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No, Russians Bots Aren't Responsible for #ReleaseTheMemo

But partisan Democrats tried to use a fake news scare to quash it anyway.

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Last week, Republicans began to call for the release of a memo authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that purports to lay out a series of abuses connected to the FBI surveillance of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. As often happens these days, a Twitter hashtag, #ReleaseTheMemo, evolved around the effort and was widely retweeted by Republicans and elected officials.

It didn't take long for a report to emerge that claimed Russian-sponsored Twitter accounts and bots were the real driving force behind the viral call for the release of the memo. Without worrying about the veracity of this convenient claim, all the usual suspects giddily spread the story across social media—probably because they have such a deep reverence for truth in the Era of Trump.

The report also prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, both California Democrats, to pull out every fearmongering catchphrase available to demand that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg perform an "in-depth forensic examination" on the "ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors directly acting to intervene and influence our democratic process."

It's difficult, it seems, for some people to embrace neutral principles nowadays. But if you genuinely believe that President Donald Trump's distasteful tweets are attacks on the foundations of free expression, how could you not be alarmed by a pair of powerful elected officials demanding that social media companies hand over information about their users? What would they say if the president had sent a letter to Google insisting it give the executive branch an "in-depth forensic examination" of his political opponent's searches?

As it turns out, reports today say that Twitter's internal analysis found it was mostly Americans, not creepy Slavic mind-control robots, who were behind the hashtags. Not that it really matters, anyway. If a group of Americans has a legitimate issue to rally around, how is it supposed to control what outsiders do? It's not as if #ReleaseTheMemo was secret or illegal. Republican politicians were openly using it.

Yet if Feinstein and Schiff had their way, Twitter and Facebook would have moved to quash the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag for what apparently turned out to be solely partisan reasons. Sounds like a power that can be abused. Even if the two had been genuinely troubled by Russian hashtags—yes, suspend your disbelief—the source of "fake news" is not always easily discernible. Sometimes it comes to you from an anonymous Russian bot, and sometimes it's retweeted by a prominent journalist.

Democrats have manufactured panic over amateurish Russian propaganda to not only claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin was "meddling" in the election but also to argue that interference had the power to turn the election to Trump. With this risible idea in hand, they have created paranoia about social media interactions and rationalized infringements on expression.

Not long before demanding forensic investigations into hashtags, Feinstein was demanding that Twitter, Facebook and Google restrict their content more tightly, threatening, "Do something about it—or we will." Democrats have attempted to control interactions through the Fairness Doctrine or the IRS, and now through the Russia scare. Part of living in a free country is dealing with messy, ugly misinformation.

Lots of people in the United States seem pretty impressed by how they do things in Europe. In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May is launching a "rapid response unit" run by the state to "battle the proliferation of 'fake news' online." The "national security communications unit" will be tasked with combatting misinformation—as if it has either the power or ability to do so. In France, President Emmanuel Macron is working on a plan to combat "fake news," which includes the power to institute an emergency block on websites during elections. What could possibly go wrong?

Me? I'd rather we live with Russian troll bots feeding us nonsense than authoritarian senators dictating how we consume news. I mean, has anyone yet produced a single voter who lost his free will during the 2016 election because he had a Twitter interaction with an employee of a St. Petersburg troll farm? Or do voters tend to seek out the stories that back their own worldviews?

If your argument is that Americans are uninformed and easily misled, I'm with you. Just look at all the people who believe that a $46,000 buy on Facebook by the Russians was enough to destroy the pillars of our democracy. But if you want to live in a free and vibrant nation, you have to live with the externalities of that freedom.

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  1. The report also prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, both California Democrats, to pull out every fearmongering catchphrase available to demand that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg perform an “in-depth forensic examination” on the “ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors directly acting to intervene and influence our democratic process.”

    So now Twitter and Facebook are the democratic process. Jesus we’re so fucked.

