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In the mid-1920s, the term ‘Pinko’ reared its accusatory head. Anyone deemed a sympathizer but not a full-on communist was labeled a pinko—dare I say—semi-communist. The word’s resurgence was on display during the Army-McCarthy Hearings of the 1950s. Then Senator Joe McCarthy of Minnesota brought paranoia to new levels. He...

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  • September 2, 2022

Beetle-Juice Three Times. Thank Jeebus that cheesehead is not banned from primary and secondary schools in Wisconsin. Because nothing says “Freedom” and “Liberty” like being the language police. If you talk about “spirit murdering” and “action civics” they might even exist. Better to be “un-woke”, because you might develop an “unconscious-bias”. Darn...

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  • October 24, 2021

“Today's sentencing of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger should be front-page news ringing alarm bells anywhere people are concerned about democracy, abuses of corporate power, and the rule of law. The real crime here is the death and disease resulting from Chevron's poisoning of the drinking water of thousands of Indigenous...

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  • October 6, 2021

…suppressing your opposition with power; strong regimentation of society and economy, and dictatorial power- Fascism In the collegial setting, politics is taught as a science. It is meant to be an apolitical study based upon history or comparison, its global effects i.e. international implications, and accepted theory. Although modern fascism...

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  • September 3, 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

Reminiscent of the unfounded fears spread around by conservatives about the Affordable Care Act and “death panels,” President Biden’s call for a door-to-door educational program about the coronavirus vaccine sent the GOP and conservatives into a paranoid tizzy. Republican members of Congress, fake news stations, and right-wing bloggers went into...

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  • July 21, 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

Oklahoma’s right-wing politicians would like to erase history because that’s what they do, whether it’s the omission of facts or rewriting them to favor those in power. Historical guilt and its associated media effects cooties can’t be part of public school curricula. H.B. 1775  implies that the past prior to 1776...

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  • May 24, 2021

Ron DeSantis is actually giving Trump a run for his money on dictatorship try outs. Check this out.  www.local10.com/… I would assume that includes hurricanes.  No emergency shut downs.  Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that he is using his executive powers to terminate all local COVID-19 orders, effective immediately. During a...

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  • May 3, 2021

Whether it’s soccer teams or sandwich shops, financialization was there before the pandemic, only making some of its supply-chain hijacking yet another example of an impending capitalist disaster. Re-regulation must remain important as crises loom in the post-pandemic recovery.  A 2017 interview with UMass’s Gerald Epstein points to the need to...

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  • April 25, 2021

There has been some slowing of vaccinations for Covid  in the last couple of days but that is typical in reports for Sundays, Mondays, and holidays. The CDC reports 32.6% of US residents had received at least one dose as of Monday. Among the adult population, 41.7% have had at...

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  • April 6, 2021

Here’s the first big campaign of 2021: A white candidate to be Wisconsin's top education official deleted her Twitter account and apologized after posting a message that she had been called a racial slur for Black people when she was 16 because “my lips were bigger than most and that...

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  • February 18, 2021

Rachel Campos-Duffy is a former reality star … and some other things. Her husband, Sean, is a former GOP congressman from Hayward, Wisconsin, which is way, way up north. I’ve been to northern Wisconsin. I know northern Wisconsin pretty well. And I can tell you with some confidence that most northern Wisconsin...

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  • February 8, 2021

Vaccinations for Covid-19 were reported as 2,172,973 for yesterday by the Center for Disease Control.  The number of Americans who have received at least one shot approaches 10% of the population (or over 12% of those old enough to receive the shot). Last week US vaccinations were averaging 1.3 million and it...

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  • February 7, 2021

“Trump advisers were privately reckoning with his loss even as the former president and many of his supporters engaged in a conspiracy theory-fueled effort to overturn the election.” The post-mortem, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO, says the former president suffered from voter perception that he wasn’t honest...

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  • February 2, 2021

Playing catch up here. Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen’s (D. MD) re-election campaign: For far too long the people of the District of Columbia have been denied their right of self-governance and have faced taxation without representation. This injustice must end. Washington, DC should be a...

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  • January 30, 2021

Meghan McCain thinks GOP has taken over by heretics. We are doing wrong by our teachers. This is voter suppression. And much more. Meghan McCain slams GOP x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics:...

