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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-1: God Save Our Noble President Man Baby Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-1: God Save Our Noble President Man Baby Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! We are back! We are baaaaaaaaaaack! What’s up El Paso? You guys doing fucking good? I hope everyone had a good start to their summer! What? You mean it’s already been summer here since March? Seriously? Damn and I thought the rain season in California went on way too long. It is fucking hot out there, I will give you that, but of course it’s never the right time to talk about climate change. No, I’m not congratulating the Boston Bruins on winning the Stanley Cup. No. Make me. Boston has won every fucking championship ever in the last 15 years and the last thing they need is another one. No, make me again. I’m having a sit in. What? This makes the douchebag fans even more douchebaggy. I mean they are even fighting among themselves! Watch this clip!



Yeah I mean come on do we really want to give these drunk, crazy douchebags an excuse to be even crazier drunk douchebags? I know I don’t! And speaking of fighting, allow me to segue into this next topic. I mean does anyone else really want to see Tom Cruise go full Les Grossman and just beat the living ass out of Justin Bieber? Shit, if this fight were to go down I would actually pay the $49.99 to watch it on PPV. And if anyone knows what it’s like to be punched in the face it’s Tom Cruise – I mean if you’ve seen any of the Mission Impossible movies, you know that dude can take a punch in the face or two. I don’t think Beiber would last two rounds. And hey if Beiber really wanted to put up a fight, why don’t we put him in the nosebleed section of a Bruins game? At least then Beiber might have a fighting chance! Hey o!!! OK enough of the intro this week, we have a lot of idiocy to get to but first John Oliver is back and he delves into the history of the Equal Rights Amendment:



Wow, it’s been quite the last two weeks since we last saw you guys! As always whenever the Top 10 takes an extended break, we like to catch up on stuff we missed (1) and there was quite a lot of it so bare with us as we power through it. In the second slot this week is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (2) and he had quite the week last week including his trip to England and his disastrous trip to Normandy – yeah a guy who didn’t serve lecturing us about supporting the troops is like a guy who doesn’t drink selling us vodka. Oh wait. In the third slot this week is also Donald Trump (3) and we have to break down his absolutely BONKERS interview on the Piers Morgan show, and really he went full Tracy Jordan on this one. In the 4th slot, sigh… there was another mass shooting while we were off, this time in Virginia Beach, and since the White House says it’s never the right time to talk about gun control ( ), we’re going to show you stories of good guys with guns (4) and we’ve got some good ones! In the number 5 slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week we’re going to take a look at what’s going on at Mt. Everest. Yeah, climbing to the top of the world’s tallest mountain is one of the coolest things a person can do, but is it worth dying for? No! At slot number 6 is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and our resident pastor is back from vacation and he lived like a televangelist, because frequent flyer miles are for godless heathens! In the 7th slot this week is “Beating A Dead Horse” and June is Pride month, honoring our LGBT brothers and sisters worldwide, but do we really need a Straight Pride Parade? Hell no!!! And there’s some real winners supporting this idea. Taking the number 8 slot this week, we have a new “How Is This Still A Thing?” and while Youtube is cracking down on the worst offenders including neo Nazis, white supremacists, and white nationalists, somehow Christian “comedian” Steven Crowder’s channel is still allowed to exist, and we’re going to ask how that’s a thing. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is “I Need A Drink” (9) and this week we’re going to get drunk and tell you about a new start up company that hopes to revolutionize consumer travel by… pogo stick. Yeah no, that is a disaster waiting to happen. And finally this week since we’re touring the great state of Texas, we thought it would be fun to really explore and find out why people either really love or really hate the Lone Star State in the first of a 5 part series “What’s Up With Texas” (10) and this week we’ve got a doozy of a story to report! Plus we’re going to close with some live music from our good friends Blink 182, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic album Enema Of The State! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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We took two weeks off. And we should never do that because we live in a world where literally batshit fucking crazy stuff happens on an almost minute by minute basis. So two weeks of time is a long break between when the last Top 10 happened and the current Top 10 happened. Where do we even begin to tackle what has happened? You know what? Let’s start in England where the guy who we currently call president spent his summer vacation. But we’ll get to that in a minute. I want to use this entry to bring you up to speed on Brexit – a hilarious combination of the words “brex” and “it”. And when you think about it – England is about to elect a Prime Minister who quite literally looks like Trump:



The resemblance is uncanny! I mean two elderly, grossly overweight fat men with bad hair and a messianic complex ruling their respective countries? How bad could it get? Really fucking bad if you ask me.

The UK economy could be headed for its first quarterly contraction since late 2012 after uncertainty over Brexit caused a sharp slowdown in manufacturing.

Britain's economy shrunk by 0.4% in April, according to official data published Monday that was even more dire than economists had expected. The data also showed a 0.1% contraction in March.

"The clear message is that underlying growth is pretty sluggish," said Ruth Gregory, a senior economist at Capital Economics, who added that it's possible the economy will shrink in the second quarter.

Manufacturing was hardest hit in April. Three years after the Brexit referendum, UK-based companies still have no idea what their future terms of trade will be with the European Union, which accounts for about half of British goods exports. Recent surveys suggest EU customers are taking their business elsewhere.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/10/economy/brexit-uk-gdp-economy/index.html




Yeah the people who voted for Brexit right now are like the dog in the cartoon – they’ll keep saying every thing is fine with Brexit while the whole fucking country burns to the ground right behind them! I mean as if things couldn’t get any worse the EU gave them an ultimatum. And come on you know everything’s going fine when that happens!

Mr Johnson yesterday used his first interview of the Tory leadership campaign to warn that he would refuse to pay the Brexit deal unless he got a better offer from the EU. The bookmakers’ favourite to replace Mrs May in Number 10 said his threat to withhold cash from Brussels would act as “great lubricant” in persuading the EU to reopen talks on the Irish backstop and the future trade deal. He said: “I think our friends and partners need to understand that the money is going to be retained until such time as we have greater clarity about the way forward.”

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They added: “First the Conservative party needs to elect a new leader, it’s only logical that they will try to renegotiate.

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The Elysee official said refusal to handover the £39bn to Brussels would represent the equivalent of a “sovereign debt default,”, as suffered by Greece.

It was claimed that the UK’s economy would be downgraded by ratings agencies causing Government bonds to collapse, hitting savers and investors hardest.

The source said: “Not honouring your payment obligations is a failure of international commitments equivalent to a sovereign debt default, whose consequences are well known.”
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1138590/Brexit-news-UK-EU-Boris-Johnson-next-prime-minister-Brexit-bill-latest-update




Of course everything is fine! I mean I’d expect this level of negotiation from a graduate of that seminar that advertises in the back of the airline in flight magazine, not politicians who are trying to decide the fate of the fucking global economy!!! OK I could talk all day about the cluster fuck known as Brexit but we don’t have that kind of time. It is fun to watch from afar isn’t it? Moving on, I want to discuss Trump’s war on tech companies. So while we were off this happened:

The president took to Twitter Sunday morning to yell at the New York Times, CNN, and Twitter and complain about the way he is treated by media in comparison to former President Obama.

Obviously upset over being called out for the way he originally expressed the timing of his tariffs deal with Mexico, Trump tried to reshape the agreement again and blasted the New York Times for reporting the truth.

The problem with the President’s rant is the omissions. Trump initially told anyone who would listen that the agreement with Mexico was based on the tariffs threat from last week and never mentioned that a deal had been, as the Times reported on Saturday, in the works for months.

Trump continued dangerously blasting legitimate media outlets calling them “The Enemy of the People!” while at the same time, showing his ignorance of the meaning of “freedom of speech.”
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-extended-twitter-rant-846071/




Wait, wait, wait, wait. So yeah while we were gone, Twitter went ahead and banned James Woods for threatening to murder members of Congress (HA HA!!!) along with some other prominent conservative voices, and in one angry tweet storm, Trump goes from tweeting about conservatives being banned on Twitter and supporting free speech, to the media is the enemy of the people. Maybe he’s nervous. Are you nervous, Donnie? Especially when this is happening this week:

Top Democratic leaders may be in no rush to launch an impeachment inquiry, but the party is launching a series of hearings this week on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

The slate of televised sessions on Mueller’s report means a new, intensified focus on the Russia probe and puts it on an investigative “path” — in the words of anti-impeachment Speaker Nancy Pelosi — that some Democrats hope leads to impeachment of President Donald Trump.

In doing so, they are trying to aim a spotlight on allegations that Trump sought to obstruct a federal investigation as well as his campaign’s contacts with Russia in the 2016 election.

And they will lay the groundwork for an appearance from Mueller himself, despite his stated desire to avoid testifying.

The House Judiciary Committee plans to cover the first topic at a Monday hearing on “presidential obstruction and other crimes.” The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday intends to review the counterintelligence implications of the Russian meddling. Mueller said there was not enough evidence to establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, but he said he could not exonerate Trump on obstruction.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/democrats-push-ahead-with-hearings-on-muellers-russia-probe_n_5cfe4116e4b0aab91c08ea65





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Speaking of Donny shutting the fuck up, we got to talk about his trip to Europe. Ooh ooh we need some music for this one!



OK you guys are fucking with me. Wrong Europe.



OK much better! So Trump went to Europe… OK can we stop with the Final Countdown already? Thank you! Trump went to Europe to meet the Queen and to go pay his respects to the our fallen soldiers on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. And neither event went particularly well. For starters Trump channeled his inner Clark Griswold and brought his entire family along for the ride. And like most family vacations, this one became a complete clusterfuck.

President Trump returns to Washington on Friday afternoon following a four-day trip to Europe that began with a state visit to the United Kingdom and culminated with a ceremony in France to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The state visit was a family affair for the president, who was accompanied by all of his adult children, and he stirred controversy with his comments about the royal family and British politics.

Trump ended the trip on a somber note, delivering a speech at Normandy in front of dozens of veterans who participated in the June 1944 Allied invasion.

Here are six notable moments surrounding the president's travels.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/447355-six-notable-moments-from-trumps-europe-trip




Yeah so it didn’t start off great. And it proceeded to only get worse from there. I mean come on, how can he fuck up a visit to the queen? Well take a look at him in a white collar tuxedo:



How much fucking weight has he gained since taking the oath of office? All those hamburder buffets cant be good for him. I mean England has “God Save Our Noble Queen”, we have “God Save Our Noble President Man Baby”. Yeah that doesn’t have the same ring to it. I mean how bad could it get?

US President Donald Trump says Queen Elizabeth II had the time of her life in his company during a state visit to the UK this week.

Reflecting on his trip to Europe in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Friday, Trump boasted about his connection with the Queen, who entertained the president at Buckingham Palace.

During the 16-minute interview, Trump said he and the Queen, who turned 93 earlier this year, had such an involved conversation at the state banquet in his honor, that he did not know who else was sat at the table.

"There are those that say they have never seen the Queen have a better time, a more animated time," he said, but did not elaborate on who these people were.
https://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-queen-had-time-of-life-in-his-company-2019-6




Seriously, Automatic Chemistry sounds like the name of a 90’s alternative rock album. REM presents Automatic Chemistry! What? You think it would be better as a Pearl Jam album? But then switching gears Trump went to Normandy and that’s where the shit show started. I mean seriously, the GOP doesn’t get to say that we’re disrespecting the troops ever again, because they clearly don’t give a shit!

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took some shots at the White House on Sunday morning when he claimed President Trump’s staff did not serve him well by allowing him to sit down with pro-Trump Fox News host Laura Ingraham for an interview that featured him blasting his political rivals with the Normandy D-Day cemetery as a backdrop.

During a panel discussion on ABC’s This Week, Christie—who served as a Trump surrogate in the 2016 election and was briefly part of the Trump transition team—generally praised the president on his recent overseas visit.

The conversation then pivoted into the debate over Trump lashing out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Ingraham interview, with Christie noting that the president was reacting to Pelosi reportedly telling Democrats she wanted to see Trump in prison.

After saying Pelosi “earned” Trump’s wrath due to her comments and claiming there was no excuse for her to say she wanted to see the president jailed, the one-time GOP presidential candidate tossed some criticism the White House’s way.

“I also think that the president’s press staff served him poorly in two instances in Europe,” Christie declared. “Putting him in front of Piers Morgan and putting him in that interview at that site with Laura Ingraham. That doesn’t serve the president well.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/chris-christie-trumps-staff-served-him-poorly-with-laura-ingraham-fox-interview-at-d-day-cemetery




Yes, Trump, there’s plenty of places that you could have given that interview but a cemetery before a major speech honoring our veterans isn’t fucking one of them!!!



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So the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump, thinks he’s Winston Churchill. That’s right -a guy who didn’t serve in the military suddenly thinking that he’s on par with one of the greatest generals in human history. I mean let’s compare the two – one fought the Nazis, the other one thinks that Nazis are very fine people. How did this happen? Well, shortly before Trumpenfuror left England, he had a batshit fucking crazy interview with Piers Morgan that went way off the rails. And well, I would expect Tracy Jordan to give a far more coherent interview to Larry King, if you remember that classic 30 Rock episode. Just how bad was it? Well there’s a lot of things wrong with it and we will point a few of them out.

He quoted Roosevelt and gently greeted frail veterans at a D-Day commemoration, hours after proclaiming Bette Midler a “psycho” and Chuck Schumer a “creep.” He exalted soldiers’ bravery while dismissing his avoidance of service in Vietnam, calling it a country “nobody heard of.” He toasted Britain’s queen at a Buckingham Palace banquet, after calling London’s mayor a loser.

For President Trump, reconciling his impulses with the expectations for an American president has often posed a hurdle. And when he had idle time during his three-day trip to Britain, the gap between the two — which has come to define his presidency — was jarring.

Mr. Trump’s trip to Britain ended Wednesday much as it had begun: as a split screen of a president embracing regal respectability on one side and settling scores on the other.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/world/europe/piers-morgan-donald-trump-interview.html




There we go, everybody, I think we’ve reached Peak Trump here. I mean there’s nowhere it can go but downhill from here, can it? I mean really, the guy who walked in on underage girls dressing in a locker room calling someone else a creep? That’s rich! And why does Trump think that Vietnam was a terrible war? Just… I can’t even begin to comprehend his logic anymore. Of course it was, but we’ll save that for another topic.

Exactly 75 years ago Friday, Allied soldiers stepped on a deadly shore to liberate people they did not know, in a war they did not choose.

President Trump said he would have preferred to serve in that kind of war. One that stirred feelings of deep pride in a U.S. victory and righteousness against a clearly defined enemy.

But his generation got Vietnam.

“I thought it was a terrible war,” Trump told Piers Morgan on “Good Morning Britain” on Wednesday. “I thought it was very far away, and at that time nobody ever heard of the country. So many people dying, what is happening over there? So I was never a fan — like we’re fighting against Nazi Germany, we’re fighting against Hitler.”

The exchange occurred after Morgan asked Trump whether he “wished” he had served in the military, particularly in Vietnam, which Trump avoided with a string of student deferments and a medical disqualification for bone spurs.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/06/05/trump-is-making-up-not-serving-vietnam-with-increased-defense-funding-he-says/?utm_term=.c8c7352dc511




You tell ‘em, Walter! They’re our basic freedoms, after all! And you know what the irony of Trump’s appearance in Europe was? Not only did he undo the alliance that made D-Day happen in the first place, he’s just becoming more unhinged by the day. I mean really, he gets no, and I repeat no, right to call anyone else nasty. He’s the meanest, nastiest person in any given room. What? Did Megan Markle hurt your little feelings President Snowflake?

In a new interview during his state visit to the U.K., President Donald Trump insisted that the world had misunderstood his recent description of Meghan Markle as “nasty.”

He had not said Meghan was nasty herself, he claimed to Piers Morgan in a sit-down set to air Wednesday morning.

Rather, Trump said, Meghan had acted nastily by criticizing him during the 2016 presidential election.

“She was nasty to me, and that’s okay for her to be nasty,” he told Morgan, according to an advance copy of his quotes released by Good Morning Britain. “It’s not good for me to be nasty to her and I wasn’t.”

Trump also insisted to Morgan, long a sympathetic conservative voice, that he had planned to bring up the matter to Prince Harry when the two met on Monday at Buckingham Palace.

“We didn’t talk about it,” Trump told Morgan, adding, “I was going to because it was so falsely put out there.”
https://people.com/politics/donald-trump-explains-nasty-meghan-markle-comment/




Obviously, Trump is batshit fucking crazy. But then this is where the interview went off the rails. Of course you can’t talk about American politics without bringing up our love of the gun, and don’t worry we’ll get to that in a minute. But really? He thinks a guy with a knife can stop a bullet? Funny I don’t remember that scene in John Wick!


Trump: Unarmed civilians are 'sitting ducks,' don't stand a chance against 'bad guys' with guns
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President Trump in an interview broadcast early Wednesday argued against gun control, saying that unarmed civilians are "sitting ducks."

"When somebody has a gun illegally and nobody else has a gun because the laws are that you can't have a gun, those people are gone. They have no choice, they have no chance," Trump told Piers Morgan on ITV's "Good Morning Britain."

"The people that obey the laws ... those people are sitting ducks," he added.

The president did say he doesn't like gun suppressors, also known as silencers, and would "think about" banning them after one was used in a Virginia Beach, Va. shooting in which 12 people were killed last week.

Trump also argued that a mass shooting near Paris would never have occurred if someone "on the other side" had a gun.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/447018-unarmed-civilians-are-sitting-ducks-dont-stand-a-chance-against-bad





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One thing we love to do at the Top 10 is refute talking points, and one of our favorites comes from that most American of institutions known as the National Rifle Association. While we were off, there was yet another mass shooting. And the response coming from the White House is the usual “we’re not supposed to talk about it” bullshit. Yes, they actually said this. Of course gun nuts are a large percentage of the base, and we wouldn’t offend the base would we? Boy, for the party that loves to “trigger the snowflakes”, they really are a bunch of pathetic snowflakes aren’t they? So with that in mind, we decided that we’re going to flip the script and instead show you some “Good Guys With Guns”. Like here’s a perfect example of the NRA’s dream guy. Just your average Joe Six Pack with guns and a messianic complex strolling through your average Wal-Mart:

https://twitter.com/Paul_VanDerMeer/status/1134856957792333827

Let me see if I can identify what's wrong with this picture. It's not the fact that he's holding what appears to be a single bag of questionable quality microwave popcorn. It's not the Harley Davidson belt. It's not the poorly secured holdster attached to the outside of his belt loop. It's definitely not the fact that he's got a key chain with more keys than a high school janitor would carry. Or the extremely dumb 2nd amendment t-shirt. I know... it's that fucking chain wallet! I mean what kind of grown ass man still carries a chain wallet in 2019??? That shit wasn't even fashionable when it was cool and that was in 1993!!! I know because I had one. and then there was this guy who loaded his store with so much inventory that it couldn’t manage it, and Clinton Derangement Syndrome.

Firearms distributor United Sporting Cos. loaded up on guns ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, expecting a surge in sales would follow the election of a Democrat. Then Hillary Clinton lost.

The miscalculation sparked a multi-year decline that has reached the courthouse steps in Delaware, where United filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday.

When Republican Donald Trump emerged victorious in the election, United was left with lower-than-expected sales and high carrying costs for unsold inventory, Chief Executive Officer Bradley P. Johnson said in a court declaration.

United, which sells an array of outdoor equipment, is seeking protection from creditors while it sorts out more than $270 million of debt secured by liens on its assets, court papers show. The company, whose subsidiaries include Ellett Brothers LLC and Jerry’s Sports Inc., reported Ebitda of $4 million on net sales of $557 million last year -- well below its average of $885.3 million in sales from 2012 to 2016.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-10/political-misfire-debt-load-bankrupt-gun-seller-united-sporting?srnd=premium




That story right there perfectly illustrates why your average gun nut is so paranoid of democratic rule that they’ll go out of their way to prove their point. And I mean why use things like facts and logic when we live in 2019 and those things don’t matter? Only outrage does! But before we show you some winners, let’s talk some facts. Just how much money is the gun industry worth? The answer might shock you but it’s not all that surprising.

Gun stores had revenue of about $11 billion, IBIS World said in its 2018 report. Gun and ammunition manufacturers had revenue of $17 billion, but the majority of that revenue comes from the defense side of the equation: arms sales to the U.S. and foreign governments.

These numbers just aren’t that large. A single company, Amazon, had revenue of $178 billion a year in 2017. The GDP of the United States is more than $19 trillion.

What is larger than the revenue in the gun business is the amount of money spent securing ourselves against America’s gun violence problem, though it's harder to separate.

The security alarm business alone, for instance, brings in $25 billion a year. There are 1.1 million security guards employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor. I’m guessing the business of a company like ALICE Training Institute, which provides civilian training on how to respond to active shooters, is probably booming right now. The Washington Post estimated schools are spending $2.7 billion a year on security measures. Government spending on domestic homeland security averaged $65 billion per year from 2002 to 2017.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethmacbride/2018/11/25/americas-gun-business-is-28b-the-gun-violence-business-is-bigger/#602d60843ae8




Holy shit!!! Not only are guns a huge part of the American economy, keeping Americans safe from guns is an even bigger part of the American economy! So with that in mind let’s take a look at some good guys with guns, and why not? And also, why am I not surprised that a majority of these stories come from Florida?

Passengers say their charter boat captain went on a drunken, drug-infused tirade and threatened to shoot everyone on his boat during a nightmare fishing trip.

10News also obtained a police summary and witness statements that paint a disturbing picture of what should have been a 12-hour fishing excursion Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarasota police say passengers aboard the boat told them Captain Mark Bailey, 36, drank rum from the bottle, had multiple beers, got high from cocaine and ended up in an argument with a 15-year-old passenger who reportedly tried to grab his uncle a drink from the captain's pail.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212165949




GILLIGAN!!!!! I mean if that guy is the guy who is supposed to protect the boat, why does it matter if the other guy has a gun? It’s more than likely that gun used to commit a murder was stolen, because these are some absolutely shocking statistics regarding guns and gun crime. No wonder we have guys like the winner in the Florida story above!

Stealing from people almost guaranteed to be armed would seem like a dumb idea to most, but not everybody got the memo. Firearm theft from licensed retailers including gun stores is becoming increasingly common, according to data released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this week.

The number of robberies of federal firearms licensees reported to the ATF have increased 227% since 2013 and burglaries of such gun purveyors are up 71% over that same period.

To make matters worse, the quantity of firearms stolen has increased as thefts become more frequent. In 2013, 3,355 firearms were taken in burglaries, compared with 7,841 in 2017, with a steady increase each year. The trend is slightly different for robberies, which tend to leave perpetrators less time to gather up guns: that number increased from 96 in 2013 to 370 in 2016, but fell to 288 last year.
http://fortune.com/2018/01/19/gun-thefts-atf-firearm-retailers/




Holy shit!!! No wonder there’s so many good guys out there. And with people like that and our MAGA friend above, it’s no wonder. And if you wonder where the right wing and their doomsday obsession comes from, this house in LA may provide some clues. I mean it’s in Beverly Hills! Remember the good old days when people used to just grow pot in their garage? This is in my backyard, damn it! Keep this in mind the next time the NRA tries to play down that talking point:

Police have seized more than 1,000 guns from a mansion in California, where photographs and video show guns stacked on top of one another in a line that extends the length of several cars.

The guns were found on Wednesday in the upscale Holmby Hills neighbourhood, where law enforcement described a property resembling a “hoarder’s house” that kept 30 officers busy for 15 hours as all of the firearms were removed from the mansion.

The search was initiated by Los Angeles Police officers and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), who served up a search warrant in the suspicion that someone was manufacturing or selling illegal firearms, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/girard-saenz-guns-mansion-california-holmby-hills-la-police-raid-a8907271.html





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Hey El Paso, it’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!



Climbing to the top of the world’s tallest mountain is one of the coolest things you can do – both literally and figuratively. But is it worth dying for? The amount of traffic that can be seen at the summit and the peak of the world’s tallest mountain might be the worst in history. There’s plenty of reasons that you can think of as to how we got to this point. While you can say that you climbed to the top of Everest, what you are really doing in 2019 is waiting in the world’s highest elevated line. And you might be asking how did we get here? Well the answer is shocking, but really not all that surprising.

The reward for climbers who ascend Mount Everest is a view like none other, an expansive vista of the Himalayas from the highest point on the planet.

On Wednesday, those who made it to the top saw something else: Hundreds of other climbers.

The final leg of their journey to the summit was a traffic jam of trekkers enticed by good weather, the route clogged by a single-file march of 250 to 300 people along a precarious cliff that caused delays of about three hours.

“I have had bottlenecks on mountains before but not this many people at such high altitude,” Nirmal Purja, a climber who photographed the scene, said in a message. If the weather had turned, he said, “it could’ve been a real disaster.”

The long, winding line to the peak added risk to what is already one of the most dangerous mountains, raising the possibility of frostbite and oxygen depletion. At least two climbers died after having reached the summit on Wednesday, and their deaths may have been related to the delays.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/23/world/asia/deadly-everest-traffic-jam.html




So if you’re the country of Nepal how do you do damage control on this? Well they’re probably scrambling to find answers and provide answers to those who wish to complete this most godly of physical challenges. But there does at least seem to be an answer as global warming is causing Everest to melt, and people are being discovered that have long been thought to be missing. And not in a good way either.

A few years ago, Kami Rita Sherpa, a veteran climber and guide, met with a gruesome sight at Mount Everest Base Camp. Human bones poked from the ground, smooth and ice-crusted.

It was not a fluke. Subsequent seasons yielded more remains — a skull, fingers, parts of legs. Guides increasingly believe that their findings fit into a broader development on the world’s highest mountain: A hotter climate has been unearthing climbers who never made it home.

“Snow is melting and bodies are surfacing,” said Mr. Sherpa, who has summited Everest 24 times, a world record. “Finding bones has become the new normal for us.”

In the last few seasons, climbers say they have seen more bodies lying on the icy slopes of Everest than ever before. Both the climbers and the Nepalese government believe this is a grim result of global warming, which is rapidly melting the mountain’s glaciers and in the process exposing bones, old boots and full corpses from doomed missions decades ago.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/30/sports/everest-bodies-global-warming.html




So what is the solution? Where do we go from here? You could say that bureaucratic red tape got us in this mess and you would be right. Raising the price isn’t going to help. Those same people who can pay the $11,000 fees are going to be paying the $20,000 fees. Something that was once exclusive is now accessible to everybody, and that’s not always a good thing.

Nine people have died on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest so far this year, the most during a climbing season on the peak since a deadly earthquake in 2015. This time however, climbers and guides are blaming a host of other factors for the spike in deaths:

CROWDS

This year, the Nepalese government issued a record 381 permits to climb Everest, costing $11,000 each.

Climbers spoke of traffic jams below the summit, in the “death zone” above 8,000 metres where many deaths occur due to the lack of oxygen.

Some operators have urged the government to cut the number of permits, and raise the price to around $20,000 to combat increased crowds.

“Confident climbers with experienced guides and sherpas would have known about the jam and waited for their chance to go up safely,” said Adrian Ballinger of the US-based company Alpenglow Expeditions.
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/whats-behind-the-spike-in-deaths-on-mount-everest/




When something gets that overcrowded, it can never be a good thing, can it? At least waiting in traffic on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, you probably won’t die. But waiting in traffic in unusually high altitudes with no water or food and you’re surrounded by thousands of other people waiting to reach the summit? Yeah you will most likely die. And you probably won’t be discovered for a very long time.

A British climber too weak to descend from Mount Everest died on Saturday, officials said, the eighth climber to die on the world’s tallest mountain and the 18th in Nepal’s Himalayas during the current climbing season.

Hiking officials attributed most of the deaths to weakness, exhaustion and delays on the crowded route to the 8,850-meter (29,035 feet) summit.

Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, died in the so-called “death zone” known for low levels of oxygen on descent from the summit, Mira Acharya, a tourism department official, said.

He is the eighth fatality on Everest in the current climbing season that ends this month.

“He died because of weakness after a long ascent and difficult descent,” Murari Sharma of the Everest Parivar Treks company that arranged his logistics told Reuters. “He was descending with his sherpa guides from the summit when he suddenly fainted.”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nepal-everest-briton/british-climber-dies-on-everest-as-death-toll-of-climbers-in-nepal-reaches-18-idUSKCN1SV09T?il=0




Yes, Stupid Sexy Flanders indeed. So you will probably die if you reach the top of the peak in 2019, because there’s way too many other people attempting to climb the same mountain and it’s almost impossible to get back down. So what’s it really like? One Vail mountaineer gives a much more real portrait of what it’s like than the media does.

A photo circulating social media shows what appears to be a traffic jam on Mount Everest.

One day after it was taken, Vail resident Chris Cobb made it to the summit. He says it was a surreal moment that's hard to put into words.

"You don't have much time," Cobb said. "I mean you got to go or you're going to freeze to death. I was probably up there maybe I don't know -- ten minutes?"

It has been a deadly climbing season on Mount Everest. Eleven people have died so far, which is more than twice the number of people who died last year.
https://www.kgun9.com/news/local-news/vail-man-shares-experiences-from-mount-everest




That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of El Paso! It’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate, for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s time to remind you that the holiest among us are the most full of:



My fair congregation!!! I have returned from vacation! Yes, I am tanned, I am rested, and I am ready to plow through another 28 weeks of this thing! And what did I do on my summer vacation? Where did I go to relax, you might ask? Well, I decided to live like I am a televangelist. I mean, I got to be honest, as much as I love and support UUC style preaching, there’s no money in it! There’s plenty of money however, in being a televangelist grifter. And it’s not one thing to have a private jet, these guys have all the private jet money in the world! Just how much money does a guy like Kenneth Copeland have? Well a hell of a lot!

Kenneth Copeland, a Texas-based televangelist, was confronted by a reporter who grilled him over his fleet of private planes. The exchange, which aired last month on Inside Edition, recently went viral over the weekend and showed Copeland justifying his luxurious spending.

Inside Edition correspondent Lisa Guerrero asked Copeland about why he won't fly commercial as he was getting in a vehicle in Branson, Missouri. He defended it, making it seem to be a vital means to his televangelism. He said, "If I flew commercial, I'd have to stop 65% of what I'm doing."

Guerrero questioned him about a private jet he purchased from filmmaker Tyler Perry, the Gulfstream V. He replied, "Well, that's none of your business."

Copeland, owner of Kenneth Copeland Ministries and a small airport in Texas, then said Perry "made it so cheap" he couldn't help to buy it. He cited a May trip where he traveled to five continents as a reason why he needed the plane. He also admits to using his private jets to travel to his vacation homes.

The journalist wanted Copeland to explain a comment he made in 2015, when he described flying commercial as "flying in a long tube with a bunch of demons — and it's deadly." While pointing his finger at Guerrero, Copeland denied saying it initially, before explaining that it's a "biblical thing."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kenneth-copeland-televangelist-defends-lavish-lifestyle-and-use-of-private-jets-2019-06-04/




Why yes, the devil does walk among us!!! But his name beith Kenneth J. Copeland! I mean is this a Biblical thing? I ask you my fair congregation! You know it does say in the Good Book that JAYSUS hated the rich and grifters, and hypocrites and Kenneth Copeland is all 3! I will say private jets are nice but it does indicate a very sinful lifestyle!

Copeland then added that he has more than three planes, but that he primarily uses the Gulfstream and two Citations, while others in his ministry have access to the planes too. The televangelist who is said to be worth $760 million as of 2018 explained that he needs to jet around the world to help the needy.

He admitted that he is a wealthy man, but said that the money doesn’t come from his ministry alone, as he has vast investments.

“My wealth does not come from offering alone. I have a lot of natural gas on my properties. You didn’t know that did you baby? Isn’t that wonderful?” Copeland said.

Copeland then added that the Jewish people understand that it’s not a bad thing to have money and to be wealthy.
https://www.inquisitr.com/5464178/kenneth-copeland-commercial-flights-demons/




Well they are DAYMON birds if they’re flown by Pastor Copeland. I’m not saying that Pastor Copeland is a DAYMON, but he doesn’t exactly live a Biblical lifestyle. And you can lie. You can lie all you want, but the DEVIL sees all and knows all! So here’s the thing, Pastor Copeland, when you’re already in a hole, stop fucking digging!!! Why yes, we can swear in my church and this is making me very angry, sir! And you do not want to see me angry, for I bring down the WRATH OF GAWD!!!

Brown’s argument is that we’re all presumably okay with Copeland spending more money to fly than take a bus. (I would agree with that. I don’t think anyone would criticize Copeland for flying to various locations if they were far away or overseas. The slightly higher price for a plane ticket could be easily justified.) By extension, then, Brown asks why we’re all mad that he spends more money on a private jet than flying commercial.

Because the drastic increase in cost for a private jet is a luxury he can do without.

Steven Kozar at Museum of Idolatry tried to make sense of it. Even if we’re talking about spending the bare minimum to operate the private jet — which one website said was $700,000 a year for a pilot, staff, maintenance, and other necessities — just think about the bills.

So, using the lowest annual cost of $700,000 and dividing it by 12 months the cost to operate a jet is at least $58,333.33 per month. That comes to $1,944.44 per DAY. A more expensive jet would cost $5,000 to $10,000 per DAY. If Kenneth Copeland bought a new ticket every single day, he would have to spend at least $1,944.44 on each ticket to equal the cost of running one private jet, and that doesn’t even figure in the cost of actually purchasing the jet.
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/06/07/this-is-a-horrible-way-to-defend-a-wealthy-televangelists-private-jet/




Except that it isn’t, sir. You know it is fun to play armchair auditor and those are some pretty alarming numbers that it takes to operate a private jet, let alone a fleet of them! So, the question is, is Pastor Copeland stealing from his collection offerings? I ask you my fair congregation!! But Kenneth Copeland apparently loves his private jets more than he loves JAYSUS, because frequent flyer miles are for godless heathens!

A journalist's confrontation with a televangelist has gone viral, bringing televangelism and its most prosperous preachers under public scrutiny once again.

Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland came under fire this weekend for viral statements defending his lifestyle, including his ownership of three private jets.

Upon their first interaction in Branson, Missouri, Lisa Guerrero, an investigative journalist for news magazine Inside Edition, asked Copeland about his planes.

"That's really none of your business," he told her.

Copeland then justified his jet-setting by arguing that he would not be able to preach globally without them.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/06/04/televangelist-kenneth-copeland-defends-private-jets-inside-edition/1337549001/




Yes, god forbid that Pastor Copeland put up with the TSA and frequent flyer rewards programs like the rest of us have to! Now I know in the Good Book, it says judge not lest ye be judged, but really, fuck these people! None of your business? Well we’ll make it our business, thank you sir!! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for;




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June is Pride month and while we’re celebrating and respecting our LGBT brothers and sisters around the globe, some on the right side of things would like to remind you that they’re getting enough respect, you know, like a bad Rodney Dangerfield bit. In fact, they’d like to remind you that there’s an open season on being straight and white in this country. To which we say “HELL NO!!!!”. So let’s examine both sides of the argument here. Why do we need a Straight Pride Parade? And why is it the worst thing in the entire world? And also, why the hell did they choose Boston for this event? That seems like a very odd choice. Does Boston need some humiliation after winning all those championships? Maybe they do, maybe they don’t. But let’s start with the logic behind it before we meet some of the winners organizing it:

Boston conservative activists are planning a "Straight Pride" parade in the city for August -- with their own heavy security in case of trouble -- though both its organizer and the president of the LGBTQ pride parade invited each other to the other's events.

John Hugo, the president of the "Super Happy Fun America" organization that's putting together the event tentatively planned for Aug. 31, said the parade is aimed at protesting "some serious heterophobia" in Boston. He said he asked City Hall to fly the "Straight Pride" flag -- a pink and blue flag with an intertwined male symbol and female symbol -- on its flagpole, but that the city declined.

"We are sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens," said Hugo of heterosexuals. "We shouldn't be treated any differently and we are."
Hugo, who said the causes he's advocating for include preventing doctors from administering sex-change procedures on minors.

But DeMarco laughed after being asked about the opinion that straight people are treated worse than gay people.
"It's ironic because a lot of the people who are going to be at Pride are our straight allies in the community," DeMarco said. "It's a surprise to us that there's a certain group that feels they need to do that."
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/nation/2019/06/05/Straight-Pride-Parade-Boston/stories/201906050184




Oh boo fucking hoo. Gee how insecure are you that you have to have a parade to honor your own massive ego? Wait, I know! They’re conservatives and Trump fans! And why Boston you might ask? Why not? Maybe they all secretly have a crush on Tom Brady? I don’t know! I am just speculating! But the sad reality is that the city of Boston went along and decided to green light it, so now that’s a thing whether we want it or not.

Reports by Complex indicate that the city of Boston has officially green-lit a Straight Pride parade. The organizer behind it all, Mark Sahady, shared that the parade is scheduled to take place sometime in August. "It looks like the Boston Straight Pride Parade will happen. We filed a discrimination complaint and it appears the City of Boston understands they would lose in litigation," shared Sahady via a Facebook post. "The city is now working with us on the parade. We will have the streets closed and be allowed to have floats and vehicles." And considering the numerous ways we could unpack what the parade's significance meant to the LGBT+ community, Twitter users were unafraid to share their outrage.

Users ensured to let Mark Sahady know they were not here for the bigotry underlying these Straight Pride efforts. Political affiliate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared the following with regards to the issue: "Will “Straight Pride” be a Freaky Friday type situation where all of our history books, movies, stories, media, news, etc feature mostly LGBTQ+ people & perspectives? Will people have to come out as straight? What would folks march in? Socks w/ sandals on? Dad jeans?" Even Captain America's Chris Evans chimed on the affair. Moreover, the permit was requested by the organizers during Pride month which somewhat serves to disrespect the LGBT+ community. See the ensuing reactions below.
https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/city-of-boston-gives-green-light-for-straight-pride-parade-news.82213.html




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Well we champion free speech here, so let ‘em have their parade. Just don’t show up for it. Now here’s where politics makes for some strange bedfellows, and none could be stranger than some of people and corporations who have spoken out against this stupid idea for an event.

Following the announcement of a "Straight Pride" Parade in Boston Tuesday, many took to Twitter to express their support or opposition. One tweet, which made light of the situation, gained a lot of attention and triggered a reaction by AXE body spray.

The initial tweet was written by Tony Posnanski Tuesday and listed stereotypical heterosexual and conservative "floats" that would sponsor the Straight Pride Parade. From "Tomi Lahren riding a Swastika" to a bag of Doritos, AXE wanted to make it clear that they did not belong on the list.

"We'll be at the parade that matters and this one isn't it," the official Twitter account of AXE wrote Wednesday.

One woman–under the Twitter handle of @karmatastrophe–responded to AXE's tweet, saying the company was "uninclusive" and "intolerant."

"Good to know you don't support straight people," @karmatastrophe fired back. "How very uninclusive and intolerant of you. My straight son and my straight partner have decided to no longer use your products since you don't support them."
https://www.newsweek.com/axe-body-spray-has-best-response-straight-pride-parade-sponsorship-claim




That’s right – Axe Body Spray, a brand commonly associated with bro culture, is siding with the LGBT community on this one! Yeah, suck it Straight Pride Parade! Although we have to address the name of the group that’s putting it on – what the fuck kind of name is Super Happy Fun America? That sounds like the name of a Japanese game show about American trivia, and we all know how crazy Japanese game shows can get! Let’s take a look at this group of winners! Would you be surprised that they’re far right white nationalists? I am shocked, shocked I tell you!!!

The organisers of a controversial Straight Pride rally proposed for the city of Boston, in the US, are heavily linked with far-right movements and nationalist protests, it has emerged.

Plans for the parade were widely shared on social media this week, despite no date yet being set and no permit being granted by the city council.

Organisers – a newly-formed group calling itself Super Happy Fun America – suggested the event would be a chance to celebrate being heterosexual.

They have already had to remove photos of Brad Pitt from their website after the actor, who had not given permission for his image to be used, threatened legal action.

Now questions have been raised over the past political activities of the trio of men behind the group, John Hugo, Mark Sahady and Chris Bartley.

Mr Sahady and Mr Bartley are both heavily associated with Resist Marxism – a loose ultra-conservative group found to have links to white supremacist organizations – while Mr Hugo ran, unsuccessfully, for congress in 2018 with an endorsement from the same group.

https://news.yahoo.com/organisers-straight-pride-revealed-links-101158404.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=fb





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It’s time once again to ask:



This week: The Youtube channel owned by Christian “comedian” Steven Crowder – how is this still a thing? In the last few weeks, Youtube has announced an unprecedented crackdown on hate content with many white supremacists, hate mongerers, neo Nazis, and conspiracy theorists finding their channels either being demonetized or permanently banned. Which they are quick to scream about how they’re being victimized because they’re conservative. But that’s not the discussion this week. This week, the discussion is centering on one channel in particular. The one owned by Steven Crowder, a fundamentalist Christian conservative who also claims to be a comedian. In fact here’s how it got started:

YouTube has demonetized the channel of a conservative host after a Vox journalist called him out for his anti-gay and anti-Hispanic comments.

"Louder with Crowder" host Steven Crowder has made a series of disparaging comments about Vox producer Carlos Maza's sexual orientation and ethnicity.

Maza hosts "Strikethough," a show about media in the age of the Trump presidency, on Vox's YouTube channel. But he said his political views weren't what drew Crowder's ire; instead, he said he's been called a series of offensive names because he is gay and Cuban-American. Crowder's YouTube channel has almost 4 million subscribers.

"Watching videos where I am called a 'lispy queer' pass a million views is incredibly dehumanizing and degrading," Maza told InsideEdition.com. "My boss found out about it, which was incredibly humiliating. My family found about it, my younger sibling saw it, which was incredibly humiliating.
https://www.insideedition.com/vox-journalist-slams-youtube-host-steven-crowder-anti-gay-anti-hispanic-comments-53495




No, no you didn’t. Steven Crowder’s channel is so toxic that it’s attracted this kind of attention and we are sure that neither side really wants this. But in reality when YouTube attempted to respond to such controversy, it blew it big time. And neither party is really left with a satisfied outcome and angrier at the streaming service more than ever.

YouTube unleashed massive confusion and satisfied apparently no one with its handling of Steven Crowder’s homophobic campaign against a gay journalist on Wednesday.

The company will “demonetize” Crowder, a far-right performer, for harassing Vox reporter Carlos Maza. The announcement was a partial reversal from Tuesday, when YouTube said it would not take action against Crowder. After a whiplash-inducing series of tweets, YouTube went from declining to act against Crowder, to demonetizing him, to appearing to base its decision on homophobic t-shirts Crowder sells, before finally saying his entire channel is a problem.

Maza said the decision is a cop-out.

“Basically all political content gets ‘demonetized.’” Maza tweeted. “Crowder's revenue stream isn't from YouTube ads. It's from selling merch and ‘Socialism Is For Fags’ shirts to millions of loyal customers, that @YouTube continues to drive to his channel. For free.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/youtube-punishes-steven-crowder-for-homophobic-attacks-on-gay-vox-journalist-carlos-maza




Yeah you can’t please all of the people all of the time and Youtube did exactly that. So rather than telling some people they can make money off political content, they’re simply telling everyone that they cannot make money off political content. But this is what happens when you have very loosely defined rules that aren’t properly enforced enough. And when you have friends like these, who needs enemies?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) threw his support behind Stephen Crowder on Thursday, calling YouTube decision's to no longer permit the conservative commentator, who has been accused of online harassment, to profit from his videos "ridiculous."

"YouTube is not the Star Chamber — stop playing God & silencing those voices you disagree with. This will not end well," wrote Cruz to his 3.3 million followers.

In a subsequent tweet, Cruz broached provocative comments made by TBS's Samantha Bee and actor Jim Carrey as examples of what he says is a double standard.

"This is nuts. YouTube needs to explain why @scrowder is banned, but @iamsambee ('Ivanka is a feckless c***.') & @JimCarrey ('look at my pretty picture of Gov. Kay Ivey being murdered in the womb') aren’t. No coherent standard explains it. Here’s an idea: DON’T BLACKLIST ANYBODY," he wrote.
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/447264-ted-cruz-throws-support-behind-steven-crowder-youtube-is-not-the-star-chamber




In fact while Ted Cruz didn’t say it well, he’s not wrong. This is not ending well. This is the exact opposite of ending well. In fact a simple “you’re wrong” turned into a colossal clusterfuck that could decide the fate of free speech on the internet as we know it. And that enabled Steven Crowed, who not only doubled down on his attacks, he tripled down.

Conservative commentator Steven Crowder has complained that Vox journalist Carlos Maza thinks YouTube is "queer space" after the video site informed him that his channel has been stripped of advertising revenue.

YouTube stopped Crowder from running ads on his channel following complaints made by Vox journalist Carlos Maza on Twitter about racist and homophobic remarks made by the pundit about him on his show.

Speaking on his show Louder with Crowder, the host bemoaned comments Maza made to the Washington Post that YouTube was hypocritical for branding itself as a "queer space" while allowing Crowder to remain on the platform.

"This guy, Carlos Maza, talked about how YouTube was a 'queer space,'" he said.

He went on to make further references to Maza's sexual orientation, before saying that YouTube appealing to the LGBT community was "corporate censorship."
https://www.newsweek.com/steven-crowder-decries-carlos-maza-calling-youtube-queer-space-after-ad-ban-1442579




Except that it isn’t. And Mr. Crowder not only doubled down on his attacks, he opened up a dangerous can of worms that should have not been opened. In fact Youtube might be reversing their long standing policy on hate speech if it proves a point. Which will open the doors for white supremacy and hate speech to rule the streaming service. While they may have been able to police it before, this policy won’t help things.

YouTube has long had a rocky relationship with its queer users, due to a history of restricting queer content. Those tensions deepened this week when Vox video journalist Carlos Maza called out YouTube and right-wing personality Steven Crowder, saying that Crowder has harassed him for years using the platform.

Crowder is the host of Louder With Crowder, a political commentary show airing on Blaze TV, a conservative broadcasting network with cable, satellite, and streaming assets that hosts talking heads like Glenn Beck and Ben Shapiro. Maza says Crowder has targeted him personally because of his race and sexual orientation.

Maza is the host of Vox’s YouTube series Strikethrough, which analyzes news media’s role in the Trump era. For the past two years, Maza said on Twitter last week, Crowder has taken aim at him through Louder With Crowder, on which he regularly mocks Maza for being gay and Latinx. The effect, Maza says, is that Crowder’s followers have harassed Maza and invaded his privacy.

Maza first detailed his concerns publicly on May 30, illustrating Crowder’s behavior through a video compilation of Louder With Crowder video footage that he shared to Twitter. The compilation features repeated clips of Crowder mimicking Maza with an exaggerated lisp, saying that Maza “sashays” around, and painting him with other homophobic stereotypes, all while referring to him as “the gay Vox writer.”.
https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/6/5/18653900/youtube-lgbtq-hate-speech-policy-carlos-maza-steven-crowder




Except they won’t be. So a simple fight between two Youtubers resulted in a colossal fuck up that could determine free speech on the internet forever. That’s enough to make you ask – Steven Crowder’s Youtube Channel:




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Hey El Paso, we’re already one week in to season 7 and I really need a drink!



Of course you know by now the idea with this segment is that we never mix booze and politics, but we do mix booze and comedy! Because what good is life if you can’t joke about it while getting drunk off your ass? Not a very good one if you ask me! So tell me bartender, what goes well with a story about pogo sticking? Nothing? Really? You’re going to leave me dry here? Well, just like mixing booze and politics never goes well, mixing booze and pogo sticking shouldn’t go well either. But I will take my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. But we are going to discuss a potentially new form of travel that could revolutionize the industry. Or maybe not.

The sharing economy has brought scooters and bikes to our sidewalks and streets. Now, an international company wants to add pogo sticks to those ranks.

Cangoroo, a start-up based in Malmo, Sweden, plans to roll out shared, app-based pogo sticks in several cities, including San Francisco, starting this summer.

The company expects its pogo sticks to be publicly available in Malmo and Stockholm by the end of June, with launches in San Francisco and London to follow by mid-August.

“We do know that pogo sticks aren’t for everyone. But our mission and the fact that we’re going to launch them are 100 percent real,” said Adam Mikkelsen, the chief executive and co-founder of Cangoroo.

Mikkelsen said the company hopes to expand strategically to cities known for innovation — including the Los Angeles area, likely in Venice — as well as Berlin, Copenhagen and Paris. Still, the timelines depend on approval and coordination with city officials, he said.
https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pogo-sticks-app-rentals-20190604-story.html




And if you thought the giant pile of Bird Scooters was an eye sore and a waste of resources, just wait until you check out the unused pile of pogo sticks! Just picture that as one of the least efficient methods of travel possible. And can you imagine these things going up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco? Just think of what the liability insurance for these guys must be!

If you needed any further proof that we live in hell and everything is meaningless, there is a new tech-less pogo-stick-sharing micro mobility startup from Sweden called Cangoroo that people are apparently taking seriously. Allegedly intended to compete with soul-crushingly popular danger sticks known as dockless e-scooters, this pogo nonsense is eventually coming to American shores.

The system works exactly as the dockless scooters do. You have an app on your phone that unlocks the pogo stick, then you pay by the minute to use the thing. The website currently shows the rates at $1 to unlock and thirty cents per minute after that. Then you can pogo your ass off to your heart’s content.

For one thing, is pogo stick transportation any faster than just walking? It’s a hell of a lot more dangerous, especially on a busy city street. They want you to use these things in the goddamn bike lane. I’m sure already disgruntled cyclists will be happy to share the lane with your hippity hoppity jumping. And they realize San Francisco is full of hills, right? This must be funded by dental prosthesis companies. That’s the only logic I can place behind this.

I can only conclude that anyone with the confidence, talent, and wherewithal to competently pogo stick to work will already own a pogo stick. The plan is to drop a few hundred of these DangerStick+ models on sidewalks in cities all over the world. Are there even a couple hundred people in the country that could safely use these? I don’t want to see a five pound projectile bouncing into some poor unsuspecting pedestrian’s face when an unprepared person falls off.
https://jalopnik.com/pogo-stick-sharing-micro-mobility-company-cangoroo-is-t-1835184447




Ah that’s the stuff!! But guess what? We can make all the fun of this we want and there’s tons of things out there that cell phone apps have brought us like the Bird Scooters that we’d rather forget ever existed, but these guys are serious! I really mean it yo!!!!

The alleged pogo stick rental company Cangoroo wants everybody to know that it’s not a prank. The Swedish startup claims that it will actually rent app-enabled pogo sticks—yes—in five cities around the world, including San Francisco.

The devices are meant to serve as a competitor to e-scooters, at a rate of 30 cents per minute. (A per-hop fee was presumably not practical.)

“Cangoroo and our pogo sticks offer a quicker alternative to walking, a more convenient alternative to having a bicycle, and a more environmentally friendly alternative to cars and e-scooters,” notes the company’s site.

Suffice to say, skepticism abounds. So much so that the first paragraph of Cangoroo’s press release, issued in May, states: “We feel the need to underline that Cangoroo is 100 percent real. Our choice of shared pogo sticks as our first product is a planned out strategy in order to stand out in today’s media landscape and build an engaging brand in the generic ‘last mile transportation’ category.”

When asked about its mission statement, a company spokesperson tells Curbed SF, “We can totally see that some people think it’s a joke as we intentionally branded Cangoroo the same way as existing e-scooter companies. However, we’re serious about our vision to try creating a brand in the micromobility category that stands out from the...generic ones. And that’s one of the reasons we chose pogo sticks as our first products.”
https://sf.curbed.com/2019/6/3/18650710/cangoroo-pogo-stick-rental-company-sf-app-scooters




Yeah, travel by pogo stick makes about as much sense as chugging a whole bottle of maple syrup – sure you could do it, but sticky and feeling weird and will almost always end in a mess! But does it even matter that this is a thing anymore? I mean in the day and age where batshit crazy stuff happens on a day to day basis and the world as we know it is being turned upside down, does it matter that this is happening?

On May 18, the Swedish-based pogo stick rental company Cangoroo clarified that it is, in fact, a real company.

“With a lot of initial questions along the line of ‘is this for real?’, We feel the need to underline that Cangoroo is 100% real,” the company said in a news release. “Our choice of shared pogo sticks as our first product is a planned out strategy in order to stand out in today’s media landscape and build an engaging brand in the generic ‘last mile transportation’ category.”

Cities around the world are now awash in a mix of rental bicycles, scooters, Vespas and mopeds as part of the micro-mobility boom. A variety of smartphone-based short-trip startups — Lime, Bird, Flash, Skip, etc. — have rushed to stake their claim in the new category, with venture capital funding pushing them to grow.

The guerrilla tactics of the emerging industry — companies have been known to dump dozens of scooters on cities without warning, users are offered little or no training on their use and are not given easy access to helmets — have given the sense that anything goes in the micro-mobility scene.
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/pogo-stick-rental-app-real-does-it-even-matter-n1014826





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What is up with Texas? That’s the question that we have on the table here for you. So why the fascination with the Lone Star State? Well, when we were in Austin last year, we got the idea to immerse ourselves in Texas culture. Once you get outside of the major cities – you are in prime MAGA / Fox country. Texas is the single largest state land size in the entire United States of America. It has the second most electoral votes in the country behind California. So we’re starting along the border – El Paso, San Antonio, the n off to Austin, Houston, and final Ft. Worth. And while we are here, we are going to be examining what makes Texas tick. Why do people have such a fascination or hatred for the Lone Star State? Well we’re starting our journey through El Paso – which also happens to be the home of presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Now here’s where the ideal plan of Donald Trump’s border wall is coming to a head. In fact there’s a private company that wants to take things to the next level even if the government won’t.

The organization that raised millions of dollars to construct a border barrier on private land over the Memorial Day weekend will be issued a cease-and-desist letter due to a lack of permits needed for the project, a spokesperson for the city of Sunland Park, said Tuesday.

The group, We Build the Wall, used millions raised from a GoFundMe page to fund construction of about a half-mile barrier near the Texas-New Mexico state line across from Mexico. The site is on land owned by American Eagle Brick Co. and is just a few miles from downtown El Paso and the University of Texas at El Paso. The site is in the U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso sector.

“The city has not provided any permits, it has not approved of the construction that has gone up already,” city spokesperson Peter Ibardo told The Texas Tribune on Tuesday. “They built the structure without authority or any building permits from the city.”

Ibardo added that there were no site plans or recent surveys submitted to the city.
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/05/28/el-paso-area-privately-built-border-wall-receives-cease-and-desist-let/




And that’s the plan. And is anyone really that shocked that a company planning to do something shady is caught doing something shady? I know that I’m not! Our journey continues further. I needed to know more about why they were doing what they were planning on doing. In fact the do it yourself border wall is such a SNAFU that it already hit a snag across the state border in New Mexico – where a monument already built on the land is complicating things.

The viral “We Build the Wall” GoFundMe campaign has hit a snag in the first leg of its construction. Due to its blockage of a federal monument and construction of the wall moving onto federal property without proper permitting, the privately built border wall is being ordered to indefinitely keep its gates open rendering it effectively useless.

After raising nearly $24 million on GoFundMe, the campaign was able to complete a half-mile stretch of wall near the U.S. and Mexico border in the town of Sunland Park, New Mexico. The campaign’s creator is Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee war veteran who began the project in an effort to combat illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

In their haste to build the wall, the project organizers failed to obtain the required permits to build on federal land. It was also determined that the wall would prevent the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) officials from accessing a levee and a dam on the land, according to BuzzFeed News. The wall also blocked public access to Monument One, the first in a series of obelisks outlining the U.S. and Mexico border from El Paso, Texas, to Tijuana, Mexico. As a result, the IBWC ordered “We Build the Wall” to keep a gate within the wall indefinitely open.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/gofundme-border-wall-open-gate/




Yeah the last time that someone attempted to build a wall, was in South Park. And really? The name of your group is called “We Build The Wall”? You guys raised the money, surely you could come up with a much better name than that! That’s like an airline that just calls itself “airline”. Or that sleazy prostitute overnight destination called “Motel”. And would you really be surprised that this group simply doesn’t care where it’s building their wall?

We Build the Wall, the crowdfunded, ultra-right group that put up a multimillion-dollar border wall just west of El Paso in southern New Mexico, has said that it only builds on private land. But earlier this month, the group extended its wall onto government land — without asking first for government permission.

The extension is a wall with a locking gate that has closed a federal road next to the Rio Grande, at the intersection of Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico. Beyond the gate is a storied monument celebrating binational cooperation known as Monument One. For decades, it has been visited by locals who’ve enjoyed the area as a park. A We Build the Wall supporter last week said that the only people allowed to unlock the gate would be employees of the Border Patrol, the owner of the adjacent American Eagle Brick Company, and the International Boundary and Water Commission.

We Build the Wall adviser Steve Bannon bragged last month that the private border wall, which now snakes for almost a half-mile up a mountain, had for months been planned in secret, so as not to give protesters or civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union time to mount challenges. Heavy equipment started rumbling onto the property in late May, as land co-owner Jeff Allen forbade the media and the curious from getting near enough to see what was going on.
https://theintercept.com/2019/06/11/private-border-wall-federal-land/




So does it matter to the locals whether or not crime is a problem after the makeshit, non government approved wall reduces crime or not? If anything it’s had the opposite effect of what was originally intended. We will explore this topic as we journey further south along the Texas – Mexico border, and it will get crazier. But what do the locals of El Paso think of this gaudy monstrosity? Will it help or will it not?

A border suburb of El Paso, Texas, has issued a cease-and-desist order against construction of a privately funded border barrier.

A spokesman for Sunland Park, New Mexico, said Tuesday that the barrier being erected by We Build The Wall Inc. on private property doesn't comply with city ordinances. City spokesman Peter Ibarbo says the company had applied for a construction permit but the application was incomplete.

The company didn't immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.

In a statement to KVIA-TV in El Paso, the company says it had "done everything they need to do to be in compliance with all regulations." The company calls the stop order "a last ditch effort to intimidate us from completing this project."
https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/el-paso-suburb-issues-cease-and-desist-order-for-private-border-wall/2035992364





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For Part 2 of our documentary series, we are heading to San Antonio, and to even further south to visit the border town of Leandro – a town that literally shares roads with Mexico, to find out more about the issue known as border crossing.

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Ladies and gentlemen, my first guest of the 7th season needs no introduction. They are touring this year in support of their classic album Enema Of The State, and you can see them this July and August with Lil Wayne. Playing their song “All The Small Things”, give it up for the one, the only Blink 182!!!




Thank you El Paso! This was fun! We’re off to San Antonio next! See you next week!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of: Fan Favorites Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of: Fan Favorites Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Oh hello again! While we’re getting ready to go hit the backroads of Texas in search of Lone Star Liberals, we figured that we would bring you some bonus content, because that’s what we do. You know last week our editors combed through all 147 editions of the Top 10 and over 1400 entries and selected their all time favorites that as a whole represents what the Top 10 is all about. This week, we’re letting you, the fans, have your crack at it, and we will reveal below what you selected as your favorites. But starting next week the Top 10 is back for good and wow. I can’t believe we’re starting season 7 already. Season 1 was started on a wing and a prayer, and now we’re still going strong 7 seasons in and we have no signs of stopping. So what do we have in store for season 7? Well we have two huge things – the first is our massive university tour which we rolled out the dates for. Yes, the Top 10 is going back to school! We will also be debuting some fresh content to go along with the universities that we’re going to be touring. While I can’t say what we have in store, let’s say that it will be great as usual. But… while the Mueller Report is going away, we’re not going anywhere. And we will, to the midst of my sanity, still continue to be covering literally Trump’s every single move. And rest assured that the rest of 2019 and continuing into 2020, this is going to be an absolute shit show. OK that’s enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver is back and he does a deep dive into the medical device industry:

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So here’s what you came up with for your fan favorite entries. The first is what has to be our most requested #1 entry, and it goes all the way back to the first season, to one of the first 20 Top 10s that we did, and Ted Nugent (1) wrote a criminally insane opinion piece that was so insane that the NRA had to apologize for it? And they apologize for nothing! In the second slot, from Idiots #2-4, is of course the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (2) and apparently, he has no idea how international diplomacy works, because he could have got China to destroy Taiwan, and those two countries hate each other. In the number 3 slot, from Idiots #2-13 is also Donald Trump (3). Remember when Nordstrom ditched the Trump brand and he went completely apeshit and started a huge tirade of boycotts against various stores? Here’s where it started! Taking the fourth slot, from Idiots #4-6, Sean Hannity (4) along with other conservatives, of course have to shit on everything, and they took a huge one on Obama’s official White House portrait, because, Obama Derangement Syndrome. For the number 5 seed, from Idiots #5-7, is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and Looksmaxxers are a thing that exists. They’re like Incels but with the added bonus of unnecessary plastic surgery! For the number 6 slot, from Idiots #4-9, our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6), our resident pastor is going to introduce you to a church where you can marry your gun, yes, that exists. In the number 7 slot, from Idiots #6-6, is “NO!” (7), remember when Delta attempted to introduce creepy pickup napkins? Yeah they shouldn’t have done that. For the 8th slot, from Idiots #3-16, the first “Beating A Dead Horse” segment tells Trump that he’s really got to let the NFL kneeling protests go, just let it go. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week, from Idiots #6-5, is “I Need A Drink” – just shut humanity down! Why do we need to know that women think serial killers are hot? Seriously, fuck our lives! And finally from our British Edition, Idiots #5-23, our series that explains how government works to conspiracy theorists, Deep State Diaries (10), hangs out with M:I-6! Plus we also have music from when Slash stopped by! Enjoy! Plus as always don’t forget the key!