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  2. Propaganda works, otherwise no one would bother. Russians didn’t have to invent “Hillary will start WWIII” and “Bernie or Bust,” among dozens of other mindless sentiments that help cost the election, they just had to exploit them. When they turn on Republicans, Republicans and their associated acts will not be so dismissive.

    1. You would have loved McCarthy, except for the minor detail that McCarthy was looking for people exactly like you.

      1. You do know that McCarthy was vindicated, right. That it wasn’t a “witch hunt”.

        1. You’re being generous. He never had a bit of evidence, other than what Hoover passed to him and he fucked THAT up.
          Yes, comsymps were all over the US gov’t at the time, and Tony (and commie kid) are examples of the idiocy required to keep chasing the stupidity of communism.
          But that hardly vindicates that drunkard McCarthy; right twice a day.

        2. Ann Coulter called. Wants her shtick back.

          1. Tony|1.27.18 @ 1:19PM|#
            “Ann Coulter called. Wants her shtick back.”

            Kim appreciates your support, shitbag.

        3. McCarthy was a fear-mongering, witch hunt-leading, no evidence-having idiot.

          1. For the most part, yes. The release of records from the breakup of the Soviet Union, however, showed that there really were a number of communists and disinformation campaigns from McCarthy’s era and later. The Rosenbergs were actually spies and things like the European protests against the neutron bomb weapons were orchestrated by the Soviet Union through European socialist organizations and greens.

    2. Propaganda works,

      That is a false statement. Propaganda is no different than advertising. It works sometimes, sometimes it doesn’t work at all. Propaganda does not automatically “work” merely because its employed.

      1. Sometimes it has the opposite effect than intended.

    3. Exactly. If Russian propaganda didn’t work, they wouldn’t have done it, therefore, Russians hacked the election and stole our democracy. QED.

      I wonder what happened during the previous administrations.

      I assume it’s propaganda all the way down.

      1. This is obviously the first time in history another country tried to influence another country’s elections.

        1. If they had acted on behalf of Hillary Clinton you would have shit your fucking diapers.

          1. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had constant diarrhea since the Russians stole Hollary’s Presidency from her.

          2. > If they had acted on behalf of Hillary Clinton you would have shit your fucking diapers

            You wouldn’t have. You routinely dismiss her myriad felonies, with a side order of whistling past Obama’s transgressions (IRS, flag.gov, fast and furious, Benghazi-including imprisoning a videographer for a year).

            1. The only reason i’ve chosen a team at all is that they are merely acceptably corrupt, especially in contrast to the unacceptably corrupt and incompetent one, which unluckily is the only alternative.

              1. Except you never seem to provide any examples nor evidence of the so-called “unacceptable” team’s alleged corruption. You just don’t like their policies, nor them, which is fine. But, the Russia, Russia, Russia fantasy is exactly that until evidence is forthcoming. Until then, it’s just a lame attempt to drag out a smear campaign until November. Might have worked with doormats like Bush and Romney, but it won’t with Trump.

    4. And democrats will reject their election victory and vigorously wring their hands, screaming about the impurity of our democracy.

      In FantasyLand.

    5. And when the Russians turn on Republicans and assist Democrats, you will cheer them on. Because by then it will once again be okay for a head of state to interfere in another nation’s electoral process.

      1. Off topic; what’s with all the “chipper” references in folks’ names?

          1. Search the first link for ‘woodchipper’ to skip all the noise.

            1. Matt has never written a single line of noise, you god damned HEATHEN

        1. We are a cheerful sort here.

          1. I promise I did Google it, and I found the LATimes article + associated reason article, but I wasn’t confident that it was it.

            We are a cheerful sort here.

            I like it. Fuck the snowflakes and their egregious gagged subpoenas. Thanks folks.

          2. “We are a cheerful sort here.”

            You might say we are a chipper sort here!

        2. Who’s this guy with all the questions? He’s going in feet first.

        3. Who’s this guy with all the questions? He’s going in feet first.

          1. Sorry, it was a fluke. I promise I actually hate learning, rationality, and curiosity!

          2. At least it wasn’t, “what is Aleppo?”

            I’m not a psychopath.

