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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-11: This Is The Story Of A Hurricane Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-11: This Is The Story Of A Hurricane Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Michigan State? How you guys doing? You fucking good? We are back everybody! We are baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!! Wooooooooooooooooo!!! And I appreciate you guys fitting in our bullshit in between your busy class schedules. So let me check – is @realDonaldTrump still our president currently? What? He’s attacking Chrissy Tiegan and John Legend? Sigh… really there is nothing that will please this guy. I want to start by talking about some football this week. Whew! Man it was a batshit crazy week for teams not named the New England Patriots. Yeah, even then we still boo them because, why not! But we can all laugh at the Browns right? Holy shit that might be the single biggest epic fail that has ever failed. I mean not even last week every sports pundit in the country was pegging the Browns as a Super Bowl contender. But then not only do you lose… you lose that badly to a last place AFC South team? Yeah. And then there’s the Miami Dolphins. I don’t use this phrase enough, but the phrase “dumpster fire” most certainly applies here. I mean not only do you lose to the Ravens by 49 points, you have half the team threatening to be traded. Seriously, as much as we hate them, just give it to New England already. What’s the point of this season? Well, plenty and we will be monitoring the season as it is going on. But really, I am an Angels fan and I thought my team was a dumpster fire, but we ain’t got nothing on Miami! OK enough of the intro, we got a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver is back and he delves into another dumpster fire of an organization – the United States Senate.



Whew, where do we begin this week? As always, whenever we take an extended break we like to play Catch Up On Stuff We Missed (1) which includes the Straight Pride Parade in Boston, Trump being an armchair weather warrior, and more! In the second slot this week, we’re going across the pond to Merry Old England, where prime minister Boris Johnson (2) is seeing his fellow Torries jump ship after finding out how toxic his Brexit plan really is – and really it’s a failed experiment at this point already. In the number 3 slot this week – is of course the guy who we currently call president, Donald Trump (3), and I couldn’t love his stubborn assholishness surrounding Hurricane Dorian more, and his insistence that he was right about it hitting Alabama, but no, not really. In slot number 4 is the Alt Right (4) and they have been getting arrested and losing trials – from Alex Jones getting banned on Youtube to Milo Yiannopolous going for broke, we got it covered! For the 5th slot this week – we have a new edition of our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, and this week we’re sending our journalism team to cover the controversial remodel of Michigan's controversial Fruitport High School which would “make it harder for mass shooters”. Because banning guns is so much easier. In the number 6 slot this week, is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” – and really, why are Christians so crazy? Our resident pastor is going to take a look at some of the crazy stories coming out of the religious right lately. At slot number 7, we have a new edition of “Beating A Dead Horse” – and we need to break out the world’s tiniest violin to play a sad song for Moscow Mitch – he’s complaining that his nickname is discrimination, but really… go blow it out your ass and do you r job, Mitch! Taking the number 8 slot this week, sorry, we got to play devil’s advocate here with a new edition of “NO!!!”. Is Will & Grace star Debra Messing’s controversial plan to blacklist Hollywood Trump supporters in a new era of McCarthyism what we really need right now? NO! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week we are going to partake some cocktails in “I Need A Drink” and this week – fried chicken sandwiches are all the rage, and enraging people due to their lack of availability! So we are going to get drunk and find out why! Finally this week our handy 2020 voter’s guide “Keeping Up With The Candidates” is going to examine the latest casualties of the insanity surrounding the 2020 election – Kristen Gillibrand and Jay Inslee! And to top it off, we’ve got some live music from Australia’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, they have a pair of albums out now and both are amazing! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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We had to take an unexpected break the last couple of weeks when our Syracuse show got cancelled, and also the Labor Day holiday. And in the world where Donald J. Trump is currently at the helm, 2 weeks can feel like an absolute eternity. Which means that we missed a hell of a lot of stuff including the latest mass shooting in Odessa, Texas. And something that I have been very much looking forward to discussing – the Straight Pride Parade in Boston. If you were expecting the SPP to be a category 5 shit storm, you weren’t too far off. The real shit storm is coming. Because the scene at the SPP was so out of control that there were arrests from the people protesting the event. But one of my favorite comments came from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Really, what did you expect?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called out participants in Boston's "Straight Pride Parade," saying it should have been called the "I-Struggle-With-Masculinity" parade.

"For men who are allegedly so 'proud' of being straight, they seem to show real incompetence at attracting women to their event," Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet accompanied by a video showing marchers. "Seems more like a 'I-Struggle-With-Masculinity' parade to me."

"Hope they grow enough over the next year to support / join LGBTQ fam next #Pride," the freshman lawmaker added.

In a subsequent tweet, she asked for contributions to a bail fund for "activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community."

The Straight Pride Parade was reportedly organized by a group of three men as a way to respond to the festivities that coincided with LGBT Pride Month in June. The Saturday parade drew a massive contingent of counterprotesters and a heavy police presence, according to reports.

The video Ocasio-Cortez linked to showed mostly men walking along the street waving American flags and holding signs that said "Make normalcy normal again."
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/459554-ocasio-cortez-mocks-boston-straight-pride-parade-as-a-i-struggle-with




I mean seriously, AOC, did you not get the pamphlet before hand? It’s the Straight Pride Parade – it’s the showcase for boorish white male snowflakes who are offended by everything. And then there was this thing, I don’t know about you but I think that the SPP organizers could take a page from the Queer Eye guys and use some decorating tips:



Oh that’s not at all shocking. At least they spelled it correctly so I guess that counts? And don’t worry – we’re saving the hurricane and Sharpie gate for entry #3 this week. And then as far as the Straight Pride Parade goes and I could talk about the colossal shit show that was all week. But there was some great news on the gun front – Wal-Mart has had enough of mass shooters and gun nuts targeting their stores, so what happened?

Supermarket and pharmacy chains across the U.S. have begun asking customers to not openly carry firearms in their stores, including in states where open carry is legal. It’s a trend that appears to have been sparked by Walmart, whose CEO Doug McMillon announced the decision on Tuesday following a string of mass shootings around the country — including the Aug. 3 shooting in which 22 were killed at a Walmart store in El Paso, Tex.

McMillon announced on Tuesday that Walmart would stop selling handguns and military-style rifles. In the same statement, he requested that customers no longer openly carry firearms into Walmart stores. Several other chains have followed suit. As of Friday, Kroger, CVS, Walgreens and Wegmans had all issued similar statements of their own.

Given the potential ambiguity of their language — that the chains are “requesting” customers leave guns at home, and “prefer” not to see weapons carried — the statements bring into question exactly how store employees will go about enforcing their new guidelines. “Asking customers not to openly carry firearms in stores isn’t exactly a policy,” says David Yamane, a sociologist at Wake Forest University and expert in American gun culture and policy. “You haven’t prohibited [it] from happening.”
https://time.com/5670809/walmart-kroger-cvs-open-carry-gun-ban/




So to extrapolate this – while this is a victory in the world of gun activism – some guns good, other guns… eh, we’ll leave you to your own devices. But this is the kind of horror that the NRA has wrought – that they might not actually be able to ban guns. Now, speaking of home grown terrorists, Trump attempted to setup a meeting with Taliban leaders on the 19th anniversary of 9/11. Yeah that would be like celebrating at an open bar on the 19th anniversary of your sobriety. Just don’t do it!

President Trump says peace talks with the Taliban are "dead," after he called off a meeting with the Taliban and Afghan government leaders that was supposed to take place at Camp David over the weekend.

"They're dead, they're dead. As far as I'm concerned, they are dead," Mr. Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn Monday.

Critics chastised the president after he announced a meeting with the Taliban and Afghan leaders scheduled for Camp David was called off — but it was the fact that a meeting with the Taliban had been scheduled at Camp David just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks many found shocking. The president reiterated to reporters on the White House South Lawn Monday that it was his plan to hold the secret talks, and his plan to cancel them.

The president said he called off the talks because the Taliban had killed a U.S. soldier and others a few days before the planned meeting.

"You can't do that. You can't do that with me," the president told reporters.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-says-peace-talks-with-taliban-are-dead-after-scrapped-camp-david-meeting/




And the final thing that I wanted to touch on in catching up on stuff we missed – remember hedge fund douchebag Jacob Wohl? Yeah the guy running the world’s worst intelligence agency is back in the news for – wait for it – selling fraudulent securities! I mean could this guy be anymore of a low life criminal scumbag? It’s not possible to sink lower than these guys do on a daily basis. Almost kind of like Barney on the Simpsons.

Conservative operative Jacob Wohl is wanted on a felony arrest warrant in California, a development that could hamper his spree of bizarre, blundering political schemes.

Wohl and former business partner Matthew Johnson were both charged with the unlawful sale of securities in a Riverside Superior Court criminal complaint filed on Aug. 19.

Wohl has not been arrested yet on the charge, according to the court docket. Prosecutors recommended $5,000 bonds for both Wohl and Johnson.

The allegation that Wohl and Johnson unlawfully sold securities centers on one of Wohl’s financial companies, Montgomery Assets. A warrant application filed by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office notes that the three-year statute of limitations on the case was set to expire at the end of August 2019, meaning prosecutors had to file by the end of last month if they wanted to pursue charges.

Exclusive from the Daily Beast: https://www.thedailybeast.com/jacob-wohl-wanted-on-felony-arrest-warrant?ref=author






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Meanwhile, in London!!! Yes, we’re going across the pond to merry old England because I can’t get enough of how much an absolute loser Trump’s doppleganger, Boris Johnson is. So Brexit has taken a turn for hopefully the worst, and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving asshole. We’ve discussed Brexit on this program tons of times. But in what might be the worst episode of Deal Or No Deal ever, Boris Johnson is absolutely insistent that he could indeed shut down Parliament until he delivers a No Deal Brexit. The implications of which could an economic nightmare. Worse, it could usher in a second Great Depression, the likes of which would be unrecoverable. So what’s he up to this week?

Boris Johnson has retreated from threats to break the law in order to force through Brexit in October, indicating to senior colleagues that he would accept a three-month delay if it was forced on him by the courts.

In private conversations with colleagues, Johnson has assured senior colleagues that he will "abide by the law," according to the Times.

Downing Street's initial threats simply to break the law and refuse to seek an extension now appear to have vanished, with senior cabinet ministers including Robert Buckland, the justice secretary, and Nicky Morgan, the culture secretary, thought to be ready to resign if Johnson did refuse to uphold the rule of law.

Buckland was compelled to intervene publicly and say he had reminded Johnson of his obligations not to act illegally.

"I fully support the Prime Minister and will continue to serve in his Cabinet," Buckland tweeted.
https://www.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-retreats-threatening-to-break-law-to-force-brexit-2019-9




But there’s nothing about Brexit that’s been law abiding! It’s the opposite of what a law and order society would be. What’s happening in England is really happening all over the world. Same shit, different country. Since the Brexit vote, the UK has been an absolute dumpster fire of an organization – they’ve gone through PMs at about the same rate that people go through shoes. So could Boris Johnson last? Probably not.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted Monday a new Brexit deal could be reached to ensure Britain would leave the European Union by the Oct. 31 deadline, as he acknowledged that withdrawing without one would be a “failure” for which he’d be partially to blame.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned Johnson that “there’s no such thing as a clean break,” and if Britain crashed out, it would “cause severe disruption for British and Irish people alike.”

The two leaders met in Dublin as a showdown between the British government and lawmakers was reaching a climax in London. An opposition-backed measure designed to rule out a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 became law after receiving the formal assent of Queen Elizabeth II, hours before legislators were set to reject Johnson’s demand for a snap election to break the political deadlock engulfing the government.

Later Monday, the government is due to suspend Parliament for five weeks to try to curb rebellious lawmakers who have played havoc with Johnson’s Brexit plans.
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2019-09-09/boris-johnson-to-suspend-parliament-as-his-brexit-plans-stall




Yeah it sounds about right – Brexit is a flaming pile of garbage and that’s going to impact not just England but the entire world could be affected because of this. There’s so much secrecy and hoopla surrounding this shit show that it may be impossible to unravel. And in fact there’s more to this than you might think. There’s actually some secret legislation that Parliament is trying to get out in the open that could show the true impact of a hard Brexit. Which might explain why Boris is trying to suspend Parliament.

The United Kingdom could face food, medicine, and fuel shortages when it splits from the European Union on October 31, according to a government report leaked to British newspaper The Sunday Times.

The report, entitled "Operation Yellowhammer," outlines a laundry list of ways life on the British Isles could be disrupted if politicians can't reach a trade deal with the EU in the next 11 weeks. The yellowhammer is a small bird that is on track for extinction.

According to one BBC report, the document was leaked to the press by a former government minister hoping to influence negotiations with the EU.

Starting on November 1, trade with Britain's neighbors could slow to a trickle as Britain's main route into Europe gets blocked.

"On Day 1 of No Deal, 50%-85% of [trucks] travelling via the short straits may not be ready for French customs," according to the report, which would cause them to be turned back at the French border. It goes on to add that: "The worst disruption to the short Channel crossings might last 3 months before flow rates rise to about 50%-70%."
https://www.newsweek.com/brexit-u-k-economy-chaos-operation-yellowhammer-government-documents-1454906




Yeah so there are some serious risks. This is nothing to joke about. Oh and in case you’re wondering who is actually still supporting this, well, prepare to put on your shocked face. Because it’s the same crap no matter where you go. And when the Nazi party – you see where I’m going with this, makes a reappearance, you know things are fucked up.

The leader of Change UK, Anna Soubry MP, says she had to cancel a speech at a pro-EU rally because she was too intimidated by far-right protesters. Ms Soubry claims a ‘large group of protesters’ with ‘yellow vests and the EDL’ had gathered, as pro-EU demonstrators began their protest and speeches. Ms Soubry was due to speak alongside Peter Tatchell as well as the co-leader of the Green party, Sian Berry, where she was expected to repeat her calls for a ‘people’s vote’ to break the Brexit deadlock. She says that a group of people went on to ‘give Nazi salutes’ and ‘sing in praise of Boris Johnson’, LBC reported. It is estimated that around 200 people joined a pro-Brexit rally which was organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) that took place on Saturday at Parliament square.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/09/08/anna-soubry-saw-nazi-salutes-pro-brexit-rally-cancelled-speech-10706642/?ito=cbshare





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This is the story of a hurricane… well, this is the story of Donald Trump and his stubbornness with a hurricane that is currently ravaging the Caribbean and the Bahamas in particular. While we won’t make fun of the hurricane, we will make fun of Donald Trump and his use of a sharpie to illustrate the point he was trying to make about the hurricane hitting Alabama. Which in no way was true. But when he’s already in a hole, he’s attempting to dig himself further into a hole with his Alabama situation.

When Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, started peddling a Trump-branded Sharpie pen on Friday morning, things for a moment seemed to be returning to what passes for normal now: The frenzied commander in chief was finally steering away from a desperately earnest fight against admitting he inaccurately warned of Hurricane Dorian’s threat to Alabama and back toward a favorite pastime: trolling. Unfortunately, the message—that this branded pen “has the special ability to drive @CNN and the rest of the fake news crazy!”—came much too late. The key to trolling is jeering indifference: You win because you don’t care. To a troll, caring is hilarious and (should you make the mistake of doing it) fatal.

By that metric alone, Trump cannot be said to have won the week. During this astonishing #Sharpiegate news cycle—a throbbing tumor attached to the real news of a Bahamas devastated by the storm—Trump, who typically lies with fluency and ease, cared so deeply about being fact-checked on this particular matter that his handlers warned the press he’d keep it going as long as they did. Trouble was, Trump cared much more than the press did. Maybe pathologically. He spent the better part of a week doubling down like a hangry gambler on this single claim, sharing old maps of obsolete weather forecasts to find something that would make him right—while Alabama went unaffected and the Bahamas mourned and the Carolinas battened down. He persisted until almost everyone ended up mystified and astounded, shaking their heads the way one does when someone has well and truly lost it.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/trumps-sharpie-defense-hurricane-dorian.html




Yeah so we had a lot of fun collecting memes and videos with the sharpie as you can plainly see on the monitors behind me and we’ll post a couple of the best ones through this entry. But what motivated this bizarre display? Was it political? Was it just Trump’s massive ego on display thinking that he was right and everyone else is wrong? Or was it a cat?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1170546650651271169

Seriously is he just punking us at this point? Is this the cat game from Super Troopers? Not so funny meow is it? Well getting back on topic – what caused this?

The chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said he is looking into "potential violations" of scientific integrity in the way the agency responded to President Trump's claims that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama. Craig McLean, NOAA's acting chief scientist, wrote an email to colleagues that said the agency's statement Friday backing up Mr. Trump's claims was "political" and a "danger to public health and safety."

"I am pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity," McLean wrote in the email, which was obtained by CBS News. The letter was first reported by the Washington Post.

At the White House last week, Mr. Trump held up a NOAA map that appeared to have been altered with a black pen to show a projection of the storm possibly striking Alabama. On Friday, NOAA backed up the president's ongoing assertions that the state appeared initially to be in the path of the hurricane — contradicting the findings of the agency's own meteorologists.

"From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama," a NOAA spokesman said in a statement Friday.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/noaa-hurricane-dorian-statements-president-donald-trump-claims-being-investigated-by-chief-scientist/




That’s straight from the NOAA chief himself! I mean here’s why having a president who shoots his mouth off daily at social media is a bad idea – he could potentially be committing a whole lot of crimes and a whole lot of national and international law violations. Really this is one case where Donny needs a good dose of “shut the fuck up”.

In the week since President Trump asserted incorrectly that Alabama was likely to get hit "much) harder than anticipated" by Hurricane Dorian, he has fired off many tweets insisting he was technically correct, doctored a weather map with a Sharpie, got his homeland security adviser to back him up, and earned an odd unsigned statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration saying the National Weather Service's Birmingham office had been wrong to correct him.

A story that could have died discreetly with one admission of error has now prompted several investigations focused on NOAA's statement. The inspector general of the Commerce Department, which includes NOAA, is looking into whether NOAA compromised the NWS's "standards of scientific integrity," endangering its "ability to communicate accurate and timely weather warnings and data to the nation in times of national emergency," according to documents reviewed by The New York Times.

NOAA's acting chief scientist, Craig McClean, also informed staff in an email Sunday that he is "pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity," explaining: "My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political." The New York Times reported Monday that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had threatened to fire NOAA's acting director and other top political appointees if they didn't bolster Trump's incorrect claim; Commerce denied the firing threat but not that Ross ordered NOAA to back Trump.
https://theweek.com/speedreads/863829/amazingly-trumps-weekold-hurricane-tweet-now-spawned-several-federal-investigations




So even the NOAA admits that this was a partisan hit job. But here’s where it gets weird. Because this si the Trump administration – so why wouldn’t it get weird? Not only is Trump insisting that he’s right on this, he’s sending Ivanka to the supposed “affected area” to confirm that he’s right. I mean shit, 25th amendment already and end this madness!

President Donald Trump's daughter/adviser Ivanka Trump has reignited the furor around her father's "Sharpiegate" snafu after announcing plans to visit Alabama, the state her father erroneously claimed was likely to be hit by Hurricane Dorian.

A week ago, the president had warned that Alabama, along with the Carolinas and Georgia, was "most likely to be hit harder than anticipated."

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham, Alabama, was quick to correct the U.S. leader's claim, asserting in a tweet that "Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian" as "the system will remain too far east."

Despite the NWS's assertions, Trump insisted throughout the week that his claim had been accurate, with the U.S. leader even bringing out a map that appeared to have been modified with a Sharpie to show an altered projection of Hurricane Dorian's path.

On Sunday, Ivanka Trump learned that her father's "Sharpiegate" blunder had yet to be forgotten by the American public after she tweeted out plans to visit Alabama, which was not affected by Hurricane Dorian despite the president's early predictions.
https://www.newsweek.com/ivanka-trump-twitter-sharpiegate-alabama-hurricane-dorian-1458231





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The Alt Right has not been having what one would call a “banner year”. People are waking up to the mess that the Proud Boys are leaving in Portland, the Straight Pride Parade was a complete and utter disaster, and now some of their idols are eating some much deserved shit. Like Alex Jones, for instance – you know what a dumpster fire Infowars has been since the Parkland shooting. But let’s go way back to the Sandy Hook shooting – which is still causing headaches for the alt right brand. How bad is it? Well, Alex can go talk to his tin foil hat, probably while he’s in prison. And well, may he rot.

Infowars founder Alex Jones has lost another legal battle against families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

Jones must now pay all costs associated with an appeal filed against a parent of a Sandy Hook Elementary School victim, says the Texas Court of Appeals.

Neil Heslin’s six-year-old son Jesse Lewis was killed during the mass shooting in 2012. Heslin filed a motion of contempt against Jones when he refused to release internal Infowars documents and emails related to Sandy Hook. Heslin’s attorney Bill Ogden says the refusal brought the case to a standstill.

“As soon as he filed his notice of appeal the case stopped. We never got the discovery, we never got the answers to our questions for deposition, we never got any documents,” Ogden said. “They objected to everything and said the court doesn’t have this power.”

Lawyers for Jones did not immediately respond for comment. His claims that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged led several families of Sandy Hook victims to file defamation lawsuits against Jones.
https://www.kut.org/post/alex-jones-loses-appeal-sandy-hook-lawsuit-moves-forward




And by the way since we haven’t heard from or checked in with Alex for a while, what’s he been up to lately? Oh yeah he’s pushing a theory about weather balloons being used to turn the weather into a weapon. I mean dude, really, you know that Geostorm was just a movie, right?

Alex Jones’ Infowars outlet is pushing conspiracy theories that claim Hurricane Dorian is being controlled by weather weapons, possibly in an attempt to cause problems for President Donald Trump. While Infowars’ weather-themed conspiracy theories are often humorous, they also represent how leading conspiracy theorists use weather events to indoctrinate their followers into believing that climate change is a hoax.

During a broadcast this week, after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas and continued to approach the United States, Jones took a call from a woman who put forth a theory that someone used weather control to park Dorian over the Bahamas so that they could blackmail Trump “to play ball” otherwise they would “take out several thousand people over the Eastern Seaboard” and hit Mar-A-Lago in Florida. Jones gave a rambling response, referencing his belief that the technology to control hurricanes exists and his infamous comments about tornadoes that hit Oklahoma in 2013. He then praised the caller’s theory and said, “It’s very legitimate to say that, very legitimate to question that, so I appreciate your call. Really powerful subject you brought up.”
https://www.mediamatters.org/infowars/alex-jones-infowars-pushes-weather-weapon-conspiracy-theories-about-hurricane-dorian




Wouldn’t it be great if we could just make a movie nothing but disasters? Cut out the crappy story and unnecessary side characters and just focus on the destruction? Oh one can dream. But remember when Alex got banned from Youtube? Well, he and a few other alt right personalities saw their Youtube bans lifted, even if they were brief, but Alex lasted a little over an hour:

YouTube head Susan Wojcicki announced earlier this week that the video-sharing site would allow some content that was "outside the mainstream, controversial or even offensive." So, Alex Jones' InfoWars took that as a positive sign.

InfoWars' afternoon show The War Room relaunched its YouTube channel with a video titled "Breaking! YouTube CEO says 'Alex Jones' and 'Infowars Ban Is Over.'" War Room host J. Owen Shroyer uploaded 13 videos before YouTube pulled them. In a video posted on the InfoWars site, he angrily denounced both Google and Wojcicki. Shroyer also confronted Google employees on camera at the company's offices in Austin, Texas about its decision.

"Everyone sees the double-standard at YouTube," Shroyer said, echoing complaints of political conservatives who claim tech platforms censor their views.

According to the Washington Post, War Room violated YouTube's terms of service by circumventing the 2018 InfoWars ban by the site for violating its policies against hate speech. As I noted before, Alex Jones relies on associates to spread his message on social media where he is unable to operate. I reached out to Shroyer on social media and through the InfoWars site and haven't heard back.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanberr/2019/08/31/why-infowars-still-isnt-welcome-on-youtube/#396533f855f7




Now speaking of alt right losers, let’s head over to Pennsylvania where the town of Haverford recently found out that a leader of a nearby fire department was forced to close after one of its’ leaders alleged ties to the organization known as the Proud Boys. Yeah, they’re not exactly a group one should be associating themselves with right now.

A Pennsylvania fire company that was closed after its leadership refused to address that one of its volunteer members had been affiliated with the "Proud Boys" group has apologized and accepted the member’s resignation.

The move paves the way for the Bon Air Fire Company in Haverford Township, a township with about 48,400 residents west of Philadelphia, to reopen, the local government said in a statement Monday.

"The initial decision to refuse the resignation was a mistake," the Bon Air Fire Company said in a statement.

The fire company said it focused on its relationship with the firefighter, who has not been identified, but the community’s response “makes clear that the faith of many of the community members in the Fire Company has been undermined. It is our responsibility to restore this trust."

The Proud Boys has been called an extremist organization and labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The fire company acknowledged the designation of the SPLC and the Anti-Defamation League in announcing its reversal.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/pennsylvania-fire-company-was-closed-over-proud-boys-ties-reopen-n1051786




Yes, the Proud Boys do suck. The final one of the favorites of the Alt Right that I want to talk about this week may have hit rock bottom, and that’s once mega popular hatemonger Milo Yiannopolous – who was famously kicked off Twitter last year – is broke. Yeah times are tough without that social media money coming in, aren’t they?

Silicon Valley appears to have blown up Milo Yiannopoulos’s business model.

The disgraced right-wing troll is complaining that the major social media companies have effectively cut off his alt-right audience — and crushed his ability to make a decent living.

The former Breitbart tech writer shared the complaints on Telegram, a messaging app where some alt-right allies have set up shop after getting the boot by larger tech platforms. Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter in 2016 for directing racist abuse at the comedian Leslie Jones, losing nearly 400,000 followers. He was banned from Facebook in May.

“I spent years growing and developing and investing in my fan base, and they just took it away in a flash,” wrote Yiannopoulos, who’s previously rubbed shoulders with neo-Nazis and white nationalists. “It’s nice to have a little private chat with my gold star homies but I can’t make a career out of a handful of people like that. I can’t put food on the table this way.”
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59n99q/milo-yiannopoulos-says-hes-broke?utm_source=vicenewstwitter





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Mass shootings are at an all time high. There have been over 200 this year and we’re only in the 9th month of the calendar year 2019. As such, mass shooting hysteria has been at an all time high. Which makes sense – nobody wants to die needlessly. And since banning guns flat out, or voluntarily disarming in this country is taboo subject matter, thanks to those in the National Rifle Association, new extremes are being taken to prevent what should normally be something that people shouldn’t have to worry about, but thanks to mass shootings America is resorting to extreme measures in the name of protection and safety. One such is the controversial $50 million building that will become Michigan’s Fruitport High School. It’s being designed with mass shootings in mind.

Curved hallways, protective "wing walls," impact-resistant windows, doors that lock with a touch of a smartphone.

These are some of the design elements Fruitport High School in western Michigan's Muskegon County will implement in its new building, set to open summer 2021.

Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak said the measures, which were supplemented by a $404,707 grant from Michigan State Police, can potentially save lives in an active shooter situation.

"So often, we feel like we’re going to be hapless victims – that there’s nothing that we can do until after it (a shooting) happens," he said. "But what I’m learning is there’s a lot we can do on the front end."
Illustrations of concrete wing walls in the new Fruitport High School building. The walls are designed to allow for students to take cover and to cut down the line of sight of an active shooter.

Szymoniak said the idea to design the new building with non-traditional safety measures came after a group of parents in the community advocated for a new high school building to replace the one built in the 1950s. It was agreed that a new facility will be built around the old one, and to do this, the hallways had to be curved.
https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2019/09/06/fruitport-high-school-michigan-active-shooters/2213687001/




So, since banning guns is out of the question, constructing a $50 million school that resembles something of a correctional facility is just one of many possibilities. But is it really safe? Is having all this extra technology really going to help in the long run or is just a temporary solution to an even greater problem? Well the greater problem is guns but it’s much more complicated than that.

Engineers in World War I dug through the earth to build serpentine trenches borne from horrifically clear logic.

If enemy soldiers ever breached it, the zigzagging pattern would prevent them from shooting in a straight line down the length of the trench — leaving only a relative few exposed to gunfire or shrapnel.

That concept has been reinvigorated a century later, in a sense, for a western Michigan high school, to dampen the killing potential of a mass shooter.

A $48 million major construction project at Fruitport High School will add curved hallways to reduce a gunman’s range, jutting barriers to provide cover and egress, and meticulously spaced classrooms that can lock on demand and hide students in the corner, out of a killer’s sight.

“If I go to FPH and I want to be an active shooter, I’m going in knowing I have reduced sightlines,” Fruitport Superintendent Bob Szymoniak told The Washington Post about the curved hallways. “It has reduced his ability to do harm.”

The major overhaul of an existing building was driven by the ubiquity of mass shootings in the United States, Szymoniak said, citing the El Paso killings at a Walmart this month, along with notorious school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/08/22/new-high-school-will-have-sleek-classrooms-places-hide-mass-shooter/




Let’s examine the keyword in that sentence there – “reduced”. That does not mean “completely eliminated”. There’s no guarantee that a school designed to prevent mass shootings would actually do so, especially if you give away the floor plans via the Washington Post article! It’s almost like they’re inviting it. But really what kind of generation are we creating when we can expect more of this and are actually inviting it?

The K-12 team at TowerPinkster is aiming to physically slow down school shooters through its $48-million renovation and addition to Fruitport High School in Western Michigan. The 189,822-square-foot project recently garnered national headlines because of its push to enhance safety within the 64-year-old institution, which previously featured narrow corridors and cramped gathering spaces.

TowerPinkster, an architecture, engineering, and interiors firm with expertise in educational spaces, worked with the National Institute of Crime Prevention to learn the most effective ways to secure the school’s campus, which is slated to reopen in 2021. By building on 143,879 square feet of new space that connects to the older structure, the design team was able to create a two-story, curved academic wing designed to reduce the sightlines of a potentially armed attacker. Each teaching space was conceived with “shadow zones” along the door-side walls where students and faculty can hide without being seen. Shatter-proof safety film was specified to cover the few windows that do look into the classrooms. In addition, cement block “wing walls” were added to stick out next to all doors and act as further barriers.

Currently under construction, this build-out is the fourth attempt to update the school since its opening in 1963. TowerPinkster has envisioned a new set of offices, an auditorium, media center, woodshop, cafeteria, and common area for Fruitport HS as well. The entry experience is also changing. Located at the opposite end of the classroom corridors, and looking directly at the parking lot, a staff member at reception would be able to see anyone walking into the school at any given time. They would also have the ability to lock down all classrooms, the vestibule door to the office, and the office door to the school using a three-button system.
https://archpaper.com/2019/08/fruitport-high-school-towerpinkster-renovation/




And good luck remembering how that three button system works in a time of crisis like a mass shooting, where you might have literally a few seconds to think on your feet. It’s really scary to think that this is the new normal. That there’s nothing we can actually do about guns or mass shootings but to instead design ridiculously expensive buildings to prevent a few less casualties.

Amid reports indicating shootings are becoming more common at U.S. high schools, Bob Szymoniak says it's time to start designing school infrastructure to maximize the safety of students and staff.

Szymoniak is a school superintendent in west Michigan, where a $48-million US construction project is underway at Fruitport High School. The building is specially designed to make it harder for a potential shooter to get at their targets — and it's a type of school design that architects in other areas of the U.S. are starting to experiment with.

According to the Washington Post, more than 228,000 students have been exposed to gun violence since the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999.

Classes will begin at Fruitport High School on Sept. 3, but the construction is not expected to be finished until 2021.
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.5261253/the-new-norm-high-school-designed-to-protect-students-in-potential-mass-shooting-1.5260035




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




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Lansing! For the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s time for our weekly reminder that the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation! Why are our brothers and sisters on the right so completely off the wall batshit crazy? is someone… why yes we are allowed to swear in my church! The only rule we have here is that we do not mention the Unholy Dark One by his name! But this week since we have no central topic of discussion, we’re going to instead examine some incidents over the last week and let you draw your own conclusions. But is GAWD really to blame for these atrocities being committed? Or is it something else entirely? Well, let’s start first by discussing this incident from West Virginia where two pastors’ wives settled their arguments with… the gun! Cause that’s how we settle arguments here in ‘Murica! Yee haw!

A pastor's wife in West Virginia has been charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly firing a gun in a church parking lot.

Melinda Frye Toney, 44, is accused of pulling out a pistol that accidentally discharged during an argument with another pastor's wife at New Life Apostolic Church in Oak Hill on May 11.

Toney is the wife of New Life pastor Earl Toney while the other woman, Lori Haywood, is married to New Life's youth pastor, David Haywood,

Fayette Sheriff's Detective Kevin Willis told the Beckley Register-Herald the animosity between the two women had been simmering for some time. Their husbands had thought the women should publicly bury the hatchet to avoid additional strife.

"The pastor and the youth pastor had thought, 'Maybe we could get them together, we can hash this out and fix this before it escalates,' " Willis said Wednesday. "Of course, it just made it worse, I think."

According to Willis, "the straw that broke the camel's back" was an argument over a t-shirt Haywood had was wearing.
https://www.newsweek.com/pastors-wife-gun-parking-lot-1457652




Yes, listen to the good reverend! Because I don’t remember the part in the Bible where JAYSUS shot first and asked questions later. Maybe he prayeth six times or only five? Well, you could blame overzealous pastors and youth pastors for the woes in society or you could blame – wait for it – Harry Potter! Yes, that’s what one Catholic church is doing in Tennessee. I mean really why think rationally when you can just ban things you don’t agree with?

A Roman Catholic school in Tennessee has banished JK Rowling's universally popular series of Harry Potter novels from its library shelves after its pastor took exception to their portrayal of magic, warning the spells and curses the author describes are real and “risk conjuring evil spirits” when read.

The Reverend Dan Reehill explained his decision in an email to the parents of students at St Edward Catholic School in Nashville, declaring that he had consulted with exorcists in the US and at the Vatican before outlawing the seven-volume tale of the boy wizard’s career at Hogwarts and his battle against Lord Voldermort and the forces of darkness.

“These books present magic as both good and evil, which is not true, but in fact a clever deception. The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells; which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” the Reverend Reehill wrote, apparently in all seriousness.

Rebecca Hammel, the superintendent of schools for the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, told The Tennessean that the Reverend Reehill had indeed sent the email and has the final say on the matter, since the Catholic Church does not have an official position on Ms Rowling’s best-selling series.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/harry-potter-banned-school-library-nashville-tennessee-exorcist-a9087676.html




Yes, you wish indeed! But why are my fellow zealots on the right so crazy? There’s plenty of reasons why you could say that they are crazy. But let’s examine the issues at hand – demons. Yes, DAYMONS are among us! And they are everywhere! Because let’s face it, in the eyes of those on the other side, they have more morals and values than those who don’t! And that’s just bullshit.

The deadly massacre, which began at a traffic stop between Odessa and Midland on Saturday afternoon, has intensified pressure on GOP lawmakers to enact stricter gun control measures. The attack came just weeks after a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine with an assault weapon and another stormed a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, leaving 22 dead and dozens more injured.

During a Fox & Friends segment discussing the West Texas massacre on Sunday, Tony Perkins — a former police officer who's currently president of the Family Research Council, a Christian conservative policy and lobbying organization — attempted to blame America's allegedly dwindling morality for the country's uptick in mass shootings.

"It's tragic and at some point we have to realize we have a problem as a nation, and the problem is not the absence of laws. It's an absence of morality," Perkins said, "[which is] really the result of a decades-long march through the institutions of America, driving religion and God from the public square."

"What do we need to do as a country?" the show's host asked Perkins.

"I'm willing to sit down with the left who say, 'I don't want to hear anymore about your prayers,'" the former police officer replied. "Well, I agree. Praying alone is not enough, it's time to act. It's not just about having a conversation about restricting those who should not have guns — criminals — but it's also a discussion of the absence of a moral core in our culture today."
https://www.newsweek.com/after-texas-shooting-fox-friends-guest-blames-gun-violence-decline-christianity-no-morality-1457138




And that’s certainly true, sir! No one is saying those things! But… what if I told you that amidst all the craziness in our country that the Mormons would be the most sane and rational of us all? Yes, while Christians are fighting amongst themselves over who is the more holier than thou holiest person on the planet, the Mormons are the ones actually telling us to put our pieces away while you are worshipping the LAwRD!

Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints already knew they were discouraged from taking their guns to church on Sunday, but it is making sure that message is crystal clear by tweaking the policy to prohibit all lethal weapons.

The previous policy called it inappropriate to have weapons on church property. It still includes an exception for law enforcement officers.

The clarification comes one year after a fatal shooting inside one of its churches in rural Nevada and as religions around the country grapple with how to deal with gun violence that has spread to places of worship.

The change went into effect the first week of August and a letter explaining it was first sent to local leaders in Texas and shared with members there, said church spokesman Daniel Woodruff. The impetus was a new Texas law that takes effect soon that makes it clearer in state law that licensed handgun holders can carry weapons in churches, synagogues and other houses of worship.

The same letter will be sent elsewhere to local leaders, who will be responsible for sharing it with their congregations, Woodruff said.
https://www.kgw.com/article/news/regional/mormon-leaders-change-rules-now-prohibit-all-lethal-weapons-in-church/277-20671077-0385-47d0-b693-2cdb7c0a3e48




Actually this is one instance where the Devil doesn’t walk among us! Mass has ended, may you go in peace!! That’s it this week for:




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We’ve all had terrible nicknames. Just ask anyone who’s ever been through grade school. I mean remember in grade school when kids used to just call kids “Poopyhead McBoogerface” and that would be the end of it? Thank god we’re not kids in the social media era, where you can get called about 600 racist slurs on Twitter and not get in trouble for it. But you know what? We get over it. And also, we’re not the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. So in case you don’t follow the social media sphere, Mitch McConnell has been given the nickname “Moscow Mitch” for his inability to act on gun reform legislation that is designed to save lives and get guns out of the hands of the extremely dangerous. So why does Mitch have his underwear in a wad over this subject?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., complained to right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday that "Moscow Mitch," the nickname given to the top Republican by critics of his decision to block election security legislation despite documented evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, was "over the top" and a form of "modern-day McCarthyism."

After Hewitt referred to the disparaging moniker as "McCarthyism," the Senate Majority Leader responded that "I mean, it’s modern-day McCarthyism. Unbelievable for a Cold Warrior like me who spent a career standing up to the Russians to be given a moniker like that. It’s an effort to smear me. You know, I can laugh about things like the 'Grim Reaper,' but calling me 'Moscow Mitch' is over the top."

Hewitt agreed, telling McConnell that "it is simply an assertion that you’re doing the bidding of Moscow, which is, of course, pure McCarthyism. I thought we were past that in this country. I really did, and especially if you’ve overseen the biggest defense spending hikes out of the Congress in a decade."

Historically speaking, McCarthyism did not refer merely to politicians who were viewed as being soft on Russia but rather those who were specifically perceived as being sympathetic to communism. McCarthyists attacked liberals by implying that their progressive politics meant they were emotionally aligned, if not outright betraying America toward, authoritarian states like China and the Soviet Union. The term "Moscow Mitch," by contrast, is not used to disparage McConnell's ideology but instead to call him out for his opposition to take up election security legislation that would prevent Russia from further meddling in America's democratic process, as it did in the 2016 elections.
https://www.salon.com/2019/09/04/mcconnell-really-really-really-does-not-like-it-when-you-call-him-moscow-mitch/




Yeah boo fucking hoo, Mitch! And you know what? If you can dish it out, you can almost certainly take it! So our Senate Majority Leader is as much of a crybaby as @realDonaldTrump is. I say let’s keep calling him that, and if he would ever come out of his shell and do his job he might actually I don’t know, be respected? Ah who are we kidding! This is the Trump administration we’re talking about here, the Senate is as corrupt as the White House. So who’s mocking who, Mitch?

Sticks and stones may break his bones, but poor Mitch McConnell thinks words hurt him, too.

The Senate majority leader is distressed that people are calling him names. First there was “Moscow Mitch” (because he refuses to do anything significant to stop Russian interference in U.S. elections), and then there was “Massacre Mitch” and even “Murder Turtle” (because he refuses to take up gun-violence legislation despite massacre after massacre). At the risk of hurting the Kentucky Republican’s tender feelings still further, I suggest another moniker: Muzzle Mitch.

McConnell, who styles himself a champion of free speech, has lately not been such a fan of free speech directed against him. The psychological boo-boos done to his thin skin have stirred him to hypocrisy.

On radio host (and Post contributor) Hugh Hewitt’s show this week, McConnell renewed his complaint that calling him Moscow Mitch is unacceptable — “modern-day McCarthyism,” he said. “You know, I can laugh about things like the Grim Reaper, but calling me Moscow Mitch is over the top.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-new-nickname-for-mcconnell-muzzle-mitch/2019/09/04/ad078212-cf47-11e9-8c1c-7c8ee785b855_story.html




Come on, Mitch!! Time to come out of your shell already! I’m sure he’s probably still pissed about getting called a turtle from way back when on the Jon Stewart Show. Although McCarthyism, do you really want to go there? And did you even know what McCarthyism is? I can give you a history lesson because you probably slept through that history class. But this is neither the time nor the place. Instead we’ll just continue to make fun of you until you do your job. I mean come on, even Nancy Pelosi is taking some jabs at you!

“I was called unpatriotic, un-American and essentially treasonous by a couple of left-wing pundits on the basis of bold-faced lies. I was accused of aiding and abetting the very man I’ve singled out as an adversary and opposed for nearly 20 years, Vladimir Putin,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor.

McConnell accused critics in the media, specifically The Washington Post and MSNBC, of engaging in "unhinged smears," calling it "modern-day McCarthyism.”

The Washington Post, at the time, published an opinion column headlined "Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset," while MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called McConnell "Moscow Mitch" and attacked his decision to block the election security bills as "un-American."

The bills blocked by McConnell would require the use of paper ballots and direct candidates or campaigns to notify the FBI about offers of assistance from foreign governments.
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/457419-pelosi-refers-to-mcconnell-as-moscow-mitch




Moscow Mitch is nothing compared to the kind of insults that guy can dish out! And by the way if you think there’s a republican double standard on nicknames, well, I got news for ya! There’s republican double standards on everything, and it’s always the worst kind of discrimination – it’s the kind against them! These fuckers can dish it out, but they sure as hell can’t take it!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't like it when you call him #MoscowMitch. He hates it so much that he'll accuse you of being a McCarthyist for doing so. If the accusation was untrue — that is, if McConnell, President Donald Trump and other Republicans weren't empowering Russia at the expense of America for their personal benefit — then #MoscowMitch and talk of collusion in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign would be unfair, even unjust. As the facts currently stand, however, it is a perfectly fair label.

They still are not McCarthyist, though, because McCarthyism wasn't really about hating Russia — it was about hating liberals.

A quick history lesson. Joseph McCarthy was a United States senator from Wisconsin who served between 1947 and 1957. His political heyday, however, lasted from 1950 to 1954. On February 9, 1950, he delivered an infamous speech in Wheeling, West Virginia in which he claimed without evidence that he had "a list of 205 [State Department employees] that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department." Notice that he did not say "Russians" or "traitors to Russia." This isn't because the Soviet Union (the empire controlled by Russia during the bulk of the 20th century) wasn't America's primary geopolitical enemy at the time, or that there wasn't a valid and widespread fear of that nation. Rather it is because the assumption wasn't simply that people would betray America to Russia, but that they would do so because the Soviet Union's authoritarian left-wing ideology was being conflated with all forms of liberalism. When McCarthy warned of "Communists," he was using a dog whistle to vilify anyone whose beliefs were to the left of what he and his supporters deemed acceptable.
https://www.salon.com/2019/08/11/keep-calling-him-moscowmitch-mcconnell-is-finally-running-scared/





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OK look, I get it. The political climate in this country is so toxic that it’s literally driving everyone absolutely batshit crazy. But is this what we really need right now? I’m talking about of course Trump’s feud with Will & Grace star Debra Messing. Look, look. As long as we keep giving conservatives things to complain about, they will complain about them. Because as we’ve seen time and time again on this program, conservatives only have two settings: Complain mode and say batshit crazy stuff mode. Yeah that’s a setting, look it up! But does that mean that we should make them go away completely? No! They may be boorish and unrelenting crazy people but we can’t blacklist them from an entire industry, after all, Hitler was a failed artist you know!

Donald Trump has launched a renewed attack on Will and Grace actor Debra Messing, calling her racist for retweeting an controversial image, as a powerful hurricane continued tearing into regions along the US east coast.

The president's attacks came just a day after the actor apologised for expressing support for a church sign that claimed "a black vote for Trump is mental illness." The actor had retweeted an image of the sign, which was in Alabama, writing, "Thank you Alabama".

"Bad 'actress' Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water," the president wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Mr Trump continued, amplifying claims that were originally made by comedian Terrence K Williams, who was seen in a video scolding Ms Messing for supporting the sign in the since-deleted tweet. Mr Williams had encouraged his followers to use the hashtag "#RacistDebraMessing", which became a trending topic on Twitter on Wednesday.

The president also claimed, in apparent reference to comments by Whoopi Goldberg about Ms Messing's tweet, that the actor was attempting to employ the methods of Joseph McCarthy, who made wild claims of treason against his political enemies in the 1940s and 1950s. Those methods, known today as McCarthyism, resulted in blacklists for professionals believed to be communists or communist sympathisers.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-debra-messing-tweet-racist-blacklist-will-grace-roseanne-barr-a9093101.html




That’s a good question sir! Yeah, there’s nothing about this story that is good – whether President Tweets-A-Lot is trying to get her fired, to the Russian trollbots, to a suggestion of a new era of McCarthyism. You know what, seriously both sides need to take a step back and pull their heads out of each others’ asses. Yeah, I do realize that we lean heavily to the left, but you know what? I don’t want Trump trolls banned from society! As Ann Coulter said, we need to keep a couple of them around to remind us what they stood for.

In the latest round, the president called the 'Will and Grace' star a "racist" and claimed she was trying to create a "blacklist" of his famous supporters.

The Twitter feud between President Donald Trump and actress Debra Messing continued Thursday with Trump again attacking the Will and Grace star, who had previously asked that a list of attendees for an upcoming fundraiser in Beverly Hills be made public.

In the latest round, Trump called the Will and Grace star a "racist" and claimed she was trying to create a "blacklist" of his famous supporters.

“Bad ‘actress’ Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water," he began in what would become a two-tweet ramble. "She wants to create a ‘Blacklist’ of Trump supporters, & is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a Racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness. If Roseanne Barr said what she did, even being on a much higher rated show, she would have been thrown off television. Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue? ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!”

The previous day, Messing apologized after she "liked" a photo of a church sign that called black Trump voters “mentally ill," and subsequently led to the hashtag #RacistDebraMessing.

Trump's "blacklist" comment comes two days after Whoopi Goldberg called out Messing and her co-star Eric McCormack for calling on The Hollywood Reporter to print the names of those attending the fundraiser after THR reported that the event would be taking place.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/donald-trump-accuses-nbc-double-standard-debra-messing-feud-1236896




No that’s not a joke here, none of this in fact! Really Debra Messing, you don’t go around even joking about blacklisting people. And considering that our president is the world’s biggest Twitter troll, don’t go around giving him fuel for the fire. I mean look at what he’s doing to John Legend and Chrissy Tiegan! Yeah there’s that.

The spat between Debra Messing and President Trump is heating up, with POTUS on Thursday calling the actress a “McCarthy style Racist.” He also wonders whether NBC will give the actress the boot, a la ABC and Roseanne Barr, for her recent Twitter activity supporting both the listing of Trump donors and a church sign that name-called both black and white Trump supporters.

On Twitter, #RacistDebraMessing trended Wednesday after the actress apologized for liking a Baptist church’s sign that called black Trump voters “mentally ill” and white votes for the president “pure racism.”

“Bad ‘actress’ Debra The Mess Messing is in hot water,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “She wants to create a ‘Blacklist’ of Trump supporters, & is being accused of McCarthyism. Is also being accused of being a Racist because of the terrible things she said about blacks and mental illness. If Roseanne Barr said what she did, even being on a much higher rated show, she would have been thrown off television. Will Fake News NBC allow a McCarthy style Racist to continue? ABC fired Roseanne. Watch the double standard!”

Messing apologized Wednesday for liking the church sign and defended herself to a critic.

“NUMBER 1– I apologized for liking that church sign. I said I regret it. I shud have thought before recklessly suppprting,” Messing said in a series of tweets. “You won’t accept this but black people are targeted by Trump’s GOP for voter supression. Charlottesville was about Trump supporters hating POC and Jews. THAT is where my support of a sign at a southern black church came from. The use of the term ‘mentally ill’ was wrong & hurtful. NUMBER 2 I NEVER NOR WOULD I EVER call for a blacklist of anyone for any reason. The info is publicly available.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2019-09-05/debra-messing-trump-eric-mccormack-blacklist-racist





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Hey everyone! We’re back from two weeks off and already I need a drink!



Of course you know the idea behind this segment is that we all need a break from talking too much politics, and booze and politics do not mix, like the phrase “business casual” and whatever Kevin Smith happens to be wearing. This week we’re going to talk about the fast food craze being launched by Popeye’s Chicken. Tell me bartender, what goes well with a fast food chicken sandwich? A 40 Oz of Mickey’s? What? I guess Old English is too classy? Ah you know what we’ll do a couple of 40s for this segment. Yeah in case you’re living under a rock, Popeye’s Chicken has broken fast food with the launch of their first ever chicken sandwich.

Unless you've been living under a pile of KFC's new Beyond Meat-collab chicken, you've probably heard rumblings about Popeyes' latest chicken sandwich in the United States. So what's the deal?

It's late on a Friday night, you can't be bothered to cook and you feel you deserve a cheat day. Your first solution to this issue probably isn't Popeyes, the franchise after all only has 26 restaurants in the UAE right now compared to McDonald's' 158. Across the pond in the U.S. on the other hand, there's Popeyes mania as far as the eye can see.

Popeyes is an American chain of fried chicken fast food restaurants founded in 1972 in New Orleans, Louisiana and is headquartered in Miami, Florida. It has about 3,000 branches worldwide compared to McDonald's' 37,855.

On August 12, 2019, the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich went on sale across the majority of its American branches. Fast-forward to August 27 and Popeyes announced that the sandwich was sold out everywhere and it'll take an undisclosed amount of time to restock.
https://www.esquireme.com/content/38529-the-popeyes-chicken-sandwich-craze-explained




Oh yeah that’s good stuff! Although unfortunately we didn’t get to try a Popeye’s fried chicken sandwich, so we had our sous chef Fernando whip us up a couple of very similar tasting breaded chicken sandwiches prepared exactly the same way that Popeye’s does it. Oh yeah these are good! Excellent work Fernando! I just wish we could have tried one the same way that Diplo did, because why the fuck not?

Popeyes really, really wanted Diplo to give its new, sold-out chicken sandwich a shot.

After the famous DJ, whose real name is Thomas Pentz, apparently expressed interest in trying the wildly popular menu item, the chain, which is formally known as Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, sent the “Close to Me” songwriter a private jet filled with plenty of chicken sandwiches to go around.

“Popeye’s heard I wanted to try their sandwich so they sent me some in a jet,” the 40-year-old wrote on Instagram on Sunday, September 1.

He later added: “Wendy’s your move,” seemingly referencing the fast-food fight that played out after Popeyes’ sandwich made its big debut last month.

In the accompanying photo, the Grammy winner can be seen exiting a Popeyes-branded private plane with a Popeyes bag (presumably filled with chicken sandwiches) in each hand.

Though it’s not exactly clear how or when Diplo received the special delivery, he did share an Instagram Story of himself eating the sandwich aboard the private plane. According to Delish, a fellow passenger could be heard saying, “We got ’em, man,” in the background.
https://www.usmagazine.com/food/news/popeyes-sends-diplo-its-sold-out-chicken-sandwich-via-private-jet/




Ah nothing goes better than the combination the combination of booze and greasy fast food, so why not chug? At least Diplo got to try it with a private jet. This dude from Texas not only didn’t get to try it, he pulled a gun on a poor unsuspecting Popeye’s clerk. Yeah that’s where we are at as a society – don’t have what I want? Bam! Gun in the face!

A man pulled a gun at a Popeyes restaurant in Houston after being told they were out of chicken sandwiches, police say.

Houston police Lt. Larry Crowson says officers were called to the restaurant Monday night after a group of people tried to order a chicken sandwich.

Crowson says, "When the manager told them they were out, one of the males became upset and pulled a pistol and demanded a chicken sandwich. The manager again informed them they were out of sandwiches."

Crowson says the group then left and no one was injured. He says police are reviewing surveillance footage.
https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird/Gunman-Demands-Chicken-Sandwich-From-Texas-Popeyes-Leave-Empty-and-Hungry-559250061.html




So if you can’t get one of these Popeyes’ chicken sandwiches any time soon, either you can get them by gun or you can get them by private jet. Oh wait, my producers are telling me you can’t get them with a gun. But you can eat them if you win the Little League World Series. What? Come on!!! Enough with treating champion athletes with fast food!!! We got it when Trump did it the first time but this is getting old!!

The Eastbank All-Stars, the Little League champions from Louisiana, took a special visit Sunday to the Governor's Mansion where they had an even more exclusive meal.

Governor John Bel Edwards surprised the boys with sold-out Popeyes chicken sandwiches, both spicy and mild.

The sandwiches and the baseball team caught international attention around the same time. While the sandwiches were selling out at stores around the world, the boys were beating other Little League teams from around the world.

Both made countless headlines.

"The only place in the world that you can get a Popeyes Chicken sandwich is at the Governor's Mansion tonight," Edwards tweeted. "Only the best for Louisiana's own 2019 Little League World Series Champions! #LouisianaProud."
https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/multimedia/photos/collection_ce11cfb4-d2a6-11e9-a2a3-f36d87e364d1.html#1




But in case you’re wondering if the elusive sandwich will make an appearance, never fear! We have a generic corporate PR press release for you! Because nothing says “we care” than a generic corporate PR press release. And really, I’m just going to keep eating these sandwiches that Fernando made, because fuck fast food.

Across the nation, Popeyes locations are hung with homemade signs reading “no chicken sandwiches ” and “do apologize we out [sic] chicken sandwich” and simply “SANDWICH SOLD OUT.” The fried chicken chain is very sorry, but it has no more sandwiches to sell.

Popeyes announced the shortage on Twitter on August 27, eight days after a tweet from rival Chick-fil-A (and a pointed “...y’all good?” in response) set off a social media melee that pitted chicken sandwich against chicken sandwich and sent customers to the restaurants in droves. For Chick-fil-A, the spike in demand from the so-called #ChickenWars wasn’t an issue — apart from french fries and soft drinks, sandwiches are the company’s (brioche) bread and butter and have been since the recipe was introduced in 1967.

But for Popeyes, the sandwich is a new menu item, released only two weeks before the supply ran dry. It was in development for two years, according to the Wall Street Journal, as the company’s chefs tested various iterations of buttermilk batter, boneless chicken breast filets, sour pickles, and buttered brioche buns. In planning for its launch, Popeyes “aggressively forecasted demand through the end of September,” the company said in a statement, but ultimately it blew through the inventory of chicken filets a month ahead of schedule.
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/9/6/20852676/popeyes-chicken-sandwich-chick-fil-a-sandwich-wars





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Welcome back to our handy 2020 voters’ guide which puts all of your info about your favorite candidates, dropouts, has beens, almost rans and front runners – Keeping Up With The Candidates, because we all want to kick Trump to the curb and get our country back on track. But this week there’s been a shakeup! Not one but two candidates have left the race. The herd is thinning and soon we will have our challenger to @realDonaldTrump. In fact he’s scared folks that one might have been emerging but in fact he uses her dropout to just be a colossal horse’s ass.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who presented herself in the presidential race as a champion of women and families, said Wednesday that she was withdrawing from the Democratic primary after failing to qualify for a third debate next month — a development she described as fatal to her candidacy.

Ms. Gillibrand said in an interview that she would endorse another candidate in the primary but had not yet picked a favorite. Though she stopped short of saying she would endorse a woman, Ms. Gillibrand, who has made electing women to Congress a personal cause, said the next president had to be capable of uniting the country and suggested that a woman might be best suited for the job.

“I think that women have a unique ability to bring people together and heal this country,” Ms. Gillibrand said, adding, “I think a woman nominee would be inspiring and exciting.”

But she added: “I will support whoever the nominee is, and I will do whatever it takes to beat Trump.”

Ms. Gillibrand, 52, had anchored her candidacy in issues of women’s equality, with a strong emphasis on abortion rights. She pledged to screen nominees for judgeships based on their support for the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, and held rallies in two Republican-leaning states, Georgia and Missouri, where conservative lawmakers recently passed new restrictions on the procedure.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/us/politics/kirsten-gillibrand-2020-drop-out.html




Al Franken says hi by the way! Too soon? Well Gillibrand may be out but that doesn’t give Trump an excuse to act like a horse’s ass. Oh wait, who am I kidding? Trump doesn’t need an excuse to act like a horse’s ass. Hell, he doesn’t even need to act. He just naturally is a horse’s ass, and I really shouldn’t keep saying that because that’s just insulting to the horses. Horses’ asses produce something useful – fertilizer. Trump just produces… shit.

President Trump mocked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) less than an hour after she dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race.

“A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

President Trump mocked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) less than an hour after she dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race.

“A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Trump's remarks came shortly after Gillibrand announced she was ending her campaign, leaving the field with 20 candidates.

Gillibrand's decision also came hours before the deadline to qualify for the September primary debate. The New York Democrat had not met the criteria to appear on next month's debate stage.

“I know this isn't the result we wanted. We wanted to win this race," Gillibrand said in a video posted to Twitter. "But it's important to know when it's not your time and to know how you can best serve your community and country. I believe I can best serve by helping to unite us to beat Donald Trump in 2020.

Gillibrand, who has long advocated for victims of sexual assault, faced backlash over her past calls for former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The New York senator similarly took on Trump, calling for his resignation over allegations of sexual assault.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/459215-trump-mocks-gillibrand-after-exit-she-was-the-one-i-was-really-afraid




Damn straight! Since we’ve been off too, our last profile Jay Inslee dropped out of the race. The Washington governor decided that he would be more useful serving the people of Washington than running a campaign where he was in… well… last place. And nobody wants to spend the time and money it would take to do that.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, he announced Wednesday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

Inslee had centered his campaign around climate change, calling it “the most urgent challenge of our time.

“This is our moment to put the greatest threat to our existence, to our economy, to our health, at the very top of the nation’s agenda,” Inslee said in March at his campaign’s kickoff event in Seattle.

He put out a detailed 10-year plan on how he’d move the country to clean energy, spurring other candidates to put out their own plans. Butting heads with the Democratic National Committee, he demanded that the organization hold a debate focused on climate change.

The DNC rebuffed his pleas in June, but CNN announced soon afterthat it would hold a town hall on the issue with the 2020 candidates in September. Inslee, however, did not meet the polling criteria the network used for the event — a minimum of 2 percent in four DNC-recognized polls — and was not on the list of attendees the network announced on Tuesday.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/jay-inslee-drops-out-of-the-2020-presidential-race.html




Oh and switching gears, by the way we talk a lot about what’s going on in the election because it needs to be stressed how important it is to kick Trump to the curb, and while we have to report on every single candidate and issue that might come up, there’s one thing that has @realDonaldTrump running scared. It’s that one thing that republicans are so afraid of – socialism! Yes, it’s gaining in popularity folks!

This year, Trump has repeatedly told friends and donors that running against “socialism” in a general election may not be “so easy” because of its populist draw, according to four Republicans and sources close to Trump who’ve heard him say this over the past several months.

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That Trump has been conceding that socialism could be politically potent didn’t catch Sanders’ campaign by surprise.

“One of the reasons I feel so strongly about Bernie’s ability to beat Trump is because we know that the Democratic nominee will have to credibly explain that Trump betrayed the working class with false promises and that he does not put forward real solutions to help struggling people,” said Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ 2020 campaign manager. “Bernie can and will do that successfully. We’ll have a national debate about policies that help the one percent versus policies that lift the 99. I get the sense Trump knows the reckoning is coming and is worried about being exposed as a fraud. No Sharpie edits will save him.”

For Sanders to get to the point of having a national debate with Trump over the merits of socialism, he must first survive the Democratic primary. But even if he doesn’t make it through that gauntlet, the Senator will have managed to move the contours of the debate. Four years ago, Sanders and his team were warning liberals that they shouldn’t underestimate Trump’s appeal, precisely because it spoke to the desire for voters to have government side with them over the elites.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-2020-president-privately-tells-confidants-that-socialism-wont-be-so-easy-to-beat




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of #9: Labor Day Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of #9: Labor Day Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! I know, right? I can’t believe it’s already September, man has this year flown by! Yeah we’ve had some bumps and bruises along the way when we started season 7, and it’s usually season 7 when producers make drastic changes to a show or a formula that would otherwise win. Like in It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, where Mac got fat, or season 7 of New Girl, where she was no longer the New Girl. And don’t get me started on that either. But we’ve got a lot to go to finish out 2019 and our college tour. And our Texas Roadshow was a rousing success and we hope to do it again in 2020 when we hit the campaign trail when whoever of the 1,000,000 registered democrats takes the iron throne in the quest to dethrone President Golfs A Lot. But that said, we have some big announcements for seasons 8 and 9 heading down the stretch commemorating our fifth year as a series and some big plans to expand the brand. But we don’t have any new tour dates planned as of yet, we will be announcing those closer to Thanksgiving. OK that’s enough of my rambling, we have a lot of idiocy to get to for this best of edition. But first I have to play John Oliver’s brilliant rant from a couple of weeks ago where he brilliantly trolls the prime minister of Turkmenistan by offering the world’s largest cake with a picture of him falling off a horse:

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So where do we begin for this Best Of edition? Well in the first slot from Idiots #7-3, we took an alarming look at history and where current events are leading us in a segment that we called “Keeping Up With The Nazis” and the parallels are scarier than you think! President Caligula golfs while America burns! In the second slot, from Idiots #6-17, we have another quitter! Yes, Tribute Rod Rosenstein (2) has effectively resigned from the Trumper Games! Meaning there can only be one thing, he’s back everybody!!! In the third slot from Idiots #6-17, Trump held another one of his absolutely insane rallies in Madison, Wisconsin, and whew, there was a lot of his usual batshit nonsense to unpack from that mess of a rally. Taking the fourth slot this week, from Idiots #7-7 is everyone’s favorite basement bunker troll site 4chan (4) – did they have something to do with the murder of a teenage social influencer? Well the answer is not at all shocking, but a fine example of the horrible behavior coming from that site. For slot #5 this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, and this week from Idiots #6-18, why are anti vaccination crusaders using an old episode of the Brady Bunch (5) to back their claims about measles being just a day off school? Their stupidity is clearly showing. In slot #6 from Idiots #7-8 it’s our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and our resident pastor is going to take a look at Kanye West’s attempts to make some money off his latest venture into religion in a segment that we’re calling “Jesus Merches”. Taking the 7th slot, from Idiots #7-5, we have our favorite segment of “Beating A Dead Hose” – OK conservatives, we get it! You hate Nike! You really, really hate Nike! No need to beat us over the head with it! For the 8th slot, from Idiots #7-3, after he sues a Twitter account for being nothing more than about his cow, we add California’s Devin Nunes (8) to that ever-growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot is a healthy dose of our free-floating segment on Idiocy – People Are Dumb (9) which includes stories of naked dudes, airplane sleepers, and a store in Florida called “Rockhard Lovestuff” that in no way sells anything that is rock hard or love stuff. Finally from Idiots #7-8, our handy 2020 voter’s guide introduces you to the woman who is running against a member of Trump’s famed “The Squad” – Ilhan Omar, and if you guessed that she is one of Trump’s people, you are correct! Plus we have some live music from that time that 311 stopped by – really buy their new album Voyager! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!


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It’s very easy to make comparisons to what Adolf Hitler did in regards to what the current American political climate is doing. In fact it’s so easy that Hitler comparisons have become their own logical fallacy. It’s a real thing, in fact go to Wikipedia and look up Ad Hitlerum. Still not convinced that it’s a real thing? Well, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the comparison that the camps running along the border are likened to Nazi concentration camps, And there’s no making fun of this so as is Top 10 policy, we won’t try. So for this piece, we thought we’d take a minute to unpack all the Nazi references coming from both sides. See – conservatives are there to remind you that they’re not Nazis, until they start doing things that are horrifying. Let’s call this piece “Detention camps are not concentration camps”, or to use the parlance of our times, “Keeping Up With The Nazis”. So just how close are we?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused President Donald Trump's administration of running "concentration camps" in its detention of migrants at the southern border.

