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The interminable negotiations over Joe Biden’s Build Back Better human infrastructure plan make me feel a little like I did at this time last year, when I was still wondering if Joe Biden would see his shadow on the White House lawn or we’d get four more years of nuclear winter. It...

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  • October 29, 2021

If U.S. democracy falls this century, it will likely be at the hands of a stubby-fingered sack of extra-piquant donkey farts who likely never bothered to read the Constitution he swore to uphold—and certainly didn’t understand it if he did bother. In other words, we’re at the stage in the...

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  • October 23, 2021

In a 5-4 Supreme Court decision supported by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice William Brennan wrote in part:  [Gregory Lee] “Johnson was convicted for engaging in expressive conduct. The State’s interest in preventing breaches of the peace does not support his conviction because Johnson’s conduct did not threaten to disturb...

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  • June 30, 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

Peak cynicism has arrived. Tucker Carlson pimps a version of the nanny-state with more police confrontations because he thinks cops should stop children from wearing masks by enforcing child abuse laws. Apparently making a child wear a mask is like punching them in the face or the equivalent of exhibitionism....

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  • April 27, 2021

We’re now at that strange nexus where Brian Kilmeade’s attempt to pin Prince Phil’s death on the granddaughter-in-law fits other anti-semitic and racist tropes fronted by Fox News. This because of counting artifacts in threes. “The New York Time’s (NYT) Upshot examined the statistical prevalence of celebrity deaths in threesomes. How did they do...

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  • April 9, 2021

Most of us don’t think Bill Gates has uploaded Windows Vista into the COVID-19 vaccine, and we won’t give credence to inanities burped out by semi-ambulatory heaps of knob cheese who listen to demon sperm doctors instead of world-renowned infectious disease experts. Why? Because we’re astute consumers of media. But Republicans, by and...

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  • March 25, 2021

Concealability had nothing to do with Monday’s massacre in Boulder, Colorado, but the details tell us more about the marketability of semi-automatic firearms using high-capacity magazines. Discussing open-carry regulation may have been rendered irrelevant with the death of the police officer although some details will be important: was he carrying his “patrol rifle” and...

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  • March 25, 2021

In September of 2013, Republicans attempted to curtail full funding of the Affordable Care Act but their efforts came to an absurd end. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spent just over 21-hours regaling the public with a tale penned by Dr. Seuss, the wisdom of Ashton Kutcher, and the World Wrestling...

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  • March 24, 2021

Not really a heist film, but a brief amusement worth another cinematic treatment of financial markets like Trading Places. If not, here’s a quick recap: a bunch of traders — many amateurs — got together on the online discussion forum Reddit and decided they were going to pump up GameStop’s...

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  • January 28, 2021

Have you noticed when you ask a Republican about Trump’s transgressions, they answer in one of three ways, Democrat Party (sic), Pelosi, or The Squad; they cannot defend him. We currently have a member of Congress, [Marjorie Taylor Greene] who posed next to a photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib,...

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  • January 15, 2021

It’s not the Bastille. Trump did incite a riotous mob to disrupt the legislative branch. People died. Trump got excited about the chaos he’d caused. The last day of Trumpstock. x White House officials were shaken by Trump's reaction to a mob of his supporters descending on the Capitol today....

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  • January 7, 2021

It’s too, too easy. It’s like Sarah Palin’s intumescent spider sac exploded five years ago and seeded the Earth with omnipresent fucknuttery. And now there’s almost too much conservative cray-cray to make fun of. The semi-sentient bout of cocaine sweats that claims to be the pr*sident’s son has been unwittingly embarrassing itself...

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  • December 20, 2020

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx. Not quite this type of commodity, but more like a pork barrel. x “Ah, pork bellies, I knew it.” ~Louis Winthorpe @dan_aykroyd https://t.co/yeVcYIYtqF— Stephen Bates (@batess) December 3, 2020 M. Proudhon has the misfortune of...

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  • December 4, 2020

Men argue. Nature acts. Voltaire Climate change does not respect any international borders. Disaster is coming for us all at some point, regardless of the color of our skin. People should insist on the government's actions and not worry about our beautiful minds. It’s not all about you, America. Only wealthy...

