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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #10-13: 19 Years To Life... And Counting Edition

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Due to a scheduling conflict, the Top 10 is early this week! Enjoy!

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #10-13: 19 Years To Life… And Counting Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! So how do you like our new set everybody? Yes, the blank, blue void is gone and it’s been replaced by this beauty! And can I make an announcement? Next week… the return of… the WHEEL OF CORRUPTION! YAY!!!! Oh the kids love this don’t they? And yes things are getting back to normal, almost like it’s 2019 again. Wait, we don’t want to relive 2020 again do we? I don’t! Do we have time for the thing? Of course we do! So you know that baseball is back. I don’t want to report on this because I’m an Angels fan and we don’t like the Dodgers but as an LA kid this feels so weird. The thing that’s most commonly associated with the Dodgers besides the great former announcer Vin Scully – is the foot long mystery meat concoction known as the Dodger Dog. So Farmer John’s – the company that manufactures the Dodger Dog – has ended their contract with Dodger Stadium! Now the weird thing is that they sell Dodger Dogs but they’re not the same. And what’s even weirder is that Dodger Stadium began shopping for a new hot dog vendor and even went so far as to hire taste testers to ensure that the Dodger Dogs they were going to sell to ensure taste accuracy and that Dodger fans wouldn’t be fooled. During this time Farmer John’s went and signed a contract with nearby LAFC. So no Dodger Dogs at Dodger Stadium, but Dodger Dogs at Banc Of California Stadium. I mean come on, going to a Dodger game without trying a Dodger Dog is like going to a museum and not looking at the paintings. OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to but first John Oliver is back and he looks into the world of vaccines and vaccine misinformation:

So where do we begin this week? In the number one slot this week, Joe Biden gave a speech commemorating his first 100 days in office, but not everyone was happy with it, so we’re going to show you some of the more insane reactions to Biden’s speech (1). In the second slot this week is the former mayor of New York City, our old buddy Rudy Giuliani . It seems that he really stepped in it regarding his conspiracy theory BS, and he might join Roger Stone and Trump in prison! They can make Supermax great again! Taking the 3rd slot this week is Tucker Carlson. So the pandemic is at a tipping point and Tucker could make things that much worse, and if you are not outraged at the things he’s been saying lately, you’re not paying attention! Taking the fourth slot this week is Josh Duggar (4) – yes of the 1,000,000 Kids and Counting Duggar family, and he stepped in it after getting arrested by the FBI for – wait for it – possessing child porn! Yay! In the number 5 slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week there’s talk of a silicon shortage that could affect everything from computers to cars to appliances, so how’s that going to affect you? Prepare to be outraged! And speaking of outrage, in the #6 slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and this week our resident pastor has become increasingly alarmed that his fellow Christians are using crowd funding sites to fund acts of terrorism. Yeah that’s happening! In the number 7 slot this week we have a new This Fucking Guy (7) and this week we’re taking a look at the upper echelon of UFC and profiling Joe Rogan and Dana White, and whew, these guys are crazy. In the number 8 slot this week we have a new Conspiracy Corner (8) and this week the conspiracy is on flags! Yes, flags! Specifically those obscene anti-Biden flags that you might see floating around MAGA neighborhoods. And this is going to be fun. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week we have a new “I Need A Drink” – and this week we’re going to get drunk and discuss Larry Kudlow’s insane remark on Biden forcing people to drink “plant based beer”. Finally this week it’s time for Stupidest State 2021! This week it’s a battle of the Batshit Conference as favorite #1 Georgia looks to unseat red hot #4 Michigan! One of these teams wins, the other goes home! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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You know what conservatives? Your schtick of hating everything that we do is getting really old now, and I mean really old. You’ve spent the last 40 years pushing this crap and everyone is getting really tired of it. So Biden is kicking your ass and reversing literally all of Trump’s worst policies and then some more. But not everyone is happy with Biden’s performance. It’s one of those things where the performance was so good that it’s making the rest of the room uncomfortable because they could never live up to those standards. Think of it like being a lounge singer in the same room as Placido Domingo – you’ll never live up to Domingo no matter how hard you try! Yeah it’s not the same, I know, but let’s take a look at who’s not happy with Biden’s first 100 days, shall we?

As President Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, at least one lawmaker in attendance didn't seem to find the speech as engaging as others.

More than an hour after taking the podium, Biden was discussing his administration's plans for immigration reform when cameras cut to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz who appeared to be fighting sleep.

"If you actually want to solve a problem, I've sent a bill. Take a close look at it," Biden is saying as the camera focused on Cruz whose eyes were shut for a brief moment before snapping open.

Twitter users quickly pointed out the sleepy-eyed Cruz.

"When you're dreaming about Cancun," tweeted Aaron Rupar, a Vox reporter, referencing Cruz's trip to Mexico during February when Texas was slammed by a winter storm and faced widespread power outages.

Yeah so Ted Cruz was asleep during Biden’s joint address to Congress… or was he? Maybe he was just dreaming about Southern Mexican paradises! And by the way, speaking of Teddy not approving of what Biden does, does he not know what a brutal dictator is? Yes these four countries absolutely suck but compared to scumbags like Duterte and Modi? None of the leaders of these countries have anything on them, except maybe Putin. Putin probably reigns supreme.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) denounced U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield for attempting to "kiss up to the brutal tyrants" on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday.

Cruz tweeted his disapproval in reaction to a video clip of Thomas-Greenfield addressing the virtual 30th Annual Summit of the National Action Network, a civil rights group founded by Al Sharpton. Thomas-Greenfield maintained that "the original sin of slavery weaved white supremacy" into the "founding documents and principles" of the U.S. while vowing that the country would regain a seat on the Human Rights Council.

"Perhaps our ambassadors should defend America," Cruz tweeted in response. "And not kiss up to the brutal tyrants (including Cuba, Venezuela, Russia & China) on the UN Human Rights Council."

The U.S. last held on a seat on the council in 2018, when the administration of former President Donald Trump withdrew from the council while claiming that it was "biased" and alleging issues like the mistreatment of Israel. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the council was "a protector of human rights abusers."

And by the way can we show what Lauren Boebert (Q – Batshit) was up to? I mean she wasn’t sleeping but she was definitely not focused on the speech. Come on, why should you when you’re part of the party that tried to overthrow the government and stop Trump’s insurrection. So in addition to not caring, Lauren Boebert was apparently wearing some kind of tin foil hat blanket thing designed to purposefully make some noise, and was live tweeting the speech. Yeah you can’t make this stuff up.

Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado took a unique approach to maximizing comfort during President Joe Biden's hour-long address to Congress Wednesday night.

She unpacked what appeared to be a space blanket about halfway through the address and laid the mylar sheet over her lap. Photos from the evening show Boebert using her phone while covered by the blanket and her Twitter account shows she tweeted more than 25 times during Biden's address.

Matt Fuller, a politics reporter at The Daily Beast who was inside the chamber, tweeted that Boebert "sort of loudly opened" the blanket, then "shook it free so that everyone could hear it in the chamber," before draping it across her lap.

The freshman lawmaker's behavior during the speech raised eyebrows on a number of occasions — from live-tweeting vitriol at Biden from inside the House chamber to refusing to rise during a standing ovation for first lady Jill Biden.

By the way, what was Lauren googling during the speech? Let us know in the comments! So yeah that happened! And did we really need a rebuttal from Josh Hawley (Q - Batshit)? Yeah I know every time the president gives a major address, the other party gets a rebuttal. But is Josh Hawley really the guy you want to go to? I mean it could be worse, it could be Madison Cowthorn. But the GQP party is full of people who you don’t want making a speech or even attending events.

