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I find the parallels of this to mindless teabagger sheeple amusing.

Microsoft has been forced to dunk Tay, its millennial-mimicking chatbot, into a vat of molten steel. The company has terminated her after the bot started tweeting abuse at people and went full neo-Nazi, declaring that “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”

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I don’t really know what to think about the protests happening at Trump rallies. My instinct is that this is giving him even more media exposure and only helps to boost his image. But who can really know. What do you think?

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73659-004-2D64C700Just something to noodle on.  If the Republican establishment is somehow able to subvert Trump’s commanding delegate lead, he may very well decide to run as an independent; because, quite obviously, this is 100% about his ego and nothing else.  To run as an independent, a candidate has to petition each of the 50 states (and D.C.) to get added to the ballot, which requires gathering a certain number of signatures in each state.  Estimates put the total number of signatures Trump would need to gather at around 880,000 across all states, which would obviously be a pretty easy feat for The Donald.

In addition to signatures, we need to consider the filing deadlines for being added to the ticket.  The Republican Convention runs July 18-21.  However, the state deadlines for being added to the ticket vary widely.  Check out the table here.  There are lots of state with deadlines in August, but there are also a sizable number with deadlines in July.  (There are even a few deadlines in June).  Most notable among the July deadlines is all-important Florida, with a deadline of July 15, before the Republican Convention

If Trump suspects that he might somehow find himself in a sore loser position, he better start working on secretly gathering at least some of those signatures soon – just in case.

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Hillary-Email-ServergateOne of the key conservative groups furiously trying to puff up the Hillary email situation into a super-mega-ultracereal bona fide Thing just unearthed documents revealing what could probably be the simplest, most understandable reason for circumventing the State Department’s email systems.

Judicial Watch, the conservative political action group that has largely driven the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s e-mails, has obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act request indicating that Clinton tried and failed to get the National Security Agency to give her the same secure BlackBerry that President Obama used. Donald Reid, the State Department’s coordinator for security infrastructure, reported in a 2009 e-mail, “Each time we asked the question ‘What was the solution for POTUS,’ we were politely asked to shut up and color.”

So, let me get this straight:  Conservative firebrands at Judicial Watch uncover what amounts to a tremendously exculpatory rationale that even Ma and Pa Kettle could empathize with and understand, and yet they think they scored a big Win?

“These documents show that Hillary Clinton knew her Blackberry wasn’t secure.  Then why did she use it to access classified information on her illicit email server?” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The FBI and prosecutors ought to be very interested in these new materials.”

Fucking dumbasses.

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I often ponder why Republicans, even relatively less-crazy ones, get so outraged by the smallest things.  For example, conservatives’ current obsession with “political correctness” is getting pretty pathological.  One type of political correctness — generally restricting people from saying negro, faggot and beaner in polite company — is widespread and I can at least understand why conservatives get worked up about it because a lot of them are old and wish they could still say negro, faggot and beaner in polite company like they used to do in the olden days.  (They also wish those uppity feminazi bitches would get back in the kitchen, blacks back in the servant’s hall, sluts in the typing pool shut up about their breasts getting fondled,  etc.)

However, when it comes to all the hyperventilating over heightened standards of P.C. at universities — with all the easily hurt feelings and microaggressions and such — that’s what puzzles me.  Kinda.  Conservatives have always loved to argue by anecdote, true.  (War on Christmas!)  But this particular bit of outrage is such a tiny nothingburger.  Outside San Francisco, Portland and a few other unique places (where there usually aren’t a lot of conservatives, by the way), post-college interest in policing microaggressions is so small as to be meaningless.  I mean, college has always been a frothing stew of libruls, feminists, and other such people to whom everything is always VERY IMPORTANT.  That’s what college kids do, they’re dopey and excitable — but they later grow older and their passions usually become more tempered.

I will continue in my puzzlement, but the topic is apparently very important because nearly every Trump supporter in an interview talks about how outrageous(!!) political correctness has become.

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In a weird way, it’s almost refreshing to have blatant racism have such a huge public resurgence.  Code words and dog whistles have become so passé, n’est–ce pas?

the-war-on-terror-terror-war-on-terror-aladdin-jasmine-durka-demotivational-poster-1272179286There’s clear evidence that Trump supporters in Illinois gave fewer votes to Trump-pledged delegate candidates who have minority or foreign-sounding names like “Sadiq,”

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A small thing to brighten your day:

[Rubio] is going to be out of a job entirely come next year. Mr. Rubio was up for re-election to the Senate this year, but Florida bars candidates from running for two offices at once. Mr. Rubio chose the presidential race over running to keep his seat in Congress,

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