General Commentary

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 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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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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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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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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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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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 #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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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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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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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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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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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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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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