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I was recently asked; what do you think about the Dave Chappelle controversy? Without explanation, I knew the questioner was referring to his recent Netflix comedy special “The Closer.” I must first confess that I am a big fan of Mr. Chappelle. His now-defunct late-night sketch comedy show, his stand-up,...

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  • October 25, 2021

It’s sick. So, so sick. But that’s what Republicans are all about these days: inspecting children’s genitals. It’s pretty much all they talk about—when they’re not talking about Mr. Potato Head. And his starchy, androgynous genitalia. They’re so into it, in fact, they’ve passed bills that would allow them to scrutinize any...

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  • June 12, 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

These are days fraught with political battles over cultural histories abjuring complexity. Today it’s The Wall Street Journal and the reactionary path to critical race theory, the latest bit of Trumpist ignorance now projected into personnel policies and the larger revisionist history project that would deny the historical relevance of slavery...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • May 27, 2021

Can’t say that I’m surprised by this: Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic champion and reality TV personality now running for governor in California, said she opposes transgender girls competing in girls' sports at school. Jenner, a 1976 decathlon gold medalist who came out as a transgender woman in 2015, told...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • May 6, 2021

Fail: REALITY BITES: That didn’t take long. Reality TV star and political neophyte Caitlyn Jenner was about 24 hours into the rollout of her California gubernatorial campaign this weekend when she posted her first major campaign gaffe on social media. Jenner, expressing outrage about a San Francisco Chronicle story involving SF DA Chesa...

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  • April 27, 2021

Europe will start welcoming American tourists who can show they are fully vaccinated, currently 29% of the US population. The American government has provided at least one dose of Covid vaccine to 42.2% of its population. Some 53.6% of American adults have had at least one jab, and the percentage for...

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  • April 25, 2021

You’d think Texas would want to fix its electrical grid or do everything in its power to stem the COVID-19 pandemic, but you’d be wrong. Nothing is ever more important to a Lone Star State politician than launching unnecessary salvos in the culture wars. If it’s not the brutally defamed Mr. Potato Head...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • April 13, 2021

The 6th Circuit rules that Shawnee State University violated a professor’s free speech and free expression rights by punishing him for refusing to use a trans student’s preferred pronouns. More lawfare ahead. Apparently a professor’s socratic method (and his religious beliefs) trumps gender expression and public accommodation keeps bigotry in a bathroom...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 26, 2021

We remain weary about the callow stupidity of the GOP/GQP but we must not patronize or condescend about how superfluous their grievances have been and continue to be. Now that we know more about Trump’s sexual practices, fascist fantasizing seems altogether rote and boring, but certainly redolent of a banality...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • March 25, 2021

“There is nothing about equality in that act! If anything, it’s, the, uh, it’s supremacy of gays, lesbians, and transvestites. This is what this is about, it’s about putting them higher than anyone else!”  Lauren Boebert  Trumpanzee Representative Lauren Boebert (QAnon CO) does what she does best while speaking with disgraced traitor...

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  • Avatar of Pakalolo
  • March 3, 2021

State level GOP parties are doing all kinds of stupidity, censuring its US senators, and following on the usual RW craziness, resorting to the pre-GQP tropes, as befits a state that elected Tommy “not Mr. Potato-Head” Tuberville. This is another extension of the old CT of global new-world order, something,...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • February 28, 2021

Trans activist Sofia Sepulveda discusses Medicare for all, immigrants, and more. It’s no fluke the economy does much better under Democrats. Democrats by far better for economy Chat – Join Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM CentralVideo Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: We explore...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • February 3, 2021

A piece in The Bulwark gives us another political neologism, as if we had enough to deal with in designated “more conservative”, “more moderate”, “less liberal”, and even anti-progressive Democrats. At their margins they may be responsible for the Democratic losses in Congress even as Trump has been defeated. “Can’t we all just get...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • December 22, 2020

Nearly anyone would be better than the Dominionist nutlog, Mike Pompeo. Robert Wright (New Republic) and Connor Echols wrote an article last week grading Tony Blinken, the apparent choice by Joe Biden for Secretary of State. The combination with his former partner in a consultancy, Michelle Flournoy as Secretary of Defense,...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • November 23, 2020

So much disinformation, so little disambiguation time. Enough gaslight to save the fossil-fuel industry. x Fox News peddled misinformation about the coronavirus 253 times in five days: study https://t.co/UZU4MbpdHt— Salon (@Salon) July 18, 2020 x I’m an ER doc treating #COVID19 and I want you to know that every second...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • July 19, 2020

Here’s A Letter on Justice and Open Debate in Harpers July 7, 2020. The usual contingencies apply considering that some of the signatories have serious issues with one or more ideas represented by other signatories. For example one is currently being pilloried for calling gay conversion therapy the equivalent of hormone...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • July 8, 2020

Canadian Primer Minister Justin Trudeau has quite wisely declined to risk sickness and death just so Trump can have a photo-op “celebrating” the new agreement between Canada, the US, and Mexico — which is pretty much the same as the old agreement, the most important part being that Obama’s signature...

