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[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

As the grandfather of 12 grandchildren, I worry about their safety, health, and lives in this time of excessive gun violence, denial of history, and the life-destroying spread of the virus. Despite their vulnerability, the children of America who frighten me most are the so-called responsible adults who have decided...

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  • August 6, 2021

Before 2016 if you told most Americans that Donald Trump would become president, they would have laughed or thought you were joking. The outspoken businessman and tv personality was a complete outsider to the world of politics. Yet his antics and political rhetoric were not. Trump can thank Newt Gingrich...

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  • July 12, 2021

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) was born in the heart of the old Democratic south. He is a devout southerner, born in Mississippi, and attended college at both the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt in Tennessee. At age sixty-nine, I believe it is safe to say that the one-time southern Democrat,...

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  • April 23, 2021

I watched the celebration of former police officer Derek Michael Chauvin’s conviction of three various counts of murder yesterday, and my feelings were mixed. No, no, I felt no sorrow for the man who not only took George Floyd’s life away but broke the hearts of countless Americans, both black...

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  • April 21, 2021
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White America has been made aware there is a conversation black parents have been compelled to have with their children, literally, for centuries. The conversation, as it were, was thought to be a necessary evil to keep our children alive. Survival was always thought to be based on complying and...

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  • April 14, 2021
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If anything a nightly rant by David Letterman about Madoff marked the 2000s, with $65 billion swindled. x T***p surprised some observers by not pardoning Madoff (through brokerage) & by not staging a Kent State massacre of protesters; but he more than made up for these omissions by facilitating the...

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  • April 14, 2021

As much as I would like to take credit for the fitting title of this piece, I cannot. I heard it for the first time yesterday afternoon (April 8th) on the Randi Rhodes radio broadcast. A caller from Philadelphia used the two-word descriptor, and I found it apropos to the...

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  • April 9, 2021

It is a cruel irony that before the start of the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin the state of Minnesota is one of many placing the knee of racism on the neck of black American voters. It is also not lost on me that Colin Kaepernick was denied his...

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  • March 29, 2021

A noted piece of work, State Senator Hensley, a Sons of Confederate Veterans member, decided there were so many new ways to get a KKK founder’s statue to stick around in the usual battles of Tennessee culture. This particular 1978 bust is a Jim Crow monument with marginal historical value other than honoring...

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  • March 19, 2021

Hi, Hoomans!  The last couple of months have been a whirl!   All I remember is waking up really horny and cold in the middle of January. “Hey,” I thought to my self, I remember these ponds from before.” At dusk, I heard a dozen male chorus frogs making their crude and...

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  • March 6, 2021

That constitutional scholar Tommy Tuberville claims he wasn’t at a meeting with Trump the night before. Evidence piles up as the impeachment trial begins. “Lawmakers ‘perturbed’ when House Sergeant-at-Arms told them at least none of them died in Capitol attack.” x As GOP defends Trump's impeachment on 'political speech' grounds,...

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  • January 27, 2021

A grumpy Trumpy arrived at his new domicile and got depressed over not having enough gaudy gold surroundings to remind him of his earlier, more randy life. In other news, Pence seems not to be ready to join the idiots trying to overturn the election, and the New York prosecutors...

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  • December 30, 2020

You may have heard over the weekend that Donald Jizz-O-Matic* Trump has reached the pre-bunker phase of his months-long post-presidential pout. Several news outlets reported that Trump hosted weirdo dead-enders Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn on Friday, and he considered naming Powell a special counsel to investigate the ghost of Hugo...

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  • December 21, 2020

Old John Brown’s body lies moldering in the grave, While weep the sons of bondage whom he ventured all to save; But tho he lost his life while struggling for the slave, His soul is marching on. Abolitionist John Brown was executed by the state of Virginia on December 2, 1859. pic.twitter.com/AOAIpDQKPG — Haymarket Books (@haymarketbooks) December 2,...

