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After Trump

February 7, 2018, 3:34 pm

What happens after Trump is no longer President? Many commentators focus on norms. You know, like using the Oval Office to promote your private businesses, like concealing your tax information, like calling opposing politicians treasonous, like attacking the judiciary and law enforcement and the fourth estate, like declining to enforce laws, like ignoring cyber-attacks on America, like refusing to hold state dinners or attend things that every other President attended. There’s no law that prevents the President from doing all
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Sister Insister

January 1, 2018, 5:37 am

Let’s begin the year with a brand-new video that I co-wrote and directed; let’s sing and dance on the way to justice.   Share this post

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Bye-bye, 2017; hello, a new kind of blog in 2018

December 30, 2017, 12:41 pm

For four years now, I have been writing 3000-plus words a week, spread over at least three entries a week. What a ride. What tremendous responses from friends old and new. My blog has been cross-posted in places like AwardsDaily, Sound on Sight, and Filmotomy, and the exposure has led to appearances/citation in The New Yorker, Al Jazeera, and The Christian Science Monitor. My blog has become part of a thriving and extraordinary community of blogs by parents of autistic
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Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2017, 5:37 pm

I love the line in that song “When Christmas Comes to Town” – “On Christmas it’s hard to be alone.” It somehow captures three different kinds of poignancy – it’s hard if alone-ness happens to you, it’s also sometimes hard to get away from people, it’s also sometimes about loving the crowd of people. Wishing you poignant association with art today and every day. Share this post

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Franken: Out. Freakin’ Out? No.

December 13, 2017, 9:32 am

Last night was a triumph for Doug Jones and for Alabama. But it was also a triumph for the Democrats who called for the resignation of their fellow Senator, Al Franken. The other day, Senator Al Franken resigned his Senate seat over a number of allegations that he had, in the past, behaved inappropriately with women. My friends on social media have been having a collective freakout. I believe these friends have been misguided. This comment is representative: “You can’t shame
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The Secret Formula to Get Rid of Trump

November 28, 2017, 10:55 am

Politico’s headline on November 7 said it all: “The Democratic Circular Firing Squad Dodges a Bullet.” After resounding wins in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, Democrats proved that their perpetual in-fighting wasn’t necessarily a recipe for electoral defeat. Or did they? Within hours of the November 7 elections, the national press, as it must always do, put a face on the story, and that face was…not the white cisgender straight male face belonging to the new governor of Virginia, or,
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Reformation @ 500, Revolution @ 100, Renewed Republicans @ 1

November 7, 2017, 12:39 pm

    This week marks at least three significant anniversaries of world history: the quincentennial of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of a German church, the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution, and the one-year anniversary of the election to the U.S. Presidency of Donald Trump. Despite the calendar confluence, I haven’t seen writers discussing these three epochal events together. I’d argue that they have crucial aspects in common, and that we glean insights by seeing the current
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That Time When I Failed to Stand for Our National Anthem

September 25, 2017, 7:44 pm

I remember it like it was yesterday. By the time I was 16, I rarely babysat, but gears shifted on the day I got my driver’s license. Like me, my neighbor’s kid loved roller-coasters; unlike me, my neighbor had no desire to drive all the way from Berkeley to Santa Clara. One nice summer day in the late 1980s, me and her 10-year-old kid and the kid’s friend woke up early, jumped in my neighbor’s mini-van, and drove an hour
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Emmys 2017: More Milestones Than You May Realize

September 19, 2017, 8:42 am

Now that Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’s The Late Show, has hosted the Emmys on CBS in the same calendar year that Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, hosted the Golden Globes on NBC and Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, hosted the Oscars on ABC, it’s official: for the first time ever in a year, the late-night M.C. of each of America’s three broadcast networks hosted its major screen-content awards-show. At this point, this milestone registers
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The Terror-Totalitarianism Tango

September 11, 2017, 9:51 pm

  Today is the first September 11 under President Trump. Perhaps fittingly, it’s also the first time that the amount of years since that fateful day can be expressed as a discreet square of a square – because the number 16 is a square of 4, which is a square of 2. Why would that be fitting? Because a square of a square invokes a box in a box, and 9/11 is both a Pandora’s box that continues to expand
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