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Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue

The dust had barely settled on Alabama’s election, when the Trump regime kicked into full gear again to ram through its sham of a tax reform bill. On Wednesday, White House lapdog and sometimes Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell demanded that a vote be held on the tax bill…before Doug Jones is sworn in as Alabama’s new senator. Trump, McConnell,

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Why the Masses Vote to Make the Rich Richer

Why the Masses Vote to Make the Rich Richer

Many explanations have been offered for the current political situation. How do Republicans control Congress when more votes are cast for Democratic congresspersons? Gerrymandering and vote suppression. How did Trump win so much support despite disadvantages that would have disqualified any previous candidate? White, working-class, tribalist anger over minority progress, stoked by Russian fake news. But how do the rich,

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THE UNBREAKABLE HOPE OF ALEXI NAVALNY

THE UNBREAKABLE HOPE OF ALEXI NAVALNY

“Hope is a good thing – maybe the best thing.  And no good thing ever dies.”  - Andy Dufresne, “The Shawshank Redemption Like many of you reading this, I’m a child of the 80’s.  I cut my teeth on MTV and rode my bike everywhere without a helmet.  I owned two pairs of parachute pants which had so many zippers,

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BATTLE FOR THE NET!!!

BATTLE FOR THE NET!!!

We have just days. The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So this Tuesday, December 12th, "Break the Internet" on your site, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, reddit, Tumblr, Youtube or in whatever wild creative way you can to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s how we win. Are you in? Battle For The

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The Real War on Christmas

The Real War on Christmas

For years the GOP has stated that there is a war on Christmas. I have never quite understood this war, but if there is a war, Christmas is winning. Just take a look around. Since as early as September, many retailers had already started playing Christmas music, and selling Christmas trees and ornaments. For all intents and purposes, I do

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When the Hashtag Fades, We’ll Still Be Here. #MeToo

When the Hashtag Fades, We’ll Still Be Here. #MeToo

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. - Bernard Williams We aren’t all celebrities. We don’t all have a national spotlight on us. At some point, when famous people stop getting outed as abusers, the #MeToo movement may fade. But we’ll still be here with our pain: the millions of women who suffer

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A Need for Guardians

A Need for Guardians

The famed question Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, or, “Who will guard the guards?” is best known from Plato’s Republic.  Plato argued that the just are so because righteousness is imposed upon them.  When one could get away with being unjust, Plato argued, he would do so. Our country’s founders attempted to prevent injustice by developing a tripartite government in which

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THE PERILOUS FUTURE FOR AMERICA’S DAUGHTERS

THE PERILOUS FUTURE FOR AMERICA’S DAUGHTERS

My wife and I went to my eldest daughter’s dance recital last summer.  Our daughter is nine, and has enjoyed dance since she was two years old.  Like all families of young dancers, our family nurtures her passion for dance.  We spend our money on lessons and costumes and hours of our time traveling to and from the studio.  She

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Finding Beauty in Pain: See One Artist’s Breathtaking Visualization of the Viral #MeToo Campaign

Finding Beauty in Pain: See One Artist’s Breathtaking Visualization of the Viral #MeToo Campaign

Erin Gallagher's visualization of the spread of the #MeToo hashtag. Courtesy of Erin Gallagher. (above) by Sarah Cascone for artnet News Last month, the hashtag #MeToo began proliferating across social media as part of an effort by women to illustrate just how frequently they are sexually harassed and assaulted. Now, multimedia artist Erin Gallagher has harnessed that viral message as

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Not Fair

Not Fair

When I was about six years old, I was visiting with my grandmother.  She was driving one of her out of proportionally large Cadillacs.  Miles away, in the front passenger seat, sinking in the overly plush leather upholstery, I gazed out the window.  I don't recall whether a conversation or something I saw outside prompted me, but I was protesting,

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Overturning Net Neutrality is Bad Business

Overturning Net Neutrality is Bad Business

Net neutrality is a hot topic this week and rightfully so as the future of the Internet is at stake. While most of the dialogue has focused on what this means for consumers, let’s not forget the big losers will be small businesses and independent contractors who will be strangled by an unfair online marketplace. In short, President Obama’s administration

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Shredding the Social Contract of Sexual Harassment

Shredding the Social Contract of Sexual Harassment

Talk of sexual harassment is everywhere these days. It starts with Harvey Weinstein and leads to Roger Ailes, Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, Al Franken, Roy Moore and to former and current U.S. presidents, including the now 93-year-old George Bush. It’s a boxcar effect. Truthfully, every day I worked on this piece for publication, another high-profile offender slid into the spotlight.

