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Shedding Facebook becomes more necessary as awareness of disinformation and propaganda effects forces editorial action by Facebook. The problem is that ad revenue can and has come from malign forces beyond the usual influence operations of capitalism. This comes as its Oversight Board asks more questions about Facebook’s role in...

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  • May 11, 2021

Well, I will send one to old Rubio as well. Senator Scott,    You are an embarrassment to the people of Florida and have been for a long time. I must congratulate you however, for being in the presence of  likeminded company such as yourself in the Senate with  bootlicking...

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  • February 9, 2021

I belonged to a Veteran group on Facebook. The administrator came on and said because of “Big Tech” conspiring against conservatives, he would move to an alt-site like Gab or Parlor.  He talked all about the First Amendment and the hate he feels coming towards Republicans. Once again, Fox and...

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  • January 11, 2021

Trump’s now doing shtick at his virus-fests, focusing on grievance and culture-war nonsense, nearly promising Michiganders that he’ll not visit Minnesota if he loses the election. “Remember that time Trump got Herman Cain killed?” x Trump says “lock them all up” as his fans direct “lock her up!” chants toward...

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  • October 17, 2020

Team Trump got disciplined for sharing the NYPost nonsense regarding Hunter Biden. – Biden did not push out a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating his son, The Washington Post confirms – The NY Post’s story had several red flags and holes that raise questions about its authenticity, according to journalists x The...

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  • October 15, 2020

Jason Miller, ready to dose your smoothie with Plan B, now with miraculous Trump recovery. Trump may have only had a panic attack, given all that disinformation. x Jason Miller, Trump's chief strategist just said the President is ready to lead on Covid because he's been through it. So for...

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  • October 5, 2020

More news out of Georgia today. First, the main Senate Race: Georgia Senate GE:David Perdue (R-inc) 44% (+3)Jon Ossoff (D) 41%@surveyusa/@11AliveNews, LV, 8/6-8https://t.co/4Je6G768GC #GAsen — Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) August 11, 2020 Here are some points on this race: * Among voters who strongly disapprove of GA Governor Brian Kemp’s response...

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  • August 11, 2020

Trump and the GOP's cancel mania still proliferate, because fear, hate, and money rule the roost until November. All that right-wing cruelty comes out, with GOP governors willing to sacrifice their populations for cult-leader Trump. Those not trying to preserve the Republican party are otherwise drunk on Trumpist nonsense. Then there...

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  • July 14, 2020

Yesterday r/The_Donald group got banned by Reddit. Not so easy for the rest of us. x In 2017, we used subreddit algebra to dissect r/The_Donald and filter out commenters’ interest in politics. The results supported the theory that at least a subset of Trump’s supporters were motivated by racism. (*On...

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  • June 30, 2020

It’s getting weirder, now that Trump tweets a copy of his lawyer, John Dowd, attacking General James Mattis. Trump can still afford a lawyer to do his defaming for him, since Trump made up false tweets so far about Mattis. Unhingery abounds, not exactly Lenin and Trotsky, more like Abbott-Costello. The...

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  • June 5, 2020

Donald Trump has said he is terminating the nation’s relationship with the World Health Organization. Trump, who has threatened to withhold funding from the organisation, says the US will redirect funds to other bodies. This announcement is within the tactical measures Trump has adopted for his reelection campaign, hoping to blame...

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  • May 29, 2020

Trump is not exactly an author of any Emancipation Proclamations. Trump implies that he will retaliate against private social media but if he chooses anything remotely constitutional, he may actually have to address issues of fact weighed against his usual lies. But he does need diversions from the over 100,000 dead,...

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  • May 28, 2020

I’ve read the comments below (and also had to step out to deal with an urgent issue). I apologize for having taken the LA Times story in its original form at face value, but I have seen Feinstein before taking stands much further to the right than a regular Democrat...

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  • January 28, 2020

Republicans sure like to throw the word “treason” around these days. Unfortunately, they tend to throw it at everyone but our very guilty pr*sident. Danielle Stella, who is running for Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s congressional seat, has been banned from Twitter for a tweet calling for Omar to be tried...

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  • November 29, 2019

I haven’t read Donald Trump Jr.’s new book, Daddy, Look at Me!, but I imagine it’s loaded with a Trumpload of sophistry, casuistry, and garden-variety fucknuttery. Of course, I’m not the target demographic. The target demographic is the Republican National Committee, which bought $94,800 worth of the books, presumably to give it...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 28, 2019

I’m hurt, honestly. I thought we were simpatico. I mean, this is the biggest, most dynamic community of liberals, like, anywhere on the planet — and not a peep. And I’m really good at this kind of thing, believe me. I’ve ruined numerous Thanksgiving meals. Just ask my family. For starters, I’m an...

