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In nineteen seventy-four, I reached three milestones in my life. In March of that year, I turned eighteen; ten days later, I registered with selective service—conscription ended in 1973, and naively I registered as an independent voter. I remember the sense of power I felt. I could join the military...

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  • October 27, 2021

Politico constructed an oral history of the bin Laden raid and it’s worth the read to get a sense as one can from on oral history, of the authenticity of the event, as well as some interesting details, the rosary held by Biden, and especially the trashing of previous guy...

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  • May 1, 2021

The Biden administration has disclosed for the first time that a Russian agent who received internal polling data from the Trump campaign in 2016 passed it along to Russia’s intelligence services. Biden to deliver remarks on Russia at 4:30 p.m./2030 GMT https://t.co/SP3vkqtDEX — Fichman (@ukrlaa) April 15, 2021 The White...

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  • April 15, 2021

All US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by 9/11/2021, ignoring the 1 May deadline set by previous guy. 2,500 troops remain. *“Wars with Native tribes from 1788-1890 count as the actual longest U.S. war, the nation’s very own Hundred Years War. ” x “I’m now the fourth United States...

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  • April 14, 2021

More attention should be paid to an economy that might be in trouble this summer especially as there will be something, something military that will require US attention somewhere, somewhere. That increased military activity might distract from finally indicting the previous guy, who apparently allowed the Chinese economy to become #1...

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  • April 12, 2021

CSPAN-TV is covering it live, among others.  x Live this afternoon: President Biden is holding his first formal White House press conference since taking office. Special coverage from @NPR begins at 1p, on-air and online. https://t.co/GsJh9t0M3V pic.twitter.com/Nlj5Bn6p1n— WRVO Public Media (@WRVO) March 25, 2021 < p class=”is-empty-p”> x This is...

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  • March 25, 2021

Lost relevance continues with more of the same Trump delusions up-chucking soon, signaled by the latest Big Lie interview with Fox News, likely leading to more revisionism. Unfortunately Trump’s memoirs would be regurgitating the propaganda with little insight or reflection. His Secret Service detail would be useful witnesses as a 1/6...

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  • March 18, 2021

Remember when Brett Kavanaugh was embroiled in controversy during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing and we all thought the powerful and seismic testimony of Christine Blasey Ford would move the needle, but then Lindsey Graham started screaming his head off like an absinthe-besotted wood elf, Kavanaugh did his whole oppressed...

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  • March 16, 2021

In Thursday night’s Biden speech, it was simply good not to listen to the narcissistic blather which we have had to endure for four years. “I promise I will do everything in my power, I will not relent until we beat this virus, but I need you, the American people. I need...

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  • March 12, 2021

Apparently Marsha Blackburn has a lot of personal knowledge of the lives of Neanderthals, even if they are extinct. Republicans are split on whether Neanderthal is an insult or a compliment. American nationalism does seem to have a branding problem as Texas and Mississippi end mask requirements because something, something… patriotism. Psaki...

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  • March 4, 2021

Dr. Ronny Jackson, the former White House physician turned member of Congress who once told reporters that Donald Trump could live to age 200 if he would just eat a vegetable, is under intense scrutiny following a new government report on his White House tenure. A new Department of Defense inspector...

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  • March 3, 2021

Are we not distracted enough by bombing targets in Syria to know that the White House will do better than the “best path forward”. Pelosi indicates bill expected to pass House Friday will include wage hike. Then that means the Senate will strip it out next week. And assuming Senate...

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  • February 26, 2021

From November 1994 to October 1995, the so-called trial of the century took place. It centered around murder, race, sex, athletics, and hero-worship. America was drawn to it like a badly made tv melodrama. We were subjected to constant tv break-ins, with breathless reporters recounting every gasp, sigh, and eye-roll...

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  • February 8, 2021

'GQP' – Republicans announce themselves as a Trumpist party We cannot ignore the growing threat of right-wing extremism and its enablers any longer. x “McCarthy claims he has received private assurances from Greene that she no longer wishes death on Pelosi.“ -Washington Post — Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) February 5, 2021...

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  • February 5, 2021

Like the Geico ad with Captain Ahab seeking a parking space, the Trumpists are searching for that moment when the government magically gets overthrown. They stormed the Capitol to overturn the results of an election they didn't vote in – I knew this was coming! https://t.co/px84K098jM — Chris Sampson (@sampsonlive)...

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  • February 1, 2021

Democracy is an afterthought for Trumpists. Whether it’s the “sense of style” or “good men knowing their limitations” the movie character of Dirty Harry played by Clint Eastwood resembles the RWNJ fantasy of transcendent morality embodied in some westerns. Harry Callahan acts beyond a rule of law premised on liberal...

