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Wonkette has written previously about the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, which is welcoming to refugees from Syria and other places in ways racist, xenophobic Idahoan bigots find very disturbing. Indeed, if you click on that last link, from June of 2016, you’ll see that rightwing websites were having a TIZZY over marauding Syrian refugees descending upon Twin Falls and raping little girls. Of course, none of that happened, but that didn’t stop their TIZZY. You see, they believed there was a #conspiracy being led by Big Yogurt, because Chobani was bringing refugee rapists to Idaho, to steal American jobs and replace them with disease and rape. (Chobani even ended up suing Alex Jones, who eventually finally apologized to yogurt.)

Turns out the Russians were reading those rightwing blogs! Even more than that, the Russians (probably the GRU, AKA military intelligence, if we had to hazard a wild guess) decided to act on that hysteria, as part of their campaign to fuck the election against Hillary Clinton and in favor of Donald Trump. (You’ll remember that in May of 2016, a GRU dude was picked up in routine eavesdropping bragging about how Russia was about to fuck up Hillary’s election chances. Also, in June of 2016, the Russians met with Donald Trump Jr. in Trump Tower, also as “part of the Russian government’s support” for his daddy. Alllllll the Russian helps for Trump last year!)

The Daily Beast has an exclusive report of how Russians created Facebook events, targeted at likely racist Trump voters, in order to get those dumb waddle monsters to hit the streets with their anti-immigrant hysteria, all while Trump was out campaigning on a platform of anti-immigrant hysteria:

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned. […]

The Facebook events—one of which echoed Islamophobic conspiracy theories pushed by pro-Trump media outlets—are the first indication that the Kremlin’s attempts to shape America’s political discourse moved beyond fake news and led unwitting Americans into specific real-life action.

“This is the next step,” Clint Watts, a former FBI agent and expert on Russia’s influence campaign, told The Daily Beast. “The objective of influence is to create behavior change. The simplest behavior is to have someone disseminate propaganda that Russia created and seeded. The second part of behavior influence is when you can get people to physically do something.”

DAMN. The Daily Beast quotes the event page, which included the following text:

“Due to the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, becoming a center of refugee resettlement, which led to the huge upsurge of violence towards American citizens, it is crucial to draw society’s attention to this problem … “

DAMN.

Just … DAMN.

The event host was called “SecuredBorders,” and it was a Russian front. On top of the Alex Jones exclusives on the Great Idaho Refugee Yogurt Rapes that led up to the event, the Daily Beast notes that Dead Breitbart also wrote many “news” blog posts about the Idaho situation. Dead Breitbart has not yet apologized to yogurt.

NOW do people see why Robert Mueller is investigating Breitbart and InfoWars and looking into Russian bots and Russian military intelligence buying Facebook ads and all that hullabaloo? Because shit is real and an enemy nation literally was (and is) all up in our American business, inciting far right racists and pushing fake Hillary news to Bernie supporters, to sow loathing (it worked!) and install their puppet in the White House.

In related news, the FBI is reportedly investigating the Russian state-owned Sputnik media organization, to see if it was working directly for the Kremlin as part of Russia’s disinformation campaign during the election. We have a feeling we are just barely starting to scratch the surface of the Russian digital operation that helped sway the election in the unqualified orange fuckseed’s direction.

Of course, Mueller is also probing First Son-In-Law Prince Jared Kushner’s role in the Trump-Russia conspiracy. Kushner oversaw the Trump campaign’s digital operation, and he met with a metric shitload of Russians during the campaign and the transition too. How odd! Wonder if that has anything to do with why some of Donald Trump’s lawyers reportedly wanted Kushner to quit his White House job because of his role in the Russia investigation.

Is it possible these things are all connected?

Also, this happened:

They sure did. Jesus Christ.

We sure are glad politicians like GOP Reps. Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy and Senator Chuck Grassley are out there working their tiny dicks off to protect the president Russia elected, instead of, you know, being fucking patriots.

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  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Racism sex orgies.

    “Ted Cruz is interested in an event near to you.”

  • proudgrampa

    Wow. Just wow.

    I just cannot believe how low Republicans are willing to go…

  • Michael Smith

    Oh my. When wingnuts find out Russia was spreading all this nativist hatred, they are going to be so mad about the fact that they can’t just elect Russia itself president next time!

    • jesterpunk

      They would vote for Putin if they could.