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Onward. Forward.

Onward. Forward.

So, Democrats it's election night 2016, I’m excited I’m feeling confident going into the polls. I’m excited about voting for our next president Hillary Clinton. I, and so many others thought for sure we would have this election wrapped up a little after 8 PM. We were so wrong and I do wish to apologize I should have done more

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Being the Change

Being the Change

Every family has traditions.  In the Pransky house, we have several, especially around the holidays.  The tree goes up on Thanksgiving day, after the meal.  Presents are wrapped all at once, on Christmas Eve after the kids are asleep; no one sees the full stack until Christmas morning.  There’s an elf on our shelf.  In the past, we used to

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After Paris: How You Can Save the Planet Without A Treaty:

After Paris: How You Can Save the Planet Without A Treaty:

Creating change as an individual: With much of the scientific community critical of the targets set by the Paris accord and feel they aren’t enough to keep us all from facing a future full of unpredictable, extreme weather and the chaos and violence that will result from a global lack of necessary resources. Change is needed at scale, but individual

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Libya’s New Age Slavery 

Libya’s New Age Slavery 

The abhorrent and beyond reprehensible slavery that is taking place in Libya speaks to the current times. While America has outlawed the deed almost 200 years ago, African American men in America inadvertently pose as a cultural threat and yet are the most perpetrated against. A black man anywhere is less than an inch away from discrimination, incarceration, and even

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Black Eye Economics

Black Eye Economics

Black Friday…that wonderful American tradition when we show the rest of the world how prosperous our nation is by diving down shopping aisles, rioting in malls, and fighting over one available television to save money. When the Soviets did it for bread in the 70s and 80s, our nation ridiculed them, but since we do it for consumer electronics it

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DISSENT – THE MOST AMERICAN BEHAVIOR

DISSENT – THE MOST AMERICAN BEHAVIOR

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…” – The Declaration of Independence Consider the mood of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.  Certainly there was joy – the joy of

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Embrace Your Voice. And Raise It.

Embrace Your Voice. And Raise It.

It has never been more important to take action in defense of American democracy. It may seem harder than usual this holiday season to find things to be thankful for. If you’re a rational human being who is paying attention, our physically and politically overheated world seems headed straight toward hell in a Trump-branded handbasket. But the first amendment still

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The FCC Should Not Give Broadband Providers the Keys to Your Internet Freedom

The FCC Should Not Give Broadband Providers the Keys to Your Internet Freedom

By FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn This week, millions of Americans returned to work after spending time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday. Amidst the travel and meal preparations, many may have missed the “Pre-Holiday News Dump” last Wednesday when Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai released his 200 plus page proposal to dismantle the agency’s open internet

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#WikiJustice: Plato’s Republic Revisited

#WikiJustice: Plato’s Republic Revisited

What is Justice? Well we should start, as is often the case, in both the correct and comically coincidental way by remembering that the word “just” is both an adjective and an adverb. It describes an action or a person (though most appropriately a person who acts justly.) So what is a just act? A just act is one that

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GOP: Pro-birth, Anti-Life.

GOP: Pro-birth, Anti-Life.

GOP: Because the Right to Life Beings at Conception, but Ends at Birth          We have all seen the placards at rallies: “Abortion is murder.”  We have seen the State and Federal laws seeking to restrict or even eliminate access to abortions.  We have seen laws stripping insurance coverage for birth control, passed, ostensibly, to protect religious objections to the

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WTF!

WTF!

If Friday was black, Monday was blacker for the Trump regime as inane and self-aggrandizing policymaking began clogging the swamp’s drainpipe. The federal government is beginning to appear more like a three-branch circus than an established democratic institution. At the center of the debacle is a greedy little pig leading the elephants off the high wire — without a net.

