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Top-Notch Trolling

I am far from being Chuck Schumer’s greatest fan, but I have to hand it to him for his masterful trolling of Senate Republicans this week. By suggesting that the Russel Office Building be renamed for the now late Senator McCain, Sen. Schumer threatens Republicans with a vote that would be a Hobson’s choice: either they vote for McCain, who not only will be said to represent the virtues they have left behind but will also be a vote that enrages their Maximum Leader. Or, they can vote for the segregationist, Richard Russell, a Georgia Democrat who led opposition to civil rights legislation.

It’s beautiful: vote for the anti-Trump or for the Democratic segregationist. No wonder Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to bury the suggestion under delaying tactics.

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Micropayments of a New and Pernicious Type

Many of us predicted long ago that the future of journalism was online micropayments – pay fractions of a cent an article instead of being bombarded with ads.

What we didn’t see coming was this strategy by Salon: if you want to keep your ad blocker, let us use your computing cycles to mine for cryptocurrencies.

The security issues are left as an exercise for the reader.

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Don’t Be Silly

It would of course be absurd to suggest that there are relevant and unsavory historical parallels for the plan to have the executive branch create a separate force of spies and secret police answerable only to the maximum leader. Thus, any claim that the plan described in Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies bears even the slightest resemblance to a famous paramilitary body should be dismissed as hysteria.

To even suggest such a thing is as ridiculous as equating contemporary ‘opinion journalist’ Sean Hannity with a famous historical propagandist.

Yes, all utterly ridiculous. Just business as usual. Move along.

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Truth From Fiction

Stephen Colbert Goes One-On-One With Trump

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Weirdest Ad of the Year?

This is a genuine Cruz-for-Prez production aimed at Donald Trump.

Weird doesn’t begin to describe it.

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