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O’Donnell challenged Vindman on supplying Ukrainians. Thom Hartmann discusses The History of Big Brother In America. Are we repeating COVID mistake? Thom Hartmann on Big Brother x YouTube Video Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 11:00 AM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0...

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  • March 16, 2022

Tucker Carlson and Fox News are Putin propagandists. Clayvon Harris speaks on urban schools. Jen Psaki dings GOP on COVID relief but not hard enough. Clayvon Harris discusses urban schools x YouTube Video Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 11:00 AM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live...

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  • March 15, 2022

I asked Thom Hartmann, host of the #1 Progressive Thom Hartmann show his thoughts on Ukraine/Russia/Putin. He said the dog caught the car. I think Thom Hartmann hit the nail on the head. x x YouTube Video Watch Politics Done Right T.V. here. Thom Hartmann visited Politics Done Right to...

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  • March 15, 2022

Even with all the evidence of voter suppression, flouting of the laws, and a failed coup, why the reluctance to use the word Fascism?   The Republican party is openly advancing Fascism, and America is quietly going along. Ignoring the warnings, we accepted the USA/Patriot Act, which unfettered can trample...

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  • February 4, 2022

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, terrorism? 9/11? ISIS? The Taliban? While these examples are certainly just, they don’t always represent terrorism in its entirety. Dan Brown said, “History is always written by the winners”. Stereotypes and generalizations often cause the public...

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  • June 13, 2021

One incident occurred just hours ago as a flight gets diverted to OKC because a passenger wanted to step outside. Yet another #hijack attempt aboard a plane? The plane was diverted to OKC. Unknown which airline but checking. pic.twitter.com/4kPeYkmmxC — Stanley Roberts (@StanleyRoberts) June 12, 2021 An earlier flight wound...

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  • June 12, 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

Expect some GOP  to be triggered by this new information about intelligence produced during Trump’s term as “…it was used by the US Justice Department to support a secret court order authorising surveillance of Carter Page” “The former MI6 spy Christopher Steele produced a second dossier for the FBI on Donald Trump while...

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  • May 4, 2021

The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating after two Asian women were attacked in Manhattan on Sunday, with one being hit in the head with a hammer. NYPD Releases Surveillance Footage of Suspect They are Looking For in Hell’s Kitchen Hammer Attack on Asian Woman...

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  • May 4, 2021

Ivanka Trump has spent the past five years trying to position herself in the public’s mind as the “reasonable” Trump. Granted, that’s a pretty low bar. All she really needed to do is show up as “warm-blooded” on infrared surveillance cameras, and she was basically there. Another useful tactic? Avoid appearing...

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  • April 15, 2021
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Truly a tool, as the Inspector General reports are coming and Previous Guy’s going to be in the barrel. Donald Trump was a tool in a long-running Russian campaign to weaken the United States. That’s been documented in Republican-led investigative reports, and now it has been updated with new evidence, thanks to the U.S....

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  • March 24, 2021

Likely the RWNJ social media site Gab was constantly under FBI surveillance even before 6 January, but for some reason it wishes to make itself more well noticed. The “free speech” social media siteGab …has earned a reputation in recent years for attracting members of the far-right and has been linked to the...

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  • March 9, 2021

Though my spot on the introversion spectrum lies somewhere between Kleenex box-wearing Howard Hughes and urine-collecting Howard Hughes (and as I continue to age, I’m on a bullet train to raw-fish-eating Gollum), I still usually get sick in the winter, at least once. In the past, while grocery shopping or taking...

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  • February 28, 2021

One hopes that after the farce of a Trump impeachment acquittal, that criminal proceedings begin in all of the relevant venues. We have already seen how Trump uses lawfare delaying tactics with even less aplomb than Mitch McConnell. We can also be assured that within the year, the numerous right-wing militants will...

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  • February 15, 2021

The impeachment managers drew a straight line from Trump to the insurrection and harm’s way for Mike Pence.  The march to the Capitol seemed spontaneous but had incitement and planning in a variety of forms. Surveillance recordings showed how close the potential assassinations were. Senator Mike Lee said “Everyone makes mistakes; everyone is...

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  • February 11, 2021

​Please practice greater situational awareness from January 17 to January 20. We all trust that those whose jobs it is to keep the nation safe are doing that effectively despite the numbers of law enforcement officials participating in violent anti-government demonstrations. x Police departments across the United States are opening probes...