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Am I Changing or Is the World?

Am I Changing or Is the World?

Most of us have heard the saying, “if you’re not a liberal by twenty, you have no heart; but if you’re not a conservative by thirty you have no brain.”  The context that I’ve most often heard is one person condescending to a younger person, with the presumption that his or her opinion is superior because of age. I have

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No One Gets A Pass — Not Even Bill Clinton

No One Gets A Pass — Not Even Bill Clinton

As the recent flurry of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful men continues to snowball, conservatives have relished in reminding liberals that our beloved Bill Clinton is likewise an accused predator. As much as it pains me to admit this—as a Democrat, a Hillary supporter and a fan of the former president’s politics—they are absolutely right. While the image

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The Tax Bill is a Raw Deal for Women

The Tax Bill is a Raw Deal for Women

Nobody likes thinking about taxes—especially when it’s about raising them. But that’s exactly what will happen for hardworking women and their families under the tax bill being considered by Congress. The U.S. Senate is just days away from voting on a bill that will raise taxes on millions of women and families in order to pay for tax cuts for

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The #GOPTaxPlan is a #BadDealForWomen

The #GOPTaxPlan is a #BadDealForWomen

As the GOP tax bill vote looms ahead in the Senate—they could vote as early as Thursday or Friday—it’s imperative to understand which groups the proposed plan protects and which ones it would hurt, and how. In short, the tax plan would benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while devastating our most vulnerable populations: low-income families, women, children, the disabled

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Trump’s Tax Plan is a Blessing for Corporations, a Curse for Everyone Else

Trump’s Tax Plan is a Blessing for Corporations, a Curse for Everyone Else

Donald Trump and the Republicans want to cut taxes for the rich. They tell us this will give those at the top the freedom to reinvest, creating jobs, reinvigorating the economy, and raising wages. There’s one problem with this plan: it won’t work. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of economics and economic history knows that cutting taxes for the

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A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 5

A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 5

Chapter 5 Christmas Renewed Although Scrooge had not slept a wink and had traveled great distances since the ringing of one bell, he found himself possessed of a vigor he had not experienced since his childhood. Bright light streamed through the window, and he grabbed for his telephone, quite uncaring of the hour or the past. “Quickly,” he tweeted, “what

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A PUN IN THE OVEN

A PUN IN THE OVEN

Donald Trump caused some brief confusion on Tuesday when he announced the pardons of “Drumstick” and “Wishbone.” Some White House reporters scrambled to determine the code names of the two persons possibly targeted by Special Counsel Robert Muller, while others desperately sought records to confirm whether Trump’s two sons had changed their names from Eric and Donald, Jr. As it

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A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 4

A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 4

Chapter Four The Final Spirit   Ebenezer Trump had no sooner returned to his bedchamber, cap snugged tightly over his irreverent hair, under which thoughts of Tiny Mike Pence Sanders whirled a-gog, as though dancing to a fiddler filled with frenzy when a single skeletal hand penetrated the curtain surrounding its bed. So unexpected this was, and so terrifying, the

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‘ANIMAL FARM’ REVISITED:  PUTIN’S RUSSIA IS STALIN’S SOVIET UNION

‘ANIMAL FARM’ REVISITED: PUTIN’S RUSSIA IS STALIN’S SOVIET UNION

In high school, I hated reading assigned novels for English class.  I imagine it was a streak of inner rebelliousness which persists to this day.  Why should I let someone else decide which messages are important?  I could certainly decide for myself.  Because I viewed the reading of assigned literature as a waste of time, I missed out on some

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A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 3

A TAX SCAM CAROL – CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 3: THE SECOND OF THE THREE SPIRITS Awaking in the middle of a prodigiously tough snore, and sitting up in bed to get his thoughts together, Trump had no occasion to be told that the bell was again upon the stroke of One. He felt that he was restored to consciousness in the right nick of time, for the special

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UNFRIENDED

UNFRIENDED

We are truly a nation divided. As much as I want this to change, I have to be honest with myself and I do not believe that it will. I have always prided myself on being surrounded by different kinds of people, politically and otherwise. On the political spectrum, I have Democratic, Socialist, Green Party, Libertarian, and Republican friends. Not