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  • Avatar of dankoh
  • July 7, 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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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • June 25, 2020

I can’t breathe a long sigh when the two exemplars for bad firearms safety, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam are revised like the cops in E.T. relegated to brandishing radios. Like Trump at St John’s church, some props don’t work. All that’s left is Porky Pig’s speech disability. “Animators working on the...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • June 7, 2020

There is no vaccine or hydroxychloroquine dosage that can stop an exceptional heating event happening in the Arctic. In Siberia, an intensifying heatwave threatens a disastrous melt season across the Arctic, once again. Summer is coming.  We should brace ourselves for an ominous and dangerous summer of wildfire and powerful storms as...

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  • Avatar of Pakalolo
  • May 19, 2020

A short-sighted framing of Elizabeth Warren as the “first” intersectional presidential candidate speaks to some problematic fervor, particularly for a tenured feminist professor. Intersectional critique is, after all, “the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking.”. Emphasis on the...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • February 24, 2020

No, it’s not about federal land management, MSNBC just teased that ‘BLM will endorse Warren’. The co-founder of BLM, Alicia Garza endorses Warren. Garza is the Black Lives Matter co-founder and head of the Black to the Future Action Fund. x #BLM (Black Lives Matters) is about to endorse Elizabeth Warren on...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • February 20, 2020

Drug dealers do the kind of architecting that Ivanka Trump is so fond of quoting. The same style of drug smuggling boat appears in more than one ocean. Forbes magazine wonders why. This operational question is much like the rules governing US sales of Javelin missiles specify that they can only...

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  • Avatar of annieli
  • November 28, 2019

That’s not a typo. 3 Some reports said 2, but as we all know crowd estimation is a notoriously inexact science. Hey, even Donald Trump’s inauguration had at least twice that many attendees. The “march,” which took place in Dallas on Saturday, was hosted by an anti-LGBTQ group called Protecting Our...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 18, 2019

The Bridge Alliance met for the second consecutive year in Washington, D.C., last Monday. My radio show Politics Done Right participated in the event and also conducted more than 22 interviews with participants from progressive, conservative, and nonpartisan organizations. It is clear from many of the interviews that many organizations are trying to make sure,...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • November 4, 2019

Short Summary A large majority of respondents believed current diagnosis rates are under-diagnosing women relative to men Respondents tended to cite social expectations and biased diagnosis tools for this The online autistic community seems fairly diverse in terms of gender identity and age, and in particular there's a very large...

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  • September 7, 2019

photo: Stonewall Inn • Credit: Diana Davies© New York Public Library • CC-BY-SA-3.0 In solidarity, Mike Hersh for Alan, Debra, Mike F, Janis, Dan, Shayna, Dr Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National Team Support PDA Because Elections Matter This month is Pride Month! This year marks the 50th anniversary of...

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  • June 28, 2019

The United States was the world’s lone “hyperpower” when President George W. Bush launched his disastrous and unnecessary war with Iraq in 2003. An economic and military hegemon unchallenged by any single enemy or collection of rivals, the U.S. could and did act with impunity in swiftly toppling Saddam Hussein’s...

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  • Avatar of Jon Perr
  • May 20, 2019

In an interview today with Kai Ryssdal of Marketplace, former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen did not mince words when it came to Donald Trump’s (lack of) qualifications to be president. Yellen, who was famously too short to be DJT’s pick for Fed chair, stated point-blank that Trump has a...

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  • February 26, 2019

The ACLU says the nationwide injunction against the Transgender Ban imposed in their lawsuit, Stone v Trump, was not overturned today. x There are multiple lawsuits challenging the president's trans military ban. Three of them won injunctions, a court order blocking the ban, in lower courts. SCOTUS did lift the...

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  • Avatar of jpmassar
  • January 22, 2019

As we face our third government shutdown under unified GOP control, a lot of people will be impacted. Veterans who depend on disability checks are always in danger of not getting paid during a shutdown. Some non-essential government employees will be forced home without pay, and aren’t guaranteed back pay.  The worst...