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  • January 10, 2021

Another Trump-Russia participation trophy, because Devin was so stupid he won’t get an indictment until Trump leaves office. x What’s the over/under thar Trump will award himself the Medal? pic.twitter.com/vl1Rzws2Ny— Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) January 4, 2021 Nunes has filed multiple lawsuits characterized as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation...

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  • January 4, 2021
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As with most faculty politics, there is a subtext to the story of a professor fired for specious reasons. Garrett Felber was fired for failing to “communicate face-to-face” with his department chair at University of MIssissippi, even as he was outspoken about a variety of university actions after the selection of...

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  • December 22, 2020

Edward Abbey memorialized environmental resistance to mindless development in his tome The Monkey Wrench Gang. It essentially endorsed sabotage to thwart degrading of the natural world, for instance, putting sugar in the gas tanks of bulldozers that are about to plow under a nice area. However, advances in surveillance make...

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  • December 19, 2020

Prisoners about to be executed are sometimes asked what they want for their last meal. (I used to fantasize about what I would want — maybe grouse served with a ‘66 Romaneé-Conti — until I learned the choices were limited to like, steak.) Scott Atlas — he of “herd immunity”...

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  • November 17, 2020

Yale Environment 360 notes  “just as global warming has propelled the Arctic Ocean past a tipping point which will lead to a largely ice-free Arctic in summer in the coming decades. Wildfire scientists say that rising global temperatures and worsening droughts mean that the world has entered a new era...

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  • September 29, 2020

Sometimes I really wonder if we deserve to survive as a species. CNN is reporting that this guy walked into a Walmart store in Springfield, MA, walked up to random shoppes and gave them a hug, then told them “Just giving you a Covid hug. You now have Covid.” Man...

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  • August 23, 2020

In a few months, winter will arrive, and we are woefully unprepared for the sicknesses of the flu and cold season. It may be impossible to tell who is sick with a respiratory condition and someone who has COVID, a scenario that could cripple our health care system across the...

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  • August 20, 2020

Started at 547pm ET Apparently like the Germans and Pearl Harbor, for Trump, the second World War ended in 1917. x YouTube Video Trump starts with more disinformation using a Virginia example Trump pimps stock market — usual blah-blah…. (550pm) whoa, something happened and Trump abruptly leaves after a secret service agent...

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  • August 10, 2020

The weird have turned pro, but the advantage of mask-wearing is the disruption of facial recognition software without having to use geometric pattern disruption makeup or wearing special glasses. The Economist magazine continues to model the 2020 Electoral College outcome with Trump dropping another 1% this week. for the night...

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  • August 3, 2020

Fortunately, Trump has telegraphed one of his tactical options to remain in power. x For nearly 90 years, the Constitution has contained a built-in safeguard against presidents who try to retain power beyond the end of their term: presidential power automatically passes to the House Speaker at noon on January...

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  • July 31, 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

I’m just an old race horse out to pasture, pawing the ground when the race track bugle sounds.  I still read the local public notices about developments, reflecting back on 40 years of environmental challenges, wishing someone was doing some more challenging. And then something happened.  I am terrible at this...

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  • July 9, 2020

Now more evidence emerges in the #RussiaBounty scandal and Trump simply looks to be even more negligent. He was briefed multiple times over the past year. Look for more distractions Tuesday, as multiple agencies engage in CYA statements. x Fact–Obama does not read his intelligence briefings nor does he get...

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  • June 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: What we saw in Georgia's primary election this month was an assault on our democracy. Voters were faced to wait in line...

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  • June 27, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from Jon Ossoff’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: In the midst of an out-of-control pandemic, insurance industry-backed GOP officials just filed legal briefs asking the Supreme Court to DISMANTLE the Affordable Care Act. This would END health care protections for women, young people, and tens of...

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  • June 27, 2020

From the Leavenworth Times editorial board today: Guns should be kept safely and securely. The news that U.S. Senate candidate Kris Kobach had four guns stolen from his truck in Wichita earlier this month underscores the importance of treating firearms with respect and care. “Secretary Kobach always has at least...

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  • June 25, 2020

Even if a small fraction of the Arctic seafloor carbon is released to the atmosphere, we’re fucked. Climatologist Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland We all have our hands full at the moment, with multiple catastrophes occurring at once. Before scrolling past the headline of this diary, I implore...

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  • June 21, 2020

Here we go again. Police officers decided to hold young teenagers at gunpoint as they walk through a Georgia neighborhood. See the entire episode here. UPDATE: We may be looking at very good policing that occurred after a bad start. I have very mixed feelings about how this entire incident evolved...

