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Do the Math 0

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Passing the Barr 0

Caption:  The Barr Exam.  Image:  Donald Trump asks William Barr,

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Trump Plays His “Get Out of Jail Free” Cards 0

David digs into the implication of Trump’s pardon spree and sees a pattern: “elites protecting elites.”

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Marketing Moments 0

Mike Bloomberg hugs a black man as the black guy asks, f

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The other day as I was driving to a local recycling center, I stumbled over our local R&B station and decided to listen a bit.

I heard a Bloomberg ad clearly directed at the expected demographic of an R&B station’s audience. I totally get (as the kids say) this cartoon; the ad was warm with smarm.

Image via Job’s Anger.

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A Tune for the Times 0

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The Idiocy of Isolationism 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., suggests that the spread of the coronavirus bears a message for wall-eyed pikers everywhere. A snippet:

History has frequently conspired to show us the folly of believing we can wall ourselves off from the world’s woes. But it has seldom produced a reminder as elegantly ominous or insidious as this.

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The one bright spot is that the illness the virus causes could be much worse than it is. As warnings go, it could have been a lot worse.

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The Acolyte 0

Title:  Barr Googles.  Image:  Donald Trump and William Barr sitting a bar.  Barr says to Trump,

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Behind That Curtain 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Susan Krauss Whitbourne offers a guide to Trump and Trumpism Machiavellian manipulators.

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“An Informed Electorate” 0

Ed from Gin and Tacos reports.

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The Rule of Lawless, Get Out of Jail Free Dept. 0

Methinks David understates the situation.

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The Rule of Lawless 0

David Frum explains the theory and the action.

Via Field Negro.

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Race Coarse Callers 0

Cartoon lampooning the hysterical horse-race coverage of the Democratic presidential nomination process.

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Gutting Out the Vote 0

David and Thom Hartmann explore the history of voter suppression (aka, “rule by an elite white male majority”) efforts in the U. S.

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The Rule of Lawless 0

Will Bunch reflects on the double-standard. A snippet; follow the link for the complete essay.

There are two law books in Donald Trump’s America, separate and unequal — a draconian one for the poor and the marginalized, and one bookmarked with a get-out-of-jail-free card for the politically connected. There’s even more to this, though, than people realize. If you’re a wealthy white-collar criminal, you don’t even have to know the president to get a break from his Justice Department.

In a major investigative piece that got buried in the rubble of Trump’s assault on democracy and the New Hampshire primary, the Huffington Post’s Michael Hobbes found that punishment of white-collar crime has plummeted to unthinkable depths during the current administration.

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Devolution 0

We have gone from the President who “could not tell a lie” to the President who cannot tell the truth.

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Choices Have Consequences 0

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Epidemiology Redux 0

Title:  Pandemic Panic:  Frame One:  Woman in doctor's office says,

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Facebook Frolics 0

On the Zuckerborg, everyone needs an “influencer.”

Buy yourself one today!

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An Eggistential Dilemma 0

At the Hartford Courant, Susan Campbell coddles an egg.

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“Everything Still Looks the Same” 0

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