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What Time Is It? (Another Poem for Daniela Vargas)

WHAT TIME IS IT?   There are times When silence Does not mean Neutrality, Nor fairness, Nor indecision, Nor open-mindedness, But consent And approval; Indifference And cowardice. Our time is one Of those times.  

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Question (a poem for DREAMer Daniela Vargas, in the United States since age seven, arrested in retaliation for exercising her free speech, 2017)

QUESTION What does it mean If a tree falls In a forest On a person And no One makes a sound?

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Let Gorsuch Through

This is the wrong fight. Let him through. Let the Democratic senators express their concerns and make their points, but this is not the man to filibuster. Don’t behave like Republicans have over the past eight years, supporting left-leaning iterations … Continue reading

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Steve Bannon’s Vision in a Nutshell–and California as the Counter-Model

Steve Bannon’s chief goals are outlined in the link below to a recent Washington Post article. Among them is a large strategic vision grounded in national sovereignty. Bannon thinks that Western countries have surrendered ever increasing degrees of sovereignty to … Continue reading

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Robert Young is Probably Wrong. Trump Neutrality Endangers Resisters. And That’s Why Scientists Should March on Washington

The more people who peel off, the more dangerous it becomes for those remaining in the streets who resist. So this is hard for me to read. I post a link to the below article by Robert Young, not because … Continue reading

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Felony Charges Brought Against Six Journalists

Fascism? What else do you call this? Six journalists–journalists–reporting on the inaugural protests have been roped into the felony charges brought against some of the property damaging protesters themselves. This should be extremely alarming for anybody who cares about the … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s Victory and The Ending of The Planet of the Apes

Well, I’m searching for something that reflects accurately the emotion evoked in me by this election result. When the past year was ongoing, it was the ending of Hitchcock’s The Birds that seemed the apt metaphor for what I was … Continue reading

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Trump, Hitler, Whites Who Did Not Attend College, and Tuesday

Don’t kid yourself. This is still tight. Trump’s bet is on the same demographic Hitler made his bet on in 1933: the non-college educated who live outside of the cities. In places like Berlin, you had many highly educated people … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Emily Dickinson: An Apt Quote and Poem for the Run-Up to Tuesday’s Election

This quote captures for me a lot of the pre-election feel of this weekend: “Asked earlier Friday aboard Air Force One en route to North Carolina what the president makes of a country that has not more clearly rejected Trump, … Continue reading

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Hillary, Not Monica: John Sununu, Donald Trump, And Misogyny In 2016

Misogyny. One of the saddest moments for me in the run-up to Tuesday’s election is reading this morning of a joke that John Sununu–a 77-year-old Trump surrogate, former governor of New Hampshire, former chief of staff to George H.W. Bush, … Continue reading

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Trump Can’t Read–And Yet Will Have The Nuclear Biscuit?

Samantha Bee here is being funny–and yet her theory is troublesome because so plausible. Maybe Trump can’t read. Or, at least, not well. Are we really about to elect–in the 21st century, and to the highest office in the land–a … Continue reading

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Ur-Fascism: What Would Umberto Eco Say about Donald Trump’s Movement?

I hope to be pleasantly surprised with a Hillary victory announced on the day after the election next week, but I’m nevertheless bracing for a Trump win. And in wrestling with what this past year has meant, I find myself … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Ur-Fascism

Umberto Eco and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Over twenty years ago, in The New York Review of Books (June 22, 1995), Umberto Eco wrote of the difficulty of deciding whether a contemporary political movement is fascist: It would be so much easier, … Continue reading

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Donald Trump And The Slave Market

I detect the whiff of the slave market in these stories. Trump casually and repeatedly compromised young women’s modesty, mixing among them while they were naked in their dressing rooms–and some of them were as young as fifteen. Because he … Continue reading

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Make It Go Away

The second debate in a nutshell. Image source: https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/entertainment/memes-ahoy-the-internet-reacts-to-todays-dumpster-/72af03a8-5f0c-49a3-8a2f-77b477440f10.htm https://twitter.com/JAMNPP/status/785316346158583808/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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Donald Trump Assaults Nonconsenting Debate Chair

The image that sums up the second debate. Image source: https://www.pedestrian.tv/news/entertainment/memes-ahoy-the-internet-reacts-to-todays-dumpster-/72af03a8-5f0c-49a3-8a2f-77b477440f10.htm

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Donald Trump, Full Metal Jacket, And Taking Life Too Seriously

Make America Grope Again. Where are we after the second debate? I’d say, film-wise, at Full Metal Jacket. Donald Trump is now akin to the soldier in the film who fails at basic training and begins to take life’s humiliations … Continue reading

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Donald P. Grabber Is No Laughing Matter

Politico this morning: “[W]ithin Trump’s own campaign, there was an overriding sense of doom. One aide expressed doubt that the GOP nominee, who has successfully weathered a number of scandals, would be able to ride the current firestorm.” GOP panics … Continue reading

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Danielle Allen on Donald Trump’s Groping

Gilgamesh, Plato, the tyrannical soul, and Donald P. Groper. The most illuminating opinion article I’ve run across on what Trump’s predatory sexual behavior means. Donald Trump is a walking, talking example of the tyrannical soul This election has moved to … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: Political Death (Finally) By A Thousand Tic Tacs?

Wave two. Trump’s Tic Tacs are becoming drip-drops and tick-tocks. Reports of behavior that accord with what he said on the tape–right down to the Tic Tacs–are coming in. From groping to assault. This is in Politico this morning: Late … Continue reading

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