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Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right…

August 28, 2017

From today’s Washington Post, news about the Antifa clowns:

Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley

Left-wing counterprotesters clashed with right-wing protesters and Trump supporters on Aug. 27 in Berkeley, Calif. Violence erupted when a small group of masked antifa and anarchists attacked right-wing demonstrators. (The Washington Post)
Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and antifa— “anti-fascist” — members barreled into a protest Sunday afternoon in Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.

Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a “Rally Against Hate” gathering.

Here I am, stuck in the middle with… well, with this Canadian in Vancouver for one. He appears to have given a fair amount of thought to the alt-right Jokers.

I love America

[…] There comes a point where taking the aloof, sociological approach to documenting an unpleasant fad reaches its useful limit, and a point where its partisans simply deserve to be judged for their personal choices. The Charlottesville episode proved mainstream alt-rightism wishes to define itself primarily through racist performance art and “unity” with any and every faction of the self-proclaimed “right” respectable society has agreed, over the course of centuries, to scorn and marginalize. The leadership of this movement, such as it is, clearly comprises an enormous amount of delusional, ignorant, self-obsessed people content to embrace all the discredited ideas of the 20th century’s leading crackpots in a pained effort to seem, ironically enough, relevant. […]

As Tim Kennedy tweeted recently, "I believe both these idiots have the freedom to say what they want. But they are still assholes and I hate them equally."

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#SAD

August 27, 2017

What happens when one pandering, camera-hungry politician looks out for another one.

The late Friday, end-of-the-week announcement is a cute touch.


The only good news is that I don’t live in Maricopa county.

A Phony Murder Plot Against Joe Arpaio Winds Up Costing Taxpayers $1.1 Million

Taxpayers spent $1,102,528.50 this year to settle another of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawsuits, New Times has learned through a public records request. The suit was brought by a man whom Arpaio framed in 1999 in a staged murder plot against the sheriff. […]

In 2004, victim James Saville’s family sued Arpaio for $10 million, after Saville was found not guilty of attempting to kill the sheriff. The county recently settled with Saville for an undisclosed amount. It only had to pay the above amount out of public coffers; its insurance policy covered the rest. […]

In 2004, a jury found Saville innocent of all charges. Not only that, but it ruled that Arpaio’s minions helped buy the bomb parts themselves and “entrapped” Saville in a TV-ready murder plot.

Arpaio was re-elected just months after the jury verdict. (Journalists John Dougherty and Janna Bommersbach unraveled the tale in separate articles).

“Jurors listened in disbelief as testimony showed it was the sheriff’s money that purchased the bomb parts, and an undercover officer who drove Saville around to buy the parts,” Bommersbach wrote.

Records show that the final payment to Saville went out on August 28, 2008. The total $1.1 million that taxpayers spent to settle with him doesn’t include money that the county attorney spent prosecuting him, or funds paid to deputies who worked long hours to frame him.

But wait! There’s more…

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GR8 PL8

August 27, 2017

What is seen and what is not seen.

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Go taxpayers!

August 26, 2017

This is sort of a low-priority topic but it’s a funny video.

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What he said (12)

August 23, 2017
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Word from the Terminator

August 21, 2017

"The party of Lincoln" indeed. Poor old Abe is likely spinning in his grave.

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What Caused Venezuela’s Tragic Collapse?

August 10, 2017

Socialism kills.

Quod erat demonstrandum.

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