Biden plans to use the address to unveil his push for a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that would fundamentally transform the roles the government plays in American life. He is also expected to address his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, as well as call on Congress to pass gun control legislation and reforms to the nation’s immigration system.

The proposal drew a sharp rebuke from Missouri U.S. Senator, Republican Josh Hawley.

“What I’d like to see from the President is a plan to bring jobs back to the country from overseas, to get manufacturing restarted and strong again in this country, to make sure that places like Missouri and rural areas in our state are able to benefit and take advantage of this economy and are not left behind, but instead what you see is literally trillions of dollars, trillions of dollars in new federal social welfare spending that has no requirements to work, that is not related at all to getting a job,” Hawley said.

Hawley this week proposed a working parent tax credit that would give families up to $12,000 as long as one parent in the household was working. He did cite the potential for agreement on some form of an infrastructure package, although Republicans have criticized how Democrats have defined infrastructure more widely than road and bridge construction and repair.

“We’ve gone down this path before, it was not successful I think it’s a big mistake and this is now 6 trillion dollars in spending, taxpayer money, that the president has proposed, just in his first hundred days, I think it’s kind of crazy,” Hawley said.

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Answer me this my fair audience - why does every current video clip of Rudy Giuliani always look like he’s going to take a massive dump? Does he have a digestive problem or something? But I’m sure everyone knows where they were when they heard that the Feds were in the process of raiding Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment. But for what reason? Was it that he finally had the information on Hunter Biden’s laptop? No? So you might be asking – what’s Giuliani in such deep trouble for? And I answer you this good sir or madam – we don’t know. But we will be keeping an eye on this story as it develops because I can assure you that it will be white hot! One thing we do know is that Rudy stepped in it, and he’s got a steaming pile of whatever it is on his shoes!

Federal agents executed search warrants Wednesday at the Manhattan apartment and office of Rudy Giuliani, his attorney said, advancing a criminal investigation by federal prosecutors that has been underway for more than two years.

Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, has been the focus of an investigation concerning his activities in Ukraine, including whether he conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation linked to Trump's primary political rival, President Joe Biden, CNN has reported. Giuliani hasn't been charged and has denied wrongdoing.

It is unusual for prosecutors to execute a search warrant on a lawyer, although Manhattan federal prosecutors have done so before, most notably in recent years against another former lawyer for Trump, Michael Cohen.

On Wednesday afternoon, an attorney for Giuliani, Robert Costello, said the warrant described an investigation into possible violation of foreign lobbying laws and that it sought communications between Giuliani and people including a former columnist for The Hill, John Solomon.

I can’t imagine Rudy and Trump are fans of the performing arts. But one thing’s for certain by repeatedly circulating lies about the election and about Hunter Biden they have stepped in it. And of course the former mob boss, doing his best Valley Girl impression, is standing by his fixer. Where is this going you might ask? Well again I can assure you – we don’t know. But the good news is that we might actually have a case that goes somewhere, thanks to having a competent AG who has yet to be fired!

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday denounced the raids by federal investigators on the Manhattan home and office of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, defending the former New York mayor as the victim of a politically biased Justice Department.

“Rudy Giuliani is a great patriot. He does these things — he just loves this country, and they raid his apartment,” Trump told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo in an interview. “It’s, like, so unfair and such a double — it’s like a double standard like I don’t think anybody’s ever seen before.”

FBI agents executed search warrants at the properties on Wednesday in relation to a long-running probe into Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine during Trump’s presidency. An attorney for Giuliani said the raids focused on a single incident in which his client allegedly failed to register as a foreign agent.

“I don’t know what they’re looking for, what they’re doing. They say it had to do with filings of various papers, lobbying filings,” Trump said, going on to allege — without offering evidence — illegal foreign lobbying by President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Oh he doesn’t miss, that’s for sure! And while the former mob boss is standing by his guy – presumably because he has something on him, we can assure you that the Feds are not done! So how were they able to nail Giuliani you might ask? Well Giuliani has been under scrutiny for his ties to some shady Ukranian business dealers. Does that sound familiar? Well it’s only the narrative they’ve been trying to dump on Hunter Biden over the last two years. You know that old saying – judge not lest ye be judged!

Giuliani, the 76-year-old former New York City mayor once celebrated for his leadership after 9/11, has been under federal scrutiny for several years over his ties to Ukraine. The dual searches sent the strongest signal yet that he could eventually face federal charges.

Agents searched Giuliani’s Madison Avenue apartment and Park Avenue office, people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. The warrants, which required approval from the top levels of the Justice Department, signify that prosecutors believe they have probable cause that Giuliani committed a federal crime — though they do not guarantee that charges will materialize.

A third search warrant was served on a phone belonging to Washington lawyer Victoria Toensing, a former federal prosecutor and close ally of Giuliani and Trump. Her law firm issued a statement saying she was informed that she is not a target of the investigation.

The full scope of the investigation is unclear, but it at least partly involves Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, law enforcement officials have told the AP.

The people discussing the searches and Wednesday’s developments could not do so publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. News of the search was first reported by The New York Times.

How about the actual Mafia? And you don’t double cross them or you’ll end up in the East River, just like my mamma mia’s pasta al forno! Yeah I’ve seen way too many mafia movies! But in case you’re wondering – yes Rudy’s fuck up could have colossal consequences! Especially for a certain former president who is attempting to run again in 2024! That is assuming this raid and subsequent probe isn’t going to fuck things up for the worse for them! Pass the butter, it’s going to be fun watching them squirm!

Sophia Ankel
Sun, May 2, 2021, 3:30 AM·3 min read

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President Donald Trump's lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani wipes sweat away after an interview with One America News Network's Chanel Rion outside the White House West Wing in Washington, DC, on July 1, 2020. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Rudy Giuliani raid has Trump allies feeling uneasy about what could come next, CNN reported.

A former Trump advisor said the raid is proof that officials are willing to pursue his inner circle.

Several Trump allies also said it "wouldn't shock" them if Giuliani turned on the former president.

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Related: Rudy Giuliani mocked after warning of misinformation

Trump allies are growing increasingly concerned about the future after former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's office and apartment were raided by federal agents this week, according to CNN.

On Wednesday, Giuliani, who acted as Trump's former attorney, was the target of two raids in which investigators seized several of his electronic devices as well as a computer belonging to his personal assistant. The searches were in connection to a criminal probe into Giuliani's dealings in Ukraine, The New York Times reported.

Trump's allies and former members of his inner circle are now reportedly becoming increasingly worried about further raids and upcoming FBI investigations.

"This was a show of force that sent a strong message to a lot of people in Trump's world that other things may be coming down the pipeline," an advisor to the former president, who wished to stay anonymous, told CNN.


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I want to start this entry by telling my producer that no, we don’t need a Tucker reaction camera for this one. Really? You’re going to go there? OK fine. Guess I brought this one on myself. And while we’re all enjoying the benefits of the COVID vaccine, Tucker Carlson is having the opposite view. He’s instead going full anti-vax and full mask hole. Now I can already hear you getting ready to boo, so please save your boos for a minute. Fox News has seriously lost its’ damn mind, although they didn’t really have much of a mind to begin with. And it’s insane the content that they are letting on their networks, and I guess having conservatives threaten them with going to other networks really has them scrambling to produce content, so they’ve resorted to threats.

Apparently, Tucker Carlson thinks parents should be arrested for child abuse if they make their kids wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

That uh, observation came during Tucker’s latest monologue at the top of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday. It began with him railing against politicians requiring their constituents to wear masks — which, Tucker argued, “99% of us would have survived anyway.” (Cold comfort for the 570,000 people who didn’t, of course.)

