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Remember the pitiful attempts by failed Senate candidate Roy Moore’s few remaining friends to prove he wasn’t a sicko? A lying sexual predator who took advantage of adolescent girls when in his late 20s and early 30s?

Colonel Erran Morad (actually Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame) gives Moore a chance to prove his innocence. In today’s clip, Morad is only a few moments into an interview with Moore when the former unveils a “pedophile wand” that works somewhat like a lie-detector test, or maybe a Geiger counter. The wand is based totally in “science,” Morad assures the Alabama politician.

And what does the high-tech gadget tell us about Roy Moore’s sick and demented mind?

Watch and see – and hear – for yourself.

"Performative patriotism" is a fancy way of describing what my father — a veteran of World War II who rarely spoke about his service — called "jelly-bellied flag flappers." Dad always laughed at those phonies, but we now suffer a president who is exactly that type, only worse. And Donald Trump's flag-flapping fakery is no joke.

A performative patriot is someone who, like Trump, oversells his supposed love of country, his reverence for the Stars and Stripes and, especially, his indignation at those whom he suspects of lacking his deep fervor. Such a figure will, like Trump, attempt to market these counterfeit emotions for his own benefit. And like Trump, that loud jingo is someone whose character will lead to a betrayal of American values.

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