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  • June 16, 2020

Trump delivering a White House speech on race relations written by Stephen Miller is like faking a concussion because you’re supposed to be a hard-core member of Antifa. Trump will simply repeat all his same useless lies and proclaim again that he’s the best thing since Lincoln. The White House...

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  • June 10, 2020

#BunkerBoy remains in the White House today hiding behind his #Babygate. x Many people say there are more people on the DC streets today than there were on #BunkerBoyTrump’s Inauguration Day. Be safe everyone: #WearAMask; hydrate and don’t take the bait. https://t.co/IjZwOQtKyU — Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) June 6, 2020 x...

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  • June 6, 2020

I reached for the grimy tumbler.  It was empty.  Not even any ice. I reached for the whiskey bottle.  It was empty too. This was the night the bottle let me down, and a savagely bright dawn poured through the dirty windows in my Private Investigator’s office. I stared at...

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  • May 30, 2020

Boo. Fucking. Hoo. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday that former President Obama should have held back from criticizing President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling Obama's critique “a little bit classless.” President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump, during an online Trump campaign event, told McConnell that Obama “slammed” President Trump over...

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  • May 12, 2020

I never liked Jennifer Rubin’s columns during the Obama era. She came across as automatically opposed to everything President Obama did, and in 2012 she practically worshiped the ground Mitt Romney walked on. But ever since Trump came on the scene, I’ve watched her shift from all-out Republican shill to...

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  • April 20, 2020

Aside from sinophobia rather than russophobia, The NY Times has documented more of the details for the 70-days of denial/delay/dysfunction in the Trump White House.   Aside from the framing of Red Dawn (1984), it’s pretty clear that the 2012 remake was on the minds of the email writers, where references...

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  • April 12, 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 11, 2020

Today’s Trump presser had a couple of lies today, which seems normal as he’s become rehearsed with his excuses and his usual projection. However he’s continuing to attack the WHO to draw blame from his 70 days of delay and denial, leading to the February and March COVID-19 spread in...

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  • April 9, 2020

COVID-19 is not like the seasonal flu, among other things. The above chart should end all comments about it being “just like the flu”. Remember that 0.6% of the US population has been tested for COVID-19.  And Howard Dean is the first to announce that he’ll not go on MSNBC as...

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  • April 8, 2020

Today’s COVID presser approached a high point in propaganda content: x “That's one million eight hundred and seventy thousand million tests.” pic.twitter.com/AKxe9h3vVI— Matt Rogers (@Politidope) April 7, 2020 Example of the anecdotal rather than the scientific evidence and the “Trump = miracle worker” meme x Michigan Democrat politician says Hydroxychloriquine...

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  • April 8, 2020

Today Trump tried bait and switch, doing a briefing on the indictments and increased military operations against Venezuela. He used the pretext of a COVID-19 Taskforce to lead with the outlines of a pretext for arresting Maduro as enforcing drug-trafficking indictments.  Apparently Trump still believes he can game the MSM....

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  • April 2, 2020

As snarky as I like to get vis-à-vis the ocher abomination, I really can’t say I know the answer to this. But now that The New York Times appears to have temporarily removed its paywall, everyone should read this story, which the paper published in October 2019, long before the...

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  • March 21, 2020

The usual “anti-government” dismantling of the state preached by Trumpists rationalized their inability to contingency plan for testing failure. It started even before they took office. x There were 3 role-playing scenarios: hurricane, pandemic and cyber incident. Obama team discussed need to anticipate requirements, stay ahead of challenges and provide...

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  • March 17, 2020

The New Republic has a new piece out about how the media is responsible for creating the myth that U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R. ME) is a “moderate”: To portray politics as “political theater,” reporters need players. And for more than a decade, Collins has been cast as a dutiful moderate,...

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  • March 16, 2020

The NY Times has a new article describing the dirty trick campaigns in this election cycle designed to subvert Democratic party supporters. The Erik Prince training of Project Veritas stooges seem to have become operational with numerous moles infiltrating liberal organizations. These are likely only the tip of the intelligence operations mimicking...

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  • March 7, 2020

This cannot be the government that America deserves in 2020, but there will be a repeat of 2016 if only because Trumpists lack the intelligence even if they had the GOP votes. #VoteBlueNoMatterWho x The question now largely seems to be, can we ever unpresident him or will he be...

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  • February 16, 2020
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