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June 19, 2021

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Shannyn Moore: Republicans Go From Clown Car to Carnival Freak Show

Reprinted from Alaska Dispatch News I need a serenity prayer to recite before these presidential candidate debates. “God grant me the serenity to accept that politics in my country is now about spray tans, small hands, penises, outspoken racism and how the will of the people can be thwarted come convention time.” (Apologies to Reinhold Niebuhr.) Yes, I’m talking about you, Republicans. The Democratic debates have been relatively boring, what with all that talk about economic and foreign policy, but you Republicans are awesome entertainment, better than a carnival freak show. Chris Christie, the bridge saboteur and failed presidential candidate, joined…

The Weekend Off – News You Missed

Alaska Fairbanks News Miner – Pro-Begich super PAC takes on Treadwell JUNEAU, Alaska – A super PAC that supports Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has a new ad that, for the first time, takes on Republican Senate hopeful Mead Treadwell. Put Alaska First’s ad also features Republican Dan Sullivan, the presumptive front-runner in the race who has been a target of the group for months. Alaska Dispatch News – Nixon took time out from Watergate to plot politics with Young, Coghill Forty years after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in disgrace, the secret tapes that proved his role in the Watergate…

Bruce Springsteen Performs Victor Jara’s ‘Manifesto’

Chilean folk musician and revolutionary hero Victor Jara was murdered 40 years ago today by soldiers led by Augusto Pinochet. He would be 81. Jara, compared often with Bob Dylan (probably more correctly Phil Ochs) was the voice of the left in Chile during the rise of Allende to the presidency. He was a theater director, musician and what eventually got him killed, a supporter of the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. On September 11th, 1973 the United States backed a coup in the South American nation of Chile – their goal was to overthrow the Socialist President, Allende. They…