Tucker then zeroed in on kids by ranting against parents who make their children wear masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children age 2 and over wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID and recently said that kids still should wear masks in public spaces, especially if they attend summer camps this year.

“As for forcing children to wear masks outside, that should be illegal,” Tucker said. “Your response when you see children wearing masks while they play should be no different to seeing someone beat a kid in Walmart. Call the police. Contact Child Protective Services. Keep calling until someone arrives.”

Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Oh man it’s so great to finally hear your boos in person again! Just so we’re perfectly clear – if you’re anti-mask and anti-vax, you won’t be allowed at future Top 10 events. This is a stunning level of evil. I mean if anyone should have CPS called on them, it’s the anti-mask and anti-vax people. The sad thing right now is that the bad guys are winning in this field but hopefully not for long! Even the State Department is feeling the heat from this one.

A day after Tucker Carlson urged his viewers to call child protective services if they see kids wearing masks outside, the New Jersey, Nevada and Utah child welfare departments discouraged people from making frivolous calls and clarified that wearing face coverings was unlikely to constitute a form of child abuse.

In a wide-ranging rant about masks during a monologue on his show Monday, Carlson claimed it was “unacceptable,” “dangerous” and should even be “illegal” for children to wear masks outside while they play.

Citing debunked claims about masks decreasing oxygen levels, Carlson urged his viewers to contact the police or child welfare agencies if they see a kid wearing a mask outside.

In response to an inquiry from Forbes on Tuesday, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families said that calls to the child abuse hotline “must meet certain criteria for an investigative response” and that a “parent or guardian placing a mask on a child or youth, whether inside or outside, is not, by itself, considered abusive.”

In a warning to Americans who might heed Carlson’s advice, the department said that “frivolous calls” to the agency “prevent staff from helping the children and families that truly need assistance.”

Look we’re all sick of the pandemic precautions that have taken over our lives in the last year but the last thing we want to do is make things worse, or we all go back to ground zero! And pro-maskers aren’t the only thing that Tucker has a problem with. He also has a problem with vaccines. So masks and vaccines are both apparently part of the new thing that Fox News is going to declare war on in the next year and coming years.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday evening called former President Barack Obama a "creepy old man" for urging Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine in a public service announcement.

In a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the host played Obama's recent remarks about the vaccine on NBC News, before criticizing the ex-president over the announcement.

"NBC is now running, and you may have seen these, PSAs (public service announcements) with its on-air talent demanding that everyone in the country get the shot. Barack Obama just released this creepy little video telling small children to get the shot," he said.

The host then aired the ex-president's message, which aired last week.

"Hi everybody it's Barack. Now that every American over the age of 16 is eligible to get the vaccine I want to talk about you getting yours," Obama said. "The vaccine is safe, it's effective, it's free. I got one, Michelle got one, people you know got one. And now you can get one too. It's the only way we're going to get back to all the things we love, from spending time with grandparents, to going to concerts, to watching live sports. So get the vaccine as soon as you can."

Yes, booooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! I mean come on, Obama is only trying to help. Seriously what’s wrong with these guys? I wish I knew the answers. But you could probably write an entire doctoral thesis about what’s wrong with these guys and still not come up with a correct answer! But this is why I thank god that shows like Jimmy Kimmel and John Oliver exist – to combat the bullshit. Because if we let Fox News go unchecked, the bad guys win. That’s right, Tucker.

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday answered one of Tucker Carlson’s skewed questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, briefly inoculating viewers against the Fox News host’s anti-vaccine fearmongering. (Watch the clip below.)

As part of his right-wing channel’s apparent campaign to sow doubt about vaccine safety and effectiveness, Carlson has been raising what he presents as deal-breaking questions that actually have verifiable answers. Which, of course, he fails to acknowledge.

But on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” the nation’s top infectious disease expert entertained one of Carlson’s leading queries.

After people on the street asked Fauci questions, Kimmel noted one more guy had one. He cut to a clip of Carlson asking why college students should get the vaccine because “young people are not at risk of dying from COVID” and many have been infected already.

“No one has explained that,” Carlson said.

Kimmel let Fauci take it away.

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So remember when Q Anon activists promised to take down a global ring of elite pedophiles which included everything from musicians to politicians to billionaires to TV stars and everything and anything in between? Well who knew that the only people they’d take down so far are… oh wait, they haven’t taken anybody down yet. But I loved seeing this story last week. Remember that family that had those 1,000,000 kids and they were still in the process of producing more babies? That family? Well one of the offspring is Josh Duggar. And guess what? He’s already had past problems with pedophilia and child pornography. Guess you could say that you saw this coming but then again it’s probably just another notch in a long list of problems for this insane family.

Former reality TV star Joshua Duggar has been arrested on federal charges related to the possession of child pornography, according to the US Attorney's Office in the Western District of Arkansas.

Duggar allegedly downloaded material that depicted the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12, the US attorney's office said in a statement. Duggar allegedly possessed the material in May 2019.

Duggar, the oldest son of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, whose family was the subject of the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting," faces two charges, the indictment shows -- one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted, the statement said.

Duggar was arrested in Arkansas Thursday, according to the statement. He appeared in federal court Friday via video conference and pleaded not guilty to both charges.

That guy kind of looks like he shouldn't be allowed near schools. I'm just saying. You know what? Why don't we call this "19 Federal Indictments And Counting". Or maybe "19 Years To Life And Counting". I smell a new reality show! Now here’s the question I have – is how the hell do you break *THAT* news to your 5,000,000 kids that one of your own is not only a creepy pervert but he’s a repeat offender creepy pervert? I just wish the cameras were rolling because I would have loved to have heard that conversation.

Earlier this week, some major news broke about a member of the Duggar family. Josh Duggar was arrested in Arkansas on Thursday and charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. In light of this news, The Sun reported that Josh's father, Jim Bob Duggar, issued a message to his children on Thursday about his son's arrest (Josh is currently still in jail and has a bond hearing scheduled for May 5, about two months before he will go to trial.)

A source told The Sun that Jim Bob shared a message with his many children on Thursday morning shortly before Josh was arrested. He reportedly told his kids and their spouses that Josh would be "arrested imminently." The insider continued about Jim Bob's reported comments, "He asked them all to pray for Josh and Anna, and trust that God would bring them closer together through the tough time. He also asked them to not speak publicly about the arrest or any issues with Josh."

While Jim Bob reportedly cautioned his children against speaking with the press, he, his wife Michelle Duggar, and several of their kids have indeed spoken out on Josh's arrest. On Friday, Jim Bob and Michelle issued a statement to PEOPLE in which they expressed that they're focusing on their faith amid this situation. They told the outlet, "We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time. The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family."

Jim Bob and Michelle's children, including Jinger Duggar Vuolo and Jessa Duggar Seewald, also released statements about their brother's arrest and the charges brought against him. Both Jinger and Jessa, along with their respective spouses, took to Instagram to share their statements. On Jessa's Instagram Story, she and her husband shared that their prayers are with their family but stressed that they stand against any form of sexual abuse. Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, wrote, "We are saddened to hear of the charges against Josh. As Christians, we stand against any form of pornography or abuse and we desire for the truth to be exposed, whatever that may be. Our prayers are with their family as they walk through this difficult time."

Hey Christians! Stop supporting these people! Garbage behavior coming from someone like this isn’t just an isolated incident – it’s part of a long stemming pattern of terrible behavior! Yup, guy’s a pervert and the GOP is going to have a huge problem like this on their hands in the coming months and maybe even years and decades. And I mean come on, they had one of their own as president, so you know that old saying about birds of a feather flocking together, and such.

