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Stupidity adjacent, no Proud Boys or Oath Keepers threw themselves in front of Roger Stone as his office was near a styrofoam plant fire that featured an explosion. No Florida men were injured, but maybe Richard Nixon or Zippy was being targeted. x Roger Stone suggests gas explosion at Florida warehouse...

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  • April 25, 2021

Remember Mellissa Carone? Of course you do. She’s the crucial election witness who was so unhinged that Rudy Giuliani—who on a good day makes marginally less sense than a paint fumes hallucination—attempted to shush her while she spun her cray-cray stolen-election theories. Many people thought she was drunk. When I...

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  • January 26, 2021

Now that’s what I’m talking about: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced endorsements for more than 150 Democrats running in local races across the country. Sanders said the 172 contenders he endorsed Friday would be strong advocates for the progressive movement and that victories at the local level will help lay the foundation...

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  • October 12, 2020
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So this bull shit just happened: The Michigan Supreme Court issued a split decision late Friday that ruled against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over her power to extend emergency declarations used to mandate COVID-19 restrictions. The court's decision throws in to question orders issued by Whitmer related to...

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  • October 3, 2020

Some very encouraging news today out of Ohio courtesy of Quinnipiac University’s latest poll: OHIO: BIDEN 48%, TRUMP 47% VOTING IN 2020 In Ohio, 46 percent of likely voters plan on voting in person on Election Day. Thirty-five percent plan on voting by mail/absentee ballot, and 16 percent plan on...

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  • September 24, 2020

Wannabe felons crowded around the US Postal Service after Reagan’s 1980 election.  They claimed that “privatizing” the mail would increase efficiency  and lower costs. The trucking industry tried to pack the Postal Board with appointees in their thrall. James Bovard and other dependable conservative lackeys wrote op-eds in the Wall...

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  • August 16, 2020

Who dares be nasty to god-emperor Trump and his toady, Mike Pence (and his Mother). James Carville says he wouldn’t be surprised about what Trump would do, including replacing Pence with Nikki Haley, the odds of which seem highly remote because of the need for midwestern states and evangelicals (she’s...

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  • August 12, 2020

Trump might not the necessary evil that he claims to be, “mainlining from Fox a daily picture of the protests”, and cares about nothing other than keeping his base, assuming that the battleground states will stay close. The problem is that Democrats are never on the side of anarchists, nor...

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  • July 28, 2020

Trump's cosplay paramilitary uses repression stunts to reinforce GOP's voter suppression message, pointing their tiny mushrooms. x “I can't turn my back. But I fear for my life”: photographer captures pictures of #TrumpsGestapo pointing their guns at him during #PortlandProtests https://t.co/GgFF9VOtmx— Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) July 23, 2020 Putting the sado...

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  • July 23, 2020

The Mangled Mango Mussolini has now set his sights on Albuquerque, New Mexico: Trump: 35 agents coming to Albuquerque for Operation Legend President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr announced that 35 federal agents and additional resources will be coming to Albuquerque as part of the expansion of Operation...

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  • July 22, 2020

All power does derive from the bottom. The various “snatch” teams likely were training for such specialized operation in larger cities. All you have to add are extralegal renditions. x Senate Judiciary Committee chairman wants federal troops deployed into urban areas to enforce state law over objection of state authorities....

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  • July 20, 2020

Something is definitely going on in Kentucky’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.  The latest sign is a poll that shows progressive Charles Booker surging past Amy McGrath. A new poll shows Charles Booker surging past Amy McGrath in Kentucky’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary, with Election Day rapidly approaching on Tuesday....

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  • June 18, 2020
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More Trump lies and spin, and again he took no questions because it’s a pageant. It had the usual earmarks of such speeches, including a “sir” remark and the confabulation of facts. Michael Steele called this a “stopgap”. x 2 died of Ebola: They said Obama should resign. 4 died...

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  • June 16, 2020
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Show of Farce. Peaceful protest in the day, now earlier curfews. x JUST CONFIRMED: Denver Police seized these guns and tactical gear from two men who showed up to the protest on Friday. One of them, Chevy McGee, tells me he didn't break any laws. McGee is part of the...

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  • June 2, 2020
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We are at an interesting point, the necessity for socially distanced behavior and the imposition of De Facto martial law. Even as there is peaceful protest during the day time, there will be problematic police behavior in the evening. Remember that Trump needs martial law or at least its quasi-military manifestation to...

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  • June 2, 2020

In the Oregonian Presidential Primary.  Yet I was probably one of the first people to write a Joe Biden for President diary on Daily Kos.  Joe didn’t need my vote in Oregon and I wanted to send him a message not to fight pot legalization. I’d voted third party for...