      • OneYieldRegular

        France opposes getting involved in a trumped up war, and Americans pour an ocean of fine Bordeaux down the drain. Russia hand-picks the U.S. President and Americans are all like, “Can I haz more vodka now?”

        • GoutMachine

          Freedumb Fries forever!

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Be nice to the racist, xenophobic Idahoan bigots. Their leader is a fucking moron ex-cop with anger issues and money trouble.

    And this: http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/crime/article169352382.html

    • kaydenpat

      When will Trump add him to his Cabinet?

      • Arolpin

        Drumpf only likes wealthy scumbags. He’ll send thoughts and prayers to this moron, anything more than that might lead to Drumpf catching Poverty Cooties.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Hillary killed what now?

  • OneYieldRegular

    What Happened.

    • kaydenpat

      Russia happened.

      • Russia could never have happened without the collusion of American Imbeciles.

        • kaydenpat

          True. Imbeciles from the top down.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      Which Doobie you be?

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Before I wanted pizza. Now I want yogurt.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      But not yogurt pizza.

      • No. Never. But pizza with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes – oh yes.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Borscht. With extra sour cream.

  • NotDarkYet

    While this is OT, I think a little bit of good news/good people/uplifting stuff can’t hurt.

    Norwegian Cruise Line is helping Irma-hit folks, doing rescue missions, and delivering supplies: https://twitter.com/CruiseNorwegian

    Royal Caribbean is involved, too, I believe.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    I said in December, fuck it, Obama should just go ahead and nuke Moscow.

    Wouldn’t have been the worst thing.

    • clubseal

      The deaths of millions of innocent people? Yeah, it’s up there with some of the worst things.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Well, sure – when you put it that way it sounds bad…

        • clubseal

          I guess I just have this weird compulsion where I think using humanity’s worst weapons on civilian populations is bad. Could be a phase I’m going through, ever since I heard people calling for the nuking of Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran …

        • Me not sure

          Plus, we’d probably get our hair mussed in the retaliation.

          • Gayer Than Thou

            I did not spend all morning giving myself an elaborate updo only to have it destroyed in a nuclear attack! #DuckAndCurler

          • Me not sure

            “I thought I told you never to call me at the War Room.”

      • BreakingDeadMen

        sorry /sarc

  • Trey Shouty will never admit culpability. Men with bad hair never do.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Why is his hair so bad? Is it store-bought?

      • Me not sure

        Egg-shaped foundation?

      • puredog

        Because it is attached to an even-worse head.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I’m of the opinion that it’s trying desperately to escape from his head.

      • AmazingProfessionalCrastinator

        His mommy never taught him to wash it.

  • clubseal

    Is Russia an “enemy” nation now? I know that there are competing interests and our countries tend to meddle in each others’ affairs, but maybe we hold off on the declaration of Cold War Part Two, even if they did mobilize racists who were going to vote for Trump anyway?

    • Professor Fate

      Ah…this is kind of big deal really – as in illegal as hell. And we take a dim view of foreign intervention in our elections (we have not been that way about other countries elections of course but that’s a story for another time) and we are still in the process of finding out what was done there is that whole hacking the DNC bit as well to think of. And honestly it’s not very likely that they drew the line at spoofing racists with fake stories in Facebook. I’m not sure how far down the rabbit hole this goes but there are more than one GOP Senator or Rep who is acting extremely worried about the various investigations.
      And we’re not friends – we have missiles aimed a them in silos in the Midwest along with a submarine or two and bombers , we also maintain a large military force in Europe and belong to NATO which has as a main part of its charter the defense of Europe against Russian military aggression against member countries. (which was why there was so much up set when Trump was bad mouthing NATO and its charter)

      • clubseal

        Yes, it’s illegal. Our country should know, having organized and backed a few violent coups in a number of sovereign nations. My question, I guess, is this: Let’s say we find out who is responsible for, and the extent of, this tampering with the election – what is the protocol? We aren’t a part of the International Criminal Court, since we’d be the defendant too often, so do we start a war over it? So far, it seems Russia influenced the election by playing on Americans’ own ignorance and unwillingness to fact check – but if they actually changed votes (which I’ve seen no evidence that that has happened), what is the course of action for America in seeking justice?