Josh Duggar's lawyers are contesting a judge's ruling that the reality star not be able to go home to his wife and kids should he be released on bail.

Duggar appeared virtually in court Friday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of child pornography charges. Judge Erin Wiedermann stipulated the "19 Kids and Counting" star cannot reside in a home with minor children and must have a third-party custodian should he be released on bond, according Deadline and KNWA, a local news outlet.

On Monday, Duggar's attorneys said in a joint statement that they "intend to defend this case aggressively and thoroughly."

"In this country, no one can stop prosecutors from charging a crime. But when you’re accused, you can fight back in the courtroom – and that is exactly what Josh intends to do," read the statement from attorneys Justin Gelfand, Travis Story and Greg Payne.

Yeah but at least he’s a family pervert, Dude. Between this and Rudy getting arrested, this has been a pretty good week for us! Hey come on it’s our job to report on conservative idiocy, even if it includes them getting caught up in extremely terrible and possibly illegal behavior. Though when does this family not get pregnant? He’s just looking for excuses at this point. But at least TLC, or as I like to call them The Freak Show Network, is acknowledging that this family’s got issues.

Following Josh Duggar‘s recent arrest, TLC addressed its history with the Duggar family in a statement to Us Weekly on Friday, April 30.
Josh Duggar’s Lawsuits, Scandals and Controversies Over the Years

“TLC is saddened to learn about the continued troubles involving Josh Duggar,” the network noted. “19 Kids and Counting has not aired since 2015. TLC canceled the show on the heels of prior allegations against Josh Duggar and he has not appeared on air since then.”

The former 19 Kids and Counting star, 33, was arrested in Arkansas on Thursday, April 29. He was placed on a federal hold at the Washington County jail and detained without bond. One day later, he appeared at a court hearing via Zoom and smiled as his lawyer entered his not guilty plea.

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[font size="8"]Top 10 Investigates: The Silicon Shortage
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It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines! This is Top 10 Investigates!

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shut down supply chains and created global shortages of everything we buy, and changed consumer spending habits for better or worse. One shortage that you’re probably noticing now that’s going to get a whole lot worse is computer chips. But while you might be tempted to blame the Bitcoin shortage as to why you’re unable to buy critical computer components like graphics cards, the one market that this chip shortage is really affecting is something that nobody has expected – the new car market. In fact there’s such a shortage that it’s affecting both dealerships and production lines alike. But what you might not think is that your new car’s navigation system is loaded with computer chips that control everything from the GPS signal to monitoring safety hazards. But the scary thing is that it could be going from bad to worse in the coming weeks and it could affect a lot more than just new cars.

In the market for a new car, smartphone or washing machine this year? A global shortage of computer chips could mean you have to wait a while and pay more.

A growing number of manufacturers around the world are having trouble securing supplies of semiconductors, delaying the production and delivery of goods and threatening to push up the prices paid by consumers.

Several factors are driving the crunch, which was initially concentrated in the auto industry. The first is the coronavirus pandemic, which plunged the global economy into recession last year, upending supply chains and changing consumer shopping patterns. Carmakers cut back orders for chips while tech companies, whose products were boosted by lockdown living, snapped up as many as they could.

Other shocks, such as US government sanctions on Chinese technology companies and extreme weather, have also contributed to the shortage of supply.

So how did it get this bad? And what can be expected in the wait times between when this is at its’ peak and when it gets back to normal? Well a lot of this has to do with when the chip is ordered and produced. Because factories have been working at half or no capacity due to social distancing orders, and factory output has been lagging. And this could prove to be a huge problem because the semiconductors used to make chips are used in just about everything these days.

A six-decade-old invention, the lowly chip, has gone from little-understood workhorse in powerful computers to the most crucial and expensive component under the hood of modern-day gadgets.

That explosion in demand—unexpectedly goosed during the Covid-19 pandemic for certain industries like smartphones and PCs—has caused a near-term supply shock triggering an unprecedented global shortage.

In February, lead times—the duration between when an order for a chip is placed and when it actually gets filled—stretched to 15 weeks on average for the first time since data collection started in 2017, according to industry distributor data from Susquehanna Financial Group. Lead times for Broadcom Inc.—a barometer for the industry because of its involvement across the supply chain—extended to 22.2 weeks, up from 12.2 weeks in February 2020.

The crunch has sideswiped the General Motors and Volkswagens of the world and swung politicians from Washington to Beijing into crisis control. It’s also catapulted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. to the top of investor and government agendas. Asia’s two largest chipmakers are responsible for making the vast majority of the world’s most advanced silicon, yet don’t have the capacity to sate all demand. It’s a bottleneck that could last several quarters—or into next year.

And while everyone is looking to rebound and rebuild from the ashes of the pandemic, this could have the potential to slow down that economic recovery. A lot of this shortage actually stems from last year when the pandemic first stranded people at home and everyone had to buy new computers and Wifi equipment to be able to keep up with streaming services and video conferencing service demands, but that demand is slowing. But expect this to go on for far longer than you might think.

"Out of stock": the frustrating warning has made its way to an increasing number of phones and laptop manufacturers' websites over the past year, often leading to long waiting lists for consumers wishing to get their hands on shiny new electronics.

At the heart of the problem is a global shortage of semiconductors, which is not showing signs of coming to an end anytime soon. Worse still, it is likely to trickle down to the production of everyday products that have little in common, at first glance, with high-end technologies. Think children's toys or microwaves.

In January, global semiconductor industry sales reached $40 billion, an increase of 13.2% compared to the same time in 2020. But although chip manufacturers assiduously continue to produce components, the demand for electronic devices that use semiconductors is reaching new heights and has already far outpaced the global supply of chips.

The COVID-19 pandemic has played a large part in bringing about this imbalance. As companies sent their staff back home to work remotely, PC and smartphone sales surged. At the same time, users turned to new, chip-filled forms of entertainment to pass the time during months of lockdown, ranging from gaming to cryptocurrency mining.

Yes that’s kind of about what it is like for the time being. So what do industry insiders think of this shortage and how long it could actually last? Let’s ask the CEO of Cisco, and unfortunately you’re probably not going to like the answer. He says that this could go on for most of the year, and that will start affecting a lot of jobs. Yes, everything has been screwed up because of the pandemic, but as the supply chains start to correct themselves, expect this kind of thing to happen.

The boss of networking giant Cisco has said the shortage of computer chips is set to last for most of this year.

Many firms have seen production delayed because of a lack of semiconductors, triggered by the Covid pandemic and exacerbated by other factors.

Cisco chief Chuck Robbins told the BBC: "We think we've got another six months to get through the short term.

"The providers are building out more capacity. And that'll get better and better over the next 12 to 18 months."

That expansion of capacity will be crucial as advances in technology - including 5G, cloud computing, the internet of things and artificial intelligence - drive a big increase in demand.

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

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

My fair congregation! It is great to finally have a real congregation again and we’re no longer video conferencing! You know as I said last week it’s not all fun and games here at the Holy Church Of The Top 10. We don’t always get to report on the extremely wacky things that our right wing brothers and sisters are up to. Because as we all saw on that very horrifying day of January 6th what they were capable of, they were capable of some dark and disturbing shit! Yes, it’s OK to swear in my church! I know we haven’t done this in a while. Now you might be wondering where they are getting their money from that they can use it and go commit egregious acts of terror. Well I have an answer for you. There’s a Christian crowdfunding site called “GiveSendGo” that the right has been using to fund their activities, and a lot of those activities aren’t exactly what one would call kosher.

