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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

Trump's DOJ secretly obtained Washington Post reporters’ phone records “The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists' phone records and tried to obtain their email records over reporting they did in the early months of the Trump administration on Russia's role in the 2016 election, according to government letters...

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  • May 8, 2021

This is a bad place in history. Apparently half of the GQP thinks the 1/6 insurrection was left-wing activists trying to make Trump “look bad”, accordingly, MSM thinks Biden has “tamed” the left. The administration’s warm relationship with the left is one of the most surprising aspects of the Biden presidency, particularly...

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  • April 6, 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

Marchers were beaten into withdrawal, spoiling their first attempt to march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, Alabama. In the ensuing successful march in 1965 to Montgomery, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an address that predicted the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Nation’s Capital. To the...

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  • January 18, 2021

If 70 million voted for Trump, the GOP expects that number or more will rise up to nullify the 2020 election and overthrow the government. Just remember that Kimberly Guilfoyle Humiliated the Trump Campaign by Offering a Lap Dance to the Highest Donor. Expect more stunts that won’t finance what they...

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  • November 9, 2020

Wherein Trump supporters react to “Donald Trump’s” ideas for electrifying statues, putting children to work in slaughterhouses, microwaving COVID patients (you can test it on the immigrants, natch), and releasing his own Trump-branded vaccine … x x YouTube Video Add your thoughts in the comments when you’re done hoisting your...

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  • September 17, 2020

The summary of today's Trump presser: Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse x Trump actually offers a defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, his right-wing supporter who killed two protesters. “I guess he was in very big trouble, he probably would've been killed.” pic.twitter.com/XFBtDOHP8y— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) August 31, 2020 x To be...

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  • August 31, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D. NJ), in support of Mike Espy’s (D. MS) U.S. Senate campaign: Mike Espy (D. MS) This November, we have an extraordinary opportunity to flip a historically red seat and make history by electing Mississippi's first Black U.S....

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  • August 23, 2020

No, I am NOT being Chuck “Bothsiderist” Todd, but I need to tell you all about the descent into the rabbit hole that the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky has taken.  I’m pulling for Amy McGrath.  I really am.  But I’m not the only one who has noticed the blatant...

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  • August 15, 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

In his presser, Trump blamed Portland violence on “professional anarchists” because of course they carry cards noting their memberships, rather than those awful amateur anarchists. There are so darn many of them, so many moms and vets. Too many pro-tips for Trump, because when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro....

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  • July 31, 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

Considering the penchant for bored federal tactical teams to practice their snatch and grab techniques with their rental vehicles, it’s a good thing to take down that statue. Chicago will feature at least 200 members of the miscellaneous DHS protection squad this weekend.  x BREAKING: Mayor Lori Lightfoot plans to...

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  • July 24, 2020

Tom Cotton, the only member of Congress named after his own brain, appeared on Fox & Friends this morning, and he was fixing to put both feet, both hands, and perhaps Brian Kilmeade’s head in his mouth after bellowing more gormless gibberish to an ungrateful world. You see, Donald Trump is...

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  • July 21, 2020

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has become a parody of itself. Trump may have screwed up our country’s pandemic response in every way imaginable. He may be presiding over the most disastrous economy in decades, with no end in sight to the financial hemorrhaging. He may be pouring most of his energy...

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  • July 17, 2020

Some have suggested recent actions in Portland are a trial run for martial law, considering how badly run was the attempt at using federal forces in DC. They are DHS and feds, without identification, and refusing to identify themselves. Apparently graffiti is terrorism in the absence of statues to topple, as Trump attempts to...

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  • July 17, 2020

Remember when a dyspeptic, misspelled, barely comprehensible tweet sent GOPsters near and far scurrying for cover? Are those days over? Because Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sure doesn’t sound like he’s scared of the ocher abomination. In a new Washington Post op-ed, Hogan blasts Trump and his administration over our nation’s...

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  • July 16, 2020

I can only assume Junior was actually trying to drag Joe Biden, but everything he says fits the ocher abomination to a T.  Watch: x Don Jr. gives a damning description of his corrupt father courtesy of @MeidasTouch 🔥#ByeDonJr pic.twitter.com/8wNcUJwLOF— Eleven Films (@Eleven_Films) July 14, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”> I don’t...

