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Oh, Hillary. No. Just, no. These refugees are fleeing wars that profit the West, supported by the West, but now the West wants to wash its hands of responsibility for those wars.

Month by month, I am becoming more and more baffled by why I enthusiastically supported the Clintons.

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Jon Schwarz at The Intercept: “Every now and then, in the midst of his unending eruption of prevarication, Trump will blurt out the truth about the United States in a way that no normal politician ever has.”

Cory Doctorow: “Yes, Trump is a pathological liar, but he’s also the first US president to call Ted Cruz a liar, the first to admit that the Saudis were likely behind 9/11, the first to admit that the Saudi royals can kill a lot of journalists but that the US will still do business with them because they buy a lot of American bombs, that Nancy Pelosi blew a chance to impeach Bush, that pharma and defense contractors rip off the American public, that politicians are for sale to their political donors, that Vladimir Putin doesn’t have a monopoly on political assassination (and that the US is hardly innocent on this score), and that going into Iraq was a ‘big, fat mistake.’”

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Silicon Valley skews strongly Democratic, but the party is not a great fit for them. Silicon Valley is liberal on social issues, but opposes government regulation of business.

Small-government conservatives and libertarians are an odd marriage within the Republican Party. They seem similar at first, but small-government conservatives are ok with the government regulating people’s sex lives, and they’re fine with making the US a Christian nation. When libertarians allied with the Republican Party, they made a decision that property rights were more important than other individual rights.

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Chase away those post-holiday blues!

In 1971, “DB Cooper” hijacked a plane from Portland, Oregon and eventually parachuted into the Pacific Northwest wilderness with $200,000 strapped to his body. He was never seen again. The D.B. Cooper tale continues to thrive in popular culture while sparking a seemingly endless stream of theories about the mystery man’s identity. In fact, a new suspect was put forward just this week!

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Liberal Christopher Blair writes a satirical Facebook page called “America’s Last Line of Defense,” containing outrageous fabricated hit pieces about the Clintons, the Obamas and Sharia law invading the US. Millions of American right wingers eat it up. “No matter how racist, how bigoted, how offensive, how obviously fake we get, people keep coming back,” says Blair, who is doing a terrible thing that is helping destroy America.

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I don’t know if it’s justified to claim, as the headline does, that these white Instagram influencers are “pretending to be black.” Only one is doing that – and she only did it for a while. The others are upfront about their ethnic heritage.

On the other hand, cultural appropriation is a thing. I view it as economic: Elvis Presley gets rich doing covers of “race records,” while the original performers struggle to make a living. I think the mainstream definition of cultural appropriation is more broad and intangible than the one I use.

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We’ve been watching an episode of “Wynonna Earp” every night and walking around all day singing the theme song under our breath.

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Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is a Mississipi GOP Senator is going into a runoff election against her Democratic opponent, a Black man named Mike Espy who might end up the first Black Mississipi Senator since 1883. She made headlines last week with a joke about attending a “public hanging.” She also made public comments in favor of voter suppression.

Google donated $5,000 to her campaign.

Google says they made the donation before they heard about her comments and they never would have donated had they known. However, she espoused hateful views before her recent comments, and Google isn’t asking for its money back.