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After witnessing this election, one thing is CHRYSTAL CLEAR:

Voter suppression still works.

What I did after watching Rachel Maddow tonight 6-19-20

She reported about the hostile takeover of Voice of America and other media outlets by a Steve Bannon associate. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

I replied to another DUer earlier in the week that I was going to become a star member again. I had moved and changed banks, and had not gotten around to redoing my membership.

No longer! I promptly got my credit card out, and swiftly chose the monthly donation option. I am a Star Member once more!

I sincerely suggest that all non-Star members reading right now do the same. We must not let these right-wing lunatics reduce our access to actual news. Donating is a step in the right direction!

Disclaimer: No Admin has prompted me to post this, nor do they know that I'm doing it. It is my friendly suggestion to make this site even better than it already is, plus sticking a thumb in the eye of fascists. A Two-fer!

I am proud to say that I have been reading and contributing to DU since 2004, and I want it to stay around for a really long time. Who's with me?

I'm sitting in a Menards parking lot in Princeton, IN

My husband went in for some tools he needs for his job. Yes, he is still working outside our home.

Beautiful day, windows on the car are partially down to catch a nice breeze.

Remember, this is the middle of bright Red Trumpster town.

Menards only has one entrance open. People are stomping away from the others like children because they aren't being allowed in to their chosen door

Menards is requiring masks to he let in. Some people have them, some people don't, and then go to their car an miraculously find one. Others stomp off like children because they aren't being let in without one

If right wing Toadies Menards is turning away customers without masks, this virus is serious.

All of a sudden I see Snowflakes...

Who remembers the Terry Shiavo case?


Link to give info for those who don't.

The right wing lost their shit over this woman, demonstrating day after day after day.

She would be first to go in today's GOP world!


Meet Shadow_Goddess!

This is a very proud Mom moment for me!

Many Veteran DU members may remember a few posts over the years about my daughter's political upbringing. It started when she was four. She said she didn't like George W. Bush because "he sent Daddy away (to Iraq)". She loved Obama and cried with me when Hillary lost.

She has grown into an intelligent, independent and outspoken young lady. She begins her Senior year of High School this year.

She joins us today as new DUer Shadow_Goddess. Please welcome her!

FOX News is reporting about the rise of pedestrian deaths

And how the cause is because of the increase in the use of cell phones and SUVs on the road.

"There needs to be some big changes. This needs to be a National priority."

Really? You don't say? More people using a device or vehicle causing a death means we have to make changes? Like, say, a ban on them? Regulating their use?

A National priority.


The Disturbing Evolution Of 'Lock Her Up'

'The Disturbing Evolution Of 'Lock Her Up'

Last week, I did a reading for my new book at a local bookstore. After finishing the program, we opened it up to the audience. The first question came from an older white gentleman who rose from his seat in the back and marched to the front of the room.

He had a piece of paper in his hand, which he brandished for the rest of the crowd. On it was a photocopy of a Facebook post in which I had praised Hillary Clinton as “the president of my heart."

The man, by now trembling with rage, began to cite a litany of what he considered to be Clinton’s sins (her support for the Iraq War, her role in the invasion of Libya, etc.) “How black is your heart?” he growled at me.

He turned and stomped back to his seat before I could answer, muttering, “And that’s why I voted for Trump!”


- Many of the thoughts I've had bubbling in the back of my mind, written much better than I could. -

Troll level: Expert

LGBTQ advocates to protest Pence visit to Kansas City

LGBTQ advocates in Kansas City, Mo., are planning protest Vice President Pence's visit to the city this week.

The alternative rock station KRBZ tweeted Monday that it would throw "The Mike Pence Sausage Fest" across the street from where the vice president is expected to deliver remarks on Wednesday.

"Mike Pence is coming to Kansas City this Wednesday," the station tweeted.

"Pence is no fan of the LGBTQ+ community, and we're no fan of his. So we're throwing The Mike Pence Sausage Fest across the street at Barney Allis Plaza starting at 11a. Stop by and get a free hot dog while we have them!" the tweet continued.


Found on Facebook (so good!)

What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb?

What if our America is not dead but a country that is waiting to be born?

What if the story of America is one long labor?

What if all of our grandfathers and grandmothers are standing behind us now, those who survived occupation and genocide, slavery and Jim Crow, detentions and political assault?

What if they are whispering in our ears “You are brave”?

What if this is our nation’s greatest transition?

What does the midwife tell us to do?


And then?


Valerie Kaur

I had to go hug my daughter

at 11:00 p.m. last night.

Because I could.

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