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From: Idiots #1-15
Ed. Note: This was by *FAR* our most requested #1 feature. Juan G from Oakland writes:

“The NRA is an organization that apologizes for nothing. Wasn’t there that one time where they actually had to apologize for something?”

Good question! And we think we have the answer, and it lies in this criminally insane Op Ed written by NRA board member Ted Nugent:


The republican argument on gun control is a lot like a bad thriller movie. You know it’s going to suck going in, and there’s a lot of plot holes and bad arguments and dialogue to get to the payoff. But you sit through it knowing it sucks because you want to get to the twist at the end of the argument. Because after all that’s how they keep you hooked and coming back for more. It’s like a bad Jerry Bruckheimer produced movie directed by M. Night Shymalan. And no matter how many times you have the formula figured out, there’s people who are willing to take it to new and terrifying extremes. Look at Ted “Pants Crap Fever” Nugent. Just like Donald Trump went Full Hitler, Ted Nugent is heading down that path, possibly vying for a VP position with Der Trumpenfuror. But here’s where Ted has gone full Hitler:

Ted Nugent Goes Full-On Jew Hater in Facebook Rant. Nugent posted a photo of prominent Jewish Americans to Facebook with the caption, “So who is really behind gun control?” and put an Israeli flag next to each of their faces

There is and has always been an undercurrent of anti-Semitism in conservative ranks. It rears its ugly head from time to time, such as when Ann Coulter claims Jews are “unperfected” Christians who are therefore oh so close to being actual human beings.

Nothing so “subtle” for Ted Nugent, who recently called Obama a Racist Child-Killing Freak. This time the admitted sexual predator and ex-rocker went to Facebook to publicly air his anti-Semitism, posting a photo with the caption, “So who is really behind gun control?”

The problem is that all those pictured are Jewish, like the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and attorney and pundit Alan Dershowitz, to name just a few.

Just to reinforce that point, Nugent got his Julius Streicher on and put an Israeli flag next to each of their faces:

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http://www.politicususa.com/2016/02/09/ted-nugent-goes-full-on-jew-hater-rant.html




And of course the NRA is in full “move along, nothing to see here” mode:
NRA Dodges Accountability: "Individual Board Members Do Not Speak For The NRA." After declining to comment to several news outlets, the NRA told The Washington Post on February 10 that "individual board members do not speak for the NRA."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/10/gun-rights-advocates-urge-nra-to-remove-ted-nugent-from-board-over-anti-semitic-outburst/?tid=sm_tw


First off Ted – a word of advice – when you’re in a hole, stop digging!!!

In the ensuing controversy, Nugent has been condemned by diverse voices including civil rights groups, Jewish organizations, and both gun safety groups and pro-gun organizations and writers. Several organizations called on the NRA to remove Nugent from its board of directors. (Nugent was praised by white nationalists, and his support for Ted Cruz is still displayed prominently on the GOP contender's website.)

In a February 11 interview with an unnamed questioner, available only on his Facebook page, Nugent suggested that his critics are "mentally challenged" and said, "To attack me one would have to not only play devil's advocate, one would actually be the devil's advocate or more probably the devil itself." To deny charges of anti-Semitism, Nugent stated, "I admire and love my good Jewish friends even more than usual because of their valiant dedication to 'Never Again!'"

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/02/12/amid-anti-semitism-controversy-nras-nugent-atta/208561


But it gets better – he’s actively attempting to justify it by calling himself a “black man” and a “war hero”. Even Robert Downey Jr.’s Kirk Lazarus character from the 2008 flick Tropic Thunder is wondering what the hell Ted Nugent is smoking. Hell, I want some of whatever he’s smoking, because it must be some pretty strong shit:

Ted Nugent has had quite a start to 2016, posting anti-Semitic messages on his Facebook page and ludicrously declaring that he is a war hero, all of which came just weeks after he called for President Obama and Hillary Clinton to be killed.
Nugent, a board member of the NRA, kept it up with a bizarre column for WorldNetDaily yesterday in which he said that he is a “Motown black man” who is intent on freeing other black people from their “modern slave masters known as the Democratic Party.”
As a large, in charge, Motown black man my bad-self, who honed my Sonic Baptizm, soul-cleansing soulmusic on the greasy rhythm and blues of the musical funk and roll gods James Brown and Chuck Berry et al., and who learned and then perfected the fine art of American defiance from my hero Rosa Parks, I continue to celebrate nonstop all things good and black.

My motto has always been: Black is beautiful. Minimal exposure to my killer Detroit guitar playing would immediately reveal why I was voted the No. 1 Guitarist Alltime in Michigan a few years back. No cracker can play like that!

If you don’t like it, well funk you very much.

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-nugent-declares-he-motown-blac-man-who-will-free-democratic-slaves#sthash.j75lxPGH.dxcz6kHG.dpuf






He didn’t just say “funk you very much” did he? There’s only one person in the entire world who gets to say that phrase in a proper context, and that is Bootsy Collins. And big difference between Bootsy Colllins and Ted Nugent – Bootsy rules, Nugent doesn’t. Not by a long shot. Allow me to channel Kirk Lazarus for a minute: “Don’t go full Hitler, kid. Never, ever go full Hitler.”. In fact to get the stink of Nugent out of the room, let’s play some Bootsy:






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From: Idiots #2-4
Ed. Note: Sheila E. from Colorado Springs writes:

“Donald Trump sure thinks he’s the world’s greatest negotiator, but remember that time he failed big time at bridging the gap between China and Taiwan?”

Well, Sheila, our president has zero fucking clue what he’s supposed to be doing, and I think that’s the idea.


If you haven’t seen the current season of South Park, you must. It takes on Twitter trolling and Donald Trump:



Let’s lighten things up and talk about WWIII, shall we? Do I dare ask for some appropriate music?



Thank you!!!!!

Well it’s the end of the world as we know it folks, and I feel fine. Well REM’s song was only 25 years too early. Because the man who will most likely be responsible for the end of the world is none other than our actual future president Donald J. Trump. So before we dive into this head first, you are aware that Taiwan has been in a diplomatic feud with China over its’ independence and control of the South China Sea, right? Plus we have some long standing diplomatic ties to China. So here’s how Donald J. Trump is involved in this whole thing.

When President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan’s president on Friday, he was wading into one of Asia’s longest-running and sensitive issues: the dispute between Taiwan and mainland China.

Though the call alarmed experts, who say it risks upending decades of American efforts to manage the dispute, nonexperts could be forgiven for scratching their heads about the uproar. What follows, then, is a guide to the China-Taiwan issue: why it is so delicate, what role the United States has in the matter and why the phone call is significant.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/world/asia/trump-taiwan-and-china-the-controversy-explained.html?_r=0




Whoa let’s stop there. Yeah you are wrong there, Donald. So what is the whole controversy between Taiwan and China?

What is the China-Taiwan issue?

Both players claimed, at least formally, to represent all of China — which they considered to include each other’s territory. That created problems, including periodic risks of war, for decades.

The disagreement dates to 1927, when civil war broke out in the Republic of China. The war culminated in Communist revolutionaries, led by Mao Zedong, mostly defeating China’s Nationalist government in 1949.

But the Nationalist leaders fled to Taiwan, which their forces still controlled. Though fighting eventually stopped, both sides continued to claim all of China. The Taiwan-based government considered mainland China to be controlled by illegitimate Communist rebels. The Beijing-based government considered Taiwan a breakaway province.

In this sense, the civil war was never fully resolved. Thus, Taiwan’s formal name is still the Republic of China. Mainland China — controlled by the Communist government in Beijing — is called the People’s Republic of China.




That’s not wrong Donald, that’s exactly what happened. So why does this phone call matter?

Why does the phone call matter?

The call does not in itself change policy, but it implies the possibility of a shift, forcing both China and Taiwan to guess at Mr. Trump’s intentions.

Mr. Trump’s transition team, by categorizing his call with Ms. Tsai of Taiwan alongside calls with other heads of state, implied that Mr. Trump recognized her as the leader of a sovereign state. Mr. Trump also wrote on Twitter that he had spoken to the “President of Taiwan.”

Recognizing Ms. Tsai as a sovereign leader would communicate that the United States considered Taiwan an independent nation.

Such a position would force both Taiwan and Beijing into a difficult choice. Either ignore American policy on the issue — perhaps ending the decades-long American role in balancing cross-strait relations — or confront Taiwanese independence, which Beijing has said would provoke war.




Holy fucking shit! So with one phone call, Donald Trump may have escalated 40 years of diplomatic tensions! By the way, does it seem odd to anyone else that all the world’s problems seem to have started around oh 1980? Maybe Reagan’s election was the nexus of the universe! Of course I’m surprised we didn’t see time travelers on election night. But there’s more!

BEIJING — China warned President-elect Donald J. Trump on Monday that he was risking a confrontation over Taiwan, even as Mr. Trump broadened the dispute with new messages on Twitter challenging Beijing’s trade policies and military activities in the South China Sea.

A front-page editorial in the overseas edition of People’s Daily, the official organ of the Communist Party of China, denounced Mr. Trump for speaking Friday with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, warning that “creating troubles for the China-U.S. relationship is creating troubles for the U.S. itself.” The rebuke was much tougher than the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s initial response to the phone call, which broke with decades of American diplomatic practice.
www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/world/asia/china-donald-trump-taiwan-twitter.html




So Beijing has told Donald Trump that he’s treading on extremely thin ice here! So he might be the catalyst for World War III after all! He’s already nominated the other three horsemen – Bannon, Sessions, and DeVos to his cabinet! So what else is coming because of this?

Either Donald Trump misled all of us about his conversation with Taiwan's leader, or his team is trying to rewrite history so the whole thing doesn't come off as a giant diplomatic blunder.

In today's Washington Post, Anne Gearan, Philip Rucker and Simon Denyer cite inside sources who say the call was months in the making and intentionally provocative in regard to China.

That was apparently news to Trump, who on Friday night, as the controversy erupted, dismissively tweeted as if it were a small matter in which Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen phoned him to offer her congratulations, and he took the call as a courtesy.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/05/trumps-team-is-trying-to-have-it-both-ways-on-its-taiwan-controversy/?utm_term=.16a1fca74708


So of course Trump retreats to his old friend Twitter for some angry 3:00 AM toilet Tweets. Like these:




Those are the actual Tweets. Of course making ones up is my job, damn it!



And apparently this whole thing has been planned for a long time:

Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking telephone call with Taiwan’s leader was an intentionally provocative move that establishes the incoming president as a break with the past, according to interviews with people involved in the planning.

The historic communication — the first between leaders of the United States and Taiwan since 1979 — was the product of months of quiet preparations and deliberations among Trump’s advisers about a new strategy for engagement with Taiwan that began even before he became the Republican presidential nominee, according to people involved in or briefed on the talks.

The call also reflects the views of hard-line advisers urging Trump to take a tough opening line with China, said others familiar with the months of discussion about Taiwan and China.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-taiwan-phone-call-was-weeks-in-the-planning-say-people-who-were-involved/2016/12/04/f8be4b0c-ba4e-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.d3e27a9e9699


Which prompted the White House to do some major damage control:

White House officials say they have spoken with Chinese leadership following President-elect Donald Trump's call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Federal officials called to reassure the country that the US still adheres to the "One China" policy, which does not recognise Taiwan as its own sovereign nation.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said officials "do not understand why" Mr Trump's conversation with Taiwanese leader took place, but assured reporters that there would be no change in the official US position on the policy.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-china-relations-taiwan-donald-trump-call-white-house-statement-a7457481.html





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From: Idiots #2-13
Ed. Note: Ron F. from Portland, Oregon asks:

“Why do Trump and his crazy followers boycott every product that so much as looks at them funny?”

Well, Ron, that question is probably as old as time itself. But we think we’ve found the origin story.


I love this so much:



As I said in the intro – we’re going after department stores now. Really? So you know by now last week Trump was feuding with Nordstrom after they dropped Ivanka Trump’s line. Can we throw that Tweet up there?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/829356871848951809

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/ethics-watchdog-offers-to-help-nordstrom-sue-trump-under-california-unfair-competition-law/

Norm Eisen, co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, has offered to help Nordstrom and other companies sue President Donald Trump for improperly using his executive position to hurt their businesses.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump blasted Nordstrom for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s line of products.

“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” Trump tweeted using the official POTUS account. “She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”

Eisen immediately called the president’s tweet “outrageous.”

“Nordstrom, others injured should consider suing, incl. under CA Unfair Comp Law, forbidding ‘any unfair biz act,'” Eisen wrote on Twitter. “I will help!”




But there’s more and the more you dig into this story the weirder it gets:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that Nordstrom's decision to stop carrying Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories line is an attack on the president's policies and his daughter.

Spicer told reporters during his daily press briefing that the decision -- which Nordstrom said was a result of poor sales, not politics -- was because of the clothing company's displeasure with President Donald Trump's executive orders and his policies.

"I think this is less about his family's business and an attack on his daughter," Spicer said. "He ran for president. He won. He's leading this country. I think for people to take out their concern about his actions or his executive orders on members of his family, he has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success."

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump attacked Nordstrom on Twitter, saying that the brand treated his daughter "so unfairly."

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/ivanka-trump-nordstrom-line


It’s a direct attack on the president! Oh no! The horror! And of course like everything Trump is doing, this is having a reverse effect:

Nordstrom's stock went up by more than 4 percent Wednesday after President Trump fired off a tweet criticizing it for discontinuing Ivanka Trump's brands of clothing and other merchandise.

Nordstrom’s stock dipped -0.5 percent immediately after Trump’s morning tweet calling it “terrible” for treating his daughter, Ivanka, “so unfairly.”

However, the stock fully recovered within four minutes, and closed out the day up 4.1 percent, MarketWatch reported.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/318597-nordstrom-stock-gains-over-4-for-the-day-after-trump-tweet





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From: Idiots #4-6
Ed. Note: Kendall J. from Austin, Texas writes:

“Conservatives are so disgusting! Why do they have to ruin everything they touch?”

We couldn’t agree more, Kendall. In fact, want to know how disgusting conservatives can get? Take a look at their super creepy reactions to the official White House portrait of Barack Obama:




There really isn’t enough batshit crazy for this one. And it might be a new low for Sean Hannity, and this is in the same month he had that epic clusterfuck (See: Idiots #4-5 ). But Hannity doesn’t just run away with his tail between his legs when he knows he’s been defeated. Instead he’s like Popeye – he downs a can of Covfefe and comes back with twice the batshit! And really? The Obama presidential portrait? That’s what you’ve got to attack? Never mind that our rights and civil liberties are being stripped one by one, Obama has a portrait! Squirrel???

As evidence for this claim, Hannity posted a link to an article on his own website titled, “PORTRAIT PERVERSION: Obama Portrait Features ‘SECRET SPERM.'”

The article itself details Obama portrait artist Kehinde Wiley’s past use of what the New York Times has described as “rich textile or wallpaper backgrounds whose patterns he has likened to abstractions of sperm.”

The article then zooms in on a portion of the Obama portrait that it believes depicts a sperm swimming on the former president’s head, just around the area of his left temple.

The Hannity article said that the purported sperm in the Obama painting was part of a “shocking” and “widening scandal” about the portrait. In addition to painting the supposed sperm, notes the Hannity article, Kehinde Wiley has in the past made jokes about “killing Whitey.” See the detail of the Obama portrait yourself below.
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/sean-hannity-comes-completely-unglued-alleged-secret-sperm-hidden-obamas-portrait/




In this case, Hannity is *REALLY* making love to the canvas! Excuse me a minute! I feel better! I mean that’s all they got? And why is the first thought “sperm”? I mean are we living in that movie “There’s Something About Mary”? I think Hannity could call this “There’s Something About Obama”, although I do like that graphic! But there’s more to this of course!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Sperm is too.

At least for conspiracy-mongering Fox News host Sean Hannity.

His latest Barack Obama beef revolves around the former President’s official portrait by Kehinde Wiley and “secret sperm cells.”

After a handshake and a hug with the New York-based artist, the former commander in chief applauded the portrait at the unveiling Monday.

“What I was always struck by whenever I saw his portraits,” said Obama, “was the degree to which they challenged our conventional views of power and privilege.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/obama-presidential-portrait-draws-secret-sperm-cells-fuss-article-1.3818548




I hear Hannity might be looking for an attractive blonde cohost. And by the way if there’s no band starting tomorrow called “Secret Sperm”, I will have lost all faith in the internet! And we might be picking on Hannity for insane conspiracy theories surrounding the Obama portrait (trust us – we are) but he’s not the only one cooking up crazy theories surrounding the portrait!

The far-right internet spent yesterday hurling faux outrage at Kehinde Wiley, the artist who painted Barack Obama’s presidential portrait, with one internet personality going so far as to smear Wiley as a “white genocide fetish artist.”

Wiley is known for depicting modern-day African-American subjects using the tropes of classical European art. As Media Matters and Upworthy’s Parker Molloy first noted yesterday, the far-right has latched on to a pair of Wiley’s paintings in which he depicts the biblical story of Judith beheading Holofernes—a frequent subject in Renaissance art—as a black woman holding the head of a white man or a white woman.

These paintings were enough to revive the longstanding right-wing meme that Obama is racist against white people and to make Wiley the latest object of the far-right internet’s smear machine.

The Gateway Pundit’s White House reporter Lucian Wintrich claimed that it was hard to interpret Wiley’s prior paintings as “anything other than a blatant statement of racism.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/a-white-genocide-fetish-artist-far-right-trolls-smear-artist-who-painted-obamas/




And our good friend Alex Jones has also repeated this insane theory about the Obama portrait and sperm:

Infowars leader and crackpot conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, contributing to the second phase of the ongoing right-wing smear campaign against the artist who painted Barack Obama’s presidential portrait, claimed that the artist purposefully painted an image of sperm on Obama’s face to fulfill part of a globalist agenda to “have everything be a ritual of abomination.”

Today on Infowars, Jones claimed the artist Kehinde Wiley, who was hired to paint Obama, “is obsessed with sperm” and that “all of his paintings have sperm swimming all over everything.” For some reason, Jones also felt the need to clarify that the alleged sperm shape in question was a “GMO sperm” that was “fully formed.”

“You say, ‘But, it doesn’t make sense, it’s so degenerate.’ It’s a religion of degeneracy. It’s what globalism is. It’s what Satanism is,” Jones said. “So there you go, President Obama covered in sperm in new national portrait, and it’s all part of the joke in your face, because they don’t want upright strength. They want to have everything be a ritual of abomination.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alex-jones-artist-painted-sperm-on-obama-as-part-of-globalist-plot/




Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…. In this case I don’t want to know what a happy accident is! And by the way I want to introduce to you my new band “Secret Sperm”! And we’ll be playing our debut album “Ritual Of Abomination”! One night only! And Jerome Corsi also took things in a very dark direction, like he does. We may have to profile him in “This Fucking Guy” sometime.

Corsi was online yesterday when the official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were released, and like so many others on the Right, he saw something nefarious in the paintings, asserting that the foliage and flowers in Barack Obama’s portrait were a symbol of “the pedophilia that they’re engaging in.”

“That is one of the weirdest presidential portraits I have ever seen,” Corsi said. “It’s a bizarre picture.”

“It’s a reference to the loss of virginity in terms of a physical sense,” he added. “It’s a very physical reference to loss of virginity … This whole elite globalist pedophilia is a major theme that Q continues to remind us underlies a lot of these globalists that we are dealing with. The fact that they are sitting on flowers and the deflowering could be easily an image of the pedophilia that they’re engaging in or the slavery pedophilia, you know, tend your gardens everybody, their slave gardens.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/jerome-corsi-obamas-portrait-was-a-secret-symbol-of-the-pedophilia-theyre-engaging-in/


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I don’t know why but Hannity’s insane theory suddenly makes innocent Bob Ross clips sound that much creepier. Don’t try to picture that when you go home tonight! I repeat! Don’t do it! “Yes, just ejaculate on the pallet. Now take your sperm, mix it with some blue paint… and then we want a nice little smudge in the bottom right corner. That will just be our little secret!” Whew, this might be the dirtiest entry I’ve ever done! Now… just to get that image out of your head, here’s an article about a guy on the US Men’s Curling team who looks like Mario!

The Winter Olympics have once again brought in the onslaught of jokes and memes at the expense of Curling, a sport that not everyone (including this writer) understands, but some people really enjoy. At the forefront of U.S. curling this year are siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton, who have arguably become superstars within their sport as well as within U.S. news for their impressive performances on the ice.

This year, after having helped dominate the sport in the U.S. for three years alongside his sister, Matt Hamilton has taken center stage for what might be the best combination of red sportswear and a thick mustache ever. Despite - or perhaps in spite of - their fall at the hands of Team Finland in this year's mixed doubles curling competition, the Hamiltons are enjoying a batch of entertaining posts and edits likening the elder sibling to one very important video game hero: Super Mario.
http://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/02/12/olympics-matt-hamilton-super-mario/







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From: Idiots #5-7
Ed. Note: Leon W. from Naperville, IL writes:

“Hey Top 10, what’s up with Incels? I just found out my cousin spent $60,000 on unnecessary plastic surgery to make himself look like a Ken Doll. I mean really… WTF? FML.”

Don’t FML yet, Leon. If your cousin is obsessed with the Looksmax movement, he definitely needs to seek psychiatric treatment ASAP!


St. Louis, it’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!



The era of social media has given rise to some very crazy movements, both good and bad, that you might not have heard of. It’s also given rise to celebrities who wouldn’t otherwise be celebrities. In the last two years, and especially in the last six months since the devastating terror attack in Toronto that killed 8 people, you might have heard of a burgeoning movement called “Incels”. These people – primarily young, under 25 males, call themselves “involuntarily celibate”. But recently, the Incel movement has broken off and given birth to a newer movenement called “Looksmax”. Here is how the Looksmax movement is defined.

It’s late on a Friday, and hundreds of men are browsing the forum Lookism.net. A new member logs on and posts two photos showing the lower half of his face.

“What surgeries/implants are needed to fix this?” he asks. “As you can see I have a recessed jaw/chin.”

The replies come swiftly: “It’s not just your chin. Your upper lip is retruded as well. Orthognathic surgery if you can afford it. Chin implant or [genioplasty] if you can’t. You should also look at jaw angle implants,” someone responds. “Start saving.”

It’s a typical exchange on the message board, where new posts continue to pop up throughout the night with men asking other men for physical evaluation and advice.

“Rate my face.” “I already know I’m ugly.” “Dropped 7K on a nose job.” “Candid photo of my profile reveals my subhumanity.” “I don’t even leave the house anymore, I don’t want to be seen.” “No Tinder matches in first 24 hours — is it over?” At one point, someone compares the skull sizes of Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik, carefully assessing which pop star has a more masculine-shaped head.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/incels-looksmaxing-obsession_us_5b50e56ee4b0de86f48b0a4f




Yes unfortunately these people have probably never seen Fight Club. Think of Looksmaxing like the Incel movement but with an added sense of both self superiority and self loathing. But in order to further understand the Incels and the Looksmaxers we must first begin to understand their language.

Michael had never even heard of incels until he accidentally stumbled onto a YouTube video criticizing men whose identities centered on their being involuntarily celibate. The high school student—who declined to share his real name in an article that might portray him as an angry virgin—had long struggled to date women, and the clip had the opposite of its intended effect: he actually found himself agreeing with arguments that were supposed to make him cringe. Suddenly, Michael realized, he had a proper term for what he now calls his "condition," and when he plugged "incel" into Google, he ended up on subreddits that provided an entire vocabulary around which to order his existence.

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"At first, 'low inhib,' [but] I later made the inference that it meant somebody who was shameless, and pretty much acted out with little to no regret," he told me. "'Beta-bux' was extremely confusing, but then I figured out that it just meant some unattractive man [who] literally used his abundance of money to keep a mildly attractive woman by their side, and if the money wasn't even a variable, the relationship wouldn't exist."

The incel world is not unique within the wide array of misogynist and other fringe American subcultures for providing adherents a shared dialect with which to spread toxic ideas. But if you're not already steeped in the primordial muck of the broader manosphere, it can be exceedingly difficult to parse what these people are talking about, and why. As J.M. Berger, an analyst of the intersection between radical ideology and social media and author of the forthcoming book Extremism explained, the incel community is still relatively new, small and understudied. "Another complicating factor is that a lot of different ideological strains are currently consolidated under the alt-right heading," he told me. "Drilling down into the component parts of the alt-right is a challenge, and it's sometimes easier for people to just treat it as a more cohesive group than it actually is."

But given incels' demonstrated capacity for murder, and the broader reality that much of the violence in American life is perpetrated by men against women, it can be helpful to have a general idea of how these people think—and how they talk. What follows is a brief guide to 32 of the most common phrases used across the murky forums and subreddits populated by incels, along with an attempt to grapple with the ubiquity of each term in what amounts to a noxious alternate reality.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7xmaze/learn-to-decode-the-secret-language-of-the-incel-subculture




That’s about the most accurate way of describing Looksmaxing that we can think of. But there’s even more method to the madness than a strange vocabulary and way of looking at the world and even themselves. Incels and Looksmaxers live in a dangerous subculture. One where murder and other horrifying thoughts lurk.

Ben, who tweets from the handle @BenIsYourHero and declined to give his full name, found the image in a closed Facebook group called “Incels say the darndest things,” a gathering place where users mock and argue against the work of the “involuntary celibate” community. Soon, his tweet went semi-viral, popping up on blogs, anti-incel Tumblrs, and incel subreddits.

The term incel, a self-adopted label for a group of men who blame women and feminism for their inability to find sexual partners, first gained public notoriety in 2014, when Elliot Rodger killed six people in Santa Barbara, California, in “retribution” for women refusing to give him the sex he believed he deserved. It entered mainstream discourse again in 2018, when Alek Minassian allegedly killed 10 people in a Toronto vehicular attack after praising Rodger on Facebook and declaring “the Incel Rebellion has already begun!”

Incel culture has flourished online, where like-minded men post unsigned messages on Reddit, 4chan, and incel message boards, describing their most sinister fantasies about worlds in which women are collected like tax dollars and redistributed for sex. These insular communities have developed an in-group lingo that’s tricky for outsiders to parse. When a community that’s highly anonymous, decentralized, and often contradictory becomes fodder for memes, which are easily stripped of their provenance and edit history, it becomes extremely difficult for observers to understand and contextualize what they’re seeing. Memes can provide crucial insight into what’s really going on in incel forums. They can also warp the truth. Whether a meme is a bit of primary-source incel doctrine, a hyperbolic riff on an in-joke, or a work of satire can be impossible to determine if you don’t spend hours a day steeping yourself in the native language of incel culture.
https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/07/incel-memes-like-millimeters-of-bone-and-virgin-vs-chad-mask-a-dangerous-and-toxic-culture.html




That is probably the way Incels and Looksmaxers see themselves. But if you want to see what kind of celebrity the Incels make their own, look no further than this.

Incel is shorthand for “involuntary celibate”, a term used to describe (largely) men who are not only serially rejected by women romantically and sexually, but also feel that they are being denied sex that they are in some way owed. Their justification for this entitlement is rooted in the fact that they consider themselves physically attractive, or at least think they are “nice guys”. This has caused them to develop a universal hatred of women for repeatedly rejecting them despite these perceived good qualities. Born in the depths of Reddit and 4chan, the term entered public discourse after the south California shooting by “incel hero” Elliot Rodger in 2014, and re-emerged earlier this year following the Toronto van attack by self-proclaimed incel Alek Minassian.

When it comes to Love Island’s Alex, he fits the perfect archetype of an incel: he’s stereotypically attractive, an A&E doctor who saves lives, has indicated that he feels he is owed attention, and has, generally speaking, failed to secure it. Incels have flocked to Reddit and 4chan to support “our boy” Alex, seeing him as a mainstream reinforcement of their incel beliefs. This fandom was bolstered by the nation’s own (and admittedly waning) Alex fandom – with the Twitter hashtag for the show previously rife with support for Alex. For his incel fanbase, the widespread support became the perfect rationale for their own incel-related gripes: How could the nation’s successful, attractive, loveable sweetheart still not manage to get a girlfriend?
https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2018/07/how-love-island-s-alex-became-incel-icon




There you have it, that’s not only how Incels see themselves, it’s what kind of celebrities they call their own. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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From: Idiots #4-9
Ed. Note: Melissa V. from Coquitlam, British Columbia writes:

“Why doesn’t the Top 10 come to Canada? We have safe, clean cities and a nice environment where you don’t have to worry about getting shot!”

Well, Melissa, your wish is our command. We are working on coming to Canada for the first half of Season 8 next year, as well as a date in Tijuana, Mexico! Yes, we are going north and south of the border. At least we won’t have to put up with nonsense from gun humpers like this.


Gather around my fair brothers and sisters! Time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it is our weekly duty to remind you that the holiest among us are also the most full of:



Now in a time of tragedy and national crisis, I ask you, my fair congregation, what can one do to turn to their loved ones for comfort? Some turn to thine food, others turn to their own vices, none of which the lord JAYSUS would approve of! But would one turn to thy vice for… something other than comfort? Thank you sir!

NEWFOUNDLAND, Pa. — Crown-wearing worshippers clutching AR-15 rifles drank holy wine and exchanged or renewed wedding vows in a commitment ceremony at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday, prompting a nearby school to cancel classes.

With state police and a smattering of protesters standing watch outside the church, brides clad in white and grooms in dark suits brought dozens of unloaded AR-15s into World Peace and Unification Sanctuary for a religious event that doubled as an advertisement for the Second Amendment.

The church, which has a worldwide following, believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the book of Revelation, and encouraged couples to bring the weapons. An AR-15 was used in the Florida high school massacre on Feb. 14.

The Rev. Sean Moon, who leads the church, prayed for “a kingdom of peace police and peace militia where the citizens, through the right given to them by almighty God to keep and bear arms, will be able to protect one another and protect human flourishing.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/02/28/pennsylvania-church-ceremony-guns/383815002/




And I thought they were against marrying inanimate objects! But there is more method to the gun nutter’s madness. This ceremony was so scary that it was frightening nearby school children. You know – kind of like a moment in a comedy movie.

NEWFOUNDLAND, Pa. — An Eastern Pennsylvania school district says it’s canceling classes at an elementary school because a church down the street is hosting a ceremony featuring AR-15 rifles.

World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, a suburb of Scranton, is encouraging couples to bring their AR-15 rifles to a “commitment ceremony” on Wednesday. The church believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” in the biblical book of Revelation.

The superintendent of the Wallenpaupack Area School District says “there is no direct threat.” But he wrote in a letter to parents that given concerns about parking, traffic and the “nature of the event,” students will be bused to schools about 15 miles away.

The church is a breakaway faction of the Unification Church, which has distanced itself from the event and says its ceremonies and theology do not involve weapons.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2018/02/26/School-scranton-newfoundland-pennsylvania-close-church-ceremony-featuring-AR-15-rifles-World-Peace-and-Unification-Sanctuary/stories/201802260112




Yes – holy shit indeed good sir! For marrying inanimate objects is a SIN!!!! It is one of the most egregious of sins and it says so in the Good Book for I have read it cover to cover! Getting back to other religious wackiness, apparently those who support Trump “taketh thy Bible seriously”! Really?

Conservative radio host Dennis Prager told the National Religious Broadcasters Convention yesterday that President Trump has the support of “religious Jews” and “orthodox” Christians because those people “take the Bible seriously” and know that the important question to ask about a politician is not whether he is a “good” person but whether he is “good for America.”

Prager, who during the 2016 campaign compared the choice of Trump over Hillary Clinton to choosing to ally with Stalin rather than Hitler, told the audience about a recent column in which he had written that criticisms from evangelicals about evangelical support for Trump “are not biblical, moral or wise.”

“There is a reason that most religious Jews, that is, Orthodox Jews, and most orthodox–small-o–Christians support the president,” Prager told the convention. “It is not because they are fans of his tweets or his past behavior or the sexual conduct that he is charged with. It is because they take the Bible seriously. That’s the irony. The more religious the Christian, the more wisdom he gets and the more orthodox the Jew, the more wisdom he gets from the Bible.”

Prager told the story of how God raised up King David, who “makes Donald Trump look like Mother Teresa.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dennis-prager-conservative-evangelicals-support-trump-because-they-take-the-bible-seriously/




No you don’t. I know this, Brother Denis, because LYING IS A SIN!!!! AND ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS OF SINS!!! And only your repentance can be saved by the LAWRD and reading the Good Book, it even says so. Unlike many of you hypocrites, I can name the passage where it even says so that lying is a sin, and I suggest you read it too! But woe beith the most persecuted of Christians for they believe some crazy shit!

Mike Cernovich, a self-described “New Right” pundit who gained notoriety for peddling a variety of conspiracy theories such as “Pizzagate,” warned Christians that the effort by social media websites to crack down on conspiracy theories and extremist rhetoric was not actually aimed at people like himself, but rather at people who declare their Christian faith.

In a live stream video aired this afternoon, Cernovich brought up reports that Facebook had threatened to suspend a Christian satire site after fact-checking nonprofit Snopes flagged its article claiming that CNN purchased an industrial washing machine to “spin” the news. Facebook apologized for the error, but Cernovich used the event to tell listeners that social media companies want to “destroy” Christian ways of life.

“Don’t defend me. I don’t need you to defend me. Here’s what I need you to say: ‘Facebook and Snopes, they hate Christians. If you let them get rid of Cernovich, we are next.’ And that’s the truth. It’s proven now,” Cernovich said. “So rather than let people drag you into the weeds about Cernovich and this and that, just say, ‘They are only going after Cernovich because the real target is Christians like us.’”
www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mike-cernovich-says-social-media-censorship-is-a-warm-up-for-christian-persecution/




Yes, I can’t believe someone could be that stupid! Oh wait, yes I can. These are the same people who gave us Pizzagate and Seth Rich – both inherent LIES!!!! And we all know what the Good Book sayeth about lying! But apparently those who opposeth Trump will not see the light of Heaven, and we all know that is a flat out lie!!

Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson, authors of the book, “Trumpocalypse: The End-Times President, a Battle Against the Globalist Elite, and the Countdown to Armageddon,” appeared on the podcast hosted by radical right-wing commentator and crackpot conspiracy theorist Sheila Zilinsky yesterday, where McGuire warned that Christians who don’t support President Trump will not get into heaven due to their cowardice.

“We strongly believe that God has a plan for America in the Last Days,” McGuire said. “We believe that Trump won miraculously. He took on the invisible government that controls America and they didn’t expect it and he won. And ever since he won, and even before he won, he has been attacked 24/7 like no other president in American history, basically he has been attacked like no other world leader in human history.”

McGuire said that it is “obvious to people that are in the highest levels of witchcraft or Luciferianism and the deep state [and] it’s obvious to the occult globalist elite” that Trump represents a dire “threat to their plan for a global government and a global economy and a new world order,” which is why “all hell is targeted against him.”

“I’m kind of perplexed how Christians can’t get it,” he added. “If everyone who, in many cases, openly hate the Gospel, openly hate Christ, if they’re all in alliance to tear down a man … [who is] a spiritual threat to the Kingdom of Darkness, what’s the problem with God’s people in not recognizing that God is using Donald Trump?”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/paul-mcguire-warns-christians-who-oppose-trump-will-not-get-into-heaven/




If your GAWD is using Trump now to do “his work”, I would certainly hate to see what the devil’s work would look like! Thank you! That is it for this week, I hope this sermon has been enlightening for you, this has been:




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From: Idiots #6-6
Ed. Note: Mike L. from Washington DC writes:

“You know sexism has no place in modern society, but remember that time when airlines attempted to be dating services and failed miserably at it?”

Yup, we remember. And hopefully Delta Airlines does!




Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! And you know with the entire country and world taking notice of the victims of sexual assault in the post #MeToo era, what the fuck was Delta Airlines thinking? Yeah we don’t need this right now. I mean yeah you can talk all you want about how Virgin America had that in seat entertainment system where you could buy anyone a drink and that was creepy enough. But do we really need this?

Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola wanted to make the dream of falling in love on a plane a reality. But their approach did not have the intended effect.

As part of Delta’s brand partnership with Coke, the airline handed out promotional in-flight napkins that encouraged passengers to give their number to others on the plane.

On one side of the napkin it read, “Because you’re on a plane with interesting people and hey…you never know.” The other side had space to write down a name and phone number, with the additional text, “Be a little old school. Write down your number and give it to your plane crush. You never know…”

Delta passengers apparently did not take kindly to the approach, and dozens wrote to the brands on social media, calling the stunt “creepy.”
http://fortune.com/2019/02/07/delta-diet-coke-napkins-number/




NO!!!!! The airplane is the last place where I’d expect people passing around creepy pick up notes like this! It’s like being on an elevator. You don’t make friends with random strangers on an elevator, you shut the fuck up, stare at the door until you arrive at your destination! Look guys, there’s a fine line between clever and creepy and this definitely crossed that line.

Maybe Delta should stick to flying planes instead of playing matchmaker.
After handing out Coca-Cola napkins suggesting passengers give their name and number to their "plane crush," both companies are apologizing.

It started with 33 words on napkins advertising Diet Coke:

"because you're on a plane of full of interesting people and hey ... you never know," the front teases.

The back nudges further, emitting a shocking amount of peer pressure from a paper square:
"be a little old school. write down your number & give it to your plane crush. you never know ..."
Some passengers, like Terry Pendergist, thought the napkins were "Pretty funny."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/07/business/delta-coke-flirtatious-napkins-trnd/index.html




Yes get a hold of yourself!!! And by the way if you want to be even more grossed out, Twitter’s worst comedian, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, somehow managed to make it even creepier!

https://twitter.com/GovMikeHuckabee/status/1093338203732525056

EW!!!!!!!!!!!!! EW EW EW EW EW!!!!! Wait a minute… EW!!I can guarantee that no one wanted to sign up for your daily newsletter, Mike! And you know here’s the thing, it started out like they were thinking it was going to be a good idea, you know, like having a shady billionaire real estate broker with ties to the New York mafia run for president, and well, just like that, it backfired! Big time!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, some would say this is kinda sweet and a little bit funny. But, as expected, there are some who find the notion behind the napkins just plain creepy.

This latest faux pas comes just days after Delta were accused of discrimination by a deaf couple travelling on the airline.
‘Creepy AF’

Although not many passengers were that keen to hand out their numbers (probably none at all), many failed to see the funny side of the promotion.

A torrent of complaints have rained down on social, with users branding them ‘creepy A
https://simpleflying.com/deltas-coke-napkin-sponsorship-backfires-leaving-some-passengers-creeped-out/




And if things couldn’t possibly be even creepier do we really need your airline playing match maker for you? I mean here’s the thing – falling in love in 2019 is a bit trickier than it was in 1970 when it was much easier to get away with this kind of thing. And sure, going “old school” may seem like a good idea at the time, but really. And in the words of the great Jerry Seinfeld – “Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?”

Falling in love on an airplane is the kind of story you only ever hear in a bar or see in a Lifetime movie. But for a brief time this winter, Delta Air Lines wanted to help passengers make it a reality - by gently nudging them to hit on other passengers.

With cocktail napkins.

"Be a little old school," said the small print on the napkin, advertising Diet Coke. "Write down your number & give it to your plane crush. You never know ..."

There was a little space on the napkin where flirtatious passengers could write down their name and another space for their number. The larger print said, "because you're on a plane full of interesting people and hey," again, "... you never know."

But while some found the napkins clever and charming, others thought they were creepy. In fact, evidently enough complained that Delta and Coca-Cola apologized for the marketing stunt Wednesday, saying the napkins have since been removed from flights.
https://www.nola.com/news/2019/02/delta-apologizes-for-creepy-napkins-urging-passengers-to-slip-phone-number-to-their-plane-crush.html





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From: Idiots #3-16
Ed. Note: Denise J. from Royal Oak, Michigan writes:

“My brother is an idiot. He loves Trump and has a seething hatred for the NFL and won’t stop talking about how much he hates the 49s and Colin Kaepernick, and wears a shirt all the time that says “I stand for the flag, I kneel for the cross.” How do I tell him how much of an idiot he is?”

Well Denise, you can!


It’s time to debut our brand new segment:



Remember last week when the worst thing we had to worry about is whether or not NFL players were sitting or standing during the national anthem? Those were good times. Or maybe not . The point of this segment is that there’s no one who’s better at beating dead horses like the GOP. Like the myth that there’s a liberal media out there. Let’s face it – conservatives own most of this country’s newspapers. They own the big 3 TV networks they love to bash and decry as fake news. They own most of this country’s newspapers. They own nearly every local TV station thanks to Sinclair Broadcasting. Nearly 95% of AM radio is conservative leaning talk shows. The American clergy preaches right wing politics. They own Twitter and Facebook. Every political book on every bookshelf is written by a conservative author with the intent of trashing liberals. Fox News is played in more public places than CNN or MSNBC. Even CBS president Les Moonves famously said that Trump isn’t good for the country but he’s good for ratings. Now witness Sean Hannity who continues to beat the dead horse known as the "liberal media" into the ground:

https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/915356118536167424

Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I see what Hannity is doing here – he’s channeling his inner Joseph McCarthy. I’ll tell you what Hannity – we can do one better – how about we go after your advertisers and get them to pull their sponsorship of your hate-filled show? Thank you, and I think my audience would agree with me! But the GOP loves to beat dead horses. Like the liberal media and they’ve been peddling that lie for 40 years. And this week – the one dead horse they love to beat is the controversy surrounding NFL anthem protests. But the controversy that will never die, well, is never dying. And Trump trolls are like King Midas only in reverse – everything they touch turns to shit!

The Seattle Seahawks were on the field for the national anthem before their game on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, but a group of six players, led by Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, sat on the bench for the duration of the song. The rest of the Seahawks were standing, scattered on the sidelines in a far more disorganized grouping than most teams have chosen, while the Colts were on the sidelines with locked arms. Andrew Luck, the injured Colts quarterback, was shown during the NBC broadcast singing along to the song.

Rather than wait in the locker room, like they did during last week’s anthem, the Seahawks decided instead to create a fund with the goal of building a more compassionate and inclusive society, calling it the Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund.

Here is a quick look at what each team did during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/01/sports/nfl-trump-anthem.html




Yeah I’m using Zoidberg memes because that will make this funny. But it gets crazier than that. Lets’ face it folks – we’re in it for a long four years. And I do mean long. Trump has only been in office… 224 days and I feel like I have already aged four years! But Trump just can’t help himself poking the hornets’ nest!

WASHINGTON — Most Americans say the protests by NFL players during the National Anthem are appropriate, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, and they say, by overwhelming margins, that President Trump's heated criticism of them are not.

Two-thirds in the poll of registered voters, by 68%-27%, say Trump's call for NFL owners to fire the players and fans to boycott their games is inappropriate. That includes a third of Republicans as well as nine of 10 Democrats.

By 51%-42%, those surveyed say the players' protests are appropriate.

"They certainly have the right to express whatever they want," says Ryan Doyle, 19, a college student and Democratic-leaning independent from Manhattan Beach, Calif., who was among those surveyed. "It doesn't call for violence; it doesn't call for pain; it doesn't call for any dramatic act."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/02/usa-today-poll-americans-say-trump-wrong-nfl-protests/721809001/




Yeah this thing is turning into as much of a distraction as the squirrels in Up!. I mean really, are we going to go through this shit every single week now? Are we going to make reporters wear the cone of shame so they stop paying attention to this issue? I mean ESPN now has an Anthem Watch! Week4!

President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who lodge pregame protests, saying in a speech in Alabama on Sept. 22 that he wished those players would be released. He also encouraged fans who are offended to walk out of stadiums. Several players and coaches reacted strongly to Trump on social media, and players -- joined by coaches and owners, in some instances -- across the league knelt, locked arms, raised their fists and even refused to come out of the locker room during the national anthem in Week 3. Trump has continued calling for action against those who kneel during the national anthem, while owners this week scrambled to retain control.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the pregame protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States last season by sitting during the national anthem before a preseason game, then kneeling during the anthem throughout the season.
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/250489/what-every-nfl-team-did-during-the-national-anthem-in-week-4




But again Trump can’t stop poking the hornets’ nest. Someone really needs to take Fox News away from him!

President Trump’s ongoing battle with the National Football League over the “take a knee” controversy has raised new questions about possible criminal violations. At a rally in Alabama and then in a series of tweets, Trump suggested fans should boycott the NFL and that team owners should fire players who protest during the national anthem.

Trump’s actions quickly led to claims that his pressure on the NFL might be illegal. Particular attention focused on a relatively obscure law, 18 U.S.C. 227, which makes it a crime for a public official to wrongfully seek to influence an employment decision or practice by any private entity. Critics charged that Trump, by urging NFL owners to fire the protesting players, may have run afoul of this statute.

It is at least clear that this law does apply to the president. But don’t expect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to add this particular offense to his already hefty playbook of potential charges.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/10/01/trumps-rants-about-the-nfl-arent-criminal-heres-why/





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From: Idiots #6-6
Ed. Note: Dan B. from Fallbrook, California writes:

“Hey Top 10! I love your program and especially when you guys get drunk on stage. My wife and I were at the Stone Brewery and we were having a very lively discussion on Ted Bundy, but why do I have to hear about how hot he is?”

Well thanks, Dan! It’s good to know who the fans are! And if you want to know why women think serial killers are hot, just watch The Ted Bundy Tapes!


Whew, there was a lot to unpack there. Oh well, I need a drink!



So you know the idea behind this is that we get drunk and talk about anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. Because you know when you mix religion and politics, it doesn’t end well for you. Which is why we generally don’t encourage that. But instead we’re going to talk about a favorite topic of ours on this show – serial killers! And this entry is for the ladies, because really, what are you doing? Tell me bartender – what goes well with a documentary about Ted Bundy? Some fava beans and a nice chianti? Eh, I’ll stick with my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. So last week Netflix premiered “Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes”. And well, the dialogue that has come out about this movie isn’t about what a gruesome killer Ted Bundy was. Nope, and I’m sure Netflix didn’t plan for this either!

What's the deal with lusting over killers?
Ted Bundy is back on a lot of people's minds, with two projects on the serial killer in the news.
First up, Netflix is streaming "Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes," a docuseries about the man who confessed to more than two dozen murders before he was eventually executed in 1989.

Meanwhile, a trailer for "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile" recently dropped with former teen heartthrob Zac Efron as Bundy, and once again people were talking about the charismatic killer.

"I've seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy's alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers," said a tweet Monday from Netflix's official account.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/29/entertainment/netflix-ted-bundy/index.html




Um… I’ll take both! Ted Bundy is hot, yo! And that’s the scary thing. Serial killers aren’t hot. They’re serial killers. I mean did Dexter glamourize the world of serial killers? Yeah probably. Here’s the thing, Netflix, if you don’t want a serial killer to be seen as hot, maybe, I don’t know, don’t case a heartthrob like Zac Efron in the role! But maybe… just maybe they’re secretly loving this!

Netflix says it wants people to stop lusting after Ted Bundy, because that’s what it has to say. But make no mistake, the streaming service is loving all the memes and tweets about the infamous serial killer’s “hotness.”

Bundy, who raped and murdered dozens of young women in the 1970s, was caught in 1978, and executed in 1989, remains one of the world’s most studied serial killers. That’s in part because he looked and often acted (according to some that knew him) like a normal, well-adjusted person. Since his execution, Bundy has been analyzed in countless films, documentaries, books, and songs, as Americans still struggle to understand how a human being could be capable of such atrocities—especially one as classically handsome as Bundy.

So it was only a matter of time before Netflix, in its quest to be the only entertainment platform you’ll ever need, produced a documentary about Bundy. Last week, the streamer released Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, a four-part docu-series featuring never-before-heard audio of the killer discussing his crimes in the third person. (For years after his capture, Bundy maintained he was innocent, only confessing to the murders shortly before he was executed.) Joe Berlinger, the writer and director of the documentary, also directed the Bundy film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which stars heartthrob Zac Efron as the vicious killer and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this month.
https://qz.com/quartzy/1537986/netflix-probably-loves-all-the-hot-ted-bundy-memes/




And that’s exactly what I will do! And by the way here’s the thing ladies, you should realize that before you go sexualizing serial killers, be aware that it has consequences. And Netflix, before you go scolding viewers for sexualizing serial killers, you should aware that this is a feature of modern society, not a bug!

You may have noticed that the internet has recently developed a bit of a crush on Ted Bundy—Ted Bundy, as in, one of the world's most notorious serial killers. First Netflix released a documentary, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, that's chock-full of archival footage and audio recordings made while Ted was on death row. Netflix had to literally ask viewers to stop calling Bundy hot. Then a new trailer dropped for the upcoming Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which stars Zac Efron, one of the most handsome men to ever grace this Earth.

In other words, Ted Bundy is having a moment. A big moment. And here's why that's f*cked up.

Attraction to the real Ted Bundy started long before the biopics, of course. Back in the days of his trial, hordes of groupies sent him love letters until the day he died. When asked why they did it, these women typically fell into two categories: they either believed someone that handsome couldn’t possibly commit such disgusting crimes, or plainly, they couldn’t articulate why they were so enamored.

It's called Hybristophilia. Think about it like this: Society teaches women to "fix" men, and to provide rehabilitation (and patience! and kindness!) for the very worst ones. Groupie culture around serial killers is pretty much an amped-up version of this relatively commonplace psyche. RJ Parker, in his book Serial Killer Groupies, chalks it up to women's nurturing instincts and a genuine belief that they can change their targeted serial killer through love. Heavy.
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a26131568/ted-bundy-penn-badgley-you-hot/




Yes and if you think you can “fix” a serial killer, just take Dexter’s advice. Ted Bundy was a complete monster. But then again lost in the conversation of whether or not Ted Bundy was hot is the fact that Netflix, in their infinite quest to prove that they can and will sign anything, paid a ton of money to make Ted Bundy great again!

Maybe you just got finished with Netflix's four-part Ted Bundy docuseries Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and thought to yourself, "What else can I watch about this fuckin' guy?" Then you searched the rest of the service and found yourself SOL.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that will no longer be the case for true crime buffs, provided you can show a little patience. The streaming giant has apparently edged out STX and Lionsgate and is closing in on a $9 million deal that would give them the U.S. rights (and some international rights) to the Bundy biopic starring Zac Efron. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile centers around Bundy's crimes via the viewpoint of his longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who in the film refuses to believe he's guilty despite numerous signs pointing in that direction.

For those wondering how Efron and Extremely Wicked fared with critics at the Sundance Festival, here's a roundup, but the (near) consenus seems to be that Efron is great and the overall film isn't. "I think [Efron’s] startlingly good: controlled, magnetic, audacious, committed, and eerily right," Variety's Owen Gleiberman wrote. He went on to say, "Ted is a kind of actor, a maniac playing a role, yet doing it with such sincerity and flair that it’s not just a role. It’s the person a part of him wants to be."
https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2019/02/netflix-ted-bundy-docuseries-zac-efron-biopic-9-million





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From: Idiots #5-23
Ed. Note: John K. from Norwich, England writes:

“Hey Top 10, my mate and I were at your London show. Any chance you might come back to England?”

Well John, we won’t be able to make it back this year but we’re definitely planning on coming back for 2020, and we may do more than one show. We’re also planning on possibly going to Ireland, Sweden, and France while we are here. In the meantime here’s our piece from our British edition on M:I-6:




It’s time for episode 23 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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We need some music for this one!



Yes for our edition of Deep State Diaries this week we figured that we would pay tribute to our British hosts by talking about the British counterpart to the organization we discussed last week – the Central Intelligence Agency. This week we’re delving into and hanging out with the British counterpart – the Military Intelligence: Section 6. If you recognize who M:I-6 is, that is of course the employer of James Bond from the 007 movies. But what else does the super secret organization do when their agents are not going out on world tours to exotic locales and having sex with some of the most beautiful women on the planet? Well stuff like this. So where did the inspiration for M come from?

The Secret Intelligence Service, otherwise known as MI6, works covertly overseas to gather intelligence. The world’s oldest intelligence agency was founded by the legendary spymaster Mansfield Smith-Cumming in 1909 as the Secret Service Bureau, and he ran it util his death in 1923. He was well-known and liked for his colourful personality.

Many of his innovations are still part of the lifeblood of MI6, say insiders.

Former secret agents tell all in 2014 Netflix documentary “Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service".

Firstly, “good agents” were his most important tool, explains the documentary.

“From the very beginning, he understood it was all about collecting intelligence and recruiting and running sources," says Sir John Scarlett, who is himself a former MI6 chief.

"From the very beginning, that’s what he did. It’s just in the bloodstream."
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1057318/james-bond-real-mi6-chief-inspired-m-character-mansfield-smith-cumming-spt




Yeah so James Bond was partly inspired by real life M:I-6 agents! How about that? So that said how does M:I-6 take on different agencies like ISIS and Al’Qaeda from say, the CIA? Or maybe one of the big fish of the espionage world, Russia? Well it’s really interesting to get the M:I-6 perspective.

The head of MI6 said Russia broke one of the primary rules of espionage and won't be trusted again after it tried to assassinate a former Russian agent despite giving him away in a spy swap.

Alex Younger said British spies had to revise their assumptions about Moscow after Skripal was attacked with a deadly nerve agent, in an operation which Britain has pinned on Russia's GRU spy agency.

Younger is the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, more commonly known as MI6, and gave a speech to students at St. Andrews University in Scotland, which was reported by the Financial Times.

In the speech, Younger said the UK had partly trusted Russian President Vladimir Putin when Russia pardoned Skripal in 2010 in return for its own agents.

Younger said he and his agents assumed that Moscow's spy swap "had meaning" and would be honored, but he said they revised their opinion in light of the Skripal attack.

He said, according to the Financial Times: "Mr. Skripal came to the UK in an American-brokered exchange, having been pardoned by the president of Russia and, to the extent we assumed that had meaning, that is not an assumption that we will make again."
https://www.businessinsider.com/mi6-head-alex-younger-russia-wont-be-trusted-2018-12?r=UK&IR=T




So I can guess M:I-6 job interviews are kind of like that? Or maybe it’s like Kingsman: The Secret Service, another movie which I am a huge fan of? And speaking of technology how does M:I-6 prepare for the forthcoming technological wars, of which most hated foe Russia, is handling things?

The UK is in a technological arms race with hostile states who are using the tools of the information age to pose existential challenges to Britain’s national security, the head of MI6 warned on Monday.

In a rare speech, Alex Younger said British intelligence agencies had to “innovate faster than they can” as the country’s adversaries turn to cyber-attacks, disguised use of military force, misinformation and political obfuscation to probe and undermine Britain’s institutions and defences.

Though his remarks appeared primarily aimed at Russia, Younger also admitted there are emerging issues over China’s dominant position in the development of game-changing new technologies.

“Power, money and politics [are] going east ... it is all getting more complicated.”

Delivering only his second speech since he became “C” four years ago at the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), Younger attempted to set out how the threat to the UK has evolved in recent years, and how his agency, which has always had agent recruitment and handling at the core of its work, is having to adapt fast.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/03/uk-is-in-technological-arms-race-with-its-foes-warns-mi6-chief




And that is a good question, sir! Why not stay dead? Well here’s the thing when discussing spies and spy technology, it’s probably best not to underestimate what they’re currently capable of, since we currently have spy technology available right in our very own pockets!

The head of MI6 will on Monday highlight the urgent need for a new era of spying in which artificial intelligence and robotics are deployed to combat rogue states hellbent on “perpetual confrontation” with the UK.

In a rare public speech - only his second in four years in the job - Alex Younger, the Chief of MI6, will say that Britain must enter an age of “fourth generation espionage” to keep the country safe.

The MI6 boss - known as "C" - will also emphasise the importance of "strengthening" Britain’s security ties with European allies ahead of Brexit, pointing out that "multiple" Islamic State-inspired attacks on the Continent have been disrupted thanks to the co-operation of intelligence agencies.

The speech to students at St Andrew’s University, where Mr Younger studied, will also warn of the danger of “adversaries” who are “willing to take advantage” of huge leaps in cyber technology to launch attacks on Britain “in ways that fall short of traditional warfare”.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/02/chief-mi6-calls-new-era-spying-using-ai-robots-combat-rogue/




But when it comes to the spy game, Trump is about to do something absolutely terrifying and if you’re not alarmed about this prospect, as I have seen just about every spy movie made in the last 5 years and I know what happens when you get names of agents leaked out in the open! Yeah it ends extremely horribly and Trump is going to do it!

British intelligence chiefs are reportedly desperate to convince the White House not to declassify more of the FBI wiretap application on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, because it would expose intelligence-gathering sources and methods.

According to a piece published late Wednesday in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph, U.S. intelligence officials are also against the idea, as are those in Australia, another member of the intelligence-gathering club known as the Five Eyes (the group also includes Canada and New Zealand.)

Carter Page became a foreign policy advisor on Trump’s campaign team early in 2016. The FBI obtained a warrant to monitor his communications several months later, after they became aware that he may have been meeting with Russian officials in Moscow in mid-2016.

Over time, the investigation fed into the sprawling Russia probe that is currently being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. However, it did not spark the Russia probe, as some Republicans have alleged — the wider investigation was instead prompted by contact between the Russians and Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, regarding so-called “dirt” on Trump’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
http://fortune.com/2018/11/22/mi6-trump-carter-page-fbi/




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For our season finale we’re going back to Washington, DC to discuss one of the most hated of all government agencies – the IRS! Yes, we came all this way just to make an IRS joke!


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Top 10 Conservative Idiots: The Complete 7th Season


Top 10 Conservative Idiots: The Complete 7th Season

Season 6: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100211623942
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Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Yes, this is our 7th, repeat: 7th season. And when we started this thing we had no idea how long it would go on for. 160 editions and over 1600 entries later, we're still going strong! And we still have 10 fresh entries coming at you each week along with some fresh new content. Because conservatives aren't letting up on the insanity any time soon and are actually doubling down in what is coming to be the final year of the guy who we currently call president's final year of what will hopefully be his only term. So what do we have in store for you this year? Well we will have all of our usual favorites like How Is This Still A Thing?, This Fucking Guy, People Are Dumb, I Need A Drink, NO, and we will also be debuting new segments to go along with our perennial favorites. And also some fresh new sounds for 2019 as well! As long as there's conservative idiocy, we will be there covering it with our armchair Daily Show brand of humor to find some relevance of sanity in the Donald J. Trump administration. So with that in mind here's where we are going with the complete 7th season of the Idiots! Enjoy! And as always don't forget the key!