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  • December 2, 2020

Conman in Chief Donnie “Pass the Snake oil” Trump and his  psychotic sycophantic shyster Rudy “preemptively pardon me please” Giuliani know all to well and have set up a slush fund to bank the profits. They also know their bases propensity for conspiracy theories and have used their guidebook to...

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  • December 2, 2020

More of the same criminal behavior as Ivanka gets hit with a connection to Trump tax fraud. What else seems new. Darn nepotism. Then again her father did take a deduction for that Stormy Daniels payoff. The Times, which said the two investigations have subpoenaed the Trump Organization in recent weeks, follows...

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  • November 21, 2020

Van Jones cried as he expressed the reality for many Americans who feel liberated from a nightmare that engulfed the country for 4 years. Van Jones gets it right x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. After CNN called the race for the Biden/Harris ticket, Van Jones gave an emotional statement that...

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  • November 7, 2020

Something not directly about the election (!), though related to it: Reuters: Exclusive: Tired of Trump, Deutsche Bank games ways to sever ties with the president – sources Deutsche Bank AG is looking for ways to end its relationship with President Donald Trump after the U.S. elections, as it tires...

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  • November 3, 2020

This story supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx This covers chapters 11-14. Today’s supporting summary is at the very bottom, below the fold. Set against the backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry, Charlotte Brontë’s novel Shirley caused a sensation when it...

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  • November 1, 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

As usual GOP/Trumpian evidence makes no sense and given the Impeachment, will not make a difference. Some of us have held out hope for Tara Reade to make an appearance. x Trump aides have been telling people that the big surprise in store for tonight's debate is he's bringing Tony...

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  • October 22, 2020

We are fifteen days from electing the next President of the United States. Honestly, if you are still one of the undecideds, I would love to hear your reasons. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was widely criticized for saying if you do not vote for him “you ain’t black.” Other...

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  • October 19, 2020

In May of 1996, my middle son graduated high school. I had been hospitalized the Tuesday before his ceremony, because of a hereditary bleeding disorder, I have suffered from since age 34. I was due to be released from the hospital on Thursday the day before his graduation but I...

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  • October 5, 2020

Received this e-mail today from one of my personal political heroes, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV), in support of Paulette Jordan’s (D. ID) U.S. Senate campaign: Paulette Jordan (D. ID) I know you're hearing from lots of Democrats about so many races happening this fall. I...

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  • October 3, 2020

x Biden: “I’m not going to make any news today. I’m not going to talk about anything other than 9/11. We took all our advertising down. It’s a solemn day. That’s how we’re going to keep it, OK? You can determine whether I make news but I’m not going to...

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  • September 11, 2020

It strikes me as curious as to why the Black Lives Matter slogan is such an irritant to a large number of conservatives. It seems a simple premise, include us in your view of the sanctity of life. When  Donald Trump bellows “America First” does that mean that Europe, Asia,...

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  • August 31, 2020

I have lived a lot of years, and I have seen a lot of injustices.  The “talk” that has been so widely spoken about in the media and by black mothers and fathers is a real thing. There was a time, when it was a mitigating factor but never eliminated...

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  • August 28, 2020

        In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the...

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  • August 15, 2020

U.S. Senate candidates Jaime Harrison (D. SC), Mike Espy (D. MS) and Rev. Raphael Warnock (D. GA) have penned on op-ed for BET promoting their candidacies, promote their platforms addressing racial injustice and how they can be the faces a of a New South in the U.S. Senate: As Black...

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  • July 10, 2020

When the history of the 2020 election is written, it is the story broken by the New York Times, chronicling the scheme hatched by Vlad the Imp to pay a bounty for the lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan that may well have been the final nail in the Trump...

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  • July 4, 2020

Love this: x We wanted to show y'all how @LindseyGrahamSC keeps increasing the number of acceptable COVID-19 deaths (hint: it's zero). We literally could not finish the video before he changed the target again. He's now up to 180,000 deaths. pic.twitter.com/avO1d03grs— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) July 2, 2020 Jaime Harrison, the...

