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Conservatives of that ilk have always been a bit sweet on fascism...

...and often more than a little. (No surprise that Buchanan was her mentor.) They loved Franco, the Shah, Pinochet, South American Juntas, and now Putin. Before the war they admired Mussolini's Italy. I swear, for some of them, the only reason they didn't love the Nazis was because they were "the other team", and would have been happy as clams if the Western powers had joined with the Nazis to take down the Soviet Union.

She and her '90s pals weren't "optimistic" Reaganists, they were self-righteous entitled Ivy League fucks who really believed everything would go the way it did in the fanfiction of "the way things will go" they wrote in their heads. And they'd been groomed by the Wingnut Welfare system to believe precisely that and go forth to propagandize the message. All of them could count on a RW-funded make-work landing pad when they were "between gigs". They didn't have to venture out into the real "free market" they championed. A few phone calls and they could always turn up someone willing to pay them for some work.

Laura, as well as Anne and Dinesh, ran into the wall of reality, that the world wasn't going to conform itself to their childish fantasies, and they went nuclear.

"Some men" (and women) "just want to watch the world burn."

Trump (Jr) was busted on Hillary Street!


Malcolm Nance
My favorite part of newly released .@DonaldJTrumpJr drunk Arrest record? He was busted on Hillary Street! #ISYN!

Current Republicans love to claim hims as their own, but their counterparts at the time...

...(which would be a mix of Republican and Democratic factions) called him a "socialist" for some of the policies he championed.

Excess deaths (to April 11)


The United States recorded an estimated 37,100 excess deaths as the novel coronavirus spread across the country in March and the first two weeks of April, nearly 13,500 more than are now attributed to covid-19 for that same period, according to an analysis of federal data conducted for The Washington Post by a research team led by the Yale School of Public Health.

The Yale team’s analysis suggests that the number of excess deaths accelerated as the pandemic took hold. There were 16,600 estimated excess deaths just in the week of April 5 to April 11, compared with 20,500 over the prior five weeks.

Those excess deaths — the number beyond what would normally be expected for that time of year — are not necessarily attributable directly to covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. They could include people with unrelated maladies who avoided hospitals for fear of being exposed or who couldn’t get the care they needed from overwhelmed health systems, as well as some number of deaths that are part of the ordinary variation in the death rate. The number is affected by increases or decreases in other categories of deaths, such as traffic fatalities and homicides.

But excess deaths are a starting point for scientists to assess the overall impact of the pandemic.

And remember, the end-point for that data was three months ago.

Don Winslow Films' YouTube Channel


It's a new channel, started at the end of June, only two videos up there, and not this one yet, but they're good ones.

MeidasTouch YouTube channel

For the videos without needing Twitter:


Thank you for amplifying ads attacking Trump from someone other than NeverTrumpers

Who are these guys?

Ben Meiselas, Brett Meiselas, and Jordan Meiselas.

Basically, Colin Kaepernick's lawyer and his two brothers, one of whom is an award-winning video editor (including for Ellen DeGeneres' show) and the other's a marketing guy.

The Race To Go Viral: Three Brothers’ Anti-Donald Trump Videos Draw Millions Of Views
By Ted Johnson
Ted Johnson | June 12, 2020 7:25am

A day after Ivanka Trump posted an online commencement address that was scrapped by a Kansas university, a different version appeared on Twitter that also generated a great deal of attention.

It was a spot that, among other things, interspersed her words with scenes of cops firing smoke canisters and pepper balls to clear out Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Square and soldiers occupying the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. From the group MeidasTouch.com, the video, with a hashtag of #ByeIvanka, generated more than 6.5 million views.

MeidasTouch.com is a new political action committee that is the brainchild of three brothers who believe that they have hit on a formula for drawing attention: Using Donald Trump’s words against him, or those of his family.

“There is a thematic piece that goes throughout the videos — we use real pictures and real imagery and juxtapose them with their words,” said Ben Meiselas, a partner at Geragos & Geragos who represented Colin Kaepernick’s lawsuit and settlement with the NFL. Also spearheading the videos are his brother Brett, who served as head of digital post-production on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Jordan, who works in marketing and advertising in New York.

--more at link--

Paywalled, so I haven't seen the full thing either, but for those who can:
With MeidasTouch, 3 Brothers Are Creating Visceral Ads by Using Trump’s Words Against Him
Exclusive: An attorney for Kaepernick, an editor for Ellen and an agency pro are generating views by the millions
David Griner | June 1, 2020
Some of 2020’s most viral political ads have come from a liberal organization called MeidasTouch, and if you’d never heard of the group before the past few weeks, there’s a good reason: they didn’t exist yet.

It doesn't need to be Lincoln Project ads

Give a thought to supporting these groups, who aren't responsible for fostering a Republican base that would love a guy like Trump.




You're proving my point. There's no system to back and promote our attack dogs.

The NeverTrumpers have the connections they've built up over decades of working on Republican campaigns and in conservative media. They can tap into people who don't care for Trump, can see what disaster he can bring to the Republicans, and back them financially.

On our side? I can name a bunch of bloggers who've been on the attack but have been jeered at as "alarmist" and "not pragmatic" to the point they're burned out. Their problem was being right "too early."

And more recently? Well, tell me who these guys are:

and these guys

and these guys

Why don't we know their names?

There are more. People who make ads for candidates (we've seen good, hard-hitting ads over the years), activist videographers (we've seen plenty of them too, over the years), writers who know how to tell a story, a story that unequivocally paints the Republicans as bad guys. People who recognize how conservative media has worked to frame the terms of the debate and are willing to undermine that the way they've done it to us.

We don't know their names because they're off on their own trying to eke out a living, a situation that rarely includes publicists. But you can bet your bottom dollar the NeverTrumpers have people flacking to get their faces on camera, to help them push their own views, at every turn.
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