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I share an important date with former basketball coach the late Don Haskins, March 14, our birthday. Haskins led the then Texas Western Basketball team to the 1966 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship against the vaunted and famed Kentucky Wildcats, led by legendary coach Adolph Rupp. Coach Rupp...

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  • October 13, 2021

​ 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...

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  • January 30, 2021
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The neoliberals’ “free market” is not going to sequester enough carbon to save the environment. Even Warren Buffett isn’t willing to take a bet on surviving an impending climate crisis catastrophe, because “the rents are too high”. Existential threats have a critical reality, about which ruthless criticism is entailed. Even...

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  • December 27, 2020

Blessings to all the activists, particularly Tó Nizhóní Án, whose 40-year grassroots efforts help heal our damaged planet and potentially protect us from a cataclysmic future for all life at risk of extinction. From the Press release of the Hopi and Navajo people: The demolition of the three 775-foot-tall smokestacks at Navajo Generating Station...

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  • December 21, 2020

Trump and his supporters are such dupes that rather than taking a village, it may take a dominatrix to de-program Trumpists: But up until recently, there’s one group of potential Biden voters who have not been the subject of voter outreach: kinky, submissive male Trump supporters with humiliation fetishes. Now,...

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  • October 24, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT), in support of Marquita Bradshaw (D. TN) and Paula Jean Swearengin’s (D. WV) U.S. Senate campaigns: If the latest developments with the Supreme Court have shown us anything, it is that Democrats absolutely must regain a...

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  • September 22, 2020

Trump's in Ohio today, trying distract us from knowing that the Manhattan DA has grounds to prosecute Trump and his business on these grounds: -Scheme to Defraud -Falsification of Business Records -Insurance Fraud -Criminal Tax Fraud x Q: Who do you think poisoned Alexey Navalny in Russia? TRUMP: Uhhhh … we'll...

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  • September 21, 2020

A lot was made of our commander-in-show holding up a Bible, a little over a week ago, with the St. John’s Episcopal Church as a backdrop. The orchestrated show of strength was preceded by shoving, tear-gassing, and strong-arm tactics of armed troops against peaceful protesters. Trump had been sheltered in...

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  • June 10, 2020

http://www.msn.com/… The New York Times reports that renewable energy sources including wind and solar power are now regularly outproducing coal fired electric power plants in the United States. Just 10 years ago, almost 50 percent of electricity came from coal but lower costs are now driving up renewables and increasing making...

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  • May 13, 2020

The New York Times reports that renewable energy sources including wind and solar power are now regularly outproducing coal fired electric power plants in the United States. Just 10 years ago, almost 50 percent of electricity came from coal but lower costs are now driving up renewables and increasing making coal...

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  • May 13, 2020

The big names keep on coming: Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is planning a rollout for Michelle Obama’s endorsement, although there are questions around just how public a role the enormously popular former first lady will play in his campaign. Sources tell The Hill that the Biden campaign’s early plans include...

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  • April 17, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI) on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: x We simply must reconvene the Senate. No excuses. The virus is not waiting until Monday at 530 pm, and neither should we. pic.twitter.com/55XCUb5oRW— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) March 14, 2020 This is...

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  • March 15, 2020

It turns out the media's obsession with the superrich isn't confined to the world of celebrity and entertainment. In politics, the press also seems utterly fascinated with how the 0.1% live, and especially what their political leanings are. For the 2020 campaign, that means a barrage of coverage about what...

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  • November 27, 2019

Think of the last time your five-year-old lied to you.  They hemmed and hawed, shuffled their feet in their tiny multi-colored laced sneakers, then stared down at them and not at you. The natural inclination for most of us is to feel a bit of shame when we lie, not...

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  • November 8, 2019

Just how bad do you have to be to lose re-election as the right-wing conservative incumbent in one of the reddest states in the union? I ask because that’s exactly what is happening right now in Kentucky. The election is less than a month away, and Matt Bevin is ranked the most unpopular...

