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Lowering the Barr 0

Leonard Pitts, Jr., notes the proliferation of conspiracy theories, most based on absolutely nothing, surrounding the death of Jeffrey Epstein, and questions whether the persons charged with finding the truth will give a darn. A snippet:

Epstein’s apparent suicide while in federal custody Saturday has spawned no shortage of conspiracy theories about what “really” happened to the wealthy financier who stood accused of sex-trafficking children on an industrial scale. Twitter and Facebook have been ablaze with such rot . . . .

In a time such as this, it’d be good to have a credible investigator who could be counted upon to dig out the truth. Instead, we have Attorney General William Barr, and if there was ever a time he might have fit the bill, it was before he turned the Department of Justice into Trump’s private law firm. In his mishandling of the Mueller report, abandoning his post as the nation’s lawyer to install himself as Trump’s defense counsel, Barr sacrificed his credibility and that of his department.

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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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Decoding the Code 0

What Noz said.

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Mapquestion 0

Title:  Showdown at the Cognitive Dissonance Bridge.  Image:  Covered wagon stopped in front of washed out bridge.  Voice says,

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“Years Ago” at the Recycling Center 0

Woman (almost wistfully): That seems like years ago.

Me: What?

She: Your bumper sticker.

Me: Which bumper sticker?

She: Clinton/Kaine. . . .

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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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What’s in a Word? 0

A raid by any other name would smell as rancid.

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Fatal Attraction 0

In a longer post addressing Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, Ed at Gin and Tacos sums up the attraction of conspiracy theories.

People want the world to be more interesting than it is. People want life to be like the movies. That is the basic appeal of conspiracy theories.

Plus, real life is messy. Conspiracy theories are tidy. Methinks they appeal to folks who can’t grok the messiness.

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

Trumpled science.

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The Vice of the Turtle 0

Voice ballons emanate from a turtle:

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Doggone Days of August 0

Title:  Broken Climate Records.  Frame One:  Polar bear on shrinking ice, labeled

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It’s a Mystery 0

Donald Trump says,

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The Week in Review 0

Shaun Mullen is an optimist.

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Deep Background 0

Mitch McConnell on Capitol steps saying,

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Trump vs. Teleprompter, Reprise 0

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Empty Words 0

Title:  The President speaks to the nation.  Image:  Trump's voice from the White House says,

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Amy Fried has more.

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One Note Samba, Reprise 0

Paul Krugman suggests that, for Donald Trump, it’s always 1989.

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Magickal Thinking 0

Methinks Jason330 has a point.

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Deport City 0

Dana Milbank outlines all the reasons why Baltimore must be deported. Here’s a snippet:

To be fair, there are a few areas in which Baltimore and Trump have some common ground: Baltimore, in the early 19th century, was the first American city to embrace gas lighting; Trump, in the early 21st century, embraces gaslighting. Baltimore inspired “Hairspray” and “The Wire“; Trump gave us “The Apprentice.” Baltimore, in Trump’s telling, is a “rat and rodent infested mess”; Trump’s Mar-a-Lago was cited for 78 health-code violations over three years.

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“Pathocracy” 0

Steve Taylor discusses a common, but seldom discussed, form of government that has manifested itself in many different political systems.

I commend his article to your attentioin.

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