Mitch may be in charge again, possibly soon, and then the filibuster will be all there is to shield us

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Allow me a small digression before I get to the point of why I very reluctantly and with great sadness must concede that we have to keep the filibuster — and yes, I am once again agreeing with the alleged demonic spawn of the devil, as some seem to characterize him, Senator Joe Manchin.

Manchin’s decision to not support the For the People Act and choosing instead to back the John Lewis Act because it is more precisely focused on blocking Republican State assaults on voting rights and the fact it has bipartisan support— Murkowski is on board with him…


He is playing chess, while other Democrats think it is as simple as checkers.

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Joe and Joe, that is Joe Biden and Joe Manchin, are two of the most astute politicians we have in America. They are Master Class players of the political game of chess.

Many people have played a bit a chess at some point or another in their lives. They understand the rules of the game and the basics of how to play. They understand things like the Bishop moves diagonal and the Rook moves straight up and down and across, and the pawn moves straight except it can capture an opponent’s piece on the next diagonal square, etc.

Serious chess…


Russia is attacking the United States, so what are we doing about it?

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Remember the Cold War? Though they were dark days, they were also simpler days. Russia was our enemy. We were Russia’s enemy. It was clear, it was simple, and other than a few pockets here and there, mostly on college campuses where they were singing kumbaya and thinking communism was the way to go — it isn’t, by the way, but that is a topic for another day — everyone understood Russia posed an extremely serious threat to us, to our allies, to Democracy, a threat to pretty much everything good and decent in the world, really.

It was the…


Call a doctor immediately if you are experiencing flip-floppiness, paranoid delusions about bamboo, or inability to understand the word “insurrection”

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Perhaps you have a friend, loved one or family member suffering from Republican Disingenuity Syndrome (also know as Trumpitis). It is very likely you may have an elected official near you who has been infected with Trumpitis. It does appear to be most particularly contagious and virulently infectious among middle-aged and elderly white males whose occupation is “politics.”

Though a cure has yet to have been found, diagnosis is half the battle. Once correctly diagnosed as a sufferer of Trumpitis — and the good news is that it is very easy to identify a sufferer as they are prone to…


Democrats better stop smugly snickering at the GOP self destruct, because the Trump Party is a Fascist Party that seeks the end of democracy

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I am not given to hyperbole. I am not exaggerating when I say the GOP is dead — put the nails in the coffin and chuck it in the ground, it is done, it is dead, it is over.

I am not exaggerating when I say in its place is the Trump Party, because Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy), a woman of impeccable conservative credentials and once highly respected member of the GOP, was voted out of her leadership position within the party for one reason and one reason only: she wouldn’t get on her knees and kiss Trump’s ring.

I…


Liz Cheney had the role of “The Lady,” but GOP menfolk don’t like a lady who talks back, so they want a script rewrite

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I never much liked Westerns, but I did enjoy the 1995 film The Quick and the Dead. Oscar material it wasn’t. The story was campy, the dialogue was clunky, the climax was as predictable as, well, a typical Hollywood Western climax, and the casting was just too much of a good thing. I mean there is only so much room on the screen to pack in Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Henriksen, you get the idea. …


You may want to reconsider which Party is working in your best interest

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I strongly suspect that when a good police officer in America — and I am sure you all understand what I mean by “good” officer; that is, the antithesis of Chauvin, and there are so very many good officers out there — first saw a sign at a protest that read “Defund the Police,” that officer probably felt some mixture of anger and horror, not to mention feeling deep resentment for the ways in which they are underappreciated. Perhaps that officer was inspired right at that very moment, if they hadn’t already done so, to send off a donation check…


WTF????!!!!

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I’m sorry, but I am speechless. I don’t know what else to write on this. I didn’t believe it when I first heard it. I thought for sure it had to be hyperbole or a misrepresentation of what the law passed in Florida actually said. Well, it is not hyperbole.

As described, bluntly, by Vice News:

As of Monday in Florida, a gathering of three or more people can be labeled a “riot” — and if they’re blocking the road and you feel frightened, it’s generally OK to run them over with a car. …


No, Chauvin was found guilty because Floyd was murdered, Floyd’s life mattered, and FYI, BLM has never rioted

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On the afternoon of April 20th, I received a text message from a friend, “The verdict is gonna be announced!” I work from home. I dropped everything and raced upstairs and turned on the TV, and waited for the judge to emerge and read the verdict. My heart was racing, thumping so hard I would have sworn somebody standing next to me would have heard the thumping, but I was alone. I wished I wasn’t alone. The judge walked in, took his seat, and my heart raced even faster, and for a moment, I leaned forward in my chair and…


Women, children, minorities, LGBTQ not recommended to ride, and can cause irreversible brain damage

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I enjoyed roller coasters when I was younger. Of course there were always those warning signs before you could ride, things like you have to be a certain height, or warning that pregnant women shouldn’t ride, or, most amusingly to me, to not ride if you have a heart condition (a no-brainer, that one).

But those were simpler days, a simpler time. Now we have the GOP WildRide Roller Coaster. They need a big sign posted at the gate of this monster. The sign will note that you should be preferably a white male, though some white women might step…

Fay Wylde

A private person, now living mostly “off the grid.” I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (and photo is from the 80s, I’m hopelessly nostalgic)

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