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  • July 14, 2020

Trump’s tweeting more gibberish replete with nonsense and continues to tank the economy built by the previous administration. Ever the opportunist, Trump would have signed off on the recent “Justice and Open Debate letter in Harpers if they’d have put it in front of him. He’s defaulted to the same playbook...

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  • July 12, 2020

Ask Donald Trump how effective his maladministration’s coronavirus response has been and he’ll tell you it’s fantastic. The best. We test a lot of people, you know. And, anyway, he’s more focused on the real crisis facing America — the health and security of our nation’s most racially offensive statues. But...

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  • July 10, 2020

Just when you think we’re not going to go all degenerate art versus official art, Trump goes more Roman with triumphal graven images. Perhaps there’s a merchandising tie-in with replicas. If anything, Trump wants effigies out there, forgetting that there were the blimp babies. What better way to display Trump carnage than...

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  • July 8, 2020

No, not statues of Adolf Eichmann, you cheeky monkeys. However, Donald Trump appears very concerned about ensuring that no “anarchists” or American heritage-haters tear down this statue: x Trump campaign ads over the weekend vowed to protect a new statue: “Christ the Redeemer” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil https://t.co/8BdKz6kdfe pic.twitter.com/iFob0uSRl3— Lachlan Markay...

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  • July 6, 2020

Tammy Duckworth has the makings of a very attractive VP candidate. Smart, articulate, a working mother (who gave birth while in office and has brought her baby to the Senate floor). An Iraq war veteran who lost both legs in the service of her country. Multi-racial (though Black is not...

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  • July 6, 2020

It is more of a comment on Trump’s “cancel culture” that the Aurora, Colorado police would bust up a crowd of violinists peacefully demonstrating a bias death. x Police showed up in riot gear to a peaceful violin vigil for Elijah McClain. “Aurora police basically recreated the dynamic of McClain's death,” says...

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  • July 5, 2020

The real question is whether Republicans are really the “unnerved who have long enabled him but now fear losing power and forever associating their party with his racial animus.” Leaning on a culture war requires the power of a reactionary populism that can keep intimidating and oppressing people on the basis...

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  • July 5, 2020

… in the Caribbean, of course. The Genocidal Genoan never set foot in what we now know as the United States. And he had no idea where he was. And the “American way of life” he started was slavery. And greed/plunder. And wanton cruelty. And mass murder. But other than that...

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  • July 5, 2020

So much more than meets the eye, and then there’s stupid fruit of the loins. So much lying and falsehoods in a masque of masks. x Kellyanne Conway: “People are not wearing masks. And I don't think they're not wearing masks because the President of the United States is not...

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  • July 3, 2020

Joe Biden made a statement that the Right-Wing is likely to go wild about. He did not condemn protesters removing symbols of oppression, statues, but it is what else he said. Biden shows empathy towards protesters x x YouTube Video Watch complete episodes here. Joe Biden must be given kudos for this...

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  • July 2, 2020

The winning formula is based on multiple distractions because even Trump’s daily brief seems to now have become a hoax. The problem in any time of iconoclasm, waging a propaganda war at the level of symbolism eventually must come to a moment where one consciously recognizes material reality. x The plan is...

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  • July 1, 2020

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee appeared on Face the Nation this morning, and he made some good points. The first being that an American president should probably be more concerned about the lives of our citizens than the memories of traitors who rose up against the legitimate government of the United...

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  • June 28, 2020

So two DNI directors are lying, because it looks like Trump continues to do Russia’s bidding, however badly. And Trump lies because that’s the default position, because like Sargent Schultz, “he knows nothing”. x The Fake News @ nytimes must reveal its “anonymous” source. Bet they can’t do it, this...

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  • June 28, 2020

Because liberal violence is when one gets mask-shamed and it’s claimed to be no different than burning neighborhoods. x Let a thousand Willie Hortons bloom https://t.co/kLZ7FbPB4t — Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) June 27, 2020 x Workers removed thousands of social distancing stickers before Trump’s Tulsa rally, according to video and a...

