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January 14th, 2018

Trump: A Cancer On The Presidency

Watching Meet The Press this morning, I actually cringed for Rand Paul as he tried to defend Trump over his racist comments. Echoing Paul Ryan, McConnell, Cruz and all of FOX news, they continue to characterize Trump as “inappropriate, unfortunate, and unhelpful.”  FOX’s Hannity, Waters, and Kilmeade say he speaks for the average American. Oh. …

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January 12th, 2018

Fake News Awards Means Legal Trouble, Except For Trump

Again, without any thought of it’s appropriateness, legality, or basic decency, Trump’s announcement that he would hold “FAKE NEWS AWARDS” imperils Federal employees. In November Trump tweeted, “We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage …

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January 11th, 2018

Women? We Got This

Actor Michael Douglas is the latest from Hollywood to be accused of sexual harassment, but it’s not the woman who came out to tell everyone.  It was Douglas. When he found out an article was being written accusing him sexual harassment, he decided to get out in front of the story.  He gave an interview …

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January 10th, 2018

The Case for Oprah

On Sunday morning, “Oprah for President” was the punchline of a joke. By Sunday night, it was a remote possibility. By Monday, it felt weirdly plausible. Things move fast in American politics. Everyone knows Oprah. So when she took the stage at the Golden Globe Awards to accept the Cecil B. de Mille Award she …

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January 3rd, 2018

Words Matter, Especially These, Especially Now

Words matter. Whether you’re a child or a just childish President. Vice President Joe Biden scolded Trump today in a way I have done with my little kids. Just recently, my son didn’t want anyone reading his journal, so he wrote “I will kill you if you read this” on the inside cover. So yeah, …

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January 2nd, 2018

2018 – Time For Women To Save The World?

There is something in the air, and no, it’s not more snow. Today Tina Smith will take over as embattled MN Senator Al Franken steps down. And as positive for women as that might sound, the overall numbers are dismal. Women make up less than 20% of Congress, and in the US, women in elected …

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December 28th, 2017

Year One in the Age of Trump

Well, we’re not dead yet. The world has not been consumed by a nuclear conflagration. The White House has not been struck by lightning. I guess we made it through the first year. This is not a detailed, analytical assessment of the costs and benefits of the Trump presidency – I’ll leave that heavy lifting …

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December 26th, 2017

The War On Christmas? Never About Christmas

White Protestants, or if we’re being honest, racists, who insist that we say “Christmas” instead of “Holiday” might reconsider if they did a little bit of homework. With Trump leading the chant, they call on Americans to embrace “the reason for the season,” as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, …

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December 22nd, 2017

The Politics of The Last Jedi

In “The Last Jedi,” the latest installment of the Star Wars series,  something powerful hidden in plain sight is revealed. It’s all there in the opening battle sequence, and the theme never lets up until the closing credits. In this heartening vision of the future, inclusive, multi-racial pluralism is unabashedly championed over white male-centric mono-culture. …

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December 17th, 2017

Will Trump Start A Nuclear War?

President Trump’s over-the-top rhetoric has the world on edge, but what effect does it have on Kim Jung Un? Good question, right? As we gauge the international reaction to North Korea’s continued missile launches, here’s a list of what we don’t know; Does Kim have the capability to launch a missile with a fissionable device …

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December 16th, 2017

Does “Smart” Barbie Look a Little Heavier?

The latest barrage of sexual assault and harassment allegations against men has me thinking and viewing the world differently. As it should. A friend sent me this picture of two Barbies. There’s the “scientist” Barbie and “ice skater” Barbie. They are both attractive representations, but the scientist Barbie seems to be dressed more modestly, and …

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December 14th, 2017

The Tax Bill: Sausage Getting Made

If there’s anything certain in politics, it’s this: politics always wins. The GOP Tax bill first promised big cuts for the middle-class, then scared a lot of Americans with the threat of draconian cuts in long established areas, and now is positioned to do as originally intended; provide tax relief for corporations. To be sure, …

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December 14th, 2017

Sandy Hook and the Right to Life

Five years ago I was standing at the altar of a church. I was the Sunday morning guest speaker. The minister had the day off. I had my sermon prepared of course. It was about Christmas, and the beautiful metaphor of seeing God in the form of a tiny child. But a few days earlier, …

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December 13th, 2017

When “They” Lose, Do “You” Win?

The Democratic party had a great Tuesday, or maybe the GOP had a horrific one. Is there a difference? Politics is like those geometry tests where the two trains are heading for a crash. You just have to calculate when. In the case of Jones vs Alabama, GOP voters rejected Moore. And in doing so, …

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December 13th, 2017

A Victory For Old Fashioned Democratic Party Politics

As the smoke clears from last night’s bellwether election in Alabama, one thing is clear — this is a victory for old fashioned mainstream Democratic Party politics. From Tom Perez and the DNC all the way down to the newest kid walking precincts and working the phones, Doug Jones’s thin margin of victory was hard-won …

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December 12th, 2017

The War On Christmas? Sign Me Up!