Dozens of extremist groups and individuals, including some involved in the Capitol attack, have used social media platforms, cryptocurrencies, tax-exempt status and other fundraising tools to rake in about $1.5m in the last year, according to experts.

Two recent studies by groups that track extremist financing, the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), underscore the growing threat posed by far-right extremists, including those who attacked Congress to stop the certification of the 2020 election results.

The recent studies and testimony delivered to a House committee by representatives from the SPLC and GDI in late February showed that the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and others with white supremacist and anti-immigrant bias, reaped windfalls via the streaming platform DLive, cryptocurrencies and other fundraising methods.

Megan Squire, a computer science professor at Elon University and a senior fellow at the SPLC, found that from 15 April to early February, 55 extremist individuals and groups used the video streaming platform DLive, which allows cryptocurrency-based donations for content, to pull in just under $866,700.

And yes they are certainly the devil. But did toxic religion play a role in the rise of the Dark One? You know who I am talking about of course – THE Dark One. A man who is so abhorrent, dishonorable, disgusting, and piggish that his name shall dare not be spoken in my church whether it is real or even virtual! But yes there’s theories that there’s a toxic Christian underground out there, and it mainly panders to white supremacist males!

On Jan. 6, insurrectionists invaded the U.S. Capitol, roaming its halls, rifling through desks, and threatening to capture and kill both Republican and Democratic-elected leaders. The storming of the U.S. Capitol by domestic terrorists incited by Trump, resulted in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer.

One phase of the invasion ended when Jake Angeli, known as the QAnon “shaman,” who wore a fur hat with bison horns, gathered a group of white men around the Senate dais to say a prayer before exiting. The men all bowed their heads meekly as Angeli prayed in the name of Jesus Christ.

That scene and others, like a giant Jesus 2020 flag flying from a Capitol balcony, and signs held by the rioters that said, “Jesus is my savior, Trump is my president,” did not surprise the Rev. Nathan Empsall, an Episcopal priest and campaigns director of Faithful America, a group which organizes online to reclaim Jesus from the religious right and white supremacists. In a conversation with Between The Lines Melinda Tuhus he spoke about his organization’s response to the attempted coup at the Capitol and the role of Christians in combating what he calls “toxic Christianity.”

And he’s also got lots of guns and ammunition, and a scorching case of anger directed at the wrong people! So in case you’re wondering where your money goes, or where these terrorists get their money from, well, just follow it! That’s what we are doing here is playing armchair auditor. Seriously if they can audit the election after it’s already been certified and accounted for, we can audit where their finances come from, and they’re not going to like it! But that is what the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want!

A data breach from Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo has revealed that millions of dollars have been raised on the site for far-right causes and groups, many of whom are banned from raising funds on other platforms.

It also identifies previously anonymous high-dollar donors to far-right actors, some of whom enjoy positions of wealth, power or public responsibility.

Some of the biggest beneficiaries have been members of groups such as the Proud Boys, designated as a terrorist group in Canada, many of whose fundraising efforts were directly related to the 6 January attack on the United States Capitol.

The breach, shared with journalists by transparency group Distributed Denial of Secrets, shows the site was used for a wide range of legitimate charitable purposes, such as crowdfunding medical bills, aid projects and religious missions.

That will happen at a Proud Boys rally! And by the way if you think you’re safe using a site like GiveSendGo, I can assure you that you are not! If you’re using this site to fund acts of terror and right wing militia groups, you will be found out! On the internet everything you do is tracked and quantified, which is why we only use approved sites that the LAWRD would want! So use GiveSendGo, it will only come back to haunt you, because it’s not what the good LAWD JAYSUS would want!

Since Jan. 6, hundreds of people have been charged with crimes associated with their alleged participation in the Capitol riots. The insurrection resulted in several deaths, millions of dollars of damage, and saw people hunting lawmakers intent on murdering them, possibly by hanging from scaffolding they’d erected outside.

To pay for their defense, many accused insurrectionists are turning to what’s fast become the crowdfunding platform of choice for the far-right: GiveSendGo. They’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars—and counting. Cumulatively, campaigns for members of the Oath Keepers, an extremist militia whose members fantasize about civil war, have raised a half-million dollars.

GiveSendGo calls itself the “#1 free Christian crowdfunding site,” created so “crowds of Christians could come together and support other Christians in their endeavors.”

The platform hosts fundraisers for plenty of faith-oriented fundraisers like mission trips, funerals, and church repairs. It also hosts fundraisers for members of far-right groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. Some even used the platform to raise money to travel to the Capitol riots.

Yes and that path is don’t seek out approval from those who support the unholy Dark One, because it will come back to bite you! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:

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This week we’re profiling not one but two guys for the This Fucking Guy title crown this week. And those happen to be UFC head honcho Dana White and UFC commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan. So while COVID seems to be waning and America is opening back up after being closed down for a year, this fucking guy Dana White has what one might call “the wrong idea” about how to do things. Yes we’re all desperate to get back to the way things were, but it’s not like we can turn a switch back on the same way we turned it off. But before we get to Joe Rogan, we have to talk about what UFC President Dana White is up to. And he’s certifiably batshit crazy. And I think it’s hilarious that the people who denounce politics in sports go on the most polarizing political talk shows to state their case.

Dana White—the Ultimate Fighting Championship president who spent the last four years campaigning for former President Donald Trump on a wide range of platforms—claims to dislike political messaging in sports.

Speaking to conservative talk show host and right-wing operative Candace Owens, White bemoaned the supposed politicization of sports leagues such as the NBA and the NFL while suggesting that the UFC would never participate in anything he deems “negative.”

“When you watch sports, you’re tuning in to get away from all the crap that’s going on in your life,” White told Owens in an interview for her show, “Candace,” on The Daily Wire’s video roster. “Whether it’s personal, professional, political, whatever’s going on in the world, that’s your time where you tune in. Never once did we talk about COVID, we didn’t talk politics, we didn’t talk about anything negative that was going on. When you come in and you watch two or three hours of our fights, you’re tuning in for fights. You’re coming in to watch a sport. You want to hear all that crap, watch any other channel.”

While White claims that his mixed martial arts league is an apolitical entity, his actions tell a vastly different story. The UFC president spoke at the 2016 and 2020 Republican National Convention, campaigned for Trump in his native Las Vegas, defended Trump’s controversial policies on UFC programming, produced a propaganda documentary titled “Combatant-in-Chief,” and hosted the former president at UFC events in the past. Despite White’s and the UFC’s overt relationship with Trump and his administration, White insisted that the UFC would not be pressured by the current political dynamics in the United States. Instead, he blamed so-called woke culture and cancel culture for the issues facing sports leagues.

And you know what? Here’s the thing Dana – you’re so intent on keeping politics out of sports, yet you keep going on political talk shows to demean politics in sports! How about this? Maybe, I don’t know, don’t go on fucking Sean Hannity to promote your beliefs of politics in sports! That I believe is the textbook definition of insanity, am I right? Yeah no really this fucking guy… like really most of us don’t care, and then there’s Dana White who we think protests just a little too much.

UFC president Dana White told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he tries to keep his sport separated from politics.

Appearing on Hannity’s show Monday night, the UFC chief chalked up his sport’s recent success, in part, to his effort to keep mixed martial arts from getting political.

“One of the things that I really tried to do through this whole thing is stay out of politics,” White said. “When people tune in to watch sports, they don’t want to hear that crap. They don’t want to hear what your opinions are, or who you’re voting for, or what you’re doing. They want to get away from everything in their life, and they want to focus on [for] two, three, four hours, however long the sport is … throughout this pandemic, when you turned on the UFC, we never talked about Covid. We never talked about politics.”