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  • November 27, 2020

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, knows the Trump crime family better than almost anyone. And, needless to say, he’s no longer impressed. After discussing his unlikely friendship with Rosie O’Donnell, who visited him in prison, Cohen told MSNBC’s Ari Melber he believes either Trump or a member of...

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  • November 11, 2020

Look, I get it—that half the Republican electorate is either unbalanced, selfish or so ill-informed that Trump looked like a reasonable pick; but why do some Democrats insist on sleeping with (sorry Joe) the enemy? Almost immediately this weekend, the winners fell for the media's attempt to sow dissension. Over...

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  • November 9, 2020

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 that...

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  • November 7, 2020

Raw Story has a story up that reads like a nightmare.   People do take your phones to the polls.   This is insane.  People should have been arrested and the Biden Campaign needs to get their lawyers there to make sure this does not happen again.   File suit against the city...

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  • October 24, 2020

Will Trumpian domestic terror’s “strategy of tension” for the next decade ultimately be predicated upon the little tiny fishes, or the strawberries, or the tow target. “California is gonna have to ration water. You wanna know why? Because they send millions of gallons of water out to sea, out to...

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  • October 12, 2020

As we all begin to turn our attention to the Supreme Court again, I came across the below YouTube video of a 2009 debate between US Supreme Court Justices Breyer and Scalia.  It is a breath of fresh air and I believe it is unthinkable today.  (Scalia may deserve some credit for...

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  • October 9, 2020

From The Huffington Post: x YouTube Video NextGen America, which focuses on turning out voters under age 35, is expanding its target list to include Senate races in Alaska and South Carolina, and House elections for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District and Kansas’ 2nd and 3rd Congressional districts. The group, funded...

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  • October 8, 2020

Yes, that’s Don Jr. we’re talking about. The guy whose every video makes him look like Tony Montana six seconds before the cartel goons show up. The redoubtable Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair: Donald Trump’s erratic and reckless behavior in the last 24 hours has opened a rift in the...

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  • October 5, 2020

Donald Trump wants to project a hale and hearty mien, even though he’s basically a VW Beetle-sized hunk of whale blubber wrapped in extra crispy chicken skin, Nickelodeon slime, and shamelessness. So yesterday, as Dr. Nick Riviera and his team were dissembling up a storm in front of Walter Reed...

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  • October 4, 2020

We experienced a collective freakout two days ago when Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November election (which merely tells me that the piano movers they eventually hire to drag his semi-animated carcass from the Oval Office may need to carry cattle prods),...

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  • September 25, 2020

Feral pigs are the crying-wolf excuse for some firearm owners, as though the average hunter needed a modern sporting rifle (semi-auto long gun with large capacity magazine) to defend their home and children against predator species. Then there’s Kenosha’s 17 year-old killer and his AR-15 pattern rifle with 30-round magazine. The...

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  • September 20, 2020

I’m going to have to start taking full-on Silkwood showers after reading the news. I have a feeling, in retrospect, the Trump era will feel a bit like stepping in dog shit. It will take a while to completely scrape his residue off our shoes, and even then our country...

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  • September 6, 2020

Elbridge Gerry was the 5th Vice President of the United States from 1813, until his death in 1814, serving under President James Madison. Gerry signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. More importantly, he did not sign the Constitution after saying at the Constitutional Convention debates...

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  • September 2, 2020

Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, the jarvanka of Roger Stones tried a new scam to suppress votes with a robocall in major cities to misinform Black voters. The Trumpian bamboozle is strong with them. Trump had an average audience of 21.6 million viewers Thursday. Biden’s final total was 24.6 million...

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  • August 29, 2020

True to form: x Blaming the shooting targeting protesters — 2 were killed — on the protesters themselves is the take Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler chose for the incident in Kenosha: https://t.co/qPw26VwTEm— Tia Mitchell, AJC’s Washington Correspondent (@ajconwashington) August 27, 2020 Some context: A white, 17-year-old police admirer was arrested...

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  • August 27, 2020

The suddenly very dreamy Miles Taylor — the former Trump DHS chief of staff who’s called his former boss, in a word, fuckingnuts — is back, and he’s bringing some of his friends with him. Taylor, who exhorted us all to vote for Joe Biden unless we want human decency itself to...

