Sanction

“Slammer Time” may be on the horizon. It won’t be about the DoJ looking backward or forward, but looking inward to do something historical to maintain democracy. Because a malign GOP is going to try it again. The blueprint was there for a while before it was committed to paper...

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  • October 26, 2021

We now return you to the continuing Big Lie and the punchable face of the GQP. “By deposing @Liz_Cheney they’ve only given her a bigger platform.” And they were so cowardly as to remove her by a voice vote. Republicans in the US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to remove...

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  • May 12, 2021

Previous guy colluded with Russia, led a Capitol insurrection, and is not rotting in a prison cell. But if it happens, could there be enough secessionist nut-logs ready and willing to bust him out. “I think this blending of the far-right militia movement with overt secessionism is something I think we’re...

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  • April 14, 2021

That is one line that jumped out at me from this Washington Post opinion piece by Jennifer Rubin that describe Joe Biden as “Distinguished ol of the week” while pointing out that “No progress was possible without Biden”. I  am taking time from planning, writing tests, and grading papers for...

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  • March 14, 2021

Crime was at a 50 year low when Trump took office. Remember that Trump is all about declaring non-trump supporters (and voters) as “un-American”. x Hours after a man wearing a far-right group's hat was shot and killed during clashes in Portland, Oregon, President Trump used his Twitter account to...

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  • August 31, 2020

his op ed in Washington Post titled Trump’s name should live in infamy. It is delicious. Let me end at the beginning, with the closing paragraph: Trump’s sanction must come at the polls, and beyond. For the sake of our constitutional republic, he must lose, and lose badly. Yet that...

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  • August 3, 2020

They’ve left Seattle, now it’s time for Portland. “Why can't we all just get along”, as the ACLU charges that law enforcement has targeted journalists at the Portland protests. Trump continues to hope for more atrocities to distract from his other failures. x Protesters walk and sit in silence in Chapman...

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  • July 29, 2020

So this happened last week: Erin Martinez, who survived an explosion in Firestone that killed her husband and brother, has called on a Republican group to take down an ad about the explosion. “I woke up this morning to hear about a horrifying political ad using images from the explosion...

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  • July 25, 2020

Today’s Trump WH presser apparently repurposed his canceled NH campaign speech of 50 minutes, and took 10 minutes of questions. Waste not, want not. Who wants that hour back: Trump produced more gibberish and barely mentioned the COVID19 pandemic, and spent most of his time attacking Biden. Even Daniel Dale, CNN’s...

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  • July 14, 2020

Trump has just issued an executive order to protect statues. This faux martial law applies only for objects, and specifically protects by inference, right-wing extremism. Because Trump wants to sanction only one side of those “very fine people” and protect appearance rather than substance in public spaces. The farcical Trump regime...

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  • June 27, 2020

Trump got stuck dealing with his approval of Uighar concentration camps while also signing their condemnation in the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act. Another screw up like Bunker Boy’s street-clearing stunt, and Trump as usual attacks to divert attention. An angry Trump has spent a number of tweets attacking John Bolton. x...

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  • June 18, 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

Hot, polluted water is identified in a WaPo op-ed by John Gleeson, David O’Neil and Marshall Miller, on the withdrawal of Michael Flynn charges. What will knowing the content of the 2016 Sergey Kislyak — Michael Flynn phone call tell us. Flynn wants lobster and Barr will get it for him, except now...

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  • May 14, 2020

Excellent article in The Atlantic on the current regime. Collars of color go to jail as “Americans aren't practicing democracy anymore” The underlying principle here, from Stone to Iran-Contra, is authoritarian but consistent: Members of the ruling clique are entitled to criticize law enforcement without sanction, and entitled to leniency when they...

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  • February 20, 2020

There’s squandering decency and then there’s squandering democracy. Trump moves the US toward a post-Soviet satellite autocracy, currently in a HR reign of terror against impeachment witnesses. Expect a Senate subpoena for the whistleblower. (Thread) Mafia States Each of Trump's outrageous actions push us one step closer to what Hungarian...

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  • February 8, 2020

Surprising that it’s not connected to the Shreks’ company, “Fraud Guarantee”, and yet sanctions got removed from related Russian companies. Individual-1 Trump obeys his masters, even if there are a lot of folks with similar names. Lavrov may have ordered Trump to *remove immediately* three Russian ‘companies’ connected with Evil...

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  • December 15, 2019

photo: (right: Homeless Man In Boston Enver Rahmanov • CC BY-SA 3.0, cropped) In solidarity, Alan Minsky for Mike F., Mike H., Dan, Janis, Deb, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA national team. Tell The DNC And The News Networks:We Need Debates About The Real World!Questions About Poverty And HomelessnessA Complete Debate...

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  • October 17, 2019

Is sanctioning Turkey a kind of virtue signaling or is the Trump administration prepping the ground to lift Russian sanctions? In case you forgot that there was a monstrous steel imports tariff on Turkey that Trump promptly rescinded, because it’s virtuous to double a tariff then reduce it by 50%...

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  • October 14, 2019

https://twitter.com/gregpmiller/status/1179939465135087616? Fortunately we have an index for the cost of Trump’s crime because Trump did try to shake Ukraine down for $250+ million of US military aid (taxpayer dollars) in order to obtain foreign interference in the 2020 election. George Conway demonstrates that Trumpian pathology renders him incapable of operating...

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  • October 4, 2019

Image from Glastonbury Online In solidarity, Alan Minsky for Mike H., Mike F, Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Shayna, Bryan, and Kim—your PDA National Team The Climate Emergency Demands More!   Over the past couple of months, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) was on the front lines, with our climate...

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  • September 3, 2019

Contacts:Alan Minsky, PDA Executive Director – 818-749-9497 / alan@pdamerica.orgRussell Greene, PDA Senior Strategic Advisor – 310-722-6108 / rsgreene@earthlink.net With the World on Fire, Why Is the Democratic Party Refusing to Hold a Climate Debate?   August 24, 2019 (Washington, DC) – Today Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) announced the presidential...

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  • August 24, 2019

The title is a description of the content of my re cent article “*sigh* OK, time to get messy” that appeared in the comments section. Actually, I got a kick out of the description since, while I consider myself an “opinion commentator,” the word “fiction” could easily apply, since while the...

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  • April 27, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1349. Exacerbated tensions by moving to sanction countries, including...

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  • April 26, 2019

Two days ago, I watched the police videos of my brother’s October 3 murder. They were shocking, not just because I sat next to my mother as we watched my little brother getting tortured to death in broad daylight while he begged “Someone, please help me!” and cried out “What...

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  • November 19, 2018

Thanks for 30 years of “It was a bipartisan vote”, dipstick. When are you getting the T-Shirt? Daily Beast “The Kremlin’s support of Donald Trump’s objectives, devoid of traditional U.S. values, has spilled out into the issues typically outside of Russia’s purview, such as Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the...

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  • October 5, 2018

No, this isn't a War Diary.  So you can feel free to read on. If anything, this is a Peace Diary.  Because it explains how you can help to be a force for Peace, Human Rights, and Dignity for an oppressed People who have been forced to live as stateless...

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  • August 5, 2014