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  • May 21, 2020

Here’s the deal today out of Ohio: President Donald Trump is doing OK among Ohioans for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, but Gov. Mike DeWine is hitting it out of the park, new statewide polling shows. Ohio’s Republican governor got the timing right on when to impose restrictions, has...

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  • April 27, 2020

Received this e-mail from former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: This is part of Joe Biden’s newsletter series for supporters. To share feedback and submit questions, use this link: https://go.joebiden.com/newsletter Enjoy! — Team Joe Hi, it’s Joe Biden again, writing from my home in Delaware.     As always,...

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  • April 7, 2020

What follows are excerpts from four report backs by Andrea Henson, of Where Do We Go Berkeley, (@WhereDoWeGoBerk, Facebook) whom I first spotlighted in October, 2019. She has been on the front lines, fighting for and with local homeless people to create conditions where they can live in peace, in sanitary...

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  • March 30, 2020

Big news today out Michigan courtesy of the GOP polling firm, Marketing Research Group: Looking at the U.S Senate race, Democrat candidate Gary Peters has increased his lead to 42 percent compared to 35 percent who support Republican John James. This an increased spread of four points compared to the...

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  • March 25, 2020

Trump spoke before the daily briefing of the COVID task force presser.at 630pm ET. More time was spent changing the podium seal from the VPOTUS to that of IMPOTUS* than Trump’s remarks. Trump announces payroll tax cut to be discussed with GOP leadership. Trump lies about being the first to shut borders....

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  • March 9, 2020

The knuckledraggers are at it again.   LOCK HER UP.   Where are the emails?   Let’s subpoena Hunter.   This country is so divided and between the earthquakes, tornandoes in Nashville and coronavirus popping up all over, this is all the bums think about. Today is Super Tuesday.   It is all about putting...

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  • March 3, 2020

No, it’s not about federal land management, MSNBC just teased that ‘BLM will endorse Warren’. The co-founder of BLM, Alicia Garza endorses Warren. Garza is the Black Lives Matter co-founder and head of the Black to the Future Action Fund. x #BLM (Black Lives Matters) is about to endorse Elizabeth Warren on...

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  • February 20, 2020

I always loved nature, ever since I was a barefoot kid chasing tadpoles and minnows in Omaha’s Papio Creek. I always loved unions, too, especially after I got a truck driving job at Teamster wages in Oakland California, at double my prior non-union earnings. For forty years, I’ve tried to...

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  • December 23, 2019

Hell no, they did not go anywhere. It worked! Unhoused residents stuck together and refused to move, and housed people stood in solidarity. And CHP and Caltrans left. I 80 at University in Berkeley, CA is one of the busiest stretches of highway in the country: Five lanes of traffic...

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  • October 11, 2019

One hundred years ago the legislature of North Dakota created a public bank for the state and its people. Today, moments ago, Governor Newsom signed into law legislation passed last month by the Legislature enabling the creation of public banks in California.  It is the first such legislation to be...

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  • October 2, 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

and that was only one of many memorable lines in one of the most remarkable political speeches I have ever heard. My wife called me down when Mayor Pete came on stage.  I watched.  I listened. No, the speech was not on an overarching theme. It did not offer specific...

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  • April 14, 2019

Urban Shield is a militarized policing, weapons expo and SWAT training and competition held annually in the Bay Area since 2007. It is the brainchild of Alameda County's Sheriff Greg Ahern, funded through Homeland Security’s Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). Not surprisingly, it has been the target of activists for about...

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  • February 23, 2019
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For your consideration. This was a damn fine speech. (close captioned — she begins @ 1:06:30) “I’m running for president because I love my country. I’m running to be a president by the people. Of the people. For all the people,” “We are here at this moment in this because...

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  • January 27, 2019

By  Mike Fox for Dr. Bill, Alan, Deb, Mike H., Janis, Kimberly, Bryan, Dan, Donna, and Shayna—Your PDA National Team Let’s Keep Dr. Bill On The Road Making House Calls Lots Of Hours And Lots Of Miles For Medicare For All There’s a good chance you have met or been on...

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  • September 20, 2018

It may not have ended with a thrilling three-pointer by Stephen Curry with 0:00:01 left… x x YouTube Video In fact the day it ended no one actually noticed. But on July 13th, 2018, at 11:59:59 PM, 60 days after Judge Alsup's decision in USPS v City of Berkeley that...

