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Bruce A. Jacobs
I write books and poems and play music.
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I mean, really. Can we please ditch the perplexity about Donald Trump? There is little mystery here, despite the prolonged “Wha…?” from journalists and politicians who don’t want to believe that American moral authority is this broken. Look, it started... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at alias Bruce.
Enough already of this ceaseless business of shock, horror, and “can he last?” gibbering among America’s gobsmacked journalists and politicians. I get it that many in the news and electoral industries are bursting their brains trying to make sense of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at alias Bruce.
For a nation so accustomed to congratulating itself as exceptional, it is bitter poetic justice for we as Americans to officially join the ranks of ridiculed autocracies ruled by cartoon dictators. We now fit all the criteria: An elite whose... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at alias Bruce.
You know about the already-infamous much-ridiculed Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial, in which a Caucasian-stock-photo beautiful young woman joins a lefty protest line, strikes the iconic pose of young black demonstrator Ieshia Evans face-to-face with a row of militarized police officers,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at alias Bruce.
Being white really must suck. Because it’s a scam. From its very beginnings, the whiteness sales pitch to Caucasians has been a bold and persistent lie: “This is a thing about you that makes you superior and will protect you.” Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at alias Bruce.
My filmmaker friend and colleague Laurie Kash made this film of the Women's March in Washington DC, January 21, 2017. Full disclosure: I'm in it. Watch it anyway. It is a beautiful portrait of national and global resistance. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at alias Bruce.
I recently learned that I have something in common with a close relative of a friend of mine: a love for cats. My friend's relative has inherited cats from other people, and he considers his companionship with a cat (or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at alias Bruce.
Not that it takes a nation’s founding document to dwarf His Littleness. A baby woodchuck with a bad case of loose bowels would dwarf Trump in both mental and constitutional fortitude. But hearing our orange-crested presidential critter yowl about the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at alias Bruce.
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I shot these videos and photos of the Dulles Airport protest today. You can also view the videos on my YouTube channel. People chant "No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here": People chant, "No hate, no wall, America welcomes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at alias Bruce.
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Tom McCarthy's Jan 28 Guardian piece is a good peek into President Donald Trump's jealous-toddler view of the world and what drives his policy moves, which are best understood as tantrums. What's most terrifying is that his triggers for his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at alias Bruce.
For those of us in America who have the cushion of assuming a daily life free of being physically kicked in the ass, jailed, blacklisted or fired from our jobs for political reasons, or threatened or worse by goons who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at alias Bruce.
- Trump thinks his followers are stupid enough to believe the easily-disproved “alternative fact” that Trump's inauguration crowd in DC was not dwarfed by Obama's in 2008 or by the Women's March in 2017. - Trump thinks his followers are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at alias Bruce.
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I shot these today at the Women's March in DC. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at alias Bruce.
I shot these videos at today's Women's March in DC. At the latest count more than 500,000 people marched in DC -- double the number that attended the Trump inauguration -- and more than 1 million marched globally. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at alias Bruce.
In the United States, as in most other non-democracies, national politics is a moral sport of the wealthy. The wealthy players fielded by America’s Red Team feel varying amounts of actual heartfelt care, ranging from the frigidly mercenary to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at alias Bruce.
I received a link from my friend Aubrey to a piece written by a former resident of Chile remarking on the wicked irony of seeing Americans traumatized by Russian interference in our elections more than 40 years after his own... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at alias Bruce.
Welcome to an experiment: Trump-Free Thursday, a place where All Trump All The Time yields to better and truer things. Need a space to breathe? Today I suggest Gwarlingo, one of the truest windows I've yet found for art, poems,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at alias Bruce.
My colleague and friend Keith Schlegel, a retired university English chair and owner of a baritone voice most guys would go to jail for, wrote and recorded a video reading of the following (I'll share a link when I have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at alias Bruce.
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This from columnist Lindy West on why we stop at “alt-right” when we’re talking about ethnic-cleanser racial supremacists: What does it take to call a Nazi a Nazi? In the interminable fortnight since the election of Donald Trump, the US... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at alias Bruce.
This (President Donald Trump, with an administrative roster of goons and clowns like Steve Bannon, Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, et. al.) is what a country gets after corporate-run decades of making public-interest government a bitter joke, after serving up Hillary... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at alias Bruce.
Yesterday was a good day at the Missouri River in North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a resounding victory when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied passage for the Dakota Access pipeline – in proximity to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at alias Bruce.
It is accurate to say that West Virginia attorney JB Akers’ detailed blog, Trump Won and I Don't Understand Why You Don't Understand, is self-promoting for his law practice, uninformed about the diversity and depth of suffering in urban communities,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at alias Bruce.
A reader, after seeing my post about Trump’s privileged hypocrisy over Mike Pence’s being booed at Hamilton, observed that she would have re-posted it on Facebook but my message was too angry. As it happens, I wouldn’t have posted it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at alias Bruce.
When Donald uses white supremacy as his trump card in playing on the suffering of white working people, in what ways will people of color respond? And what will happen when Trump’s white supporters realize they’ve been played? The following... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at alias Bruce.
...Donald Trump takes offense with a tweet demanding an apology. So, just to make sure we understand: President-Elect Trump believes that he and his surrogates are entitled to call Mexican immigrants "rapists," to call women "pigs" and "dogs" who you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at alias Bruce.