            1. “I’ll take ‘The Rapists’ for $200 please, Alex”

            2. Fuck off, Tulpa

        4. It’s from the Chip Chipperson Podacast.

      2. Well, thank goodness the MSM covered this so thoroughly. I’ll never forget that entire year of half of America wringing their hands because we meddled in Israel’s election. I mean, imagine if another country did that to us?

        Honestly, I wish we’d get so enraged about all the bases and bombs Russia drops all over the world, like almost every country!

        Hey, speaking of Russia, did you know that 111 people own 20% of the wealth there? WOW. Could you imagine if we had that level of income inequality in the U.S.? The people probably want to elect someone to fix that, but the establishment would NEVER allow that. Not in RUSSIA. Nah, what they’ll do is just find someone even more hated than Putin to run against him/ They only have two real options on who to elect in Russia, btw — CRAZY!!! But that goes to show how effective Russian propaganda actually IS — they actually have their people utterly convinced that if they vote for anything but the status quo, they’ll just waste their vote and someone ever-so-slightly better than Putin won’t stand a chance!

        Russia is fkin messed up, yo.

    6. “Russians didn’t have to invent “Hillary will start WWIII”

      Correct. She did that on her own when she, on camera, floated nuclear first strike as an option*.

      *I believe DT did this as well. I’m just calling you a hypocrite for likely freaking when he did it and shrugging it off when she did it. In reality, all options should always be on the table, just not necessarily executed.

    7. Propaganda works, otherwise no one would bother.

      You’re right: Soviet propaganda made the American left what it is today. Lately, you people seem to have been less successful, though.

    8. Tony, if propaganda is so effective then why did Hillary lose the election? She massively outspent Trump on the election, and still lost.

      The Russians, according to news reports, spent about $100K in their advertising campaign to sow distrust in the electoral process. A hundred grand would not even pay for Bill’s sex settlements.

      Very sad.

      1. Cheap propaganda works, which should be even more concerning. Only a few thousand voters needed to be hoodwinked by FaceBook horseshit stories, and certainly many more times that were.

        1. This begs the question of why propaganda works.

        2. So, advertising is bad, especially cost effective advertising?

          Why did Hillary lose? Her propaganda budget was huge, something like a billion dollars.

          Was the Russian aim to elect Trump, or was the Russian aim simply to disrupt the election and to create civic unrest? It seems to me the Russians were incredibly effective at brain washing the left, and the Democrats. The Russians have been greatly aided in their disruptive efforts by the left media.

        3. Tony:
          “Only a few thousand voters needed to be hoodwinked by FaceBook horseshit stories, and certainly many more times that were.”

          This… is what democrats tell themselves, as an alternative to both self-reflection and suicide.

        4. Wow… I won’t have what you’re having.

          So, given the DNC DEFINITELY rigged the primary, thus handing the general to the one guy people could stomach about as much as Hillary Clinton (lol?), Russia is to blame?

          Uhhh… ok, then!

          Hey, can you present your evidence for this? Like, point me to the real, actual, honest NON-PROPOGANDIST source of info that shows Russia had more than a 0.001 percent effect on our election? I’d appreciate it. By the way, leave the CIA out of it, please — the told me there were WMD’s in Iraq (a record-breaking piece of lying propaganda in its ultimate effect on our country).

    9. You do know that the first book on propaganda “Propaganda” was written by a democrat. He advised Wilson and FDR and is considered the father of modern advertisement.

    10. And yet, here you are, running interference for lying propagandists because they’re on your team.

    11. “Propaganda works, otherwise no one would bother”

      So explain superstitions.

      By the way, I know the answer, I just want you to make a fool of yourself further.

    12. So, do you also believe the DNC had the same sort of effect on the primary?

      Lol, I bet you draw the line there, eh? The DNC was bought and owned by the Clinton campaign. If you wanna know what spoiled not only the primary, but also the general, THAT’S what did it. Not Russia, not Wikileaks, not the FBI, not Bernie, not Jill Stein, and not Susan Sarandon. The DNC, in their undeniable and absolute collusion with Clinton is why. You know what the big difference is between that and this Red Scare BS? There is actual evidence off tthe DNC’s wrong doing.