Conservatives quickly slammed the New York Democrat for her use of the term, which is most commonly associated with Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.

"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are -- they are concentration camps," Ocasio-Cortez told an Instagram Live audience Monday evening. "And if that doesn't bother you ... I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not, that 'never again' means something," a reference to a phrase commonly invoked by Jews about the Holocaust.

"The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it," she added.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/18/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-concentration-camps-migrants-detention/index.html




Holy shit!!! As if that’s not horrifying enough, there was the possibility of SS-like ICE raids that Trump was going to start last week but delayed it because it will allow even more time to blame the democrats on this issue. Yeah I said it – that’s all they care about – owning the libs, they’re not good for much of anything else at this point.

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he's delaying for two weeks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were planned to take place Sunday in 10 major US cities, saying deportations will proceed unless Congress finds a solution on the US-Mexico border.

The President's pullback was an about-face in a matter of hours on enforcing his signature immigration policy, following deep criticism from the cities' mayors, top Democrats and immigration activists who called the coordinated arrests and deportations on targeted migrant families "heartless."

"At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,'" Trump said on Twitter Saturday. "If not, Deportations start!"

A senior immigration official had told CNN on Friday that ICE was planning on arresting and deporting about 2,000 migrant families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/22/politics/ice-raids-sunday-10-cities-donald-trump-defends-arrests/index.html




Wow, just… fucking wow. In one corner we literally are having a debate about whether or not US detention centers are concentration camps and it’s only because not enough people died in those camps to warrant that status. Now in the interest of this piece, according to the US Holocaust Museum, here’s where we are at right now.

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Following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as German chancellor on January 30, 1933, the Nazi state (also referred to as the Third Reich) quickly became a regime in which citizens had no guaranteed basic rights. The Nazi rise to power brought an end to the Weimar Republic, the German parliamentary democracy established after World War I. In 1933, the regime established the first concentration camps, imprisoning its political opponents, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others classified as “dangerous.” Extensive propaganda was used to spread the Nazi Party’s racist goals and ideals. During the first six years of Hitler’s dictatorship, German Jews felt the effects of more than 400 decrees and regulations that restricted all aspects of their public and private lives.
https://www.ushmm.org/learn/timeline-of-events/1933-1938




So let’s make one thing clear – the holocaust didn’t start with death camps. They started out very much like what we’re seeing now, and AOC is absolutely correct here. So we have round ups and internment camps a very real part of the Donald Trump administration – and it’s absolutely frightening. But why aren’t we doing enough to educate people about the holocaust? You might recall that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. And here’s where that might lie.

Oregon became the 11th state in the nation to mandate that public schools teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides, just last month. As an American Jew who attended public school in the late 1970s and 1980s, I was surprised to hear that learning about a defining piece of world history apparently requires specific legislation. As a resident of Oregon — a state founded as a white utopia, with both a history of structural racism and an all-too-current glut of emboldened white nationalists — I was fascinated to read that the bill was a collaboration between a nonagenarian Holocaust survivor and a 14-year-old public school student.

As a person who has witnessed the sharp rise of American anti-Semitism in the past decade, I worry that the bill is too little and too late.

Yesterday, the absurdist game of Mad Libs that is the national news brought us a Twitter faceoff between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., sparked by the former’s assertion that the Trump administration’s detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border are “exactly like concentration camps” and the latter’s subsequent finger-wagging reprimand of Ocasio-Cortez that the comparison trivialized the 6 million Jews who died in such camps.

Before you could ask “war profiteer’s daughter says what?” Twitter had become a pedantic Hydra of arguments that were less about the actual existence of such camps than about what we should be calling them. (For the record, concentration-camp historians agree that using the general term “concentration camp” to describe conditions at the border is accurate.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/aoc-was-right-compare-trump-s-border-internment-camps-concentration-ncna1019381





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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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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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From: Idiots #7-7

Normally the Top 10 policy is that we don’t joke about things like murder or mass shootings or the situation going on at the border because it’s really too horrifying to make fun of. And this next story is about a murder. But when 4chan is involved… no really, fuck 4chan. And fuck 8chan too. And 16chan, and 32chan, and 64chan, and 128chan. Really, fuck all the Chans at this point. Except for our assistant producer Harold Chan, he can stay. Now the title of this entry comes from an old Psych episode called “Scary Sherry, Bianca’s Dead”. So for this piece, let’s call it “Scary 4chan, Bianca’s Dead”. And for this entry, we will channel our inner Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster. So before we dive into trashing this horrid excuse for an internet forum, what happened exactly?

A young woman active on social media was brutally murdered, with gruesome photos of her body posted to Instagram and other platforms.

Horrific images of 17-year-old Bianca Devins were posted on Instagram early Sunday, after she went to a concert in Queens with Brandon Andrew Clark.

Clark, 21, reportedly called police on himself, according to Lt. Bryan Coromato. When he was discovered in his car in Utica, Clark reportedly slit his own throat and posted pictures of his bleeding neck on Instagram as well.

Devins, who was a popular "egirl" on Tik Tok, was was found dead outside the SUV. Clark was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. The two reportedly met online, and had been seeing each other for about two months before the night of the concert, by Canadian musician Nicole Dollenganger.

Bianca's sister, Olivia Devins, later called Clark a "close family friend."
https://www.newsweek.com/bianca-devins-murder-discord-1449363




Yes, stay creepy 4chan! And really what an age we live in where evidence of a fucking murder can be posted online in messaging forums. And how is 4chan not being monitored by the FBI and CIA as being a terrorist group? Well, maybe terrorism is a harsh word to use for a group of incels who live in their mom’s basement and spend the whole day chain smoking and pooping their pants. I assume that’s what incels do all day. But what drove them to murder?

"Here comes Hell. It's redemption, right?"

Brandon Andrew Clark posed that question, taken from a rock song, to his Instagram followers in a temporary 24-hour story posted before dawn last Sunday.

The next image he shared was far more disturbing. A blurry photograph captioned "I'm sorry Bianca" appeared to show a woman's bloodied torso.

Before then his Instagram account, which we have chosen not to name, was mostly used to catalogue selfies and posts about music and art. Police believe the 21 year old had met Bianca through the platform two months earlier and their relationship had progressed in person since.

On Saturday, he drove Bianca to New York City from Utica, where she lived, to see Canadian singer Nicole Dollanganger perform. Police said they believed the pair had got into an argument on the way back, possibly about her kissing someone else, and he had fatally attacked her with a knife.

Police said the suspect shared an even more graphic photograph of Bianca's body on Discord - a popular messaging platform for gamers. This image showed the extent of injuries to Bianca's throat and made clear her wounds had been fatal.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49002486




Obviously. Look, passionate romance is nothing to joke about. And for an Incel who was lucky enough to score, that shit should be taken seriously! So what happens when a murder like this goes viral? And going viral is probably the worst thing you can say about someone’s murder. Oh pictures of her fatally stabbed body just.. went viral. Yeah that doesn’t sound good at all does it?

Like most mornings, Jared, who lives in a small town in southern Utah, logged in to Bianca’s group chat on Sunday to see what he’d missed overnight.

There, posted 15 minutes earlier, was a photo of Bianca’s body. From the gaze in her eyes and the extensive injuries, it was obvious she was dead.

The image, posted under a username associated with Clark, was accompanied by a message: “Sorry fuckers, you’re going to have to find someone else to orbit.”

On his own social media accounts, Clark was busy telling a story seemingly calculated for maximum exposure. He uploaded pictures of himself and Bianca’s body and declared his intention to kill himself. As police arrived to apprehend him on a secluded street in Utica, he continued to snap photos and post them online.

He even left a message at the scene, police said: The words “May you never forget me” were spray-painted on the pavement, an apparent reference to a manga about a toxic relationship that both he and Bianca liked.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bianca-devins-death-internet_n_5d2e382ae4b0a873f6431763




Holy shit! I think we might have found the worst possible use for Instagram here. This is where toxic masculinity takes a very ugly turn. And toxic masculinity is ugly to begin with! Just adding the word “toxic” to anything makes it ugly. Like… toxic unicorns. Yes, the word “toxic” can make the most innocent things sound horrible. Like for instance I literally just turned something as innocent as a unicorn into something extremely horrifying and terrible. You can’t get that image out of your head now, can you? And here’s where social media gets really ugly.

After Bianca Devins’ brutal murder, incels and trolls gleefully circulated photos of her mutilated body across the internet. But within days, the #RIPBianca hashtag and her tagged Instagram photos were transformed into an endless stream of bubblegum pink, fluffy white kittens, candy hearts, and glittery pink clouds.

The dreamy imagery is coming from a vast community of “e-girls,” an online subculture influenced by video games, anime, and grunge that Devins had belonged to.

For these girls and young women, many of whom face harassment and threats on a regular basis, Devin’s brutal murder hit way too close to home.

“Finding out about Bianca was terrifying,” said Ashley Eldridge, a 19-year-old e-girl. “I worry about stuff like that happening all the time. I’m constantly scared that someone is going to recognize me in real life and follow me.”

The e-girl community was almost instantly privy to the incredible violence Devins suffered in the final moments of her life, sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning. Her killer stabbed her to death and then shared pictures of her dead body on social media, including her Discord server. Police suspect her boyfriend, a 22-year-old online influencer Brandon Clark who police say she’d met through Instagram about two months earlier.
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/pajn58/the-e-girl-community-is-a-world-of-glittery-pink-clouds-harassment-and-now-murder





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From: Idiots #6-18

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



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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From: Idiots #7-8

Let’s spin it to win it!!! Oh hey look it’s a clip without context!



Really? The most racist senator in the world switched parties and somehow became less racist? Shut up. And look at that suit - is he peddling conspiracy theories or auditioning to be in a barber shop quartet? Thank you! Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for Holy Shit!

Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Austin! 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!!! Today we are going to answer a question that is as old as time itself – is it OK to monetize the good LAWRD JAYSUS? And by monetize, I mean merchandise! Yes, that is where the real money is made. It’s all about the merchandise and the bling bling! Well, our brother Kanye is looking to make some money off his recent venture into religion. And what would JAYSUS say about that? well, JAYSUS merchandises himself that’s what! I mean he is the world’s greatest salesman! People say that Kanye West is the greatest hip hop musician of all time. So why is Kanye trying to be among the godliest among us? Well, he is friends with the unholy Dark One, who claims to be a man of GAWD, so why not?

Kanye West is taking the fashion industry to church.

On July 19, West reportedly applied to trademark the phrase “Sunday Service,” a reference to his series of invite-only, sermon-like concerts. The application was filed by Mascotte Holdings, Inc., the rapper’s intellectual property holding company. Should his application be approved, he will be able to produce Sunday Service bottoms, tops, dresses, headwear, footwear, jackets, loungewear, scarves, shirts, and socks.

Beginning on the first Sunday in January, West’s church-inspired gospel performances, called Sunday Service, have garnered media attention for their spectacle and religious ambiguity. In an April appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Kardashian sisters awkwardly stumbled through questions about Kanye’s Sunday Service. Kim rebuffed Kimmel’s description of the experience as church, explaining, “We didn’t really have a name for it because it is more of a healing experience.”

Khloe expanded on the difference between a house of God and the House of West. “We have so many friends that maybe feel a little too judgmental when they go to church,” she said. “When they come here, they feel so free and safe.” According to Kim, there is no praying, though Kourtney definitively clarified, “It is Christian.” With a smirk, she added, “They sing ‘Jesus Walks,’” referring to West’s 2004 hit song endorsing Christianity.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/kanye-west-wants-to-hawk-church-clothes-to-the-masses-is-he-exploiting-religion-for-profit




Why yes, yes it does good sir!!! So what we’re asking this week – is it OK to make a profit off the Almighty LAWRD? Well, we do. I mean you bought tickets to our low-rent dog and pony Sunday service! Sure, we don’t have the budget that Kanye does or do we have his influence. But we do have the good LAWRD JAYSUS on our side! So why is Hollywood getting into the JAYSUS game? Because, hipster churches, that’s why!

This week, thousands of teenagers and twentysomethings mustered excitedly about London’s O2 Arena eagerly anticipating the evening’s entertainment. Sporting tattoos and scantily dressed in the summer heat, they might have been queuing for any pop concert. Instead, it was to meet an evangelical church pastor.

Inside the arena, a packed audience, nearly 15,000-strong, cheered breakdancers, rap artists and rock guitarists all espousing the worship of God. And then, at the moment of maximum rhapsody, out strode Hillsong’s lead pastor and founder Brian Houston, wearing a red checkered blazer and declaring: “Jesus, what a beautiful sight…”

As the 65-year-old Australian preached, those in the exultant crowd closed their eyes and raised their arms to the lights. One teenage boy in a tracksuit opposite me wiped a tear away from his cheek.
Brian Houston, the founder and lead pastor of the Hillsong movement
Brian Houston, the founder and lead pastor of the Hillsong movement Credit: Jeff Gilbert

Chances are you may not have heard of Hillsong, an evangelical movement founded by Brian and his wife, Bobbie Houston, in Sydney in 1983. Now spanning more than 15 countries, its mega-churches are the centre of the fastest-growing religious movement in the world: Pentecostalism, which boasts more than 500m adherents.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/inside-hillsong-hollywoods-evangelical-megachurch-taking-london/




Well I feel like Kanye does have that kind of power, bro! It’s about information, and JAYSUS. But hey maybe that’s how we get more viewers for the Holy Church Of The Top 10. Let’s get rappers and skateboarders here and have a charismatic con artist play the preacher. Well I do sort of play that part already! But so… is Kanye trying to sell a show based on his Sunday sermon or not? I’m not gonna lie, kind of want to see this thing.

Kim Kardashian has responded to claims that Kanye West is trying to ‘sell’ his Sunday Service as a TV show and it looks like it won’t be coming to screens any time soon. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been keeping fans in the loop with Kanye’s church services most Sundays since earlier this year, with more celebrities attending each week.

The Gold Digger rapper even managed to perform at this year’s Coachella on an actual mountaintop. A source recently claimed that Kanye had been pitching Sunday Service as a TV series but Kim says there are currently no plans to broadcast. Responding to the reports in a tweet, Kim simply stated: ‘Not true.’ Radar Online had previously said that Kanye was ‘extremely passionate about his faith’ and wanted to ‘share it more regularly with people’.

‘Say what you want about Kanye, but he really does want to help people who need support.’ They added: ‘He understands brokenness and the need for healing, probably more than most people. ‘He believes in the healing powers of music, but also believes that God can step in and heal people’s brokenness and their issues.’

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/04/kim-kardashian-responds-claims-kanye-west-trying-sell-sunday-service-tv-show-10114115/?ito=cbshare




You know if there’s one thing a good televangelist understands, it’s not that they want to help people, because televangelists don’t do that. You know what a good televangelist understands? He understands the power of the almighty dollar! Can I get an amen??? And there’s no one better for that than Kanye is, because he understands the power of the almighty dollar! After all, he is married to Kim Kardashian! And here’s where the money making side comes in!

The 'Bound 2' rapper is keen to launch his own religious organisation based on his weekly concerts, which he calls Sunday Service, and has reportedly bought a plot of land near his home in Los Angeles so that he can build "pods" for his followers to stay in for a "few weeks at a time" while they focus on his new modern faith.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Kanye wants to develop a Church which introduces a new way to celebrate faith, bringing religion into the 21st century.

"His faith is massively important to him and he thinks this is the way to engage young people. He thinks it will surpass Hillsong, which has churches in 21 countries and is hugely popular in Los Angeles with the likes of Justin Bieber.

"He wants to build temporary habitable pods where followers of his church can live for a few weeks at a time. They are insanely intricate and expensive but it would give ease of access for his Sunday Service."

And the 42-year-old star's new idea will no doubt go down well with his wife Kim Kardashian West as she recently praised his weekly service and said the musical gathering is intended to be healing for the participants, rather than "preaching."
http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/123063/Kanye-West-to-set-up-his-own-church


There it is folks, modern church isn’t about money making it’s about the almighty dollar! And Kanye is a better kind of preacher! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:






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From: Idiots #7-5



OK conservatives – we get it! You hate Nike! You really hate Nike! Now I want you to show me on the doll where the swoosh hurt you. Just in your mind? That’s it? Stop it already. What’s the latest conservative beef with the shoe company? Well, Nike had planned to roll out a shoe featuring the Betsy Ross flag on it. And well, their boy Colin Kaepernick had some concerns about it. Which of course got the conservatives’ underwear in a wad over who is the more rootin’ tootin’ ‘Murica worshipper than the next guy. Because in addition to hating Nike, they really hate Colin Kaepernick!

Nike pulled an American-flag-themed shoe design after the former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who endorses Nike, said he and others found the specific flag design offensive, associating it with the time of slavery in America, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

The company had meant for the Air Max 1 USA to go on sale this week in tandem with the Fourth of July. The heel of the shoe featured a version of the US flag with 13 white stars, which was created circa the 1770s during the American Revolution and is commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.

Citing unnamed sources, The Journal said Kaepernick contacted the company after images of the shoe started appearing online and said that people, himself included, considered the Betsy Ross flag an "offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery."

As The Journal noted, the flag also sparked controversy back in 2016 after students waved it at a high-school football game in Michigan. Some parents and students left the game "unsettled," as the flag was seen by some as a symbol of white supremacy and white nationalism, according to the local news outlet Mlive.com.
https://www.mysanantonio.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Nike-faces-backlash-on-social-media-after-pulling-14065729.php




That’s a good question and I’m sure that conservatives are probably thinking that right now! I mean if you hate them, then you must hate Jesus! But we get it conservatives, you love your flag more than you love life itself. And that’s not a bad thing, but really, lighten up guys. You know why Nike pulled the Betsy Ross shoe? Well if you don’t then you’re part of the problem.

The decision caused an instant backlash among conservatives who accused Nike of denigrating U.S. history, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeting that he is asking the state's Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives promised to Nike to build a plant in the state.

Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the Betsy Ross flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.

The Anti-Defamation League does not include it in its database of hate symbols. Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow for the ADL's Center on Extremism, said extremist groups have occasionally used it, but the flag is most commonly used by people for patriotic purposes.

"We view it as essentially an innocuous historical flag," Pitcavage said. "It's not a thing in the white supremacist movement."

Nike said in statement that "it pulled the shoe based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation's patriotic holiday." The company pushed back against criticism that the decision was being "anti-American."
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-nike-kaepernick-betsy-ross-flag-20190703-53bqcmqhkzh7dad5dgvpcopkqi-53bqcmqhkzh7dad5dgvpcopkqi-story.html




Oh come on conservatives, lighten up and have a sense of humor. Seriously, Nike only committed the worst kind of discrimination – the kind against you. It’s not about the American flag – it’s about you personally. Nike hurt your feelings. But your ego is so big that you think that Nike hurting your feelings is hurting America’s feelings.

Nike’s sales have only grown since it seized attention with its ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. So, the shoemaker deferred to its star endorser when he raised concerns over a sneaker featuring an early American flag.

Nike pulled the Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on the heel. Kaepernick reached out to Nike after learning they planned to release the sneaker to explain that the flag recalls an era when black people were enslaved and that it has been appropriated by white nationalist groups, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.

The person requested not to be named because the conversation was intended to be private.

Nike decided to recall the shoe after it had been already sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the “Betsy Ross” flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.
https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/national/report-nike-pulls-flag-sneaker-after-kaepernick-complaint/




OK so white supremacists adopted the Betsy Ross flag as a symbol of modern white supremacy. You know, they’re not like your dad’s white supremacists. They’re the hip, trendy white supremacists you see on social media. Conservatives love to fight weird battles. And they’ll get pissed about a pair of sneakers before they get mad about children sitting in concentration camps. Yeah it’s that fucked up isn’t it? Oh and by the way, conservatives, keep up the Nike boycotts. Because guess what? While you’re complaining and moaning about Nike, they’re busy doing that thing called making money!

Nike's controversial decision to stop selling a patriotic Betsy Ross shoe at the behest of Colin Kaepernick has had a significant impact on the athletic company's market value.

While the company is taking a beating in the public relations department, Nike's market value increased significantly this week after the controversy boiled over, TMZ reported.

As of market close on Friday, Nike shares were up 2 percent in just three days, which added a whopping $3 billion to Nike's market value, which closed at $136.38 billion on Friday.

Kevin O'Leary, an investor on "Shark Tank," told TMZ he believes Nike manufactured the controversy as a marketing ploy.

This is not the first time Nike has capitalized on controversy with Kaepernick.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/nike-market-value-betsy-ross






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From: Idiots #7-3

Politicians at the state and local levels who are so toxic, you wonder how they’re able to get away with the things they get away with. This is:



This week – San Diego, California representative Duncan Hunter (R – Obviously). You might recall Rep. Hunter from when he famously tried to get his pet rabbit a seat on a Southwest flight (see: Idiots #5-10 ) that cost taxpayer money to the tune of $600. For his rabbit. And that’s not all – Rep. Hunter is in some seriously deep doo doo that is costing him big time. And when your wife says “she’s talking to prosecutors”, that’s never a good thing now is it? But for some reason, San Diego not only elects Duncan Hunter, they keep reelecting him time and time again.

California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife Margaret pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring with her husband to "knowingly and willingly" convert campaign funds for personal use. She has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Both Hunters previously pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they had stolen a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds to furnish a lavish lifestyle that was beyond their means.

Margaret Hunter's agreement to cooperate with prosecutors was a huge development in the federal case that poses a legal and political threat to her husband, the sitting congressman.

Margaret Hunter appeared alone with her lawyers in a federal district court in San Diego before Judge Thomas Whelan, where she changed her plea in the high-profile case. The congressman did not appear with his wife on Thursday.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/13/politics/margaret-hunter-duncan-hunter-california/index.html




So Duncan Hunter may have stolen a small fortune of campaign contributions and used it to live the high life. Who wouldn’t? Oh that’s right, most of us have this thing called “integrity”, which you must lack in order to be a member of today’s republican party. So just how deep does this Duncan Hunter scandal go and how much worse could it get? Well, a whole lot worse. Think of this like Arrested Development.

Margaret Hunter, wife of Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), pleaded guilty to charges in the campaign finance case she and her husband were indicted in last summer, saying that she — and the congressman — used campaign funds for personal use, including a $10,000 trip to Italy.

Margaret Hunter, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with her husband to using $25,000 in campaign funds for personal use, according to an agreement she signed with federal prosecutors Tuesday and read out in court on Thursday. She is scheduled to be sentenced in September and faces up to five years in prison for the one charge. Prosecutors dismissed the other charges she was facing.

The plea agreement represents a potentially awkward split with her congressman husband, who has pleaded not guilty to the four charges against him. As part of the deal, she has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as they continue to work their case against her husband, and to testify in any grand jury proceedings or trial that she is asked to. Prosecutors said that the congressman obtained a credit card tied to his campaign funds for his wife, “recognizing that she would spend campaign funds for the Hunters’ personal benefit.”

“I am deeply remorseful, and I apologize,” Margaret Hunter said in a statement. “I am saddened for the hurt I have caused my family and others. I understand that there will be more consequences stemming from my actions but, as demonstrated by my plea today, I have taken the first step to face them.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/06/13/rep-duncan-hunters-wife-admits-couple-misused-campaign-funds-she-may-have-testify-against-him/?utm_term=.aa1006243527




Well yeah if you have the worst attorneys, you probably should be aware that a husband and wife can be charged with the same crime. That’s law 101. So what would be the implications if Mr. Hunter is indicted for these crimes? Well, Margaret Hunter flipping on her husband could have serious implications for Mr. Hunter himself – and that can’t be a good thing. Remember that Arrested Development episode? Well, she might wind up sharing a cell with him.

Downtown attorney Jeremy Warren had work to do Thursday, but he took time to comment on what transpired in the federal courthouse a few blocks away.

A veteran criminal defense lawyer, Warren opined on Margaret Hunter changing her plea to guilty in the corruption case enveloping herself and her husband, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter.

“This deal gives her an excellent chance of not going to jail as long as she continues to cooperate against her husband,” he tweeted several hours after the 9-minute morning hearing.

Federal prosecutors recommended in a plea agreement that she get a far lighter sentence than the 5-year maximum for the single count she admitted. (She also confirmed that the couple illegally spent $200,000 in campaign funds on personal goods and travel).

The deal Hunter signed Tuesday drops her sentencing range into Zone B of the federal guidelines, Warren told Times of San Diego in a phone interview.
https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2019/06/13/flipping-on-congressman-husband-may-spare-margaret-hunter-any-prison-time/




No, no light treason here. Just massive greed on a massive scale. You can’t just steal $250K – that’s a quarter of a million dollars. So Duncan Hunter threw his wife under the bus, and now she got behind the wheel and is driving it. This is what we believe one would call a “circular firing squad”, and things could get that much worse for the embattled San Diego representative.

Margaret Hunter, the wife of longtime East County Congressman Duncan D. Hunter who was co-indicted with her husband last summer, has agreed to change her plea of not guilty and is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday morning.

The announcement was posted on the U.S. District Court docket late Wednesday morning without any supplemental documentation.

“Notice of hearing as to defendant Margaret E. Hunter,” the docket entry states. “Change of Plea hearing set for 6/13/2019.”

Both Hunter and his wife were indicted in August on 60 criminal counts related to what prosecutors allege was a years-long misuse of campaign donations to the congressman’s re-election fund. Each of the defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges last year.
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/story/2019-06-12/margaret-hunter-pleads-out-in-case-against-congressman-husband




Apparently they can. And in case you’re wondering how Hunter repeatedly gets elected in San Diego, yeah, you don’t really need to look far. In today’s republican party all you have to do is talk about how much you hate Islam and you’re in. In fact they’ll elect you to the highest levels of government. It really is that easy – if you’re a republican.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who ran a 2018 reelection campaign rooted in Islamophobia, said Saturday that he had posed for pictures with dead combatants during his time as a Marine in the Middle East.

Hunter was defending Navy SEAL chief Eddie Gallagher, one of several servicemen charged with war crimes who may soon receive a pardon from President Donald Trump.

Gallagher is currently awaiting trial for numerous acts allegedly committed during his time in Iraq, including firing a machine gun haphazardly into residential neighborhoods and killing a young girl and an old man with targeted sniper fire. Gallagher also allegedly stabbed a wounded teenage ISIS fighter who had been taken prisoner, and shared photos of himself holding the dead boy’s head later, boasting that he “got him with my hunting knife.”

“Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too, taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” Hunter said over the weekend.
https://thinkprogress.org/congressman-with-history-of-islamophobia-says-he-took-pictures-with-dead-combatants-as-a-marine-98a38c048063/




So war crimes, fraud, high crimes and other misdemeanors, that’s just a day in the life of San Diego’s Duncan Hunter. Yet another in the ever-growing list of:






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Of course you know by now that people are people, and people are dumb. And I love these stories and this segment, I could talk about stupid people all day. Wait – I do talk about stupid people all day! So who is dumb this week? Well I want to start with this story out of Bettendorf, Iowa, because this is multiple levels of crazy. You’ve got casinos, you’ve got boats, and you’ve got a very poorly planned scheme gone horribly wrong. And really, if you’re going to steal a boat, maybe, I don’t know, learn how to navigate the waters or you might accidentally steer your boat into a construction zone where there’s cops everywhere!

A naked man was arrested after he stole a boat and floated into the I-74 bridge construction area Sunday night.

Tobias Hartsfield, 43, from Bettendorf, was naked when he took a boat from the Isle of Capri marina and floated towards a barge in the new bridge construction area on August 11, before 11 p.m. according to a statement from Lauran Haldeman, a spokeswoman for the city.

Hartsfield got onto the barge and untied ropes, causing the barge to shift, before he went back to the stolen boat where he was arrested by police.

Upon arrest, police were unable to find Hartsfield's clothing, according to the statement. A tug boat was also called to move the barge back into place.

Hartsfield was given clothes at the jail. He was charged with theft, trespassing and first degree and second degree criminal mischief.
https://wqad.com/2019/08/12/naked-bettendorf-man-stole-a-boat-arrested-near-isle-casino/




Next up – don’t look a gift car in the mouth. We go to Indiana for this story. So what happens if you ask for a Jaguar and get a BMW? I don’t know anyone who would choose a Jaguar over a BMW but whatever floats your boat I guess. And in what seems like a page from Homer Simpson’s playbook, this guy tried to plunge his car into the river and got caught doing it. Really, this is a great one for the “Simpsons Did It” file:

An Indian man apparently angered at getting a BMW for his birthday - instead of a Jaguar - pushed the new vehicle into a river.

Video posted on social media shows it floating away on the river in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

It later got stuck on a bank of tall grass and the man, said to be the son of a local landlord, tried to rescue it.

Police are investigating the incident, local media report.

BMW cars cost around 3.5m rupees (£41,400; $49,000) locally, with Jaguars costing about 4-5m rupees.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49305126




Next up we go to Nashville for this story. I have so many questions about this story. A flight attendant hid in the overhead bin on a flight from Nashville to Philadelphia. And I’m not sure who’s stupider – the person hiding in the overhead bin or the crew who didn’t discover this person until after they land? I mean come on, I have to check my bag when the overhead bin is too full!

Overhead space is at a premium on most planes, but passengers on a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Philadelphia found their carry-ons crowded out by a flight attendant who had climbed inside the overhead compartment.

The incident, which occurred before the plane doors were closed, was filmed by passenger Veronica Lloyd, who returning home to Pennsylvania.

In the clip, the unnamed female attendant can be seen on her side and then rolling onto her stomach. It appears she was starting to say something when the video cut off.

Lloyd told Fox News she was "perplexed" by the attendant's impromptu hide-and-seek, noting she was up there for at least 10 minutes. "It was very interesting. I think she was doing it to try and be funny and make the passengers laugh."

"Southwest Employees are known for demonstrating their sense of humor and unique personalities. In this instance, one of our flight attendants attempted to have a brief moment of fun with customers during boarding. Of course, this is not our normal procedure, and Southwest crews always maintain safety as their top priority."
https://www.newsweek.com/southwest-airlines-flight-attendant-overhead-compartment-1451892




I like when a news story that they just can’t get enough words to meet the bare minimum has the generic PR copy at the bottom. Next up you know we make a lot of jokes about America’s most penis-shaped state, the Sunshine State, you know them better as Florida. And we may have reached Peak Florida with this story. Rather than intro it, I will let the story do the talking!

Surveillance video captured a man driving a golf cart through a Hillsborough County Walmart.

On Thursday afternoon, deputies were called to the Walmart at 9205 Gibsonton Dr. for reports of a man on a golf cart blocking the liquor store entrance, refusing to leave and demanding to speak with a manager.

This is the same Walmart where a Walmart worker's son was arrested for threatening to shoot up the store days ago.

Deputies began speaking to the man on the golf cart, Michael Hudson.

While speaking with deputies, Hudson suddenly accelerates through the heavily congested pedestrian area in front of the store toward the main entrance nearly striking numerous pedestrians who ran to avoid being hit.
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/florida-man-drives-golf-cart-into-walmart-as-deputies-chase-him-with-a-taser




That is a good question, sir! And yes I do think this story requires the Benny Hill theme! Next up – staying in the Sunshine State, what the hell do they sell at a store called “Rockhard Lovestuff”? No wait don’t tell me – I’m guessing they sell sex toys and porno? And really if you’re that mad at a store, at least maybe, I don’t know, get dressed before leaving the house?

The man angrily tore off his clothes in front of a Wilton Manors restaurant, got on his bicycle and rode nude to a store called RockHard Lovestuff. It was early evening with rush-hour traffic passing the man.

“It was like he was mad at them,” said Skip VandeLinde, who was driving by at the time. “It was just strange.”

The man went in, took an article of clothing from the store and put it on, police said. He said he was trading his bike for it and walked out.

When officers found him, he was once again nude and walking up and down the block, exposed to passersby, police said.

He was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition and obstruction by disguised person. He wouldn’t give his name. Later, police put out the man’s mug shot — he was booked under the name John Smith — in hopes of identifying him.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article233730927.html




Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Don’t show that one again! finally this week – hey a story from the state we’re in, Kentucky! And was Florida woman visiting the Bluegrass State or something? Because this story has Florida written all over it, and it was from Kentucky!

While handcuffed behind her back in the rear of a Kentucky squad car, a suspect removed a bag of narcotics from her vagina and snorted the white powder inside, according to police who arrested the woman on drug possession and other charges.

Responding to a report about an intoxicated couple preparing to drive a car, cops in Winchester, a city 20 miles east of Lexington, encountered Kathryn Ahlers, 28, and her boyfriend outside a vehicle on Main Street around 11:30 PM Friday.

Upon determining that Ahlers’s 17-month-old son could not be properly cared for since his mother was “manifestly under the influence and a danger to herself and others,” a Winchester Police Department officer arrested Ahlers around 2 AM Saturday and placed her in his cruiser.

Pictured above, Ahlers was handcuffed behind her back when she somehow “pulled a clear plastic baggie from her vagina cavity” and “dumped some white substance on the seat.” Ahlers then “began to inhale it through her nose.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/kentucky-houdini-739825




That’s it this week for:




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Let’s give the wheel a final spin for the week. Oh and it lands on another clip without context!



I bet Thanksgiving is real fun at his house! "Can I have some gravy?" "Yes, and GOD WILL STRIKE YOU DOWN FOR YOUR EXCESSIVE GLUTTONY!!!! YOU HEATHEN!!!". I have so many questions about this! Spin it again! And it lands on… Keeping Up With The Candidates!



Welcome back to Keeping Up With The Candidates – your one stop source for all things relating to the 2020 MOTHER OF ALL ELECTIONS TO END ALL ELECTIONS: Electric Boogaloo Die Harder. Last week we introduced you to the craziness that are the Republican challengers to Alabama’s Doug Jones, and the return that nobody asked for - Roy Moore is turning the entire thing into a massive shit show. This week, we’re going to Minnesota. Of course you know that Trump is doubling and tripling down his attacks on the women in Congress known as “The Squad”. Well, one of those members of The Squad, Ilhan Omar (D, MN-5), has a challenger! We are going to introduce you to that challenger, and you might be shocked by what you find. OK, not really that shocking.

Danielle Stella, a Republican candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020, firmly supports the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to someone identifying themselves as communications volunteer who responded to Right Wing Watch’s inquiry.

QAnon is a Trump-era phenomena centered on a conspiracy theory that alleges that Trump administration insiders have been dropping clues, in the form of cryptic riddles posted on anonymous imageboards, about a supposed secret plan to take down the “deep state” and a worldwide network of satanic pedophiles said to include A-list Hollywood figures and top-level Democrats. Believers, who call themselves “anons,” dedicate themselves to decoding the posts. Early on, QAnon adherents claimed that Trump was secretly working with then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller to expose the Satanists.

People who believe in QAnon are increasingly frequent fixtures at Trump rallies. At a campaign rally in North Carolina last week, President Donald Trump praised a baby wearing a onesie emblazoned on the back with the “Q” emblem sometimes worn by adherents to the theory.

Travis View, co-host of the “QAnon Anonymous” podcast (which takes a critical look at the Q phenomenon), noticed today that Stella had responded to pro-QAnon Twitter users on her account and had used the hashtag “#WWG1WGA” popularized by QAnon believers online. A closer review of her Twitter account reveals that Stella has not been shy engaging with QAnon content.
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/this-gop-challenger-to-ilhan-omar-100-stands-with-qanon/




Seriously? I’m sick of seeing this horseshit on twitter. There’s no way I would want to see that crap leaving its’ stink on Congress. Oh and by the way, in a not at all shocking twist to this story, Stella is wanted for several counts of robbery. And in a typical Trump fan fashion – where he always recruits “the best people” (read: worst), Stella is attempting to “yada yada” her way out of the situation.

A Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is accused of shoplifting 279 items from a suburban Target earlier this year.

A criminal complaint says Danielle Stella stole items valued at more than $2,000 from Target during one visit on January 8. She allegedly told police she doesn’t remember anything after arriving at Target, due to post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Star Tribune reported that Stella was arrested again in April after allegedly stealing $40 in cat food from a Cub grocery store. A police report says she told an officer she forgot to pay.

In a text to the Guardian, a British newspaper, Stella said she’s innocent until proven guilty, and if she were guilty, she would never run for public office.

Stella is a 31-year-old special education teacher and supporter of President Donald Trump. She has gained attention for social media posts referencing QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory. Last week InfoWars broadcast an interview in which she described Minneapolis as the “crime capital” of America.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/07/29/ilhan-omars-challenger-accused-of-stealing-279-items-from-target/




Seriously Target, fool you once, shame on you. Fool you 279 times, well, shame on whoever failed to catch her 278 of those times. And can we stop treating Qanon crap like it’s national news? It originated in the sewage pit of internet message boards. And I would think that Ms. Stella, being a special education teacher, would recognize that this stuff is bullshit, but I guess that anyone can become a member of the Trump cult. But guess what? Her criminal record won’t stop her from challenging Omar.

Minnesota congressional representative Ilhan Omar has only been in office since January. But already the Somali-American lawmaker, who made history by wearing a hijab during her swearing-in, has a challenger for her seat: a 31-year-old special education teacher named Danielle Stella who promises to be tough on crime but herself has a criminal record and a pending felony theft charge.

On June 19, Stella filed a statement of candidacy (pdf) with the Federal Election Commission despite her own legal woes. Stella was twice charged with theft this year, once in January for allegedly stealing 279 items worth more than $2,300 from a Target store. After she failed to appear in court on that charge on April 4, a warrant was issued for her arrest. That warrant was executed on April 28, when Stella was caught purportedly shoplifting $40 worth of items from a grocery store, including tick spray for cats.

“I am not guilty of these crimes. In this country I am innocent until proven guilty and that is the law,” Stella told the Guardian recently. “If I was guilty of crimes, I would never run for public office, putting myself in the public eye under a microscope to be attacked by all political sides.”

Stella’s response is technically correct—she is innocent until proven guilty under American criminal law. But it doesn’t reflect the full extent of her liberty. Even if she is proven guilty and convicted of a felony, the conviction wouldn’t bar her from running for or ultimately holding the federal public office she seeks.
https://qz.com/1676423/criminal-record-wont-stop-danielle-stellas-bid-for-ilhan-omars-seat/




Now you might be asking – what about her popularity? Well Trump is not only doubling down on his attacks on Omar, he’s tripling down. They hate her! They really hate her. Yeah you can cite polls about how Omar has a 20% rating in the nationwide polls. But anyone who takes politics more seriously than we do, will tell you that those polls are a steaming load of bullshit. And guess what? Trump’s attacks on Omar have made her more popular than ever!

But in the city of Minneapolis, many of Omar’s constituents are standing fiercely behind their congresswoman. Many say they believe she has been unfairly maligned, her words twisted because of her background and religious faith. They are proud of how Omar has fought Trump and his allies while pushing far-left policies like student loan forgiveness.

Omar is a symbol of everything Minneapolis’s progressives want to project — and now that she’s in office, battered by the president and his party, Omar has been boosted by the fact that she has become a symbol of everything Trump hates.

Omar is the only member of "the Squad,” the group of four Democratic women of color targeted by Trump, to represent a district that is mostly white — just under two-thirds. That still makes the 5th District the most diverse district in Minnesota, a heavily white state with some of the country’s worst racial disparities and a stubbornly persistent wealth gap.

“Part of the reason I voted for her is to have representation of the people that Trump is demeaning in office,” said Braden Eliason, a medical tech executive in Minneapolis who stopped at Omar’s booth at the street fair Sunday.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mollyhensleyclancy/trump-says-minnesota-cant-stand-ilhan-omar-his-attacks-have




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-9: Suicide With A Chance Of Murder Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-9: Suicide With A Chance Of Murder Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Lexington? It’s good to be back in the KY! Not that KY, sir! How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Go Wildcats! Yeah I know what town I’m in… you guys make every other basketball team look like chumps. And is it me or does John Calipari always look like he’s going to just blow a gasket? I guess that just goes with the occupation, I would like to know what his blood pressure levels are during a game and afterward, I bet it is crazy. Do we have time for the thing? Of course we do! OK so I love it when corporations have a sense of humor, and the brewers of Natural Light have a couple of new concoctions for your consumption. Yes, that Natural Light – the same beer for when Coors Light is too cheap for you. Breweries are debuting their own lines of hard seltzer, for the undiscerning alcoholic who tries to pass it off as Perrier. And Natural Light has a couple of new flavors for you. My personal favorite is a nod to one of my favorite comedies of the last few years – the “Catalina Lime Mixer”. As you can already guess, that’s a nod to Stepbrothers.



And yes, that’s actually on the can! We don’t endorse products here (which is why we’re playing the coveted Wednesday at 2:00 PM time slot), but if you look at the Natural Light Twitter page there’s some very hilarious comments and zings coming from the company itself. My personal favorite was the actual announcement – “Yes, we made a fucking seltzer!”. Gotta love it! OK that’s enough of the intro – we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver is back and he delves into why dictators are a bad thing by exploring the strange world of Turkmenistan president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow:



So where do we begin this week? So the entire world was shocked this week when convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein (1) was found dead in his cell, although we’re not really sad. But was a suicide… or was it MURDER??? And who did it? Well before we hear any evidence the conspiracy theories were flying on social media, and they’re all bullshit. In the second slot this week, is Donald J. Trump (2), and did anyone really expect him to be the consoler-in-chief that everyone expects him to be? Well if you answered yes to that question, you’re in the wrong place! In the number 3 slot this week is a new installment of “NO!”. Look, after two mass shootings in one day we don’t need a movie about hunting humans for political reasons, and Trump doesn’t quite get satire, among many other things! In the number 4 slot is the owner of the Miami Dolphins among other business ventures and that’s Stephen Ross (4). Yeah if you’re working out on a Soul Cycle bike, maybe don’t give us a political lecture, OK? Also this is probably the wrong time to host a $250K a plate fundraiser for Trump. In the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and what’s up with a grasshopper colony in Las Vegas that’s visible from space? We will find out what’s up with that? In the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6), and get ready for war people! Our resident pastor will help you draw your battle plans in the fight for spiritual superiority! Taking the seventh slot this week is a new “Beating A Dead Horse” (7). Hey look people, this argument has been around for 25 years, but video games do not cause mass shootings! Stop it, just.. stop it!! In the number 8 slot this week is a new “How Is This Still A Thing” and this week after yet another blunder this time involving white supremacy, we’re going to ask “The Tucker Carlson Show – How Is This Still A Thing?”. This fucking guy!! And in the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week, we have a new People Are Dumb (9) because of course they are! And finally this week we have an all new Keeping Up With The Candidates, and this week we’re going to discuss everyone’s favorite Texas presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (10) and don’t worry, we will keep it tasteful! Plus to round out this week, we have some live grunge music from Seattle’s Alice In Chains! Really, buy their latest album “Rainer Fog” or you’re no friend of this program. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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By now you should know that it’s not in the nature of the Top 10 to speak ill of the dead, and that includes accused billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. But really, fuck billionaire pedophiles, am I right about that? So for this entry, we’re not going to make fun of Jeffrey Epstein. Instead, we’re going to make fun of *YOU*. Yes, you! Because unless you were a fly on the wall in Epstein’s cell the moment he died, do you really know what happened? No you don’t, and both sides are guilty of spreading bullshit Epstien conspiracy theories. For this entry, we’re going to cut through the bullshit now. There’s no point in spreading baseless conspiracy theories unless you’re Trump or a member of the MAGA base, and that is one thing that they’re great at. So what are the latest developments?

News that wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead Saturday morning in his jail cell has raised questions of how a high-profile suspect was able to apparently kill himself inside one of the country’s most high-security prisons.

Epstein, who was arrested in July for the alleged sex trafficking of minors, died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, located in downtown New York City. The FBI and DOJ have launched investigations into Epstein’s death.

With a lack of answers coming from prison officials, conspiracy theories flourished on social media over the weekend with #EpsteinMurder trending worldwide.

Citing ongoing investigations into Epstein’s death, the Bureau of Prisons has been hush about specific details that led to the former financier’s apparent suicide, leaving only a few known facts in a pool of unanswered questions.

What we know about Epstein’s death

The Bureau of Prisons has released only one official statement since Epstein’s death on Saturday. The statement confirmed that around 6:30 am on 10 August, Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the prison “from an apparent suicide”. The Bureau of Prisons has not released any further information .
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/12/jeffrey-epstein-death-suicide-prison




Today’s forecast calls for suicide with a slight chance of government sanctioned murder, please do not go outside or on social media unless you have your tin foil hat securely fastened to your head! So we basically had to wade through a gigantic, steaming pile of grade A bullshit just to get to some actual facts and we’ll leave you with that image. And I mean come on, if you’re the president of the US, maybe you shouldn’t tweet garbage? Oh wait, it’s Donald Trump, of course all he does is tweet garbage and retweet garbage. Should we be at all surprised by this?

President Donald Trump on Saturday promoted a conspiracy theory linking the Clinton family to the death of multimillionaire and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, the latest instance of Trump propagating baseless conspiracy theories and falsehoods.

Trump shared a tweet and video from conservative comedian Terrence Williams that claimed without evidence that former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- Trump's 2016 presidential election rival -- were responsible for Epstein's death. The Federal Bureau of Prisons and Attorney General Bill Barr said Epstein died in an "apparent suicide" while in federal custody.

As a result of Trump's retweet, the video received more than 3 million views on Twitter by Sunday morning -- more than triple Williams' most recent videos. Both Trump and Bill Clinton were friendly with Epstein in previous decades, but Trump seized on the conspiracy theory Saturday in his latest dig at the Clintons. The tweet also falsely claimed that Epstein died while on suicide watch, even though Epstein had been taken off of suicide watch before his death.

Angel Ureña, a spokesman for the former president, called the conspiracy theory "ridiculous, and of course not true."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/11/politics/jeffrey-epstein-trump-conspiracy-theory-clintons/index.html




Same! We have a very low tolerance for bullshit here in the Top 10. So why is it a bad thing that bullshit is being spread about Jeffrey Epstein’s death? Well as we all know, the spread of bullshit is like a virus and it helps conservatives and hurts us. In an era where you don’t know who to believe and what to trust, bullshit is bad for you. Bullshit is everywhere! And in the age of social media, bullshit spreads faster than that giant pile of dinosaur poop from Jurassic Park!

Epstein, who was set to stand trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, killed himself in his jail cell in New York, prison officials said. He was accused of running a "vast network" of underage girls for sex, and pleaded not guilty to the charges last month.

The 66-year-old was known to court famous friends and acquaintances. President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and the UK's Prince Andrew all had ties to him. Some of his powerful associates have been embroiled in the allegations against him, which has only served to fuel the conspiracy theories and misinformation.

Many rumours have centred on what politicians may have known about Epstein's alleged crimes and whether some may have wanted him dead. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest this was the case. And yet, the hashtag #EpsteinMurder trended worldwide on Saturday.

Joke images and memes - suggesting everything from a faked suicide to an orchestrated hit-job - were shared thousands of times throughout the day. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were rife with unfounded theories about what may have happened to the financier.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was "way too convenient" that Epstein could no longer incriminate others.

"What a lot of us want to know is, what did he know?" he told reporters. "How many other millionaires and billionaires were part of the illegal activities that he was engaged in?"

Questions like these alluded, without evidence, to a malevolent conspiracy and fed the feverish speculation on social media.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49312746




Yes it is, sir! That is a steaming pile of shit. But look, we can’t escape that social media disinformation is doing more harm than good. Anyone can put a spin on anything. And conspiracy theorists are out there, and they are everywhere. They ruin just about everything they touch, and they have completely ruined this story by tying it to the Clintons, and shame on Trump for repeating the bullshit. Bullshit starts at the top, and we have a president who is currently full of it. Where does it end?

The death of Jeffrey Epstein set off a wave of conspiracy theories online that demonstrate both how social media fuels misinformation and threatens to erode public acceptance of the results of any investigation.

Mr. Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his Manhattan jail cell Saturday morning after hanging himself, authorities said. He faced trial on charges of orchestrating a yearslong sex-trafficking operation involving girls as young as 14. He had been on suicide watch but was taken off in late July following daily psychiatric evaluations, a person familiar with the matter said.

The news prompted outrage from government officials and Mr. Epstein’s victims, all wondering how the suspect was allowed to take his own life before facing the courts in a case that threatened to implicate others. Authorities have launched investigations into why the death happened, but the slow process of fact-gathering isn’t keeping pace with the rapid spread of theories online.

Among the more outlandish theories gathering attention on social media: Mr. Epstein, who for decades mingled with the rich and politically powerful, including President Trump and former President Bill Clinton, was murdered by someone fearful of what he may say. Another theory postulates Mr. Epstein isn’t even dead.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/conspiracy-theories-fly-online-in-wake-of-epstein-death-11565561364





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The country has been still shaking and utterly horrified at 3 mass shootings in less than a week. First it was Gilroy at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Next was the El Paso Wal-Mart shooting, and then the shooting at Dayton. While we’re mourning the victims who were senselessly taken from us, who do we turn to if the president of the United States is a raging egomaniacal sociopath? Well, Trump continued to prove, in a not at all shocking way, that he is still that raging egomaniacal sociopath that we’ve all come to expect from him by now. In fact this might be Trump at his most sickening and disturbing to date. Don’t boo yet.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump‘s recent visit to El Paso, Texas, was criticized by some following the tragic Walmart mass shooting there.

During a trip to victims at University Medical Center, the first couple took a photo with Paul Anchondo, an infant whose parents were killed in the shooting.

Jordan and Andre were shopping for school supplies for their 5-year-old daughter on Aug. 3 when gunfire erupted, Jordan’s aunt Elizabeth Terry told CNN. During the incident, Jordan shielded her baby while Andre shielded his wife, Jordan’s father, Paul Jamrowski, told the Today show.

On Thursday, Mrs. Trump was seen holding the baby, whom a senior White House official confirmed to CNN is the son of Jordan Anchondo, 25, and Andre Anchondo, 24. The president gave a thumbs-up and smiled for the photo op with the baby’s relatives, including the infant’s uncle Tito Anchondo.

Tito also told the Associated Press that President Trump “was just there to give his condolences and he was just being a human being.” Tito previously told NPR that his brother was a Trump supporter and he is, too.

Some liberal critics of the president criticized the tone of the photographed moment, following criticism that Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric was at the least an echo of a manifesto the suspected El Paso shooter is believed to have written.
https://people.com/politics/trump-backlash-holding-el-paso-orphaned-shooting/




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! How dare you use an infant whose parents were murdered as a photo op? Seriously just when you think that Trump couldn’t stoop any lower, new lows are achieved. Just how low is posing with a baby with dead parents as a photo op? Well, Trump could go even lower by attacking comedians who are mocking and trashing him. The mockery is well deserved and Trump deserves every bit of shit flung at him:

The president tweeted insults at the 'Real Time' host and one of his latest guests, Anthony Scaramucci, over the span of several hours on Saturday.

President Donald Trump on Saturday made it clear on Twitter that he wasn't a fan of the latest episode of Real Time With Bill Maher.

Early in the day, the president tweeted that he saw the comedian's HBO show that aired Friday night "by accident," then proceeded to detail his thoughts: "So many lies. He said patients in El Paso hospital didn’t want to meet with me. Wrong! Had really great meetings with numerous patients. Said I was on vacation. Wrong!" He added, "Working almost all of the time, including evenings. Don’t have to be in W.H. to do that...And sooo many other false statements. He is right about one thing, though. I will win again in 2020. Otherwise, he pays 95% in taxes!"

During his opening monologue on Friday's episode, Maher joked, "What a shitty week. Poor El Paso and Dayton, still reeling from two disasters: a mass shooting, and a Trump visit," he said, referring to the visits Trump made to communities affected by mass shootings that left 31 dead the previous weekend.

Continued Maher, "Everyone is asking the same questions, 'Why? Why? Why? Why does his hair look like that?" He said the president was going to head to a two-week vacation, "which will be different from working, how?" and added, "They want you to know that the president will be made available at all times if there is an emergency that needs to be made worse."
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trump-lashes-at-bill-maher-commentary-el-paso-visit-1230729




Ooh tell me! You don’t want to go there, Trump, because you will not win this war. Bill Maher is smarter and funnier than you will ever be! But yeah someone really needs to take Twitter away from Trump because he just can’t help being a complete horse’s ass. I mean really, any sane person would literally have to *TRY* to be as big of a dick as Trump is, but with him, it just comes natural.

Just a few hours after President Donald Trump visited with first-responders and people wounded in a shooting that claimed nine lives in Dayton, Ohio, he lashed out at the city’s mayor and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, claiming they “misrepresented” what happened during the trip.

Confusingly, neither seem to have criticized the President’s hospital visit, with Brown saying he was “glad” that Trump comforted the patients during the visit on Wednesday.

As he flew on Air Force One to visit victims of another shooting in El Paso, Trump tweeted images of himself visiting with victims and medical staff in Dayton. He also fired off a pair of tweets attacking Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Brown, who are both Democrats.

“It was a warm & wonderful visit. Tremendous enthusiasm & even Love,” the president wrote. “Then I saw failed Presidential Candidate (0%) Sherrod Brown & Mayor Whaley totally misrepresenting what took place inside of the hospital. Their news conference after I left for El Paso was a fraud. It bore no resemblance to what took place with those incredible people that I was so lucky to meet and spend time with. They were all amazing!”
https://time.com/5646318/donald-trump-el-paso-dayton-visits/




So is this really the guy who you want consoling you in a time of mass tragedy where there’s no answers coming from the top? He is the top!!! I mean really he’s the only guy on earth with maybe the exception of Boris Johnson, Modi, Duterte, Putin, and so on who could make a mass tragedy all about him, and that’s what he does. He’s all about that ego. Really, just don’t invite him anywhere, and if he insists on coming, stop him.

President Trump spent Wednesday traveling to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, visiting communities that were the sites of mass shootings last weekend. It’s the sort of thing presidents do, offering condolences and comforting those affected by a disaster. When there was a mass shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015 for example, Barack Obama visited the city and gave a speech eulogizing a pastor who had been killed and decrying gun violence.

Trump’s visits were a bit more opaque. The White House kept journalists at a distance during his stops at hospitals in both cities, telling reporters at one point that this was because the visit was “about the victims” and “not a photo op.”

Asked if Trump was well received, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told reporters on Air Force One, “I don’t think that there was a supportive/not supportive element to this. This was a ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘We’re with you.’ We’re sorry this happened to you.' It wasn’t about supportive or not supportive."

And then Trump tweeted some videos from his trip.

The first was an overview of his stop in Dayton. It’s framed entirely as a documentation of his trip, beginning with a shot of the Dayton skyline from the presidential motorcade and then pairing brief shots of Trump shaking hands with an evocative musical score. Several snippets show Trump posing for photos with police officers or medical staff, with the president smiling and giving a thumbs up.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/08/08/trumps-videos-showing-his-visits-dayton-el-paso-are-mostly-about-trump/





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Hey look, left or right, liberal or conservative, one thing I can think we all can agree on is just don’t hunt humans, OK? Doesn’t matter if it’s for sport or for… well any scenario in which you can hunt humans will never have a good outcome. And since we live in an era where mass shootings are at an all time high and you can buy a gun at the same place where you buy your pants, do we really need this? Even in the off chance that the creators of this movie don’t understand satire, one thing is almost certainly clear – Donald Trump doesn’t understand satire, along with the hundreds of other things he doesn’t quite understand! But yeah if the key to good comedy is timing, this is what one would call “bad timing”.

On Saturday, Universal announced that it was pulling the September 27 release of its thriller, "The Hunt."

The latest movie from Blumhouse Productions follows 12 strangers who suddenly wake up in a remote location and learn they have been chosen to be hunted in a game by a group of rich elites. It stars "Glow" star Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, and Hilary Swank. The movie is directed by Craig Zobel ("Compliance," episodes of HBO's "The Leftovers".

Universal halted the marketing for the movie following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Gilroy, California in early August. Now the studio has taken the movie off its slate entirely, with no indication of when it will be released.

"While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for 'The Hunt,' after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film," Universal said in a statement that went out on Saturday. "We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film."
https://www.businessinsider.com/universal-not-release-the-hunt-sparks-hollywood-debate-2019-8




Yeah so we don’t really need this. But the damage has already been done and the controversy is getting weirder and scarier. Because this is 2019 and we have social media. And conservatives on social media tend to hold grudges that are not escapable! As you know satire is one thing that conservatives and Trump don’t even begin to understand or comprehend. And of course any time Trump weighs in on a subject, he ruins whatever that subject happens to be! #addTrumpruinanything

After days of seeming to focus on comforting mass-shooting victims, pushing expanded background checks for gun purchases, lashing out at political nemeses, and making fun of Fox host Shepard Smith, President Trump took time out of his busy Friday to highlight yet another personal grievance: an upcoming “Racist” movie from “Liberal Hollywood,” the satirical point of which the president couldn’t understand or seemingly didn’t care to grasp.

“Hollywood, I don't call them the elites,” Trump complained to reporters at the White House on Friday. “I think the elites are people they go after in many cases, but Hollywood is really terrible. You're talking about racists? Hollywood is racist.”

He added, “What they’re doing with the kind of movies they're putting out, it's actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”

Later, he posted to Twitter, “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate!” and that “the movie coming out” is made to “inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others.”

Though he did not name the movie, Trump was almost certainly referring to The Hunt, an upcoming, blood-soaked satire starring Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, and Emma Roberts, and produced by Jason Blum. The thriller takes place at “the manor,” where wealthy, liberal elites hunt and kill for sport a group of political “deplorables” who’ve been captured as prey. On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter published a story revealing that The Hunt features “blue-state characters” selecting their targets based on whether they expressed anti-abortion opinions or uttered the N-word on Twitter.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-freaks-out-over-the-hunt-a-satirical-film-he-doesnt-understand-as-us-reels-from-mass-shootings




So... Trump and his supporters are a race now? Who knew? Let's extrapolate on this for a minute - if they are a race, it's very easy to discriminate against their stupidity. And we can also add satire to the growing list of things Trump supporters don't understand. He definitely doesn't have a sense of humor and neither do they! You know what conservatives, let me clue you in as to how the movie industry works. Someone had to come up with this idea and then pitched it to an executive or group of executives who said “Hey! This idea will work!”. And then it has to go through thousands of hours and channels before we even see the finished product. So that said, who saw this and thought it was going to be a good idea?

Universal Pictures has canceled the release of its upcoming thriller The Hunt, which was previously scheduled to hit theaters on Sept. 27, Variety reports. The film, a “Most Dangerous Game” riff from director Craig Zobel and screenwriters Damon Lindelof and Nick Cuse, features coastal elites hunting “deplorables” for sport. Universal had already put a hold on the film’s marketing in the wake of mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton—the trailer has scenes of civilians fleeing rifle fire and a point-of-view shot of a woman begging for her life before being shotgunned—but the last straw seems to have been an angry Twitter thread from Donald Trump on Friday, in which he alleged that Hollywood “is Racist at the highest level” and that The Hunt was “made in order to inflame and cause chaos.”

Whether or not Universal Pictures agrees with Trump about the filmmakers’ intentions, the company seems to have concluded that releasing a movie in which “deplorables” and coastal elites do their best to murder each other at this particular moment would indeed inflame and cause chaos. In an all-caps statement on The Hunt’s website, Universal announced that the film would not be released at this time and explained their thinking:

While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film. We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.

Naturally, Donald Trump didn’t come up with the idea of railing against The Hunt all on his own; as Slate’s Rhodes Murphy noted, Fox News has been on a tear about it for about a week. The introduction to a segment on Friday night’s Ingraham Angle, headlined “NBC Universal still planning to release The Hunt despite backlash,” gives a pretty good sense of the way a story like this gets incepted into the vast echo chamber that is our president’s skull:

We were the first to tell you earlier this week about that NBC/Universal movie, and now they’re facing some backlash for moving forward with this controversial film The Hunt. The film is about wealthy liberals hunting and killing “deplorables” on a reserve. The studio pulled ads for the film after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, but a source told Fox News, “there are no plans to not release the movie,”—double negative—“No plans to move the release.” Will this be a decision they come to regret? Joining me now is actor Robert Davi.
https://slate.com/culture/2019/08/the-hunt-canceled-universal-craig-zobel-betty-gilpin-hilary-swank.html




That is a good point, Dude. And of course Trump didn’t come up with this idea on his own, did you really expect him to? But in all the outrage and hype, does anyone know what “The Hunt” is even about? Did you read the novel and watch the trailer? Did you even watch the trailer? Or did you just read the IMDB description and go with that? Seriously, WTF? For those of you outraged by “The Hunt”, I urge you to look up a Tim Allen flick called “Big Trouble” and all the outrage over when that movie was released, and what happened to it after it eventually was.

But there’s another factor that, in all likelihood, fed into the decision not to release “The Hunt,” and that factor is undeniably political (which doesn’t necessarily make it wrong). In the nine days since the El Paso massacre, many have felt that that shooting, not just in its horror but in its overtly articulated white-supremacist underpinnings (which are part of the horror), may, at long last, have marked a tipping point in the national dialogue about gun laws. For the first time in maybe forever, the right seems not just on the defensive about this issue. The right seems on the run.

Is Mitch McConnell’s declaration about a new Republican openness to background checks a piece of political posturing or an actual shift? It’s too soon to say (I lean toward thinking it’s posturing), but the very fact that we’re having this dialogue right now is meaningful. It may mark a shift in something more important than the Republican Party: namely, the consciousness of the American public itself. And if that’s indeed the case, that the liberal — or, as I think of it, the common-sensical and humane — position on gun laws is, in the wake of this tragedy, gaining a traction that it has sought and failed to gain for years, then it would be sheer folly, in the midst of all that, to release a high-profile piece of entertainment that depicts the “elites” the Trump camp has declared to be its sworn foes hunting down their “lowly” adversaries as a kind of gleeful bloodsport. In blunt political terms, the optics are horrendous. And so, for the sake of finally grappling with this issue in a way that could save lives in the future, the notion of putting “The Hunt” on the shelf makes practical and human sense.

Will it stay on the shelf forever? One of the reasons I’m not too concerned about the specter of censorship — and this, admittedly, is sheer speculation — is that my gut tells me that “The Hunt,” at some point, will be released. But if that’s the case, then why didn’t the studio just say so? Because in the realpolitik realm of corporate image management, it would be awkward, if not untenable. “We believe the release of this film, in the wake of El Paso and Dayton, would be unseemly…but six months from now, it will be just fine!” That could well prove to be how it works, but by saying that it’s “canceling” the release of “The Hunt” instead of “postponing” it (to some indefinite future), Universal is doing what it feels like it has to do right now, which is to put out the fire.
https://variety.com/2019/film/news/the-hunt-universal-right-call-1203298926/





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You know how there’s always that one guy who shows up late to the party after it’s crashed and burned and makes a total ass of himself before quietly bowing out? Well, that guy is Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. You might be wondering why you saw Equinox and SoulCycle trending on Twitter. You also might be wondering what the hell Equinox and SoulCycle are. Well they’re gyms and workout classes aimed at celebrites and people with a lot of money to throw around. And the guy in charge of them is billionaire Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. While the rest of the country was pissed at Trump for fuming the racism fires after the El Paso and Dayton shootings, Stephen Ross was planning a $250K a plate fundraiser for Trump at Hard Rock Stadium. Yeah, too soon, guys.

Those of us with lighter wallets can only imagine that when one is wealthy enough to have it all, that luxury might come with a sense of entitlement. Of expecting to have it both ways, all ways, any way the billionaire desires.

Doesn’t always work that way, of course, as Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross is being reminded.

Ross’ net worth is estimated at $7.7 billion, but he doesn’t have enough money to buy his way out of this controversy of his own design, this distraction his football team hardly needs as it prepares for the NFL season.

You still say sports and politics don’t mix? Ross just mixed them, and with combustible results.

Ross hosted a $250,000-per-person luncheon fundraiser for Donald Trump on Friday at The Hamptons in New York, raising $12 million for the president’s reelection campaign — then appeared stunned there might be a negative backlash. News website Axios.com reported Ross “freaked out” over the reaction. The New York Post reported Trump joked about the controversy during the fundraiser, saying, “Steve Ross got into a little bit of trouble this week. I said, ‘Steve, welcome to the world of politics.’”
https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/greg-cote/article233779147.html




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! So if you’re keeping score at home, there’s two more businesses to add to the “do not buy” list – SoulCycle and Equinox, but that’s only if you’ve got some serious money to burn. As if that’s not enough there’s two *MORE* businesses connected to Stephen Ross and now @realDonaldTrump – upscale Japanese restaurants Majordomo and Momofuku, who basically said “fuck you” to the protestors on the same day:

David Chang’s restaurant Majordomo donated all of its profits on Friday after one of its investors threw a fundraiser for President Donald Trump the same day.

