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There’s No Rule That Says That A Miserable Situation Has To End, by Chuck Strom

Great Politico podcast on the current catastrophe in Venezuela, which has flown under the radar a bit with all of the other international noise going on. You know things are bad when, as a journalist, you get picked up by the secret police and regard the situation with relief.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/07/democracy-die-venezuela-implosion-hannah-dreier-215467

– Chuck . . . → Read More: There’s No Rule That Says That A Miserable Situation Has To End, by Chuck Strom

Colin Kaepernick: Potentially Losing Career but Winning History by a Landslide, by Davin Michael Stedman

The Colin Kaepernick story is one of the most fascinating stories of our generation. Most people didn’t even realize he was part African American until the media promoted his heartwarming adoption story, which explained why his parents were not Sicilian or Latin.

Once he switched out his dooshy baseball flat brimmed cap and grew . . . → Read More: Colin Kaepernick: Potentially Losing Career but Winning History by a Landslide, by Davin Michael Stedman

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker Interview With Anthony Scaramucci

This interview speaks for itself, other than to confirm that, yes, this is Donald Trump’s communications director.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-unload-about-white-house-leakers-reince-priebus-and-steve-bannon

– Vino Knight-Trane

Trump Fiscal Proposals Should Call Democrats to Action, by Mark Erickson

U.S. President Donald Trump walks from Marine One as he returns to the White House in Washington, U.S., March 5, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

President Trump unveiled his budget in May. As a candidate, Mr. Trump promised to protect entitlement programs, claiming he has a “big heart.” Guess what? Trump’s budget is irresponsible and unethical . . . → Read More: Trump Fiscal Proposals Should Call Democrats to Action, by Mark Erickson

49th Anniversary of RFK’s Passing – If he had been the nominee, would Chicago protests have taken place? by Pat Thomas

49 years ago today, we lost Bobby Kennedy. In my forthcoming book, I discuss that the Yippies were considering not protesting at the Chicago Convention if Kennedy was the presidential candidate – just days before he was shot, he met with SDS to discuss having the anti-War protests occurring in Chicago with his . . . → Read More: 49th Anniversary of RFK’s Passing – If he had been the nominee, would Chicago protests have taken place? by Pat Thomas

Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Thomas Ricks followed up his Fresh Air interview with some choice words about Trump in Politico:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/28/general-mcmaster-step-downand-let-trump-be-trump-215199

For those unfamiliar with Ricks, he has been one of the leading writers on the American military for the last two decades. His book Fiasco is the definitive work on the Iraq War, and his influence is . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Is Just Getting Started

Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Tom Ricks was on Fresh Air this week. (The podcast may be heard below.) I’ve always enjoyed his interviews, but this portion of it, when the subject of Fox News came up, made me sit up and take notice:

GROSS: You must be wondering what’s going to happen at Fox News now, especially after . . . → Read More: Tom Ricks Tells it Like it is

Comey Firing Resurrects Hunter Thompson’s Nixon Obituary, by Vino Knight-Trane

James Fallows of The Atlantic linked HST’s Nixon obituary in his post on Friday following the Comey dismissal:

He Was a Crook: Hunter S. Thompson on Nixon – The Atlantic

www.theatlantic.com

He Was a Crook. A scathing obituary of Richard Nixon, originally published in Rolling Stone on June 16, 1994.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/

I’m not . . . → Read More: Comey Firing Resurrects Hunter Thompson’s Nixon Obituary, by Vino Knight-Trane

Lessons for Trump in CIA “Ashes” and Korean War, by Davin Michael Stedman

REALITY CHECK: How much you want to bet that Trump doesn’t know that we actually fought China in the first Korean War, and that they whooped our ass? It was an ass whooping that ended as a stalemate and North Korea is still here taunting us because we lost. We almost got pushed right . . . → Read More: Lessons for Trump in CIA “Ashes” and Korean War, by Davin Michael Stedman

Truth Continues to be the First Casualty of Both War and Politics, by Mark Erickson

Aeschylus

In the months prior to America’s illegal invasion into Iraq on March 20, 2003, Americans were told by 43 that the war was necessary to eliminate weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Hussein was a threat to the U.S, and 43 implied that Mr. Hussein was responsible for the September 11, 2001, attack on . . . → Read More: Truth Continues to be the First Casualty of Both War and Politics, by Mark Erickson