      The DNC cheated to hand the primary to the one person who could possibly lose to Donald Trump. Do you REALLY believe Bernie would have lost? Lol… LOL

      Chew on it.

  3. Yet if Feinstein and Schiff had their way, Twitter and Facebook would have moved to quash the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag for what apparently turned out to be solely partisan reasons.

    And there’s plenty of evidence that Twitter and Facebook will move quickly to to placate Feinstein’s remonstrations.

    1. I’d like to say that nobody listens to Feinstein, but that can’t be true if she continues to be elected. She is an unbelievably awful human being. Regarding this particular issue, I find hope in the fact that even my most vocal liberal friends–one of which said, “good” to the proposed, punitive Cali straw bill–don’t think regulating social media is a good idea or necessary. Of course, they immerse themselves in echo chambers and stubbornly refuse to face any cognitive dissonance, but that’s another necessary evil of free speech. We’re also old enough that we retain some skepticism from the early days of the internet, something the under-21 crowd doesn’t really possess.

      What gets the most likes/upvotes/comments/RTs/shares/whatever must be the truth. No way could people create fake accounts and manipulate votes. No way that people would just go on the internet and lie.

      1. I’d like to say that despite the cries to the contrary, the fascism is far more potent on the left than the right (and gets stronger every day). Hilary was much closer to becoming Hitler than Trump will. If he goes off, it’ll be more like Mao.

        1. Little Orange Book?

        2. Because you’re an idiot who doesn’t know that fascism is about ethnic purity just the way Der Trumpen-Fuhrer likes it.

          1. Fascism’s reallly more about nationalism than racism.

            And I suspect people say “it can’t be racism because there’s no racism!” out of convenience.

          2. PB calling someone an idiot. How droll. Shut up you Marxist asshole.

          3. It’s also about socialism. Fascism is left wing because the left wing is pro big gov’t. Going right, toward ever smaller govt can only lead to anarchy. It cannot lead to a fascist total state.

          4. We might as well agree on the definition of fascism. Sounds socialist to me, sort of like the NAZI (National Socialist German Workers’ Party.) is socialist.

            Punch a socialist (Nazi)!

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism

        3. I too think the left is more authoritarian. One of my only libertarian friends at least concurs with me that the left is more annoying and/or mean. Now, some supporters on the right have gotten pretty fiery recently, but I think they’re honestly just tired of hearing the same drivel and being shouted down by the other side. The fact that Trump was even elected is a clear sign that there are a lot of quiet folks who leaned right this time.

          It’s indisputable that the nanny state requires powers that increase the chances of ending up with fascist leadership. The right and left both want to police behavior and morality, but I find the progressive agenda less persuasive. I’m not interested in eliminating free speech because of some racist assholes. I’m not interested in slashing the 2A because you think touching a hunk of metal turns people into killers.

          Also, Butt’s (and Tony’s) comments are hidden by default with the Full Reason/Monocle comment enhancement scripts. Hah! Lovely little feature.

          1. Your problem is you think way to much about social issues than you do about the economy.

    2. I’d like to say that nobody listens to Feinstein, but that can’t be true if she continues to be elected. She is an unbelievably awful human being. Regarding this particular issue, I find hope in the fact that even my most vocal liberal friends–one of which said, “good” to the proposed, punitive Cali straw bill–don’t think regulating social media is a good idea or necessary. Of course, they immerse themselves in echo chambers and stubbornly refuse to face any cognitive dissonance, but that’s another necessary evil of free speech. We’re also old enough that we retain some skepticism from the early days of the internet, something the under-21 crowd doesn’t really possess.

      What gets the most likes/upvotes/comments/RTs/shares/whatever must be the truth. No way could people create fake accounts and manipulate votes. No way that people would just go on the internet and lie.