Edition #7-1: God Save The Nobel President Man-Baby Edition (6/12/19)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212183177

Live from El Paso! As always, whenever the Top 10 is on an extended break, we like to play catch up on stuff that we missed which includes a whole lot of insanity coming from the Trump White House. Trump took a trip to England which was an absolute disaster from the moment he was greeted with a giant penis mowed on a field when he arrived to his children crashing the Royal Dinner. Trump gives a completely unhinged interview on the Piers Morgan show and we will go through some of the juicier bits of the interview. In a new edition of "This Week In Hate", conservatives are cranking up the apocalypse scenario and civil war hysteria way past 11 and we will tell you all of the ways that hate is making a comeback. In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, we're going to take a look at Mt. Everest. Yeah climbing to the peak of the world's highest mountain is one of the coolest things a person can do, but is it worth dying for? No! And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor spent his vacation touring around the country televangelist style and he will tell you all about private jets for Jesus, because frequent flyer miles are for godless heathens! We also have a new segment of "NO!" and really people, straight pride parades are a thing? Go fuck yourselves. And yes, Smash Mouth did own the internet. We have a new edition of "How Is This Still A Thing" and while Youtube is cracking down on racist and white supremacist content, there's another channel that has gone unscathed and it's owned by Christian nationalist Stephen Crowder and we're going to ask "Stephen Crowder's Youtube Channel: How Is This Still A Thing?". We also have a new "I Need A Drink". There's a Swedish start up company that's trying to make travel by pogo stick a thing, and we're going to have some drinks and tell you why that will not end well. And it won't end well for us either. And since we're in the Lone Star State for a special 5 edition stretch, we're going to take a look at what makes it tick in our special 5 part series "What's Up With Texas?". This week it's Part 1 where we are going to find out what's up with a teacher who thought that she was tweeting Trump privately about border security but those tweets are very public.
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Edition #7-3: Keeping Up With The Nazis Edition (6/26/19)

Live from Austin! We take a look at a number of comparisons between the Trump administration and the Nazi party and we ask the question "How soon is too soon to start comparing it to Hitler?". The answer might surprise you! And speaking of the inevitable comparison, Trump is launching his reelection campaign amid calls for impeachment so we might as well call it the march toward Kristallnacht II. Meanwhile Trump holds his reelection rally in Orlando - where the Orlando Sentinel declined to endorse him, and there's plenty of compelling reasons why. Sarah Sanders is the latest tribute to be eliminate from the Trumper Games! In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, Facebook is launching its' own cryptocurrency and is this a good thing or a bad thing? We report, you decide! And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", there's a growing number of Christians who think they can change the weather and really... what the fuck? We also have a new edition of Beating A Dead Horse - OK so Mitch McConnell says that there should be no reparations because Obama was elected president. But really why would we need this? We also have a new People Who Somehow Got Elected and this week we're adding embattled California representative Duncan Hunter to that ever growing list. And we also have a new edition of People Are Dumb, because of course they are! And we continue with our 5 part Docuseries "What's Up With Texas" as we visit the Lone Star State's capital in hopes of getting interviews with Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick, only to be told to get out of their offices.
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Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of: Editor's Picks Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of: Editor’s Picks Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Oh, hello! I know, right? I can’t believe how quickly 2019 has just flown by. We’re already at the end of yet another amazing season of the Top 10 which means that in the winter / spring edition of the Top 10 we’ve crowned our Stupidest State 2019 champion. And amazingly Alabama went from being underdogs to winning it all with their insane anti-abortion laws! Everyone thought that Florida was going to win for a second year in a row, and they were heavily favored. But you got to love a good underdog story and Alabama certainly was the one. And of course the NFFSA will be back for this time next year as we crown another Stupidest State winner heading into the 2020 election. Anyway, normally for our Best Of editions, we go back through the few most recent ones to pick some of our favorite entries. But for this week – Memorial Day weekend, and next week, we’re going through every single Top 10 going all the way back to #1 to find our favorite entries, segments, ups and downs in this insane period called the Donald J. Trump administration. This week it’s our editor’s picks for the all time best Top 10 entries. And then next week, picks for the 10 best will be chosen by you, the viewers! So get out there and vote for your favorites! OK that’s enough of the intro but first we have to play the recent Last Week Tonight investigation about death investigations that features an appearance by the one and only Tracy Morgan:



For the number one slot this week, we go back to Idiots #4-18, where Donald Trump (1) officially opened the US embassy in Jerusalem to the delight of end times apocalypse worshippers and to the horror of death and destruction, because that’s how they roll. In the second slot, from Idiots #2-20, is also Donald Trump (2) and he brags that Mar-A-Lago has “the best cake”, but health reports pertaining to Trump related organizations suggest that something rather horrifying might be lurking underneath that chocolate you’re eating. In the number 3 slot, from way back in the first season from Idiots #1-36, Trump (3) and Pence get schooled on extremely terrible logo designs from when the Trump Pence campaign was first unveiled. In the number 4 slot, from Idiots #3-5, there was a shocking comparison between the merchandise sold at Alex Jones’ Infowars store and the merchandise sold at Gwenyth Paltrow’s GOOP store, and guess what? They might be the same thing! Taking the fifth slot, from Idiots #5-5, we take a look at a ridiculous concept in the world of dating called “micro cheating” after BFs and GFs turn the tables on each other finding just about anything that they can possibly complain about. In slot #6-3, in “Holy Shit”, our resident pastor at the Holy Church Of The Top 10, our resident pastor asks the question “Would You Kill Baby Hitler?”. In the seventh slot, from Idiots #5-4, “Beating A Dead Horse” explains why the Alt Right has got to let go of the insane conspiracy theory known as Pizzagate, and their excuses keep getting nuttier and nuttier. In the number 8 slot, from Idiots #5-1, “Explaining Jokes To Idiots” take s a look at what happened to popular punk rock band NOFX after they decided to deliver an extremely poor taste joke about the Vegas shooting, while in Vegas. Yeah don’t do that. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week from Idiots #4-6, People Are Dumb takes a look at what happens when a flat earther decides to take his vision of what a flat earth looks like just a little too far. And finally this week, from the 3rd season Idiots #3-15, our stop of the World Tour that week took us to the land of Broadway, the Yankees, and 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City (10)! Plus we have some live music from when 30 Seconds To Mars closed out the 5th season of the Top 10! Enjoy! Plus as always don’t forget the key!

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From: Idiots # 4-18

Hey everyone guess what? We’re all gonna get raptured! Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Woooooooooooooo! Woooo! Woo. Ok maybe it’s not at all as exciting as it’s made out to be since a whole lot of us are probably gonna die in a nuclear holocaust, and relatively soon. At least the doomsday preppers can say “I told you so!”. Followed by a very childish “neener neener!”. So for the sake of this piece, let’s call it “Left Behind: The Real Life Interactive Version”. Or to use something that might be more popular with the kids these days: “Left Behind: Infinity War”. Yes I’m crossing two franchises here – one has a really bizarre doomsday scenario in which half of the population gets snapped up by a crazy wannnabe god bent on controlling the universe, and the other one has Iron Man.



See you next week! What? We still have the full hour left? And Post Malone is backstage? OK. I definitely wouldn’t want to leave Post Malone hanging. So how are we going to get left behind this week?

The US officially relocated its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, formally upending decades of American foreign policy in a move that was met with clashes and protests along the Israeli-Gaza border.

At least 43 Palestinians were killed in Gaza as deadly protests took place ahead of and during the ceremony in Jerusalem — making it the deadliest day there since the 2014 Gaza war.

President Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, but in a video message broadcast at the event he congratulated Israel, saying the opening had been "a long time coming."

"Today, Jerusalem is the seam of Israel's government. It is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli supreme court and Israel's prime minister and president. Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital, yet for many years, we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem," Trump said in the pre-recorded remarks.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/14/politics/jerusalem-us-embassy-trump-intl/index.html




It’s good to know that today’s lunatic fringe Christians plan to create a literal version of hell on earth! I will take that one, thank you! So this weekend – the week after the Kentucky Derby – Trump managed to create a trifecta of pissing off three countries at once! And those countries are Isreal, Syria, and Palestine – countries whose bad side you do not want to get on! So how did Palestine mark this momentous occasion?

The US officially relocated its Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, formally upending decades of American foreign policy in a move that was met with clashes and protests along the Israeli-Gaza border.

At least 43 Palestinians were killed in Gaza as deadly protests took place ahead of and during the ceremony in Jerusalem — making it the deadliest day there since the 2014 Gaza war.

President Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood, but in a video message broadcast at the event he congratulated Israel, saying the opening had been "a long time coming."
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/14/politics/jerusalem-us-embassy-trump-intl/index.html




So of course while patting himself on the back for a job well done of pissing off half the world while pleasing his “base”, Donald Trump seems to forget that he’s going to get a whole lot of people killed in the process. There goes that Nobel Peace Prize!

Israel is bracing for a tense week as the U.S. Embassy officially opens in Jerusalem on Monday — a move that has triggered fierce protests by Palestinians. Protests turned violent in Gaza, where dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in clashes along the border fence on Monday, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza, making it the bloodiest day of demonstrations in the past six weeks of protests.

Overall, over 80 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers and more than 3,000 have been injured since the embassy move was announced by President Trump in early December.

Observers of the conflict had already predicted the tensions when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced the move. At the time, the decision was branded “dangerous,” “catastrophic,” “irresponsible” and being “against international law” by countries usually considered U.S. allies, including France, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Here’s a short recap of how we got to this point, which helps make clear why most other foreign governments are opposed to the embassy move.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/world/wp/2018/05/14/trumps-embassy-move-to-jerusalem-is-controversial-these-3-maps-explain-why/?utm_term=.32cfca59227e



You know it’s a policy here not to joke about tragedy. But when the guy who you currently call “president” is a walking tragedy and everything he touches turns to shit, exceptions have to be made, damn it! It’s good to know Trump has some company in high places because when the rapture does happen, he’s going to need to seek shelter fast!

The U.S. today officially opened its new embassy in Jerusalem amid massive protests by Palestinians.

The move comes five months after President Donald Trump made his blockbuster announcement in December that the U.S. embassy would shift from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The new diplomatic office, in what was an existing U.S. consular building, was opened in a ceremony led by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and attended by Israeli and American officials.

The day has also been marked by violence, with dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli military forces and more than 1,600 injured in protests at the Gaza border against the embassy move, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/us-embassy-set-open-jerusalem-netanyahu-praises-trump/story?id=55137896




And those men are currently running the show! And when this gets written up 50 years after nuclear Armageddon happens, assuming there’s something left of humanity, historians are not going to be surprised how we get to this point. I mean with friends like these, who needs enemies?

President Trump delivered recorded remarks Monday at the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

"Congratulations, it's been a long time coming," Trump said in a video played at the ceremony.

"This city and this entire nation is a testament to the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people," he said. "The United States will always be a great friend of Israel."

The president went on to express his hope for peace in the region in the video message.

"We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, to Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve there, and may God bless the United States of America," Trump said.
http://thehill.com/policy/international/387554-trump-delivers-recorded-remarks-at-us-embassy-opening-in-jerusalem




So the answer to world peace is… more war? How does that… oh fuck, it’s the Trump administration we’re talking about here! Attempting to question their logic could make one’s head explode! But it’s good to know those who fantasize about the apocalypse might actually get a chance to see it played out in real life. They do know Left Behind is fiction, right?

More than 20 people in Gaza were dead on Monday before anyone in Washington had had their breakfast. This was pitched to the awakening nation as a series of “deadly clashes,” even though the deadly part only applied to one side. It was a great start to a day in which the president*, who doesn’t know anything about anything, prepared to toss a lighted match into a lagoon of gasoline in the Middle East.

The decision to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is more unnecessary than it is stupid and dangerous, and it’s pretty stupid and dangerous. There was no overwhelming political support—and certainly no overwhelming political pressure—in this country for such a provocative development. It was solely the desire of that odd mixture of highly conservative Judaism and American splinter Protestantism, of the prolonged slow-dance between the apocalyptic factions of two major monotheisms that very likely will incite the apocalyptic faction of the third. It is religious extremism disguised as international diplomacy.
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a20681623/trump-jerusalem-embassy/





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From: Idiots #2-20

This week on Cake Boss, we’re going to the king of cakes. The sultan of sugar (Sultan Of Sugar, by the way, saw them at the Troub last week, great show!). I’m of course talking about the best cake in the land – the chocolate cake with a very drab scoop of ice cream that’s served at Mar-A-Lago. Why it’s good enough to feed visiting dignitaries and Trump’s fat ass! And we don’t even have to make this one!

Recounting details about his decision to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base last week, President Donald Trump took several moments during a Fox Business interview that aired Wednesday morning to enthuse about the "most beautiful" chocolate cake he enjoyed at his Palm Beach resort with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump was entertaining the Chinese leader at Mar-a-Lago when he ordered the military strike.

"I was sitting at the table, we had finished dinner," Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. "We're now having dessert—and we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen—and President Xi was enjoying it."

Bartiromo then said it was "brilliant" that the missiles were "unmanned."

"It's so incredible. It's brilliant," Trump agreed.

Then Trump appeared to momentarily forget which country the United States had attacked last week, naming Iraq instead of Syria.
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/trump-syria-chocolate-cake-mar-a-lago




Because what’s an internet show without some cat memes? I mean come on seriously people! But how good was the cake at Mar-A-Lago? Why it’s good enough to make world leaders forget which country they sent cruise missiles to! Ha ha ha! But how good is a piece of cake really worth? And what does it look like? Well here’s a real, unaltered image!



Doesn’t that look tasty? I mean it just screams class! I’ve made better looking cakes than that, and I’m not exactly what one would call a “professional chef”. But really folks, there’s got to be an underlying motive here, doesn’t there? I mean doesn’t there?

Unsafe seafood. Insufficiently refrigerated meats. Rusty shelving. Cooks without hairnets.

Reports show Florida health inspectors cited President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 15 violations in late January, days before the U.S. leader hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a diplomatic visit.

Still, the state inspectors allowed the luxury resort's main restaurant and beach club grill to remain open as staff scrambled to make several immediate corrections.

Among the "high priority" problems described as "potentially hazardous" were faulty fridges with meats stored well above the required 41 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, in the restaurant's walk-in cooler, the duck and beef were measured at 50 degrees, while a ham was at 57 degrees.

Other issues included smoked salmon being served without undergoing "proper parasite destruction" and a hand washing sink for employees with water that was not hot enough.

Stephen Lawson, spokesman for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said the violations were the result of a routine inspection and not prompted by any consumer complaints or food-borne illnesses.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-trump-mar-a-lago-health-violations-20170413-story.html




Oh and it gets so much worse from there ladies and gentlemen! Smoked salmon is great, but smoked salmon without proper parasite destruction? WTF are they serving? Mold in the ice machine?

The January inspections were not the first time authorities have found problems at Mar-a-Lago. Over the last three years, records show the club has been cited 78 times for violations that included chefs handling food without washing their hands, dirty cutting boards, a slicer "soiled with old food debris" and an "accumulation of "black/green mold-like substance" in the ice machine.




And in fact there were over 13 violations in the kitchen alone! So if you’re going to Mar-A-Lago, don’t hesitate to bring your own food! Although, I’m sure President Trump would hate that. Because after all, he serves the best food at Mar-A-Lago and Trump properties all over the world! But at least you can have cake, which is what Marie Antionette would have wanted.

Inspectors reportedly found multiple health code violations at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., only days prior to the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

According to a report by the Miami Herald, the inspectors found 13 violations in the resort's kitchen, including undercooled meat and dangerous fish.

The inspectors deemed three of the violations to be “high priority,” which means that they could cause the presence of bacteria on dining room plates.

The state inspectors' latest evaluation of Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 26 revealed that the club's kitchen did not did meet minimum Florida standards.

The inspectors specifically noted the issues with the club's raw or undercooked fish, two of the club’s coolers that were too warm, and other minor violations.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/328612-multiple-health-code-violations-found-in-mar-a-lago-kitchen

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From: Idiots #1-36

So for this entry we got to talk about how to *NOT* design a campaign logo. Especially one that will be the butt of jokes of the internet. It didn’t even last a day, people! A fucking day! Of course cry baby Donald Trump is going to remove it when this happens. But before we get into some of the more creative logos, can we show the original please? Let’s throw that up there.



Not too bad until you see that Beavis heartily endorses this logo.





And then wait until you see what Samantha Bee did with it:






Come on even the guy who designed the logo is no fan of Trumpenfuror by any means! I mean come on, and I will post some cringe-worthy excerpts from the Wired article on the Trumppence Logo:

Graphic designers are no more or less biased than any other human being. And that colors how they see things. The trick is to penetrate those predilections. “If I didn’t hate this man with such an intense passion and pleasure, and if I didn’t think this Pence guy was somebody we should never have to hear from, I would say that the logo was pretty distinctive,” says renowned design critic Steven Heller. “It’s not bad. And it’s certainly better than the logo he was using before.”

Vit, too, acknowledges his prejudice, even as he tries to poke holes in it. “I’m not, by any means, a fan of Donald Trump,” he says, noting that it’s hard to disassociate all the nasty things Trump says from this new symbol. “Even if Trump’s campaign came up with the best logo ever,” he says, “I’d find something negative to say about it.”
http://www.wired.com/2016/07/ins-outs-new-trump-pence-logo/




I mean the logo didn’t even last a fucking day! Where’s your sense of respecting our leaders? Oh wait this guy who wants to be leader has respect for um, absolutely nobody!

Looks like the Trump-Pence campaign had a little talk with the graphic designer.

After a logo went out Friday that combined the T from Donald Trump’s last name and the P from Mike Pence’s name in an embrace, a lot of people questioned the positioning of the letters.

On Saturday during a speech introducing the Indiana governor as his official vice president (though it took quite some time for Pence to actually make it on the stage) the logo was noticeably missing.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/16/trump-pence-logo-republican-president-vice-president/87179386/


Can we throw the new logo up there?



Off to a great start guys! Really bravo well done!



By the way, GQ hilariously speculates how that horrible logo could have reared its’ ugly head:

People have wondered how a logo this terrible could happen. I imagine it went something like this:

GRAPHIC DESIGNER: "Okay, Mr. Trump, I have the final logo. It's simple. It takes what works about your current logo and just adds Pence's name."

TRUMP: Great. Just what I asked for.

The designer pulls up a logo.
http://www.gq.com/story/trump-pence-logo-design


“Yeah well… logo designers and graphic artists are stupid losers. See I need a logo that appeals to me, as well as appeals to Fox News viewers. What? You mean Roger Ailes is under indictment for sexual harassment? Shit.”


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From: Idiots #3-5

You know we were on break last week, but I couldn’t love this next story more! Hey everybody! It’s time to open up the Top 10 Home Shopping Network!



Yes thank you fellow shoppers! We go live to the floor! So what do we have this week? Well, a blog based in Australia discovered something shocking about two drastically different websites.
On the left – you have celebrity lifestyle guru Gwenyth Paltrow’s venerable GOOP blog which hawks insane items like the Jade Egg and butthole steaming aimed at well, people with way more money than they do brains. On the right is psycho pundit Alex Jones’ venerable Infowars blog which hawks doomsday prepper merchandise aimed at today’s active deplorables. Let’s explore this further.

Near the end of a profile of Amanda Chantal Bacon, founder of the “wellness” brand Moon Juice, the New York Times Magazine noted that many of the alternative-medicine ingredients in her products are sold—with very different branding—on the Infowars store. That’s the site run by Alex Jones, the radio show host and conspiracy theorist who has said that both the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Boston Marathon bombing were staged. Moon Juice is frequently recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness blog, Goop; it’s a favorite of Hollywood celebrities and others who can afford things like $25 “activated cashews.” Infowars, on the other hand, is a dark corner of the American right, heavy on guns, light on government intervention, and still very mad at Obama.

We at Quartz have created a compendium, from Ashwagandha to zizyphus, of the magical healing ingredients both sides of the political spectrum are buying, and how they are presented to each. We looked at the ingredients used in products sold on the Infowars store, and compared them to products on the wellness shops Moon Juice and Goop. All make similar claims about the health benefits of these ingredients, but what gets called “Super Male Vitality” by Infowars is branded as “Sex Dust” by Moon Juice.
https://qz.com/1010684/all-the-wellness-products-american-love-to-buy-are-sold-on-both-infowars-and-goop/




Because GOOP will sell just about anything. Now here’s where it gets weird! As was said in the article – what GOOP calls “sex dust”, Infowars calls “Super Male Vitality”. I mean it’s absolutely insane what they can sell – and anyone will buy it!!! So here’s what is behind door #1:

Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz noted in an article yesterday that many of the same pseudoscientific products that are sold on Gwyneth Paltrow‘s website Goop are also being sold on Alex Jones‘ shop at Infowars.

And they said liberals and conservatives had nothing in common…

There are lots of examples of the same useless products marketed to the different audiences. None of them will truly help anybody. All of them cost far more than anyone should be paying for them.

But should we really be surprised by this? When you’re incapable of critical thinking, and you’re influenced by anecdotes instead of evidence, and when you don’t care what scientists and experts have to say, you can be duped into believing whatever people want you to believe. Jones wants you to believe his conspiracy theories and Paltrow wants women to stick jade eggs in their vaginas.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/06/30/infowars-and-goop-sell-the-same-products-because-their-audiences-are-irrational/




That’s right – the website that hawks the jade egg has something in common with the website that sells you body armor, water filters, and other doomsday prepper merch. Hey if there’s one thing everyone has in common is that we get sold the same bullshit, am I right? Well let’s show you just a few of the items you can buy all for low, low prices! All it takes is a phone and a credit card today! Here’s what is behind door number one – brain food!

Bacopa

Also an Ayurvedic herb, said to reduce stress, improve memory, and treat epilepsy, among other purported benefits. Goop uses bacopa in a supplement pack called “Why am I so Effing Tired;” Infowars sticks it in its “Brain Force Plus.” The science, based on animal studies, shows some preliminary—but contradictory—evidence of improvements to memory and brain function. There is minimal support for the claims about epilepsy and anxiety.

Goop: Why am I so effing tired

Formulated with a variety of vitamins (including a high dose of the B’s) and supplements—many sourced from ancient Ayurveda—this helps re-balance an overtaxed system. Replenishing the nutrients you may be lacking may improve energy levels and diminish stress.

Infowars: Brain Force Plus

Top scientists and researchers agree: we are being hit by toxic weapons in the food and water supply that are making us fat, sick, and stupid. It’s time to fight back with Brain Force Plus, the next generation of advanced neural activation.





And here’s what is behind door number two! Immuno bullshit!

Cordyceps mushroom

Another obscure fungus, this one used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is purported to “increase immune function,” act as a natural aphrodisiac, and improve stamina. According to Goop, it’s “an important Yang tonic,” which means it provides “masculine energy.” There is some preliminary evidence for the immune system thing, but other claims are unproven. Goop sells cordyceps as a dietary supplement; Infowars infuses them into its “Wake Up America” coffee.

Goop: Sun Potion

Organic, USA-grown cordyceps mushroom and is [sic] an important Yang tonic. May support the oxygenation of the whole body, mental power, muscle tone, sexual energy, and immune function. Mix 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) in warm water or tea 1-2 times daily. Great added to soups, smoothies, raw chocolate, and anytime you are looking to activate fortitude, sensuality, and endurance.

Infowars: Wake Up America Immune Support Blend 100% Organic Coffee

Certain strands of mushroom such as Cordyceps and Reishi have a history of medicinal use spanning millennia in countries such as China, Tibet, and Japan. Throughout history these are [sic] some of the most expensive herbal raw materials in the world. Only recently has western medicine begun to research all the potential medical benefits of medicinal mushrooms. The cutting-edge Wake Up America! Immune Support Blend brings ancient Asian wisdom together with modern technology.


And finally behind door #3 – herbal bullshit!

Eyebright herb

The two sides of our herbal medicine spectrum seem to have come to different conclusions about what “eyebright” does for the eyes. Infowars sells it in a supplement called “Occu Power,” which makes your eyes “healthy.” Goop sells it as an ingredient in eye makeup. There is no scientific evidence for its purported eye health benefits.

Goop: Vapour Beauty’s Mesmerize Eye Shimmer

This is a sheer, modern wash of gleamy color that’s as brilliant all over the lid as it is when used as a translucent, smoky touch of liner. Made with organic chrysanthemum, eyebright, and horsetail herb—the blend is Vapour’s famous Herbal Eyebright complex—the creamy stick is hydrating and packed with antioxidants to treats [sic] the delicate eye area, soothing inflammation and stimulating circulation.

Infowars: Occu Power

Occu-Power by Infowars Life is a new formulation specifically designed to nutritionally assist the natural function of healthy eyes. Arguably the most important sense, sight is the primary input to the brain. Combining key ingredients like astaxanthin, lutein, and Eyebright herb extract, Occu-Power is a long awaited ‘super formula’ now available exclusively through the Infowars Life line.






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From: Idiots #5-5

It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!



If you’re in a relationship, whether it’s a short term relationship or a long term relationship, or you’re married or single, you probably don’t think about the number of ways that relationship could end. But as it turns out, it could end way faster than you would think. Because as new science and research has pointed out, there’s plenty of possible ways a relationship could end. This is the new concept and phenomenon known as “micro cheating”. Here’s how this is defined.

Have you heard about the latest trendy term that's sparking quite an uproar on the Internet? It is yet another form of cheating we should all be informed about, no matter your relationship status. And while the last thing I want to be is the bearer of bad news, I encourage you to keep reading so you, too, can be well-versed on the ins and outs of micro-cheating.

So what exactly is micro-cheating?

Australian psychologist and consultant Melanie Schilling recently defined micro-cheating as "a series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside their relationship."

According to Schilling, this form of infidelity essentially stems from secrecy and deception. It ultimately comes down to trivial behaviors that might indicate your partner is no longer totally committed to your relationship.

Or, as Urban Dictionary defined this term back in 2008: "when someone cheats on a partner, but just a little bit."
https://www.popsugar.com/love/What-Micro-Cheating-44506759




But is it creeping? Is it cheating? Or is it a combination of the above? Most likely it is a combination of all of the above. But you could be cheating and not know it. In fact there’s a whole list of warning signs of the possibility of micro cheating. Apparently you could be guilty of it and not know it.

It's called "micro-cheating": the small, seemingly innocuous acts of flirtation that don't necessary qualify as cheating but might be considered a little sketchy by your partner.

Many of us have experienced flirtatious relationships with friends and never acted on them sexually. Are these friendships signs of infidelity? Should you be worried if your significant other is attracted to someone else? Or could a little harmless flirtation actually be good for your relationship?

Flirtation is normal, sex therapist Tammy Nelson said. "Why shut down your natural feelings of attraction for someone just because you are in a monogamous relationship with someone else?" she asked. "You might be married, but you're not dead."

A flirty friendship could help feed the flames of your relationship, but it depends on the couple. "In some cases, flirting outside the relationship enhances the primary relationship, and in other cases, it siphons energy from the primary relationship," marriage and family therapist Nicolle Zapien explained. The key is to know your partner and to communicate about the friendship before it becomes a problem in your relationship.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/27/health/flirty-friend-relationship-sex-kerner/index.html




This is where you might start to actually question whether or not this is a thing. Seriously, if you think about it – James Bond is a notorious micro cheater. Especially on Moneypenny. But how do you know, would you believe there are warning signs? Why yes there are warning signs!

We spend a lot of time with our colleagues. In fact, we probably spend more time with the people we work with than almost anyone else. Since you're likely also surrounded by people you have things in common with, it's not all that surprising that people fall in love at work.

Proximity is a funny thing. Research has found it takes around 200 hours for people to become close friends, because the more time you spend with someone, the more chance their positive and attractive qualities shine through. This is fine for people who are single, but if you're in a monogamous relationship and you start having feelings for someone at work, things can get messy.

In some cases, a work spouse relationship is born, where you share the trials and tribulations of the workplace with each other, have lunch together, and emotionally depend on one another. In other cases, the people involved may not have put strong boundaries in place, and they can start to behave inappropriately.

Monogamy is hard, according to Tammy Nelson, a consultant sex therapist for adult infidelity dating site Ashley Madison.
https://www.thisisinsider.com/are-you-falling-in-love-with-your-colleague-2018-7




Yes, monogamy is hard, although somehow we think Ashley Madison may not be the best person to ask on this subject. That would be like asking Trump about his love of fine dining. So apparently you can subtly cheat on your partner without knowing it. Even cheating on social media is still cheating.

Cheating: it's nothing new. It's the subject of some of the most popular books, TV shows and movies in America. Media typically depicts cheating as physical affairs, but WSFA recently spoke with a relationship expert about a different kind of beast.

"Micro-cheating" is on the rise, and it's a term for a series of seemingly small actions partners can do that could have whispers of infidelity— without even being physically unfaithful. This can include flirtatiously texting or messaging another person on social media. Thanks to online dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, it’s easier to connect with others, including people in committed relationships.

Reporter Rosanna Smith talked to Montgomery counselor Sandra Segall about the dangers of micro-cheating for couples, and the signs they should look for to know their significant other is being unfaithful, but we decided to dive deeper. We wanted to know what the third party, the person being cheated with, should do in the situation.

The obvious answer is, of course, to not get involved with someone in a committed relationship, and Segall, a licensed professional counselor, said as much, advising the person to find out if the person they are talking to is in a relationship before messaging them flirtatiously or dating them. According to the Associated Press and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 22 percent of men say that they've cheated on their significant other at least once during their marriage, and 14 percent of wives admit to it.
http://www.wsfa.com/story/38516396/what-to-do-when-you-find-out-youre-the-other-person-in-a-cheating-relationship




So apparently James Bond cheats all the time. In fact Bond cheats so much his cheats have their own cheats. It’s cheating inception. But apparently even the so-called “experts” think this is 100% grade A bullshit:

Staying up to snuff on all of the newest dating trends and terminology can be super tricky, especially when it comes to certain gray areas that can be particularly hard to universally define, like micro-cheating. Upon first hearing the phrase used, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Even after one of my friends broke it down for me, I still found myself wondering, what is micro-cheating actually? And if it is what I think it is, is it really a legitimate form of infidelity? Well, the short answer is, it totally depends.

"Micro-cheating is inappropriate sexual flirtation via social media from someone who's already in a relationship, NYC relationship expert Susan Winter tells Elite Daily. "And, it may also be an in-person office flirtation that remains verbal, rather than physical."

However, the reason micro-cheating is not a black and white issue is because not everyone defines inappropriate behavior in the same way. Some people consider flirting with other people to be OK in certain situations as long as it doesn't turn into anything physical, or emotional. Oftentimes in relationships, partners don't take the time to specifically define behavior they would consider to be a breach of trust. According to Anita A. Chlipala, a dating expert and licensed marriage therapist, by not having conversations about what each one of us feels is or isn't OK, space is left open for a partner to make assumptions that may not be accurate.
https://www.elitedaily.com/p/what-is-micro-cheating-experts-explain-whether-not-this-really-counts-as-infidelity-9445074




So even the experts aren’t exactly clear on what this is. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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From: Idiots #6-3

Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Las Vegas! It’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate, for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s time to remind you that the holiest among us are the most full of:



My fair congregation! Have a seat please! And give it up for our gospel choir, how great are they? You know… I have just returned from Washington DC. This week there was an event that the religious right of America felt the need to have their voices heard. Which is their right under GAWD that they can do that. So what has the fundamentalists’ underwear in a wad? Why are they going so nuts over this one topic that they need to hold their OWN march? Well let’s take a look at what actually happened last week that got lost in the headlines!

Conservative radio host Ben Shapiro said Friday at the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., that "no pro-life person would kill baby Hitler" because "baby Hitler was a baby," with the comments quickly going viral on social media.

“The argument, I guess here, is that would you kill baby Hitler?” Shapiro said in answering a question that appeared to be submitted online during a live broadcast at the anti-abortion rally.

“And the truth is that no pro-life person on earth would kill baby Hitler, because baby Hitler wasn’t Hitler, adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby," he continued.

"What you presumably want to do with baby Hitler is take baby Hitler out of baby Hitler’s house and move baby Hitler into a better house where he would not grow up to be Hitler, right? That’s the idea.”

The hashtag #BabyHitler began trending on Twitter not long after the comments on Friday afternoon, drawing the ire of mostly liberals on the platform.
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/426100-ben-shapiro-at-march-for-life-rally-no-pro-life-person-would-kill-baby-hitler


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Yes. You know what? Let’s play the clip because it’s quite spectacular:



Now you know, my fair congregation, it says that in the Good Book that murder is illegal! But… that hasn’t stopped the Baby Hitler debate. In fact if you take a look at some past clips, judging on the actions of this weekend, well, they haven’t aged well.







So there you go, the very idea that murdering Baby Hitler has been the subject of some rather interesting debate. But the debate over killing Baby Hitler is actually pretty toxic for sponsors – they really don’t want anything to do with it.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has now lost two sponsors of his podcast after a live recording at an anti-abortion rally in which he read advertisements out to the crowd and also mulled over the philosophical dilemma of killing “baby Hitler.”

Calm, a sleep and meditation phone app, became the second company to drop its sponsorship of Shapiro after the right-wing host appeared before thousands of abortion opponents during Friday’s March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.

“We do not align with this message,” the company posted on Twitter. “We’re pulling our sponsorship.”

Earlier Friday night, another brand, the toothbrush maker Quip, told HuffPost it was ending its sponsorship of Shapiro’s podcast over the ad readings.

“Our mission is to make good oral health more accessible to everyone, and podcast advertising is one way we’re able to realize this,” Quip said in a statement. “However, following one of our ads being read in a venue we did not endorse, we have chosen to discontinue our advertising relationship with this show. We are also taking steps to ensure all of our advertising partners are aligned with our oral health mission and values.”

Right Wing Watch reporter Jared Holt first drew attention to the ad readouts during an appearance that had already made news over Shapiro’s “baby Hitler” moment.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/another-sponsor-just-dropped-ben-shapiro-after-his-bizarre-march-for-life-appearance_us_5c434e23e4b027c3bbc23d12




But while this is a touchy subject for advertisers, it’s apparently a touchy subject for Mr. Shapiro himself because thanks to his anti-abortion views, he wouldn’t kill Baby Hitler because… he’s a baby. That’s sound logic there!

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, appearing Friday as the keynote speaker of the annual March for Life on the National Mall in Washington, shared with his audience a head-scratching scenario about abortion and Adolf Hitler.

“The argument, I guess here, would you kill baby Hitler?” he started off, in a clip posted to Twitter. “And the truth is that no pro-life person on earth would kill baby Hitler. Because baby Hitler wasn’t Hitler — adult Hitler was Hitler. Baby Hitler was a baby.”

Shapiro, who is Jewish, offered a suggestion: “What you presumably want to do with baby Hitler is take baby Hitler out of baby Hitler’s house and move baby Hitler into a better house, where he would not grow up to be Hitler.”

The crowd erupted into applause as the clip closed.

Shapiro, a prominent supporter of the pro-life movement, appeared to be making his remarks as part of his popular podcast, HuffPost reported.
https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/ben-shapiro-i-wouldn-t-kill-baby-hitler-1.6852105




By the way let’s hear it for my gospel choir. How great are they? Can I get an amen??? Anyone remember a few years ago when Pat Robertson had that clip about the mom who lost a baby to miscarriage and then he justified it? Let’s play that!



Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOO! Boo indeed. So they’re conflicted on the message TO THIS DAY in case you can’t tell! And by the way in case you’re wondering if there really is a Baby Hitler out there, well here’s your answer!

A Neo-Nazi couple who named their child after Adolf Hitler are facing jail after they were found guilty of belonging to a banned terrorist organisation.

Adam Thomas, 22, and his girlfriend, Claudia Patatas, 38, were convicted of being members of the far-right organisation National Action, which was outlawed in 2016.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the pair gave their baby the middle name “Adolf”, which self-confessed racist Thomas told jurors was done in “admiration” for the leader of Nazi Germany.

A third defendant - a prominent member of National Action's Midlands chapter, Daniel Bogunovic, 27, of Leicester, was also convicted on Monday following the seven-week trial.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/national-action-baby-adolf-hitler-terror-guilty-nazi-court-patatas-a8629846.html




So there really is a real Baby Hitler out there! Raised by Neo Nazis at that! Well, there’s a test for this debate right now! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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[font size="8"]Beating A Dead Horse: Pizzagate
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From: Idiots #5-4

Spin it! And it lands on… Food! Of course I’m in Austin, what better way of getting to know the city better than sampling the local flare? Which of course is barbecue, and we brought in some great local catering. Let’s check it out – I’ve got brisket, sausage, pulled pork, baked beans and potato salad. Wow, good shit!



Man you gotta love smoked meat. Not that kind of smoked meat, sir! Austin you guys are awesome! All right spin it again! And it lands on… Beating A Dead Horse!



You know conservatives, you really got to let this Pizzagate thing go! You already shot up Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC trying to prove it, and you also got kicked out of the same restaurant videotaping children’s birthday parties in a creepy stalker manner. And you also got to accept that you don’t really care about children, especially if you advocate that they get separated from their parents at the border! The sooner you face your denial, the better! But nope, this bullshit continues to be a thing despite getting called a hoax time and time again. And for the purposes of comedy, all of our funny memes and clips will be replaced with images of cheese pizza. Because we care! And Trump loving conservatives apparently get off on that sort of thing.

Larry Klayman, the founder of the right-wing organizations Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, appeared on a YouTube podcast called “Crowdsource the Truth” this afternoon. The show, hosted by Jason Goodman, is an established outlet for conspiracy theories on YouTube and has published content related to Pizzagate, QAnon and other conspiracy theories that accuse public officials of pedophilia.

Klayman first met on camera with Goodman earlier this year and has become a somewhat frequent guest on Goodman’s program ever since that meeting. Klayman has also appeared as a guest on other conspiracy theory propaganda sites including Infowars and otherwise can be seen with some frequency on Newsmax TV.

Klayman explained to Goodman, “I’m not interested in getting on Fox News. First of all, I can’t say what I want to say on Fox News because it’s censored to some extent. That’s why I like being on with you, and being on Newsmax, and like being on Infowars, because I can say it straight up.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/judicial-watch-founder-tells-pizzagate-podcast-that-the-clintons-had-people-killed/




Yeah sure, right. Keep talking guys – everything you say is worse than what came before it. And this wasn’t the only Pizzagate related story that’s been brought up lately.

Adherents to the “QAnon” conspiracy theory and former “Pizzagate” truthers who have alleged that President Trump is secretly working behind the scenes to dismantle a global network of satanic child sex traffickers believe a new press release from the Department of Justice has validated their wild conspiracy theories.

Yesterday, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing the arrest of more than 2,300 “suspected online child sex offenders.” The DOJ statement reads:

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child sex offenders during a three-month, nationwide, operation conducted by Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces. The task forces identified 195 offenders who either produced child pornography or committed child sexual abuse, and 383 children who suffered recent, ongoing, or historical sexual abuse or production of child pornography.

The operation targeted suspects who: (1) produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the sex trafficking of children; and (4) travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/former-pizzagate-and-current-qanon-believers-say-the-doj-has-validated-them/




OK for those you keeping score at home – actual sexual abuse, physical abuse, human trafficking, and child sex crimes committed by ICE, they’re perfectly fine with. But let’s keep investigating those fake child sex crimes that so far have not existed! And then there’s our favorite whack a doodle conspiracy theorist, Liz Cronkin. Who definitely isn’t helping!

On Saturday, “journalist” and fringe right-wing conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin posted a video on YouTube in which she celebrated that President Trump had supposedly confirmed that “Pizzgate is real.”

“Pizzagate” is a right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges that thousands of highly influential politicians, entertainers, and business leaders are part of a global pedophile ring and Crokin asserted that Trump “trolled” the Illuminati by using a Cabinet meeting last month to confirm that the conspiracy theory is actually true.

Proponents of the conspiracy theory allege that members of this massive pedophile ring use code words like “pizza” and “hot dogs” when discussing their pedophilia and Crokin noted that Office of Management & Budget Director Mick Mulvaney had used these very words during a Cabinet meeting while railing against what he sees as overbearing government regulations.

“If you have a cheese pizza, it’s governed by the Food & Drug Administration. If you put a pepperoni on it, it’s governed by the USDA,” Mulvaney said. “The hot dog meat is governed by one; you put it in a bun, it’s governed by the other.”

“What I do love about President Trump is that he trolls the Illuminati and the deep state and the cabal,” Crokin said in reaction to Mulvaney’s statement. “He trolls them with their own words and symbols and it’s hilarious.”

Mulvaney’s use of cheese pizza and hot dogs in his example “was a thousand percent a troll,” Crokin declared. “President Trump and his staffers are constantly trolling the deep state … That’s President Trump’s way of letting you know that Pizzagate is real and it’s not fake. He’s constantly using their words against them and throwing it in their face and God bless him, it’s amazing.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/liz-crokin-trump-has-confirmed-that-pizzgate-is-real/




You know it’s like playing a fucked up game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Except there’s just one degree and Kevin Bacon is a Satanic pedophile! Does that image of cheese pizza turn you on Liz? I had leftover cheese pizza for lunch yesterday, actual cheese pizza. It is not a metaphor, you sick fucking lunatics!! Or is it?

Jack Posobiec, now a contributor at One America News, played a central role in promoting the so-called “Pizzagate” hoax that resulted in a man entering a Washington pizza restaurant and firing a gun as part of a supposed rescue mission of children whom he had been convinced were hidden beneath the building. Now, Posobiec is trying to rewrite history.

Pizzagate was a hoax that captured the imaginations of right-wing conspiracy mongers online toward at the end of the 2016 election. Proprietors of Pizzagate cited a hodgepodge of hacked John Podesta emails, screenshots of the restaurant’s menu, Instagram posts by the owner, and other random bits to build up the laughably untrue claim that Hillary Clinton and top members of the DNC were sex-trafficking children via an elaborate tunnel system beneath Washington. The conspiracy theory was spread by figures like self-described “New Right” pundit Mike Cernovich, Infowars’ Alex Jones, pedophilia-obsessed conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin, far-right YouTuber Brittany Pettibone, Posobiec and various anonymous users inhabiting the culverts on 4Chan and 8Chan.

In the last couple of weeks, Posobiec has been claiming with increased frequency that he actually “debunked” Pizzagate. He’s now declaring that Pizzagate was a hoax (which is obviously correct) and has accused former Fox News host Megyn Kelly of lying about his role in spreading the conspiracy during a Fox News segment. Posobiec has made his debunking claims for months, but something seems to have inspired him to restate his claims in recent weeks. These recent reiterations have earned him the ire of pundits like Crokin, who still believe the hoax.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/jack-posobiec-is-lying-about-his-pizzagate-past/





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From: Idiots #5-1

It’s time for our new segment:



And there’s plenty of them this week. As well as stuff we’ve missed in the two weeks that we’ve been gone. But mainly I want to start this segment with the rock band NOFX – yeah they are friends of the show since we had them on last season. But they shot themselves in the foot. No not quite literally there, good sir, with a joke about the Las Vegas shooting that was in extremely poor taste:

In the same week that television personalities Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee were swept up in a wave of social media outrage, a Bay Area punk band with a long history of behaving badly has found itself in a swirl of controversy in a new socially conscious era.

NOFX is facing backlash after making an offhand joke during its set at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27, referencing the mass shooting in October at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, also in Las Vegas, that killed 58 and injured nearly 500.

“We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot! Hooray!” frontman “Fat Mike” Burkett said in low-resolution video clips from the performance that were shared on social media. His bandmate Eric Melvin replied, “I guess you’re only getting shot in Vegas if you’re a country band.”

“I mean, that sucked,” Burkett added. “But at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”
https://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/Punk-band-NOFX-faces-backlash-after-onstage-joke-12960954.php




Yeah that happened. Now before you boo – wait for it – the follow up was even worse than the initial dialogue between Fat Mike and Melvin:

According to TMZ, after they finished a song, frontman Fat Mike said, "We played a song about Muslims and we didn't get shot. Hooray."

The site says another band member responded to that saying, "I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band."

But it didn't end there. "That [the massacre] sucked, but at least they were country fans and no punk rock fans."

Audience members can be heard groaning on a video posted on social media, then one of the band members said, "You were all thinking it."

Fifty-eight people lost their lives on October 1, 2017, when Stephen Paddock fired a hail of bullets from a Mandalay Bay suite into the Route 91 Harvest Festival, headlined by country star Jason Aldean. Over 500 others were injured.

Local radio hosts Dave & Mahoney from X1075, who play the band's music, called the comments "disgusting and callous." They said they no longer will support their music.
http://cbs6albany.com/news/entertainment/rock-band-nofx-on-vegas-mass-shooting-at-least-they-were-country-fans




OK now you can boo!!! Here’s the thing Fat Mike – we know your band says some shit that may border on insensitive and we’re OK with that. But here’s what we’re not OK with – no we’re not thinking that. I mean that is the opposite of what we were thinking And the fallout was even worse than the joke.

Less than a day after controversial comments made by California punk band NOFX at a Las Vegas punk festival made headlines, Stone Brewing has pulled out of a sponsorship deal with the band.

The Escondido brewery's cancelation of the partnership comes following several statements by NOFX band members onstage at Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival on Sunday night. Most notably, band frontman "Fat" Mike Burkett seemingly attempted to make light of a horrifying shooting at a Las Vegas country concert last October that killed 58 and injured nearly 500 by saying, "at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans."

On Wednesday evening, Stone Brewing publicly canceled their "Punk in Drublic" sponsorship deal with NOFX, which had included a collaboration beer and a slew of nationally touring music and beer festivals.

The statement reads, in part:

"We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX's insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer. We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands. To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what's right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX. Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer's Punk In Drublic festivals. Emphasis 'had.' That sponsorship is now canceled."
https://www.sfgate.com/beer/article/Stone-Brewing-nofx-cut-ties-punk-in-drublic-12957386.php




Yeah so here’s the thing Fat Mike – if you’ve got a corporate sponsorship of a festival maybe don’t say anything that can cost you your sponsorship! I mean just ask Roseanne how well that went. But this might be a first – NOFX might be the first band to ever get booted from their own festival!

Well, here’s a first. After NOFX frontman Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin cracked some unsavory jokes about the 2017 Vegas shooting last weekend, their band has been booted from the very festival they started. The inaugural Camp Punk in Drublic—itself an extension of NOFX’s one-day, traveling Punk in Drublic festivals—kicks off tomorrow and will no longer feature either NOFX or Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, the latter being Fat Mike’s punk cover band.

“While NOFX is known for their dark, uncomfortable humor, the festival producers of Camp Punk In Drublic are shocked and disappointed by the band’s recent statements about the Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and country music fans,” reads a press release regarding Fat Mike’s removal. “These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors.”

Replacing them will be punk legends the Descendents, who will play on Saturday, and The Vandals, who will contribute to tomorrow night’s kickoff party.
https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/05/nofx-booted-from-own-festival/




And by the way, Roseanne might want to take a page into how you do a real apology because you don’t blame the Ambien for your colossal fuck up:

The band have since responded to the controversy with a contrite post shared to their Facebook page on Thursday. “I can’t sleep, no one in my band can,” began a message, presumably written by Fat Mike. “What we said in Vegas was s—ty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks.”

The note continued, suggesting that a longer statement was to follow. “We decided we will all get together to discuss and write an in depth, sincere, and honest apology because that’s what the people we offended and hurt deserve.”

Country star Jason Aldean was performing at the outdoor Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on Oct. 1 when a series of loud bangs rang out from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and real estate businessman who lived in the area, had broken out the window of his hotel room and fired bullets from high-powered weapons into the crowd of 22,000 concertgoers.
https://people.com/music/rock-band-only-get-shot-country-band-vegas-music-festival/





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And of course Depeche Mode schedules a stop in my home town, on the day of my calculus final. Grr. Yes so of course you know by now you know that people are people, and people are dumb. So who’s dumb this week? Why don’t we start in our favorite state of Florida because why not? You know I’ve been to my local Goodwill Store hundreds of times, never saw this:

BRADENTON, Fla. --
Talk about one heckuva an explosive donation.

Authorities say a grenade launcher, loaded with a live grenade, was left with other donated items at a Florida Goodwill store.

The Bradenton Herald reports that employees at a Goodwill store near Tampa reported the weapon on Sunday.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says the store manager told deputies that the grenade launcher had come in a shipment from another store several days earlier. The employees at the other location said they sent it along because they didn't know what it was.

Deputies say they disposed of the active grenade in a Hazmat locker, and the launcher was stored in the agency's property room.

It's not clear who donated the items.
http://abc7.com/society/loaded-grenade-launcher-left-at-florida-goodwill-store/3014308/




Yeah maybe it was that guy who donated the grenade launcher! Next up – a new category that we haven’t explored here yet – dumb professors! So how are you a university professor and you don’t know that Australia is a single country? Well let’s explain.

This is Ashley Arnold, a 27-year-old resident of Idaho Falls, Idaho. She's a stay-at-home mom completing an online sociology degree with Southern New Hampshire University.

As part of her final class, for which she paid almost $1,000, students were required to complete a project outline last month in which they would compare a social norm in the US and another country.

For her "norm" Arnold picked social media use, and for her country she chose Australia.

But when Arnold got her grade back on Feb. 1, she was shocked to see her professor had failed her. Why? Because, according to the teacher, "Australia is a continent; not a country."
https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/australia-is-real-i-swear?utm_term=.ljj9dEjMK#.nh9QMORyG




Yeah come on has that guy not seen The Simpsons? Next on People Are Dumb – our good friend Florida Man! Or maybe Florida Man’s wife Florida Woman! Of course you know the Super Bowl is the best game around, and this time around what happens when you fight during the Super Bowl? Might want to call Jerry Springer for this one!

A Florida woman allegedly injured her boyfriend by throwing a piece of furniture at him during an argument about who would win the Super Bowl, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said.

Cheryl Merrill, 60, was arrested after the incident, which happened at 7 p.m. Sunday, according to a police report. Merrill became enraged during the argument and allegedly threw a wooden shelf at her boyfriend of five years, deputies said.

The man suffered a swollen hand but refused medical treatment. Because of his hand injury, he was unable to sign an affidavit, deputies said.

Merrill was described by deputies as being "extremely intoxicated" and disobeyed orders to remain in the cul-de-sac while deputies investigated the incident, the report said.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/deputies-say-florida-man-injured-during-super-bowl-argument/5XxMdyKXGlh58LRHEsO1xK/




Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Next up in People Are Dumb – we go to the Florida of the North – Wisconsin. So we all get it, we have loved ones, they die. And it sucks but it’s a part of life and we have to accept it. But do we really need to bring fucking pizza into the mix? If I’m planning Nana’s funeral I can guarantee the last thing I want would be a slice of pepperoni supreme!

Pre-planning a funeral is not a fun or comfortable task — that's why Mark Krause, president of Krause Funeral Homes in Wisconsin, added something a little unusual to the table: free pizza.

"People don't think about funerals until they really need them," he explained to TODAY Food. "So we asked ourselves, 'How do we get people to relax about the idea of thinking about this difficult topic ahead of time?'"

The answer? Food. "People are relaxed and open when they're surrounded by food," he said. "You think about everything you do in life... it always centers around food."

Last year, Krause and his team decided to invite potential customers to join them for an informational session to learn more about pre-planning their funerals. Knowing the topic wasn't exactly enticing, he decided that perhaps the main course should be.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/restaurantsandnews/pie-before-you-die-funeral-home-throws-pizza-party-for-new-customers/ar-BBIu8Iu




Right, what situation isn’t improved by pizza? Deadpool knows what’s up! And come on, Nana didn’t skimp on the toppings, let’s not kid ourselves here! Finally this week for “People Are Dumb”, here’s a real life Rocket Man! Remember this guy from last year? Well he’s back! And he was proved wrong by Elon Musk!

A man who claims that Earth is flat tried to leave it in a homemade rocket Saturday but failed to overcome the gravitational force of a 13,166,800,000,000,000,000,000,000-pound sphere directly beneath him.

In fairness to Mike Hughes, he knows how to build a rocket. He built them for many years under the precepts of classical physics, when he was still a relatively conventional daredevil, which is to say, one who believed Earth is round.

But Saturday marked Hughes's third aborted launch since he declared himself a flat-earther last year and announced a multipart plan to fly to space by the end of 2018 so he could prove astronauts have been lying about the shape of the planet.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/06/a-flat-earther-finally-tried-to-fly-away-his-rocket-didnt-even-ignite/?utm_term=.3ae6515ea975




Why does Wiley Coyote keep using Acme products if they keep failing? Does he have a buy one get one free card? Anyway that’s it this week for:




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Part of our mission statement here at the Top 10 Conservative Idiots is to show you that conservative idiocy isn’t just a problem with America. No, it’s a global problem that is stemming far and wide, and it’s not just America where conservative idiots ruin everything they touch. And if you’re thinking of moving out of the United States just because Donald J. Dotard Trump is our current president and our nation is turning to shit, you should know what it is you’re getting into should you decide that you want to leave the country. So if you want a recap of where we’ve been so far, in the last few weeks we’ve discovered that South Africa’s racists make ours look like chumps, Argentina is an environmental nightmare but has some good politics, and Brazil’s batshit fucking crazy. This week we’re coming home for some much needed R&R before we head out to Asia, the Middle East, and Australia! Here’s the tour schedule:



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We need some music for this one! Can we get some music please?



Ah yes who doesn’t love Alicia Keys? Well we’re back home everybody! And what better place to talk about than my home away from home, the great state of New York! New York has tons to do, see, visit, like the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown. And while there, grab a pint at the venerable Ommegang Brewery, which brewed the official beer for the hit TV show Game Of Thrones! As if I didn’t need a beer to watch Game Of Thrones, but I’ll take one, thanks! You want sports teams? New York has got them – of course the MLB’s Yankees need no introduction, but there’s also their Bronx neighbors, the New York Mets. Football? They’ve got the NFL’s Giants and Jets – and they are forced to share the same room, and as always have a bit of sibling rivalry going on. Basketball? There’s the worst team in basketball, the New York Knicks, and its’ slightly worse and easily forgettable cousin, the Brooklyn Nets. Soccer? There’s the New York Red Bulls. Hockey? They got the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers, which also share the same stadium. College? New York is home to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference which includes Monmouth, Iona, Siona, and Quinnipiac Universities. You might see them on ESPN and wonder who are these teams again? How about concerts? New York is home to Broadway and the legendary Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. There’s also tons of great indie rock bands and actors that are from this state. Too many to name, almost! New York is also home to some of the world’s largest financial institutions, and it’s also home to the United Nations, or maybe it won’t be after Dotard Trump gets done with it. It’s also home to the legendary Museum Of Modern Art and Museum Of Natural History, as famously profiled in the hit comedy “Night At The Museum”:



RIP Robin Williams. *record screeches* Wait, didn’t we already cover the states in our Stupidest State contest? Yes we did, but we left out on purpose the two states the GOP loves to hate the most – California and New York. So what is New York the home of? Well they’re reason why a new Constitutional Convention would be utterly disastrous:

New Yorkers make progress. It’s what we do. It’s not always easy—in fact, it seldom is. Every progressive victory in New York history has been hard-won, and, in November, New Yorkers must once again choose progress. Every 20 years, New York voters decide via referendum whether we want to rewrite our Constitution with a constitutional convention. Proponents argue that a convention is the only way to reform Albany. That just isn’t true. The Constitution has already been amended more than 200 times since 1894, with another two amendments proposed for this coming November alone. A constitutional convention would threaten every progressive reform ever adopted by the state of New York. The new Constitution would be written by 204 delegates, and those delegates would be chosen by political machines with the money and influence to get their people elected. During the last convention, less than 10 percent of the delegates were African-American or Latino. It was dominated by judges, legislators and other political insiders. Average people can’t compete. That convention targeted every public resource and freedom in New York, and there’s no reason to think this convention would be any different.
http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/sep/21/defend-progress-vote-no-constitutional-convention/




And when you think of gambling where pops up immediately? Vegas and Atlantic City, and maybe the occasional place in Europe like Monaco or Montenegro, but Buffalo, New York has a thriving gaming industry that’s just as corrupt as you might expect:

BUFFALO — This was to be a year of celebration for New York’s booming gambling industry, with gleaming new casinos opening, rapturous bettors flocking in and a win-win for the state, and a torrent of new taxes pouring into government coffers at no cost to anyone but the bettors themselves.

But like casinos — where glitter often hides the grime — the reality has been far less glamorous, with underwhelming returns, evidence of industry cannibalization and a new, sharp-edged conflict between the state and a major tribal gambling operation.

In 2013, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law allowing for seven new, full-scale casinos in New York, hoping to revive economic activity and providing new tax revenue in moribund upstate areas. Before that, the state had only licensed so-called racinos, which are connected to racetracks and feature video lottery terminals — similar to slot machines — but no table games like blackjack and craps.

So far that expansion has indeed led to some $70 million in new gaming tax and ample jobs at new facilities and constructions sites, according to casino operators. But early returns from two casinos that opened in February have been weaker than projections, according to the most recent figures posted by the New York State Gaming Commission.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/nyregion/new-york-casinos-gambling-tribes-revenue.html




Well not for this piece they’re not! We love New York here, and I come to the east coast quite often. But then there’s the thing that republicans love to hate the most – the budget. And New York’s incompetence on this subject is quite spectacular.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A new report from a fiscal watchdog group is slamming New York State’s financial practices.

The Chicago-based group Truth in Accounting gives the state a grade of “F” in its new 50-state analysis of government spending and budgeting.

Specifically, the report’s authors faulted New York for its relatively high pension and health care obligations, as well as its high tax burden.
http://wivb.com/2017/09/18/new-york-state-rated-f-for-financial-practices/




Speaking of incompetence knowing no boundaries – there’s Equifax. We already covered Equifax a great deal in this edition but the state of New York was hit the hardest by that. The data giant has been accused of not following cyber rules according to Gov. Cuomo:

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he wants credit-reporting firms to comply with the state’s cyber-security regulations, the latest government official to crack down on the industry in the wake of the massive Equifax hack.

Also on Monday, Bloomberg News reported that federal authorities have opened a criminal probe into stock sales by three Equifax Inc (EFX.N) executives before the company disclosed the massive data breach, news that has weighed heavily on the stock price.

The company has said the executives were unaware of the hack when they sold the stock for $1.8 million.

Equifax’s legal woes worsened as the U.S Attorney’s office in Atlanta issued a statement saying it was working with the FBI on a criminal investigation into the breach and theft of personal information.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-experian-new-yorkequifax/new-york-governor-wants-credit-reporting-firms-to-follow-cyber-rules-idUSKCN1BT1NA?utm_source=34553&utm_medium=partner




I believe Equifax’s reasons for not compiling with the rules are 1) cooking a French bread pizza, and 2) simply forgot. And you know we can’t go to New York without going to New York City. Thank you audience! So Turkish Prime Minister and guy who could school the republicans on how you stage a coup, Tayyip Erdogan, gave a speech in NYC last week, and here’s how it was met – New York style!

Violence broke out at a New York hotel Thursday afternoon when protesters disrupted a speech by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

In the middle of Mr. Erdogan’s speech, delivered in Turkish, a man — one of a handful of protesters — screamed in English: “You’re a terrorist. Get out of my country!” The ballroom at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square instantly erupted, with many attendees chanting Mr. Erdogan’s name to drown out the protesters.

Videos showed the protesters — one of them wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a picture of Michael Israel, an American who was killed in a Turkish airstrike while volunteering with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or Y.P.G. — being punched and slapped by several attendees as security personnel removed them from the room. Security also removed at least one person who had assaulted the protesters.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/us/erdogan-new-york.html




And do what, exactly? Eh… Tracy I don’t know. But one thing we do know – New York City *IS* the home of Dotard Trump Tower.

New York congressman Adriano Espaillat, City Council President Melissa Mark Viverito and other lawmakers have been arrested in a protest outside Dotard Trump Tower.

They were fighting President Dotard Trump's decision to end the DACA program, which protected immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children.

Espaillat's spokeswoman confirmed to News 4 he was arrested.

"Since day one, the Dotard Trump administration has threatened Latinos, Muslims, LGBT, women, and the list continues. His decision to end the DACA program earlier this month increased the urgency of what's at stake and the lives at risk when we fail to speak out against racism in America," spokeswoman Candace Randle Person said.

Source: NY Lawmakers Arrested in Protest Outside Dotard Trump Tower - NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Espaillat-Mark-Viverito-Arrested-DACA-Protest-Dotard Trump-Tower-445780453.html#ixzz4tQpFQnnk





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New York is a great place to visit (I’ve been there many times) and a pretty good place to live – especially upstate. Unfortunately not even the perceived liberal utopia can escape the toxic political climate of Dotard Trump.

Tourism: A
Culture: A
Political Spectrum: C
Liberal Appeal: B+

Overall: B+

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I am coming home people! I get to spend approximately… one week in my home state of California! Whew!!!! Then after that we are off to the Land Of The Rising Sun, Japan!


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A man who claims that Earth is flat tried to leave it in a homemade rocket Saturday but failed to overcome the gravitational force of a 13,166,800,000,000,000,000,000,000-pound sphere directly beneath him.

In fairness to Mike Hughes, he knows how to build a rocket. He built them for many years under the precepts of classical physics, when he was still a relatively conventional daredevil, which is to say, one who believed Earth is round.

But Saturday marked Hughes's third aborted launch since he declared himself a flat-earther last year and announced a multipart plan to fly to space by the end of 2018 so he could prove astronauts have been lying about the shape of the planet.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/02/06/a-flat-earther-finally-tried-to-fly-away-his-rocket-didnt-even-ignite/?utm_term=.3ae6515ea975




Why does Wiley Coyote keep using Acme products if they keep failing? Does he have a buy one get one free card? Does he have a credit card? Is he part of some rewards program? Does he get frequent flyer miles and access to presale concert tickets? I want to know!

*audience laughs and applauds*

The Top 10 is off this week so our editors have posted their all time favorites! We talk about the latest version of Left Behind, Mar A Lago fails health inspections, Trump and Pence get schooled on bad logo design, Pizzagate still exists, we school NOFX on why you shouldn't joke about the worst mass shooting in history, Infowars and Goop hawk the same merchandise, and flat earthers are complete idiots. Plus in one of our favorite Top 10 Investigates segments, we discuss the possibilities of micro cheating - is that really a thing? And in one of our favorite Holy Shit segments - our resident pastor asks the question "Would you kill Baby Hitler?" (spoiler alert! Probably). And we also replay that time our exhaustive World Tour took us to New York City (NEW YORK CITY!!!!). And some live music from 30 Seconds To Mars!

