Photo by Ekaterina Astakhova on Pexels.com She’s defected to Russia, where she feels so much safer! That’s what Tara Reade told Sputnik, the Russian government media organization, in a broadcast she shared with convicted Russian agent Maria Butina, who was deported to Russia in 2019 after serving thirteen months in a US federal prison. Reade … Continue reading Have You Heard Where Joe Biden’s 2020 Sexual Accuser Is Now?
Category: Political wrongdoing
“Journalistic Malpractice” by The New York Times?
My status as a determined optimist—albeit a worrying optimist—is being sorely tested by that deceitful gang at No Labels who call themselves “centrist/moderates.” They are, in my opinion, as much a threat to democracy as Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, or both. And, not for the first time, the media is not doing its job. I … Continue reading “Journalistic Malpractice” by The New York Times?
Yeah, I Hoped Not to Cover the Guy Again So Soon, But Comparisons Are Not Always Odious…
I thought these were important insights. Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a history professor and a scholar on fascism and authoritarian leaders. Sherrilyn Ifill is a law professor and former president and director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. https://twitter.com/ruthbenghiat/status/1656478470216511488?s=51&t=nVuexwyjz5lAYgTHGa2APw And here we are reminded of the choice we're probably facing in 2024--and of the mainstream media's … Continue reading Yeah, I Hoped Not to Cover the Guy Again So Soon, But Comparisons Are Not Always Odious…
We Interrupt Our Usual Blogging to Bring You Some Wise Observations About “The Week Ahead”
https://twitter.com/AnneMuntean/status/1642773415470813187?s=20 I had other plans for my post today. But the robust response to Friday's piece showed me how eager readers are--all over the world--for information about this lamentable but essential US "first": the former president's indictment. So the other items that have been on my mind seemed unsuitable for today, when Trump's arraignment will … Continue reading We Interrupt Our Usual Blogging to Bring You Some Wise Observations About “The Week Ahead”
Oh, the Irony: Trump’s Indictments Begin in New York!
Photo by Mark Youso on Pexels.com Less than a week before the 2016 election, my husband and I attended a lecture at the New York Public Library. The speaker was journalist and author Calvin Trillin, a wry humorist who began his talk with a question for the audience that he answered himself: “Want to know … Continue reading Oh, the Irony: Trump’s Indictments Begin in New York!
“If Every Person in America Knew What We Knew, This Country Would Not Be Divided As It Is Now”
I’m grateful that renowned legal scholar Laurence Tribe linked on Twitter to the article I discuss below--though now that I've completed this post, I see it's all over the news! The piece is fascinating; its account of the jurors is also a shot in the arm for democracy and the rule of law at a … Continue reading “If Every Person in America Knew What We Knew, This Country Would Not Be Divided As It Is Now”
Wherein I Learn a Thing or Two About Lemmings…
Photo by u041fu0430u0432u0435u043b u0413u0430u0432u0440u0438u043au043eu0432 on Pexels.com One of my favorite things about blogging is the way we learn from one another. This story began, I thought, with a bit of political humor. A high point of President Biden’s state of the union address was his masterful orchestration of the angry Republicans’ raucous denials that they’d … Continue reading Wherein I Learn a Thing or Two About Lemmings…
“We Have to Fight the Narrative”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHJgD-TJZvY&t=229s What Narrative? The one(s) that jeopardize our country from within, which are not just blared daily by the likes of Fox News, but are lazily amplified by what are familiarly and collectively called the “mainstream media.” The Narrative that is now spewing non-stop from Congress, where McCarthy’s Traitors in the People’s House are in … Continue reading “We Have to Fight the Narrative”
Another Triumph Over Fundamentalism Run Amok
Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie's newest novel has just been published, and so far the reviews have been very positive. A New York Times article printed in advance of that publication’s review quotes a critic from The Times of London who described this novel, Victory City, as “one of Rushdie’s most joyful” books, in which “the … Continue reading Another Triumph Over Fundamentalism Run Amok
Has the Supreme Court Just Pulled Back From the Brink?
For those of you who are sensible enough not to follow all the machinations of the parts of our government that are really behaving very badly—that is, for people who’ve taken oaths to protect our democracy—the Supreme Court’s oral arguments about Moore v. Harper may not have been foremost in your minds. I understand. So … Continue reading Has the Supreme Court Just Pulled Back From the Brink?
Post-Election Day Musings…The Sun Begins to Shine
Photo by Darwis Alwan on Pexels.com I watched an ebullient President Biden, with spring in his steps, mount the podium Wednesday night to face the press that’s been dismissing him for so long. For an hour, he cheerily responded to questions. One commentator fondly called it an hour-long “humble-brag.” The President said he feels confident … Continue reading Post-Election Day Musings…The Sun Begins to Shine
Closing Argument Across the Generations…
https://twitter.com/MeidasTouch/status/1589709305191706624?s=20&t=zXXpSPMXVn5c5SoO_YWzXA Leave no voter behind. Voters can find their polling places by going to iwillvote.com. Annie
AN EVEN BIGGER REASON TO IGNORE THE DAMN POLLS!
Photo by Markus Spiske on Pexels.com When I first heard the expression “flooding the zone," I thought it sounded somewhat conspiratorial. And it seems to be. It refers to just another Big Lie from the folks who are the experts on fabrications. Views of the elections' likely outcomes are being manipulated by a slew of … Continue reading AN EVEN BIGGER REASON TO IGNORE THE DAMN POLLS!
