Keeping Watch on Venezuela Coverage

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From Jack Jodell at The Saturday Afternoon Post:

Albeit for much different reasons, the electorate of Venezuela is split, just as is that of the United States. On one side is the ruling government party, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), knwn as the Chavistas (the name given it to describe its pro-Socialist followers of the late President Hugo Chavez), and on the other side, the Opposition, which is made up of upper middle class and upper class people and business owners, who cannot wait to return to power. This opposition charges that the PSUV, now led by President Nicolas Maduro, is attempting to set up a dictatorship along the lines of what exists in Cuba. It claims that since it first came into power in 1999, the Chavanistas have steadily been eroding Venezuela’s democratic institutions. They claim media censorship, but Ms. Martin went freely to different newsstands and found 4 opposition newspapers on display, as well as 2 pro-government ones and one neutral paper.

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Preaching the Anti-Abortion Gospel

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

Our recent vacation found Polly and me in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. We were amazed (and disheartened) by how many downtown churches there were — mainly Baptist — and the seemingly ubiquitous homeless and panhandlers. I told Polly, “look at all these big, fancy, rich churches, yet hungry, out-of-work, homeless people abound. So much for taking care of and ministering to the least of these.”

While poking around — one of our favorite pastimes — we came upon a rolling advertisement for the anti-abortion gospel. I say anti-abortion and not pro-life because most Evangelical “pro-lifers” are not actually pro-life.

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Who to Blame Today

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From driftglass:

For the record, no one should be the least bit surprised that the leader of the Republican Party blames Republicans for his failure as if they were some other party in some other country on some other planet along some other timeline.

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Yes, even Fox News…

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From the Bjork Report:

…is now on-board with pushing a criminal probe into Donny Jr.’s meeting with the Russians. As I’ve mentioned before, it would be interesting to know how Fox viewers are responding to Fox’s gradual about-face. On many of their shows they are now sending the same anti-Trump signals as CNN and even MSNBC.

My guess is they’ve determined that Trumpsky has wrecked the GOP’s legislative agenda and, as a result, they want Trumpsky out and Pence in.

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Innocent by Reason of
Too-Dumb-to-be-Guilty?

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From Vixen Strangely at Strangely Blogged:

Focusing on Donald Jr. as a contact-point between Russian operatives and the Trump campaign has certainly kicked up a lot of defenses of Donald Trump Sr’s baby boy. Or should I say, middle-aged baby boy. It bothers the hell out of me when a grown man, something like mere days younger than the leader of France, and old enough to be president himself according to the US Constitution, and certainly old enough to run (supposedly without his father’s input) the Trump family’s international company–and yet, some people think this “kid” should get soft treatment for not knowing that dealing with representatives (or people purporting to be representatives) of a foreign power is not actually normal campaign behavior for a political campaign, and having intel shopped in front of you kind of is mighty collusion-ish…

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Trump Flake with Silly Prop Gets Crispy Burnt by Joy Reid

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From Tommy Christopher:

Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway may have started a welcome trend through her desperate use of bizarre flash cards to distract from the series of collusion bombshells that exploded this week. On Saturday morning’s “AM Joy” show, another guest deployed a similar tactic in order to flack for Trump and his band of bumbling associates.

In discussing the Trump Tower Russian collusion meeting, which has now officially grown to the size of the entire Medicaid population, former CIA analyst and current Trump apologist extraordinaire Fred Fleitz tried to make a bizarre point using an even more bizarre prop.

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Jay-Z’s Pro-Blackness is Hugely Overrated

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From Darcwonn at The Intersection of Madness and Reality:

Within hip hop, going political meant going against the powers that be for a better existence.

The problem within hip hop is that much of the political artform isn’t celebrated as it used to be. Long gone are the days of collab tracks like “Self Destruction” and “We All In The Same Gang”. Groups like Public Enemy are more viable toward historical revisits on Unsung. And when was the last time a politically charged hip hop album went platinum? Most mainstream rappers shy away from these types of topics nowadays out of fear, loathing, and misunderstanding.

Enter Jay-Z’s album 4:44.

When 4:44 dropped, the world was ablaze about the music and the message. After a few weeks, a simple realization set in: people were shocked to see a grown up Jay-Z. Instead of talking about reckless riches, he was trying to educate the masses on how to spend their money. Instead of talking up his masculinity, he reflected on his mother’s lesbianism. Instead of shirking his husbandly duties, he admitted to his marital follies. In the end, Sean Carter decided to be a man’s man instead of a boy’s man.

Just because Jay-Z decided to grow up doesn’t mean that he put out a political album. And that is where Greg Tate got it wrong in his article The Politicization of Jay-Z in Village Voice.

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Fukushima…

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From Green Eagle:

Lest we forget, a little news about the situation in Fukushima, from Newsweek, via Yahoo:

“While much progress has been made to clean the area, the company has only just resolved the debate over what to do with the water that was used to cool the plant’s damaged reactors, causing it to become tainted with tritium.”

What to do…what to do… Oh wait, I have an idea:

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Bible in School? Then Let’s Have Atheism in Church

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From Blue in the Bluegrass:

No, I mean it. Freedom OF religion is also Freedom FROM religion, so let’s have a fair fight.

Truthfully, Bevin’s new Inquisition is not new. When I was in Kentucky high school in the 1970s, there was an English class elective in “The Bible as Literature.” Everybody took it because easy A, right?

“Bible Literacy,” however, is quite a bit more blatant about its religious indoctrination.

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Interrupting People: the Pros and Cons

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From The Journal of Improbable Research:

What might you gain (or lose) by interrupting someone? The question has been experimentally examined by Professor Sally Dew Farley, of the Psychology department at the University of Baltimore, US. Experimental subjects who had been asked to discuss an article were systematically interrupted by confederates – revealing the following :

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