Also next week we will post our fan favorite submissions!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-19: Fight For Your Right (To Choose) Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-19: Fight For Your Right (To Choose) Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Sign up now to get exclusive rewards from our advertising partners! Ah you know what? We wont subject you to that, there’s too much of that shit out there already. Last thing you need is us cluttering your inbox. Hey it’s our season finale everybody!!! Whew, we made it! We are there! This is awesome. And I can’t wait to come back for season 7!!! So is everyone still recovering from the Game Of Thrones finale? I haven’t seen it so I can’t say who won for sure but I do know this – regardless of who wins or loses the Game Of Thrones, someone who does win above all is the House Of HBO. They had the highest ratings ever for a paid cable network. 2.7 million people. So all you people who are complaining that this was a bad season – yeah you know what? This goes back to our theory about Bernie Sanders – he’s got a product to sell, and you bought it. You know what else? HBO has a show to broadcast, and you watched it. The two are no different! So to the 800,000 people who signed a petition to redo this season you know what? I wouldn’t be surprised if HBO flashed their cash right in front of you as an insult. Seriously you can’t please everybody all the time, and most of those people are Game Of Thrones fans. OK that’s enough of the intro. We got a lot of idiocy to get to today. But first John Oliver is back with what might be the single most frightening Last Week Tonight ever on what happens when you die:



Whew, where do we begin this week? Well, they did it. The anti-abortion extremists (1) got abortion successfully equated with murder as states including Ohio, Alabama, and Indiana have signed into law some of the harshest penalties yet for abortion. So much that it’s occupying a second slot, and we’re going to find out what’s fueling the abortion debate (2) because it’s getting weirder and scarier, and Christian extremists are going all out in their quest to rid the country of Roe V Wade. In the third slot this week we have a new installment of “This Fucking Guy” and we’re going to introduce you to media mogul and convicted fraudster Conrad Black (3) who might be the latest in a long line of controversial Trump pardons. Why? Because Mr. Black wrote a flattering book about Trump, and you know how he loves him some loyalty! In the fourth slot this week is the NRA (4) and they are in a complete free fall after last month’s annual convention, mainly thanks to some extremely reckless spending habits. We will play armchair auditor and find out what’s really going on with the gun lobby! For the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates (5) and we’re going to talk cars. There’s finally a market for electric vehicles and they are more popular than ever, but what’s up with the trucks? A couple of startups are looking to take a chunk out of Tesla’s armor, and we will take a look at that. In the sixth slot this week, is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and our resident pastor is going to find out – why does the Christian right hate equality? Doesn’t it say love thy neighbor? What Bible are they reading? And in the 7th slot this week we have “Beating A Dead Horse” (7). Is it OK for Trump fans to display their MAGA pride at sporting events? Well a few of them have and it’s beginning to become a problem, and it needs to stop right now! At the number 8 slot this week is a new installment of “How Is This Still A Thing” and after some rocky changes in leadership and ownership, we’re going to find out how conservative campus lobby TPUSA (8) is still a thing. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a new People Are Dumb, because of course they are! And here we are, it’s finally time to crown the winner of our 2019 Stupidest State Contest! We’re live at UCLA’s legendary Pauley Pavilion for all the action as Wisconsin takes on Alabama. We will have the champagne, the post game celebration, and all the festivities as we crown our winner! Plus to cap off this season, we have some live music from the man, the myth, the legend that is Ice Cube! Really, buy his new album “Everythang’s Corrupt” or you are no friend of this program. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Yes, our number one this week is the anti-abortion activists who scored crazy victories last week in their never-ending quest to overturn Roe V. Wade. And you know what is fucking scary? They might actually do it this year. I mean right now there’s only one heartbeat that I care about this week is that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s. Ruth, you must please live forever! But we’re going to talk a lot about Alabama this edition (after all, they are our Stupidest State Flyover League Champion. But here’s where it stands currently in Alabama, or as it’s been called Al’Abama.

The future of a woman's right to choose an abortion in the United States could ultimately come down to the decision of one man.

Last week, the state of Alabama approved legislation to ban abortions in almost all cases, and Missouri passed a bill stopping women from seeking the procedure after the eighth week of pregnancy.

Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia recently approved bans on abortions once a foetal heartbeat was detected in week six, and 16 other states are looking to tighten their abortion laws.

Historically, this legislation was decided by each state until 1973, when the US Supreme Court made abortion a constitutional right across the country through the landmark Roe v Wade case.

Advocates who support access to abortion are now vowing to challenge the recent state law changes, and take their fight through the district and appeals courts — all the way to the Supreme Court.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-21/the-decision-to-outlaw-abortion-in-us-could-depend-on-one-judge/11125394




You said it, sir! We cannot tolerate this anymore. And that’s fucking terrifying that the fate of all of these horrible abortion bills could rest on the fate of one guy. I mean shit, even Pat Robertson, a guy who I would never in a million years agree with anything he says, thinks that these laws that are being passed have gone too far. But really Pat, you’re part of the problem!



Televangelist Pat Robertson said he thinks Alabama went "too far" with a controversial abortion bill that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.

"I think Alabama has gone too far," he said Wednesday during an episode of "The 700 Club." "There's no exception for rape or incest. It's an extreme law and they want to challenge Roe v. Wade."

He continued: "But my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose."

The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday, only allows exceptions "to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child's mother," for ectopic pregnancy and if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly."

The law carries stiff penalties for those caught violating it. For example, doctors could face up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion in the state.
https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/alabama-abortion-bill/index.html




Yeah seriously, when Pat fucking Robertson thinks you’ve gone too far, shut the whole damn thing down!!!! And by the way if you’re wondering how you can help, here’s how. Instead of boycotting the state altogether, why not join the fight? It’s turning ugly and the more you avoid talking about it, the more you help create the problem. So why not take action and join in?

Maryland’s chief financial officer on Thursday called for a number of retaliatory economic measures against Alabama in response to the state’s passage of the nation’s most restrictive abortion legislation. The bill was signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat who also serves as vice chair of the state’s retirement system, is seeking a full divestment of the $52 billion pension fund from Alabama businesses and will soon make the case to the system’s board of trustees, he said.

First, he said, he will order his staff to prepare a report on the retirement system’s exposure to Alabama to make sure that it can be done responsibly.

Franchot also said he will order his staff of 1,100 employees not to travel to Alabama on business and will use his seat on the three-member Board of Public Works to limit contracts given to Alabama companies. That board, which also includes Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, awards $11 billion in contracts annually, he noted.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/16/maryland-official-calls-for-alabama-divestment-citing-abortion-bill.html



I mean seriously when Gordon Ramsay thinks you’ve gone too far, you’ve gone too fucking far. I mean that shrimp scampi isn’t going to marinate itself!!! And Maryland’s not alone. Other states including California and Colorado are joining the fight against Alabama. Really, Alabama, you done fucked up big time and you will pay for this bill.

Colorado's Secretary of State is taking a stand against Alabama over a controversial abortion bill signed into law this week.

"I’m calling for a boycott of Alabama," Secretary of the State for Colorado Jena Griswold posted to Twitter. "Until Alabama allows for safe & legal access to health care for women, I will not authorize spending of state resources on travel to Alabama. I call on other state and local leaders in CO and across the country to join me in this boycott."

Alabama's governor signed the nation's strictest abortion ban on Wednesday, which makes performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

"To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God," Republican Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.

The legislation passed in Alabama would make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison for the provider. The only exception would be when the woman's health is at serious risk. Women seeking or undergoing abortions wouldn't be punished.
https://www.kktv.com/content/news/Colorado-Secretary-of-State-takes-stand-against-Alabama-for-abortion-bill-510035381.html





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I’m sure by now everyone is sick of hearing about Alabama’s insanely totalitarian anti-abortion laws but they’re not alone. This was a carefully coordinated attack in an effort to overturn Roe V Wade, and if it goes to SCOTUS, there’s a chance that it might actually happen – and we have every reason in the world to be fucking terrified of the very real possibility that this could happen. So why is there such a rush to capitalize on anti-abortion practices now and what’s fueling the debate? Well it’s no secret that ultra far right Christians have been operating deep within the Trump administration. But the question is why the push now?

Eight months after the contentious hearings over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, progressives fear that the most dire warnings of abortion rights groups are now coming to fruition.

This week, Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban, soon followed by Missouri passing its own strict anti-abortion legislation. Other bills elsewhere have either been signed into law or are working their way through legislatures -- with expectations on both sides that the issue will eventually come before the Supreme Court.

This momentum has thrust women's reproductive rights to the forefront of the political debate, with leaders weighing in from the halls of Congress to the campaign trail where the 2020 election debate is already at fever pitch.

Still, the nationwide political fight over abortion rights comes at a time when 77% of voters support access to abortion in the case of rape and incest during the first trimester.

"We think that women understand their rights are under fire and that there is a dire need to ensure that the right policymakers are making the decisions," said Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications for EMILY's List. "What we've seen is a bunch of mostly male Republicans making really bad decisions on behalf of the women in this country."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/18/politics/abortion-bills-debate/index.html




Well actually you are wrong! I mean this is fucking insane – 77% of the country supports that abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest. But not in Alabama! Really you got to fight for your right to choose people! Or to paraphrase the immortal Beastie Boys, YOU GOTTA FIGHT… FOR YOUR RIGHT… TO CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE!!! Ah, I miss that band. But Alabama isn’t the only one, Missouri has also come along and torched previous abortion legislation.

Missouri is poised to become the latest Republican-led state to enact a strict anti-abortion law, setting up a series of legal battles that could lead to the Supreme Court reconsidering Roe v. Wade.

The Missouri House on Friday approved a bill that had already cleared the state Senate, sending it to the desk of Republican Gov. Mike Parson, who has said he will sign it into law.

The bill, HB 126, would prohibit abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy -- after a heartbeat is detected -- though many women often don't know they're pregnant in that time. The bill includes exceptions for what it defines as medical emergencies, such as cases when the mother's life is at risk or she is facing serious permanent injury, but not for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told reporters Friday that he would sign the bill, calling it "just a matter of when we get all the bills in."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/17/politics/missouri-abortion-bill-house/index.html




And I mean is anyone really that shocked that it’s mostly conservative white males who are fueling the fire for this debate? The other thing I noticed is that states seem to be pumping out these abortion laws almost as frequently as Tyler Perry pumps out Madea movies. And just like the Madea movies, each one gets more ridiculous and insane. Quite frankly I’m expecting the two franchises to make a cross over movie at some point. Oh don’t boo! Really sir, that’s the joke you choose to walk out on? Fine, but there is this.

The governor of Georgia signed into law one of the strictest abortion bans in the country. The sponsor of an anti-abortion bill in Ohio made headlines by falsely claiming that it’s possible to transplant an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus. And the Alabama state Senate erupted in shouting after Republicans removed exceptions for rape and incest from an anti-abortion bill.

All these developments happened just this week, a new level of activity in a year that has already seen a raft of abortion restrictions pass — and some states move to shore up abortion access in response. Anti-abortion groups and legislators have been backing more aggressive restrictions since President Trump’s election, but their efforts have ramped up in 2019.

Four “heartbeat” bills, like Georgia’s, that would ban abortion as early as six weeks, have passed this year alone, and total bans on abortion are under consideration in Alabama and elsewhere. Meanwhile, supporters of this kind of legislation have stated openly that their goal is to challenge Roe v. Wade.

“The gloves are off” among abortion opponents, Kristin Ford, the national communications director for NARAL Pro-Choice America, told Vox. “They feel like they have the wind at their backs and they don’t have to dance around their true intentions anymore.”
https://www.vox.com/2019/5/10/18564436/ohio-abortion-bill-law-alabama-georgia-details




Oh it’s on now anti-abortion foes! In fact your reckless disregard for human rights may signal a massive blue wave in 2020 and possibly spell the end of your reign of terror in the Trump White House. Even Alabama, or as the new name has declared itself, Al’Abama, is running scared of the detractors of this horrifying human rights atrocity.

Conservative governors and legislators are using new highly restrictive abortion laws to get abortion back in front of what they believe is the most friendly U.S. Supreme Court in decades.

Sixteen states have passed or are scrambling to pass bans on abortion after a doctor can detect what they call "a fetal heartbeat in the womb," usually about six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. That includes Georgia, where Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a "heartbeat bill" into law on Tuesday.

Separately, the Alabama Senate is poised to vote this week on legislation that could become the nation’s strictest abortion law, making it a felony to receive an abortion.

In a countermove, lawmakers in a growing number of states are racing to amend state constitutions to provide a backstop for the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.

Vermont on Tuesday passed a bill that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution, with similar legislation in the works in 12 other states, including New Mexico, Nevada and Rhode Island.
https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/after-georgias-heartbeat-law-national-abortion-debate-moves-to-alabama.html





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When Donald Trump picks a person to pardon, he sure knows how to pick them! I mean let’s go through some of the people who he’s pardoned so far. Like Sheriff Joe Arpaio for instance, a guy who tortured prisoners. Or Razzie Award winning documentarian Dinesh D’Souza who got busted for illegal campaign contributions. Or Scooter Libby, the guy who outed CIA agents. Now there’s Conrad Black, the latest in a long line of Trump pardons. This fucking guy. You know what got him on Trump’s radar? He’s the author of a book called “Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other”. Before you boo, let’s consider the source for a minute.

The name Conrad Black may not ring a bell for some Americans, but the onetime media baron, society figure and now a recipient of a presidential pardon was in the public spotlight for years. Deported to Canada in 2012 after spending more than three years in prison, Black had been found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice. His long and colorful history includes a long-standing alliance with President Trump.

Born in Canada, Black eventually became a British lord and is described in press accounts as a millionaire who lived like a billionaire. When criticized for allegedly using shareholder money to finance a vacation to Bora Bora and charging an extravagant birthday party for his wife to his company, he reportedly declared that he would "not re-enact the French Revolutionary renunciation of the rights of the nobility." He was acquitted of charges related to both incidents.
"A President Like No Other"

In his 20s, Black and longtime business partner David Radler turned an investment in an English-language daily in Quebec into a company that ran more than 300 newspapers. He became a convicted felon decades later when he and other executives were accused of looting about $32 million from Hollinger International, which owned entities including the Chicago Sun-Times, Canada's National Post, the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post. Radler pleaded guilty in the scheme blamed for taking down what at the time was among the biggest newspaper companies in the world.

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When Black was at the helm, the Sun-Times in the early 2000s sold its building alongside the Chicago River to Mr. Trump, leading to the present-day Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. The two were partners in the undertaking until Mr. Trump bought out Black.

The full pardon came a day after the National Review published an essay by Black headlined: "Smooth Sailing Ahead for Trump," and a year after the publication of Black's book, "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other." The 74-year-old Black has authored other presidential biographies, including "Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full," in 2007.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-is-conrad-black-meet-the-man-pardoned-by-president-trump/




Boy he sure can pick presidents can’t he? I mean Trump *AND* Nixon? Maybe next he’ll write flattering books about Atilla The Hun and Josef Stalin. And you know when Trump picks a person to pardon he really is abusing his position. He has an ego the size of Texas and it’s insane how he keeps pardoning people who kiss his ass, like Conrad Black and Dinesh D’Souza.

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake analyzed 10 pardons issued by President Donald Trump and found that eight of the pardons have carried apparent political benefits for the president.

Trump announced the pardons of publisher Conrad Black and former California GOP leader Patrick Nolan Wednesday night. Blake notes that both of these pardons could be seen as “self-serving.”

Blake noted Black published a book last year titled Donald J. Trump: A President Like no Other.

“The book is more hagiography than biography. It defends Trump against charges that he is a racist, stating flatly that he is not. It hails his “very successful” foreign policy ventures. It credits his “unquenchable energy,” “sheer entertainment talent” and “raw toughness,”” Blake writes.

Blake also notes the pardon of Nolan was also political but in a less obvious way.

“Last year, Nolan criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,” Blake writes. “He said it was symptomatic of how law enforcement personnel “decide who they’re going to prosecute and then hunt for a crime.”
https://www.mediaite.com/trump/washington-post-donald-trump-keeps-pardoning-his-friends/




You know what’s really sad? The fact that this book tried to casually pass off the fact that Trump may be a racist! Shocker! These people lie like it’s a bodily function. In case you were wondering what Conrad Black’s credentials are, he has his head so far up Trump’s ass that he bumped into Hannity, Limbaugh, and Tucker Carlson. Here’s some more of what the relationship between these two is like, and well it’s a classic case of quid pro quo.

Donald Trump has pardoned Conrad Black, the former media mogul who owned the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator before being jailed for fraud, shortly after he wrote a book praising the US president.

Black, a Canadian-born British citizen, was once known for his extravagant lifestyle as he ran an international newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post. But he ended up serving three and a half years in prison after he was convicted in 2007 of siphoning off millions of dollars from the sale of newspapers owned by the company he controlled.

Since leaving jail Black, who is a British peer, has been on a quest to clear his name. Last year he published a book entitled Donald J Trump: A President Like No Other, writing that Trump “is not, in fact, a racist, sexist, warmonger, hothead, promoter of violence, or a foreign or domestic economic warrior”. He suggested the president had been misunderstood.

A White House spokesperson said the decision had been made because of Black’s “tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought”, as well as the work he had done supporting fellow prisoners while inside.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/15/conrad-black-trump-pardons-ex-media-mogul




Yes… quid pro quo, douchebags! I mean has Mr. Black really contributed anything to business outside of having his lips placed firmly on Trump’s ass? And Trump’s ass has to be big because he’s got a lot of people kissing it! And by the way I don’t think Trump gets that a pardon is an admission of guilt – Mr. Black may be guilty of one crime but that doesn’t let him off the hook for others! By the way in case you’re wondering what Mr. Black was found guilty of, it was just some good old fashioned white collar crime!

On Wednesday, the White House granted Black a full pardon. The administration’s justification for the pardon doesn’t cite a legal basis but notes Black’s “tremendous contributions to business, as well as to political and historical thought.” As Politico describes it, Black was convicted for his role “in a ploy to swindle millions of dollars from investors in his media company.”

Black’s National Review piece wasn’t the only time he penned praise for Trump. More recently, he wrote a book titled Donald J Trump: A President Like No Other. The book describes Trump as “not, in fact, a racist, sexist, warmonger, hothead, promoter of violence, or a foreign or domestic economic warrior.”

“Like the country he represents, Donald Trump possesses the optimism to persevere and succeed, the confidence to affront tradition and convention, a genius for spectacle, and a firm belief in common sense and the common man,” the first page begins.

In a column about his pardon written Wednesday for Canada’s National Post, a publication he founded, Black details the call he received from Trump last week in which he was informed about the pardon. He claims Trump told him his public praise played no role in the decision, which Trump said was motivated by his desire to “expunge the bad rap you got”:
https://www.vox.com/2019/5/16/18627631/trump-conrad-black-pardon




And yes there are far worse people Trump has pardoned and we will get to those. But for now this is Conrad Black, this week’s:




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Allow me to engage in a bit of schadenfreude here. But seriously, fuck the NRA. And is anyone else taking delight that since their annual convention, the organization has been completely imploding? I mean they should go down in a fiery ball of flames the way that a gun lobby is supposed to go down – shooting first and asking questions later. But I am loving the fact that they just seem to be imploding at the seems. Maybe it’s because people are finally getting tired of their schtick? Or because they were the recent attempt of a failed coup by Oliver North? Or is it something else? But never the less time to break out your inner Nelson and laugh along.

The tantalizing leaks have spilled out in the weeks since the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Indianapolis devolved into civil war.

Amid anxiety over falling revenue and mounting legal trouble has come news that the gun group’s longtime chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, billed $275,000 for purchases at the Zegna luxury men’s wear boutique in Beverly Hills. Its largely ceremonial president, Oliver L. North, had a contract worth millions of dollars a year. And a litany of payments benefited prominent officials, like the $60,000 for advertising on a TV show featuring the rock musician and N.R.A. board member Ted Nugent.

But behind the internecine squabbling lie deeper financial problems. A review of tax records by The New York Times shows that, to steady its finances, the powerful lobbying group has increasingly relied on cash infusions and other transactions involving its affiliated foundation — at least $206 million worth since 2010.

The role of the foundation is among the issues being examined in a new investigation into the N.R.A.’s tax-exempt status by the New York attorney general, Letitia James. The N.R.A. and the charity received separate letters last month from Ms. James’s office ordering them to preserve pertinent records, according to several people who had seen them.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/us/nra-finances-executives-board-members.html




You know just remember – Al Capone wasn’t taken down because he was a drug dealer, money launderer, and murderer. You know what got him busted? Just a little thing called money. And the NRA is losing a hell of a lot of it. I mean things are so bad at the NRA that they actually had to cut their coffee expenses! Yes, fuck free coffee, you NRA employees have to stand in line at Starbucks, just like the rest of us! So how bad is it?

New York state’s attorney general, who promised during her campaign to investigating the National Rifle Association’s nonprofit status, has begun an investigation into the finances of the gun owners’ group, her spokeswoman said Saturday.

“The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation related to the National Rifle Association (NRA),” spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly said in an email. “As part of this investigation, the Attorney General has issued subpoenas.”

William A. Brewer, the NRA’s outside lawyer, says the organization “will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances.” He added, “The NRA is prepared for this, and has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance.”

James, a Democrat, had vowed during her campaign last year to investigate the NRA’s not-for-profit status if elected.

“I will use the constitutional power as an attorney general to regulate charities, that includes the NRA, to investigate their legitimacy,” she said at a July 12 rally.
http://time.com/5579235/nra-finances-nonprofit-status/




While the annual gun nut convention drew a record crowd – one of their largest ever in the organization’s existence, it does show just how dire of straights that the embattled gun lobby is actually in, and if you know anything about accounting or finances, you know that there is some serious shit about to go down.

“We’ve seen stories about how NRA fund raising is falling off, and I don’t think they’re comfortable with defector talk,” said Dr. Jody Lynee Madeira of Indiana University, who expects more messages this week about the nation’s imperiled Second Amendment rights. “The NRA comes out and says, ‘This might be it, this might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,’ and I think that further spurs so called panic buys that occur.”

During last year’s conference in Dallas, the NRA boasted it was stronger than ever.

“As we meet here today, the NRA’s membership is at an all-time high, approaching six million active members and thousands more are joining every single day,” claimed NRA Executive Vice President & CEO Wayne LaPierre. “While they write our obituary, more Americans belong to the National Rifle Association of America at right this second than at any other point of our 147 year history.”

Following the February 2018 tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which took 17 lives and led the NRA to blame the FBI for missed signals and a local sheriff’s deputy who did not enter the school when the first shots rang out, several corporations ended their endorsement partnerships with the organization.

“But holding failed leaders accountable and fixing the broken culture that allowed this tragedy to happen isn’t the point for these people,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, who blasted the group’s critics. “We have to understand they are waging an all-out war against our organization.
https://fox59.com/2019/04/23/indianapolis-convention-key-to-nra-finances/




No fucking shit! I mean gee, you think? We’re tired of seeing people get shot like they’re in an arcade game and our politicians that you installed aren’t doing jack shit about it! So strap in, because the NRA has hit rock bottom in the Trump administration and things are about to get a whole lot worse. Feel free to join in with me at the end as we emit a good, hearty “HA HA!!”.

The National Rifle Association emerged from its annual convention last week with a veneer of stability.

Its leader Wayne LaPierre managed to quash a takeover attempt by now-ousted President Oliver North, winning reelection as executive vice president in a unanimous vote of top board members.

But beneath the surface, the organization is in turmoil. New York Attorney General Letitia James is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into alleged financial mismanagement at the NRA, while the group is embroiled in a messy lawsuit with its longtime image-maker, Ackerman McQueen. The NRA sued the Oklahoma City-based ad firm last month to get documents as part of an apparent internal investigation into whether the firm has been siphoning money out of the gun lobby, allegations that Ackerman denies.

Then there’s Carry Guard. The program — which offers combat training and liability insurance for shootings carried out in “self-defense” — was founded in 2017 to keep money flowing into the NRA’s dwindling coffers after President Trump’s surprise election left gun owners assured that, for the time being, at least, no “jack-booted” government officials were coming for their firearms.
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/nra-carry-guard-murder-insurance-cost





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Not even 15 years ago, hybrid cars and electric cars were in the beginning phases. Now with the advent of Tesla and many manufacturers trending toward electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles, many have been asking what about trucks? The idea of marketing an electric truck is very tricky, especially when trucks seem to be getting bigger, burning more fuel, and using bigger and bigger tires. Now companies like Ford and GM appear to be investing in them and bringing their own ideas to the market, so what’s holding back the electric truck?

We know Ford has plans to produce an all-electric pickup truck. General Motors has something in the works as well. However, neither automaker has suggested any type of clear timeline, and the news about these upcoming entrants has not only been few and far between, but also rather conflicting.

Meanwhile, there's arguably no doubt that Tesla has an electric pickup truck in the future pipelines. Moreover, Rivian Automotive is well on its way to making similar plans a reality.

According to electric vehicle expert Chris Ruoff (founder and publisher of CHARGED), Ford and GM won't be able to beat Tesla to market with an electric truck. He also believes that Rivian may come out with its product ahead of all three aforementioned automakers. Rouff shared:

"It’s kind of the same conundrum they have with passenger electric vehicles, that it’s a huge risk for them, and if it doesn’t succeed, it’s a big problem.

Automakers, they are really kind of worried. There is no clear path for any automaker right now to transition to electric vehicles in a successful way. There is really no example yet. Everyone is trying to figure it out because they see that it is coming. But what automakers do a lot of is they hedge their bets, they copy successes, they copy each other’s (success), but they just don’t have a great example of what to do yet."

He pointed out that legacy OEMs generate a huge portion of their North American profits from pickup trucks. So, taking the all-electric plunge is scary.
https://insideevs.com/news/349292/electric-pickup-truck-ford-gm-late/




So going after truck owners with electric vehicles is going to be an extremely sticky market to navigate for both experienced conglomerates like GM and Ford, as well as new startups like Rivian and veteran EV manufacturer Tesla. But let’s take a look at Sweden – a country that – not surprising, leads the entire world in electric vehicle production. How have they tackled this situation?

JONKOPING, Sweden (Reuters) - Resembling the helmet of a Star Wars stormtrooper, a driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road in Sweden on Wednesday, in what developer Einride and logistics customer DB Schenker described as a world first.

Robert Falck, the CEO of Swedish start-up Einride, said the company was in partnership talks with major suppliers to help scale production and deliver orders, and the firm did not rule out future tie-ups with large truckmakers.

“This public road permit is a major milestone ... and it is a step to commercializing autonomous technology on roads,” the former Volvo executive told Reuters.

“Since we’re a software and operational first company, a partnership with a manufacturing company is something that we see as a core moving forward,” he said, adding he hoped to seal a deal by next year.
Falck said Einride, whose investors include ex-Daimler Asia trucks head Marc Llistosella, is also courting investors for an ongoing Series A fundraising, often a company’s first sizable one. It previously raised $10 million.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-einride-autonomous-sweden/driverless-electric-truck-starts-deliveries-on-swedish-public-road-idUSKCN1SL0NC




So that’s what is happening across the ocean. But back at home there’s many challenges that present itself in this new burgeoning market. Manufacturing is one challenge that is needed to overcome in order for electric trucks to be viable. With many of the major manufacturers shutting plants and laying off people, how is that going to affect the production? Here’s one solution.

Steve Burns is a man of big ideas. In December 2017 he proudly showed off Workhorse's electric pick-up truck to WVXU, was perfecting drone delivery off the company's electric delivery trucks and touted his personal flying machine. Now he is planning to buy the GM Lordstown plant.

Burns, the former CEO of Workhorse now heading up a yet unnamed company, is in negotiations to buy the shuttered GM plant. He has pledged to hire hundreds of laid-off UAW workers if he can reach a deal with the union.

The company would make electric pick-up trucks for fleets at the plant and already has a total of 6,000 orders from Duke Energy, Ryder, the City of Orlando and others. "Pick-up trucks are the No. 1 vehicle in the country and a large percentage of those are sold to fleets and there is not an electric pick-up truck on the market," Burns says.

These would be "rugged, no frills, utilitarian, get-the-job-done work trucks."

Workhorse is one of five finalists to make an electric vehicle for the U.S. Postal Service. Fox News reports the Post Office will decide later this year who will get the $6 billion deal. If Workhorse gets the contract, Burns says three shifts a day at Lordstown would be needed to manufacture them.
https://www.wvxu.org/post/what-cincinnati-ceo-will-do-if-he-buys-gm-lordstown#stream/0




Yes, the article does go on to mention that the owner has plans of making personal electric helicopters at the Lordstown plant. But let’s not get nuts start with the trucks first. But at least this is a wake up call for the industry to get serious about electric trucks. But what will it take for GM, Ford, and RAM to get serious about competing with Tesla and new electric startups? Maybe this will be an incentive.

What makes California a leader in electric cars? A main reason is a policy requiring car manufacturers to sell electric vehicles in the state.
California is considering a similar policy for trucks

Trucks1 and buses make up just 7 percent of vehicles on the road in California, but 20 percent of global warming emissions and 40 percent of smog-forming nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from the transportation sector, the largest sector for both types of emissions in California.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently released the latest iteration of a policy concept that would do for trucks what it has done for cars: set zero-emission sales targets. If set at the right level, such targets could transform the truck sector from one fueled by diesel to one powered by electricity and hydrogen.

The standard has undergone two and a half years of public workshops and information gathering. It will undergo another year of public input before it is voted on.
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The sales standard proposed by CARB would result in approximately 5 percent of trucks (84,000) operating in California as zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

Viewed from the limited number of electric trucks on the road in California today (less than a thousand), 84,000 zero-emission trucks might sound like a lot. But viewed in terms of the entire 1.5 million trucks operating in the state, 95 percent would still be powered by a combustion engine in 2030.
https://blog.ucsusa.org/jimmy-odea/how-can-we-get-more-electric-trucks-on-the-road




Yes leave it to California to drive change for the rest of the nation to follow. That’s it for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Gather around, my fair brothers and sisters, it’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church of the Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you why the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation! You know we live in some very troubled and rocky times right now. And our attempts to recognize all of our fellow brothers and sisters as equal have not exactly been what one would call successful. There’s a proposed amendment to our constitution that would guarantee equal rights for all citizens. Now isn’t that something that the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want? And here’s a thought – how would everyone being equal somehow impose on your “religious freedom”? But there’s some who are taking this way too far.

The future of the "Equality Act," the landmark LGBT rights bill passed last week by the House, is uncertain. Even if could somehow pass the Republican-controlled Senate, President Donald Trump would likely veto it.

And that would be the right thing to do, no matter what the backlash. From my vantage point as a gay conservative, I can see that the Equality Act goes too far for any level-headed gay rights advocate to support, and its blatant disregard for the basic right to religious freedom is appalling.

The bill purports to protect LGBT Americans like me by prohibiting discrimination “based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit and the jury system.” On the surface, this sounds unobjectionable — after all, no one deserves to face discrimination. Yet the bill defined “public accommodations” so loosely and called for regulations so sweeping that it would crush religious freedom and radically reshape American society.

For example, the Equality Act undermines the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which established a balancing test for religious freedom claims. It established a process for the litigation of discrimination grievances, where religious employers could appeal if found responsible for an offense and their actions could be fairly evaluated.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/05/20/lgbtq-equality-act-fails-fair-religious-freedom-provisions-accommodation-column/3731197002/




Now let’s dissect this here a minute. You want rights, right? Here’s a bill that is going to give you those rights. Instead you think it’s somehow going to impose on your religious freedom? What it really imposes on is your right to be an asshole! Can I get an amen??? But really what are the religious right talking about when they say nonsense like this?

Brian Brown, who fights LGBTQ equality in the U.S. and around the world, sent National Organization for Marriage supporters an email on Wednesday in which he blatantly lied about the Equality Act that has been proposed in Congress. The legislation would add to existing federal civil rights law protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Brown calls it “a direct attack on the religious beliefs of millions of Americans.”

The lies start before you even open the email, with the subject line, “Making support for marriage illegal.” And they continue:

Legislation pending in Congress would make showing support for marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman to be illegal. Under HR 5, the grossly misnamed “Equality Act,” holding the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman would constitute sex discrimination against someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

To be clear, none of this is true. The Equality Act would not make it illegal to “hold the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.” Nor would it make “showing support for marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman to be illegal.” If the law were passed, the First Amendment would allow Brown to continue to send emails like the one he sent this week and work to get the Supreme Court to overturn its marriage equality ruling.

What the Equality Act would do is prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. But that’s enough for Brown to call it an “outrageous assault on people of faith and all supporters of true marriage.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/brian-brown-is-still-lying-about-the-equality-act/




And that is true. I mean do they really believe it when they spout this nonsense? I have personally been asking this question since I first started my church. The Equality Act does not discriminate against marriage and it certainly doesn’t impose on religious freedom. Like I said what it really imposes on is your right to be an asshole. That’s all, nothing more, nothing less. And it most definitely won’t cause GAWD to destroy America! That much I know for sure. Can I get an amen???

On “The 700 Club” this morning, televangelist Pat Robertson warned that passage of the Equality Act, which seeks to add protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity to existing civil rights laws, will cause God to destroy America.

Robertson was interviewing Religious Right activist Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel about the legislation, which Staver declared to be “the biggest threat to religious freedom and freedom in general and the sanctity of human life” ever to be considered in Congress. Following the interview, Robertson urged his viewers to contact their members of Congress and the White House and voice their opposition to the bill.

“This is a devastating blow to religious freedom and to the sanctity of America,” he said. “If you want to bring the judgment of God on this nation, you just keep this stuff up. You know, I was reading in Leviticus where it said, ‘Because of these things, the land will vomit you out.’ Vomit you out. I think God will say, ‘I’ve had it with America, if you do this kind of stuff, I’m going to get rid of you as a nation.'”

“There is plenty of stuff that is going on,” Robertson added. “When you look at the potential of atomic war, when you look at the potential of a solar strike or something on our [electric] grid, you could go down the line of devastation that could happen to our nation. We don’t want that. We want the blessing of God, not the curse of God.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/pat-robertson-passage-of-the-equality-act-will-cause-god-to-destroy-america/




Yes, Pat, I don’t think you know what the word GAWD means, yet you keep using it! But while my brothers and sisters keep using that word, this might be one of my favorite things that has been said about the Equality Act so far. And well, just when you think it can’t get any crazier, new depths of depravity are reached.

Michelle Cretella, the executive director of an anti-LGBTQ pseudo-science organization, said that the Equality Act should actually be called the “Death to Christianity Act.”

May 10 episode of Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, guest host Sarah Perry, FRC Action’s Director of Partnerships, and Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians (a right-wing group not to be confused with the professional organization, American Academy of Pediatrics), shared their opposition to the Equality Act, which would seek to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity into existing anti-discrimination laws. The duo claimed that the proposed legislation would take children who believe they may be transgender and force doctors to “do harm to these kids.”

“I think it’s really super important for all listeners to realize this law, if it passes, if this bill becomes law, it impacts everyone. And a better name for it is the ‘Death to Christianity Act.’ OK? That’s going to be the umbrella. … Christianity, it will cease to be publicly practiced. It’ll become against the law,” Cretella said.

The American College of Pediatricians has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its fierce anti-LGBTQ stances and peddling of junk science supporting gay conversion therapy, and opposing transgender rights and gay adoption. SPLC reports that the organization, despite its glaring propagandizing, serves as a “go-to authority for far-right media outlets like Breitbart and the Daily Caller, and Christian publications and websites.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/anti-lgbtq-group-director-the-equality-act-should-be-called-the-death-to-christianity-act/




Yeah so equality for everyone means death to Christianity? I think you protest way too much! I mean really, these fucking people. Mass has ended may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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There’s a very fine line between being a fan… and being a fan. You know the type – the kind who take their favorite sports team and turn it into a 24/7 lifestyle brand. It’s not enough to be a fan of the Red Sox – you have to have your bedroom painted to look like a replica of the Green Monster and dress up like Big Papi for Halloween. But that’s racist because you’d be wearing blackface. Hey I’m not the one who thought of it! So with that said, MAGA fans are a rare breed of super fan. They have no team attached, other than glorious leader Trump, and would blindly follow Trump off a cliff if he instructed them to do so, because that’s what a good cult leader does – break down their followers’ ability to think freely. So a series of incidents is going to have us asking the question – “Is it OK to show your MAGA pride at public events?”. I think that we all know the answer to that!

Several fans unfurled a massive Trump 2020 banner at Friday night’s Boston Red Sox game against the Seattle Mariners, prompting other fans to quickly rip it down.

The incident, which happened at Fenway Park, quickly spread on social media, where fans posted photos and videos and offered mixed opinions.

“I would’ve ripped it down as well,” Aimie Searles said. “Good for them.”

Another fan disagreed.

“Yell and scream at it,” Steven Salhaney said. “Yeah, I agree. Boo. Definitely. Tearing it down? No.”

Shortly after the incident, Dion Cini accepted responsibility for the fiasco, posting a photo of himself holding the banner on Twitter with the caption: “Got my flag back.”
https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Fans-Unfurl-Massive-Trump-2020-Banner-at-Fenway-Park-509800401.html




Oh come on this is Boston here, some of the rowdiest sports fans in the country. We pay good money for those seats at Fenway! If a giant banner is blocking my view, I’m ripping that shit down, regardless of what’s on it! But this wasn’t the only incident where a Trump supporter went full MAGA in public. And you never go full MAGA, not in a million years! I also want to show you this incident from Disney World last year:

Walt Disney World has banned a man who held a "Trump 2020" sign on Splash Mountain just weeks after he hung a similar banner elsewhere in the Magic Kingdom.

Dion Cini of New York City was photographed holding a "Trump 2020" sign while wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap on Splash Mountain last week. The photo was among those taken of all of the water ride's passengers, which they can purchase afterward.

Disney said that as a result of the display it has "permanently prevented" Cini from visiting its parks.

The contents of Cini's sign were not an issue, the company said, but rather that it violated park policies prohibiting the unauthorized use of any flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes or to incite a crowd.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/disney-world-bans-man-who-held-trump-sign-splash-mountain-n936151




Yeah that one gets a thumbs up from the man himself, and you all know how he loves him some loyalty, right? Oh and then there was this incident from a bar in New York City back in March where a guy went full MAGA in public and suffered the consequences of that. And of course he leaves off the part about being a racist douche.

The video starts with Cini, not in view of the camera, saying, "he said he won't serve me because I've got this hat on." The bartender, a young man wearing a backwards green Jets hat, hits at Cini's phone, who then says, "Don't take my f***ing phone!"

A minute into the video, Cini asks: "You won't serve me another beer because I'm wearing my hat?" The bartender responds, "Correct." Cini asks the same question again, and the bartender gives him a thumbs up.

But Mitch Banchik, who owns the bar, said that Cini was actually refused service before he began shooting the video and for an entirely different reason: being disruptive and using an ethnic slur.

Banchik wasn't in the bar when the incident happened, but spoke to several employees who were working at Jake's Dilemma that night, including the bartender, to find out what happened. He said that calls to the staff in the wake of the incident have been so threatening and disturbing that he felt uncomfortable asking them to speak to the media.

"The problems actually started long before he put his camera on," Banchik told CBS News in a telephone interview. Cini was being "loud and obnoxious," he said.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/maga-hat-bar-trump-supporter-kicked-out-upper-west-side-bar-jakes-dilemma-whole-story-2019-03-14/




Gee, what’s that you say? A Trump supporter was being loud, obnoxious and racist in public *WHILE* wearing a MAGA hat? I’m shocked!! And then as if that’s not enough, there was this incident from a high school in Minnesota – where during a basketball game, were being racist. I can’t help but put my finger on it, but I’m sensing a pattern here and I think I can guess what it is!

A high school basketball coach of a predominantly black school has questioned the Trump campaign banner displayed by fans of an opposing team.

As reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Roosevelt High School (Minneapolis) was visiting Jordan (Minn.) High School on Monday when coach Mike Walker noticed a group of white fans sitting in the front row of the stands holding a “Trump 2020” campaign banner while wearing all red, white and blue clothing.

Walker posted a photo he took of the students and the banner to Facebook with his personal commentary about why he felt it was inappropriate. The photo has been removed from the Facebook page.

The answer to the coach’s question apparently arrived in the comments to his post; a woman named Bridget Kahn commented on the coach’s Facebook post that the Trump banner was hers and was intended as part of a, “long-planned USA blackout theme night.” She expounded on those circumstances later with the Star-Tribune:
https://usatodayhss.com/2019/minn-coach-of-predominantly-black-school-questions-opposing-fans-trump-campaign-banner




I’m surprised that didn’t happen at the fans. But do you get it yet folks? Do you see why showing your MAGA pride might, I don’t know, be considered bad? And you wouldn’t know any better. But I suggest putting your money where your mouth is. The next time you show your MAGA pride wearing a Trump shirt, hat, or unfurling a large sign or banner, you might want to consider where they are made since it directly contradicts your favorite president’s “America First” policy:

President Donald Trump's 2020 reelection banners are being made in haste at one Chinese flag factory as the fear of more tariffs loom.

Workers in Fuyang, China have been busy at work, leaning over sewing machine tables, hemming the edges of Trump's "Keep America Great!" banners and shipping them off. While the summer is usually the slow season at Jiahao Flag Co Ltd, the factory has packaged more than 90,000 of the iconic red, white and blue banners since March, according to Reuters.

Manager Yao Yuanyuan told the wire service that the increase is tied to the ongoing trade war with the U.S. Already, the U.S. has slapped tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods and last week, Trump signaled he could increase that to all $505 billion in goods that China imports.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/07/26/trumps-2020-banners-made-chinese-factory-fear-tarriffs/844226002/





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This week – ultra conservative, extremely far right campus recruiting group TPUSA. How are they still a thing? You might remember TPUSA from last year when their Kent State chapter famously attempted to protest campus “safe spaces” by wearing diapers and acting like babies, and well, that backfired on them big time. But they just can’t help but being racist and saying racist things. But we can’t escape the fact that one of the biggest conservative recruiting organizations has a problem with racists. And it’s not just the UNLV chapter. It’s happening all across the country. Just remember conservatives, we’re laughing at you, not with you. But the racists can’t help but being racist, and groups like TPUSA have a huge problem with that.

Turning Point USA, a nationwide organization of student Republicans with more than 1,000 chapters, has an institutional problem with white supremacy and bigotry.

Just after midnight on Friday, the group announced that it had canned its University of Nevada Las Vegas chapter leader, identified as Riley Grisar, after a video surfaced depicting him and a woman on a bed, flashing the white supremacist “OK” sign, declaring “white power” and spouting racial slurs.

Turning Point quickly decried the video ― surfaced by the independent outlet It’s Going Down on Thursday night ― as “abhorrent, un-American and disqualifying,” and attempted to distance itself from Gisar’s bigoted commentary.

“TPUSA has a zero-tolerance policy for hate, no matter the medium or how dated the act or comment, and we hold our tens of thousands of students to the highest of standards,” the group stated on Twitter.

However, this isn’t an isolated incident. There’s a demonstrable pattern of extremism and white supremacist ideology in TPUSA’s top ranks.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tpusa-college-republican-group-turning-point-has-a-white-supremacy-problem_n_5cd58fdbe4b0796a95dac4f6?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9uZXdzLmdvb2dsZS5jb20v&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAACfksSJXUB80jzBZNaom-DFrnOq93laQ7lPmgh2cXEU8faLgcPyEUroERs5rhK7Us_Vp6jxXovpac2WQW81i7Cja9AqHdZ9cCkfSBVhaUpsOps8Ezw1n-G8P6Qn67eHh0xpr8ETZ9ezSkw9FO3DiN7w04e2zWSg8yvAdUI3r4qU2




Wait, what? That’s not right there. But anyway due to some severe changes in management, TPUSA has gone through a bit of a rocky time. It’s quite ironic that TPUSA has a zero tolerance against hate because that’s all their members do. By the way if you were to look up TPUSA, you would see an alarming number of articles from Breitbart (natch) like this one about how hostile campus environments have become toward TPUSA events. But really, no one wants your hate speech. In fact TPUSA has become quite the problem on campus.

The University of Connecticut spent $24,889.38 to secure the Turning Point USA speaking event on April 9.

The university paid $4,285.82 to CSC Security, unofficially referred to as the “Yellow Jackets,” $17,635.94 in UConn police overtime, and $2,967.62 to UConn fire overtime, UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said.

“The amount of security associated with the visit was based on reviews of events and security at previous venues where the guests had appeared,” Reitz said.

Discussions on campus and in the community leading up to the event as well as the recognition that on-campus speaker events nationwide are drawing also affected the amount of security, Reitz said.
http://dailycampus.com/stories/2019/4/25/tpusa-event-security-cost-university-over-24000




Yes, TPUSA is costing campuses a lot of money to host their events. Because they are so toxic, no one wants to deal with them. In fact even Candace Owens, a founding member of TPUSA recently quit the group after getting booed at a speech in London for some controversial comments she made about Hitler. And you don’t go full Hitler.

Candace Owens, the GOP darling for the moment, has officially resigned as communications director for Turning Point USA, the right-leaning organization aimed at educating college students about “free markets and limited government,” according to its website.

Owens announced her exit plans in a lengthy Instagram post on May 1, and her departure comes amid calls from supporters and members of the organization for her to step down following controversial comments she made in February about Adolf Hitler.

While speaking at a London event to launch a U.K. chapter of TPUSA, she argued that Hitler was an “OK” leader until he tried to take his message of genocide global.

“If Hitler just wanted to make Germany great and have things run well, OK fine,” she said in response to a question about nationalism. “The problem is he had dreams outside of Germany. He wanted to globalize … he wanted everyone to be German.”
https://thegrio.com/2019/05/07/candace-owens-quits-turning-point-usa-after-members-demand-she-resign/




That is a good question! But in case you’re wondering how TPUSA is allowed to continue to exist despite how toxic the organization is, and the fact that they invite and incite violence, then blame the “leftists” for their faults, there was this. TPUSA and their quest to end “radical leftism” on campus came to a screeching halt when its’ ISP decided that it was no longer going to host their “Professor Watchlist”.

Professor Watchlist, a project of right-wing youth organization Turning Point USA that was dedicated to naming and shaming “college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom,” appears to have been suspended by its web host.

The Professor Watchlist website featured maps and directories of instructors whom Turning Point USA staff claimed were indoctrinating university students with radical left-of-center politics. The project was launched in 2016; the list of allegedly offending professors in its directory numbered in the hundreds before it went offline. Critics of Professor Watchlist have shared concerns that the site was a “threat to academic freedom.” A professor placed on the list said he worried that being on the list would result in the targeting of him and his family for harassment or worse.

As of this morning, the Professor Watchlist website displayed a generic error message stating: “This Account has been suspended.”

Archives show the website was active as recently as May 9.

Right Wing Watch attempted to reach someone on the project at the phone number that was listed on the Professor Watchlist website but was unable to connect with the number listed, indicating that it may be disconnected.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/tpusas-professor-watchlist-suspended-by-web-host/




Yes, TPUSA’s general nature has become so toxic even their own ISP doesn’t want anything to do with them. And by the way in case you are wondering about their founder, Charlie Kirk, well he attempted to start a new organization called, un-ironically called Turning Point Action. So if you can guess that it is not even a month old and is already being investigated by the IRS for potential fraud, it’s definitely not at all surprising.

Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk is launching a new political action arm to the organization that he’s calling Turning Point Action, but an early donation link may have already violated nonprofit tax rules and regulations.

CNBC reported yesterday that Kirk was preparing to launch a 501(c)(4) entity that would be allowed to campaign for and against candidates pursuing office in 2020. Turning Point Action, which CNBC discovered via a donor link, is expected to launch in June.

The donor link created last week with the headline “REMOVE ILHAN OMAR” asked people to contribute money to Turning Point Action in order to demonstrate to Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar “how much we’re willing to donate to fight to REMOVE HER from office.”

When a donor gives money to Turning Point Action’s 501(c)(4) fund for electoral work, whether it be $45 to honor Trump as the 45th president or $1,000 to receive a personal thank you note from Kirk, they are promised a bumper sticker distributed by Turning Point USA’s 501(c)(3) operation as a token of the organization’s gratitude. The sticker declares that its affixer loves capitalism and prominently features the URL for Turning Point USA’s website.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/charlie-kirks-new-political-group-may-have-already-violated-irs-regulations/




So, some heavy fraud, death threats, some light racism, and lying to the IRS. And yet this guy earned lots of praise from President Trump. Very fine people, right. That’s enough to make you ask – TPUSA:




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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And I feel like literally every single one of these could come from our favorite penis-shaped state of Florida and we will get to those in a minute. But first I want to talk about motivation. So there was a brewery in North Carolina where they had a transport van stolen from them. And rather than getting the police involved, the brewery decided to do something smart and creative instead – offer up some free beer! And you know what happened next? No, sir, that didn’t happen. Instead they found the van in less than an hour.

Police officers around the country may want to take note on what gets people to start talking to police when they know a crime has been committed.

The Unknown Brewing Company in Charlotte, North Carolina took to social media Monday to ask for help in finding the company’s delivery van after thieves stole it. In return for the information, the company offered to throw a party for the person who first identifies where the van was.

“Please help us find it. Share with all of your friends. Who ever finds it, Brad will buy you a keg party ! If you stole it and bring it back,you will also get a keg party (smile for the camera). Please DM us if you see it,” the company wrote on its Facebook page.

Sure enough, more than a dozen tips came in and 42 minutes after the post went public, the company had found their missing van.

https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/05/brewery-offers-free-beer-for-info-on-stolen-van-42-minutes-later-it-was-located.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mlivedotcom_sf&fbclid=IwAR13q4LjRO0kZ4oVk5Jv0V1Vow2lpbg83Zv2WpXALSQXSa4UGLzuag5GhY0




So yeah that happened. And hey it’s the two greatest words in the English language – free beer! Now let’s get into the dumb people shall we? When you break into a house what’s your first thought? Mine would be to get the fuck out but this woman instead decided to channel her inner Marge Simpson and clean the dishes.

An Ohio woman was taken to jail and charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into a residence and making herself feel at home.

Deputies from the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Hamden, which is Southeast of Columbus, for reports of a break in on Monday morning.

Investigators learned from an individual on scene that a woman identified as Cheyenne Ewing allegedly entered the home through the back door uninvited, sat down on the couch, and then began to play with the family dog.

According to Vinton County Sheriff Shawn Justice, Ewing washed the dishes before leaving the home.
https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Ohio-woman-broke-into-home-and-started-washing-dishes-deputies-say-509824651.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




Yeah I’m sure it was like that! Next up, now it’s time to go to the Sunshine State. And this might be one of my favorites, especially since the NBA finals are currently in full swing. But would you believe that maybe the secret to improving your game would be to lose those tight, bunchy gym shorts and even the ever-cumbersome jock strap? Well that’s what this one Florida Man did:

A nude man found playing basketball last night in a Florida park told police that “he feels playing naked enhances his skill level,” according to an arrest report detailing the hoopster's bust for indecent exposure.

Responding to a call about a “white male who was not wearing clothing” inside Candyland Park in Longwood, an Orlando suburb, a patrolman discovered Jordon Anderson, 29, shooting hoops while unencumbered by any clothing.

When Officer William Humphries asked Anderson what he was doing, the suspect “stated he was working on his basketball skills and he feels playing naked enhances his skill level.” Anderson, the report notes, “was asked to put his clothing on and he complied.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/basketball/nekkid-bball-guy-275938




Next up – how many people have a sunroof on their car? But you know what you don’t do with that said sunroof? Use it as a ride. And that’s exactly what this Florida Man did. So yeah people the sun roof is not meant to act as a 5th car seat. And especially don’t drive with someone sitting on it while you’re going at this speed. That could end very badly for all parties involved.

A 70-year-old Florida motorist was arrested Tuesday after an off-duty cop spotted the suspect driving while “sitting on the sunroof” of his Cadillac sedan, according to court records.

Leonard Olaf Olsen, the accused septuagenarian, was traveling on Interstate 4 around 1 PM on May 7 when the sheriff’s deputy spotted him recklessly driving his vehicle. The deputy, who recorded Olsen in action, estimated that the Cadillac reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

After initially claiming not to recall being atop the sunroof, Olsen copped to the dangerous driving (which, he said, occurred while the car was on cruise control).

“The car drives itself and has a gigantic computer in it," Olsen explained. “I thought it would be a nice way to praise God for a minute, and I thought it would be nice at the time and that's what I did.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/reckless-geriatric-menace-264891




Next up – we could probably do an entire “People Are Dumb” based on the dumb things that people have stolen large quantities of. And I’m sure that when this particular Florida Man got in the truck, he didn’t know it was full of… coffins! Yup! And now we can add this to “ridiculous things that people have stolen”.

Highway patrol arrested a man who was suspected of stealing a box truck full of caskets in Jacksonville, Florida on Monday.

Having been alerted to be on the lookout for a Ryder truck by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which had been reported stolen from a Jacksonville casket company, Florida Highway Patrol located the vehicle shortly before noon on Monday. However, once a trooper ran tags on the truck, the driver failed to pull over and pressed ahead instead.

A 25-mile chase on Interstate 295 ensued, with police chasing the truck and eventually managing to halt it after it came off the interstate and stopped at a red light at the intersection between Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Moncrief Road.

Once they stopped the truck, troopers found out it was carrying a rather unusual load, which included three caskets.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/florida-man-arrested-after-allegedly-stealing-truck-full-of-coffins/ar-AABkZV1?OCID=ansmsnnews11




Finally this week we go to the Show Me State for this one. And you know Florida Man either has cousins or he has some competition. But when you go to bail out someone you know / love, and you have a criminal record yourself, maybe I don’t know, don’t show up at the police station with a bag of meth, because that’s what happened here:

Those were the words of Audrain County Sheriff Matt Oller Wednesday morning in a Facebook post regarding an arrest from the day before.

Oller stated he noticed on a video monitor a deputy was arresting a lady in the sheriff's office. Amanda Smith had come to bond her boyfriend out of jail, but, as Oller stated, the 29-year-old woman had her license revoked in April.

When staff were dealing with other inmated and not looking at Smith, Oller saw the woman digging around in her clothes. He called over his chief deputy and had him watch the video monitor to review what had happened. The chief deputy then went to the booking desk and told Smith he would need the bag of meth she brought to the jail.

If you're going to commit a couple of felonies, do it somewhere other than the Sheriff's Office. We'll arrest you and put you in jail for committing felonies - especially when you literally come to us to commit them in our presence, on video......... I mean, c'mon....
https://krcgtv.com/news/local/woman-with-revoked-license-drives-to-jail-to-post-boyfriends-bond-hides-meth-in-pants




I love the statement from the Sheriff in that story by the way. I mean come on!!! That’s it this week for:




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16 states will enter and only one state will be crowned the new Top 10 Conservative Idiots Stupidest State!



Here it is folks! The grand finale!!!! We are live at UCLA’s legendary Pauley Pavilion in Westwood for all the action as we enter the final round of the tournament. 16 will enter, two will play for the crown and the title of being the Top 10 Conservative Idiots Stupidest State! Last week, Wisconsin showed upstart favorite Georgia who’s boss to win the Layover League and advance to their first ever title matchup in program history. On the flip side, Florida Man again attempted a ridiculous stunt to win the Flyover League and cost Florida the tournament, allowing longtime Family Values favorite Alabama to get the upper hand and win the match and advance to their first title match in 14 years! Let’s get out those brackets and follow along!



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So here we go! It’s the final matchup! Who will win? In this corner it’s Wisconsin! We’ve talked a lot about how Trump is trying to woo Chinese human rights atrocity Foxconn to its’ state and is experiencing a lot of backlash. But we’ve already discussed that enough. Instead we’re going to talk about how completely fucked up the Wisconsin GOP is. So how bad is the GOP hurting in Wisconsin after they got their asses handed to them trying to reelect Scott Walker?

Gov. Scott Walker, the party has fallen on financial hardship, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. After maxing out a credit card and failing to pay it off, the party has been charged $600 a month in interest, according to a draft of an internal report.

The financial review was commissioned by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and other top Wisconsin Republicans in the aftermath of their disastrous loss in the 2018 midterms. The final version of the report, missing some details about credit card spending, was released Monday.

In addition to showing the party was broke, the report also found that the state GOP was “recklessly reliant” on consultants who charged exorbitant fees up to $500,000.
https://splinternews.com/wisconsin-gop-is-broke-after-their-failed-bid-to-reelec-1834736681




And in case you’re wondering if the Wisconsin GOP has their finger on the pulse of the electorate in Wisconsin, can you guess if they’re running on any of the issues that matter to voters the most? Like I don’t know – abortion? No. The economy? No. Medicaid expansion? No. Legalized pot? No. And the even more fucked up thing? We still can’t beat them!

Wisconsin Republicans voted Thursday to scrap expanding Medicaid, legalizing medical marijuana, raising the minimum wage and a host of other priorities of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers as they begin dismantling his two-year budget plan.

Evers and Democrats remain defiant, saying the public is on their side in support of expanding Medicaid. They ran on their promise to expand the health program for the poor and believe their victories in 2018 were due in large part to that position. Polls also show broad public support.

"Medicaid is being removed in this first motion because you're losing," said Democratic Rep. Evan Goyke. "This is a popular item supported by the people of the state of Wisconsin and every single day it's getting more popular."
https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-wisconsin-republicans-medicaid-expansion-20190509-story.html




And the fate of the Wisconsin GOP may lie in just one guy, and we really might have to do a “People Who Somehow Got Elected” in a future edition because really, Ron Johnson is a gem. And I mean that in the most non flattering way possible. So how do we keep losing to morons like this? I really want to know because… just… ahhhhhhh!!!

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson rode to Washington, D.C., nearly a decade ago as anyone but a career politician and was re-elected after promising to leave office after just two terms.

But now Johnson is embracing his new role as the leader of Wisconsin's Republican Party and is mulling a third term or even a bid for governor.

That's because on the morning of Nov. 7, the U.S. senator from Oshkosh woke up as the only Republican representing the entire state of Wisconsin to survive the election the night before. The "last man standing," as he calls it.

"When I noticed Scott Walker didn't win, nor Brad Schimel or obviously the lieutenant governor, I realized I was the last statewide representative," Johnson, who wasn't on the November ballot, said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's a role I never sought, but it's a responsibility I take pretty seriously."
https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/06/ron-johnson-left-lead-wisconsin-gop-while-contemplating-future/3290990002/




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And here comes Alabama! Yes, the state that just equated abortion with murder and is punishing accordingly is showing no signs of slowing down! In fact their governor is someone who we may have to do a “People Who Somehow Got Elected” on Kay Ivey because really, how did she get elected? Oh wait, it’s fucking Alabama, the people who keep wanting Roy Moore to represent them somehow. Yes, family values run deep in Alabama, and Kay Ivey shows you what it’s all about. And apparently they are doing this “for the children” but really – fundies couldn’t give a flying fuck about children.

Alabama's governor said Monday the new abortion ban she recently signed into law reflects the high value residents place on the "sanctity of life," adding she doesn't expect any fallout from the controversial measure on tourism or business recruitment.

Gov. Kay Ivey last week approved the most stringent abortion law in the nation — making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest. Asked about criticism the state has received— particularly over the lack of an exception for rape and industry — the Republican governor noted the bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Alabama Legislature without the exceptions.

"The Legislature has spoken," she said. "It underscores the sanctity of life the people of Alabama value so highly."
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/gop-governor-says-abortion-ban-shows-alabama-values-sanctity-life-n1007816




Really? They seriously value sanctity of life? Oh wait, they don’t give a shit! Especially when Alabama leads the country with the nation’s highest infant mortality rate. Yes! The state that gave us a law equating abortion with murder has the country’s highest number of infant deaths. And no, Trump, this does not mean executions. This means something fucked up on the birthing table!

From the moment Darwina Johnson found out she was pregnant, she had hopes and dreams for her baby.

"For months of planning of like, 'Hey, I'm excited, I'm having a baby," she said.

Instead, her joy turned to heartbreak. Johnson lost her baby when she was five months pregnant.

"I'm not going to get that bundle of joy," she said. "I regret I never [saw] her eyes, because she never opened her eyes for me."

Far too many woman in Alabama can relate to Johnson's loss. Alabama has the highest infant mortality rate in the country, sitting at 9.1 deaths per 1,000 according to Department of Public Health 2016 data. During that year 537 infants died.
https://www.wsfa.com/story/38990061/al-has-highest-infant-mortality-rate-data-shows/




Don’t get too comfortable there. I could go on and on about how stupid Alabama is in passing this legislation, but instead I’ll just let Kay Ivey do the talking. While there’s many reasons to boycott Alabama and other, more sane states like California, Nevada, and Colorado are actually advising their employees against traveling to Alabama, Kay Ivey seems to think it’s just fine. She said as her nose grew about 15 inches.