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  • January 28, 2021

“Office of the Former POTUS” (F-POTUS) has a longer shelf-life than Office of the President-Elect or POTUS*-in-Exile and isn’t Trump a branding genius. I recall the equally important "Office of the Former Becky Connor on 'Roseanne'" and the "Office of the Former Vivian Banks on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'"...

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  • January 26, 2021

Back to softball questions, even though Trump’s proposed color scheme simply repeats his private jet’s colors and is dreadfully boring, in fact an imitation of one of American and Delta’s schemes from 20 years ago. Psaki’s answer was sarcasm. Psaki said she didnt know if Pres Biden planned to change Pres Trump's...

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  • January 23, 2021

There’s been considerable attention paid to Amanda Gorman’s poem at the Inaugural, and since I had 15 minutes to explain the last story on semiotics as a cultural analysis tool, I decided to try again, this time with twice as much time and with some simple and less-simple examples. From...

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  • January 22, 2021

There’s actually a White House press briefing at 7pm ET. Just in case you’re watching it live. MSM is comparing the use of press briefings already, considering the lies of the 45 Administration. x Tune in for the first press briefing of the Biden-Harris Administration with Press Secretary Jen Psaki....

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  • January 21, 2021

“Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It's the past we step into.” “A nation that isn’t broken but simplify unfinished” x WATCH: Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, recites a poem on unity in the U.S. at #Inauguration2021 pic.twitter.com/3sIv7DBpla — MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 20,...

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  • January 20, 2021

In even this instance there’s been nothing funny about the Trump presidency, but we are waiting for that pardon list. Jim Acosta has been a hero throughout this disaster of a Trump presidency. It’s only fitting he stamps the end of it with this quote… https://t.co/zd91dG7Rpy — Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman)...

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  • January 20, 2021

No doubt there are Trump pardons, but the cluster falls close to the _____. Apparently Trump has been advised that the optics of guilt are greater exposure to his soon to be mounting legal woes. This includes even the Trumpian small insults, a hastily assembled 1776 position paper to prescribe...

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  • January 19, 2021

“For weeks Trump had been laying the groundwork to declare victory on election night even if he lost”. All he’s getting is some troops, a band, and seven guns shot three times when he boards the plane leaving for Mar-a-Lago. The public gets stuck with some lovely parting grifts. Donald Trump...

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  • January 17, 2021

Trying to “hang” their Vice President and kill “their” cops may have brought an end to the 170 year two-party duopoly. Their GOP/conservative media has already made the split. This is absolutely correct. I’m hoping by then that the GOP will have split into two parties; the Conservatives and the crackpots....

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  • January 16, 2021

Security measures in DC are about global and domestic consumption of the image of national security, lest the Russians and others think it’s like the troops needed for the coups at the end of Soviet communism, or even Ukraine and Belarus. Rather than being like a head coach of general manager,...

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  • January 15, 2021

It’s not so much “when you’ve lost the National Review…”, but the attempt to ensure that there might be an autonomous, conservative GOP rather than a Trumpist party. Aside from fanciful premises about “process” repeated during the House floor debate, the National Review still supports impeachment. He urged a crowd to...

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  • January 13, 2021

For those watching it live, perhaps there’s something you’d like to share. x LIVE –> U.S. House: Debate & Vote on Impeachment Resolution Against President Trump https://t.co/hs4hOa7PcF https://t.co/UQdjoZAQHm— CSPAN (@cspan) January 13, 2021 It began easy enough, GOP talking about unity, Democrats bringing the articles forward reminding us that they...

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  • January 13, 2021

Trump is at the end of the path to the bunker. The argument for the resignation of Trump and Pence’s pardon of Trump like Gerald Ford’s of Nixon remains still viable. Invoking the 25th Amendment seems more difficult if only because the GOP still wants to avoid the Watergate comparisons,...

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  • January 7, 2021

Liz Cheney: “We just had a violent mob assault the US capitol … No question the President formed the mob, the President incited the mob, the President addressed the mob. He lit the flame.” x These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is...

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  • January 6, 2021

“Trump at this point should welcome someone using the 25h amendment, an insanity defense is about all he has left.” Trump’s best defense could be insanity or ignorance. x 4 criminal laws that Trump may have violated in his Georgia election call | By Ian Millhiser https://t.co/G5E3thhlzx— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) January...

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  • January 6, 2021

Speaking of criminal behavior, protesters left placards and votive candles at Josh Hawley’s house, which he called vandalism by antifa. 4 criminal laws that Trump may have violated in his Georgia election call | By Ian Millhiser https://t.co/G5E3thhlzx — SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) January 5, 2021 Four criminal laws that Trump may...

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  • January 5, 2021

Because you shouldn’t pay any attention to the attempt to extort votes from Georgia election officials. Remember a current Trump delusion revealed by the latest tape kerfuffle is that because the states near to Georgia went for Trump, it must be a “Trump state”, and he needs to pimp his speech today. President Trump on...