The menu at the Chinatown restaurant featured a section saying profits would be donated to charities including Planned Parenthood, RAICES, Everytown and Sierra Club. A diner at the restaurant Friday evening said a server confirmed the move was done in response to the fundraiser held the same day by billionaire Stephen Ross, a real estate developer and the owner of the Miami Dolphins. Ross is the chairman of RSE Ventures, a private investment firm that is one of the backers of Chang’s restaurant group.

Those same charities also will receive money from Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar. In an email newsletter Monday, the Manhattan restaurant said: “Throughout the month, a portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to City Harvest as well as these organizations that support causes we care about: Everytown, Planned Parenthood, RAICES Texas, Sierra Club and the Serge Ibaka Foundation.”

It was unclear whether other Momofuku restaurants participated and how much was donated. A call to Majordomo’s manager on Saturday was not returned, and a Momofuku spokeswoman declined to comment Monday afternoon.
https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2019-08-12/majordomo-momofuku-david-chang-stephen-ross-trump




That they do! and you know what? I say let them blow their money, they are going to be on the wrong side of the battle anyways come 2020. We want these fascist pieces of shit out of the White House, but as long as big money controls politics, they can do this kind of shit. And come on, Stephen Ross, this is 2019, we have social media. Don’t be surprised when the outrage machine finds out when you support the bad guys. I can’t feel too sorry for you.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross didn’t flinch in response to criticism over his decision to hold a six-figure fundraiser for President Trump. But Ross thought about it.

Jonathan Swan of Axios.com reports that Ross “freaked out” over the reaction to the situation, and that he considered canceling the event due to pressure directed to SoulCycle and Equinox, two fitness brands he owns. Trump associates persuaded Ross to continue as planned.

“Stay strong, it’s not going to be that bad. Not that many people are going to boycott the gym,” an unnamed source told Swan, paraphrasing the message directed to Ross.

The New York Post reports that President Trump joked about the situation at one of two fundraisers on Friday.

“Steve Ross got into a little bit of trouble this week, I said, ‘Steve, welcome to the world of politics,'” Trump said.

Welcome to the world of politics indeed. Plenty of NFL owners have supported President Trump for the past four years with no backlash. As opposition to racially divisive rhetoric and tweets emanating from the Oval Office grows, public figures who continue to support him necessarily will feel more and more pressure to sever ties.
https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/08/11/report-stephen-ross-freaked-out-over-reaction-to-presidential-fundraiser/




Yeah let me play a sad song for you, Stephen Ross. Like this. But seriously when you hang with the bad guys don’t be surprised when it comes to bite you in the ass. With as toxic as our current political environment is, hanging out with the bad guys might be, I don’t know, bad for business? We’ve seen time and time again how it creates buyer’s remorse, but this is buyer’s remorse for people who have way too much money:

Kenny Stills isn’t the only Stephen Ross employee to publicly question with Ross this week.

Like the receiver who plays for the football team Ross owns, the CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality disagrees with the decision of the nonprofit’s founder to host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump.

“This is a decision I personally wish Steve had not made,” Diahann Billings-Burford told Jason Reid of ESPN.com. She admitted that she has had “difficult conversations” regarding the impact of that decision on the credibility of RISE with black athletes.

“I totally understand, empathize — I don’t know what word is more powerful — [with] the disappointment and criticism toward Steve for making this decision,” Billings-Burford told Reid. “I would have to lack perspective to not understand why this decision would not make athletes hesitate to work with RISE.”

Billings-Burford understands that, in the end, RISE may have less support from professional athletes.
https://sports.yahoo.com/ceo-rise-wishes-stephen-ross-161106255.html





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The city of Las Vegas – you know them best as the booze soaked gambling empire that’s been the home of bad choices since the 1960s. But Vegas is currently under attack. By a grasshopper invasion that’s literally visible from space. Grasshoppers From Outer Space might be a good 1950smonster movie, by the way. But in all serious, there’s a lot of grasshoppers. And what is fueling the invasion? What is causing it? And how can it be solved? These are the questions that must be asked.

Sometimes all you need is a wild weekend in Las Vegas, amongst the lights, sounds, and attractions of the Sin City.

And it seems like grasshoppers are no exception, descending on Las Vegas last week in such numbers that you can even see them on the weather radar.

The images from the ground are just as intense – flocks of grasshoppers congregating near the many lights and neon signs in Vegas would make anyone think twice before going and hitting the slot machines.

But breathe easy, these aren't locusts and this isn't the second coming. Instead there's a perfectly scientific explanation for this bizarre phenomenon: rain.

Nevada has already had much more rain in 2019 than in an average year, making for an especially great season for the pallid-winged grasshopper (Trimerotropis pallidipennis).

They're native to the desert regions across America, and this isn't the first time we're seen them explode in numbers.
https://www.sciencealert.com/check-the-weather-radar-grasshoppers-have-descended-on-las-vegas




Yes, patience young grasshopper. These insects came for the neon lights and the hard partying lifestyle of Las Vegas. And they’re hanging around because they’re attracted to neon. But as we look around, what’s causing these insects to multiply in such large numbers this way? Well there’s a great many reasons why the grasshoppers have stuck around but there’s also a lot of reasons why they are most likely here to stay.

Watch out where you're walking because grasshoppers have invaded the Las Vegas valley.

You've probably seen them, the little flying bugs are suddenly everywhere. But where did they come from?

Nevada's state entomologist held an impromptu press conference on Thursday to set the record straight.

RELATED: Grasshoppers invade Las Vegas valley again

"The grasshopper that just came in the last couple days to Las Vegas is the pallid-winged grasshopper," said Jeff Knight, the state entomologist with the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Knight says the grasshoppers are not new. He remembers swarms flying this far north several times since the 1960's.

"The ones that started down probably in Laughlin or southern Nevada, or even Arizona, are the ones that are moving up to central Nevada. So a couple hundred miles," said Knight.
https://www.ktnv.com/news/grasshoppers-invade-las-vegas-valley




So it’s really part of a grasshopper invasion. Grasshopper Invasion, by the way, saw them at the Troubadour this weekend, awesome band. While people are pondering what to do with their insect overlords (another great band), how are the citizens of Las Vegas coping with the situation? Some are worried about their lawns, of course. And these are the types of things you don’t want on your yard, where is Clint Eastwood?

Grasshoppers in Southern Nevada hit the national news. They’re not a problem for humans or large animals because they carry no diseases and they don’t bite, but let’s talk about your home yard.

Just like anything else that’s living, grasshoppers need something to eat and something to drink. Home landscapes provide both water and food. So do resort landscapes. So why leave? Looks like they will be here until fall, when cooler temperatures arrive.

Our very wet spring made all this happen. Our spring rains also caused diseases like bunch rot on grapes to occur when it has been rare here in the past. It caused leaf diseases that defoliated some varieties of peach trees. Cicadas came out of the ground in abundance, and their mating noises attracted the wasp-looking cicada killers as well. In short, our weird spring caused many weird things to happen in our desert.

Grasshoppers or locusts? Locusts are social grasshoppers. Whereas grasshoppers operate alone, locusts operate en masse. Locusts make legends with their voracious community swarming and appetites. Locusts feed and destroy everything in their path. Grasshoppers don’t. Their voracious appetites aren’t legendary, and their huge mandibles don’t bite people but can take some big chunks out of garden and landscape plants. Grasshoppers are destructive but not like locusts.
https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-columns/bob-morris/grasshoppers-can-be-destructive-to-yards-1820167/




Yes, get off our lawns. While some are worried about the grasshopper invasion and some see it as the second coming of the plague, others however have a different opinion. Some business owners in Vegas have been cashing in on the opportunity to make money off the insects. One such business owner has turned the grasshoppers into… a pizza topping. Yes, you can now get Grasshopper Pizza (another awesome band name). Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

In the kitchen of a Las Vegas pizzeria, there’s a new ingredient landing atop New York-style slices.

And you might call it chicken of the desert: grasshoppers.

“The Canyon Hopper” pizza at Evel Pie hit the menu this week after a biblical-level migration of pallid-winged grasshoppers swarmed Sin City’s neon lights and sidewalks – an invasion so thick it looked like a storm on weather radar.

"It's hit the world by swarm," Branden Powers, Evel Pie's managing partner and creator, told the USA TODAY Network.

If you stop into the parlor at 508 Fremont St. in downtown Las Vegas, a slice will cost $5.50. But supplies are selling out fast.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/08/03/las-vegas-pizzerias-new-grasshopper-pizza-takes-world-swarm/1909124001/




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




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Lexington! 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!! There is a war brewing among the spiritual left and the spiritual right, and the right thinks they have a monopoly on all of those who are holy! But they don’t. In fact they have an ego larger than the city of Gammorah. That being said, are these the fires of SAYTAN that are being fanned by the unholy wicked among us and they will burn in hell for all eternity! Welcome to Holy Shit, everybody! So is this something that is needed according to our brothers and sisters on the right? They seem to think so, and they are fighting a war that nobody asked for or wanted.

Lance Wallnau, a “prophetic” author and promoter of Seven Mountains Dominionism, makes his money in part as a life coach/motivational speaker. He’s now inviting his followers to shell out about $1000 in registration fees for a “spiritual warfare” gathering at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. over Labor Day weekend.

Meeting in Trump’s D.C. hotel has become a way for entities ranging from foreign governments to lobbying groups to showcase their support for Trump while enriching the Trump family. But it’s even more than that for the subset of conservative Christians who believe Trump was anointed by God to save America and, some believe, to help bring about the second coming of Christ. In his conference promotion, Wallnau says that Trump International “has angelic activity at a different level” than other resorts. In an accompanying video message, he adds that the hotel is “Grand Central for spiritual activity.” At an earlier dominionist gathering at the hotel, prayer warriors asked God to unleash his angel armies against Trump’s enemies in the deep state.

One thing that Wallnau and other dominionist leaders offer their followers is the belief that they play a key role in the raging spiritual warfare over the fate of this country and humanity itself in the end times. “We have entered the timing of angelic warfare over the destiny of NATIONS!” Wallanu said in an email marketing his “Dream Trip” conference, which had the subject line, “Your Blueprint to ADVANCE in the Heavenly Battle.” He told his supporters, “Your destiny is wrapped up in a heavenly battle—the battle over the harvest of souls and nations.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/spiritual-warfare-event-at-trumps-dc-hotel-to-feature-pro-trump-prophet-lance-wallnau/




Yes, Brother Lance, it’s not about Jesus. No, JAYSUS gave up a long time ago because of the nonsense coming from you. What’s it really about? It’s about the almighty dollar!! Yes, the good LAWRD has taken monetary form and he needs all of the cash money bling bling! Can I get an amen??? But spiritual warfare comes in many forms and you never know what it’s going to take!

Frank Amedia, the tsunami-stopping and ant-reviving pastor who served as an unofficial Christian liaison between Donald Trump and the Religious Right during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, spoke at a “National Apostolic and Prophetic Gathering” in Florida last week, where he revealed the transactional nature of the relationship between Trump and the Religious Right.

Amedia, who now runs POTUS Shield—a “prophetic” network conceived to wage spiritual warfare on behalf of Trump—explained that Trump is a “street-fighter president” who will fight dirty on behalf of the Religious Right because knows that he needs their support, so much so that he will do their bidding without even knowing what he is talking about.

“When I met Donald Trump, he wasn’t a man of God,” Amedia said. “God didn’t call a man of God, he called a warrior. He called a street fighter. How many of you have ever been in a street fight? You don’t go into a street fight to fight fair, you go in to come out and win; you come out to hurt the other guy and come out to win. And if they hit you, you hit back. Sometimes you hit first. That’s what we have. We have a street-fighter president.”

“So don’t expect him to be gracious,” Amedia continued. “He fumbles words: Two Corinthians, this and that. He has people telling him stuff and he listens to it and politically he wants the support of the faith group but he also knows the faith group put him in office. He knows two things put him in office because I had the opportunity to prophesy to him before it happened. I put it in his hands, I know he received it. And one was if you bless Israel, you shall be blessed; if you curse her, you shall be cursed. And when he stood up and said those things at AIPAC in March of 2016, he didn’t even know what he was saying.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/frank-amedia-exposes-the-transactional-relationship-between-trump-and-the-religious-right/




Really? They couldn’t come up with a better name than POTUS Shield? POTUS Shield sounds like the name of a product that you’d find in the adult incontinence section of your local pharmacy! Thank you my fair congregation! But really when it comes to spiritual warfare, you have to look at how crazy supporters of the Unholy Dark One, whose name shall *NOT* be spoken in my church are! And really, is anyone surprised that POTUS Shield has been up to some shady activity?

Frank Amedia, the tsunami-stopping and ant-reviving pastor who served as an unofficial Christian liaison between Donald Trump and the Religious Right during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, spoke at a “National Apostolic and Prophetic Gathering” in Florida last week, where he revealed the transactional nature of the relationship between Trump and the Religious Right.

Amedia, who now runs POTUS Shield—a “prophetic” network conceived to wage spiritual warfare on behalf of Trump—explained that Trump is a “street-fighter president” who will fight dirty on behalf of the Religious Right because knows that he needs their support, so much so that he will do their bidding without even knowing what he is talking about.

“When I met Donald Trump, he wasn’t a man of God,” Amedia said. “God didn’t call a man of God, he called a warrior. He called a street fighter. How many of you have ever been in a street fight? You don’t go into a street fight to fight fair, you go in to come out and win; you come out to hurt the other guy and come out to win. And if they hit you, you hit back. Sometimes you hit first. That’s what we have. We have a street-fighter president.”

“So don’t expect him to be gracious,” Amedia continued. “He fumbles words: Two Corinthians, this and that. He has people telling him stuff and he listens to it and politically he wants the support of the faith group but he also knows the faith group put him in office. He knows two things put him in office because I had the opportunity to prophesy to him before it happened. I put it in his hands, I know he received it. And one was if you bless Israel, you shall be blessed; if you curse her, you shall be cursed. And when he stood up and said those things at AIPAC in March of 2016, he didn’t even know what he was saying.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/frank-amedia-exposes-the-transactional-relationship-between-trump-and-the-religious-right/




And in case you’re wondering why our brothers and sisters on the right are always talking and acting like they’re fighting in a war, that’s because they are fighting a war that no one asked for or even wanted to start! If you’re looking for your first assignment, here it is – the religious right is coming for my home state of California and they’re going to flip or die trying. We must make sure that doesn’t happen!

Murillo is not the only one hoping to bring change to California. Christian nationalist David Lane’s California Renewal Project hosted pre-election sessions last year encouraging conservative pastors to get more involved in politics. Lane’s pastor-politician Rob McCoy told an Engage California rally the Saturday before the midterm elections that if Christians would only show up to vote, “we would dominate every election up and down the state.”

As it turned out, the midterms were a disaster for the Republican Party in California. As we noted this week, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to revive the GOP’s influence in the state with a group called New Way California; its recent summit featured National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference leader Samuel Rodriguez and GOP Assemblyman Chad Mayes, who was the “special guest” at a 2016 California Renewal Project event.

Of course, Wallnau has said that Democratic victories in the mid-term elections were part of God’s “brilliant” strategy to allow voters to see how radical the party has become, which will help Trump win re-election.

One of the first few responses to Wallnau’s recent Facebook post included a link to a Q-conspiracy video about the world-destroying conspiracy of globalist and “deep state” criminals—and Trump’s role in dismantling “the cabal.” The commenter wrote that Jesus Christ has plans to save America and the world using “our President and ALL the Patriots, and Biblical Christians who will stand up.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/saving-california-and-america-from-occult-empowered-activists-socialism-and-the-devil/




Actually these people are! In fact they are dangerous and crazy and fighting a war that nobody asked for or wanted! So when you go out on the battlefield, choose wisely! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Whenever mass shootings occur, the first thing that people want to know is “why”. What caused this mass murderer to go off the rails and shoot up a whole bunch of people? Well, since mass shootings are becoming more frequent, and getting worse and worse, our excuses as to why they happen are getting dumber and dumber. And there have been some jaw-droppingly stupid excuses, like after the Gavelston shooting when Dan Patrick proposed that the reasons that school shootings occur is that schools have “too many exits” (see: Idiots #4-19 ), and yes that’s a thing that has happened. There’s been a lot of stupidity about this lately. So much that we’ve reverted our arguments to using one of our favorite age-old excuses as to why they happen: violent video games! Yes, everyone’s favorite circular firing squad argument has now literally come full circle.

President Donald Trump called for curbing “gruesome and grisly video games” that contribute to a “culture of violence” as a response to the horrific shooting sprees in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but it had the ring of the familiar.

Trump and other political figures have put blame at the industry’s doorstep after other shooting tragedies, but the big difference Monday was the swift rebuke that greeted it.

Gun-reform advocates are more vocal now than they were in February 2018, when Trump’s administration last pointed a finger at the video game industry in the wake of the school massacre in Parkland, FL. Within minutes of Trump’s new comments today, those reformists called him out and “VideoGamesAreNotToBlame” surged as a trending hashtag, while debate began raging about which posed the greater threat to American society, pervasive first-person shooter games or the availability of real-world firepower.

The hashtag soon roused a major social media constituency that rarely devotes much screen time to Beltway topics: Gamers and the video-game industry began professing their passion for their virtual pastime and comparing the current criticism to previous eras when comic books, heavy metal music, horror films and hip-hop took their turns in the hot seat.
https://deadline.com/2019/08/video-game-violence-trumps-blame-game-leads-to-backlash-from-gamers-gun-law-reformists-1202661958/




So it’s basically the same circle jerk over and over and over again. And while we’re at it, let’s blame everything but the guns. In fact let’s go Biblical and start blaming the lack of God for mass shootings, because why not? There’s many reasons that you could blame for the shootings last week, but let’s blame anti-republican values. Just act like it’s not the fault of the gun at all. That’s what one Ohio lawmaker did:

State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, said in a post to her Facebook page that blame for the Dayton shootings should be placed on the breakdown of the traditional family, gay marriage, violent video games, professional athletes who protest the American flag, recreational marijuana and “snowflakes, who can’t accept a duly-elected President.”

When reached by phone Sunday, Keller said she posted something to her private, personal Facebook page. When a reporter read the entire statement to her, Keller said it sounded like part of her posting but she couldn’t be sure if it had been altered.

The posting apparently has been removed, but screen grabs of the post were circulated on social media.

Keller said following mass shootings, there is a move to lay blame and attack the 2nd Amendment. “There needs to be a time for healing before we lash out at the Constitution and one another,” she said.

Keller called the Dayton shooting tragic, stunning and alarming.

Butler County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Hester said “She loves to fan the flames and play the role of victim here, not the nine people who were killed….She is fundamentally unfit for office. She is an embarrassment to her party, to conservatives, to Butler County and to the state Legislature.”
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/dayton-shooting-due-to-family-breakdown-gay-marriage-video-games-state-lawmaker-says/ar-AAFkAGc?li=BBnbcA1




Just remember that Joseph Goebbles himself said “accuse the other side of which you are guilty”. And no one loves to play the victim more than conservatives do. So why bring up the argument about violent video games? As if Trump fans need yet *ANOTHER* thing to boycott. Is it a crime that they don’t want to play Wolfenstein – a game where the job is to literally kill Nazis? Yeah that would be bad for business right now! Well, what’s worse – the games or the guns? Walmart has the answer:

Walmart is taking down displays of violent video games in its stores in the wake of recent shootings. But the company plans to still sell the controversial video games -- and guns.
The change in policy does not apply to the sale or display of actual firearms. As the nation's largest retailer, Walmart is also one of the largest sellers of guns and ammunition in the world.

Walmart (WMT) has previously promoted violent video games in its stores with displays that demonstrate the games. Some shoppers could conceivably mistake the soundtrack of those games for actual gunshots. Walmart and its customers are particularly sensitive to gun shot sounds following two recent fatal shootings at Walmarts in Texas and Mississippi.

"We've taken this action out of respect for the incidents of the past week, and this action does not reflect a long-term change in our video game assortment," said Walmart spokesperson Tara House.

The company will also stop playing violent movies and shows on televisions in its electronics section. It will similarly stop playing hunting videos in its sporting goods section. A memo to store personnel directing the change in policy was first publicly disclosed on social media Thursday.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/09/business/walmart-violent-video-games/index.html




Yeah so Walmart took a stance that should be in no way shape or form be surprising to anyone, especially to frequent viewers of this program! Really this is why we can’t have nice things, people! So if we can’t ban guns or the sale of guns then what? I’m starting to think we really should start infringing on the second amendment because… we can’t keep living like this. This is definitely no way to live.

Since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, and even before that, researchers have been studying the effects of playing violent video games. What they've found is simply put: Playing violent video games doesn't lead to real-life violent acts.

"Recent research has shown that as video games have become more popular, children in the United States and Europe are having fewer behavior problems, are less violent and score better on standardized tests," Christopher J. Ferguson, a psychology professor at Texas A&M International University, wrote in the science journal Review of General Psychology back in 2010. "Violent video games have not created the generation of problem youth so often feared."

In 2017, the American Psychological Association outright warned against journalists and lawmakers connecting real-life violence with video-game violence:

"Journalists and policy makers do their constituencies a disservice in cases where they link acts of real-world violence with the perpetrators' exposure to violent video games or other violent media. There's little scientific evidence to support the connection, and it may distract us from addressing those issues that we know contribute to real-world violence."

When the APA looked at various studies of violent video games and whether playing them had any relation to aggressive acts, it found "scant evidence ... that makes any causal or correlational connection between playing violent video games and actually committing violent activities."
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-blames-mass-shootings-on-video-games-versus-guns-2019-8#there-is-a-long-history-of-claims-that-playing-violent-video-games-leads-to-real-life-violence-it-has-been-proven-false-repeatedly-yet-politicians-continue-to-claim-a-connection-that-doesnt-exist-2





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This week – the Tucker Carlson Show – how is this still a thing? With racism and mass shootings being linked in the news, you can always count on the one guy who repeatedly says that there’s a war on white people, and that person is not David Duke. It’s Tucker Carlson, the guy who Fox News brought in to replace Bill O’Reilly. And if you’re too toxic for Fox News, that’s pretty fucking toxic to begin with. So what did Tucker say to piss off his advertisers this week? Well, he thinks that white supremacy is – wait for it – a hoax. Yes, he and the NRA are both in “move along, nothing to see here” mode. And their whiteness is really starting to show.

Fox News and host Tucker Carlson have lost more advertisers in the wake of the racist and false remarks the conservative commentator made this week about white supremacy — specifically, that it is a “hoax just like the Russia hoax” that has been promoted by the media.

“It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power,” Carlson alleged Tuesday night before he claimed that he had evidence to support his false claim.

“I’ve lived here 50 years, and I’ve never met anybody — not one person — who ascribes to white supremacy,” the Fox News host offered as his apparent form of proof. “I don’t know a single person who thinks that’s a good idea.”

Carlson’s racist remarks earned the praise of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, one of the nation’s most infamous white supremacists, who declared on Twitter that “Tucker is RIGHT! White Supremacy is a ZioMedia Conspiracy Theory! The term itself is a lie.”

Carlson’s comments were otherwise widely condemned. They came just days after an avowed white supremacist opened fire in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring more than two dozen others.
https://www.alternet.org/2019/08/fox-news-advertisers-jump-ship-as-tucker-carlson-comes-under-fire-for-calling-white-supremacy-a-hoax/




Fox News and host Tucker Carlson have lost more advertisers in the wake of the racist and false remarks the conservative commentator made this week about white supremacy — specifically, that it is a “hoax just like the Russia hoax” that has been promoted by the media.

“It’s a conspiracy theory used to divide the country and keep a hold on power,” Carlson alleged Tuesday night before he claimed that he had evidence to support his false claim.

“I’ve lived here 50 years, and I’ve never met anybody — not one person — who ascribes to white supremacy,” the Fox News host offered as his apparent form of proof. “I don’t know a single person who thinks that’s a good idea.”

Carlson’s racist remarks earned the praise of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, one of the nation’s most infamous white supremacists, who declared on Twitter that “Tucker is RIGHT! White Supremacy is a ZioMedia Conspiracy Theory! The term itself is a lie.”

Carlson’s comments were otherwise widely condemned. They came just days after an avowed white supremacist opened fire in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring more than two dozen others.

In the wake of controversy, two companies have announced they will no longer advertise on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Nestlé and HelloFresh, which have both advertised on Carlson’s show in the past, told The Hollywood Reporter (THR) they have no plans to continue advertising on Carlson’s show.

Long John Silver will no longer advertise on Fox News, according to Media Matters.
https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/more-advertisers-flee-after-fox-news-host-tucker-carlson-falsely-claims-white-supremacy-is-a-hoax/




And you know when Long John Silvers decides not to sponsor you anymore, you’re pretty much a lost cause. So how can you say you don’t know any white supremacists? You are one! Of course when that happens and you catch the eye of KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, just seriously stop what you are doing and get some help. Really, how stupid does Tucker Carlson get?

Carlson is not a fringe figure in the conservative movement. He is one of Trump’s favorite pundits who has privately advised the president on policy and host of one of the highest-rated shows on television during his timeslot. He founded the Daily Caller, one of the largest conservative news websites, and was a keynote speaker at the recent “National Conservatism” conference (a gathering of conservative luminaries that aimed to develop an intellectual scaffolding for the new nationalist populism).

The fact that Carlson is not only tolerated in the movement, but celebrated, points to a serious problem for conservatism today: the movement’s impoverished understanding of race and racism.

For decades, the modern conservative movement has depended on racial appeals — sometimes coded, sometimes overt — to seize political power. From Nixon’s “Southern strategy” to Reagan’s rhetoric about “welfare queens” to Trump making the subtext the text, whites with high levels of racial grievance have been a crucial part of the Republican political coalition. Conservative movement agenda items that hurt working-class whites, like cuts to the welfare state, are made palatable to them through racially coded rhetoric.

“What Reagan had succeeded in doing was tarnishing liberalism as a giveaway to people of color,” Ian Haney López, a professor at UC Berkeley who studies race and American politics, told me in a 2017 interview. “Investment in our cities, investment in our schools, investment in social welfare programs, all of that was branded as giveaway to undeserving minorities.”
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/8/7/20757366/tucker-carlson-white-supremacy-hoax-el-paso




Yes, nothing to see here. Except that conservatism has a huge white supremacy problem. They used to be able to hide their racism. But electing a president who’s as racist as they are, they are brining their racism out into the open for the whole world to see. And now that they actually have a mass shooter who quoted the president and wrote a whole racist manifesto, how are they going to do damage control on this? You can’t really. And like usual, just like Laura Ingraham, even a full advertising boycott won’t work this time.

Twenty-four hours after Fox News fixture Tucker Carlson stirred up a hornet’s nest by characterizing the country’s white supremacy scourge as “a hoax,” the host of the network’s 8 p.m. hour informed viewers that he would be “taking several days off.” The sudden vacation, which Carlson announced at the end of Wednesday night’s program—“[I’m] headed to the wilderness to fish with my son”—is a stratagem familiar to Fox News watchers; in the past two years, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly have all taken time off from their respective shows after things they’d said or done sent advertisers packing. (In O’Reilly’s case, he never returned from his spontaneous vacation; Carlson set up shop in the “Factor” time slot on April 24, 2017, a mere five days after the previous occupant was let go.)

However you care to interpret this latest disappearing act (in every instance, Fox News has characterized the time off as a “planned vacation”), the familiar call for marketers to pull their advertising from Carlson’s show has sounded. As The Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr notes, there’s been no mass exodus from Carlson’s show thus far, although Nestlé has said it will no longer promote its Proactiv brand via that particular 60-minute vehicle.

Questions as to the validity of quizzing Carlson’s sponsors about their media planning aside—in such cases it’s arguably difficult to separate journalism from advocacy—the obsessive chronicling of advertisers who may be jumping ship at the moment is a bit of an empty exercise, given that a reallocation of spend from Carlson’s show to another Fox News program has no material impact on Fox News’ bottom line. In this case, the only individual brand that could actually inflict damage on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is MyPillow; per iSpot.tv estimates, the direct-response marketer thus far in 2019 has invested $26.7 million in “TCT,” accounting for one-third of the program’s overall sales tally. And, no, MyPillow’s not going anywhere.
https://adage.com/article/media/why-tucker-carlson-hoax-related-advertiser-boycott-wont-work/2190741




Yeah so the only brand that could do serious damage to Tucker Carlson is My Pillow, and that guy is a hardcore Trump fan. So that’s enough to make you ask – the Tucker Carlson show:




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Of course you know by now that people are people, and people are dumb. And I love these stories and this segment, I could talk about stupid people all day. Wait – I do talk about stupid people all day! So who is dumb this week? Well I want to start with this story out of Bettendorf, Iowa, because this is multiple levels of crazy. You’ve got casinos, you’ve got boats, and you’ve got a very poorly planned scheme gone horribly wrong. And really, if you’re going to steal a boat, maybe, I don’t know, learn how to navigate the waters or you might accidentally steer your boat into a construction zone where there’s cops everywhere!

A naked man was arrested after he stole a boat and floated into the I-74 bridge construction area Sunday night.

Tobias Hartsfield, 43, from Bettendorf, was naked when he took a boat from the Isle of Capri marina and floated towards a barge in the new bridge construction area on August 11, before 11 p.m. according to a statement from Lauran Haldeman, a spokeswoman for the city.

Hartsfield got onto the barge and untied ropes, causing the barge to shift, before he went back to the stolen boat where he was arrested by police.

Upon arrest, police were unable to find Hartsfield's clothing, according to the statement. A tug boat was also called to move the barge back into place.

Hartsfield was given clothes at the jail. He was charged with theft, trespassing and first degree and second degree criminal mischief.
https://wqad.com/2019/08/12/naked-bettendorf-man-stole-a-boat-arrested-near-isle-casino/




Next up – don’t look a gift car in the mouth. We go to Indiana for this story. So what happens if you ask for a Jaguar and get a BMW? I don’t know anyone who would choose a Jaguar over a BMW but whatever floats your boat I guess. And in what seems like a page from Homer Simpson’s playbook, this guy tried to plunge his car into the river and got caught doing it. Really, this is a great one for the “Simpsons Did It” file:

An Indian man apparently angered at getting a BMW for his birthday - instead of a Jaguar - pushed the new vehicle into a river.

Video posted on social media shows it floating away on the river in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

It later got stuck on a bank of tall grass and the man, said to be the son of a local landlord, tried to rescue it.

Police are investigating the incident, local media report.

BMW cars cost around 3.5m rupees (£41,400; $49,000) locally, with Jaguars costing about 4-5m rupees.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49305126




Next up we go to Nashville for this story. I have so many questions about this story. A flight attendant hid in the overhead bin on a flight from Nashville to Philadelphia. And I’m not sure who’s stupider – the person hiding in the overhead bin or the crew who didn’t discover this person until after they land? I mean come on, I have to check my bag when the overhead bin is too full!

Overhead space is at a premium on most planes, but passengers on a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to Philadelphia found their carry-ons crowded out by a flight attendant who had climbed inside the overhead compartment.

The incident, which occurred before the plane doors were closed, was filmed by passenger Veronica Lloyd, who returning home to Pennsylvania.

In the clip, the unnamed female attendant can be seen on her side and then rolling onto her stomach. It appears she was starting to say something when the video cut off.

Lloyd told Fox News she was "perplexed" by the attendant's impromptu hide-and-seek, noting she was up there for at least 10 minutes. "It was very interesting. I think she was doing it to try and be funny and make the passengers laugh."

"Southwest Employees are known for demonstrating their sense of humor and unique personalities. In this instance, one of our flight attendants attempted to have a brief moment of fun with customers during boarding. Of course, this is not our normal procedure, and Southwest crews always maintain safety as their top priority."
https://www.newsweek.com/southwest-airlines-flight-attendant-overhead-compartment-1451892




I like when a news story that they just can’t get enough words to meet the bare minimum has the generic PR copy at the bottom. Next up you know we make a lot of jokes about America’s most penis-shaped state, the Sunshine State, you know them better as Florida. And we may have reached Peak Florida with this story. Rather than intro it, I will let the story do the talking!

Surveillance video captured a man driving a golf cart through a Hillsborough County Walmart.

On Thursday afternoon, deputies were called to the Walmart at 9205 Gibsonton Dr. for reports of a man on a golf cart blocking the liquor store entrance, refusing to leave and demanding to speak with a manager.

This is the same Walmart where a Walmart worker's son was arrested for threatening to shoot up the store days ago.

Deputies began speaking to the man on the golf cart, Michael Hudson.

While speaking with deputies, Hudson suddenly accelerates through the heavily congested pedestrian area in front of the store toward the main entrance nearly striking numerous pedestrians who ran to avoid being hit.
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/florida-man-drives-golf-cart-into-walmart-as-deputies-chase-him-with-a-taser




That is a good question, sir! And yes I do think this story requires the Benny Hill theme! Next up – staying in the Sunshine State, what the hell do they sell at a store called “Rockhard Lovestuff”? No wait don’t tell me – I’m guessing they sell sex toys and porno? And really if you’re that mad at a store, at least maybe, I don’t know, get dressed before leaving the house?

The man angrily tore off his clothes in front of a Wilton Manors restaurant, got on his bicycle and rode nude to a store called RockHard Lovestuff. It was early evening with rush-hour traffic passing the man.

“It was like he was mad at them,” said Skip VandeLinde, who was driving by at the time. “It was just strange.”

The man went in, took an article of clothing from the store and put it on, police said. He said he was trading his bike for it and walked out.

When officers found him, he was once again nude and walking up and down the block, exposed to passersby, police said.

He was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition and obstruction by disguised person. He wouldn’t give his name. Later, police put out the man’s mug shot — he was booked under the name John Smith — in hopes of identifying him.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article233730927.html




Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Don’t show that one again! finally this week – hey a story from the state we’re in, Kentucky! And was Florida woman visiting the Bluegrass State or something? Because this story has Florida written all over it, and it was from Kentucky!

While handcuffed behind her back in the rear of a Kentucky squad car, a suspect removed a bag of narcotics from her vagina and snorted the white powder inside, according to police who arrested the woman on drug possession and other charges.

Responding to a report about an intoxicated couple preparing to drive a car, cops in Winchester, a city 20 miles east of Lexington, encountered Kathryn Ahlers, 28, and her boyfriend outside a vehicle on Main Street around 11:30 PM Friday.

Upon determining that Ahlers’s 17-month-old son could not be properly cared for since his mother was “manifestly under the influence and a danger to herself and others,” a Winchester Police Department officer arrested Ahlers around 2 AM Saturday and placed her in his cruiser.

Pictured above, Ahlers was handcuffed behind her back when she somehow “pulled a clear plastic baggie from her vagina cavity” and “dumped some white substance on the seat.” Ahlers then “began to inhale it through her nose.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/kentucky-houdini-739825




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Welcome back to Keeping Up With The Candidates. We’ve promised you that we will get to all 24 candidates who are running for president. In the last couple of weeks though we’ve explored the Alabama Senate and told you about the batshit crazy grifter running against Ilhan Omar in Minnesota’s 5th district. This week we’re going to talk about our first actual candidate for president – and that’s Beto O’Rourke. Everyone knows Beto – he previously ran against Ted Cruz in the 2018 election and actually gained enough votes to get Cruz scared, but not enough to knock Cruz out of the senate. But how is Beto doing in the polls? Trump is going to claim some insane number (0%!!!!) but we suspect otherwise that he’s wrong.

It’s rare to get a second chance to make a first impression, to go home again, to get your groove back. Beto O’Rourke has done all three as he climbed down from running for president to remain in his hometown of El Paso in the aftermath of the greatest trauma in Texas since JFK was assassinated.

From the moment the Walmart became a morgue, O’Rourke was back where he belonged, amid 680,000 residents of a community that is among the safest in the country. He stopped campaigning immediately, not to make a video of himself at a staged hospital visit, but to live among the mourners, some his neighbors, many his constituents when he served them in Congress. Vigils? He was there. A soccer fundraiser? He and his family were at the one to make up for the one outside Walmart that ended last Saturday with two coaches wounded. He donated blood, hugged everyone, spent time with those wounded while trying to save a child or spouse. He skipped the Iowa State Fair, the nation’s premier political event (and dining event too, if you like deep-fried Twinkies), where 16 other candidates bucking to win the first-in-the-nation caucuses appeared.

It was the right choice. Being in El Paso tapped into his natural gifts: empathy, wearing his heart on his sleeve, weaving policy into emotion, one hand chop at a time.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/beto-orourkes-finest-hour-came-off-the-presidential-campaign-trail-in-el-paso




Yeah so you’re telling me that there’s a guy who is running for president right now who’s an even better leader than the guy who we currently call president? I am shocked!! So Beto is the first actual candidate that we’re profiling in our 2020 voters’ guide. And keep in mind that this… probably in no way will help you make an informed decision come primary season. That said let’s get into what Beto actually stands for.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke wants to eliminate racial inequality in the education system through a proposed $500 billion fund that aims to shrink funding gaps.

O’Rourke on Wednesday announced his plan, which also calls for measures to increase the diversity of educators, end racial disciplinary disparities and offer complete relief of student loan debt for teachers, CBS reported. The campaign cited a February EdBuild study that found a funding gap of $23 billion between majority white and majority nonwhite districts.

"Sixty-five years after Brown v. Board of Education, and America's schools still remain segregated," O'Rourke said in a statement to CBS.

Emerging from his narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 Senate race, O’Rourke was viewed as a rising star and a prominent challenger for the presidential nomination, raising $6.1 million within 24 hours of announcing his campaign.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/elections-2020/2019/07/24/beto-orourkes-plan-eliminate-racial-inequality-education-system




Yes, good luck with that because with white supremacists currently in charge, it’s going to take a lot of effort to eliminate racial inequality. But you can definitely start by kicking the racist in chief to the curb in the 2020 election! Another hot button issue – guys who kneel for the national anthem! You know that from the Colin Kaepernick controversy led by Fox News, but at least Beto definitely gets it when it comes to something like this.

When Democrat Beto O'Rourke takes the stage in the second round of presidential primary debates on Tuesday, three young black men from Michigan who were inspired by ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem before their high school football games will be in the audience as guests of the former Texas congressman.

O'Rourke reached out to ex-Lansing Catholic High School football players Michael Lynn III, Matthew Abdullah and RoJe Williams and spoke with them by phone last week. Teammate Kabbalah Richards is away at college and unable to attend the debate but also was on the call.

O'Rourke had learned of the men's story when one of their families donated to his U.S. Senate campaign after seeing his viral defense of NFL players who chose to take a knee to protest police brutality and racism, his campaign said.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Monday, O'Rourke said the four "have served their community in one of the most American ways possible."

Read more: https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/ap/politics/o-rourke-debate-guests-are-black-men-who-kneeled-for/article_9df08761-eeef-5cbe-a154-0cce1b4ee8b4.html




Yeah well it could be worse, it could be that. But people here’s the thing – this is going to be a long ass election cycle. And it seems like every single day it gets longer and Trump keeps getting crazier. But in our effort to knock Trump and the Christian right out of the White House, let’s make one thing perfectly clear – at least *WAIT* before calling for your own candidate’s exit from the election. That is only going to make things worse than they already are.

For more than a week since the shooting, O’Rourke served as a passionate voice for his border city and for immigrants more generally, with his wrenching criticism of President Donald Trump. And if O’Rourke had wanted to run for Senate, this would have been the time to make the jump — summoned home by tragedy, not limping back amid a sputtering campaign.

But O’Rourke has never expressed interest in running for Senate this year, after his near-miss loss to Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. The El Paso massacre only redoubled his resolve to campaign against Trump, according to sources close to his campaign, while persistent calls for him to run for Senate exasperated his supporters.

In an op-ed for CNN on Tuesday, O’Rourke said the country is facing a “defining moment of truth.” A politician who has long tethered his political core less closely to ideology than to the culture and geography of his border city, O’Rourke wrote, “I believe El Paso can light our path forward, even as America now stands in sympathy and solidarity in its hour of heartbreak and anger.”

Or, as a more guttural O’Rourke put it to a television reporter recently, “He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals … Members of the press, what the fuck?”
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/14/beto-orourke-2020-democrats-senate-run-1461533




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Key Issues: Racial Inequality, Border Security
Target Demographic: People who don’t like Trump
Probability Rating: 5:1
Likelihood Of Going Far In Election: Very far, will most likely make it to primaries

Overall Grade: B+



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Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest is a legendary grunge band from Seattle, their latest album is called “Rainier Fog”. You can see them on tour with Korn through Sept. 20th. Playing their song “So Far Under”, give it up for Alice In Chains!
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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-8: Wheel Of Corruption Reboot Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-8: Wheel Of Corruption Reboot Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up UNC? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! Hey this is our first time in North Carolina! How about that? And it definitely won’t be the last either. And this is UNC too, you guys are a much respected basketball institution! I always love March Madness, it’s my favorite time of the year. Do we have time for the thing? Of course we do, it’s my show, I make the rules around here! Ok so Woodstock 50 is currently the Fyre Festival of 2019. They have had venue changes, then artists dropped out. Then venues dropped out. I mean you can't have Woodstock 50 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Baltimore OK? You can only have Woodstock 50 at Woodstock! Really who are the guys who are organizing this shindig? Because they are failing on every level. Now most of the artists have dropped out including faves like the Racontuers, Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, Dead & Company... really if you're thinking of traveling to a festival this summer, really consider just about anywhere else. You know things are bad when they practically have to give you the tickets. Yes, this is a thing that is happening right now - free tickets to a festival, but it might not be happening! You know when you've lost most of your headliners and your second and third tier acts that it might be time to pack it in. You do at least have to admire the consistency of the guys who are behind it because it might be hanging on by a thread, but they're like the Bruins fans in Game 7 where they're like "Just 3 more goals and we only have 5 minutes left!!!". And then............ BZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!! OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to but first John Oliver is back and he discusses England’s new national nightmare that is Prime Minister Boris Johnson:



So where do we begin this week? Well in the number one slot this week is the fallout from the Mueller testimony on Capitol Hill. Remember that whole Russian election interference (1) thing? It might be worse than we ever imagined! In the second slot this week, the UK selected Donald Trump’s literal doppleganger Boris Johnson (2) as their new prime minister. Welcome to your new national nightmare, England!! In the third slot this week is the guy who might be the worst attorney general in US history and that’s Bill Barr (3) who is bringing back the death penalty. In the number 4 slot, is the guy who we currently call president, @realDonaldTrump (4). So where was he on 9/11? We will tell you the truth about where he was, but he keeps making one outrageous claim after another. In the 5th slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week you might want to think twice before ordering food from a delivery service after some extremely alarming stats were released. In the number 6 slot this week is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and Jesus merches, people! Yes, Kanye West has big plans to convert people, and of course merchandising his famous Sunday sermon, and our resident pastor will weigh the pros and cons of this. In the number 7 slot, we’re going to play a game of “Is It Racist?”, and there’s been more than a few instances of some hardcore racism in the news this week and we’re going to play the hot new game that’s sweeping the nation! In the number 8 slot this week is “NO!”. Look, fuck Jeffrey Epstein, OK? And conspiracy theorists, we’ve all heard your theories about the Clinton Body Count, but really, we don’t need to hear it a thousand times, OK? In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week is I Need A Drink. And we’ve got a batshit crazy story to tell you out of the UK – really, this is the kind of story that “I Need A Drink” was made for! Really, fat shaming and some other really weird shit the women’s clothing line is up to is going to drive us to drink! And finally this week our next installment of Keeping Up With The Candidates is going to take a look at a challenger in Minnesota's 5th district - the seat currently held by one of Trump's members of "The Squad" Ilhan Omar, and whew this challenger si crazy. So you’re telling me there’s a chance against Trump? We hope so! Plus to top it off, we’ve got some live music for you from the mighty Death Cab For Cutie! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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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
- Elections
- Buy A Vowel
- Sex
- Clip Without Context
- Death
- Greed
- Spying
- Walls
- Food
- Elections
- The Border
- Donald Trump
- Clip Without Context
- Chance
- 5,000
- Bankrupt
- Community Chest
- Top 10 Investigates
- 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?
- Intermission
- 15,000
- People Are Dumb
- Keeping Up With The Candidates
- I Need A Drink
- Infowars
- T-Shirt Cannon
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

So in case you can’t tell we took a page from Kevin Smith and we're rebooting the Wheel Of Corruption for 2019 and going into the 2020 election, look at how much fancier it is! And it’s got digital signage and LED lights around the whole thing, let’s give it up for our props department! And since we are rebooting the Wheel, we’re not going to use bad sequel titles anymore. Starting with the next edition, we are going to be using the names of Prince albums. Because Prince is awesome, bad sequel titles are not. Let’s spin the wheel shall we? And wheel goes round, wheel goes round, and it lands on… A random tweet!!

https://twitter.com/RightWingWatch/status/1155909851148685312

A conspiracy theorist who hates conspiracy theories? What's next? A donut store owner who hates donuts? Spin it again! Walls! Remember the good old days when Trump said that Mexico was going to pay for the wall?







Now that last clip may be a bit misleading. Nobody enjoys walls unless they have projected images of your poorly recorded Youtube cell phone clips of Metallica playing Enter Sandman on them. And even then the image quality is pretty shaky. But guess what? Mexico may no longer be paying for the wall. But guess who is? That’s right – the United States military!

The Supreme Court on Friday gave President Trump a victory in his fight for a wall along the Mexican border by allowing the administration to begin using $2.5 billion in Pentagon money for the construction.

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the court overturned an appellate decision and said that the administration could tap the money while litigation over the matter proceeds. But that will most likely take many months or longer, allowing Mr. Trump to move ahead before the case returns to the Supreme Court after further proceedings in the appeals court.

While the order was only one paragraph long and unsigned, the Supreme Court said the groups challenging the administration did not appear to have a legal right to do so. That was an indication that the court’s conservative majority was likely to side with the administration in the end.

The court’s four more liberal justices dissented. One of them, Stephen G. Breyer, wrote that he would have allowed the administration to pursue preparatory work but not construction, which he said would be hard to undo if the administration ultimately lost the case.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/us/politics/supreme-court-border-wall-trump.html




That must be what Trump thinks a wall is going to do. I think he watches too many Wiley Coyote cartoons. Really in 2019 he should just give it up by now. We’ve been doing this Top 10 thing for almost 4 years now which may seem like an eternity. What I’m getting at – remember when Trump kept boasting on about “promises made, promises kept”? This is one promise that he isn’t keeping. Mexico isn’t paying for the wall, we are!

Environmental groups and House Democrats urged the Supreme Court not to disturb a lower court order blocking the reallocation of military funds for border wall projects.

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to put that ruling on hold while litigation continues July 12. Granting that request — called a stay — would give the government an irreversible victory, a coalition of environmentalists led by the Sierra Club warned.

“If a stay is granted and wall construction begins, there will be no turning back,” the green groups told the justices in court papers.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam barred the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for border wall construction. The trial court’s injunctions stalled border barrier construction projects in Arizona and New Mexico.
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/there%E2%80%99s-full-fledged-fight-over-trumps-wall-going-supreme-court-68372




Now that’s more likely what will happen with the wall! Does Trump not realize that some of the more “undesirable people” that he trashes time and time again have access to our ports and airports and they are more likely to get into our country that way than through Mexico? But is this really a “VICTORY” for Trump? Maybe in the same way that the Mueller report “exonerates” him. Except that it really didn’t.

There were likely big celebrations at the White House Friday night as the Supreme Court gave the green light for the Trump administration to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to build parts of the wall along the Mexican border. In a 5-4 ruling, the court’s conservative justices overturned a lower court decision and said the administration could begin using the money while the case proceeds.

Even though the ruling was only one paragraph long, the conservative justices hinted pretty clearly they would likely side with the administration in the future by saying that those challenging the White House use of the funds didn’t seem to have a right to do so. On the opposite end, three of the four more liberal justices on the court—Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan—said they would have blocked the funds for now. Justice Stephen Breyer, meanwhile, said he would have allowed preparatory work but not actual construction that would be difficult to undo if the White House lost the case further down the line.

The decision overturns a lower court decision that said the funds could not be transferred out of the Pentagon while the legal challenges were ongoing. The move marks a turning point for a case that really originated after dispute over wall funding led to the longest partial government shutdown in history. The shutdown ended in February when Congress agreed to give the administration $1.4 billion in wall funding, which was far less than the $5.7 billion the White House was seeking. Trump then declared a national emergency that would allow him to use money from other parts of the government. That’s when the ACLU sued on behalf of two advocacy groups, the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, to stop the use of the funds.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/supreme-court-pentagon-cash-border-wall-trump.html




Does the party that claims to support the troops and the USA as much as they do not realize that they just greatly fucked over the military by doing this? Sorry folks, we’re $2.5 billion short, we can’t afford the body armor or necessary equipment needed to stay alive. You’re on your own. So what does the military think of this? Well…

Announcing a new two-year budget deal, President Trump noted that “real compromise” was necessary to “give another big victory to our Great Military.” A day later, the president claimed the U.S. armed forces were “almost totally rebuilt from the depleted military I took over.” Unfortunately, that’s not true. While the deal avoids a worst-case scenario for the Pentagon—$71 billion in immediate, mandatory cuts under the 2011 Budget Control Act—it still does not adequately fund the Defense Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy. History will remember the Trump administration’s defense policy for helping to repair military readiness, but not for rebuilding and modernizing the military as President Reagan did.

The White House’s 2017 National Security Strategy directs the U.S. military to regain its edge against China and Russia, even as it continues to deter Iran and North Korea and keep jihadist terrorists at bay. In total, the strategy demands a robust military posture in three major theaters: Europe, East Asia and the Middle East. But the proposed budget, even with the repeal of the Budget Control Act through 2021, falls short of the funding the military needs to carry out the strategy with confidence.

Consider the chasm between the current U.S. military and the stated requirements for force structure, readiness and modernization, all of which were validated by the independent, bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/budget-deal-is-no-win-for-the-military-11564337478





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Wait until you see what Tom Morello really thinks about Trump and Qanon! Seriously, STFU. Spin it again! Elections! Folks, for this story we’re going to head across the pond to our good friends in England. Of course you know by now that England has elected Trump’s *LITERAL* doppleganger Boris Johnson as their new prime minister which follows the exact same pattern set by Russia’s James Bond villain Vladimir Putin – rise in hate, rise in white supremacy and neo Nazism, increased violence… yup, it’s a shit show. So how bad is it in England right now?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first appearance in Scotland as Britain’s new leader seemed to be going just fine on Monday when he spoke from behind the perimeter fence of a top security naval base.

But when he braved the streets of Edinburgh to meet with Scotland’s first minister at her residence, a crowd met him with a chorus of jeers and boos.

He left by the back door.

If Mr. Johnson’s bumbling, upper-class persona goes down well in many parts of England, it tends to have the opposite effect in Scotland.

After all, in Mr. Johnson’s rush to leave the European Union — he has vowed a Brexit, deal or no deal, by Oct. 31 — he has been accused of jeopardizing the much older union that he leads: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Even before his trip to Edinburgh, his adversaries warned that he could become the last prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Nowhere have the warnings been more loudly heard than in Scotland, where a majority rejected leaving the European Union in 2016; where a movement for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom goes back decades; and where the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has called for a new referendum on leaving the United Kingdom, and is waiting to see whether Brexit brings that objective closer.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/29/world/europe/boris-johnson-scotland-brexit.html




You know what the biggest difference between Trump and Johnson is? They may look the same, but Johnson at least recognizes that he’s a bumbling buffoon! And that makes him scarier than Trump any day of the week, because Trump, 3 ½ years into this nightmare, still does not even come close to recognizing that!

The prime minister has said it is "up to the EU, this is their call" if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Boris Johnson made his first visit to Wales as PM on Tuesday, seeking support from farmers for his Brexit plans.

He held talks with Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford, who said there was a "deeply concerning lack of detail" from the new prime minister.

Mr Johnson said: "We're not aiming for a no-deal Brexit, we don't think that's where we'll end up."

"This is very much up to our friends and partners across the channel," he added.

A Welsh farmer called on Mr Johnson to stop "playing Russian roulette" with the lamb industry over the threat of a no-deal Brexit.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-49151870




So Brexit, 3 years in continues to be the shit show that everyone knows it is. And now that Theresa May is gone and Boris Johnson is in, it’s gonna get a whole lot worse. Really, at this point you’re probably better off just saying “fuck it” and getting out as fast as possible. But we all know there was no goal with this thing, the only thing was chaos and disorder.

For much of the past two and a half years, the U.K. has had the luxury of negotiating the terms of its departure from the European Union under little pressure from the financial markets. The new prime minister Boris Johnson could soon come to pine for those calmer days.

On Monday sterling fell by more than 1.3% to $1.22, hitting its lowest point against the dollar since March 2017. It resumed its slide on Tuesday and is heading for its worst slump in almost three years. Johnson has made it clear that Britain will quit the EU at the end of October even if this means leaving without a negotiated agreement. He has also stepped up preparations for a “no-deal Brexit” to try to convince Brussels that Britain is not bluffing about its willingness to accept such a fate. Investors are letting “BoJo” know what they think of his plan.

This isn’t the first time markets have moved violently because of Brexit. In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 referendum, the pound lost more than 10% against the dollar. Sterling slid again in the autumn of that year when the former prime minister, Theresa May, signaled that she wouldn’t wait long before starting the withdrawal process. But it stabilized subsequently when markets were reassured that her government and parliament were looking for an orderly withdrawal. In April of 2018, the pound briefly touched the dizzying heights of $1.434 (only 3.6% lower than before the referendum).
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-07-30/boris-johnson-s-biggest-brexit-battle-is-the-plunging-pound




Well, calling Brexit a bomb is well, an insult to bombs. Really, we are heading for a world where all governments will be at war and fighting each other over petty bullshit. Like Brexit. We are electing bumbling leaders. People are getting to where they hate each other. And now we have not one but two Trumps in the world. They are multiplying! And that’s not a good thing!

It was just after 8:30 p.m., and Boris Johnson was with a group of about 20 politicians and donors at a private dinner in central London. At the time—June 6, 2018—Britain was mired in what seemed like an unending Brexit deadlock, and Johnson, then the country’s foreign secretary, was unhappy with the way Prime Minister Theresa May was handling it.

Away from the public glare, among friends and allies, he let his real feelings spill out.

“Imagine Donald Trump doing Brexit,” Johnson said, according to an audio recording published by BuzzFeed News the following day. “He’d go in bloody hard. There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere.”

Implicit in Johnson’s assessment was a damning verdict on May’s cautious handling of the negotiations to take Britain out of the European Union. Yet a year on, having now unseated May as prime minister, Johnson’s comments may also have been crucial in cementing his place in the U.S. president’s mind as a brother-in-arms across the Atlantic. That in 2015, as London mayor, Johnson publicly criticized Trump as “out of his mind” and “unfit to hold the office of president of the United States” appears to have mattered little. To Trump, the leaked private praise is what has stuck—the surest path to Trump’s affection being arrant flattery. The American leader has more recently rewarded Johnson with rare praise for a British politician, calling him “tough” and “smart,” and the pair, in their first conversation since Johnson became prime minister, have extolled the possibilities of bolstering economic ties.
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/07/boris-johnson-needs-trump-does-trump-need-him-back/595006/


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Why should we be concerned about U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr's proposal last week to resume federal executions for some particularly horrendous crimes? Because there's no reason to believe that the flaws that originally cast doubt on capital punishment have become less of an issue.

In his announcement of resumed executions, Barr focuses on "bringing justice to victims of the most horrific crimes." He wants to begin with prisoners "convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society—children and the elderly."

There's no doubt that we're discussing horrific acts. But can we be sure that we've arrested, tried, and convicted the actual perpetrators?

The proportion of death row inmates executed to those set free isn't exactly encouraging. Since 1972, 1,500 people have been executed in the United States. Over that same time, "166 former death-row prisoners have been exonerated of all charges and set free," according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
https://reason.com/2019/07/30/if-bill-barr-brings-back-federal-executions-innocent-people-will-die/




Hopefully we won’t be seeing the appearance of the electric chair anytime soon. So why is the Trump administration so eager to bring back executions? Well he is most likely getting advice from his buddies Putin and Duterte – who have killed, jailed and executed their political opponents. Could that happen in the US? Well, we at least have safeguards on that sort of thing. And don’t tell Trump that because we really don’t want to give him any more ideas!

The cruelty is the point. That’s both the defining phrase of Donald Trump’s presidency and the title of arguably the defining essay about our 30-month-and-counting national nightmare, written by the Atlantic’s Adam Serwer. His piece last October made clear the silliness of wondering why Trump’s government doesn’t do things like build more humane facilities for immigrants detained on the border — because the pictures of “human dog pounds” are in fact the goal and the basis of his political appeal, a viciousness toward The Other that erupts at his rallies in chants like “Send her back!”

“Taking joy in that suffering is more human than most would like to admit,” Serwer wrote. “Somewhere on the wide spectrum between adolescent teasing and the smiling white men in the lynching photographs [from the late 1800s and early 1900s] are the Trump supporters whose community is built by rejoicing in the anguish of those they see as unlike them, who have found in their shared cruelty an answer to the loneliness and atomization of modern life.”

The cruelty is the point is also the first thought that popped in my head Friday when I saw the news flash that Attorney General William Barr — increasingly known as “Trump’s Roy Cohn” in his willingness to ruthlessly do his president’s bidding — had seemingly out-of-the-blue decided to bring back executions of death-sentenced federal prisoners. My second thought was: What took the American Caligula so long to bring back the spectacle of executions to electrify the masses (but not the prisoners ... they’d be lethally injected) and juice his 2020 re-election campaign? Indeed, the five executions are scheduled around the Christmas holiday, presumably to remind us of its pagan roots.
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/willian-barr-restores-federal-death-penalty-trump-cruelty-injustice-20190728.html




Now that is cruel! And cruelty is the name of the game. It doesn’t get much crueler than a lot of the methods currently used for executions in this country. Getting executed in America – a country that embraces deregulated capitalism – is fucking horrifying. Even the Catholics – who traditionally lauded this sort of corporal punishment – are against bringing it back.

Washington D.C., Jul 30, 2019 / 10:15 am (CNA).- Catholic leaders have condemned the federal government’s announcement last week that it will resume of executions after an almost two decade-long hiatus.

“I am deeply concerned by the announcement of the United States Justice Department that it will once again turn, after many years, to the death penalty as a form of punishment,” said Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, chair of the U.S. bishops’ domestic justice and human development committee, in a statement released July 30.

Attorney General William Barr on July 25 announced that executions of federal death-row inmates would resume for the first time since 2003, with five executions scheduled for December 2019 and January 2020.

“Under Administrations of both parties, the Department of Justice has sought the death penalty against the worst criminals, including these five murderers, each of whom was convicted by a jury of his peers after a full and fair proceeding,” said Barr, who is a practicing Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/bishops-lament-return-of-federal-executions-37823




Yeah I’m not sure that if I were on death row I’d want Chief Wiggum conducting my execution. And I’m not sure that I would want Trump or Barr conducting it either. And if you think that’s bad, wait until you see who he plans to execute. Really it can’t get much more horrifying than this. Although in all honesty, child killers definitely deserve it.

No one on federal death row has been executed since 2003, but on Thursday, William P. Barr, the attorney general, announced that the government was resuming executions, starting with five men convicted of killing children.

The men, whose ages range from 37 to 67, have each been convicted of heinous crimes, and together have been involved in the slayings of 13 victims. The cases fell under federal jurisdiction because of how or where they were carried out.

[Mr. Barr’s decision runs counter to a broad national shift away from the death penalty as public support for it has dwindled.]

All five are being held at a high-security federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., where their executions are set for December and January. More executions will be scheduled, the Justice Department said in a statement. There are 62 people who are facing death sentences, according to the Bureau of Prisons, including the five whose execution dates were announced Thursday.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/capital-punishment-death-penalty.html





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Yes, just like the wall, Trump has made tons of tasteless comments about 9/11. Spin it again! And it lands on… oh hey, Trump again!! Well it is a wheel, it does have a finite number of items on it. But really that last clip was important because we have to talk about where our current president, Donald J. Trump, really was on 9/11. Because Trump as we have come to know on this program, lies all the time, and there isn’t a second of the day where he doesn’t brag about something that he did. And since he signed into law the 9/11 first responders bill, he’s turned around and made 9/11 all about himself.

Donald Trump’s rhetoric about 9/11 has always been … how do I put this gently … problematic. The day of the attacks, for example, the future president seemed principally focused on how the destruction of the Twin Towers affected his ability to boast about the height of one of his nearby properties.

As a candidate in 2016, Trump frequently referenced the 9/11 attacks, though as the Washington Post reported at the time, “[S]everal of Trump’s statements about what he witnessed that day appear to be greatly exaggerated or false.”

That includes an incident in which the New York Republican claimed he helped clear rubble and search for survivors in the aftermath of the terrorism, and another incident in which he falsely said he watched people jump from the World Trade Center.

As a rule, lying about 9/11 is the sort of thing that can cause trouble for a politician, though Trump ended up winning anyway.

All of this became relevant anew this morning, when Trump hosted a signing ceremony for a bill on the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which recently passed the House and Senate, despite modest and inconsequential Republican opposition. The president was never especially invested in the fate of the legislation, but he did agree to sign it, which is great news for the affected first responders and their families.
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-makes-dubious-claim-again-about-his-911-efforts




Yeah I’m pretty sure that the 9/11 first responders would love to tell you where you can stick that thumb, and it ain’t pretty. So remember a couple of weeks ago when we asked about how the 9/11 first responders bill was still a thing? Well it turns out that Trump wasn’t exactly a fan. In fact he used the same logic that current Biggest Douche In The Universe Rand Paul does – wasteful government spending.

President Donald Trump on Monday signed legislation to help 9/11 first-responders and the families of ones who died from health complications, even though the New Yorker and his administration never publicly got behind the bill.

Aides contend the president chose to push for “yea” votes behind the scenes.

Trump, a Queens native who set up shop in Manhattan as an adult and real estate executive, weighs in on a range of issues, whether in person or on Twitter. Sometimes he inserts himself into Capitol Hill debates and legislative efforts, making things difficult for lawmakers trying to pass bills.

But as former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart grabbed headlines and cable news time for his advocacy of the legislation on Capitol Hill, Trump opted against getting publicly involved — even with $10.2 billion in aid over a decade on the line.
https://www.rollcall.com/news/whitehouse/trump-native-new-yorker-never-publicly-got-behind-911-responders-bill




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! So Trump goes there, and he’s only doing this to stick it to us, because that’s all they’re good for. And not only is he making this outrageous claim about where he was on 9/11, he’s doubling down on his stupidity!

Donald Trump bloody loves New York. He loves it! Remember that video of the presidential Trumpcopter heading toward the Big Apple to the strains of 'New York, New York'? He loves New York so flaming much.

Now he's had the chance to tell some of New York's most revered citizens how much he gets them. Thanks in large part to the advocacy of former The Daily Show host and general good egg Jon Stewart, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was extended by Trump at the weekend, meaning the people who were first on the scene to help attempt to find survivors.

"I was down there also, but I'm not considering myself a first responder," Trump told the actual first responders gathered at the White House for the ceremonial signing. "But I was down there. I spent a lot of time down there with you."

Very big of you, pal. Is that... true though? It's extremely hard to get any confirmation that Trump went down to Ground Zero and "spent a lot of time down there" with the first responders who were actually clearing the rubble, which is what he seems to be implying here.
https://www.esquire.com/uk/latest-news/a28549069/donald-trump-claims-again-that-he-was-with-first-responders-on-911/





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



Delivery services like Doordash, Postmates, and Uber Eats are becoming increasingly more popular due to the fact that they offer quick and easy service and you don’t have to leave the house. But before you hit that “order” button, there’s things you should know about your favorite meal delivery service. The main thing being that companies like Door Dash are coming under increased scrutiny for how they handle things like wages and tips. But it’s also shedding some light as to how delivery services and delivery drivers are being treated in this country. Here’s more.

You have to feel sorry for Tony Xu, CEO of DoorDash. The food delivery company has been a darling of the VC world, but it encountered a backlash after a New York Times story described how the company keeps most of the tips customers intended for its delivery workers.

Outrage was heaped upon DoorDash, with lawmakers calling for investigations and new regulations. Finding himself at the center of a media and social media storm, Xu did the sensible thing and announced via Twitter that DoorDash would change its policy and give deliverers 100 percent of their tips.