Alabama’s governor said Monday the new abortion ban she recently signed into law reflects the high value residents place on the “sanctity of life,” adding she doesn’t expect any fallout from the controversial measure on tourism or business recruitment.

Gov. Kay Ivey last week approved the most stringent abortion law in the nation— making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother's health. The law provides no exception for rape and incest. Asked about criticism the state has received— particularly over the lack of an exception for rape and industry— the Republican governor noted the bill was overwhelmingly approved by the Alabama Legislature without the exceptions.

“The Legislature has spoken,” she said. “It underscores the sanctity of life the people of Alabama value so highly.”

The Republican governor was asked about the ban after a news conference Monday about the state tourism industry. The bill's passage drew calls on social media by some opponents to boycott the state in protest.
https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/ivey-alabama-abortion-ban-will-not-hurt-tourism.html




[font size="4"]And The Winner Is…[/font]

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!! And it was a no brainer – Alabama rolled Wisconsin. You may roll tide, but the Crimson Tide of Alabama steamrolled the Wisconsin Cheeseheads and knocked them out of the contest and declared victory with a final score of 105 – 80. Congratulations to Alabama, they are our 2019 Stupidest State champions!!! They are celebrating on the court and the fans are rioting outside, Alabama has triumphed over all detractors to win the Family Values Conference, the Flyover League, and now they are our 2019 Stupidest State Champion!

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Congratulations to Alabama for winning it all in the 2019 Stupidest State Championship! Alabama will take home the coveted DeLay Trophy! And as always I want to thank all of the fine people who help make the NFFSA possible, all the venues that hosted us, all the states, the coaches, and staff, our travel partners, and the staff and management of all the venues that hosted us. and congratulations to all of the states that participated this year. You earned it. Alabama is a shining example of conservative idiocy and the one who we are proud to call this year’s champion! I We will see you back next at this time next year! Now let’s play that song we all know and love!





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[font size="8”]Ice Cube[/font]

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get this post season party started! My next guest is the hip hop legend himself. His latest album is called “Everythang’s Corrupt”, you can see him September 20th in Ontario at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Playing his song “That New Funkadelic”, give it up for the one the only Ice Cube!!!




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-18: How To Lose A Billion In 10 Days Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-18: How To Lose A Billion In 10 Days Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Sign up today and get 4 free phones and unlimited gigs on our super fast 4G LTE network! We are back everybody! And it’s good to be home too! We’ve been on the road for a while and had an absolutely great time. But now the time has come where we need to return home and close out this season! Season 7 is going to be very exciting which will include our big Texas roadshow and our university tour. So we need to talk about the sinking ship known as the Los Angeles Lakers. They were a basketball team. They had some of the greatest players of all time and used to win championships. You might have heard of them. Ask your parents. You know that thing that happens when you hit rock bottom? Well the Lakers most certainly did that. after making waves signing LeBron, you would have thought they were going to win championships again. Instead it’s literally been everything but that. But my favorite thing were the two high school guys who they interviewed who went down to the protest who were like “we should be in school but this is more important”. And then the people who said they should hire LaVar Ball. Really? You really want to go there? I mean if you want to see a disaster, look no further than the LA Lakers. We may have to do a deep dive on the sinking ship known as the Lakers next week for “I Need A Drink”. But for now just consider the fact that there were only 30 people at the protest and it made national news. Yes, to quote Tobias Funke, there are dozens of us! Dozens!!!! OK that’s enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first we have to play John Oliver’s dissection of the Green New Deal, which conservatives probably didn’t read:



Ladies and gentlemen, returning to the #1 slot this week is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (1)! WOOOOOOOOO!!! So the New York Times dropped a bombshell about Trump’s taxes – his ass is broke! But… fake news!!! in the second slot this week is Donald Trump Jr (2), and he is in some deep shit after being subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee. And he’s refusing to go quietly! In the 3rd slot this week, is anyone really *THAT* surprised that the guy who took money to build Trump’s wall (3) is a con artist? Yeah neither are we. In the 4th slot this week, it’s the anniversary of Melania Trump’s (4) Be Best anti-bullying campaign, and has it had a positive effect on schools? Well, judging by the content of her husband’s character and tweets, not really. Taking the 5th slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, and this week there’s a bizarre twist in measles outbreaks that are happening all over the country. Is an old episode of the Brady Bunch from 1969 fueling anti vaxxer hysteria? Hey, measles are fun! In the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and our resident pastor is perplexed that his fellow zealots are heading to New York to protest outside of Hillary Clinton’s home, because Q. Really. In the 7th slot this week is a new How Is This Still A Thing? (7). Yay! We haven’t done one of these in a while. Giant corporations lecturing us about personal expenses – how is this still a thing and why do our corporate masters keep getting away with it? In the 8th slot this week we are going to debut a new segment called “This Will Work! FACT!” (8). So this week on the day Uber goes public, drivers are planning to strike for better wages and working conditions, and we will show them how they can get the upper hand on management. This will work. FACT! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot is People Are Dumb, because of course they are! And finally we’re in the home stretch of our Stupidest State Contest! It’s time for the Final Four, and we’re live at the home of the USC Trojans, the fabulous Galen Center for all the action! Georgia. Wisconsin. Florida. Alabama. Two of these teams will advance. The other two will go home. Plus we have some live music for you from the legendary Bad Religion! Really buy their new album “Age Of Unreason” or you are no friend of this program. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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So Trump is still frothing at the mouth crazy over the Mueller report that came that close to nailing his illegal and potentially fraudulent election results. But what is he hiding? Innocent people don’t gloat about how they almost got indicted. Well his public enemy number one – the Fake News New York Times, got a hold of his tax returns from 1985 – 1994. Yeah it might be old news but you know what that did? It revealed something very shocking about your favorite president – his ass is broke! Yes, the guy who gave us the Art Of The Deal and many failed businesses spent like a drunken sailor. But Trump doesn’t drink. Well here’s how it happened.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s businesses lost a total of more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994, according to the New York Times, which said it obtained printouts from Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts.

The newspaper said Trump posted losses in excess of $250 million in both 1990 and 1991, which appeared to be more than double any other individual U.S. taxpayer in an annual IRS sampling of high-income earners.

Trump lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years, the Times said.

Over the 10 years, Trump’s core businesses, including casinos, hotels and apartment buildings, lost $1.17 billion, according to the newspaper.

The Times quoted a lawyer for the president, Charles Harder, as saying the tax information was “highly inaccurate.”

Trump, a real estate magnate who turned over the running of his businesses to his sons after his election in 2016, touted his business acumen and negotiating skills on the campaign trail
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/08/trump-tax-returns-from-1985-1994-reportedly-show-1-billion-in-losses.html




Holy shit!!!! How does one go that broke that quickly? Was he watching a romantic comedy called “How To Lose A Billion In 10 Days”? And I could totally see Matthew McConaughey playing Trump in that role too. And if it’s this bad, what is it going to take to get those tax returns? Especially when our current Treasury Secretary is doing his best impression of the heckler from Happy Gilmore. You will not see these tax returns, jackass!!!

The Treasury Department said on Monday that it would not release President Trump’s tax returns to Congress, defying a request from House Democrats and setting up a legal battle likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court.

Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, wrote in a letter to Representative Richard E. Neal, Democrat of Massachusetts and the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, that Mr. Neal’s request for the tax returns “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” and that he was not authorized to disclose them. The decision came after weeks of delays as Mr. Mnuchin said that his department and the Justice Department needed to study the provision of the tax code that Democrats were using to seek six years’ worth of the president’s personal and business tax returns.

The request for Mr. Trump’s taxes is the latest instance of the Trump administration rebuffing congressional oversight efforts.

“As you have recognized, the committee’s request is unprecedented, and it presents serious constitutional questions, the resolution of which may have lasting consequences for all taxpayers,” Mr. Mnuchin wrote in the one-page letter.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/06/us/politics/trump-tax-returns-mnuchin.html




You will not see these tax returns, jackass!!!! And yes, John Oliver’s evil doppleganger does have a point – they run the show. And they will be like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown, except Lucy kicks Charlie in the ribs when he’s lying in the ground and spits in his face. You know, just to rub salt in the wound. Just like the sado-masochists they are. And how are they further rubbing salt in the wound?

Trump won the 2016 election -- as the exit polling makes clear -- for one reason: Because he was viewed as a change agent in a year in which people wanted change. Of the 4 in 10 voters who said a candidate who could bring about "needed" change was their most important priority in choosing who to vote for, Trump won 82% of their votes. That was the entire election.

Could you make the case that Trump's refusal to release his tax returns -- ostensibly because they were under audit -- was part of the "needed" change that drew people to him? Yes, in the sense that you can make literally any argument in the world when there isn't a specific data point to either affirm or refute your claim.

But there is a 0% chance that argument was what Trump was trying to do with his tweet. Instead, he was -- as he often does -- just saying stuff. I'll prove it -- with Trump's own words.
The first clause of the tweet makes a simple argument: He was helped to victory by not releasing his tax returns; "I won the 2016 Election partially based on no Tax Returns," he wrote.
The second clause -- "and the voters didn't care" -- directly undermines the argument from the first clause. Was his failure to release his tax returns a reason voters voted for him (first clause) or a non-factor in the 2016 election (second clause)? Because it can't be both.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/13/politics/donald-trump-taxes/index.html




He’s actually probably right about that – the voters probably don’t give a shit about his tax returns but you know what didn’t happen? He didn’t win a fucking election because he didn’t release them! But don’t think that this isn’t over. Hell no, it’s not over by a long shot! In fact it’s just getting started and it seems like it’s going to be a long up hill battle. If Trump’s got nothing to hide, then why doesn’t he release them?

We’re starting to get at least a partial picture of what Donald Trump has been trying to hide since ducking releasing his tax returns during the 2016 campaign and then sidestepping demands from Democrats in Congress to see them.

The New York Times has delivered two major investigative scoops — unearthing tax documents filed by Trump’s father and some documents filed by Trump himself, mostly in the 1980s — that explain how Trump became rich in the first place while paying remarkably little in taxes to the Treasury Department.

Everything the Times has found so far is much too old to be the basis for any present-day criminal charges, or even to shed any real light on the current state of Trump’s business operations. The documents do, however, indicate that Trump has been lying to the public about several significant matters, including, most notably, the extent to which his wealth is simply inherited rather than the result of business prowess.

They also indicate some potentially illegal activity as Fred Trump sought to pass wealth tax-free to Donald and his siblings. The statute of limitations has passed, however, and Trump’s sister, a federal judge, abruptly retired in February, ensuring there would be no judicial ethics investigation either.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/5/10/18537282/trump-tax-returns-congress-irs





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Well if they can’t get the father, they can probably get the second worst thing to bear the name Donald Trump – his son, Donald Trump Jr.. And how did they reach this point? This is one of those times where we may have to start backwards and work our way to how we got here. Of course you know that Trump loves him some loyalty. But what if Don Jr goes and squeals? I can guarantee that’s the thing that a mob boss like Trump would absolutely hate. Especially if it is coming from his own blood. So why is Trump Jr’s subpoena so important?

If Donald Trump Jr. doesn't comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee's subpoena, the chamber is preparing for the possibility it could vote on enforcing the order on the Senate floor, according to sources in both parties.

Republicans said privately on Monday they were eager to avoid the clash and what would surely be an ugly floor vote if Trump Jr. ignores the Senate; some hope the committee and Trump Jr. can work out a deal to avoid a floor vote on complying with the subpoena or even holding the president's son in contempt. But the chamber has several options if it chooses to force the issue, and they could pass given that they would require only a simple majority and aren't subject to the chamber's supermajority requirement, according to aides in both parties.

Contempt is one way forward. But the Senate also has a special option "as an alternative to both the inherent contempt power of each House and the criminal contempt statutes," according to the Congressional Research Service. The Intelligence Committee and then the full Senate can take civil action to enforce a subpoena in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or to simply ask for a declaration of the validity of the subpoena, according to CRS.

It's a tactic aimed more at forcing compliance than punishment and has been used sparingly by the Senate, though the chamber did use the power to compel the production of documents from Backpage.com in 2016, which was accused of facilitating human trafficking. Typically civil action has been used more often for seeking documents, though in 1989 the Senate did seek civil action to compel testimony during an impeachment trial of a federal judge.

Still, Republicans aren't eager to test the waters when it comes to Trump Jr.; a floor vote would probably be the worst case scenario for Republicans eager to avoid confrontation with the president during a tough election cycle. There's essentially nothing more toxic than voting on enforcing a subpoena issued to the president's son.

"Hopefully, the Senate doesn’t have to vote on a subpoena, because that would be a difficult vote for a lot of Republicans between letting a chairman run their committee the way they want to, and in this particular instance, it’s usually a bipartisan decision that a person makes," said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Monday. "I don’t want that to happen, but I don’t want to discuss why it might happen. And hopefully, it won’t happen."
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/13/donald-trump-jr-subpoena-1319430




And Trump does love him some loyalty. So his men could sit around drinking beer in their underpants, and it would not at all be out of place for this administration. But so is throwing your people, or people who you consider to be your people, like Lindsay Graham for instance, under the bus.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, once one of President Donald Trump's sharpest Republican critics, sparked an uproar this weekend by suggesting Donald Trump Jr. should ignore a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, the South Carolina Republican, said he believed the subpoena from the GOP-led panel was based on testimony from Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is now serving a three-year sentence in federal prison for lying to Congress, among other charges.

"Anything based on what Michael Cohen said is worthless testimony. Michael Cohen is a worthless witness, and if I were Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer I would tell him, 'You don't need to go back into this environment anymore, you've been there for hours and hours and hours. And nothing being alleged here changes the outcome of the Mueller investigation,'" Graham said.

"I would call it a day."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2019/05/14/lindsey-graham-advises-donald-trump-jr-ignore-senate-subpoena/3664179002/




Yeah you know the more you try to skirt around the issue, Trump, the guiltier you look. I mean you could silence all this tomorrow and just admit guilt at something. But seriously what the fuck are they hiding? And who is aiding him in avoiding the subpoena? And why is he not backing down? And why is my voice getting so high??? So many questions!

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr is not one to make a splash.

So when the Senate Intelligence Committee, which Burr chairs, issued a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr., it didn’t leak out for a couple of weeks. When the news finally broke, Burr refused to talk about it.

That didn’t stop the onslaught from fellow Republicans, including President Donald Trump who said he was “very surprised” by the move. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul called it “persecution of the president’s family.” Even Burr’s fellow North Carolina Republican, Sen. Thom Tillis, facing a primary challenge in 2020, tweeted “It’s time to move on.”

Burr is not the usual target for Republican ire. He’s been in Washington since 1995, first in the House then the Senate, and is a reliable conservative vote.

The mild-mannered senator is a far cry from the president’s Democratic critics, who have suggested Trump is "goading" impeachment by trying to overturn constitutional norms.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/11/trump-jr-subpoena-richard-burr-faces-pressure/1169275001/




Except that there won’t be any bad court thingys where you’re going Trump, prison. But what we should be looking at is not Russian Collusion, but why the GOP went from hating Trump and Trump Jr. to being his protector in all of this madness. The secret? They’re all in on it!!!

Republicans are up in arms about the actions of one of their own. What did he do to elicit such wrath? He dared to issue a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) sent the subpoena as part of the panel’s continuing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. This should hardly be surprising — Trump Jr. makes multiple appearances at key points in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation. On at least two occasions, it appears that Mueller weighed charging Trump Jr. with crimes, but decided against it. And Trump Jr.’s testimony to Congress appears to have been misleading, if not outright perjury, especially in light of Michael Cohen’s revelations about his own lies to lawmakers regarding the negotiations in 2016 by the Trump Organization to build a tower in Moscow.

But Burr’s decision to send the subpoena has caused an uproar among Republicans. They’ve been doing their best to sweep the Mueller report — including its damning revelations about the president — under the rug. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a speech declaring “case closed” on the matter.

Now, the head of Senate Intelligence seems to be undermining that narrative.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have spoken out against the subpoena. And as the New York Times documented, there appears to have been a covert pressure campaign to induce Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), a close Burr ally, to convince the committee chair to back down.
https://www.salon.com/2019/05/13/how-protecting-donald-trumps-family-became-a-core-principle-of-the-republican-partys-ideology_partner/





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Here’s a question that I have – why are Trump fans so gullible? And here’s another question that I have – how many times must they get conned before they wake up and realize that they are being conned? I think I have the answer to the second question – all. They must get conned all the times. They’re like the guy on Animal House who gets repeatedly spanked and keeps saying “Thank you sir may I have another?” So that being said, is anyone really that surprised that the guy who started the Go Fund Me account to buy a $1 million yacht? You mean I’m not! Thank god!!! Here’s how it went down.

A GoFundMe Page called “We Build the Wall” has managed to raise well over $22 million from hundreds of thousands of donors over the past five months.

Run by an anti-immigration, triple-amputee, Iraq War veteran named Brian Kolfage, the GoFundMe page promises to build segments of President Donald Trump’s “wall” on private land along the southern U.S. border “for a fraction of what it costs the government.” The page received nearly $13 million in just five days after it was launched late last year.

One snag, though, is that to date, there is no sign of any groundbreaking having occurred on the project, despite promises by Kolfage that it would start in late April.

Now, some donors are beginning to grow concerned that perhaps they were duped. The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reported on donor concerns on Friday.

“Since We Build the Wall blew their April deadline, Twitter replies to Kolfage and the group’s Facebook page have filled up with angry donors,” Sommer wrote.

One reason public confidence was built around the page is that well-known pro-Trump conservatives signed onto the project, including former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
https://splinternews.com/donors-to-the-we-build-the-wall-gofundme-page-want-to-1834704853




So Trump supporters – you just got conned by a charismatic ex-Marine with 3 prosthetic limbs! Yeah seriously don’t fuck around with that guy. But I just love watching Trump supporters blow their money on ridiculous causes like the wall. You mean to tell me this wasn’t a shady enterprise? I mean if you believe that I’ve got 500 bot accounts that follow @realDonaldTrump to sell you! I don’t know who I should be more disgusted at here – this former Marine taking advantage of people or the people who got taken advantage of? Eh… it’s a two way street.

Back in December, Washington state Trump supporter Joshua Greene donated a small amount of money to the crowdfunding effort to build a wall along the southern U.S. border. He wasn’t alone. The GoFundMe page to build the wall, to which he’d donated, was a sensation on the right in late 2018 and raised more than $20 million.

Organized by triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage, the campaign eventually morphed into a nonprofit called We Build the Wall, which promised to build portions of the wall on private land using the money it raised.

Months later, there’s no evidence that any construction has started, despite claims from Kolfage and his allies that construction would start in April. And now Greene is wondering what ever happened to that wall he was promised his dollars would fund?

“The lack of updates is very concerning,” Greene wrote in an email to Right Richter.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/shocker-the-gofundme-campaign-to-build-the-wall-is-a-bust?ref=scroll




Eh… not really. Trump supporters are quite the gullible bunch. Us liberals? We know some bullshit when we see it. But did they really learn their lesson? No. Because if this guy didn’t take their millions only to do nothing with it, somebody else would have, damn it! And I should have known that this story takes place in Florida. I mean only in Florida would something like this happen!

Left: Brian Kolfage who created a GoFundMe page to build a wall on America’s southern border but hasn’t apparently taken any steps towards doing so. Right: Former Kansas Secretary of State and failed GOP gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach.

A source close to the Florida man who raised over $22 million on GoFundMe in the “We The People Will Build the Wall” campaign just revealed today in their opinion money may be diverted to pay for a ‘million dollar’ yacht and high-flying lifestyle.

This article draws on the use of an anonymous source whose identity is being protected because they stepped forward to expose what they believe is a wrong-doing or possibly criminal fraud by the Wall GoFundMe campaign that received over 300,000 individual donations.***

That source is a known activist that is pro-Trump and has gone on Fox News for his bipartisan cause. The source told The Stern Facts that they “ironically” know Brian Kolfage, who built that Wall Go Fund Me page.
https://www.thecoli.com/threads/man-who-started-gofundme-to-build-trumps-wall-has-been-using-the-funds-for-a-yacht.708413/




Well then you’re not going to like this either. Because when any horrible decision like this comes along, someone always gets hurt, and of course Mr. Kolfage is now firing back at his detractors who are saying that he’s misusing his money. Gee, ya think? Maybe you should do some research before you start just blindly funneling money to people on Go Fund Me!

The Purple Heart triple amputee veteran behind a $20million ‘build the wall’ GoFundMe has hit back at claims he is misspending the funds raised after he bought a $1million yacht and donors began to question what happened to their money.

Brian Kolfage, 37, who was severely wounded in a 2004 rocket attack at an Iraq air base, losing both legs and one arm, garnered more than $22 million online for the project along the southern US border since the campaign’s launch in December.

But the Florida resident is now facing repeated questions about the progress of the wall and attention has also turned to a $1million yacht he says he bought a year before he began the GoFundMe appeal.

A source told The Stern Facts that Kolfage is now living a high-flying lifestyle, saying: ‘Whether he ordered it last year with the year before is irrelevant it’s still nearly a million dollar boat. Those new toys are very expensive as is flying private.’
https://www.anglenews.com/2019/05/13/veteran-behind-20million-build-the-wall-gofundme-hits-back-at-claims-he-is-misspending-funds/





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Remember when Sarah Palin famously asked Obama these words: “So how’s that hopey changey thing going for you?”. Well now it’s our turn to ask Trump – “How’s that Be Best thing going for you?”. Be Best… I mean seriously. Bullying is nothing to fuck around with – people get killed over it and kids die at a young age because of it. But you know who shouldn’t be in charge of such a tricky to navigate subject like this? The Trump Family! I mean this is about as empty of a gesture as you can get as our current president is the biggest bully on the planet. I wouldn’t be surprised if he beats other kids up for their lunch money just for fun.

First Lady Melania Trump is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the creation of her ant-online bullying “Be Best” initiative by announcing an expansion. Critics have savaged the first lady’s efforts noting that her husband, President Donald Trump, is the chief online bully in the country.

Her second-year push includes broadening the program’s focus on drug abuse and social media use, along with embarking on her second international trip.

“This past year has shown me that children are vulnerable to more than just social media, and so I expanded one of my pillars to online safety. Trump, 49, also said the campaign would extend its work on opioid abuse to “include kids of all ages.”

When first revealing “Be Best,” her first major initiative, Trump said its focus is on child well-being, social media use and drug abuse.
https://uinterview.com/news/despite-critics-melania-trump-expands-mission-of-be-best-on-its-1-year-anniversary/




Seriously - a Trump stopping bullying is like a telemarketing company going on a crusade against robo dialers. You know they're part of the problem so why take anything they say seriously? Thank you audience! So what has Be Best accomplished? Well it’s accomplished a whole lot of nothing.

Exactly one year after announcing her long-awaited "Be Best" platform, Melania Trump is scheduled to return to the Rose Garden on Tuesday to push the campaign forward.

Trump unveiled her somewhat grandiose official plan, a three-pillar initiative aimed at issues facing children: well-being, social media and opioid abuse, after 16 months of serving as first lady.

"I feel strongly that as adults, we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life," said Trump at the announcement, speaking to an audience that included her husband, President Donald Trump, seated in the front row.

One year in, Trump intends to push forward with her platform, and it is anticipated the first lady will reveal more plans for Be Best's sophomore year, according to her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.

"I don't want to get too far ahead of any announcements she will make at the [anniversary] celebration, but we have expanded two of the three pillars based on information and lessons learned over the past year," Grisham tells CNN. "Her expansion of the opioids pillar will now include speaking to children of all ages, and her expansion of the social media pillar will now focus on online safety as a whole."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/05/politics/melania-trump-be-best-one-year-later/index.html




You know, Melania, not to nit pick here, but if online safety is your biggest concern, have you seen your husband’s twitter account lately? I’m just saying that you might want to take a peak over there because he says some pretty nasty shit, and his followers back it up and pour it on. So just how little has Be Best accomplished? Well it hasn’t really accomplished anything!

Be Best – the grammatical integrity of the phrase has been challenged – is focused on “well-being”, “online safety” and “opioid abuse”, aiming to educate children and parents and promote relevant programmes and services.

Wearing a dark sleeveless dress in brilliant sunshine, Trump said her office had spent the past year listening to children, parents, medical professionals, teachers, leaders in technology and social media and others. She has visited schools and hospitals, hosted or taken part in 18 roundtables and policy briefings and met more than 30 foreign diplomats, heads of state or spouses.

The first lady noted that she had travelled to 15 US states and nine countries including her first solo trip where she visited Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

“While in Africa, I felt it was important that people throughout the continent and world understand that the United States cares,” she said.

The president’s lack of interest in African nations, which he once reportedly referred to as “shithole countries”, has been widely noted.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/07/melania-trump-be-best-campaign-donald-trump




I just love that Melania Trump went to Africa to go to third world countries on the same day that her husband called them “shithole countries”. I mean remember that? it even inspired the Shithole version of our World Tour way back last year. Hey although unlike Melania Trump, we at least consistently put out fresh content for you on a weekly basis, am I right audience? Although it truly boggles the mind that a Trump would want to keep kids fair and balanced because he knows a thing or two about that!

Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States, briefly stepped out of her husband’s larger than life shadow on Monday to launch a campaign against cyber-bullying – before putting on a show of unity with Donald Trump.

Just as Hillary Clinton was once scrutinized during her husband Bill’s sex scandal, Melania faced the cameras even as Donald Trump kept changing his story about an alleged extramarital encounter with the pornographic film actor Stormy Daniels.

“As a mother and as first lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and often times turn to forms of destructive or addictive behaviour such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide,” Melania told an audience in bright sunshine in the White House Rose Garden, which is normally reserved for events hosted by the president.

“I feel strongly that as adults, we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life,” she added.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/07/melania-trump-white-house-be-best-children





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Measles outbreaks are happening all over the country. As such, scientists and doctors are tracing the origins of the resurgence of this horrifying disease. While the anti-vaccination crowd is largely to blame, people are trying to figure out what’s fueling anti-vaccination hysteria. But would you ever guess that an episode of the classic sitcom the Brady Bunch was fueling the hysteria? Anti-vaccination crusaders may be upping their game when it comes to the hysteria and harassment, but this takes things to whole new levels of extreme. And it’s hard to take them seriously when you find this out.

“If you have to get sick,” Marcia Brady bellows. “Sure can’t beat the measles!” Marcia delivered the line in an episode of The Brady Bunch that aired in 1969. Fifty years later, it's echoing through Facebook antivaxxer communities.

If you ignore the sitcom context, it does sound like a peppy mid-century advertising slogan for the disease, the sort of thing a feverish Don Draper might have come up with after his eighth Old Fashioned. So, naturally, that’s how antivaxxers are taking it.

Marcia’s pro-measles platform has been a staple of the antivax community for a while now—it’s a popular meme, which means that it’s also T-shirt. Screengrabs of blonde-pigtailed Marcia grinning at the thought of measles are so common in anti-vaccine forums that Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia, got on NPR and asked to be excluded from this narrative. She’s quaintly scandalized that strangers would use her face for their own ends without her permission, without asking her whether she believes in vaccines or not. The antivaxxers do not care.

To them, whether or not Maureen McCormick vaccinated her children, which she did, is irrelevant, as is McCormicks’ discomfort with becoming the face of measles. (“Boo hoo,” read several Facebook comments.) So is the fact that the creator of The Brady Bunch, Sherwood Schwartz, was also a known child vaccinator. Everyone involved can wave their vaccination records all they want and it won’t deter anybody from buying a T-shirt that informs the world that the titular family of a sitcom failed to die of measles on daytime television. This meme is not about Marcia or any of the Brady bunch: It’s about having a slice of 1969.
https://www.wired.com/story/the-brady-bunch-measles-episode-is-now-a-viral-menace/




Ha ha ha, measles are so much fun! It’s just a day off school don’t you know? Now this brings up an interesting question – should we trust all of our medical advice to sitcoms? Well if you even have to ponder the answer to this question, you’re an idiot. But then again anti-vaccination crusaders are the kind of people who take what’s said on TV way too seriously.

Some anti-vaxxers – those misguided people who believe vaccines do more harm than good despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary – are using “The Brady Bunch” to make their case.

In an episode from the 1969 TV show, the Brady kids come down with the measles, skip school and hilarity ensues.

“If you have to get sick, you sure can’t beat the measles,” says Marcia Brady, played by actress Maureen McCormick, in a clip circulated by anti-vaxxers.

Nearly fifty years after that episode first aired, the United States has the highest number of measles cases since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000.

McCormick told NPR she isn’t happy that Marcia has become an unwitting spokesperson for the pro-measles, anti-vaccination crowd.
https://www.independenttribune.com/news/should-sitcoms-dictate-our-medical-treatment/article_7cd09c68-6dd7-11e9-a4b6-d31fc4670ee3.html




Well if you give someone the measles you probably wont get any friends. In fact the number of cases of the measles is so severe that it’s a few hundred away from reaching epidemic proportions. But really this is something to be concerned about, and anti-vaccination people should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

The number of confirmed U.S. measles cases this year has climbed to 764, more than double the number a year ago and the highest total in 25 years, federal health officials announced Monday.

Sixty additional cases were reported last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Most of those were in New York City and its suburbs.

Pennsylvania became the 23rd state where measles cases have been confirmed.

Ogbonnaya Omenka, an associate professor and public health specialist at Butler University, found some encouraging news in the report. He noted that the number of cases rose about the same in the past two weeks, less than previous gains. But authorities dare not get complacent, he said.

"This outbreak is an indication that the traditional methods of addressing measles outbreaks in the United States may not suffice any longer," Omenka told USA TODAY. "Public health authorities need to quickly recognize this and adapt accordingly."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/06/measles-outbreak-disease-booming-reaching-764-cases-23-states/1118412001/




Yes in fact that’s the reaction that you should give someone who says that they don’t believe in vaccines and that they won’t get their children vaccinated because of fears of autism. In fact this is so outrageous and stupid that you can’t begin to fathom the ire that is coming from the creators and stars of the actual Brady Bunch. They aren’t having any of it.

As the number of measles cases nationwide rises to levels not seen since before the virus was declared eliminated in 2000, some people who oppose vaccines cite an odd cultural reference as evidence that the concern about measles is overblown: a 1969 episode of The Brady Bunch.

Some former Brady Bunch cast members aren't happy about it.

The episode "Is There a Doctor in the House?" features the whole family sick with measles. First, Peter gets sent home from school. Mother Carol Brady, played by Florence Henderson, describes his symptoms as "a slight temperature, a lot of dots and a great big smile," because he gets to stay home from school for a few days.

Once the rest of the six kids come down with measles, the youngest two Brady siblings fool around, with Bobby trying to color Cindy's measles spots green.

"If you have to get sick, sure can't beat the measles," sister Marcia says, as the older Bradys sit around a Monopoly board on one of the kid's beds. All the kids are thankful they don't have to take any medicine or, worse, get shots, the thought of which causes Jan to groan.
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/28/717595757/brady-bunch-episode-fuels-campaigns-against-vaccines-and-marcia-s-miffed




That’s it for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.


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Gather around, my fair brothers and sisters, it’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church of the Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you why the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation! You know I have been monitoring a potentially nasty situation happening in Chappequa, New York. That of course is the home of the woman who should currently be our president, Hillary Clinton. Instead we are stuck with the Dark One, whose name shall not be spoken under any circumstances in my church!!! Now those of you may have friends and / or loved ones who support the Dark One. But they are up to some really shady activities. Do they really need to go to New York to demand Hillary Clinton’s arrest? NO!!!! Thank you! You know that is the one and only correct answer, all others shall be cast out! What is going on???

On his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning, Dave Daubenmire declared that he and other right-wing activists will be descending on the Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York, over Memorial Day weekend to demand Hillary’s arrest because failure to put her in prison would be “spitting in the face of God.”

All week, Daubenmire has been promoting what is being called The March for Equal Justice that is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 26, outside the Clintons’ home, where right-wing activists will gather to demand that President Trump arrest Hillary Clinton. On his show today, Daubenmire said that once Clinton is locked away in prison, she will finally have the chance to meet Jesus.

“The Bible says this, ‘The law is the schoolmaster that drives us to Christ,'” he said. “Do you have any idea how many in the deep state are going to meet Jesus as a result of justice coming to them? Do you have any idea? You say, ‘Well, Coach, we just need to share the Gospel with them.’ You’re daggone right we do. Let’s lock ’em up. Let’s lock ’em up and let’s let ’em know they’re not above the law, they’re not above God, and drive them to their knees and they’ll meet Jesus.”

“This is so important,” Daubenmire added. “It dishonors our Lord if we let Hillary Clinton be declared not guilty and she ain’t even been tried. That’s spitting in the face of God.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-failure-to-imprison-hillary-clinton-is-spitting-in-the-face-of-god/




Now Brother Dave, do you have any evidence at all that Hillary Clinton is guilty? Do you have anything that supports this claim of the almighty GAWD? No? Then maybe you are the one who is spitting in the face of our good LAWRD JAYSUS!!!! But it gets weirder, apparently this is an ultimatum from the good LAWRD JAYSUS!! But no, Dave, GAWD does not speak in that kind of tone!

Daubenmire said on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast today that the video he filmed outside of the Clintons’ home was just a “spark” from which a nationwide movement to imprison Clinton will grow and that Limbaugh’s comments were part of this growing movement that is being orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.

“This idea came from the Lord, and it came to me, and then it went to Rush Limbaugh,” Daubenmire said. “You say, ‘Boy, that sounds arrogant.’ Well, that shows how spiritually disconnected you are.”

“The same Holy Spirit that influenced Coach Dave influenced Rush Limbaugh,” he added. “Don’t you understand that the same Holy Spirit that speaks to me is the same Holy Spirit that can speak to Rush Limbaugh and he doesn’t even know it?”

“I’m believing that this ‘indict Hillary’ spark has been lit and she ain’t going to get out from under it,” Daubenmire declared. “There ain’t anywhere she can run. She can run but she cannot hide. The Holy Spirit has issued an indictment because we will never have free government in America if this criminal goes off scot-free simply because her ‘father’—the devil, in my honest opinion—has declared it so. My daddy said, ‘Coach, you go say, “Indict,” and I’m going to do something that is going to smack her daddy down.’ My daddy is bigger than her daddy.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-the-holy-spirit-has-issued-an-indictment-against-hillary-clinton/




So here’s the thing, Dave, you might want to channel your obsession into something a bit more healthier. Because this is quite literally insane. You and whoever listens to your show are lit by a spark, but it didn’t explode! Instead it’s a sparkler! You know it kind of fizzles out after a while. But you know they can’t kill us all!! I heard a guy say that on TV once!

Dave Daubenmire appeared on “The Hagmann Report” last night to promote the demonstration being organized by right-wing activists for Memorial Day weekend outside the Chappaqua, New York, home of Bill and Hillary Clinton, where they will demand that President Trump arrest the former first lady and presidential candidate.

The event, which was originally billed as “The March For Equal Justice,” has now been changed to “The Equal Justice Tour” after organizers were informed by lawyers that they would need permits if they intended to hold any sort of rally or protest outside the Clintons’ home. In response, organizers are now billing the event as a “tour” since tours require no such permits, meaning that now it will merely consist of right-wing activists driving past the Clintons’ home and around Chappaqua demanding Hillary’s arrest.

Daubenmire admitted to being a bit fearful about taking part in this event, but then likened it to fighting in a war.

“What if our forefathers had that same attitude?” he said. “What about the guys who stormed Iwo Jima? What about those guys who stormed Normandy Beach? What about those guys in the Vietnam rice paddies? They did not fight and die for us to be afraid and not do our job when our time is before us.”

“As long as Hillary is more equal than me, as long as Obama is more equal than me,” Daubenmire said, “then that is not liberty. That is displeasing to our Lord and it spits on the graves of those brave men, living and dead, who struggled for liberty, justice, and the American way.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/they-cant-kill-us-all-dave-daubenmire-urges-christians-to-join-anti-clinton-tour/




And that is true, no one does say those things! But this begs the question – does Brother Dave not know the definition of the word “equal”? I mean how can he claim that someone is “more equal” than him? It is easy – there is no such thing!!!! Cause according to GAWD and our good book, we are all the LAWRD’s children! But this might be my favorite thing said about this whole failed social experiment. I mean you just can’t make this stuff up!

On Monday, we noted that Dave Daubenmire will be joining other right-wing activists in protesting outside the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, New York, over Memorial Day weekend to demand that President Trump arrest Hillary Clinton.

On his “Pass the Salt Live” webcast this morning, Daubenmire proclaimed that The March for Equal Justice, as the event is being called, is an act of spiritual warfare so significant that the angels in Heaven are scalping tickets to get a front row seat to watch what goes down.

“The FBI will be there and the Secret Service,” Daubenmire said. “Why? Because they’re going to try to force you to not do it. Don’t you see? Can’t you see the contention happening in the natural realm as a result of what is going on in the spiritual realm?”

“I’ll be those guys up there, they’re selling tickets to watch,” he added. “I’ll bet they’re scalping ’em. ‘I got a front row seat, I want to watch our boys fight down there on earth, I want to watch that.’ You think I’m crazy. I think that’s what’s going on.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-they-are-scalping-tickets-in-heaven-to-watch-our-anti-clinton-protest/




Why yes, Brother Dave, we do think that you are crazy! You call yourself a coach and preach in front of a blank stadium backdrop. I call myself a pastor but I have a real audience and congregation to show for it!!! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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This week – giant corporations lecturing us about personal expenditures. How is this still a thing? In the modern era when literally everything costs money, there are a lot of ways that you could very easily blow it all. But do you really need Chase Bank or Delta Airlines lecturing you about how something costs too much money when their CEOs and corporate executives make hundreds of millions of dollars? We don’t think so. In fact their “Monday Motivation” post is really reminding people how much they hate big banks.

Chase Bank faced some major backlash and was accused of shaming poor people after trying to get in on Twitter’s Monday Motivation hashtag.

In a tweet, the bank tried to imitate a popular meme that involves a person thinking or doing certain things with an inner voice or inanimate object explaining how those thoughts or actions can be bad.

Chase Bank's version was premised on a low bank account balance: “You: why is my balance so low / Bank account: make coffee at home / Bank account: eat the food that’s already in the fridge / Bank account: you don’t need a cab, it’s only three blocks / You: I guess we’ll never know / bank account: seriously? #MondayMotivation”

The backlash that the tweet generated was swift. Followers, celebrities and politicians explained how the tweet came across as “tone-deaf” and was a form of “poor shaming.” Chase deleted the tweet, but since nothing on the internet is lost forever, screenshots appeared everywhere.

Many people reminded the bank that it owes taxpayers money since its parent company, JPMorgan Chase, was part of the 2008 recession bailout.
www.my9nj.com/group-content-team/chase-bank-faces-backlash-for-shaming-poor-people-in-mondaymotivation-tweet




Yes, we don’t need your bad financial advice, Chase. We need actual money. Bills. Dinero. Moola. Cash. Do re mi. Your financial advice is kind of a slap in the face to those who don’t need any more of it, we need to take action instead. Thankfully there’s Elizabeth Warren who actually slapped Chase back and told them what needed to be said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren hit back at JP Morgan Chase Bank on Monday after the financial giant tried to give its customers some “#MondayMotivation” for saving money.

In a tweet around 1:57 p.m. on Monday, which has since been deleted, the company posted a hypothetical conversation between a person and their bank account, with the customer wondering why their bank account is “so low”:

Chase tagged the tweet with the hashtag #MondayMotivation, and the post drew quick backlash, including from the Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential candidate.

Warren mimicked Chase’s format in her response, saying that the reason why the bank’s customers aren’t saving money is because they “lost [their] jobs/homes/savings but gave you a $25b bailout.”

According to NBC News, JP Morgan raised the salary of its CEO Jamie Dimon to $31 million. Dimon was also recently questioned at a House Financial Services Committee hearing about the wages the bank pays to low-level employees.

Warren wasn’t the only politician to criticize the bank for the post. California Rep. Katie Porter referenced the CEO’s appearance before lawmakers in her response.

“Hey @Chase, try paying your workers more. Families aren’t spending frivolously; they’re trying to pay rent,” she said, adding, “Mr. Dimon, you couldn’t figure out how to balance an example JPMC teller budget but said you’d ‘think about’ how one might make ends meet. Is this what your crackerjack leadership team came up with?”
https://www.boston.com/news/business/2019/04/30/elizabeth-warren-chase-bank-twitter




Yes, and if Chase’s advice was bad enough, Delta Airlines came along and said “hold my beer”. Yes, Chase wasn’t the only corporation giving us extremely terrible advice about our personal spending habits. Delta upped the ante and said that paying union dues was the same as spending money on video games. You peasants will take your penance and like it!

"Union dues cost around $700 [£540] a year," one of the posters states.

"A new video game system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying dues to the union," it continued.

The posters point to a website featuring Delta branding which encourages workers not to unionise.

https://twitter.com/MachinistsUnion/status/1126548680230809600

Without confirming it produced the posters, a spokesperson for the airline said it had "shared many communications, which on the whole make clear that deciding whether or not to unionise should not be taken lightly."

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which claims to represent more than 110,000 airline employees in the United States, is attempting to organise union representation for 44,000 Delta employees.
https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-48225646




Yes, we all need some money now. And there’s not enough of it to go around. So why is this so important? Well, in an era of extremely gross and ever expanding income inequality, you need to know where your money goes. Well, it’s going to the top. And they are making a lot of it. If Delta and Chaase giving you bad financial advice is making you cringe, just wait until you see how much their executives are being paid.

Democratic Rep. Katie Porter (Calif.) grilled JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon during a Wednesday hearing, challenging the billionaire about how a single mother working as a Chase bank teller should budget out her starting salary.

During a House Financial Services Committee hearing that included the CEOs of a handful of major banks, Porter shared the story of a woman, meant to represent several of Porter's constituents, who takes home $2,425 each month from her job with JPMorgan Chase and shares a room with her daughter in a one-bedroom apartment in Irvine, Calif., that costs roughly $1,600 a month.

The congresswoman said that after the woman spends about $100 of her paycheck each month on utilities and more on food, travel, rent and child care, she ends up with a deficit of $567 a month.
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/438540-dem-challenges-jp-morgan-ceo-to-try-and-budget-employees-low-salary-i-dont




So the CEO of Chase Bank makes 1000 times more than their average worker while the average Chase employee can’t afford rent. That’s enough to make you ask – giant corporations lecturing us about personal expenses:




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We’ve been discussing our ever-decreasing wages and our ever-increasing corporate greed a lot this week. And for good reason – our bosses are getting richer by the minute, and we’re getting poorer by the minute. And as we’re working on this week’s edition, guess what? America’s two biggest ride sharing services – Uber and Lyft are getting ready to file their IPOs. Which means there’s some executives that are going to get a whole lot richer. But what will work? What will help the struggling Uber drivers get the upper hand in their negotiations against management? Well there’s plenty of solutions out there. But before we get into that, what are they striking for?

A strike by Uber and Lyft drivers in cities across the United States this week caused barely a ripple to passengers looking to catch a ride, highlighting the challenges in launching a labor movement from scratch in an industry that is by nature decentralized.

Activists and others involved in the labor movement are still declaring it a success. It grabbed headlines, trended on Twitter and won the support of several Democrats running for president. The action was also closely watched by labor organizers, who are brainstorming about ways to build worker power in the 21st-century economy.

Drivers say they wanted to draw the attention of the public, technology investors and political leaders to their plight: low pay and a lack of basic rights on the job.

“The goal is to bring awareness to the incredible disregard for workers,” said Lyft driver Ann Glatt, who helped organize the San Francisco strike and protest outside Uber headquarters.

App-based workers are thought to comprise just a small fraction of the economy, but there are still millions of people making a living in gig work. Uber alone says it has nearly 4 million drivers , while Lyft has over 1 million.
https://www.apnews.com/491a18c0a47e4904b8473f6fd536081c




I think the bigger question there is why does this guy have a foot growing out of his head? So Uber and Lyft drivers are striking against our corporate masters because they feel that they’re being cheated out of wages on the day that the company stands to make billions. But of course like all good plans, this one was poorly organized and begs the question that there’s always two sides to every strike.

A loose network of ride-hailing drivers took to the streets without their cars from San Diego to Atlanta on Wednesday as they protested ahead of Uber’s highly anticipated initial public offering, which is scheduled for Friday.

In Los Angeles, about two dozen protesters took time off work to gather in the early morning at LAX. Meanwhile, tons of working Uber and Lyft drivers dropped passengers off at the airport. In Long Island City, Queens, a lone protester held a sign that read "Uber, Lyft, Juno, Via drivers on strike" as several ride-sharing cars swarmed the area to pick up commuters requesting rides.

Five days in advance, organizers urged drivers to abstain from using ride-hailing apps for durations ranging from two hours to a whole day. The action was poised to put a dent in Uber's biggest markets across the globe, organizers said.

Uber told USA TODAY there was no noticeable impact in their daily operations.

Only about a dozen drivers showed up to a rally in New York City's Financial District Friday morning, and according to local news outlets in Boston, it was a normal day at the airport for travelers trying to hitch a ride using an app. Though later in the day, drivers and protesters blocked traffic on Market Street in front of Uber's San Francisco headquarters.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/05/08/uber-lyft-strike-heres-why-so-few-people-showed-up-protests/1142708001/




So Uber drivers are unhappy that their company is about to make billions and their execs millions and leave them in the dust. They don’t want much – just to be able to, I don’t know, make a wage that enables them to afford the ever-increasing rent in this country! But striking will work, fact! You know what won’t work? A change in the infrastructure! But really doesn’t anyone just walk anymore?

Uber and Lyft drivers are on strike to demand regulated fares and livable wages, in the lead-up to Uber’s initial public offering on the stock exchange on 10 May. Now there is some more bad news for these services: they haven’t lived up to claims of reducing traffic congestion.

In San Francisco, rides through these two services increased traffic delays by 40 per cent over a six-year period, according to a new study.

“We collected information on where and when exactly these trips occur and found they are at the most congested parts of the city and the most congested times of day,” says Greg Erhardt at the University of Kentucky.

They first asked the companies for access to the data but were turned down. “The companies themselves are wholly disinterested in sharing data with anyone,” says Joe Castiglione at the San Francisco Transportation Authority, who also worked on the study.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2202011-uber-and-lyft-increased-traffic-delays-in-san-francisco-by-40-percent/




You know doesn’t anyone just walk anymore? And there’s also these things called “taxis”, they were the original ride share service. You summoned them by using this “app” that was called “your hand”. It’s that thing that you use to control your smart device. We use them for other things, you know! And they would come to you! But guess what? The strikes worked! Well, sort of. The Uber executives were utterly terrified at the fact that their corporate minions were striking. This will work, FACT!!!

Drivers for Uber and Lyft got out of their cars on Wednesday. In major U.S. cities (and a few other places around the world), workers for the ride-hail services organized protests ahead of Uber’s initial public offering on Friday. The company expects to be valued at more than $90 billion. It isn’t profitable right now, hemorrhaging more than $1 billion a year as it subsidizes its service, which is why Uber has been squeezing driver earnings in recent months as it’s made its case to investors. That’s also why the gig workers who make up Uber’s driving fleet chose this of all weeks to make a very loud point.

Their point was that Uber needs to pay up. At a protest in front of Uber’s Market Street headquarters in San Francisco, a driver named Vinni told me that when he started driving for Uber in 2013, he was paid about $2.20 a mile. Now, he says, he gets about 92 cents a mile. At most jobs, he lamented, you’d think that you’d be making more after six years, not less.

The protest in San Francisco attracted about 300 people, mostly drivers, though a fair number of reporters were there as well. Many of the workers I spoke to told me they learned about the protest on Facebook, where they saw either an ad about the strike from a gig worker organizing group like Gig Workers Rising or a post from a friend. Only two of the more than a dozen drivers I spoke to told me that they’d participated in a driver action before. This seemed to be the first collective action for most of the protesters. “We have to do this,” an Uber driver named Marcos told me. If the pay doesn’t improve, he said, he’d need to find new work, even though he invested in a nicer car for his driving gig.
https://slate.com/technology/2019/05/uber-strike-impact-gig-worker-protest.html





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Of course you know by now that people are people, and people are dumb. And I love these stories because they never disappoint. So who is stupid this week? Well I want to start with of course the Sunshine State, and I love this story. Would you put something like “I Eat Ass” on the back of your car or truck? No? Well, keep in mind that this is Florida. And this story does have a happy ending. No, not that kind of happy ending, sir! But this guy not only did that, he got arrested for it! Seriously, we have this thing called “free speech” in this country. Well let’s roll it and then we will show the picture of a truck.

A Florida man arrested this week for refusing to remove a sticker on his pickup truck proclaiming that he eats ass will not be prosecuted, officials said Thursday.

Now the man is threatening to sue the sheriff's office for violating his First Amendment rights.

Dillon Shane Webb, 23, was stopped Sunday on a highway in Lake City, west of Jacksonville, by a Columbia County sheriff's deputy who saw a sticker on his rear window that read, "I EAT ASS."

Dashcam footage shows the deputy telling Webb that the reason he was pulled over was "the derogatory sticker" on the back of his truck.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/davidmack/florida-sticker-eat-ass-arrest




Oh come on, I’ve seen way worse than that! And if you’re going to eat ass, well… well I probably shouldn’t finish that sentence. Next up – sticking with the Sunshine State, we go to the city of Punta Gorda. OK I have a lot of questions about this one. Who wakes up in the morning and says “I’m going to carry live alligators in my pants?”. And second, how does one go about doing that without getting a large chunk of their leg bitten off? Well, that’s what happened here, and it is insane.

A routine traffic stop in Florida (if there is such a thing) took a turn for the truly bizarre this week after a woman, when asked by the cops if she had anything on her, whipped out a foot-long alligator she was concealing in her pants. Nothing to see here, just another Monday in blessed Florida!

Sheriff deputies in Punta Gorda, Florida pulled over a pickup truck early Monday morning after the driver ran a stop sign, but got much more than they bargained for once they got a closer look at what else was hitching a ride inside the vehicle. The female driver and male passenger explained they had been attempting to collect frogs and snakes from a nearby underpass (?!), so authorities asked to see what they'd collected, according to local NBC affiliate WBBH.

Initially, the woman confessed she had 41 turtles in her bag, but it wasn't until the deputies asked if she had anything else that she made the big reveal. She pulled out a footlong alligator from her yoga pants, and plopped it in the truck bed.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office posted a photo of the lil' guy on its Facebook page with a cheeky caption copping to the Florida-ness of the whole ordeal. Eventually, the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived and took over the investigation. The alligator and turtles are native to Florida, but are regulated so the man and woman were cited and all of the reptiles were ultimately seized and released.
https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/florida-woman-pulls-alligator-out-of-pants-traffic-stop




That’s a totally different kind of gator for you! Next up – we go from killer gators to killer fish. Which are piranhas, don’t you know? Well maybe don’t bring them through customs when you go to the airport, because you will get questioned by the police. And it wasn’t just one or two, it was 40! 40 piranhas through LAX customs! They must be some pretty tasty fish!

PSA: Customs officers do not like it when you try to bring a duffel bag full of 40 vacuum-sealed, frozen piranhas into Los Angeles.

Virgilio Martinez, chef-owner of Central restaurant in Peru, who was featured in the third season of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table,” learned this lesson the hard way.

The chef landed at LAX this past week to cook dinners at Somni and at Vespertine as part of the Los Angeles Times’ monthlong food festival Food Bowl. In his luggage when he landed were 40 piranhas.

“I was extremely obsessed about bringing piranhas because we serve piranhas in the Amazon at Central, so I said, ‘Guys, why not take a risk to bring piranhas to L.A.?’ ” Martinez said. “You probably have preconceived notions about piranhas because of movies, but for me, piranhas, we go fish them.”
https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-virgilio-martinez-central-piranhas-lax-peru-20190508-story.html




And that is true, I heard a guy on TV say that once. Next up – remember the insane ending of the Kevin Smith flick Clerks II? Where Randal calls in a bestiality party for Dante and all hell breaks loose? Well these guys had a donkey, they also had a horse, a dog, a chicken, a pig and tons of other farm animals, and well, really, don’t do this.

"Three men were sentenced to up to 41 years in prison for having sex with multiple animals.

Matthew Brubaker, 31, Marc Measnikoff, 34, and Terry Wallace, 41 were all arrested in 2018 and charged with having sex with 9 horses, a cow, a goat and dogs over the past five years.

WTAJ reports the Pennsylvania men were sentenced Monday to 20 to 41 years in prison.

According to the report, a teenage boy was forced to restrain the animals while the men engaged in the sex acts."

https://www.local10.com/news/national/men-sentenced-up-to-41-years-for-having-sex-with-horses-cow-goat-and-dogs




Yeah let’s… actually hope that never happens. Finally this week for People Are Dumb – we go South Of The Border. Yes, even in Mexico, they are not immune from stupid people. If you’re spying on your ex lover, maybe don’t go somewhere that you can’t escape from. Kind of like the Aztec Tomb from Arrested Development.

Officials in northern Mexico say a man accidentally trapped himself in a hole he'd dug so that he could spy surreptitiously on his former girlfriend, in violation of a restraining order.

The attorney general's office for the state of Sonora said Sunday that the 50-year-old spent days digging the hole in Puerto Penasco, on the Gulf of California, only to become trapped inside and require assistance to get out. The man had been ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend due to domestic violence charges. He is now in jail.

Violence against women is in Mexico's spotlight this week after a woman was hit by a car and stabbed to death by her husband outside the governor's residence in the western state of Jalisco. That incident was captured on video.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2019-04-28/mexican-man-traps-himself-in-hole-dug-to-spy-on-his-ex




That’s it this week for:




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We are in the home stretch folks! Last week Wisconsin stunned a very strong Michigan showing with a last minute 3 pointer that sends them into the Final Four! And this week – it’s the Final Four! We have all four corners of conservative insanity represented. God, guns, greed, and batshit. Let’s introduce our teams! In the Gun Nut Conference – we have Florida! Representing the Family Values Conference – Alabama! Representing the Fiscal Irresponsibility Conference, we have Wisconsin! And last but certainly not least, representing the Batshit Conference – Georgia! Four of these teams will tangle, two will move on to the championship!!! We’re live at the home of the USC Trojans, the fabulous Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles for all the action action action! We will have the matchups and the net cutting ceremonies! Who will win? Who will go home? We will find out! Let’s get out those brackets!

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[font size="4"]Wisconsin Vs Georgia[/font]

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Last week Wisconsin stunned a strong Michigan to win the Fiscal Irresponsibility conference. This time they’re taking on a super strong Georgia who also defeated a long time conference favorite. So this week for the Layover League championship, we’re going to focus on something that these two states have in common – jobs. Yes, we all have jobs (hopefully) and those of us who don’t have jobs definitely need them to survive. So how are things going on that front in the state known for its’ amazing cheese?

A big employer in Stevens Point will cut its workforce by at least a third in the coming two years.

The Donaldson Co. manufacturing plant laid off 29 hourly employees and six salaried workers this week. Beck Cahn, a spokesman for the plant, tells the Stevens Point Journal that it will reduce its workforce by an additional 150 to 200 employees over the next two years.

The company employs about 550 people at the plant, which manufactures hydraulic, lube and fuel filters for customers in engine and industrial hydraulics industries. After it finishes restructuring, the plant will employ between 250 and 300 people.

Donaldson operates 140 facilities in 40 countries. Cahn says it’s in the process of conducting a company-wide restructuring.

https://dailyreporter.com/2019/05/10/stevens-point-plant-laying-off-a-third-of-its-workforce/




Yeah except that might be difficult to do. We’ve been talking about how Trump is trying to lure Chinese mega manufacturing conglomerate Foxconn to Wisconsin since the tournament started but there’s plenty of other jobs available in the Badger State. Except not really especially if you read all the doom and gloom in the media. But would you be surprised at all that Trump is lying about how well the Wisconsin economy is doing? Well we aren’t either.

At a April 27, 2019 rally in Green Bay before 10,000 boisterous supporters, President Donald Trump blazed his way through a typical barrage of claims and statistics in a stump speech that stretched well over an hour.

After calling Wisconsin — a key state in his 2016 general election victory — a "special place," he threw out two rapid fire claims on the state’s poverty and unemployment levels. We’ll tackle the first of those here.

"The poverty rate for Wisconsin families has reached the lowest rate in 22 years," Trump said, a pronouncement greeted by cheers from the Resch Center crowd.

His claim is very precise — Wisconsin, families, 22 years.

Read more: https://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2019/apr/30/donald-trump/trump-says-wisconsin-poverty-rate-lowest-22-years-/?fbclid=IwAR2dE2pa2Qn3zj-hJL_rwhrKZY48dR_IaPY_4_NViCyW3LGDP7hWucYYSsc




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That guy makes a good point! And just like Wisconsin unseated a long time champion of the conference, Georgia just routed Kentucky to win the Batshit Conference based on stolen elections and anti-abortion insanity. So what have they been up to in the jobs department? Well the good news is that they have experienced a lot of blowback and fallout from the “Heartbeat Bill” that is one of several in the nation, and how is it affecting the Georgia economy? Well there’s lots of things that are happening.

Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams have agreed to shoot an upcoming HBO horror drama “Lovecraft Country” in Georgia but will donate their own fees to charity to help battle a severely restrictive “heartbeat” abortion bill signed into law this past week by Gov. Brian Kemp.

This a different tactic from some actors and a handful of outside TV and film production companies calling for a boycott of the state. Rather, it’s more in line with working within the state to foment change. The bill would largely restrict abortions after five or six weeks when a doctor could detect a fetal heartbeat.

Peele and Abrams, in a statement, said their episodic producer fees will go to the ACLU and Fair Fight Georgia, Stacey Abrams’ group. Both groups are against the new law and the ACLU is planning to file a federal lawsuit to stop it from being enacted on January 1, 2020.

https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/jordan-peele-abrams-will-shoot-hbo-drama-georgia-donate-their-fees-fight-heartbeat-abortion-bill/4KYKAT7Br4MY0iLy1hptKN/?fbclid=IwAR2aXWf1U5JnjIiGpNPVPC4lO_jhjnhDsq20OQgsBdZ_APyf7oZXxCeE8uo




Well yes, true. But since the current motto of the GOP is “go fuck yourself”, there’s plenty of things that can definitely go wrong, and Georgia’s governor Brian Kemp returned the favor by postponing an event in Los Angeles. Which is kind of good because he can definitely get the fuck out. Maybe the Hollywood of the East Coast will finally wake up if it starts hurting them in the pocketbook?

Gov. Brian Kemp postponed an annual trip to Los Angeles to promote Georgia’s film industry on Tuesday as a growing number of movie executives and celebrities criticized his decision to sign the anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill into law.

Abortion rights activists had threatened to protest the May 22 event, and Georgia film executives were worried that tepid turnout and no-shows from studio chiefs could do lasting damage to the state’s movie-making business.

Kemp spokesman Cody Hall said that the trip would now take place in the fall, and that the governor plans to soon tour Georgia film production firms and meet with employees to show support for the industry.

The delay is the latest sign of how quickly the fallout over House Bill 481, which outlaws most abortions as early as six weeks, has rocked Georgia’s film industry since the Republican signed it into law a week ago.
https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/kemp-postpones-film-celebration-amid-heartbeat-bill-fallout/QWmFK5f1wvSVBwGOJYAYvL/?fbclid=IwAR0Fm37bA3hwNOnhdp__PJmNP74UJn_kJZ1-IPab1uR8rWU9uaTky0tJBCU


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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! And it was a no brainer – Wisconsin wins the Layover League championship against Georgia by an overwhelming score of 81 – 70. Wisconsin moves on, Georgia leaves the court defeated. Cut the net guys, you earned it!



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Ah, Florida. Where would we be without the legendary Florida Man? Well last time the Sunshine State stunned Oregon and absolutely routed them. But they are facing some seriously stiff competition from the Yellowhammer State. And just like we focused on the economy in the last matchup, this time we’re going to focus on something the two states have in common: white supremacy. Yes, Florida may be the home of Florida Man, but Alabama is the original home of the Ku Klux Klan! Who will come out on top?

For the second time this legislative session, the House on Wednesday sent a strict “sanctuary city” bill to the Senate, where Senate President Bill Galvano has already said he plans to make changes and bounce the issue back to the House.

“We are the Senate, and we’ve made our own adjustments and we will make adjustments again,” Galvano told reporters on Wednesday.

With pressure coming from Gov. Ron DeSantis, who promised supporters he would ban so-called sanctuary cities, Republican leaders in both chambers are scrambling to pass a plan before the session ends this week.

The immigration issue has spurred one of the biggest fights of the 60-day session, and tensions have escalated as the House and Senate try to agree on a bill. Before the House vote on Wednesday, protesters in the House gallery began shouting and unfurled a large white banner printed with the slogan “Strong heart fight back.”

