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For those of you struggling with DACA and the budget…

…let me make this easier for you.

This is a Dreamer:

This is a bargaining chip:

See the difference?

Ok, then. Go tell your president to stop being a dick.

Oh, I’m sorry, I meant a racist dick.

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Deep in my heart, I do believe.

We shall overcome some day. To my neighbors, friends and all the lovely people I have met in the last several years while working on the campaign or in the Get-Go or on the bus, like Lori who works downtown in a hotel and listens to MSNBC obsessively:

People are people, Love is Love and judging people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin is something that no American should be struggling with in the 21st century.

Just sayin’

Found this in my Twitter stream because I dig Paleo-Anthropology (get it?, ok, never mind.). Looks like we’re all from the Shithole countries:

Sooooo, you know, there’s that.

The Neanderthals were probably none too pleased to see us coming, overstaying our visas, having children in France, taking all the good mammoth hunting grounds, creating urban hellholes in all the caves in the Basque provinces. Have you SEEN all the graffiti?!? Shocking.

Cue the Trumpers to start asking why we all had to leave Africa in the first place.

No?

Hypocrites.

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BTW, if you are finding that your comments are getting swallowed by the moderation queue, try changing the word “racist” to “r@cist”. The filter word was inserted in 2008 to prevent Obamabots from accusing us of racism whenever we were insufficiently orgasmic over his candidacy.

“Sh*tholes”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the last 24 hours, you’ve heard that Donald Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as “shitholes” while simultaneously wondering why we don’t encourage more immigration from Norway.

Let’s start with the last point first. Norwegians are the happiest people on earth. They live in a country with a high standard of living and they have universal healthcare, pretty decent gender equity and a strong social safety net. They don’t even officially belong to the EU so it’s hard for Rupert Murdoch types to figure out how to divide them with resentments and grievances. It also happens to be one of the whitest populations on earth but let’s not forget that the tragic mass shooting in Norway was carried out by a white nationalist who resented the fact that Norway was inviting non-white refugees to settle there. Let that sink in. The worst news we’ve heard from Norway was caused by some idiot who couldn’t figure out why Norway was allowing immigration from Shithole countries. We know that correlation does not indicate causation but it is curious that that worst thing to happen to this country in a long time, that is, the election of Donald Trump, was brought to fruition by activating similar resentments lurking in the dark corners of almost half of our population.

There’s a reason why political correctness is so important. It keeps people from saying and acting on those dark thoughts. They might not be illegal but they are incredibly ugly. As IBW says, it’s a test of character and they failed.

Anyway, Norwegians aren’t likely to come to the US for anything but vacation. Maybe. That is if other beautiful places on earth are too crowded in August.

Now to the Shithole comment.

I watched and listened to a lot of journalists on YouTube using the word “shithole” on air with a mix of incredulity, embarrassment, anger and hurt.

Some, like Jake Tapper on Late Night with Seth Meyers said that when Trump was elected last year, he expected the incompetence but he never expected the chaos and corruption and tastelessness.

I’m both surprised and not surprised by this. I saw this coming as probably many of you. That’s because we read history and we know how good nations go bad.

But the vast majority of Americans don’t and have no experience for what it is like to live under a corrupt or dictatorial presidency with a legislative branch that seems intent to aide and abet him.

This is what happens to OTHER countries. Not this country.

I have no idea why they thought this. There ultimately is nothing exceptional about America. The uniqueness we took pride in was enshrined in less than 30 amendments and countless norms and civility. The norms and civility are gone now. The Republicans have run over all of that and the Democrats have decided, after being trampled and outmaneuvered by a party that takes no prisoners that now, after keeping their powder dry for years, they have to fight back. Well, what else are they going to do?? All the unwritten rules and norms and courtesies are gone. Now it’s a matter of self defense. Diane Feinstein finally pulled out a weapon and used it. Let’s get to it then.

Before we become another shithole country.

This one’s for you, Niles:

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More fallout on Twitter suggests what the real shithole country of the developed world is:

When the NYTimes is Part of the Story

This is the blurb the NYT put up on the story about the Simpson testimony on the Steele Dossier that Feinstein released yesterday.

Two things: 1.) it was “below the fold” digitally. You’d think that it would be right under the story about the DACA court ruling but I actually had to scroll quite a ways down the page to find it. 2.) the words “salacious” and “unsubstantiated” are a little over the top. For the record, there is nothing in the dossier that has been proven untrue. Chris Steele was a well respected former British Intelligence officer who area of expertise was Russia. Some of the details may be inaccurate (I’ve heard that there are a total of 2 of them, both very minor) but everything else checks out.