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  • June 27, 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 unhingery continues with four months left. Trump’s doubling down on positions seems typical but has now moved to places that seem more like a scorched-earth campaign as November approaches. Trump just asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the ACA in its entirety. He is trying to take away your...

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  • June 26, 2020

Like a teen-aged pin-boy, Trump wants demonstrators and their heads cracked, much like his #BunkerBoy need for that St John’s church photo-op. Because the only Confederate outdoor statue on federal property needs to be a target for DC demonstrators so troops can be called out. Rinse, Repeat. Darn that Grand Army of...

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  • June 25, 2020

There was unrest in Madison Wisconsin and while we’ve gotten used to the idiocy often associated with the activity, pulling down statues seems like the kind of testosterone-fueled adventurism that won’t really advance causes. This seems especially ignorant when anti-racist monuments get torn down since there are still fewer of...

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  • June 24, 2020

Because sociopaths are letting their freak-flag fly, here are some disinformation examples, each with problematic media frames. x Given the circumstances, if mom, in her duty to protect her child, temporarily lost her mind and opened a can on this person, would she be charged? Asking for a friend. — Grace...

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  • June 24, 2020

Live Blog sort of, as Trump is doing his usual shout outs to cronies. Doing shtick. very few mask-wearers. x Trump once against refers to coronavirus with the racist “Kung Flu” moniker, prompting huge cheers from his Turning Point Action audience. He then expresses confusion about what the “19” in...

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  • June 23, 2020

Unfortunately, a still recovering nation has civil unrest which will be exploited by complicated agendas, especially with some malign elements that actually want a second Civil War. One way to do it is to help topple monuments, even pre-Civil War ones. Slave-holder and the Trail of Tears, the $20 bill...

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  • June 23, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s (D. NJ) re-election campaign: Confederate statues are symbols of white supremacist violence and hate. These monuments glorify traitors who took up arms against the American people to uphold the vile institution of slavery and do not deserve to remain in places of...

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  • June 20, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from Mike Espy’s (D. MS) U.S. Senate campaign: Thousands of people gathered across Mississippi this past weekend, demonstrating that people are ready for change. The people of Mississippi are showing that they are ready for a state that represents them — and that includes the Mississippi state...

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  • June 12, 2020

So much iconoclasty, so little time to election day. Darn all those racist targets and their problematic cultural frames, constructed from their siting and historical context, all with social and political mediation. Darn all those genocidal reckonings, darn that 400 years. “Chicago has two Columbus statues and a pillar donated...

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  • June 11, 2020

So a 1971 Playboy interview with legendary actor John Wayne has resurfaced in which he said this: “With a lot of blacks, there’s quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn...

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  • February 21, 2019

When Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King lamented that language like “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization” had “become offensive,” GOP leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appeared horrified. But if they were shocked—SHOCKED!—to find Steve King’s racism going on in their Republican Party, they shouldn’t...

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  • January 20, 2019

Here we are again. Let’s hop on into the not-so-wayback machine, and take a quick look at the political stories and events we were obsessing over, and parsing importance as we went about our daily lives on that day. August 19th, 2016 In the throes of a massive campaign shakeup,...

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  • August 19, 2018

Welcome to what I hope will become a daily feature. This carnival we call the Trump Presidency is like an out of control merry-go-round, shit being thrown off in every direction at 100 mph. By the time the 6:00 news rolls around, you've completely forgotten the “breaking news” of 8:39...

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  • August 18, 2018

This year represents the 25th anniversary of one of the great enduring memes of modern American culture and politics. In his thundering speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, former Nixon hatchet man and Adolf Hitler admirer-turned GOP presidential candidate Pat Buchanan darkly warned of a “cultural war” already underway,...

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  • November 13, 2017

The neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville has spurred calls around the nation for the removal of public statues, monuments, and symbols venerating white supremacy and the “lost cause” of the Confederacy. Those sites include Capitol Hill, where eight statues of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Alexander Stephens, and five other traitors to the...

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  • August 27, 2017

I watched Flimflam Man Paul Ryan’s CNN town hall last night, and realized that at this late date we still can’t honestly question, and thus confront, Republican leaders on the root problem of Charlottesville and Trump.  Instead, all we get is moronic, weak tea like Paul Ryan and other Republicans condemning...

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  • August 22, 2017
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