Reputation

Republicans swing the word freedom over the heads of their voters like the Sword of Damocles. It has become a meaningless mantra, cutting away real freedoms like affordable housing, healthcare, pay equity, and a clean environment. Freedom for a majority of Republicans has translated into the freedom to kill their...

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  • August 11, 2021

It’s probably a good thing that Matt Gaetz keeps getting chastened like this. I don’t want him to get a big(ger) head. I mean, how trashed does your reputation have to be to get turned down by Newsmax? It’s like getting turned away from a North Dakota cockfight over a dress...

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  • June 8, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Lou Barletta, the Republican Party’s Donald Trump-endorsed nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018, is running for governor of Pennsylvania. Barletta, 65, becomes the most prominent figure to enter a 2022 governor’s race that Republicans have won every time in the past half-century...

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  • May 17, 2021

So the winner of the Kentucky Derby is a “junky” now, according to our clammy, languorous yam-in-exile. (I won’t link to the “statement,” but trust me; the actual ex-president of the United States used his new “cutting-edge” internet platform to ascribe antiquated notions of moral failing to a fucking horse.) ...

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  • May 10, 2021

If the previous guy doesn’t run, the 2024 POTUS field seems “wide-open” with dark horses, stalking horses, mudders, and nags. With a seven figure advance, the Pence memoir is going to need a lot of bulk purchasers. And we know how reliable John Bolton’s thinking has been. John Bolton, Donald...

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  • April 21, 2021

“As in the Times Op-Ed from which the book originated, the title refers to the results of studies conducted in Germany from the mid-nineteen-eighties onward, which reported, among other intriguing findings, that eighty per cent of East German women always experienced orgasm during sex, compared to sixty-three per cent of...

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  • April 8, 2021

Change as a rising tide seems to be falling short as history’s stream is not as mighty. Apparently slavery is still “ordained by God for ultimate good” at Baylor University, as a RW campus group wants to accuse the University of canceling its “Christian identity”. No mention of its athletic team’s...

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  • April 1, 2021

Remember that the Trump pardon will not protect Steve Bannon from NY prosecution on his multimillion-dollar border wall grift. Investigators employed by the state attorney general were deputized to work as prosecutors with the team led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. (D), whose investigation of Bannon began shortly after...

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  • March 28, 2021

Running a GOP candidate with a name resembling the Democratic incumbent may have drawn away enough votes to allow another GOP candidate to win a Florida state senate seat.  On election night Frank Artiles bragged about planting no-party candidate in key Miami-Dade Senate race. The county’s top prosecutor, Katherine Fernandez...

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  • March 19, 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

Likely the RWNJ social media site Gab was constantly under FBI surveillance even before 6 January, but for some reason it wishes to make itself more well noticed. The “free speech” social media siteGab …has earned a reputation in recent years for attracting members of the far-right and has been linked to the...

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  • March 9, 2021

As with emissions controls, California leads the nation. This is another BFD, just like federal fleets, etc. And can’t come soon enough, if only to eliminate the continuing snafu of gig workers in Uber/Lyft. Gonna need an infrastructure year rather than a week, because that is more important than more vehicles....

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  • March 5, 2021
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Texas really is full of dumb GOP fuckers: x NEW: Texas AG Ken Paxton left the state during the deadly power outages last week to meet with his counterpart in Utah. Paxton's spox did not answer Qs about when he left or returned and why the trip was not postponed....

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  • February 22, 2021

Even as DC is now better prepared for a “million militia march” on 20 January, the likelihood is that only the most foolhardy will lay their lives down for Trump’s Big Lie. Meanwhile “something of a pariah” Trump will flee to Florida to rehabilitate his now permanently abysmal position in history. And...

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  • January 17, 2021

Elevating (the science adviser) role to member in the President's Cabinet clearly signals the administration's intent to involve scientific expertise in every policy discussion. Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our next president is a science geek, how cool is that? The dark days of science...

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  • January 16, 2021

Elevating (the science adviser) role to member in the President’s Cabinet clearly signals the administration’s intent to involve scientific expertise in every policy discussion. Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our next president is a science geek, how cool is that? The dark days of science...

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  • January 16, 2021

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Chickens! Coming home to roost! So, so many chickens—and nary a McNugget sauce pack to be found. True comeuppance(s)! Final-fuckin’-leeeeeeeeee! NJ.com: The PGA of America will strip Donald Trump of the 2022 PGA Championship, which is scheduled to be held at Trump National Bedminster golf club in...

