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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #3-14: First Amendment And Boobs Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #3-14: First Amendment And Boobs Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Hey this is the π edition - #3.14 everybody! For you math people at home, we like to include you too! We’re all inclusive here. We are back everybody! So did everyone watch the Emmys? Well apparently nobody did because the Emmys were the lowest rated *IN HISTORY*. Sorry Stephen, we love you here. Yes - the ratings are in and they tanked. Maybe it's because people don't care anymore? Or because there's simply too much TV out there right now and it's become virtually impossible to sort all these shows? I mean who has time to watch everything? I know I dont! Well there’s the Emmys, and then there was the best supporting actress in a Limited Series. The winner was Laura Dern who won for the show “Big Little Lies”. But then there was one of the actresses who didn’t win – Jackie Hoffman, who didn’t win for her role in the series “Feud: Bette & Joan”. Well, the term “sore loser” definitely applies here. She apparently screamed “DAMN IT!” and then like a 3:00 AM Trump toilet tweet, took to Twitter to begin trashing her enemies. As Master Yoda would say “Much anger, you have!”. So it started with this seemingly innocent tweet:




And then she completely lost it. I get losing one of the biggest awards ever, but don’t go accusing the winner of doing this:




Or this:




To which the rest of us responded:



Yeah really. Don’t go accusing your opponents of running child porn rings or looting the Nazis. All right that’s enough of the intro. In keeping with the Emmys we’re going to play some of Stephen Colbert’s hilarious monologue as the host of that show:



At least Sean Spicer isn’t as completely insane as we would expect! So where do we begin this week? In the first slot is the Alt Right (1). Did you know they held two rallies this weekend and both were epic, colossal failures? We’ll tell you about the “Mother Of All Rallies” in the first slot, which turned out to be a giant nothing burger (to use their phrasing). At number 2 is also the Alt Right (2). We’re going to talk about how Trump humpers in Virginia held their own rally against removing a confederate statue in Charlottesville, and nobody showed up! Taking the third slot is of course president Trump. He referred to Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” multiple times, and we’re going to pick our favorite rendition of the Elton John classic! In the number 4 slot again is Donald Trump (4). So did you know that Trump’s lawyers are just as incompetent as he is? Yeah I’m shocked as well! Taking the 5th slot is also Donald Trump (5). Because we are going to recap his speech at the UN, and believe me it’s quite literally insane. At number 6 is Alex Jones (6). We have to talk about his latest half baked (or maybe in this case, completely baked) conspiracy theory. Did you know that someone has been putting drugs in Trump’s Diet Coke? Neither did we! At the number 7 spot we’ve got another installment of “Holy Shit” because right wing religious zealots are back and they aren’t going away. At number 8 we need to do something much lighter. I mean where do you go after extremely hateful religious zealots? So we’re going to once again bring back “People Are Dumb” and there’s a lot of stupid people in the news, but we also have to talk about the Mad Pooper in Colorado Springs, and this story is crazy! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot we’re going to bring back “I Need A Drink”. We’ve previously discussed Gene Simmons (9) in this segment before, but he’s back and his latest offering is quite certifiably insane. We can’t wait to tell you about it. Finally this week its’ more of the Top 10 World Tour (10). This time we’ve got one more go-round in South America before we have a bit of shore leave and come home to the States before we jet off to Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. This time we’re going to the home of the Andes Mountains, and we’re visiting Argentina! Plus we have some live music from a little band called Imagine Dragons. Yayyyyyy!!! Oh the kids love Imagine Dragons, don’t they? Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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So before we get this started this week, I want to show you a clip from this Fox Sports announcer, Clay Tucker , who was being interviewed on CNN. This is what the Alt Right believes in, perfectly explained in one sentence:



Yes ladies and gentlemen – he believes in the First Amendment…. And Boobs! Bravo, well done, Clay Tucker – in one sentence you said what the alt right is pretty much thinking. As if that wasn't enough, this Alt Right deplorable law maker from South Dakota tweeted out this extremely horrible graphic:




RAPID CITY — A Republican state lawmaker faced calls to apologize Tuesday after she shared an image on Facebook depicting protesters being hit by a vehicle under the caption, "All Lives Splatter."

Rep. Lynne DiSanto shared the image September 7, less than one month after a driver plowed through counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others.