Please Join Me…
Photo by Polina Kovaleva on Pexels.com President Biden said last night: “We the people must decide whether we will have fair and free elections and every vote counts. We the people must decide whether we’re going to sustain a republic, where reality’s accepted, the law is obeyed, and your vote is truly sacred. We the … Continue reading Please Join Me…
The Republican House’s Key “Strategic Thinker” If They (Shudder) Win
Photo by samer daboul on Pexels.com Hope you’ll all bear with me for a few more obsessive blog posts between now and next Tuesday. In what are my clearer moments, I realize I’ve adopted an “I Alone Can Save Democracy” grandiosity. After November 8, I’ll return to covering a wider variety of topics—some of them, … Continue reading The Republican House’s Key “Strategic Thinker” If They (Shudder) Win
LET’S ALL MAKE SURE WE PROTECT DEMOCRACY ON NOVEMBER 8TH (My attempt to create a helpful candidates guide)–A Reblog/Update
Photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels.com With Two Weeks to Go: There's reason for concern, but not despair! If we all do our parts, we can still prevent the takeover of our government by a party that has stated outright its plans--plans that will assault our freedoms, the economy, and our government's stability. Using the … Continue reading LET’S ALL MAKE SURE WE PROTECT DEMOCRACY ON NOVEMBER 8TH (My attempt to create a helpful candidates guide)–A Reblog/Update
“Anything You Care About Depends Upon Democracy”
NOTE: If you click on the Deadline White House video below and the Katie Porter video farther down--and I hope you will--you'll remain on Twitter (I'm not sure why.) On my computer, I can just click out of Twitter to return to this post, but on my iPhone, I had to leave and click on … Continue reading “Anything You Care About Depends Upon Democracy”
WE NEED TO “FIGHT HARDER”…
Though the only polls that count are those on Election Day, the media are blaring poll results that show increasing support for the Republicans based on the economy. Concerns about the loss of reproductive and potentially other freedoms--and about democracy itself--appear to be receding, engulfed by voters' erroneous beliefs that the Republicans are better stewards … Continue reading WE NEED TO “FIGHT HARDER”…
OH, NO, DONALD…!?!??!
YOU DID ALL OF THIS... The FBI is seeking information about other Insurrectionists not yet apprehended. Capitol Violence Images are found at http://www.fbi.gov. ...AND THIS: BECAUSE OF THIS?!!?!!? Trump made the above comment, former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson told the January 6 Committee, in December, 2020, when the Supreme Court Justices [he was sure … Continue reading OH, NO, DONALD…!?!??!
A WISE AND IMPORTANT TWITTER THREAD…
I, too, believe it is urgent that we who are the majority participate as never before—we must not be discouraged by reports suggesting our votes won't count! In Italy, the new prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, is an admirer of Mussolini who heads a neo-fascist party. Her ascent is the result of an election with an … Continue reading A WISE AND IMPORTANT TWITTER THREAD…
LET’S ALL MAKE SURE WE PROTECT DEMOCRACY ON NOVEMBER 8TH (My attempt to create a helpful candidates guide)
Photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels.com With the completion of the primaries on September 13 and the midterm elections less than two months away, it’s time to zero in on particular candidates who have been targeted by the Republicans, and/or those I feel are especially worthy of your votes, active support, and any dollars you … Continue reading LET’S ALL MAKE SURE WE PROTECT DEMOCRACY ON NOVEMBER 8TH (My attempt to create a helpful candidates guide)
Who Could Take Down the Felon-in-Waiting? Librarians!
From an Occupied Democrats Facebook posting Stephen Colbert's wise and witty observation warms my heart. If the National Archives and Records Administration's informing the Justice Department about all those missing super-secret documents leads to the indictment and conviction of the former guy for violating the Espionage Act, among others, we'll be seeing Karma raised to … Continue reading Who Could Take Down the Felon-in-Waiting? Librarians!
“Free Speech Under Attack”: The House Spotlights Book Banning and Academic Censorship
Tomorrow (April 7), my favorite legislator will swing into action to breathe new life into the First Amendment. Former Constitutional Law Professor and Constitution devotee Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will begin hearings to expose and investigate the nationwide attempts to throttle free speech in schools and public libraries.
The Transfer of Power: Abe Lincoln and January 6th
Photo by Ramaz Bluashvili on Pexels.com I am listening to Rep. Jamie Raskin reading the audio version of his wrenching and beautiful memoir, Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and American Democracy. Raskin (D.-MD) is a former Constitutional law professor who headed the House team that sought to persuade the Senate to convict Donald Trump after his second … Continue reading The Transfer of Power: Abe Lincoln and January 6th
“Legitimate Political Discourse”?? –A Befuddled Acrostic
Listen: The RNC’s shockingEvaluation of the 1/6 Insurrection as aGarden-variety political discussionIs—in two words—nutty scary. IThink we need a collective gut checkIn which we figure out why soMany Americans would again willinglyAssign the Ship of State to actors who’llTitanically steer toward (melting) icebergsEven as its keel has just been stabilized. Please explain the “enthusiasm gap”Observed … Continue reading “Legitimate Political Discourse”?? –A Befuddled Acrostic
“We the Students” Want to Read Banned Books!
Photo by Janko Ferlic on Pexels.com In one of my previous lives as a freelance writer, I was active in the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). One of ASJA’s yearly efforts was a celebration of the freedom to read through commemorating Banned Books Week, which you can read about here. One year, I … Continue reading “We the Students” Want to Read Banned Books!
The Republicans Are Playing Chicken: A Reblog of a TOKYOSAND CALL TO ACTION
Please respond to this critically important call to action from TokyoSand. The Republican Party must not be permitted to throw our economy and country into chaos.