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I’ve seen this story a couple times:

North Carolina Republicans have apologized to Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine for mistakenly critiquing him for wearing a foreign flag during his acceptance speech.  The state GOP sent out a tweet Wednesday night saying it was “shameful” for Kaine to wear the flag of Honduras during his speech at the Democratic National Convention…

Ben Amey, a reporter for WNYT-TV in Albany, New York, pointed out on Twitter that Kaine’s pin was actually the symbol for families with a member serving in the military.  Kaine’s son, a Marine, is currently deployed.

What I haven’t seen mentioned is just how tremendously stupid this was, on multiple levels.

  1. Who the fuck in the Republican party actually knows what the Honduran flag looks like, sufficient enough to shit out a quick tweet about it?
  2. This is the Honduran flag on the left and the military family pin on the right:


Seriously?  There’s no fucking resemblance whatsoever…  Oh, wait, there’s a star…  Uh oh, you know what that means.


Tim Kaine’s a Muslim!!??

FSM save us…

(And, no, I don’t give a fuck that the North Carolina Republican Party issued an apology.  Because this is how this shit works.  Drop some utterly stupid thing into the mindless cesspool for the sheeple who’ll believe it until the day they die, regardless of the inevitable reasonable-sounding apology, issued to please the media Villagers.)


One would think that convention bounces are the sorts of predictable, ephemeral things that data journalism and statistical predictions are supposed to account for and not be swayed by unless they’re really different from the norm, but apparently not. Just a reminder that “numbers” are only as good as the person interpreting them, and that people can often get out of them exactly what they want to get out of them. I have to admit that the complete transformation of Silver into a conventional wisdom-spewing celebrity pundit happened a bit faster than I expected, but between his abysmal performance in the Republican primaries and his model giving Trump an even shot because his polling peaked predictably after his convention but before Clinton’s, a more charitable explanation eludes me.

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Pretty difficult to imagine a narrative more lethal to Trump than “he’s another country’s patsy,” given the tenor of his campaign and the extremely Russophobic (and largely older i.e. Cold War remembering) folks that largely supply Trump’s base. No idea where the story will go, but given that he’s based his whole thing on assertive nationalism, even what’s out there now is pretty bad for him. You have to wonder if getting some cheap headlines (and the own goal of ending any of Wasserman Schultz’s political aspirations) was really worth it, but as we’ve established before, Vladimir Putin doesn’t really understand American politics.

I have pointed this out before, but the only people really shocked by Trump’s success were the mainsteam media and elite conservatives (particularly elite conservatives within the mainstream media). It was definitely different than what had happened before but, then again, having people like Ted Cruz and Joni Ernst as Republicans in good standing is different too. Even a decade ago they would have been correctly branded as Birchers and given no support. The notion that the apparatus that created them could then turn around and nominate Jeb! was dubious at the time, in retrospect, just insane.

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No matter how hard they try, Republicans are incapable of multidimensional thinking.

Everybody can be rich, they just don’t work for it.”  says “Legal immigrant … from a rich family.”

C’mon you lazy poors, sucking off the gubmint teat — It’s so easy!


If you find today’s “Trump is gonna win!” meme already tiresome, close that 538 tab and read Sam Wang. Long story short, Trump’s bounce is about two points and solely due to Republicans coming home. And, of course, there’s about to be a Democratic convention, which makes all this beyond pointless. But famous pundits need pageviews, so…

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This guy is N-U-T-S:

Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?

Instead of going to Mars, we invaded the Middle East … It’s time to end the era of stupid wars and rebuild our country.