The Box Elder Republican deleted the post Tuesday after it was circulated by members of progressive groups South Dakota Forward and Indivisible Rapid City, who called on the lawmaker to apologize.

"To put up a meme that pretty much encourages violence and possibly murder, that's inappropriate. She's a community leader and an elected official," said Lori Miller, a spokeswoman for Indivisible Rapid City. "Not only is she inciting violence, she is targeting a certain race of people."

DiSanto, who is the GOP's majority whip in the House, did not immediately return a phone call requesting comment.

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/19/s-d-gop-whip-shares-meme-endorsing-vehicular-assault-protesters/682564001/


Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Is right! I'd prefer it if all lives splattered with fabulous colors! This is where I would have a funny graphic accompanying this, but you can't really make this funny. Well, segueing, there were plenty of boobs on display at the Mother Of All Rallies, and I’m not talking about the ones on women’s chests.

Earlier this week, a middle-aged woman who gave her name only as Jessica boarded an Amtrak train in Richmond, California, and made the three day trip eastward to Washington. In her bag was a red, white and blue T-shirt and a beanie that simply read "TRUMP."

"Where I’m from, you’re not free to express your political opinions without harm or shunning," she said, after declining to give her full name. "Free speech has been repressed by violence. You can't have a Trump bumper sticker on your car. And listen — I don't consider myself a Republican. I'm an American. But I love his agenda."

Jessica was one of the hundreds of supporters of President Trump who gathered on the National Mall on Saturday for what was called the "Mother of All Rallies" — an event intended, according to promotional material, to "send a direct message to Congress, the media and the world that we stand united to protect and preserve American culture."
http://time.com/4945077/donald-trump-rally-washington/




Oh I like that one. So what else could have happened that day? Hey come on, we can only attend one rally at a time here people!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Followers of the hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse — known as Juggalos — held a march Saturday on the National Mall, alleging discrimination after the FBI labeled the group a gang in a 2011 report.

“We’re different. We’re not dangerous,” Kevin Gill, who is an announcer for a Juggalo wrestling league, said from the rally stage. “Music is not a crime.”

The band, consisting of the duo Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, said the gang accusation "has resulted in hundreds if not thousands of people subjected to various forms of discrimination, harassment, and profiling simply for identifying as a Juggalo." In a video on the their website, the hip-hop artists claim their fans have lost jobs, custody of their children and been denied access to the military for their Juggalo affiliation.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/16/hundreds-pro-trump-activists-descend-d-c-mother-all-rallies/673539001/




So because the alt right and Trump love their crowd sizes, which have been dwindling in numbers, can we show what that looked like?



And then you know which rally drew the bigger crowd?

Nine months into the administration of President Donald Trump, fans of the eccentric Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse assembled a larger rally on the national mall this Saturday than the president’s diehard supporters stationed a few hundred yards away.

The dueling rallies reflected the difficulty that any sitting president has in mobilizing his base, and the particular challenge that Trump has as he struggles to pass major legislation and honor his campaign promises.

Unlike the pro-Trump rally, Juggalos, as clown-makeup-wearing Insane Clown Posse fans call themselves, protested on the National Mall on Saturday for an actual specific purpose. That could explain why the gathering that surrounded the base of the reflection pool at the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon was significantly larger than the pro-Trump rally.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/juggalos-donald-trump-rally_us_59bd9754e4b02da0e1427777




So it turns out that the alt right can’t draw a crowd. They can’t even get supporters bussed in! Which kind of defeats their theory about us! I mean come on! So what did the MOAR want exactly?

On Saturday, protesters are planning to march on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to proclaim their support for "traditional American culture" and "the America first agenda." The event is called "The Mother of All Rallies," (MOAR) a name that is unnervingly similar to the "Mother of All Bombs" that U.S. forces dropped in Afghanistan in April.

The Mother of All Rallies "About" section on its website bills itself as a "grassroots movement" to "peacefully unite in honor of America." The event's Facebook page described the MOAR event as an "America First patriot rally in support of America

In values, American culture, American traditions, and of course President Donald Trump," adding:
Our goal is to rally 1 million patriots to Washington DC to send a shock-wave message to the world that they have to go through us to take this country or change its culture. This is a not for profit event and all the credit goes to all the participating patriots and not particular individuals or groups. This is about America First. This is about protecting and supporting President Donald Trump, protecting our Constitution, and protecting our flag and all that it stands for.

