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To protest the arrests of eight people charged in the destruction of that tacky 1924 Confederate soldier statue outside the former county courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, a crowd of activists demanded today that they also be arrested for the statue's destruction. As a large crowd cheered them on, about 100 people lined up in front of the Durham County Detention Facility in hopes of joining their friends in jail. Unfortunately, the authorities refused to arrest them, on the technicality that no warrants had been issued for their detention. Still, it made for some happy nice times!

Yes, that's a theological seminary getting all SJW on Twitter. Good for them!

As we said t'other day, Yr Wonkette remains a House Divided on the wisdom of vigilante destruction of Confederate monuments -- Yr Editrix is all for it, Yr Dok Zoom thinks it sets a bad precedent and is likely to make Bad People feel justified in doing Bad Things, and Yr Evan is busy helping his doggo not freak out about a thunderstorm in Memphis and has not been polled on the matter. But we can all get behind this orderly mob's insistence on being arrested and joining their comrades, because it's a fine nonviolent way of Trolling the System.

The movie comparison was obvious to everyone:

So would you call this Civil Excessive Obedience?

It's looking like Confederate monuments -- however "beautiful" our idiot president thinks they are -- are going to be coming down in a lot more places, and the sooner the better. We're not so sure Donald Trump has much room to complain about the removal of "beautiful art," given his own legacy of jackhammering lovely old Art Deco friezes off the historic Bonwit Teller building on the site of Trump Tower in 1980, breaking a pledge he'd made to carefully remove them and donate them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The original New York Times story on the demolition includes a statement from "John Barron" -- Trump himself -- insisting that "the merit of these stones was not great enough to justify the effort to save them." So that's a whole passel of Trump being a lying bastard in a single episode, huh?

Maybe Trump has the right idea about history, though. Don't think too much about it, and if you don't have any real history available, make some up. (We'll have a full story on the Bonwit-Teller demolition and Trump's Fake History for you tomorrow!)

Stay safe, kids, and now it's your OPEN THREAD.

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Corey Stewart, the Minnesota transplant to Virginia who's made protecting "Confederate Heritage" a top issue in his campaign for the US Senate, accused a nosy New York Times reporter of breaking into the apartment of one of his aides. It's a terrific accusation, because while there's no evidence at all and the story makes no damn sense, that doesn't matter at all to people who'd vote for Corey Stewart. They already hate the evil media and know those nasty reporters are capable of all the depravity in the world.

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Hey, remember that hilarious time when Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy got caught on tape joking that LOL, Donald Trump and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher were totally on Putin's payroll? WaPo got the goods:

"There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump," McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016 exchange, which was listened to and verified by The Washington Post.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is a Californian Republican known in Congress as a fervent defender of Putin and Russia.House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) immediately interjected, stopping the conversation from further exploring McCarthy's assertion, and swore the Republicans present to secrecy.

It's funny 'cause it's true! ALLEGEDLY. Earlier this month, Congressman Lubyanka Rohrabacher told Fox reporter Elex Michaelson that DNC hack was obviously an inside job.

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