The Long Life of a Racist Smear
By Ashley Reese, March 5, 2019 CE
Cleanliness is next to godliness, and in the imaginations of racists, it is also next to whiteness—the next best thing or maybe even the same thing. In its absence, so the racist lie goes, you will find everyone else: black people, brown people, immigrants of all shades, groups of marginalized people. Dirty. Filthy.
There too, Trump campaign advisor Jeff Ballabon found Representative Ilhan Omar. … [more]
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We are better than this
By Bennie Ivory, March 5, 2019 CE
News flash for Mark Meadows: If you are going to play the race card, own it. Don’t try to run away from it.
That’s exactly what the Republican congressman from North Carolina tried to do during the House’s Feb. 26 Michael Cohen hearing after trotting out a black woman in front of the cameras to defend President Donald Trump against charges of racism.
It was an obscenely … [more]
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Republicans Sink Further Into Trump’s Cesspool
By Peter Wehner, Feb. 27, 2019
Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress on Wednesday revealed as much about the Republican Party as it did about President Trump and his former lawyer. In the aftermath of Mr. Cohen’s damning testimony, several things stand out.
The first is that unlike John Dean, the former White House counsel who delivered searing testimony against President Richard Nixon in 1973, Mr. Cohen produced documents of Mr. Trump’s … [more]
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Why Get Donkey?
By Ben “Swamp Donkey” Brenner, Sunday, November 11, 2018
It’s not even a road, see. No signs, no arrows. Just trees that part briefly, and then a narrow dirt track going low and slow away from the flat top black top. Follow that road down and you’ll pass three trailers settin’ amongst the trees and weeds and camaros. In one of ‘em lives a woman thinner than anything you’ve ever seen. Once she was something … [more]
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Our porous border
How does anyone in the current political environment believe that our country will survive the partisan bickering and name calling to ensure the so-called “domestic tranquility?” I think these words were lost long ago when we decided to take care of everyone’s needs according to their abilities. We forgot to ask those who pay for perceived needs to forgo that for which they worked their entire lives. How is it that liberals can determine … [more]
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Trump’s attack on his own intelligence services was both extraordinary and expected
By Hussein Ibish in The National, Feb 2, 2019
This week starkly illustrated a remarkable feature of Donald Trump’s administration: this president does not do policy; he only does politics.
Policy professionals always struggle to square sound foreign policy with the effective domestic politics that political leaders require. This tension cannot be completely resolved, although its intensity varies, depending on circumstances and personalities.
This conundrum has … [more]
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Seems a mea culpa – Latin for “Oops!” – is in order. Who knew our prodigal practitioner could issue a challenge and then dictate rules of engagement for any who dared? My last ramble apparently strayed far afield from doctor’s orders.
Oops! #2 – my last letter left the impression that China’s “Great Wall” was something of a success. It was not. Like Sam Cooke’s song, don’t know much about history. Especially sixteenth century Ming Dynasty history. It is … [more]
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