While event organizers claim the rally it's about patriotism, that appears to have a distinctly partisan bent. For starters, its speakers list includes names that are well-known among "alt-right" circles, such as Marco Gutierrez, who founded Latinos for Trump but is probably more famous for insisting that a Hillary Clinton presidency would result in "taco trucks on every corner"; Republican congressional candidate Omar Navarro, who's using the slogan "Make California Great Again" in his campaign against Rep. Maxine Waters; Peter Boykin, founder of Gays for Trump and host of a pro-Trump radio show; and several other medium-profile Trump supporters.
https://www.bustle.com/p/why-is-it-called-mother-of-all-rallies-the-march-sounds-disturbingly-similar-to-this-weapon-2357596




1 million people? They are so obsessed with crowd sizes that they couldn’t even get 1,000 in! Even if the Koch Brothers paid them and bussed them in! I mean look at how many people showed up!



Yeah Latinos for Trump? Trump got the sketchiest guy he could for “Blacks For Trump”, how is Latinos For Trump or Gays For Trump any different? Well…

Gutierrez's controversial ideas about his "dominant" culture may sound as if the United States faces an impending civilizational threat coming through the Mexico border but his comments became even more eyebrow-raising as he spoke with Reid. "Let's be honest," Gutierrez warned, "If you don’t do something about it, us as Hispanics, we’re going to have the White House full of taco trucks and we are going to be selling paletas on every corner around the White House. And, we are going to have piñatas and atole. I know my people, guys. You need to defend your country, our country." For those who may not know, "paletas" and "atole" are frozen fruit popsicles and a Mexican drink respectively.

Last year, Gutierrez's faction of supposedly pro-Trump Latinos carried out "Operation Taco Bowl" after Trump tweeted, "The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!" On social media like Twitter and Facebook as well as video websites like YouTube, Gutierrez remains remarkably active with over 50 self-recorded videos of himself on YouTube alone where he talks about the Latinx community and Trump's politics.

Gutierrez is also a vociferous supporter of Trump's controversial vow to build a border wall. At present, Gutierrez's Twitter page boasts a header image in favor of Trump's notorious campaign promise to build a "big, beautiful" wall between Mexico and the United States of America. But Trump supporters have started expressing concern that their political icon is "going soft" on his promise.
https://www.bustle.com/p/who-is-marco-gutierrez-the-latinos-for-trump-founder-will-speak-at-moar-2366790





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So while that gigantic pile of fail known as the Mother Of All Rallies was going on in Washington DC, let’s go west and show you what was happening in Virginia. Can we get a shot of that?



Now just remember kids, let this be a lesson – dress for the job you want, not the job you have! Thank you! Although what job does confederate flag spandex qualify you for? Not too many that I can think of off the top of my head! Well, maybe this one.

Richmond, Virginia is bracing for violence as neo-Confederates target the former capitol of the Confederacy less than one month after Heather Heyer was killed in what many are calling an act of domestic terrorism.

CSAII: The New Confederate States of America is planning an unpermitted “Heritage not Hate” rally to defend Richmond’s Robert E. Lee Monument following the deadly “Unite the Right” rally to defend Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue.

“I hope nobody loses their lives tomorrow, on either side, I really do,” CSA II organizer and Three Percenter militia organizer Tara Brandau told WTVR. “That’s not why we are here.”
http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/i-hope-nobody-loses-their-lives-armed-neo-confederates-descend-on-virginia-to-defend-statue-at-all-costs/




Yeah we’re going pessimistic here today at the Top 10. But what happened in Richmond exactly? Oh sure, if you saw Twitter and Facebook, all you would see is the usual bullshit about how George Soros is paying Antifa to silence conservatives. But they really just bring it on themselves. Case in point:

A pro-Confederate rally that put city officials and residents alike on edge in the aftermath of Charlottesville ended without major incident shortly after it began Saturday morning.

About seven people stood for an hour and a half holding Confederate flags and arguing with a crowd of counterprotesters that steadily climbed into the hundreds until police ushered the Confederates away.

“As the group (of counterprotesters) started getting bigger, we escorted them out a little earlier than planned,” said Richmond police spokeswoman Koury Wilson.

