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"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Friday, August 18, 2017

Today in Disgusting People

I'm surprised he hasn't shown up in this category before -- well, at least not featured:

Tweeting the morning after 13 people were killed in Barcelona after a van plowed through crowds in a busy pedestrian area, President Donald Trump called on American courts to "give us our protective rights back" to stop "Radical Islamic Terrorism."

While it's unclear what "protective rights" the president was referring to, he has previously advocated for an expansion of the US' mass surveillance capabilities, and Trump's top intelligence officials, including CIA director Mike Pompeo, have fought even narrow restrictions on the surveillance state.

Yeah, I think the subtext is pretty obvious. Can you say "Sieg Heil!"?

And do note the fallback: "radical Islamic terrorism", less than a week after a good example of radical Nazi terrorism right here at home.

Earlier this week, the president refused to label an attack on a group of protesters by a white supremacist in Charlottesville terrorism, even though the Justice Department is investigating the crime as an act of terror.

But there were "good people" involved in that march. You could tell by their guns.

Still wondering if New Zealand is far enough away.

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