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Old 19th March 2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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Devin Nunes hates Twitter and Freedom

So definitely not an embarrassment to California house Representative, and noted cow fornicator (allegedly), Devin Nunes took some time off from confusing waitresses asking if you want a straw with socialism to launch a series of lawsuits against Twitter (for not shadow banning him) and against two parody accounts that said mean things about him called Devin Nunes Mom (surprise, not a proud mom), and Devin Nunes Cow (even cow sex assault victims can be snarky).


If you are out of the loop back when Nunes was obstructing justice for his Lord & Master Donald Trump Praise-Be-To-His-Eternal-Glory the snark blog Wonkette thought they'd turn the common right wing tactic of throwing out bizarre accusations always bracketed with a fall back "allegedly" by noting that cow farmer Nunes definitely sexes up his cows (allegedly).



This metastasized into a parody Twitter account just named Devin Nunes' Cow. Around the same time the Mom account was created to let everyone know his mom (allegedly) thinks he is a total nitwit tool who gladly eats Trump's feces like a good little minion. In fact a little graphic to explain this arrangement is included as an exhibit in the lawsuit. Gaze upon it and weep at your own inadequacies to irritate a total piece of crap Congressman the way that did. Also it is funny as hell. Amusingly neither Nunes or his lawyer Lionel Hutz (allegedly) have never seen the film The Human Centipede and so mistook this...uh..fecal communion as a sex act.


Another layer of all this is that Devin includes all the ways these Twitter accounts owned him and made him feel bad (which he should, because he is bad) and here are a nice selection lifted from the complaint.


  • Devin Nunes' Mom stated that Nunes had turned out worse than Jacob Wohl
  • disparagingly called him a "presidential fluffer and swamp rat"
  • repeatedly accused Nunes of the crime of treason, compared him to Benedict Arnold, and called him a "traitor", "treasonous *******", a "treasonous Putin shill", working for the "Kremlin"
  • accused Nunes of being part of the President's "taint" team
  • stated that Nunes was "the most despicably craven GOP public official" and that "Devin might be a unscrupulous, craven, back-stabbing, charlatan and traitor, but he's no Ted Cruz"
  • stated "I don't know about Baby Hitler, but would sure-as-**** abort baby Devin"
  • stated that "@Devin Nunes is DEFINITELY a feckless ****"
  • stated that "[i]f you vote for @Devin Nunes the terrorists win"
  • stated that Nunes has "herp-face"


And so much more.



So, what happens now? Well first off Nunes got a rude introduction to the Streisand Effect. And, next, I suppose Twitter will decide if they will fight the lawsuit that asks for the not unreasonable at all amount of $250 million. Prediction, they will fight it so discovery should be fun. Also, what is up with all the right wing douchebags asking for that amount in stupid anti freedom lawsuits?
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Old 20th March 2019, 02:24 AM   #2
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Awwww.... the pooooor widdle snowflake. Da big bad librulz are picking on him!

If feel so sorr.........

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Old 20th March 2019, 05:44 AM   #3
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I think this is much more cynical than it is being reported. Surely Nunes, who has access to good legal advice, knows this is a pointless endeavor. An internet cow saying means things about a politician is obviously 1A protected speech.

I suspect that the true motivation is one or both of the following:

1) Punishment by process. Nunes filed his claim in Virginia, which has a very weak anti-SLAPP statute compared to that of Nunes home state of California. Defending a frivolous lawsuit is still very expensive and time consuming and absolutely has a chilling effect.

2). Nunes is setting himself up as some sort of martyr for the right-wing cause of "free-speech", which is increasingly being defined as the right to not be criticized and to behave poorly on social media sites without being banned. This is more fuel for the outrage fire that the right is trying to build up every time some troll is run off from respectable society (see: Alex Jones).
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Old 20th March 2019, 05:53 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by SuburbanTurkey View Post
2). Nunes is setting himself up as some sort of martyr for the right-wing cause of "free-speech"
By attacking free speech?
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Old 20th March 2019, 05:58 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Belz... View Post
By attacking free speech?
They are working under a new and improved definition of free speech, which means that they have the right to say whatever they like and ordinary people aren't allowed to criticize it. Also, private companies and individuals are required to accommodate their speech, no matter how vile, threatening, or otherwise unpleasant it may be.

Kicking trolls like Alex Jones off Twitter is seen as some crime against humanity to these types, and nothing short of a Congressional inquisition will do to resolve this obvious attack on their right to put a soapbox down wherever they like.
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Old 20th March 2019, 06:02 AM   #6
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I linked to this article on the subject in the main Trump thread.

I think SuburbanTurkey is right - the point of this is to tie people up in expensive litigation as a way of silencing them, discouraging others, and to further the cause of "free speech" as defined as "right-wingers can say whatever they want on whatever platform they want and nobody is allowed to criticise or mock them for it".
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Old 20th March 2019, 06:03 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by SuburbanTurkey View Post
They are working under a new and improved definition of free speech, which means that they have the right to say whatever they like and ordinary people aren't allowed to criticize it. Also, private companies and individuals are required to accommodate their speech, no matter how vile, threatening, or otherwise unpleasant it may be.

Kicking trolls like Alex Jones off Twitter is seen as some crime against humanity to these types, and nothing short of a Congressional inquisition will do to resolve this obvious attack on their right to put a soapbox down wherever they like.
Meanwhile, Trump literally called for the Federal Election Commission to investigate Saturday Night Live because their mockery of him isn't balanced out with praise.
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
Meanwhile, Trump literally called for the Federal Election Commission to investigate Saturday Night Live because their mockery of him isn't balanced out with praise.
For Trump, the only balance is exclusive praise.
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Originally Posted by Belz... View Post
For Trump, the only balance is exclusive praise.