Hooray, you might say, and many have. But you'd be wrong. All the righteous ire about DoorDash keeping tips ignores the broader truth that the way service people are paid in our society is deeply unfair. DoorDash was simply making an honest, and possibly effective, attempt to compensate for it.

Workers who deliver takeout by bicycle or car for companies like DoorDash or Postmates or Grubhub generally don't earn much. Neither the minimum wage nor the lower tipped minimum wage applies to them because they're independent contractors rather than employees. That means these companies are free to set pay for deliveries as low as they like, the only limitation being people's unwillingness to work for an amount that's too low. Indeed, as more people signed up to deliver and the pool of available workers grew, these companies--under pressure to become profitable--have cut back on what they pay deliverers.
https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/doordash-tipping-tip-scandal-guaranteed-minimum-tony-xu.html




So thanks to our country’s reckless policies on wages and tips, companies like Door Dash are stuck on what to do as far as paying their drivers. And this is proving to be a challenge as their model is not based on hourly wages. But is it necessarily the problem of Door Dash themselves? Or is it the problem of a far more reaching problem>

DoorDash dominated more of the news cycle than it should have this week, after an NYT article brought broad awareness to its idiosyncratic policy on tips. The company would give its "dashers" a guaranteed minimum fee for delivering food; that minimum included any tips. The result was that most tips ended up going to DoorDash rather than to the delivery workers.

Driving the news: After defending the policy as recently as last month, DoorDash CEO Tony Xu backtracked on Tuesday, tweeting, "Going forward, we’re changing our model - the new model will ensure that Dashers’ earnings will increase by the exact amount a customer tips on every order."

The big picture: Americans encounter disaggregated prices every day. Retailers operate under a convention that prices exclude sales tax, so it's never entirely clear how much something is going to cost in total.

The implicit convention is that disaggregated prices reflect real-world allocations. Sales taxes go to the government; tips go to servers. The DoorDash backlash came because it violated that convention and effectively kept customers' tips for itself.
Ticketmaster catches flack for similar reasons. The various fees it tacks on seem fake, designed primarily to hide just how much tickets really cost.
Buying a car from a dealership is an experience fraught with countless fees and taxes, all of which inflate the total cost of the vehicle far above its headline price.
https://www.axios.com/doordash-price-opacity-68ce0afd-7cef-41a7-a984-58858757ed2f.html




So car dealers, ticket brokers, and other agencies do the same thing as Door Dash, Uber Eats, and Postmates. How do they get away with it? Well transparent pricing has been a tricky subject since the dawn of e-commerce and commerce in general. Yes, that is a really big broad brush that we are painting here. So just how bad is your favorite delivery driver getting screwed out of the deal?

Food delivery companies are under increased scrutiny over how some worker tips contribute to their base pay. Now some are backtracking on their controversial policies.

DoorDash is the latest service to revisit its tipping policies following a New York Times report that put the issue once again in the spotlight. A reporter spent time as a delivery person and showed how customer tips contribute to worker pay, a policy in place since 2017.

In response to the article’s backlash, DoorDash CEO Tony Xu tweeted that the policy would change going forward and Dashers’ earnings would increase by the exact amount a customer tips.

“We thought we were doing the right thing by making Dashers whole when a customer left no tip. What we missed was that some customers who did tip would feel like their tip did not matter,” he tweeted.

The debate over the role tips play in a person’s income isn’t new but has been amplified by the gig economy, which is under increasing criticism for its treatment of workers, and how well they are paid. Food delivery companies also face pressure to keep costs low as they seek to go public or become profitable. For businesses desperate to improve their finances, tips are an enticing pot of money.
https://fox6now.com/2019/07/29/tipping-your-food-delivery-person-may-actually-be-helping-a-big-company/




Well, we need less George Costanzas in the world and we need more people to pay their tips to their drivers. And how exactly is Door Dash taking this? It’s not exactly taking this how one would call “seriously”. And by seriously, we mean fat chance. In fact wage theft is not only common place in companies like that, it’s a common theme throughout the food industry.

Food delivery app DoorDash has, for months, doubled down on its policy of systematically skimming customer tips meant for its fleet of contract delivery workers. That resolve cracked on Tuesday night when CEO Tony Xu took to Twitter to announce some unspecified changes to its compensation model.

Here’s how it worked. DoorDash offers its delivery drivers a guaranteed payout for each order, upfront—a flat $1 per order plus additional compensation calculated by some kind of malign algorithm. So if a driver is told they’ll make $8 upfront for an order, they’ll always receive at least $8. But if the customer receiving that order gave the driver a $4 tip, DoorDash would treat it as a credit towards the originally guaranteed $8, meaning the driver would still only get $8. The only circumstance in which a customer’s tip would actually go to the driver is if it was very generous.

In other words, DoorDash customers were essentially conned into tipping DoorDash, not the driver. This is vaguely similar to the tipped model for many restaurant employees across the country who have tips applied towards a portion of their minimum wage standard, except abstracted through an app and imposed on a contract workforce with few labor protections. Most restaurants also didn’t have an estimated valuation of $7.1 billion in February 2019.
https://gizmodo.com/doordash-says-it-s-very-sorry-you-noticed-its-tip-skimm-1836652047




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




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Really? The most racist senator in the world switched parties and somehow became less racist? Shut up. And look at that suit - is he peddling conspiracy theories or auditioning to be in a barber shop quartet? Thank you! Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for Holy Shit!

Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Austin! 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!!! Today we are going to answer a question that is as old as time itself – is it OK to monetize the good LAWRD JAYSUS? And by monetize, I mean merchandise! Yes, that is where the real money is made. It’s all about the merchandise and the bling bling! Well, our brother Kanye is looking to make some money off his recent venture into religion. And what would JAYSUS say about that? well, JAYSUS merchandises himself that’s what! I mean he is the world’s greatest salesman! People say that Kanye West is the greatest hip hop musician of all time. So why is Kanye trying to be among the godliest among us? Well, he is friends with the unholy Dark One, who claims to be a man of GAWD, so why not?

Kanye West is taking the fashion industry to church.

On July 19, West reportedly applied to trademark the phrase “Sunday Service,” a reference to his series of invite-only, sermon-like concerts. The application was filed by Mascotte Holdings, Inc., the rapper’s intellectual property holding company. Should his application be approved, he will be able to produce Sunday Service bottoms, tops, dresses, headwear, footwear, jackets, loungewear, scarves, shirts, and socks.

Beginning on the first Sunday in January, West’s church-inspired gospel performances, called Sunday Service, have garnered media attention for their spectacle and religious ambiguity. In an April appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Kardashian sisters awkwardly stumbled through questions about Kanye’s Sunday Service. Kim rebuffed Kimmel’s description of the experience as church, explaining, “We didn’t really have a name for it because it is more of a healing experience.”

Khloe expanded on the difference between a house of God and the House of West. “We have so many friends that maybe feel a little too judgmental when they go to church,” she said. “When they come here, they feel so free and safe.” According to Kim, there is no praying, though Kourtney definitively clarified, “It is Christian.” With a smirk, she added, “They sing ‘Jesus Walks,’” referring to West’s 2004 hit song endorsing Christianity.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/kanye-west-wants-to-hawk-church-clothes-to-the-masses-is-he-exploiting-religion-for-profit




Why yes, yes it does good sir!!! So what we’re asking this week – is it OK to make a profit off the Almighty LAWRD? Well, we do. I mean you bought tickets to our low-rent dog and pony Sunday service! Sure, we don’t have the budget that Kanye does or do we have his influence. But we do have the good LAWRD JAYSUS on our side! So why is Hollywood getting into the JAYSUS game? Because, hipster churches, that’s why!

This week, thousands of teenagers and twentysomethings mustered excitedly about London’s O2 Arena eagerly anticipating the evening’s entertainment. Sporting tattoos and scantily dressed in the summer heat, they might have been queuing for any pop concert. Instead, it was to meet an evangelical church pastor.

Inside the arena, a packed audience, nearly 15,000-strong, cheered breakdancers, rap artists and rock guitarists all espousing the worship of God. And then, at the moment of maximum rhapsody, out strode Hillsong’s lead pastor and founder Brian Houston, wearing a red checkered blazer and declaring: “Jesus, what a beautiful sight…”

As the 65-year-old Australian preached, those in the exultant crowd closed their eyes and raised their arms to the lights. One teenage boy in a tracksuit opposite me wiped a tear away from his cheek.
Brian Houston, the founder and lead pastor of the Hillsong movement
Brian Houston, the founder and lead pastor of the Hillsong movement Credit: Jeff Gilbert

Chances are you may not have heard of Hillsong, an evangelical movement founded by Brian and his wife, Bobbie Houston, in Sydney in 1983. Now spanning more than 15 countries, its mega-churches are the centre of the fastest-growing religious movement in the world: Pentecostalism, which boasts more than 500m adherents.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/life/inside-hillsong-hollywoods-evangelical-megachurch-taking-london/




Well I feel like Kanye does have that kind of power, bro! It’s about information, and JAYSUS. But hey maybe that’s how we get more viewers for the Holy Church Of The Top 10. Let’s get rappers and skateboarders here and have a charismatic con artist play the preacher. Well I do sort of play that part already! But so… is Kanye trying to sell a show based on his Sunday sermon or not? I’m not gonna lie, kind of want to see this thing.

Kim Kardashian has responded to claims that Kanye West is trying to ‘sell’ his Sunday Service as a TV show and it looks like it won’t be coming to screens any time soon. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has been keeping fans in the loop with Kanye’s church services most Sundays since earlier this year, with more celebrities attending each week.

The Gold Digger rapper even managed to perform at this year’s Coachella on an actual mountaintop. A source recently claimed that Kanye had been pitching Sunday Service as a TV series but Kim says there are currently no plans to broadcast. Responding to the reports in a tweet, Kim simply stated: ‘Not true.’ Radar Online had previously said that Kanye was ‘extremely passionate about his faith’ and wanted to ‘share it more regularly with people’.

‘Say what you want about Kanye, but he really does want to help people who need support.’ They added: ‘He understands brokenness and the need for healing, probably more than most people. ‘He believes in the healing powers of music, but also believes that God can step in and heal people’s brokenness and their issues.’

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/04/kim-kardashian-responds-claims-kanye-west-trying-sell-sunday-service-tv-show-10114115/?ito=cbshare




You know if there’s one thing a good televangelist understands, it’s not that they want to help people, because televangelists don’t do that. You know what a good televangelist understands? He understands the power of the almighty dollar! Can I get an amen??? And there’s no one better for that than Kanye is, because he understands the power of the almighty dollar! After all, he is married to Kim Kardashian! And here’s where the money making side comes in!

The 'Bound 2' rapper is keen to launch his own religious organisation based on his weekly concerts, which he calls Sunday Service, and has reportedly bought a plot of land near his home in Los Angeles so that he can build "pods" for his followers to stay in for a "few weeks at a time" while they focus on his new modern faith.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Kanye wants to develop a Church which introduces a new way to celebrate faith, bringing religion into the 21st century.

"His faith is massively important to him and he thinks this is the way to engage young people. He thinks it will surpass Hillsong, which has churches in 21 countries and is hugely popular in Los Angeles with the likes of Justin Bieber.

"He wants to build temporary habitable pods where followers of his church can live for a few weeks at a time. They are insanely intricate and expensive but it would give ease of access for his Sunday Service."

And the 42-year-old star's new idea will no doubt go down well with his wife Kim Kardashian West as she recently praised his weekly service and said the musical gathering is intended to be healing for the participants, rather than "preaching."
http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/123063/Kanye-West-to-set-up-his-own-church


There it is folks, modern church isn’t about money making it’s about the almighty dollar! And Kanye is a better kind of preacher! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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What? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Crap, I have to give this next entry from a jail cell. Spin it again!!! Racism! Hey everyone it’s time to play the new game that’s sweeping the nation!



Yes, is it racist? Well, probably. There’s lots of talk of racism in the last few weeks, especially coming from that filthy mouth of the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump. Well, we’re not going to cover *HIS* racism since we already covered that. Instead, we’re going to cover racism that is either directly inspired by him or is a product of him. I want to start with this story out of North Carolina where a woman went and said some extremely racist stuff in a crowded restaurant. And then not only that, doubled down on her racist statements. Yes, we’re calling her a racist because she is a racist.

A North Carolina woman says she is not sorry for using the n-word in a confrontation with two black restaurant customers that went viral.

“I would say it again,” Nancy Goodman tells WRAL. Goodman, a 71-year-old white woman, claims her “tremendous anxiety” propelled her actions toward the other patrons, Chanda Stewart and Lakesha Shaw, at a Bonefish Grill in Raleigh on Tuesday night.

The two women say Goodman called them rude and said they were being too loud. Stewart, annoyed by the remarks, began recording Goodman on her cellphone while recounting the situation. She later posted the video on her Facebook page, where it has now accrued more than 200,000 views.

“We’re paying for our food just like everybody else, and she told us we are the rudest people,” Stewart says in the video.

Goodman is seen waving and smiling to the camera. She then pulls out her own phone and makes her way toward the women again.
https://time.com/5636192/north-carolina-woman-racial-slur-bonefish-grill/




Hey look, we get rude people in a restaurant, nobody likes that, but when you start calling someone racist slurs, you’re the asshole! Thank you! But here’s the worst part of this whole incident – she’s doubling down on the whole thing! Seriously, what is wrong with people right now? It’s absolutely insane. And really fuck these people.

A white woman who berated two black women at a North Carolina restaurant with a racial slur said she is not sorry and that she would say it again.

Nancy Goodman was caught on video directing the N-word at the women during a confrontation at a Bonefish Grill in North Hills, North Carolina, after Goodman accused them of being too loud. Goodman told NBC-affiliate WRAL Wednesday that she should have handled the situation differently, but that she wasn't sorry.

"I’m not going to say I’m sorry to them because they kept pushing at it," Goodman said. "I would say it again to them. They are the rudest individuals I have ever seen."

The two women, Chanda Stewart and Lakesha Shaw, said they were enjoying their dinner when Goodman called them rude and complained that they were being too loud. Stewart posted a video of the confrontation on Facebook, where Goodman notices that she was being recorded and smiles widely before approaching the table to tell them they were loud.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/white-woman-caught-video-calling-black-women-n-word-said-n1034746




Gee, you’re just now coming to that conclusion? Seriously, America has always been racist. The only difference is that for the first 241 years, America has kept its’ racism hidden. That includes the god damn Civil War that was fought over racism. Now since 2017, we have a big fat billionaire who is a very openly racist president! And guess what? Our racism is infecting other countries too. Let’s check in with our neighbors to the north for this story.

Through tears streaming down her face and her voice breaking, Carol Pickering says the racial discrimination she encountered at CFB Halifax and 12 Wing Shearwater "really almost did me in."

Carol Pickering's career as a storesperson with the Department of National Defence ended much sooner than she expected.

Pickering, who is black, claims persistent racism she suffered in the workplace over a three-year period forced her to walk away from DND in 2014 after a 31-year career.

"The worst thing that ever happened to me (at DND) was receiving a letter from the major threatening my job, threatening my livelihood," Pickering said in an interview. "That was terrible.

"And it was Friday afternoon and it was four scanned pages of how I had to change my conduct and I had to, that I had to ... I had to be better. I had to assimilate is what it felt like to me."
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/racism-dnd-halifax-shearwater-black-civilian-employees-1.5226303




Seriously, put down the crack pipe man! That was extremely racist! And if this was extremely racist, check out these racist products! And here’s the thing if you’re shopping for dolls in the one dollar zone, maybe don’t be surprised that you will find something racist. But then again, you’re shopping at a store that’s literally called One Dollar Zone. They say these dolls are meant to “chill you out” but… eh, we’ll let you be the judge!

The dolls say they're meant to help you chill out.

Instead, the black rag doll that implores people to grab it firmly by the legs and "find a wall to slam" it against has enraged customers who call it racist.

Whether picked up by children or used by adults to de-stress, New Jersey state legislator Angela McKnight said, the "Feel Better Doll" has no place in any store.

McKnight visited a One Dollar Zone store in Bayonne and found the toy "offensive and disturbing on so many levels."

"It is clearly made in an inappropriate representation of a black person and instructs people to 'slam' and 'whack' her," McKnight wrote in a statement on Facebook. "Racism has no place in the world and I will not tolerate it, especially not in this district."

The dolls are made of black fabric and feature yarn hair of red, yellow, black and green and a white smile. McKnight said the instructions, which are stitched onto the doll's front, encourage violence.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/parenting/2019/07/28/black-feel-better-doll-meant-slammed-against-walls-pulled-racist/1853102001/





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Oh come on, now you guys are calling Mr. Rodgers a pedophile? Seriously, I think even Jesus has given up at this point. Spin it again! And it lands on… NO!



Look, I’m not saying that just because Jeffrey Epstein got “suicided” while he was in jail does not mean that we need a Clinton conspiracy theory about everything! Yeah, so the next time America’s collective creepy uncles tweet that shit out, we need to tell them, “NO!!!!”. And seriously, it wasn’t cute or funny the first time, what makes you think we’re going to enjoy it the 10,000th time? At this point, everyone else is disgusted and creeped out. And conservatives wonder why their shit doesn’t get posted to the top of social media sites and search engines. We’ve heard it already!! You are not bringing anything new to the table!

On Wednesday night, NBC News reported that disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy, was found injured and semi-conscious in his cell with two abrasions on his neck. While initial details were sketchy, sources at Metropolitan Correctional Center, the prison where Epstein was being held, suggested to NBC News that the injury was possibly the result of a failed suicide attempt, though investigators have not yet ruled out that another inmate may have assaulted him.

Yet on social media, one explanation alone dominated the conversation: the Clintons did it. On Thursday morning, #ClintonBodyCount was one of the top trending topics on Twitter, with many speculating that Epstein’s injuries were the result of an attempt on his life that was orchestrated by his former friends. A list circulating on social media of supposed Clinton “victims,” or people who had purportedly had some connection to Bill and/or Hillary Clinton who had died by suicide. A Daily Beast story published that morning reporting that Epstein had visited the White House a number of times in the early 1990s only added fuel to the fire.

Another rumor that spread on Twitter focused on former Westchester County police officer Nicholas Tartaglione, another MCC inmate convicted of having killed four men involved in a drug trafficking ring, who reportedly was brought in for questioning regarding Epstein’s injuries. According to the Rockland/Westchester Journal News, Tartaglione was found with a contraband mobile phone in his cell, leading many armchair sleuths to speculate as to why he had a phone and whether he had any involvement with the incident resulting in Epstein’s injuries; yet Tartaglione’s cell phone was discovered by guards on July 3rd, not on July 23rd, as many on social media have claimed. (Through his attorney, Tartaglione has denied any involvement.)
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/jeffrey-epstein-clinton-conspiracy-theories-twitter-863446/




Shut up!!!! Hey conspiracy theorists, not everything is a conspiracy OK? Let me spell this one out for you – Jeffrey Epstein is an alleged child molester. In prison. And if you’ve seen any movies or TV shows, you know that the rats get treated better than child molesters do. At least the rats don’t deserve it. Yeah so now that we got that out of the way… if conservatives want sites to take them seriously, stop tweeting and posting bullshit!

Right-wing conspiracy theorists capitalized Thursday on overnight reports that accused pedophile and Manhattan financier Jeffrey Epstein had attempted to hang himself in jail, reigniting pernicious, false accusations that former President Bill Clinton and wife, one-time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have covered up dozens of murders made to look like suicides.

Tens of thousands of tweets emerged Thursday morning using the #ClintonBodyCount hashtag, both promoting and ridiculing a decades-old anti-Clinton conspiracy. Supporters of the theory seemed to link the Clintons to unconfirmed reports that Epstein had been found nearly unconscious inside his New York City jail cell, where he is awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. The reported suicide attempt came hours after The Daily Beast published a story Wednesday that explored financial ties between the politically and socially connected convicted sex offender and Bill Clinton.

Democrats and Clinton allies immediately condemned Twitter for allowing the "Clinton Body Count" conspiracy to trend and accused Russia-backed troll farms and automated bot accounts of leading the disinformation campaign, which came just one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before two Congressional committees on his investigation into alleged 2016 Trump campaign collusion.

The "Clinton Body Count" conspiracy has its roots in rabid anti-Clinton 1990s letters and screeds from a now-deceased Republican Indianapolis attorney who railed against the Clinton administration's deadly 1993 Waco, Texas, siege of the Branch Davidian church that resulted in more than 75 deaths.
https://www.newsweek.com/clintonbodycount-conspiracy-re-emerges-after-epstein-suicide-attempt-report-claims-rooted-1990s-1451169




Dude, you’re still hanging onto shit from back in the Waco days? Look some fucked up shit went down in Waco but taking down a crazy cult leader was justified. Sure, they could have sent it over to Pedo Island, but you know, you can’t do everything. And you know you can talk all the shit you want about Trump Derangement Syndrome – which isnt a thing, but Clinton Derangement Syndrome is real and your conspiracy theorist loving uncle has a bad case of it!

The news that disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was injured in his Manhattan jail cell has revived a decades-old conspiracy theory that baselessly links Hillary Clinton to a number of “suspicious” deaths.

Epstein, who is facing a possible 45 years if convicted on sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges, was reportedly found Wednesday semiconscious in his New York City jail cell with marks around his neck. Sources close to the investigation told NBC News that the injuries may have come from another inmate or been self-inflicted, and Epstein is now on suicide watch.

The news was sensational grist for conspiracy theorists and far-right pundits, who leapt to Twitter to suggest that Esptein’s injuries might somehow be linked to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The theory, known as the “Clinton Body Count,” was soon trending on Twitter, with the corresponding #ClintonBodyCount hashtag attached to more than 70,000 tweets by Thursday afternoon.

Big tech companies have been grappling with their part in the spread of conspiracy theories surrounding politicians, health information and mass violence. Facebook has balked at reigning in the theories spread in groups and on pages, citing a slippery slope of becoming arbiters of truth, while YouTube announced this year it would stop the spread of conspiracies on its platform by tweaking its algorithm to recommend less content that could misinform users.

Some users on Twitter criticized the platform for including the Clinton conspiracy hashtag in its Trending sidebar this morning when it only had a few hundred tweets, mostly from a well-known conspiracy news account.
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/old-clinton-conspiracy-theory-finds-new-life-jeffrey-epstein-news-n1034741




And by the way if you think the Clinton Body Count hashtag was disturbing, wait until you see what Sean Hannity cooked up! Hey conservatives, this is why nobody takes you seriously! It’s because you say some ridiculously dumb shit. Yeah so fuck off with your conspiracy theories and angry mutterings and leave them to yourselves. If you want to be part of reality, maybe, I don’t know, turn the fucking TV off and unscrew your tin foil hat!

Before Sunday morning, the conspiracy theories collected under the hashtag #HillarysHealth were numerous.

According to Sean Hannity's "medical A-team," the Democratic nominee was wracked by seizures. According to Ted Noel, an anesthesiologist with no expertise in Parkinson's disease, Clinton had Parkinson's disease. According to Gateway Pundit and InfoWars, both sites linked regularly by The Drudge Report, Clinton was followed by a medical "mystery man" and might well have used a secret earpiece to get answers fed to her at the "Commander in chief" forum. The Drudge Report itself had promoted an Internet poll conducted by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons — a fringe group that questions whether HIV causes AIDS — as proof that doctors were coalescing around the theory of the candidate's declining health.

On those counts, Sunday was a debacle — a reversal of the story line that Clinton was concealing permanent neurological damage. For a few hours, Clinton's stagger toward the van that took her to her daughter's New York apartment was interpreted as proof that the worst conspiracy theories had been right — and just as importantly, that the media had covered them up.

"The most likely diagnosis — in my mind — an acute cardiac arrhythmia — either ventricular tachycardia — or more likely atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response," wrote a reader to American Conservative columnist Rod Dreher.

"Sick Hillary's cough is caused by Parkinson's disease," wrote self-published author Mike Cernovich.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/09/12/body-doubles-secret-doctors-clinton-conspiracy-theories-blossom-after-pneumonia-diagnosis/?utm_term=.8f9518b9dbdb





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Man I’m losing big this week. First I got to go to jail now this. Oh well, spin it again! Yeah I need a drink!!!



Of course you know that the idea behind this segment is that we don’t mix booze and politics but we do mix booze and just about everything else. But we do so responsibly! Do you get me alcohol commercials? Hey, I drink and I know things. That’s what I’m told anyway. But this next story gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “booze cruise”. Because what’s more fun than mixing drinks and cruising? So tell me bartender, what goes well with a story about a fight on a cruise ship? Ha ha ha… Sailor Jerry’s? All right I’ll switch up my drink then and take a glass of Sailor Jerry’s. So here’s what happened on a cruise ship off the coast of England recently:

A mass brawl broke out on a British cruise ship Friday morning, leaving several people injured and others confined to their cabins for the rest of their journey, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to CNN affiliate ITV news.

The P&O cruise ship Britannia was on the final leg of a cruise to Norway's fjords from Southampton, in southeast England, when the fracas broke out, ITV reported.

ITV's "Good Morning Britain" correspondent Richard Gaisford was on board the ship when the fight broke out. In a series of messages on Twitter, he said that heavy amounts of alcohol contributed to violence that started on the 16th floor restaurant on Thursday, when a passenger appeared dressed as a clown.

The passenger's attire apparently upset some of the guests, Gaisford said.

"One witness, part of a group involved in the trouble, explained to staff that things kicked off when another passenger appeared dressed as a clown," Gaisford said.

"This upset one of their party because they'd specifically booked a cruise with no fancy dress. It led to a violent confrontation."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/28/uk/cruise-ship-brawl-uk-gbr-scli-intl/index.html




OK now who wouldn’t want to punch that clown? But if you start peeling back the layers on this, it turns out that there’s more to this story than you would lead on. And it’s certainly the most British story that’s come along in quite some time. So does this mean that the Joker is now hiding out on cruise ships? Well that could be a possibility.

Perhaps Batman should start monitoring the high seas for jokers with unverifiable stories.

Officials are disputing a report that a man in a clown costume was responsible for a chaotic restaurant brawl on a British cruise ship early Friday, in an incident that resulted in two arrests and at least six injuries. U.K. police say there is no evidence to support a viral Twitter thread that blamed a “clown” for the incident over the weekend.

The melee broke out after a long day of partying onboard the cruise ship Britannia, according to ITV reporter Richard Gaisford, who was on the boat at the time. Gaisford heard the commotion and rushed to the scene to interview people after it happened, he said on Twitter.

“Witnesses told me they were so frightened they had to hide, as family groups fought,” Gaisford tweeted on Saturday.

A witness told Gaisford that the fight erupted because a passenger crashed a black-tie party in a clown costume. Gaisford says the outfit upset the witnesses’ friend because “they’d specifically booked a cruise with no fancy dress . It led to a violent confrontation."
https://globalnews.ca/news/5697035/clown-cruise-ship-brawl/




And if you think *MY* excessive drinking is a problem wait until you see what happens on this ship, and look I get it. Nobody wants to put on a suit and tie. Or wear any kind of ridiculous formal attire, but is “fancy dress” really enough to start a fight and get arrested? Or was it the copious amounts of booze that you get with your $3000 cruise ship cabin?

Alcohol packages sold onboard cruise liners have been criticised following last weekend’s mass brawl onboard a P&O ship.

Many of the world’s biggest cruise lines offer generous drinks packages that allow customers to drink alcoholic beverages during a set period.

Carnival Cruise Line, which owns brands including P&O, Cunard and Holland America Line, allows customers to drink 15 alcoholic drinks – including wines, beers, cocktails and mixed drinks – over a 24-hour period, which starts at 6am. The Cheers! Package costs $49.95 (£41) per day.

P&O passengers can buy an “ultimate drinks package” for £39.95, which allows them to get 15 beers, wines by the glass, cocktails or single-measure spirits, over a 24-hour period.

All cruises by Marella, which is owned by Tui, are all-inclusive and include a selection of cocktails, beers and wines that are served between 10am and 2am. The cruise line has a responsible drinking policy that encourages guests to be sensible when consuming alcohol.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/cruise-ships-alcohol-packages-p-and-o-mass-brawl-a9027476.html




Yeah maybe we need less chugging on these cruises and more staying hydrated. Because only in this day and age could you start a fight, get the whole cruise ship involved and get mass arrests an d leave the cruise escorted by police. Which is really a waste of the Fuzz’s time since they probably have more important things to do than hauling your ass off to the pen.

A mass brawl that broke out on a cruise ship and left six people injured was not started by a clown, police have said.

The fight, which erupted in the early hours of Friday morning on the P&O cruise ship Britannia, saw three men and three women assaulted.

Richard Gaisford, an ITV reporter for Good Morning Britain who was on board the ship at the time, said a witness had told him there was “blood everywhere” in the restaurant of the liner.

The ship had departed from Bergen, Norway some 12 hours earlier, and was en route to Southampton as part of a one-week cruise at the time of the incident.

He added that staff had reportedly never seen violence like it aboard the ship, which followed a black-tie event for passengers and “an afternoon of ‘patriotic’ partying on deck, with large amounts of alcohol being consumed by many guests”.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/clown-cruise-ship-fight-po-police-norway-a9024136.html





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I bet Thanksgiving is real fun at his house! "Can I have some gravy?" "Yes, and GOD WILL STRIKE YOU DOWN FOR YOUR EXCESSIVE GLUTTONY!!!! YOU HEATHEN!!!". I have so many questions about this! Spin it again! And it lands on… Keeping Up With The Candidates!



Welcome back to Keeping Up With The Candidates – your one stop source for all things relating to the 2020 MOTHER OF ALL ELECTIONS TO END ALL ELECTIONS: Electric Boogaloo Die Harder. Last week we introduced you to the craziness that are the Republican challengers to Alabama’s Doug Jones, and the return that nobody asked for - Roy Moore is turning the entire thing into a massive shit show. This week, we’re going to Minnesota. Of course you know that Trump is doubling and tripling down his attacks on the women in Congress known as “The Squad”. Well, one of those members of The Squad, Ilhan Omar (D, MN-5), has a challenger! We are going to introduce you to that challenger, and you might be shocked by what you find. OK, not really that shocking.

Danielle Stella, a Republican candidate seeking to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar from the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020, firmly supports the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to someone identifying themselves as communications volunteer who responded to Right Wing Watch’s inquiry.

QAnon is a Trump-era phenomena centered on a conspiracy theory that alleges that Trump administration insiders have been dropping clues, in the form of cryptic riddles posted on anonymous imageboards, about a supposed secret plan to take down the “deep state” and a worldwide network of satanic pedophiles said to include A-list Hollywood figures and top-level Democrats. Believers, who call themselves “anons,” dedicate themselves to decoding the posts. Early on, QAnon adherents claimed that Trump was secretly working with then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller to expose the Satanists.

People who believe in QAnon are increasingly frequent fixtures at Trump rallies. At a campaign rally in North Carolina last week, President Donald Trump praised a baby wearing a onesie emblazoned on the back with the “Q” emblem sometimes worn by adherents to the theory.

Travis View, co-host of the “QAnon Anonymous” podcast (which takes a critical look at the Q phenomenon), noticed today that Stella had responded to pro-QAnon Twitter users on her account and had used the hashtag “#WWG1WGA” popularized by QAnon believers online. A closer review of her Twitter account reveals that Stella has not been shy engaging with QAnon content.
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/this-gop-challenger-to-ilhan-omar-100-stands-with-qanon/




Seriously? I’m sick of seeing this horseshit on twitter. There’s no way I would want to see that crap leaving its’ stink on Congress. Oh and by the way, in a not at all shocking twist to this story, Stella is wanted for several counts of robbery. And in a typical Trump fan fashion – where he always recruits “the best people” (read: worst), Stella is attempting to “yada yada” her way out of the situation.

A Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is accused of shoplifting 279 items from a suburban Target earlier this year.

A criminal complaint says Danielle Stella stole items valued at more than $2,000 from Target during one visit on January 8. She allegedly told police she doesn’t remember anything after arriving at Target, due to post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Star Tribune reported that Stella was arrested again in April after allegedly stealing $40 in cat food from a Cub grocery store. A police report says she told an officer she forgot to pay.

In a text to the Guardian, a British newspaper, Stella said she’s innocent until proven guilty, and if she were guilty, she would never run for public office.

Stella is a 31-year-old special education teacher and supporter of President Donald Trump. She has gained attention for social media posts referencing QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory. Last week InfoWars broadcast an interview in which she described Minneapolis as the “crime capital” of America.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/07/29/ilhan-omars-challenger-accused-of-stealing-279-items-from-target/




Seriously Target, fool you once, shame on you. Fool you 279 times, well, shame on whoever failed to catch her 278 of those times. And can we stop treating Qanon crap like it’s national news? It originated in the sewage pit of internet message boards. And I would think that Ms. Stella, being a special education teacher, would recognize that this stuff is bullshit, but I guess that anyone can become a member of the Trump cult. But guess what? Her criminal record won’t stop her from challenging Omar.

Minnesota congressional representative Ilhan Omar has only been in office since January. But already the Somali-American lawmaker, who made history by wearing a hijab during her swearing-in, has a challenger for her seat: a 31-year-old special education teacher named Danielle Stella who promises to be tough on crime but herself has a criminal record and a pending felony theft charge.

On June 19, Stella filed a statement of candidacy (pdf) with the Federal Election Commission despite her own legal woes. Stella was twice charged with theft this year, once in January for allegedly stealing 279 items worth more than $2,300 from a Target store. After she failed to appear in court on that charge on April 4, a warrant was issued for her arrest. That warrant was executed on April 28, when Stella was caught purportedly shoplifting $40 worth of items from a grocery store, including tick spray for cats.

“I am not guilty of these crimes. In this country I am innocent until proven guilty and that is the law,” Stella told the Guardian recently. “If I was guilty of crimes, I would never run for public office, putting myself in the public eye under a microscope to be attacked by all political sides.”

Stella’s response is technically correct—she is innocent until proven guilty under American criminal law. But it doesn’t reflect the full extent of her liberty. Even if she is proven guilty and convicted of a felony, the conviction wouldn’t bar her from running for or ultimately holding the federal public office she seeks.
https://qz.com/1676423/criminal-record-wont-stop-danielle-stellas-bid-for-ilhan-omars-seat/




Now you might be asking – what about her popularity? Well Trump is not only doubling down on his attacks on Omar, he’s tripling down. They hate her! They really hate her. Yeah you can cite polls about how Omar has a 20% rating in the nationwide polls. But anyone who takes politics more seriously than we do, will tell you that those polls are a steaming load of bullshit. And guess what? Trump’s attacks on Omar have made her more popular than ever!

But in the city of Minneapolis, many of Omar’s constituents are standing fiercely behind their congresswoman. Many say they believe she has been unfairly maligned, her words twisted because of her background and religious faith. They are proud of how Omar has fought Trump and his allies while pushing far-left policies like student loan forgiveness.

Omar is a symbol of everything Minneapolis’s progressives want to project — and now that she’s in office, battered by the president and his party, Omar has been boosted by the fact that she has become a symbol of everything Trump hates.

Omar is the only member of "the Squad,” the group of four Democratic women of color targeted by Trump, to represent a district that is mostly white — just under two-thirds. That still makes the 5th District the most diverse district in Minnesota, a heavily white state with some of the country’s worst racial disparities and a stubbornly persistent wealth gap.

“Part of the reason I voted for her is to have representation of the people that Trump is demeaning in office,” said Braden Eliason, a medical tech executive in Minneapolis who stopped at Omar’s booth at the street fair Sunday.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mollyhensleyclancy/trump-says-minnesota-cant-stand-ilhan-omar-his-attacks-have




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-7: Scary 4chan, Bianca's Dead Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-7: Scary 4chan, Bianca’s Dead Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up University Of Florida? How are you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Man we are having a lot of fun on this tour so far. But… welcome to your new national nightmare, England! We warned you! We tried to warn you! We told you that having a leader like Trump was just as bad as having Trump actually in power. But no, it appears that you want old, creepy white men with terrible hair and too much bronzer in power. But we will cover this in full next week. Ah, see what I did there? Do we have time for the thing? Good. So is Forever 21 fat shaming their customers? So women who order clothes from the store are finding something that they didn’t order being included with their plus size clothing – a diet bar. Yeah really what the fuck? Hey no, we don’t need fat sound effects here. Naturally their customers weren’t having any of it. And why would you? It’s like they’re sending a message of some sort. Sure, living that kind of lifestyle isn’t good for you, but do we really need a store telling us that? And really companies, stop sending us shit we didn’t ask for, OK? I bought a motherboard, I don't need razors. I bought a t-shirt, I don't need a package of mouthwash. I went and saw the Incredibles 2, I don't need that weird movie about the cannibalistic Chinese dumpling! What the fuck is that thing??? It’s been over a year and I still can’t get that image out of my head! Damn you Pixar, damn you!!! OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first Stephen Colbert is back and I will be playing some of his monologues for our friends unfortunately stuck with DirecTV right now (which I am in that demographic):



So where do we begin this week? In the number one slot this week is Rand Paul (1). He needs to be ripped a new asshole for what he did to the 9/11 first responders and for that we’re going to ask “The 9/11 First Responders Bill: How Is This Still A Thing?”. In the second slot this week is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (2). Trump has been busy stroking the race card, but if you ask him personally about it, he will do that conservative thing where he denies that he did what he originally did. In the 3rd slot this week is current Attorney General William Barr (3) and he might be the first AG since 1856 to be held in contempt of Congress for his baiting of the controversial citizenship question on the 2020 Census. For the 4th slot this week is 4chan (4). And this is quite the horrifying story and the sick fucks at 4chan deserve it. Teenage social influencer Bianca Devins was murdered and her murder was posted on the website. And the more you dig into this story the weirder it gets and there’s going to be a lot of accessories to murder in this one. Taking the 5th slot is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and what’s up with Planned Parenthood’s CEO? The controversial organization has been going through CEOs faster than most people go through shoes. In the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and after Glenn Beck announced his own Covenant With God, our resident pastor is going to do the same! At slot number 7 this week is “Beating A Dead Horse” (7). There’s some controversy over casting for Disney’s remake of “The Little Mermaid”, but then the James Bond franchise came along and said “hold my beer”. For the 8th slot this week, we have a new “This Fucking Guy”. And this week we’re going to profile ultra far right personality Josh Bernstein, who regularly appears on programs hawking nutritional supplements. Yeah, seriously, WTF? And for the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week, we have our favorite segment “People Are Dumb” and when we were in Florida the last time, we dedicated it all to the crazy adventures of our good friend Florida Man, and guess what? We’re doing it again for round II! Finally this week we have our ongoing series about all things 2020 Election, “Keeping Up With The Candidates” and this week we’re going to explore some of the winners (er, losers) running for Senate in the Alabama GOP and whew, they got some batshit crazy candidates running. And to cap things off, our good friends 311 are returning to the show! Really, buy their new album “Voyager” or you’re no friend of this show. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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This week – the 9/11 First Responders Bill. How is this still a thing? The 9/11 First Responders Bill was first proposed in 2010 – 9 years after 9/11, which shows you how quick Congress was to treat the people who sacrificed their lives to help with the devastation and destruction of the two tallest buildings in America. Since its’ proposal, it has taken nearly 9 years to come to fruition – and even then it was struck down a 3rd and 4th time, mainly because republicans like Rand Paul keep adding unnecessary amendments to the bill. So what is the reason for delaying the bill *THIS* time?

A Republican senator moved Wednesday to stall for the moment legislation providing compensation to 9/11 workers, sparking an emotional appeal on behalf of those sick and dying after responding to Ground Zero.

Although lawmakers for several weeks generally declared broad support for the measure to extend a victims compensation fund, the objections of two conservative senators suggest its Senate passage may stall or require more political muscle to enact.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke out on the Senate floor Wednesday after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposed that the bill be approved by unanimous consent. Under Senate rules, an objection from a single senator can block a measure offered via unanimous consent.

Paul said he objected because any program that would last decades “should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need, at the very least, to have this debate,” he said, adding that he would offer an amendment on the cost of the bill when it reaches the Senate floor.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also has placed a hold on the legislation, according to advocates. Paul’s objection angered Democrats, who have been able to muster bipartisan support for the bill, which has 73 co-sponsors in the Senate.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/two-republican-senators-emerge-as-opponents-to-911-victims-bill/2019/07/17/b6fe830a-a89c-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.html?utm_term=.087dfbc855a8




Yes why? The bill had 73 co-sponsors, making it something that actually might have a chance of passing bi-partisan. Because one thing we can all agree on – liberal or conservative – is that the 9/11 first responders and families should get financial protection. But… leave it to former Daily Show host Jon Stewart to take up this cause for the people. Yes, a comedian is getting more done than Congress has on this subject in 9 years.

It appears Jon Stewart’s public shaming is working, yet again.

The House of Representatives on Friday overwhelmingly passed a bill guaranteeing funding for a program that helps cover medical care for 9/11 first responders, a move that comes in the wake of immense public outcry and emotional testimony from Stewart during a House hearing earlier this year.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has committed to giving it a vote in August, following extensive pressure to do so.

“As soon as the House passes this bill, it should be on the floor of the Senate immediately as a standalone bill,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in June. “I am imploring, pleading, and even begging to Leader McConnell to put this bill on the floor as soon as it passes the House.”

“Nothing about our shared goal to provide for these heroes is remotely partisan. We will consider this important legislation soon,” McConnell said in a statement on Friday.

This bill, known as the Never Forget the Heroes Act, reauthorizes the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund until 2090. A program that first ran from 2001 to 2004 and then was reestablished in 2011, the Victim Compensation Fund is now running out of money, given the number of first responders who’ve gotten sick following their work after the attacks.
https://www.vox.com/2019/7/12/20691710/congress-jon-stewart-9-11-first-responders-bill-mitch-mcconnell




So Jon Stewart’s advocacy for this subject has won over many fans and alienated critics. And yes, there are critics of what he is doing. Yes, cost is a factor, but when you consider that the United States can find $750 billion annually for new war machines and planes that it doesn’t need or want, they can find money for something that is badly needed. Treating the victims of the worst terrorist attack in modern history will be how the rest of the world sees us. And right now, it’s not seeing us so hot.

Comedian and 9/11 first responder advocate Jon Stewart blasted Rand Paul after the senator effectively blocked a vote to permanently reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. The fund provides financial assistance for first responders suffering from 9/11-related medical issues.

Paul prevented the Senate from voting to approve the bill through unanimous consent, citing its cost.

"It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country," Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said on the Senate floor. "And therefore any new spending ... should be offset by cutting spending that's less valuable. We need to at the very least have this debate."

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," Stewart retorted.

Stewart, speaking to Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" on Wednesday, called the move "absolutely outrageous."He added, "Rand Paul presented tissue paper avoidance of the 1.5 trillion tax cut that added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit and now he stands up at the last minute after 15 years of blood, sweat and tears from the 9/11 community so that it's all over now, now we're going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jon-stewart-slams-rand-paul-for-blocking-911-victim-compensation-funding-bill-as-another-first-responder-dies/




Yes, it took Jon Stewart’s incessant pressure to get this bill off the ground again, and it was stalled by republicans in the senate again. Despite that it had 73 cosponsors and could easily pass and get the support of Trump. But nope. Two senators with their heads obviously up their asses stalled the bill yet again. And they will somehow find a way to delay it again. At this point you almost feel sorry for the bill itself. But how bad is it?

The House on Friday passed legislation to extend funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2090, weeks after the bill received nationwide attention following impassioned pleas for support from surviving first responders and comedian Jon Stewart.

The bill easily cleared the House with a vote of 402-12, and will now be sent to the Senate, where timing on that vote is not yet clear, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to hold a vote on the legislation.

Moments after the House passage, McConnell's office issued a statement that the chamber would consider "this important legislation soon."

"The first responders who rushed into danger on September 11th, 2001 are the very definition of American heroes and patriots," McConnell said. "The Senate has never forgotten the Victim Compensation Fund and we aren't about to start now. Nothing about our shared goal to provide for these heroes is remotely partisan."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/12/politics/house-vote-9-11-first-responders-bill/index.html




So there you go, it takes a comedian to do something that the Senate still won’t do. That’s enough to make you ask – the 9/11 First Responders Bill:




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You know how sometimes you hear someone make an insanely racist statement and then it doesn’t hit you until the ride home where you go “God damn that was racist?”. Well think about what our current president, @realDonaldTrump says on a daily basis and then multiply that by the number of days that he’s currently been in office. I mean shit, even Saturday Night Live called Trump out for his blatant racism when he was hosting it that very fucking week:



Holy shit! That was from a fucking late night sketch comedy show! In 2005, 12 years before he would become president! So if he was racist then, how racist is he now?

The House voted on Tuesday to condemn as racist President Trump’s attacks against four congresswomen of color, but only after the debate over the president’s language devolved into a bitterly partisan brawl that showcased deep rifts over race, ethnicity and political ideology in the age of Trump.

The measure, the first House rebuke of a president in more than 100 years, passed nearly along party lines, 240 to 187, after one of the most polarizing exchanges on the floor in recent times. Only four Republicans and the House’s lone independent, Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, voted with all Democrats to condemn the president.

“I know racism when I see it, I know racism when I feel it, and at the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism,” said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, an icon of the civil rights movement.

Some Republicans were just as adamant in their defense of Mr. Trump: “What has really happened here is that the president and his supporters have been forced to endure months of allegations of racism,” said Representative Dan Meuser, Republican of Pennsylvania. “This ridiculous slander does a disservice to our nation.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/us/politics/trump-tweet-house-vote.html




Holy shit! Trump is so racist that they had to hold a special hearing in the House to denounce his tweets as being openly racist. See republicans??? Do you see what we are saying about racism now? Fuck off with your identity politics bullshit. You guys are the ones playing identity politics! If it’s not represented by a straight white man it doesn’t exist! You know when you start calling every republican a racist the message gets lost, but you know… some of them might actually be racist.

The issues of racism and racial divisions in politics are front and center again in the wake of President Trump’s tweets and comments about four congresswomen of color. But a key question is whether Trump’s behavior in recent years has led to an increase in racism in the U.S.

Last week, Trump tweeted the freshmen lawmakers should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” even though most of them were born in the U.S. Many saw parallels to Trump‘s comments on Charlottesville, Virginia, when he said there was “blame on both sides” after a violent white-supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in 2017 resulted in the death of one woman.

Clearly, these and other Trump’s statements and actions have shaped Americans’ views of him, to the point that a majority of Americans say Trump is a racist — a February 2018 AP-NORC poll found 57 percent of respondents said Trump was racist, while 40 percent said he wasn’t.

Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center attempted to answer the “Has America Become More Racist?” question. It found a majority of Americans (65 percent) said that since Trump’s election, it “has become more common for people to express racist or racially insensitive views.” Multiple studies have uncovered evidence that Trump’s rhetoric has legitimized expressions of prejudice. One 2016 study found, for instance, that racist attitudes toward groups targeted by Trump, like Muslims and immigrants, were considered more acceptable after the election. And a second study showed that reading Trump’s statements targeting ethnic or racial groups made people more likely to write prejudicial things themselves.
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/prejudice-among-white-americans-might-be-declining-in-the-trump-era/




Well duh, of course people have become more racist since Trump got into office. You know Obama brought out the best in people , Trump and Fox News are making America more racist again! Thank you audience! Really, turn that shit off, it’s good for you. I mean come on, Trump is even too racist for Fox News! And let’s face it, when you’re too racist for Fox News, that’s pretty fucking racist.

White House adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday pushed back against those who believe President Donald Trump is a racist or is engaging in racist rhetoric, arguing the liberals use that label to censor their opponents.

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace listed several of Trump's statements that have been decried as racist, including his recent suggestion that four congresswomen of color "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came," his unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen, his campaign announcement in which he said Mexicans "are rapists," his call for a "complete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States," and his assertion that there were good people on "both sides" of a clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Why shouldn't someone see all of that as racist?" Wallace asked Miller.

"I think the term 'racist,' Chris, has become a label that is too often deployed by the left, Democrats in this country simply to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with, speech that they don't want to hear," Miller said.

"The reality is that this president has been a president for all Americans, whether you look at historically low black unemployment rates, historically low Hispanic unemployment rates or if you look at what he's doing on immigration to protect safety, security, rising wages for all American citizens."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/21/chris-wallace-stephen-miller-trump-racism/1790299001/




That’s the basic definition thanks. But this is Stephen Miller here, that guy is a hardcore, I’m too racist, so racist yeah kind of guy. What? You guys aren’t down with Right Said Fred references? Well this is my show, I make the references! Back on topic here, what’s really scary about this is that denying racists and racism only makes it stronger. I swear it’s like we live in the Matrix or something. And the irony is that republicans and racists love making Matrix references despite that the movie was made by two Polish-Jewish trans sisters. Oh the irony! Of course, irony is lost on the racists.

When did we arrive at the point where applying the words racist and racism was more radioactive than actually doing and saying racist things and demonstrating oneself to be a racist?

How is it that America insists on knowledge of the unknowable — what lurks in the heart — in order to assign the appellation?

Why are so many Americans insisting that racism requires conscious, malicious intent in order for the title to be earned?

Last week, much of America wrestled with whether to label the president racist after he published racist tweets about four congresswomen of color, demonstrating once again in the most overt terms that he is indeed a racist.

And yet many, including those in the media, struggled with whether or not to label his tweet, and by extension Donald Trump himself, as racist.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/21/opinion/trump-racism.html





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Is Bill Barr the worst attorney general in US history? Well he’s already been attorney general for a few months and he might be actually in the running. Shit, he’s only been in the office for five months and he’s already being held in contempt. Why? They are still trying to find a work around so they can stick the citizenship question on the 2020 census. And here’s the thing republicans – you do *NOT* fuck with the census! And you know why? Because it could alter your state’s representation for the next 10 years and it could go good or bad. And here’s what is the latest.

The House of Representatives escalated its confrontation with the executive branch Wednesday by holding two Trump administration officials in criminal contempt for not providing complete copies of subpoenaed documents related to the 2020 census.

The resolution named Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for failing to cooperate with a congressional oversight investigation.

In a deeply divided House, Wednesday's criminal contempt measure passed on a mostly party-line vote of 230-198. The House's lone independent, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, backed the measure. Four Democrats broke with their leaders and opposed it. The rebuke of Trump Cabinet officials comes just a day after the House passed another resolution condemning the president himself for racist tweets over the weekend.

The move marks the second time a sitting attorney general has been found in criminal contempt by the House. The first time was back in 2012, when the House voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over his failure to turn over documents for the chamber's "Fast and Furious" probe. Seventeen Democrats joined with what was then a Republican majority to secure that outcome.
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/17/742705054/house-holds-attorney-general-and-commerce-secretary-in-contempt-over-census-prob




Yeah unfortunately those things only work when you’re on TV shows and not necessarily held in contempt of Congress, Homer. And that’s not the only problem facing the Trump administration this week. This whole revolving door administration really is a bad mark on society. But you won’t hear the MAGAs cheering about it.

The House is poised to vote on holding Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr in contempt over their roles in withholding information about efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census amid a report that President Donald Trump is considering firing Ross over the failed attempt to include one.

Democrats in the House scheduled a Tuesday floor vote on the criminal contempt resolution since Ross and Barr have declined to comply with a subpoena to hand over documents to the House Oversight and Reform Committee to help aid in its investigation about the origins of the citizenship question.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland accused the Trump administration of wanting to add a citizenship question for the first time since 1950 "only to deter minorities from participating and leading to an undercount in parts of the country."

Officials held in criminal contempt face fines and up to a year in prison, but it's highly unlikely either would face criminal charges from the Justice Department. Barr would be the second attorney general held in contempt by the full House other than Eric Holder when he was attorney general for former President Barack Obama.
https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2019-07-16/ross-barr-set-for-contempt-vote-as-commerce-secretary-faces-uncertain-future




You know that is a good point, that is kind of like when the GOP takes things literally. You know, like when they talk about “illegal immigration” but never read past the word “illegal” or talk about the second amendment but never read past “shall not be infringed”. It’s kind of like that. But really just how bad is Bill Barr? It’s funny, I keep wanting to call him Al Barr because that’s the lead singer of the Dropkick Murphys, but I’m convinced Al Barr could at this point literally kick Bill Barr’s ass!

The House is set to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt for not complying with congressional subpoenas on their thwarted attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The resolution was originally scheduled for a Tuesday vote, but appeared to be pushed to a later date as lawmakers are set to vote on a resolution condemning President Trump’s tweets targeting four minority progressive Democratic lawmakers.

The vote comes just days after Trump abandoned his efforts to get the question on next year’s population survey. He instead issued an executive order directing federal agencies to share records containing citizenship information with the Commerce Department — the recommendation initially made by the Census Bureau more than a year ago.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted on the contempt measure last month, after the Cabinet officials didn’t comply with subpoenas for documents on the addition of the citizenship question.
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/453200-house-poised-to-hold-barr-ross-in-contempt





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Normally the Top 10 policy is that we don’t joke about things like murder or mass shootings or the situation going on at the border because it’s really too horrifying to make fun of. And this next story is about a murder. But when 4chan is involved… no really, fuck 4chan. And fuck 8chan too. And 16chan, and 32chan, and 64chan, and 128chan. Really, fuck all the Chans at this point. Except for our assistant producer Harold Chan, he can stay. Now the title of this entry comes from an old Psych episode called “Scary Sherry, Bianca’s Dead”. So for this piece, let’s call it “Scary 4chan, Bianca’s Dead”. And for this entry, we will channel our inner Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster. So before we dive into trashing this horrid excuse for an internet forum, what happened exactly?

A young woman active on social media was brutally murdered, with gruesome photos of her body posted to Instagram and other platforms.

Horrific images of 17-year-old Bianca Devins were posted on Instagram early Sunday, after she went to a concert in Queens with Brandon Andrew Clark.

Clark, 21, reportedly called police on himself, according to Lt. Bryan Coromato. When he was discovered in his car in Utica, Clark reportedly slit his own throat and posted pictures of his bleeding neck on Instagram as well.

Devins, who was a popular "egirl" on Tik Tok, was was found dead outside the SUV. Clark was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. The two reportedly met online, and had been seeing each other for about two months before the night of the concert, by Canadian musician Nicole Dollenganger.

Bianca's sister, Olivia Devins, later called Clark a "close family friend."
https://www.newsweek.com/bianca-devins-murder-discord-1449363




Yes, stay creepy 4chan! And really what an age we live in where evidence of a fucking murder can be posted online in messaging forums. And how is 4chan not being monitored by the FBI and CIA as being a terrorist group? Well, maybe terrorism is a harsh word to use for a group of incels who live in their mom’s basement and spend the whole day chain smoking and pooping their pants. I assume that’s what incels do all day. But what drove them to murder?

"Here comes Hell. It's redemption, right?"

Brandon Andrew Clark posed that question, taken from a rock song, to his Instagram followers in a temporary 24-hour story posted before dawn last Sunday.

The next image he shared was far more disturbing. A blurry photograph captioned "I'm sorry Bianca" appeared to show a woman's bloodied torso.

Before then his Instagram account, which we have chosen not to name, was mostly used to catalogue selfies and posts about music and art. Police believe the 21 year old had met Bianca through the platform two months earlier and their relationship had progressed in person since.

On Saturday, he drove Bianca to New York City from Utica, where she lived, to see Canadian singer Nicole Dollanganger perform. Police said they believed the pair had got into an argument on the way back, possibly about her kissing someone else, and he had fatally attacked her with a knife.

Police said the suspect shared an even more graphic photograph of Bianca's body on Discord - a popular messaging platform for gamers. This image showed the extent of injuries to Bianca's throat and made clear her wounds had been fatal.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49002486




Obviously. Look, passionate romance is nothing to joke about. And for an Incel who was lucky enough to score, that shit should be taken seriously! So what happens when a murder like this goes viral? And going viral is probably the worst thing you can say about someone’s murder. Oh pictures of her fatally stabbed body just.. went viral. Yeah that doesn’t sound good at all does it?

Like most mornings, Jared, who lives in a small town in southern Utah, logged in to Bianca’s group chat on Sunday to see what he’d missed overnight.

There, posted 15 minutes earlier, was a photo of Bianca’s body. From the gaze in her eyes and the extensive injuries, it was obvious she was dead.

The image, posted under a username associated with Clark, was accompanied by a message: “Sorry fuckers, you’re going to have to find someone else to orbit.”

On his own social media accounts, Clark was busy telling a story seemingly calculated for maximum exposure. He uploaded pictures of himself and Bianca’s body and declared his intention to kill himself. As police arrived to apprehend him on a secluded street in Utica, he continued to snap photos and post them online.

He even left a message at the scene, police said: The words “May you never forget me” were spray-painted on the pavement, an apparent reference to a manga about a toxic relationship that both he and Bianca liked.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bianca-devins-death-internet_n_5d2e382ae4b0a873f6431763




Holy shit! I think we might have found the worst possible use for Instagram here. This is where toxic masculinity takes a very ugly turn. And toxic masculinity is ugly to begin with! Just adding the word “toxic” to anything makes it ugly. Like… toxic unicorns. Yes, the word “toxic” can make the most innocent things sound horrible. Like for instance I literally just turned something as innocent as a unicorn into something extremely horrifying and terrible. You can’t get that image out of your head now, can you? And here’s where social media gets really ugly.

After Bianca Devins’ brutal murder, incels and trolls gleefully circulated photos of her mutilated body across the internet. But within days, the #RIPBianca hashtag and her tagged Instagram photos were transformed into an endless stream of bubblegum pink, fluffy white kittens, candy hearts, and glittery pink clouds.

The dreamy imagery is coming from a vast community of “e-girls,” an online subculture influenced by video games, anime, and grunge that Devins had belonged to.

For these girls and young women, many of whom face harassment and threats on a regular basis, Devin’s brutal murder hit way too close to home.

“Finding out about Bianca was terrifying,” said Ashley Eldridge, a 19-year-old e-girl. “I worry about stuff like that happening all the time. I’m constantly scared that someone is going to recognize me in real life and follow me.”

The e-girl community was almost instantly privy to the incredible violence Devins suffered in the final moments of her life, sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning. Her killer stabbed her to death and then shared pictures of her dead body on social media, including her Discord server. Police suspect her boyfriend, a 22-year-old online influencer Brandon Clark who police say she’d met through Instagram about two months earlier.
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/pajn58/the-e-girl-community-is-a-world-of-glittery-pink-clouds-harassment-and-now-murder





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Abortion is quite possibly the biggest hot button issue of our lifetime. This week, anti-abortion activists were cheering the announcement of yet another CEO from the organization who anti-abortion activists most commonly associate with the practice: Planned Parenthood. After a “secret meeting”, Planned Parenthood fired yet *ANOTHER* CEO. In the last 5 years, PPH has gone through CEOs at about the rate that most people go through shoes. But just how bad are things at the women’s health care provider?

Planned Parenthood President and CEO Leana Wen said she was fired Tuesday, less than one year into her tenure, at what she called a “secret meeting” of the board of directors.

In a statement, Wen said she and the board had “philosophical differences” about the direction and future of the women’s health organization, adding that they were engaged in “good faith negotiations” about her departure when the ouster was announced.

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood denied that the meeting was secret. A source familiar with the situation said Wen had been in discussions with the board for months and was well aware the meeting was taking place, though she was not permitted to attend.

The organization said in a statement that board member Alexis McGill Johnson will serve as acting president and CEO while the organization conducts a search for a permanent replacement.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/leana-wen-head-of-planned-parenthood-ousted-after-secret-meeting




So what is the fight about? Is it about abortion or is it about politics? Those on the right would say that it is about politics but will very quickly deny it. But of course conservatives take everything out of context and ruin it. Which is completely and totally the case here.

“I believe abortion is about health care, not politics,” Wen wrote. “Many of my colleagues disagreed.”

Wen declined to comment to POLITICO. “Dr. Wen is not taking any media requests related to her departure from Planned Parenthood,” a spokesperson wrote. “Her NYT op-ed states her position.”

Wen’s claims have been picked up by conservative news outlets and circulated inside the Trump administration, with senior officials exploring how to use Wen’s criticism of Planned Parenthood in future talking points, said two individuals who have discussed administration media strategy. Some conservatives have called Wen a “whistleblower” for providing evidence of their long-held beliefs about Planned Parenthood.

“Wen tried to make Planned Parenthood what its always pretended to be: healthcare focused, a resource for all women, doing abortion politics on the side,” tweeted Matt Whitlock, a Republican policy adviser. “She didn’t get the memo it’s really the opposite: abortion politics with a tiny side of healthcare.”

A person close to Wen said that she was repeatedly pressured by Planned Parenthood leadership to stress that abortion was her top goal, such as after a BuzzFeed article in January that suggested Wen would “focus on nonabortion care.” Wen subsequently gave an interview to the Daily Beast reaffirming her commitment to abortion access, the individual said.
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/22/planned-parenthood-leana-wen-abortion-1426700




Yeah it’s kind of like that. But why was Wen chosen to lead Planned Parenthood? What did she know about abortion? Really, we’re asking. Did she know anything? Of course the Christian right would take her comments out of context and use them against her – it’s how they gain power in every election and how they could bring about the second apocalypse. Well, at least prevent women from getting the healthcare they need.

“I believe that the best way to protect abortion care is to be clear that it is not a political issue but a health care one, and that we can expand support for reproductive rights by finding common ground with the large majority of Americans who understand reproductive health care as the fundamental health care that it is,” Dr. Wen said in her statement. “I am leaving because the new Board Chairs and I have philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood.”

In a statement from Planned Parenthood, the organization did not address any contention between the parties and announced its new Acting President.

“We thank Dr. Leana Wen for her service to Planned Parenthood in such a pivotal time and extend our best wishes for her continued success,” the statement reads. “We are pleased to announce that Alexis Gill Johnson has been named Acting President, effective immediately. Alexis is a renowned social justice leader, lifelong political organizer and a tireless advocate for healthcare.” Johnson has served on Planned Parenthood’s board for nearly a decade and served as a Board Chair from 2013 to 2015.

Dr. Wen’s brief tenure and the apparently acrimonious split comes at a tumultuous time for the organization and coincides with the Trump administration’s new abortion regulations, which officially began enforcing a ban on abortion referrals from taxpayer-funded family planning clinics on Tuesday, as Associated Press reports. Several Republican-controlled states, Alabama and Missouri among them, have recently undertaken legislative efforts to restrict abortion access.
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/planned-parenthood-ousts-ceo-dr-leana-wen-859940/




Well, we don’t want to be, but just how bad are things at Planned Parenthood? They’ve got a lot of work to do before they can adequately rebuild. But at least Planned Parenthood is a much smoother run organization than the NRA. We can say that, right? But just how bad is it? They should have a new CEO soon so that things will get better. But we will keep an eye on the subject.

The day before Dr. Leana Wen took the reins as president of Planned Parenthood — the first doctor to lead the organization in 50 years — staffers received a detailed memo indicating how things were going to operate under the new leadership. Addressed to the organization’s communications team, it included the eyebrow-raising directive “No action or requests should be taken until approval from the [Office of the President] is given.”

Planned Parenthood is a massive health care provider, serving more than 2.4 million patients at some 600 health clinics across the country, and a political powerhouse that had spent the preceding decade successfully deflecting repeated attempts to strip it of both public and private funding. Wen was taking the organization over from beloved president Cecile Richards at an especially fraught moment: a month after Brett Kavanaugh was appointed to the Supreme Court, just as conservatives around the country were pushing increasingly aggressive abortion restrictions through state legislatures in hopes of seeing Roe v. Wade reconsidered — possibly even overturned — by the high court.

To longtime employees, the incoming president’s memo signaled both a fundamental misunderstanding of the way Planned Parenthood worked as an organization (reaching decisions through consensus and with input from various stakeholders) and served as a worrying indication Wen didn’t recognize the nature of the role she was stepping into. The sheer volume of requests alone would make it impractical, if not impossible, to run all of them through her office and still respond at the speed the news cycle demands. Most importantly, though, staffers felt the memo indicated — before Wen had even walked through the door — a deep mistrust of the organization’s existing employees and processes.
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/leanna-wen-planned-parenthood-ouster-860361/




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




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Austin! 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!!! Does America need to renew its’ covenant with the good LAWRD almighty? That seems to be a topic of discussion among the ultra far right. It seems America isn’t worshipping the good LAWRD JAYSUS enough, and JAYSUS doesn’t get enough of a patriotic boner to be an American! So what if we combined these two things? That is what is on the sacrificial table and the discussion in the pews right now. America needs a new covenant with the ALMIGHTY GAWD!! But judging from the people who are behind it, I think we might need a few more covenants before we are to fully spiritually cleanse ourselves from SIN!!