Read more: https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/05/02/activists-dragged-out-of-florida-house-chambers-for-protesting-controversial-ban-on-sanctuary-cities




Yeah so that entire thing is really a white supremacist fuck you to states that do allow sanctuary cities, and this whole war on that concept is really a new thing. And by the way we do have to mention that Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis is a raging white supremacist. And he just gave one of his primary donors, the NRA, a huge thank you. And expect school shootings to get a whole lot worse.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed legislation that expands the controversial school “guardian” program to allow armed classroom teachers.

DeSantis’ office announced the signing shortly after 6 p.m. without ceremony or comments about the bill, which was widely backed by House and Senate Republicans and heavily opposed by gun-control activists, Democrats and some students who survived the mass shooting last year at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The governor signed the bill (SB 7030) hours after it was sent to his desk.

Earlier in the week, DeSantis praised the Legislature for implementing “dozens of school safety recommendations” made by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, noting the recommendations included expansion of the guardian program. The Legislature formed the commission last year to investigate the February 2018 shooting and recommend ways to make schools safer.

Read more: https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/05/08/gov-ron-desantis-signs-bill-allowing-armed-teachers/1147657001/




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Why does Alabama’s flag always look like it’s about to be rejected from something? I mean it’s just a giant red X. Not really that creative. But just like Florida, people think it’s all about the children, but in reality they couldn’t give less of a shit about children. So we do have to touch on Alabama’s extremely controversial abortion ban and it looks like it’s going to be a complete shit show.

The Alabama state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill essentially banning abortion in the state, a move specifically aimed at challenging over 40 years of federal abortion protection under Roe v. Wade.

The bill, passed by 25-6, would make it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy.

The House approved a version of the bill that had an exception for the mother's health, passing 74-3, then a Senate committee added an exception for rape and incest. Republicans in the Senate, however, suddenly tabled the rape and incest exemptions last week, leading to swift and vocal opposition from Democrats.

Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton put up an amendment to make exceptions in the case of rape and incest again on Tuesday night. Four Republicans joined the seven Democrats present to vote for the exceptions, but the measure failed in a roll call vote.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/alabama-state-senate-passes-near-total-abortion-ban-direct-challenge-n1005556




This is why every single vote matters!! It doesn’t matter what position it is for! If it is up for a vote, vote for it. Otherwise we get religious psychopaths in charge who want to tear down the barriers between church and state and we get shit like this as a result. Next week we’ll go full in on this subject but for now here’s how this can get you in trouble.

The Alabama State Senate erupted into chaos on Thursday after members of the Republican Party tried to jam through a bill that would have made having an abortion punishable by 99 years in prison — without even allowing exceptions for cases of rape and incest.

AL.com reports that the Republican caucus in the Alabama Senate ignited a firestorm in the chamber when they removed an amendment in their anti-abortion bill that would have exempted women who had abortions after being raped from being punished by decades in prison.

This led to furious objections by Democratic lawmakers, who eventually succeeded in getting the Republicans to table the motion and push back a final vote on it until next week.

According to AL.com, Democratic senators led by Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton “strongly objected to Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, who presides over the Senate, for his quick gavel on tabling the rape and incest amendment on a voice vote, meaning there is no recorded vote.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/alabama-senate-erupts-in-chaos-as-gop-tries-to-jam-through-bill-to-punish-abortions-with-99-years-in-prison/




[font size="4"]And The Winner Is…[/font]

Here it is folks, all the marbles. We have less than a minute left to go in the game, score is tied at 93 points a piece. Florida has the ball and passes it to Florida Man… wait, what’s he doing? He’s getting on that forklift and riding it out to the center… oh my god, he falls off the forklift! Oh the humanity! Florida Man is out, Alabama makes the final shot and wins it 96 – 93! Florida Man does it again! Alabama celebrates on the court and leaves happy! Cut the net guys, you earned it!



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Next week it’s the grand finale! We are live at the home of the UCLA Bruins, the winningest program in NCAA history, the legendary Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, California at UCLA! Wisconsin. Alabama. One of these two teams will win, the other will go home! We will have the matchups, crown our winner with the net cutting ceremony, the champagne celebration, and of course One Shining Moment! Stay tuned!



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[font size="8”]Bad Religion[/font]

My next guest is a legendary punk rock band, you can see them August 17th at the Hollywood Palladium, their latest album is called “Age Of Unreason”. Playing their song “My Sanity”, give it up for the one the only Bad Religion!!!




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-17: The C Word Minus The C Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-17: The C Word Minus The C Edition



Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Montana? How you doing? You guys doing fucking good??? So for those of you watching at home, you might be wondering why the hell are we doing a show in Montana? Well I answer your question with another question – why not? I mean I am fully aware that this the state that elected and reelected Greg Gianforte, because, fuck you. But there are good liberals here, and that’s who we pander to! So I reached out to the good folks at Big Sky Brewery, and they obliged! So let’s raise a glass of whatever beer you’re drinking! Cheers! Do we have time for the thing? So while half of us have already seen Avengers: Endgame, the other half of us are busy watching Game Of Thrones. Now as someone who knows next to nothing about Game Of Thrones, and those of us who don’t, I do know something about people who commit mistakes and egregious errors, because we’ve done that from time to time. But whoever the stage hand or key grip responsible for this complete good might want to take a page from Southwest’s ad campaign and maybe get away for a while. You know what? Can we show that?



I cant imagine that cup of latte has the name “Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons”. But really yeah you might want to get away for a while until this gaff blows totally over. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first I have to play the clip of Saturday Night Live last week where Adam Sandler’s Opera Man character was brought back:

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Wow, where do we begin this week? Well in the first slot is White Supremacists (1). So they won’t stop hounding Facebook over this bizarre “shadow banning” theory, so guess what? They went ahead and actually banned white supremacists! But were they in their right to do so? We will discuss. In the second slot this week it’s the return of the Trumper Games!! Yes our host is back and he will explain how Tribute Rosenstein (2) from the 2nd District, has resigned one step away from the president himself straight up firing him! Taking the third slot this week, is Bill Barr (3). Whew. His testimony last week on Capitol Hill was the stuff of pure insanity and we will do our best to sort through the madness. In the fourth slot this week is the guy who we still call president, Donald J. Trump (4) and he picks the weirdest battles – like the Kentucky Derby, who after the latest snafu in bad sports officiating, overturned a victory in the biggest sports race of the year. Of course Trump wouldn’t know anything about following the rules, would he? In slot #5, is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and this week there’s been a study done about an absolutely alarming rise in sexual assaults in the military, and we will find out what’s up. Also, trust us, we will keep this piece tasteful. In the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6), and our president and vice president recently made the claim that people are talking about God and Jesus more than they ever have, but was it ever OK not to? Our resident pastor will examine this claim. In the seventh slot this week, we’re all gonna die (7). I couldn’t love this story more. The Scientology Sea Org vessel was set to sail off the coast of St. Lucia, but can’t leave port because they are being quarantined for – wait for it – a measles outbreak. We’re all gonna die!!!! In the 8th slot this week, we have a new “Beating A Dead Horse” (8). Is it OK for giant mega corporations like Burger King to tell us what to think and how to feel through products? Yeah we thought so too. And in the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week, is “I Need A Drink” (9). We’re at a brewery, so we are going to drink some beers and tell you about how Woodstock 50 is an even bigger fail than the Fyre Festival was! And our quest to find the Stupidest State 2019 continues with the final round of week 2! This week it’s a battle of the beltway to see who can go for broke as Michigan takes on Wisconsin to win the Fiscal Irresponsibility Conference! The winner takes the last slot in the Final Four. It’s getting exciting! Plus we have some live music for you from the great X Ambassadors! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Conservatives have been ultra paranoid about getting their accounts banned from Facebook and other social media sites. In fact they’ve been in a circular firing squad with social media since Alex Jones last year created the “shadow banning” theory. Well guess what? There’s no such thing as shadow banning, you dumbasses. It’s called “following the rules” and every time you post those poorly photoshopped images of Hillary pooping her pants or that Michelle Obama is a man in drag? Guess what? You violate those rules! So how does one get banned from Facebook? Well if you’re Alex Jones or Milo Yiannopolous for instance, relatively easy!

Facebook banned several prominent accounts promoting white nationalism on the platform on Thursday.

Accounts barred from Facebook, as well as its subsidiary Instagram, as part of the new enforcement include the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos and the anti-Muslim figurehead Laura Loomer. Jones was previously banned from Facebook but still had an account on Instagram, which was no longer live as of Thursday.

“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”

Facebook banned several prominent accounts promoting white nationalism on the platform on Thursday.

Accounts barred from Facebook, as well as its subsidiary Instagram, as part of the new enforcement include the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos and the anti-Muslim figurehead Laura Loomer. Jones was previously banned from Facebook but still had an account on Instagram, which was no longer live as of Thursday.

“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/02/facebook-ban-alex-jones-milo-yiannopoulos




So is this a good thing or a bad thing that Facebook is banning white supremacists and other, shall we say non kosher points of view? Well let’s play Devil’s Advocate and look at both sides of the situation for a minute. On one hand when you start censoring, you get in to a slippery slope that is a very tricky one to navigate. But on the other hand, fuck Nazis and white supremacists. And guess which side Trump is on? Well…

President Donald Trump on Saturday retweeted messages from conspiracy theorists and far-right figures after Facebook banned several right-wing personalities for promoting violence and hate.

Trump has lashed out against Facebook following the bans, tweeting on Friday that he is “continuing to monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms.” On Saturday morning, he retweeted a number of Twitter users who defended the far-right personalities, including one of the banned users.

Later in the day, Trump questioned why The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and MSNBC were allowed on Facebook and Twitter, saying much of their work is “FAKE NEWS.”

Trump resumed his attacks on tech giants on Saturday afternoon, asking how it is possible for a “strong but responsible Conservative Voice” like actor James Woods to be banned from Twitter. Woods got locked out of Twitter for posting the hashtag #HangThemAll in an apparent reference to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, according to a screen capture shared by Woods’ girlfriend Sara Miller.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/04/trump-retweets-conspiracy-theorists-far-right-figures-after-facebook-bans.html




I can only imagine that’s what Trump is like when he tweets. Good good!!! But here’s the thing – James Woods and Alex Jones both, um, I don’t know, threatened to murder people! You don’t get to do that and have social media be like “this is fine!!”. Leave it to Trump to throw a tank of kerosene onto a burning building.

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized social media companies after Facebook banned a number of extremist figures, declaring that he was “monitoring and watching, closely!!”

Trump, who tweeted and re-tweeted complaints Friday and Saturday, said he would “monitor the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS on social media platforms.” He has previously asserted that social media companies exhibit bias against conservatives, something the companies have rejected as untrue.

The president’s comments came after Facebook this week banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.” The company also removed right-wing personalities Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Jones’ site, Infowars, which often posts conspiracy theories. The latest bans apply both to Facebook’s main service and to Instagram and extend to fan pages and other related accounts.

On Saturday, Trump retweeted a message from Watson urging his followers to “keep up the pressure,” and a second wondering why his opinions should be deemed “dangerous.” Watson previously served as editor-at-large of Alex Jones' website InfoWars.com, promoting conspiracy theories online - including the theory the 9/11 terror attack in the U.S. were perpetrated by the U.S. government.
https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/trump-retweets-far-right-conspiracy-theorist-banned-from-facebook-1.7200310




Yeah what are you monitoring exactly, Trump? I mean the second the government steps into censorship, they effectively end the first amendment – which was designed against that sort of thing, and they step in a big steaming pile of shit. Oh by the way if you think the alarming rise of white supremacy and anti-semitism is an American problem, well I got news for ya. It’s a global problem and it’s affecting the entire world!

Facebook has said it will block "praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism" on Facebook and Instagram from next week.

The social media giant also pledged to improve its ability to identify and block material from terrorist groups.

Facebook users searching for offending terms will be directed to a charity which combats far-right extremism.

The social network has come under pressure after a man livestreamed an attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

Facebook had previously allowed some white nationalist content it did not view as racist - including permission for users to call for the creation of white ethno-states.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47728471





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Hey everyone I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!! Oh yes my pretties, it has been a while. All has been quiet on the presidential front! Until last week when Tribute Rosenstein from the 2nd District resigned! And that is significant because the president was just going to straight up fire his ass anyways! But as long as supporters of the president are still supporting him, we will keep doing this. And where is my champagne? What? You mean Charlie left? Damn it! So who is my new assistant? Oh hello, this is my new assistant Nathaniel. Say hello to the people! Now bring me some champagne! I don’t care if it’s the cheap stuff. So why did Tribute Rosenstein resign? Well there’s plenty of reasons.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, submitted his resignation letter to the White House Monday.

It is effective May 11.

"We enforce the law without fear or favor because credible evidence is not partisan, and truth is not determined by opinion polls," Rosenstein wrote. "We ignore fleeting distractions and focus our attention on the things that matter, because a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle."

Rosenstein often found himself the target President Donald Trump, especially after hiring Mueller in 2017. Shortly after being confirmed as deputy attorney general, Rosenstein wrote a memo criticizing former FBI Director James Comey amid Comey's investigation into Russia's 2016 actions, which Trump used as part of his reasoning in firing Comey.

After Comey was fired, Rosenstein brought Mueller in as special counsel to continue the investigation, and Mueller also looked at the question of obstruction of justice.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/29/politics/rod-rosenstein/index.html




Oh I am sorry I didn’t hear you over the sound of “you’re being fired”. It’s resigned? Damn it Charlie!! I think I am starting to see why Charlie left. I must be nicer to my new assistant. Nathaniel may you bring me a glass of libations please? Graci! Now that Tribute Rosenstein has been released from the Games, what’s next for the Mueller Report? Well the GOP currently is in “nothing to see here, please disperse” mode.

On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The hearing was the first opportunity for the public to understand Barr’s legal reasoning for exonerating Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, after Mueller explicitly stated that the special counsel could reach no such conclusion. Barr had previously explained his reasoning in a four-page summary letter released weeks before the full report, in which he suggested that no obstruction could have been committed because the probe did not uncover enough evidence to establish an underlying criminal conspiracy to cooperate with the Russians in their election interference. This argument is a clearly incorrect interpretation of the obstruction statute; it’s possible to obstruct justice even if no underlying crime is discovered, and there were many other underlying crimes uncovered by the probe that reached into the president’s inner circle. The line of thinking was also supplemented by Barr’s remarkable press conference prior to the Mueller report’s release, in which he further argued that the president’s actions were all fine because they were motivated by legitimate frustrations with the probe.

During his testimony on Wednesday, Barr repeated that “legitimate frustration” defense of the president. He also spoke extemporaneously and precisely about his reasons for clearing the president in one of the most damning incidents of likely obstruction of justice described in the report: Trump’s efforts to get former White House counsel Don McGahn to have Mueller fired, and subsequent efforts to cover up that attempt. In doing so, Barr made clear that he has ignored Mueller’s own legal analysis and mischaracterized Mueller’s evidence. Here’s how Barr’s comments contradict Mueller’s own version of several of the allegations of obstruction of justice.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/william-barr-testimony-ignores-mueller-evidence.html




Yes, Tribute Barr – the replacement for Tribute Sessions – has been quietly working to bury the report that could indict the President ! I mean what’s next? You know think of this like the school bully who hires the nerdy kid to write the book report that gets him an “A”. That’s exactly what Trump is paying Barr to do! So what happened with Russian hacking? It’s only the tip of the ice berg!

Special counsel Robert Mueller's report raises fresh questions about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's dual roles as both witness in and supervisor of the special counsel investigation into possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

The report, a redacted version of which the Justice Department released Thursday, disclosed a previously unknown episode in which Rosenstein, resisted Trump's efforts to get him to take the blame for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

That event was examined as a key piece of Mueller's investigation of Trump's possible obstruction of justice, meaning Rosenstein was an important witness in a criminal probe he oversaw beginning in early 2017.

On the night of May 9, 2017, hours after Trump fired Comey, officials in the White House press office called the Justice Department to say the White House "wanted to put out a statement saying that it was Rosenstein's idea to fire Comey," according to the report.

Rosenstein told Justice Department officials that he wouldn't participate in putting out a "false story," he told the special counsel's office.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/18/politics/rod-rosenstein-trump-mueller/index.html




Yes, yes it does! Especially here, am I right audience??? But Rosenstein claims that he’s trying to “land the plane”. Don’t try to land the plane when the passengers are steering it right into the mountain! Horrible analogy I know! But that doesn’t matter when every good mob boss, like our president, for instance, has a cleaner. Yes, they are trying to change the ship and doing a very bad job of it. But for now, consider Tribute Rosenstein… ELIMINATED!!!

Rod Rosenstein, again, was in danger of losing his job. The New York Times had just reported that - in the heated days after James Comey was fired as FBI director - the deputy attorney general had suggested wearing a wire to surreptitiously record President Donald Trump. Now Trump, traveling in New York, was on the phone, eager for an explanation.

Rosenstein - who, by one account, had gotten teary-eyed just before the call in a meeting with Trump's chief of staff - sought to defuse the volatile situation and assure the president he was on his team, according to people familiar with matter. He criticized the Times report, published in late September, and blamed it on former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, whose recollections formed its basis. Then he talked about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election and told the president he would make sure Trump was treated fairly, people familiar with the conversation said.

"I give the investigation credibility," Rosenstein said, in the words of one administration official offering their own characterization of the call. "I can land the plane."

The episode illustrates the political tightrope Rosenstein has had to walk in his two years as the Justice Department's second-in-command. To keep his job, the deputy attorney general has worked to mollify an often angry Trump, while at the same time protecting the special counsel's investigation of the president and his campaign. Rosenstein's actions have come under renewed scrutiny, as he has played a key role in releasing Mueller's findings in a way even some of his supporters say has been overly favorable to Trump.
https://www.philly.com/politics/rosenstein-trump-mueller-report-russia-investigation-20190427.html





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You know think of the Barr Report the way you think of the way the dumb kid tries to write an actual school book report. You know Trump didn’t read the whole report. I mean come on, it’s 400 pages, ain’t nobody got time for that! And you know that he didn’t read past the words “no collusion”. So he had Barr write the summary of the report that gets him an A. Like you do. I’m sure that everyone saw that insane footage of the testimony where he ate a day old bucket of KFC that was left for him as, what’s meant to be an insult. Come on, this is the Trump administration here. They’re insulted by nothing! So what is the latest on Barr?

Attorney General William Barr defended his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report at a tense Senate hearing on Wednesday that highlighted the stark partisan divisions between Republicans and Democrats over the special counsel’s conclusions.

Barr started off his testimony on the defensive, after a letter Mueller wrote to Barr on March 27 was made public Tuesday evening. In that note, Mueller explicitly criticized the letter Barr sent to Congress and released to the public outlining the “principal conclusions” of the investigation.

Mueller said Barr’s summary “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions,” and urged Barr to release executive summaries he and his team had prepared to clear up public confusions about the investigation.

Barr did not do so, and he defended that decision when pressed by Democratic senators, who also pressed him on how he concluded President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/5/1/18525506/william-barr-mueller-report-testimony-takeaways




I can imagine that’s what happens to the members of this administration whenever any one of them speaks on a daily basis. But of course he’s lying and fuming. I mean he’s paid by Donald Trump to be a professional liar. Ethics? What are those? They keep saying that word but they don’t know what it means. Barr doesn’t look like an ethical man. He looks like he’s impersonating Walter Sobchak from the Big Lebowski!

(CNN)Attorney General William Barr expressed no regrets Wednesday over his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, defending his decision-making in the face of a new letter from Mueller that objected to Barr's characterization of the special counsel investigation.

At a public Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Barr downplayed the significance of Mueller's letter raising concerns about the attorney general's four-page letter summarizing Mueller's conclusions, saying Mueller told him he was worried about media coverage and did not think Barr's letter was inaccurate.
Democrats scoffed at Barr's explanations, repeatedly clashing with the attorney general over his handling of the Mueller investigation and his decision not to prosecute for obstruction of justice. They accused Barr of lying to Congress and the public about Mueller's concerns, and calls for Barr's resignation came from both sides of the Capitol.

"You lied. And now we know," said Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat. "Being attorney general of the United States is a sacred trust. You have betrayed that trust. America deserves better. You should resign."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/30/politics/bill-barr-hearing-congress-senate/index.html




That is a good question sir! Why are you always lying? And why are they lying literally all the time every single time? Once they hit 10,000 lies they can’t stop. I mean when they hit 20,000 lies do they get a free dessert with purchase? Well, they could always lie about that. But seriously you know what they say about what to do when you’re already in a hole? Stop digging!!!

On Wednesday, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, with an assist from an anonymous leaker, successfully proved that Donald Trump's recently appointed attorney general-cum-cover-up artist, William Barr, is a liar.

Twice, in testimony earlier this month to Congress, Barr played dumb regarding special counsel Robert Mueller's opinions about how Barr handled Mueller's report into Trump's connections to Russian efforts to undermine democracy. First, Barr told Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., that he was unaware of Mueller's opinion of Barr's declaration that Trump had not obstructed justice. The second came when Barr told Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., that he had no knowledge of the Mueller team's frustrations with his efforts to spin the contents of the report before it was released.

A letter leaked to the press Tuesday night exposed these comments as lies. It turns out that Barr had received two letters and one phone call from Mueller complaining about Barr's spinning. Most observers assume that a particular stress point was Barr's denial that any obstruction had occurred when the Mueller report lays out 10 separate incidents that any fool could see constitute obstruction of justice.

This has all understandably led to calls for Barr's resignation. But soon, the p-word — perjury — started getting tossed around, leading to the hope among many liberals that Barr could face stiffer consequences than being forced out of office and publicly outed as a lying scumbag. Perjury could mean disbarment. Perjury could mean jail.
https://www.salon.com/2019/05/03/lock-him-up-bill-barr-probably-didnt-perjure-himself-but-hes-in-big-trouble-anyway/




Except that they don’t. They don’t know they are losing because they think that they are the ones who are winning all the time. Kind of like any team who thinks they can play Boston in a title game – they think they can win, but you know they won’t. And that’s when they pick the guy with the worst statistics to try and hit that game winner. Which is where Bill Barr comes in, and uh yeah he’s the guy who can do it!

In testimony before members of the Senate on Tuesday, FBI Director Chris Wray appeared to split with Attorney General Bill Barr, telling lawmakers he would not use the term "spying" to describe his bureau's investigative practices.

"That's not a term I would use," Wray said in an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Barr told lawmakers during an appearance before Congress last month that he believed "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, sparking criticism from some former members of the intelligence community and law enforcement.

Barr defended his use of the term before the Senate just last week, saying he didn't intend to use the word as "pejorative" as his department continues its investigation into whether any surveillance on members of the Trump campaign was proper.
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-director-wray-splits-attorney-general-spying-describe/story?id=62874217





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Before we get into the latest stupid fight that Trump chooses to pick, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the epic officiating scandal that happened at the Kentucky Derby. So the horse named “Maximum Security” plowed his way to the top of the course and then got disqualified. Which of course resulted in a huge officiating SNAFU. And then of course, Trump was watching and managed to rear his ugly tweets at the Derby. Can’t he just shut up for once? Because not only was Trump not truthful (read lying), everything he touches turns to shit!

Two days after his horse finished first in the Kentucky Derby but was disqualified after an interference objection, Maximum Security owner Gary West said his horse will not run in the Preakness Stakes and that he plans to file an appeal with the state racing commission over the results of Saturday's race.

The appeal will be filed Monday, West said on NBC's "Today" show, though Kentucky Horse Racing Commission regulations do not allow appeals.

West did not say whether he would file a lawsuit if the appeal is not accepted by the commission but hinted that it could be a possibility.

"If the state racing commission refuses to hear about it, I think this is something that's big enough that the entire racing world is looking at this," West said. "And I think they deserve an opportunity to really know what was going on."
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horses/kentucky-derby/2019/05/06/kentucky-derby-2019-maximum-security-owner-talks-disqualification-appeal-preakness/1115844001/




Wow, that got dark fast! So how did Trump ruin one of our nation’s oldest and most institutionalized sporting events? Well, can we throw that tweet up there?



That’s the actual, unedited tweet. Now let’s put it this way – Trump is an Unt. Yeah he’s the C word minus the C. Which actually makes the impact of that word a lot more palatable. So just how much did the Trump tweet fuck up the Kentuky Derby? Yeah that typo is intentional! Just like most of everything Trump does.

It's easy to dismiss any one of Donald Trump's tweets as ephemera because, well, there are just so many of them. That goes double for a Trump tweet about a sporting event given the fact that he, uh, isn't an expert in that arena.

And yet, there's just something about the President's tweet on Sunday about the result of the Kentucky Derby that makes it impossible to simply ignore. Because it's about more than the tweet. It's about the man behind the tweet. A man who also happens to be the leader of the free world.

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But, it's the way Trump chose to take issue with the result that is truly, truly baffling. "Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur," he wrote.
Let me offer this bit of pithy analysis into that perspective: WHAT THE HELL IS HE EVEN TALKING ABOUT?

Yes, Trump's war on political correctness sits at the heart of his appeal for a lot of voters. He ran in 2016 on the idea that liberals were ruining America by worshiping at the shrine of political correctness. Trump's candidacy -- in word and deed -- was a rejection of that idea. He said what he thought when he thought it -- consequences be damned. And people loved it.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/06/politics/donald-trump-kentucky-derby/index.html




Thank you Walter! And you know if Trump is this dishonest about even the most simple things like watching a horse race, what else is he dishonest on? Well I would hate to attend the watch party at Mar-A-Shithole, because imagine how that must be going? I would think we would get to see Trump’s charitable contributions at work. He said, sarcastically. Oh wait.

Staff at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., reportedly billed the White House about $1,000 after aides helped themselves to drinks at one of the resort's bars while Secret Service asked the bartender to leave.

A ProPublica investigation published Wednesday found that a group including at least two former White House aides, then-chief strategist Stephen Bannon and then-deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, on an April 2017 trip met at a private bar on the resort's premises before Secret Service agents ushered the bartender away for them to drink in private.

After the group left, staff at the Trump Organization property tallied up the alcoholic drinks consumed, which totaled just over $800, according to ProPublica. A 20 percent service charge pushed the final bill to $1,076.

The two men have since left the Trump administration. When contacted by ProPublica, Hagin reportedly did not respond to requests for comment and Bannon denied drinking at Mar-a-Lago and said he did not recall the episode. An email obtained by ProPublica from Brooke Watson, Mar-a-Lago's catering director, confirmed the aides by name as being in attendance.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mar-a-lago-sent-white-house-a-dollar1000-liquor-bill-after-aides-helped-themselves-to-bar-report/ar-AAAMbkr?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout




That doesn't surprise me in the least. Trump seems like the kind of guy who would go to a funeral and send the family of the deceased a bill for his travel expenses. But then again that's why he doesn't get invited anywhere! This is another example of Trump shooting his mouth off where it doesn’t belong and it will always get him in trouble.

President Donald Trump weighed in Sunday morning on Saturday’s stunning Kentucky Derby controversy, coming down firmly in favor of the disqualified horse, Maximum Security.

Misspelling “Kentucky,” the president tweeted: “The Kentuky Derby decision was not a good one. It was a rough and tumble race on a wet and sloppy track, actually, a beautiful thing to watch. Only in these days of political correctness could such an overturn occur. The best horse did NOT win the Kentucky Derby - not even close!“

Later in the morning, Trump fixed his spelling.

Maximum Security finished first in the 145th running of the annual Kentucky Derby only to be disqualified for bumping into another horse and thereby obstructing others on the muddy track. The disqualification for interference left Country House, a 65-1 long shot, as the unlikely Derby champion — and cost those who had bet on the favorite millions of dollars.
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/05/trump-kentucky-derby-horse-1301899





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It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines! This is Top 10 Investigates!



In the last 5 years there has been an alarming rise in sexual assaults in the military. It’s nothing to joke about either and we will try to keep this piece tasteful. But what’s fueling the rise in assaults? Like everything else it starts at the top. Especially when we elect a president who has a sorted history of sexual assault. But is it because it’s easier than ever to report? Or is it something else that could cause such a rise in such a horrible statistic?

The US military is reporting a disturbing spike in the number of active-duty service members who said they’d experienced sexual assault last year, raising questions once again about the military’s handling of misconduct.

The Pentagon estimates that about 20,500 service members across the military branches — about 13,000 women and 7,500 men — were sexually assaulted in the 2018 fiscal year, based on data from an anonymous survey that’s compiled by the Department of Defense every two years.

That’s a four-year high — and an alarming jump from 2016, in which 14,900 service members said they had been sexually assaulted.

The increase mostly came from female active duty members. The report found that women ages 17 to 24 were the most likely to say they’d been assaulted. (The number of sexual assaults reported by men rose just slightly.)
https://www.vox.com/world/2019/5/3/18528148/pentagon-military-sexual-assault-report-shanahan




Yup sounds about right. But 20,500 service members is a shockingly high number across all five branches of the military! Just one should be alarming. However, 20,000??? Right now, the United States currently has no Secretary Of Defense, thanks to the Trump administration. So the head boss who would normally be overseeing such insight is nowhere to be found.

Sexual assault in the American military surged in the last two years, driven almost entirely by a 50 percent increase in assaults on women in uniform, according to a survey released on Thursday by the Defense Department.

The department’s annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military estimated that there were 20,500 instances of “unwanted sexual contact” in the 2018 fiscal year, based on a survey of men and women across the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. That was an increase of 38 percent from the previous survey in 2016.

The grim data provide considerable ammunition for critics in Congress and veterans’ groups who have pressed repeatedly to change the way the military prosecutes sexual assault crimes. They want authority over such cases shifted away from military commanders and into the hands of an independent prosecutor’s office.

“These aren’t just numbers, these are people’s lives,” said Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat of California, who has pushed to remove the authority from commanders.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/us/military-sexual-assault.html




And that is a good point. But when there’s no head of the department to give orders, what exactly happens then? Well, the Pentagon is attempting to crack down on such extremely horrible behavior, but it appears that the beatings will continue until morale improves.

The U.S. Defense Department said on Thursday the estimated number of sexual assaults in the military climbed nearly 38 percent in 2018 compared with a survey two years earlier, data that critics say laid bare broken Pentagon promises of a crackdown.

The Pentagon said there were 6,053 reports of sexual assaults last year, according to an anonymous, bi-annual survey. It is the highest since the U.S. military began collecting this kind of survey data in 2004.

Taking into consideration unreported cases as well, the military survey estimated 20,500 male and female service members experienced some kind of sexual assault last year. The estimated number in 2016 was 14,900.

The campaign against sexual assault in the military again gained momentum in March when Republican Senator Martha McSally, the first female combat pilot in the U.S. Air Force, said she had been raped by a superior officer. She said she did not report it because she blamed herself and did not trust the system.
https://sojo.net/articles/sexual-assaults-us-military-spike-despite-pentagon-attempts-crack-down




Well, we probably should start thinking about tomorrow. Because if the military is in that kind of shambles over this sort of thing, what message does it send to future generations? Is there a way to eradicate it? Is there a cure for it? This is something that whoever runs against President Trump needs to address in 2020. And there’s already solutions but nothing has been implemented yet.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan has proposed sweeping changes to the way the military handles sexual assault and harassment cases. This comes after the Pentagon revealed a stunning increase in the number of sexual misconduct cases, which rose by 38% in 2018, according to a report released Thursday.

The analysis, which surveyed both men and women from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, shows about 25,000 instances of "unwanted sexual contact," a category that ranges from groping to rape. The number, obtained from the results of a biennial survey, marked a significant increase from about 14,900 when the military last conducted a similar survey in 2016.

"To put it bluntly, we are not performing to the standards and expectations we have for ourselves or each other," Shanahan said in a statement Thursday after he reviewed the latest data. "This is unacceptable. We cannot shrink from facing the challenge head on. We must, and will, do better."
https://www.salon.com/2019/05/03/2020-democrats-say-they-have-plans-to-address-sexual-assault-in-the-military/




That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Gather around, my fair brothers and sisters of Montana, it’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church of the Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you why the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation!!! You know last week we had a holy day. That day was the National Day Of Prayer for GAWD’s watchful eye over this great nation! But some – particularly the unholy, ungodly Dark One and his minion servants take it to extremes. Now should we allow someone who does the Devil’s Work to preach to us about what is godly or ungodly? I say no!!! But then again I am reminded that one of our most popular bands right now sings songs about Satan and performs in front of a cathedral backdrop, so it goes without saying. But, however, that is utter hypocrisy, and I think that the good LAWRD JAYSUS hated the hypocrites! Why is the Dark One suddenly talking about the LAWRD?

Donald Trump is finding religion. Or at least, religion is finding its way into his remarks and his campaign’s rhetoric to an unprecedented extent.

On Thursday, the president celebrated the National Day of Prayer at the White House, and he said the Almighty had helped him persevere through the ordeal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“People say, ‘How do you get through that whole stuff? How do you get through those witch hunts and everything else?’” Trump said, turning to Vice President Pence. “And you know what we do, Mike? We just do it, right? And we think about God.”

In a variation on his claims about a “war on Christmas,” Trump also claimed that Americans are referring to the Divine more frequently.

“One of the things that Mike and I were discussing just a little while ago—people are so proud to be using that beautiful word, God, and they’re using the word God again, and they’re not hiding from it,” he said. “They’re not being told to take it down, and they’re not saying we can’t honor God. In God we trust. So important.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/05/trump-finds-god-foxhole/588661/




You know that brings up a good point – GAWD hears all and sees all, but when the ungodly talk to him about things he doesn’t want to hear, like the fake War On Christmas that nobody wanted or even still cares about, that is considered heresy of the highest order!!!! But is the Dark One a poser or is he the real thing? No, he’s a poser. Just look at what he said about the Poway shooting.

'As a Jew, you are a soldier of G‑d,' Chabad Rabbi of Poway tells audience, before calling Trump a 'mensch'

US President Donald Trump urged Americans to fight anti-Semitism during an ecumenical meeting in the White House's Rose Garden on Wednesday.

"We will fight with all our strength and everything that we have in our bodies to defeat anti-Semitism, to end the attacks on the Jewish people and to conquer all forms of persecution, intolerance and hate," the president said.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual commemoration held on the first Thursday of May, during which people of all faiths are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation."

The president ceded his place to the Chabad rabbi who was injured during last week's attack on a synagogue in Poway, CA.
https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/1556819672-donald-trump-urges-to-fight-anti-semitism-with-all-our-strength




Yes because the good LAWRD, while he not judgeth less ye be judged… oh who am I kidding? Uhb… Rabbi Goldstein? Sir? You’re standing literally right next to the guy who is responsible for the rise in anti-Semitism that is plaguing this fair land of ours!!! Can I get an amen??? But which GAWD is the Dark One referring to? Is he referring to the wise, caring and just GAWD that we worship here? Or is he referring to the dark GAWD from the Old Testament? Yeah I think it’s the latter.

In his remarks for the service and worship at the White House for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, President Donald Trump stressed that Americans place "our hope in the hands of our Creator" and pray that that "these United States" will be blessed by the goodness, grace, and "eternal glory of God."

The National Day of Prayer was started by President Harry Truman and Congress in 1952. The purpose is for the federal government to officially recognize God and the necessity of prayer and "set aside each year" a specific day "for the American people to turn to God in prayer and meditation," said Vice President Mike Pence in his remarks at the Rose Garden.

"Ever since then, every president has issued a proclamation in honor of this great tradition," said Pence. "And President Donald Trump continues that tradition today."

In addition to his remarks at the Rose Garden, President Trump tweeted, "On this day of prayer, we once again place our hopes in the hands of our Creator."

"We give thanks for this wondrous land of liberty, & we pray that THIS nation – OUR home – these United States – will forever be strengthened by the Goodness and the Grace & the eternal GLORY OF GOD!" said Trump.
https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/trump-we-pray-nation-our-home-will-be-blessed-eternal-glory-god




And you know that verse is in our good book! Because really why do they keep brining up GAwD when it is apparent that they really know nothing about how the good LAWRD works? He seeks to unify us, not divide us! And that is why if they bring up GAWD in the public square, they need not be shunned. But while the rest of us pray for our forgiveness, he prays for himself. So do we really want him telling us that it’s OK to say GAWD again?

First lady Melania Trump received praise for tweeting that the National Day of Prayer on Thursday was an occasion to "cherish the freedom of religion," while her husband President Donald Trump politicized the day by taking a jab at the recently concluded special counsel investigation and saying that prayer helped him survive "witch hunts."

"@POTUS and I welcomed many influencers of faith in observance and celebration of the #NationalDayofPrayer to the @WhiteHouse today," Melania Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon, following an event at the White House rose garden. "God Bless this great nation where we cherish the freedom of religion."

The first lady's post included photos of her leading a ceremony honoring the day, and a picture of her praying as her husband spoke at the podium.

After Melania Trump's ceremony lead off, the president thanked her "for the great job" she had done as first lady.

"People love you no matter where I go," the president said. "They love you.”
https://www.newsweek.com/melania-trump-praised-nationaldayofprayer-freedom-religion-comment-donald-1413512




And that is true! I know since the Dark One has assumed power, I have been using his name a lot more, and in ways I shant repeat in my church! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Hey everyone guess what? We’re all gonna die! Woooooooooooooooooo!!!!! Woooooooo!!!! Wooo. Woo. So how are we gonna die this week? There’s plenty of reasons from fiery plane crashes to alarming rises in overall global temperatures killing life as we know it to deadly diseases coming back strong after being eradicated 50 years ago. We’re going to talk about the latter this week and I couldn’t love this more, because it’s really a coming together of two bullshit causes – Scientology and anti-vaccination crusaders. It’s created a melting pot, you know, like when the T1000 melts together and becomes one giant super robot. So how did this happen? And where is it going from here? Well we’re all gonna die.

Talk about being a ship out of luck. Rather than continue on its journey, a cruise ship has remained docked in the Caribbean port of St. Lucia with its nearly 300 passengers and crew quarantined since Monday morning. What's up with the dock? A female crew member on the boat turned up with, guess what, the measles.

Yes, that virus that we thought was basically eliminated from the U.S. in 2000 has made it on to a boat, specifically, according to NBC News, the "Freewinds" ship, owned by the Church of Scientology. The Church of Scientology web site describes the "Freewinds" as a "440-foot ship based in the Caribbean" and "the home of the Flag Ship Service Organization (FSSO), a religious retreat ministering the most advanced level of spiritual counseling in the Scientology religion." The website goes on to say that "The Freewinds is a very special place. It is the one place a Scientologist may go and be certain he will be able to devote himself entirely to his religious practice and in the company of people who share his religious commitment and outlook on life in general."

Right now the Freewinds is also a very quarantined place. Being quarantined means that you are kept from interacting with others because you may have been exposed to an infectious disease. You stay in quarantine until you either start showing signs of the disease or are past the time that you could develop and spread the disease. If you do develop the disease, being kept separate is then called isolation rather than quarantine.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2019/05/03/why-is-a-scientology-cruise-ship-quarantined-it-is-the-measles/#3cbc15383fe8




That is a good point there! Bullshit is everywhere and this is the coming together of two very different types of bullshit. And it wasn’t just their Sea Org cruise vessel, they’re still there. Yes there’s enough cases of the measles to keep that boat parked there for a long time. Yeah, really, fuck you anti vaccination crusaders. And by the way, Sea Org isn’t just a cruise line, it’s also a slave labor camp!

According to the church, the Freewinds is less a vacation and more of a floating religious retreat center. Some former Scientologists have described it in harsher terms, but more on that later.

Once upon a time, Scientology had a fleet of ships, the church says, which were manned by its Sea Organization. The ships and crew helped Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard with “research” and supervised church functions around the world, according to the church.

Scientologists compare the “Sea Org” to members of a religious order, like monks and nuns, who devote their lives to the faith, often working long hours for no pay and living communally. The Freewinds is entirely staffed by the Sea Org, the church says, who dress in spiffy naval uniforms.

But there was another reason for Scientologists’ seafaring ways, say scholars who have studied the church. In the late 1960s several countries, including the United States, started scrutinizing Hubbard’s new movement. He had been kicked out of England in 1968, according to Hugh Urban, author of “The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion.”
https://q13fox.com/2019/05/04/heres-what-happens-on-scientologys-cruise-ship-the-freewinds-it-sounds-pretty-intense/




I got news for you, Christianity! While you are busy *PLANNING* the apocalypse, Scientology might be one step ahead of you! And it’s not going to be a nuclear Armageddon that’s going to kill us all, a second plague consisting of a measles outbreak brought about by idiots is far more likely! So how do we rid ourselves of this nuisance that we originally rid ourselves of? Well, let’s look to Germany for starters.

German parents who fail to vaccinate their children against measles could face fines of up to €2,500 ($2,800), as part of draft legislation from the country's health minister.

"I want to eradicate measles," Health Minister Jens Spahn told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag on Sunday, according to a transcript of the interview published by the Health Ministry.

"Anyone going to a kindergarten or school should be vaccinated against measles," he said, adding that parents would need to show proof of vaccination or could face fines and exclusion from daycare.

The proposal comes as Germany reported one of the highest numbers of measles cases in Europe between March 2018 and February this year, at 651, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Topping the list was Italy, with 2,498 reported cases.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/06/health/measles-vaccination-germany-fine-grm-intl/index.html




Hey Germany, if you think throwing money at a problem is going to make it go away, you have obviously never met Americans. We pay our $100,000 health care tabs and proudly go for broke trying, because fuck socialism! But you really want to know the scary thing? That luxury boat / slave ship isn’t going anywhere, it could be parked and quarantined for weeks. So yeah, we, and by “we”, I mean “they” might actually all die.

The ship has been quarantined for nearly a week after health authorities on St. Lucia confirmed a female crew member from Europe was infected with measles. While in St. Lucia, the ship’s doctor requested 100 doses of the vaccine. If taken within 72 hours of exposure, the vaccine can prevent the disease even if the infected person had not been previously vaccinated, Schaffner said.

Only one case has been confirmed so far, but if more people are infected, the quarantine would extend even longer, Schaffner added.

Illuminating detail: The ship has been identified as Freewinds, a Scientology-owned vessel most famous for hosting Tom Cruise’s 42nd birthday. According to the Church of Scientology’s website, Freewinds is operated by the Sea Org, a religious order within Scientology in which members live communally and work long hours for the church.

Scientology whistleblowers have alleged the Sea Org is an abusive cult whose members work in inhumane conditions for little or no pay against their will.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2019/05/06/expert-scientology-ship-with-measles-case-could-be-quarantined-for-weeks/#66aba94c7ef0





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There’s lots of things you can count on. Death. Taxes. Southern white guys like Jeff Sessions getting “the vapors”, Donald Trump misspelling something completely stupid. And there’s also corporations telling you how to think and feel through their products. This is about that very thing, because if there’s one thing I want, it’s corporations telling me how I should think and feel. So Burger King is taking things to extremes and playing a drive thru therapist. Think of it like that movie Inside Out. Are you happy? Are you sad? Are you extremely pissed off to where only Lewis Black can properly express how you really feel?

The realm of quick service restaurants (QSRs) is and actually always has been a pretty innovative space. The drive-thru window, for example, first met the market in 1947 when it was introduced to the world by Sheldon “Red” Chaney, operator of Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri. If you’ve never heard of Red, before, it’s because he’s not the guy who became famous for the idea. That honor fell to Ray Kroc — who made the idea famous when he opened the first McDonald’s franchise in Chicago eight years later.

McDonald’s did, however, more or less invent the concept of a Happy Meal to attract kids, launching it back in 1979. The concept was invented by a Guatemalan McDonald’s franchise operator, Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño, in the mid-70s.

In the modern digital era of QSR, it is almost impossible not to mention Starbucks and its myriad contributions to innovation — including the first really successful launch of a mobile wallet product in the U.S. and leading the field when it came to introducing mobile order-ahead to the market. Starbucks first rolled out nationwide mobile order-ahead about four and a half years ago, in late 2015. As of late spring 2019, mobile represents roughly 60 percent of all digital restaurant orders today, according to the PYMNTS Mobile-Order Ahead Tracker.

And of course hardly a week passes here at PYMNTS when we are not announcing some new innovation application in the QSR space. Advances in ordering ahead, rewards offers, delivery options — take your pick, you can probably find an announcement about one of these things or another out of a major chain within the last 14 days.
https://www.pymnts.com/news/retail/2019/qsr-innovation-burger-king-real-meals/




That is the ultimate PR fuck you by the way. It’s one thing to say “We understand that not everybody is happy all the time”. It’s another thing to say “Burger King understands that not everybody is happy all the time”. It’s inserting advertising crap where there doesn’t need to be any. I would just get the pissed off meal all the time not only just to fuck with them, but I’m also fucking pissed we have that guy in the White House! It’s a good reason why they’re doing this – raising awareness for mental health. But then again when you add the advertising angle it really loses all meaning. So is this a good thing?

To be fair — if we really need to be “fair” to massive corporations and the advertising agencies they employ (in this case, the Boston-based MullenLowe) — Burger King is not the first brand to use depression, millennial anxiety, or general malaise to sell food. Tons of brands speak in the first person on the internet now, often to express enthusiasm or disappointment or generalized awe that Beyoncé still exists and is releasing work. Denny’s Diner has been using this strategy on Twitter for several years, and literally tweeted “we’re not just a diner, we’re also your buddy,” earlier this year.

In September 2018, the frozen steak brand Steak Umms made waves with a tweet storm that started, “why are so many young people flocking to brands on social media for love, guidance, and attention? I’ll tell you why. they’re isolated from real communities, working service jobs they hate while barely making ends meat, and are living w/ unchecked personal/mental health problems.”

(Note: “meat.”)

“For years, brands have packaged a seething pessimism that is felt by today’s young adults and sold it to us to drive business,” Eater’s Chris Fuhrmeister wrote, reflecting on the year in food advertising in December. “They’ve played their part in ramping up the waves of depression and disillusionment that come as a result of prolonged exposure to bad vibes and bad news.” The Steak Umms tweets were an obvious culmination of the trend, he argued. And “if channeling the dark inner thoughts that plague millennials continues to garner engagement and sales, it won’t be long until all the other brands join in the melancholy.”
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/5/2/18527110/burger-king-unhappy-meals-steakumms-sad-brand-twitter




Whoa, that guy is pissed off! But sorry Burger King and Dennys, you may serve us lunch and corporations may be people since the George Bush administration, but you aren’t our friends! Although cheers to all the angry loners out there who might think corporations want to be your friends, and corporations are people in this day and age. But guess what? They’re not your friends. They’re out to make a buck and that’s about it. Here’s the thing – depression is a serious mental illness that should be taken very seriously. When you add advertising garbage to it, it fucks it up.

This new tweet represents an evolution of one of 2018’s most groan-worthy social media trends: brands selling you depression. But unlike, say, the Steak-Umm’s mental health rant from last year, Sunny D created a message — “I can’t do this anymore” — that is vague and seemingly designed to mean different things to different Twitter users. Some people read it as a whimsical comment about post-Super Bowl inertia, but clearly, others read it as a cry for help.

The Sunny D tweet arrived shortly after a few high-profile performers shared troubling messages about mental health on social media, leading their friends and the authorities to respond in real life. Back in December, SNL comedian Pete Davidson Instagrammed the message, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” prompting a police officer to go to his house to check on the star. (Davidson would later acknowledge the incident during a “Weekend Update” sketch on SNL.) And last month, rapper CupcakKe tweeted a message about planning to commit suicide, leading friends to get in touch with local police, who then took her to the hospital. She later tweeted, “I’ve been fighting with depression for the longest ..sorry that I did it public last night but I’m okay,” noting that “im [sic] finally getting the help that I need to get through.”

Especially right now, Twitter users are attuned to spot any tweet that could be considered a cry for help — which is why this new Sunny D message is all the more egregious. Outside of its original context, its vagueness elicited lots of real emotions and concerns: If the social media manager of this account needs help, the powers that be at Sunny D should not only step in and let the employee take a mental health break, some thought. If this was a more calculated stunt — if there was no one actually suffering on the other end of the Twitter account — then this is just an act of pure exploitation, others argued; an attempt to leverage the conversations about millennial burnout and Gen Z’s anxiety into brand engagement.

And sadly, based on the trail of retweets and replies that Sunny D has been serving up, it appears that it’s encouraging the “life is hard” interpretation of the tweet:
https://www.eater.com/2019/2/4/18211094/sunny-d-tweet




Hey hey don’t cry! It’s kind of what we do here – tear apart bullshit whether it’s in marketing or politics, and this is exactly that – grade A bullshit. Here’s the thing – raising awareness of the collective mental health of this country? A great cause. Using it to hawk your bullshit garbage? Not! Maybe it’s just time to turn off social media for a while. Your device has an “off switch” you know!

Each of 143 participants completed a survey to determine mood and well-being at the study's start, plus shared shots of their iPhone battery screens to offer a week's worth of baseline social-media data. Participants were then randomly assigned to a control group, which had users maintain their typical social-media behavior, or an experimental group that limited time on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram to 10 minutes per platform per day.

For the next three weeks, participants shared iPhone battery screenshots to give the researchers weekly tallies for each individual. With those data in hand, Hunt then looked at seven outcome measures including fear of missing out, anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

"Here's the bottom line," she says. "Using less social media than you normally would leads to significant decreases in both depression and loneliness. These effects are particularly pronounced for folks who were more depressed when they came into the study."

Hunt stresses that the findings do not suggest that 18- to 22-year-olds should stop using social media altogether. In fact, she built the study as she did to stay away from what she considers an unrealistic goal. The work does, however, speak to the idea that limiting screen time on these apps couldn't hurt.

"It is a little ironic that reducing your use of social media actually makes you feel less lonely," she says. But when she digs a little deeper, the findings make sense. "Some of the existing literature on social media suggests there's an enormous amount of social comparison that happens. When you look at other people's lives, particularly on Instagram, it's easy to conclude that everyone else's life is cooler or better than yours."
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108164316.htm





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So you know the idea behind this segment is that too much talking about politics and everything else that goes on in the world causes us to drink. But we have a rule here at the Top 10 – while we are drinking, we talk about literally anything in the world as long as it doesn’t relate to politics, because mixing drinking and politics never ends well. Tell me bartender – what goes well with a music festival fail? Really? You don’t have any suggestions for that? Why don’t you bring over a couple of pitchers of IPAs? Oh yeah that’s the stuff! Two years ago, we went through the epic fail that was the Fyre Festival, and it was a colossal fail. Now this year the 50th anniversary of Woodstock also crashed and burned. So how did it happen?

The troubled Woodstock 50 festival has run into more difficulties, as multiple sources told Variety late Friday that the April 22 on-sale date for the event has been postponed.

Agents for artists scheduled to perform at the festival — which include Jay-Z, Dead & Company, Chance the Rapper, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons and Halsey — received a notice from festival talent buyer Danny Wimmer Presents that reads, according to Hits Daily Double, “There is currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date. We are waiting on an official press statement from Woodstock 50 regarding updated announce, ticket pricing, and overall festival information. We will get this information to you as soon as we receive it.”

Tim O’Hearn, administrator for Schuyler County, where the event is scheduled to be held, told the Poughkeepsie Journal that the state Department of Health is reviewing Woodstock 50’s permit application, which he said was submitted April 15. The state must issue a temporary permit for events before ticket sales can begin, he said. Ticket prices have not been revealed in the month since the festival’s lineup was announced.

A spokesperson for the festival seemed to dispute reports of trouble in a statement to Variety that reads: “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for fifty years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention. Just more rumors.”
https://variety.com/2019/music/news/woodstock-50-festival-postpones-ticket-on-sale-date-1203193881/




Of course it’s executive drunk! It’s like regular drunk except there’s no bar required. And it’s apparently still slightly OK to drive. But we don’t encourage that here. Getting off topic. So of course we’ve all been burned by bad ticket sales – just ask anyone who attempted to get tickets for the Rolling Stones’ Honk tour, or Metallica’s S&M show in San Francisco. Now what are other ways this could possibly go wrong? Well several!

A dispute among Woodstock 50 organizers over whether the upcoming anniversary concert is canceled or not marks the latest issue to plague concerts linked to the famous festival held in August 1969.

In fact, the original concert — the Woodstock Music and Art Fair — lost its site in July 1969, about a month before it was scheduled to be held. Woodstock co-producer and co-founder Michael Lang quickly found farmland owned by Sullivan County farmer Max Yasgur and announced within days that Woodstock would be held in Bethel.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Uncertainty, however, now hangs over plans for a 50th anniversary Woodstock concert scheduled for Aug. 16-18 in Watkins Glen, Schuyler County.
https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2019/04/29/woodstock-2019-canceled-michael-lang-bethel/3620971002/




So is Woodstock 50th anniversary concert an even bigger fail than the Fyre Festival? Well time will certainly tell on that one and you can always judge a fail by the quality of the people behind the fail, but this is my favorite part of the story. What are the odds on the festival’s cancellation? Anyone? Well of course for those compulsive gamblers, Vegas has you covered!

It’s not just amateurs who look at the ongoing imbroglio over the Woodstock 50 festival and think: What are the odds that it ends up being a go? Don’t worry — the pros in Las Vegas have set their minds to it, too.

Jay Kornegay, the head of the Race & Sports Book Operations at Westgate Resorts in Las Vegas, has done his research. “You have so many different views here, with a lot of contradictory information,” he says. “I don’t have a dog in this fight, but based on what I’ve gathered, it’s close to a ‘pick-em,’ a 50-50 bet.”

Woodstock founder Michael Lang is used to bucking odds. After all, no one thought the beatific hippie could pull off the original Woodstock back in 1969, but after all the location disputes, gridlocked traffic, mud and free admission, he and his partners ended up with a money-making documentary and a brand that has seemingly withstood the test of time.

The promoter continues to insist Woodstock 50 will take place August 16-18 at Watkins Glen Speedway in upstate New York, and the acts remain on hold, having been paid. But the well-publicized travesty of the Fyre Festival has people increasingly gun-shy about how to overcome such tough logistics. The loss of Japanese financiers Dentsu and now Lang’s production company, Superfly, compounded by a missed on-sale ticket date of April 22, have left the fate of the festival very much in doubt.
https://variety.com/2019/music/news/woodstock-50-las-vegas-oddsmakers-lay-odds-whether-festival-will-take-place-1203203258/




Yeah so if you’re gambling don’t bother with statistics and odds, just go with the flow here, and have another drink. I mean if the odds are that Woodstock 50 is a go, why wouldn’t it be? Oh wait, the show has effectively been cancelled. Well at least the Woodstock 50 people and the Fyre Festival people can maybe trade some notes because they are both are total clusterfucks.

The festival is scheduled to begin Aug. 16 at Watkins Glen International raceway in Schuyler County.

Lang declined to say when, if the list of needs is not met in the next two weeks as hopes, he would pull the plug on the festival. But, he said, “If it’s going to happen it’s going to come together very quick.”

Underscoring this all is a pattern in which Lang says one thing and others say something else, or nothing at all. And, though Lang has the experience of promoting three previous versions of Woodstock, the brand’s legacy as a cultural touchstone cannot be separated from its legacy of problems.

Even the original, held in Sullivan County on Aug. 15-18, 1969, is known for its traffic, rain and attendees who found a way around buying tickets.

What impact those issues have had on the music industry’s confidence in Lang’s ability to smoothly create a festival of this scope is unclear. But, there are those who have faith in his ability to rally.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2019/05/03/woodstock-50-problems-michael-lang-dentsu-aegis-watkins-glen/3661459002/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-lifetopstories





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16 states will enter and only one state will be crowned the new Top 10 Conservative Idiots Stupidest State!



Welcome back! If you’ve been following along at home, we are in the home stretch here in the 2019 Stupidest State contest! We’re just a mere three rounds away from calling our champion! Last week we had a major bracket buster as Georgia stunned Kentucky and came back with a last second 3 pointer to win the Batshit Conference championship! This week, it’s a duel to the death of your bank account as two juggernauts in the Beltway go for broke as Michigan takes on Wisconsin for the Fiscal Irresponsibility Conference championship! We’re live at the home of the San Diego State Aztecs, the Viejas Arena in San Diego for all the action action action! Let’s get out those brackets so we can follow along!

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When we last saw Wisconsin, they were still trying to court Foxconn to build a gigantic LED factory in the state and Foxconn was holding it in front of their noses the same way that a jockey dangles a carrot in front of a horse. Yes, Foxconn, the Chinese mega conglomerate that manufactures everything we use that has an on / off switch and gave us the iPhone and worker suicide nets. And yes, the state is still going after it!

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Foxconn Technology Group leader Terry Gou met privately with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers for the first time on Thursday, a day after Gou recommitted to a massive project in the state following a White House meeting with President Donald Trump.

Questions about Foxconn's commitment to the Wisconsin project have swirled for months, but Gou and the project's backers tried to put those to rest. Evers, who ran for office as a critic of Foxconn, said he hoped the project would be successful, even if it's smaller than originally envisioned.

Foxconn, the world's largest electronics company whose customers include Apple, Amazon and Google, plans to build a display screen factory in southeast Wisconsin. Foxconn reached the deal with former Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Evers was critical of the taxpayer credits promised to the company during his successful campaign against Walker last year.

Evers told reporters Thursday that he planned to tell Gou he looked forward to making sure the Wisconsin project was successful. But Evers said there was no question the project was going to be smaller than originally planned, given that Foxconn has said publicly it's building a factory that makes smaller display screens than the existing contract envisioned.

Read more: https://www.mankatofreepress.com/region/foxconn-ceo-meets-with-trump-wisconsin-governor/article_89c12429-b960-5a0b-82a7-fb916ca4cba6.html




We’ve been following this situation very closely, and it’s what one would call, I don’t know, a “clusterfuck of epic proportions”. Foxconn says one thing, the Wisconsin GOP says another thing, Trump says another thing… just… AHHH!!!! And let’s move on to other topics, like something Wisconsin shares a border with: lakes! And Republicans there are out to make Madison the next Flint!

Pitting the city of Milwaukee against the state of Wisconsin is nothing new in Badger State politics. But that type of toxic rhetoric reached a new low this spring when Republican legislative leadership indicated they would not support a proposal from the new Democratic governor to replace lead pipes across the state because too much of the money would be going to Milwaukee. With these comments, this much has been made clear: Wisconsin Republicans are playing politics with something that quite literally is poisoning children in the state’s largest city.

The infrastructure bringing water into people’s homes is a public safety threat, one that puts children and pregnant mothers at particular risk. Gov. Tony Evers is proposing to add a $40 million budget item to begin the process of replacing the 200,000 lead lateral service lines in Wisconsin, 77,000 of which are in Milwaukee.

Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), a powerful member of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, speaking alongside Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington), said on Wednesday, April 10, “My understanding is that the proposal, a vast majority of it, is going to Milwaukee. We had targeted our response to the lead issue as a local opportunity for communities to get involved and provide assistance at the local level, rather than people from Marinette funding lead replacements in Milwaukee. I’m not sure that that’s necessarily fair from a taxpayer standpoint.”
https://shepherdexpress.com/news/features/wisconsin-republicans-are-deliberately-ignoring-milwaukee-s-/#/questions




And that’s probably a simulation of what the actual color of the water is going to look like once Wisconsin republicans get to it! And in case you’re wondering whether or not we live in the Matrix, well, the Wisconsin GOP just won a crazy order to get all of Scott Walker’s appointees back on the bench. Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! This is after the Wisconsin GOP staged a coup against the new Democratic senate. Yes, we live in the Matrix, and the Koch Bros are Agent Smith.

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has handed another win to Republicans in the ongoing dispute over legislation and appointments passed during last year’s lame-duck session.

The state’s high court voted 4-3 on Tuesday to restore all 82 appointees then-Gov. Scott Walker (R) made before Democratic Gov. Tony Evers was sworn in on Jan. 7, The Associated Press reported.

“The 82 appointees shall immediately be allowed to perform the duties of their respective positions in the same manner as they were performing those duties,” the court said, according to AP.

The ruling will allow 15 of Walker’s appointees who Evers did not reappoint to return to their posts. This includes positions on the Public Service Commission and the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wisconsin-supreme-court-scott-walker-appointees_n_5cc9ebdbe4b0d123954d8dbf?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAN7hLneWOFB8A6aAYzYsGfKi2TbgGCtFl62O_6ouo7Fuuc8jjBsdXNqc9s4CWyLTxkk4qvv5Yv003XQUahHitnCgRUm2TjLsR_bfaiaqKogd9gtnxnEK45iTgZTE9CAE7FQsh89snLaaaatK3wGuJLdq6-QjqNNdUUKGghGyuz0T




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Ah, Michigan. You might be thinking why is Michigan always a contender? They’re generally a democratic state. They have one of the most progressive governors in the country. They have a balanced education system and some of the most popular universities in the entire United States of America. Well, just like a rusty 1969 Chevy Impala, look under the hood because you will see something very frightening lurking underneath! I mean after all this is the state that gave us Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Blackwater, and governor Rick Snyder. So how is the Wolverine State doing?