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Gun Control: The Time Is Now

Gun Control: The Time Is Now

I am a gun toting, second amendment advocating, NRA supporter who is ready to talk gun control. Enough is enough, America. Children are going off to school with bulletproof panels in their backpacks because shootings have become so rampant here, and it seems to be the only way to protect them when guns are not going anywhere. In the very

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A Tax Scam Carol  – Chapter 2

A Tax Scam Carol – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 THE FIRST OF THE THREE SPIRITS.   When Trump awoke, it was so dark, that looking out of bed, he could scarcely distinguish the transparent window from the opaque walls of his chamber. He was endeavoring to pierce the darkness with his ferret eyes, when the chimes of a nearby church struck the four quarters. So he listened for

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Roy Moore and the Triumph of Tribalism

Roy Moore and the Triumph of Tribalism

Let’s begin with what is known. On November 8, 2017, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore held a lead on his opponent of anywhere from seven to ten points, depending on the poll referenced. On November 9, 2017, The Washington Post published a bombshell article detailing a number of allegations of serious sexual impropriety, and at least one case of sexual assault, all

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A Tax Scam Carol – Chapter 1

A Tax Scam Carol – Chapter 1

Preface I HAVE endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall put my readers out of humor with their Congress, with each other, and with their President. May it haunt their houses urgently, and may all wish to lay it. Their faithful Friend and Servant, B.J. Chapter One – Bannon’s Ghost Bannon was

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Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

Crude Keystone Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a student at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay; double majoring in Democracy & Justice Studies, and History. At the beginning of my college career, I intended to major in Art and then perhaps teach the subject. However, as I continued to take various classes, I soon discovered my passion for

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Sixteen Women Sexually Harassed and Assaulted by President Trump Tell Their Stories

Sixteen Women Sexually Harassed and Assaulted by President Trump Tell Their Stories

Sixteen Women Sexually Harassed and Assaulted by President Trump Tell Their Stories   Los Angeles – Brave New Films released a new video today, “16 Women and Donald Trump,” which tells the stories of sixteen women who have publicly reported being sexually harassed and assaulted by President Trump. The women have all spoken out individually about Trump’s forcible attempts to kiss, grope,

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The Creative Coalition Launches #KeepTellingPeople™ Campaign

The Creative Coalition Launches #KeepTellingPeople™ Campaign

Partners with Birds Nest Foundation and Storio Creative To Stand Up Against Sexual Harassment November 14, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) – Today, The Creative Coalition announces the launch of #KeepTellingPeople™, a PSA campaign created to empower all people to help eradicate the sexual harassment and assault epidemic. The PSA is directed by actor and President of The Creative Coalition Tim Daly

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The fight over taxes and why it matters for so much more than taxes

The fight over taxes and why it matters for so much more than taxes

You’ve probably heard about the tax plan that President Trump and Republicans are trying to jam through Congress. But if you’re a normal person, your eyes probably glaze over when the subject turns to taxes. I am a nerd who spends all day thinking about tax policy, and I am constantly boring the people around me by talking about it.

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No Taxation without Rep…er, Medication!

No Taxation without Rep…er, Medication!

For those without children, baby showers provide the perfect opportunity to explore a foreign and fascinating world almost as alien as the bottom of the ocean. A short visit to any Babies R Us, Target, or even Barnes & Noble will reveal educational baby and toddler toys that new parents clamor for. Ridiculously simple, but so important to early cognitive

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All Americans Need to Support the Recall of Brian Kemp

All Americans Need to Support the Recall of Brian Kemp

Georgia’s Secretary of State has implemented America’s least-secure elections, and voter data has been compromised multiple times during his tenure. This has been a tough year for those of us who believe in the sanctity of American institutions. We’re tired of corruption and are growing impatient at the intentional degradation of norms from the Trump administration and Congressional GOP. Many

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Me Too

Me Too

I was 15 years old, smoking a cigarette at the bus stop right in front of my high school. That is where I met a man I will call Bob. Bob was in his mid-fifties, with salt and pepper hair, pale white skin, piercing blue eyes, with an old-school Chicago accent. He sat next to me and made a comment

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Making Elections Great Again: A Prescription To Increase Electoral Fairness in the Age of Citizens United

Making Elections Great Again: A Prescription To Increase Electoral Fairness in the Age of Citizens United

In 1992, I was a junior in high school in Manchester, the largest city in New Hampshire. At the time, Manchester had a population of about 100,000, and during that cold winter it seemed at least half of those people were presidential candidates. Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Bob Kerrey, and Jerry Brown all made appearances at my high school.