        • Professor Fate

          Well at the very least the American Citizens who were aiding and abetting this would be in a world of hurt legally speaking. Collusion with a foreign government to influence and election is a pretty serious charge. Not quite treason (we’d need to be in a state of war for that -I think) but pretty close.
          While of course war isn’t the answer our relations with Russia are bound to be a lot frostier. And if nothing else a heightened awareness of dirty tricks and taking action against them.
          And again the wheel is still in spin – there was once again this election some suspicious differences between the exit polling and the actual vote count and while this has been explained for now by talking about the shy trump voter (really? shy?) who knows – they hacked the DNC, they spoofed face book – could they have (with perhaps the aid the local GOP) hacked the vote totals in just enough states to take Trump over the top? I’d like to think no but there isn’t anything in what I know about the GOP to think they wouldn’t cooperate in something like that. The wheel’s still in spin here.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    A lot of Russians follow my real-life Instagram account. It’s kind of weird, frankly, because it’s not a very interesting account.

    • Vincent Ricola

      They are always trying to follow my boring twitter account that I only use every other month or so to hit the heart button like a common Ted Cruz watching porn in the middle of the night. It’s hilariously weird.

    • OneYieldRegular

      I don’t get it. Did the whole country just get tired of writing great novels, composing great symphonies and beating Nazis?

      • Nockular cavity

        Not to mention inventing the periodic table, space flight (manned and unmanned), the tokamak, etc.

    • FauxAntocles

      I was wondering where those guys came from.

    • Me not sure

      Would yelling “PINKO!” be considered a gay slur? If it is, I won’t.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Just in case, let’s pick a safe word first.

        • Me not sure

          Ok, you first.

          • Gayer Than Thou

            No, that will be a bad safe word.

          • Me not sure

            Mine is “NONONONONOHSHITSTOP!”.

  • Nounverb911

    Russia reads the WOnkette too, also?

  • kaydenpat

    Russian Puppet, indeed.

  • JMP

    It’s nice to know that Breitbart trolls are in fact actual traitors to America.

    • TJ Barke

      IKR?

  • Vincent Ricola

    Clint Watts *swoon*

  • Bill D. Burger
  • MrTusks

    This is Obama’s fault! And no we’re not going to fix it!!!

  • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

    Re: U.S. spies sleeping, they really weren’t. There were all sorts of alarm bells going off, including reports that made it to the desk of the president.

    But then Mitch “Actual case for making Polio fatal again” McConnell said that he’d politicize the reports if Obama made them public, because they’d hurt the GOP candidate. And Obama caved. Which in a way indicates that the problem is much, much worse than our spy agencies Mr. Magoo-ing on us.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Bill D. Burger
  • proudgrampa

    This is like a never ending story…

    A very bad never ending story…

    That never ends…

    https://youtu.be/QexQ-A0kcTg

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Treason is epidemic nowadays, yet none dare call it treason.

    • OutOfOrbit

      i hear that word on MSM now & then, but like all the other shit: “too early to lodge any charges on anybody — [I]s to dot & [T]s cross (forevuh)”

    • tomamitai

      “Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason?
      For if it prosper, none dare call it Treason”
      John Harington

      Their own prosperity is ALL that the GOP’s leaders care about. It’s been that way at least since Nixon prolonged the Vietnam war to help his election chances.

  • Professor Fate

    But her emails!

  • Beowoof14

    So Dingle Berry Don, and his whole crew are with the Russians. That’s not new news, what is getting interesting is finding actual evidence of the connections between Twitler and the Russians. Connections that will hopefully be prosecutable for Trump, Jared, Ivanka,, Don Jr, Duh Eric Duh, Pence, Ryan and McConnell for starters. Oh and Bannon can’t leave out Bannon and his benefactors the Mercers.

  • jesterpunk

    OT but WTF Georgia?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/ga-woman-said-she-was-fired-for-leaking-during-her-period-at-work-the-aclu-is-suing-for-discrimination/2017/09/08/50fab924-8d97-11e7-8df5-c2e5cf46c1e2_story.html?utm_term=.015d36add78a

    A Georgia woman is suing her former employer, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union, because she says she was unlawfully fired for leaking menstrual blood at work.

    Alisha Coleman was employed in a 911 call center operated by the Bobby Dodd Institute, a job training and employment agency in Fort Benning. Her lawsuit alleges the institute terminated her for unpredictable menstrual symptoms that were related to the onset of menopause. Federal law prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, and specifically on the basis of “pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.”

    “Every woman dreads getting period symptoms when they’re not expecting them, but I never thought I could be fired for it,” Coleman said in a statement. “I don’t want any woman to have to go through what I did.”

