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Not since, Tuco, Blondie, and Angel Eyes formed a triangle, within a circle, has greed, corruption, and self-interest intersected so destructively. Politics in America, for nearly 250 years has boiled down to money, policy, and humanitarianism in that order. Now it is strictly a good, bad, or ugly proposition. In...

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  • August 30, 2021

[Governor] “If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” CNN debate moderator Bernard Shaw asked that question of then-presidential candidate Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988. The viewers wanted the visceral response but instead received a thoughtful and principled one, one that...

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  • August 27, 2021

When I was a boy and strayed way, way past the rules of behavior set by my great-grandmother, she would say, “ enough is enough, and too much (sic) stinks.” Well, we reached that point in Afghanistan on Sunday. From the time then-National Security Director Zbigniew Brzezinski convinced then-President Carter,...

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  • August 18, 2021

“…wearing a mask while playing was no different from wearing a parachute while skydiving.” The above quote is purportedly from the late Jacques Plante, former goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey club when his bravery was questioned for wearing a mask. As absurd as it seems now, there was a...

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  • August 16, 2021

More conflict, more shootings, and over micro-aggressions. DECATUR, Ga. (NEXSTAR) – A triple shooting at a Georgia grocery store Monday afternoon started with a dispute over a mask and left a cashier dead and both the suspect and a deputy wounded, authorities say. The suspect, 30-year-old Victor Lee Tucker, Jr.,...

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  • June 15, 2021

How do you know Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are doing a great job and avoiding gaffes that might derail their agenda? Because Fox’s sputtering outrage machine is belching out stupid shit like this: 'DISGUSTING' DISRESPECT: Vice President Kamala Harris ignites outrage over 'misfire' Memorial Day tweet https://t.co/J8VMtU2OCM — Fox...

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  • May 30, 2021
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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

Bullwinkle Badgers:  “Be loud … fly low over the crowds,” said one unidentified member of the Lakota crew, describing the mission parameters as they understood them. Apparently an “unidentified subordinate” modified the mission. Last Summer did feature another stunt at St Johns Church to serve the Trump 2020 election bid, including an...

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  • May 15, 2021

The Republican members of the House of Representatives convened their star chamber this morning and ousted the most conservative member of their caucus. GOP House conference chair Liz Cheney is under fire for breaking one of their sacred tenets—not embracing duplicity and hypocrisy. The vote was held in secret because...

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  • May 12, 2021

Fuck him royally: x F*ck Tucker Carlson. While he was practicing his two-step, America’s female warriors were hunting down Al Qaeda and proving the strength of America’s women. Happy belated International Women’s Day to everyone but Tucker, who even I can dance better than. pic.twitter.com/E4wchht9lA— Tammy Duckworth (@TammyforIL) March 11,...

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  • March 11, 2021
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From The Hill: Spoiler: Passing laws would indeed make my flags go away. Just not that one. Let’s do the right things for Pennsylvania. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇺🇸 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 24, 2021 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, has replaced the pro-weed and LGBTQ rights flags hanging from...

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  • February 25, 2021

Equality for a lot of white Americans means acknowledging that black people are human. The difficulty comes when applying equity because that paradigm strikes at the heart of privilege. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) made that abundantly clear with the questions he put to the Biden administration’s nominee for Attorney General,...

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  • February 24, 2021

Trump never truly understood why Paul Manafort chose Mike Pence as his Vice President. Trump thought that Pence’s commitment to theocracy would serve Trump’s con of the evangelicals and guarantee loyalty rather than the opposite. Trump got “betrayed” by Pence because he knew Trump would never really be able to deliver a...

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  • February 24, 2021

If you’re a Republican and you don’t at least try to pretend the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, you’re likely to be castigated—and maybe even censured—by a phalanx of zombie dead-enders in your own party. It’s a problem for Republicans who know better—and I can only assume Donald...

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  • February 21, 2021
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Recovering memory and historical revisionism in sex work might be the sad product of many repressive regimes. What becomes worse is the complicity of academic institutions in white-washing crimes against humanity.  Harvard is no stranger to items like Alan (buddy of Jeff Epstein) Dershowitz’s attempt to move the statutory rape...

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  • February 20, 2021

Former Defense Secretary, William Cohen (R-ME) did not mince his words as he methodically admonished Republican Senators on the impeachment vote. William Cohen admonished Republican Senators x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Chuck Todd asked William Cohen about the threats he received during the Nixon Watergate era. He used it as...