But the organizers’ departure from the rally site just west of the Lee statue on Monument Avenue was complicated by two flat tires they discovered when they arrived back at their truck two blocks away. A crowd of several dozen counterprotesters confronted and then chased them as they attempted to drive away in the disabled vehicle.

The group made it several blocks through the Fan District before stopping and waiting with police for a tow truck.
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/monument-avenue-rally-attracts-few-confederate-supporters-ends-peacefully/article_470b9be6-0140-55ee-b99d-48bf7302d44a.html




By the way, we really need to explore the confederacy in “How Is This Still A Thing” in a future top 10 because they really are convinced its’ still a thing.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Most of the pro-Confederate demonstrators who held a rally near the Robert E. Lee monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond Saturday morning ended their rally around 11 a.m. A Richmond Police officer on scene told WTVR reporter Brendan King that members of the CSA II: The New Confederate States of America, decided it was in their best interest to end the rally at that time.

The rally, anxiously anticipated all week by Richmond Police, and which led to the deployment of a vast array of city and state resources, got underway Saturday about 10 a.m. A large crowd of people who opposed the pro-Confederates gathered at the Maggie Walker statue on Broad Street in downtown Richmond at about 10 a.m. and marched to Monument Avenue. Upon their arrival, their group far outnumbered the pro-Confederates -- some of whom arrived in Virginia from out-of-state.
http://wtvr.com/2017/09/16/live-updates-monument-avenue-rally/




Oh and here’s the biggest fail – the group isn’t even from Virginia! I mean how did they even hear about this? Did they have a Google alert setup for “confederate statue removal”?

A small, Tennessee-based group is planning to hold a rally to show support for Confederate memorials on Monument Avenue in Richmond on Saturday morning. Counterprotests are planned. Police have uncovered no intelligence leading them to believe the event will draw the large and violent crowds seen in Charlottesville, but said they've nonetheless spent weeks preparing and are ready for the worst.
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/live-coverage-about-six-pro-confederate-protesters-being-confronted-by/article_34eb5282-25f0-5a0d-b9f4-4e1ffaeb024a.html




I like that one! And then while 7 arrests were made, they just packed up and left quietly with their tail between their legs.

6:20 p.m.: There were a total of seven arrests made during Saturday's pro-Confederate rally and counterprotests in Richmond.

Four of the arrests were for wearing a mask in public.

Caroline Hill, 24, of McLean; Thomas W. Rockett, 21, of Herndon; Corissa C. Duffey, 25, of Stockbridge, Ga.; and Ian M. Gerson, 32, of Brooklyn, N.Y. were charged with wearing a mask in public. It's against Virginia law for anyone over age 16 to wear a mask to conceal their identity.

Brittany D. Bush, 29, of Petersburg, was charged with disorderly conduct. She was arrested for allegedly threatening a bystander.

Jabari A. Robinson, 21, of Roanoke, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/live-coverage-about-six-pro-confederate-protesters-being-confronted-by/article_34eb5282-25f0-5a0d-b9f4-4e1ffaeb024a.html





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We need some music for this one.



No, wait. How about…



Or:



So of course you know the Trump Pentagon has been threatening the very real possibility of a nuclear war with North Korea. And if you live on the east coast, the west coast, in Hawaii, or in Alaska, or any of the US territories in the Caribbean or the Pacific Islands, one thing is certain, we’re all gonna die. At least we’ll go out laughing. Why? Well…




That’s right – Rocket Man! You know he’s a rocket man, burning out his fuse here all alone. Rocket Man, yeah! Of course there’s always this.

Midway through his Sunday morning Twitter storm, President Trump assigned his latest in a long line of nicknames — this time to the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea, Kim Jong Un, henceforth known as “Rocket Man.”

Without addressing the geopolitical wisdom of tweet-baiting an unpredictable dictator, even some of Trump’s critics had to admit that he’d come up with a pretty clever name.

In a mere nine letters, the president simultaneously mocked Jong Un, belittled his regime’s missile arsenal and alluded to the popular lyrics of Elton John.