    The lawsuit comes as a groundswell of grassroots activists and lawmakers are working to improve basic rights for menstruating women. Many are trying to remove the stigma associated with periods and to make menstrual products more affordable, if not freely available, in workplaces, schools and other public places, such as libraries and prisons.

    • OneYieldRegular

      Call me crazy, but it sounds like the manager of that 911 call center is in the wrong line of work.

    • I’m a cynic at heart. I think there’s GOT to be more to the story. That or it’s a slam dunk case.

      • jesterpunk

        Women are icky and gross?It seems like a pretty slam dunk case though especially since the ACLU is helping her.

        • The fact that the ACLU is involved is an important factor, no doubt. And even if there is more to the story, if those quotes are true, then fuck those people and the cotton pony they rode in on.

    • OutOfOrbit

      i hope she goes for and wins YUUGE maga-dollahs, for both unlawful termination PLUS PLUS PLUS the embarassment and humiliation BDI caused her

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      If they could make being a woman illegal they would.

      • H0mer0

        then they’ll only be left with manginas

    • BosGrl

      There’s somebody here who needs to see this, though I won’t mention names.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Advice to those being called to meet with Mueller: You better NOT lie for Trump. You’re a Fool if You Do.

    [ Russia probes pose loyalty test for Team Trump

    Current and former White House aides caught up in the probe are being advised by their attorneys to tell the truth – even if that might hurt the president.

    By DARREN SAMUELSOHN 09/12/2017 05:10 AM EDT]

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/12/trump-russia-investigation-loyalty-242570

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      What the fuck happened to this country, that people have to be REMINDED not to lie in SWORN TESTIMONY?

  • Joe Beese
    • TJ Barke

      We keep upping definition past the point the human eye can detect it, because moar is always better!

      • Joe Beese

        I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t hear the difference between FLAC and 192 MP3. But I get pleasure from the losslessness all the same. And with hard drive storage as cheap as it is now, it’s a very affordable luxury.

      • Lordpnut

        I sometimes prefer shitty sound reproduction; it dovetails with my shitty guitar playing.

    • P’jama Pahnts

      So I’m hearing from my fan-boy coworker that you will now get an alert if your heart rate elevates but you are not actually active. Oh Great, more interruptions during sex.

      • TJ Barke

        “Great, more interruptions during sex masturbation.”

      • Joe Beese

        But seriously, atrial fibrillation detection will save lives.

        It’s not the blood sugar level measuring that some people had hoped for – which would really have been huge for diabetics – but nice all the same.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Ever see Breaking Bad in 4K? It’s not for the faint of heart.

  • Red Bird

    And no one saw this coming. 😒

    • Vincent Ricola

      It’s almost like we were shouting into the wind about this sketchy shit for most of last year.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    It just keeps getting worse. The Russians organized all these events and didn’t even buy pizza.

    • Robbertjan Brandenburg

      There was borsjt.

  • Me not sure

    Chobani means shepherd. WAKE UP SHEEPLE!

  • Bright Bart

    We sure are glad politicians like GOP Reps. Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy and Senator Chuck Grassley are out there working their tiny dicks off to protect the president Russia elected, instead of, you know, being fucking patriots.
    Read more at https://wonkette.com/622802/russia-all-up-in-trump-racists-facebooks-inviting-them-to-racism-sex-orgies#6oKOHYSAiHytuGII.99

    while Putin reminisces about that time he dropped acid in Paris

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/1697580

    • kaydenpat

      The entire Republican Party benefited from Russia’s efforts so it’s not surprising to see their politicians defending Trump and trying desperately to cover up Russia’s interference in 2016 elections.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Here are some example of the type of propaganda Sputnik pushes (note how they propped up Trump’s false wiretapping & “unmasking” claims).

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DJfkUmbXgAAkT3C.jpg

  • That’s unpossible. We were told those Trump voters are patriots suffering from economic anxiety and we mustn’t make them feel bad or criticize them lest their fee fees get hurt and they vote for Trump again.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • TJ Barke

    Republicans = traitors.

    • kaydenpat

      Democratic politicians need to be bold about saying this out loud. They’re too polite. Can you imagine if the situation was switched and Democrats had gone in with the Russians to win a Presidential election? Washington, D.C. would be shut down.

  • FlownΩver

    Idaho? That reminds me – how’s Dok?

