A mind is a terrible thing to bend

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We have gotten to the point where what should be obvious comedy is considered sacrosanct by the followers of a certain party that contains the initials GOP. They’ve pretty much said everything that appears in this cartoon and no one is asking, “Do they believe this, or are they just trying to piss off liberals?”

Because if they believe it, they’re stupid. And if they’re saying it just to piss off liberals, they’re assholes. But i get the feeling they believe it AND they’re trying to piss off liberals.

Which makes them … (don’t everybody answer at once).

Darth Vader on Donald Trump

Want to know how bad the Republican Party has become? Read this:

“Well I think this whole notion that somehow we need to say no more Muslims and just ban a whole religion goes against everything we stand for and believe in. I mean religious freedom’s been a very important part of our, our history.”

Want to know who said that?

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When the Dark Lord of the Sith says the GOP presidential frontrunner goes against everything we stand for and believe in, you know that the Republican base has gone beyond the Dark Side. It’s like a black hole for morality.

And I now feel it’s my responsibility to use this .gif whenever possible:

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Some very strange views on discrimination

Anything new in the world of delusion?

In a new poll released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on Tuesday, a whopping 43 percent of Americans told researchers that discrimination against whites has become as large a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups. And an even bigger share of Americans — 53 percent — told pollsters American culture and “way of life” have mostly changed for the worse since 1950.

Do they even have a clue of what life was like in the 1950s and earlier?

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Are they offended because they can’t do this openly anymore?

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Are they saying this is not as bad as what they are experiencing today?

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Who exactly is saying that discrimination against whites has become as large a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minority groups?

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So, it’s the usual suspects.

A Fox News background check

More from Fox News fantasy land:

Wayne Simmons claimed to be something of an American James Bond, and if you watched TV or ran his name through Google, you’d have no reason to doubt him. In his public speaking engagements and frequent appearances on Fox News, the purported former CIA operative spoke authoritatively about terrorism and clandestine intelligence operations, which he claimed he helped run for nearly three decades.

“Nobody knew who I was,” Simmons said at one event. “Nobody was allowed to know who I was.”

But according to federal prosecutors, Simmons had never worked for the CIA, and it was only by repeating falsehoods that he was able to briefly get actual security clearances and real government contracting work in more recent years.

On Thursday, federal authorities arrested Simmons and charged him with making false statements, major fraud against the United States and wire fraud.

Let me get this straight. Fox News brings on a guy as a expert in security to criticize the Obama administration’s moves to battle terrorism. But the expert is really a con man and just making up shit?

Just a reminder:

new study shows that viewers who get their news from Fox News are the most misinformed in the country.

World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. What’s more, the study shows that greater exposure to Fox News increases misinformation.

So the more you watch, the less you know. Or to be precise, the more you think you know that is actually false.

 

It’s pointless to argue with irrational people

From Inside the Conservative Brain by Driftglass:

For future generations, this brief Twitter exchange will summarize how the American Conservative movement destroyed itself.

1. A wingnut makes an assertion of fact:
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2.  Citing the Mount Vernon Collection’s research department, a kindhearted Liberal takes pity on the poor wingnut and attempts to correct the factual error, thus helping her avoid looking stupid in public in the future:

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3.  The reaction was as predictable as it was hilarious:

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A “timeless quote” that has no basis in reality shouldn’t be disparaged? So making shit up and attributing it to the Founding Fathers is the same as the Founding Fathers actually saying it?

And people still wonder if one political party has escaped from the Bizarro World?

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