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Let me start by saying no one—for or against—is in favor of abortion. Subjecting a woman and her partner to outside scrutiny from what is the most anguished-filled decision of their lives, is no business of any of ours to decide for any woman. One of the few tenets left...

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  • August 20, 2021

From that moment in November of 1969, when former President Richard Nixon asked for a “silent majority” to support his ‘Vietnamization’ effort, utilizing the peace with honor strategy; America’s shotgun wedding to the GOP marriage of silent loyalty and moral obedience was consummated. Between the Nixon and Reagan administrations, Republicans...

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  • August 13, 2021

Florida bans its schools from teaching critical race theory On Thursday, Florida’s State Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of an amendment banning the teaching of critical race theory in schools throughout the state. The theory, according to PolitiFact, is a collection of ideas about systemic bias and privilege...

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  • June 12, 2021

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy represents one of the poorest districts in California, yet he opposes relief for his constituents. We must rid the House of Kevin McCarthy See full episodes here. There was a striking article titled “Biden’s aid programs help buttress McCarthy’s district despite GOP leader’s complaints about ‘socialist’ spending” in...

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  • May 21, 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

Have you ever asked yourself, why are so many GOP political theories race and gender-based? The latest is that voter ballots in Arizona were smuggled in from China. The GOP has decided the best way to expose this absurd idea is to exploit a silly stereotype and check the ballots...

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  • May 7, 2021

The raison d'être of the Republican Party for much of the past 100 years has been to slam the brakes on anything that would make the poor and middle class feel more secure and prosperous.  Look at the list of popular government programs and initiatives they’ve decried as “socialism”: unemployment insurance, Social Security,...

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  • May 1, 2021

A little over a year ago, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham postured that helping out hungry Americans would make them lazy. “Very few people would choose work over unemployment benefits that provided moderately more money,” said Graham. Not only was this an attack on those in need but their work ethic...

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  • April 30, 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

Sen. @HeidiHeitkamp slammed Gov. @ChrisChristie tax lie. @Angela_Rye had to school a cognitive dissonant panel on rotten police. @FareedZakaria posits Turkey v. America genocide. Gov. Christie tax lie called out by Sen. Heitkamp x YouTube Video Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom:...

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  • April 26, 2021

Gov. Chris Christies thought he would get away with the socialism and double taxation trope. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp would have none of it. Christie did not expect this from Heitkamp x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. The ThisWeek panel was discussing President Biden's economic proposals. One of them...

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  • April 26, 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
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

The attack on the postal service continues. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy is strategically crippling it for what I think is a specific reason. He wants to destroy the postal service See full episodes here. You do not hear politicians telling the truth about what is occurring with the postal service. The...

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  • March 24, 2021

It always seemed absurd to me that hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens have no effective representation in Congress. And I’m not just talking about Alabamans. But to hear some conservatives tell it, that’s as it should be because, you know, D.C. doesn’t have a car dealership. And they already make their...

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  • March 22, 2021

Twitter is dragging Jonathan Turley because of attributing a Rousseau quote to the Reign of Terror, but more likely because they mistook him for Jeffrey Toobin. That’s the nature of conservative culture war, making class warfare a struggle more transcendent and less applicable in times of right-wing insurrection.  x Since philosopher Jean...

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  • March 20, 2021

In 2008 when former President Obama was thrust into one of the biggest financial messes since the depression of 1929, his stated goal was to get us out of the ditch. With jobs being lost by some accounts at a rate of 800,000 per month and people wondering where and when...

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  • February 17, 2021

No one wants to hear about GameStop(gate) even if it’s not really a scandal or a flaw in capitalism. Slavoj “we must end capitalism but won't” Žižek on GameStop is like imposing a libidinal economy on Sudetenland when you take it over. Was the appeasement good for you too? There’s a market...

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  • February 2, 2021

The best explanation of short selling (as it applies to GameStop) that I've read pic.twitter.com/o9ZL5HqsKf — John M. Cunningham (@jmcunning) January 28, 2021 1/2Short selling means borrowing shares and immediately selling them. When the price goes down, they buy them back for cents and return them to the lender. This...