  • Bill D. Burger

    Well….someone’s very pleased with himself! Duh….winning.

    https://i.imgur.com/RH2pYLs.gif

  • Anna Rompage

    Speaking of the cyber warfares..

    I’m starting to wonder if all the stories about Hillary in the last couple days on this site is really a ploy to lure in Russian bots & other malicious political malcontents, in effort to track their IP addresses and locations, in effort to expose a web of paid conservative & foreign shills…

    Or, maybe it’s just coincidence, and Wonkette is giving Hillary praise & focus because she has a new book that’s out…

    • Ms.MLG on Maui

      I had that exact thought.

    • Lordpnut

      I’m so far undercover I don’t even know what my mission is.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    I find it hard to keep up with all this. First, it was “the Jews will not replace us”. Then we had to kick the DACA kids in the shins while pushing them into the Rio Grande. Now, it’s the Syrians. Who am I supposed to hate?

    • puredog

      AOT, K

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      “I HATE EVERYTHING WHICH IS NOT IN MYSELF”
      – Republicans, circa 2017. Also Norman Mailer.

    • P’jama Pahnts

      Libtards. it’s all their fault

    • BigCSouthside

      From what I gather, everyone that isn’t a below average straight white man from the Anglo areas of Europe. You tolerate the women who will do whatever those dudes say even though they have vaginas.

    • kaydenpat

      Anyone who isn’t White, male, straight and Christian.

  • La forza del resistino

    And the Russian people shake their heads wondering why their nation can’t produce a decent 6 cyl car.

    • Wolf Tracker

      I feel bad for the verge Russian people that are hurt by their own government and they want democracy and the benefits of a true economy not controlled by the Russian mafia.

      I think they will rise up but not until someone puts a bullet in Putin.

      • TimResistit

        That country seems hopeless and without Putin either it disintegrates more into a lawless Oligarchy or they get another Putin. Like Hussein or Gaddaffi…maybe only a dictator can control Russia.

    • BeachBum

      In the 90’s I knew a guy that did some bus in Russia and he rented a car that had no heater. Lucky it was the summer.

  • YoBunnyBunny
    • kaydenpat

      And Benghazi!!!!!!!!!!!

      Let’s not forget the murder of Vince Foster while we’re at it.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • TJ Barke

      We didn’t, actually, it’s just that one of the political parties was perfectly willing to be complicit.

    • kaydenpat

      They sure did. I’m a bit worried about 2018 and 2020.

  • Crystalclear12

    Are Mitch and Ryan “troubled” yet?

    • kaydenpat

      Naw. They’ll only be troubled if Trump doesn’t help them get those tax cuts for the mega wealthy passed.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Hell, they probably aren’t even in the realm of “concerned”.

    • SeeTrain65

      They’ve both been ‘troubled’ since birth.

      They still don’t give a shit.

  • OneYieldRegular

    OT, but I am much impressed by this new artwork by French artist JR on the border fence between Mexico and the U.S.:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0290e39072edb584df99064c062c0d50a32e11da786530321ce709356b689975.jpg

  • Bill D. Burger
    • kaydenpat

      Hmmm mmmm.

  • Wolf Tracker

    “This is the next step,” Clint Watts, a former FBI agent and expert on Russia’s influence campaign, told The Daily Beast. “The objective of influence is to create behavior change. The simplest behavior is to have someone disseminate propaganda that Russia created and seeded. The second part of behavior influence is when you can get people to physically do something.”

    I expect there to be propaganda from other countries in our elections and we do the same to them but when you are funding and organizing rallies in another country to foment hate and disrupt law that is an act of war in my opinion.

    The Russians are at war with us and trying to destroy our democracy from inside using social media and politicians and we need to clean house of Trump and anyone selling us out to Putin.

    • tomamitai

      What Putin did to us was an act of war, and we should respond appropriately and proportionally. We also need to get our critical infrastructure controls disconnected from the goddamn public internet! Can you imagine what kinds of fuckery would ensue if the power goes out or cellphones stop working during one of their planned riots? I bet Putin’s thought about it!

  • Bill D. Burger
    • AmazingProfessionalCrastinator

      Only 5 years?

  • Pilotshark

    “We sure are glad politicians like GOP Reps. Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy and Senator Chuck Grassley are out there working their tiny dicks off to protect the president Russia elected, instead of, you know, being fucking patriots.”

    well they do stick to things they know.
    Greed
    Over
    Patriotism

    Great
    On
    Putin

    Putin Owns The United States

  • Bill D. Burger
  • ManchuCandidate

    For many a Sothron GOPer being a traitor to US Amercia is a family tradition.

