Friday, October 7, 2016
Guac The Vote: When Demagoguery Backfires
After a Latino Trump supporter - oxymoron alert - warned America would soon sport "taco trucks on every corner," the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and several insulted, ingenious Hispanic groups decided all those threatening trucks should add voter registration to their menus in preparation for "the ultimate Taco Tuesday" - Election Day. The Guac the Vote campaign also wants to park trucks outside polling places in all 50 states; says one enthusiast, "Donald Trump, meet your undoing!"
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Offering Meaningless Condolences On Our Race War Against You
To conservatives who blindly deny the systemic racism of a nation where so many bleed and die from it: Last month, a (black) attorney and state legislator, 79, was arrested for filming a traffic stop of another (black) man. Last year, grim video shows, a (black) father of four died in jail after five fat (white) cops piled on him, though he cried "I can't breathe" 19 times in nine minutes. And so many more. Activists hope a national boycott slated for December can stem the savagery.
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That Mexican Thing Again, Also That Perpetually Lying Thing
If, like us, you lacked the fortitude to watch the V.P. debate, this evidently happened: Two garden-variety white guys had at it a while. Pence went deep into gonzo denial mode, insisting he was "happy to defend" all the horrific things his sociopath has said and done and then ceaselessly denying them. Kaine badgered and interrupted him. The high/low point for many: Called out on Drumpf's racism, Pence's now-infamous retort that his opponent "whipped out that Mexican thing again."
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Monday, October 3, 2016
We Are On This Earth Together
Today we honor the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, peacemaker and Patron Saint of Animals who preached the harmony of humans and nature. Around the world, people celebrate by joyfully bringing their (interfaith) dogs, birds, ponies and llamas to church for the Blessing of the Animals, and exalting in the "wonders (that) connect people and animals and God." In this sordid season of rancor, we laud all connection we can find. Job 12: "Ask the birds, ask the beasts and they will teach you."
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Let Them Have Fun: Polish Women Strike Against "Barbaric" Anti-Abortion Law
Thousands of Polish women have declared a national strike against a new law, proposed by the far-right government and supported by an all-powerful Catholic Church, that would make it almost impossible for women to get abortions. Over 5,000 angry women marched in Warsaw on what they dubbed "Black Monday" - in mourning for their reproductive rights - with signs reading, "We want doctors not missionaries" and "A government is not like a pregnancy - it can be terminated."
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Saturday, October 1, 2016
In Case the Planes Come Again: Harsh Life in Aleppo Goes On
The latest "soul-shattering" Russian and Syrian bombings have destroyed an already devastated Aleppo's largest hospital in what officials call "the most savage week" of Syria's savage war. Trapped amidst the carnage and rubble are about 275,000 people scrambling to survive; among them, over 100,000 children long for school, cower in bunkers, play in barrel bomb craters, eat one meal a day and make paper models of dead friends to tell the story of their lives in "hell itself."
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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Our Idiot Governor Strikes Out Again Chapter 782
Sorry, more moronic thug news: In Maine we still endure Paul LePage's “three-ring circus of unhinged racism and ravings.” After too many rants, slurs, screw-ups, profane threats, calling people of color "the enemy" - cue infamous binder of drug dealers who turn out to be white not black - he had a tiff with the Human Rights Commission and spent untold thousands on a witch hunt to prove they're biased against business. Shocker: They're not. Caution: Our national politics, writ small and ugly.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
We Need Our Fathers and Our Mothers To Be By Our Side
Jesus. America's trigger-happy police just shot dead another unarmed man, this time reportedly for having an epileptic seizure while black. The same day, nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant told Charlotte's City Council how she feels and why this must stop. "I don't like how we are treated," she said, starting to sob. "We are black people, and we shouldn’t have to feel like this...Our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t even see them anymore. We have tears and we shouldn’t have tears."
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
On Bringing An Incoherent Cheeto To A Knife Fight
Well, that was painful. If you couldn't abide watching the dance of the oligarchs during Tuesday's "debate," what you missed was a competent (if ever hawkish) Clinton slice and dice Drumpf into so many teeny, vulgar, sexist, petulant, loud-mouthed, mansplaining, babbling, braggadocious little orange slivers it would make your head spin. The consensus by almost everyone - even Nazis! - is Clinton "won." Alas, as has been noted, the Talking Yam may have "lost," but we do too.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Calling Out the True Gods of America: The Freedom To Read, Also Think
Given our skittish, twisted political climate, we offer a rowdy tribute to Banned Books Week and this year's timely theme of diversity. Historically, many books in America were hidden away because some God-fearing, right-thinking white guy detected profanity or blasphemy or S-E-X; in today's changing times, the same gnomes are objecting to nudity, "anti-family" sentiments, and gay and trans S-E-X. At the root of both: fear. The solution to both: Read, aka think.
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