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  • July 2, 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

The 74-year-old current President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been telling us for days and affirmed by his Vice President, and COVID-19 task force leader Mike Pence, that testing is “generating” more coronavirus cases. I used a thesaurus to find words that can be substituted for generating. The...

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  • June 26, 2020

Jon Stewart reunited with his former Daily Show colleague and current Late Show host, Stephen Colbert tonight. Of course the big topic of discussion was the 2020 election. While Stewart admitted that Joe Biden was not his first choice in the Democratic primary, Stewart brought up something that I always...

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  • June 25, 2020

On November 4, 2008, Barack H. Obama, was elected the 44th  President of the United States, needless to say, he was the first black man or woman to hold that distinction. On November 5, 2008, The View’s co-host Whoopi Goldberg told America, “ I could put my suitcase down, finally.”...

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  • June 17, 2020

So this is an actual thing:   “Listen Hellboy.” So began one of the weirdest episodes in what has been one of the weirdest years in politics, well, ever. The author of those words was none other than Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was responding to a tweet from...

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  • June 16, 2020

I could go into a long pedagogical dissertation about allostatic loads or adverse childhood experiences but why complicate a simple premise. I will let the fear of a little girl speak for me: The above incident took place in upstate New York, in an area I lived near for three...

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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

To be sure, I am not a fan of George W. Bush, no matter how many candies he hands Michelle Obama. But if Bush was a big, jagged kidney stone that took eight years to pass, Donald Trump is a large cache of unexploded Korean War ordnance lodged in my...

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  • June 7, 2020

U.S. Senate candidate, Jaime Harrison (D. SC), has an op-ed in The Root that addresses George Floyd and the years of police brutality that the black community has had to deal with: Minneapolis, Minn.; Louisville, Ky.; Brunswick, Ga. These are the latest cities turned inside out because of the killing...

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  • June 7, 2020

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, on the heels of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling episode, commented in 2018 on the opinions of basketball players, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant. Both Durant and James commented harshly and profanely about the leadership of President Trump, to which Ingraham famously said, “ shut up and...

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  • June 4, 2020

The Black guy did not belong here; the Mexican will rape our women, that virus—oh the Chinese did it. In one form or the other the commander-in-chief, now from under his bed in the bunker has achieved his goal. America is on fire; tensions are burning, and the conflagration potentially...

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  • June 1, 2020

I have a great deal of anger this morning. I have a great deal of fear for my sons, and I have been here before. What seems like ages ago but in reality was just a few short years, former NFL player Colin Kaepernick ironically knelt to save lives. I...

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  • May 29, 2020

x Church “rights” crusader Donald J. Trump is not going to church this fine Sunday on his way to golf. Though he will likely drive by many large churches in McLean, Langley, Potomac, Ashburn and Sterling on the way to his sons' golf course. https://t.co/hQjnAESduJ — Wouter van der Horst...

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  • May 24, 2020

Breaking news in the Washington Post: Targeting Hunter Biden, Senate panel approves subpoena for lobbying firm over Democrats’ objections A Senate committee moved Wednesday to subpoena documents related to the son of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in an escalation of GOP congressional scrutiny into Biden’s time as vice...

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  • May 20, 2020

I have written a little sporadically over the past few weeks, which is not my norm. I love to read but writing gives me pleasure.  It has been my dream to build a following of readers and thinkers who would look forward to my printed thoughts and perspectives, not only...

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  • May 13, 2020

Wouldn’t it be nice if your landlord answered to you? Maybe next time we should think twice about electing a pr*sident with more conflicts of interest than functioning brain cells. The New York Times is reporting that the Trump International Hotel, which is located a few blocks from the White House, is...

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  • April 22, 2020

The contradictions of procurement and logistics without using the Defense Production Act and yet claiming to be anti-globalist. This resembles trying to “restart the economy” while endangering lives and building a kleptocracy. While the Italian mafia is making profit on COVID-19 and the Colombian mafiosi government is decreeing the privatization...

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  • April 21, 2020
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