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  • January 31, 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

Thomas Friedman did a disservice with a false narrative recently on MSNBC as Democrats are about to take over the government. Thomas Friedman wrong again as he dings Democrats See full episodes here. The message, the mostly hot-air-that-must-be-ignored emanating from Thomas Friedman is unwarranted and unneeded. In fact, he plays directly...

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  • January 15, 2021

The Jewish Action group Twitter account, shared an image of  Senator Kelly Loeffler with a former leader of the KKK. Chester Doles, a fourth-generation Klansman, now leads the National Alliance and Hammerskins. He introduced the nation to the American Patriots USA in 2019. International Business Times writes: Kelly Loeffler claims she had...

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  • December 14, 2020

Loeffler-Warnock debate for US Senate seat from Georgia. x Watch Sen. Loeffler's non-answer to the question: “Do you believe the [presidential] election was rigged?” pic.twitter.com/rAc7iwMvhj— The Recount (@therecount) December 7, 2020 Rev. Warnock: “You shouldn't use the people's seat to enrich yourself — you ought to use the people's seat...

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  • December 7, 2020

It’s hard to argue that any citizens have been more targeted under the Trump administration than those living in Democratic-led states, which was by Donald Trump’s own vindictive design. Whether it was singling them out for punishment with tax legislation, stealing their medical supplies, holding out disaster relief, or even attacking their...

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  • December 4, 2020

This is a view from abroad as I have been an expat since the middle of the second term of W.J. Clinton. I am not a Democrat, I am middle of the road European Left and Bernie still makes sense to me. The Republicans have been sprinting to the right...

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  • November 25, 2020

Trumpist anti-certifying efforts for the remaining states seem a fools’ errand but Trump and Giuliani seem to be the best fools for it. Regardless, they are chasing some version of an apocalyptic conclusion. x And Bannon talking about it openly on his insane Alex Jones-level podcast. — S.V. Dáte (@svdate) November 18,...

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  • November 18, 2020

Yeah, don’t expect it to make sense. Trump is a quart of strawberries shy of a full Queeg right about now. x In this tweet, the president argues that the election was the most secure election ever except for the fact that it was rigged. pic.twitter.com/SfqavDUEFA— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November...

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  • November 13, 2020

This has been a busy post-election week for me at work and I have a lot more diaries I want to write about this past election and the upcoming Governor elections inn 2021 and of course, the 2022 midterms. Right now, I am laser focused on helping Jon Ossoff (D....

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  • November 13, 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

As the headline says, I have Republican friends, co-workers, neighbors and so on.  I got added to one of their message lists, and they had quite the reaction when I celebrated Biden’s win.  I don't personally know everyone on the list but they are all White and I am reasonably...

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  • November 8, 2020

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) responsibly hit hard on the current attempt to blame Democratic underperformance on Progressives. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) defends Progressives x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. It did not take long. Barely 48 hours after the election, a centrist Democrats began the irresponsible and unnecessary attack with...

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  • November 8, 2020

I have not gotten much work done this week. I have at least for now suspended work on my dissertation, and it was only yesterday that I again began correcting student papers (although I have stayed current on email correspondence with students and parents). I have two more classes (out...

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  • November 8, 2020

Rick Santorum on CNN [paraphrasing mine] “If the Democrats want to bring the country together they should let the Republican senatorial candidates in Georgia win, if not there will be trouble.” Yep, you got it, we just forget the whole 8 years of Obama where all they did was obstruct,...

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  • November 7, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. This covers chapters 11-14. Set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry, Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley caused a sensation when it was published in 1849 – under the pseudonym ‘Currer Bell’. Robert Moore is...

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  • October 28, 2020
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Larry Kudlow continues the underlying theme of Trumpian nihilism and its trickle-down contagion of pixie dust and pseudoscience. Trump continues to see his numbers decline as his campaign put him on a superspreader rally schedule, attempting to repeat his 2016 victory of 155,000 votes in swing states while trailing 3 million...