White went on to note that he was not referring to individual fighters — as the UFC chief said it was not his aim to “muzzle” the athletes. Similarly, White, in his personal capacity, has not been shy about expressing his own opinions. In August, he spoke in support of then-President Donald Trump during the Republican National Convention.

But then Dana White wouldn’t be anything without this fucking guy – Joe Rogan. If you think Dana White going on political talk shows to denounce politics in sports is bad, wait until you see what his buddy Joe Rogan is peddling! Joe Rogan, this fucking guy. How does this fucking guy have millions of fans? And especially when he’s peddling such dangerous information about vaccines such as this. Is the UFC a sports competition league or is it a far right indoctrination center disguised as a sports league? Well if you’re Dana White and Joe Rogan, it’s a combination of both.

Joe Rogan, the host of one of the most popular podcasts in the world, is facing criticism after claiming that healthy young people shouldn't "worry about" getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Joe Rogan Experience host made his comments encouraging young listeners not to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they're "healthy" during a recent episode of his show, as Media Matters for America reported.

"If you're like 21 years old and you say to me, 'Should I get vaccinated,' I go, 'No,'" Rogan said. "Are you healthy? Are you a healthy person? ... If you're a healthy person and you're exercising all the time and you're young and you're eating well, I don't think you need to worry about this."

Health experts, in fact, have been urging adults of all ages to get vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of whether they're in a high-risk group so that the United States can achieve herd immunity and end the pandemic. The CDC has noted that data suggests fully vaccinated people largely "do not carry the virus," meaning those at lower risk would be helping protect others from COVID-19 by getting a vaccine.

Yeah really, don’t listen to this guy, especially when he’s creating new headaches for his employers at Spotify. In fact it’s sent lots of people into some serious damage control – even Dr. Fauci has said that Rogan’s comments are incorrect and we’ve pointed out how dangerous and stupid this kind of anti-vaccine misinformation can be (see: Top 10 #10-10 ). We cannot emphasize this enough people – take the damn vaccine! Even Joe Rogan himself was forced to walk back his own dangerous advice after being called out for it on social media and John Oliver’s show. I mean whew, this fucking guy!

"I am not a respected source of information," the Spotify podcast host said Thursday.

Joe Rogan on Thursday addressed comments he previously made on his popular Spotify podcast in which he said young, healthy people should skip the COVID-19 vaccination. The remarks came under fire, even being addressed by Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease doctor.

During the latest installment of The Joe Rogan Experience, the comic-actor said he was not a doctor and that he believes younger people should be vaccinated because even if they are not severely impacted by the virus themselves, they could still spread it to others who are not as fortunate.

"I am not an anti-vax person," Rogan said. "In fact, I said I believe they are safe and I encourage many people to take them. I just said if you're a young healthy person, you don't need it. Their argument was you need it for other people. But that's a different conversation. And yes, that makes sense."

Yeah so going on political shows to denounce politics in sports and peddling dangerous anti-vaccine information, and possibly hosting super-spreader events. That’s Joe Rogan and Dana White – this week’s:

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Welcome back to our segment that attempts to explain the unexplainable – Conspiracy Corner! We are coming to you live from our underground bunker deep within the New Mexico badlands , undisclosed location of course! Let me just adjust my tin foil hat for maximum government interference – you know they are trying to read your thoughts! Let me assure Donald Trump fans out there that you can fly whatever flag you want. And let me also assure you something that you’re not going to like – free speech has consequences. In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you may have seen Trump merchandise booths pop up in your town. So what happen when they come for your flags? Well you know how it goes – first the come for your flags and I said nothing!

A battle is brewing outside a tiny home adjacent to Riverside Park pitting the city's concern for public decency against an individual's right to free expression.

On Monday, Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. vowed to send Hammond code enforcement officers to cite the homeowner for flying a flag in his front yard featuring "F--- Biden" in large type, and in smaller type: "And f--- you for voting for him!"

The Democratic chief executive said city ordinances prohibit the display of obscene materials that are easily visible to the public, and McDermott said there's no question the flag can be viewed by anyone, including children and youth baseball teams, using the park.

"This is complaint-driven. The neighbors and the parents across the street complained to us and we have a job to do," McDermott said. "It's very clear that you can't have vulgar messages on flags or signs, and this is clearly a violation of city ordinance."

McDermott said even though he supports Democratic President Joe Biden, and voted for him in the last election, the enforcement action has nothing to do with politics.

Oh people stop your rabbling! That’s just a guy exercising his free speech rights by saying “fuck the current administration and you the people for voting for him!”. But this tiny little protest in a small Indiana town isn’t going unnoticed. And not just by Trump supporters either because they are standing by their man and they’re planning to protest. And it looks like this could get really ugly really quickly so we’ll be watching!

A Medford neighborhood woke Friday morning to see a profanity-laced anti-President Joe Biden flag in a yard next to a Medford school bus stop and a Steele County Sheriff’s Office squad car parked in the driveway underneath the flag.

The flag stating, “(Expletive) Biden and (expletive) you for voting for him,” has resulted in an internal investigation at the department and sparked a conversation in the neighborhood about when free speech goes too far.

By noon Friday, the flag at the deputy’s home had been removed. Sheriff Lon Thiele said the incident is currently under investigation but it was disappointing that the flag was seen near a squad car.

“That’s not the view I want children to see from their Sheriff’s Office,” Thiele said. “Freedom of speech is what our forefathers wanted and put in the Constitution, but we want [the department] to be seen in a lot better light than this negative message.”

And if you think that the Hammond incident is an isolated one, oh man you haven’t seen anything yet, my friends! There’s incidents in Minnesota and Pennsylvania over these stupid things. And another one in Florida! Oh don’t think for a minute that Florida Man isn’t involved in this! He’s probably got hundreds of them flying from his boat, which probably caused it to sink. Oh and even funnier is that his boat isn’t a sailboat.

Expletive-laden anti-Joe Biden flags have appeared in a Florida neighborhood, prompting concern among parents who say the message is inappropriate on a public sign.

One flag that appeared in the front yard of a home in Cape Coral read: "F*** Biden and f*** you for voting for him!"

Resident John Strasburger, who put up the banner, said he was undeterred by complaints from neighbors. "I feel the election was stolen, I think the evidence was there to prove it," he told local TV station Fox4Now.

Claims of voter fraud in last year's presidential election have been emphatically rejected by the courts. Donald Trump and his allies lost more than 60 lawsuits challenging the results in various states, and no evidence of widespread irregularities has been found.

Whew! Now that’s the flag you fly and proudly! Don’t fly any other flags, especially the flag of President Loser Shit For Brains on it! So is this a conspiracy? Yeah probably. Is it offensive to fly that flag? Oh yeah absolutely. Especially if you fly it anywhere on the same level as the American flag. But what makes this a conspiracy is that some are calling this “protected speech” and if it goes anywhere near SCOTUS, it could get very ugly very quickly! Don’t think they won’t go down without a fight, either!

An attorney for the city of Fargo says a homeowner has the right to fly a flag that uses obscenity against President Joe Biden.

Displaying the flag is protected by the First Amendment, according to Assistant City Attorney Alissa Farol. The display also is not in violation of the city sign code, as its message is non-commercial and it doesn’t exceed the maximum allowable size.

The homeowner is flying an upside-down American flag on the same flagpole, and Farol says that is protected speech, too.

The U.S. Flag Code states that the American flag is not to be flown upside down “except as a signal of dire distress in instance of extreme danger to life or property.”

Farol weighed in after Fargo police received complaints about the flags flying over a home in south Fargo, KVRR-TV reported.

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Hey everyone, I don’t know about you but I could really use a drink!