AC/DC: Girls Got Rhythm Retooled to Fit the Day, By Mark Erickson

My favorite rock vocalist is Freddie Mercury of Queen. Also in my top five are Randy Blythe of Burn the Priest/Lamb of God, Michael Akerfeldt of Opeth, pre-cape Elvis Presley, and Bon Scott from AC/DC. (James Brown “ranks” #2 if the category expands beyond rock.) Regarding the last front man, I cranked Back in . . . → Read More: AC/DC: Girls Got Rhythm Retooled to Fit the Day, By Mark Erickson

The Republican Waterloo, by Vino Knight-Trané

There’s no one like adult conservatives (such as there are) for eviscerating Republicans as they plumb the depths of imbecility. Today’s column in The Atlantic from David Frum, a former speechwriter for Dubya, is exemplary in this regard. His analysis of the Republicans’ failure on Obamacare is instructive in a couple of ways: on . . . → Read More: The Republican Waterloo, by Vino Knight-Trané

Supreme Court Succession and the Notorious RBG, by Mark Erickson

U.S. President Donald Trump and Neil Gorsuch, left, smile as Trump nominates Gorsuch to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

#45 announced his nomination for the Supreme Court earlier this week. From what I’ve heard, . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Succession and the Notorious RBG, by Mark Erickson

Funkadelic – Maggot Brain: A Song Which Captures the Trump Era, by Mark Erickson

I’ve been thinking about lyrics to a song or an album that fits the current state of the nation with its new president. Like other politicians, Donald Trump made some bold pledges and promises on the campaign trail. He promised the return of manufacturing jobs to “Make America Great Again.” He wanted to tear . . . → Read More: Funkadelic – Maggot Brain: A Song Which Captures the Trump Era, by Mark Erickson

An Estimated Two Hundred Thousand March In Seattle For Equality and Against Donald Trump, by Holly Homan

On Saturday January 21 people from all over the world marched in solidarity with marchers in Washington D.C. The march was to protest the newly sworn in 45th president of the United States and his statements about and behavior toward women. It’s been no secret that Donald Trump says he divorced his first wife . . . → Read More: An Estimated Two Hundred Thousand March In Seattle For Equality and Against Donald Trump, by Holly Homan

Trump’s Inauguration Brings Various All Day Protests Around Seattle, by Holly Homan

On Friday January 20, the United States got its first fascist president. (Miriam Webster defines fascism as a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of . . . → Read More: Trump’s Inauguration Brings Various All Day Protests Around Seattle, by Holly Homan

“Yell at a White Man” Hotline

Written and Produced by Maggie Gottlieb and Julie Pearson and featuring (amongst other talented performers) Kyle Glenn Johnson, a longtime friend of East Portland Blog, this is the latest from Cursed Champagne Productions:

Comedy with teeth…

Freedom Isn’t Free: At the Writers Resist in Portland, by Chuck Strom

Last Sunday, writers and activists gathered at Writers Resist, an event held in over 100 venues in cities across the nation to commiserate and find ways to respond to the unthinkable turn of events from last November 8. In Portland, about 600 people came to the Aladdin Theater to see Cheryl Strayed and other . . . → Read More: Freedom Isn’t Free: At the Writers Resist in Portland, by Chuck Strom

Hundreds Gather In Seattle’s Freezing Temperatures to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline, by Holly Homan

On a chilly Sunday evening I ventured downtown to join a protest in front of Seattle’s Federal Building. The event this time was to draw attention to the plight of the water protectors fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

For those of you unaware, this particular pipeline is slated to be built right . . . → Read More: Hundreds Gather In Seattle’s Freezing Temperatures to Protest Dakota Access Pipeline, by Holly Homan

Think: Twilight Zone… by Mark Erickson

There have been two surreal moments that stand apart from my average life.

First, while a senior at North Park College (Chicago, IL) I was a passenger in a car with my brother, Paul Johnson, Lowell Berggren (the driver), and his girlfriend, Sharon Greenwood. We were driving to Minneapolis in a snowstorm after . . . → Read More: Think: Twilight Zone… by Mark Erickson