  4. Does internet propaganda work?

    There are a few reasons to be skeptical when Facebook concludes that its ads are working spectacularly. First is the basic B.S.-detector blaring inside your soul saying you shouldn’t automatically believe companies who say “our research has apparently concluded unambiguously that we are awesome.” Facebook, ad agencies, and ad consultants all benefit from more ad spending. These are not objective parties.

    Second, there’s that pesky I-was-gonna-buy-it-anyway bias. Let’s say I want to buy a pair of glasses. I live in New York, where people like Warby Parker. I’ve shopped for glasses at Warby Parker’s website. Facebook knows both of these things. So no surprise that today I saw a Warby Parker sponsored post on my News Feed.

    1. Nice story.

      “The eBay study suggested that people who click most ads aren’t being influenced.

      The Facebook study suggested that people who are being influenced aren’t actually clicking ads.”

  5. I’ve long suspected that Dianne Feinstein is a Russian robot.

    1. Even the old Soviets weren’t that evil.

  6. The release of those hacked emails were the most consequential actions taken by Putin to elect Trump. The Russian govt committed multiple felonies to help Trump and Trump welcomed the criminal acts and made overtures to repay Putin for the help. Everybody more or less saw it happen live TV but Trump won the election anyway.

      1. He forgot to mention the strawberries.

        Gotta deduct a point.

        1. And the man n the grassy knoll; left that out.

    1. I mean, yeah. This election was pretty damn awful. At this point, I’ve just decided to forgive everyone who made a “lesser of two evils” vote based on issues that were important to them. I just hope folks can start to realize that we can’t give the government power because invariably some psycho is going to end up wielding it. At least a few are cursing their beloved Messiah for powering up that E.O. pen, and now Trump’s swinging it around trying to do things they don’t like.

    2. In any other context that might be called investigative reporting.

    3. Yes, the fact that the Dems cheated Bernie, suggested using someone’s Jewish against them for political reasons, and we’re just generally horrible people wasn’t the problem, it was that someone released the emails proving all that. That was the real crime here.

      1. Wow, my phone did a number on that post. But I’ll bet even a retard like yourself can figure out what I meant. Retard.

    4. What felonies did they commit?

    5. Hacked? Or just left on unsecure servers and pedophile’s laptops?

  7. Whoops, bitcoin actually ISN’T anonymous.

    Researchers at Qatar University and the country’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University earlier this week published findings that show just how easy it may be to dredge up evidence of years-old bitcoin transactions when spenders didn’t carefully launder their payments. In well over 100 cases, they could connect someone’s bitcoin payment on a dark web site to that person’s public account. In more than 20 instances, they say, they could easily link those public accounts to transactions specifically on the Silk Road, finding even some purchasers’ specific names and locations.

    “The retroactive operational security of bitcoin is low,” says Qatar University researcher Husam Al Jawaheri. “When things are recorded in the blockchain, you can go back in history and reveal this information, to break the anonymity of users.”

    1. Bitcoin’s privacy paradox has long been understood by its savvier users: Because the cryptocurrency isn’t controlled by any bank or government, it can be very difficult to link anyone’s real-world identity with their bitcoin stash. But the public ledger of bitcoin transactions known as the blockchain also serves as a record of every bitcoin transaction from one address to another. Find out someone’s address, and discovering who they’re sending money to or receiving it from becomes trivial, unless the spender takes pains to route those transactions through intermediary addresses, or laundering services that obscure the payment’s origin and destination.

      1. Indeed. A cursory reading of any basic bitcoin guide will tell you exactly this. Know how to use your tools. A hammer isn’t a great phillips screwdriver, and bitcoin isn’t some magical unicorn method for buying black market goods.

        I think the government mostly cares about taxing it, though. It’s more challenging than most other methods. We aren’t constituents; we’re pocketbooks!

        1. I was pretty pro-bitcoin when it first came out, but I didn’t know much about it. I decided to start learning about it, and the more I find out about how it actually works (all transactions serialized in the blockchain etc.) I’m becoming less impressed (read: not impressed at all).