  • BeachBum

    OT Sorry to post this here. I never post these types of things, but I thought it might be football related. Its not, but it might be kinda soc med related, on her Instagram, if you see it. Its all just, well I dunno, I have no words. (yeah, I know, for me, no shit)https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/09/11/planowomans-estranged-husband-went-rampage-killed-7-football-watch-party-mother-says

    • Why isn’t this bigger news? How horrible!!.

      • tomamitai

        Because the murderer wasn’t Muslim, dark skinned, and/or an immigrant?

        • He looked like a Cernovich acolyte.

        • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

          Plano, TX is an affluent Dallas suburb and could be an add for Clorox bleach. And many years ago, it had the highest teen suicide rate in the US. But gun violence in Chicago is all we should focus on.

  • William
    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Someday, I may meet you in person. And when I do, I’m going to hurt you, badly.

    • Bill D. Burger
      • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

        The leopard print coat just brings it all together.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      missed a spot- he’s still a douche

    • Daniel

      He borrowed Emo Philips’ hair.

    • redarmyzombie

      Whelp, there went my breakfast…

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Can this all be over soon, please? Watching Keith Olbermann the other day I was reminded that in 8 weeks it will have been a full year since the election. Even though I do own a calendar, I was a bit shocked. Sometimes it feels like this all happened in the blink of an eye, other times as if it’s eaten half my life.

    • Lordpnut

      Good point. To those who look back at Hitler’s rise to power and say that could never happen here, consider this: from the treaty of Versailles to Hitler’s assumption of absolute power was eighteen years. In a world recovering from WWII without the global mass media of today, that is the blink of an eye. It’s happening as we speak.

  • Bill D. Burger

    ot but just saw this: Maybe Trump should talk to BFF Putin about how Russia is helping ease the impact of sanctions by providing oil & other supplies to North Korea instead of saber rattling and threatening war. Just a thought.

    https://twitter.com/Evan_Rosenfeld/status/907644674210283520

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Russia plays the longest of long games. It’s completely within the realm of possibility that they took notice clear back in the 90’s of how much airtime and fawning was lavished on a know-nothing real estate developer and started cultivating him with this precise goal in mind. The fact that he was far too stupid and much too self-centered and self-serving to notice was just icing.

    • OutOfOrbit

      “icing” that paved the way to this tRumpster fire

    • laughingnome

      I’m reading a book on how the KGP and GRU in the 30s cultivated the Cambridge spy ring. They were extremely patient – history being on their side was/is a tenet of Marxism – and they didn’t care if someone they cultivated didn’t pay off for decades. Putin was brought up in that system and that they would cultivate someone like Trump is really plausible.

    • Daniel

      Really long game. Those Potemkin villages were built with the intention of drawing in a dimwitted developer from the New World when and if one should ever be born.

      Fucking prophecies.

    • Roadstergal

      I think they play many long games. Drumpf is the one that panned out; they had plenty of irons on the fire.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        Which other irons are still in the fire, I wonder…

    • Remember that what goes around comes around. In Yeltsin’s first term, Russia had a free media and a competitive electoral system for the first time ever. But Western intelligence and business were petrified that the Commies would win the election fair and square – so they propped up right-wing oligarchs and old KGB fixers like Putin to make sure that didn’t happen. Now look what they’ve done. Dirty tricks overseas ALWAYS, ALWAYS blow back home.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I have to admit, they are getting better at propaganda. The Soviet stuff was crap, but this New Russian AgitProp is legit.

    • Daniel

      I’d say Sturgeon’s law applies to Soviet propaganda. Popova and Rodchenko were brilliant, and Sergei Eisenstein a genius. Maxim Gorky- not to my taste, but he was a great writer, and Isaac Babel was also excellent.

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        OK, I have to admit that I actually know nothing about Russian propaganda.

        • Daniel

          Sorry, it’s a little bit of an obsession of mine.

          Radchenko and Popova were great artists, and all the stuff that people use as visual shorthand for “Russian propaganda posters” is based on their work innovating Constructivism, an art movement related to cubism, vorticism, futurism and modernism. It was so successful it’s become almost banal, but when it was new it was dramatic, vibrant and really… spectacular.