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Political Cartoon

Political Cartoon

"Seeking Better Angels of Our Nature" Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a student at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay; double majoring in Democracy & Justice Studies, and History. At the beginning of my college career, I intended to major in Art and then perhaps teach the subject. However, as I continued to take various classes, I soon

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Mueller Can’t Fix Our Broken Brains

Mueller Can’t Fix Our Broken Brains

In a brilliant article written for Vox.com by David Roberts, we are introduced to what the author calls an “epistemic crisis” that has changed the very nature of knowing itself, at least for many Americans: Epistemology is the study of knowledge, and of the rationality of belief.  Some things we think, some things we believe, and some things we know

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A Woman Without A Party

A Woman Without A Party

My background. I am in my early forties, a doctoral candidate, and a public-school teacher of 15 years. I was raised in the Midwest, middle class, in an extremely segregated metro area. It was the 1980s. My family were diehard Reagan Republicans, as was I. Perhaps I still am, though the “Republican” part of that moniker has made me more

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Just What A Predator Needs

Just What A Predator Needs

A Marriage and Family Counseling licensing exam question asks what a child molester looks like.  A scary monster?  The answer is that there are no distinguishing physical characteristics, i.e. they look normal.  Kevin Spacey and Dustin Hoffman joining ranks of WeinsteinGate dispel Harvey Weinstein as archetype.  Webster defines 'predator' as: "one that preys, destroys, devours." Thanks to Oprah discussing child

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Conversation With a Retired Lieutenant

Conversation With a Retired Lieutenant

It’s not everyday you get to eat with a retired  Lieutenant and talk about social issues going on in this society. That’s exactly what I was able to do this October evening, Going in I was scared Working up my nerves to have this conversation and I’m 6’6 315 but it was a conversation worth having. Retired Cop  Dom  Interview

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Frozen: The Story Of A Deportee Who Couldn’t Talk

Frozen: The Story Of A Deportee Who Couldn’t Talk

My name is Ella. I am from Uganda. I identify as lesbian, and I have been in a long term relationship with my girlfriend. Uganda is not tolerant of such relationships so we had to keep things secret. Things were okay until the night of 23rd October 2016. We were in a lodge making love and people in the city

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Toto, We’re All Going to Kansas: Trump and Ryan’s Dangerous Tax Folly

Toto, We’re All Going to Kansas: Trump and Ryan’s Dangerous Tax Folly

In 2012, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback started a grand experiment designed to forever prove the supremacy of Conservative “trickle-down” economics.  Huge tax cuts, especially for large businesses and rich people were supposed to spur growth and wealth was supposed to flow downhill.  Well, as we all know it’s not wealth that flows downhill. In 2016, years after Kansas had been

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Let’s Change The Channel

Let’s Change The Channel

I hear this all the time: “________ is dividing this country!” Insert anyone’s name from contemporary politics in there and the chances are good that you’ve heard that, too.“Bernie is dividing this country!”“Trump is dividing this country!”“Hillary is dividing his country!”“Oh yeah? Well, what about Obama! He did nothing but divide this country for 8 years!” It’s all white noise,

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Greg Boyle: Hubris to Humility

Greg Boyle: Hubris to Humility

Greg Boyle founded Homeboy Industries 30 years ago to help those that nobody else was interested in helping – inmates and ex-cons – giving them a chance to reassimilate. Today, it's a thriving $16M social enterprise that helps thousands of men and women a year By Allana Baroni  [Reprinted from CSQ Magazine]   Seventeen years ago, during a visit to

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Looking for a Hero (White Horse Optional)

Looking for a Hero (White Horse Optional)

