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This morning, the day after a shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis took the lives of five innocent people, Marco Rubio is very upset about something. He is very, very upset about the word fuck. Why? Because yesterday, a survivor of that shooting said she "couldn't give a fuck" about Trump's thoughts and prayers.


Earlier this week, Milo Yiannopoulos said, in a text message to reporters at The Observer, "I can't wait for the vigilante squads to start gunning journalists down on sight." No stranger to harassing journalists himself, Milo recently got kicked off of Venmo and PayPal for sending $14.88 to Jewish journalist Talia Lavin. The 14 in 1488 refers to the "14 words," a slogan created by white supremacist terrorist David Lane.

"We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."

The 88 means "Heil Hitler," H being the 8th word of the alphabet. Very classy!

Milo has since said that this statement about how much he wanted to kill journalists was supposed to be a private troll to journalists he did not like. He has also previously tried to explain that anti-Semitism in the alt-right is simply adorable, whimsical trolling, like how metal heads in the '80s yelled "Hail Satan!" but were not actual Satanists. This is, of course, bullshit.

On Instagram (see top of post!), along with a ridiculous glamour shot of himself, Milo attempted to explain that he was not at all responsible for any of this, rather it was the journalists who were wrong for having published it in the first place.

Whether or not the shooter was actually directly inspired by Milo's words doesn't matter. Whether he meant them as a "troll" doesn't matter. The fact that he felt this was a perfectly fine thing to say, a perfectly fine thing to wish for -- that matters. The fact that he thought it was an OK thing to say to journalists matters.

It matters that Trump has repeatedly referred to the media as "the enemy of the American people."

It matters that NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch has said she'd love to see journalists get curb-stomped.

Curb-stomping, for those of you who may not know, is a form of assault that originated with the Gestapo in Nazi Germany and later became very popular among Neo-Nazi skinheads in the '80s and '90s -- as well as a scene from American History X that still gives me nightmares. It involves forcing someone to bite down on the curb of a sidewalk, and then stomping on their head with steel-toed boots. It is not a thing you hear a lot of non-literal Nazis talking about.

It matters that people at Trump rallies were wearing shirts reading "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required." and thinking it was cute.

It matters that the shooter, Jarrod Ramos, previously told the Capital Gazette that referring to Donald Trump as "unqualified" could end badly for them.

This kind of rhetoric -- and the fact that people on the Right are so casual about it to the point where they don't understand why anyone would possibly think there was anything wrong with it, inures people to the idea of hurting journalists. It emboldens people like Jarrod Ramos, who already have their own grievances with the press. Listening to that rhetoric, he had every reason to believe that he would be hailed as a hero for his actions.

These people think it is perfectly fine to talk about murdering and assaulting journalists regularly, and yet they recoil in horror when Maxine Waters suggests peacefully protesting Trump administration officials over their policy of tearing children away from their families. Or, you know, people saying the word "fuck." They want to be able to say these things and then be patted on the head for being adorable, mischievous scamps.

It no longer matters -- if it ever did -- if these people think they're just innocently "trolling." If they wanted only their precious lulz. They don't get their motherfucking lulz anymore. They are adults, they are responsible for their words and actions, and no one cares if they only said they wanted to see journalists murdered or curb-stomped, or repeated Nazi propaganda, because they just wanted to "own the libs." They can fuck right off with that. Don't say you want to see journalists murdered unless you actually want to see journalists murdered. Don't say you want to see journalists murdered and then clutch your pearls and go "How dare you say I really meant that! I just wanted my lulz! I'm politically incorrect! That means I get to say what I want and no one gets to hold me responsible for it! Teehee!"

Meanwhile, they continue to be very upset at our "incivility."

Fuck their lulz. Fuck their trolling. Fuck their "political incorrectness." Fuck their false equivalencies. People are dead, it's time for this shit to end.

[ ABC News]

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OOH BOY HOWDY, The Federalist is on fire this week! Just this morning we told you about the hilarious Federalist column where one neo-Nazi's mom and dad are Democrats, ipso facto QED NEO-NAZIS ARE THE REAL LIBERALS, FUCKERS! Is America's dumbest woman whose name doesn't rhyme with Cara Snailin' over there being a total fuckin' Mollie Hemingway right now? Sadly, she blocked us on Twitter, so how could we possibly know? The answer is WE DON'T CARE.

But now we have a gem of the Federalist genre, an article written by a whiny-ass gay quisling conservative, who would like to chew on his blankie and whine about how much harder it is out there for a conservative than it is for a gay person. This is a subject we happen to have some knowledge about, because we are super gay! And we know a lot about conservatives, both firsthand -- being subjected to them every single one of our almost four decades of life -- and also from covering extremist right-wing Christians for a very long time. Particularly the kind that tell young, impressionable, vulnerable gay kids that they need to pray away the gay if they want Jesus to exercise some self control and refrain from sending them to a fiery hell for all eternity.