          Blockchain technology holds promise, but Bitcoin’s implementation is doomed, in my humble opinion.

          1. Some of my buddies hopped on the recent cryptocoin boom. One idiot was gunning to make enough for a “down payment on a house.” He lost all of his gains when it burst, but he was incessantly plugging new coins to us. I mean this guy had like 12 different kinds: Litecoin, Ripple, Dash?? I don’t even know what it all was. I don’t necessarily trust him since he’s kind of full of shit, but apparently many of the other technologies are superior. Faster, more stable prices, more secure, etc. I couldn’t convince him that if you’re not simply using coin to speculate, it’s worthless as a currency.

            I agree with your assessment. Bitcoin got big because of its ubiquity; presumably some second-gen cryptocoin will eventually take root, and that’ll be much better.

            1. In one regard bitcoin is absolutely a failure. It is not a form of currency people really use. It has become an investment item rather than currency for normal exchange.

              But even beyond that, the mining system made up to heavily benefited early adopters and led to huge stores of it. There’s really a lot of issue with it conceptually and so I do expect bitcoin to go out.

              But perhaps it will get it’s great implementation that will change the game. It’s been pretty impressive so far, even with all it’s failings. Hopefully a better implementation will someday follow.

              1. The concept of crypto currency is here to stay, but I don’t see any of the current implementations as reaching maturity.

                1. I’ve just discovered the best one ever. I suggest you invest one million dollars in DenverJbucks.

                  1. Seems legit!

          2. People understand the difference between writing a check and making a cash withdrawal.

            Using crypto currency anonymously requires greater technical savvy, but can still be done.

    2. Yeah.

      http://www.deepdotweb.com/2017…..g-bitcoin/

      Slide deck from 2014
      http://crypto.stanford.edu/sec…..14.svg#1_0

  8. I don’t use Twitter or Facebook, I use the extra free time for good beer.

    1. Amen! I’m with you, Adans. I really like the chocolate porter at Neptune’s brewery in Livingston, Montana. I don’t give a twit for social media.

    2. I don’t use Twitter, and my Facebook has been idle for years, but I still somehow manage to waste absurd amounts of time online…

      1. It’s the porn, isn’t it.

        1. A friend once gave me excellent advice:

          Deny, deny, deny.

          1. Admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations.

  9. I was once a John Bircher. Oh, the shame! I quit when I was a teenager, primarily because I thought they were all fear mongering about “socialism” supposedly pushed a by secret communist agenda. Even a 1960s teenager could figure out that socialism was embraced my most people and politicians, and it really didn’t need any help from the Russians.

    Now, the Dems have gone just as nutty …. even crazier. They’re flailing around, a full year plus after the election, in need of a “reason” why they lost. They lost because 73 million registered voters didn’t bother to vote. It’s that simple, and the Democrats can’t reconcile the holier-than-thou feeling they had in the election booth, confident of a victory, with the stunning defeat of one of the most despised politicians in American history. Their identity politics blinded them to the truth of what they were doing, voting for a lying, cheating, bribe accepting FEMALE candidate.

    I don’t think I can ever stop laughing.

    1. Yeah, totally fake and unprecedented! /sarc

      Foreign nations propagandize Americans all the time. That’s what happens in a free society and it’s perfectly fine. Americans have a right to listen to the messages of anyone they like.

      What crosses the line is when our politicians and government officials secretly work for foreign governments and/or take bribes.

  10. AAAAAHHHH!!

    A ZOMBIE!

  11. On a totally different subject, has Chris Cuomo ever denied that he was linked to a child-molesting ring back in the mid-90’s? I’m not saying he is a child-molester, of course, I’m just saying that it seems odd that he’s never denied that he’s a child molester.

    1. When did you stop beating your wife?

  12. #ReleaseTheMemo is just more bat-shit crazy conservative CT just like Agenda 21, Jade Helm, BENGHAZI!, the fake IRS “scandal”, millions of illegal voters, Birthers, solyndra and all the other shit these wingnuts dream up in their fucking basements.