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  • October 13, 2019

Democrats responded to the whistleblower scandal surrounding Donald Trump’s contacts with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky almost as fast as they could. In fact, even as Trump attempted to set the narrative before they got a chance to see the “transcript” of their July call, with the expectation of defining the coverage,...

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  • September 30, 2019

There is a rather lengthy (surprisingly) Louisville Courier-Journal article on the plight of the laid off coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky.  The coal mine they worked for — Blackjewel — declared bankruptcy, and the miners’ paychecks bounced.  The miners have been blocking the tracks to prevent Blackjewel from shipping out any...

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  • September 29, 2019

Moscow MItch is certainly covered in something dirty, but it ain’t coal dust from helping coal miners.  From Erin Banco of The Daily Beast: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last month blocked a measure that would have used Treasury Department funds marked for Appalachian development to help pay for coal...

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  • September 10, 2019

If anyone on Daily Kos who has worked on a politcal campaign before reads this diary, I would really like your input on this latest news twist on Amy McGrath’s advertisement against Moscow Mitch: Kentucky miners issue a cease and desist letter to Amy McGrath for using them in a...

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  • September 6, 2019

I haven’t seen Amy McGrath’s ad about Moscow Mitch dissing coal miners who suffer from black lung disease yet on the TV, but McGrath is being credited with getting Moscow Mitch to pop his head out of his shell to write a letter to the Labor Department over a current...

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  • August 31, 2019

Progressives in Kentucky may have something to cheer about with regards to next year’s U.S. Senate race against Moscow Mitch:  Matt Jones has formed an exploratory committee. Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones is forming an exploratory committee for a potential U.S. Senate bid against Mitch McConnell in 2020. Jones, a...

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  • August 29, 2019

Bayard Rustin- I think it is absolutely true that we should look at the full person that we identify with and exalt because they may have characteristics that are similar, but we also should tell their full truth and not parts that make us feel good or that we can...

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  • March 17, 2019

Express Digest “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dominated the South by Southwest conference with her mere presence, bringing in a larger crowd than any of the 2020 presidential contenders, all of whom were asked about her or her Green New Deal in their own sessions at the popular event… …The crowd rose...

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  • March 10, 2019

Here is an important piece from a community organizer in Pike County, Kentucky — a woman by the name of Mikaela Curry — on the coal miners’ “friend” Senator Mitch McConnell.  This is from someone who lives in Trumplandia, and I think her views are far more important than any of the...

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  • February 23, 2019

I am not sure how I missed this bit of information — local and state media suck in KY, but it was reported that Kentucky has FEWER jobs in the coal industry after Trump won the White House. Two years since Donald Trump carried every Kentucky coal county by whopping margins...

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  • December 9, 2018

I think that Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia caught a definite break:  coal miner killer Don Blankenship is running for the U.S. Senate under the Constitution Party banner. fter a failed bid in the Republican primary, Don Blankenship began an uphill climb Tuesday of getting his name on...

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  • July 26, 2018

Coal power stations have now ceased generating electricity in the UK, with all of them ceasing operations by 2022. They will be closed completely by 2025. Here in the US, Trump promised coal-producing states that there would be a complete reversal when he took office. He lied (as usual) and...

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  • May 10, 2018

In 2001, Bush 43 selected his Secretary of Labor, a Taiwanese-American woman with a long history of involvement in conservative causes. Elaine Chao resigned her position in the Heritage Foundation to accept the cabinet role. She would be the only cabinet member to serve all 8 years of the Bush...

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  • November 29, 2016

Illinois State Senator Andy Manar is getting pushback from constituents after introducing a bill to help the heavily subsidized state coal mining industry. A coal industry lobbyist with Foresight Energy joined Manar and other legislators at a press conference for a bill to give Illinois coal an advantage over imports....

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  • May 17, 2015
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