G’Day Gnusies! Welcome to the Sunday GNR, hosted today by relief gnus from the GNR stable of writers!

2thanks lost his power last night after some storms went through Michigan, so today will be a group effort — Gnusie power! 💪💪🏼💪🏻💪🏿💪🏾💪🏽!

Let’s start with 2thanks’ lovely introduction:

Ruminations, Revelations, and Reflections

Good News: We bring it, we make it.

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We are fully clothed in patriotism, no specious garb for us.  

The Good Gnus group is a community of readers, writers, activists, supporters, community builders, and patriots. We begin gathering every day at 7 a.m. ET to celebrate national good news. Our most active members are of course a subgroup of members of Daily Kos, whose Front Pages celebrate “News, Community, Action.” However, you don’t have to be a member of Daily Kos to be a Gnusie.

We are realists, not fools, idiots, or ostriches. We seek the truth. We know we live in a world where active, nefarious, and evil decision-makers do very bad things, and create stress and anxiety in us, our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors, and our allies, and destroy people and systems we hold dear. However, we choose to focus on the good news that people create around the country.

Sometimes we ourselves create Good News. Together we are strong and resilient. We return regularly to these pages to revitalize.

In a Good News Roundup, the weight of bearing good news is not borne by the author alone: Gnusies can be counted on to adorn the comment section with good news. Often commenters create three times as many comments as Recommendations! If you cannot linger with us for hours, I recommend you return in the mid or late afternoon, learn who your favorite commenters are, and Find their names on return visits. We count on certain favorite Gnusies to bless us in the comments with humor, hope, history, and analysis every day.

We bring good news, and we create good news.

A Sunday Smile 🥰


A Little Bit of Potential Trouble for the Barr Crowd

Oh please, please, let this have real legs.

CNN:  Erica Orden:  Two Democrats in Congress call on Justice Department watchdog to investigate if Barrack case ‘was inappropriately suppressed’

(CNN)Two Democratic members of Congress are asking the Justice Department’s inspector general to open an investigation into whether the probe of Trump ally Tom Barrack, indicted earlier this week, “was inappropriately suppressed,” after CNN reported Wednesday that prosecutors had enough evidence to charge him last year.

Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Kathleen Rice of New York requested an “investigation into whether Mr. Barrack or any other friends of the former President were given special treatment by the Department of Justice during the last Administration, and whether his case was inappropriately suppressed.”
“We understand prosecutorial discretion,” they wrote in a letter dated Thursday and obtained by CNN. “But that discretion can never be based on how wealthy or connected a defendant happens to be. No one should be above the law, not the former President and not his friends. A bedrock foundation of our democracy is that every person is treated equally under the law.”

    They Sure Do Make Them Extra-Smart Over There in Magaland

    Oh, wait — I meant extra-crispy.  This man is a literal bumbling fool.

    Huffington Post:  Mary Papenfuss:  Date With Destiny: Capitol Riot Suspect Nabbed — This Time With Help From Dating App Bumble

    Yet another Capitol riot suspect has been nabbed thanks to boasts and photos he posted on social media — this time on the dating app Bumble, federal officials revealed Friday.

    Houston business owner Andrew Taake, 32, “discussed his participation in the riot” on Bumble, and sent “several photos,” including one of himself on Jan. 6 after he was “allegedly pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers,” according to the complaint against him filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

    Taake told another Bumble user — who became a witness for the FBI — that he was inside the building for about 30 minutes, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent.

    Bumble was also helpful because it provided Taake’s location, according to the court papers.

    And here are links so you can check out the entire week of GNRs:

    𐂂 Another week of Gnusies out standing on the veldt 𐂂

    Monday, Jessiestaf and the GNR Newsroom (Killer300 and Bhu):  From the GNR Newsroom: The Monday Good News Roundup

    Tuesday, arhpdx: Good News Roundup for Tuesday, July 20, 2021 — Connection

    Wednesday, niftywriter: Wednesday Good News Roundup

    Thursday, MCUBernieFan: Good News Roundup Thursday 7-22-21- All the Gnus in Gnuville

    Friday, chloris creator (sub, nifty): Good News Roundup — Friday, July 23

    Saturday, Good News Roundup (Goody!): Democrats United: Republicans in Disarray. It’s the upsidedown and I like it: Saturday’s Good News.

    And every evening at 6:30 CT (5:30 ET), hpg brings us the day’s significant events via the new Evening Shade. Evening Shade was begun by NNNE a long time ago and he kept it up faithfully every single night until Joe Biden won the election. Then, hpg took up the torch and has been bringing us the new Evening Shade ever since. Check it out! There’s nothing I like better after a busy or dispiriting day than to open DKos at 6:30 and get the evening good news! Here’s the link to last night’s:

    President Joe Biden—Day 185—evening Shade-Saturday,  hpg


    Poll #1: Who Won the Week?