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  • January 26, 2021

Oregon will push teachers to the front of the line for the next round of the vaccine.  Schools can re-open.  Children can return to school, and Workers can return to work. Politically, this defuses the biggest right wing talking point; the closed schools. http://www.oregonlive.com/… Personally, having a science teacher son, I...

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  • December 24, 2020

http://www.usnews.com/… Pfizer and its European partner BioNTech will ask the FDA for emergency use of its vaccine for Covid-19 this Friday. The companies now claim the vaccine is 95% effective and has had few side effects, mostly fatigue and headaches. ABC reports they will have millions of doses ready to...

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  • November 18, 2020

Donald Trump’s favorite person, aside from himself, has worked assiduously over the years to make it appear as if she isn’t nearly as vulgar, brash, or downright gormless as the rest of the Huns in her family. But it’s a dark ruse — as evidenced by her tacit complicity in...

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  • November 17, 2020

I am overjoyed that Joe Biden won the presidency, but am also aware of the serious damage presented by the Republicans potentially controlling the Senate, giving them a major blocking tool. We all know this.  The key to understanding the Republican Party, and its serious threat to the nation, is that they...

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  • November 17, 2020

This is why Florida’s COVID-19 cases are surging: These are the people we elect as leaders.  Instead of listening to medical experts, or the teachers who are risking their lives to teach Florida’s children, Mayor Megan Sladek of Oviedo decided to let Facebook shape her choices. FACE COVERING SURVEY – after 9...

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  • October 19, 2020
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So this bull shit just happened: The Michigan Supreme Court issued a split decision late Friday that ruled against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over her power to extend emergency declarations used to mandate COVID-19 restrictions. The court's decision throws in to question orders issued by Whitmer related to...

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  • October 3, 2020
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She’s so fucking awful: x Remember: China gave this virus to our President @realDonaldTrump and First Lady @FLOTUS.   WE MUST HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.— Kelly Loeffler (@KLoeffler) October 2, 2020 United States Senator Kelly Loeffler directly blamed China for infecting President Donald Trump in a Friday morning tweet. In the...

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  • October 2, 2020

Very few journalists are willing to confirm the obvious. Not Stephanie Ruhle. She understands that one can infer that Trump's tax dealings are a fraud. Stephanie Ruhle strikes again! x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. Recently the New York Times reported that Donald Trump paid no taxes for several years. Moreover,...

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  • September 28, 2020

Now they’re just making things up. US Department of Justice designates #NYC as an anarchist jurisdiction. Seattle and Portland OR are also on the list because a couple of blocks in each city were involved. x Here is the current pace of what the murder rate might be in 2020 for...

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  • September 21, 2020

In August 1619, the first known slave ship arrived from Africa on the American shore. That became the date for the start of slavery in the colonies and later the United States. The “peculiar institution” has been foundational to the country, from the structure of the Constitution to the Civil...

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  • September 6, 2020

This happened this week: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff raised more than $4.7 million last month, a total his campaign said marked the highest single-month fundraising total of any Georgia candidate in Senate history. “Georgians from all walks of life are united behind Jon’s message of rebuilding an economy...

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  • September 6, 2020

Anna Ramirez Crawford, board chair for the Women;s Lobby of Colorado has a good op-ed piece out in the Denver Post that goes after U.S. Senator Cory Gardner’s (R. CO) abysmal record on women’s health and reproductive rights: It’s no secret that state and local politicians across the country, emboldened...

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  • August 23, 2020

Received this e-mail from former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton: x I wish Donald Trump knew how to be a president, because America needs a president right now. Let's save our country, and our democracy, by electing @JoeBiden. My full speech from last...

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  • August 21, 2020

So we all know he’s an idiot: In an interview with KVUE on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said he supports the reopening of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it's important to make sure students feel safe in classrooms. “I think starting slowly with online learning, but then maybe transitioning...

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  • August 20, 2020

Donald Trump is a geyser of misinformation, and normally Facebook is only too happy to funnel that fount of fucknuttery through a fire hose and hit America in the blessed nethers with it. But finally — finally — they’re doing something about his rampant dishonesty. Facebook says it has removed a Trump-shared post...

