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The Rule of Lawless 0

How can you stop something that never started?

In related news, meet Deadbeat Don.

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Just the Vaxx, Ma’am 0

At The Sacramento Bee, Mike Madrid argues that the anti-vaxx movement is a symptom of the unraveling of the social contract. Here’s a snippet; follow the link for the rest.

The “freedom” the anti-vaccine movement demands is not the garden variety Libertarian notion of individual rights. Instead, it wants a hall pass from the tacit social contract needed to create a civilized society.Our freedoms stop where harm to others begins. We do not get to drive on the wrong side of the road just because we feel we have a right to do so. There are public health consequences to all of our actions, but the anti-vaccine ideology selfishly dismisses the social contract.

This self-selection by anti-vaccine “warriors,” as they call themselves, is the manifestation of a growing self-righteous ideology that believes we have no obligation for the health or well-being of each other. This emerging attitude is precisely the opposite sense of community that drove millions of Americans to be vaccinated in the early days of immunization efforts against polio.

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Trumpling Puerto Rico.

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And, from the “This Surprises You How?” Dept. . . . . 0

Shaun Mullen highlights a disturbing pattern.

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Gun-Splaining* 0

The pretzel logic of gun nuts justifying possession of portable phalluses weapons of mass shooting as a Constitutional right does from time to time positively amaze.

For example.

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I think I first heard this phrase on The Bob Cesca Show.

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Fly the Fiendly Skies . . . 0

. . . and get treated worse than a dog.

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The Lies of the Land 0

David discusses the pathological nature of Donald Trump’s lying, illustrating his points with personal experiences with liars he has known.

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Misdirection Play, Firearms of Mass Destruction Dept. 0

The Tampa Bay Times reveals Florida Republicans’ strategy for dealing with concerns about white supremacists and about access to firearms of mass destruction: Blame everybody and everything except guns and the people who fire them.

Full story at the link.

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Tales of the Trumpling: Snapshots of Trickle-Down Trumpery 0

Trumpled Justice.

And here’s a special bonus Trumpling.

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Misdirection Plays, Taxonomy Dept. 0

In the context of the Jeffrey Epstein case, Spocko describes the four types of “fixers” and discusses how their work manifests itself. Per Spocko, these are the four types:

  • Thug fixers.
  • Legal fixers.
  • PR Fixers.
  • Media fixers.

Follow the link for a detailed description of how each type manifests itself.

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“Photo Op Prop” 0

David comments on a photo which he maintains captures the essence of Donald Trump.

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Legally Unpresidented 0

Elie Mystal examines the “Trump Defense.”

What is the “Trump Defense,” you might ask?

“MAGA bomber” Cesar Sayoc argued that his pipe-bombing terrorism was because of messages he received from watching Fox News and listening to Donald Trump. That mitigation was rejected, and Sayoc was sentenced to 20 years. Now, Curt Brockway, who was arrested and charged for assaulting a 13-year-old and breaking his skull because the kid didn’t remove his hat during the National Anthem, is arguing that Trump’s rhetoric contributed to the assault.

Follow the link for Mystal’s thoughts on this–er–tactic.

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Facebook Frolics 0

The bully’s pulpit.

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Where’s There a Will? 0

The Philadelphia Inquirer tries to track down serial robocaller “Will” with a signal lack of success.

For months, Will has been badgering Philadelphians with recorded messages, offering to buy properties in the city and New Jersey. He asks homeowners to call back if they’re interested in selling, promising an offer in just seven minutes over the phone. He’s super casual about it, acknowledging how “random” his dropping them a line might seem.

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So we decided to ask Will “what’s up,” ignoring experts’ advice that you shouldn’t speak to robocallers, many of whom are fraudsters.

Follow the link to read about their quest.

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Facebook Frolics, No Old Guy Need Apply Dept. 0

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Misdirection Play 0

The Washington Post goes down the rabid hole.

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Just the Vaxx, Ma’am 0

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“The Biggest Loser” 0

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Twits on Twitter 0

Conspiracy fantasist twits.

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The Entitlement Society 0

They value their own family tree.

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