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  • January 10, 2021

After President Donald Trump ignited his riotous group of seditionists with the words “fight like hell” and ‘take our country back,’ the return shouts and whoops from the crowd were foreboding. In the subsequent hours, Trump's followers proved that walls do not work when they scaled the stone porticos of...

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  • January 8, 2021

Mooo.  The GOP “farmer” in the hell, gets his participation trophy at the Battle of Bowling Green. https://twitter.com/zachsdorfman/status/1346218438214234112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients GW Bush: Nelson Mandela, Julia Child, Muhammad Ali Obama: Harvey Milk, Toni Morrison, Gloria Steinem Trump: Rush Limbaugh, Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan pic.twitter.com/OVRg6TiEmZ — ALT-immigration (@ALT_uscis) January 5, 2021...

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  • January 5, 2021

All his life, Donald Trump has managed to avoid responsibility for the damage he’s done to others: his racial discrimination in his housing (not to mention his neglect of that same housing), his stiffing of contractors, driving many of them into bankruptcy, his exploitation of undocumented immigrants, his misogynistic treatment...

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  • November 27, 2020

Ann Coulter tells Texas crowd “a second term of Trump would have killed us”: “I'm glad he lost” “It's like he didn't know he was president..” He didn’t. These remain dangerous times, but they will get better. Looking back will always bring salty tears. x Robbie Kaplan, my attorney, is the woman who's going to make...

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  • November 16, 2020

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is spreading reports that Putin has Parkinson’s and may resign in January: The Sun: PUTIN 'TO QUIT' Vladimir Putin, 68, ‘stepping down as Russian president early next year amid fears he has Parkinson’s’ VLADIMIR Putin is planning to quit early next year amid growing fears for...

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  • November 6, 2020

From The Huffington Post: Though Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has lost several key endorsements to Democratic challenger Sara Gideon this election cycle, she received the full support last week of at least one group in her state: the anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion Christian Civic League of Maine. During an Oct. 13 interview...

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  • October 23, 2020

My snark-astic reputation likely precedes me, but that doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally have real human feelings. Like when I’m eating nachos and the pace of my cheese* and chips consumption becomes badly staggered, leaving me with a sad, dry-ass pile of un-cheesed chips. That sends me into a very...

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  • October 21, 2020

x “It's called a merge commit, Marty! It's a directed acyclic graph! We need to bisect and revert, and then use interactive rebasing possibly with a cherry-pick. What aren't you getting about this!?” pic.twitter.com/zahjHhiB33 — Gabriel Lebec (@g_lebec) October 2, 2020 Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those...

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  • October 10, 2020

Love it: Over the past several years Republican Lindsey Graham has acquired the reputation of a flip-flopper. Once a detractor of Donald J. Trump, the senator from South Carolina is now one of his most loyal allies. As the debate over who will fill the seat of the late Supreme Court...

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  • September 22, 2020

Back in July, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman had a story that Trump knew he was in trouble: “What Do I Do? What Do I Do?”: Trump Desperate, Despondent as Numbers Crater, “Loser” Label Looms. Down at the end was this tidbit: Nervous Republicans worried about losing the Senate are now...

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  • September 14, 2020

Received this e-mail today from Slate Magazine’s The Surge that re-evaluates the top seven swing states the Biden-Harris ticket should keep an eye onn: 1. Florida Pipe down, Pennsylvania. Sit on it, Wisconsin. Go suck an egg, Michigan! When it comes to election anxiety production, Florida, the Terror State, has...

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  • September 11, 2020

drive.google.com/… The US Senate Race in Alaska is tied at 43% each between incumbent Republican Dan Sullivan and Independent Dr. Al Gross, according to a newly released poll by Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling. Another 14% of Alaska voters are undecided. http://www.dailykos.com/… Gross is an Independent who has the support of...

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  • August 31, 2020

Getting a little bit sick of QAnon morons posting on my page about phony pedophile rings in pizza parlors, yet are totally cool with actual creeps like Roy Moore, Jim Jordan, and Epstein’s friend Donald Trump.  Well, here’s another Republican name I’m going to throw in their face. His name is Brian...

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  • August 26, 2020

Miles Taylor, the former DHS chief of staff who, in recent days, has taken a jackhammer to Trump’s already rubbly reputation, has more horror stories from Hell House. Today he appeared on CNN and OH MY FUCKING GOD, MY EARS. Someone yank out my hammers, anvils, and stirrups with an Operation tweezers and...