So of course you know the idea behind this is that we have some drinks and while we’re drinking, we discuss anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. But this week I may have to bend the rules a bit because I heard one of the dumbest, stupidest things ever said about my drink of choice – beer. Beer is the best! So Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow had this to say about beer:

Yeah that happened! Never mind that beer is already made with plants – barley, hops, yeast, and water, but that’s one of those things that’s so stupid that both sides of your brain shut down and go “LET”S FIGURE IT OUT!!!”. Well, in order to do that, I need a drink! Tell me, my vaccinated bartender, what goes well with this story? Brain beer? What’s in it? No thanks, how about an extra-large mug of Denogginizer IPA? Yeah I’m splitting with Jack this week! So here’s the full story behind this insane clip.

The Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, has joined a flood of social media users gleefully trolling Larry Kudlow after the former economic adviser to Donald Trump complained that Joe Biden wanted Americans to drink “plant-based beer”.

Kudlow made the indignant claim on his Fox Business show on Friday, saying Biden’s climate policies and attempt to slash emissions would force Americans to “stop eating meat, stop eating poultry and fish, seafood, eggs, dairy and animal-based fats”.

“OK, got that? No burgers on 4 July. No steaks on the barbecue … So get ready. You can throw back a plant-based beer with your grilled Brussels sprouts and wave your American flag.”

Beer is typically made from grains, hops and yeast – not steak, sausages or chops.

Amid a blizzard of lacerating social media send-ups, the New York Times columnist Paul Krugman offered a sober analysis of what Kudlow was up to.

Man if only! But this latest rant from Kudlow is only part of a campaign aimed at taking down and discrediting the controversial Green New Deal. Look there’s a lot to digest in those 14 pages but I don’t remember a single thing about beer in there! Yes they said we’ll possibly need to curb our meat consumption but that’s an entirely different topic. Here, our focus is on the beer. But Kudlow really stepped in it with that comment!

Fox News is once again upset with Joe Biden over something that Joe Biden has not actually said or done. This time, it surrounds Biden’s new climate plan, which critics say will “ban” the consumption of meat in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But the people at Fox News couldn’t even manage to perpetuate a falsehood that they themselves invented without fumbling all over it.

Larry Kudlow, a former economic adviser to Donald Trump who has a daily show on Fox Business, said on air last Friday that Biden’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and curb climate change would force Americans to “stop eating meat, stop eating poultry and fish, seafood, eggs, dairy and animal-based fats.”

“OK, got that? No burgers on July 4. No steaks on the barbecue,” said Kudlow. “So get ready. You can throw back a plant-based beer with your grilled Brussels sprouts and wave your American flag.”

First off, as Paul Krugman pointed out in the New York Times, Biden’s plan doesn’t involve the elimination of meat from the American diet. In fact, that claim was thoroughly debunked by multiple media sources, including Fox News. On Monday, three days after Kudlow made these claims, Fox anchor John Roberts said that the station had “incorrectly implied” that a 2020 academic study about meat consumption and greenhouse gas emissions was connected to Biden’s plan for dealing with climate change.

Ah I get it now! First they’re coming for your fridge and I said nothing. Then they come for your Kitchen Aid stand mixer and personal meat grinders, and I said nothing. Then they come for your grills… next thing you know it’s an all out assault on the American kitchen as we know it! Dun dun dun!!!! But this latest gaffe is but another in the long line of misinformation and stupid comments coming from conservatives!

On Friday night, Fox News host and former Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow took President Joe Biden to task for a climate policy that will, according to Kudlow, eventually make it more difficult for Americans to eat a burger or steak, even on July 4 (the meatiest of American holidays, as everyone knows). “Get this, America has to stop eating meat, stop eating poultry and fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, and animal-based fats. Ok, got that? No burger on July 4,” Kudlow said. Traditionally, Independence Day is a day to participate in the art of grilling, an ancient pastime that celebrates our country’s origins. Instead, Kudlow warns, Americans will soon have to “throw back a plant-based beer with your grilled Brussels sprouts.”

Chuck Schumer already dunked on this comment (sort of), but this particular culture war apparently remains — sorry — red meat for Fox’s audience, which is deeply concerned about the potential loss of our freedoms, including the eating of meat. As Kudlow said, “I’m sure middle America is just going to love that. Can you grill those Brussels sprouts?” But beer, of course, is not made from fermented animal parts. In fact, it’s brewed from grains, including corn, rice, and wheat — all plants that are widely consumed by Americans in other forms, such as tacos (corn), sushi (rice), or Lucky Charms (wheat).

In fact, most food is already “plant-based.” As it turns out, even meats like steak and pork come from animals that eat plants. French fries are mostly plant-based. Ditto Budweiser, Chips Ahoy!, Doritos, and doughnuts. You may have already eaten several “plant-based” foods, or had a “plant-based” drink, today. Don’t worry: The world hasn’t secretly changed. This is just how food works. It’s fine.

Can I get another one? Keep ‘em coming! Man I have missed you guys! Drinking in front of a blue screen with a virtual bartender just isn’t the same! So here’s the thing – plot twist! There’s no such thing as “plant based beer”. All beer is plant based and if Larry had done a little research he might have seen that! And here’s the thing – conservatives may be outraged about the Green New Deal, and it has some things that not everyone is going to like. But we must act now to save the planet before it’s too late. But one thing it does not do? It doesn’t say to limit your meat consumption. So go nuts! Eat those In N Out 100 x 100s with a side of meat fries and fried chicken, and chug a nice glass of meat-based beer, and if you survive to next July 4th, then it’s all a hoax and what Big Environmental doesn’t want you to know!

Last week some politicians and media commentators have claimed President Joe Biden is planning to limit meat consumption as part of a climate change plan. That's false. Neither Biden nor the White House have indicated curbing meat-eating, or altering Americans' diets in any way, is part of that plan.

But that hasn't stopped some Biden critics from fueling flames about the perceived threat.

On Friday, Larry Kudlow, former economic adviser to Donald Trump, said the climate plan would go so far as to make Americans drink "plant-based beer" (aka...beer). Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, called Biden "The Hamburglar" in a Sunday tweet, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shared false information from Fox News claiming the plan will "cut 90% of red meat" from Americans' diets and limit everyone to "one burger per month."

These unfounded declarations sparked heated comments over the past week about meat consumption, plant-based alternatives and climate change. Here's everything to know about the uproar and the debate over plant-based meat substitutes.

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16 states will enter and only one state will become the new Top 10 Conservative Idiots Stupidest State!

Welcome back to Stupidest State 2021! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are just two short rounds away from the Final Four! Last week, we saw something unprecedented as a #4 seed upset a #1 favorite when Arkansas knocked off Indiana to take the Family Values Conference! This week it’s a battle for Batshit Conference superiority! The #1 Georgia Bulldogs are sitting atop the conference, but the #4 Michigan Wolverines are coming for them! Only one of these teams will advance to the Final Four, the other team goes home! Let’s go to the floor in Phoenix for more action action action!

[font size="4"]Batshit Conference Championship: #1 Georgia vs #4 Michigan [/font]

[font size="2"]Georgia [/font]

Last we saw Georgia, they were in the midst of a fiery battle with MLB and the state of Georgia, led by of course governor Brian Kemp. Now the Peach State is feeling some major hot water with some of the major corporations that are based in Georgia, like Coca Cola and Delta Airlines. Now they’re coming after one of America’s largest employers – Home Depot. And never mind that Home Depot’s founder is a hardcore billionaire MAGA supporter. Let’s not overlook that simple fact! But Brian Kemp is still feeling the heat from this one!