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  • August 5, 2020

There is a diary on here which is very good about Betsy No nothing and it is good. http://www.dailykos.com/… I am a parent, grandparent and great grandparent.  I know kids.   I have raised enough of them to know them. We know we have a shortage of teachers and we do...

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  • August 2, 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

Trump held his hate rally on June 20th at Tulsa.  Trump had workers remove “Please don’t sit here” stickers on the seats to discourage social distancing. He demanded a packed event. Three weeks later, Tulsa hit a record number of COVID patients. Thankfully, the venue was sparsely attended, or it could...

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  • July 30, 2020

Well, Indiana has decided to start sacrificing kids, their parents, and definitely their grandparents to COVID-19 starting TODAY.  In other words, kids are going back to school.    Parkview and 17 other schools in the Greater Clark County Schools district welcomed more than 10,000 students Wednesday, becoming the first school...

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  • July 30, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Tomorrow at 3:30 PM, Dr. Jill Biden is making a virtual campaign stop in Pittsburgh to talk with Senator Casey and Western PA locals about safely opening our schools. Virtual Event on Safe School Openings with Dr. Jill Biden and Sen....

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  • July 27, 2020

Fortunately Trump has too many vices unlike Londo Cotton. x Trump cannot take fascism all the way, not because he has any virtues but because he has too many vices. It is right to see fascism and call it by its name. It is also right to mock it, resist...

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  • July 27, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D. MA) on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee which is supporting his re-election campaign: x YouTube Video This is U.S. Senator Ed Markey. My neck-and-neck election is in just 38 days. I’m reaching out to ask you to support...

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  • July 26, 2020

 I’m not sure that this story from Florida Politics will go mainstream. It is yet another example of GOP hypocrisy and should have a spotlight on it. Florida’s junior senator has stated that his grandkids will be safe ‘distance learning’ while other students, teachers, essential workers are forced by the state to risk their...

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  • July 22, 2020

Fresh off her recent primary win, U.S. Senate candidate, MJ Hegar (D. TX), is ready to attack in her upcoming race against U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R. TX): x YouTube Video On Wednesday, the day after her victory in a closer-than-expected runoff election, MJ Hegar, Texas Democrats’ choice to deny...

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  • July 19, 2020

If there is any doubt that the president is living in the land of fantasy. His spokesperson said the science should not stand in the way of sending kids back to school. After all, she would lie later, the science is on our side. In other words, science should not...

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  • July 17, 2020

to finish my doctorate. I abandoned my previous attempt almost 20 years ago with a dissertation almost half written for a variety of reasons I choose not to revisit now.  In the meantime, my interests had changed greatly and I was no longer excited by the topic on which I...

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  • July 15, 2020

The conservatives who run Florida’s government have never taken this pandemic seriously. They closed the state far too late and reopened it far too soon. COVID-19 cases have now exploded. Florida, along with Arizona, leads not just the U.S., but the entire world in new cases. Over 40 Florida hospitals...

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  • July 15, 2020

I love Paul Krugman. Reading his columns, even the gloomier ones, is one of the things I look forward to at the start of the day. Today’s column starts with a short blunt summary of how the Mangled Mago-face has responded to the virus: America Drank Away Its Children’s Future...

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  • July 14, 2020

The rate of lies doubled as soon as Trump began the Ukraine shake-down and the Mueller Report was thwarted. Try to remember the lies of the Obama administration, just as a simple comparison. In a related development, Trump is now gaining on a lock for being the worst POTUS in history,...

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  • July 13, 2020
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The New York Times has a great piece out about how Democrats are eager to not only help Joe Biden take out Trump but also want him to expand the electoral map. The goal is to get to 270 electoral votes and here are the current states Biden’s campaign is...

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  • July 12, 2020

I am not sure if this is just general stupidity on his part or if Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas is just doing Trump’s bidding when it comes to reopening schools this fall, but here is what he said about COVID-19: When asked about the safety of Texas students...

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  • July 10, 2020

You have got to be kidding me: When asked about the safety of Texas students and teachers returning to classrooms, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared to question whether children can catch and transmit the new coronavirus, but data provided by doctors and government websites contradict his statement. We still...

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  • July 10, 2020
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