not be seen as a burgeoning conflict between armed militias, one more official than the other. We need a de-escalation whose goal is the diametric opposite of the 1/6 insurrection. The problem isn't...

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  • April 15, 2021

Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham did not mince her words or disgust for policing in America that is systemically fatal for people of color. Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham hits the nail on the head See full episodes here. Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham appeared on All In with Chris Hayes, where she points out...

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  • April 13, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), and his organization, Powered By People: This week, HB 6, an egregious voter suppression bill, took a huge step toward becoming law in Texas. This bill along with SB 7 – which passed the State Senate last...

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  • April 10, 2021

As much as I would like to take credit for the fitting title of this piece, I cannot. I heard it for the first time yesterday afternoon (April 8th) on the Randi Rhodes radio broadcast. A caller from Philadelphia used the two-word descriptor, and I found it apropos to the...

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  • April 9, 2021

So I woke up this morning to discover Prince Philip had died. In the span of a few vertiginous moments, my emotions swung widely from indifference to mild interest and back to indifference. I went through the five stages of grieving 99-year-old men I didn’t know pretty quickly. I got to acceptance...

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  • April 9, 2021

Rep. Katie Porter did not mince her words as she demanded that child care & family leave are justifiably considered and treated as infrastructure. As she started speaking, she had the most composed and cute sneeze I’ve seen on cable TV. Yes, I know, fortuitous, but it was so “Katie...

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  • April 6, 2021

Trump posted an Easter message — it’s the same, but at least MSM isn’t holding back on framing the idiocy as biographer Michael D’Antonio notes the post-president’s continued grifting, and CNN’s Jim Acosta weighs in. “Yep. It’s Sally Field. You love me. You really love me,” D’Antonio said, referring back to the 1980s...

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  • April 4, 2021

Is US progressive politics, especially in cultural issues, incapable of attracting majority support. Not so much in terms of the usual self-fulfilling marginalization, but there are absolute limits to the mutability of moderate ideologies in  order to build working majorities. In these conditions, it seems almost certain that tit-for-tat will...

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  • April 3, 2021

Remember Infrastructure Week? It’s coming back—this time without an infrastructure weakling deflating the promise of a newly rebuilt America. Joe Biden is set to unveil his sweeping $3 trillion infrastructure plan, and according to Axios, top economists are simply “giddy” about its prospects. Of course, Republicans understand Keynesian economics as...

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  • March 29, 2021

He’s now posing as his own Walmart greeter. Trump regularly crashed random wedding receptions at his Bedminster NJ golf club, because he simply likes that opening-the-car-dealership shtick, and copping a feel from the bride seems more acceptable as perv-adjacent. Try the attention-seeking veal, and tip your cow. Unfortunately Facebook may allow him back by next...

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  • March 29, 2021

Received this e-mail from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) organization, Powered By People: Just this week, our team found out that there were two voter suppression bills — HB6 in the Texas State House, SB7 in the Texas State Senate — that were going to be introduced....

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  • March 27, 2021

Yesterday the state of Georgia defined election integrity as—black people not voting. Republicans love to throw around the image of liberal politicians in hemp-filled rooms manipulating the lives of “real Americans.” Well last night, in a guarded room, Georgia governor Brian Kemp, flanked by a clique of hoodless, conveniently masked...

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  • March 26, 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

Rye Development is proposing a massive pumped storage power plant uphill from the site of the closed Goldendale smelter, next to the Columbia River.  This facility will take over a closed pumped storage plant. Native American tribes, including tribes from Asia, originally migrated to this vicinity as a group with common languages and...

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  • March 23, 2021

It always seemed absurd to me that hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens have no effective representation in Congress. And I’m not just talking about Alabamans. But to hear some conservatives tell it, that’s as it should be because, you know, D.C. doesn’t have a car dealership. And they already make their...

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  • March 22, 2021
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