Spoiler alert: Santa is “Fake News.” I’m kidding of course, although in this political climate, who knows? How did Christmas get so complicated? I love Christmas, but I still say Holidays. Not because I’m afraid of offending my Jewish, Muslim, or Christian friends; I say “Happy Holidays” just to tweak Republicans who think I’m being …

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December 10th, 2017

The Washington Post and Trump’s Small Hands

The Washington Post has been on the front lines of a political battle with a President before, but has acknowledged that these are unique times. Tweets, Facebook, Russian bots and Trump’s own Pravda, FOX news, have made it even harder, not to accurately report the news, but to battle Trump’s claims to the contrary. Almost …

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December 9th, 2017

When Gods Collide

Our more adamant Christian friends defensively remind us that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Then they load their kids up in the SUV and take them to the mall to see Santa. “It’s tradition,” they say. It certainly is. In religious studies there’s a word for this. It’s called henotheism. You’ve heard of …

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December 8th, 2017

Diversity Our Greatest Strength Against GOP

A Republican congressman says “diversity” is not a strength. He says it’s “common sense.” Well, what do you expect from a white, middle aged man from the mid-west? Actually, all of evolutionary science says the opposite. The only thing to survive a nuclear war will be cockroaches (and possibly my student debt), and that’s because …

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December 8th, 2017

Give Peace A Chance. Again

John Lennon wasn’t my hero. I was too young for the Beatles; they “retired” in 1970. I heard their music over the years, but it didn’t resonate. The Beatle who died 37 years ago today was an enigma to a teenage boy growing up as a musician. Instead of wallowing in excess, he married this …

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Bullshit Alerts

January 16th, 2018

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Media Bias? Uhh, OK. If By Bias You Mean The Truth

A turd is a turd, no matter how many times you call it a diamond.

Trump et al are constantly bitching about negative press coverage. But that’s like a dead high wire performer blaming gravity. The President’s 24/7 shit show, shit storm, shit hole…whatever…begs the obvious question; where is something positive that we can report? Let’s go down the list.

Trump’s words, his past, his actions against women, people of color, Muslims, Mexicans and 40 years of questionable business with mobsters and Russians.  Pence? Lies about Flynn, Russian contacts. His cabinet? Perry, Pruitt, Devos, Tillerson, Homeland Security…they all have questionable comments, actions, illegalities. It just goes on and on.

I mean, I’m really trying. And you know what? There’s nothing there. The only good Trump news is a forthcoming indictment.

But I’ll keep looking.

January 12th, 2018

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FOX: Your GPS Can’t Find ShitHole

Trump’s attack on Haiti and African nations, describing them as shitholes, exposes yet again the president’s deep seeded racism. What really shocked me was Trump saying that we should instead encourage immigration from countries like Norway. He’s not even trying to hide his hate for people of color. (Remember, Trump was fined by Justice back in the late 70’s when he was preventing blacks from renting his properties.) But that’s not the surprise.

I was shocked at FOX news’s Jesse Waters, who defended Trump’s comments.

“This is how the forgotten men and women of America talk at the bar,” Watters told his co-hosts. “If you’re at a bar, and you’re in Wisconsin, and you think they’re bringing in a bunch of Haiti people, or El Salvadorians, or people from Niger, this is how some people talk,” he said.

No Jesse. It’s how ignorant shitholes talk.

FOX News: Your GPS can’t find ShitHole, but your mirror can.

January 11th, 2018

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All The Money In The World..For Men Anyway

The news that actress Michelle Williams received the AFTRA-SAG minimum of $80 per day while Mark Wahlberg got $1.5 million for reshooting “All The Money In The World” makes me insane. The irony is so rich; the re-shoot was necessary because a man, Kevin Spacey, was using sex as power, and was caught. So the producers threw him out of the film, that’s good, but then paid Michelle Williams a thousand times less than Wahlberg. And the truth is this; she’s a much better actor than Wahlberg. She acts circles around most men, as she did in Manchester By The Sea. And this part really pisses me off; in the spirit of the #metoo movement, at first she offered to shoot for free, but the producers wouldn’t let her. The union said she needed to be paid that $80 bucks.

Wahlberg has a racist background, he committed a hate crime as a younger man, and now wears his religion on his sleeve. But my real beef is with the other men. The ones in the shadows. One can only hope that their time is up.

December 31st, 2017

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Poor Whites Back Trump, Pay The Price

Trump campaigned on a lie. The lie is a simple one, propagated by the GOP for years, that a smaller government means less taxes. And it does, but not for them. This 2018 tax bill reduces corporate taxes by over 30%, meaning billions in lost revenue. But who does that really hurt? The answer is surprisingly simple; the very ones who embraced it.

Take the deep south. Please. The individual mandate, a tax that the conservative leaning Supreme Court upheld, has been eliminated. And that means that people in poor areas will not have health insurance, and instead will show up at local hospitals, who will be forced to treat them, and as we have already begun to see, will go bankrupt and be forced to close.

It’s just the beginning for poor white people who have been lied to again.

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