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Jeb J.E.B. el Bush, which foot have you sticked up your ass, pulled out, and then rammed down your throat now? Was it your American voter foot, or your Hispanic voter foot? Alas and Ay Dios mio, the answer is both. Here is a thing Jeb! said to a voter in Cedar Falls, Iowa:

We should not have a multicultural society .... When you create pockets of isolation, and in some cases, the assimilation process has been retarded because it's slowed down, it’s wrong. It limits people’s aspirations. ... We're creeping toward multiculturalism, and that's the wrong approach.

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OH REALLY, JEB? Now, certain corners of the liberal internet are pouncing on this and saying "Jeb said retarded!" And it is true, he DID say that word (which Sarah Palin may or may not get upset about, if she can take Donald Trump's dick out of her mouth long enough), but that is not the point, gentle Wonkeputian souls, it is not the point at all.

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Because wasn't Jeb, JUST LAST WEEK, rolling out a whole new Latino outreach, where he was talking in the Spanishes, and his wife Columba was talking in the Englishes, about how Hispanic culture is "very important and positive"? Wasn't he just saying his BEYOOOTIFUL Hispanic kids and Hispanic grandkids were proof that he is the president of the Mexicanos, hoy y mañana? And wasn't he inviting us to all celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with him? And wasn't he doing all of this out of the window of a TACO TRUCK, FOR FUCK'S SAKE?

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Guess he's not so excited about Hispanic heritage after all. :( We can just see the fight at the Bush casa on Oct. 15, when Hispanic Heritage Month ends, and Jeb lazily saunters down the stairs and orders Columba to put the piñatas and the sombreros in the attic until next year.

The point of all this is that Jeb's perpetual problem is that he wants general election credit for not hating browns (LOOK AT MY FAMILY!), but he knows he can't go completely overboard with it, due to how Republican primary voters are racist bigots all het up about Mexican rapists and "anchor babies." (And apparently they haven't gotten Jeb's message that it's only an "anchor baby" if it's the Chinese or Japanese type of Mexican immigrant.)

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So on he goes, fucking up at every turn, alternating between shouting Olé! at random passersby, and telling his wife to go back to Mexico. We'd say he was failing upward, but LOL, there is no "upward" in this story.

[Talking Points Memo]

Evan Hurst

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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