Watching Fox fawn all over Rush and bypass his gleeful harshness, while other outlets briefly touch on his passing and then move on is both disappointing and revealing.

Revealing in that it shows just how cramped and closed the right-wing media space really is. In the real

world, Rush is a figure of minor interest, a sort of a media pre-cursor to Trump with his mix of politics and shock entertainment, but no deep thinker or national voice. You probably vaguely knew who he was but didn't care that much, bc you haven't listened to AM in decades.

Hence the normal news notes his passing, calls him 'provocative' (an understatement), and moves on. Bc it's just not that important given covid, the impeachment, the big storm, and so on.

In MAGA-world though, Rush is some kind of patron saint, the guy who saved AM radio,and

created conservative radio. That this is treated as some kind of massive achievement shows how insular the Trumpist right really is. Rush was basically just a racist gabber; the rest of the country moved on from AM decades ago; and conservative radio is swamp of apocalypse

prophecies and conspiracies. That you'd even take this seriously as some kind of legacy to celebrate - at least as anything other than an erosion of American decency - is simultaneously absurd, pathetic, & hysterical
There is just no way the GOP is going to come back to

reality until this insular, closed-off right-wing media bubble is broken up. Something like a quarter to a third of the country is building a parallel universe where, just this week for example, the Green New Deal caused Texas' power shortages. Good grief.


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A violent, rage-filled, gangster-ish sociopath, unable to connect even with his family, reduces his opponents through clever stratagems or alpha-male displays of force and humiliation.

He is, of course, surrounded by beautiful, wealthy, and/or important women, and, naturally, they swoon before his macho ferocity and throw themselves at him (instead of, you know, fleeing in terror). He cheats on his wife to sleep with them, and then treats all of them, wife

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The furthest right quintile is unreachable. The American

hard right has been lost in conspiracy theories for a century: FDR as Bolshevik, fluoridation, Trilateral Commission, New World Order, birtherism. Mercifully, they're served by narrowcast radio & social media of limited reach.

It's Fox TV reaching the next, softer right,

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These are shells,

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Some people might like plating up baselayer for 10 minutes in the morning,but how about an actual jacket for the rest of us? One that doesn't require so much more fabric beneath? And one where you can run in seriously

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With Trump out, his wake should pull with him so many sycophants who had no business ever being taken seriously.

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- Ivanka
- Jared
- Eric, Melania & the rest of the family
- Guilfolye
- Lewandowski

- Diamond & Silk
- Pirro
- J Waters
- C Owens
- Lahren
- D Bongino
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- Levin
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- K Pavlich
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Who would you add? I’m sure I missed some MAGA greats in there.

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Suggestions, please, for winter running base layer

Preferably heavy for serious cold, and snug, second-skin fit

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Should be:

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2. Designed for running

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3. Top & Bottom set

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