Great Signs, Cont.

Pink Floyd

Yeah, I guess it is time we start a GREAT SIGNS SERIES. Comrade Stupid is going to bring out the creative word-smithing in all of us.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Bruce388, for the win!)

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Get Thee Hence!

Seriously, go to Infidel’s place for his Sunday round-up. Why are you still here?

Great links to great blogs, and strangely to MPS! Go figure! Dude must be on drugs.

Also/too: I’m doing the round-up for Crooks & Liars this week (starting tomorrow), so if you have run across a great liberal post somewhere (or written by yourself: THAT IS A HINT), let me know!

Blow your own horn, people!

While I do not promise to use every story you send to me, I do promise to read every story you send.

Send tips to: Tengrain AT mockpaperscissors DOT com, put C&L in the subject line, please.

 

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Death of the Media, Cont.

Depends upon how the media frame it

LATimes:

RUSSIA’S INVASION INTO U.S. POLITICS

OK, that’s a good headline, short, well-written, tells you what you need to know. But then we get to the subhead and to passive voice, and the removal of actors:

Indictment details how ‘spearphishing,’ malware and bitcoin were used against Democrats in 2016 election

Or maybe it should be, Indictment details how Russians used ‘spearphishing,’ malware and bitcoin to help Republicans in 2016 election.

Stating a fact is not showing a bias. This was really an egregious attempt to try to remain above the fray. The indictment states it in black and white.

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What Could Go Wrong?

His Master’s Voice
(Hat tip: @pacelatin)

Axios morning email thingie leads with:

President Trump no longer doubts the basic intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election — he just seems incapable of taking it seriously, and tells staff that is simply what nations do, several sources close to Trump tell Jonathan Swan, who’s filing from Helsinki.

There is no evidence that could ever change Trump’s mind, the sources said.

Why it matters:

To the extent that Trump does confront Putin over meddling at tomorrow’s summit in Finland with Vladimir Putin — and the president has publicly promised to — it’s not with any genuine seriousness or enthusiasm, the sources say.

It’ll be purely for domestic/media consumption. Trump has signaled as much in the sarcastic way he’s talked about this with the press.

So it’s all Kabuki theater?

…and then hours and hours later:

So it seems to matter enough to him that he blames the Kenyan Usurper, twice!

Axios continues:

A source who’s discussed the matter with Trump tells Swan:

“On election meddling, a big part of it is a refusal to give in to anything that could give the impression that the election outcome resulted from anything besides his skill and success as a candidate.”

“It’s not about Russia. It could be evidence of Chinese or Canadian interference, and it wouldn’t make any difference.”

In Trump’s mind, “he won the election based on political superiority, and no one is going to suggest otherwise.”

So, Narcissism wins again?

In excerpts just posted, Trump told “CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor in an interview in Scotland yesterday that he “hadn’t thought of” asking Putin to extradite Russians indicted by Mueller.

He hadn’t thought of asking for extradition? Jeebus!

“Well, I might,” Trump said. “I hadn’t thought of that. But I certainly, I’ll be asking about it. But again, this was during the Obama administration. They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration.”

Back to blaming the Kenyan Usurper!

Trump said he has “low expectations” for the summit.

We all do, buddy.

Trump told Glor it’s too early to say whether he will meet one-on-one with Putin, without translators or aides.

No witnesses, capisce? I mean, do YOU invite the press when you have your annual review with your boss and set goals and expectations? I think not!

So he’s going to meet with an avowed enemy of the United States, who literally attacked us in 2016 (Putin directly ordered his underlings on the cyber warfare), with no translators or aides, Comrade Trump has no agenda nor demands, not even to demand that Putin doesn’t do it again?

What could go wrong?

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Pence’s Personal Responsibility is Public Responsibility Now

Governor Mike Pence signs Indiana’s We Don’t Serve Your Kind into law with the approving gaze of Indiana’s various mullahs, clerics, and militia tribesmen.

Good Morning Indiana! Walking termite buffet Mike Pence owes you $21M Ameros!

The state of Indiana has spent at least $21 million to clean up the contaminated sites left behind by Vice President Pence’s shuttered family gas stations, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Yup, small gubmint-, personal responsibility-, family values-loving Ayatollah Pence dined-and-dashed and left Indiana with the bill to clean up the toxic mess (well, the physical toxic mess) his family left behind when their string of  200+ gas stations closed. (Also/too: that’s a lot of gas stations! I thought he claimed to come from humble means. So that was a lie, too? Shocked, I am.)

But don’t feel too bad: he screwed Kentucky and Illinois, too:

Kentucky and Illinois have also had to clean up contamination left behind by the gas stations, spending about $1.7 million on more than 25 of Kiel Bros.’s former sites, the AP reported.

So, in addition to ruining Indiana’s economy by declaring war on the mo’s and having all the long-term sports events cancelled and having businesses move out/cancel expansion plans, Pence has now stuck you with the bill for the family bidness.

Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah told the AP that the amounts were “a years old issue” and that Pence has addressed them in the past.

As one does. By saying one did.

And a spokeswoman for Pence’s older brother Greg Pence, a current congressional candidate and the president of Kiel Bros. at the time of its closure, said he “has had nothing to do with Kiel Bros since 2004.”

Dodging personal responsibility since 2004 is quite a slogan.

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Bad Headlines, Cont.

Papa John Headlines

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Russia Eff’ed With Voter Registration

“Trust me, comrades, why would I lie?”

As we all know by now, soon to be impeached Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that 12 Russians are indicted on 11 criminal counts of interfering in the 2016 Goat Rodeo.

The indictments state that Russian hackers hacked into voter databases in three states—Florida, Georgia and Iowa—stealing 500,000 voters’ names, addresses, and drivers’ license numbers. They paid for all this activity with crypto-currencies.

Once again, we are pleading with you, Dear Readers: CHECK YOUR FUCKING VOTER REGISTRATION WHERE’ERE YOU LIVE.

Look, we’ve been saying it for months and WE WERE CORRECT: the Russians are not going after voting machines, they are going after voter rolls. Even if you voted for the Dog Catcher in last month’s city election, check your voter registration before the general election. Don’t be complacent and say it cannot happen here in my safe Blue State. It can, and it will happen again.

I recently got into it on Twitter with some smug  NYer S.O.B.,  who told me that it couldn’t happen to him because 1) He lived in NY and B) he voted in the last election, so he couldn’t be kicked off the rolls.

This is Russian fuckery, asshole, not Republican fuckery (which is its own brand of malignant manipulation). Those three states were a test case, it worked. Russia is going to go big. And understand this: even if our entire country switched to paper ballots, if Russia deletes or otherwise invalidates your registration, you cannot vote.

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When in Rome, Do as the Romanians

…or maybe it should be Romulans do, as Dude is not One of Us.

Dude cut off the Queen. That’s bad manners everywhere.

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Bad Packaging, Cont.

Scissorhead Skinny-D bought us a round at the MPS Pub!:

Cider

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News That Will Drive You to Drink

Happy Hour News Briefs

Full of hot air?

Hey guys, did you know that there is such a thing as Breitbart Radio? Who knew?

Anyway one of their reporters from the Breitbart UK Bureau is being interviewed by the mother ship and it is strangely not all invective and conspiracy theories! Maybe in the UK, Breitbart is responsible and informed journalism… oh, wait.

Start at the 3:49 mark:

“Why is it OK to launch a 20-foot blimp making fun of the president’s skin color? Surely that wouldn’t have been acceptable if it were Barack Obama.”

/And scene!

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