But that really shouldn't surprise anyone. A brief review of the long history of Trumpisms shows that, regardless of how he’s doing as leader of the free world, Trump has really stepped up his name game.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/09/17/from-sleepy-eyes-to-rocket-man-a-compendium-of-belittling-nicknames-trump-has-invented/?utm_term=.dd9e5fd10ead




So is it just Sunday when Trump seems more off his rocker than usual? I mean all those trips to golf on his properties must be exhausting. And of course, like everything Trump does, that tweet was once again, ill advised:

President Donald Trump's mocking of Kim Jong Un as "Rocket Man" was unhelpful in dealing with North Korea's nuclear threat, former diplomat Nicholas Burns said Monday.

Trump made the reference to the North Korean leader in a tweet Sunday.

"The interesting thing about the Trump policy is the Trump policy I think has been right in what they've been trying to do," said Burns, who was undersecretary of State for political affairs during the George W. Bush administration.

"The president's public remarks have been off. 'Rocket Man' [is] probably not the best things to say even to a brutal leader like Kim Jong Un," Burns added in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Trump will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday and is expected to touch on the crisis that has seen the president and Pyongyang trade threats of military action. North Korean diplomats will also be present.
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/18/trump-rocket-man-tweet-about-kim-jong-un-was-ill-advised-ex-diplomat.html




But yes once again – Trump is wrong on everything, like most things he does. Can we just admit two things: 1 is that we’re all gonna die, and 2 is that Trump is wrong on everything!

New international sanctions against North Korea have led to a spike in petrol prices, but there is little evidence for US claims that the country is being “economically strangled” or that motorists are panic-buying petrol.

On Sunday, Donald Trump combined a taunt aimed at the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, with the assertion that the country’s citizens were queuing for petrol before the latest round of sanctions hits supplies.

Referring to a telephone conversation earlier in the day with the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, Trump tweeted: “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!”

A week after the United Nations security council voted to reduce gasoline exports and cap crude oil supplies to North Korea in response to its sixth nuclear test, Washington insisted the regime was starting to “feel the pinch”.

The comments came from the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who said recent sanctions had caused the country to be “cut off from the world”.

But experts have challenged claims that the oil sanctions will exert sufficient pressure on the North Korean economy to convince the regime to change course.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/18/trumps-rocket-man-tweet-oil-sanctions-north-korea-kim-jong-un





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So our 45th president, Donald J. Trump, has some attorneys who are just as horrible as he is. In fact, not only do they not care, they go out of their way to make a point about not caring. It’s kind of like 21st Century Dadaism. You know – the da da art movement was started in the 1920s as sort of a rebellion against art at the time. Sort of art against art. This is neo-dadaism – it’s conservatives who hate the government waging war against the government. They don’t care so much they’re literally doing it next to the people who Trump calls “FAKE NEWS!”.

It is every Washington reporter’s dream to sit down at a restaurant, overhear secret stuff and get a scoop. It rarely happens. Still, everyone in town important enough to have secrets worth keeping knows that secrets are not safe on the Acela train and in Washington restaurants. This is especially true in eateries next door to a major newspaper.

Yes, Ty Cobb and John Dowd, lawyers for President Trump, we’re talking to you. But it’s too late now. Dowd represents Trump but does not work at the White House. Cobb is a White House employee who is instantly recognizable to many because of his handlebar mustache. Together, they went for what appears to have been a working lunch at BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW in Washington. It’s close to the White House and very convenient. It’s also next door to 1627 I St. NW, which happens to house the Washington bureau of the New York Times.

Sitting at the next table, according to the Times, was Kenneth Vogel, one of Washington’s most skillful investigative reporters. Vogel is former reporter for Politico, which is based in Virginia, who arrived at the Times just in time for the Russia investigation and, as it turned out, just in time for lunch.

Vogel overheard the lawyers talking about White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II and Jared Kushner ................
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/09/18/trump-lawyers-spill-beans-after-terrible-restaurant-choice-next-to-nyt/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.34dec31c52fahttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/09/18/trump-lawyers-spill-beans-after-terrible-restaurant-choice-next-to-nyt/?tid=ss_fb&utm_term=.34dec31c52fa




And yeah he really does have the worst attorneys. You don’t go blabbing evidence in a trial out in the open. You don’t make threats while you’re on trial. Just ask Martin Shkreli. Hey o!!!