Glenn Beck revealed on his radio program yesterday that he is planning to host an event next year designed to renew America’s covenant with God.

Beck was interviewing Tim Ballard, who runs Beck’s Nazarene Fund organization, about his books, “The Covenant: One Nation Under God” and “The Covenant, Lincoln, and The War,” which claim that the Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, and several early American presidents made and repeatedly renewed covenants with God on behalf of the United States

Beck is apparently planning to take it upon himself to renew that covenant once again next summer.

“I told Tim … that I was going to do something big—a Restoring event—next summer,” Beck said. “I have felt strongly that it is supposed to be a renewal of the covenant.”

“We have to do it exactly right,” he added. “We have to repeat [George] Washington and [Abraham] Lincoln. We have to do it right and we, as a people, need to gather together and do it. So, next summer, we are going to do it.”

The details about where and went this event will take place are still being worked out, Beck said, but “I would just ask that you keep your calendar clear for summer next year.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/glenn-beck-is-planning-to-renew-americas-covenant-with-god/




That’s right – last week we pointed out how the good LAWRD almighty was pissed, and this week he may have even more of a reason to be! And it’s no wonder that the religious right worships the Dark One whose name shall not be named in my church! They worship the old testament, and the old testament GAWD is an angry and vengeful one!

Celebrity pundit and radio personality Glenn Beck has built his brand with several national events in the past, including “Restoring Honor” (2010), “Restoring Courage” (2011), “Restoring Love” (2012), and “Restoring Unity” (2015).

By the time “Restoring Unity” — heavily inflected with shades of #AllLivesMatter — came about, Beck’s cultural influence appeared to be on the decline. The event drew smaller crowds than any previous one and garnered little national media coverage.

But that was 2015, and in the new political climate of the Trump era, it seems Beck is looking for a chance to return to the media spotlight as a major voice for America’s religious conservatives.

On Monday’s episode of The Glenn Beck Program, Beck announced his intentions to plan yet another “restoring event” for the summer of 2020. And in terms of scale, this could be the most ambitious one yet. Claiming to follow in the footsteps of historical figures like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Beck vows to renew America’s historic covenant with the God of the Bible.

The segment, featuring author Tim Ballard, focused largely on the idea that America’s success as a nation comes from early Americans — Beck and Ballard cite the pilgrims, Washington, and Lincoln — who consciously led the nation to make agreements with God based on Old Testament covenants.
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2019/07/17/glenn-beck-plans-to-renew-americas-covenant-with-god-and-his-own-relevance/




Yeah so America’s Covenant With GAWD is something that is as old as the country itself, but do we really need these people renewing it? I mean if they’re the good guys, who are the bad guys? We really need to do a deep dive into the right wing’s quest for spiritual warfare because I’m convinced that my brothers and sisters on the right are fighting a war that no one wants to fight. Because war is a SIN!!! It is one of the most egregious of sins!!!

A succession of congressional leaders paraded before Religious Right activists at a “town hall” event in the congressional auditorium at the U.S. Capitol visitors’ center on Thursday as part of the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual Road to Majority conference. It followed a luncheon with other members of Congress; the two events provide a way for Faith and Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed to kick off his annual event with a demonstration that he has access to high-level officials who are, in his words, “doing the Lord’s work in the Devil’s city.”

Some of the loudest cheers went for the smugly self-satisfied Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom Reed introduced as a “total hero” for blocking Senate consideration of President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland—and for using the power of his office to ram Trump’s judicial nominees through the Senate.

McConnell bragged about having done the opposite under President Obama, slowing Senate action to ensure that Obama’s successor would come into office with plenty of vacancies: “There were a lot of vacancies left when President Obama left office. I was the majority leader the last couple of years he was president,” he said, pausing for comic effect before adding to laughter and applause, “We didn’t have a lot of time.”

McConnell said that about one-fourth of U.S. circuit judges serving on the bench today comprises Trump nominees who were confirmed by the Senate in the past two-and-a-half years, and celebrated that Trump’s nominees are years younger, on average, than Obama’s nominees.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/religious-right-on-capitol-hill-right-wing-politics-as-spiritual-warfare-obedience-to-god/




Now Brother Mitch and Brother Ralph, if you’re leading the spiritual war against detractors of the Almighty GAWD, what does that say about GAWD? If you refer to what I said previously, are these the guys who we want leading America’s renewal of the covenant with the ALMIGHTY? Hell no! Can I get an amen?? And speaking of “spiritual warfare”, we do have a preview of what’s to come because these people are insane!

Lance Wallnau, a “prophetic” author and promoter of Seven Mountains Dominionism, makes his money in part as a life coach/motivational speaker. He’s now inviting his followers to shell out about $1000 in registration fees for a “spiritual warfare” gathering at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. over Labor Day weekend.

Meeting in Trump’s D.C. hotel has become a way for entities ranging from foreign governments to lobbying groups to showcase their support for Trump while enriching the Trump family. But it’s even more than that for the subset of conservative Christians who believe Trump was anointed by God to save America and, some believe, to help bring about the second coming of Christ. In his conference promotion, Wallnau says that Trump International “has angelic activity at a different level” than other resorts. In an accompanying video message, he adds that the hotel is “Grand Central for spiritual activity.” At an earlier dominionist gathering at the hotel, prayer warriors asked God to unleash his angel armies against Trump’s enemies in the deep state.

One thing that Wallnau and other dominionist leaders offer their followers is the belief that they play a key role in the raging spiritual warfare over the fate of this country and humanity itself in the end times. “We have entered the timing of angelic warfare over the destiny of NATIONS!” Wallanu said in an email marketing his “Dream Trip” conference, which had the subject line, “Your Blueprint to ADVANCE in the Heavenly Battle.” He told his supporters, “Your destiny is wrapped up in a heavenly battle—the battle over the harvest of souls and nations.”

“The nation is in a turbulent wrestling match. Spiritual warfare is about whose version of reality will prevail on earth—Heaven or Hell?” Wallnau wrote:
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/spiritual-warfare-event-at-trumps-dc-hotel-to-feature-pro-trump-prophet-lance-wallnau/




They just don’t get it do they? They don’t get how this works, that’s because they didn’t read the Bible past a few verses, so do we want them leading America’s covenant with GAWD? No! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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When you hear the term “social justice warrior” or “triggered snowflake”, who would you say is the biggest one of them all? While the rest of the world is lauding casting choices in such blockbuster franchises as James Bond, the Little Mermaid, and now Thor, there’s only one group in this world who gets the title of “triggered snowflake”, and that’s white conservative males. They are the ones complaining and launching the biggest stink of any group out there. Sure, you can point the blame at whatever group may be the group du jour, but really, blame white males. Those who threw the biggest shit fit at the Ghostbusters franchise are poised to do it again. But this time, we’re on to them.

Over the weekend, a Facebook group called “Christian's Against the Little Mermaid (Boycott Halle Bailey)” reached over 50,000 members.

This group was ostensibly created in response to the July 3 announcement that Halle Bailey, half of the sister duo Chloe x Halle, would be playing Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Bailey would be the first black woman to portray a princess in one of the studio’s live-action films, as well as only the second black princess in Disney’s 95-year history; the first was Tiana of the 2009 animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

“Disney has been ruining our childhood classics for the past several years. Their live-action adaptations have been abysmal but now they have gone too far!!!” reads the group’s welcome message. “Disney has jumped on the bandwagon of turning prominent red headed, fair skinned characters into POC. Why not just create a new character? Why is Hollywood trying to wipe out gingers???”

Over 10,000 new posts have been made in the group today, and nearly as many have been made elsewhere, on Facebook users' own timelines, about the group itself — mostly expressing shock or disgust that such a group even exists.
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But the group’s origin story has some holes. Clicking into its history — which is publicly viewable — Facebook shows that “Christian's Against the Little Mermaid (Boycott Halle Bailey)” was actually created in July 2017. But at that point, the group was called: “Love, compassion, & understanding.” (Credit to Hemant Mehta of the Patheos blog The Friendly Atheist for surfacing this information.)

In January 2019, it was renamed, “Boycott Super Bowl LIII;” several months later, “Muhammad Ali Memorial.” Then finally on July 4, the day after Bailey’s role as Ariel was publicized, it was finally changed to “Christian's Against the Little Mermaid (Boycott Halle Bailey).” The groups's Facebook address is www.facebook.com/groups/cosmodinardo/. Cosmo DiNardo is a man from Pennsylvania who, in 2017, pleaded guilty to four counts of murder and was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences.
https://www.salon.com/2019/07/08/dont-feed-the-little-mermaid-racist-trolls-sketchy-accounts-fuel-anti-ariel-outrage/




Shut up. We bought your “they ruined our childhood” argument when Ghostbusters came out, but after the 1,000,000,000th time you have brought this argument to anyone who dares take liberties with your favorite story? Yeah, shut the fuck up. I mean come on, let’s ask someone who knows a thing or two about the subject, and that’s Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johannsen. Who, as you probably already know, got a lot of shit for playing a Japanese robot/human hybrid in “Ghost In The Shell”:

Scarlett Johansson is an accomplished actress, with a Tony Award and major box office successes to her name, from Lost in Translation to Avengers: Endgame. But her track record is dicier when it comes to some of the roles she’s chosen to play. Despite facing criticism in the past for accepting a role as a transgender man and starring as a Japanese woman in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell amid cries of whitewashing, Johansson has pushed back against those who would challenge her commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in Hollywood, by suggesting she should be allowed to play anyone or anything — backlash and “political correctness” be damned.

In the August issue of the arts and culture magazine As If, Johansson discussed what she finds to be a discomforting “trend” in casting, one that encourages routine interrogation of who can play what types of roles and advocates for diversity and inclusion both onscreen and off.

“Today there’s a lot of emphasis and conversation about what acting is and who we want to see represent ourselves on screen,” she told interviewer and artist David Salle in the article, published July 11. “The question is, what is acting anyway?”

Johansson then proceeded to answer her own question: “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job,” she said
https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/7/16/20695075/scarlett-johansson-casting-controversy-response-political-correctness




Yeah I would suspect that Ms. Johannsen does a lot of that in real life in regards to trolls! But if the Little Mermaid outrage doesn’t get to you, there’s the James Bond outrage. Yes, 007 himself is getting a radical makeover for Bond 25: Just Tell Us The Damn Title Already. And longtime white male Bond fans aren’t happy about the fact that Bond is no longer being played by a white male.

When Daniel Craig was first announced as Pierce Brosnan's replacement as 007, there was an uproar in some quarters.

A few even went as far as to set up an online protest, via the website www.craignotbond.com, calling on fans to help "stop Sony and Eon [Productions] from ruining the future of James Bond by hiring Daniel Craig".

"How can a short, blond actor with the rough face of a professional boxer and a penchant for playing killers, cranks, cads, and gigolos pull off the role of a tall, dark, handsome and suave secret agent?" the website asked.

Not everyone was quite so negative, of course - including Brosnan, himself.

"I think Daniel is a very fine actor," said ever-classy Irishman said. "These are rocky waters, but I think he will have the last laugh."
https://www.irishpost.com/news/james-bond-fans-react-angrily-casting-black-female-actor-007-168951




Yeah I’m pretty sure the people complaining about this diversity casting are thinking about it the same way that Ron Burgundy does. Which is that it’s a very old wooden ship from the Civil War era. But if you’re keeping score at home – so far we have black Little Mermaid, black female James Bond, and now even Thor is getting a huge change that people don’t like. Really, cue the world’s tiniest violin for the white male snowflakes. And you know what? You’ll still go see it anyways.

Marvel announced Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Jane Foster in the upcoming "Thor: Love and Thunder" film, but she will not play the love interest. Instead, she will play a female Thor, and not everyone is happy about it.

The announcement was made at Sand Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, as Portman stood beside returning director Taika Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth.

"I've always had hammer envy," Portman said at the event, according to Variety.

She will officially pick up the hammer in the upcoming film set for 2021, despite being absent from the more recent "Thor" and "Avengers" films. Portman introduced Jane Foster, an astrophysicist who falls for the superhero, in "Thor" in 2011 and "Thor: The Dark World" in 2013.
https://www.insider.com/fans-react-to-natalie-portman-playing-female-thor-2019-7







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This week’s This Fucking Guy is right wing commentator and host of the Josh Bernstein Show, and that’s none other than Josh Bernstein. Whew, this fucking guy. He is batshit off the wall crazy. He’s a frequent guest on the NutriMedical Report Show, which if you take it at surface value is just your typical medical advice show. Except when they have guests, they get the most off the wall conservative people they can possibly find. And then they go back to telling you about ulcers and hernias. Josh Bernstein is all about the Trump train, and that they really need to build a wall along the Mexican border. Really you’re not helping your case at all with how we feel about Trump supporters here.

Earlier this week, radical right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein appeared on Bill Deagel’s “NutriMedical Report Show,” where he called not only for a complete ban on all immigration but also urged President Trump to hire thousands of homeless veterans to guard and seal off the Southern border until Trump’s border wall can be built.

“I think we need a moratorium on all legal immigration completely for at least five years, if not ten years,” Bernstein said. “We’ve got to eliminate birthright citizenship, we’ve got to eliminate chain migration, we’ve got to eliminate the visa lottery, we’ve got to eliminate all carrots and treats, if you will, for people to come here. And obviously building and constructing the border wall and then deporting as many criminal aliens as humanly possible.”

“I think they should quadruple the size of the Border Patrol and they should put them down on the border,” he added. “They should be stationed down on the border until the border wall is built. And I mean stationed down across the entire 1,900 miles … There is no reason we can’t have military all along the border in a big, long line.”

“A human wall, if you will,” Bernstein proposed. “You think of how many homeless veterans there are living in California and elsewhere. These people are on the streets after fighting for our country. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to grab all of them and offer them a job with a decent salary and decent pay to man our Southern border? They would be happy to do it. They’d be so thrilled to be able to do that, to protect and to serve our country again. This is what they’re born and bred to do, so why not let them continue to do that? Again, you’re helping the homeless situation; you’re getting the homeless veterans off the streets, you’re giving them values, you’re giving them self-worth, you’re making them feel like whole beings once again. I think that that’s a really good thing to do. And it solves the problem of either hiring or recruiting more Border Patrol; just use ex-military down there.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/josh-bernstein-hire-homeless-veterans-to-form-a-human-wall-on-the-southern-border/




Because walls work so well. And homeless veterans are expendable we all know that. And this really makes me wonder – what do they put in the drugs that makes people say things this fucking batshit crazy? I would think there might be a place I could go to for medical advice! As if that’s not enough, Josh Bernstein really has it in for Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Radical right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein posted a video today in which he declared that Rep. Ilhan Omar is a “cancer” and a “jihadist terrorist” who wants to kill Americans and should be charged with treason.

“We had Ilhan Omar laughing about Al Qaida,” Bernstein fumed. “A sworn enemy of the United States, people that want to kill us and have killed Americans, she laughs about them. She said on 9/11, ‘Some people did something.’ Yeah, people that you probably knew and supported, OK, Jihad Omar? And then she supports CAIR, she supports Hamas, she supports Hezbollah, she supports the Muslim Brotherhood, she probably supports ISIS.”

“This is an infiltrator,” he added. “This is somebody that’s not a member of Congress, this is somebody that is a jihadist terrorist that is inside Congress like a cancer [that] is trying to metastasize and spread her cancerous genes to other members to infect the body of our government. She wants to kill Americans and American policy and American freedom and liberty and prosperity by spreading hatred, by spreading lies, by spreading disinformation, and basically supporting people that are against the United States.”

“For that alone, I think she is treasonous,” Bernstein declared. “I think that she should be brought up on charges of treason for her activities and her associations with known terrorist groups … I think we ought to get serious about it, because these people have infiltrated our government. They weren’t elected to represent us; they were selected to destroy us.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/josh-bernstein-rep-ilhan-omar-is-a-jihadist-terrorist-who-should-be-charged-with-treason/




Holy shit!!!!! This fucking guy is absolutely bonkers. He makes Rush Limbaugh look like a democratic sympathizer by comparison. And that’s not the craziest thing he’s said lately. He thinks that Trump should be a “dictator for patriotism”. Uh… Josh you are aware that America has fought wars over this sort of thing before, right?

Radical right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein appeared on Bill Deagel’s “NutriMedical Report Show” yesterday, where he urged President Trump to become “a dictator for patriotism” by simply ignoring Congress and implementing his entire political agenda via executive order.

Bernstein bragged that he long ago urged Trump to “declare war on Congress,” saying that people who thought he was out of his mind for advocating such a thing simply didn’t realize that he is “a visionary.”

“I’m able to see that things were never going to get better,” he said. “[Democrats] were never going to allow this president to enact his full agenda, so I said, ‘Don’t even work with them; work with the people on Twitter and Facebook that love you and follow you and you work with them. You tell them what you are going to do and you do everything else you have to do by executive order. Almost become a dictator for patriotism, if you have to.'”

“I wouldn’t say anything to Nancy Pelosi, I wouldn’t say anything to any of them, Mitch McConnell, none of them,” Bernstein added. “I would lock myself off from Congress, do what I was going to do, do it through executive orders, make the country great again, and then let the people of America decide in 2020.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/josh-bernstein-urges-trump-to-become-a-dictator-for-patriotism/




Dictator for patriotism? Is that like a tyrannical king for freedom? So we have an already toxic cocktail of hardcore Trumpism, some over the top Islamophobia, and a dash of batshit crazy. What else can we add to this already putrid mix? How about a staunch urge to bring back the electric chair? Yes, he wants to bring back some extremely cruel and inhumane punishments to squash Trump’s most vocal opponents:

Radical right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein posted a video last night in which he said that he is praying to God that Attorney General William Barr will teach “scumbags” like Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Andrew McCabe a lesson by putting them to death for actions he baselessly alleges to be treason.

Bernstein was outraged by reports that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is set to be transferred to New York’s Rikers Island prison facility and responded by once again demanding the execution of supposed members of the so-called “deep state.”

“I’m so, so sick of this double standard B.S., two-tier justice system,” Bernstein fumed. “I hope to God and I pray to God that William Barr does the right thing and puts these ever-loving pieces of crap, deviant, scumbag you-know-whats where they belong.”

“Let’s fry these bastards,” he added. “Let’s get out Old Sparky and sit each one down. Boom, there you go. Who’s next? Boom. Page, you’re next. OK, Strzok, you’re next. McCabe, you’re next. I don’t care … These scumbags—and that’s what they are—need to be taught a lesson.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/lets-fry-these-bastards-josh-bernstein-again-demands-executions-for-deep-state-treason/




Yes holy shit indeed! And if the electric chair isn’t your brand of fire and brimstone punishment, how about the guillotine? Yes, he actually advocates using everyone’s favorite method of putting the ultra rich people to death against Trump’s harshest critics. This guy seriously might be one of the most toxic people we’ve covered yet.

In response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s remarks on the findings of his investigation, right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein said that he hopes President Trump is sharpening up the guillotines to be used to put Mueller and other “deep state” actors to death for committing treason.

In the video posted Wednesday, Bernstein fumed that Mueller is “a slimy, sleazy, dirty, scummy cop” who had probably been paid by the Democrats to deliver his statement to give them justification for impeaching Trump.

“How much were you paid to do that press conference?” Bernstein asked. “William Barr, you need to investigate this press conference and the origins of it and who ordered it and who made it and if there was any type of payment given.”

“Dirtbags, all of you,” he fumed. “All of you are just disgusting, despicable excuses for human beings and, honestly, I hope you all go down. Treason. President Trump said treason. Guess what? I agree with that. Liz Cheney said treason and a coup. Absolutely. You know what they do for treason? U.S. Code 18 § 2381. They put you to death, that’s what they do.”

“Let’s sharpen up them guillotines, let’s bring out Old Sparky, let’s make sure that those lethal concoctions are ready to go, because you people deserve it,” Bernstein said.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/lets-sharpen-up-them-guillotines-josh-bernstein-cant-wait-to-see-people-put-to-death-for-treason/



So add some hardcore Trumpism, a dash of Deep State insanity, and some extreme Islamophobia and you have Josh Bernstein, this week’s:




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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And the last time we were in Florida we dedicated all of our edition to the crazy adventures of our good friend Florida Man. And Florida Woman. And all of the crazy people who make up America’s most penis shaped state. Is that offensive to Floridians? No? Oh, Florida doesn’t really find anything offensive. We kid, we kid. Anyway, I want to start with this story out of Gilchrest County. Yeah one guy in the audience shouts out “WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!”. Thank you sir! So when you catch your wife in bed with another man, I really hope you don’t resort to a whole new level of penis envy.

GILCHRIST COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida man is accused of breaking into the home of his wife's lover, tying him up and then cutting off his penis with a pair of scissors.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a “stabbing/cutting” at a mobile home on Sunday. As deputies were on their way to the mobile home, a male caller told dispatchers that an armed man, later identified as his 49-year-old neighbor Alex Bonilla, broke into his home and cut off his penis.

Upon arrival, the male caller told deputies on scene that Bonilla came over to his home and threatened to kill the man if he resisted. The man told deputies Bonilla then took him to the man’s bedroom, tied him up and then forcefully cut the man’s penis with a pair of scissors.

The man, whose penis got cut off, told deputies that Bonilla fled the scene with the man’s severed penis in his possession.
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/police-florida-man-breaks-into-home-cuts-mans-penis-off-with-scissors-to-get-revenge


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Yes, don’t fuck with us. And apparently Florida Man is in the audience tonight! Next up let’s go to the Tampa suburb of Oldsmar – OK if you’re going to rob a place… eh, do some research. Sure, cutting the power to the store might turn off the security cameras, but what about the safes? Safes don’t work on electricity, people! That should be the takeaway you get here.

A 19-year-old Oldmar man told police he shut off the power to a Dunkin Donuts and attempted to rob it because he was, "tight on money," according to arrest records. Story: http://bit.ly/2OaObcN
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OLDSMAR, Fla. — A 19-year-old Oldmar man told police he shut off the power to a Dunkin Donuts and attempted to rob it because he was, "tight on money," according to arrest records.

Using an outside breaker, records show that Robert Torres turned of the power to the Dunkin Donuts on Tampa Road around 12 a.m. on Saturday.

After the power went out, the employees exited the store and were confronted by Torres. Arrest records show he was wearing a hoodie with a shirt pulled up, covering the bottom part of his face.

One of the employees began screaming and then asked Torres if they were being robbed. According to records, he responded with "yes."
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-pinellas/tight-on-money-pinellas-man-accused-of-shutting-off-power-to-dunkin-donuts-in-robbery-attempt?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




Oh come on, Brooklyn has already been through enough blackouts! Next up here’s a classic Florida Man story and it just happened this week! OK look, guys get lonely, we get that. But if you’re that lonely, go out to a bar, meet people. Just don’t do this sort of thing with pool toys. And there are a hell of a lot of pool toys at that!

A Florida man has been arrested and charged after the Palm Bay Police Department said he stole pool floats for sex “instead of raping woman.”

The Brevard Times reports Christopher Monnin,35, was stopped on Thursday around 1:30 a.m. by Palm Bay Police for acting suspiciously.

Police say Monnin had with him a white garbage bag full of what he identified to police as deflated pool floats.

According to the Brevard Times, Monnin admitted to police that he has burglarized several houses to steal pool floats and then led police to a vacant house where a had a stash of about 75 pool floats.

Monnin told authorities that he “sexually gratifies himself” with the pool floats instead of raping women.
https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/florida-man-steals-75-pool-floats-for-sex/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




At least the pool toys don’t contain sharp objects. We hope. Next up – assault! OK there’s plenty of weird things to get arrested for, but how do you get arrested for assault with ketchup? We have a lot of questions for this story. Was in in glass or plastic bottles? Or was it in packets? Just how… who… what… where do we find these people???

A Florida man is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly pouring ketchup on his girlfriend while she slept.

Court documents show Peter Wagman is facing a first-degree misdemeanor domestic battery charge for the encounter that took place last Sunday.

According to an arrest report, Wagman’s girlfriend of 11 years told investigators she woke up in the middle of the night to find Wagman pouring ketchup on her and cursing at her.

Heather King told investigators they had been arguing over her infidelity before she went to sleep. The report says she was covered in ketchup.

Wagman denied the allegation, although the report says there was ketchup on his pants.
https://www.wkrn.com/news/florida-man-charged-with-pouring-ketchup-on-girlfriend/




Finally this week – drinking and driving. We don’t encourage it here, so why should anyone else? And this is 2019, we have access to Uber and Lyft, yet these crimes occur day after day. But this guy might be one of the dumbest drunk drivers ever on camera. His excuse well. Let’s let the story do the talking.

A man arrested on suspicion of DUI in Florida had a creative, if ineffective defense.

During the June 27 arrest, 69-year-old Earle Stevens told officers he hadn’t been drinking and driving – he’d only been drinking at “stop signs,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Treasure Coast News.

Police received a 911 call after a McDonald’s drive-thru customer in Vero Beach complained of a driver behind her repeatedly bumping her car.

Indian River County sheriff’s deputies found Stevens still behind the wheel, an open bottle of booze stuffed in a paper bag on the seat next to him, according to the affidavit.
https://wreg.com/2018/07/12/man-arrested-for-dui-says-he-wasnt-drinking-while-driving-just-at-stop-signs/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




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There’s so much news surrounding the 2020 election that it’s damn near impossible to keep up with it, so this will be your handy and official Top 10 guide to the 2020 MOTHER OF ALL ELECTIONS TO END ALL ELECTIONS FOR THE REST OF TIME!!! There are a whopping 24 candidates running. Or ruining depending on which way this all pans out. Plus all the other insane election news happening around the country. Last week, we took a look at the almost-rans. This week, we’re going to take a look at what’s going on in the Alabama Senate. And since there’s no candidate we’re really discussing we won’t be doing a report card. But our old buddy Roy Moore is back. Really, Alabama, have you learned nothing from the previous election? So what’s the latest?

When Roy Moore announced he was running for U.S. Senate again in 2020, the influential Senate Leadership Fund pounced.

In a June 20 statement, the Leadership Fund said it was that confident Alabama Republican voters “realize that nominating” the ex-judge would be akin to “gift-wrapping” the Senate seat for the Democrats.

Moore soon shot back, telling AL.com that he hoped the Leadership Fund won’t “turn on fellow Republicans” like it did during the 2017 special Senate election.

Thus, the gloves are off in a rematch of words pitting Moore against the super PAC and its biggest backer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Unlike 2017, when the Leadership Fund played an outsized role during Alabama’s Republican primaries, it’s expected to stay on the sidelines for the most part this time around.

“It’s more likely than not that the Senate Leadership Fund will tread lightly,” said Capri Cafaro, executive in residence at the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.
https://www.al.com/politics/2019/07/in-2020-senate-race-roy-moore-once-again-squares-off-with-senate-leadership-fund.html




Yeah Roy, seriously, get the fuck out of here!! You are one pathetic loser! In fact the rest of Alabama has had enough of his nonsense. I mean despite sending him packing back during the 2017 election and electing Doug Jones, how has Roy been faring in the poll numbers?

Alabama Republicans are showing little appetite for giving former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore another shot at winning a U.S. Senate seat, two years after he blew what should have been a gimme election in the ruby-red state after being embroiled in a sordid personal scandal.

A new survey from the Alabama-based polling firm Cygnal shows Moore taking just 13 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. He trails former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, who leads with 29 percent, and Rep. Bradley Byrne (R), who has 21 percent.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R), who launched his campaign Tuesday, begins with 12 percent of the vote. State Rep. Arnold Mooney (R) takes 2 percent, and 22 percent of voters say they are undecided.

Almost two-thirds of Republican voters say they have an unfavorable impression of Moore, while just 28 percent see him in a favorable light. Nearly a third of Republican voters, 31 percent, say they would consider voting for Sen. Doug Jones (D) in November if Moore captures the Senate nomination.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/450392-roy-moore-trails-republican-field-in-alabama




Yeah I don’t think Alabama wants to go through Moore’s nonsense again. But the good news is that Alabama is likely to flip again even after the Roy Moore / Doug Jones fiasco. Really they were that fucking close to electing an actual, nearly convicted pedophile to the ranks of the US Senate! At least he’d be in company with Trump on that one. Oh really we had that whole segment on murderers and that’s the joke you choose to walk out on? OK. But you’re missing 311. Anyway, moving on, if Roy Moore isn’t too fire and brimstone enough for you, Alabama has this guy!

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R), a 2020 Senate candidate, says that Americans are too “preoccupied with homosexual activities” and “the wife swap shows,” ruining everything from TV to the country’s moral direction.

Merrill, one of multiple Republicans looking to challenge Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) made the comments over the weekend at a town hall event in Dekalb County, according to the Yellowhammer News.

As he took questions from attendees, one asked about the culture shift and how the country’s principles have allegedly been eroded, prompting Merrill to point to what is being shown on TV, among other things.

“How have we allowed it to happen? There are no more good TV shows on like ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘Bonanza,’ ‘The Virginian,’ ‘Andy Griffith,’ ‘I Love Lucy.’ We don’t have those shows anymore. We’re too interested in homosexual activities,” Merrill said.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/453333-alabama-gop-senate-candidate-says-homosexual-activities-have-ruined-tv




Nah, homosexual activity isn’t ruining this country’s moral code. That’s the Christian right’s job! Yeah really Jesus freaks always talk a lot of shit about “moral code” but when you look at all the debauchery going on, they’re really the ones doing that. But really with these two guys at the helm of the Alabama GOP it should be easier than running unopposed. But it will be a different race because everyone knows Roy Moore’s skeletons now. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he has actual skeletons in his closet.

One of the concerns of many regarding the 2020 U.S. Senate race is with the presence of former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore as a candidate, the competition will draw media scrutiny from all over the country.

On the eve of Moore’s announcement, national outlets sent reporters to be in Montgomery for his rollout.

However, in an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Saturday, Moore said to host Shannon Moore that he did not think 2020 would be a repeat of the “vicious” 2017 contest given all of the other election campaigns that will be underway at the same time.

“I think it’s a different race,” Moore said on the “Politics and Moore” show. “I think it’s different because that was a special election. There weren’t other races going on across the country. There are hundreds of races going on across the country. Of course, you’ve got your presidents. You’ve got how many contenders for the Democratic [nomination]. There’s a lot going on that wasn’t going on then. I don’t think it will be as notable, as vicious. I mention Project Birmingham — things like that probably won’t occur because there are so many other races. Project Birmingham was a disinformation campaign, as you know, by some Democratic gurus and billionaire Reid Hoffman and George Soros, to stop my candidacy. And it was 80-something Republicans. So, I don’t think that will go on.”
https://yellowhammernews.com/roy-moore-on-2020-us-senate-race-a-different-race-i-dont-think-it-will-be-as-notable-vicious/




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Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! 15 minutes with us can save you 15% or more on your car insurance! Yo what’s up University of Georgia? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? We made it!!! We took a really awesome trip through Texas, had a great time, now we are heading back to school! So why are we doing this college trip? Well, we had enough of touring the chuckle huts and laugh factories of the US and we figured that a lot of dems and liberals are in the university sector, so that’s where we are going to be playing for the rest of the year. We have an exhaustive tour coming up through the end of 2019 and taking us through 2020. Do we have time for the thing? So aliens are in the news and they’re in the news a lot this week, and of course we’ve got a whole entry devoted to it later in this edition. But since the military warned people to stay away from Area 51, we’re going to instead tell you other places where you can look for aliens, where you might, I don’t know, not be killed by military gun fire. For instance there’s Ovinpuerto, Argentina where you can visit an alien landing strip built by a guy who was told by a UFO captain to. Not making this up. Or you can go to Aurora, Texas where there’s supposedly an alien burial ground. Or you can go to the Australian equivalent of Roswell, Davenport. Or you can go to Landers, California where they have had alien and UFO conferences near a giant seven-story tall boulder. Again, not making any of these up. UFO people are crazy, I am telling you that. But my personal favorite has to be in Varghina, Brazil where they have a water tower shaped to look like a spaceship and people in this town are obsessed. The truth is out there, people! Yeah cue the X-Files music! OK that’s enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to but first Colbert is back (yay!!!!!!!!!!!) and he asks the question – is Trump a racist? Spoiler alert – probably!



So where do we begin this week? In the first slot after recent developments in the Jeffrey Epstein trial, Alex Acosta (1) resigns! And any time we have a resignation in the Trump administration, you know what time it is. It’s time for the Trumper Games!!! Yay!! In the second slot is the Seth Rich Conspiracy (2). You may have thought this was settled as being complete and utter bullshit. And you’re right, but plot twist – it was Russia who started it! Shocker, I know. Taking the third slot this week is President Stable Genius (3). He invited members of the far right social media circles to the White House to talk about how the real world are big meanie heads. For the number 4 seed this week, after a series of devastating earthquakes ripped my beloved home state of California a new asshole, yeah we’re probably all gonna die (4) but it might be much worse than you think. For the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and this week, Bernie Sanders has made the student loan crisis the center of his campaign. But how bad is it? We will find out! Taking the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6), and apparently the recent wave of natural disasters including earthquakes and tornadoes are god taking his wrath out on the populace, and our resident pastor will investigate the claims made by the religious right in this matter. For the seventh slot this week we have another “Beating A Dead Horse” and after Trump took sides in a Home Depot boycott, we may have literally beaten our own dead horse here. For the 8th slot this week is an all new “How Is This Still A Thing?” and this week after a huge group of Facebook conspiracy theorists are planning on storming Area 51 about proof of extraterrestrial life, we ask “UFO Scouting: How Is This Still A Thing?”. 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, we get to introduce our brand new segment “Keeping Up With The Candidates”. There are 24 democrats running, and are going to cover all of them! Yes, I said “ALL!!!”. But in the first segment we’re going to cover the first casualties of the 2020 election starting with the “Almost Rans”. Plus we have some live music from our good friends Bastille, they are returning to the show! Really, buy their new album “Doom Days” or you’re no friend of this program. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

Ed. Note: We’re not covering the ICE raids yet, at least not currently, as that goes against the Top 10 policy. We will keep an eye on the subject though! Now on to our regularly scheduled programming!

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Hey everyone I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack! Of course you know we have to talk about the latest in our long line of departures from this revolving door administration. You know the president promised to “Drain The Swamp” but he lubricated that drain with a heaping helping of some fine greasy lubricants. Well yeah, you just know that the President is into that sort of thing! Nathaniel!!! Bring me the fine champagne! Yes, Nathaniel, my man assistant, has replaced my longtime assistant Charlie, though we won’t get into the reasons why. But anyway the latest tribute to leave this administration’s revolving door? Why it’s Tribute Acosta, from the 5th district, who has been a long favored holdout to win the Trumper Games.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned, a move that comes after furor over a plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein.

Acosta has been under renewed scrutiny over his previous role as the US attorney in Miami, during which he negotiated the 2008 plea deal with Epstein. Epstein, a well-connected multi-millionaire, avoided a federal trial at the time and served only 13 months in prison for state prostitution charges over his involvement with underage girls. A Miami Herald investigation published last November described the plea deal, negotiated by Acosta, as the "deal of a lifetime."

Acosta's resignation is effective next Friday. Trump said the labor secretary will be replaced on an acting basis by the current deputy secretary, Pat Pizzella.

Acosta, standing next to Trump outside the White House before the President departed for a trip, said he resigned to remove himself as a distraction.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/12/politics/alex-acosta-donald-trump-labor-secretary/index.html




Yes, anything does in fact go here! So Tribute Acosta from the 7th District… you know for the last time don’t ask me how the districts work because even I don’t know! And I am the host of this thing for crying out loud! So please indulge my while I sip on this fine semi-imported bubbly and comment on the revolving door that is this administration. Because I am a pretentious asshole! My current assistant and my former assistant both know that! Back to business! Why did Sec. Acosta resign? Well it mainly has to do with his role in getting billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein off the hook.

Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta on Friday became the latest Trump Cabinet official to resign amid scandal after a fresh round of scrutiny of his role in a decade-old plea agreement for convicted predator Jeffrey Epstein finally caught up with him.

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that his secretary of labor had called him that morning. Trump claimed it was Acosta’s decision.

“I do not think it is right or fair to have me as the focus,” Acosta said, standing at Trump’s side, adding, “I thought the right thing was to step aside.”

The president, still showing his support, told reporters, “I said, you don’t have to do this.”

Trump went on to praise Acosta’s work at the Department of Labor, noting twice that Acosta is Hispanic and that he was educated at Harvard.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/alex-acosta-trump-labor-secretary-exits-over-jeffrey-epstein-scandal-says-its-not-fair-to-be-the-focus




Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… oh that’s good!!! I am so fierce right now. You know remember that movie 3 Men & A Baby? Well think of this as 3 Men & A Subpoena. Only difference is that the baby is more expensive! I mean is there really anyone in the Trump administration who is not facing an indictment or under scandal right now, anyone? Bueller? Well the Jeffrey Epstein case – which forced Tribute Acosta to resign - just gets weirder and creepier. For instance…

An attorney representing Jeffrey Epstein accusers said Tuesday that at least one woman has come forward to say she was abused while the financier was on work release as part of his lenient 2007 plea deal.

Lawyer Brad Edwards said Epstein was allowed to have visitors while he was supposed to be working during the 13-month sentence.

“It was not for some business arrangement and it was for... improper sexual contact,” Edwards said, adding that the new accusers said they were under 21, though they may not have been minors.

“He just wasn’t in jail. He only slept there. He was in his office most of the day and what I can tell you he had visitors, female visitors,” Edwards said.

“All I can say is more than one person that visited him,” Edwards said, declining to provide more details because of ongoing litigation. “They believed they were going there for something other than a sexual purpose.

"Once there, he used his perfect master manipulation to turn the situation into something sexual,” Edwards said. “Not one of the individuals was a prostitute. These were all people who at the time that wanted something. They came over under false pretenses and he manipulated them and now his attorneys have labeled them prostitutes.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-abused-victims-while-serving-time-in-florida-lawyer-brad-edwards-says?ref=home




So prostitution, sex stings and a tribute who went rogue. These are the qualities of someone who should do just fine in the Trump administration. But there’s plenty of tributes who have come and gone, will we be declaring a winner in the 2020 election by the time all this is said and done? Well, hopefully we will finally see the last standing tribute. And if Acosta and Epstein are considered friends of the President, wait until you see who else the President considers to be a friend. Yeah, bad timing to be dining with this guy! But for now, consider Tribute Acosta… ELIMINATED!!!

President Donald Trump dined with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft Monday night, less than five months after the billionaire businessman was charged as part of a South Florida prostitution investigation.

Kraft was among a group of government and business leaders invited to the dinner, hosted at the Treasury Department, to honor the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. Kraft sat one seat away from the president, with International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde, who last week was nominated to lead the European Central Bank, seated between the two. Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke was also seated at the head table.

In February, Trump said the episode involving Kraft was “very sad” but pointed out that the Patriots owner had “proclaimed his innocence, totally."

“But I am very surprised to see it,” the president added.

Kraft, 77, was among more than two dozen people charged in a widespread prostitution investigation involving a day spa in Jupiter, Fla.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-09/patriots-owner-is-trump-dinner-guest-despite-prostitution-charge





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We’re going to do something a bit different for this entry. It turns out that… conspiracy theories are bullshit! If you’re shocked by this revelation, you’re in the wrong place, people. Yeah I love that one guy in the back who yells out “WOOOOOOOOOO!!!”. And one conspiracy theory that was being peddled by… *drum roll* Russian meme makers!!! Yes, Seth Rich was a Russian hit job! It was such pure, unbridled, unfiltered bullshit that even Fox News *AND* Alex Jones were forced to apologize for how much bullshit it was (see: Top 10 #3-8 ), and whew, it was quite the steaming pile. But you know what? It worked! It set out to do exactly what it was designed to do – turn the populace against the DNC. And the right wing media bought it hook, like and sinker.

In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found.

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol.

The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC’s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state’s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website’s article, which attributed its claims to “Russian intelligence,” was the first known instance of Rich’s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.
https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-the-true-origins-of-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-a-yahoo-news-investigation-100000831.html




Damn right, Bill Nye!!! And it’s a huge, steaming load of bullshit! And come on, we should know better that anything cooked up in the festering boil of the internet known as 4chan is going to be a huge, steaming load. So how did it go from the bottom of the barrel of the internet all the way to mass media and eventually the White House? Well let’s follow the shit train shall we? Worst train ever, by the way.

#HisNameWasSethRich and, no, he did not leak stolen DNC info to Wikileaks. A new report shows how Russian military intelligence fueled a conspiracy around the unsolved 2016 murder of the Democratic National Committee staffer, fooling right-wing talk show hosts, journalists, former NSA and CIA officials — to the point that Donald Trump ordered the head of CIA to investigate it.

The report, by investigative British journalist Duncan Campbell, was published on Monday by Computer Weekly, a professional IT online magazine. Campbell asserts that Russian military intelligence, the GRU, manipulated metadata in DNC files that it stole and then released to the public. The GRU’s goal in doing so: to give the false impression that the files were not hacked but copied from one computer to another by a DNC insider — Seth Rich — and then given to Wikileaks. The con job was good enough to persuade William Binney, a former technical director at the NSA, to conclude last year that the DNC files weren’t hacked at all, just stolen from the inside. Binney’s name and credibility helped to propel the conspiracy onto Sean Hannity’s show and then to the President and the head of the CIA.

To understand how the Seth Rich conspiracy made its way from the backwaters of 4Chan to Langley, you have to go back to June 2016. Cybersecurity company Crowdstrike had just reported that the DNC had been hacked and the culprit was likely Russian intelligence.
https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/08/how-russian-hackers-amplified-seth-rich-conspiracy-until-it-reached-donald-trump-and-cia/150263/




Damn right! So this plot to frame the DNC for a crime it didn’t commit started in the bottom of the barrel of the internet and made its’ way all the way to the fucking CIA! Think of it like the guy who starts out bombing at the Chuckle Hut every night and then somehow makes his way to working full arenas despite saying only a few marginally funny observations. Oh wait, you don’t have to, that guy is Sebastian Manascalo. You know, this guy. So think of Seth Rich as the Sebastian Manascalo of conspiracy theories.

There’s been a lot of pointing and laughing at Hannity and Fox News in the past 24 hours. And it’s deserved. Hannity peddled this conspiracy for almost a year after Rich’s death, though eventually retired the gimmick — reluctantly — some time after Fox News retracted a story on the theory after sourcing fell apart.

But to say Fox News got tricked by Russian trolls, like this GQ headline serves up, is just wrong. Or, at least, it misses the point. Hannity didn’t have the rug pulled out from under him by some foreign trickster hiding behind a screen in a Moscow. He openly peddled a conspiracy without anything to base it on, and does so regularly. This is the world he lives in and the language he speaks.

Look no further than the recently released text exchanges between Hannity and Paul Manafort, which were made public by a federal court during the trial of Trump’s former campaign chairman (of which I read all 56 pages, because I’m a masochist with too much time on his hands).

Here’s one literal word salad the Fox News host threw Manafort’s way: “HRC, E-mails, Obstruction, Destroying emails, bleach bit, devices no sim cards, Uranium one, Ukraine interference… Intel Leaks Unmasking Potus conversations leaked. My God.”
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/enterthefray/la-ol-seth-rich-conspiracy-fox-news-20190710-story.html




That’s about putting it mildly. There’s a lot speculating that this theory of pre-meditated murder was the inspiration for tipping the election in favor of Donald Trump. But as we’ve seen, the bullshit meter is in fact a sliding scale. With one extreme end of the bullshit meter being Pizzagate, and the other extreme end being an actual pile of bullshit. Seth Rich is… somewhere in the middle.

It was one of the first prominent “fake news” conspiracy theories to metastasize from Internet rumor all the way to the White House: In the summer of 2016, stories began to circulate in various online forums that Seth Rich, a fairly low-level Democratic National Committee staffer who died in July of that year, wasn’t the victim of a botched robbery at all, but had actually been assassinated by a contract killer working for Hillary Clinton. Rich, the theory went, was actually the secret source who had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks—a theory that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared to lend credence to when he offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the identity of Rich’s killer or killers. “Our sources take risks,” he said, even though the DNC emails were actually given to WikiLeaks days after Rich’s death.

As Reddit users, denizens of 4chan forums and even Fox News hosts such as Sean Hannity spread versions of this theory, suspicion arose that there were shadowy forces trying to promote the loony-sounding conspiracy. But it wasn’t clear who exactly these forces were, or what their intentions might be. On Tuesday, Yahoo News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff announced that he had tracked down the original source of the theory: A fake report concocted by the Russian intelligence agency SVR (short for Sluzhba vneshney razvedki Rossiyskoy Federatsii), a unit of the former KGB. The phony “bulletin,” designed to look like an authentic intelligence report, was released just three days after Rich’s death, Isikoff writes.

The idea that the Rich conspiracy theory was distributed by agents acting on behalf of the Russian government is not a new one. When information started to come out about the activities of the so-called Internet Research Agency during the 2016 election—which engaged in a sustained campaign of disinformation and outright propaganda on Facebook and other platforms—the Seth Rich assassination theory turned out to be one of the many pieces of fakery the IRA distributed as a way of destabilizing the Clinton campaign. But the agency was a privately run, arm’s-length entity (albeit one run by a close associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin). Until Isikoff’s report, it was not clear that this conspiracy theory originated from the highest levels of Russian intelligence itself.
https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/seth-rich-conspiracy-theory.php





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Now Mr. President, time to get up in front of the class and explain what you did wrong. You knew inviting ultra far right wing personalities to the White House to complain about social media being big meanie heads would end very badly for you, didn’t you? Yes, he invited members of the ultra far right wing media to the White House, because he’s a dick. And it ended about as well as you could have expected, because, well, they’re dicks. So who was involved in this shindig? And how well did it go and who was shouting at who? Well, these are the questions that we will be answering.

A conspiracy theorist, a meme creator and a plagiarist. Those are just some of the eyebrow raising attendees who will descend on the White House on Thursday for an event that will likely become a forum for airing claims of anti-conservative social media bias.

President Trump is calling it a "social media summit," but the White House did not extend invites to representatives from Facebook or Twitter. Instead, the White House has invited its political allies to the event.

In addition to inviting leaders from traditional conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation and Claremont Institute, the White House has requested the presence of far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation.

It's perhaps the clearest example yet of President Trump legitimizing fringe political allies.

The White House has repeatedly declined to release a list people it expects to attend, but some of the recipients have turned to social media to boast about being invited.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/10/tech/white-house-social-media-summit/index.html




So if you haven’t noticed our media is slowly being replaced with meme creators and Twitter posters… hey wait a minute, we’ve been doing that since before it was cool! Where’s our invite? Oh yeah we do this thing at the Wednesday 2:00 crowd, you know – prime time audience! So stop me if you’ve heard this one before – a conspiracy theorist, a meme creator, and a noted Neo Nazi walk into a bar… Well you can come up with your own punchline but there’s no denying Trump is trying to destroy the traditional media. So what did they cover? Well everything from Trump’s hair to the horrors of Democratic socialism!

President Donald Trump stood before political allies and online personalities at the White House on Thursday to talk about social media bias, but he also wanted people to know: Some 2020 Democratic candidates might be supporting communism, a certain celebrity tanked “The Apprentice” after Trump left the show, and the president's hair is “real."

Throughout the afternoon summit, Trump delivered quotes that just as easily could have come from his ranging Twitter feed.
On tweeting:


“I call Twitter a typewriter, that’s what I really call Twitter. Because it goes onto Facebook automatically and it goes onto Instagram. And it goes onto television. More so Fox than it does CNN.”

“I’m actually a good speller.”
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/11/from-his-spelling-skills-to-his-real-hair-trump-goes-on-a-riff-at-social-media-summit-1410433




That is a good question! But Trump is a good speller, really? The guy who brought us hamburders and Covfefe is a good speller? Right, and I’m Elvis. And I don’t think he knows that whatever brain fart he puts on social media, everyone can see, right? Well of course, actual journalists weren’t invited and had to sit outside the doors.

The White House is holding a closed-door social media summit on Thursday that’s short on social media companies and long on fringe conservative voices that back up President Donald Trump’s claims of being silenced online.

While Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. and other internet platforms weren’t invited, several presidential fans, provocateurs, leaders of conservative groups, media figures, and lawmakers have said they’re going -- including some who’ve faced allegations of racism and antisemitism, trolling and conspiracy theories.

“The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today,” Trump said Thursday on Twitter. “Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)!”

Trump is scheduled to address the gathering, which was billed by the White House as a way to “bring together digital leaders for a robust conversation on the opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.” But the confirmed attendees are primarily conservative tech critics who echo Trump’s own complaints that social media systematically silences conservative voices.
https://fortune.com/2019/07/11/white-house-social-media-summit-guests/




Oh and the after party was a bit of what one might call a “shit show”. Yes, Trump held a press conference in which he gave one of his inane ramblings and it ended with the moron brigade shouting at actual journalists. So you could say… mission accomplished?

A scuffle appeared to break out Thursday in the Rose Garden between far-right influencers and members of the White House press corps after President Trump held a news conference.

New York Times reporter Katie Rogers posted a video the scene, showing former White House official and conservative pundit Sebastian Gorka calling someone a “punk.” Someone off camera could be heard saying Gorka could kick a reporter’s “punk ass.”

A number of right-wing influencers attended Trump’s Rose Garden event, where he announced an executive order to obtain citizenship information about people living in the U.S.

Before announcing his executive order, Trump hosted the right-wing influencers at a social media summit at the White House before the presser.
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-press-conference-scuffle-gorka




Yeah, get a bunch of Trump loving conspiracy theorists in a room with actual journalists and you’re going to see a fight break out. It’s inevitable, you know like getting food poisoning after eating a tuna salad sandwich at the gas station. You knew it was bad going in, and it’s going to be a hell of a lot worse coming out. But you were so hungry that that was the only thing available! But guess what? They’re taking the fight to Google, Facebook and Twitter themselves! You know, fool me once, shame on you, fool me a thousand times and you’re a conspiracy theorist!

If anything was discernible from the White House’s social media summit today, it was that President Donald Trump intends to bring representatives from social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to the West Wing to talk about platform bias at some point in the future. When exactly? It’s not clear.

Right-wing figures and meme creators including Charlie Kirk, James O’Keefe, the pseudonymous Carpe Donktum, and the infamous duo Diamond and Silk, all came to the White House to promote their argument that conservative viewpoints are being censored on social media platforms. For nearly an hour, the president rambled about his follower counts and Twitter engagement. In between the riffing, he announced plans to begin “inviting the heads of social media companies to the White House over the next month.”

Twitter, Facebook, and Google all declined to comment on the proposed meeting.

From the president’s comments, it appears that meetings with social media representatives will happen separately.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/11/20690992/trump-social-media-summit-facebook-google-twitter





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Hey everyone guess what? We’re all gonna die!!!! Yeah, the sooner we face that reality, the better off we’re going to be. But it’s not going to be in a horrible terrorist attack. The real terror is coming from Mother Nature. Yeah, she can be quite the cruel mistress! As was demonstrated on the July 4th weekend, when my home state of California was ripped a new asshole by a pair of devastating earthquakes. And while there were no casualties (this time), we need to be prepared for the worst, and cue the horror music!

To live in California is to make a wary peace with an existential dichotomy: breathtaking weather, astounding natural beauty, bounteous food and wine, stimulating multiculturalism and … the possibility of imminent, unpredictable disaster. Depending on where we live, Californians are just one spark, one mudslide, or, yes, one earthquake away from severe destruction—a reality that can be met with fatalism, fear, or some combination of both, but one that is omnipresent, if surprisingly easy to forget.

I can’t pretend it’s quite like living in Israel in the midst of an intifada, or in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, but there is nevertheless a low-grade febrile uncertainty amid the routines of daily life here. When your 100-year-old house shifts and groans with a sound like the straining timbers of a wooden vessel under sail—as ours did the other day—it’s hard not to feel a certain nauseated intimation of mortality.

Twenty years ago, when I first lived in Southern California as the Los Angeles bureau chief of The New York Times, I took the prospect of an earthquake very seriously indeed. The paper’s planning assumed that, in the event of “The Big One,” either the L.A. or San Francisco bureau might be leveled or incapacitated, so I had to be prepared to go to work on a moment’s notice, and perhaps a long way away. I’d been equipped with a satellite phone the size of a suitcase, which I was to power from a car battery using an electric inverter, and then aim skyward at just the right trajectory to establish communications with New York. (I was sure I’d never be able to make it work.) We were urged to keep rolls of quarters on hand because pay telephones would be the first restored to service. (Now, of course, finding a payphone would be next to impossible.)
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/existential-dichotomy-living-california/593902/




Oh come on, we’ve been through worse! A 6.4 is just a scratch! A 7.1 is a flesh wound. If you live in California, if you’re not experiencing earthquakes, we’ve got fires, floods, mudslides, extreme heat, and the occasional police riot for your enjoyment. Wait did I say enjoyment? Nobody enjoys those things! Just how bad was the state rocked by these earthquakes? And plus not all droughts are bad, California was in an earthquake drought! But consider this the calm before the storm!

For some, this year’s Fourth of July was a day of barbeques, celebration with family and fireworks. For residents of Ridgecrest, northeast of Los Angeles, it was a day of discomfort and fear after an earthquake — the largest in decades — resulted in power outages and damaged infrastructure and homes. The same region was rattled by an even larger earthquake the next day.

The two earthquakes — with magnitudes of 6.4 and 7.1 — jolted southern California and have policymakers and scientists concerned over what could follow.

The last time there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 was on October 16, 1999 in southern California, according to The Inquirer. Many fear that the thousands of aftershocks (smaller earthquakes that occur after the largest earthquake sequence) projected to follow July’s two major earthquakes could reach magnitudes of five and up.

“Those earthquakes [could] set off lots of other earthquakes [aftershocks],” said geophysics professor Greg Beroza. “There is a small chance that some of these aftershocks could be big. [The] official probabilities [will] change with time.”
https://www.stanforddaily.com/2019/07/15/recent-earthquakes-could-mark-end-of-california-earthquake-drought-professors-say/




Oh calm down, we’re not gonna die! And come on, if the earthquakes don’t kill us, maybe our improper disposal of nuclear waste will! That’s right, the earthquake ripple from the epicenter outside of Bakersfield was felt as far away as Las Vegas, where there’s a landfill where we dispose of our nuclear waste. Which, you know, storing it there was relatively harmless. Until now!

Recent California earthquakes that rattled Las Vegas have shaken up arguments on both sides of a stalled federal plan to entomb nuclear waste beneath a long-studied site in southern Nevada.

Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said this week his legislation to jump-start the process to open the Yucca Mountain project is based on studies that take seismic activity into account, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported .

Spent nuclear reactor fuel is currently stored at 121 sites in 35 states, and Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the earthquakes showed the need to move spent radioactive waste from places where it is currently stored above ground to a more secure repository.

“This doesn’t change my view,” Barrasso said. “We need to find a permanent location for the storage of nuclear waste. I think it’s much safer in Yucca Mountain than in a hundred different locations.”
https://ktla.com/2019/07/13/ridgecrest-quakes-shake-up-arguments-in-nevada-about-the-need-to-move-radioactive-waste/




And hey, I, for one, welcome our new radioactive squirrel overlords! Because that’s one of those things where you gotta ask “what could possibly go wrong?”. Well a whole hell of a lot. But if you’re concerned about earthquakes, maybe consider the currently safest place in California – Sacramento. Yes, Sacramento so far has been immune from even the biggest and most devastating earthquakes California has ever seen.

Reporting from Sacramento —

Want to be safe from earthquakes in California? You’d need to endure summer scorchers, winter flood threats and full-time politicians. But temblors don’t threaten people living in Sacramento.

In the state capital — River City, Sacratomato, City of Trees — earthquakes are seen only on TV. Here, you’ll escape the Big One.

“Sacramento is one of the safer places,” acting State Geologist Tim McCrink says. “We don’t have that many active faults in the area.”

In fact, Sacramento — based on historical records and fault maps — is unquestionably the safest earthquake refuge among all of California’s major metropolitan areas.

The most unsafe? You already know.

“The worst places are the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles,” McCrink says. “They’ve got most of the faults.”
https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-sac-skelton-earthquake-safety-cities-20190715-story.html





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



Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has made the student loan crisis the center of his 2020 campaign for president of the United States. Sanders and Warren have both made the loan crisis the underlying issue of their respective campaigns, but how do they plan to fix it? And just how broken is the system that puts new graduates under a gigantic mountain of absolutely crushing debt? Well, there’s plenty of reasons how the system got this bad. If you look at right wing media, they’re blaming everything from the parents to Obamacare, and in reality none of these things are fueling the crisis.

With the growth in student loans continuing to soar, politicians and borrowers struggling with an issue that’s become both a financial and political problem.

Presidential candidates are proposing to cancel student debt and make public college free, state legislators are cracking down on student-loan companies and, recently, government agencies have offered another approach — teaching students and borrowers more about finances.

The Treasury Department recommended earlier this month that colleges should require students to take financial-literacy courses and representatives from the Department of Education told a group of financial-aid professionals this week that the agency is planning to add robust financial literacy tools to the app students can use to apply for financial aid and manage their student loans.

These proposals come after years of colleges across the country experimenting with ways to teach their students good financial habits and provide them with more information about their loans. The idea behind these efforts is to help students manage their finances while they’re in school and once they graduate.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-financial-education-wont-solve-the-15-trillion-student-loan-crisis-2019-06-27




So really you can blame anything you want but in reality it’s a combination of America’s extremely loose business regulation laws, out of control loan interest rates, stagnant wages, and very slim chances of employment once you graduate. In fact if you want to see out of control debt at work, look no further than the state of Florida. Florida has a plan to do something about it, but then again this is Florida we are talking about here.

In the U.S., 43 million people carry school debt totaling more than $1.4 trillion. Student loans are the second-highest debt category behind mortgages. In Florida, 2.4 million Floridians owe $85.5 billion.

That’s largely because tuition hikes have outpaced wage increases and inflation. Between 2006 and 2016, the price of college tuition and fees increased 61 percent, compared with 21 percent for other items, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many students rely on loans to pay tuition bills and other college expenses. Federal Judge Michael Williamson said he often asks young attorneys whether they have student debt, and “everyone raises their hand.”

“That didn’t exist when I went to law school," said Williamson, the chief bankruptcy judge for the Middle District of Florida, who graduated from Georgetown University’s program in 1976.
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Williamson, who signed the order outlining the program, described the country’s debt crisis as “tragic.”
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/education/os-ne-bankruptcy-student-loans-20190715-aeti72wcovhuzfczhngeslmstq-story.html


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Yes, it needs to be fixed, but what can be done? Well, private corporations – many of which are blamed for causing this mess – are coming up with unique and innovative ways to fix it. One such solution is to stop risk free loans. And the risk part is what many are blaming for this crisis as it has created a scenario where interest rates are in the double digits meaning that there’s a good possibility they will never be paid back. So let’s cancel it entirely.

After snowballing for a generation, the student-loan crisis has taken center stage in the 2020 race to the White House, at least for Democratic contenders. Candidates are promising everything from tuition-free college to debt forgiveness.

Even President Donald Trump has considered capping payments at 12.5 percent of discretionary income and forgiving loans when they reach 15 years.

None of these proposals, however, strikes at the root: no-questions-asked loans backed by the federal government. Student loans as an entitlement is a dogma harming both the nation and the recipients. Doubling down will enrich bloated university administrations, but it will only make the crisis worse—even if the cost is buried in outlandish federal deficits.

If we ignore the injustice to those who have paid or are paying their loans studiously, the federal government is still in no position to bail out a $1.56 trillion combined debt load, and that doesn’t include future loans. About 44.7 million Americans hold a federal student loan, and roughly half are paying back. One third are in default, deferment, or forbearance, and the remainder are still in school.
https://www.theepochtimes.com/a-solution-to-the-student-loan-crisis-no-more-risk-free-loans_3002623.html




But again while we can play the blame game and blame literally everyone but the 800 pound gorilla in the room, the proposals by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both highlight the real problem: our extremely loose corporate lax of corporate regulations that got us into this mess. Remember – capitalism is not the problem. It’s the deregulation of capitalism that is the problem.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who helped create the federal agency that oversees student loan servicers, has come out in favor of a bill that would let Massachusetts institute its own laws to govern the industry.

Warren last week wrote a letter to the chairs of the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in support of a bill filed by Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, and Rep. Natalie Higgins, D-Leominster, to create a “student loan bill of rights” and let the state license and regulate student loan servicers.

Warren, a candidate for president in 2020, wrote in the letter that students today are “drowning in student loan debt.”

“Student loan servicing companies worsen this crisis by making it harder and harder for struggling student loan borrowers to stay afloat,” she wrote.

Warren, as a Harvard Law School professor, was instrumental in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama. The CFPB regulates industries including debt collection, and it has an ombudsman to handle complaints related to student loans.
https://www.masslive.com/politics/2019/07/us-sen-elizabeth-warren-supports-massachusetts-bill-to-regulate-student-loan-servicers.html




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




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Austin! 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!!! You know that our father GAWD is a very finicky being, and has an extremely volatile temper. But with disasters in California, Texas, and New Orleans, can we all agree that GAWD is not happy? Is he in his RIGHT to take his anger out on the populace??? Because apparently our GAWD loves him some fire and brimstone punishment. And it’s not just your grandparents’ fire and brimstone punishment, he’s out to eviscerate Sodom & Gammorah. Again. Because his wrath and vengeance and fury shall not be challenged! For if you do challenge HIM, then you too shall not see the light of day, for it says so in our good book!!

End Times pastor Perry Stone hosted a “Prophetic Summit” at his church in Cleveland, Tennessee, earlier this year, where he prophesied that America will be struck by a tsunami as punishment from God for allowing legal abortion.

“I’m standing here at [Omega Center International], at this year, at a prophetic summit, to make a prediction I am not afraid of,” Stone proclaimed. “One day, you will go back to this DVD and some of you will go back to this television program, and you will say, ‘Perry Stone said it on a Sunday morning, the last night of the prophetic summit.'”

“I am here to announce to you that unless there is true repentance, unless the corporations in America quit supporting pro-abortion mills, unless the American people and their politicians begin to understand that life is sacred from the beginning,” he warned, “we will experience a judgment of water in the United States of America.”

Stone said the judgment will come through “extreme flooding” and tsunamis in which entire towns are wiped out

“I have seen in the spirit,” Stone claimed, “it was an ocean and they were surfing and we were screaming, ‘Get out of the water.’ I saw the wave coming way behind them. Nobody paid attention; they laughed, they mocked. And all of a sudden, the wave came in and the next picture—just like a movie—was people in mud whose hands were sticking out where they had tried to crawl, thousands of people on a beach, lying in mud.”

“God wants to be merciful,” Stone said, “but, at the same time, he cannot allow us to break laws that ancient nations broke and were judged for breaking. So therefore, at some point, if we don’t turn to him, we have to experience the same thing.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/perry-stone-god-will-strike-america-with-tsunamis-as-punishment-for-abortion/




Yes, dare I say that the good LAWRD is pissed? He is angry, my fair congregation. He is angry and willing to take his wrath out on the populace. But why? Did GAWD not get laid again? But GAWD doesn’t just take his wrath out on the populace by any old means, he prefers him some quick and devastating destruction that gets results!

On last night’s episode of his “The MC Files” program, right-wing commentator and radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald declared that the arrest of Jeffrey Epstein, the recent earthquakes in California, and the flooding that hit Washington, D.C., were all caused by the speech that President Trump delivered during the “Salute to America” Independence Day celebration on the National Mall.

“Something shifted in the spirit realm on Thursday, on July the 4th,” McDonald said. “Our president shook the heavenlies with that speech. Something shifted over D.C.and two earthquakes, a flood now in D.C., and this Epstein thing; something is astir in the heavenlies over this nation right now.”

McDonald’s guest, fellow radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor, agreed, claiming that Epstein’s arrest and the upcoming sentencing of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán will reveal information that “could literally take down most of D.C.”

“This is not a coincidence that all of this stuff is happening at the same time,” Taylor said. “We now have flooding in Washington, D.C., so what is God trying to say to us right here, prophetically? God is saying, ‘Look, the storm is upon us. It’s here right now.’ And so the flooding is taking place, the old is being washed away and the new is being ushered in. There is a cleansing that is taking place in Washington, D.C., right now.”

