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Like you, I read constantly about the destruction of norms in a frail constitutional republic, read with an persistent and gnawing sense of dread. But for some reason I haven't been constantly linking to stories. Nunal never had pretensions to being a news aggregator.But this piece was especially good to pass along because it states the issues we face with complete clarity:
A Liar, A Bigot, A Criminal, A Sexual Predator and a Probable Traitor Mark Graber
"The President of the United States is a liar, a bigot, a criminal, a sexual predator and a probable traitor.
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Sandy and I reject the “don’t tell the children” approach in 2018 to executive power, that pretends that Donald Trump is no different than Abraham Lincoln or even Chester Arthur, and is entitled to the same deference as presidents who are not liars, bigots, criminals, sexual predators, and probably traitors.More important, we want to open a conversation about the constitutional significance of a president who is a lia…
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.

  Now, with t…

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.