Michigan's attorney general pledged Monday to move to shut down an oil pipeline in the Great Lakes if the governor doesn't find a "swift and straightforward" resolution to the contentious issue.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last month halted state agencies' work to facilitate construction of a tunnel beneath the lakebed to house a new segment of Line 5 in the channel where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, pointing to a legal opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel while citing concerns that her Republican predecessor's plan would keep the existing 66-year-old pipeline in the water too long. But the Democrat said this month she was open to still building the tunnel . Her administration is in talks with pipeline owner and operator Enbridge.

"I respect the Governor's effort to find a swift and straightforward resolution to this issue, but if unsuccessful I will use every resource available to our office to shut down Line 5 to protect our Great Lakes," Nessel, a Democrat who promised during her campaign to close the pipeline, said in a short statement.

A spokeswoman later said while Nessel was reluctant to impose a specific deadline on Whitmer's efforts with Enbridge, she was hopeful that the governor by June 1 would have a plan for decommissioning Line 5.

Read more: https://www.macombdaily.com/news/michigan-ag-i-ll-move-to-shut-oil-pipeline-if/article_e14623e2-6b3f-11e9-a1b0-870997e7847b.html




Just ask Washington how well their oil pipeline is going, and I would like to tell both states where they can stick their pipelines. I’ll give you a hint – it’s where the sun don’t shine. And by the way remember when I said that Michigan was the home of Betsy DeVos? Well guess what? Her brother Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, could be in some very big trouble!

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says Michigan's Erik Prince — Betsy DeVos' brother — needs to be investigated to determine whether he lied to Congress over a meeting with a Russian financier.

Speaking at a Washington Post Live event on Tuesday, Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the committee will make a criminal referral to the Justice Department about the possibility that Prince gave the panel false testimony.

Prince, a former Navy SEAL who grew up in west Michigan and went on to found the security company Blackwater, was mentioned prominently in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in regards to a meeting he had with a prominent Russian financier with close ties to Vladimir Putin just before President Donald Trump took office.

Prince, who was close to the Trump campaign and adviser Steve Bannon, told congressional investigators that the meeting in the Seychelles with Kirill Dmitriev was a random meeting and not arranged at the request of Trump's transition team.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/04/30/erik-prince-betsy-devos-mueller-report/3625518002/




And by the way if you think Agent Smith had his iron grip on Wisconsin, there’s a gerrymandering case going before the Michigan Supreme Court that could mean that we’re all royally fucked. Yes, the GOP could have an iron reign on the Beltway for generations to come. Which means more Foxconn and slave labor factories! I for one welcome our new corporate overlords!

As promised, Michigan Republicans filed a notice of an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of a bombshell ruling that the state’s political districts were illegally gerrymandered and must be redrawn in time for 2020 elections.

The short filing Tuesday includes no legal arguments, which will be filed separately. Republicans are also expected to ask that the lower court’s ruling be stayed, or delayed, until the high court decides similar cases involving redistricting disputes in Maryland and North Carolina.

Amber McCann, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, said arguments in support of a stay will be included when the request is filed in court.

Signing on to the appeals were the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate and GOP Sens. Jim Stamas of Midland, Ken Horn of Frankenmuth, and Lana Theis of Brighton; and House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, state Rep. Aaron Miller, R-Sturgis, and Michigan’s Republican congressional delegation, according to federal court records.

Read more: https://www.bridgemi.com/public-sector/michigan-republicans-appeal-gerrymandering-ruling-what-you-need-know




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Wow this is a close one! Neither team is going down without a fight! We are into the first overtime with less than a minute to go. Score is 80 – 80 tied. Wisconsin for the 3… IT’S GOOD!!!! Wisconsin wins with a final score of 83 – 80! They are celebrating on the court, they are going to Los Angeles for the Final Four at USC! Michigan walks off the court defeated. Oh my god what a victory!

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Here we are folks, it’s time for the Stupidest State Final Four!!! We’re live at the home of the USC Trojans, the fabulous Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles for all the action! In the Flyover League championship, we have two heavyweights – Florida vs Alabama duking it out. While in the Layover League championship, we will have Georgia taking on Wisconsin for the crown! We will have the games and the net cutting ceremonies to look forward to!


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Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest is an awesome band from Long Island, New York. You can see them at various festivals across the country including the KROQ Weenie Roast on June 8th. Playing their song called “Boom” from their album ORION out June 14th, give it up for X Ambassadors!



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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-16: The Gathering Of The Deplorables Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-16: The Gathering Of The Deplorables Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up San Diego? You guys doing fucking good? I hope everyone is doing well. I do love San Diego and every time I am here. Maybe the Padres, not so much. Although I’m from just up north on the I-5 and we have the Angels, who I think seem to be fine being in last place. And that’s after we spent $430 million on Mike Trout. Hey if you’re going to go for broke, go for broke! Do we have time for the thing? Good. So did everyone see Avengers: Endgame over the weekend? I unfortunately did not but I definitely plan to. I mean come on it’s the grand finale, and I have invested so much into these characters. So no spoilers please! Although if you’re a certain running back for the Buffalo Bills, you might want to take a break on Twitter for a few days. And I would certainly expect this coming from a guy who calls himself “Lil’ Shady”. But this comes literally the day *AFTER* the Russo Brothers called for people not to spoil Endgame, guess what he does? He goes and spoils Endgame, and well, he wasn’t having any of it. But my favorite part was where he said “I’m done with the Avengers”. Well no fucking duh!!! It’s the finale, everyone is! And of course he was feeling the heat from Bills fans who also happen to be Marvel fans. So yeah Lil’ Shady, you might want to get away for a while. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first Bill Maher is back and he talks about how the bad guys get away with it all. Much like in that movie LA Confidential:



Well where do we begin this week? In the number one slot this week is the NRA (1) – they had their annual convention in which point Trump spoke in brain fart language to the cult and told him that he was the world’s greatest hostage negotiator. In the second slot this week, is Twitter (2). So @realDonaldTrump met with @Jack and had to be told how many bot accounts follow him, but a Twitter employee has dropped a massive bombshell that destroys the GOP and their “shadow banning” theory! In the third slot this week, is the guy who we currently call president,
Donald Trump (3) and while there was a lot to unpack from his MAGA rally in Wisconsin, his batshit crazy theory about infanticide is what we really need to discuss. Taking the fourth slot this week, we have a new game of "Is It Racist?". So the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Yankees are in hot water for choosing not to use Kate Smith's rendition of God Bless America, because some songs have surfaced with racist undertones, so is it racist? Probably. In the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and we’re going to find out what exactly happened when Otto Warmbier’s body left North Korea and arrived in the United States. Both glorious dictator Kim Jong Un and @realDonaldTrump have very differing opinions on this one! At slot number 6 this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and one of the hottest presidential candidates in 2020 is the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, but the Christian right isn’t having any of it! Gee, our resident pastor wonders why! In the seventh slot this week, we have a new “Beating A Dead Horse” (7) and last week was the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide, and in the wake of the protests last week, really, US government, what’s the fucking holdup? And in the 8th slot this week, is our segment "NO!!”. Operation Varsity Blues won’t seem to go away, and we’re going to show you how you get into America’s higher learning institutions without paying hundreds of thousands of dollars! (Hint: It’s called studying!!). In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week we have an all new “People Are Dumb”, because of course they are! And finally this week our quest to find the Stupidest State 2019 continues! This week it’s the Batshit Conference Championship! Kentucky will take on the champions Texas to advance to the Final Four! It’s getting very exciting! Plus we have some live music for the metal heads here from Maryland’s Periphery! Really, buy their new album “Hail Stan” or you are no friend of this show! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Here’s a question for you – the NRA. Are they just a gun lobby or are they a hostile intelligence agency bent on upending democracy so they can keep their precious guns? Well considering that they’ve got the 2nd amendment crowd in their hand, I’m assuming the latter. Well before we get into the most alarming news coming out of their annual convention in Indianapolis, we have to talk about some extremely alarming news that may make you think that they are indeed a hostile intelligence agency bent on upending democracy.

The gun safety nonprofit Giffords Law Center filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday for not acting on its multiple complaints that the National Rifle Association made illegal campaign contributions to President Donald Trump and six other Republican candidates.

“Over the past nine months, Plaintiff Giffords filed four separate administrate complaints with the Federal Election Commission,” said the lawsuit, noting that the FEC has missed the deadline to respond to them.

The suit was filed by the Campaign Legal Center and the Giffords Law Center, which was created by former Arizona congresswoman and gun violence survivor Gabrielle Giffords. It accuses the NRA of using “a complex network of shell corporations to unlawfully coordinate expenditures with the campaigns of at least seven candidates for federal office, thereby making millions of dollars of illegal, unreported, and excessive in-kind contributions, including up to $25 million in illegal contributions to now President Donald J. Trump.”

The six other candidates the suit mentions are Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Montana’s Republican state auditor, Matt Rosendale.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/giffords-lawsuit-fec-campaign-finance-violations-nra_n_5cc0f159e4b0764d31dc70df




Gee for a party that harps on the other side for campaign contributions sure loves them some campaign contributions don’t they? It’s only political if it happens to the other side. Now we got to talk about their annual convention, or you could just call it “The Gathering Of The Deplorables”. It’s kind of like the Gathering Of The Juggalos and both groups involved are just as terrifying! So what went down in Indianapolis exactly?

Turmoil racking the National Rifle Association is threatening to turn the group’s annual convention into outright civil war, as insurgents maneuver to oust Wayne LaPierre, the foremost voice of the American gun rights movement.

The confrontation pits Mr. LaPierre, the organization’s longtime chief executive, against its recently installed president, Oliver L. North, the central figure in the Reagan-era Iran-contra affair, who remains a hero to many on the right.

Behind it is a widening crisis involving a legal battle between the N.R.A. and its most influential contractor, Ackerman McQueen, amid renewed threats from regulators in New York, where the N.R.A. is chartered, to investigate the group’s tax-exempt status. With contributions lagging, the N.R.A. is also facing an increasingly well-financed gun control movement, motivated by a string of mass shootings.

Mr. North asked Mr. LaPierre to resign on Wednesday, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times. He said he had also created a committee to review allegations of financial improprieties that threaten the N.R.A.’s status as a nonprofit organization.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/26/business/nra-wayne-lapierre-oliver-north.html




Because if there's one thing Oliver North knows a thing or two about, it's a failed coup against a hostile insurgency! Yeah so the NRA is infighting amongst themselves. It’s exactly the recipe for a complete and total disaster. And then of course he showed up. It’s literally like everything Trump touches turns to complete shit. So what did he do at the NRA convention? Well he basically said that he’ll pull the US out of the international arms treaty, which means that more weapons will get in the hands of terrorists, because, fuck globalism.

President Trump effectively "unsigned" an international arms sales agreement Friday, moving to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. The agreement sets global standards for regulating transfers of conventional arms, from rifles to tanks and airplanes.

The treaty, known as the ATT, has been in effect since late 2014. The U.S. signed on to the agreement in 2013 but has not ratified the treaty.

The U.S. withdrawal had been expected. Trump made it official at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Indianapolis, pulling out a pen onstage and signing a paper that he said would take back the Obama administration's signature on behalf of the U.S.

The ATT has long been a target of the NRA, which claimed it would harm U.S. gun owners. Trump echoed that criticism on Friday, calling the ATT a threat to Second Amendment rights. "We will never surrender America's sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy," Trump was quoted as saying, in a White House statement announcing the change.
https://www.npr.org/2019/04/26/717547741/trump-moves-to-withdraw-u-s-from-u-n-arms-trade-treaty




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Bye everyone, it was nice knowing you! And you know the scary thing? The deplorables cheerleaded this! Just his logic… AHHHHHHHHH!!!!! So when terrorists start killing people and setting off explosives outside the Louvre or Big Ben, because they were able to get American made weapons, well, don’t say we didn’t warn you. I mean it is your funeral after all.

US president Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association he was pulling the United States out of an international arms treaty signed in 2013.

Mr Trump said he intends to revoke the status of the United States as a signatory to the Arms Trade Treaty, which was never ratified by the US Senate.

“We’re taking our signature back,” Mr Trump said to thousands of cheering attendees at a convention on Friday.

In reversing the US position on the pact, he wrote on Twitter, “We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms.”

The NRA has long opposed the treaty, which regulates the $70 billion business in conventional arms and seeks to keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. The lobbying group argues it would undermine domestic gun rights, a view the Obama administration rejected.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/us/trump-withdraws-from-un-arms-treaty-as-nra-crowd-cheers-1.3873972


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It’s no secret that hardcore racists are using social media to spread their violence and hatred towards anyone who they don’t like. And not only that, they’re using it to actively recruit new members like the group Identity Europa for instance. But before we get into why Twitter won’t ban Nazis (and for not at all shocking reasons), Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week. And you want to know the reason why? Well you just had to ask! Trump wanted him to explain why he lost a ton of followers, and the reason is not all shocking either. Yes, they are still harping on Twitter for the ridiculous concept of “shadow banning”.

President Trump met with Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday as the president continues to criticize the social media company on its own platform.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not say what the two discussed. "Lots of subjects discussed regarding their platform, and the world of social media in general. Look forward to keeping an open dialogue!" Mr. Trump tweeted after the meeting.

Dorsey, meanwhile, thanked the president for hosting the meeting in the Oval Office. "Twitter is here to serve the entire public conversation, and we intend to make it healthier and more civil. Thanks for the discussion about that," Dorsey wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Trump, along with other prominent Republicans, has claimed in recent months that Twitter censors conservatives, and the president has indicated his openness to further regulation of the website. The president most recently used Twitter to attack the company Tuesday morning, hours before his meeting with Dorsey.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-twitters-most-famous-user-and-critic-meets-with-ceo-jack-dorsey/




Well, maybe you should hold off on fixing it there, because last week a Twitter employee admitted what we’re all thinking. So why won’t Twitter hold Nazis in the same regard as ISIS? Easy answer: a lot of them vote conservative! So, @realDonaldTrump, it’s not just you, it’s your base! You wonder why conservatives are getting “shadow banned”? It’s because they’re fucking Nazis!

At a Twitter all-hands meeting on March 22, an employee asked a blunt question: Twitter has largely eradicated Islamic State propaganda off its platform. Why can’t it do the same for white supremacist content?

An executive responded by explaining that Twitter follows the law, and a technical employee who works on machine learning and artificial intelligence issues went up to the mic to add some context. (As Motherboard has previously reported, algorithms are the next great hope for platforms trying to moderate the posts of their hundreds of millions, or billions, of users.)

With every sort of content filter, there is a tradeoff, he explained. When a platform aggressively enforces against ISIS content, for instance, it can also flag innocent accounts as well, such as Arabic language broadcasters. Society, in general, accepts the benefit of banning ISIS for inconveniencing some others, he said.

In separate discussions verified by Motherboard, that employee said Twitter hasn’t taken the same aggressive approach to white supremacist content because the collateral accounts that are impacted can, in some instances, be Republican politicians.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/a3xgq5/why-wont-twitter-treat-white-supremacy-like-isis-because-it-would-mean-banning-some-republican-politicians-too




So that’s how people turn to the Dark Side so quickly! I mean shit even Emperor Palpatine couldn’t recruit numbers this quickly. Thank god social media didn’t exist in 1942 am I right? But the scary thing is that they can’t ban Nazis because it would mean banning GOP politicians. Wow, this is completely and in no way shape or form shocking.

Twitter is holding back from implementing a possible algorithm that could allow Twitter to more effectively crack down on neo-Nazi and white-supremacist content over concerns it could report accounts of Republican politicians, according to a report from Vice News' tech site, Motherboard.

A Twitter employee told Motherboard that at a recent company-wide meeting, an employee asked why Twitter — which has successfully used a sophisticated algorithm to identify and almost entirely eliminate ISIS-linked content — couldn't do the same for white-supremacist tweets.

According to the employee, another employee that works on artificial-intelligence (AI) issues said that such a sweeping and wide-ranging algorithm could result in some innocent accounts being flagged by accident, which may not be an acceptable trade-off.

In a separate conversation, Motherboard reported, the AI-focused employee said one concern with a white-supremacist algorithm was that it would inadvertently flag the accounts of some Republican politicians, potentially causing a backlash.

"The information cited from the 'sources' in this story has absolutely no basis in fact," a Twitter representative told INSIDER by email in response to Motherboard's reporting.
https://www.mysanantonio.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Twitter-reportedly-won-t-use-an-algorithm-to-13795891.php




I think even Adolf would roll his eyes at this. But if you want to know where white supremacist online hatred is heading, just ask Rep. Ilhan Omar. Last week, we were all horrified when Trump trolled her directly by posting a video linking her to 9/11. Well guess what? @Jack personally called her to tell her there was nothing wrong with @realDonaldTrump’s tweet. Well, if they can’t get that right, how are they expected to combat white supremacy and neo-Nazism?

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday to discuss the social network's decision to allow a tweet by President Donald Trump that led to a flood of tweets threatening the life of the Muslim congresswoman.

The call focused on a tweet Trump shared earlier this month that included a video that purported to show Omar being dismissive of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The video coupled out-of-context comments she made during a recent speech in which she said "some people did something" with images of the hijacked airplanes striking the World Trade Center.

When Omar asked Dorsey during the call why Twitter didn't remove Trump's tweet, Dorsey told her Trump's tweet didn't violate the company's rules, sources told The Washington Post, which previously reported the conversation. Dorsey also pointed out that the tweet had been shared beyond the site but conceded that Twitter needed to do a better job of removing hate and harassing content from the site, the Post reported.
https://www.cnet.com/news/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-called-rep-omar-over-trump-tweet/





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Whew. There was so much to unpack at his insane campaign rally last week that I’m going to need a breather after this one. Or at least a nice tall glass of Jack Daniels. You know that abortion is one of the trickiest subjects to navigate in this country, at least since about 1973. But this week things have taken a hard turn in the abortion debate, and not in a good way. Yeah we got to unpack what Trump said in Wisconsin last week, because that was whew, my god. I literally have no words to accurately describe how or what to feel after seeing this. You know what? Fuck it, let’s roll the clip first.



That escalated quickly! Seriously, that never happens, fucking anywhere!!! So why is this so alarming? Well…

President Donald Trump made an incendiary remark at a rally Saturday night, veering from criticism of Wisconsin's Democratic governor to a false claim that mothers and doctors have the option to "execute" babies.
Speaking at a rally he hosted in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Saturday, Trump pointed to former Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who was in attendance, and said Walker's successor, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers "shockingly stated that he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive."
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Evers planned to veto a GOP-backed state bill that could have meant life sentences in prison for doctors who intentionally did not provide medical care to babies born alive after a failed abortion.
Trump continued on the theme after his initial comment to claim that mothers and doctors are given the choice to "execute" a baby.

"The baby is born," Trump said. "The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby. I don't think so."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/28/politics/trump-rally-wisconsin-abortion/index.html




Wow, that escalated quickly! We wen t from abortion straight to infanticide. Holy shit. Way to play to extremes there, Trump! Oh wait, except that doesn’t happen anywhere, ever. I mean they didn’t even practice this in Darfur! Jesus, he is certifiably insane. And he’s probably going to get someone killed over this, if he hasn’t already.

In full campaign mode, President Trump urged loyal supporters in Wisconsin -- a key battleground state which Democrats hope to win back in 2020 -- to help him secure a second term and repeat his surprise electoral triumph in 2016.

"You took back your country," he told thousands of boisterous supporters at a campaign rally in Green Bay Saturday night, suggesting that his election three years ago signaled a tectonic shift in American politics.

"You have always been loyal to your nation. Now you finally have a president who is loyal to you," he reassured the crowd, which erupted in chants of "four more years!"

In his third "Make America Great Again" rally of the year, which he held on the same night as the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, Mr. Trump stuck to his signature campaign rallying cries, denouncing the now-complete Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller and bragging about devising the highly controversial proposal of sending migrants apprehended near the southern border to so-called "sanctuary cities," which limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

"That was actually my sick idea," the president said.
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/donald-trump-green-bay-rally-watch-live-stream-today-2019-04-27-live-updates/




At least Trump admits that his ideas are sick. And certainly not in a cool way. His ideas are quite literally sick in every way. That brings up one of my favorite GOP talking points “We’re going to take our country back!!!”. What are you taking it back from? Where are you taking it back to? We may never know the answer to these questions. By the way, if you want to know what actual doctors think of this, you would be (well, not) at all surprised at how wrong Trump is on this subject:

Dr. Kristyn Brandi, an obstetrician-gynecologist and a board member from Physicians for Reproductive Health, said that Trump is not describing a situation in which a licensed doctor would ever participate.

“To be clear, there is never a scenario where a baby is delivered and we decide to execute the baby. That is grossly inflammatory and really insulting to doctors, nurses and everyone else that takes care of people that go through this stuff,” she told TIME.

Trump was referencing Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ opposition to a Republican-backed bill that could put doctors in prison for life if they don’t do everything in their power to save infants born alive after failed abortion attempts.

But Evers has previously explained that he won’t back the bill because he thinks it’s unnecessary. Doctors who don’t help ailing infants clearly in need of medical help would face repercussions for that choice whether or not the bill was passed. “I think those protections already exist,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
http://time.com/5579685/trump-late-term-abortion-false-claims/





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Spoiler alert! Probably! The NHL playoffs are in full swing right now, how is your team doing? Mine not only didn’t make it but was at or near the bottom most of the season. Well one team that’s not in it and has been in the news for a very controversial reason. Racism. Well, not so much in the proverbial sense of racism, but really more like they had a past history of racism. You know like when you discover that you made racist jokes 10 years ago and now you go “it’s not me!!!”. Thanks Twitter search! But the Flyers are in the news because they removed a statue of Kate Smith after some old lyrics surfaced. If you don’t know who that is, Kate Smith is the America flag-waving songwriter who sang such classic songs like “God Bless America” that are still in use today. Why is this controversial? Well…

Since the late 1960s, a rendition of “God Bless America” by Kate Smith, one of the most prolific and popular American singers of the 20th century, has been a good luck charm for the Philadelphia Flyers. “The team began to win on nights the song was played,” the New York Times wrote in Smith’s 1986 obituary. Smith sang the tune live during game six of the 1974 Stanley Cup finals, which the Flyers went on to win against the Boston Bruins, taking home the coveted trophy. But as Anastasia Tsioulcas reports for NPR, the Flyers recently announced that they will no longer play Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” at games. A statue of the singer that stood outside the team’s arena has been removed.

The sudden change of heart was prompted by revelations that Smith had recorded at least two songs with racist lyrics in the 1930s. Last week, the New York Yankees, which had been regularly playing Smith’s recording during the seventh-inning stretch since 9/11, decided to switch to a keyboard version of “God Bless America” after the songs were brought to their attention. “The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a spokesperson told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. “And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

Quickly following suit, the Flyers said in a statement on Sunday that while the team has “enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith,” it had recently learned that several of her songs “include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.” The statue of Smith that had been erected outside the Flyers’ Spectrum arena in 1987—and, when that venue was demolished, had been moved to the parking lot of Xfinity Live!—was cloaked in black and subsequently taken down.

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philadelphia-flyers-remove-statue-singer-kate-smith-amid-allegations-racism-180972026/#kXS01kgxthFi8aoz.99




Well that is a good question! And I think this outrage concerning Kate Smith is walking a fine line between “is it racist” and it is not racist. So let’s expand on this further – it’s not just the Flyers – the Yankees also jumped ship on Kate Smith. But are they overreacting? Yeah probably. So why now – some nearly 33 years after Kate Smith died? Well there’s lots of reasons.

The Yankees used Smith’s “God Bless America” early in the season but stopped after an email from a fan alerted them to Smith’s racially insensitive work.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a team spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The Flyers said in a statement: “We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization. As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of ‘God Bless America’ from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.”

The Flyers have a tradition of playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” as a replacement for the national anthem at big games. The song has been said to bring the team good luck. Smith performed it live before Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup final, the game in which the Flyers won their first Cup.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/19/sports/kate-smith-new-york-yankees-philadelphia-flyers.html




So what were their values then before they decided to do this? And if they’re not going to use Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” then whose are they going to use? If the Flyers and Yankees both support American values, they should take a good look at who’s currently serving in the White House before they practice what they preach.

Under the cover of darkness, a statue of Kate Smith was removed from the South Philadelphia Sports Complex before dawn Sunday.

The move came less than 48 hours after it was announced that some of the late singer’s racially insensitive songs had resurfaced. The New York Yankees were quick to pull the plug on Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America" while an “investigation” unfolded, and the Philadelphia Flyers followed their lead by covering Smith’s statue in a black shroud on Friday.

By Sunday morning, all that remained outside the Philly sports complex was an empty concrete base where the statue once stood.
Flyers remove Kate Smith statue, cite ‘unacceptable themes’ »

The Flyers released a statement Sunday afternoon that said the songs Smith performed in the 1930s “include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”
https://www.mcall.com/sports/phantoms-flyers/mc-spt-kate-smith-statue-removal-reaction-20190422-v5v5p7mmsjgxbea4nniosm6y44-story.html




So maybe just… maybe this is one of those things that might not actually be racist. Maybe the Flyers and the Yankees both jumped the gun here. What do Kate Smith’s actual relatives and Flyers fans think of this removal? Well they might be on that side. That answers the question “is it racist?” the answer might be probably / probably not.

Under the cover of darkness, a statue of Kate Smith was removed from the South Philadelphia Sports Complex before dawn Sunday.

The move came less than 48 hours after it was announced that some of the late singer’s racially insensitive songs had resurfaced. The New York Yankees were quick to pull the plug on Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America" while an “investigation” unfolded, and the Philadelphia Flyers followed their lead by covering Smith’s statue in a black shroud on Friday.

By Sunday morning, all that remained outside the Philly sports complex was an empty concrete base where the statue once stood.

The Flyers released a statement Sunday afternoon that said the songs Smith performed in the 1930s “include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”
https://www.mcall.com/sports/phantoms-flyers/mc-spt-kate-smith-statue-removal-reaction-20190422-v5v5p7mmsjgxbea4nniosm6y44-story.html





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Is President Trump lying? Is water wet? OK that’s the end of the investigation piece, good night everybody! But in all seriousness, last year the entire world was shocked at the death of Otto Warmbier, who was visiting North Korea and arrested and tortured by North Korea’s glorious dictator Kim Jong Un, and died in a North Korean prison. Then there was a gigantic battle to get his body released and returned to the United States. Now, one year later, President Trump claims that he’s the world’s greatest hostage negotiator. Because of course he is. So last year, Kim Jong Un presented the US government with a bill for Warmbier’s hospital care. Seems like a dictator thing to do.

The North Korean government presented the United States with a bill for $2 million for the hospital care of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was held as a prisoner by Pyongyang, and insisted the US sign a pledge to pay the bill before releasing him from their custody in 2017, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

A third source familiar with the matter, as well as President Donald Trump, said the US didn't pay.
The bill was handed to Joseph Yun, the former State Department Special Representative for North Korea who traveled to Pyongyang in June 2017 to bring Warmbier home, the sources told CNN.
Warmbier was in a comatose state at the time of his release from North Korean custody and died a few days after returning to the United States.

The Trump administration has not paid this bill, the third source told CNN Thursday, adding that North Korea did not raise the issue as it sought to begin easing the tensions with the US in 2018 nor when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo negotiated the release of three Americans that same year, the source said.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/25/politics/otto-warmbier-north-korea-comatose-bill/index.html




That is a very good point. Seems like a very dictatorial thing to do doesn’t it? He dies in your care and then you stick the other guy with the bill? What a very noble and Christian thing to do! Except for the fact that Kim Jong Un bows to no god but himself. So who should pay for Otto Warmbier’s $2 million hospital tab? Well, did Trump approve? Or did he not? That’s where the conflict arises.

The former State Department Special Representative for North Korea said Monday that he believes President Donald Trump signed off on an agreement to pay North Korea for the 'care' and release of Otto Warmbier.

Joseph Yun told CNN on Monday that he signed the $2 million agreement in 2017 with the approval of then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to get the American student back to the U.S. from North Korean custody.

'As soon as North Korea side told me that this bill for $2 million would have to be paid ... I contacted my boss then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson,' Yun said, noting that Tillerson 'got back to me very quickly thereafter to say yes, go ahead and sign.'

Warmier became ill while in North Korean custody and was returned to the U.S. in a comatose state – he died a few days later.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6973691/Envoy-North-Korea-says-Trump-DID-sign-agreement-pay-2-million-Otto-Warmbier.html




So that’s where President Fake News comes in. North Korea sent him the bill and supposedly says he paid it but then again he says he doesn’t. And if anything happens between the US and North Korea in the next two years, consider it the fault of an unpaid tab. Note to European countries: this is the kind of thing that happens when people are forced to pay for their medical care.

President Donald Trump on Friday denied sending money to North Korea to pay for Otto Warmbier's care while he was in the country's custody.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that North Korea issued a bill to the U.S. of $2 million for medical care before it would allow the comatose University of Virginia student to fly home from Pyongyang in 2017.

The president also tweeted that the "cheif hostage negotiator" in the U.S. said Trump "is the greatest hostage negotiator" and that "no money was paid" for the American.

People familiar with the situation told the Post that Trump instructed the U.S. envoy that brought Warmbier back to sign a pledge stating the U.S. would pay the bill. It is not clear whether it was paid or not.

Warmbier was arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor in March 2016. He fell into a coma shortly after his sentencing and died after arriving in America.
https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2019-04-26/trump-says-us-did-not-pay-north-korea-for-otto-warmbier




That’s the question as old as time – who gets stuck with the check? Is it North Korea or is it the United States? Either way there’s a rather gigantic tab to settle and so far there are no takers. In fact probably no one wants to pay this bill. But it exists, and it must be paid no matter who it is stuck with. But… that begs even further question as to whether or not President Trump is the world’s greatest hostage negotiator like he claims. Easy answer: he’s not. Especially if he’s stuck with that tab.

On Thursday afternoon, The Washington Post reported the bizarre news that North Korea issued a $2 million bill for the “care” of comatose American student Otto Warmbier, insisting a U.S. envoy sign a pledge that America would pay before being granted permission to fly Warmbier home in 2017, after he’d been held prisoner by the hermit kingdom for removing a propaganda sign. According to the Post, the official reportedly signed the agreement on orders passed down from Donald Trump, despite the request being wildly shameless, even for Kim Jong Un. At some point, Trump . . . well, we’re not going to say he read the Post story, but he heard about it somehow, and decided to set the record straight in his characteristically calm, reasonable way.

“No money was paid to North Korea for Otto Warmbier, not two Million Dollars, not anything else. This is not the Obama Administration that paid 1.8 Billion Dollars for four hostages, or gave five terroist [sic] hostages plus, who soon went back to battle, for traitor Sgt. Bergdahl!” the president informed his followers Friday morning, before quoting an unknown official who would like the world to know that Trump is the best hostage negotiator in U.S. history. “‘President Donald J. Trump is the greatest hostage negotiator that I know of in the history of the United States. 20 hostages, many in impossible circumstances, have been released in last two years. No money was paid.’ Cheif [sic] Hostage Negotiator, USA!”
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/04/donald-trump-otto-warmbier




That’s it for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.



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Gather around, my fair brothers and sisters of San Diego, it’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church of the Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you why the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation! You know we’ve been speaking out against the unholy, ungodly Dark One since we began this church. Now next year is an election year. And there are a billion candidates running to unseat the Dark One. Well, maybe not a billion. At least 21 that we know of. But there’s one candidate above all the others who is getting a lot of attention from my fellow zealots, and not exactly what one would call a flattering way. I’m of course talking about the mayor of South Bend, Indiana and one of the current front runners, a man by the name of Pete Buttigieg. But what is it about this particular individual that has my fellow zealots on the right up in arms? Well…

The only Democrat talking at length about his faith in the 2020 primary also happens to be the only gay candidate in the race. And he's one of the few from a red state.
South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is an Episcopalian who can freely quote Bible verses. He's also a presidential candidate who embraces his husband on stage at campaign rallies.

Combining homosexuality and Christianity might be the most natural thing in the world for Buttigieg and millions of gay Americans, but it is an iconoclastic development in American politics, where generalizations about religious freedom have in recent years been used specifically to fight advances in LGBTQ rights.
For some on the religious right, like Franklin Graham, Buttigieg's identity, while it's shared by many gay Americans of faith, does not compute.

Graham, in a series of critical tweets, said that being a gay Christian "is something to be repentant of, not to be flaunted, praised or politicized."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/25/politics/religion-and-hypocrisy-are-clashing-with-sexuality-in-2020/index.html




That is most certainly a good question oh LAWRD!!! Every election cycle, the Christian right always point out how we should “hate the sin, not the sinner” and that it’s “GAWD’s judgement”. Well, that doesn’t fly in my church!! We don’t play by that rule here. We support Mayor Pete! Now it of course brings me great joy to see our religious breathen have their talking points thrown back at them. Since of course that’s what we do here. But the feud between Rev Graham and Mayor Pete has escalated. Quickly.

U.S. electoral politics have traditionally been somewhat bland, with candidates from both major parties representing a safe and always unrepresentative proportion of the country’s actually diverse population.

That’s changing just a little, and especially so with 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who proudly describes himself as a “gay Christian.” He is far from perfect on many policies, but this multilingual graduate of Harvard and Oxford, who served in Afghanistan as a naval intelligence officer, and as mayor of South Bend, Ind., is deeply impressive and refreshing.

But not to Franklin Graham, son of the famous and far less extreme Billy. Franklin is president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the charity Samaritan’s Purse. For the latter position he is paid $1 million a year. He enjoys enormous support in the conservative Christian world, with more than 5 million Facebook followers, and has many supporters in Canada.

He has tweeted in response to Buttigieg’s declaration of his Christianity that, “God does have commandments, laws and standards He gives us to live by. God doesn’t change. His Word is the same yesterday, today & forever … As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized.”
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2019/04/28/evangelist-franklin-graham-distorts-the-bibles-message-on-homosexuality.html




And yes he is oh LAWRD! And if there’s one thing we don’t want to see, it’s that the GOP is flaunting their sexuality! I don’t want to see that, do you? But here’s the thing that I want to know – they call themselves “the Christian right” but they are wrong all the time! They’re even wrong on the good LAWRD JAYSUS! And if they’re wrong on JAYSUS what else can they be wrong on? Well, everything!

At least Judas got 30 pieces of silver. Franklin Graham got a tax cut and the promise of a border wall.

Some may consider it unfair, likening the tragic villain of the Bible to Billy Graham’s controversial son. And no, their sins are not alike. Judas handed Jesus over to his enemies, then killed himself in anguished repentance. Graham is just a fervent supporter of Donald Trump.

But for all the surface dissimilarity of their deeds, the two men are ultimately guilty of the same transgression. Meaning betrayal. And here it must be said in the spirit of Christian humility that Graham is hardly the only one. As flawed and fallible human beings, every Christian at some point betrays Jesus. That’s what forgiveness is for.

But here it also must be said in the spirit of simple truth-telling that white evangelicals like Graham have been particularly prolific – and shameless – in that regard where Trump is concerned. He’s a racist, misogynistic braggart and bully who gloated about sexual assault, apparently cheated on his wife with a porn star, could not name a favorite Bible verse nor correctly pronounce the name of one of the best known books in The Book.
https://www.stwnewspress.com/opinion/leonard-pitts-do-evangelicals-ever-get-tired-of-being-wrong/article_2f8f34ca-6ae7-11e9-a007-870e70f1ef8a.html




Well actually you are wrong, very wrong! Can I get an amen??? And by the way how great is our gospel choir? Let’s hear it for them! But the Christian right is losing this battle, as they are losing every battle they attempt to fight. So why fight this one? The more they harp on Pete Buttigeig for being gay, the more they make him stronger! Really, they should just call this one a day and retreat with their tail between their legs.

Graham shared a CNN story about the town hall on Twitter, and said, “Presidential candidate & South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg is right—God doesn’t have a political party. But God does have commandments, laws & standards He gives us to live by.”

“Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women,” Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, tweeted.

“It can be challenging to be a person of faith who’s also part of the LGBTQ community and yet, to me, the core of faith is regard for one another,” Buttigieg said during Tuesday’s CNN town hall in New Hampshire. “And part of God’s love is experienced, according to my faith tradition, is in the way that we support one another and, in particular, support the least among us.”
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article229629454.html




Yes, don’t you dare put that evil on us, Franklin Graham! That should be the takeaway you get from today’s sermon! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Ah love some System Of A Down! So why won’t we have them on our show? Well they’re not exactly what one would call “easy to get a hold of”. But I am playing this to bring a point. HEY! US Government!!! Recognize the Armenian Genocide already!!! This is something that’s not easy for a government to do because it would definitely mean that they would have to admit their own faults as a society. Why is it so hard to do? Well there’s plenty of reasons why it should be recognized, but also plenty of reasons why they shouldn’t. What’s one reason why they shouldn’t? Well it would cause the US to answer for their past crimes in this subject area. And by the way instead of playing our usual humorous memes and clips, we’re instead going to replace them all with System Of A Down songs, because you can’t joke about this tragedy, and there’s no one understands this subject better than they do! So what’s to stop them from doing this?

Armenians across Los Angeles marked the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with marches and vigils.

Hundreds gathered for a prayer service in Montebello at the Armenian Genocide Martyrs Memorial Monument.

"This commemoration is vital for us all," said Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, head of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church. "Because first, we bring our respect to the memory of the martyrs, but through this respect, we also want to make sure that there’s a message sent to the world that genocide will never ever repeat."

Church leaders said the day isn’t just about remembering history but also education and public service.
https://www.scpr.org/news/2019/04/25/89225/armenian-church-leaders-play-key-role-in-genocide/




Ah, I love that band so much. So why talk about this now? Well, we recently remembered the 100th anniversary of this horrifying chapter in modern history, and since history seems to be repeating itself with the rise of white supremacism and neo nationalism, this cannot be fucking forgotten! Thank you audience! So if you research this tragedy who’s really to blame? And why has it taken so long to hold them accountable? The entire thing is a clusterfuck. And especially since Turkey – a country that is led by Putin stooge Erdogan, is well, on the side of genocide.

Turkey’s foreign minister has criticized a French decision to mark April 24 as a day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide, saying France should “look at its own dark history.”

Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comments Friday during a tense exchange of words with a French parliamentarian at a NATO meeting in Turkey, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision was inscribed in France’s official journal.

Many historians regard the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire a century ago the first genocide of the 20th century. Turkey rejects the term genocide, contending that those who died were victims of civil war.

Cavusoglu said: “France is the last country to teach Turkey a lesson on genocide and history. We haven’t forgotten what happened in Rwanda and Algeria.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/turkey-slams-french-decision-to-mark-armenian-genocide/2019/04/12/7268f5c8-5d05-11e9-98d4-844088d135f2_story.html?utm_term=.e5ce42319a86




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! So that’s about where we are at as a society – if you stand with Vladimir Putin, well, you support genocide. At least France, with all the shit that’s currently going on in this country, is one of the more progressive ones in this regard. They are one of the western countries that is currently recognizing this atrocity. But let’s at least delve into some of the history on this subject if we are to properly understand it.

History, be it familial, national, or ethnic, defines who one is as a person. Throughout human history, eras have been defined by periods of peace and times of conflict. As time has passed, the manner in which conflicts are carried out has evolved; therefore, history has innumerable variations of combat and harm. One of the most devastating types of conflict and assault upon a culture is genocide. According to Merriam-Webster, a genocide is “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group.” According to the United Nations, a genocide is “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and]forcibly transferring children of the group to another group” (framework). While each attempted human extermination has had its own unique and tragic backstory, there are some commonalities among them. Common factors seen in most genocides include racial and religious tensions, as well as desperation on the part of the “attacking” party. One of the most tragic and under-researched mass killings was the Armenian Genocide. The objective of this investigation is to explore the causes of this assault upon humanity and to examine its ramifications.

Before proceeding further, it is important to note that for the purpose of this investigation the assaults upon the Armenians will be referred to as a genocide, according to the Merriam-Webster definition. However, much of the international community, including the United States, does not recognize the “incident” as a genocide. Despite this, the term will be used throughout the remainder of this report.
https://armenianweekly.com/2018/04/24/what-were-the-main-causes-of-the-armenian-genocide/




And by the way, don’t count on this guy to show his sensitive side regarding this dark chapter of humanity any time soon. I’m of course talking about Trump. Last week, he praised General Lee (yes, the real General Lee and not the Dukes of Hazard car), backed out of the UN Arms Treaty (fucking really?) and backed up his comments about how there’s “really fine people on both sides”. So if you’re holding your breath on whether or not he’ll recognize the tragedy any time soon, you may exhale now.

President Trump on Tuesday commemorated the 1915 mass slaughter of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Turks, but again kept with past precedent in declining to call it genocide.

Trump issued a statement for Armenian Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of Meds Yeghern, when 1.5 million Armenians were deported, massacred or marched to their deaths by Ottoman forces.

“As we honor the memory of those who suffered, we also reflect on our commitment to ensure that such atrocities are not repeated,” Trump said in a statement. “We underscore the importance of acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past as a necessary step towards creating a more tolerant future.”

Trump acknowledged the efforts of former U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, in attempting to aid the Armenian people.

The use of the term "genocide" as it relates to the Armenian killings has long been a hot-button issue.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/384644-trump-again-declines-to-describe-mass-killings-of-armenians-as





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When you give stupid people a lot of money, don’t be surprised when they do something stupid with it, and of course you probably know where I’m going with this – Operation Varsity Blues. Which is shaping up to be one of the dumbest scandals involving rich idiots since the Fyre Festival. I will admit it – I am obsessed with this story and I cannot get enough of it, because it’s really a testament to how much people hate the uber-rich. Because they’re just like us, only they have money. And when they’re just like us, with money, they tend to spend it very foolishly. As demonstrated by Lori Laughlin.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty on Monday relating to fraud and conspiracy charges brought against them by federal prosecutors in the Operation Varsity Blues investigation. Loughlin and Giannulli were two of 33 parents charged in the largest college admissions scandal in American history.

According to documents obtained by CBS News, Loughlin and Giannulli each waived their right to appear in court for an arraignment and pleaded not guilty to each of the charges brought against them.

Loughlin and Giannull allegedly paid $500,000 to have their two daughters categorized as recruits to the USC crew team even though neither participated in the sport. Their 19-year-old daughter, Olivia Jade, is a social media influencer, who apparently capitalized on her experience at USC with sponsored posts.

Loughlin and Giannulli were arrested last month on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. An indictment brought last week added a charge of money laundering conspiracy against the couple and 14 other parents. Loughlin posted a $1 million bond last month..
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lori-loughlin-enters-not-guilty-plea-husband-mossimo-giannulli-college-admissions-scandal-operation-varsity-blues/



Yeah except Loughlin probably won’t be getting a bad court thingy any time soon. So the question is who else is involved? How deep does this go? Deep enough, thank you sir! Always a smart ass in the audience isn’t there? But this might be my favorite part of the scandal – they are trying to say that they did nothing wrong! Oh go cue the world’s tiniest violin.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli did not mean to break the law when they allegedly paid a bribe to get their kids admitted to an elite college, according to a new report.

People Magazine spoke to a source who said the pair didn't realize their actions were illegal.

"When they fight this, they're going to give a lot more nuance and mitigating circumstances that will help put their alleged actions into context," the source told the magazine. "The bottom line is that they just didn't realize that what they were doing was illegal."

The source said that the parents thought they were hiring a consultant to do what was needed and that it was similar to other parents "calling in favors, donating money to the alumni association, hiring consultants."

"When it all fell apart, nobody was as surprised as they were that they were in trouble," the source said.
https://abc7news.com/lori-loughlin-didnt-realize-actions-were-illegal-report/5270238/




NO!!! !We don’t need dim-witted celebrities and their equally dim-witted kids taking admissions away from people who worked their ass off to get into college and land their dream jobs! And not only are they competing who can spend the most money to get their kids in, they’re getting international help as well! I mean what, does USC need its’ own international airport? I mean they *COULD* use an international airport!

Families from China are alleged to have been the most lucrative clients of William ‘Rick’ Singer’s growing college admissions scandal, in which he has admitted to taking tens of millions in parental payoffs to get wealthy children into some of the top colleges in the U.S, according to a source familiar with the ongoing probe.

One Chinese family allegedly paid Singer $6.5 million to get their child into a leading school, the source told ABC News, confirming an earlier report in the Wall Street Journal.

The scandal was exposed on March 12 when U.S. Attorney for District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling announced charges against over 50 people, including many notable CEOs and actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. Singer, who ran a college counseling service called Key Worldwide Foundation, pleaded guilty to helping students get into their chosen colleges either by cheating on the SATs or ACTs or by falsely claiming some of the applicants were student-athletes.

The alleged $6.5 million payoff to Singer is by far the largest known to date among dozens of parents currently facing criminal charges as part of the investigation, dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues."

Singer accepted $25 million in bribes to carry out the cheating schemes, according to the indictment.
https://abcnews.go.com/US/lucrative-clients-operation-varsity-blues-college-admissions-scandal/story?id=62661180




Holy shit!!! $25 million? Damn, here I am in the wrong business! I am entertaining you people, at the Wednesday at 2:00 PM slot, instead I should be hustling celebrities and universities! But here’s a thing – what does China want with America’s higher institutions of learning? Well this is shocking, but not really all that shocking.

One of the mysteries of the sweeping college admissions fraud case has been over the families that prosecutors say paid the biggest sums to a college consultant at the center of the schemes but that have not been charged.

The 33 parents charged in the scandal are mostly accused of paying the consultant, William Singer, either tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to facilitate cheating on admissions tests or to bribe coaches or other officials so that their children could be admitted to schools as recruited athletes.

But the prosecutors leading the largest-ever college admissions prosecution have also alluded to other families, not named and not charged, who paid far more. One family paid Mr. Singer $6.5 million to get their child into college through the recruitment scheme, the prosecutors have said. Another was described in court documents as having paid Mr. Singer $1.2 million in connection with their daughter’s application to Yale.

Prosecutors said that the daughter, whom they called Yale Applicant 1 in court documents, was admitted to Yale as a recruit for the women’s soccer team, despite not being a competitive soccer player. According to documents charging Rudolph Meredith, the former women’s soccer coach at Yale, Mr. Singer had paid Mr. Meredith a bribe to designate the young woman as a recruit for the team. Mr. Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering and other charges, and Mr. Meredith has pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/26/us/college-admissions-scandal.html





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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And I love these stories because they never disappoint. So who is stupid this week? I want to start with this story out of Michigan. Here’s the thing – would you tell your parents about your spank bank? And more importantly, would you have a spank bank that costs as much as a new Honda Accord? Well, there was this guy who not only did both, he is actually suing his parents for destruction of property to the tune of almost $100K. Ha ha ha, yes, thank you Marge, does anybody need that much porno? Well this guy does. Really, dude, just chalk this one up as a loss and move on.

A Michigan man is seeking to squeeze out over $86,000 from his parents in civil court for allegedly throwing out his large pornography collection.

The names of the son and his parents were withheld by WXMI, who obtained the federal civil court documents on Friday.

The rift between the family started back in October 2016 when the man moved back into his parents' Grand Haven, Michigan, home after a divorce. Among his possessions was a smut collection, he said in court documents, is worth $29,000, ABC affiliate ABC13 reported.

Less than a year later, the man moved out to Indiana. When his parents allegedly delivered his property to his new home, the son noticed that his massive collection was missing.

According to the documents, his parents allegedly told him they destroyed his porn.
https://abcnews.go.com/US/michigan-man-sues-parents-86000-tossing-porn-collection/story?id=62385198




Yeah even Loki won’t touch that one! And he’s the god of mischief, don’t you know? Next up, we got a lot of stories from the Sunshine State! Yes, our good friend Florida Man has been quite busy lately! Remember that movie Mallrats by Kevin Smith? It features a hilarious scene where Jay & Silent Bob go after the Easter Bunny only to get mauled by a group of freaked out kids waiting in line. Well, think of this as the Easter Bunny’s revenge.

In what is probably downtown Orlando's weirdest fight yet, someone dressed as the Easter Bunny ran into an ongoing brawl and beat up a man on Orange Avenue Sunday.

An Orlando promoter who goes by Workkk caught the whole thing on video and says the fight started when a man bumped into a woman with dreads.

The two were already punching each other when the fluffy vigilante suddenly jumped in and started swinging. Meanwhile, onlookers yelled, "Beat his ass! Beat his ass!"

A second video with a different angle shows the bunny going ham from across the street.

"As you can see the Easter rabbit been taking boxing classes," the promoter says. "Shit was hilarious."

Video and more at https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/04/22/the-easter-bunny-literally-beat-someone-up-in-downtown-orlando-last-night .




Ha ha, I love that movie!! Next up – turtles!!! And not just Florida, what’s up with Orlando this week? It seems that there’s a lot of crazy stories coming out of Orlando lately. Well, when you’re at a Starbucks after a bender, what does one do to pass the time? I know! Let’s threaten people with an army of turtles, and I for one welcome our new turtle overlords. We already have one serving as Senate Majority Leader. Hey o!!!! Thank you I’m here all week, don’t forget to tip your waitress!

A Florida man is behind bars after threatening to destroy everyone with an army of turtles, according to a report by WKMG.

Thomas Devaney Lane, 61, is in Brevard County Jail and faces multiple charges of breaching the peace, misusing 911 and resisting an officer without violence, according to Brevard County Jail records.

Indialantic Police received seven calls about a man disturbing the peace Sunday at a Starbucks Coffee, Surfanista Cafe and Sassy Granny’s Smoothies along North Miramar Avenue.

Lane was taken to the police department where he threatened dispatch and then left the building, WKMG reported.
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-lane-army-turtles-brevard-20190410-story.html




Next up – we go to the land down under, Australia. Yes, there are stupid people in Australia, there’s stupid people everywhere! And I don’t remember ever getting this in a Happy Meal when I was a kid, this might be the worst Happy Meal toy ever!

McDonald's has apologised after a two-year-old child found a used condom in the main dining area of one of its franchises south of Perth and "sucked on it".

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told 10daily's Antoinette Lattouf she visited the fast-food outlet in Warnbro with her husband and daughter around 6pm on Friday night.

She told the outlet she was ordering their food at the counter when her daughter found the condom and put it in her mouth.

The mother said the black condom looked used, but she said they couldn't find the packaging anywhere.

She said she believed her daughter would have found it on a chair.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/mcdonald-s-apologises-after-toddler-found-sucking-on-condom-in-perth-restaurant-20190420-p51ft7.html




Another awesome movie. Finally this week for People Are Dumb – we go to Wisconsin for this one, and we might have to give Wisconsin the title of “Florida Of The North”. And this is exactly what happens when you live in a rural town where there’s nothing to do. There’s plenty of ways that you could wreck some serious havoc in a Wal-Mart, but really, don’t do this.

A 46-year-old woman and her 25-year-old son were arrested after a series of incidents at a Wisconsin Walmart.

According to the Eau Claire Police Department, Lisa Smith and her son, Benny Vann, entered their local Walmart on Wednesday night along with Smith's dog, Bo. Bo, who was not on a leash, ran away from his owner and rather than chase after him, Smith proceeded to dismantling store displays and putting them in her shopping cart.

When Walmart employees asked Smith to leave the store, she complied and police officers later found her standing in the store entrance calling for her dog.

However, between being asked to leave and the arrival of the police, Smith allegedly went into the parking lot to perform karate moves. Those moves were later put on display as Smith resisted arrested. The Eau Claire police said she also "attempted to kick out a window on the squad car" as officers took her into custody. Smith was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and misdemeanor bail jumping.
https://www.newsweek.com/karate-stripping-and-theft-leads-arrest-woman-and-her-son-wisconsin-walmart-1395293




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16 states will enter and only one state will be crowned the new Top 10 Conservative Idiots Stupidest State!



We are in the home stretch here, people! Last week, Alabama showed Mississippi who’s boss in the Family Values Conference by absolutely putting on an epic show and routing them by a whopping 24 points to win the Family Values Conference and set the tone for the Flyover League championship. Now we go to the Layover League as the Batshit Conference Championship commences! It’s Kentucky vs red hot newcomer Georgia in a winner take all contest! We’re live in Ontario, California at the home of the Ontario Reign and UC Riverside, the Citizens Business Bank Arena, for all the action! Who will become the new kings of guano? We will find out! Let’s break out the brackets so you can follow along!



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So we’re back in the Bluegrass State everybody! Since Florida left the conference, Kentucky frequently owns this conference as they’re home to the nation’s two worst senators – senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. Yes, that Rand Paul, the guy who didn’t know that monkey pancakes weren’t a thing. They’re also home to the worst governor in the country – Matt Bevin, a hardcore Christian fundamentalist who blames everything for bad things that happen but, say guns.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Thursday blamed teacher protests at the state Capitol earlier this year for the shooting of a 7-year-old girl, The (Louisville) Courier Journal reported. That newspaper said Bevin, who was speaking to the Louisville Rotary Club, appeared to be referring to a shooting on March 12 in Shively. The girl was shot when she and her 11-year-old brother were inside a house alone and their uncle, who was their guardian, was outside, according to the newspaper. The Courier-Journal said that on March 27, police said the boy accidentally shot his sister and she underwent surgery. The girl was “listed in good condition, being transferred to begin rehabilitation, eating solid food,” the newspaper reported. Jefferson County Schools closed that day because of teacher “sickouts.” Read more: https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article229676804.html




Oh come on, even Shaq is giving you the facepalm. I mean really… teacher sickouts are the reason why shootings happen? You should join those morons in Texas who blame school shootings on schools having too many exits. And I mean Kentucky is so hardcore Trump that you can’t even get food at a food truck without being lectured about the Trump lifestyle brand. Really, these fucking people.

A Northern Kentucky BBQ food truck caused an uproar with a T-shirt it’s selling with the LGBTQ acronym.

But it’s not ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning or queer’ Belle’s Smokin’ BBQ was advocating. The shirts the food truck sold and later apologized for said: “I support LGBTQ: Liberty, Guns, Bible, Trump, BBQ.”

According to the Courier-Journal, the Williamstown food truck workers have been wearing the shirts for more than a year. But outrage grew Thursday.

Owner Jamie Smith began advertising the shirts Thursday in a since-deleted Facebook post, according to FOX 19. He sold around 100 but removed the post amidst the negative reaction, FOX 19 reported.

Read more: https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article229463304.html




And by the way here’s one of the craziest things ever. Not only does Kentucky have two of the worst national level senators, they also elect local reps as batshit crazy as the people who live in this state. It’s really a second Florida if you think about it. One of the GOP’s current favorite punching bags is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the fact that she simply exists is enough to drive the most hardcore Trump humper crazy.

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is welcome to come to Kentucky and tour a coal mine, but first she needs to apologize, says Rep. Andy Barr.

Barr, a Kentucky Republican, wants Ocasio-Cortez to offer a mea culpa to “our colleague and patriot to our country” Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican, before she accepts Barr’s invitation to tour a Kentucky coal mine.

In a letter Friday to the New York Democrat, Barr said her recent comments about Crenshaw “demonstrate a lack of civility that is becoming far too common in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

An apology won’t be forthcoming, a spokesman for the congresswoman said Friday.

Read more: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article229191679.html




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Last time we checked in with Georgia, they were still reeling from that insane election that saw Stacy Abrhams ousted as governor in what appeared to be an attempted coup engineered by crazy people with a white supremacist agenda. And white supremacy still thrives in Georgia, which explains why they’re so batshit crazy. I mean look just because you’re next to Florida doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to smell Florida’s stink! But they do. and they get people like this who claim that their free speech is being persecuted. How dare you be intolerant of my intolerance!!

A University of Georgia PhD student who is facing a disciplinary hearing related to information omitted from his admission application says the investigation is retaliation for his controversial race-related statements.

In January, the right-wing website Campus Reform published a story about Irami Osei-Frimpong, a doctoral student in philosophy and teaching assistant at UGA. It quoted statements Osei-Frimpong had made on social media, such as, “Some white people may have to die for black communities to be whole in this struggle to advance freedom.”

UGA initially issued a statement condemning racism and violence while standing up for Osei-Frimpong’s First Amendment rights. The Equal Opportunity Office, which investigates discrimination complaints, quickly cleared him. But when the article’s author, recent UGA graduate Andrew Lawrence, claimed that a donor had threatened to withhold $2.5 million as a result of Osei-Frimpong’s comments, UGA’s stance shifted. The new line was that it was “vigorously exploring all available legal options” to sanction him.

A few days later, the university received a tip that he had left a 2011 arrest and a stint at the University of Chicago off his application to UGA, and launched an investigation. A hearings board could suspend or expel him. Although investigator Barrett Malone wrote in his report that it is not related to his politics, Osei-Frimpong believes otherwise.

Read more: https://flagpole.com/news/news-features/2019/04/17/grad-student-says-uga-wants-him-gone-for-his-political-speech




And by the way – republicans always scream that their views aren’t heard. That is complete and utter bullshit! They’re heard everywhere! And we’re supposed to just shake our head and go “OK”. But really they want a totalitarian dictatorship and they will get it whether we want it or not. But do we really have to put up with their shit like this? I can’t imagine this will end well.

Six Georgia Republicans want to regulate the work of journalists and other media entities by creating an ethics board and instituting requirements for how interviews are conducted.

State representatives Andy Welch, Tim Barr, Rick Jasperse, Ron Stephens, Mike Cheokas, and Mark Newton filed House Bill 734 on Day 40 of the 2019 session.

The measure seeks create a 9-member Journalism Ethics Board responsible for:

Accrediting journalists and organizations
- Entire news organizations would only be accredited if every journalist in the organization was accredited

Investigating and sanctioning journalists after complaints are filed by the public
- Allows for public and private reprimand, probation, and revocation of accreditation

Accepting and managing grants, donations, gifts, and other monetary awards

Setting rules and standards to adhere to for ‘factual and ethical reporting.’

Additionally, the bill requires that media outlets turn over any video and audio recordings in unedited format as well as photographs taken during an interview at no charge upon request by the person interviewed. It sets a 60-day window from the date of the interview to request the files, sets a timeframe to fulfill the request, and allows for private action against the media outlet or journalist for failing to comply, assessing a $100 per day penalty.

Read more: http://evans.allongeorgia.com/1st-amendment/full-text-ga-republicans-seek-to-regulate-the-media/




Yeah you think? And remember when George Bush famously uttered the words “Is our children learning”? Well, no they aren’t, and there’s always a method for their madness. And that method might be – teachers are getting screwed! And Georgia is one of the worst states in the country where teachers are getting screwed the most. No wonder people are so crazy down in the south. We need some more edumacation!

The University System of Georgia has shorted its employees’ pension fund over $600 million since it stopped making legally required payments to the fund over a decade ago, according to a state audit.

When the Optional Retirement Program, a 401(k) plan for USG employees, was created in 1990, legislation required the USG to make two types of annual payments to the Teacher Retirement System to make up for fewer employees paying into the TRS pension fund. Roughly 400,000 current and former teachers, librarians and university faculty and staff are part of TRS.

One of those required payments has not been made since 2008, equaling an estimated $600 million to $660 million, according to the audit. The other payment has never been made, and state auditors don’t know the amount. The audit also found that USG shorted Optional Retirement Program members $12.6 million in fiscal year 2007.

The first payment required by a 2010 law requires USG to make an unfunded accrued liability payment to the TRS equal to the amount that would have been made for ORP employees if they joined TRS. But TRS never billed USG for those payments from 2008–2018.

Read more: https://flagpole.com/news/news-features/2019/04/03/audit-finds-university-system-shorted-the-teacher-retirement-fund




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Ooh man this was a close one. It’s down to the wire – Kentucky came back and answered 16 to Georgia’s triple double run. Current score 88 – 86 with less than 30 seconds on the clock. Now down to 15 seconds… ten seconds… Georgia makes the shot… it’s in!!!! 3 pointer at the buzzer! Down goes Kentucky, Georgia moves on!!! What an upset here folks!!! The Stone Mountain racists of Georgia have knocked off conference favorite Kentucky! Oh my god! Wow, what a performance!

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Next week the final two states are vying for their spot in the Final Four and it’s a battle to see who can go for broke with the Fiscal Irresponsibility Conference championship! We’re live from the home of the San Diego St Aztecs , the Viejas Arena for all the action! And it’s a battle of the Beltways as two conference juggernauts – Wisconsin and Michigan will faceoff to see who will move on! Stay tuned!


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Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest are a really awesome metal band from Baltimore. Playing their song “Blood Eagle” from their album “Periphery IV: Hail Stan”, give it up for Periphery!!