    Gnusie Bill in Portland Maine lets 2thanks repeat the results of his research. He arrayed the following items in his popular Who Won the Week? poll in Friday’s Cheers and Jeers. Many people already voted in that poll. Please enjoy Bill’s on-point analysis and wit, vote in his poll, Rec his diaries, get on his bandwagon, send him a donation, and earn his blessing. 

    Cheers and Jeers archive and future editions here. Way, way more than a nifty thanks to The One, our Wicked Wizard of Wit and writer of Who Won the Week, Willhelm von kosland!

    Wally Funk, the 82-year-old test pilot and “Mercury 13 Women” candidate, who finally got to fulfill her dream of going into space, thanks to a ride on the New Shepard rocket
    U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker, for blocking a Republican law in Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions, including those for pregnancies caused by rape or incest
    Team Biden-Harris: ramps up protections for Afghan translators; reverses Trump’s logging rule in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest; slaps sanctions on Cuban officials; marks 6 successful months in office
    The Poor People’s Campaign, for announcing a Selma-style march from Georgetown, Texas to Austin, led by Rev. William Barber and Beto O’Rourke, to demand Senate passage of a federal voting rights bill
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, for saying it plain during a Senate hearing: “Senator [Rand] Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say that officially.”
    The American taxpayer—as of 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, we no longer have to shell out money for Secret Service protection for Don, Jr., Eric, Ivanka, Jared, Lara, and Tiffany
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for booting insurrection supporters Jim Jordan and Jim Banks (whose comms director is Tucker Carlson’s son) off the January 6th commission
    This year’s Kennedy Center Honorees: Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Lorne Michaels, Berry Gordy, and Justino Díaz
    The Missouri Supreme Court, for ruling unanimously that the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid must be implemented, no matter how bad state Republican politicians want to kill it

    Sunday, Mapday: Pin Dropping 

    Two maps of the United States, one above the other. Both maps indicate the approximate locations of members of the Good News Roundup community of Daily Kos. The lower map contains many more blue pin-markers than the upper map. Upper image: A map of Gnuville from February 15, 2019 with fewer than 50 pins. Lower image: A map of Gnuville from March 21, 2021 with 582 member worldwide pins. Tags: Good News Roundups Gnusies maps members pinned

    Our map of Gnuville: 645 of us have shared our global locations!

    To leave your mark, please Reply in the comments to tljdk or silverfoxcruiser. Please include your city and state only, NOT street number and street. (Please persist, we are volunteers.)

    Image: Two maps of the United States, one above the other. Both maps indicate the approximate locations of members of the Good News Roundup community. The lower map contains many more blue pin-markers than the upper map. Upper image: A map of Gnuville from February 15, 2019 with fewer than 50 Gnusie pins. Lower image: A map of Gnuville from March 21, 2021 with 582 pins across our orb. [Thanks Kluger2!]

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    The 6 R’s of the Resistance

    Joe Biden is now our President. However, we continue to stay vocal and active, we continue to pull Joe to the left, and we continue resist the GQP.

    1. Refresh and Rest: Take care of you, the hero: Eat well, exercise, and rest.
    2. Resist: Protest on the streets, call senators and representatives, etc.
    3. Rebel: Run for office, GOTV (Get Out The Vote), support a progressive.
    4. Revolt: Change the laws, change the culture, build your communities.
    5. Rely: Trust that millions of others are fighting the good fight.
    6. Rejoice: Joy promotes resilience and gives rise to hope.

    How to Resist: Do Something …

    Once again, from Good News Roundup:

    1. Tell your senators to pass the For The People Act.  This link lets you easily send them a message.  Do you already know that they support it?  Send it anyway.  The more they hear from you, the harder they will fight for it.  Do it right now!!
    2. On August 28, the anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, voting rights groups are hosting five simultaneous marches across the country to demand action to protect voting rights. Learn more and sign up for updates here.
    3. Run for something!  Seriously?  Why not you?
    4. Get involved with the Democratic party.  We aren’t perfect, but the other side is fucking evil.
    5. Get involved with Swing Left.  They are working on races right now!
    6. Get involved with Postcards to voters! Influence voters in key areas from the comfort of your own home!
    7. Donate to the AMAZING Florida Rights Restoration!  They are taking buses around Florida to empower returning citizens, remove financial barriers to voting, and increase public safety.  They are really amazing.
    8. Make phone calls FROM YOUR OWN HOME to protect voter rights.  There are phone banks on Wednesdays and on Saturdays.
    9. The ACLU plays a key role in filing lawsuits that often stop voter suppression.  Get involved with them at this link.  You can donate to them at this link
    10. The League of Women Voters work year-round to combat voter suppression through advocacy, grassroots organizing, legal action and public education.   You can get involved with them at this link
    11. Volunteer with Black Votes Matter at this link.   They have on the ground work in 10 states and people from other states can write postcards, phone bank, fundraise, and text.
    12. Spread The Vote works to get voters IDs before voting begins.  You can volunteer with them at this link.  
    13. Sign up at Democracy Docket to stay informed about the fight against voter suppression and the fight for voter rights.
    14. Donate to Common cause.  They have an Emergency Voter Protection fund that will make sure they have the funds to fight attacks on Democracy.
    15. Volunteer with the Election Protection program.  They have a poll monitoring program to keep polling places fair and legal.
    16. Attend an Indivisible event TONIGHT!  They are holding vigils for democracy all over the country.  Click on this link to find one near you
    17. You wrote to your Senator about the For the People Act in Action #1.  Now call them. This link will help you easily do that.
    18. Sign up to get action alerts on voting from the NAACP.  The kinds of legal challenge the NAACP are mounting WORK.  Just this week we saw this headline— Georgia County Agrees to Voter Purge Reforms to End NAACP Suit.  Supporting the NAACP (and other organizations) can increase our success
    19. When We All Vote is an amazing organization.  You can take action with them to advocate for voters rights and/or volunteer with them 
    20. On social media?  When We All Vote can share great things with you that YOU can share to increase awareness and action!  Sign up here to be in the voting #SocialSquad

    Most important: DON’T LOSE HOPE.  This is a giant and important fight for us but, win or lose, we keep fighting and voting and organizing and spreading truth and light.  We never give up.

    On Daily Kos:

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    Looking at you, listening for your comment. On the horn of a dilemma? (Click here for huge image)

    … Say Something

    We welcome comments in Roundups every day regarding:

    • National or local Good News.
    • Links, stories, music, videos, quotes, tweets. (No tweets or images of the saffron chlamidiot, please.)
    • Your resistance activity.

    In my Sunday smorgasbord Roundups, I especially welcome the following types of comments:

    • Who won YOUR week?
    • Questions about Daily Kos tech issues or our map.
    • Good News Roundups and you.
    • How are you resisting?

    Top Image: Starhawk created this diary’s top image of the rampant gnu and gave it to the members of the Good News Roundup group (Gnusies)! Thank you, Starhawk! This is a quite detailed sketch of a gnu drawn in brown, green, and black. A happy and dynamic gnu dances on its left hind leg in a classic rampant heraldric pose. Joyful letters prance above and behind the mane: “Happy Dance.” Signature: Nick Korolev, 2021.

    Oh my!  It’s a Sunday smorgasroundup.  Pressley and NNNE want to help.

    On the Lighter Side

    Dinosaurs were destroyed by a meteor strike — with republicans, it’s just a meathead spike.

    Most organizations keep their annals.  In the republican party, it’s anals.



    Hu’s on first!!! 😂













    The Roundup is almost open!

    2 thanks can’t be here this morning to open the festivities.  This is how he usually does it.

    Thank you for fighting for truth and justice with all us Gnusies! 40% of our Readers don’t visit every day, 50% of us do, and 10% are here for the first time! We all do what we can. For 3-1/2 years, we’ve shared positive news, laughed, organized, resisted, rebelled, revolted without being revolting, relied, rested, mentored, created, crossed rivers, chewed our cud, puffed methane out both ends, and laughed. Here’s looking at you, kid, and standing upwind!

    As always, please share more Good News than I can find or provide.

    This is a group diary, and by my power I declare this Good Gnus Salo(o)n open! Let the good-news sharing and community building begin!

    Power with, not power over ❤️ ✊ ❤️

    In his stead, I’m going to open the Sunday salo(o)n and invite all of you to bring us a piece of good news. Take it away, gnusies!

    Happy Sunday!

    Hell on Wheels - A brunch cocktail in a hollowed out pepper.
    A drink you can really sink your teeth into

    Today’s special brunch beverage in the Salo(o)n is the appropriately named Hell on Wheels cocktail.  Guaranteed to grow hair on your chest right before it burns the hair off your chest.

    Brought to us by the fine folks at Town & Country Magazine, It was created by Miguel Aranda at Boticarios, New York City.

    The ingredients are:

    2 oz Sombra Mezcal
    .5 oz ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto
    .33 oz fresh lime juice
    .5 oz agave syrup
    Several dashes habanero tincture

    … and a hollowed out red bell pepper.

    If you are having trouble getting motivated to resist, knock back a couple of these.  You’ll be back to feeling the old fire in your belly in no time.

    Remember to drink responsibly and whatever you do, don’t drive.  Also, don’t use alcohol as an excuse to act like a republican.


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