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  • August 25, 2020

There’s a presser from the Trump golf club, because optics matter: “Congress needs to stay in Washington and work this out. Now watch this tee shot.” Undoubtedly pimpage of executive orders as a GOP stunt to criticize the Congressional impasse and circumvent legislation. CNN is covering it, as is MSNBC and...

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  • August 7, 2020

twitter.com/… Cook Political Report has changed its ratings on five US House races, four in the direction of the Democratic candidate. Kansas CD-2 became more likely to remain Republican after incumbent Steve Watkins-R lost his primary. Watkins was charged with voter fraud after he listed a UPS store as his official...

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  • August 7, 2020

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 that...

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  • August 1, 2020

Seriously. That’s the point of this Washington Post op ed today. There is a LOT of delicious satire in the piece, including a link to a piece in May by Andy Borowitz suggesting that Dr. Fauci wanted Trump to play MORE, not less, golf. But then Milbank gets semi-serious. He...

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  • July 28, 2020

Yesterday’s Trump presser only needed a whiteboard and a Sharpietm to draw the path to a quarter-million US deaths. x The U.S. has now confirmed 4 million coronavirus cases — just 15 days after hitting 3 million. Federal health officials have said the actual number of cases is likely 10 times higher...

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  • July 24, 2020

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 that...

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  • July 18, 2020

Yesterday r/The_Donald group got banned by Reddit. Not so easy for the rest of us. x In 2017, we used subreddit algebra to dissect r/The_Donald and filter out commenters’ interest in politics. The results supported the theory that at least a subset of Trump’s supporters were motivated by racism. (*On...

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  • June 30, 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

Michael Tomasky at The Daily Beast has a new piece out this week that talks about certain state that went to Trump but there are some very positive signs that it go to Biden: Ohio held its primary this year in April. I say “in April” rather than on a...

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  • May 24, 2020

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 that...

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  • May 23, 2020

Today I took a short break from my home Coronavirus lockdown to restock at a nearby grocery store. Heeding the advice of friends, I first made sure I was protected before heading out. So, I loaded my AR-15 and slung it over my shoulder. It rested comfortably over my Kevlar...

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  • May 16, 2020

In the last day or so, Moscow Mitch has been trying to help Trump shift the blame for the coronavirus to the Obama administration by claiming that they didn’t leave them any kind of pandemic game plan. As we all know (those of us outside the Fox/OANN bubble), Obama not...

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  • May 13, 2020

This video of professional ventriloquist Donald Trump doing that thing where he talks out of his rectum and makes it look like it’s coming from his mouth costars Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Melania Trump, Shinzo Abe, Buzz Aldrin, Emmanuel Macron, Queen Elizabeth II, Nancy...

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  • April 26, 2020

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 that...

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  • April 25, 2020

“We tell people to wash their hands, but a study showed that 30 percent of homes on Navajo Nation don’t have running water, so how are we going to do that? Let me be crystal clear, we don’t think people of color are biologically or genetically predisposed to get COVID-19....

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  • April 13, 2020

The President has adopted a serious tone; it is not political, and Mr. Trump is a wartime President. All the previous statements are being palmed-off to the public as truths about President Trump and his handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic. I am sorry, but Mr. Trump is only consistent...

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  • April 6, 2020

Today’s WH COVID-19 presser featured IMPOTUS* rambling through reading numbers of items like field hospitals allocated but not actually delivered, and ad libbing campaign speech rhetoric “people are saying we’re very united”. Repeated how proud he is and how victory is at hand. He actually starting getting bored while reading numbers. x...

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  • March 22, 2020

He is utterly, utterly shameless (second tweet): x Trump, who not a month ago characterized Democratic criticism of the coronavirus response as a “hoax,” now claims, “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” pic.twitter.com/6GTpZ59b75— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 17, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”> At today’s...

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  • March 17, 2020

If you're asking when climate change is going to “happen,” you're really asking when's it going to happen to “me,” because it's already happened to many other people. Eric Roston Swarms of Desert Locusts (Schistocerca gregaria) have haunted parts of Russia, Spain, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and, SW...

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  • February 17, 2020
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