Taylor also suggested that the earthquakes in California may not have actually been earthquakes at all, but were rather shakings caused by military operations being carried out against deep underground bases used by pedophiles to traffic, molest, and sacrifice children.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/chris-mcdonald-floods-earthquakes-and-epstein-arrest-were-caused-by-trumps-july-4-speech/




You do know that earthquake faultlines have been around since the dawn of time, right, Mark? They are not some secret underground military bases. I mean really, you have to be a special level of stupid to believe something that off the wall, batshit crazy! Can I get an amen??? And by the way, how great is our gospel choir? Let’s give it up for them!! And if you think it doesn’t get any weirder, oh no, my fair congregation you are wrong! And just why would the almighty GAWD be taking wrath out on one state for the actions of another?

Mark Taylor, a radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet,” appeared on the “Up Front In The Prophetic” radio program yesterday, where he declared that the tropical storm that is forming in the Gulf of Mexico is man-made and was created to punish the state of Georgia for recently passing a radical anti-choice “heartbeat bill.”

A trough of low pressure that has been sitting over Georgia is likely to strengthen into Hurricane Barry and is expected to strike Louisiana this weekend. Taylor, who has repeatedly asserted that the Illuminati creates and controls the weather, said it is “retaliation for the Georgia heartbeat bill.”

“That’s the first thing that comes to mind,” he said, “because when Roe v. Wade comes down, where is [the issue] going to go? It is going to go to the states. And you have states out there like Georgia—and there are a couple of others out there—that have gone as far as making this stuff illegal for abortion. You’ve got to remember, what is abortion? The sacrificing of kids. What does that sacrifice do? Abortion is the food source for Baal; Baal being the strongman over America. That’s what empowers Baal. You’re taking Baal’s food source and he’s not liking it, so this is retaliation from the enemy that I would say is from that heartbeat bill.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mark-taylor-hurricane-expected-to-strike-louisiana-is-punishment-for-georgias-heartbeat-bill/




That folks, is the wrath of the almighty GAWD at work! Mass has ended, may you go in peace… should you survive the wrath of the ALMIGHTY!!! That’s it this week for:




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We may have officially beaten our own dead horse here. Now hear me out… we talk a lot about boycotts on both sides of the argument. We’ve even found the one company that has escaped many a boycott, and that’s Starbucks. They are the one company that is seemingly immune to boycotts! But then Nike came along and said “hold my beer!”. Now there’s a third company that you can add to the list: Home Depot. Which recently found itself at the head of yet *ANOTEHR* boycott – this time from Trump haters who found out that their billionaire founder donated a metric fuck ton of money to Trump’s campaign in 2016, and may do it again in 2020.

Some Home Depot shoppers are calling for a boycott of the retailer after billionaire co-founder Bernie Marcus pledged to donate to President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, reports Business Insider.

Marcus is an active supporter of Trump’s, contributing $7 million to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and $7.9 million to Republican candidates, committees, and PACs in the 2018 midterms (outspending any other Republican-endorsing private citizen in the latter election cycle), according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In June, Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will donate more of his vast wealth — estimated at $4.55 billion — to Trump’s reelection effort, saying of Trump’s presidency, “I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago.”

The hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot picked up steam on Twitter on June 30, the same day the AJC story published and three days after Marcus appeared on Fox News to tell anchor Neil Cavuto, “Democrats, use your stupid brains. You don’t have any brains.”

Boycotters, reacting to one or both of Marcus’s press hits, vowed on Twitter to cut up their Home Depot cards and instead shop at competitors like Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, and Menards. Others took up the issue with one of Home Depot’s most visible advertisers: HGTV. Home Depot sells HGTV Magazine, runs ads on HGTV, and enters paid partnerships with HGTV, with the network running spots “brought to you by Home Depot” and promoting Home Depot’s online tools.
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/7/11/20690382/home-depot-boycott-trump-bernie-marcus




And hey since you know that it affects Trump directly, you just know he had to respond. Of course he sides with Home Depot and calls the people planning the boycott “unhinged and crazy”. Yeah we’re the unhinged and crazy ones? We’re planning not to go to a store. You’re the ones lighting your shoes on fire and throwing your Keurigs out the window. Who are the unhinged crazy ones again? Let’s think about this Donny.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted “the radical left” for using economic boycotts as a political tactic despite his own long history of supporting such strategies.

The president was responding to recent calls for a boycott of Home Depot because of the financial support that retired co-founder Bernie Marcus has shown for him. Marcus said last month he will back Trump in the 2020 election.

“More and more the Radical Left is using Commerce to hurt their 'Enemy.' They put out the name of a store, brand or company, and ask their so-called followers not to do business there,” Trump wrote Tuesday night in the first of three-part tweet.

“They don’t care who gets hurt, but also don’t understand that two can play that game!“

Trump wrapped up his statement with: “Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!“

The president’s rhetoric contrasted sharply with his call last month for his supporters to boycott AT&T for political reasons.
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/09/trump-home-depot-boycott-1404870




Hey Trump, in one post you LITERALLY called for people to boycott AT&T and now you’re mad at people exercising their right to boycott? Wow, you’re stupid. So if Trump does it, it’s for the people, but if democrats do it, they’re unhinged, deranged, and totally crazy. Shouldn’t we be immune to Trump’s childish bullying by now? No, well if you think Trump’s explanation was terrible, wait until you see Home Depot’s!

Facing a backlash, Atlanta-based Home Depot sought to distance itself from billionaire co-founder Bernie Marcus after he pledged to back President Trump’s bid for re-election in 2020.

Calls to boycott the retailer took off this week on social media as news spread that Marcus told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late last month that he plans to support Trump’s bid for another term.

“If you plan on buying a hammer, wood, or ANY home improvement items from Home Depot, you may as well send donations DIRECTLY to trump’s 2020 campaign,” read one tweet under the hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot.

Home Depot spokeswoman Margaret Smith said in a statement to NPR that Marcus retired more than a decade ago and is not speaking on behalf of the company. “In fact, as a standard practice, the company does not endorse Presidential candidates,” she said.
https://www.wabe.org/home-depot-responds-to-calls-for-boycott-over-co-founders-support-for-trump/




Plot twist!!!! Bet you thought that I was going to say that Bernie Marcus was going to say some batshit crazy thing about the left, weren’t you? And you think you’re so smart! Well, we are on a college tour so I would expect plenty of smart people in attendance! And here’s why you shouldn’t take sides in a boycott – which ever side Trump takes in said boycott, probably the wrong side.

Ever since Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus said that he will donate some of his multi-billion dollar fortune to President Trump's 2020 re-election effort, leftists have been vowing to boycott his home improvement empire. In response to this insanity, President Trump publicly praised Marcus for being a "great, patriotic, and charitable man" on Twitter.

"A truly great, patriotic & charitable man, Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot who, at the age of 90, is coming under attack by the Radical Left Democrats with one of their often used weapons," Trump tweeted on Tuesday night, according to Fox Business. "They don’t want people to shop at those GREAT stores because he contributed to your favorite President, me!"

"These people are vicious and totally crazed, but remember, there are far more great people (‘Deplorables’) in this country, than bad. Do to them what they do to you," he continued. "Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!"

The controversy erupted in late June when Marcus announced that he will be supporting President Trump's re-election while also praising his "businessman’s common sense approach to most things." He did, however, criticize the president's communication skills by taking on every battle.

"[Trump’s] got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things," Marcus said. "Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t. But the truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has. If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago."
https://www.dailywire.com/news/49340/trump-praises-home-depot-co-founder-response-paul-bois





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It’s time once again to ask:



This week – UFO scouting. How is this still a thing? Last week a group with about 500,000 subscribers on Facebook announced a plan to storm the top secret base outside of Las Vegas, Nevada known as Area 51 searching for signs of extra terrestrial life. Yes, this is still a thing. And yes, this is still a thing after the CIA famously declassified a number of documents back in 2013 showing a lot of the myths surrounding Area 51 were in fact, a steaming load of bullshit. But let’s not forget that we are currently living in the post information age, where facts don’t matter and only outrage does. So just how outraged are people about the possibility that extraterrestrial life exists in the base made famous by conspiracy theorists and tin foil hat enthusiasts?

If you've ever wondered whether we're alone in the galaxy, you're no space oddity.

More than 379,000 people have signed on to a Facebook event pledging to raid Area 51 in southern Nevada in an effort to "see them aliens." An additional 396,000 respondents marked themselves as "interested" on the event page as of Thursday night.

"If we [N]aruto run, we can move faster than their bullets," the event description says, making a humorous reference to a Japanese manga character known for running with his arms stretched out backward and his head forward.

The page invites respondents to convene Sept. 20 at the Area 51 Alien Center, a combination diner, convenience store and brothel in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, about 90 miles from Las Vegas.

Though the event is months away, social media users have already begun to speculate about what might be inside the highly classified Air Force facility in the Nevada desert.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/11/area-51-raid-facebook-event-see-them-aliens/1711343001/




Yes, somewhere between 200,000 – 500,000 people are planning on storming Area 51 to look for signs of alien life. But their rationality surprisingly is not wrong – if 250,000 people show up, they can’t all be arrested! It’s true, we heard a guy on TV say that once. And by the way if you are one of those people who plan on storming Area 51, maybe don’t announce your plans 2 months in advance, because it gives the military time to get ready.

They've got a plan to raid Area 51 and "see them aliens." But what will happen if they actually do it?

Over one million people have signed up to a joke Facebook event, calling on users to meet at Area 51, the US Air Force base in Nevada that's long been a source of alien conspiracy theories, in September.
"If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets," the page says, referencing the Japanese manga-inspired running style with arms outstretched backwards and heads forward. "Let's see them aliens."

A pinned post on the page attempts to cover its bases, reading "Hello US government, this is a joke, and I do not actually intend to go ahead with this plan. I just thought it would be funny and get me some thumbsy uppies on the internet." But as the event has gained traction -- inspiring dozens of memes and jokes -- the profile of the situation has risen, so much so that the US Air Force has been made aware of the potential impending raid.

And they're not as lighthearted about the situation as folks on the internet are.

"[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces," a spokeswoman told The Washington Post. "The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/15/us/area-51-military-warning-trnd/index.html




Yeah maybe the message that they’re sending is “don’t fuck with the military”. Do you hear that alien hunters? Do you? Well they didn’t get that memo. They also didn’t get the memo about how stupid their plan actually is and got mocked incessantly for it. So does the group still plan to go through this very poorly thought out plan? Probably.

Around 400 thousand people have marked "going" on a Facebook event that aims to "storm" Area 51 of United States Air Force and "see them aliens" while more than 411 thousand others from all over the world are interested in the event.

Area 51 is a highly classified facility of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. The facility is long subjected to conspiracy theories about aliens and UFOs being stored there, and the theories only get stronger with the high-level of secrecy being maintained by the authorities about the facility.

The Facebook event, which is scheduled for September 20, has become a rage among people catching the attention of hundreds of thousands in just a matter of a few days and is now trending on other social media platforms as well. Hilarious memes are lightening the mood while also giving a reality check to many as the potential "raid" on Area 51 might not be possible.
https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/humor/594918-area-51-hilarious-memes-about-planned-raid-for-aliens-go-viral




In fact this event was over a year in planning since Harvard researchers have spotted a comet hurling through space called “Oumuamua”. That reunited interests in scouting for aliens and the planned raid on Area 51. But is it a dumb idea? Yes. Will the military be ready for them? Absolutely. Really people, it’s just a comet. Not something that’s definitive proof of aliens existing. This is 2019 though, facts don’t matter, only outrage does.,

Extra-terrestrial beings have remained shrouded in controversy since the topic of 'other life' or 'other beings' except for all we know on earth being out there was ever thought of. Though so far, scientific evidence has so far, dismissed every theory of aliens existing. Except Oumuamua.

While the science behind aliens existing isn't exactly solid, 'we cannot rule out the possibility of life existing.' The last sentence is something conspiracy theorists will tell you. One particular place and term which remains shrouded in 'aliens are real' controversy is Area 51.

A quick Google search will tell you that this is the Internet's own conspiracy hot-spot, and it involves not just aliens but all kind of 'undercover secret-government cover ups.' One of the searches even includes lizard people.

Area 51 is, in reality, a United States Air Force facility located in Lincoln County, Nevada, the US which is a highly classified remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base, within the Nevada Test and Training Range. The fact that it is 'highly classified' is what makes it the subject of so much speculation
https://www.news18.com/news/buzz/more-than-8-lakh-people-are-planning-to-storm-area-51-in-usa-to-free-aliens-2227861.html




Except that it isn’t. So mistaking a comet and carrying out a poorly planned raid a heavily guaraded US military base. That’s enough to make you ask – UFO scouting:




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Oh come on, Athens, remember when conspiracy theories used to be about fun stuff like aliens and Bigfoot? Hey, we remember! And speaking of which - oh that’s right - it’s time for People Are Dumb!



Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And I always love these stories because they are batshit crazy and I feel like they could happen to anybody. Well, really, anybody plus a heavy dose of crystal meth. I want to start with this story out of Clay County, Missouri. So if you’re a wanted criminal and you’re trying to hide from the cops. Well, in what seems like an outrageously cartoonish way that he was discovered by the cops. That’s right – he farted! And it was fart that seemed like it was something out of the movie Stepbrothers.

Some are calling it the fart heard round the world.

The viral, wacky story originates in Clay County, Missouri northeast of Kansas City where, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect’s loud fart gave away his position and allowed police to arrest him.

The unnamed, gassy suspect was wanted on a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

“If you’ve got a felony warrant for your arrest, the cops are looking for you and you pass gas so loud it gives up your hiding spot, you’re definitely having a (poop emoji) day,” the department wrote on Facebook.

“We’ve gotta give props to Liberty Police Department for using their senses to sniff him out,” the post, which also includes the hashtag #ItHappened, reads.
https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/07/loud-fart-reveals-wanted-missouri-mans-hiding-spot-leads-to-arrest.html?utm_campaign=grandrapidspress_sf&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR09VyGvld6v4UIXzhkSwuSnX3dKJ-zUs5R_Xu_nbFyyjU1KFndNpY-m6QU




I love that even the cops were having some fun with this one. And speaking of dumb ways that people were found out by the cops, this next story is out of Guthrie, Oklahoma. And I have a lot of questions about this one. I get where they can get a rattlesnake and the Kentucky Deluxe… wait a minute, who the fuck drinks Kentucky Deluxe? I mean was Thunderbird too expensive? Anyway – where do you get uranium from? And what were they planning to do with it? Power the flux capacitor?

Two people were arrested after a traffic stop of a stolen car revealed the two had a rattlesnake, radioactive uranium, and an open bottle of Kentucky Deluxe.

Stephen Jennings is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, transporting an open container of liquor, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and failure to carry security verification form. Rachael Rivera is charged with possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction.

The traffic stop was made at 11 a.m. in a Guthrie neighborhood because the tag was expired. Jennings was in the driver's seat, Rivera in the passenger seat, and in the backseat, a pet Timber rattlesnake in a terrarium.

At about the same time Jennings told officers he had a gun in console, police learned the Ford they were driving was reported stolen.
https://kfor.com/2019/07/10/logan-co-man-allegedly-driving-stolen-vehicle-filled-with-uranium-a-rattlesnake-and-kentucky-deluxe/?utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_content=5d26b9080ca7240001cb0e8f&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter




Yeah when you power this thing with ridiculously cheap Z-grade booze and enriched uranium, you’re gonna see some serious shit! A lot of stupid people and cops this week. For our next story we go to the land down under – Australia for this one. Yes, stupid people are not just limited to Florida, they are all around us! Well, if you’re just learning how to drive, maybe don’t tell the cops that you’re just blowing smoke – both literally and figuratively!

An allegedly stoned and unlicensed Melbourne teenager, accused of ramming a police car and breaking an officer's leg, has been granted bail.

Benjamin Saurini, 19, previously said he couldn't see the police vehicle because his car windows had fogged up from smoking cannabis after a session with friends on Friday night.

Saurini allegedly took off when he thought he was going to be "jumped" by officers on patrol, but panicked and side-swiped their car.

He is accused of pinning a senior constable against the car, breaking his leg.

Saurini allegedly read a news article about the injured police officer the following day and realised he was in trouble, dumping the car and removing its number plates.
https://7news.com.au/news/crime/bail-for-vic-teen-charged-with-ramming-cop-c-205385?utm_campaign=share-icons&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&tid=1562877108634




Next up, we go to of course the Sunshine State, which never fails to disappoint and they always bring the crazy extra hard. And this one started out as what should have been a good deed but has a really ugly side to it, and it could end disastrously. Honestly, I really hope that this waitress takes these two to court and scores big time. Maybe the restaurant too.

A 24-year-old woman from upstate New York has been charged with grand theft in Florida, where authorities allege she used her boyfriend’s credit card to leave a $5,000 tip for a waitress who’d served her breakfast.

PEOPLE confirms the allegations against Serina Wolfe, 24, through online court records.

Upset with her boyfriend for refusing to pay for her return flight to New York, the criminal complaint alleges Wolfe and her boyfriend argued, leading him to put a hold on his credit card.

Not long after, the complaint states that he had the hold lifted, and Wolfe — who lives in Buffalo — allegedly used it to pay the bill for her meal the morning of June 27.

Wolfe allegedly left a $5,000 tip on a $55 bill, according to the complaint — or 10,000 percent.
https://people.com/crime/woman-allegedly-used-boyfriends-credit-card-leave-5000-tip-waitress-spite-him/




Hey I can’t get a flight home so let’s saddle him with some crippling debt! Really, this story can go straight to hell. Next up, dumb professors! Yes, that may be a first here for People Are Dumb. And this story takes place in Nova Scotia. Yes, that’s in Canada don’t you know? Well, this might be a very strange request and probably should get you fired for it.

A faculty member at Cape Breton University has been terminated for demanding sex, moose meat and lobster from a student who was struggling in his course in exchange for better grades.

In an emailed response, university spokeswoman Lenore Parsley didn’t answer questions about the firing, the nature of the offence, details about the employee’s position and whether there had been other complaints about the employee.

“Cape Breton University is committed to a safe and respectful campus for all of our community members,” Parsley said. “Any and all complaints follow a formal process, as indicated in our respectful campus policy.

“We won’t be commenting further.”

But the student who reported the instructor says the university told her two weeks ago that he was being fired, with the right to appeal.

She said she hadn’t been notified of any appeal as of Thursday.
https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/regional/cbu-instructor-fired-after-demanding-sex-moose-meat-and-lobster-for-better-grades-331851/




Ha ha, I love Lego Batman. Finally this week for People Are Dumb – dumb superheroes! Yes, Captain America went full Thor on an unsuspecting victim and I can’t imagine that ending well. At least the Hulk wasn’t there or things might have got really ugly.

A Virginia man wearing a Captain America t-shirt--and not a Thor model--was arrested Tuesday evening for striking two victims in the head with a hammer, police report.

John Jefferson Tuggle, 36, is facing a pair of felony charges in connection with an incident at a residence near his home in Clinchburg.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Tuggle “went into another room of the residence and retrieved a hammer," which he then used to hit “both victims in the head.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/assault/captain-america-hammer-729058




That’s it this week for:




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Hey everyone! This is our official Top 10 voters’ guide for the 2020 MOTHER OF ELECTIONS TO END ALL ELECTIONS: THIS TIME IT’S PERSONAL!!! So what we decided to do for this segment is that there’s a whopping 24 candidates running to hopefully unseat Donald Trump in the 2020 election. And we wanted to give you our perspective on all 24 of the candidates running. Plus a few others in other local and regional elections that you need to know about thrown in for good measure and all the ups and downs, the poll numbers, and of course the precious 270 votes needed to win the Electoral College. And by the way, we are going to try and make this as unbiased as possible. Since this is our first week we’re going to tell you about the candidates that didn’t quite make it. The drop outs. But there’s already going to be a whole lot of candidates that are going to dropout before the election and things are already going to get ugly.

Swalwell had previously fueled speculation that he's dropping out of the race after canceling New Hampshire stops at the last minute and announcing a press conference for Monday afternoon, The Hill reports.

This would come three months to the day that Swalwell announced his candidacy for president on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He participated in the first round of presidential debates last month and in a notable exchange urged former Vice President Joe Biden to "pass the torch" to the next generation. Swalwell, who has been polling at 1 percent or below, had not yet secured a position in the second round of debates, as FiveThirtyEight noted. Asked in a post-debate interview about his low polling numbers, Swalwell responded that it's still "early" in the race.

Amid these reports on Monday, Swalwell replied to a tweet from The Washington Post's Dave Weigel, which noted that the rules for the third debate would likely result in many candidates not qualifying but that no one is complaining that the rules are rigged against Swalwell, with the "hands up" emoji.
https://theweek.com/speedreads/853325/el-chapo-gets-life-prison-what-judge-calls-overwhelming-evil




No no, no need to terror vomit just yet. Yes of course Eric Swalwell has said that he’s thinking about dropping out of the election. But let’s focus on why he’s running for a bit. Swalwell was the absolute biggest longshot don’t get us wrong but he definitely had good intentions of running for the highest office in the land.

SWALWELL BOWS OUT — “Go Big. Be Bold. Do Good” — That was the campaign motto for Democratic East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell’s longshot bid for the White House. But after Swalwell on Monday became the first prominent Democrat to drop out of the 2020 race, look for that motto — and those red, white and blue campaign signs — to be repurposed for Swalwell’s bid at a fifth term in his CA-15 Congressional seat.

The story from POLITICO’s Carla Marinucci and Jeremy B. White: “California Rep. Eric Swalwell, dogged by fundraising challenges and a failure to register in the polls, is ending his longshot bid for the presidency.

“Two weeks ago, Swalwell, 38, called on Democratic front-runner Joe Biden to ‘pass the torch‘ of party leadership to a new generation in the first Democratic presidential debates. But on Monday, Swalwell called a press conference at his Dublin campaign headquarters to announce that instead of continuing in the Democratic primary, he will instead seek a fifth term representing the strongly Democratic East Bay 15th district in Congress.

“‘Being honest with ourselves, we had to look at how much money we were raising, where we were in the polls,‘ Swalwell told supporters, arguing that he had ‘moved the needle on the debate stage with an issue I was very passionate about,‘ referring to gun control measures. ‘So we’ve achieved that,’ he said. ‘But we have to be honest about our own candidacy’s viability.‘“
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/california-playbook/2019/07/09/swalwell-is-first-prominent-2020-dropout-trump-tweets-hes-working-together-with-gavin-cagops-patterson-protests-bill-requiring-candidates-tax-release-wildfire-bill-passes-senate-gig-economy-demonstration-454554 [




Well, hopefully not! I mean we are just barely beginning the primary season and you just know that someone is contemplating on forming an exploratory committee to join the fray. But what else do we have to look forward to in the election to come? It’s going to be a category 5 shit storm and there will plenty of shit flying at you from every single angle. Especially when there’s that one guy who’s the odd man out.

Washington circles are abuzz with the suggestion that Justin Amash, the ex-Republican congressman from Michigan, may mount a third-party presidential campaign in 2020. In the few days since leaving the GOP, he’s talked about “room for a third party” and refused to rule out running for president. But sources close to Amash and the Libertarian Party deny that a presidential run is in the works—although the door is still open. For the time being, the Libertarian-leaning representative is looking to build a fiscally conservative, pro-restraint coalition across party lines.

Michigan representative Justin Amash has made waves in recent weeks with his challenges to the Republican establishment. He first suggested that President Donald Trump should be impeached, then he contested the president’s authority to attack Iran without congressional approval, and finally left the party.

Amash seemed to send mixed signals about his next move, telling CNN that he’s planning to run for re-election to the House of Representatives, but confirming that he still “wouldn’t rule anything like [a Libertarian presidential run] out.”

In an interview with a local ABC affiliate, he added that “I don’t rule things out in where I might go in my political work. I want to do what is best for our country, and if there’s something I can offer, I’m willing to consider that.”
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/odd-man-out-how-independent-justin-amash-could-shake-2020-presidential-election-67402




And hopefully this coin will land on the right side of history and leave the racists and sexists to the dust bin where they belong. So far even with the first casualty of the 2020 season, which by November 6th, 2020, is going to seem like a complete eternity away, is probably going to last an eternity. But some good news about our friend Eric Swalwell is that he is not backing down:

Chaos continued on the floor of the House of Representatives during the debate on a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racist attacks on four young women of color.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) rose to support the resolution, listing multiple instances of racism from the commander-in-chief.

As part of the list, Swalwell noted Trump’s attacks on “sh*thole countries.”

Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) complained and got in a back-and-forth with Swalwell.

Collins sought to have Swalwell’s words stricken from the Congressional Record, which would have banned him from speaking for the rest of the day.

“I will withdraw my offensive word,” Swalwell said, after discussions with other Democrats.
https://www.rawstory.com/2019/07/republican-freaks-out-after-democrat-quotes-trumps-racist-statement-on-the-floor-of-congress/




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Key Issues: Guns, Campaign Finance Reform
Target Demographic: Millenials
Probability Rating: 15:1
Likelihood Of Going Far In Election: Already Dropped Out

Overall Grade: B+

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Next week for Episode 2, we're going to check in with the Alabama Senate candidates, and whew, they have some batshit crazy ones running!


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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-5: The Battle For LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-5: The Battle For LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Dallas??? We made it! Whew!!! We are done with our Texas roadshow! We have traveled some 1600 miles all the way up and down the great state of Texas to find out… what’s up? And we did. So tonight is a celebration as we are done with this part of the 7th season before heading off to Georgia for the start of our college tour. We had a lot of fun doing this and we will be back soon. Do we have time for the thing? Good. So how about that US Women’s National Team? Can I get a “fuck yeah”???? Well while the rest of sane America is celebrating the amazing victory and the 2nd world cup for the USWNT. That was quite the epic victory and celebrate it ladies, you earned it. Of course some on the other side won’t have any of it. Ann Coulter said it was a “war on soccer”. I mean right. Also, what’s wrong with soccer? Or football as it’s known in the rest of the world? And then there was this guy. Save your boos before I read the whole tweet:

https://twitter.com/JGilliam_SEAL/status/1148005540158722049

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Shut up!!! Come on, she got caught up in the celebration, anyone could have done that. But really you guys protest way too much. Enough with the phony patriotic outrage, why does everything involving the flag have to be a federal case with you people? But really, shut up. So what if Megan isn’t worshipping the flag enough? Stop it with that nonsense already. Although that’s certainly not the worst thing anyone’s done with a flag:



God that is so fucking creepy! And conservatives cheerlead this kind of crap. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first all our shows are in reruns so it’s hard to pull clips so I’ll show this Lewis Black where he discusses the ups and downs of CBD:



So where do we begin this week? In the first slot this week we’re going to do something different and give @realDonaldTrump (1) a history lesson after his ridiculously dumb claim that the founding fathers seized the airports during the revolutionary war. In the second slot this week, we’re also going to talk about our current leader, @realDonaldTrump (2). And this time around we’re going to recap his insane MAGA parade that cost oh nothing much, just 700% over his allocated budget, and imagine how much money that could go to support people who actually need it! In the third slot this week is also @realDonaldTrump. Why does Trump want to alter the census and what could be the impact if he decides to delay it over a racist dog whistle question? Taking the fourth slot this week is the Alt Right (4) and the Proud Boys took their fight against Antifa from the streets of Portland to our nation’s capitol, and well, calling this a “logistics nightmare” is quite an understatement! For the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, and this week we’re going to take a look at the latest developments surrounding Boeing’s ill-fated 737 Max-8 and while none of it is good, the problem is becoming a lot more obvious. And in the 6th slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and this week what’s GAWD doing to help our government? Our resident pastor will examine this issue while also maintaining his tax exempt status. At number 7 is our favorite segment “Beating A Dead Horse”. Conservatives, OK, we get it! You hate Nike! You really hate Nike!! What did they do to piss you off this week? Only one way to find out! In the number 8 slot this week, after pulling a dick move that could cost his state millions, we add Arizona governor Doug Ducey (8) to the ever-growing list of “People Who Somehow Got Elected”. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week is “I Need A Drink” – everybody’s favorite trash talking playground activity, Dodgeball, is under attack! The people who are advocating for the ban are about as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop. And finally this week, it’s the final part of our “What’s Up With Texas” docuseries and this week we’re going to take a look at what’s going on at two very different and rivaling campuses – University of Texas in Ft Worth, and Texas A&M in College Station! Plus to cap off the end of our Texas roadshow, we’ve got some live music from the voice of Phish himself – Trey Anastasio will be stopping by! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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We got to talk about Jeffrey Epstein for this top spot this week. Now as is Top 10 policy that we don’t joke about things that are too horrifying to make fun of, we will still be adhering to this policy. So out of respect for the victims, we’re going to be replacing all our usual funny memes and clips with pictures of Trump hanging out with people who “are his type” as he famously said about a woman accusing him of rape a few weeks ago. And by Trump’s type – I mean billionaire sexual predators with a messianic complex and a massive ego. So just how bad is the Jeffrey Epstein situation?

Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is due in court following an arrest in New York on new sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the early 2000s, according to law enforcement officials.

Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump, was taken into federal custody Saturday and is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

One of the officials said Epstein is accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending case.

A message was sent to Epstein’s defense attorney seeking comment. Epstein is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.
https://www.apnews.com/bb41822a39a147ccb03501acf049b58c




Just so you’re clear – Jeffrey Epstein is a billionaire financier who hangs with the wealthy elite and owns private jets and high rise apartments. But any time he moves somewhere, just like Jesus in the Big Lebowski, must go door to door to inform people that he’s on the registered sex offender list. Now just how bad is the situation? What are the implications? And could he actually do some real prison time out of all of this? Well, we don’t have time to provide accurate insight into all of those questions. So let’s get to the jist of it:

Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged Monday with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls more than a decade after he secretly cut a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid nearly identical allegations. Now some of his alleged victims are speaking out.

Sarah Ransome claimed she was recruited and trafficked for sex by Epstein in 2006 and 2007, the Miami Herald reported. On Monday, Ransome said she's encouraged Epstein has been charged in New York.

"The news of my abuser's arrest today is a step in the right direction to finally hold Epstein accountable for his crimes and restore my faith that power and money can't triumph over justice," Ransome said.
Trending News.

Virginia Giuffre claimed Epstein forced her to have sex with his attorney, Alan Dershowitz, and others beginning when she was 16. Giuffre, who is suing Dershowitz for defamation, praised federal prosecutors in New York for showing the case is "being taken in a serious way."

In an interview with the Miami Herald for their investigation into dozens of allegations against Epstein, Giuffre said, "You know, before you know it, I'm being lent out to politicians and to academics and to people that – royalty and people that you just, you would never think 'How did you get into that position of power in the first place?'"
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeffrey-epstein-jailed-victims-speak-out-after-billionaire-financier-charged-with-sex-trafficking/




Yes that’s Donald Trump with Jeffrey Epstein. “He’s a great guy folks, truly terrific!”. Of course you know by now that Trump is of course dismissing himself from the fact that he knows Jeffrey Epstein. And you might be thinking “hey wait a minute – what about Bill Clinton???” Well if he’s implicated then that will play itself out. And we won’t get to that this week. But we will get to Alex Acosta, who offered a plea deal for Epstein 10 years ago, and is now coming back to bite him in the ass hard.

President Trump's secretary of Labor is back in the spotlight for his connection to Jeffrey Epstein after the billionaire was charged Monday with sex trafficking.

Alexander Acosta, who as a U.S. attorney oversaw a favorable 2008 plea deal for Epstein, is likely to face growing pressure as new details emerge about the financier’s alleged victimization of young girls in New York and Florida.

House Democrats have renewed their calls for Acosta to step down, and some of Trump's allies view the Labor secretary as a political liability moving forward.

“The president's going to be furious,” said former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg. “I can’t imagine that he’s going to stay there for very long.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/452084-epstein-charges-put-trump-labor-secretary-back-in-spotlight




Yes, that is Donald Trump having dinner with billionaire sex offender Robert Kraft.


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Yes, Trump don’t know much about history. Or biology. Or the French he took. Ever since our president, @realDonaldTrump, got a taste of France’s grandiose military celebration known as Bastille Day, Trump has always wanted him a piece of that sweet, sweet, dictator chic. So of course, he’s throwing a parade the size of his ego, with a budget to match. I mean he originally had a budget of $1 million and it came out to about $93 million. Any director who went 547% over budget would be fired instantly. And of course it was also a total shit show. Because this happened. You know what? Let’s show the clip first.



And come on, even Mick Jagger was taking shots at you. Here’s what he said at Gillette Stadium:



Anyway with that out of the way, how dumb was @realDonaldTrump’s remarks?

President Donald Trump celebrated "the greatest political journey in human history" Thursday in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy, cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S. military while protesters assailed him for putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity.

Trump called on Americans to "stay true to our cause" in a "Salute to America" program that adhered to patriotic themes and hailed an eclectic mix of history's heroes, from the armed forces, space, civil rights and other endeavors of American life.

While the president avoided diversions into his agenda or re-election campaign, his speech, however, contained historical errors. In outlining the history of Independence Day, Trump claimed the Army "took over the airports" during the American Revolution and evoked the battle of Fort McHenry, which occurred decades later during the War of 1812. There was no air travel in America in the 18th century.

"In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York," Trump said. "... Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant."
https://www.necn.com/news/politics/Washington-Fourth-of-July-Trump-Military-512210491.html




I love that graphic so much! OK so Trump says that they took over the airports in the Revolutionary War, but wait a minute – airports didn’t exist in the Revolutionary War! It’s not like the Founding Fathers ambushed the British army during the battle for the LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court. Oh wait, that never happened! But at least George Washington and his men dined on plenty of Long John Silvers afterwards! Yes, the first flight didn’t commence until 1903! But here’s where it gets good. Remember the endless amounts of shit that the GOP threw at Obama for years for reading off a teleprompter? Well…

President Donald Trump said Friday that a teleprompter mishap led to his much-mocked July Fourth flub in which he talked about defending airports during the American Revolution.

"The teleprompter went out," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"It just went out – it went kaput."

During his Independence Day speech paying tribute to the military, Trump sowed confusion when he began talking about air defenses during the American Revolution, which took place more than a century before the invention of the airplane.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/05/donald-trump-faults-teleprompter-airports-revolution-flub/1657077001/


You know what? Don’t blame the teleprompter. In fact let’s show that picture of his view:



Dude, seriously, you're standing behind 4 1/2 inches of bulletproof glass. I would think the teleprompter is the least of your worries! And seriously, you have rooftop snipers and F16s flying overhead and tanks on the streets, paranoid much? And just remember what Sarah Palin said about teleprompters, anybody remember that?



Yeah that happened! Just the sheer stupidity of it… AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! But you know was Trump’s July 4th Americagasm Spectacular a celebration of all things extreme right wing toxic patriotism or was it a chilling preview of what martial law might look like? I’d say it’s more the latter than the former.

Tanks for President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration were seen arriving in Washington on Tuesday morning, just days before the event is scheduled to take place.

NBC News captured video of the tanks — two Bradley and two Abrams tanks — purportedly en route to the National Mall for Thursday’s event. Also in transport are support vehicles, including an M88, used to help recover heavy armored vehicles.

A photographer for the Associated Press also spotted two M1A1 Abrams tanks along with four other military vehicles on a freight train in southeast D.C. on Monday night.

On Monday, Trump told reporters that tanks would be stationed outside of the Fourth of July celebration, but gave no further details.

Two U.S. defense officials familiar with the planning confirmed that Trump's remarks at Thursday's event are expected to be roughly 20 minutes long, with approximately four minutes dedicated to each service of the military.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/tanks-arrive-d-c-trump-s-fourth-july-celebration-n1025786





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We need to talk about the Census. Is it OK to ask if a person is an American citizen? No! And add to the fact that Trump is taking some absolutely scary steps to bring America closer to Nazi Germany, this latest racist dog whistle of an abomination is rearing its’ ugly head once again. So we all know that Trump doesn’t know history. But he also must have skipped the class about the US Constitution too, because SCOTUS shot down the question, but he’s determined to override that decision – which could be dangerous, deadly, and definitely frightening. Add to the fact that he’s got an attorney general with his head up his ass and this could be a Category 5 Shit Storm.

Attorney General William Barr said Monday he sees a way to legally require 2020 census respondents to declare whether or not they are citizens, despite a Supreme Court ruling that forbade asking the question.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Trump administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to add the controversial census query. Barr would not detail the plans, though a senior official said President Trump is expected to issue a memorandum to the Commerce Department instructing it to include the question on census forms.

The Supreme Court recently blocked the question, at least temporarily, saying the administration's justification "seems to have been contrived." That was a blow to Mr. Trump, who has been pressing for the government to demand information about citizenship.

The U.S. Census Bureau's experts have said requiring such information would discourage immigrants from participating in the survey and result in a less accurate count. That in turn would redistribute money and political power away from Democratic-led cities where immigrants tend to cluster to whiter, rural areas where Republicans do well.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/barr-census-citizenship-question-sees-legal-way-to-add-it/




Yes so the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants is just turning into a colossal “fuck you” to areas where they don’t have total control over the populace. You know, like those pesky major cities for instance. But some good news is that if this is the hill that they choose to die on (among the thousands of other hills), this could have some serious consequences for the attorney general.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that the House will vote “soon” on a contempt resolution for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents on the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

“Before the break, the Oversight Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to hold the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce in contempt of Congress for defying the Committee’s bipartisan subpoenas for documents that would shed light on the real reason the administration added a citizenship question,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to other House Democrats. “We will be moving forward in the whole House soon.”

However, the Speaker did not provide details on when that vote will be held, or what kind of contempt resolution lawmakers might be voting on.

The Hill has reached out to Democratic leadership for comment.

Pelosi earlier Monday also criticized the Trump administration over the citizenship question, calling it an attempt to "make America white again."
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/452104-pelosi-house-will-vote-soon-on-contempt-for-barr-ross-over-census-docs




Yup, make America white again is probably the most apt description of what they’re trying to do. So what else could possibly be in store if they decide to keep fucking with the census? And that by the way is something you do not fuck with. But of course, like everything else Trump takes a dump on, he leaves a trail of bad decisions, and fired employees along the way. Just look at how many lawyers he’s gone through trying to pull this off:

We don’t know whether the Department of Justice lawyers working on the census case were fired en masse or quit. Either way, Sunday’s announcement was a genuinely shocking development in President Donald Trump’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 count. It’s bizarre to the point of being unprecedented for the government to change horses like this in the middle of such a highly time-sensitive legal process.

The move signals that the Trump administration is very likely on the way to making some doubtful legal claims — claims that will have to be in stark contradiction to what the Department of Justice has already said to the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, in a lawsuit brought by civil-rights groups trying to scrap the question.

In case your long July Fourth weekend was enjoyable enough to lose track of the census saga, here’s a recap.

On the last day of its term, June 27, the Supreme Court held in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts — joined by the court’s four liberals — that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had not given an honest explanation for why he wanted to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census in the first place. Roberts also held — in a section of his opinion joined by the court’s four other conservatives — that, in principle, there is nothing unlawful or unconstitutional about asking people for their citizenship on the census. Roberts sent the case back to the district court in New York.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-07-08/trump-census-battle-continues-with-new-justice-department-lawyers




And by the way in case you’re wondering what this could mean, what the constitutional significance of this is, well, don’t ask our president, because he doesn’t really know. In fact he doesn’t know that there’s two different types of the Census – a short form and a long form. And the long form questionnaire comes every other decade and switches with the short form every 10 years.

The census has been conducted every decade since 1790 to get a national head count used most critically to decide the distribution of congressional representation. At first it was conducted by U.S. marshals, but later surveys were sent to most American households, with census workers helping those who didn't promptly return their surveys.

The last time a citizenship question was among the census questions for all U.S. households was in 1950. That form asked where each person was born and in a follow-up question asked, "If foreign born — Is he naturalized?"

In 1960, there was no such question about citizenship, only about place of birth.

Sanders mentioned the year 1965 on Tuesday, but the census only comes every 10 years, so it isn't clear what she was referring to, and the White House did not respond to a request for clarification.

In 1970, the Census Bureau began sending around two questionnaires: a short-form questionnaire to gather basic population information and a long form that asked detailed questions about everything from household income to plumbing. The short form went to most households in America. The long form was sent to a much smaller sample of households, 1 in 6. Most people didn't get it.

Starting in 1970, questions about citizenship were included in the long-form questionnaire but not the short form. For instance, in 2000, those who received the long form were asked, "Is this person a CITIZEN of the United States?"

The 2000 long-form survey, sent to a subset of Americans, asked about citizenship. The more widely distributed census short form that year did not.
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The short form kept it simple: name, relationship, age, sex, Hispanic origin, race, marital status and whether the home is owned or rented.
https://www.npr.org/2018/03/27/597436512/fact-check-has-citizenship-been-a-standard-census-question





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Oh Proud Boys, what have you got yourselves into this time? You know if you didn’t see last week’s edition, we asked how the Proud Boys vs Antifa was still a thing. Well you know everybody’s favorite alt right fight club is always out looking to kick some ass. But when you’re looking to kick some ass, don’t be surprised and go screaming to mama when somebody actually does kick your ass. After all, you’re the ones who started the fight. And you know wherever the Proud Boys show up, Antifa is almost sure to follow. Kind of like moths to a bug zapper, it’s inevitable. So before we get into it, here’s my favorite thing about this recent rally – it seems they don’t know how to do logistics!

Organizers of a “Demand Free Speech” rally planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C., told the National Park Service that they expect up to 1,000 participants—but wrote that there “could be more or less”—to attend their demonstration. Given the fact that, per the sponsoring group’s permit application, they’ve rented only one toilet, perhaps they’re banking on the “less.”

A copy of an event permit application the National Park Service provided to The Daily Beast shows event organizers’ stated plans for the rally, which is expected to attract members of the Proud Boys, identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and followers of far-right personalities including Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Gavin McInnes, who have been removed from social media platforms for violating community guidelines. The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reports that the application has been approved and that counter-protesters plan to rally across the street from Freedom Plaza.

Event organizers told NPS in their application that they will assemble an event space with 10 chairs, five tables, one tent, and just one portable restroom. Organizers stated they will have space for 50 camera tripods but will not assemble a press riser. They are expecting one bus and 22 speakers, and wrote on the permit that “no marches or parades” will happen during the event.

In a section stating expected disruptions to the event, event organizers wrote “Antifa” and “All Out DC,” which is a coalition of groups organizing to oppose their rally on Saturday. Rally organizers state that they will have 50 event marshals providing “protection and security” at the event who will wear “red stop hate hats.” Those marshals, organizers state, will use 20 handheld radios and 10 bullhorns at the event.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-free-speech-rally-expecting-1000-participants-one-bathroom/




Damn right!!! Pass the butter. That sounds like the worst festival ever. Oh and by the way, just like their favorite president, Trump, the Proud Boys love inflating crowd sizes. Because unlike their actual estimated crowd size, they were far outnumbered by hundreds of counter protestors. So while the Proud Boys shoot their mouths off, they really are a bunch of snowflakes when you think about it.
A gaggle of far-right political activists, members of the Proud Boys, and hundreds of supporters gathered in downtown Washington, D.C., on Saturday for a rally that sought to highlight personalities who have been banned from various social media and payment-processing platforms for violating community guidelines, who demanded that they have their accounts reinstated on the grounds of “free speech.” The rally took place on one of the hottest days of the year at the shadeless Freedom Plaza, which is across the street from the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Despite organizers’ estimate, as stated on a permit application, that they expected up to 1,000 people to attend their rally, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes and other far-right speakers took to the stage to address no more than a few hundred people and plug new websites and endeavors they have launched since their social media bans marginalized them in the broader conservative movement. However, The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reported that the “free speech” message from the stage “was often overshadowed by threats of violence from the rally’s other speakers and a booming rival demonstration nearby,” where counter-demonstrators gathered and held a go-go dance party.

Coming on the heels of an altercation in Portland between antifascists and Quillette writer Andy Ngo the prior weekend, tensions flared leading up to the rally. Right-wing social media stars circulated unverified claims that they had received threats from antifascists of acid attacks and other violence ahead of the rally. Speaking of a counter-demonstration taking place nearby, Yiannopoulos warned attendees of the right-wing rally that there were “400 people a block or two away who want you dead;” those allegedly murderous counter-demonstrators, Yiannapoulos said, get their cues on who to attack from journalists. He told the crowd, “There’s every chance that someone will beat the shit out of you on your way home.” Photographs and videos from the day’s events show many rally attendees at the perimeter of the rally, attempting to heckle and goad their opposition.

Scuffles were anticipated, but never materialized; Washington police strictly enforced a barrier between groups gathered at Saturday’s rally and yanked otherwise eager provocateurs out of crowds before situations escalated. Photos taken outside the event did show Washington police officers behaving approvingly toward members of the Proud Boys.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/far-right-rally-sizzles-on-washington-pavement/




Oh, Milo, Milo, Milo. Paranoid, much? Here’s the thing – you can be a paranoid, racist piece of shit all you want in private, but when you take that shit public, be prepared to suffer the consequences! Think of it like trying to bathe a cat – you know you’re not going to simply dunk that cat in the bathtub without it wanting to scratch your eyes out. Just ask Nick Fury. What, too soon? Oh and the hits keep getting worse for the Proud Boys, because this happened.

After posting bail in March for a member of the often-violent, far-right Proud Boys group, Nicholas Carefelle was let go last month from his position at the GEO Group, a private prison contractor that runs immigrant detention centers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reports Willamette Week.

Donovan Flippo, a self-professed member of the Proud Boys, had just been arrested in for an alleged assault against an anti-fascist activist that took place in 2018 when Carfelle stepped up to pay Flippo’s $750 bail.

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Proud Boys as a hate group due to its members’ repeated use of violence and extremist rhetoric, and are known for expressing anti-Muslim sentiments. Willamette Week’s Katie Shepherd was unable to determine the exact nature of Carefelle’s work for GEO, or whether he had direct contact with immigrants. However, before Carefelle was fired by GEO, she reported:

[Carefelle] performs work for the federal government under contracts with ICE. The GEO Group has access to government information about immigrants and access to immigrant detainees through detention centers, probation services, and transport operations. GEO Group, which specializes in incarceration, runs “residential centers,” or detention centers, where ICE houses detainees awaiting hearings in immigration court.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/proud-boy-member-fired-by-ice-contractor-following-expose/




Holy shit!!!! When you’re too racist for ICE, that’s pretty fucking racist!!! I mean we all know that ICE and CBP are run by some ridiculously crazy people but when you’re too far out there for them, that’s pretty fucking far out there! And of course wherever the Proud Boys go, you can rest assured that what will follow is their usual shit show of police and Antifa. But yeah… how is this still a thing? Oh yeah drugs, you got to have drugs.

A far-right rally scheduled for downtown Washington on Saturday has been thrown into disarray by dramatic allegations centering on cocaine, a love triangle, and the far-right Proud Boys men’s group.

“The Proud Boys? More like the Joke Boys,” Republican congressional candidate Omar Navarro, a key player in the bizarre feud, told The Daily Beast.

The drama has torn apart one-time allies prominent on the pro-Trump internet and cost the so-called “Demand Free Speech” rally at least one speaker, after other prominent right-wing celebrities already cited other reasons for not appearing. While the rally was meant to protest the banning of conservative figures from social media, the surrounding drama has cast a shadow over the event.

On one side of the fight: Navarro, a perennial challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) whose losing campaigns against the liberal stalwart have become a cause celebre on the right.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/proud-boys-rally-rocked-by-sex-cocaine-allegations





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



It’s no secret that the 737 Max 8 has been the most controversial plane in Boeing’s lineup and its’ troubled recent history has had buyers be obviously skeptical about purchasing the plane. It’s also had passengers’ fears about buying tickets on and riding these planes escalated. Which is naturally understandable after two easily preventable crashes stemmed from corporate greed and extremely shady business practices that have since come out in the open. So why is the 737 Max 8 so controversial? Well there’s many theories. But here’s what is actually happening with the ill-fated jetliner.

In the final, harrowing seconds of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the pilots tried desperately to keep their Boeing 737 Max aloft.

Nothing worked. Not pulling back on the yoke to try to get the nose up. Not attempting to adjust the trim, the preliminary report on the crash would show. Making matters worse, multiple alarms, clackers and other audible warnings distracted the pair. The jet crashed in March outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing 157.

The crash laid bare Boeing's shortcomings in having designed an automated flight system that overrode the actions of the flight crew. But it also raised questions about pilot experience — whether mistakes were made in the cockpit and whether foreign airlines require pilots to have enough training. Those questions will be at the fore Monday, when a committee of the United Nations-backed body that sets international standards for air travel is scheduled to take a fresh look at pilot requirements.

In the U.S., 1,500 hours. Overseas, 240 hours

In the U.S., copilots must have a minimum of 1,500 flight hours, the same as pilots, before they can take the right seat in a commercial airliner. Internationally, it's only 240 hours and can include a mix of time in simulators.

While the preliminary accident report in the Ethiopian crash showed the 29-year-old pilot had 8,122 hours of flight time, the 25-year-old first officer had only 361 total hours, having received his commercial airline license three months earlier.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/06/boeing-737-max-crash-grounded-problems-flight-training-pilots-faa/1641781001/




So the rest of the world is way behind the US on the amount of flight time training that the US has to endure before one becomes a pilot. But that’s not the only thing plaguing the ill-fated jet. There’s also that faulty software that could steer the autopilot right into the ground or ocean. And the reason why the software is faulty will make you either wretch or seething in anger.

Sources close to the ongoing effort to recertify the 737 MAX 8 told CNN that flight simulator testing uncovered a completely different way that the plane could suddenly pitch down, and that this one could have been even harder for a pilot to handle in an emergency. According to the report, a microprocessor failure in the 737 MAX 8's computer system could result in something known in the industry as runaway stabilizer trim.

The stabilizer is the smaller, horizontal wings on the tail of the aircraft that normally stabilizes the aircraft in flight, and the degree to which they are facing relative to the wind passing over or under them--known as the angle of attack, or AOA--can lift the tail upward or push it downward relative to the rest of the plane.

Too far in either direction and it is said to "runaway", at which point a pilot is supposed to cut power to the stabilizer using a wheeled lever in the cockpit. This should correct the stabilizer and return it to its normal, mostly forward-facing angle.

This mechanism is at the heart of the MCAS anti-stall system whose malfunction investigators suspect was a major factor in the crashes of Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. Those crashes, both 737 MAX 8 aircraft, occurred less than six months apart, prompting the worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX 8 back in March which is still in effect. In the case of the MCAS, if the aircrafts AOA sensors detect an angle that indicates the plane is at risk of stalling, the MCAS is supposed to increase the stabilizer's AOA to compensate, leveling the aircraft out.
https://interestingengineering.com/new-flaw-in-737-max-8-computer-found-that-could-send-plane-into-nosedive




So combine faulty software engineering already resulted in a very toxic and dangerous combination that will be sure to cause a crash or two. And it did. But why, after nearly a year, is the plane still being grounded? Well, this is what happens when excessive corporate greed gets in the way of producing a safe product for the general public consumption. And the problems still continue.

Boeing’s 737 Max problem keeps getting worse. The plane has been grounded for months, after Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 both crashed, killing all 346 people aboard the two aircraft. In the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, the FAA eventually mandated that the planes stay on the ground while Boeing worked out a fix. That fix has now been delayed again, due to the discovery of another flaw that can lead to the nose of the aircraft being pointed inappropriately downward. “Government pilots discovered that a microprocessor failure could push the nose of the plane toward the ground,” CNN reports, adding that “it is not known whether the microprocessor played a role in either crash.”

This appears to be distinct from the problem with the MCAS system, which is believed to have been critical to both previous crashes. In these events, the planes — which relied on data from a single, potentially faulty angle-of-attack sensor, without a backup sensor — drove the aircraft directly into the ground, despite pilot attempts to override it. The implication of the CNN report is that the microprocessor failure is separate from the AOA sensor failure, but there’s nothing to identify what subsystem the chip is in, or whether there are redundant parts that are supposed to take over the functionality in the event of a failure.

Once again, this will mean additional delays for the 737 Max’s return to the skies. Reuters reports that Boeing will not conduct a recertification flight until July 8, best-case, but that the delays could stretch on for several weeks more. There’s a bit of uncertainty on whether a hardware change might be required. CNN states: “Boeing engineers are trying to determine if the microprocessor issue can be fixed by reprogramming software or if replacing the physical microprocessors on each 737 Max aircraft may be required.”
https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/294128-new-737-max-flaw-keeps-jet-grounded-as-past-boeing-problems-surface




Yes they may actually have to shrink like Ant-Man and go in and physically replace the defective microprocessors in the flight controllers. Except oh wait – that’s not real and the Pym Particle doesn’t exist. So how can Boeing resolve this problem? Throwing money at the problem won’t help and it has hurt their pending sales big time, which could cost the company millions. But don’t expect a fix any time soon.

Boeing's very bad year just got worse. It is now facing the very real possibility that the 737 Max crisis will stretch into next year.

Even after it gets the planes back in the air, it will have to make deliveries of new planes to its customers. Until that backlog is cleared up, its earnings will suffer.

The company, had its best-selling 737 Max grounded in March following two fatal crashes, said this week that it will have to delay its efforts to get the plane back in the air because a new potential problem with the jet has been discovered during testing.

Experts have been expecting that the planes could be back in the air by August. The three US airlines that own the 737 Max -- Southwest (LUV), United (UAL) and American (AAL) airlines - had canceled flights using that plane only through early September.

But now a Boeing (BA) official confirmed to CNN Business that the company does not expect to submit a new software fix to the US Federal Aviation Administration for testing until September. "We believe this can be updated through a software fix," said the official. The new time frame was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/29/business/boeing-737-max-outlook/index.html




That’s just one problem

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




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Austin! 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!!! Today we are engaged in spiritual warfare of the highest caliber and it involves our government and our entertainment industry. And with today’s sermon I am going to test the limits of our tax exempt status! Yes, we are a church, which means that we enjoy the fruits of our labor without having to pay Uncle Sam, but that also means that we have limits on the things we can say or not. Well, today I am going to test those limits! How you might ask? Well there’s many ways the good LAWRD intended for us to do so. I mean you know that the White House is a holy land and everywhere we stand on it is holy?

Last month, Paula White, a televangelist who is a key spiritual adviser to and supporter of President Trump, preached at The River Church in Tampa, Florida, which was founded by fellow right-wing pastor and radical conspiracy theorist Rodney Howard-Browne. During her sermon, White proclaimed that she is making the White House “holy ground” simply by her presence.

“The church is Christ’s body in which he speaks and acts and by which he fills everything,” White proclaimed, “including the White House, including government halls.”

“How does he do that?” she asked. “He does that through you. He does that through me. Wherever I go, God rules. When I walk on White House grounds, God walks on White House grounds. When I walked in The River, God walked in The River. When I go in to the dry cleaners, that dry cleaning place becomes holy. I have every right and authority to declare the White House as holy ground because I was standing there and where I stand is holy.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/paula-white-the-white-house-is-holy-ground-because-where-i-stand-is-holy/




Yes, somehow these people still tend to maintain their tax exempt status, and that to me is a good mystery, but how can the LAWRD solve it? Well, he can solve it through the art of spiritual warfare which comes about in so many different ways. Can I get an amen??? Now one way that the LAWRD is working is through the US Women’s National Team. Oh wait, that’s SAYTAN’s work you godless heathens!!

While many Americans were thrilled over the World Cup victory of the U.S. Women’s National Team, some conservatives weren’t so thrilled about the team’s outspoken players, especially standout star Megan Rapinoe, a lesbian who has made her disapproval of President Donald Trump extremely clear. Janet Boynes, who spoke at the recent “ex-gay” Freedom March in Washington, D.C., published a column in Charisma on Friday saying that Rapinoe’s emphatic declaration that she would not visit the White House “proves we are in a spiritual battle.”

Like many Religious Right leaders and activists, Boynes was sharply critical of President Barack Obama. However, during the Trump administration, she quotes Bible verses encouraging people to submit to their leaders. From her column at Charisma, a Trump-promoting media outlet with a largely Pentecostal audience:

I am convinced that we are in a spiritual battle. We need God more than ever. Hebrew 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will must give an account. Let them do this with joy and not complaining, for that would not be profitable to you.” When we say we love God, we should also want to obey His commandments.

Those who do not submit to God will not submit to those in authority. Rapinoe is asking her team to support her by not going to the White House. We get the sense that she feels the need to control everyone around her.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/megan-rapinoes-criticism-of-trump-a-sign-of-spiritual-warfare-says-ex-gay-speaker/




Yes, those people too enjoy their tax exempt status! I mean why don’t I? I’m just a simple pastor here, so the question remains: Why do I still have to fill out my 1040-EZ form like a commoner? I ask you oh LAWRD!!!! I mean I can talk about anything and tie it back to JAYSUS, like the end times (which we have done), like the Dark One (which we do every week), and even like guns (which we have)!

Right-wing “comedian” Steven Crowder interviewed Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton for a “masterclass” on the meaning of the Second Amendment, during which Barton insisted that the Second Amendment grants average citizens the right to own tanks or any other weapon of war.

Barton has repeatedly insisted that the Founding Fathers intended for there to be no limits whatsoever on the Second Amendment and that citizens are therefore entitled to own any weapon they might need to fight off a foreign invasion or even their own government, including fighter jets, and he repeated this claim to Crowder.

“The deal was you have a right to defend yourself,” Barton said. “So, the biggest weapon in that day would have been a cannon—hand’s down, a cannon. You’re allowed, as a citizen, to own cannons.”

“Whatever the government had, you could have,” he added, “because we might have to take on the government some day. We hope that never happens, but in case it does, we defend ourselves from anything that comes after us; whether it’s from foreign or domestic, whether it’s a gang, whether it’s a government, whether it’s a crazy uncle, we don’t care. So, for them, there was no limitation on what you could use or how you could defend yourself.”

“They were OK with cannons and that would be our equivalent of high-capacity magazines or machine guns,” Barton insisted, “or it could be equivalent to a tank.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/david-barton-the-second-amendment-protects-your-right-to-own-a-tank/




And that is true, good reverend! No one is saying those things. Instead they’re saying Dark One this, and guns that, and Fox News that. Yet, they don’t pay any taxes, so why should I? I ask you, my fair congregation!!! Can I get an amen??? But really, apparently GAWD is working through spiritual forces to ensure another 4 years of the Dark One – whose name shall not be spoken in my church, to make sure his reelection happens. Come on IRS!!!

On July 3, right-wing pro-Trump pastor Hank Kunneman held a special “Pray For America” event at his Lord of Hosts Church in Omaha, Nebraska, during which he called for Heaven to release “angelic reinforcements” to protect President Trump and Vice President Pence and ensure that they will control the White House for the next 12 years.

During the service, Kunneman, who brags of being “known for a strong prophetic anointing as he preaches,” spoke in tongues, passionately hugged an American flag, and proclaimed that when the fireworks were shot off during Trump’s “Salute to America” event on the National Mall on the 4th of July, it would be a signal that a “myriad of angels” were being released from Heaven.

“May there be a divine protection, angelic assistance, angelic reinforcements for President Trump,” Kunneman preached. “Angelic reinforcements, angelic reinforcements, we call for the command for the army of the hosts of Heaven, we speak to the commander of the army of hosts, more angelic reinforcements for President Trump. Lord, more angelic reinforcements. We call upon the God of Heaven, angelic reinforcements over the agenda that you have placed in the heart of his president, over this administration. More angelic reinforcements!”

“We speak a divine protection,” he added. “Not one hair on your head, President Trump, will be harmed in any way … We break the powers of darkness. Every satanic altar of evil where your name is mentioned, President Trump, we speak and command the fire of God to bring it to ashes.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/hank-kunneman-calls-on-god-to-release-angelic-reinforcements-to-ensure-trump-wins-in-2020/




So, IRS, are we cool? I thought so! Mass has ended, may you go in peace!!! That’s it this week for:




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OK conservatives – we get it! You hate Nike! You really hate Nike! Now I want you to show me on the doll where the swoosh hurt you. Just in your mind? That’s it? Stop it already. What’s the latest conservative beef with the shoe company? Well, Nike had planned to roll out a shoe featuring the Betsy Ross flag on it. And well, their boy Colin Kaepernick had some concerns about it. Which of course got the conservatives’ underwear in a wad over who is the more rootin’ tootin’ ‘Murica worshipper than the next guy. Because in addition to hating Nike, they really hate Colin Kaepernick!

Nike pulled an American-flag-themed shoe design after the former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who endorses Nike, said he and others found the specific flag design offensive, associating it with the time of slavery in America, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

The company had meant for the Air Max 1 USA to go on sale this week in tandem with the Fourth of July. The heel of the shoe featured a version of the US flag with 13 white stars, which was created circa the 1770s during the American Revolution and is commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.

Citing unnamed sources, The Journal said Kaepernick contacted the company after images of the shoe started appearing online and said that people, himself included, considered the Betsy Ross flag an "offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery."

As The Journal noted, the flag also sparked controversy back in 2016 after students waved it at a high-school football game in Michigan. Some parents and students left the game "unsettled," as the flag was seen by some as a symbol of white supremacy and white nationalism, according to the local news outlet Mlive.com.
https://www.mysanantonio.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Nike-faces-backlash-on-social-media-after-pulling-14065729.php




That’s a good question and I’m sure that conservatives are probably thinking that right now! I mean if you hate them, then you must hate Jesus! But we get it conservatives, you love your flag more than you love life itself. And that’s not a bad thing, but really, lighten up guys. You know why Nike pulled the Betsy Ross shoe? Well if you don’t then you’re part of the problem.

The decision caused an instant backlash among conservatives who accused Nike of denigrating U.S. history, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeting that he is asking the state's Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives promised to Nike to build a plant in the state.

Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the Betsy Ross flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.

The Anti-Defamation League does not include it in its database of hate symbols. Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow for the ADL's Center on Extremism, said extremist groups have occasionally used it, but the flag is most commonly used by people for patriotic purposes.

"We view it as essentially an innocuous historical flag," Pitcavage said. "It's not a thing in the white supremacist movement."

Nike said in statement that "it pulled the shoe based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation's patriotic holiday." The company pushed back against criticism that the decision was being "anti-American."
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-nike-kaepernick-betsy-ross-flag-20190703-53bqcmqhkzh7dad5dgvpcopkqi-53bqcmqhkzh7dad5dgvpcopkqi-story.html




Oh come on conservatives, lighten up and have a sense of humor. Seriously, Nike only committed the worst kind of discrimination – the kind against you. It’s not about the American flag – it’s about you personally. Nike hurt your feelings. But your ego is so big that you think that Nike hurting your feelings is hurting America’s feelings.

Nike’s sales have only grown since it seized attention with its ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. So, the shoemaker deferred to its star endorser when he raised concerns over a sneaker featuring an early American flag.

Nike pulled the Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on the heel. Kaepernick reached out to Nike after learning they planned to release the sneaker to explain that the flag recalls an era when black people were enslaved and that it has been appropriated by white nationalist groups, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.

The person requested not to be named because the conversation was intended to be private.

Nike decided to recall the shoe after it had been already sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the “Betsy Ross” flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.
https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/national/report-nike-pulls-flag-sneaker-after-kaepernick-complaint/




OK so white supremacists adopted the Betsy Ross flag as a symbol of modern white supremacy. You know, they’re not like your dad’s white supremacists. They’re the hip, trendy white supremacists you see on social media. Conservatives love to fight weird battles. And they’ll get pissed about a pair of sneakers before they get mad about children sitting in concentration camps. Yeah it’s that fucked up isn’t it? Oh and by the way, conservatives, keep up the Nike boycotts. Because guess what? While you’re complaining and moaning about Nike, they’re busy doing that thing called making money!

Nike's controversial decision to stop selling a patriotic Betsy Ross shoe at the behest of Colin Kaepernick has had a significant impact on the athletic company's market value.

While the company is taking a beating in the public relations department, Nike's market value increased significantly this week after the controversy boiled over, TMZ reported.

As of market close on Friday, Nike shares were up 2 percent in just three days, which added a whopping $3 billion to Nike's market value, which closed at $136.38 billion on Friday.

Kevin O'Leary, an investor on "Shark Tank," told TMZ he believes Nike manufactured the controversy as a marketing ploy.

This is not the first time Nike has capitalized on controversy with Kaepernick.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/nike-market-value-betsy-ross





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Politicians at the state and local levels who are so toxic, you wonder how they’re able to get away with the things they get away with. This is:



This week – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. How did this guy get elected? Well let’s think of his state here for a minute. Arizona has a long history of electing some absurdly batshit crazy politicians like Joe Arpaio, Jan Brewer, Kirsten Sinema, Jeff Flake (FLAKEY!!!!), and Ron DeSantis. So how did Gov. Ducey make the list? Well, for starters, Gov. Ducey has packed the Arizona state supreme court with a whopping 7 white male conservative justices. Which begs the question – did Gov. Ducey help the court or did he really help himself? Most would suggest the latter than the former.