A major coalition of Black faith leaders in Georgia, representing more than 1,000 churches in the state, will call on Tuesday for a boycott of Home Depot, arguing that the company has abdicated its responsibility as a good corporate citizen by not pushing back on the state’s new voting law.

The call for a boycott, led by Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, who oversees all 534 African Methodist Episcopal churches in Georgia, represents one of the first major steps to put significant economic pressure on businesses to be more vocal in opposing Republican efforts in Georgia and around the country to enact new restrictions on voting.

“We don’t believe this is simply a political matter,” Bishop Jackson said in an interview. “This is a matter that deals with securing the future of this democracy, and the greatest right in this democracy is the right to vote.”

Home Depot, Mr. Jackson said, “demonstrated an indifference, a lack of response to the call, not only from clergy, but a call from other groups to speak out in opposition to this legislation.”

While boycotts can be challenging to carry out in ways that put meaningful financial pressure on large corporations, the call nonetheless represents a new phase in the battle over voting rights in Georgia, where many Democrats and civil rights groups have been reluctant to support boycotts, viewing them as risking unfair collateral damage for the companies’ workers.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/us/politics/georgia-home-depot-boycott.html

Except when it does! And not only that but Georgia’s insanity is inspiring copycat bills! Yes states like Ohio are adopting the controversial Georgia model, and never mind that there’s bills like this in the works in like 37 states. But how much is this law going to hurt Georgia businesses? Well Brian Kemp’s actions are going to cost the state in the hundreds of millions! Yes, you heard that right! And that’s not all it’s going to hurt!

Georgia’s Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned businesses.

“It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own.”

Kemp spoke along with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, also a Republican, at a seafood and po’boy restaurant miles from the stadium in a suburb north of Atlanta where the game would have been held, though he said he didn’t think the restaurant was minority-owned.

He has previously criticized MLB’s decision. The game will now be played in Denver. Kemp noted at Saturday’s news conference that Denver has a much smaller percentage of African Americans than Atlanta. And he said MLB’s move has injected politics into the “great American pastime.”

Yeah probably! So just remember this the next time you vote for someone – actions do have their consequences! And it doesn’t take much to figure that one out! Although I do love that the repeated boycotts and even threatening boycotts are driving Brian Kemp nuts! Oh yes my friends, nothing and I mean nothing is sweeter than watching conservative heads explode!

Georgia's governor sounded off Tuesday against calls from religious leaders for a boycott of Home Depot in response to the company's lack of opposition to the state's controversial new voting laws.

At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) addressed a coalition of faith leaders who announced the boycott earlier in the day, accusing them of not caring about Georgia workers.

“First, the left came for baseball, and now they are coming for Georgia jobs,” Kemp said, referring to MLB's decision to move this year's All-Star Game from Atlanta over the new laws. “This boycott of Home Depot — one of Georgia’s largest employers — puts partisan politics ahead of people’s paychecks.”

"The Georgians hardest hit by this destructive decision are the hourly workers just trying to make ends meet during a global pandemic. I stand with Home Depot, and I stand with nearly 30,000 Georgians who work at the 90 Home Depot stores and 15 distribution centers across the Peach State. I will not apologize for supporting both Georgia jobs and election integrity," he added.

[font size="2"]Michigan [/font]

Last we left Michigan we were witnessing the fallout from the attempt to kidnap Governor Whitmer. I know it was scary at the time but I love this story so much and I can’t wait for the movie! And I could keep talking about this story all damn day, but I don’t have that kind of time. Michigan is led by some sane people but there are multiple levels of crazy once you start peeling back the layers. And don’t think we haven’t seen the last of these wannabe terrorists yet.

Three men accused in a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

The new charges against Adam Fox, Barry Croft Jr., and Daniel Joseph Harris center on an alleged plan to blow up a bridge near Whitmer's vacation home in order to hinder police, according to a superseding indictment.

Fox and Croft allegedly inspected the underside of the bridge for a place to put explosives in September while they were on their way to conduct "nighttime surveillance" of that home, the indictment alleges.

Croft and Harris also allegedly blew up or tried to blow up improvised explosive devices, including a test of how well shrapnel would work against people. Fox is accused of ordering $4,000 worth of explosives from an undercover FBI agent.

Yeah really if you’re going to kidnap someone maybe don’t use a PT Cruiser as a getaway vehicle, though the explosives most likely increased the value of the car. So how did this plot happen? How did these guys get so radicalized that they went and stormed the state capitol in an effort to overturn restrictions and kidnap the governor? This is some serious Al Qaeda or ISIS levels of insanity right here.

A Wisconsin Dells area man accused of plotting terrorism against the governor of Michigan has dropped an appeal against extradition.

On Friday, documents were filed in court behalf of Brian Higgins, 52, notifying the court that he will drop his challenge to a request to extradite him from Wisconsin to Michigan to face a charge of providing material support to a terrorist act. The FBI alleges several men were involved in a right-wing militia plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan and try her for treason of their own accord in light of the governor’s restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Higgins was specifically accused of providing use of night-vision goggles and using a dash cam to surveil the governor’s vacation home, and Wisconsin and Michigan officials requested that he be transferred to Michigan last October.

New court documents indicate that Higgins voluntarily decided to dismiss his appeal with advice of his legal counsel, which will allow the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to give Michgan agents custody of Higgins to transport him to Michigan once accepted by the court. He has been in the Columbia County Jail since November as court proceedings continued, and remained in Columbia County custody as of Friday afternoon, according to online records. Court proceedings began moving forward in Michigan Monday.

Yeah really this plot sounds like it was being run by Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott. So these guys are full blown domestic terrorists and they’re about to get the book thrown at them. And don’t think this is an isolated incident either – rural Michigan is full of domestic terrorists and militia types and the more out from civilization you go the worse they get. Don’t think that we haven’t seen the last of incidents like this. Expect that things will get worse before they get better!

The men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were engaged in domestic terrorism, federal prosecutors now claim, signaling a potential shift in how the Justice Department is handling one of its highest-profile cases involving anti-government activities.

Last October, the Justice Department made headlines around the world when officials announced they had foiled a plot to break into the governor’s vacation home, snatch her, and spirit her away — possibly by boat — then put her on trial for being “a tyrant.” Six men were indicted on federal kidnapping charges while eight more were charged in Michigan state court with providing support to the plot.

Now, in a new indictment, filed in the Western District of Michigan early on Wednesday, a grand jury has added three additional charges to the federal case: conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, possession of an unregistered destructive device, and possession of an unregistered short-barreled rifle. Previously, the sole federal count had been kidnapping conspiracy.

According to prosecutors, the defendants’ elaborate plan to kidnap a sitting governor, which also included blowing up a bridge near her home, meets the definition of domestic terrorism. Its goal, the new indictment alleges, was “to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.”

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Wow this is a close game here! Score tied at 91 each! We are down to 10 seconds left, Georgia has the ball… for 3… YES!!!! It’s in!!!! Georgia hangs on, they will move onto the Final Four! The fans are celebrating in the stands and they are celebrating on the court, wow, what a game! Great showing by Michigan, but Georgia pulls it out and moves forward!

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We are one week away from the Final Four! And the last but certainly not the least is the Fiscal Irresponsibility Conference championships! The playground for the rich, #2 Wyoming is set to take on the gambling mecca of #3 Nevada! One will win, one will go home!

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I called a few days ago about the status of an order of laptops. The guy at the supplier said that the chip and glass shortages are backlogging all their orders. Turns out there is a slow down and shortage of sand which is used to make both. Behind water sand is the most used natural resource and not just any sand can be used. Also, the dredging of rivers has been restricted which cut supply as well.

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