In November of 2016, my middle daughter, Rosabel, was able to vote for the very first time in our presidential election.I remember being so excited for her because, as many of us assumed, we were about to elect our first woman president. We were also painfully aware of the alternative a brash, arrogant narcissist; an accused sexual predator who had

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#HerToo

#HerToo

Abduction. Child marriage. Rape. Forced prostitution. These are the stark realities for millions of women and girls across the globe—and their stories are not being heard. Just last year, 9 million girls were forced to have sex against their wills. More than 700 million women alive today were married as children; some 250 million were married before age 15. And

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America’s Hypocrisy on Gun Deaths

America’s Hypocrisy on Gun Deaths

In 2015 and 2016, a tropical mosquito-transmitted disease infected some 42,000 Americans in the continental United States and its territories. There was a coordinated governmental effort to control and contain spread of the virus. Major League Baseball moved games from Puerto Rico to Miami in response to player concerns about the disease.  Olympians withdrew from their respective teams rather than

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VOICE OF REASON FROM A PRO-GUN AMERICAN

VOICE OF REASON FROM A PRO-GUN AMERICAN

I want to start off by saying that I am a gun owner. I grew up around guns in Arkansas, and, more importantly, I grew up with responsible gun owners. Guns do not scare me; it is the person holding the gun who does. The conversation around gun issues can sometimes be uncomfortable, so prepare yourself for discomfort. Since 1968,

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When Something Smells (White)fishy, Throw it Out!

When Something Smells (White)fishy, Throw it Out!

Heard the news Sunday that Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has (finally!!!) decided to back out of the (insane) three hundred million dollar contract with Whitefish Energy (who?). If you’re not up on the story, here are the pertinent details: Puerto Rico’s power grid was all but destroyed during Hurricane Maria (Yes, Mr. Trump, those are US Citizens over

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Me Too. The Movement & it’s Importance

Me Too. The Movement & it’s Importance

I can't remember the first time I was aware of the set of rules that govern a woman's life. I don't remember explicitly being taught them. I do remember, at much too young an age, that men looked at me in a way that made me uncomfortable. I don't mean men in my life like family members or friends of

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Donald Trump’s Useless Eaters: #FreeRosa in the era of ascendant Fascism

Donald Trump’s Useless Eaters: #FreeRosa in the era of ascendant Fascism

In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. In the same year, his National Socialist (Nazi) Party began a systematic campaign of public ridicule and private sterilization, isolation and murder of the disabled in Germany. When the Nazis were not stopped from claiming these first of their victims, the most vulnerable population among their citizens, the way was paved for

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Be a Man: The Hidden Truth of the American Male

Be a Man: The Hidden Truth of the American Male

As a nation, events are forcing us to ask some important questions about who we are, who we should be, and how to reconcile the two. As men within this nation and her culture, recent events revolving around the treatment of women and the #metoo movement should inspire the same introspection. How could this happen, and why is it a

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“Trick or Treat.”

“Trick or Treat.”

Harvey Weinstein in the wild - Halloween themed. Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a student at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay; double majoring in Democracy & Justice Studies, and History. At the beginning of my college career, I intended to major in Art and then perhaps teach the subject. However, as I continued to take various classes,

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#FreeRosa

#FreeRosa

Imagine a ten-year-old girl is suffering from critical gall bladder pain.  She’s been nauseated, maybe vomiting. Oh, and she has cerebral palsy. Her family takes her to the hospital, she’s changed into a hospital gown, and as the doctors place her under the fog of general anesthesia, a nurse reassures her everything will be okay. Now imagine that same little

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Wooden, Weinstein, Women & Washington: WTF? Where Are We? Where Do We Go From Here?

Wooden, Weinstein, Women & Washington: WTF? Where Are We? Where Do We Go From Here?

When Dave Roberts (the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers) and I played baseball at Ucla, one of the many amazing experiences we had was to have Coach Wooden come speak to us and share his incredible philosophy of life with the team. Coach Wooden, for those of you who don't know, was the winningest coach in college basketball history

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What My Country Can Do For Me

What My Country Can Do For Me

Last week, two days after being laid off from what once looked like a completely secure job, I found myself dialing 9-1-1 and requesting an ambulance for my disabled daughter. From the back of the ambulance, I digitally signed to accept a severance package that was less than what I hoped for, because it kept my family’s insurance active until

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What Color Are America’s Better Angels?