We clicked on the article with high hopes. See if you can spot why:

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pic via Glamour Shots, we mean this dude's old website

The House Education and Workforce Committee was all set to have a hearing today all about the horrors that a higher minimum wage would wreak on the economy. Horrors like rich people being slightly less rich. Horrors like business owners claiming they will have to fire people and charge $15 for a McChicken if forced to pay workers a living wage, which they won't actually do because no one will buy a $15 McChicken and they would go out of business if they tried that, and they already don't hire more people than the bare minimum they can get away with. Horrors like poor people not being "motivated" to work harder and get better jobs that do not pay them an amount no human being could possibly live on.

Alas, as Politico reports, it was not to be, as committee members discovered their big witness for the hearing, San Diego State University economist Joseph Sabia (pictured above in a Glamour Shot from his archived website), was kind of a wacko.

Sabia, as it turns out, once had a blog called "No Shades Of Gray," in which he wrote many columns of an extremely homophobic and sexist persuasion. In one of these columns, in 2002, Sabia was very mad about one man's lawsuit against several fast food giants for contributing to his health and obesity problems by failing to disclose the nutritional information of the food they sold. In retrospect, I think most people are now on board with these chains being required to post calorie counts and other nutritional information, but in 2002, Sabia was convinced that requiring them to do this would be an assault on freedom for all Americans everywhere. His response to this was to try and attempt a Jonathan Swift posture and suggest taxing gay sex, which he claimed leads to "disastrous health consequences."

Because sure, that's the same thing, basically.


In gay sex, we have an activity that is clearly leading to disastrous health consequences. What rational person would engage in this sort of activity? There is only one solution - let's tax it.

"Come on, Sabia," you say, "how are you going to enforce these taxes? Are you going to send government officials to peep into everyone's bedroom?"

Eventually. But first we have to mount the assault on Big Gay (no, I am not talking about Rosie O'Donnell). We can tax gay nightclubs, websites, personal ads, sexual paraphernalia, and so forth. Talk about a sin tax!!! We can cripple gay-related industries and get them right where we want them. All gay clubs will have to feature huge, flashing warning signs like "CAUTION: Entering this nightclub may increase your chance of contracting STDs and dying."

Big Gay clearly lures people into trying their "product" without discussing the risks to mind, body, and soul. The average Joe on the street does not understand all of the possible bad outcomes. I can almost hear him now:

"They said '100 percent hotties.' I thought that meant it was fun. I thought gay sex was OK…Now I have all these diseases. Big Gay has wrecked my life."

In the immoral words of Warren G, "Regulators!! Mount up!"

EXTREME SHUDDER.

In another 2002 article, classily titled "College Girls: Unpaid Whores," Sabia laments that feminists have led college girls to stop trying to be like the Holy Virgin Mary and instead to aspire to be more like that hussy Ally McBeal.

No, really.

As women have strayed from the church, they have replaced what is holy with what is temporally pleasing. For Catholics, the model woman is Mary, the virgin Mother of God. She is beloved by the faithful for her unflappable devotion to and trust in God, her nurturing of the Son of Man, and her deep love for all humanity.

Today's college girl looks to Ally McBeal, the trollops of Sex in the City, and the floozies on Friends to set their moral compasses.

The sad truth is that college girls are so desperate to find love that they are willing to degrade themselves to get it. But true love can only be understood in the context of the Word of God. Any other notion of "love" is secular and, by definition, limited and finite.

Not only that, but instead of going to college to find a husband, they have boyfriends. Boyfriends they have S-E-X with. And sometimes, not even that. Sometimes they have sex with people just because they want to have sex with people, and not even in exchange for Valentine's Day cards or money!


Additionally, other sex-based relationships have become commonplace. In recent years, a new and disturbing arrangement known as "friends with benefits" has emerged. In this arrangement, men are not even forced to perform the normal duties of boyfriends, i.e. flowers, Valentine's Day cards, rides to the abortion clinic, etc. Instead, girls consider these guys "just friends" whom they happen to screw every now and again. No strings, no attachments, no dinners. Just sex when they feel like it.

This type of arrangement is the next logical step in the direction that young women have drifted in the last few decades. These women have become unpaid whores. At least prostitutes made a buck off of their trade. These women just give it away.

How cute! He was like the ur-incel, basically.

Anyway, following the discovery of the posts, the House Education and Workforce Committee's GOP communications director Kelley McNabb told Politico that "members were uncomfortable moving forward on the hearing." A more optimistic person might think this was a step forward, that maybe those committee members actually thought it was bad to suggest that being gay means being a disease-ridden monster or that college girls are whores, but it's probably more to avoid embarrassment than anything else. Guess they'll have to start from scratch and find a crappy economist who will tell them what they want to hear about the minimum wage but who doesn't have an embarrassing Geocities blog in their past. Good luck with that!

[Politico]

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