So what might the NYT be objecting to? Maybe it was the part of Simpson’s testimony where he relates that Steele stopped cooperating with the FBI after he initially contacted it when he saw the NYT headline in late October 2016 that the FBI had concluded there was no link between the Trump Campaign and Russia when he knew that the exact opposite was the case. Steele was justifiably concerned that some elements of the FBI in New York were compromised or were working with the Trump campaign. Indeed, it was putting its finger on the scale for Trump in the last couple weeks of the campaign. And the NYT just dutifully wrote it up without much question.

The paper of record really did a number on Hillary Clinton. And anyone who’s ever been in high school knows that when the popular kids start hating on you, four years can feel like forever and no one wants to be your friend. People are herd animals. They follow. If everyone is avoiding you and talking smack about you, it’s not long before you’re “unlikeable”, “not transparent”, “untrustworthy”, etc. We all know how this works.

It’s like blaming Hillary for not visiting Michigan and Wisconsin when anyone familiar with national campaign know that winning them wouldn’t have made a damn bit of difference if she lost Pennsylvania. But let’s give some aggrieved white guys in MI and WI time on TV to whine about how insulted they were and ignore all the stupid lefties who voted for Jill Stein.

The NYT crafted a narrative about Hillary and took every opportunity to make her news unpleasant and difficult while greasing the skids for Trump.

The only thing we need to know now is why.

Don’t F}#% with Feinstein

Senator Diane Feinstein released Greg Simpson’s testimony regarding Fusion GPS’s involvement with the Steele Dossier.

For those of you who watch Fox and may be following a completely different news story, Chris Steele was a former British intelligence officer who did some opposition research about Trump first for the Republicans and then for the DNC and Clinton. What he found alarmed him so he contacted the FBI. He was a contractor for Fusion GPS. Simpson testified for the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Grassley was happily going to keep this testimony under wraps indefinitely until Feinstein took matters into her own hands today and gave it away for free! Wasn’t that nice?

For those of you interested in what it all means, check out Heidi Li Feldman, law professor at Georgetown University. She’s annotating the testimony on Twitter:

Here’s Heidi’s version of the document with her annotation.

Damn, she’s fast.

Re: Facebook

Several commenters suggested I post this piece about how the Russians invaded Facebook in 2016 and I am happy to oblige.

But there are a couple of things I want to point out. First, not to toot my own horn or anything but I’ve been warning people about the ability to game Facebook since 2008 or 2009. You only had to see what happened to DailyKos in 2007-8 to know how social media can be used to influence people. It’s worse whereever there is a “like” button on the page. Why? Because when you express an opinion that a malefactor wants and he “likes” you, it’s like a shot of dopamine to your neural reward system. You become like Sally Fields receiving her first Oscar. Before you know it, you’re throwing words like “neoliberal” and “corporatist” around without any idea what they mean. Go ahead, *somebody* on this blog define those words for me. You can’t. They are meaningless. But because you get liked when you use them, suddenly they take on a life of their own.

Second, you have no idea who your “friends” are. Again, not to toot my own horn but back in 2008 during the Democratic convention in Denver, this blog logged 52,000 unique page hits in one day. We have almost 13 million unique page hits since 2008. Now that might pale in comparison to Eschaton or Digby but back then we were hot spit. And I was getting hundreds of friend requests on Facebook. I have a Facebook account but I never use it. But even if I did, I don’t know 99% of the people who wanted to friend me on Facebook. And yet they would have the capacity to send me messages and post on my wall and influence me and my legitimate friends. Um, no. I saw what happened in 2008 when everyone lost their minds over Obama. I wasn’t going to let my unmonitored Facebook page be party to more undue influence.

If you have a Facebook account and you use it to post pics of your family and organize get togethers, great, knock yourself out. Eventually, you’ll start getting silly news articles and get liked for expressing an opinion and before you know it, you’ll think Hillary Clinton runs a pedophile sex ring out of a pizza joint. I sat next to a woman at a wedding in October 2016 who told me with a straight face that Hillary and Bill had murdered dozens of their political opponents and even some of their friends, like the Clintons had their own Chappaqua flavored Ton Ton Macoute. I can only imagine what they look like. Middle aged, a little frumpy, hiding ice picks in the deep pockets of their Mao jackets.

It was useless to tell this woman to get a grip. People are herd animals. The organized entities who put this crap on Facebook and carefully cultivate their targets know what they are doing. They know how much education you have and how likely you are to question your sources and know exactly how to flatter you and make you feel included in a big group of warm fuzzy people who think just like you do. They love bomb you like crazy and before you know it, you think that Hillary Clinton is just as bad as Donald Trump.

I warned people about Facebook but since I’ve been exiled to the Oort belt of the lefty blogosphere for saying in 2008 that Barack Obama was a corporate ladder climbing shmoozer who would be an ineffective and weak president, my voice doesn’t have the reach it used to.

I probably should have upped my presence on Facebook.