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  • July 19, 2018

Alison Ettel of Treatwell Health–a San Francisco edibles company that puts cannabis in pet food—had a problem with an 8-year old selling bottled water near her store “without a permit”. x So my little cousin was selling water and didn't have a permit so this lady decided to call the...

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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

On Tuesday, May 15th, the Oakland City Council passed into law what has deservedly been called the “strongest surveillance oversight law in the country.” Some of its key requirements:    Public hearings on every new gadget and computer program that can be used for surveillance or monitoring.    Review by...

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  • May 18, 2018

It's true! A Federal Court just ruled it so! Yesterday, May 14th, 2018, Federal District Judge William Alsup issued a decision saying that Berkeley, California's Zoning Ordinance, restricting the area around its Civic Center from being used for commercial purposes, is constitutional as it applies to whomever might want to...

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  • May 15, 2018

x The moment Ricardo Mercado of Oakland sees his daughters, who had no idea he had been released on $5,000 bond from ICE custody after 9 months. He is still fighting to stay in the U.S. https://t.co/B9VxlezA88 pic.twitter.com/ieno9EZypa— Lisa Fernandez (@ljfernandez) May 4, 2018 If that doesn’t bring you to...

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  • May 4, 2018

The Berkeley City Council made history Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by becoming the first municipality in California, and likely the United States, to enact into law its 'Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety' Ordinance.  This ordinance regulates the procurement and use of surveillance technology (both hardware and software) by any City agency,...

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  • April 5, 2018

The Berkeley City Council made history Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 by becoming the first municipality in California, and likely the United States, to enact into law its 'Surveillance Technology Use and Community Safety' Ordinance.  This ordinance regulates the procurement and use of surveillance technology (both hardware and software) by any...

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  • April 1, 2018

Choose your sign. Or choose them all.  Signs from around the nation seen at the Marches 4 Our Lives. x The sign of signs. A 16 yr old from Connecticut is the creator. She wants to be safe at school. #MarchForOurLivesNY #neveragain pic.twitter.com/3dIrMz5wcb— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) March 24, 2018 x...

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  • March 24, 2018

Late-night breaking news: The Justice Department is suing California and two top state officials, accusing them of interfering with federal immigration efforts by passing and enforcing state laws that hinder U.S. operations against undocumented people. Governor Jerry Brown’s response: “At a time of unprecedented political turmoil, Jeff Sessions has come...

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  • March 7, 2018

x Protesters form a giant human chain outside ICE office in San Francisco, denounce immigration raids.  Video: https://t.co/t0Blc0KCQ3 pic.twitter.com/zBte4DFxsR— Sara Bueno (@TVwebproducer) February 28, 2018 Hundreds of people have gathered outside of ICE in San Francisco (630 Sansome St), beginning at noon today, Wednesday, February 28th, in immediate response to...

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  • February 28, 2018

This last weekend, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, visited the shanty towns, makeshift shelters, tents and sleeping bags of the otherwise homeless in third world countries experiencing severe economic instability San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, CA. Within shouting distance of the offices of some of the...

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  • January 23, 2018

On the day Homeland Security announced planning for a major immigration raid in the Bay Area in response to sanctuary city laws… U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities in which federal officers would look to arrest more than...

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  • January 17, 2018

After nearly four days of battling 22 wildfires raging across California, a Cal Fire deputy chief gave the first glimmer of positive news to those living in wine country on Thursday morning… “The fires grew a little last night, but nothing as dramatic as the last couple days,” Deputy Chief...

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  • October 12, 2017

x Wow. With 3,500 structures burned, the California fires are now officially the most destructive in state history.https://t.co/nlV24GUUDL pic.twitter.com/3KCHKhhkUU — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) October 11, 2017 And it appears that it will get worse, potentially much worse: The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the North and...

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  • October 11, 2017

Lucy Siale, a 16 year old Bay Area resident, called for, organized and MC'ed Oakland's 1000+ strong DACA rally yesterday, Saturday, Sept 9th at Oscar Grant Plaza. x Lucy Siale, the organizer of the #DACA rally, goes to high school in Walnut Creek, where she is planning another rally soon....

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  • September 10, 2017

One year ago today, my wife Anne and I spent an extraordinary day at the County Clerk's offices in Washtenaw and Oakland counties in Michigan, watching as some of the 300+ same-sex couples were legally married for the first time in our state's history. You can revisit that day with...

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  • March 22, 2015

Remember Scott Olsen?  He is the Iraq War vet who stood between Occupy Oakland protesters and the Oakland PD in an effort to show solidarity with the Occupy Movement and help keep the two groups apart. A member of the OPD fired a “beanbag” round (or was it a teargas...

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  • December 16, 2012