What Color Are America’s Better Angels?

Like so many Americans, we struggle to fathom current events and the ongoing resurgence of racial tensions in our country, and to reconcile them with our personal experience. On the road for Lovin America, we get to know people from every corner and culture in our country as individuals, and acceptance is easy, the exchanges human and inspiring. And yet,

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Here are three key ways you can help fight Trump corruption and defend our Constitution

Here are three key ways you can help fight Trump corruption and defend our Constitution

Launched on the day of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, Free Speech For People is a recognized leader of the movement to challenge big money in politics and unchecked corporate power — and now its team of legal experts is taking on the unprecedented corruption of the White House under President Trump. Here are Free Speech For People’s

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When They Go Low, We Go Local

When They Go Low, We Go Local

They say all politics is local. It’s where the magic happens -- where change happens one vote, one bill, one life at a time. It’s a quaint idea, imagining how truly powerful all of the Leslie Knopes of our country are, toiling day and night on legislation, holding town halls for their constituents, and fighting for what’s right. But is

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When Men Talk to Men About #MeToo

When Men Talk to Men About #MeToo

My wife and I used to swap cars a lot. We had two, but only one was big enough to cart the kids around, so the other became the “work car” and whoever had a shift that day would use it. This meant putting up with a lot of adjustments before getting on the road – seats, three mirrors, the

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#MuslimBan3 Blocked: FAQ

#MuslimBan3 Blocked: FAQ

What does this mean? On 24 Sept Trump announced the third version of his travel ban, EO-3, affecting nationals of 8 countries. Part of it went into effect that day, but was to be fully effective on 18 Oct. This ban was swiftly challenged in court, both in Hawai'i and Maryland, and both courts agreed that an injunction (an order

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Trump hasn’t changed grassroots America

Trump hasn’t changed grassroots America

People 1 – Trump nil This image on the Facebook page for the Progressive Secular Humanist Examiner speaks volumes. And it had me thinking. I’ve been in the United States for almost two months now, have met and talked to hundreds of people, seen thousands – and I’ve only met ONE Trump supporter. A Bulgarian immigrant (go figure). Having visited

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If Nixon Had Twitter

If Nixon Had Twitter

Every time the president logs into his Twitter account, the world tenses up. As his mania flows through his tiny thumbs and out into the Twitterverse, we all get a daily response to the question “What would a madman think of current events?” It got me thinking. Social media may be the dominant form of human communication on the planet,

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How victim blaming puts you in Donald Trump’s locker room  

How victim blaming puts you in Donald Trump’s locker room  

If you aren’t familiar with the #MeToo campaign by now, you probably don’t check social media often. These two words united millions of females (and some males!) together in support and solidarity of each other. I could ramble on and on about how important this discussion is but what I really want to talk about is the backlash it received.

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RESISTANCE ADVENTURES IN THE TWITTERVERSE

RESISTANCE ADVENTURES IN THE TWITTERVERSE

Before Trump, my personal Twitter account got very little play. I shared the occasional news story or joined a trending event, like the Academy Awards. After Trump, Twitter has become my primary online source for news, outreach and discussion. Twitter is great for this. But if you spend time in the comments section on a divisive topic, you can walk away more depressed

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A Product of My Culture

A Product of My Culture

"I'm a product of my culture. Nobody taught me differently. It's not my fault." This is the weak cry of weak men on social media, insisting that we are not all part of of the #MeToo problem. But at some point, we became adults. We knew what was modeled was wrong. Was unhealthy. Was toxic. Was harmful. Do we really

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“UNGRATEFUL” IS THE NEW “UPPITY”

“UNGRATEFUL” IS THE NEW “UPPITY”

“Uppity” was used primarily in the south during the civil rights movement as a derogatory term towards black Americans who “did not know their place.” In America, many believe there is a certain manner of behavior that black people should follow. Where should black people live? Dilapidated communities, with houses run by single mothers, with a high per capita of

