I'm relistening to the amazing Bundyville podcast (seasons 1 & 2) and want to mention one detail and one big idea that especially stood out to me on this listen. opb.org/news/article/b…
The detail is that one place where the Bundy family illegally grazed their cows was a National monument that was protected in part because there are 12,000 year old petroglyphs there. On one of those petroglyphs can be found the name of "Bundy" carved on it. Subtle symbolism.
The big idea is that the Bundy family got little grassroots support from their fellow ranchers, but got much support from a wide range of far right anti-government extremists.
The Bundy take on the Constitution is utter batshittery that only a tiny fraction of their fellow Americans would recognize as legitimate. But their self-presentation as humble country folk victimized by the big bad federal government worked like a charm to gain them sympathy.
Fun fact: one of the far right Mormon thinkers that the Bundy's draw inspiration from was Cleon Skousen. It's clear Cliven has read Skousen's book on US History. You know who else likes that book? The anti-CRT group Moms for Liberty.
And you know who played a significant role in digging Skousen out of the dustbin of far right batshittery and inserting him into more mainstream parts of American politics? The Tea Party and Glenn Beck.

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28 Nov
Important piece by @SamAdlerBell on the cohort of young radicals who are pushing and will continue to push the GOP ever rightward into the illiberal fever swamps of apocalyptically reactionary identity politics. newrepublic.com/article/164408…
Most of these young "conservatives" seek to conserve or restore an order they know only through the lens of right wing history books or old movies, or through the self-serving tales of "the old days," spun over tumblers of whiskey, by mentors at Claremont or Heritage. Image
Reading this piece left me thinking how radically out of touch these ideologues are, & also how likely they are to be the "brain trust" of the future GOP should it succeed in using gerrymandering, courts, the Senate, lies about election fraud, & the EC to become a ruling minority
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Not the first time that this language of "being at war" has been used by right wing extremists in Oroville. Has anyone dug into the genealogy of the groups behind this pseudo-constitutional nonsense?
This article is from 2004, for example. Apparently groups of far right white power activists were distributing flyers about a coming "civil war" around race. newsreview.com/chico/content/…
This is from 1982, about local "Oroville Nazis." news.google.com/newspapers?nid…
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Remember how for 4 years several Fox hosts (most notably Hannity and Dobbs) spoke regularly on the phone with the sitting President to coordinate messaging with him?
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26 Nov
This monstrosity plus the new Beatles film sent me into a reverie where I imagined JV Trump here going through primal scream therapy and then releasing a single: 🎶“MAGA’s a concept, by which we measure our pain.”
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I don't believe in Bannon
I don't believe in Hannity
I don't believe in Greene
I don't believe in Jordan
I don't believe in Brexit
I don't believe in John Kennedy
I don't believe in Gorsuch
I just believe in me
Kimberleh and me
And that's reality
The dream is over
What can I say?
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From this point forward, I shall refer to my Le Creuset stock pot as a "Freedom Tureen."
I also own a smaller item I now refer to as the "Saucepan of Godliness," and am taking suggestions as to what I should call my skillet.
I think it might work for me to just call it "Skillet," and for that to sufficiently vouch for my virtue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skillet_(…
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It’s been obvious that Tulsi is either a right winger or a cynical chaos agent for many years now. Why are some people still talking about her “shift to the right” or whatever?
Also 2019.
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