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In other news, one of Trump's favorite twitter wingnuts and a "Pizzagate" conspiracy theorist has reportedly had his security clearance suspended. He also apparently exaggerated his service record. I'm shocked.

Meanwhile, here's a white supremacist almost shitting himself and stripping his own clothes off in Charlottesville to avoid getting stomped by counter-protesters.

Master race, indeed.

Finally, Harpers Magazine has obtained a transcript from all 250(!) potential jurors who were dismissed from the trial of "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli. There are some real gems in here.

the court: The purpose of jury selection is to ensure fairness and impartiality in this case. If you think that you could not be fair and impartial, it is your duty to tell me. All right. Juror Number 1.

juror no. 1: I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him.

[...]

the court: The question is, have you heard anything that would affect your ability to decide this case with an open mind. Can you do that?

juror no. 144: I don’t think I can because he kind of looks like a dick.

[...]

juror no. 10: The only thing I’d be impartial about is what prison this guy goes to.

the court: Okay. We will excuse you. Juror 28, do you need to be heard?

juror no. 28: I don’t like this person at all. I just can’t understand why he would be so stupid as to take an antibiotic which H.I.V. people need and jack it up five thousand percent. I would honestly, like, seriously like to go over there —

the court: Sir, thank you.

[....]

juror no. 59: It’s my attitude toward his entire demeanor, what he has done to people.

the court: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.

juror no. 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.

Shkreli was found guilty.

  • Badgerite

    So, trump is now allying himself and the GOP with neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK. What? Frankenstein wasn’t available.

  • Badgerite

    Watched the massive candlelight vigil and peaceful march in Charlottesville honoring Heather Heyer.
    Yeah. I’m real ascared of them “terrorists” that “infiltrated the Black Lives Matter movement”.
    Singing We Shall Overcome and chanting “Love wins”. They sure do look scary and rabid and all. Not at all like those nice young white men carrying torches and Nazi flags and chanting “Jew won’t replace us” and “blood and soil.” Not at all like those heavily armed militias that accompanied them who menaced synagogues and churches.
    Not at all like David Duke and the KKK.
    Lawrence O’Donnell nailed it on Last Word highlighting John Kennedy’s finest moment. This is how a President of the United States address We the People.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GmZ1a5hnxo

  • Badgerite

    JuliaDavis@JuliaDavisnews: Meanwhile,#Russia’s state TV refers to current events as “America’s color revolution”, predicting civil war & ultimate demise of the US.
    Eric Garland@ericgarland: Almost like trump was set up as part of an op to sow divisions and destroy us from within ok get it I’m bored please impeach enough

    Almost. Like the Germans after WWI, who saw their power in Europe and their economy destroyed, Putin and those he leads want power on the world stage and the revenge of destroying the democracy that led the alliance of democracies that contained and brought down their authoritarian empire.
    Before WWII, Churchill was one of the only British politicians to put forth this view and to argue that Hitler and German expansion had to be vigorously opposed to return Europe to “moral health”. He was right.
    Time to relearn the lessons of history.

    • Wish I could upvote a thousand times!

      • Badgerite

        FYI, Hitler saw Churchill as a threat to his plans and actively engaged in a propaganda campaign to politically discredit him (see warmonger) and have him lose his seat in Parliament and any power in government. Churchill had his number. Hitler knew it and actively sought to discredit him and remove him from the political stage in England. And there were those in England who wanted to help in this endeavor as they believed Hitler’s assurances that he what they wanted, a bulwark against Communist Russia and Stalin, was what Hitler also sought. This, of course, was a lie designed to cover Hitler’s true intentions toward the west of conquest of Europe.
        Hitler and his allies in England ( he had some ) continually tried to turn Churchill’s district against him. It never worked.

  • Man I hate that “I was just trolling. I thought it was funny (or fun)” bullshit.

    • Draxiar

      I’m sure the people that have been beaten or killed because of the hatred expressed “for fun” would disagree with him.

  • Aynwrong

    Thank God that security clearance isn’t entirely up to President Joffery.

    To paraphrase the great Homer Simpson:
    “That snowflake was the flakiest flake that ever flaked a flake!”

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