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  • Avatar of SemDem
  • December 22, 2018

photo: The Yellow Vests protest movement. Photo: Obier • CC BY-SA 4.0 In solidarity,  Alan Minsky for Mike H., Mike F., Deb, Janis, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Joining With Progressives InternationallyTo Implement Necessary Global Change That’s right, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has become...

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  • December 16, 2018

photo: Our friend Erika Andiola’s tweet about tragedy at the border In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kim, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National Team Petition to get AOC on Ways & Means With your help, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and our partners...

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  • December 15, 2018

By Bernie’s Delegate Network for Political Revolution Former Bernie Sanders delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention have voted to reconstitute the independent Bernie Delegates Network. The vote was 408 “yes” to 23 “no” in response to this question: “Do you favor a relaunch of the independent Bernie Delegates Network...

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  • December 13, 2018

x Honestly, Ted Cruz always looks like he really needs to go to the bathroom. Like he’s just tryin’ to hold it all in and not explode. https://t.co/drzJvyxcOM — Evan Edwards (@evanedwords) November 6, 2018 x Texas, vote Ted out on Tuesday so he can go to the bathroom anytime...

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  • Avatar of durrati
  • November 6, 2018

I’m not Jewish, so I’m not plugged into Jewish culture.  I’m just a boring, older white guy from the South.  But I couldn’t help but think of the anti-semitism of Trump and his supporters.  George Soros and several other big contributors to Democratic causes are being singled out as enemies,...

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  • Avatar of Merlin1963
  • October 28, 2018

Franklin Graham began by first saying that Kavanaugh’s attempted rape was “not relevant”: It's just a shame that a person like Judge Kavanaugh who has a stellar record–that somebody can bring something up that he did as a teenager close to 40 years ago. That's not relevant. Why he chose...

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  • Avatar of SemDem
  • September 20, 2018

Photos: The United States Supreme Court Building, by Joe Ravi • CC BY-SA 3.0 and Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing in 2004, CSPAN • Public domain By  Debra Schrishuhn for Mike F., Mike H., Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, Donna, Judy, and Shayna—Your PDA National Team Act Now! Help #StopKavanaugh!...

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  • September 16, 2018

By  Mike Hersh for Mike F, Janis, Deb, Dan, Dr. Bill, Shayna, Bryan, Kim, Donna, and Judy—your PDA National Team Show You Appreciate Organized Labor Every Day Support PDA’s Organizing with a Monthly Donation While we participate in Labor Day parades and picnics, spend quality time with friends and family, or...

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  • September 3, 2018

One of the least surprising news stories of all time concerned a group of researchers who were forced to abandon a controlled study on the effects of porn because they couldn’t find a single man who had never watched it.  So, yeah, we know people watch porn. And maybe they sometimes drift...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • August 31, 2018

Received this e-mail today from the LGBT Victory Fund in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: It’s our displeasure to (re)introduce you to Rep. Martha McSally – Mitch McConnell’s handpicked candidate, anti-LGBTQ conservative darling and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s official opponent. Oh – and she’s also one of Mike Pence’s...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • August 31, 2018

It will still take a lot of damage before farmers who voted for Trump to think — not publicly admit — that they bet the farm and lost, but the vice president of the American Soybean Association appears to have stopped drinking the Kool Aid when it comes to Trump’s tariffs and...

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  • July 25, 2018

…the President’s directives cannot survive such scrutiny because they are not genuinely based on legitimate concerns regarding military effectiveness or budget constraints, but are instead driven by a desire to express disapproval of transgender people generally… x BREAKING: US court bars Trump from changing military policy on service by transgender people....

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  • Avatar of jpmassar
  • October 30, 2017

Since I live in Michigan's 7th District which is “represented” by the odious tea partier Tim Walberg, I have adopted neighboring 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell as my true Representative in Congress. Congresswoman Dingell has been an outspoken critic of Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership. You can read...

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  • Avatar of Eclectablog
  • June 12, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog. My Eclectablog post yesterday (“Anti-trans* woman uses Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to sue Planet Fitness for terminating her membership“) which I cross-posted here at Daily Kos, provoked a response from the so-called “Christians” at RenewAmerica.com today. The piece is written by Ellis Washington, a founding...

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  • March 25, 2015

Originally posted at Eclectablog. Earlier this month I wrote about a woman in Midland who had her Planet Fitness membership cancelled because she spent her days in their gym warning anyone who would listen that Planet Fitness had a “No Judgment Zone” policy that permitted a transgender woman to enter...

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  • March 24, 2015