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #6-15: Wheel Of Corruption: The Second Part Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Sign up now and get 4 free phones and unlimited gigs on the superfast nationwide 4G LTE network! We are back! What’s up Denver? You guys doing fucking good? Yeah we’re back, rested and ready to go to finish out the first half of 2019. And how about the Colorado Avalanche! You guys ready to take on the Sharks? Yeah that was quite the insane matchup wasn't it? Whew. And by the way I think we can all agree that the international symbol for choking should now be changed to this:



What? Are you a Vegas fan, sir? Give it a chance, we just got up here! For those of you viewing / listening at home there's people already leaving! Do we have time for the thing? Good. So we got to talk about hacked passwords for a minute. So CNN (Trump voice: FAKE NEWS!!!) released a report of the most hacked passwords and it was certainly very interesting. Almost reminiscent of the famous scene from Spaceballs. But what was really the oddity is that our good friends Blink 182 were the most hacked password among musical acts, with the Cowboys and Superman rounding out the top 3. But the band wasn’t having any of it. Even going so far as to hit up fans for alternate suggestions of what they should use as their password. Although if you do use any of the suggested ones, you should probably change those too. Of course, if you use 123456 as your password, not only do you fail cybersecurity, you also fail at life. In fact, you’re probably on the same level as President Skroob from Spaceballs.



OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to cover, but first John Oliver is back and he delves head first into the latest findings from the Mueller report:



Wow, this was the week to end all weeks this week. Whatever that means. And we also probably picked the wrong week to have the Wheel Of Corruption, but fuck it, this is my show! So the guy who we call president, Donald J. Trump takes up a whopping four slots this week! In the first slot is the latest fallout from the Mueller Report (1) – is Trump completely exonerated? In the second slot this week is also Donald Trump (2). While we were horrified at last week’s Notre Dame fire and this week’s unspeakable tragedy in Sri Lanka, one thing you can always count on is for Trump to say the stupidest and most insensitive thing possible! In the third slot this week is also Donald Trump (3) – and while Boeing has had its’ fair share of problems surrounding their controversial 737 Max 8 plane, rebranding is the least of their worries. Taking the fourth slot this week, we’re going to introduce you to a New Mexico Militia (4) that has been rounding up immigrants at the border and turning them over to ICE, and if that wasn’t evil enough, just wait until you meet their leader! For the 5th slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and I don’t know if you saw this extremely alarming piece from the LA Times, the City Of Inglewood is experiencing some heat from the new LA Rams stadium and it’s an absolute disaster for longtime residents, we will go behind the scenes. Taking the 6th slot this week is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and sigh… Liberty University’s favorite crackpot Nostradumbass, Mark Taylor, just won’t seem to go away, and his predictions are getting nuttier than ever! In the 7th slot this week, we have a new edition of “This Fucking Guy” and the last time we did this we discussed Trump’s pick for the Fed, Herman Cain, and now that he’s withdrawn, we’re going to introduce you to Trump’s other pick for the Fed – Stephen Moore (7) and whew, he crazy. For the 8th slot this week, we have an all new “Beating A Dead Horse” – does Bernie Sanders being a millionaire from his book deal excuse him from trash talking the upper 1%? No!!!! in the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week is an all new “I Need A Drink” – it seems that rapper Drake is on a bit of a losing streak lately, and by that, we mean every single team or athlete that he roots for, loses. So is the Drake Curse a thing? We shall find out! And our quest to find the Stupidest State 2019 continues! This time it’s a Bible Belt battle royale as Mississippi takes on Alabama for the Family Values championship! The winner moves on to the Final Four, the loser goes home! Plus we have some live music from one of the great metal bands of all time – Dream Theater! Really, buy their new album Distance Over Time right now or you’re no friend of this program. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Hey everyone say it with me: It’s time for the WHEEL OF CORRUPTION! YAY!!!!!



Of course you know the rules by now – I spin the wheel and we have to talk about whatever it lands on. Of course if it lands on the guacamole option, you know that it costs $1.50 extra. So here’s what is on the wheel this week:

- Guns
- Abortion
- Crime
- Poverty
- Election Theft
- Buy A Vowel
- Sex
- Clip Without Context
- Greed
- Spying
- Flying
- Food
- Elections
- The Border
- Donald Trump
- Clip Without Context
- Chance
- 5,000
- Bankrupt
- Community Chest
- Donald Trump
- A Random Tweet
- Something Random In The News
- ‘Merica!
- Golf
- 10,000
- Morally Bankrupt
- Guacamole
- Clip Without Context
- Talk Shows
- Holy Shit
- Beating A Dead Horse
- This Fucking Guy
- How Is This Still A Thing?
- Harry Potter
- 15,000
- People Are Dumb
- Donald Trump
- I Need A Drink
- Infowars
- T-Shirt Cannon
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

Let’s do it!!! Spin the wheel and it goes round and round and round… where does it land? Well it lands on… Donald Trump. Of course we got to talk about it – the Mueller Report is everywhere, much like that K-Pop girl band BLACKPINK – you had no idea who they were two months ago, now they’re everywhere and selling out Madison Square Garden! But you know what – while Trump is gloating about how he’s innocent, it certainly doesn’t get him off the hook for being one of the most crooked and dishonest individuals who’s been president since Nixon!

The Mueller report makes a damning case about Trump’s dishonesty: One of the unmistakable takeaways after reading the Mueller report is how the president of the United States wasn’t honest with the American public when it came to Russia and the entire Russia probe.

During the 2016 campaign and afterward, Trump raised doubts that Russia really interfered in the election.

But as Mueller writes, “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.”

Trump denied that Putin and Russia wanted him to win.

But as Mueller writes, “[T]he investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would be benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”

Trump said he had no business ties with Russia.

But as Mueller writes, “Between 2013 and June 2016, several employees of the Trump Organization, including then-president of the organization Donald J. Trump, pursued a Moscow deal with several Russian counterparties.”.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/meet-the-press/mueller-report-makes-damning-case-about-trump-s-dishonesty-n996966




Yeah Trump is like that guy. So where does this all lead? You can’t immediately scream impeachment – in our 250 year history there has been no president who has been successfully removed from office, and there’s only been 3 impeachment attempts in our history. How do you walk that line if you’re a member of the opposition? Well it’s a very tricky line to walk.

Printers across the country went into overdrive the moment the Mueller Report went public on Thursday, and it seemed like just about everyone started devouring its 448 pages.

Wasting no time, President Trump tweeted "Game over" with an image inspired by the TV show "Game of Thrones," and boasted at a White House event that he was having a "good day," while repeating his assertion that there'd been "no collusion, no obstruction."

But it's not so clear-cut.

The report paints a vivid picture of how the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election with hopes of helping Donald Trump win. Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no "members of the Trump campaign conspired" with the Kremlin, but on obstruction he wrote, "… while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."

"I think it's one of those moments where everyone sees exactly what they want to see, as well as some things they didn't want to see," said Michael Duffy, the acting deputy editorial page editor at the Washington Post. "But there's plenty all around for both sides to both feast and regret."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-mueller-report-road-map-to-where/




Yeah so if you’re Trump how do you combat this? I know! It’s time to resort to everyone’s favorite tactic when shit doesn’t go your way – the lawsuit! Oh… please, lawsuits always work out so well don’t they when it comes to “combatting the libtards”! Just ask Devin Nunes and that kid from that church in Kentucky how well that’s going!

President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against House Democrats on Monday seeking to block a subpoena to his longtime accountant, marking the president's first foray into court to stop Democrats from investigating his finances.

Democrats pledged to launch investigations into Trump if they took control of the House of Representatives last November. Now that they have the majority — and the subpoena power that comes with it — Trump's lawsuit is likely just the beginning of a long legal and political fight over how far they can probe into his personal business dealings, as well as the inner-workings of his administration.

Trump brought the lawsuit as a private citizen, not as president, which means he's hired outside lawyers to fight the subpoena; the Justice Department isn't involved, and he isn't raising any executive privilege issues. He's arguing that the House Oversight Committee, which issued the subpoena to accounting firm Mazars USA LLP, had "ignored the constitutional limits on Congress' power to investigate."

"With this subpoena, the Oversight Committee is instead assuming the powers of the Department of Justice, investigating (dubious and partisan) allegations of illegal conduct by private individuals outside of government," Trump's lawyers wrote. "Its goal is to expose Plaintiffs’ private financial information for the sake of exposure, with the hope that it will turn up something that Democrats can use as a political tool against the President now and in the 2020 election."
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/trump-sues-house-democrats-stop-subpoena-accountant




Well yeah you’re actually wrong on this one Trump! And if you thought you lived through the worst of republicanism, whether it’s from Bush V Gore, to the Tea Party, to Glenn Beck, to Alex Jones to Benghazi and every bullshit scandal Fox News pulled out of their ass against Obama, well, you ain’t seen nothing yet in regards to the Mueller report!

Just as Robert Mueller’s report created a roadmap for Democrats, Republicans have their own plans to weaponize it for Trump: by putting the origins of the investigation and the Obama administration on trial.

Even as the redacted version of the Mueller report documented some 10 instances where Trump potentially obstructed justice, as well as dozens of contacts between Russian operatives, trolls or compromised individuals, many Republicans are once again doubling down on their contention that the real culprit is Obama’s former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 election and is now a private citizen.

“Certainly a thorough investigation that looks at wrongdoing and how we can make sure that bias is not remotely involved in investigative decisions for anyone is appropriate,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who has Trump’s ear as the head of the House Freedom Caucus, texted VICE News as he was on a plane.

While Democrats now run the House, Republicans still control all the gavels in the Senate. And Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a one-time moderate, has become as Trumpian as anyone, particularly as his re-election campaign is in full swing.
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/9kxw4y/republicans-are-about-to-go-full-benghazi-over-the-mueller-report





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Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin shall we? Wheel goes round, wheel goes round… oh hey it’s a clip without context!



You know that look on the Easter Bunny’s face really says it all doesn’t it? Spin it again! And it lands on Donald Trump again! You know, it’s in the Top 10 official policy that we don’t joke about tragedy – whether we lost a piece of humanity that we won’t be able to reclaim in the Notre Dame disaster, or the horrifying tragedy on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. But there’s one thing that you can always count on, just like death and taxes, is that Trump will say the most stupid, heartless, and insensitive thing possible to the point where it shuts down governments and they’re like “LET’S FIGURE IT OUT!!!!”. So what stupid and insensitive thing did he say in regards to the Notre Dame disaster?

As Paris’ historic Notre-Dame Cathedral burned Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted about the “horrible” sight and suggested that the French deploy flying water tankers to quell the flames engulfing the iconic church.

“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!”

The Associated Press reported that firefighters responded to a massive blaze in the French capital on Monday as flames and black smoke were seen billowing from the top of the medieval cathedral, one of Paris’ most famous landmarks.

The cause of the fire was unknown, though French media reported that it might be linked to renovation work being done in the peak of the church.
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/15/trump-notre-dame-cathedral-fire-1276441




Hey, what a great idea! Let’s drop 150 tons of water onto a structure that was built in the 1100s with absolutely no reinforcement! Oh wait, it would completely destroy the ancient world wonder. In fact this live-tweeting of the event by Trump was so jaw-dropping, unbelievably stupid that the French government literally had to stop what they’re doing to respond to the awfulness:

As news spread Monday of the catastrophic fire at Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris, U.S. President Donald Trump offered his thoughts on the matter. Two hours later, French safety officials offered a withering take-down on those thoughts.

After expressing his shock at seeing the fire in a tweet, Trump suggested, “Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” France’s civil defense agency, Sécurité Civile, without mentioning Trump, underscored why that would be a terrible idea.

“All means are being used, except for water-bombing aircrafts which, if used, could lead to the collapse of the entire structure of the cathedral,” it wrote.

It was a reply that quickly got the Twitter population buzzing and a not-so-subtle way for French authorities to suggest that the massive fire was not an issue where they wanted fire-fighting advice from a politician.
http://fortune.com/2019/04/15/notre-dame-fire-trump-french-reply/




Yes, thank you Stephen! Off with you sir! Of course as if the Notre Dame disaster wasn’t horrifying enough, everyone on Sunday woke up to the devastating suicide bombing in Sri Lanka that killed almost 300 people. As if that wasn’t shitty enough – ISIS – which had supposedly been eradicated thanks to Trump – had been claiming responsibility for the attack! But guess what? Trump once again says the most stupid and insensitive thing possible!

President Donald Trump botched his initial statement about the deadly bombings in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, tweeting that the death toll was in the hundreds of millions.

“Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more. We stand ready to help!” Trump wrote in a tweet that was left up for at least 20 minutes before he corrected the number to 138, according to CNN’s Brian Stelter.

Before noticing the error and taking the tweet down, Trump then tweeted to wish the country a “Happy Easter.”

Trump’s condolences come in the wake of a brutal series of bombings at luxury hotels and churches in Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa on Easter Sunday. The latest reported death count estimated that 207 people had been killed in the blasts.
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/04/trump-tweets-wildly-inflated-death-toll-for-sri-lanka-bombings/




Well that’s half true. I mean 138 million??? That’s the number he came up with? I mean it was 138 when I saw it, he’s off by several zeroes there. By the way in case you’re wondering how much 138 million people is, Mexico’s *ENTIRE* population is a total of 117 million, that’s just 17 million more on that tiny island! And to put things in perspective, the actual population of Sri Lanka is 21.7 million, so this is 635 times higher than the original island's population! You really can't make this stuff up! Why is my voice getting so high?

President Donald Trump Sent a tweet Sunday morning expressing condolences for the bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. But in expressing his support for the victims, Trump wildly inflated the number of dead, claiming that the blasts killed “at least 138 million people.” The population of Sri Lanka is 21.4 million. “Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels that have killed at least 138 million people and badly injured 600 more,” Trump wrote in the original tweet. “We stand ready to help!”

No one is immune to typos. But what seems particularly surprising about the Sunday morning tweet with the wildly inflated death toll is that it stayed up for at least 20 minutes before it was deleted and corrected. Trump even sent out another tweet before he evidently noticed the error, wishing his followers a “Happy Easter” and patting himself on the back “because your Country is doing so well.”

Trump eventually replaced his Sri Lanka tweet with another one that put the death toll right at the front of the message. “138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels,” Trump wrote. “The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!” Early estimates had put the death toll at less than 140 but it has since increased to more than 200.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/04/trump-tweets-millions-killed-sri-lanka-blasts.html





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Let’s hit the spin cycle!!! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! Donald Trump!



Dude, put a bra on that thing! There's children that could be watching! Besides, your upper back could use the extra support! Spin it again! Wait, Donald Trump again? Is the wheel broken? Can we get the crew out here again to fix this thing? I swear when you transport it, things get lost when you go to set it up. The crew is out here fixing it, I will just play some Words With Friends on my phone. Come on, play the intermission music already!



OK we’re back! Spin it again! Shit, OK we got to do Trump for a third entry this week. I mean it is a wheel, it has a finite number of items on it. So Boeing’s ill-fated 737 Max 8 is still in the news and for all the wrong reasons. And of course, you can always count on Trump to say something stupid and fucking crazy because he has access to social media, and he only uses it for bad things. You know just once I want to see Trump tweet about puppies or fields full of flowers, but eh, he won’t do that. Instead, he chooses to tweet shit like this:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1117736685721223168

Well, at least here he admits that he knows nothing! Because I got news for ya, Trump, rebranding is the least of the 737 Max 8’s problems!

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg made a bold promise to travelers Thursday.

When the grounded Boeing 737 Max planes return to the skies after a software fix due within weeks, they will be "among the safest planes ever to fly,'' he said.

"We remain confident in the fundamental safety of the 737 Max,'' Muilenburg said in a video accepting blame for Boeing's role in two fatal Max 8 crashes in five months.

Skittish travelers will likely need more convincing, presenting a major challenge to airlines including Southwest, American and United when the planes return to their flight schedules.

Already, some are questioning Boeing's confidence in the plane.

"737 Max is a super safe aircraft as long as it's on the ground,'' one Twitter user responded after Muilenburg posted a snippet of his video Thursday.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2019/04/06/boeing-737-max-8-passengers-return-airlines-safety-crashes-fix-airplanes/3376865002/




Yeah and you might as well convince your children that it’s safe to get candy from the guy in that creepy looking panel van parked across the street! Go on, it’s safe! Eat all the Reese’s you want! But really Mr. Mullenburger couldn’t possibly convince us that a plane that guides itself straight into the ground while pilots have to look up the instructions on how to use the autopilot system mid flight is safe! In fact some airports just plain can’t handle the 737 Max 8. Talk about a clusterfuck!

Before last month’s crash of a flight that began in Ethiopia, Boeing Co. said in a legal document that large, upgraded 737s “cannot be used at what are referred to as ‘high/hot’ airports."

At an elevation of 7,657 feet -- or more than a mile high -- Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport falls into that category. High elevations require longer runways and faster speeds for takeoff.

The Ethiopian airport’s altitude hasn’t been cited as a factor in the downing of Flight 302 and likely didn’t cause the crash. But it could have exacerbated the situation because an airplane’s performance degrades at higher altitudes, said a 737 pilot who flies into high-elevation airports such as Denver and agreed to speak anonymously because he’s not authorized to talk with the media.

Data released last week from the Ethiopian Airlines flight indicated the pilots didn’t cut the 737 Max 8 airplane’s speed after takeoff when they should have. The preliminary report on the disaster said the plane’s anti-stall system pushed the nose of the plane down less than two minutes into the flight because of a malfunctioning sensor. The pilots struggled to control the plane as it hurtled toward the ground at 575 mph.
https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-boeing-max-8-airports-20190411-story.html




Yeah I can imagine operating an automatic pilot is kind of like that! Maybe we could just call it the 737 Trump Edition! Because everything he touches turns to shit anyways. And in fact, the problems that the 737 Max 8 has been having overseas may be coming stateside! Just look at what happened with this Southwest flight from Orlando to a maintenance facility in Victorville.

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 being ferried without passengers experienced engine trouble shortly after takeoff, prompting pilots to return to the Orlando International Airport. The plane was heading to Victorville, California.

The plane's No. 2 engine began to overheat after takeoff, after ingesting debris on the runway which caused a buildup of exhaust. Southwest Airlines says the engine did not blow out.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft has been under scrutiny following two fatal plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that showed similarities in flight data, bolstering fears that the cause of the crash may have been due an automatic flight control system unique to the 737 Max 8. It is currently grounded by the FAA for passenger flights, though airline crews are allowed to fly them on so-called ferry flights from one airport to another.

In a statement about Tuesday's incident Southwest Airlines said: "Southwest 8701 operating as a ferry flight with no passengers onboard returned to Orlando International Airport just before 3pm EDT after Pilots reported a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff. The Crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport. The flight was scheduled to fly to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California, for short-term storage. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be moved to our Orlando maintenance facility for a review."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/southwest-airlines-boeing-737-max-8-emergency-landing-orlando-engine-trouble/




Yeah it’s fine all right! Everything is just peachy keen with the 737 Max 8! Just slap a new name on it and call it a day, right? Well that’s all well and good in Trump world, but just remember – he knows nothing and he admits it freely now! The deplorables just won’t care. Hey, it’s their funeral! Just remember that airlines won’t be ordering any more Max 8s. But really Boeing, the bottom line is the least of your problems:

Airlines are holding off on orders for Boeing's 737 Max — the latest sign of how deeply the company's best-selling jet has been thrown into crisis.
Boeing (BA) released data Tuesday that showed only 10 of the planes were ordered in the first two months of 2019. There were no orders in March, the month that a 737 Max jet flown by Ethiopian Airlines pilots crashed in that country, killing everyone aboard. It was the second fatal crash involving a Max in recent months.
That small number compares to 112 orders for the plane in the first quarter of 2018. At that time, Southwest Airlines (LUV) had ordered 40 of the jets, while Ryanair ordered 25.
Orders for Boeing's other commercial jets actually increased slightly. The company sold 85 other commercial jets last quarter, compared to 68 a year earlier. But the sales data for the Max gives the clearest picture yet of how much scrutiny of that model could be hurting Boeing's bottom line.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/09/business/boeing-737-max-deliveries/index.html





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Let’s spin it to win it! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! No, a whammy!!!



Spin it again. and it lands on… the border! Hey, there’s a topic we haven’t discussed on the wheel here yet! So we got to talk about this creep. There’s a group of armchair patriots calling themselves the “United Constitutional Patriots”, and hey, with a name like that, you know that they’re a group of real winners. Well, maybe they’re winning in the Donald Trump sense, because he’s enabled the creeps and losers like this. They’ve been going around the border and “arresting people” – mainly immigrants – and handing them over to ICE. Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Are they cops? No. do they have any authority to do this? No. Are they enabled by Trump and Fox News? You betcha! In fact here’s more on this group of winners:

On Saturday, the FBI arrested a New Mexico-based member –and possible leader – of the self-styled militia group, United Constitutional Patriots, charging him with being a felon of possession of firearms and ammunition. The militia has allegedly been detaining migrants at the southern border in New Mexico, and the state’s governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham has said the militia has “no authority” to do so.

Angela Kocherga has been covering this story for the Albuquerque Journal, and says the militia has a camp in Sunlalnd Park, New Mexico, just across the border from Texas. The militia is still there, even after the ACLU tipped off New Mexico’s governor and attorney general about the group’s practices, which is what led to the FBI’s arrest of one of its members. Kocherga says the group’s current spokesman told her it intends to continue detaining migrants.

“He admitted to me they are detaining people, but he said, legally, they have every right, and New Mexico is an open-carry state so they can also carry weapons,” Kocherga says.

The person who was arrested, however, wasn’t allowed to carry weapons because of his criminal background.
http://www.texasstandard.org/stories/a-new-mexico-militia-says-its-holding-migrants-until-border-patrol-arrives/




Wait, an armed militia wannabe has a criminal background and was stockpiling weapons that he can’t use? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you!!! Well, he’ll be getting his day in court and it looks like he’ll be locked up relatively soon. But this guy was yet another one of Trump’s “very fine people” on both sides. But really, there’s just one side that’s attracting the creeps and low lifes and that’s the GOP.

The alleged leader of an armed militia group that has intercepted and detained migrant families along the southern border in New Mexico was charged with federal firearms offenses on Monday.

Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, of Flora Vista, N.M., appeared in federal court in Las Cruces after his arrest on Saturday on charges of illegally possessing firearms as a felon.

A criminal complaint filed by the FBI states that Hopkins, also known as Johnny Horton Jr., was in possession of nine firearms and ammunition in his northern New Mexico home in Nov. 2017. He had three prior felony convictions dating back to 1996, including impersonating a peace officer in the state of Oregon in 2006, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Hopkins’ arrest is not tied to his involvement with the border militia.
https://wamu.org/story/19/04/22/alleged-leader-of-border-militia-facing-federal-firearms-charges-in-new-mexico/




So do I! And if you guessed that they had absolutely no authority to do this, you are absolutely, 100% correct! Although if you’re shocked by this, you’re in the wrong place. If you are not in any way shocked at all by this, the New Mexico governor is on your side. Of course they’re not authorized to do this, they’re patriots you know!

A right-wing militia group operating in southern New Mexico has begun stopping groups of migrant families and detaining them at gunpoint before handing them over to Border Patrol agents, raising tension over the tactics of armed vigilantes along the border between the United States and Mexico.

Members of the group, which calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots, filmed several of their actions in recent days, including the detention this week of a group of about 200 migrants who had recently crossed the border near Sunland Park, N.M., with the intention of seeking asylum. They uploaded videos to social media of exhausted looking migrant families, blinking in the darkness in the glare of what appeared to be the militia’s spotlights.

Professed militias have long operated along the border with attempts to curb the flow of undocumented migrants into the United States. But targeting the recent influx of families, who are legally allowed to request asylum and often quickly surrender to Border Patrol agents, is raising tension with human rights activists in this part of the West.

The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the militia’s actions in a letter on Thursday that asked New Mexico’s governor and attorney general to investigate the group. The A.C.L.U. said the militia had no legal authority under New Mexico or federal law to detain or arrest migrants in the United States.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/us/new-mexico-militia.html




Yeah I think it’s about a mild shock at this point. Now here’s where it gets weird. Wait, did I say weird? I mean this is par for the course for the Trump fans here. Not only did Mr. Hopkins illegally round up immigrants, and he had stockpiled weapons that he can’t use because of his criminal history, guess what else? He had a hit list of people he wanted to kill which included – wait for it – Obama, Hillary, and George Soros! Hey, we hit the trifecta here! Whew, who had the over / under on this one??

Before the F.B.I. arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of the right-wing militia that detained migrant families in the New Mexico desert, he’d had so many run-ins with the law that his police record stretched across much of the United States.

Oregon police arrested him in 2006 on charges of impersonating a police officer and a felony weapons offense. They had found him showing guns to teenagers in a gas-station parking lot while wearing a police-style uniform and a badge emblazoned with the words “Special Agent.”

“Hopkins stated that he worked for the federal government directly under George Bush,” Officer Jack Daniel of the sheriff’s office in Klamath County, Ore., wrote in his report. Mr. Hopkins, the report said, claimed variously to be investigating a meth lab, hunting fugitives and undertaking unspecified “operations” in Afghanistan.

Officials in South Dakota indicted Mr. Hopkins in 2009 on charges of failure to pay child support. Long before then, Mr. Hopkins pleaded guilty in 1996 in Michigan to felony possession of a loaded firearm and was sentenced to 16 months to two years in prison.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/22/us/militia-border-new-mexico.html





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That’s Fernando everybody! Let’s try some of this… oh that’s good! Spin it again! hey, it’s time for Top 10 Investigates!

It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!



The city of Inglewood, California is undergoing a renaissance as the new epicenter of Los Angeles with the new colossal and expensive new home of the Los Angeles Rams set to open next year. But what kind of effect is the new, as yet unnamed stadium going to hold for the long time local residents who make up the city of Inglewood? Well, it’s having some positive effects, but a whole lot of negative ones as well, and a lot of the longtime residents are being, well, forced out. In fact the new stadium is having a staggering effect on Inglewood’s economy.

According to Inglewood mayor James Butts, a total of 3,000 men and women come to work daily in the city of Inglewood.

The mayor assures that one of the positive effects is that Inglewood's unemployment rate is the lowest in the last 40 years, but some residents argue that construction is the reason why rents have skyrocketed.

"Rent is increasing for tenants and they do not have more options, and a lot of people are leaving," said Luis Alvarado, who works in Inglewood.

The mayor said he will present a measure to control the number of allowable rent increases and that in case tenants are unable to pay, they will be given a large amount of money to help them relocate.

But high rents isn't the only issue residents have noticed.

Residents point out that traffic and homelessness have increased as well as the amount of people stealing in the area.
https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/california/Residents-Concerned-Rent-Increase-Stadium-Inglewood-508635281.html




Yes damn those long time home owners and residents of the city, always wanting more. But how much more do they want? In fact, they actually want less. In fact the new stadium and also a new proposed stadium threaten one of the city’s landmarks – the Forum. So how would the Forum be effected by a new stadium and the proposed building? Well, a whole lot, actually.

Inglewood has come a long way since Dr. Dre proclaimed in the ’90s that it was “always up to no good.”

A surge of economic development is wiping away its reputation as a battle zone for rival gangs and promises to remake the city not only into a sports and entertainment mecca but also a cultural destination.

But now that Inglewood is on the come up, longtime residents and city officials face a different challenge: Many who have weathered decades of hardship no longer can afford to live there and are being left out of the economic renaissance.

Donald Martin, 67, lost the roof over his head after a new landlord evicted him with just 60 days’ notice from the building he had lived in for almost a decade.

Tomisha Pinson, who lives next door to the new L.A. Rams and Chargers stadium and entertainment complex, received a notice that the monthly rent on her two-bedroom Inglewood apartment would spike from $1,145 to $2,725.
https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-inglewood-gentrification-rent-crenshaw-rams-stadium-20190410-htmlstory.html




Ouch, if you put that into perspective, that’s an almost 238% increase in the cost of rent. And we’ve seen some of the apartment buildings in Inglewood, they’re not exactly something that you should pay that much for. But what can be done about it? The new stadium will accommodate two teams – the NFL’s Rams and Chargers, meaning that for 16 weeks out of the year, there will be no off season time when the NFL starts back up. Here’s one take on the rising rent in Inglewood.

Rent prices have reportedly surged as some renters like Tomisha Pinson, who lives next door to the facility, saw hers go from $1,145 to $2,725, according to The Los Angeles Times.

“Everybody can agree that these 120 percent rent increases are astronomical and ridiculous,” said D’Artagnan Scorza of the Uplift Inglewood Coalition. “I think we can start there.”

The issue of gentrification in the area is something rapper Nipsey Hussle fought as he tried to improve the neighborhood for the Black residents in it.

His multiple businesses and STEM center attempted to give residents a way to better their lives and the neighborhood.

In a small step to slow the problem, Inglewood’s city council passed a rent moratorium, as Curbed Los Angeles reports, creating a 45-day ban on rents within the city being raised more than 5% as well as stopping all evictions unless “the underlying reason is for criminality or drug use.”
https://blavity.com/inglewood-residents-see-rent-increase-ahead-of-new-rams-and-chargers-stadium




And the pay is too damn low! In fact the city of Inglewood is actually doing something to help curb the skyrocketing rent. Well if they think that the new NFL stadium is causing headaches, wait until a new NBA stadium comes in! And Inglewood has exactly 4 years to prepare for this, so they had better get ready for the impending economic disaster that could be forthcoming in 2024.

Despite some lawsuits against their efforts, the Los Angeles Clippers are confident that they will be playing in a new arena starting in 2024. The Clippers have identified a location in Inglewood, near the NFL stadium that the Rams and Chargers will share, and owner Steve Ballmer has been touring venues around the country to borrow successful architectural ideas.

One certainty, Ballmer told attendees at the World Congress of Sports, is that the arena will not be home for a hockey team, which allows it to be constructed in a way that puts fans closer to the court.

"I like Utah quite a bit," Ballmer said of Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. "Utah is very condensed, very noisy. They've just done a remodel to give them very nice luxury spaces."

Another reason why Ballmer wants the Clippers to have their own arena is scheduling. At Staples Center, the Clippers are third in the pecking order behind the Lakers and Kings for scheduling preferences. Check out the video above for more of Ballmer's thoughts regarding a new home for the Clippers.
www.thepostgame.com/los-angeles-clippers-new-arena-inglewood-ballmer




Bernie is right. Greed is not good. That’s it for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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McDonald's has apologised after a two-year-old child found a used condom in the main dining area of one of its franchises south of Perth and "sucked on it".

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told 10daily's Antoinette Lattouf she visited the fast-food outlet in Warnbro with her husband and daughter around 6pm on Friday night.

She told the outlet she was ordering their food at the counter when her daughter found the condom and put it in her mouth.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/western-australia/mcdonald-s-apologises-after-toddler-found-sucking-on-condom-in-perth-restaurant-20190420-p51ft7.html




Worst happy meal toy ever! Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for Holy Shit!

Gather around, my brothers and sisters of Colorado! It’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you that the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation!!!! You know it’s good to be back! Thank you sir! Last time we congregated, I told you that we could predict the future of religion on this planet that we live on. But there’s one guy who literally gets paid to predict the future! Well, he doesn’t really get paid to predict the future, but he gets paid, somehow, and makes some truly awful predictions. I’m of course talking about Liberty University’s favorite crackpot wannabe “prophet” Mark Taylor. Mark Taylor, as you know, Liberty University made a movie about him, and he just won’t stop predicting truly awful things. Like this.

Mark Taylor, the so-called “firefighter prophet,” issued a genuinely alarming “prophecy” yesterday in which he proclaimed that President Trump will start to imprison and execute his critics in such a massive and brutal manner that even Trump’s own evangelical advisers will turn against him. Taylor, who was being interviewed by Tiffany FitzHenry, insisted that the fact that these religious leaders would dare to turn against the president is a sign that they are tools of Satan who are trying to stop Trump from carrying out divine justice.

“If these evangelicals do this, they’re not on heaven’s agenda, they’re not on heaven’s frequency,” Taylor said. “They’re on Satan’s frequency. I have been warning that God has been showing me—for over a year and a half now—he’s been showing me that Jezebel is part of the presidential spiritual advisory board, that spirit is operating on that board.”

Taylor said that God showed him that “there would be a decision that the president has to make” to which Trump’s religious advisers would object on the grounds that Trump’s response is “not godly” … but that would be because they don’t realize that Trump has been called to carry out “God’s justice on the earth right now” and “nothing will stop what is coming.”

“Justice is here,” Taylor said. “We have been praying for this for decades, including those that have gone before us, but we are the ones that get to see this. I’m going to issue a warning here: if you don’t have a stomach for justice, you’d better get one quick and you’d better get red-pilled quick, because there will be suicides—which we all know are coming, we’ve already had some—there will be people imprisoned for life for treason, and there will be those that will be executed for treason.”

“Justice is coming,” he said. “It’s fixing to be served out on a massive scale.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/justice-is-coming-mark-taylor-issues-an-alarming-prophecy/




Yeah they could be, sir. But I’m pretty sure that the type of justice that Mr. Taylor has in mind certainly is not what the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want, is it? Well, now, the LAWRD works in mysterious ways, does he not? I mean really does he think this is a possibility? Can the dead suddenly come back to life and run for president? And in the opposing party? Is he really that stupid??? Yes, yes he is!

A few weeks ago, Mark Taylor, the so-called “firefighter prophet,” claimed that God had told him that President Trump is not going to be the only member of the Trump family elected to the White House. At the time, Taylor didn’t know who the next Trump president would be, but since then, he claims that God gave him a dream suggesting that Donald Trump Jr. could follow his father into the Oval Office … and just might do so by running on a ticket with John F. Kennedy Jr.

Those who might understandably wonder how JFK Jr. could possibly make a run for the White House given that he died in a plane crash 20 years ago are obviously not familiar with the right-wing conspiracy theory that states that he faked his death and is now a key part of the QAnon movement through which he is working with President Trump to take down the deep state.

During a recent appearance on “The Blessed To Teach Show,” Taylor revealed that he shared his dream with his friend and fellow conspiracy theorist Liz Crokin, who is a leading proponent of the JFK-QAnon theory, which led the duo to wonder if the dream was a sign from God of a looming Trump Jr./JFK Jr. ticket.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/did-god-give-mark-taylor-a-prophetic-dream-about-a-donald-trump-jr-john-f-kennedy-jr-ticket/




Yes, yes it does! I mean god, and Liberty University likes this guy? I might have to have a talk with the Rev. Falwell Jr, because he is quite literally off his rocker. I mean do they really think they are representing the good LAWRD JAYSUS here? I would think that even the LAWRD might frown on this next prediction!

Mark Taylor, the radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet,” has begun issuing some genuinely alarming prophecies in recent weeks, warning that President Trump has been tasked by God to carry out divine justice by executing his political opponents.

Taylor, about whom Liberty University made a movie last year, appeared on “The MC Files” program on Monday night, where he doubled down on this prophecy, warning that leaders like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will soon be arrested and put to death and that anyone who dares to oppose Trump will be “standing in the way” of God’s will.

“God is going to serve justice,” Taylor said. “Justice is coming … [Obama] will be arrested. Justice will be served. Period. Hillary Clinton will be arrested, all these people, it’s coming.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mark-taylor-those-who-object-to-trump-executing-his-political-opponents-are-standing-in-the-way-of-gods-will/




I don’t think that even the good LAWRD JAYSUS knows what to do with this one, for it says in the good book that you should judge not lest ye be judged! They’re convinced of this nonsense that justice will be served, whatever that is. This guy is certifiably insane, and he really needs to stop making predictions, because he is making some truly awful and terrible ones, like this:

During his recent appearance on Tiffany FitzHenry’s YouTube program, radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor claimed that Barack Obama will soon admit to having been born in Kenya in an attempt to avoid being prosecuted for treason.

“I don’t think the guy is American,” Taylor said. “It’s already been proven that that birth certificate is a phony.”

Taylor insisted that the issue of Obama’s birth certificate is vitally important because it is the key to effectively negating his entire presidency, citing the QAnon conspiracy theory which claims that high-ranking intelligence officials in the Trump administration are leaking information about a secret plan to take down a global network of satanic pedophiles that includes prominent Democratic Party entertainment, political and business figures.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mark-taylor-obama-will-claim-kenyan-citizenship-to-keep-from-being-tried-for-treason/


Can we drop this nonsense already? No, because they are that completely stupid and insane, and they will believe anything that they’re told! And by the way give it up for our gospel choir, how great are they? We’ve seen some insane theories from Mr. Taylor but I think this might be one of his most insane yet:

Mark Taylor, a radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and the so-called “firefighter prophet,” made a return appearance on Tiffany FitzHenry’s YouTube program last week, where he predicted that those who support abortion rights will soon begin to advocate for the murder of pregnant women.

Taylor insisted that legal abortion, in addition to being a source of power for the demon god Baal, is also a form of population control. He prophesied that reproductive rights advocates will begin to call for women who get pregnant to be put to death.

“When you’re talking about control and the abortion issue, they go hand in hand,” said Taylor. “This is about controlling the population.”

“I’ll tell you what else is probably going to be exposed and I’ll release it here for the first time,” he added. “Look for these guys—the extreme left, the extreme globalists—that when a woman gets pregnant, their goal will be to take the woman and the child.”

“It’s like taking two birds with one shot, almost,” Taylor said. “Look for that somewhere in the world, where these elites go, ‘When you get pregnant at this point, we’re going to take the mother and the child.'”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mark-taylor-reproductive-rights-activists-will-advocate-the-killing-of-pregnant-women/




That’s funny, I don’t remember that being part of our party platform! You get nothing, you lose, good day sir! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Yeah BOOOOOOOO!!! You know just when you think you’ve heard the GOP say the dumbest thing possible, they continue down that path every day. Spin it again!! Hey it’s time for This Fucking Guy!



So the last time we did this segment, we profiled Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve Board, Herman Cain, a guy so toxic that even longtime GOP senators and Trump loyalists wouldn’t vote for him to run the most powerful bank in the world. Well, Trump certainly has a way of picking people doesn’t he? I mean because this next guy who he has waiting in line for the job is Stephen Moore. And if you want to know some of Stephen Moore’s greatest hits, then you don’t have to look very far because well, like most of Trump’s cabinet picks, Moore is a creepy weirdo and everyone knows it!

Stephen Moore, one of President Trump’s planned nominees for the Federal Reserve Board, once said women should be banned from the March Madness basketball tournament — and a prominent magazine paid him for that opinion.

“Here’s the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything,” he wrote in a 2002 column for the conservative National Review, recently unearthed by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski and Paul LeBlanc.

Moore, who now says he was joking, also suggested that female athletes should be paid less than men and mocked women’s political opinions (“sooo malleable”).

Moore’s columns helped launch a successful media career; he went on to serve on the Wall Street Journal editorial board. He later became a contributor at CNN, where he’s been a fixture during the Trump era, defending the president on all kinds of matters (he once said that Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against Trump was merely “a porn star” trying to “call attention to herself”). Moore left his position with CNN last month.
https://www.vox.com/2019/4/22/18511264/stephen-moore-fed-herman-cain-bonnie-bernstein




Wait, why does he have a problem with women beer vendors? I know I don’t! They make beer and I want to drink it! So what’s the problem with that? And if that’s not enough, he really has a problem with women in sports. And you can forget about the ladies being officials in his favorite sporting events like football and baseball, because he won’t have any of it!

One of President Donald Trump's picks for the Federal Reserve Board previously wrote columns about banning women from refereeing or announcing men's sports.

Columns written by economic commentator Stephen Moore for the the conservative National Review magazine in the early 2000s were unearthed by CNN on Monday.

The columns, in which he called co-ed recreational leagues a "travesty" and said women should be banned from refereeing, announcing, or beer vending at men's college basketball games resurfaced after Trump tweeted on Monday that his other pick for the Federal Reserve Board, Herman Cain, withdrew from consideration amid scrutiny over sexual harassment allegations that ended his presidential campaign in 2012.

Moore told CNN's KFile that the columns for the National Review were "a spoof," adding that he has "a sense of humor."
https://www.businessinsider.com/stephen-moore-trumps-fed-pick-suggested-a-women-ban-in-mens-sports-2019-4




Yes you probably have a point there, ladies! And by the way if you’re wondering what a dangerous jackass Stephen Moore could potentially be when he’s in control of the fed, well, guess what? You’re probably right on that one! Here’s another guy I wouldn’t be putting in charge of spending $10, not running the most powerful bank in the world. If you guess that he couldn’t handle his finances, well, you’re right!

One of President Donald Trump’s new picks to serve on the Federal Reserve Board, Trumponomics author Stephen Moore, was found to be in contempt of court in 2012 for failing to pay more than $300,000 in alimony and child support.

Court filings recently unearthed by The Guardian’s Jon Swain and David Smith show Moore repeatedly failed to make payments that were part of a 2011 divorce settlement with his ex-wife, Allison Moore. Not only was Moore found in contempt of court, but his failure to comply with the terms of his settlement even prompted a judge to order the sale of his house to satisfy his debts.

According to court records, several police officers accompanied relators and a locksmith to to Moore’s home in May 2013 to change the locks and prepare the property for buyers. Only after the court-sanctioned break-in did Moore pay roughly two-thirds of what he owed his ex-wife, court filings show. Allison Moore told the court the $217,000 payment was enough, and stepped in to halt the house re-sale.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/6/18298063/trump-fed-reserve-stephen-moore-contempt-ex-wife




Holy shit!!! And Trump is trusting this guy with running the Fed when he can’t even manage his own fucking life to the tune of $300K??? GTFO!!! Here’s why putting partisan hacks like Moore and Cain could potentitally be not only dangerous, but could have consequences that could last decades after they’re long gone. I mean Trump seems to attract a certain type doesn’t he? Creeps, lowlifes, sexual harassers, and the extremely incompetent. That’s Stephen Moore in a nutshell!

Politicians have had strong opinions on what the Federal Reserve should and shouldn’t do throughout its 105-year history.

They have pushed for lower interest rates and easier money, or for this or that policy on bank regulation or consumer protection. They have summoned Fed leaders to the White House or Congress to persuade and cajole.

In that sense, there is nothing new in President Trump’s aggressive approach to the Fed. This week, he called for lower interest rates and new quantitative easing, and he signaled an intention to appoint two vocal supporters, Stephen Moore and Herman Cain, to the board of governors.

What makes Mr. Trump’s approach to the Fed so unusual is that he has repeatedly, publicly undermined a Fed chief he appointed (Jerome Powell), and, if successful, he would put two officials with a background in partisan politics in the inner sanctum of Fed policymaking. (Mr. Moore was founder of the Club for Growth, which supports conservative candidates for office, and Mr. Cain ran for president.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/06/upshot/fed-moore-cain-risk-partisanship.html




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https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1119372874442108928

Did you guys read the report? Because it says literally the exact opposite. Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for Beating A Dead Horse!



Let’s talk about the big election in 2020, one that already has an unprecedented number of presidential candidates who are either running or announcing that they're going to run. One candidate who’s no stranger to the big dance is Bernard Sanders. And Bernie has received the most scrutiny of any other candidate because for the rest of his term he's a registered independent. He runs as a democrat because even he knows that independent candidates generally have no chance in hell of winning a general election and usually wind up flipping votes to conservative candidates. But even the almighty Bernie Sanders isn't immune from the kind of scrutiny every presidential candidate faces. Yes, last week Bernie bros and gals everywhere were shocked to learn that the candidate who they so admire for trash talking the upper 1% - surprise – is a member of the upper 1%! What happened? Did that really just blow your mind? No? Now people who oppose the longtime Vermont senator are saying that it detracts from the discussion about one of Bernie’s key campaign issues – income inequality. But does it really? The answer is no! Bernie can talk about whatever he wants! So why is this such a big deal among Bernie’s base? The answer might surprise you!

Bernie Sanders has had a good decade. Since 2009, the socialist senator has pulled in nearly $5 million in income, according to a Forbes analysis of 10 years of Sanders’ tax returns.

For that, he can largely thank his 2016 presidential campaign—and the lucrative book deals that followed. Sanders and his wife, Jane, earned between $200,000 and $330,000 from 2009 through 2015, before his fiery bid for the White House. Then, around the time he conceded the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton, he inked two deals with publisher Macmillan.

The Sanders’ income, listed on tax returns they file jointly, increased dramatically. In 2016, they pulled in nearly $1.1 million—more than quadruple their previous year’s earnings of about $250,000. Around $800,000 of it came from the advance Sanders got for writing the hit Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. Royalties from the bestseller flowed in 2017, and Sanders kept writing. He released a second book and signed a deal with Macmillan for a third, which helped push the couple’s earnings beyond the $1.1 million mark ($960,000 of it from the book deals). Last year, the couple made about $575,000, some $380,000 of it coming from Sanders’ side gig as an author.

“I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” Sanders recently told the New York Times.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/chasewithorn/2019/04/16/how-bernie-sanders-earned-nearly-5-million-in-past-10-years/#1aa9aa5e4954




So the term “socialist millionaire” may seem like a total and complete oxymoron. Does that excuse Bernie from the debate about income inequality? Well, let me fill you in on a little secret about how the economy works: Bernie has a product to sell, and you don’t. That’s right – people bought his book because they wanted to hear what he had to say, and they didn’t buy your door to door drone delivery service, because your drone flew to the wrong house and got shot down! That’s a nice return on investment for you! What makes Bernie qualified to talk about income inequality if he’s a member of the upper 1%?

Bernie Sanders is not apologizing for his newfound wealth.

The presidential candidate told supporters in Gary, Indiana, on Saturday: “I didn't know that it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best-seller.”

Sanders has come into a new income bracket largely through sales of his 2016 book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, where the senator shares stories from his underdog 2016 presidential campaign.

The book details Sanders' “progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda,” an agenda that has made the book's success—and Sanders profit off that success—a sticking point.

The criticism started when Sanders admitted that he is now a millionaire earlier this week, while announcing he plans to release a decade of his tax returns before April 15—after dragging his feet over their release. His campaign swiftly emphasized that his policy platform, which is highly critical of billionaires and corporations, has not changed as a result.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/bernie-sanders-fights-back-against-criticism-over-his-newfound-wealth-3




That’s a good point Homer! And why should Bernie apologize? Well I think I speak for everyone when I say “Who gives a fuck???”. Let Bernie speak!!! Here’s the thing – we got 21 candidates now running for president and we really only know where two of them stand on anything! Was it a crime that Bernie wrote something that people actually wanted to read? Well, he wrote it and you bought it!

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday pushed back against criticism he received after saying this week that he is a millionaire.

"I didn't know that it was a crime to write a good book, which turned out to be a best-seller," the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told a crowd in Gary, Ind.

"I don’t apologize for writing a book that was No. 3 on The New York Times best-seller [list]," he added but reiterated his belief in a "progressive tax system which demands that the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share in taxes."

Sanders told The New York Times in a story published Tuesday that he became a millionaire because of book sales.

“If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too,” he told the newspaper. He also said he would release his tax returns by Monday. Some of his competitors for the Democratic nomination have already released their returns.

Sanders's 2017 Senate financial disclosure forms show he made about $1.06 million that year, most of it from book royalties, the Times reported.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/438773-sanders-on-millionaire-status-i-didnt-know-it-was-a-crime-to-write-a-good




It’s probably a good thing that Bernie doesn’t apologize for anything. But Bernie’s got a point you see, unlike Trump, Bernie released the last 10 years of his tax returns. That automatically makes Bernie a better man than Trump because his tax returns are out in the open and he didn’t cheat on his 3 wives with prostitutes. And that’s where Bernie uses his wealth controversy to hammer out a new tax plan!

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is now a millionaire, hit back at criticism of his growing net worth, crediting his book for his cushy financial situation.

“I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book which turns out to be a best-seller,” the 2020 hopeful said Saturday during a Gary, Indiana, community meeting, CNN reported.

Sanders then pointed out that he has advocated for progressive taxation, meaning, “If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money.”

“So again, I don’t apologize for writing a book that was No. 3 on the New York Times best-seller, translated into five or six languages and that’s that,” he added.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-millionaire-book-crime_n_5cb23987e4b082aab08676b2





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I’ll take a guy who’s married and faithful to his husband than a guy who cheats on his wives and gets spanked with a copy of Forbes Magazine that has his picture on the cover, thanks! Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for I Need A Drink!



You know by now that the idea behind this is that we cocktail, and while we’re cocktailing we talk about literally anything in the world as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. And we’re in Denver here, it’s the Mile High City, so keep in mind that one drink here in Denver is equal to five once you get closer to sea level. This week, our subject is sports curses. Tell me bartender, what goes well with a sports curse? A glass of Haterade? What’s that? Vodka and Gatorade? Nah, I’ll stick with my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. So Drake… what the fuck is up??? Last week Drake, who is a die hard Toronto fan, showed up rooting for his team, the Maple Leafs, and they lost to the Bruins. Yeah so thank Drake when yet *ANOTHER* Boston team wins a championship. Can we stop that from happening please? Drake, maybe you should stop rooting for teams!

There is no such thing as a “normal” curse, but the one that has Drake’s name attached to it has fans wanting him to be passionate from miles away.

The Grammy award-winning artist was in attendance of Game 4 of the NHL playoffs between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins, sporting a Leafs jersey.

Drake is a Toronto native. Showing up to support the local team isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but given Drake’s reputation of his support resulting in losses, some fans expressed concern.

Coincidence or not, the Maple Leafs lost, 6-4, as Toronto slid into a 2-2 series tie with Boston.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-drake-curse-sports-maple-leafs-loss-20190418-story.html




So the Drake curse is a thing! And it doesn’t just stem from one little loss that could have sent the Leafs to the next round of the playoffs. Here’s where it gets weird. It’s a whole pattern of teams that Drake roots for that lose. Kentucky? Lost. Conor McGregor? Lost. Roma? Lost. Raptors? Lost. Now Drake’s on a tear through the soccer world that has teams both cheering and jeering having the rapper as a fan!

The “Drake Curse” has been ravaging the soccer world, and has now apparently expanded its scope to a whole other sport and returned with a vengeance to Toronto.

The hilarious online theory claims that almost anytime the Canadian rapper, 32, takes a photo with an athlete, that athlete’s team will lose its next game.

The curse is has now widened to include any team that Drake roots for, which appeared to be the case on Wednesday night when Drake (wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey) was spotted sitting in a box at Scotiabank Arena to cheer on his hometown team at Game 4 of the Leafs’ first-round series against the Boston Bruins.

The Leafs’ lost 6-4, and it didn’t take long for the so-called curse to rear its head on social media.

The latest example of the curse comes shortly after the Italian AS Roma soccer team jokingly (perhaps) banned its players from posing for a photo with Drake for fear of hitting a losing streak.
https://etcanada.com/news/442181/the-drake-curse-hits-the-toronto-maple-leafs-following-italian-soccer-teams-photo-ban/




So what do coaches and players think of the Drake Curse? Well when Drake goes to Europe, he’s a fan of Italian soccer team FC Roma, and they are not having any of it. In fact they have actually go so far as to ban their players from taking pictures with the rapper himself!

Paris Saint-Germain's Layvin Kurzawa is the latest footballer to pose for a photo with the Canadian star and have his team lose their very next game.

PSG's spectacular 5-1 loss to Lille has reignited suspicions that Drake, while obviously multi-talented, is a curse on every sports star he meets.

And AS Roma want nothing to do with it.
https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-47947155




And then there was the actual coach of the Maple Leafs who doesn’t exactly buy into the whole concept that there’s a curse surrounding Drake. If he doesn’t think it’s a thing then its not a thing!

By now, the Drake Curse has probably usurped the Madden Curse as the most consistent curse in sports. (The Los Angeles Times actually documented the extensive history of The Drake Curse that's haunted beyond just his hometown Raptors, with extensions out to Alabama to Conor McGregor to Serena Williams and beyond.)

It's even hit the point where AS Roma has banned their players from taking pictures with Drake until the end of the season.

So perhaps the Leafs surrendering six goals in a series-tying loss was to be expected with Drake in the building.

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock, meanwhile, didn't want to blame Drizzy.

“I’ve heard lots of things since I’ve come here, but that’s one of the craziest things,” Babcock said when asked about the curse. “The game is played on the ice by us. There’s no curse whatsoever.
https://985thesportshub.com/2019/04/18/maple-leafs-coach-mike-babcock-isnt-buying-drake-curse/




But there is a flipside to every curse. There’s south London team Crystal Palace which has had its’ fair share of shaky seasons but then last week had that monstrous and unexpected win against Manchester United. And who was in attendance? That’s right – Drake! So was the curse lifted with just one unexpected win? Maybe. Maybe not.

Crystal Palace appear to have banished the ‘Drake Curse’ or at least survived it, after beating Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles produced a shock Premier League 3-2 win over the Gunners thanks to goals from Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur. They managed this despite Zaha posing for a picture with Canadian rapper Drake earlier this month. For the uninitiated, posing for a snap with ‘Drizzy’ has proved to be bad luck for a string of sports stars in recent months, including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Conor McGregor, Paul Pogba, Sergio Aguero and Jadon Sancho.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/22/crystal-palace-banish-drake-curse-shock-win-arsenal-9285073/?ito=cbshare





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These fucking people... sigh. spin it again! It's time for Stupidest State 2019! Hit it!

16 states will enter and only one state will be crowned the new Top 10 Conservative Idiots Stupidest State!



Last week we began first round play from Reno as Florida totally annihilated Oregon to win the Gun Nut Conference championship and advance to the Final Four! This week, we’re live in Sacramento at the home of the Sacramento Kings, the fabulous Golden 1 Center for the Family Values Conference Championship! This time around, bitter rivals Alabama take on the mighty Mississippi for the battle of the Jesus crown! Alabama owns this conference and they are no stranger to the dance, while red hot Mississippi proves they’ve got the skills, know how and stupidity to advance to the Final Four and ultimately control of the Flyover League! Who thumps the Bible better? Why it’s time to find out!



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So Mississippi is obviously no stranger to this dance as they’ve been a Final Four contender multiple years in a row. You know the confederacy is so deeply engrained in their culture that they can’t give it up. And what does that get you? well, it gets you an invitation to our Stupidest State contest and an advantage in the Family Values Conference. Well, JAYSUS is so strong here that he promotes some hardcore racism at that. And racism is never a good thing no matter what. What a great idea – bring back some good old fashioned cross burnings! David Duke would be proud!

A Seminary, Mississippi man pleaded guilty to federal charges that he burned a cross in an African-American neighborhood in 2017 to "scare and intimidate" residents.

Louie Bernard Revette, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of interference with housing rights, a federal civil rights violation, and one count of using fire during the commission of a federal felony, according to a Department of Justice news release.

“The defendant’s racially motivated actions sought to threaten and intimidate the peaceful residents of this community,” Assistant Attorney Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division said in the news release. “The Department of Justice will not tolerate abhorrent and hateful acts of intimidation, and we will continue to prosecute anyone who commits a hate crime to the fullest extent of the law.”
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/local/2019/04/12/mississippi-man-pleads-guilty-federal-hate-crime-cross-burning/3453489002/




And speaking of the confederacy, why is it that the most hardcore religious states are also the most hardcore pro-fascism states? It’s almost like they want us to be ruled by a totalitarian religious theocracy. And the words “do unto others” definitely don’t apply here. So what happens when these ultra conservative “patriots” get together?

Members of Confederate 901 and The Hiwaymen say they are marching to "draw a line in the sand" on Saturday against the university for the removal of Confederate symbols. The groups are calling the event the Mississippi Stands Rally. George "K-Rack" Johnson is with Confederate 901. In a Facebook Live video, Johnson says that students, faculty, and staff at the university should not be afraid that they are coming to town.

“We’re not coming to Oxford or the university to cause any trouble,” said Johnson. “We’re trying to just come in there and show that there’s lots of people throughout the state of Mississippi and the South that still believe and support their southern pride, and their history, and their heritage.”

Johnson also says there is no evidence that the pro-Confederate supporters are racist or affiliated with white supremacist groups.

Read more: http://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/2019/02/22/pro-confederate-groups-planning-rally-at-the-university-of-mississippi/




Yeah that would probably be a good thing there, Alex! But in case you’re wondering Mississippi’s hardcore religious values, well, they’re bringing back the Ten Commandments. And in places where you probably shouldn’t have the Ten Commandments.

Mississippi law would require schoolchildren to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and see the Ten Commandments be displayed on public-school walls under new bills in the Legislature this session, requirements that may violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. One would also require Mississippi teachers to teach Mississippi's pledge glorifying the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem in its canton.

State Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson, introduced House Bill 427, which would amend the Mississippi Constitution to mandate that public-school teachers and principals must display the Ten Commandments. It would require that school officials display the religious laws "on an appropriately framed background with minimum dimensions" of 11x14 inches in all classrooms, auditoriums, and cafeterias, alongside the motto, "In God We Trust."

Students would have to recite all 10 commandments within the first hour of class each morning. Any teacher or student who objects to reciting it would be excused "without penalty" from reciting the pledge.

Calhoun is a Missionary Baptist who sits on the House Education Committee. He introduced a similar bill last year, but it died in committee.

Read more: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/jan/17/mississippi-may-mandate-ten-commandments-and-pledg/




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Alabama is back everybody! And just when you think it was safe to go into malls and cheerleading practices, guess who’s back? That’s right! Roy Moore, the wannabe cowboy with a giant hat and a very tiny pistol (use that metaphor as you will!), is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaackl!!! Yes, he’s back ladies and just when you thought it was safe for your teenage daughters, well, you might want to reconsider your thoughts because unfortunately, it’s Mississippi. And unfortunately after the absolute hell we went through with that election, Roy Moore is the best they got.

A new poll of Alabama voters finds that Republicans are eager to re-nominate the extremely problematic Roy Moore for a Senate rematch against Democrat Doug Jones.

Moore is a disgraced former state Supreme Court justice — removed from office twice, most recently for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples — who has been accused of past sexual misconduct, including against a 14-year-old girl. Moore denied any wrongdoing, and his 2017 candidacy was backed vigorously by President Trump, who exhorted Alabamians to “VOTE ROY MOORE!” Moore, who believes homosexuality should be illegal and declared “the transgenders don’t have rights,” lost to Jones by barely 20,000 votes that December.

Moore, 72, recently told a Christian radio station that he is up for another Senate run: “I’m seriously considering it,” Moore said, insisting without evidence that the seat had been “stolen” from him.

He would enter the race as the front-runner to land the Republican nomination. A Mason-Dixon poll released this week asked 400 GOP voters: “If the 2020 Republican primary for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat were held today, for whom would you vote?” Moore was the runaway choice in a field of six named candidates, garnering 27 percent support — nine points higher than second place Mo Brooks, a sitting congressman. Moore has nearly universal name recognition for these voters — and only 29 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of the man.
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/alabama-gop-voters-would-nominate-roy-moore-again-823048/




Wow, only 29% unfavorable? Even after all his creepy sexual nonsense and escapades? That party really has a type don’t they? There’s Trump, there’s O’Reilly, there’s Moore, I could go on and on naming creepy GOP perverts. But it gets worse. So much worse. He’s actually leading in the polls!!! I mean come on WTF!!!

New poll results show 27-percent of Alabama Republicans favored Rep. Roy Moore for the Senate nomination.

The poll says Rep. Mo Brooks trailed behind Moore with 18-percent.

According to the results, Moore has the advantage in name recognition too with 96-percent.

The poll reports, Rep. Doug Jones who Moore lost the Senate seat to back in 2017 and was recognized by 77-percent of voters polled.
https://weartv.com/news/local/roy-moore-leading-in-polls-for-senate-2020-race




Yeah seriously, Alabama? What is wrong with you??? Damn it! I mean first Sheriff Joe won’t go away now we have to deal with Roy Moore again? You know what the definition of insanity is right? So please let’s keep electing the same assholes who drove us into the ground. It’s only going to get worse. Thankfully the Alabama GOP isn’t having any of it.

Republicans in Washington are dead set against Judge Roy Moore being the party’s Senate nominee in Alabama next year and say they will do whatever is possible to prevent that from happening.

Moore is expected to announce a decision soon on whether to challenge Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), a top Republican target, and a new poll shows him leading a field of possible GOP Senate candidates.

Moore, 72, lost to Jones in a 2017 special election after several women accused him of making sexual advances on them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Senate GOP officials say it would be a disaster if Moore is the party’s nominee.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/439427-gop-leaders-dead-set-against-roy-moore-in-alabama




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Oh no contest. Alabama utterly routed Mississippi and they will challenge last year’s champions Florida for the Layover League crown. Final score – 91 – 67. Alabama will move on to the Final Four, and Mississippi unfortunately is shown the door.

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Next week the Round 2 action continues! It’s Round 2 Week 3 and we’re heading over to the Layover League for the Batshit Conference Championship! We’re live at the home of the Ontario Reign and UC Riverside, the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA for the action! Kentucky takes on red hot Georgia to become the reigning kings of guano! One of these two teams will advance, the other goes home! Stay tuned!



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Ladies and gentlemen, I am super excited to have my next guest on – the legendary kings of progressive metal. Their latest album is called “Distance Over Time”. You can see them live on tour through May 1st. Playing their song “Barstool Warrior”, give it up for the one, the only Dream Theater!




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