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  • August 20, 2020

as you can read here They have served in Republican administrations from Reagan through Trump. They have issued a joint statement that gives their very strong reasons for their actions. They begin with this stark statement: We are profoundly concerned about our nation’s security and standing in the world under...

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  • August 20, 2020

Both Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos grilled Trump's spokesmen, Peter Navarro and Larry Kudlow, as they continued spilling lies and misinformation. Todd & Stephanopoulos were journalists today x x YouTube Video Watch the full episode here. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of pushback that both Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos gave to...

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  • August 9, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from former National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, in support of Sara Gideon’s (D. ME) U.S. Senate campaign: Sara Gideon (D. ME) I served as National Security Advisor and Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama. In both roles,...

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  • August 7, 2020

How do you know the COVID-19 pandemic is out of control? All of the major task force is pretty much ignoring the president’s lies and telling it like it is. Hydroxychloroquine lie dispelled Watch the full episode here. Chuck Todd interviewed Admiral Brett Giroir who is a member of Trump’s COVID-19 task force....

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  • August 3, 2020

Chad Wolf confesses to committing a crime on national television. One person’s ‘proactive arresting’ is another’s extralegal detention and subsequent rendition. If you get scooped up, we wish you well. DHS Secretary @DHSMcAleenan just said on Fox News that unmarked agents are making “proactive” arrests in #Portland:“If we think you will...

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  • July 22, 2020

to finish my doctorate. I abandoned my previous attempt almost 20 years ago with a dissertation almost half written for a variety of reasons I choose not to revisit now.  In the meantime, my interests had changed greatly and I was no longer excited by the topic on which I...

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  • July 15, 2020

Mary Trump’s book while not a hagiography, helps explain Trump’s quashing any release of high school or college transcripts if Trump did hire someone to take his SATs. It may be the case that Trump is throwing a distraction that Bob Woodward is a “leaker” with a second book coming out in the...

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  • July 7, 2020

From Sam Brodey at The Daily Beast: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has been the object of liberal ire since her 2018 vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Now in a tight re-election fight, whatever hopes she might have had of putting that episode behind her were dashed this week,...

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  • July 2, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Georgia: Democratic Senate nominee Jon Ossoff said Wednesday he raised more than $3.45 million between April and June, with much of that sum coming in the three weeks since he won the primary to challenge Republican David Perdue. Ossoff said he’ll report that he's...

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  • July 2, 2020

“We have to be aware that climate change and biodiversity loss are stress factors for ecosystems, for humans, for animals, and for the microbiome. Our research shows that if the different axes of the disease pyramid are destabilized, new infectious diseases can be expected, including for humans.” Dirk Schmeller, Université de...

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  • June 30, 2020

From the Leavenworth Times editorial board today: Guns should be kept safely and securely. The news that U.S. Senate candidate Kris Kobach had four guns stolen from his truck in Wichita earlier this month underscores the importance of treating firearms with respect and care. “Secretary Kobach always has at least...

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  • June 25, 2020

It couldn’t be the case that Devin Nunes suffered hardship because he did things that jeopardized the Republic. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) cannot include Twitter in his lawsuit against two parody accounts and a Republican strategist he accuses of defaming him on the platform, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Twitter cannot be...

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  • June 25, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of Governor Roy Cooper’s (D. NC) re-election campaign: Gov. Roy Cooper (D. NC) We’re in the midst of a global pandemic, a massive recession, and a long, long overdue nationwide reckoning on racial justice....

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  • June 24, 2020

From Salon: Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican facing a tough re-election battle this fall, revealed in financial disclosure forms that her husband invested in pharmaceutical companies that courts have held legally responsible for contributing to the opioid crisis. Collins' husband, Thomas Daffron, appears to own up to $50,000...

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  • June 18, 2020

More monkey business. One hopes the USIC is working hard on protecting the 2020 election, especially from unnamed other malign actors. Forgeries, interference, and attacks on Kremlin critics across six years and 300 sites and platforms. Secondary Infektion is a series of operations run by a large-scale, persistent threat actor...

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  • June 17, 2020

Last September, as Hurricane Dorian was heading for Florida, Bunker Boy (as he has since come to be known) warned people in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama to brace themselves for the impact. @realDonaldTrump In addition to Florida – South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit...

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  • June 15, 2020

Rutherfraud B. Trump’s second term will doom any third Reconstruction, but before then, military ceremonies prop up his uses of the armed forces in political campaign stunts. Bringing cadets back to campus was only designed for another IMPOTUS* photo-op, and some self-congratulations: For the first time in 70 years, we established...

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  • June 13, 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