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Dear Everyone-Who-Is-Afraid-Of-Trump: Ted Cruz Is Still Worse

Don’t get me wrong: Donald Trump is still a horrible person, a bigot who courts the vote of white supremacists, and proud know-nothing whose ego won’t allow him to learn. He is going to be a contender for the Worst Major Party Candidate In The History of the United States award.

Cruz is worse.

Here’s his response to the terror attacks in Belgium wherein he gets approximately everything wrong (I’ve added some helpful notes):

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, presidential candidate Ted Cruz responded to the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels:

“Today radical Islamic terrorists targeted the men and women of Brussels as they went to work on a spring morning. In a series of coordinated attacks they murdered and maimed dozens of innocent commuters at subway stations and travelers at the airport. For the terrorists, the identities of the victims were irrelevant. They –we—are all part of an intolerable culture that they have vowed to destroy.

(There’s not a great deal of content here, but yeah, that’s not a completely unfair way to describe what went down.)

“For years, the west has tried to deny this enemy exists out of a combination of political correctness and fear.  We can no longer afford either. Our European allies are now seeing what comes of a toxic mix of migrants who have been infiltrated by terrorists and isolated, radical Muslim neighborhoods.

(Actually, for fifteen years now, we’ve been hearing about very little except for terror when it comes to foreign policy. Any time someone with brown skin kills more than one person, it’s a terror attack. Weirdly enough, when white people do it, like, when bombing a women’s health clinic, it’s not called terror.)

“We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here. We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees from countries with a significant al Qaida or ISIS presence. We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.

(What the actual fuck, Ted? Aside from the fact that the refugees are, by and large, people who are fleeing from al Qaeda and ISIS, the idea of singling out “Muslim neighborhoods” and securing them is creepy and very likely illegal.)

“We need to secure the southern border to prevent terrorist infiltration. And we need to execute a coherent campaign to utterly destroy ISIS. The days of the United States voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show how progressive and enlightened we can be are at an end. Our country is at stake.”

(America’s southern borders have fuck-all to do with terrorist infiltration. The idea that a campaign to utterly destroy ISIS is possible is silly, and that’s without even addressing whether or not it’s a good idea. The United States has, to my knowledge, never voluntarily surrendered to anyone. I get that he’d like to nip “enlightenment” in the bud, as that would be the antithesis of what he stands for, but seriously…”Our country is at stake?” Don’t be an idiot. The United States is never going to be overrun by terrorists. He’s just trying to scare old people and to justify his own absurdly hateful positions by making straw men out of any other point of view.)

There’s been no small amount of digital ink spilled trying to suggest that Trump is a Clinton operative, destroying the Republican party from inside. I think it’s more likely that Cruz is a Trump plant. Think about it: The only way a doofus like Trump can be taken seriously is if the only other viable candidate is an even bigger doofus. He makes Trump look positively decent in comparison.

Well, ok…decent is overstating it. Trump still brags about wanting to commit war crimes. But seriously, why would anyone support the one guy who makes Trump look like literally the lesser of two evils?

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year (to release unsavory news)

Welp, now that the U.S. of A. is in full-on retail frenzy, some of the ickier tales of wrongdoing are seeping out to the press. It’s one of those Christmas traditions like the creepy elf that watches you all the time and completely undermines the supposed meaning of the holiday. I guess they figure that, if they let this stuff out when folks are distracted, the outrage won’t be nearly as great. Given that they’ve been doing this for many years, they must find it effective.

So, here’s a little coal for your stockings:

The NSA paid RSA $10,000,000 U.S. to make a broken encryption algorithm their default.   This is a Very Big Deal. This isn’t like bribing one company to put a back door in their systems to give the government access. This is like bribing the company that makes all the key locks in the country to provide the government with a skeleton key that opens all of ’em. RSA is the most trusted, most used provider of encryption services out there and it turns out that, not only have they been compromised, they’ve took cash and did it willingly (if not knowingly). Granting that there’s no such thing as completely unbreakable encryption, this is still a massive breach of trust. While RSA may not have known that the algorithm was compromised, the NSA was very much aware of what it was doing.

But hey, at least the NSA has been foiling nefarious terror plots, right? In a word: No. Not a one. The NSA has not stopped a single attack and yet its authority keeps growing and its budget keeps growing and…well, someone thinks they’re doing a good job. The question, then, is “What exactly is the job that they’re doing so well?”  I don’t know the answer, and I don’t mean to imply anything sinister by that. I am, however, not terribly encouraged by stories like this.

That’s enough “bah, humbug!” for now.  Excuse my while I go deal with that ^$#%%& elf that keeps staring at me…
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