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A Woman’s Burden

A Woman’s Burden

Women are sponges. Women are dynamic beings. Frankly, we're all dynamic beings. Most of us are, anyway. I believe complexity and the ability to love is what wedges us from the animals. Women, though, are exceptional. Equipped with caution and foreboding, they are usually in sync with any and everything around them. Vigilant of the late-night straggler coming out of

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The CHIP Program Helped Get a Key Ring Out of My Son’s Chest

The CHIP Program Helped Get a Key Ring Out of My Son’s Chest

I’m an English professor. It’s a good job. I’m paid generously to talk with students about literature and help them learn to write well.  I have excellent benefits from one of the best health insurance providers in the country, I’ve got a decent retirement plan, and a discount at the campus cafeteria.  Life is pretty good.  But I was in

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#MeToo – A Timeline

#MeToo – A Timeline

1973. Mom's a secretary at a state college in Pennsylvania. The man she works for is highly educated, highly respected. She types 90 words a minute. Her shorthand is impeccable. She wears skirts and modest blouses, just as the dress code requires. He tells her how much he likes watching her walk away. From that day on, she no longer

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WAR ON SEX: Trump Needs to Keep His Tiny #HandsOffMyBC

WAR ON SEX: Trump Needs to Keep His Tiny #HandsOffMyBC

I'm not one for writing love letters, but if I were, I'd pen one to birth control. Because I was empowered to determine the timing and spacing of my children, I've been able to pursue and achieve academic success, build a career and travel the world. Without the Pill (and now IUD), I wouldn't be the woman I am today.

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Why am I Running? Two Storms, a Campaign and a Baby Named Zander

Why am I Running? Two Storms, a Campaign and a Baby Named Zander

Running for office was not what I expected. I knew I would have to devote time to campaigning and I knew I would have to put myself in an uncomfortable position of asking for money. But it has asked so much more from me - for while I recognize that I was not asking for money for me personally but

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Critical Thinking in the Era of Trumpian Rhetoric

Critical Thinking in the Era of Trumpian Rhetoric

In his book-length poem The People, Yes Carl Sandburg quotes a "battered barrister" as saying, "If the law is against you, talk about the evidence...If the evidence is against you, talk about the law, and, since you ask me, if the law and the evidence are both against you, then pound on the table and yell like hell." Donald Trump

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The Tragedy of Politics

The Tragedy of Politics

I have had a passion for politics for quite some time now, and though I'm well aware as a college student that in the grand scheme of things my opinions don't matter very much, as of late I've grown quite weary of the direction and associated taboos attached to the modern political conversation. I've certainly changed a great deal in

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That Son of a B****

That Son of a B****

Contributing Editor: Jamie Domnick Twitter: @JNick9456 Instagram:JNick9456 Currently a student at the University of Wisconsin--Green Bay; double majoring in Democracy & Justice Studies, and History. At the beginning of my college career, I intended to major in Art and then perhaps teach the subject. However, as I continued to take various classes, I soon discovered my passion for equality and

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Reflections on the <del>Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre</del> Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Reflections on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Reflections on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre Las Vegas Mass Shooting, Which State Statute NRS 202.4415 Defines as an "Act of Terrorism" (I wrote this on December 15th, 2012, the day after the murders of 20 students and 6 educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since then, nearly 2000 Americans have died in mass shootings,

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Why this veteran is taking a knee

Why this veteran is taking a knee

Recently, I tweeted this: I was a Military Police K-9 handler. I reject police brutality & support peaceful protest.#TakeTheKnee #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/ILB3YRkGi0 - Jon@ScratchPolitics (@ScratchPolitics) September 25, 2017 I have more to say about it than a tweet will allow. Here goes. I served in the Army from the ages of 18 to 22, but, despite being on active duty during

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President Dude-bro

President Dude-bro

I did some bartending in my youth, mostly in college bars and such. It was one of the better paying gigs I could get, and I learned a lot about dealing with people at their worst. I have many stories; some I only tell when I'm a bit less than sober. Lately, though, I've been thinking a lot about one

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Confederate Flag

Confederate Flag

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they're endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. A new nation, conceived in liberty, dedicated to the proposition that all men were created equal. Those men rebelled against that dedication. We must not, we cannot

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