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Fox News Cancels Caravan 'Crisis,' Re-Declares War On Jim Acosta And Sharks And Happy Holidays And ...

These guys are shameless

Good news, everyone! Carol's lake house in Minnesota has checked in "safe" on Facebook from that awful caravan crisis, which unlike what conservatives think about climate change was definitely man-made. You probably recall the story about the Marie Antoinette of Minnesota whom Donald Trump had scared even more shades of white about an invading army of hostile poor people. This "caravan of migrants" would not stop until it reached a state that is only habitable for human life for about two weeks in May. Then would come the raping and pillaging in an undetermined order until even innocent lake houses were "occupied."

Mr. Trump's dystopian imagery has clearly left an impression with some. Carol Shields, 75, a Republican in northern Minnesota, said she was afraid that migrant gangs could take over people's summer lake homes in the state.

"What's to stop them?" said Ms. Shields, a retired accountant. "We have a lot of people who live on lakes in the summer and winter someplace else. When they come back in the spring, their house would be occupied."

What's to stop "them"? Absolutely nothing ... that isn't, say, a midterm election that happened Tuesday! The caravan probably packed it in on Wednesday, because what's the point? All eligible voters have been terrified. Turns out the caravan didn't contain gang members after all but just the electoral version of the creatures from Monsters, Inc. who live on fear.

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White House

Jim Acosta Nudged White House Intern To Death, But She Got Better

White House now literally distributing fake news. But we still see Trump crapping all over the Mueller investigation.

After yesterday's completely fuckbonkers press conference with Donald Trump, the White House announced it was suspending press credentials for CNN's Jim Acosta. Acosta had angered the Great Man by asking too many questions yesterday, including one where he challenged Trump's characterization of Central American asylum seekers as an "invasion," and, after Trump told him to sit down and shut up, another in which he asked about the pipe bombs sent to CNN, which prompted Trump to say, "When you report fake news, you are the enemy of the people." Not that Trump was condoning violence, because Trump would never do such a thing except when he fantasizes about punching protesters in the face or declares a congressman who body-slammed a reporter for asking a question "my kind of guy."

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Russia

ELECTION DAY! Wonkagenda For Tues., Nov. 6, 2018

Get your ass to the polls after you read your morning news brief!

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Guns

Silicon Valley Nukes 'Gab' And All The Nazis Are Crying

But at least Tucker Carlson stood up for 'free speech' (by Nazis).

The neo-Nazi Twitter clone, Gab, has suspended operations in the wake of the Squirrel Hill massacre. Gab's CEO, Andrew Torba, posted a whiny statement to the site that says Gab is "not going anywhere," which is the tech equivalent to Trump's "confidence" in any given staffer. Without a free-speech platform like Gab, Torba has been frantically shitposting on Twitter and hoping a major media outlet will quote him blowing a dog whistle. Torba has even asked his favorite orange autocrat for a patriotic bailout so he can keep fighting the Silicon Valley liberal elites who are telling the Nazis to shut the hell up.

Shortly after people discovered the Pittsburgh shooter (now charged with multiple hate crimes) was a Gab user, they began combing through his posts and found he had a long history of anti-Semitic rants. Even though Gab quickly offered some thoughts and prayers, the biggest names in internet infrastructure suddenly announced they were pulling the plug on Gab. You know, because it's full of Nazis.

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Culture

Hugh Hewitt Knows Trump Is Gentlest, Kindest Non-Violence-Incitingest President In Whole Wide World

Hugh Hewitt has #thoughts about who's to blame for all this violence. They are bad #thoughts.

Hugh Hewitt is one of the stupidest people in all of US America. For a while, we had a theory that the purpose of MSNBC allowing Hewitt to appear on its programs was to give all its hosts and contributors something to openly laugh at, because they do that a lot. But after the last few days, we are pretty sure it's time for Hewitt to either just go knock on Fox News's door and beg them to give him a job or just crawl up Donald Trump's ass and go to sleep, because that is obviously where he would prefer to live.

Hewitt has been insisting hard that #BothSidesDoIt, after a week and a half where solidly right-wing extremists committed murder and attempted murder and just in general terrorized people. On MSNBC late last week, he Hewitt-splained:

"There is an equivalent. There is a man screaming at Mitch McConnell," the Senate majority leader, "in the restaurant," commentator Hugh Hewitt said on MSNBC on Friday about the political culture following the mail bomb scare.
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Right Wing Extremism

11 Dead In Shooting At Synagogue. Can All This Shit Please Stop Now?

Mourning in America.

8 people are dead after a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The shooter is still alive and has surrendered. Reportedly, he told police officers that "All these Jews need to die."

According to people on Twitter who have been listening to the police scanner, the suspect is 46 year old Robert Bowers, an avowed neo-Nazi with a profile on Gab dedicated to how much he hates Jewish people. Note the 1488 number on whatever that thing is in his profile photo. (Update 12:31pm: CBS has confirmed)

And a closeup of his last post, in which he stated that HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) -- a non-profit dedicated to helping refugees, "likes to bring invaders in that kill our people." He wrote "I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I'm going in."


For the last few weeks, conservative media and Republican politicians, including Donald Trump, have been pushing the conspiracy theory that the refugees attempting to seek asylum in America are actually MS-13 members and "Middle Eastern terrorists" who are actually coming here to "invade" our country and do all manner of horrible things to us. Looks like this guy believed them.

The Gab profile has since been deleted, but there are multiple screenshots and an archive of his social media activity.

Bowers appears to be a neo-Nazi of the Christopher Cantwell variety -- believing that even Trump is not far-right enough to his liking.

8 people are dead. 8 human beings are dead. There are assholes over on 4chan celebrating this right now, in between people calling it a "false flag." This shit has gone too far. It wasn't cute to begin with and it's not cute now, and if we don't start taking radicalization seriously, it's only going to get worse. These are not just lonely men in their basements blowing off some steam because they don't feel special enough anymore. These people are actually dangerous. They kill people.

Update 12:45pm: Trump has, naturally, responded to the shooting by suggesting that this would not have happened had the people at the synagogue, who were there celebrating a bris, been armed.


And by hoping that this will bring the death penalty back into "vogue."



Will update as story develops.

[CBS]

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Normal Human Trump Volk Very Excited About George Soros Getting A Mail Bomb

Civility!

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Let's All Just Watch This Weird Video Of Some Guy Ranting About 'Q' Going Missing, OK?

This is your OPEN THREAD

I'm not going to lie to you, Wonkers, there is a real dearth of cheerful news out there right now. Except for the thing where Donald Trump apparently suggested at a rally that the Democrats should change their name to the Democratic Party (which, you know, is their name), but there is not yet any video of that. And I wouldn't describe that as cheerful so much as astoundingly stupid in a way that would be extremely entertaining were he not the President of the United States.

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