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Benjamin Wittes has written an excellent piece dissecting the Trump Big Lie strategy:

"The purpose of this big lie is twofold: the lie discredits the investigation against Trump in the minds of a large swath of the public and, perhaps more importantly, tends to tear down the institutions responsible for such investigations in general, with an eye toward their reconstitution in the image of the lie itself. In other words, the goal is to use the lie of politicized law enforcement to effectuate the politicization of law enforcement. By falsely describing a set of corrupt institutions, even by complaining of them, it is possible to lower public expectations to the point of accepting their corruption. Indeed, the lie seeks not merely to destroy the current leadership and install leadership more apt to behave in the fashion the president wants; it also erodes public confidence in the premise that a different reality ever existed."
This cop was given a medal of honor after shooting the man nine times once he was on the ground, and then stomping him on the head with a running start. Watch the video.

Juggalo lives matter

That title was taken from multiple signs at the Juggalo march in DC

I will admit that I have only ever tangentially paid attention to the Insane Clown Posse, but over the past few weeks I've been reading some really quite fascinating articles on them and have to admit that the rise of the "Struggalo Circus" is pretty amazing. They described themselves this way:  "We're the Struggalo Circus: a ragtag and messy coalition between radicals and juggalos. We're libertarians, socialists, communists, anarchists, and more!"

The communitarian vibe at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos is really striking. Watch one of the dozens of documentary looks at the gatherting available on Youtube (if you can get through them, it ain't easy). The top words in about a dozen of them I just watched are "family" and "love." It doesn't seem like a side aspect, it is central to the scene right alongside the partying and everything else.

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Vincente for Preisdente

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two hats marked "shamless" and "classless"

I though it was weird to see that photo earlier today in which Trump was carrying TWO hats with him when he went to his campaign event/ hurricane response tour in Texas, and it turns out to have been a truly crass and entirely characteristic marketing move.
Just in case the news from Houston could not be any more insane, there is the fact that fire ants travel on water on huge rafts and gain 165% more venom after being submerged.
Just exactly how delusional are Trump voters? It is hard to gauge, but this poll gives some guidance.



"PPP's newest national poll finds that Donald Trump's approval rating is pretty steady in the wake of the Charlottesville attack, probably because his supporters think that whites and Christians are the most oppressed groups of people in the country. 40% of voters approve of the job Trump is doing to 53% who disapprove, little change from the 41/55 spread we found for him in July.

The reason Trump hasn't lost more ground for his widely panned response to the attack is probably that many of his supporters agree with some of the beliefs that led white supremacists to rally in Charlottesville in the first place. Asked what racial group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 45% of Trump voters say it's white people followed by 17% for Native Americans with 16% picking African Americans, and 5% picking Latinos. Asked what religious group they think faces t…