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  • November 27, 2019

Not to be overshadowed by Rick Perry’s proclamation that Donald Trump was chosen by God to “rule” over our country, convicted felon and end times pancake mix salesman Jim Bakker (yes, people still send him money) recently wondered why there was a big dip in earthquakes around the time of Donald...

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  • November 26, 2019

Remember when Gerald Ford took all the credit for America’s bicentennial? No, of course not. He just stumbled down staircases every once in a while. Man, I miss those days. While signing the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act yesterday, Donald Trump wondered why it hadn’t been done before. I’ll...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 26, 2019

When did the GOP become a pro-Russia cult? Seriously, when? These people are so mesmerized by Donald Trump’s surpassing charms they can’t resist upending decades of conservative orthodoxy for the chance to kiss the hand that grabs the pussies? Really? x Tucker: “Why do I care what is going on...

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  • November 26, 2019

Donald Trump praised a dog named Conan today for “his” role in the successful raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. It could have been a sweet moment remembered fondly by all those who’ve somehow forgotten Trump is a steaming pile of tauntaun carcass who has never cared about a sentient being...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 25, 2019

During the impeachment hearings last week, I kind of wanted Fiona Hill to float down from the ceiling after the lunch break like Mary Poppins and spank the ever-living crap out of Gym Jordan and Devin Nunes. Or maybe give them a royal death glare and intone, “We are not amused.”...

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  • November 25, 2019

Wait, you mean Donald Trump’s decision to withhold vital aid from Ukraine wasn’t based on any sort of meticulous review? And so they had to create an ad hoc justification for … whatever the fuck he was doing? According to The Washington Post, a review of Trump’s decision to withhold aid from...

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  • November 24, 2019

Exactly what we need — another billionaire with more money than sense. Are the billionaires coming out of the woodwork just because they want to keep Elizabeth Warren from becoming president? It sure feels that way. NPR: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is making a late entry into...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 24, 2019

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently bemoaned the encroachment of Gym Jordan’s jock sweat on the city of Cleveland. His presence there was the result of a “hideously gerrymandered” district that was created prior to the 2012 election, and his constituents there are presumably beside themselves with revulsion. And now the man whom...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 23, 2019

When you have the gnocchi-heads at Fox & Friends asking skeptical questions, you know you’ve gone off the deep end. Donald Trump appeared on his favorite show this morning to rant like an elderly man masturbating to vintage JC Penney catalogs in front of Dunkin’ Donuts.  Trump can’t get over his...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 22, 2019

So if the impeachment hearings have proved anything, it’s that congressional Republicans — after endless (and fruitless) Benghazi and email server investigations — don’t really care about official misconduct after all. Kind of like the deficit only mattered when a Democrat was in the White House. Now high crimes and misdemeanors...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 22, 2019

He’s a 73-year-old man who sounds like a pair of mating Yukon moose being sucked into a jet engine, but he has great hearing everyone. Everyone says so. Many, many people. And so he’s certain that David Holmes’ testimony this morning, in which the diplomat claimed he overheard Trump goose-honking over...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 21, 2019

I suppose it’s important to project confidence when your bowels are spilling out on the abattoir floor, but this tweet really makes me wonder what channel Donald Trump is watching. And on what planet. (I assume he’s talking about the impeachment hearings and not a Three Stooges short.) x If...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 21, 2019

Donald Trump, his voice modulated to drown out the helicopter rotors and the shrieking shame goblins in his head, made a statement this morning on the White House lawn. Summary: I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! And who the fuck is Gordon Sondland? Yes, as you almost certainly predicted, Trump...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 20, 2019

Neil Cavuto hasn’t been shy about criticizing Donald Trump, which makes him a rare animal on Fox News. And Fox’s Chris Wallace is of the same phylum — which automatically makes them treasonous enemies of the people (“the people” being the Trump crime family, of course). So after Trump fired some...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 19, 2019

It’s getting harder and harder for GOPsters to defend the ocher abomination, and the latest round of testimony is a case in point. According to a source who spoke to CNN, Republican legislators were “shaken” by the recent testimony of State Department official David Holmes, who described overhearing a potentially...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 19, 2019