          Then you get Eisenstein who was one of the greatest innovators of cinema, pioneer of the montage and numerous other techniques that again have been so influential they’ve almost become banal.

          • AnnieGetYerFun

            Don’t be sorry! I love old Russian propaganda posters. But I have to admit I simply don’t know much about them, other than that they look cool.

  • Professor Fate

    Played them like a cheap fiddle they did. And just want else is going to heave into view going forward? How far down does the rot got?

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      Ivanka has Russian toe fungus.

  • Courser_Resistance

    Somehow confirmation of everything I’ve thought from the beginning is just fucking depressing. It isn’t making me feel any better but I guess it’s a good thing it’s getting out there. I’m way more concerned about how we’re going to fix it. I guess a do-over is out of the questions but I don’t know why. The Repugs colluded every step of the way AND they get to hold onto all of their power? Yeah, I’m not down with that.

    • bbayliss

      Just wait.

      • Courser_Resistance

        Can they somehow reverse Gorsuch’s appointment to SCOTUS? No? Unless that’s fixed, we’re still fucked with SCOTUS against us.

        • bbayliss

          If it was up to me? an illegitimate presidents appointments are illegitimate.

          • Roadstergal

            Hell, if it were up to the majority of American voters, Drumpf wouldn’t be president, but we’re not involved in the process anymore.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Who knew that cultivating and carefully nurturing an entire populace so gullible, so paranoid and so prone to hating the concepts of expertise and higher learning (or even critical thinking) could have such unintended consequences? Thanks GOP, the Russians couldn’t have done it without you…

    • William
      • Jon Sussex

        He’s both.

    • Lordpnut

      Speaking of which, how is Dok? We need his critical thinking skills and dry wit as a shining example of public discourse.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        good question

      • Lance Thrustwell

        Or a public example of shining discourse.

        Or exemplary discourse of shiny publicity?

        • Lordpnut

          Yes.

      • tomamitai

        He’s Tweeting, so at least his thumbs are working.

        • Lordpnut

          Right on. Good news.

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      Ignorance and pure stupidity are now a virtue in America.

  • Roadstergal
    • Lance Thrustwell

      Wish she’d used that title.

    • Sally Mushrush

      I love that she appears to be drinking a Guinness.

  • Thiazin Red

    And there are still people who don’t think there is evidence. Kushner wanted to set up back channel communications using Russian locations and equipment. He lied on his security forms. There was literally an email chain involving Jr that might as well have had “plans for collusion” in the subject line.

    • stubbornirishlass

      The state of denial doesn’t care about evidence – the more that comes to light, the more they’ll dig their heels in.

  • Mormos

    so seriously, what now? a hostile foreign power infiltrated our elections and appointed our executive administration. An administration that is rapidly sabotaging and dismantling our system of government. Through appointments, our beaucracy, regulatory agencies, and even our supreme court has been compromised by A HOSTILE FOREIGN POWER. How does this get fixed? The line of sucession can repair (maybe) our executive authority, but what about the rest of it?

    Maybe Plato and Aristotle were right when they said Democracy cannot endure.

  • BadKitty904
  • Bitter Scribe

    These are the people who, over and over, accused anyone who disagreed with them of treason. Now it turns out they were dupes of America’s greatest foe. Irony isn’t just dead; its ashes have been pulverized into microscopic particles.

    • Ricky Gay

      And they are snorting them off a pee hooker’s belly! (allegedly)

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      And Ronald Reagan is spinning in his grave!

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Boy, that Nikonov fella looks real warm & cuddly.

    • Walter Wellstone

      He seems nice. Bless his heart.

    • Alan

      Eats face.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    So the U.S. spies should all be well rested now and ready to go after countries and people who, literally, attacked America in 2016? Maybe put some Breitbartians in jail for treason, lean on some Republican’ts to get some intel? HA! We’re being destroyed from the inside and the Tea Party is leading the insurrection.

  • gratuitous

    Remember when conservatives lost their shit thinking that during his Rhodes Scholar days Bill Clinton might have gone to Moscow, and was some kind of Kremlin agent because maybe he’d eaten borscht while he was there? Except for no factual basis for all the overheated speculation, it was a Real Thing!

    Now, we have all this evidence of collusion and Russian interference on behalf of Trump and the Republicans can’t even stir themselves to shrug.

    • handyhippie65

      but, but he’s one of us. we have ho interest in going after republicans.

  • bbayliss

    This was suppose to be the top story today, then we all got distracted by Cruz whackin’ it.
    Coincidence? I think not.