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  • February 12, 2021

From November 1994 to October 1995, the so-called trial of the century took place. It centered around murder, race, sex, athletics, and hero-worship. America was drawn to it like a badly made tv melodrama. We were subjected to constant tv break-ins, with breathless reporters recounting every gasp, sigh, and eye-roll...

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  • February 8, 2021

The exponential jump in right-wing extremists groups began at the beginning of the first Obama Administration. It seems these ‘unregulated’ militias apply the wording in the 2nd amendment selectively. The opposition to the last administration started with a million women who donned distinctive pink woven caps and dared the former...

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  • January 29, 2021

Democracy is an afterthought for Trumpists. Whether it’s the “sense of style” or “good men knowing their limitations” the movie character of Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood resembles the RWNJ fantasy of transcendent morality embodied in some westerns. Harry Callahan acts beyond a rule of law premised on liberal...

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  • January 28, 2021

There’s actually a White House press briefing at 7pm ET. Just in case you’re watching it live. MSM is comparing the use of press briefings already, considering the lies of the 45 Administration. x Tune in for the first press briefing of the Biden-Harris Administration with Press Secretary Jen Psaki....

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  • January 21, 2021

The Big Lie must be thoroughly erased. This delusion is unfortunately the trope deployed as a grand commodity for a national grift that could last until 2024. In the more immediate instance, actions still have consequences, even if Trump implies that he will give pardons in the case of the insurrections....

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  • January 18, 2021

“For weeks Trump had been laying the groundwork to declare victory on election night even if he lost”. All he’s getting is some troops, a band, and seven guns shot three times when he boards the plane leaving for Mar-a-Lago. The public gets stuck with some lovely parting grifts. Donald Trump...

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  • January 17, 2021

The extreme right are known for their affinity to the police and armed forces. This is a critical question, and one that concerns both active duty military members and veterans. But to understand the current problem, it’s helpful to examine the history of the relationship between the U.S. military and...

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  • January 14, 2021

Who could have ever predicted this? I mean, who other than anyone who glimpsed at Parler for five minutes or saw Donald Trump speak before his horde of whiny orcs? You’ll never believe this, but apparently there was every indication that violence was brewing prior to the actual violence that...

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  • January 12, 2021
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Impeachment and insurrection part deux on deck for next week, even as there’s now mixed messaging on the part of Pence invoking the 25th Amendment. Lots of banality of evil around and about. x 🇺🇸 Impeachment 🔵@SpeakerPelosi / #Democrats House Can ✔️Submit Articles of Impeachment ✔️Put it in Permanent Record...

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  • January 10, 2021

You know what? NO. You don't get to do this. Not this time, Fox News. During the violent insurrection at the Capitol building, everyone was on the same page. Our Capitol hadn’t been invaded since 1814. People couldn’t believe what they were seeing. No one dared empathize with the malevolent traitors...

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  • January 9, 2021

Schaden-Friday is a bit lower-key this week, thanks to our being collectively terrorized by the Ocher Uprising. But that doesn’t mean it’s canceled. Schaden-Friday is never canceled. And this week we have a doozy. Trump supporters shouting at Lindsey Graham after he failed to pull another Trump term out of...

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  • January 8, 2021

Bandy X. Lee is a forensic psychiatrist, editor of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, and president of the World Mental Health Coalition, a group of mental health professionals who have “come together in historically unprecedented ways to offer our consensus view that Donald Trump’s mental state presents a clear and present...

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  • January 3, 2021

Happy New Year 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...

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  • January 2, 2021

Donald Trump didn’t really say why he blew up the meticulously negotiated $900 billion stimulus bill, throwing Washington into chaos and screwing over millions of people who are simply trying to survive the winter. But since this is Trump, you can be certain the motive was both gobsmackingly petty and monumentally self-serving. Oh,...

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  • December 27, 2020

Apparently, Sen. Marco Rubio is sitting in his office planning a strategy around selling prayer cloths. Judging from his recent spate of religiosity on his Twitter feed, do not be surprised to see Rubio wearing sandals, draped in a mantle with tassels.  His time might be better spent sewing protective...

