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Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, with neither a victim nor evidence, accuse Robert Mueller of “brutal rape”

[Online activist Claude Taylor rides the Holliday Inn elevator with pro-Trump grifters Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman after inflating his giant rat in the hotel’s parking lot.] I know I should be writing about the soaring federal deficit and Republican efforts to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, but I feel obligated to follow up on […]

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Michigan’s Michael Skupin: Reality television star turned Christian con man

Before we had Clemetine, there was a period of time when Linette and I did normal things, like hang out at night and watch television. One of the last things that I can remember watching, back in “the television days,” was the second season of Survivor, the one that introduced the world to the petite […]

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Introducing King Strang: Imperial Primate of the Halcyon Order of the Illuminati

The fellow pictured above is James Jesse Strang, the self-proclaimed prophet who, upon the death of Joseph Smith on June 27, 1844, mounted a nearly successful attempt to wrench control of the Mormon church from Brigham Young. His presence continues to loom large over Michigan’s Beaver Island, where I spent this past weekend, and where […]

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More than a face in the crowd… Andy Griffith passes away at 86

One of my favorite actors, Andy Griffith, died today, at the age of 86. If you’re not familiar with his work outside of the Mayberry R.F.D. universe, which is brilliant, by the way, I’d encourage you watch A Face in the Crowd (1957) by the controversial director Elia Kazan. (Kazan, as you may recall, outed […]

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