As he signed legislation expanding the Arizona Supreme Court in 2016, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey promised Arizonans "swift justice."

Dismissing the critics who had accused him of packing the court — and the justices who had said they could handle their caseloads just fine — he argued that moving from a five- to seven-member bench would result in "more voices" and allow the court to "increase efficiency, hear more cases and issue more opinions."

But three years later, the court doesn't seem to operate in a markedly different way than it did before the expansion — despite costing the state an extra $1 million a year.

The number of case filings has increased, but the seven-member court has decided a smaller percentage of them than in many prior years.

There are new voices on the bench, but they all belong to conservative men.

And while the court published more written opinions in the first two years after the expansion, it's unclear whether that trend will hold.

“I don’t want to create the impression that I’m dismissing the idea that there has been some benefit of increasing the size,” Arizona Supreme Court Justice Scott Bales, who served as chief justice through last month, told The Arizona Republic.
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/07/08/arizona-governor-said-expanding-supreme-court-would-bring-benefits-has-it-doug-ducey/2842733002/




Of course who needs to buy things when all you have left to buy is politicians and judges? That’s one way Gov Ducey will pad courts and rig trials. And by the way, just how firmly are Gov. Ducey’s lips placed on Donald Trump’s ass? Well, no one loves getting their ass kissed more than Trump does, and no one loves doing the kissing more than Gov. Ducey does. In fact, he would actually close the Arizona – Mexico border if Trump decided that he wanted to go there.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey softened his stance on a possible U.S.-Mexico border closure after meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying he would support Trump if he opted for a shutdown but hoped any closure would be "as short as possible."

The Oval Office meeting came two days after Ducey had said he "of course" did not want to see the border close. He'd pointed to Mexico's status as "our No. 1 trading partner, times four" and said he wanted "to see us continue to be able to trade," confirming that the White House was aware of his position.

Ducey again called trade with Mexico "incredibly important" after his Wednesday discussion with Trump.

"But, border security comes first," he told reporters in Washington, D.C.

The governor indicated the president had not made a final decision regarding a border closure, despite multiple threats to do so over the last week. On Twitter and in conversations with reporters, Trump had repeatedly said Mexico needed to help block the recent swell of migrant families at the border or face the consequences.
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/04/03/after-meeting-donald-trump-arizona-gov-doug-ducey-softens-stance-possible-border-closure/3356708002/




And in case you’re wondering how in bed Doug Ducey is, take a look at what he did when Nike announced that it was pulling a controversial shoe with a Betsy Ross flag design. Rather than look at why Nike pulled the shoe, he simply told Nike to go fuck itself, and may have screwed his entire state over in the process.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday announced that he will ask the state's commerce authority to pull financial incentives for Nike after the company decided not to release a Betsy Ross flag sneaker.

Ducey slammed the move to pull the sneaker, a decision which was reportedly influenced by former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, as the company bowing "to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism."

Nike was planning a "major" investment in Goodyear, Ariz., Ducey said. He said that he has ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives it had been providing Nike to locate there.

"Today was supposed to be a good day in Arizona, with the announcement of a major @Nike investment in Goodyear, AZ," the governor said in the first of a nine-tweet thread.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/451292-arizona-governor-says-state-withdrawing-financial-incentives-from-nike




And by the way Gov. Ducey, if you’re trashing Nike, a word of advice, maybe I don’t know, don’t get caught wearing the apparel of the brand you claim to despise. So in one sentence you claim to despise Nike because, ‘Murica, and in the next you’re wearing their products? Yeah that is what we believe one would call “utter hypocrisy”.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) was criticized online after he was spotted wearing a pair of Nike sneakers on Thursday, days after the Republican lawmaker announced plans to have the state's commerce authority to pull financial incentives for the brand over its decision to yank a Betsy Ross flag-themed sneaker.

In a photo shared on the official Twitter page for the Coconino County Democrats on Thursday, the governor is seen sporting a pair of black and white Nikes at an outing on the Fourth of July.

“Wow, @dougducey standing on principle wearing his Nikes for the 4th of July,” the group captioned the photo on Twitter, adding the “#nikeboycott” and “#Nike” hashtags.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/451845-arizona-gop-governor-sports-nike-shoes-just-2-days-after-blasting




If you can’t trust Gov. Ducey’s opinions on brands, what can you trust him with? That’s Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, yet another in the long and ever growing list of:




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Ah Dallas, it’s the end of our Texas Roadshow. We traveled nearly 1600 miles to get here, and I really need a drink!



So of course you know the idea behind this segment is that we don’t mix booze and politics, but we do mix booze and comedy! So tell me, bartender, what goes well with dodgeball? Oh a poppy flavored lollipop? Well you’re a doo doo head!! Ah you know I’ll just take my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. I call it the Double Jack! Folks, one of America’s most time-honored traditions, the trash talking, playground bullying sport known as Dodgeball is under attack. And really, you are just now figuring this out about Dodgeball? I mean just how bad is our favorite playground pastime?

Most people would call dodgeball a harmless playground activity, but a team of Canadian researchers argue the game is a tool of oppression that can unfairly target students perceived as “weaker individuals.”

The group presented their argument Monday at a conference organized by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education in Vancouver, according to CTV News.

They claim dodgeball — which requires players to eliminate their opponents by hitting them with rubber balls — teaches students to dehumanize each other and creates unsafe conditions in schools.

“Dodgeball is the only game where the human is the target. No other games focus on it,” study co-presenter Joy Butler, a professor at the University of British Columbia, told CTV News.

“It’s tantamount to legalized bullying,” she added.

Butler worked alongside David Burns, a professor at the Kwantlen Polytechnic, and Claire Robson, a professor at Simon Fraser University.
https://wgntv.com/2019/06/09/researchers-dodgeball-is-more-than-a-game-its-legalized-bullying/




Legalized bullying? Seriously, dude, lighten up. Were you the one who always got picked last for softball? Come on, Dodgeball combines two things that are as old as time itself – trash talking and human targets! And I mean come on, if a game of dodgeball breaks out, you should expect to get hurt followed by some trash talking. And I mean really why stop there? Just ban all playground activities while we’re at it. You’re it!

An old State Department of Education document recommending the elimination of “inappropriate” games such as kickball and tag from Alabama physical education curriculums is getting new attention this week.

The state department said it was fielding calls from national media outlets such as CNN and Newsweek on Wednesday after the list was shared by a state department employee earlier this week. As of Wednesday, the document was no longer on the website and the state said it doesn't reflect an official position of the department.

Many of the games and descriptions that are “highly recommended and suggested” not to be allowed in Alabama schools’ P.E. programs also appear to be copy and pasted from one website's so-called "P.E. Hall of Shame," whose director said the recommendations are backed by decades of research.

“Duck, Duck, Goose: A game of minimal participation; the chosen “goose” attempts to get up from a sitting position and try to catch the “ducker” who only has to go about 60 feet and already has a full running head start. Everyone else just sits and screams at ear-shattering pitch and decibel levels,” one item reads.
https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/education/2018/08/29/alabama-recommends-eliminating-kickball-tag-schools-why-old-document-has-received-new-interest/1133618002/




Yeah when kickball is outlawed, only outlaws will have kickballs! Suck on that!! OK I think I might have taken things a bit too far here. Nah, this is the Trump administration that we’re living in here, nobody apologizes for anything! So in case you’re wondering whether or not schools are removing our favorite playground past times, let’s take a look at the list of the reasons why.

Bullying

Bullying has been a hot topic in recent years, as the incidence of bullying and cyberbullying and the resultant student anguish has received national news attention. A closer eye has been taken to the issue of student-on-student harassment. Human target games can encourage students to participate in hostile targeting and can mask bullying under the guise of team sports. Games such as dodgeball can inadvertently promote violence, and it can be hard for authority figures to distinguish what’s a hostile attack from what’s innocent play.

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Individual Capacity

Each student is different, and that means that their physical fitness, strength, and personality are all individualistic. In games like dodgeball, students who fall on the lower side of the physical fitness or extroversion scale become easy targets, typically enduring consistent early elimination from such games. This can weigh heavily on young psyches as some students may be routinely excluded from full participation.

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Quality of Activities

Although some games like dodgeball are old classics, a growing concern lies within the educational aspect of such exercises. Meeting the needs of all children, spurring them to take a vested interest in physical activity, teaching them to work together, and also challenging their brains are all integral parts of a well-rounded physical education program. As the health of the nation becomes a growing concern, teaching children how to become active and participate in sports is part of constructing a framework that can lead them to a lifetime of health and wellness.
https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/fall-dodgeball-why-schools-are-removing-competitive-elimination-games-their-pe-curriculum




Come on, why so serious, guys? There’s plenty of reasons to love competitive elimination contests, and you just listed all the reasons. Did you not see the movie Dodgeball? That was the whole point for the stronger ones to beat up on the much weaker ones! And by the way if you ban Dodgeball, only outlaws will be the ones who have Dodgeballs!

The game everyone from the sports teaching know almost. During Dodge ball, two Teams are formed, which are on each side of the field. Then it comes to the players of the opposing team with a Ball to throw, until only one player is left. For generations, international ball is a part of the teaching of sport in Germany and many other countries. And not a few students have carried on from their time at school, a veritable dodgeball Trauma that has developed for some is also a General aversion to ball sports.

scientists from Canada have engaged in a study of how students perceive the game. They came to the conclusion that Dodge ball can be “oppressive” and “dehumanizing”. These are the findings of a survey of students presented to three researchers at a Congress in Vancouver and the “Washington Post” reported. In North America, is played with “Dodgeball” is often an even more stringent version of the international ball, at the several balls at the same time be used.

especially weaker students suffer from dodgeball

“dodgeball is the equivalent of legalized bullying,” said Joy Butler, one of the authors of the study, the TV station CBC. Butler teaches in Vancouver at the British University of Columbia and has worked long as a teacher. The study will soon appear in the journal “European Physical Education Review”.
https://www.oracleglobe.com/breaking/legalized-bullying-scientists-want-to-ban-dodge-ball-from-physical-education-11758.html





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What is up with Texas? That’s the question on the table. Through four parts we’ve journeyed nearly 1500 miles and talked to all kinds of people through this great state. In part 1, we set out to find the real border crisis in El Paso. In part 2, we took a nearly 550 mile road trip down the border to a town that literally shares roads and municipalities with Mexico, the town of Laredo, to find out how bad the border crisis was (turns out, not really). In part 3, we visited the capitol of Austin, where governor Greg Abbott was more concerned that a fried chicken joint didn’t get a stall at the terminal food court than he was about kids being trapped in cages and separated from their parents. And in part 4 we toured the Gulf Coast to find out what’s going on after one of the worst natural disasters in recent history. Now we’re looking at going to college. Texas is home to two very different and unique universities – Texas A&M and University Of Texas – both of which hate each other immensely. For our last segment, we decided to have some fun and talk about sports. And football and sports life dominate Texas A&M and the University Of Texas. Much like USC vs UCLA, Ohio State vs Michigan State, Alabama vs Georgia. I could go on and on. In fact, outside of the major cities, football is practically a religion in the Lone Star State. But just how much does it?

As the summer rolls on, anticipation builds higher and higher for another college football season.

While most will focus on how individual teams are preparing for the 2019 season, some are even breaking down players individually whose potential performance on the NCAA stage provokes plenty of its own excitement.

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman is counting down his top 50 'freaks' heading into the 2019 college football season, and a familiar face in Aggie-land has made the cut.

Five-star freshman tight end Baylor Cupp clocked in at No. 48.

From Feldman: "Jimbo Fisher's had a good run of tight ends, and this early-enrollee five-star freshman figures to be the next one. Fisher gushed about Cupp's athleticism when I spoke to the Aggies coach right after he signed the towering tight end. 'Cupp is 6-6, 245 pounds, runs in the 4.6s, maybe high 4.5s,' he says. 'He can bend, run, has power. In the state track meet as a junior, he ran 22.4 (200 meters) electronic and then turned around and threw the shot 52 feet.'"
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2019/07/09/aggies-reloaded-five-star-texas-am-recruit-makes-bruce-feldmans-2019-freaks-list




Well hopefully the season wont end that badly! So my quest to know more about Texas A&M football took a rather dark turn. In fact the t-shirts the students were wearing were some very, well, off color shirts, to say the least. And their rivalry with the University Of Texas is something that will stand the test of time. They look like dorks!!! Yes, I got caught up in the moment. And they do too.

Texas A&M football struggled in pass defense in 2018. They finished just inside the Top 100 in yards allowed and didn’t get the pass rush going until about halfway through the season. One person who is aiming to change all that is the 2018 class’ top recruit, safety Leon O’Neal.

O’Neal was the No. 75 overall prospect and No. 8 safety according to the 247 Sports composite. He sat most of the season behind Donovan Wilson, occasionally coming in the game when Wilson got ejected for inexplicable targeting calls. He got his only start of the year in the Gator Bowl, a win over NC State in which the Aggie defense held a Top 6 passing attack to just 139 passing yards and 13 points.

The Cypress Springs High School product had six tackles and his only interception of the year, a crucial one coming in the final minute of the first half with the Wolfpack driving. Even with his high ranking as a recruit and his solid showing in the Gator Bowl, O’Neal feels he is being underrated compared to All Big 12 recipient Caden Sterns, also from the 2018 class.

O’Neal took to Twitter to make his displeasure known in the comparison.
https://gigemgazette.com/2019/07/08/texas-am-football-leon-oneal-triggers-texas-fans-glorious/




One thing is certain – if you live in Texas, whether you are liberal or conservative, Texas A&M, or Texas University, don’t insult the Cowboys. Never, ever insult the Cowboys. While that’s happening, at the University Of Texas, they are having one of those “we almost got him” kind of moments. Because they almost had one of the winningest coaches in college football, Nick Saban. Almost.

Nothing ever completely dies in the misinformation explosion of today’s media. The old, bogus claim Nick Saban almost relocated from Tuscaloosa to Austin keeps oozing out and resurfacing. It happened again over the last few days. Twitter has been full of it. Notice, I did not say Twitter is full of it.

Twitter and other social media platforms are not the problem. The problem lies in the content generators themselves, whether they be major media figures or just misguided fans. In terms of the ‘pros’ in today’s media world, eyeballs reign. A click, quickly leading to another click away from b.s. content counts just as much as a someone who values the content.

Splash anything, no matter how devoid of substance, onto the public consciousness and the tote boards ring with a payoff. Admittedly, many of the tote boards are measuring return in pennies – but buzz-creating, homerun content can gin up more than pennies, sometimes a lot more.

Anything casting Alabama football or Nick Saban in an unfavorable light has an above-average chance of garnering a high number of eyeballs. The sizzle generated requires no relationship to reality.
https://bamahammer.com/2019/07/10/alabama-football-stop-nick-saban-texas-nonsense/




Oh come on, there’s no “whataboutism” in football. Or sports in general for that matter. And why are we talking about sports for the last edition? Why not I say! We took a 550 mile road trip down the border and now we’re having some fun for our last stop. And remember my “they look like dorks” comment earlier? Turns out that if you take sides in this fight, well… it won’t end well for you, like this guy found out the hard way.

Bevo is going to be bummed about this. Sports Illustrated is throwing the penalty flag on the University of Texas Longhorns as one of the most overhyped college football teams ahead of the 2019 season.

In a new piece published by SI.com, four college football writers were asked to opine about which college teams being heavily touted during the offseason might not live up to the hype. Two of the four writers singled out Texas.

“For all the constant talk about how Texas is back, especially after winning 10 games for the first time this decade (there are many that have picked the Longhorns to make some national championship noise), the lack of depth — especially on the defensive end — has to have [head coach] Tom Herman concerned,” observed one of the writers, Scooby Axson (who, we must emphasize, is a University of Oklahoma grad).

Axson cited two particular weaknesses for UT: a lineup with eight new defensive starters and a flimsy contingency plan in case quarterback Sam Ehlinger gets injured. Much to the chagrin of Texas fans, that one-two punch “might have Texas looking up at Oklahoma once again,” Axson wrote
http://austin.culturemap.com/news/sports/06-12-19-sports-illustrated-ut-longhorns-football-hype/






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There is no next week! We are done, finished! Thank you to my staff and crew for indulging this long and strange trip through the Lone Star State!



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Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest, you know him best as the voice and guitar of Phish, you can see him on tour this August. Playing the title track from his new album, “Ghost Of The Forest”, give it up for Trey Anastasio!




Thank you Texas! We had an awesome time on this roadshow! We’ll be back soon! We’re off to Athens, Georgia for the first stop of our college tour next! See you next week!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-4: Wheel Of Corruption: The Hidden World Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-4: Wheel Of Corruption: The Hidden World Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Houston??? How you guys doing, you doing fucking good? Great! This is our first time in the HOU, how about that? Well our Texas Roadshow is coming to a close unfortunately. Next week when we’re in Ft. Worth it will be our last stop in Texas before departing for our big college tour! But don’t be sad! We’ll be back soon! Plus we’ve got the Wheel Of Corruption for this stop! First off, congratulations to the Vanderbilt Commodores for winning it all in the College World Series. Michigan, you had a great run and you can rest easier knowing that you don’t have to go to the White House to eat cold hamberders with Trump. And I mean come on no one really parties like Donald J. Trump does. I mean did you see his stint in North Korea? He almost came full on tongue with Ivanka. Oh what? Too soon? But this is where I love the Tweetsphere is because #UninvitedIvanka was trending and Ivanka was showing up in places where she didn’t belong, like the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road or the moon landing. Ah, I love it. And then of course you have your usual Trump fans who don’t get the joke like Joy Villa who said “The only people who are laughing are ugly little trolls at #unwantedIvanka are the kind of men and women who bully and attack others out of spite and jealousy.”. First off, drama queen! Second, someone didn’t get the joke! But really it’s international joke day people! Lighten up, that’s why you braved the humidity to come joke about politics with us! OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first John Oliver is back with his season finale and he delves into what it’s like to work at an Amazon fulfillment center – and it’s horrifying!



Hey everybody the Wheel Of Corruption is back!!!! It’s been a while since we dusted off the wheel but we’re glad to have it back! So for the first slot this week we’re going to do something a bit different and talk about what went down in the first two debates (1). Because there was a lot to unpack there and there were obvious winners and losers. In the second slot this week is the NRA (2). Gun control activists scored a *MAJOR* victory in their fight against the NRA and needless to say their long time spokeswoman Dana Loesch is out, as is NRA TV. Thoughts and prayers. In the third slot this week is SCOTUS (3) – and is gerrymandering a bad thing? Yes it most definitely is, and SCOTUS basically said something along the lines of “we’re on our own”. Which is just great. Taking the 4th slot this week is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (4). and we’re going to have some fun since July 4th is tomorrow, and we’re going to preview his July 4th Americagasm Patriotic Boner Spectacular that will dwarf (ha!) the official Washington DC parade. For the 5th slot is of course our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, and this week we’re going to take a look at a controversial claim made by the CEO of Hilton Hotels. When is it OK to tip a housekeeper, and how much? The internet outrage machine was ignited by this, and we will break it down for you. In the 6th slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor is becoming increasingly alarmed by the number of right-wing religious zealots claiming to be prophets. So who’s really a prophet and didn’t Jesus warn us about this sort of thing? In the 7th slot this week is “Beating A Dead Horse” – really conservatives, what’s your hate with Drag Queen Story Hour? Yeah we covered this before but it’s back in the news and the religious right is having one of their proverbial shit fits. In the 8th slot this week, for another Proud Boys vs Antifa rally in Portland, we’re going to pull back the masks on both groups and ask “Proud Boys Vs Antifa: How Is This Still A Thing?”. For the 9th (NEIN!!) slot this week is People Are Dumb, and while of course people are dumb, we’ve got a doozy of a story out of Alabama that is absolutely insane. And finally this week is Part 4 of our What’s Up With Texas docuseries, and this week we’re heading out to explore the Gulf Coast and find out what the climate is like there after Hurricane Harvey. Plus we’ve got some live music for you from the Mountain Goats! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

**ED NOTE: We are *NOT* going to cover the concentration camps operating at the border, or the threats from CBP against AOC, at least not currently. As is Top 10 policy, we do not cover anything we can’t joke about, and that is something that is too horrifying to make fun of, and doing so would be beneath us. Now on with our regularly scheduled programming!**

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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
- Top 10 Investigates
- 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?
- Intermission
- 15,000
- People Are Dumb
- Texas
- I Need A Drink
- Infowars
- T-Shirt Cannon
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

Let’s do this thing! Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy…. And stop!!! Oh it’s a clip without context!



Well I think it’s very clear that your brain has been turned into mush! Spin it again! And it lands on… elections! Folks, I don’t have to tell you that we’re less than a year out from the 2020 election that will hopefully send Donald Trump packing. But then again I can’t get my hopes up after what happened in 2016 because it’s gonna happen again if we don’t stop it. Yeah I don’t want to sound like one of those people who is yelling about the sky falling but then again when the debates are happening and it gets really crazy really quickly, there’s no doubt that 2020 not only will be the longest year ever, it’s going to be a category 5 shit storm. So let’s get it out of the way about the aftermath of the debates last week.

Democrats are not as confident that Joe Biden is the best option to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 election after last week's debates, which showcased the potential rise of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

According to a new Huffpost/YouGov poll, the former vice president's electability decreased 13 percent in just over a month. The survey polled 1,000 U.S. adults from May 9-10 and again after the debates from June 28-29.

In May, 70 percent of voters said that Biden, if nominated, could win the general election. By late June, Biden had fallen to 57 percent though he still led the crowded Democratic primary field.

As Biden's edge over the race dropped, Warren and Harris saw double digit increases as more Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters said the senators were capable of winning the general election. Warren went from 40 to 51 percent in terms of electability, while Harris jumped from 39 percent to 49 percent.
https://www.newsweek.com/democrats-not-sure-biden-beat-trump-after-debates-1446941




Yeah ouch. So Biden went from sure thing to your rejected, crazy friend after prom. What do you mean that Lacy stole my date??????? I am so much better than her!!! It’s kind of like that. So now that our sure thing got downgraded to kind of sure, but not certain thing, it’s time to go back to the drawing board, who will be our savior? Will it be Bernie? Warren? Harris? Buttigieg?

Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have made steep gains after the first Democratic presidential debate, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. shows, with former Vice President Joe Biden's lead over the field shrinking to a narrow 5 points.

The results indicate a significant tightening in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The poll, conducted after the two-night debate, finds 22% of registered voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents backing Biden for the party's presidential nomination, 17% Harris, 15% Warren and 14% Sen. Bernie Sanders. No one else in the 23-person field tested hits 5%.

That represents a 10-point decline in support for Biden since the last CNN poll in May, while Harris, of California, has posted a 9-point increase, and Warren, of Massachusetts, has boosted her support by 8 points. No other candidates have seen significant movement since the last poll.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/01/politics/2020-democratic-candidates-poll/index.html




Holy shit!!! Even the front runner right now only has 17% of the poll and Biden lost a whopping 10 points in the debate. So how do you climb out of this hole? It’s going to take a monumental effort after having this many candidates, but we’re ready for it. And I could show you hundreds of articles and videos about who owns what issue and there are a lot of them.

Climate activists — and more than a dozen Democratic presidential candidates — have been calling on the Democratic National Committee to host a debate focused solely on climate change. And for months, the top of the Democratic Party has essentially said “nope.”

That might be changing.

During a meeting of the DNC’s executive committee in Pittsburgh on Saturday, party officials introduced two proposals that would put climate change in the national spotlight during the Democratic primary. The party will make a decision on the proposals during their next meeting, in August in San Francisco, a DNC official told VICE News. It would be the first single-issue presidential debate in recent memory.

Asked what they considered to be the greatest geopolitical threat to the U.S. during the first round of debates, several candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker, and Beto O’Rourke, said climate change. Still, the heating climate only got 15 minutes of discussion time over the course of the first two nights of debates among the 20 candidates who qualified.
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/evy99z/democrats-may-actually-debate-climate-change-after-all




Come on guys, get the lead out! The entire world is counting on you! We’re counting on you to do something to help stop climate change! Don’t kind of sort of think that you’re going to maybe do it, do it already! And by the way if you’re wondering who the clear winners and losers of the first night are, look no further than this:

Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have made steep gains after the first Democratic presidential debate, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. shows, with former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead over the field shrinking to a narrow 5 points.

The results indicate a significant tightening in the race for the Democratic nomination.

The poll, conducted after the two-night debate, finds 22% of registered voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents backing Biden for the party’s presidential nomination, 17% Harris, 15% Warren and 14% Sen. Bernie Sanders. No one else in the 23-person field tested hits 5%.

That represents a 10-point decline in support for Biden since the last CNN poll in May, while Harris, of California, has posted a 9-point increase, and Warren, of Massachusetts, has boosted her support by 8 points. No other candidates have seen significant movement since the last poll.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/07/02/poll-kamala-harris-elizabeth-warren-rise-and-joe-biden-slides-after-first-democratic-debates/





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Ha ha ha, that is awesome. Spin it again! And it lands on… GUNS! So folks, the NRA is an absolute dumpster fire of an organization currently. It all started when Oliver North attempted to oust Wayne La Pierre in a coup a few months ago (see: [linkhttps://www.democraticunderground.com/100212062949 | Idiots #6-16] ). And since then the organization has literally fallen apart. Of course if you’ve seen @realDonaldTrump’s twitter feed, you’d think that the NRA is doing just fine. But really their woes continue as this happened:

The National Rifle Association has shut down its online TV channel and lost its chief lobbyist, new setbacks for a group that also is the subject of another congressional investigation, NPR has learned.

The NRA has struggled under both scrutiny from the outside for its connections to Russia's interference in American politics and from internal divisions over its leadership and its finances.

The latest developments took place Wednesday when the gun rights group's CEO, Wayne LaPierre, announced that the NRA's online channel NRATV would stop broadcasting live programming.

He cited costs, return on investment and the direction of the content.

LaPierre also blamed Ackerman McQueen, the Oklahoma-based advertising firm overseeing television production. Despite a decades-long relationship between Ackerman McQueen and the NRA, allegations of financial impropriety have led to a contentious legal dispute.
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/26/736255639/turmoil-at-the-nra-tv-channel-ends-lobbyist-resigns-a-new-hill-probe-begins




Oh that was sweet. Can we play that again? Yeah really I’m not expressing any sorrow or grief over the loss of NRA TV, I will simply send them my thoughts and prayers. Oh and maybe a dose of the world’s tiniest violin playing just for them. But that’s not the only problem plaguing the world’s most powerful gun lobby. Which they are no longer not. The NRA might be a literal circular firing squad at this point. This happened last year:

The nation’s leading gun-rights organization saw its income drop by $55 million last year, after a record-breaking 2016 in which the group and its political affiliates spent unprecedented sums to elect President Donald Trump.

The National Rifle Association of America reported $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016, according to new tax records obtained by The Daily Beast. Nearly one-fifth of its contributions last year came from a single anonymous donor, who chipped in nearly $19 million to the group.

More noteworthy than its drop in contributions, though, was its decline in membership dues. The NRA took in more than $128 million in dues last year—a significant sum, but down considerably from the $163 million it took in the year prior. That decline, more than the drop in direct contributions, appears to indicate a dwindling, if still formidable, base of public support. Asked for comment on the decline, an NRA spokesperson pointed to reporting showing that the organization’s magazine subscriptions have shot up this year, interpreted as an indicator of an accompanying membership surge.

Nonetheless, 2017 did not see a financial windfall for the group. In all, the NRA reported just under $312 million in total income, down from nearly $367 million the year before.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-nra-just-reported-losing-dollar55-million-in-income




Yeah so that happened. I mean when I say the NRA is an absolute dumpster fire of an organization, that’s definitely not stretching it. So of course you know you got to spend money to make money, but the NRA hasn’t exactly been doing that lately. And they are currently so toxic that no one wants to be associated with them. What’s causing the NRA’s money woes?

On the same day that the National Rifle Association announced that they were halting production for their 24-hour live streaming platform, NRATV, their top lobbyist resigned.

On Wednesday, the NRA severed ties with its advertising partner, Ackerman McQueen, and ended programming for the online streaming service. The two have worked together for 38 years, and the ad agency oversaw NRATV’s production and worked to shape the NRA’s public image. It has been a rocky few months for the relationship between the gun rights advocacy group and the agency.

The conflict also brought about today’s resignation of the NRA’s Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox, as confirmed to TIME by NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. Cox has worked with the NRA since 1995 and served as chief lobbyist and principal political strategist for its lobbying arm since 2002. He was suspended for his involvement in a power struggle against CEO and Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, in June before resigning today.

The downfall of an online streaming service and a top lobbyist are connected in a web of lawsuits and threats that has recently surrounded the group.

In April, the NRA filed suit against the ad agency, saying that the NRA felt Ackerman McQueen might be “overcharging for certain items” and invoicing salaries for time spent consulting other companies, the Wall Street Journal reported.
https://time.com/5614707/nratv-shutdown-cox-resigns/




And by the way, Trump had to get involved. You just know when Trump sticks his nose into anything – first of all, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Second of all, yeah, Trump really doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I mean when you have your TV do all your thinking for you, who needs opinions? Trump certainly doesn’t! This is the Trump administration, facts don’t matter, only outrage does!

For the second straight day, President Donald Trump vented online about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Attorney General Letitia James, this time focusing on the latter's investigation of the National Rifle Association.

"People are fleeing New York like never before," Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "If they own a business, they are twice as likely to flee. And if they are a victim of harassment by the A.G. of the state, like what they are doing to our great NRA, which I think will move quickly to Texas, where they are loved."

"Texas will defend them & indemnify them against political harassment by New York State and Governor Cuomo," Trump continued. "So many people are leaving New York for Texas and Florida that it is totally under siege. First New York taxes you too high, then they sue you, just to complete the job."

Cuomo responded to Trump's tweets in a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying the president "is in la la land."
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-laments-ny-probe-nra-second-day-complaints-about-home-n1025601





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Woohoo, I will take that $200 thanks! Spin it again!!! Election theft. It’s no secret that the Russians and the republicans are coming for the 2020 election and they want it very bad. So much that they will put up just about any insufferable jerk to get it. I mean we already have Donald Trump in the White House and Brett Kavanaugh on SCOTUS, how much worse can it get? Well, it can get a whole lot worse if SCOTUS keeps fucking with gerrymandering. And you can bet that in the months leading up to the 2020 election, the GOP will be doing anything they can to steal it from us. You know – fool us once, shame on you. Fool us 20 times… well who’s to blame then?

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that federal courts are powerless to hear challenges to partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which the party that controls the state legislature draws voting maps to help elect its candidates.

The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. In a momentous decision, the court closed the door on such claims.

The drafters of the Constitution, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority, understood that politics would play a role in drawing election districts when they gave the task to state legislatures. Judges, the chief justice said, are not entitled to second-guess lawmakers’ judgments.

“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” the chief justice wrote.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/us/politics/supreme-court-gerrymandering.html




And yes, they do suck. Rather than make an informed decision that gerrymandering isn’t good for the country, they told us to go fuck ourselves. I mean we all know how Brett Kavanaugh is with this subject, he’s well versed! You guys judge the supreme law of the land, and this is what you decide, you’re going to send it back and let us duke it out for ourselves? I mean holy shit. And it’s only going to get worse from here.

On the last day of its term, the nation’s highest court churned out two major rulings: One concerning the U.S. Census, the other, the future of gerrymandering.

Let’s start with gerrymandering—that is, when a political party shapes the boundaries of an electorate so it favors them—which the Supremes already ruled could not be done on the basis of race. The question before them was whether political gerrymandering, that is, gaming political maps so they disproportionately benefited their parties—was just as unconstitutional.

In a decision splitting the court between its five-judge conservative majority and its liberal wing, SCOTUS ruled that political gerrymandering was permissible, and that federal courts had no business interfering in the will of state legislatures on this matter.

On its face, the decision might seem like one of those “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” situations. After all, this ruling would apply equally to states run by Democrats as it would states where the GOP holds all the power.

But therein lies the rub: Republicans have control over FAR MORE states than Democrats do. CNN, citing the National Conference of State Legislatures, reports that Republicans control more than 30 of 49 partisan legislatures in the country (Nebraska, apparently, does some other shit). Of that 30, 22 also have a Republican governor.
https://www.theroot.com/scotus-blocks-census-citizenship-question-but-rules-po-1835920771




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! What is the GOP going to have control over all 50 states now? Are they going for total coverage like Richmond Valentine’s SIM cards from the first Kingsman movie? What’s the next step in their master plan? Oh and yes I’m aware that I am using the phrase “master plan”. Not a very good phrase but I feel it’s appropriate here. Well I do want to switch gears and talk about the Census decision. Because that was a good one.

The Supreme Court has blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census for the time being in a major setback for the Trump administration.

The bitter controversy centers around whether the administration can ask all recipients a citizenship question on the 2020 census for the first time since 1950 -- a move that could impact the balance of power in states and the House of Representatives, which are based on total population. Adding the question, critics say, could result in minorities being undercounted.

Writing for a 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Roberts concluded that there was sufficient reason for concern about why the Commerce Department wanted to add the question. Roberts had the support of the four liberal justices.

Supreme Court justices issued rulings on two major cases during their final day of the term, both dealing with partisan politics. Roberts split his votes, siding with conservatives on a major decision allowing severe partisan gerrymandering, and then crossing ideological lines to side with liberals on the census case.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/27/politics/census-supreme-court/index.html




So Trump lost with the Census decision – and you don’t fuck with the Census, and you especially don’t give fuel to white supremacists on it. It was good on the SCOTUS and a decision that should be commnended. But then he had to get involved and as I’ve previously said any time he gets involved, things turn to shit. What, he’s going to rig the census? How is that not an impeachable offense?

The Trump administration appears to have missed its own deadline Monday to start the printing of paper forms and other mailings that will play a key role in next year's constitutionally mandated head count of every person living in the U.S.

As of Monday evening, the 2020 census materials did not appear to have been officially approved by the White House's Office of Management and Budget for printing, according to a website tracking OMB's review process.

In another sign that production has not begun, Justice Department attorneys told a federal judge in Maryland on Monday that the administration has not reached a final decision on whether it will try to make another case in court for adding a hotly contested citizenship question to census forms.

U.S. District Judge George Hazel, who is presiding over recently reopened lawsuits over the question, has agreed to hold a hearing on the issue Tuesday, plaintiffs' attorneys Denise Hulett of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Shankar Duraiswamy of Covington & Burling tell NPR.

The delay in printing 1.5 billion paper census mailings could throw a wrench into a tightly wound timetable of final preparations for the 2020 census. The count is scheduled to begin officially in January in rural Alaska before rolling out to the rest of the country by April..
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/02/737662103/trump-administrations-delay-in-census-printing-sets-up-count-s-biggest-risk





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Spin it again. Donald Trump. So what are you doing for your July 4th? Hey that’s tomorrow, don’t you know? Are you going to your high school’s poorly produced fireworks show? Or maybe you’re going for a much better fireworks show, like at Disneyland. But maybe you have plans to visit our nation’s capital, on the 4th and why wouldn’t you? it’s certainly the most patriotic thing you can do on the most patriotic day of the year. Or is it? Well, no matter how patriotic you think you are, well you are not patriotic enough! It’s not enough to say you’re a patriot, you have to eat, breathe and shit red white and blue, and nobody does it better than the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump. By the way, judging by the quality of his toilet tweets, and his complete lack of a balanced diet, I’m pretty sure his shits are red, white and blue. And yes, he’s got quite the July 4th Americagasm fest to sell you!

On Thursday, the country will celebrate 243 years of independence — but this year's festivities are already setting off a different kind of fireworks.

That's because of President Donald Trump's plan to add more bells and whistles to Washington's usual celebration: music, military demonstrations and — notably — a speech he'll make, likely from the Lincoln Memorial, according to a White House official. The Washington Post reports there may even be an Air Force One flyover.

It's right up the president's alley, and he's encouraging attendees to come with flags in hand, predicting last week in Orlando there will "hundreds of thousands" of people on hand.

Trump was inspired by what he called one of the greatest parades he's ever seen: the march marking Bastille Day in France in 2017. That's when, as a guest of President Emmanuel Macron, Trump marveled at the display of military might.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-plans-elaborate-july-4th-party-d-c-critics-say-n1021276




America!!! Fuck yeah!!!! Ha ha, I love that movie. But speaking of which, no one puts on a bigger spectacle of himself than Donald J. Trump does. And despite the fact that there’s an official July 4th parade, his is going to be bigger and badder! So much that he’s even inviting his most die hard MAGA supporters by ticket! I mean at least Hitler invited his gestapo and SS without needing a ticket.

President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, will include a ticketed area in front of the Lincoln Memorial where he'll deliver remarks.

The perimeter of the restricted area will be "immediately around the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and about midway down through the Reflecting Pool," said Matthew Miller, special agent in charge of the US Secret Service Washington Field Office, in a news conference Friday with local and federal officials on the July Fourth celebrations in the nation's capital.

The White House confirmed to CNN on Saturday that there will be a ticketed area for VIPs, friends, family and members of the military. Those tickets come at no cost, but the White House did not say how it would specifically be allocated. The White House added that the entire event is free for the general public with no ticket requirement.

Miller said the Secret Service will provide security for Trump's "Salute to America" event, but that the White House is issuing the tickets.

Since attending the Bastille Day parade in Paris in 2017, Trump has pushed for a military display in Washington, DC, similar to one he witnessed in France.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/29/politics/4th-of-july-washington-dc-salute-to-america-trump-event/index.html




WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Oh sure it’s free. But if you want, if you have to be that much more ‘MURICA than the next guy, just spring for the VIP section! I mean it will just be like your favorite rock festival, but seriously – how can there be such a festival with no merch booth or beer tent? And at a Trump festival, they got to have the most America beer there is, America: The Beer (see: Idiots # 1-27 ). America, yo!

Plans by President Trump to reshape Washington’s Independence Day celebration now include an area in front of the Lincoln Memorial reserved for dignitaries, family and friends that will be accessible only through tickets distributed by the White House.

The VIP section will stretch roughly from the steps of the memorial to the midpoint of the reflecting pool, according to the U.S. Secret Service. It is in front of the spot from which Trump plans to address the nation as part of his rebranding of the traditional July 4 event into his own “Salute to America,” which includes moving the fireworks from the reflecting pool to two different sites, including West Potomac Park ...

Many people who have long-standing practices for how they get downtown, or where they position their boats for the best vantage points and ease of access, will need to make adjustments. Even travelers passing through the region’s skies will be affected, with all operations at Reagan National Airport suspended for up to an hour and 15 minutes on July 4, the FAA said late Friday.

Local and federal officials on Friday held a news conference to address security issues and deliver updates on the plans still unfurling just days before usually large crowds descend on the Mall from across the region and the country ...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/trump-plans-ticketed-access-area-for-vips-friends-and-family-at-july-4-celebration/2019/06/28/005fd56a-99a4-11e9-8d0a-5edd7e2025b1_story.html?utm_term=.c0431c731515




Excuse me a minute… OK… OK. By the way in case you’re wondering just how much America Trump plans to inject into his Americagasm spectacular, he wants a full on military show! That’s right – he wants tanks, he wants Marine One, he wants bald eagles, he wants a mountain lion in an American flag onesie… yeah I’ll let you picture that one for a minute. And think of how hard it must be to dress a mountain lion. So here’s just how much America this will get:

President Donald Trump said Monday that this year’s Fourth of July celebration in the nation’s capital would feature military tanks.

"We're going to have some tanks stationed outside," Trump said to reporters during an event in the Oval Office on Monday afternoon. "You've got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks. So we have to put them in certain areas."

Trump promised this year’s Independence Day celebration would be like "none other," featuring tanks from a factory in Lima, Ohio.

The Washington Post reported earlier Monday that Trump had expressed interest in having a massive display of military infrastructure at the annual celebration on the National Mall. Air Force One and the Navy’s Blue Angels, who were reportedly previously scheduled to be off on the holiday, are also expected to make flyover appearances. Trump will deliver remarks from the Lincoln Memorial in a campaign-style rally.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-says-there-will-be-military-tanks-fourth-july-celebration-n1025506





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And Jesus wept, I believe is the next verse. Spin it again! Oh it’s time for Top 10 Investigates.

It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is:



Tipping your servers. It’s a very American custom that’s not generally well practiced in other parts of the world. That’s because other countries pay their service, retail, and maintenance people way better than the United States does. It wasn’t until the CEO of Hilton Hotels opened a can of worms that he should not have opened. Yes, a man who makes 1000 times more than your average employee does is lecturing us about when it is socially acceptable to tip your housekeepers.

Hilton's president and CEO, Christopher Nassetta, just noted he does not tip housekeeping when he checks out of a hotel.

During the 41st annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the New York Times columnist and CNBC co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Nassetta how much he would be leaving for housekeeping.

"I typically do not leave a tip," Nassetta said. For a moment, the CEO (who according to Equilar made nearly $19.8 million in 2018) seemed to walk back his statement, explaining how he wasn't checking out of his hotel just yet. But he reiterated that no, he typically does not leave gratuities.

Nassetta had just spent half an hour telling a ballroom packed with more than 2,000 hospitality industry professionals how he had worked his way from "about as low as you can go" — specifically, a junior-level engineering position at a Holiday Inn where he used his plumbing skills to deal with "code browns" — and how the key to Hilton's runaway success has been the company's focus on people.
https://www.businessinsider.com/hilton-president-christopher-nassetta-doesnt-tip-housekeeping-2019-6




That brings up an interesting point. When is it OK to tip? And when should you tip and how much should you tip? It’s definitely a first world problem made painstakingly worse when CEOs make claims such as this when they clearly have more money than anyone else does. But as far as tipping etiquette goes, you absolutely should tip your housekeepers. Because well, they don’t get paid much.

They make our beds, clean our toilets and put out fresh towels, but 70 percent of Americans don't believe hotel housekeepers warrant a tip, multiple studies have shown.

Even the CEO of Hilton hotels said he didn't leave a tip for housekeeping until public outcry in June convinced him to reverse his position. The backlash over Christopher Nassetta's admission has renewed debate over whether housekeepers should be tipped just as the vacation season begins in earnest.

Nearly 100 million Americans plan to take a family vacation this year, and 68 percent of them will do so in the summer, according to AAA Travel.

“The great American road trip is still one of the best ways for families to relax and reconnect with one another,” Stacey Barber, executive director of AAA Travel Information and Content, said in a statement.
https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900076679/hilton-hotel-ceo-vacation-tips-marriott.html




And that is true. But as studies have shown there’s not always a time and a place for tipping, and while it may be unwarranted to hear that, sometimes it is the case. Take for instance this study done by the Cornell Institute on hotel maintenance workers:

The national average hourly wage for bellhops was $11.40 in May 2010, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics wage estimates. The average for housekeepers was $10.17, according to survey data. Survey forms issued by the bureau ask for information on tips, but it's unclear how reporting varies between housekeepers and bellhops.

While those who study the lodging business are on the fence about tipping rules, many who give travel advice are fully in favor of tips for housekeepers.

"You really should, especially if you're a very messy guest and if you use all the towels ... and request extra pillows and blankets," said HotelChatter.com managing editor Juliana Shallcross.

"Housekeepers have so much more work to do these days as hotels roll out superplush bedding with six pillows at least and heavier sheets and duvets and everything needs to be washed and cleaned."
http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/06/24/hotel.housekeeping.tipping/index.html




Except you need to, sir. It’s not a question of whether you want to or not. However, here’s where tipping can go horribly, horribly wrong. Take for instance delivery company Door Dash. Their policy on tipping was so controversial that they were actually sued by the city of San Francisco for it, and their CEO was forced to reiterate his stance. And well, it wasn’t pretty.

Despite the fallout earlier this month over alleged “tip theft” on the part of Instacart, DoorDash is defending its own policy of using worker tips to supplement their base wage. If this sounds slimy, it is. It’s also a good reason to always tip in cash.

Speaking with Bloomberg on Thursday, the company’s CEO Tony Xu appeared to insinuate the only reason anyone’s upset that DoorDash has this policy in place is because other companies have been called out for similar practices. He told Bloomberg that the company has used the model “for two years now, and it’s unfortunate that the activities of others have mischaracterized what we’ve been doing for two years.”

Here’s the thing though. DoorDash, a food delivery service, relies on the labor of its contractors called “Dashers.” When people add additional tips to their delivery service tab, they reasonably assume they are tipping the delivery person—rather than the company. DoorDash previously told Bloomberg the model “was designed to ensure that Dashers are more fairly compensated for every delivery,” but DoorDash isn’t exactly hurting for cash.
https://gizmodo.com/doordash-are-a-bunch-of-snakes-1832805573




Yeah that’s pretty much the sentiment coming from America’s CEOs. But despite this, while the CEO of Door Dash did not have a change of heart, the CEO of Hilton Hotels did. Yes, just like the Grinch, his heart grew three sizes that day. .

Just over a week ago Hilton’s CEO, Chris Nassetta, was interviewed at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. He was asked about whether he tips hotel housekeeping, and he answered that he doesn’t — “I typically do not leave a tip.”

There are a few interesting things to note here:

You’d think a hotel CEO would be trying to encourage tipping as a way of shifting the cost of paying housekeepers from the hotel to guests
Nassetta made about $20 million last year
I do have to give him credit for the fact that he truly worked his way up in the hotel industry — he has been in it his entire career, and started by working at an actual hotel

Suffice to say that his comments were controversial, and he’s now walking back his statement. Hilton’s CEO now says that he will be tipping housekeeping during his hotel stays:
https://onemileatatime.com/hilton-ceo-tipping-housekeeping/




How about that? People can have a change of heart after all. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Actually, Lance, I’d say it’s poisoning the minds *OF* Trump supporters! Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for Holy Shit!

Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Houston! 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! What makes someone declare themselves to be holier than GAWD or JAYSUS himself? Is it pride? Is it ego? It is a flaming sense of self-superiority? Or self righteousness? Yes, these people are not the righteous beings of GAWD – they are self-righteous smug heathens! There, I said it – they are HEATHENS of the LAWRD and that is blasphemy of the highest order. They actually convince themselves that they are prophets, but we all clearly know that they are not! Of course we know that the highest elevation of talking to GAWD is a prophet. But what’s to stop these people from calling themselves that?

Pro-Trump evangelist Lance Wallnau appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” today, where he was hailed as “a prophet of God that America needs to be listening to in this hour.”

Wallnau, a Religious Right activist and right-wing conspiracy theorist who made a name for himself by being one of Donald Trump earliest and most ardent supporters, was declared to be a prophet by Bakker, as well as by fellow guest, pastor Ramiro Peña, who has been among the right-wing Christian leaders who have been granted regular access to the president.

“You are a prophet,” Bakker said to Wallnau. “You are a prophet, I know that. How do I know it? Because your prophecies come true.”

Peña agreed, claiming that the first time he and Wallnau met was during the Republican primaries and that Wallnau prophesied that Trump would be win the nomination, be elected, and that Peña would become an adviser to the president.

“This is how you know when it is a real prophet, because their words come true,” Peña said. “This is a prophet of God that America needs to be listening to in this hour.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/lance-wallnau-is-a-prophet-of-god-that-america-needs-to-be-listening-to/




Ha ha ha ha ha ha… what???? Well these people can’t tell us what GAWD thinks because they support the unholy Dark One, whose name shall *NOT* be spoken in my church. And when you support the Dark One, you tend to think that you’re bigger than JAYSUS, and that will not stand! Can I get an amen??? I mean much like our old buddy Mark Taylor, the guy who literally thinks he’s a prophet. And we all know how full of crap he is!

Last week, radical right-wing conspiracy theorist and so-called “firefighter prophet” Mark Taylor appeared on the “Up Front In The Prophetic” radio program, where he proclaimed that President Trump should not be taking advice from evangelical leaders but rather should be speaking directly to “the prophets” … by which he presumably means people like himself.

It is no secret that since taking office, Trump has surrounded himself with right-wing evangelical leaders who, in exchange for doing their political bidding, have served as some of his main defenders and attack dogs. Taylor, about whom Liberty University made a movie last year, said that he has no problem with evangelical leaders praying for the president, but warned that they should not be giving him advice because that responsibility is reserved for prophets.

“I believe there is a place for the so-called [spiritual advisory] board that he has, but not in the role that they’re in,” Taylor said. “I don’t have a problem with these guys praying for him, but I think they need to be in a prayer and intercessory role. It’s not biblical to have a pastor in an advisory role like that. It is only biblical to have a prophet, or the prophets, to be advising the king. So these guys are in the wrong role and that is one thing I would like to see the president possibly address.”

Taylor’s assertion that “prophets,” such as himself, should be the ones advising the president is rather concerning, given that Taylor has spent the last several months repeatedly asserting that Trump has been called by God to carry out divine justice by executing his political opponents.

Taylor has complained that some of the evangelical leaders who are close to Trump do not have the strength needed to support the president when he rounds up and executes his enemies and must therefore be removed from their positions, less they weaken Trump’s resolve to do what God has called him to do. Taylor has openly encouraged Trump to impose martial law and has declared that anyone who tries to stop Trump from imprisoning and executing his enemies will be “standing in the way” of God’s will.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/firefighter-prophet-mark-taylor-says-that-prophets-should-be-advising-trump/




GAWD’s will? You think you can come here and throw down some GAWD’s will? Is that what this is all about? All right if you’re going to throw down some trash talking about GAWD’s will, then you know what? I will too! Because it is my right as a human being and in the praises of the almighty, I will defend his honor! Can I get an amen???

Many Religious Right leaders joined President Donald Trump in Orlando on Tuesday for his re-election rally, and others cheered him on via social media. Paula White, Trump’s spiritual adviser, opened with a prayer that portrayed Trump as God’s anointed ruler and his opponents as agents of Satan.

Among those in attendance was Steven Strang, head of the Pentecostal-oriented Charisma media company. Strang commented on the rally in a blog post and podcast, which he also used to promote the two books he’s written about how, he says, God raised up Trump, and the impact that Trump has had in office.

Strang praised Trump for being “a champion for the church” at “a time when the left is waging an attack on Christianity.”

Strang repeatedly declared that he was “surprised” by how many Christian leaders came to Orlando for the event—among them Jentezen Franklin, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, Harry Jackson, Alveda King, and Darrell Scott.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/religious-right-leaders-join-trump-re-election-rally/




Yeah you think you can lay the smack down on what’s GAWD’s will? I will tell you something – the Dark One is not anointed by GAWD! Which is exactly why I do not say his name in my church! And my GAWD does not support this shit! Hell in my church we’re allowed to swear! But we always swear with people, never at them! But in case you’re wondering what their *TRUE* agenda is, why they want to be called prophets and priestesses, why they think there is a war going on, well, I give you this.

On last night’s episode of his “The MC Files” program, right-wing MAGA commentator and activist Chris McDonald declared that he has no sympathy for immigrant children who are reportedly being held in U.S. detention centers without access to things like soap or toothpaste, declaring that “God doesn’t pander to the lawless.”

“This is demonic,” McDonald said about the wave of immigrants attempting to cross the southern border. “This is the spirit of Antichrist. Whether people want to admit it or not, it’s the spirit of lawlessness.”

“I may be a little hardcore about this, but I’m getting sort of sick and tired of the media, and I’m getting sick and tired of these left-wing politicians blaming President Trump for the horrendous conditions at these detention centers,” he added. “I’ve got news for you, my friend: if they don’t want bad conditions at a detention center, don’t come across our border illegally. You’ve got the greatest center in the world at your home. If you’re complaining about not getting toothpaste and soap at a detention center, I’ve got a remedy for that: Go home! Go home and find your toothpaste and soap at your house.”

“We’re not obligated,” McDonald said. “I just don’t feel like God has put it on America’s tab to pander to the lawless. God doesn’t pander to the lawless.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/god-doesnt-pander-to-the-lawless-chris-mcdonald-says-detained-immigrants-are-not-entitled-to-soap-or-toothpaste/




There you have it folks – that’s what they believe the good LAWRD intended. Not hate the sin, it’s “go fuck yourself!” And I would give them the same courtesy! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Spin it again. Oh hey Beating A Dead Horse!



Admit it, conservatives, you’re just pissed off at Drag Queen Story Hour because you’re not fierce enough to participate! The sooner you face that reality, the better. You might remember we previously reported on Drag Queen Story Hour way back in ( Idiots #5-20). Well it’s back in the news again. After a successful run in New Orleans, Drag Queen Story Hour is becoming a nationwide phenomenon! And Christian conservatives have got their collective panties in a wad all over the country about this now. Yes, I said “panties” to prove a point – they are deranged and if you use that kind of imagery against them, it works! And you might think what happened in New Orleans is just a fluke, but these people are seriously deranged and scary. I mean look at what happened in Pittsburgh for instance!

A threat posted on social media led the Carnegie Library in Oakland and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to cancel “Drag Queen Story Hour” programs this week.

The threat, posted recently on the social media site Reddit, didn’t specifically name the Pittsburgh events but was “alarming enough” to cause the cancellation, said library spokeswoman Suzanne Thinnes.

Ms. Thinnes said the library occasionally receives emails, calls and protests from people who disagree with the program, but they have always been peaceful.

“This is on a whole different level,” she said.

The “Drag Queen Story Hour” program, which has chapters across the nation, involves drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools and bookstores. Various branches of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have hosted the program since 2017.
https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/06/29/Threat-on-social-media-leads-to-Drag-Queen-Story-Hour-cancellation-pittsburgh-carnegie-library/stories/201906290054




Oh no, oh no they absolutely didn’t think of the children in this case. Just let ‘em read the damn stories while wearing fierce costumes, I mean what harm could come of that? I guarantee it’s a lot less harmful than a bomb threat. But that wasn’t the only threat plaguing DQSH this week. Take a look at what happened in Seattle after some Proud Boys wearing MAGA hats crashed the party!

Local “Proud Boys” and others opposed to the King County Library System’s Drag Queen Story Hours showed up in Issaquah on Wednesday to voice their opposition to the events. The showing comes ahead of major Pride celebrations and after recent anti-LGBTQ vandalism in Renton that the FBI has started investigating.

At a June 26 King County Library System (KCLS) board meeting, large groups of both supporters and opponents of the events showed up to voice their opinions. This included some who may be associated with the Proud Boys, a right-wing violent street fighting organization.

KCLS spokesperson Julie Acteson said both sides followed meeting protocol, but that so many people showed up to testify, the public comment was split into two parts.

At the Issaquah gathering, a group of about 10 men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and black shirts with Operation Cold Front logos and the words “security” and “press” stood at the front of the room on either side of the audience. Others, attendee Kate Solomon said, wore knock-off Fred Perry shirts — which have become associated with Proud Boys and the alt-right.
http://www.issaquahreporter.com/news/opposition-and-supporters-of-drag-queen-story-hour-make-showing-in-issaquah/




Yeah that will get kids to vote republican! And in case you guessed that the Qanon people are all over this promoting their bullshit conspiracy theories, you might be correct! And note the careful use of phrasing from this dolt. He calls it “borderline pedophilia” – which it’s not under any definition of the words “borderline” or “pedophilia”. I mean really these fucking people are absolutely obsessed with DQSH, and it’s not in a good way, either!

Drag Queen Story Hour involves exactly what its name suggests—drag queens reading stories to children—and right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein wants the federal government to outlaw it on the grounds that it is “borderline pedophilia.”

“This is child abuse,” Bernstein declared in a video posted on Friday. “This is child endangerment and, among other things, I think that this should be illegal. I believe in freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but I don’t believe in indoctrinating and confusing and abusing, mentally and emotionally, little children to think that they don’t even know what sex they are. Think of the damage that this will have on these children as they grow up and get older. Many of them will commit suicide because they don’t know which gender that they identify with.”

“This is a crime against children,” he added. “This is borderline pedophilia, in a lot of ways. Now, they may not be touching or caressing these children, but they are mentally abusing these children. They are confusing these children. This should be shut down. I think that there should be an investigation in many of these states; maybe even the federal government ought to get involved by shutting this down. This is child abuse, child endangerment.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/josh-bernstein-drag-queen-story-hour-is-borderline-pedophilia/




Wait, wait, wait, wait. So let me get this straight – drag queen story hour is “borderline pedophilia” and “child abuse” but there’s actual child abuse going on at the border and you don’t care! Shut the fuck up, Josh. And then the Christian right further devolves their obsession and hatred of this idea even further by calling it “rape”. These are some very sick and twisted people spewing this crap.

Earlier this week, anti-LGBTQ activist Peter LaBarbera appeared on VCY America’s “Crosstalk” program to promote the protest he was organizing outside the Supreme Court yesterday to call for the repeal of the 2015 Obergefell decision, which legalized marriage equality in America.

During the discussion, LaBarbera and host Jim Schneider railed against Drag Queen Story Hour, which, as the name suggests, involves drag queens reading to children at libraries and book stores. LaBarbera fumed that those who promote or sanction such events are engaged in the “mental rape” of children.

“The left is now willingly putting these children in harm’s way,” LaBarbera said. “They are not telling them the immense health risks of homosexual behavior. So many issues on just health alone; not to mention morality and where the souls of these children are headed if they’re promoted into this sinful lifestyle. They’re not interested in any of that, they just want to indoctrinate them into the LGBTQ lifestyle.”

“If blackface is wrong,” he continued, “then why is drag OK? You’re teaching these young children—you have these gaudy men who are in this caricature, this stereotypical ugly caricature mocking women—and you’re teaching that to children. The whole thing is so perverse and yet they think this is appropriate to teach to young children, to imprint in their young minds? This is like mental rape, Jim. This is awful that this is the latest cause of the left in this country.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/peter-labarbera-drag-queen-story-hour-is-mental-rape-of-children/




So that happened. Here’s the thing – these children are *NOT* being put in harm’s way, and blackface has really only been around for the last 200 years. Gender transition and role playing have been around since the dawn of humanity and aren’t going away any time soon. And by the way, in case you’re wondering how DQSH really went, here’s how it actually played out in Seattle.

“Find fishes swimming in the water,” he sang, along with Fairwood Children’s Librarian Bernadette Salgado, to which the children responded, “Bubble! Bubble!”

“Those of you who came here against some hatred in our community, I want to thank every one of you,” Thadayus said to the crowd.

He explained to the overflow audience spilling out of the library’s meeting room to the main floor that “drag” is a form of entertainment where people of any sexual orientation dress up and perform in highly stylized ways.

At one point, King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht walked to the front of the room and said, that as a member of the LGBTQ community, “it’s inspiring to see everyone out here.”

Outside, competing shouts of “love” and “shame” boomed around the entryway where about 300 story-hour supporters outnumbered roughly 75 protesters.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/drag-queen-story-hours-spark-outpouring-of-support-despite-protests/






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What? Go directly to jail? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Spin it again. Oh hey it’s time for How Is This Still A Thing:

Time once again to ask:



This week: The Proud Boys vs Antifa. How is this still a thing? And how is the city of Portland continuing to allow these shenanigans? You know that they’re going to end as badly as they started, and they’re only going get crazier and crazier. You could stop this before it starts. But then again there’s that pesky free speech issue that would prevent it from happening. So what went down in the latest round of political fight club? And that’s probably the best way of putting it.

It’s that time of year when the sunny days have cautiously begun to outnumber the gloomy ones and the lines for Salt & Straw begin to make a little more sense. In Portland, that can only mean one thing: Protest season is coming.

Recent Portland summers have been marked by protests that appear to serve only as an excuse for two opposing organizations to publicly throw insults and punches.

Here’s how they usually play out: Members of the Vancouver, Washington, alt-right group Patriot Prayer schedule a demonstration in Portland, showing up with rifles, MAGA hats, and sanctimonious smirks. They’re met with disdain from black-clad members of Portland’s anti-fascist (Antifa) groups. Eventually, armored Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers escalate the confrontation with smoke bombs and bean-bag bullets. After hours of cat-and-mouse chases around downtown, serenaded by police loudspeakers’ threats of arrest, the crowds disperse—only to return the following weekend and repeat the charade.

It’s exhausting.

Last summer, numerous rallies—all instigated by Patriot Prayer—ended in mass arrests, serious injuries, and outrage from Portlanders fed up with their city being used as an alt-right playing field.
https://www.portlandmercury.com/news/2019/05/23/26522992/hall-monitor-protest-season-is-coming




Even the city of Portland has had enough of their nonsense and wants it to stop. But here’s where this rally gets really weird. While the Portland alt right group Patriot Prayer got faces full of milkshakes, there was a claim coming from the Portland PB that the cups being thrown were full of cement. Yes, they actually made that claim and passed the conspiracy theory around a few times.

Police declared a civil disturbance in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday afternoon, after a day of duelling political protests culminated in brawls and standoffs between demonstrators and law enforcement.

By 3pm more than 400 leftwing marchers had blocked traffic in parts of downtown. Demonstrators occupied streets adjacent to Pioneer Courthouse Square, where police repeatedly warned them to disperse. Some were involved in altercations with officers in riot gear who deployed pepper spray and made three arrests. Others clashed intermittently with rightwing protesters.

The leftwing march evolved from an early afternoon rally in a downtown park organized as a counter-protest to two rightwing events. The rally organized by local group PopMob began as a vegan milkshake-themed rally and dance party, in response to rallies announced by the Proud Boys and by a group led by Haley Adams, a local rightwing figure. Adams’ event attracted around 25 people.

Milkshakes, recently used around the world as a symbolic weapon against prominent figures on the far right, became a theme of the day. Portland police claimed without offering evidence that some milkshake cups had been filled with quick-drying cement.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/30/portland-police-cement-milkshake-leftwing-rightwing-protests




Yes, milkshakes were used as a weapon. Not cups full of cement. But that was the claim that was made by the PPB:

https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1145106839618502656

Yes they went there and the damage was already done. In fact the scene escalated from political rally to full on domestic civil disobedience. And well, the Portland Police pretty much screamed “All Is Well” and that is about it.

A conservative writer was injured over the weekend at a rally in Portland, Oregon, kicking off a tidal wave of right-wing complaints about violence on the left.

But Saturday’s violence wasn’t an outlier; it was guaranteed. It’s been happening on the same streets, hosted by the same far-right extremist groups, on a regular basis since the election of President Donald Trump.

These rallies are specifically organized for the purpose of violence, with makeshift weaponry and bloodied, tearful faces appearing in Portland with regularity over the years. HuffPost has reported on how far-right extremists who organize them meticulously plan to attack their ideological opponents and then claim victimhood when the dust settles.

We saw the same on Saturday, when the Proud Boys extremist gang hosted yet another one of its street fights in Portland at which there were bound to be injuries.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/andy-ngo-quillette-antifa-proud-boys_n_5d1a1275e4b07f6ca5811e0c




Yes, that escalated quickly. And if you think that Portland was an isolated incident, wait until you see it hit the Capitol! Really, DC you can stop this and save yourself a lot of trouble! And why aren’t these guys getting arrested? That’s something that we will save for another time. But here is what is happening at the Capitol for a planned “Free Speech” rally. Yes, very poor choice of words there.

Organizers of a “Demand Free Speech” rally planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C., told the National Park Service that they expect up to 1,000 participants—but wrote that there “could be more or less”—to attend their demonstration. Given the fact that, per the sponsoring group’s permit application, they’ve rented only one toilet, perhaps they’re banking on the “less.”

A copy of an event permit application the National Park Service provided to The Daily Beast shows event organizers’ stated plans for the rally, which is expected to attract members of the Proud Boys, identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and followers of far-right personalities including Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Gavin McInnes, who have been removed from social media platforms for violating community guidelines. The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reports that the application has been approved and that counter-protesters plan to rally across the street from Freedom Plaza.

Event organizers told NPS in their application that they will assemble an event space with 10 chairs, five tables, one tent, and just one portable restroom. Organizers stated they will have space for 50 camera tripods but will not assemble a press riser. They are expecting one bus and 22 speakers, and wrote on the permit that “no marches or parades” will happen during the event.

In a section stating expected disruptions to the event, event organizers wrote “Antifa” and “All Out DC,” which is a coalition of groups organizing to oppose their rally on Saturday. Rally organizers state that they will have 50 event marshals providing “protection and security” at the event who will wear “red stop hate hats.” Those marshals, organizers state, will use 20 handheld radios and 10 bullhorns at the event.

Sommer reported in his Right Richter newsletter that some announced speakers for the rally have started to pull out of the event. Organizers sold tickets to a VIP event after the rally, but were booted from at least one venue they sought to secure.