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  • January 4, 2021

Don’t listen to any lizard people this year. x Greetings from the White House. Trump appears to be tweeting and watching OANN from the Oval Office this New Year’s Day. The press pool has not been covid-tested for a second day in a row. pic.twitter.com/jtFidJ3TZZ— Sophia Cai (@SophiaCai99) January 1,...

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  • January 1, 2021

Trump cannot still win simply because an alternate universe presents different electors while he litigates in this one. Only feeble stunts remain. Even the Trump DC hotel has conceded the election, freeing hotel rooms previously reserved for a Trump inaugural. Supporters of President Trump have made similar arguments that Pence, as...

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  • December 28, 2020

“Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it's marginal, right?” Trump’s pardon spree is a series of corrupt gifts, administrative vandalism on the way out of the bunker, expecting others to clear up afterwards. x Donald Trump, answering phone call from 7-year-old on Christmas Eve: “Are you...

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  • December 24, 2020

We’re now at the end of the road where Trump imagines that he can affect future architectural style in federal buildings. And of course he wants an airport named after him. x counteroffer: Trump can have a rest stop toilet on the New Jersey Turnpike— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) December 21,...

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  • December 21, 2020

There will be plenty of memorials to the Trump reign, but the most significant one will be the betrayal of democracy. It raises the matter of Washington Monument sized piles of information stolen from the US government. But maybe he’ll be remembered for promising some of his advisors that “he will refuse...

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  • December 16, 2020

Unlike one of her predecessors, who had numerous connections to the Trump impeachment and its hinky relations with the Russian oligarchs, Jennifer Granholm will combine clean energy policy and economic recovery. Even without explicit support for the GND, this is a direction 180 degrees from the prior administration's kowtowing to...

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  • December 16, 2020

“The hack is seen as so significant that a National Security Council meeting was held at the White House on Saturday over it, according to Reuters.” Because having at Commerce, a former head of a bank known for Russian money laundering in Cyprus and a Treasury head who approved lifting financial...

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  • December 14, 2020

Tom Vilsack returns to the position he held during the Obama administration at USDA. Why hasn’t the pandemic compelled a rethinking of factory farming. Changing trends toward sustainability must show that the structure of industry needs to change. We’ll see. At least Biden is motivated by actual contacts rather than seeing...

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  • December 9, 2020

December 7, 2020 — a day which will live in tennis history! Big news, dead Americans! You have a new White House tennis court to look down on as you temporarily pry your gaze from the immaculate, eternal, and supremely blissful beatific vision! x 282,345. pic.twitter.com/ss9RKAVcA3— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December...

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  • December 7, 2020

#PoliceThePolice Civil asset forfeiture is manifestly unfair, loaded with perverse incentives, based on a legal fallacy and opposed by an overwhelming majority of the public (once they know what it actually is). It’s also typically carried out with little transparency or oversight, and it’s a policy that, when we do have data,...

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  • December 6, 2020

There was a partial unsealing in the DC district court involving a bribery for pardon scheme several months ago. Lots of redaction in the document, and it’s unclear who was involved other than an attorney acting as an intermediary in a ‘pay-to-play’ scheme. One element was a lobbying scheme, and then there was...

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  • December 2, 2020

Trump really wants Iran to do something stupid before he leaves office, whether it’s a terrorist strike by proxies or something, something Revolutionary Guard attack. x If killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani didn’t change Iran’s behaviors or its strategic policies and objectives, I doubt that killing it’s top nuclear scientists...

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  • November 27, 2020

Because “freedom” means having the right to kill the grans at Thanksgiving 1978 — WKRP in Cincinnati: The "turkey drop" episode. Forty live turkeys were dropped from a helicopter onto an unsuspecting Cincinnati shopping mall. “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” Happy Thanksgiving, all.🌎🦃❤️ pic.twitter.com/cNswSKVQ5w — Rex...

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  • November 26, 2020

You’d think they’d be penalized for all that disinformation, but in regard to the Trump de-election campaign, that will continue. You take what you can get in the marginally deregulated media universe, whatever “more willing” means considering the size of the Trumpist audience. x YouTube suspends, demonetizes Trump’s favorite TV news network...

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  • November 24, 2020

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen will be nominated as Treasury Secretary. Remember that Trump though Mnuchin lifted some Russian sanctions during the Mueller investigation on one Russian oligarch in particular, affecting steel and aluminum tariffs. Then there was Mnuchin’s stonewalling during the impeachment. x https://t.co/drXVFNCBYs— Claudia Sahm GET MORE MONEY...

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  • November 23, 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

Trump could try to pardon himself, but it is more likely that he could resign and VP Pence could pardon him, much like the ceremony on Tuesday, live and domestic. As a WaPo op-ed also shows he may be able to even further obstruct justice before leaving office by manipulating...

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  • November 18, 2020
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