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Abby Zimet: What We Do — Jane Austen’s Tenner

On Tuesday’s 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen – 1775-1817 – U.K. officials unveiled their new £10 banknote featuring “the mother of the great tradition of the English … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Too Many Getting Shooted, Still

Sorry, but the bleak news keeps coming. Friday, another white cop got away with another murder of a black man, the third such travesty in about a month. Ray Tensing’s … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Way Forward

Declaring, “We choose love,” thousands gathered in Portland, Oregon on Saturday night to honor three victims of a savage hate crime on a local train, the pernicious, inexorable dross of … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Black Mamas Bailout Day — Because All Of Us Are Fallen

Citing the tradition of their enslaved ancestors to “free ourselves,” a coalition of 25 grassroots, black-led organizations bought the freedom of about 60 black women jailed around the country for … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: We are a pre-existing condition

Gone is that loathsome sea of smug, suited, doughy, self-righteous, chortling, older white men in the Rose Garden gleefully celebrating the “moral travesty” of passing a billionaires’ tax cut bill … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: The Daily Disaster of Donald Trump

With a vote of 217-213, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass Trumpcare and strip health coverage from 24 million Americans. The new program will undermine the health, … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Tweets of the Master Class — And Ten Dollars Extra, For Every Hundred Lashes

“Stop the Runaway” begins an 1804 ad placed in the Tennessee Gazette urging civic-minded souls to capture a “Mulatto Man Slave” escaped from one Andrew Jackson, “unrepentant”owner of 161 slaves, … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous — On Losing An Armada and Other Acts of Shocking Ignorance

If you haven’t been following the Strangelovian Korea debacle – so many debacles, so little time – it’s still, alas, unfolding thanks to our utterly clueless loser-in-chief and his historically … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Time of Useful Consciousness

A belated 98th birthday to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, indefatigable poet, bookseller, anti-Fascist, First Amendment activist, environmentalist, publisher, painter, creator of community, patron saint of the Beat artists, Poet Laureate of San … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Trump and Putin Great Leaders, Yes?

We’ll Take Our Comic Relief Where We Can Get It Dept: The ghastliness of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) conclave and Herr Trump’s abject nightmare of a speech was … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Ideas As Dangerous As Bullets

Among the latest ungodly alternative facts issuing like toxic fumes from the White House is their brazenly skewed (and woefully misspelled) list of terror attacks the media allegedly failed to … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Hottest Places In Hell

The crowds of protesters turning up “loud and present” outside courthouses Tuesday to protest Supreme Court choice Neil Gorsuch were not the only people fiercely opposing the flood of atrocities … Continue reading

February 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: NAACP Members Arrested For Occupying Sessions Office

With Senate confirmation hearings slated to begin next week, resistance to the appalling notion of an Attorney General Jeff Sessions is growing fast, as it should. Tuesday saw a sit-in … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Pussy Grabs Back Nov. 8th

Not okay — Millions of women share grisley stories of sexual assault. Amidst the uproar over the latest bile spewing from the blowhole of the Orange Vulgarian, Canadian writer Kelly … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 3 Comments