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Let me make this clear. My disagreements with Congresswoman Liza Cheney at a policy level are vast. However, her love of the Constitution and the country can’t be questioned. She is risking her political future, at least short-term, by standing up to Donald Trump and the Big Lie.

Cheney is no longer the Conference Chair of the Republican caucus. She was ousted by the leadership, working with the former president. This is now the legacy of Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise. This is the legacy of a party at war with reality. …


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Critical update. One hundred current and former officials seem to be ready to pull the trigger and form a third party.

The Republican Party is in the midst of an internal hot civil war. The only thing missing is shooting. There are two very discernible sides to this war. First, there are the authoritarians, who believe that former president Donald Trump is the future of the party. The other side is the more traditional conservative Republicans who believe this big lie that Trump won the presidency in 2020 and it was stolen, is damaging to the party and the nation…


Cups of coffee with my ssiter

I confess, going out for a simple cup of coffee is still anxiety-inducing. Yes. I am fully vaccinated by any standard of public health. I can remove my mask while at the table and breathe air in, and enjoy the heat, the birds, and the quiet. We went to the farmer’s market over the course of the year. And I did limited trips to the supermarket to the absolute I can’t avoid it. With planning, I could pick it up at the parking lot, and I did more than a few times.

Yet, going out for a simple cup of…


Post on Telegram, from the White Chauvinist site.

The Big Lie is critical to understand what is happening in the United States. It is at the heart of the turn towards radicalism and open political warfare we are experiencing. Most Americans are familiar with the process because we learn about it in history classes. Mind you, not American history, but as it pertains to the rise of the Third Reich. Alien forces stabbed the German soldier in the back; These were the Jews. This big lie set the ground for the holocaust and genocide.

We have our modern version of the big lie. Donald Trump won the election…


Recent salad at a local favorite coffee shop. I WAS hungry when I ordered this

If like me, you are part of a weight-loss group or know people who are trying to lose weight, you have heard this. Well, play along with your calories. Eat more one day, eat less the next. It’s a sure recipe to lose weight. It’s not.

What it is, well, a good way to not confuse your body, but to create issues with your metabolism that will get you into trouble later in life. Then there are the many tools used to “speed up your metabolism” such as Apple Cider. Believe me when I say this. It is snake oil…


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I still remember my days in graduate school. We had many discussions about that foreign country that is the past. History was not just about diaries and newspapers. It was not just about battles and political treaties. Yes. It was about that, but it was so much more. It was about power relationships, and who told the story. It was, in short, about finding a coherent reason for the past, and the present.

We learned about Herodotus, the father of history. And then we got to pick the story apart. It was not like he was the first person to…


Chicken in Chile Verde

If you want to keep your weight off in my view you need to learn to cook. This means no fast food, perhaps on occasion. This means not going out too often. And at least in my mind, staying away from a lot of processed foods. There are reasons for this. Processed food tends to have a lot of fat, and salt. Both can be a problem if you want to keep healthy blood pressure, or to eat heart-healthy.

Yes, you can have the occasional burger, or even boxed frozen dinner. I tend to have a couple in the freezer…


Derek Chauvin Reacts to verdicts

Warning, this piece contains quotes from far-right sites that contain triggering language.

The Derek Chauvin trial was not just about a black family or the black community. First, this was a historic day. Second, it is the first step in righting centuries of horrors. There is no parallel to the blue wall of silence crumbling during the trial. There is no precedent to police chiefs testifying against their own officers. Partly, there was video, which makes all the difference in the world. This video was the star witness during the trial. …


Why did the police stop Daunte Wright? From what we know, there are two stories about this, was this air freshener or missing tags. Both fall in the category of broken windows policing, meaning, deal with the little stuff before it becomes big. It is a school of policing that started in the 70s and 80s and is still standing around the country. However, like all issues in policing, they are never equally enforced between minorities and whites.

This is why small things like a broken tail light can lead to a traffic stop. If you happen to be in…


File Picture. Floyd March, June 7, 2020

There is no doubt in my mind that we are going to return to a new normal. It is going to be the world after the pandemic. However, some elements of the past are another form of public health. We still have a mental health crisis in the country. One that we could argue has become worst due to the year-plus of social isolation. The other is the epidemic of guns and mass shootings. The third, finally, is the over-policing of black and brown bodies.

It is important to understand what is happening because a year of isolation has not…

Nadin Brzezinski

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game.

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