Enemies. Enemies everywhere! Keep your head on a swivel, Donny. Are you sure that’s really Ivanka? It could be Adam Schiff in a blond wig and couture.  So now Donald Trump is reportedly miffed at one of his closest allies, the eternally obsequious Mike Pompeo, his longtime (by Trump administration standards)...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 18, 2019

That’s not a typo. 3 Some reports said 2, but as we all know crowd estimation is a notoriously inexact science. Hey, even Donald Trump’s inauguration had at least twice that many attendees. The “march,” which took place in Dallas on Saturday, was hosted by an anti-LGBTQ group called Protecting Our...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 18, 2019

So if you were a vile, murderous dictator on the verge of getting everything you want because you’d convinced a fluorescent orange bag of liposuction fat that you were a good guy, you’d want to keep that going, right? To Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump is like the substitute teacher...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 17, 2019

Do not, under any circumstances, criticize Dear Leader if you want to remain a member of the conservative-industrial complex. Craig Silverman, host of The Craig Silverman Show on KNUS in Denver for the past five years, was fired midshow today for criticizing Trump on the air. The Denver Post: Silverman was in...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 17, 2019

We already know that Donald Trump cheats at golf. (He cheats at life. Why wouldn’t he cheat at a game?) So it’s clearly no shocker that Trump cheats at golf resorts, too. As in, getting them added to the list of potential G7 venues at the 11th hour in order...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • November 16, 2019

intelligence.house.gov/… The whistle-blower complaint is now available. The allegation is deemed credible and urgent. Apparently there was a conspiracy to withhold allocated foreign aid to coerce a foreign power to pursue an investigation of a US citizen by that foreign power in order to advance a partisan political agenda. There was an...

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  • October 12, 2019

I believe the correct response to this tweet is “delete your account.” Or maybe “delete my eyes, please.” x Arrived in St Petersburg Russia. Was going to arrive on a horse & shirtless but didn’t want to over excite the Russian women. pic.twitter.com/AFLcIXyQe9 — Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 12, 2019...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • August 12, 2019

Beware! Here there be tygers   Stephen King One of the big problems with trying to pin Trump directly down with anything is that Don Cheeto Cornholeone is an old fashioned Mafioso. It’s not just the fact that Trump refuses to have an e-mail account, because even he is smart enough to know...

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  • June 11, 2019

As part of the ongoing project to catalog every awful thing the Trump Administration has done as a reference for future political arguments and whatever few posterity survives to see 2020, here’s everything awful the Trump Administration has done this week. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1403. Moved to close 9 civilian conservation centers 1404. Used...

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  • May 31, 2019

Looks like @seanhannity is cleaning up his twitter account. Tons of tweets about Cohen, Trump, his actions… gone… He knows he’s going to be named. — Pesach ‘Pace’ Lattin 🕎 (@pacelattin) December 11, 2018 Named as defendant or chief of staff? — Doug Monroe (@Doug_Monroe27) December 11, 2018 Like this...

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  • December 12, 2018

BlueStarNavyMom3 thought she was being clever with her unauthorized use of her son’s Navy  photo to support Trump and the budding #HimToo movement on Twitter. The clap back caused her to delete her post, but KT NELSON preserved it for us. since she deleted it here’s a screenshot. one of the greatest...

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  • October 9, 2018
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FiveThirtyEight.com has a great piece that makes a strong case that Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) has a great shot at unseating the incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R. TX). Here’s how Nate Silver has a great breakdown: Some factors hurting Cruz have nothing to do with Cruz himself, but...

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  • September 29, 2018

Conservative columnist and Ethics and Public Policy Center  Judge Whisperer Ed Whelan posted a bizarre alt-reality Twitter thread yesterday positing that Brett Kavanaugh did not attempt to rape Christine Blasey Ford but that a prep school classmate of Kavanaugh who looked something nothing like him… oops, wrong photo… actual doppelganger.  ….did,...

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  • September 21, 2018

The de-evolution of the GOP into the Cult of Trump is more frightening by the day. In my younger years, the Reagan conservatives touted democracy—usually when they were contrasting us to their number one enemy: Russia.   How times have changed. GOP candidate for MI governor Pat Colbeck at a...

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  • July 1, 2018

I finally have all the video up from the Effingham public comment hearing on Illinois' proposed fracking rules. Below are the five videos I haven't already posted, and at the end is a playlist of all seven videos together if you'd like to see everything. I didn't get the entire hearing,...

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  • January 1, 2014