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  • December 21, 2020

Darn Cyborgs and that genetic engineering, because branding and a cartoon POTUS*. x BREAKING: Vice President Mike Pence announces that uniformed members of the U.S. Space Force will be called Guardians. Threre you have it: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Guardians — Marcus Weisgerber (@MarcusReports) December 18, 2020 x To...

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  • December 18, 2020

The aftermath of the 2020 election has proven to any skeptical American that the GOP has gone to POT—the Party of Trump. The party is being overrun by conspiracists of every stripe; white supremacists, sexual fantasist, seditionist, and fact denying Trump cultists. The unyielding crazy of this political virus has...

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  • December 18, 2020

There are now so many pardon requests there’s a spreadsheet for them, but Trump’s so angry at the lost loyalty, the list could be smaller. Trump just sees no evil, even in a mirror. There may be a firing spree, among other irrational acts by a Trump now confronted by...

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  • December 16, 2020

Because if 17 GOP states want to overthrow the nation’s choice of POTUS, they should? Trump thinks tenacity is more important than democracy, as the COVID death toll exceeds the equivalent of 9/11’s deaths each day now. President Donald Trump warned Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr not to rally other Republican...

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  • December 10, 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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  • December 5, 2020

In the first week of April this year, the first quantifiable effects of the Covid-19 virus on people of color were released in the press. April 17, 2020, Donald Trump tweeted out ‘Liberate Michigan!’ I am sure many of you think black and brown people are just paranoid when we...

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  • December 2, 2020

My favorite clueless conservative take on the (non)fraudulent 2020 presidential election is that there’s no way Joe Biden could have gotten as many votes as he did because he’s an old senile guy who didn’t even campaign whereas Donald Trump has a perfectly normal, non-diseased brain and is beloved across the nation...

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  • November 28, 2020

Trump’s doing nothing about the continuing rise in Covid cases, and is spending his time at golf and continuing to sow chaos on the path to the bunker. Meanwhile the derangement spreads to Newt Gingrich. x The more data comes out on vote anomalies that clearly are not legitimate the...

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  • November 28, 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

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

What did you do in the war, Daddy?  Is this what Ivanka has asked lately? I would bet whether he answered this way or not it was pretty much like this. “ Come lay down honey and I will show you .  Have you ever heard of Studio 54?   I fought...

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  • November 11, 2020

If the expected Bluewave rushes over the levee of American politics and washes away the dirt of tyranny; are we looking at a red-secession? If you listen to the massing voices of Republican discontent, war is coming. Story after story is highlighted daily of some Army-surplus-store-toy-soldiers threatening to take to the...

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  • October 30, 2020

The song written by Sonny Bono and was a hit for Sonny Cher had a song called The Beat Goes on.  The song was released in 1967 but applies to every year it seems. I sat on my porch today thinking, “ This is one crazy year”.   I never say...

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  • October 26, 2020

Keith Olbermann has been doing daily YouTube reports on various miscreants, but mainly on IMPOTUS, and it now seems like the Trumpian narrative now developing is a plan to disqualify Biden, by means of something, something…. illegal reasons. As unlikely as this might be, the desperate Trump has been even...

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  • October 20, 2020

It’s common courtesy, not to mention common sense, to ask someone’s permission before using them in an advertisement. The Trump campaign has no interest in courtesy, sense, or for that matter the law. They put out an ad which took Dr. Fauci totally out of context to make it appear...

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  • October 12, 2020

He’s never dropped his naive belief in herd immunity perhaps because he had someone take his statistics tests in college. A quarter-million dead soon means that by the time a vaccine comes to the general public, minus a “flu season” there will still be a quarter-million dead from COVID-19. And...

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  • October 6, 2020

George Washington shepherded the United States through the War for Independence and presided, literally, over the birth of the nation, without panic. Abraham Lincoln guided the United States through the literal secession and reuniting of the Union, without panic. Franklin Delano Roosevelt told the nation we had nothing to fear,...

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  • September 25, 2020

Prior to this reporting, very few SARs had ever been revealed. The FinCEN Files encompass more than 2,100. Will there be folks taking the easy way out after these revelations, but more importantly, will this have an effect on future prosecutions that might even involve Trump and his minions, because...

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  • September 21, 2020

Only a Biden blowout will stop the impending doom for so many things. But not any ontological arguments, even if Trump promises that God will not exist if Biden wins. Perhaps even CNN has learned something from 2016. x From your lips to God's ears… Trump is headed for a...

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  • September 20, 2020