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Samantha Grasso

Writer and graphics at Discourse Blog. Also, Texan.

The Pathetic Stimulus Won’t Be Enough to Help My Mom

She got laid off while Congress worked out how many struggling people to betray.

How Things Work
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Image from page 287 of "Bell telephone magazine" (1922) of a woman operating a local switchboard

Joe Biden Wasted No Time Betraying Immigration Activists

Biden has made it clear that immigrants don't deserve better than what his Democratic predecessor offered them.

Immigration
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A protester with a face mask at an October 2020 demonstration in Minneapolis holding a black sign that says "Abolish ICE" in white block letters

Presenting: the Nominees for Discourse Blog’s Person of the Year

The people who made our lives slightly better (or worse) in 2020.

The Discourse
A graphic of birds tweeting at an anonymous image of Discourse Blog's Person of the Year

Instagram’s Millennial Lifestyle Ads Are Haunting Me

My feed is basically unusable thanks to these endless, patronizing ads.

Bad Online
Three Instagram Stories advertisements for a big blanket, a succulent subscription box, and socks that fight racial injustice

Operation Santa: Pandemic Edition Is as Depressing as It Sounds

The bleakness at the heart of the USPS program is especially pronounced this year.

How Things Work
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The top of a child's letter to Santa: "Dear Santa, I hope you are healthy and safe during COVID. What I want for..."

The ‘Hire More Women Guards’ Presidency is Here

A round of applause for the diverse leaders of U.S. empire.

Politics
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Shocker: TV’s Quest to Purge Blackface Was Less Than Genuine

Was this ever really about being thoughtful, or just about not looking racist in public?

TV
Dwight Schrute from "The Office" episode "Dwight Christmas" dressed up as Belsnickel

Sure Feels Like Someone in Congress Is Going to Die From COVID

How could these people — with the power do actually do something — be so reckless?

Congress
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Senators including Patrick Leahy, Chuck Schumer, Pat Roberts, Mitch McConnell, Lisa Murkowski, Don Young, and Chuck Grassley

I Wish Harry Styles in a Dress Was the Threat These Nutjobs Think It Is

This is the future that liberals want!!!!!

Culture
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Tweets from Candace Owens, Ian Miles Cheong, Ben Shapiro, and Erick Erickson on Harry Styles in a dress on the cover of Vogue

I Can’t Wait to Have Pandemic Fun at America’s Biggest Indoor Waterpark

Just what we needed during a third COVID wave amid a pandemic in a state with a double-digit positivity rate.

COVID
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A digital rendering of the outside of the Kalahari Round Rock location, with a yellow sign and stripe-pattern painted buildings and statues of elephants

Everything You Need to Know About the Internet Mess That Has Left Me For Dead

What the fuck is going on here?????

Bad Online
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Congrats to Everyone in the Trump Administration Who Will Face No Consequences for Their Crimes

They will never experience an ounce of retribution from the systems that have the power to hold them accountable.

Fever Swamp
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President Donald J. Trump in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, seated next to Ben Carson and Kellyanne Conway, among others.

DONALD TRUMP LOST!!!!!!!

HE LOST! HE LOST! HE LOST! HE LOST! HE LOST!

Elections
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Donald Trump loses the 2020 presidential election

Congrats to the Gap for Winning the ‘Terrible Election Responses’ Race

Fuck right the fuck off with this pandering bullshit and stay there!!!

Culture
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A tweet of the red and blue gap hoodie, from the Gap account, with the text "The one thing we know, is that together, we can move forward," with a red and blue heart. The background is patterned red and blue upside down hearts,

To All the Campaigns I’ve Ghosted Before

A non-inclusive list of all the campaign texts I never answered (and the one I did).

Elections
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Warped iPhone style campaign texts from Texas Democrats, Battleground Texas, Powered by People, and other organizations asking me if I'll vote for Biden, or if I'll support the Democratic party

Finding My Grandparents’ Graves Online

The internet works in mysterious ways.

Culture
An illustration of the Find A Grave logo with an orange textured tombstone and a big purple question mark, wilting flowers, and little green wifi signals floating around the grave marker

Stephen Miller Is, Unfortunately, Healthy and Evil Again

Here he is, well-rested and ready to continue his ghoulish anti-immigrant bullshit.

Immigration
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Stephen Miller speaking with supporters of Donald Trump at a rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona.

Please, Fuck Off: 2020 Adult Halloween

Cancel it. Incinerate it. Trap it in a box lined with knives and wrap it up in chains and padlocks and throw it in the bottom of the lake.

Culture
The 'Mean Girls' Halloween scene but edited, making Cady Haron as a 'coronavirus' bride, Gretchen Wieners the 'Mike Pence fly,' and Karen Smith as a slutty 'Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg.'

Will People Still Care When it’s No Longer Trump Doing It?

It is wrong to assume that we're voting for a Biden administration that won't just revert back to an immigration status quo.

Immigration
President Donald Trump signs a plaque on the U.S. border for the 200th mile of new border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma, Ariz.

‘You Need to Be Alarmed’

Discourses with: a non-binary, Black director of two Southern abortion funds.

Justice
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A pair of arms holding up a retro "keep abortion legal NOW" sign against some trees, the photo edited into a orange and yellow combination
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