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Podcaster and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas where he rehashed some old jokes of his that were just as nonsensical the second time around.

Speaking on inflation, Cruz wanted the audience to know just how bad price hikes in the U.S. have gotten.

While Cruz got some laughs, his jokes landed with all the elegance of the Hindenburg touching down in New Jersey.

“If you look at what’s happening in Washington, everything is going wrong,” Cruz said. “We got out-of-control inflation. The cost of everything is going through the roof. The cost of food, through the roof. The cost of electricity, through the roof. The cost of healthcare, through the roof. The cost of gasoline, through the roof.”

In quick succession, Cruz rattled off three jokes, none of which made sense.

“It’s so bad, Antifa can’t afford bricks,” he told the crowd.

On the surface, it’s easy to understand why this joke might be funny, but there’s the pesky and nonsensical imagery of member of Antifa actually purchasing bricks whose ultimate purpose is to be used in the commission of crimes. Indeed, one is hard pressed to imagine a lefty radical bent on committing mayhem walking into a Home Depot intent on purchasing bricks only to leave despondent after finding out they are too expensive.

“It is so bad, Eric Swalwell can’t afford Chinese dinners,” Cruz continued.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), of course, was associated with alleged spy Christine Fang, a.k.a, “Fang Fang.” Fang successfully ingrained herself among some California politicians before she ultimately fled to China. The congressman has refused to say whether his relationship with Fang was romantic in nature.

Clearly, Cruz’s joke is an allusion to Fang, but where do “Chinese dinners” fit in here, exactly? Is the implication Swalwell was fond of taking her to Chinese restaurants? Or is “dinners” a euphemism for “spies” here, as in, he can’t afford to date Chinese spies?

“It is so bad, it is so bad, that AOC can’t afford fake handcuffs,” Cruz stated, delivering his last joke in this genre.

Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was arrested at a pro-choice demonstration in Washington, D.C. Though she was not handcuffed, she momentarily placed her hands behind her back as if she had been.

So, the real “issue” here is that Ocasio-Cortez “can’t afford” real handcuffs, not fake ones.

The worst part – other than the fact I’ve written 400 words about this – is the fact that Cruz recycled two of the jokes from a speech he delivered to the Texas GOP Convention in June.

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Dangerous winds could hamper fight against massive, lethal McKinney fire

Strong winds expected to sweep through the Shasta Valley could hinder the progress made in recent days by thousands of firefighters in containing the massive and deadly McKinney wildfire burning at the California-Oregon border.

Since it began in the Klamath National Forest late last month, the blaze has killed four people, destroyed 87 homes and consumed 60,044 acres, but its spread has slowed over the past few days, with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reporting 30% containment. It is the largest wildfire in the state so far this year.

Forecasts of wind gusts of up to 30 mph pose significant new risks and prompted the National Weather Service in Medford, Ore., to prepare to issue a red flag warning for Yreka, Calif., and other parts of the valley along Interstate 5 starting Sunday afternoon.

“When you put a lot of wind on a fire, a lot of bad things can happen,” said Ryan Sandler, one of the meteorologists monitoring the situation. Dangerous wind conditions are expected through at least Monday.

Map shows the area where the McKinney fire is burning near the California-Oregon border.

CalFire public information officer Aaron Johnson said some 2,700 crew members will continue digging and maintaining control lines around and through the fire, but are preparing for the possibility of more intense flames and new fires.

“With the high winds, it could potentially throw off spot fires,” said Johnson.

Siskiyou County has seen days of 90- and 100-degree heat and very low humidity, and the addition of the strong winds brings the risk of the fire to become “plume dominated” with enormous clouds and erratic behavior, Sandler said. The winds could reach up to 30 mph in the valley and up to 20 mph in the more mountainous area where the fire is burning.

“Because the atmosphere is so hot, dry and unstable, the fire can in effect create its own weather,” he said.

Some areas of the blaze saw up to 3 inches of rain last week, but the intense heat quickly dried the ground and vegetation, and no thunderstorms are expected in the next week.

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