What we need now is intense and endless damning with faint praise.

"Today Donald Trump walked down a flight of stairs without falling and put on his jacket without assistance. We're all immensely proud of him for these great accomplishments."
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I read about this here, and I agree that it's just a stunt designed to fluff up right-wing outrage.

It's pretty funny, actually.
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What we need now is intense and endless damning with faint praise.

"Today Donald Trump walked down a flight of stairs without falling and put on his jacket without assistance. We're all immensely proud of him for these great accomplishments."
In response to these actions we obtained a quote from the First Lady: "Who's a big boy now? You are! Yes you are!"
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
Meanwhile, Trump literally called for the Federal Election Commission to investigate Saturday Night Live because their mockery of him isn't balanced out with praise.
Not the FEC, but the FCC, as I understand. Unless I misread a false/mistaken FEC where FCC was intended??
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Originally Posted by Lurch View Post
Not the FEC, but the FCC, as I understand. Unless I misread a false/mistaken FEC where FCC was intended??

It was both. He's convinced that SNL is colluding with the Democrats (and Russia).

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Itís truly incredible that shows like Saturday Night Live, not funny/no talent, can spend all of their time knocking the same person (me), over & over, without so much of a mention of ďthe other side.Ē Like an advertisement without consequences. Same with Late Night Shows. Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this? There must be Collusion with the Democrats and, of course, Russia! Such one sided media coverage, most of it Fake News. Hard to believe I won and am winning. Approval Rating 52%, 93% with Republicans. Sorry! #MAGA
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Not the FEC, but the FCC, as I understand. Unless I misread a false/mistaken FEC where FCC was intended??
Nope.
He was talking about collusion between Democrats and SNL.
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I didn't know about these twitter feeds, now I do.

Streisand effect


More realistically, a number of the hardest right groups have lost access to social media in this or that format. Alex Jones and Infowars got banned from a bunch, the more overtly Nazi/KKK groups lost web hosting access, quite few other examples out there.

I wonder if this, and the kid from the march in DC and others have a rough goal of reducing hostile coverage leading up to the next election cycle. After all, lawsuits don't need to succeed to have a suppressive effect. I wonder if some of that (and Trump's statements about SNL's "collusion") are a sort of a counter to the social media bans on Infowars and other far-right groups.
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It's always funny to watch someone who is outraged because he thinks someone is making him look foolish when he's actually doing it to himself.
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David Nunes Cow twitter now has more followers than David Nunes himself. Twitter has become a torrent of contempt against Nunes and his lawsuit. Huzzahs all around.

He had to have known this would happen. I still stand by my theory that Nunes is nailing himself to the cross. He wants to be a martyr in the battle over social media "freedom", as right wingers define it.
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David Nunes Cow twitter now has more followers than David Nunes himself.
To be clear, pre-lawsuit, the cow account had about 1-2 thousand followers. Right now, it has more than 400,000. That's a lot of growth in two days.
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To be clear, pre-lawsuit, the cow account had about 1-2 thousand followers. Right now, it has more than 400,000. That's a lot of growth in two days.
Yeah, I signed on yesterday when there were only a smidge over 1K followers.
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It's always funny to watch someone who is outraged because he thinks someone is making him look foolish when he's actually doing it to himself.
Colonel Mustard: Are you trying to make me look foolish in front of the other guests?
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Amazing. Nunes is an idiot. A thin-skinned idiot.
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Amazing. Nunes is an idiot. A thin-skinned idiot.
And now, we can go right to the source to verify that.
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Is that you, IATS?
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I'd like to take credit, but no.
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It's a pretty thin account...
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I think the skin account originated with Stephen Colbert.
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Meanwhile, Nunes' opinion seems to have changed wildly over the past decade, when he considered it at least legal to shout racial slurs at John Lewis.

(I'd consider parody very different than shouting slurs, but clearly both should be considered legal in the US)
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I usually chortle at the way Colbert 'introduces' the people in the pics shown in his segments. Recently, for Nunes he said something along the lines of, "... and man who just got his certificate in Smiling for Beginners."

I always thought of Nunes as an inherently humorless person, or lacking some important quality of humanity. In even his 'best' head 'n shoulders glossy, the rictus of his badly faked 'smile' shows only lifelessness above the lips, the dead, black eyes of a shark.
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Devin Nunes now hates a Fresno newspaper factually reporting things he doesn't think make him look good. Hates it to the tune of another ridiculous lawsuit, this time for $150 million. In response #YachtCocaineProstitute has been trending on Twitter all day and the reporter on the article went from a thousand followers to about 12000.



I'm beginning to think this guy is a masochist that just likes slamming his body parts into working toasters.
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I'm beginning to think this guy is a masochist that just likes slamming his body parts into working toasters.
More likely he knows that this sort of stunts gets him ointo various Fox News shows.

Worth noting - on page 9 of the complaint, his lawyers claim that "Mays chose to emphasize the words 'woman', 'Devin' and 'cocaine'.". In reality, Twitter displays the words a user has searched for in bold, so they essentially "emphasized" those words themselves.
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More likely he knows that this sort of stunts gets him ointo various Fox News shows.

Worth noting - on page 9 of the complaint, his lawyers claim that "Mays chose to emphasize the words 'woman', 'Devin' and 'cocaine'.". In reality, Twitter displays the words a user has searched for in bold, so they essentially "emphasized" those words themselves.

Lionel Hutz strikes again!
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