    Conservatism just used to be about nutty religious shit and Creationism. Conservatives are the greasy-haired rednecks of the country now.

    1. So refreshing to hear from someone so willing to listen to opinions and ideas that differ from their own.

    2. But Russia is a dead lock. And absolutely no collusion in the Mueller investigation. Settled.

      Funny how some of us believe what we want to believe while deriding those that sit and wait for actual evidence.

    3. You slimy piece of shit:
      “Another federal court has rebuked the IRS for its targeting of conservative groups that opposed Barack Obama’s policies during the 2012 presidential-election campaign.
      In a consent decree settling a case against the IRS brought by the voter-integrity non-profit True the Vote, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared “discrimination on the basis of political viewpoint in administering the United States tax code violates fundamental First Amendment rights.”
      Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2018/01/ano…..C12ZVLx.99

      Turd, do you EVER post without lying?
      Pathetic.

    4. Those things never happened.

      This is known.

    5. Conservatism just used to be about nutty religious shit and Creationism. Conservatives are the greasy-haired rednecks of the country now.

      Well, all us “greasy-haired rednecks” want is to be left alone. So, how about reducing the size and power of the federal government? Then blue states can enact all the social justice legislation they want and turn themselves into a paradise for the homeless and Latina studies professors, while people in red states can go hunting, genuflect, and not bake gay wedding cakes.

      1. Give it two decades and we’d have to build a wall to keep out the bluest of blue states after their utopia crumbled.

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  14. But Russia is totes the greatest threat nowadays. What’s old is new.

    I also would like to note that a few precious years ago, Democrats laughed at the idea of Russia being our geopolitical foe. And they likened the idea to being cold war politics even tho it’s not. Now’s all things Russia all the time.

    1. But Russia is totes the greatest threat nowadays. What’s old is new.

      The American left is just pissed that they aren’t receiving their lavish funding from Soviet Russia anymore.

      1. Which was money we sent them, funny how long that roundabout slush fund of supporting failure lasted for.

  15. The mechanical movements, the incoherent ramblings–I suspect Feinstein of being a rogue, obsolete sexbot remote-controlled by Russian intelligence!

    1. Just don’t say “gosh that Italian family at the next table sure is quiet” around her.

  16. Russianbots are real. Write a pro immigration article and watch how quickly they spam your comment section with anti immigrant rhetoric.

    1. Write a pro immigration article and watch how quickly they spam your comment section with anti immigrant rhetoric.

      Russia has a long history of fomenting racial and class tensions in the US. Therefore, it’s pretty obvious that people who write pro (illegal) immigration articles are likely Russian bots or influenced by Russian propaganda.

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  18. “Last week, Republicans began to call for the release of a memo authored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that purports to lay out a series of abuses connected to the FBI surveillance of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.”

    This right here is why everyone with a brain knows that the #ReleaseTheMemo hashtag is bot-supported trash. Nunes (who, you neglect to mention, IS A REPUBLICAN) wrote the memo. He is the ONLY one preventing its release. Who is #ReleaseTheMemo aimed at? It’s not Democrats, as none of them are preventing its release. It’s not the FBI, because Nunes won’t even show them the memo. It’s not the DOJ, because Nunes won’t even show them the memo.

    This entire thing is a total farce and distraction. THAT’S why everyone know the hashtag is garbage being peddled by bots. Nunes, who, again, is a Republican, wrote the memo himself (based on God knows what, because he won’t show it to anyone aside from racist asshole Steve King). NUNES is preventing its release. Democrats don’t give a scintilla of a shit.

    This article is complete trash.

    1. How long did it take you to extract yourself from the fetal position after Hillary lost to a reality TV star and real-estate carnival barker?

      1. He’s still in the fetal position as he writes.

      2. A lot shorter than it’d take for you to extract just your head from that TV star’s rectum.

        1. No one really needs 18 different handles.

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  20. Good way for the Federalist Asshole to not discuss how bogus the memo #ReleaseTheMemo is

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