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  • October 25, 2020

I try to keep out of American politics  as I have been an expat for over half my life [passed that milestone last month] and just don't understand it anymore. I haven’t written anything anywhere for more than three years on any subject to do with the US. However, that...

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  • October 19, 2020

Trump probably created more “diers” today with a crowd who wanted to celebrate something probably not miraculous, but the product of magical thinking. x WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump makes 1st public appearance since hospital release; White House won't say if he's still contagious with virus.— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) October 10,...

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  • October 10, 2020

Condescending or patronizing, how we forget until people get talked over. Tupac Shakur didn’t show up last night in Utah for the VP debate, but the truth got busted with a cap in its posterior. x Since the debate, Trump and his allies have called Kamala “unlikeable,” “this monster,” “an...

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  • October 8, 2020

Trump still has it and is contagious. He did his contagion parade outside the hospital to wave to supporters because he was “bored” but wanted to expose his Secret Service detail to COVID-19. x Instead they’ll send him to the White House tomorrow where he has control of the most...

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  • October 5, 2020

Donald Trump has been a disguised COVID mass spreader for some time. Now he’s got it. CPUSA’s Bernard Sampson has an important message. The irresponsibility of Trump is paying off appropriately x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls:...

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  • October 2, 2020

Fear is a core psychological and biological emotion that often overrules logic. That’s according to Arash Javanbakht, a neuroscientist who specializes in trauma. Fear is one of our most intimate feelings, which is why it can be so easily abused in tribal politics. The Republican Party learned this decades ago, and...

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  • September 23, 2020

“(T)erminating labour and share markets, along with the type of commercial banking taken for granted today, is a prerequisite for a post-capitalist society with functioning markets, authentic democracy and personal liberty.” Left accelerationism seems tempting in a time when markets, democracy, and liberty are in peril. but Yanis Varoufakis is hinting...

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  • August 30, 2020

Marine props, naturalized citizen props, and tonight it featured a guy charged with insider trading, who also claims that Trump, unlike Bill Clinton, is “the first Black president”. The GOP keeps thinking that if they refer to the pandemic in the past tense, that 180,000 deaths won’t matter as much. ...

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  • August 27, 2020

At some point someone must have told Donald Trump that he needs suburban women to win reelection — and that he’s losing them, badly. If there was one big takeaway from last night’s Kimberly Guilfoyle Ba’al summoning convention speeches, it’s that the suburbs will be abolished in Joe Biden’s America and anarchy...

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  • August 25, 2020

Thematically there will be the same contradictory elements: freedom of religion only for specific religions, carnage is here because it’s been manufactured, the stock market is the economy, the other side is subversive even as we’re trying to pervert the rule of law and sabotage the election. And mainly, ignore...

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  • August 22, 2020

“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge,” and Donald Trump’s creativity, however limited, remains confined to cowardly name-calling. “Slow Joe” and “Phony Kamala” are weak sauce. x Trump only took questions from friendly reporters during today's short press conference. He offered up a few more smears of Kamala...

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  • August 12, 2020

If Donald Trump is allowed to use the White House Rose Garden to accept the nomination of  the Republican Party, should not Jo Jorgensen, candidate for the Libertarian Party, have that same opportunity? The White House is public property not just Trump’s prop. Howie Hawkins of the Green Party and...

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  • August 6, 2020

Trump claims a Joe Biden presidency would cause stock gains to ‘disintegrate and disappear‘. We’re already there, no thanks to an incompetent pandemic policy, or lack of one. #TrumpHasNoPlan Where’s that health plan he promised he’d sign by today. Ultimately Trump doesn’t care, and in some ways it expresses the kind of aesthetic...

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  • August 2, 2020
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This week I attended (remotely) the Rethinking Economics Festival and encountered challenging pluralist discourses like a platform economy (noting that most of such work is populated by women), decolonizing the Eurocentric position in disciplines, or “fully-automated luxury communism”. I thought I’d share some resource items and make a few observations....

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  • July 26, 2020
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