Tensions around right-wing organizing have swelled since Quillette writer Andy Ngo was injured [by antifascist activists last weekend in Portland, Oregon.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-free-speech-rally-expecting-1000-participants-one-bathroom/




So 22 speakers, hundreds of protestors and even more counter protestors, and one bathroom to share among all of them. That’s enough to make you ask – the Proud Boys vs Antifa:





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Funny I don’t remember that being in the party platform! But we will still continue to mock the shit out of you, Jim! Spin it again! Hey it’s time for People Are Dumb!



Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And I always love these stories because it could easily be me, or it could be literally just about anybody. I want to start with this story which I am sure that you’ve all seen the story coming out of Alabama about a car dealership on the 4th of July giving out free flags, guns, and Bibles with the purchase of a new F-150. First of all, way to placate the stereotype, guys! And second, did you really think this one through? And unlike other People Are Dumb stories where we usually just report and move onto the next one, I want to take some time and unpack this one, let it ferment. Because quite frankly it stinks, and Ford laid the smackdown, but the dealer’s explanation is truly beyond stupid.

A rural Alabama auto dealership is giving away a Bible, a 12-gauge shotgun and an American flag with the purchase of any new or used vehicle as part of its Fourth of July sales promotion.

Chatom Ford launched the campaign God, Guns and Freedom last week, with general sales manager Koby Palmer telling USA Today that it helped them sell 5 vehicles in just 3 days.

The social media feed from Chatom Ford states it is celebrating America's independence by offering these gifts in exchange for buying a vehicle. Every vehicle purchased new or pre-owned will come with a bible, 12-gauge shot gun, and American flag!

The post shows a dealership employee standing by a flag draped over a Ford F-150.

The video promoting the giveaway, which was posted June 19 and had been expected to run through July 31, has been deleted.
http://clicklancashire.com/2019/06/27/auto-dealership-offers-free-bible-shotgun-american-flag.html




OK so the story to this point is that the dealer deleted the video because Ford layed the smackdown on the dealer and said “NO, because there was a shooting at a Ford dealership and 3 people died, we are not going to allow this.” Yes, this did actually happen. Of course it’s natural that Ford would want to discourage this kind of thing, so here’s the official response from Ford themselves.

Ford Motor Co. has asked a Ford dealership in Alabama to stop giving out certificates for free 12-gauge shotguns to anyone who buys a new or used vehicle.

The automaker told the dealership late Wednesday that the promotion was inappropriate after three people died Tuesday evening during a mass shooting at a California Ford dealership. There, a man who had been fired from his job at the dealership in the San Francisco Bay Area fatally shot two employees, then himself, according to local media reports.


"So it’s done. They’ve ended our promotion. I’m very disappointed," Colin Ward, general manager of Chatom Ford in Chatom, Alabama, said Wednesday.

Chatom Ford's advertising offered a shotgun, a Bible and an American flag with a car purchase. The offer drew hundreds of calls from across the country, including Michigan, from people wanting to buy cars to get the shotgun.

"Ford said we can fulfill our commitments to the customers that we've made up till now, but we have to cease it going forward," Ward said.
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2019/06/26/ford-dealer-shotgun-giveaway-alabama/1571604001/




Yeah it’s pretty easy to see why Ford wouldn’t be encouraging this sort of thing. Now here’s where this story gets absolutely freaking bonkers. So Ford said “no guns”. What does this guy do? Simply remove the “gun” part out of the equation. Yeah he’s still being a dick, only now he’s out in the open about being a dick.

"They love their faith, they love their country, and they love to hunt," he said.

Prior to the corporate request to stop advertising it, the local dealership received overwhelmingly positive feedback, Palmer said. The dealership has averaged about one sale a day after the promotion was announced.

One of those customers is Josh Lankford of Gulf Shores. He'd already contacted Palmer about what he was looking for when the promotion came up. Lankford said he saw the gifts with purchase as a nice bonus to his new pickup.

"It circles back to the great service and sales team that they have," Lankford said. "It's great that they try to reflect the community's values."

Palmer wanted to make it clear that the dealership wasn't trying to push a political agenda.
https://www.chron.com/news/article/Alabama-Ford-dealer-s-gun-giveaway-is-back-on-14058442.php




Dude, you LITERALLY made it a political agenda! How does “flag, gun and Bible” *NOT* say political agenda? I mean really! OK that’s enough of that story, it’s making me angry. Next up – let’s go to El Campo, Texas. Really, there’s a time and a place for porn, but an empty classroom most definitely isn’t one of those times!

"The 24-year-old substitute teacher fired for recording solo X-rated videos in a Texas high school describes herself as “a bit of an exhibitionist and I want people to watch me please myself or be pleased,” according to her profile on a porn web site.

Elizabeth Ann Schneider was dismissed this week from her post at El Campo High School after administrators received a tip about a Pornhub page featuring a dozen explicit videos of Schneider engaged in sexual activity.

Schneider worked for three months at the school, where she subbed in English classes.

Several of Schneider’s self-shot videos were recorded last month in either a classroom or a teacher workroom at the school in El Campo, a city about 70 miles southwest of Houston.

One video, a 6:27 production titled “Naughty substitute teacher uses dildo chair in classroom,” features Schneider pleasuring herself in a classroom with the aid of a sex toy. The clip includes categories and tags like “MILF,” “substitute teacher,” “Solo Female,” and “School.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/internet/texas-substitute-teacher-749063




So yeah it was kind of like that. Finally this week for People Are Dumb – OMG we did it! We made it through an entire segment without a single story from the Sunshine State! Wow, that might be a first for People Are Dumb. But I did want to talk about this story from Indiana, and this is one of those stories where if you give an idiot a gun, don’t be surprised when they do something stupid with it. Also, fool me once…

In the four months since Mark Anthony Jones shot himself in the genitals, the 47-year-old Indiana man has been arrested four separate times and is now behind bars awaiting trial on narcotics, weapons, and domestic battery counts.

In late-February, Jones suffered an “accidental self-inflicted gunshot injury” while walking on a street in Marion, a city in Grant County. Jones told police that he was carrying an unholstered Hi-Point 9mm handgun in his waistband when the weapon “began to slip.” When he “reached down to adjust” the firearm, Jones told police, the weapon discharged.

Jones, seen in the above mug shot, was subsequently arrested for carrying an unlicensed handgun, a misdemeanor.

Since shooting himself, Jones has also been arrested twice for driving with a suspended license, domestic battery, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine dealing. This mix of misdemeanor and felony charges has resulted in Jones being locked up in the county jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/stupid/troubles-grow-for-indiana-pistolero-953860


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Let’s give the wheel a final spin this week! And it lands on… T-Shirt cannon!!!! Everyone gets our What’s Up With Texas tour shirt! Spin it again! And speaking of which…



What is up with Texas? That is the question on the table. Part 1 brought us to the city of El Paso where we visited a border detention center. Our quest to find the truth on the immigration crisis took us 550 miles south to Laredo, where in Pt. 2, we explored both sides of the border in one single stop. Part 3 took us to the capital of Austin where I wanted to get down to the bottom of why Texas doesn’t care, choosing to protect fast food instead of actual human beings. Now my quest to find out what’s up with Texas, we’re in Houston exploring the Gulf Coast. So what is happening post Hurricane Harvey? We met up with residents to find out.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill on April 20, 2010, was the largest marine oil spill in United States history. The first deep subsurface spill, it pumped about 700,000 tons of crude oil, plus about 250,000 tons of methane, into the Gulf of Mexico before it was capped, and tragically led to 11 deaths and 16 injuries to people on the rig.

During the spill, available oil spill computer models operated at different scales, but did not interact, and they also did not include many of the shallow bays along the northern Gulf that are of great importance to local fisheries. This spill created a need for an integrated, multiscale, comprehensive computer model suite that showed the behavior of the petroleum fluids on a 3D scale rather than a 2D and operated from the molecular level to the scale of the Gulf.

Texas A&M University scientists have now created such a model suite.

A description of the model suite was published in a recent paper by Dr. Piers Chapman, research professor in the Texas A&M Department of Oceanography; Dr. Steve DiMarco, oceanography professor and team leader for ocean observing in the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group (GERG) at Texas A&M; Dr. Robert Hetland, oceanography professor; and Dr. Scott Socolofsky, professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering.
https://today.tamu.edu/2019/06/24/texas-am-scientists-develop-crucial-multiscale-oil-spill-model/




Yeah so keep in mind that Texas has not one, but two disasters that it is still cleaning up after – Hurricane Harvey and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. One might take a year, and the other is probably going to take half a lifetime! We went to the coastal town of Rockport to learn more about what was going on.

You can’t keep a good town down! Rockport-Fulton Chamber officials said they are thrilled to be named #2 in the nation for Best Coastal Small Town in “USA Today” Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

As the only Texas town nominated in the top 10 category for coastal towns with population under 25,000, Rockport’s determined efforts to rebuild their town are paying off. This award is especially meaningful for Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce members. They literally rolled up their sleeves to help rebuild their town.

Remember those horrible TV news reports and photos when Hurricane Harvey hit our beloved Texas coast in August, 2017? My husband and I kept whispering “Please, not Rockport.” But Mother Nature ignored our pleas, and smashed directly into one of our favorite Gulf Coast destinations.

The small coastal village was almost totally demolished by Harvey. We drove down to Rockport as soon as they allowed visitors, to offer support for one of our favorite communities. Since there was no lodging, we stayed 63 miles away at a Best Western in Goliad. We were shocked and saddened to see many of our favorite places, like the Lighthouse Inn on Fulton Beach Road, closed indefinitely. Rockport High School students had to be bussed to another community while workers rebuilt their building.
https://www.focusdailynews.com/rockport-texas-harveys-aftermath/




Yes, while hurricanes and other horrible disasters are nothing to joke about, it’s entirely possible to bounce back from said disasters as the town of Rockport clearly demonstrated. But while disasters can be met head on, there’s some natural phenomenons that you just can’t explain. Like why is the sky in Houston yellow on certain conditions?

Residents in parts of Houston and East Texas woke up Thursday morning to find the sky yellow. Although it may look like pollution, it’s actually caused by small particles of sand that have traveled from Northern Africa. Here’s what you need to know about the Sahara dust, or Saharan Air Layer, as it’s formally called.

What is it?

The dust comes from the Sahara Desert in Northern Africa. Each year, hundreds of millions of tons of soil is lifted from the Sahara into the air, according to NASA. It’s not uncommon for this dust to change the color of the sky several times throughout the summer, while trade winds move north and take particles from the Sahara into the Gulf of Mexico.

The dust itself is composed of sand and other mineral particles, according to researchers from Texas A&M’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences, who analyzed NASA satellite images and computer models in July of 2018.
https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/health-science/2019/06/27/337932/heres-why-dust-from-the-sahara-desert-turned-the-houston-sky-yellow/




Yes, so dust from the Sahara Desert can get picked up and travel all the way across the ocean to the Gulf Coast and it’s really quite a site to see. And by the way, while our exploration of the Gulf Coast was quite enjoyable, if you’re wondering if it’s going to be fixed any time soon, well, don’t count on your GOP representatives to come to the aid of Texas any time soon.

At least 43 of the 58 Republican House members who voted against a $19 billion bipartisan disaster relief bill Monday night have previously demanded or endorsed emergency aid funding for their own states, a ThinkProgress analysis has found.

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the measure, which has been stalled since late last month, late Monday, by a margin of 354-58. All 58 “no” votes came from Republicans.

An identical bill cleared the Senate on a bipartisan 85-8 vote on May 23.

The bill provides funding to regions of the United States affected by severe flooding and hurricanes, including places like the Florida Panhandle, Arkansas and Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, and Puerto Rico.
https://thinkprogress.org/43-house-republicans-voted-against-disaster-aid-hypocrites-emergency-funds-home-states-a8b7c5429e1a/




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-3: Keeping Up With The Nazis Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-3: Keeping Up With The Nazis Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Austin? You guys doing fucking good? It’s good to be back! Yeah so you’re probably wondering -what the fuck happened in San Antonio? Well, we had quite a SNAFU with our host venue – and we will make up that tour stop at a later date. We also produced the second part of our “What’s Up With Texas” docuseries where we visited the border town of Laredo – and we will air that at a later date. But this was our Spinal Tap moment – we basically got bumped for a fucking puppet show. OK moving on . Is anyone really that surprised that Florida is the state who is going all in on autonomous cars? I mean we’ve seen the kinds of accidents that humans ca cause when they’re driving them. What makes them think that this is a good idea? Well let’s think about this here – this is the state of Florida. We may have to do a deep dive on this next week, but is anyone really surprised that Ron DeSantis is behind this? You think that self driving cars are a danger now, wait until they become self aware! Yes, on the day Skynet is deployed and our machines start turning on us, I can say “I told you so!!!”. And I love how the people involved are like “Oh it’s going to be treated like any other car”. Yeah, just wait until some guy in accounts payable who’s had too many vodka sodas at the Hilton bar gets in the car and passes out. You really think that the autonomous car is going to be safe? No, it’s going to be a safety hazard! Gee, Florida, there’s a reason why you’re the craziest state in the union – you’re that stupid and insane to try such tech like this that hasn’t been tested and approved yet, is still in the infant cycle, and has already been proven to be a danger. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first John Oliver is back and he destroys the notion of climbing the world’s tallest and most dangerous mountain just to get a selfie for Instagram:



So where do we begin this week? Well in the first slot we’re going to do something a bit differently from what you’re used to. There’s been a lot of comparisons to the Nazis lately and it seems like we’re heading on that path, but how close are we? We’re going to break down some myths and urban legends in a piece that we’re calling “Keeping Up With The Nazis” (1). In the second slot, do we really need 4 more years of these lunatics calling the shots? Yes we’re going to recap Trump’s announcement of his reelection bid, not like we didn’t need that one. In the third slot this week, Congress held a very serious discussion on whether or not reparations should be paid out to the families of former slaves, and of course Mitch McConnell (3) derailed the whole thing, but that’s completely beside the point. For the fourth slot this week, he’s baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Trump’s long time WHPC leader Sarah Huckabee Sanders has departed the administration meaning that she is the latest tribute eliminated from the Trumper Games! In the fifth slot this week of course is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week, Facebook is launching it’s own brand of Cyber Currency called the Libre. Is this a good idea or a bad idea? We will find out. In the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and the Christian right has once again hilariously stuck its’ head where it doesn’t belong, in regards to the Amazon show “Good Omens”, and our resident pastor can’t wait to revel in their stupidity! In the seventh slot this week is an all new “Beating A Dead Horse” – normally we don’t talk about Trump in this segment but we got to get a hold of why he’s going after the Central Park 5 this late in the game, and I’m sure there’s a lot of reasons why, but we think there’s only one… *COUGH* RACISM *COUGH*. In the number 8 slot this week, is the return of People Who Somehow Got Elected! Yay! This week we’re adding embattled San Diego representative Duncan Hunter (8) to that ever growing list! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is an all new People Are Dumb (9), because of course they are! Finally this week we’ve got the third installment of our “What’s Up With Texas” (10) docuseries and as we figure out whether or not Texas will flip in the 2020 election, we tour the state capital of Austin, and to hopefully score an interview with Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Obviously) as he passed an insanely stupid law regarding protecting "religious freedoms" for Chik-Fil-A after they got banned from the San Antonio Airport. And for putting up with my shit, we’ve got the Viking metal gods themselves, Amon Amarth stopping by! Really, buy their new album Berserker or you’re no friend of this show!Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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It’s very easy to make comparisons to what Adolf Hitler did in regards to what the current American political climate is doing. In fact it’s so easy that Hitler comparisons have become their own logical fallacy. It’s a real thing, in fact go to Wikipedia and look up Ad Hitlerum. Still not convinced that it’s a real thing? Well, after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the comparison that the camps running along the border are likened to Nazi concentration camps, And there’s no making fun of this so as is Top 10 policy, we won’t try. So for this piece, we thought we’d take a minute to unpack all the Nazi references coming from both sides. See – conservatives are there to remind you that they’re not Nazis, until they start doing things that are horrifying. Let’s call this piece “Detention camps are not concentration camps”, or to use the parlance of our times, “Keeping Up With The Nazis”. So just how close are we?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused President Donald Trump's administration of running "concentration camps" in its detention of migrants at the southern border.

Conservatives quickly slammed the New York Democrat for her use of the term, which is most commonly associated with Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.

"The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are -- they are concentration camps," Ocasio-Cortez told an Instagram Live audience Monday evening. "And if that doesn't bother you ... I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not, that 'never again' means something," a reference to a phrase commonly invoked by Jews about the Holocaust.

"The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it," she added.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/18/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-concentration-camps-migrants-detention/index.html




Holy shit!!! As if that’s not horrifying enough, there was the possibility of SS-like ICE raids that Trump was going to start last week but delayed it because it will allow even more time to blame the democrats on this issue. Yeah I said it – that’s all they care about – owning the libs, they’re not good for much of anything else at this point.

President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he's delaying for two weeks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that were planned to take place Sunday in 10 major US cities, saying deportations will proceed unless Congress finds a solution on the US-Mexico border.

The President's pullback was an about-face in a matter of hours on enforcing his signature immigration policy, following deep criticism from the cities' mayors, top Democrats and immigration activists who called the coordinated arrests and deportations on targeted migrant families "heartless."

"At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,'" Trump said on Twitter Saturday. "If not, Deportations start!"

A senior immigration official had told CNN on Friday that ICE was planning on arresting and deporting about 2,000 migrant families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities beginning Sunday.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/22/politics/ice-raids-sunday-10-cities-donald-trump-defends-arrests/index.html




Wow, just… fucking wow. In one corner we literally are having a debate about whether or not US detention centers are concentration camps and it’s only because not enough people died in those camps to warrant that status. Now in the interest of this piece, according to the US Holocaust Museum, here’s where we are at right now.

1933–1938

Following the appointment of Adolf Hitler as German chancellor on January 30, 1933, the Nazi state (also referred to as the Third Reich) quickly became a regime in which citizens had no guaranteed basic rights. The Nazi rise to power brought an end to the Weimar Republic, the German parliamentary democracy established after World War I. In 1933, the regime established the first concentration camps, imprisoning its political opponents, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others classified as “dangerous.” Extensive propaganda was used to spread the Nazi Party’s racist goals and ideals. During the first six years of Hitler’s dictatorship, German Jews felt the effects of more than 400 decrees and regulations that restricted all aspects of their public and private lives.
https://www.ushmm.org/learn/timeline-of-events/1933-1938




So let’s make one thing clear – the holocaust didn’t start with death camps. They started out very much like what we’re seeing now, and AOC is absolutely correct here. So we have round ups and internment camps a very real part of the Donald Trump administration – and it’s absolutely frightening. But why aren’t we doing enough to educate people about the holocaust? You might recall that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. And here’s where that might lie.

Oregon became the 11th state in the nation to mandate that public schools teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides, just last month. As an American Jew who attended public school in the late 1970s and 1980s, I was surprised to hear that learning about a defining piece of world history apparently requires specific legislation. As a resident of Oregon — a state founded as a white utopia, with both a history of structural racism and an all-too-current glut of emboldened white nationalists — I was fascinated to read that the bill was a collaboration between a nonagenarian Holocaust survivor and a 14-year-old public school student.

As a person who has witnessed the sharp rise of American anti-Semitism in the past decade, I worry that the bill is too little and too late.

Yesterday, the absurdist game of Mad Libs that is the national news brought us a Twitter faceoff between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., sparked by the former’s assertion that the Trump administration’s detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border are “exactly like concentration camps” and the latter’s subsequent finger-wagging reprimand of Ocasio-Cortez that the comparison trivialized the 6 million Jews who died in such camps.

Before you could ask “war profiteer’s daughter says what?” Twitter had become a pedantic Hydra of arguments that were less about the actual existence of such camps than about what we should be calling them. (For the record, concentration-camp historians agree that using the general term “concentration camp” to describe conditions at the border is accurate.)
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/aoc-was-right-compare-trump-s-border-internment-camps-concentration-ncna1019381





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Now that we got the Hitler talk out of the way, let’s lighten things up and talk about the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump. And the absolutely insane things he’s been doing in the last week since we’ve been off. Like the fact that he held another one of his insane rallies in Orlando announcing his bid for reelection. I mean when your rally features these guys outside, what’s it like inside?

https://twitter.com/thistallawkgirl/status/1141221743870263297

I think I've found Brett Kavanaugh's side hustle! Worst strip club ever, by the way. And judging by the color of their skin tone and their guts, I think this is the most exercise these guys have got all year. And who are they being the hype men for? DJ MAGAs? I don't know! So here’s how that went down:

President Trump will officially kick off his 2020 reelection campaign with a rally in Florida on Tuesday night. But in reality, he has been running for a second term ever since he took office.

The former reality TV star and real estate mogul — the first president without prior political or military experience — used an unorthodox campaign style to notch an upset win in 2016, with massive rallies to excite supporters. And he's employed that same strategy, with a heavily blurred line between official duties and trying to sell his agenda muddled with outright politicking, since taking office.

In fact, Trump filed his official paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 20, 2017 — mere hours after he was inaugurated. And less than a month later, he would hold a rally (also in Florida) that was paid for by his campaign committee. When asked by a reporter if this was too early in his presidency to hold such an event, Trump replied, "Life is a campaign." As president-elect, he also launched a "victory tour" of sorts to battleground states.

So while the Trump campaign may bill this as the official start of the president's bid for a second term, it's truly anything but. Since 2017, Trump has held more than 60 rallies. Nearly three-quarters of those occurred during 2018, where he was often stumping for down-ballot candidates in the midterm elections.
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/18/733505037/trump-set-to-officially-launch-reelection-but-hasnt-he-been-running-all-along




Ah come on, NPR, it’s summer. Everything is in reruns now. Trump literally held his campaign rally giving the exact same speeches he’s given 100 times before. And if you thought the madness was bad outside, just take a look at the trail of destruction that his supporters left behind in their quest to see the MAGAt in chief.

They came, they partied, they left a mess. Downtown Orlando is slowly getting back to normal, after President Donald Trump’s visit on Tuesday evening to officially launch his 2020 re-election bid.

It’s time to take out the trash downtown. After Tuesday night’s party, downtown is feeling a bit hungover but many are happy about the money they brought in at the the "45 Fest" party.

Lots of items and trash were left behind. The city says it’s up to the Trump campaign to take out the trash and pay for it. Meanwhile, businesses nearby felt the effects of the rally Tuesday night.

“It was a pretty busy day. We probably did double the amount of sales than we normally do,” said Chef Eddie’s owner Eddie James.
http://www.fox35orlando.com/news/local-news/after-trump-rally-comes-the-clean-up




Yeah really where’s that guy when you need him? I mean is anyone really that surprised by this? Just when you think they can’t sink any lower… fuck it, let’s show it.



Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Also something else that’s hardly at all surprising – only at a Trump rally could two guys get arrested for fighting inside while a large group yelled homophobic slurs at both of them:

Two people were arrested Tuesday evening while President Donald Trump was hosting a rally in downtown Orlando to announce that he is seeking re-election in 2020, records show.

Orlando police said the first arrest happened around 7:30 p.m., about a block away from the Amway Center.

Steven Ashley Ingram, 33, was involved in a heated conversation with another man, Gary Snow, that turned violent when Ingram shoved the other man with his left hand, according to the affidavit.

Ingram said in an email to News 6 that he came to the rally to protest Trump's appearance and show support for Orlando's LGBTQ+ community.

He said Snow and a group of about 20 others spewed homophobic insults toward him because he was wearing a rainbow flag pin on his jacket. He wrote that Snow put his hand on his shoulder and made threats.
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/politics/these-two-men-were-arrested-at-president-donald-trumps-orlando-rally




Those guys could use some boundaries but that’s pretty typical behavior and standard operating procedure for Trump fans at this point. And you know here’s the thing – Trump Derangement Syndrome may not be a thing, but Clinton Derangement Syndrome is – and Trump’s got an extremely bad case of it. Really, he just won’t let this shit go.

President Donald Trump revived the greatest political show on Earth on Tuesday night.

Swimming in nostalgia, Trump played all the old hits. He bashed Hillary Clinton, jabbed the "fake news," invoked fear over immigrants and marveled at the glory over his shock election win.
He partied like it was 2016.
Holding forth from the pounding heart of a rapturous crowd, the President spelled out a defiant, demagogic, fact-blurring record of promises kept that could win him reelection.

But Trump's ceremonial 2020 campaign launch rally also reverberated with the unity-shredding grievances that threaten to whip up equal fervor against him and could make him a one-term President.
The rally, in a cacophonous Florida arena, and the first Democratic debates next week will lift the nascent 2020 campaign to a new level of intensity that will clarify a fateful choice that voters must make about the most disruptive, unconventional President in American history.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/19/politics/donald-trump-election-2020-democrats/index.html





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Really, Mitch, you just had to go there, didn’t you? Amid all the Nazi talk, something that got lost in the news last week was talk of reparations for slavery. We’ve all heard the arguments for and against reparations since the days of Martin Luther King. But this week, Mitch McConnell accidentally opened a can of worms that probably shouldn’t have been opened. So when HR40, which studied the possibility of slavery reparations being implemented – which is still a very real possibility that this could happen in our lifetime, assuming we survive this administration, what could happen? And when did Mitch McConnell have surgery on his middle finger to put it into a fully upright position?

The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor of a resolution to study reparations, put a fine point on the discussion: “I just simply ask: Why not and why not now?”

It was Congress’ first hearing on reparations in more than a decade, and came amid a growing conversation both in the Democratic Party and the country at large about lingering racial disparities in the United States. Once considered a fringe topic, mostly pushed aside in Congress, the possibility of reparations was treated with seriousness by the witnesses and lawmakers alike, though Republicans made clear their opposition.

One of the most striking moments came as writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of a widely read 2014 essay making the case for reparations, challenged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assertion that no one alive today is responsible for the past treatment of black Americans.

“It’s impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery,” Coates told the House Judiciary panel.
https://www.apnews.com/a0bccbcc80324280aedd58ed401db797




Ah, I miss Chappelle’s Show. So not only did Mitch McConnell completely poo poo this idea for now – which means that he’s probably guilty of it. Well, maybe not slavery directly but he’s guilty of something, that’s for sure! In fact here’s where McConnell goes full asshole – he said that the reason why we don’t need slavery reparations is shockingly stupid and evil.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that he does not support reparations for descendants of slaves, a topic that has become a point of debate in the 2020 election cycle.

"I don't think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none us currently living are responsible is a good idea," McConnell said. "We've tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We elected an African American president."

McConnell was asked about reparations during a weekly press conference, which comes a day before the House Judiciary Committee will hold the first hearing on the issue in a decade.

"I think we're always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don't think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate. ... No, I don't think reparations are a good idea," McConnell continued.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/449136-mcconnell-reparations-arent-a-a-good-idea




Except that McCcnnell’s idea of not a good idea is a bad idea. Yeah let that sink in for a minute – he actually said that reparations were not a good idea. And since we need to know more, he actually doubled down on this claim. Of course McConnell is wealthy himself and doesn’t know what it is like to pay for anything, let alone slavery. In fact he not only doubles down, he literally goes full asshole on this one.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's remarks over the last week have been making headlines, but the latest may be the most controversial.

When asked about reparations for slavery on the eve of a House hearing on the issue, McConnell said reparations "for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible," were not a good idea. Besides, he suggested acts, such as electing Barack Obama president, could be considered a form of compensation.

"We tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a Civil War, by passing landmark civil rights legislation, elected an African American president," McConnell said. "I don't think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it. First of all, it would be hard to figure out whom to compensate."

The backlash, as it often happens with McConnell, came swiftly.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/19/mitch-mcconnell-reparations-slavery-compensation-not-needed-after-obama-presidency/1501650001/




Wait, wait, wait… wait, wait, wait, wait. You’re saying that we paid for slavery by electing Obama president? Have you been paying attention to the last 3 years, Mitch? Have you seen how racist and ignorant people have become in that length of time? Oh wait, he’s primarily responsible for it. So of course he’d think that this is a bad idea. Oh well, at least he’s getting called out for his bullshit and it’s very well deserved:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, the celebrated and influential author of “The Case for Reparations,” on Wednesday directly challenged remarks made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) the day earlier, during which the Republican leader came out against reparations arguing that “none of us currently living are responsible” for slavery.

“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday. According to McConnell, the historic racism stemming from slavery had largely ended with the Civil Rights Act and the election of the first African American president.

“This rebuttal proffers a strange theory of governance, that American accounts are somehow bound by the lifetime of its generations,” Coates said in his opening remarks at the first congressional hearing in a decade on reparations. “But well into this century, the United States was still paying our pensions to the heirs of Civil War soldiers. We honor treaties that date back some 200 years despite no one being alive who signed those treaties.”
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/ta-nehisi-coates-mitch-mcconnell-reparations/?fbclid=IwAR0QzTCie04PXHgVkmg2fIco94jnUW1IwTEI6yBaE9myPKPIVpX4LqBnNzg





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I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!!! Yes, my pretties, I am back for the latest installment because people keep leaving this administration so it is my duty to report on it and make fun of it while I imbibe on this freshly carbonated alcoholic beverage! Damn it, Charlie… oh wait that’s right, Charlie left in the last episode that we did this so I must confide in my new assistant Nathaniel. So I say, Nathaniel… bring me the champagne! This week, it was Tribute Sanders from the 1st district who was eliminated, and Tribute Sanders has been in the Trump administration the longest! In fact, Tribute Sanders was at one point considered a lock to win the whole games. What was the final straw that broke the camel’s back? Well it might have been this.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the Trump administration after a turbulent tenure marked by attacks on the media, dissemination of false information and the near-disappearance of the daily press briefing.

“Our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” President Donald Trump said Thursday in a tweet.

Speaking at a White House event later Thursday, Sanders said it was the “honor of a lifetime” to serve in the Trump administration. “I’ve loved every minute -- even the hard minutes,” she said.

Asked by reporters later whether she plans to run for governor in her native Arkansas, she didn’t rule it out.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-13/sanders-to-resign-as-white-house-press-secretary-trump-says




Ah it’s good to be back! I mean can you imagine having to be in her position and having to lie 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for what is essentially the world’s biggest reality show? I know I cannot! So Tribute Sanders has resigned, what is next for her? I know! Let’s put her in charge of running the entire state of Arkansas, I mean how hard could it be?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has resigned and will leave the job by the end of June.

This was announced by President Donald Trump on Thursday.

“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

Trump also advised her to accept a political role and run for the office of Arkansas governor.

Sarah Sanders has been the press secretary since July 2017. She was deputy press secretary when Trump took over in 2016 and later succeeded Sean Spicer.

Sarah belongs to a political family. Her father, Michael Dale Huckabee, popular as Mike Huckabee was the 44th governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007.
https://www.ibtimes.com/sarah-huckabee-sanders-resigns-could-run-governor-arkansas-2800572




Now to be fair, Mr. President, that would give Sarah Sanders more political experience than you had when you ran for the highest office in the land. Remember when the republicans said that they didn’t want a “celebrity” running the show? Oh wait, they elected Ronald Reagan and now they support President Trump, whose cabinet is the largest revolving door ever. What poor sap, er, prospect is going to replace Tribute Sanders? I mean the only qualifications are that you have to lie 24 hours a day in an administration that has seen everything from Nazi camps to accidental war. Good luck! Well, meet Tribute Grisham from the 10th District!

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump known for issuing terse but pointed public comments will take over as White House press secretary, the First Lady announced Tuesday.

The former owner of an Arizona public relations firm, Stephanie Grisham has been with the Trump team since 2015, most recently serving as Melania Trump’s deputy chief of staff and communications director. She had been seen as a top contender for the White House press secretary job since Sanders announced her resignation from the position earlier this month.

In recent months, the White House press secretary has been less visible, with Sanders setting records for the number of days since the last press briefing, a question-and-answer period often covered live on cable TV that was standard in previous administrations.

At the time that Sanders’ departure was announced on June 13, she had not held a formal press briefing in more than 90 days.
https://time.com/5613967/stephanie-grisham-white-house-press-secretary/



Wait, there had been no formal press briefings in 90 days? Shit, during the previous administration, we knew what the president had for breakfast. Blueberry waffles with whip cream, light syrup, and a glass of orange juice. But that said, this latest tribute is going to be in for a wild ride as the Trump administration goes full in on Nazism. But for now, consider Tribute Sanders… ELIMINATED!!!

Sarah Huckabee Sanders will resign from her position as White House press secretary at the end of the month, President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Sanders, the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, succeeded Sean Spicer as White House press secretary in July 2017. She first joined the administration as Spicer’s deputy after joining the Trump campaign as a communications aide in the wake of her father’s failed presidential bid in 2016.

The traditional White House press-briefing process broke down on Sanders’s watch. She last held a briefing on March 11, 94 days ago, and earlier in her tenure, when briefings were more frequent, she was routinely accused of misleading reporters from the White House podium and contradicting Trump’s public statements.

Most recently, Sanders was pilloried after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that she had misled reporters about Trump’s motivations for firing former FBI director James Comey.
https://www.nationalreview.com/news/sarah-sanders-to-resign-at-end-of-june/





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Cryptocurrency is currently one of the hottest commodities in the game. It’s also one of the most volatile out there. So naturally when Facebook announced that it was launching its’ own currency, called the Libra, people were very skeptical of what it could bring to the table. It could be the most revolutionary currency since the dollar. But also considering the security risks involved with going in on cryptocurrency, it could be an utter financial disaster. According to actual economic experts, there’s plenty of pros and cons with the world’s largest social media site launching the world’s largest virtual currency.

Are you kidding me? Facebook, the company that thinks privacy is a challenge to be overcome rather than an essential right to be protected, is launching its own currency. Good lemmings that we are, we're all supposed to transfer our hard-earned dollars or euros or rupees or yen into Zuckerbucks?

Okay. Okay. Let's back up a second. What exactly is Facebook doing? Let's break it down.

Facebook has announced it will be launching a new cryptocurrency called Libra sometime next year. The company is going to integrate payment and currency transfer capabilities right into Facebook's mobile app, Messenger, and WhatsApp. Presumably, we'll see it show up in the Facebook-owned Instagram app sometime later.

Libra, according to Facebook, is like Bitcoin in that it's a blockchain-based currency. But it's not like Bitcoin because Facebook claims it's put a structure in place to stabilize the value of Libra.

Libra is also not like Bitcoin because you can't mine Libra. Although cryptocurrency mining rigs are hugely expensive these days, you can still mine Bitcoin. But you have to buy Libra. In that way, getting Libra is a lot more like buying in-game currency in World of Warcraft by spending real money than it is like Bitcoin, where you at least have the option to apply prodigious computing power and get cryptocoin in return.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/do-we-really-need-or-want-facebook-to-reinvent-money/




Yes probably. While there will be plenty of ways to make money off the virtual currency, its’ applications will be very limited, because it will be a virtual currency. Because we all know how stable blockchains are, oh wait, they aren’t. It’s incredibly risky to go blockchain and there’s plenty of ways that such a currency can go very very wrong.

Mark Zuckerberg and friends are going to save the world. They are going to bring a form of capital to the unbanked, most of them residing in emerging and frontier markets. Economies of scale, and all. It's going to be great.

But imagine this: a foreign company, arguable one of the most distrusted names in social media, comes to India and tells its microlenders that they want to compete against them. They have this cryptocurrency called Libra. It doesn't charge banking fees. What are the odds of nationalist Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, sure guys, come in on!

This is not only regulatory nightmare in the U.S., it's not even something microlenders in India are going to want to welcome in.

"Indian regulators already have United Payments Interface and 24/7/365 real-time free payments across India," says Shamir Karkal, CEO at Sila and a pioneer of Simple Bank, a digital bank founded in 2009 and later acquired by BBVA for $117 million in 2014 .
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2019/06/20/facebooks-libra-coin-is-both-vampire-project-and-regulatory-nightmare/#12d098c21067




Yes, this cryptocurrency is so new that it has the potential to be an international relations nightmare, and financiers around the world can’t wrap their heads about how such a plan is going to be carried out worldwide. So how are authorities going to regulate this new currency? There’s many possibilities, it’s still going to be a nightmare, but the Fed is going to be closely watching their new competition.

Facebook’s plan to expand into payments is not expected to be on the agenda of this week’s G20 summit in Japan, but the social media giant’s intentions could lead regulators to take a closer look at crypto assets, a G20 regulatory group said on Tuesday.

Randal Quarles, chair of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) which coordinates financial rules for G20 countries, said crypto-assets did not currently pose a risk to global financial stability, but gaps may occur where they fall outside the remit of regulators or from the absence of international standards.

Facebook said last week it wanted to expand into payments and launch its own coin, Libra.

“A wider use of new types of crypto-assets for retail payment purposes would warrant close scrutiny by authorities to ensure that they are subject to high standards of regulation,” Quarles said ahead of a summit of Group of 20 countries in Japan this week.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-fsb/facebooks-libra-coin-closely-watched-by-authorities-fsb-idUSKCN1TQ1Z5




This is incredibly risky, incredibly brave, and incredibly stupid at the same time. Think of the ending of the movie Kingsman where Samuel L. Jackson had the entire world going crazy thanks to his freely distributed SIM cards. Any time you add the words “on a global scale” to anything, it gets immensely more horrifying. Facebook… on a global scale. That about says it all. But how can you make money off this new venture? There are plenty of ways.

Since Facebook announced its planned Libra currency June 18, the bitcoin market has gone haywire. The original cryptocurrency surged from $9,000 to $11,000 this past week, as investors perceived Facebook’s crypto initiative as a vote of confidence in blockchain-based assets.

Bitcoin’s price has steadily risen since April, and this week, it surpassed $10,000 for the first time in 15 months—dating back to March 2018.

News of the Libra, and its effect on bitcoin, has understandably piqued the interest of crypto speculators, some of whom may be anticipating a Libra boomlet. For investors hoping to cash in on Facebook’s crypto plans, there are two obvious choices: 1) buy Facebook shares or 2) buy Libra—that is, when it becomes available in early 2020.

Cryptocurrency traders, in particular, might think Libra offers an enticing investment opportunity. After all, unlike most of its crypto predecessors, Libra will be backed by actual reserves, in this, cash and government bonds.
https://qz.com/1651598/how-to-make-money-off-facebooks-libra/




That’s it for Top 10 Investiages. Good day.





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My fair congregation! You know as I repeatedly say that we live in the most troubled of times. And it’s really hard to find joy when the world is going to hell right now. But I must say that I have taken some true delight in the sheer stupidity of what our brothers and sisters on the right have accomplished! You really can’t get much dumber than this. For there is a show on Amazon about good vs EEEVIL that you must watch. That show is called “Good Omens”. Of course we all know that there aren’t any, that title is an oxymoron. So what did they do to deserve this? Well they’re so steeped in their outrage machine that they don’t even know who they are mad at!

Good Omens beam the focus of a petition to have the series removed from Amazon Prime.

More than 20,000 signatures were on the petition set up on Christian campaign site Return to Order.

The petition was in protest at the way the series depicted heaven and hell and even “mocked God’s wisdom”.

Good Omens was also accused of presenting “devils and Satanists as normal and even good.”
https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1143179/Good-Omens-petition-why-is-there-a-petition-for-Good-Omens-Amazon-Prime-series




Of course the DEVIL walks among us! That’s what he does, and we see him literally everywhere, but that’s not what this sermon is about, now is it? But this, my fair congregation, this is where people can get so caught up in being outraged at something that they don’t even know what they’re mad at or who they are mad at. Enter the group Return To Order. So they had 20,000 signatures to cancel the show which went to… the wrong network! That’s hilarious.

When it comes to spearheading a petition drive, the devil is in the details.

Look no further than the Christian group Return to Order which managed to amass more than 20,000 petitioners demanding Netflix give the boot to the supernaturally religious series “Good Omens.”

Unfortunately, the organization was divinely unaware that the show plays on Amazon Prime.

“This type of video makes light of Truth, Error, Good and Evil, and destroys the barriers of horror that society still has for the devil,” states the group calling for its cancellation.

It also blasted “Good Omens” as “another step to make Satanism appear normal, light and acceptable.”

The six-episode series about an impending Armageddon stars Michael Sheen as angel Aziraphale who teams up with earthly demon Crowley — portrayed by David Tennant — to prevent the arrival of the Antichrist.
https://themercury.com/oops-outraged-christians-petition-netflix-to-cancel-supernatural-series-good/article_b163a32b-732a-5a2a-91cc-4340e3287a05.html




Yes, I got to say that even SAYTAN himself is laughing at you! Now in doing a deep dive on this subject, I had to look up exactly who Return To Order are. And they are a group of Catholics who, quite frankly have no sense of humor. I mean I have to believe that the GOOD LAWRD has a sense of humor because I’ve been doing this thing for a while and I have yet to be smited! So just who are these humorless killjoys who have to ruin everything?

But what The Return to Order campaign lacks in attention to detail, it makes up for in passion. An offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, the campaign takes issue with the biblically-inspired series on several counts.

The first is that, “An angel and demon are good friends, and are meant to be earth’s ambassadors for Good and Evil respectively.” The second grievance is: “This pair tries to stop the coming of the Antichrist because they are comfortable and like the earth so much.” The third: “God is voiced by a woman.”

The list goes on, deploring the fact that The Antichrist is portrayed as a “normal kid” and that the four riders of the Apocalypse are “a group of bikers.” In short, it believes that the show “mocks God’s wisdom”.

This isn’t the first time that the Return to Order campaign, and its controversial orchestrator, have concerned themselves with policing the world of entertainment.

Using John Horvat II's catchily titled tome Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society – Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go as its sourcebook, the campaign spends a considerable amount of time objecting to pop culture it deems unchristian.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/on-demand/0/movie-hating-catholic-group-behind-good-omens-petition/




Now maybe that’s in your good book, Reverend. But in my Good Book, it says that we can, and we can also taunt, so suck it!! OK that maybe went a step too far there. So GAWD has to have a sense of humor even if these losers don’t. But if we can’t laugh about the devil, at least Netflix and Amazon can get a good laugh at them. And yes, even the GOOD LAWRD JAYSUS is laughing at you and not with you!

Netflix has moved to assuage religious zealots who mistakenly petitioned the service to stop producing the Amazon Prime Video produced series Good Omens, with a sarcastic pledge not to make any more.

The streaming service mix-up saw Netflix petitioned by 20,000 people angered at the production of the fantasy adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel, which they accused of ‘making a mockery of God’s order and religion’ with its religious overtones.

US Christian group, Return to Order, spearheaded the backlash with a disorganized petition calling on Netflix to scrap the show, having taken issue with the fact that God was voiced by a woman and the depiction of an angel and demon, played by Michael Sheen and David Tennant, as friends.

Partially conceding the error of its ways the religious group wrote: “Due to an oversight by Return to Order staff, this petition originally listed Netflix as responsible for the offensive series Good Omens. Amazon Video released the series on May 31. We regret the mistake, and the protests will be delivered to Amazon when the campaign is complete.”
https://www.thedrum.com/news/2019/06/24/netflix-sarcastically-bows-erroneous-petition-calling-good-omens-ban




So there you have it, Return To Order might not have a sense of humor, but Netflix and Amazon do, and that makes them automatically better! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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At some point you got to tell yourself “just let it go, man”. Of course letting go of a grudge doesn’t apply to Donald J. Trump. Because he doesn’t know the meaning of the word “exonerated”. I’d also be willing to bet that he doesn’t know the meaning to a lot of words. So why does Trump, on the 30th anniversary of one of the most horrifying crimes to happen in New York City, still care? Even after the men accused were actually, completely exonerated? And it doesn’t matter what happened to the accused. Oh man, if Trump holds a grudge against you, oh man, he love it long time! So this whole thing started because of a new Netflix series examining the legacy of the controversial Central Park 5 case, which reignited Trump’s beef with the group. And this is taking “Beating A Dead Horse” to a whole new level of meta here.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to apologize for his role in raising public fury against the now-exonerated Central Park Five, repeating his infamous phrasing that there were people on “both sides” of the case.

April Ryan, White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks, asked Trump if he would apologize for the full-page ads he took out in 1989 calling for the five black and Latino teenagers to face the death penalty for allegedly raping a woman in Central Park.

“You have people on both sides of that,” Trump responded. “They admitted their guilt.”

Despite telling the court that their confessions had been coerced by law enforcement, the teenagers spent six to 13 years in prison for the crime. In 2002, DNA evidence found that a convicted serial rapist had been responsible, and the Central Park Five were exonerated. The city of New York made a $41 million dollar settlement with the men for the ordeal, and the case has largely been seen as an indictment of institutional racism in the criminal justice system.

“If you look at Linda Fairstein and if you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case,” Trump told Ryan. “So we’ll leave it at that.”
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/trump-central-park-five-no-apology-both-sides




Shut up!!! Of course there’s both sides to every case, that’s why we have cases. I believe that’s in law school 101. At least unlike Trump, the men who were exonerated in the Central Park 5 case are likely to stay that way. I mean this is a guy who won’t let things go! So why won’t Trump admit that he’s wrong here about the Central Park 5? Hey when I’m wrong about something I admit it. I still think I’m right about 7-11 chicken sandwiches though. For $2 there’s no way you can call them “awesome”. But that’s besides the point. What in god’s holy name is he blathering about this time?

President Donald Trump responded to a question about the Central Park Five during his appearance before reporters on Tuesday, once again declining to apologize for his actions following the incident.

When asked by a reporter if he would apologize for his actions surrounding the case -- he took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty that read: "Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!" -- Trump instead asked why the topic was relevant.

"Why do you bring that question up now? It's an interesting time to bring it up. You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt," he said.

The five teenagers who were accused of raping a jogger were pressured into giving false confessions. They were later exonerated when DNA evidence linked another person to the crime. The teenagers sued the city and the case was settled.

Trump insisted that some of the prosecutors believe the lawsuit was mishandled.

"They think the city should never have settled that case. We'll leave it at that," Trump said.
https://www.kmov.com/news/trump-doesn-t-apologize-for-his-central-park-five-ads/article_101cd88e-9294-11e9-8879-4fc517e34d0d.html




At this point, 30 years after the fact – you just got to let this shit go! And let’s be honest here – did you really expect Trump to apologize for his 30 year old ad which is now coming back to bite him in the ass hard? No! Trump doesn’t apologize for anything! Even the director of the series isn’t surprised by Trump’s behavior in this regard.

Director Ava DuVernay didn’t expect President Donald Trump to apologize for urging the execution of the five teenagers known as the Central Park Five, more than 30 years after they were falsely accused of raping a jogger, as dramatized in her Netflix miniseries “When They See Us.”

“It’s expected,” she said at a screening of the show Tuesday night in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. “There’s nothing he says or does in relation to this case, or the lives of black people, or people of color, that has any weight to it. It’s not our reality, there’s no truth to it.”

In the immediate aftermath of the 1989 incident, Trump notoriously took out a full-page newspaper ad to call on New York officials to reinstate the death penalty for the five black and Latino teenagers: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise.

On Tuesday, when asked by reporter April Ryan if he plans to apologize, the president declined, using a familiar refrain — claiming there were “people on both sides,” appearing to side with the prosecutors who wrongfully convicted the teenagers.

After the president’s comments, DuVernay also tweeted a clip from the series that briefly references the ad and features Trump appearing on TV at the time.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ava-duvernay-trump-central-park-five_n_5d0a3abee4b0e560b70c8050




So at this point – we’re all not surprised at Trump’s lack of apologizing because he really doesn’t apologize for anything. Hell, conservatives haven’t apologized for anything they’ve done since Nixon got elected. But at least when the Central Park 5 are completely exonerated, they don’t have any other crimes that they may be guilty of. Trump, on the other hand, has plenty! So who’s the real guilty party here?

Trump has previously taken an unrepentant stance on his 1989 ads calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty only ten days after the assault occurred.

"They admitted they were guilty," he told CNN during the 2016 campaign. "The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty."

Trump's 1989 ad proclaimed in bolded, all-caps lettering: "BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY."

"I want to hate these murderers and I always will," it read. "I am not looking to psychoanalyze or understand them, I am looking to punish them."

After the actual perpetrator of the crime, a serial rapist serving decades in prison, opened up about his culpability in 2002, evidence used to convict the five was retested and they were subsequently exonerated and released from prison.
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-claims-people-both-sides-central-park-five-culpability-despite-complete-1444683





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Politicians at the state and local levels who are so toxic, you wonder how they’re able to get away with the things they get away with. This is:



This week – San Diego, California representative Duncan Hunter (R – Obviously). You might recall Rep. Hunter from when he famously tried to get his pet rabbit a seat on a Southwest flight (see: Idiots #5-10 ) that cost taxpayer money to the tune of $600. For his rabbit. And that’s not all – Rep. Hunter is in some seriously deep doo doo that is costing him big time. And when your wife says “she’s talking to prosecutors”, that’s never a good thing now is it? But for some reason, San Diego not only elects Duncan Hunter, they keep reelecting him time and time again.

California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife Margaret pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiring with her husband to "knowingly and willingly" convert campaign funds for personal use. She has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Both Hunters previously pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they had stolen a quarter of a million dollars in campaign funds to furnish a lavish lifestyle that was beyond their means.

Margaret Hunter's agreement to cooperate with prosecutors was a huge development in the federal case that poses a legal and political threat to her husband, the sitting congressman.

Margaret Hunter appeared alone with her lawyers in a federal district court in San Diego before Judge Thomas Whelan, where she changed her plea in the high-profile case. The congressman did not appear with his wife on Thursday.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/13/politics/margaret-hunter-duncan-hunter-california/index.html




So Duncan Hunter may have stolen a small fortune of campaign contributions and used it to live the high life. Who wouldn’t? Oh that’s right, most of us have this thing called “integrity”, which you must lack in order to be a member of today’s republican party. So just how deep does this Duncan Hunter scandal go and how much worse could it get? Well, a whole lot worse. Think of this like Arrested Development.

Margaret Hunter, wife of Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), pleaded guilty to charges in the campaign finance case she and her husband were indicted in last summer, saying that she — and the congressman — used campaign funds for personal use, including a $10,000 trip to Italy.

Margaret Hunter, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with her husband to using $25,000 in campaign funds for personal use, according to an agreement she signed with federal prosecutors Tuesday and read out in court on Thursday. She is scheduled to be sentenced in September and faces up to five years in prison for the one charge. Prosecutors dismissed the other charges she was facing.

The plea agreement represents a potentially awkward split with her congressman husband, who has pleaded not guilty to the four charges against him. As part of the deal, she has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as they continue to work their case against her husband, and to testify in any grand jury proceedings or trial that she is asked to. Prosecutors said that the congressman obtained a credit card tied to his campaign funds for his wife, “recognizing that she would spend campaign funds for the Hunters’ personal benefit.”

“I am deeply remorseful, and I apologize,” Margaret Hunter said in a statement. “I am saddened for the hurt I have caused my family and others. I understand that there will be more consequences stemming from my actions but, as demonstrated by my plea today, I have taken the first step to face them.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/06/13/rep-duncan-hunters-wife-admits-couple-misused-campaign-funds-she-may-have-testify-against-him/?utm_term=.aa1006243527




Well yeah if you have the worst attorneys, you probably should be aware that a husband and wife can be charged with the same crime. That’s law 101. So what would be the implications if Mr. Hunter is indicted for these crimes? Well, Margaret Hunter flipping on her husband could have serious implications for Mr. Hunter himself – and that can’t be a good thing. Remember that Arrested Development episode? Well, she might wind up sharing a cell with him.

Downtown attorney Jeremy Warren had work to do Thursday, but he took time to comment on what transpired in the federal courthouse a few blocks away.

A veteran criminal defense lawyer, Warren opined on Margaret Hunter changing her plea to guilty in the corruption case enveloping herself and her husband, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter.

“This deal gives her an excellent chance of not going to jail as long as she continues to cooperate against her husband,” he tweeted several hours after the 9-minute morning hearing.

Federal prosecutors recommended in a plea agreement that she get a far lighter sentence than the 5-year maximum for the single count she admitted. (She also confirmed that the couple illegally spent $200,000 in campaign funds on personal goods and travel).

The deal Hunter signed Tuesday drops her sentencing range into Zone B of the federal guidelines, Warren told Times of San Diego in a phone interview.
https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2019/06/13/flipping-on-congressman-husband-may-spare-margaret-hunter-any-prison-time/




No, no light treason here. Just massive greed on a massive scale. You can’t just steal $250K – that’s a quarter of a million dollars. So Duncan Hunter threw his wife under the bus, and now she got behind the wheel and is driving it. This is what we believe one would call a “circular firing squad”, and things could get that much worse for the embattled San Diego representative.

Margaret Hunter, the wife of longtime East County Congressman Duncan D. Hunter who was co-indicted with her husband last summer, has agreed to change her plea of not guilty and is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday morning.

The announcement was posted on the U.S. District Court docket late Wednesday morning without any supplemental documentation.

“Notice of hearing as to defendant Margaret E. Hunter,” the docket entry states. “Change of Plea hearing set for 6/13/2019.”

Both Hunter and his wife were indicted in August on 60 criminal counts related to what prosecutors allege was a years-long misuse of campaign donations to the congressman’s re-election fund. Each of the defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges last year.
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/story/2019-06-12/margaret-hunter-pleads-out-in-case-against-congressman-husband




Apparently they can. And in case you’re wondering how Hunter repeatedly gets elected in San Diego, yeah, you don’t really need to look far. In today’s republican party all you have to do is talk about how much you hate Islam and you’re in. In fact they’ll elect you to the highest levels of government. It really is that easy – if you’re a republican.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who ran a 2018 reelection campaign rooted in Islamophobia, said Saturday that he had posed for pictures with dead combatants during his time as a Marine in the Middle East.

Hunter was defending Navy SEAL chief Eddie Gallagher, one of several servicemen charged with war crimes who may soon receive a pardon from President Donald Trump.

Gallagher is currently awaiting trial for numerous acts allegedly committed during his time in Iraq, including firing a machine gun haphazardly into residential neighborhoods and killing a young girl and an old man with targeted sniper fire. Gallagher also allegedly stabbed a wounded teenage ISIS fighter who had been taken prisoner, and shared photos of himself holding the dead boy’s head later, boasting that he “got him with my hunting knife.”

“Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too, taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” Hunter said over the weekend.
https://thinkprogress.org/congressman-with-history-of-islamophobia-says-he-took-pictures-with-dead-combatants-as-a-marine-98a38c048063/




So war crimes, fraud, high crimes and other misdemeanors, that’s just a day in the life of San Diego’s Duncan Hunter. Yet another in the ever-growing list of:




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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. So who might you ask is dumb this week? Well there’s plenty of stupid people out there. And I love all of these stories. And I also feel like they could all come from Florida. Well, most of them do, but a few out there that don’t. I want to start with this story out of Iowa – and really Iowa is giving Florida a run for its’ money. And I am always curious as to the types of things that people get arrested for driving drunk on, but have we ever had someone get arrested for a DUI on a children’s truck? Well, there’s a first time for everything, sir!

A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck.

News outlets quote police as saying that instead they charged 25-year-old Megan Holman with public intoxication.

They say they spotted her cruising down the road in a Power Wheels electric toy truck after a caller reported a suspicious person on the street.

Officers say she was driving about a mile (1.5 kilometers) from her home in Walhalla when they stopped her.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/no-dui-toy-truck-megan-holman_n_5d040a2de4b0304a120f9645




Yeah that’s not the message that we will give you here. But you get the idea. Next up – the Sunshine State, America’s penis, Florida – never fails to disappoint week after week. You think they’d do something about the sheer amount of crazy in Florida but they have yet to. For this story yeah, I’m not entirely sure that poop is what one would call “protein-diet friendly”.

Court officials say a Florida man charged with burglary defecated during his criminal trial and tried to throw his feces at the judge.

The Miami Herald reports 33-year-old Dorleans Philidor was sitting in a wheelchair next to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh when officials say he tried to throw his excrement at her. It did not reach her. There were no jurors present during Friday’s incident.

"It's protein. It's good for you," Philidor yelled, reports the Miami Herald.

Witnesses say dozens of corrections officers responded and the trial was moved while the courtroom was sanitized.

Read more: https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2019/06/22/florida-man-dorleans-philidor-defecates-court-trial-throw-feces-judge-acquitted-lisa-walsh/1538567001/




Yeah well it’s probably a good thing that the poop doesn’t talk in this case. Next up – sticking with the Sunshine State, when you go to McDonalds, I don’t remember this being on the menu! And this might be the worst use of a playground ever, by the way.

As diners at a McDonald’s in Florida enjoyed their Big Macs, a 62-year-old man removed his clothes and performed a “strange dance” before apparently “trying to have relations with a railing,” according to a police report.

Investigators say that John Morgan was arrested Sunday after his impromptu 7:30 PM performance at the restaurant in Collier County. Charged with trespassing, the homeless Morgan was booked into the county jail on the misdemeanor count. He is scheduled for arraignment on July 3.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the McDonald’s due to a report of “Male taking clothes off doing a strange dance, subject possibly on drugs.” A 911 caller also reported that “it looked as though the male was trying to have relations with a railing.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/florida/strange-dance-at-mcdonalds-739506




Damn right! This is a family restaurant! Our basic freedoms!!! Next up – there is a lot of crazy happening in the Sunshine State. Look there’s only two guys in the entire world who can acceptably wear short shorts, one is Tobias Funke, and well, yeah let’s just leave it at Tobias Funke. So leading by example maybe isn’t the best approach here.

As soon as Jason Hilley walked into the room, the laughter started.

"I feel humor brings more meaning to discipline than yelling and screaming and all that," Hilley explained.

His 14-year-old daughter, Kendall, had shorts that he felt showed too much daughter so he put on his own.

"I will pick you up in school every day with these on you don't put them on," Hilley told Kendall as he convinced her to wear a pair of short shorts with him.

The thinking is that neither would like the other's short shorts.

"She has a pair of short shorts and I need to get my point across. I will wear a pair of short shorts, a kind of little tit for tat on the clothing idea," Hilley said.
https://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Florida-man-sports-short-shorts-to-teach-daughter-a-lesson-511702541.html




Hey did he go to the conference this year too? Finally this week – we’ve got yet *ANOTHER* Florida Man story for you. And this guy is either an advertising genius – or just an idiot. Either way, if you’ve got coke on you, this is probably not the place to advertise, and it’s definitely not in front of the popos.

A career criminal with multiple narcotics convictions on his rap sheet was wearing a shirt with “red lettering on the front that said ‘COKE’” when he sold four crack cocaine rocks to a Florida undercover agent, according to an arrest affidavit.

Terry Leon Simmons, 53, was arrested Friday afternoon at his home in Fort Pierce on a felony cocaine sales charge. He was also hit with a second felony count after arresting officers spotted a marijuana joint and a bag of MDMA in plain view inside the residence.

Cops charge that Simmons sold crack cocaine to a driver who pulled up outside of a convenience store a couple of blocks from the ex-con’s apartment.

At the time of the $40 transaction, Simmons was wearing a “two toned blue shirt with red lettering on the front that said ‘COKE’ on the front.” The arrest does not indicate whether the lettering was in the style of the popular soft drink.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/cocaine/coke-shirt-collar-680513




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What is up with Texas? That’s the question that we have on the table for you in our 5 part docuseries and right now, we’re on part 3. In part 2, we took a 550 mile road trip down the Texas border to the border town of Laredo – a town that literally shares two sides of the city, roads and municipal governments - on the US border with Mexico to find out the real truth behind our nation’s illegal immigration crisis. Turns out the real problem is with Texas republicans. This week, our journey takes us to the Lone Star State’s capitol in Austin to find out what is going on. Right now the state is being led by governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. And when I stayed at the Austin Airport Hilton, what did I see to my amazement when I got my complimentary newspaper and saw this insane headline?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a controversial measure that supporters say provides religious protections but Democrats and critics argue would allow discrimination against the state's LGBTQ community.

Abbott, a Republican, signed Senate Bill 1978, nicknamed the "Save Chick-fil-A" bill, on Monday, according to the Texas legislature's website, after the legislation cleared the state House and Senate last month. The chain has come under fire for its charitable donations to religious organizations, including the Salvation Army, that oppose same-sex marriage.

The measure prohibits the government from taking "adverse action" against any individuals or businesses based on membership, support or donations to religious groups. Before being sent to the governor, the bill was amended to remove language that would have allowed the Texas attorney general to bring action against any government entity or employee that refused to comply with the bill.
Abbott's office did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on Wednesday.

The legislation comes after the San Antonio City Council in March approved a new concessions contract for the San Antonio International Airport on the condition that fast food chain Chick-fil-A be excluded. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced an investigation that month into whether the city violated Chick-fil-A's religious liberty with its decision.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/politics/texas-save-chick-fil-a--bill-greg-abbott/index.html




I had to know more. So we went to the Capitol building in Austin where my attempts to score an interview with Gov. Abbott were met with “who the fuck are you?” and “no further questions”. After many attempts, the answers that I got from one of Gov. Abbott’s interns was that he feels that Chik-Fil-A’s “religious freedoms” are under attack. Whatever that is. My quest to know more about this went further down the rabbit hole. Really, crappy fast food is the hill they choose to die on?

It’s a red-meat issue, but it feeds on chicken.

San Antonio’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from its airport continues to resound in political circles. Legislators passed a religious freedom bill that gained steam after it was rebranded as the ‘Save Chick-fil-A bill.’ Gov. Greg Abbott beamed over its success on Twitter.

And Attorney General Ken Paxton, declining to wait for his own department to rule on a public records request, on Monday filed suit against the city to force it to hand over records he wants for his office’s investigation.

“The Constitution’s protection of religious liberty is somehow even better than Chick-fil-A’s chicken,” Paxton wrote in a letter to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg early in his clash with the city. “Unfortunately, I have serious concerns that both are under assault at the San Antonio airport.”

The decision to exclude the restaurant made national headlines in March after some City Council members said they couldn’t support Chick-fil-A because of its anti-LGBT reputation and Nirenberg cited economic reasons related to its policy of closing on Sundays.
https://www.expressnews.com/news/politics/texas_legislature/article/Texas-Attorney-General-Paxton-sues-city-of-San-13921346.php




That still didn’t answer my inquiry. Further inquiries with the aide who was assigned to answer whatever questions I had only did not give me the answer that I wanted. So they seem obsessed with the religious culture of greasy fast food. My attempts to find answers turned up very empty. Back at the hotel and flipping through the channels, I happened to find this.

Adding insult to injury, the conservative hosts of Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends celebrated Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing of legislation dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill” by eating food from the notoriously homophobic fast-food chain on-air.

There has been a recent spate of pushback to Chick-fil-A stores opening in airports and on college campuses across the country, but the bill Abbott signed this Pride Month prohibits Texas and its cities and counties from punishing individuals or businesses because of affiliation with or donations to religious organizations (including those that are anti-LGBTQ).

"The bill is to protect private entities from punishment over actions they take due to their religious beliefs," Fox & Friends cohost Steve Doocy said.

“So, San Antonio airport — I used to live there, flew into that airport all the time — and they have obviously restaurants, their food court. And Chick-fil-A wants to move in there,” cohost Ainsley Earhart attempted to explain. “Well, the area lawmakers — the local lawmakers said no because there is some controversy with this restaurant. Whether or not — what their beliefs are on LGBT — and so they voted no. Well, it went all the way to the governor's desk, and he just signed it."
https://www.advocate.com/media/2019/6/13/fox-friends-celebrates-antigay-legislation-chick-fil-feast




Yeah probably. So my quest to seek answers from the governor’s office got nothing. Why are they wasting time on crappy fast food at the airport terminal when there’s far more important matters out there? And all I get was Fox & Friends stuffing their faces with this crap to stick it to LGBT people somehow? What are they proving? Nothing. But I did find out that the State, in their quest for grease and calories, sued one of its’ own cities to protect a bullshit fast food joint. Yes, that is what is going on in Texas at the capitol.

Escalating the fight over Chick-fil-A’s religious rights, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued San Antonio on Monday as part of his investigation into the city’s decision to reject the chicken chain as an airport vendor.

The lawsuit, filed in state district court in Travis County, seeks a court order requiring San Antonio to turn over emails and other internal communications in which council members and city employees discussed the Chick-fil-A contract with each other and outsiders.

San Antonio officials previously rejected Paxton’s demand for the internal documents.

Like other Texas Republican leaders, Paxton has blasted the airport decision as a violation of Chick-fil-A’s religious freedom, particularly because blocking the chain as an airport vendor was proposed by Council Member Roberto Trevino, who cited Chick-Fil-A’s “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior,” including opposition to same-sex marriage by corporate leaders. Trevino’s proposal was approved 6-4 on March 21.
https://www.statesman.com/news/20190603/state-of-texas-sues-san-antonio-escalating-chick-fil-a-fight




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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