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We begin the Sunday Show Rundown this week at CNN's "State of The Union" with counselor to the "president" and sentient Hillary Clinton-slur speak-n-spell Kellyanne Conway. Conway, it seems, was there to make her usual rounds of propaganda, when Jake Tapper questioned her about rising white nationalism and her boss's lack of concern about it:


TAPPER: Let me set the stage here. It was called the Unite the Right rally, and it was formed by people like Richard Spencer, who is a white -- white supremacist. Friday night was the tiki torch march and "Jews will not replace us."

CONWAY: With horrible people.

TAPPER
: Right.

CONWAY
: People could see them... (CROSSTALK)

TAPPER
: Saturday, Heather Heyer was killed. Who -- who are the -- who are the very fine people he's talking about?

CONWAY: Heather Heyer was -- Heather Heyer was murdered. And her murderer...

TAPPER:
Right.

CONWAY
: ... has been brought to justice.

TAPPER
: But who were the very fine people?

CONWAY
: He's talking -- he was talking about the debate over removing statues and renaming... (CROSSTALK)

TAPPER: So he wasn't talking about the weekend at all? He was just talking about...

CONWAY
: He's not talking about white supremacists.

TAPPER
: ... the theoretical discussion?

Well, that's not exactly how it went, Conway. In fact here is a clip and transcript:

TRUMP: I'm not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I'm saying is this. You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other, and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible. And it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side. There was a group on this side, you can call them the left. You've just called them the left -- that came violently attacking the other group. So you can say what you want, but that's the way it is.

QUESTION: ... on both sides, sir? You said there was hatred, there was violence on both sides. Are…

TRUMP
: Well, I do think there's blame -- yes, I think there's blame on both sides. You look at -- you look at both sides. I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it, and you don't have any doubt about it either. And -- and -- and if you reported it accurately, you would say …

QUESTION
: started this (inaudible) Charlottesville. They showed up in Charlottesville to protest…

TRUMP
: Excuse me, excuse me. (inaudible) themselves (inaudible) and you have some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides. You had people in that group -- excuse me, excuse me -- I saw the same pictures as you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.

QUESTION
: George Washington and Robert E. Lee are not the same (inaudible)…

You know who thinks Robert E. Lee statues are shitty? His own descendants

When Conway couldn't give a better answer, she then wanted a better response from The New York Times for an antisemitic editorial cartoon that was printed in the international edition:

CONWAY: And they're -- and they didn't even apologize for it. Apologies usually include words like regret, sorry, and apologize.

TAPPER: Well, you say this, but...

CONWAY
: And they didn't do that.

Set your clocks, everyone. Conway, in fact, wasn't wrong! It was a shitty cartoon, and there's antisemitism swirling around all over the place -- led by the president of America.

But when her heretofore untried strategy of "not lying, once" didn't work, Conway then resorted to the white conservative's favorite weapon: blaming people of color.

CONWAY: I see officials who get a lot of airtime and ink, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman, who tweets many times about the mosque and never once about the...

TAPPER: But, Kellyanne, you brought up Charlottesville.

CONWAY
: ... in Sri Lanka.

But it seems a lesson conservatives like Conway never seem to learn is to NOT come at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unless you are itching to get dragged publicly:

Conway, for as fast as she responded to a reporter who questioned her, has not responded to AOC about the administration's response to Puerto Rico. Just a pathetic jab while ignoring the issue ... like she always does.

We conclude over on "Fox News Sunday," where National Security Advisor John Bolton was asked about a report that the US had agreed to pay North Korea $2 million for the "medical care" of Otto Warmbier in exchange for his release. Trump, of course, denied this but Bolton's answers didn't exactly help:

WALLACE: A few quick questions, did North Korea demand money for the release of Otto Warmbier?

BOLTON: It appears that they did. This occurred before I came into the administration, but that's my understanding, yes.

WALLACE
: Did the US official who was there to get him out of the country, Joseph Yun, did he sign a document pledging the money in order to get him out?

BOLTON:
That is what I'm told, yes.

WALLACE
: And I guess the bottom line question is, did the US pay any money to North Korea however it was disguised, after he was released?

BOLTON: Absolutely not, and I think that's the key point. The president has been very successful in getting for 20-plus hostages released from imprisonment around the world and hasn't paid anything for any of them.

WALLACE
: So basically we signed the document fully intending not to honor it?

BOLTON
: Well, I don't know the circumstances.

So worst case scenario, Trump agreed to pay a brutal regime (whose leader he "fell in love with") $2 million for medical bills for a hostage who was returned brain dead. Best case scenario, Trump agreed to pay a bill and, just like he's done to everyone, just never paid.

Both of these scenarios are on-brand for Donald Trump. Have a week!

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Last week, Yr Dok Zoom talked a little bit about his damn dissertation, which looked at "Wabbit Literacy," the weird thing where we sometimes learn about the world from parodies and jokes long before we ever encounter the original stuff -- like learning about opera from cartoons. More than one person in the comments (which Wonkette does not allow and yet, like life, you find a way) mentioned they were disappointed, as kids, to learn that while roadrunners are real birds, the actual critter looks nothing like this:

Which is not to say that real roadrunners are the least bit disappointing, as animals go, because they're freaking incredible. Yes, even if they don't actually leave lines of flame down the center line of desert highways and go "Meep! Meep!" But they can sprint up to 20 miles per hour, which is faster than you, albeit slower than a real coyote's top speed. Also, yes, real coyotes are among the predators what eat roadrunners, which is why the wily birds adopted the evolutionary strategy of running right through fake tunnels coyotes paint on the sides of mountains.

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Once upon a time... about ten years ago, a group of entirely ridiculous men burst onto the scene wearing stupid hats and telling men that wearing stupid hats and telling men that walking up to women in bars and insulting ("negging") them would get them laid. This did not last long, as women also had televisions and computers and were completely aware of these tricks as well, so when some ass came up to us in a bar and said "Hey, nice nails, are they real?" we would laugh and laugh and loudly announce "Oh my god, this guy just tried to neg me! Can you believe that shit? HEY EVERYONE, THIS GUY JUST TRIED TO NEG ME!" and then refer to him as "Mystery" the whole night.

Most of the men who tried that shit only did so a few times before realizing that it wasn't going to work, and thus moved on to other things. Perhaps things that did not involve furry hats and coming off as a huge creep. We may never know, because I would assume that those who tried it are now extremely embarrassed and would never, ever admit to this to us.

Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

However, even that branch of the PUA tree is wilting away. Many "self-help" style PUA forums like Nextasf and RSDnation are shutting down or have already shut down. In March, Chateau Heartiste, a batshit crazy PUA turned White Nationalist/Alt-Right blog was shut down by Wordpress. This week, rape advocate Roosh V (whom you may recall once called yours truly a "Wonkette typist/clown face, would not bang") announced that he was renouncing his PUA ways and devoting himself to Jesus. He explained to the forum he manages that he would no longer be allowing anyone to discuss premarital "fornication."

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