    • reelreeler

      The GOP never knows when it will pay off to have a booger-eating wanker in the senate.

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      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        Yes, Virginia, you are a liar.

  • gene108

    Also glad Mitch McConnell torpedoed Obama’s idea of issuing a joint statement about Russian interference.

    I mean what’s more important?

    Protecting American democracy from foreign powers or making sure the Supreme Court remains a right-wing leaning institution for the next many decades?

  • Internet Hitler

    butter emails

    • Invisible Bunyip

      Ben Ghazi.

  • The Librarian

    I understand the GOP haz a sad because 8 years of a decent President that didn’t try to fuck the nation is hard to take. But to keep a traitorous Trump and Co in office at all costs? That’s not just sadness, that’s perfidy.

  • Viktor

    Just noticed RT News was removed from my cable channels. I wish they would remove the other propaganda channels, OAN News, The Blaze, and Newsmax.

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      Fox….

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Sinclair…

        • SpideySenser

          Jesus, I hate those guys.

  • Poly_Ester

    It brings renewed meaning to the phrase “useful idiots,” doesn’t it.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    So those Russia Trump flags were really just Russian intel services taunting every-fucking-one… That actually makes the most sense for how those flags came to be…

    • Ωbjectifier

      With the crude, crooked Trump stamp taunting for a second time.

    • JoeChristmas

      If nothing else, it was the greatest troll job since letting the teabaggers call themselves such for their larval stage. BTW, they will always be teabaggers to me.

  • LucindathePook

    “led unwitting Americans”: read that as “bedwetting Americans”

    • WotsAllThisThen

      “Witless Americans”

    • KenTFM

      Your way is more accurate

  • Angela Ruzzo

    While I was in the shower this morning, it occurred to me that what we need is a redefinition of the word “treason.” Currently it is defined as “the crime of betraying one’s country” and the word “country” is generally understood to mean “government” or its representatives, such as the armed forces of that nation, but I think it should be expanded to include “the crime of betraying the citizens of a country.” If we had done this 20 years ago, then all those greedy bankers who caused the global economic collapse of 2008 could have been arrested for treason, and we could certainly include various members of Congress and the Trump family. After all, the PEOPLE are the NATION.

    • Rags

      Currently it is defined in a way that limits its applicability to times of war only. We are, believe it or not, not at war with Russia. though maybe we should be.

      • Rags

        edit – ‘not at war’ sry

      • Except if we really did back off ISIS, whom we are at war with, and declared war at that, at Russia’s behest, that does qualify as treasonous. With a capital T.

    • stubbornirishlass

      Those are some mighty cerebral showers you’re taking.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I do some of my best thinking in the shower, or while driving, or while I’m trying to fall asleep.

    • handyhippie65

      gee whiz. the only thing i thought about when i took my shower today is that i need more lever 2000.

  • Lefty Wright

    It would be nice if congress actually did their job and thoroughly investigated Russian activities during the 2016 elections. And put some money into getting hack proof voting machines and software. Instead, they are spending time trying to cover the crimes and incompetence of Trump and his administration. The stench of this Trump travesty will never leave them, though. The truth will come out and their complicity in hiding it will, hopefully, end their careers in politics.

    • JoeChristmas

      Unfortunately, while I have some wishful thinking about this, we know too that these types are utterly shameless. Monsters that won’t die. From Nixon to Newt, they have no sense of contrition.

  • TootsStansbury

    The GOP are guilty of treason and crimes against humanity.

    • Parakeetist

      Yes

    • SeeTrain65

      … among multiple other crimes.

  • stubbornirishlass

    I want to vomit right now.

  • SpideySenser

    I have bought Chobani and only Chobani since Colbert gave them a shout out a while back. I emailed them and thanked them for having a heart. They sent me coupons and a nice (handwritten!) letter. Good people!

  • So……anyone still think Putty wasn’t aiming straight to put Trump in the white house?

  • BullDyke Odell

    well no, the real news about hillary clinton, her supporters, and their actions toward bernie sanders and his supporters is loathsome enough. no fakery needed.

    hambeast et al are doing their own info wars when they lie and couch it as something like this. clinton is hated because she earned it. hambeast is hated because she earned it, it goes on and on.

  • phoenix00

    Maybe American intelligence wasn’t sleeping, but James Comey sure did their bidding.

  • Longstreet63

    But her emails?

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