The New York Times published a fascinating look on Sunday at internal clashes between President Trump's various lawyers, who are fighting diligently over the extent to which the administration should cooperate with Robert Mueller's myriad requests for emails and documents. Ty Cobb, the curly-mustachioed attorney helming the president's response to the Mueller investigation, apparently wants to be more forthcoming with disclosures, while White House counsel Don McGahn, citing concerns about preserving the scope of executive privilege, has been reluctant to so readily accede to the special counsel's demands. Cobb has grown irritated with the White House's reticence of late, theorizing that McGahn is keeping "a couple documents locked in a safe" and may have even planted a spy on Cobb's team.

How did the Times learn so many fascinating details about the extremely sensitive discussions between the leaders of the president's army of well-compensated attorneys, you ask? Because Cobb and John Dowd, another personal attorney for Donald Trump, elected to discuss them in great detail over lunch at BLT Steak, a thoroughly mediocre Washington dining establishment that has nonetheless become a fixture for the city's power players and aspiring power players alike—and that happens to be located immediately adjacent to the Times' D.C. bureau. Lest there be any doubt about the hilariously literal nature of this statement, one of the reporters appearing on the story's byline posted photographic evidence of his scoop.
https://www.gq.com/story/steakhouse-scoop




So why blab secrets out in the open when you’re right next to the NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING??? I mean are you really that fucking stupid? Or could it be because of this?

The very fact that the F.B.I. raided Manafort’s home is telling: the former Trump campaign manager is reportedly under investigation for potentially violating tax laws, money laundering, and the failure to disclose foreign lobbying on behalf of pro-Russian interests. In order for Mueller to obtain the warrant to search and enter Manafort’s home unannounced, his team would have had to convince a judge not only that the home contained evidence of a crime, but that Manafort was likely to destroy evidence. “Clearly they didn’t trust him,” Jimmy Gurulé, a Notre Dame law professor and former federal prosecutor, told the Times. “This is more consistent with how you’d go after an organized crime syndicate,” he added. (Manafort has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.)

If Mueller’s tactics are extraordinary, it may be because the F.B.I. does not view this as a typical white-collar case. Also on Monday, CNN reported that U.S. law enforcement had wiretapped Manafort under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant as early as 2014, when he came under investigation by the F.B.I. for work that he conducted as a political consultant for the pro-Kremlin Party of Regions in Ukraine. According to CNN, Manafort was under surveillance before the 2016 election, but the work was discontinued due to a lack of evidence at some point last year. The F.B.I. later obtained a new FISA warrant, which reportedly extended into early 2017 and was part of the probe into whether members of the Trump campaign worked with the Kremlin to derail Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/09/robert-mueller-paul-manafort-investigation





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So this week Trump went to the UN, and his speech, as you can imagine is about as batshit crazy as it gets. It had all of his greatest hits – and there was also some new material as he called North Korea’s glorious dictator Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man”. Again.

NEW YORK — President Trump warned the United Nations in a speech Tuesday that the world faces “great peril” from rogue regimes with powerful weapons and terrorists with expanding reach across the globe, and called on fellow leaders to join the United States in the fight to defeat what he called failed or murderous ideologies and “loser terrorists.”

“We meet at a time of immense promise and great peril,” Trump said in his maiden address to more than 150 international delegations at the annual U.N. General Assembly. “It is up to us whether we will lift the world to new heights or let it fall into a valley of disrepair.”

The president's address was highly anticipated around the world for signs of how his administration would engage with the United Nations after he had criticized the organization during his campaign as being bloated and ineffective, and threatened to slash U.S. funding.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/19/in-u-n-speech-trump-warns-that-the-world-faces-great-peril-from-rogue-regimes-in-north-korea-iran/?utm_term=.9d67f3a4f1b4


Now it’s time to play “What’s in the background?” . Can we show that shot of the UN audience during Trump’s speech? Especially look at what Gen. Kelly is doing.



I mean really I think it’s time to say Trump has gone mad with power, am I right about that? And I think the take away from this is that we’re all gonna die. But here’s the first take away:

'Sovereign' or 'sovereignty'

The word "sovereign" is the embodiment of Trump's "America First" vision of US foreign policy, and Trump made clear to the world that the US will ultimately act in its own self-interest and said that other countries would naturally do the same.
"In foreign affairs, we are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government's first duty is to its people, to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights and to defend their values," Trump said. "I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first."
Trump also said that sovereignty can be a "call for action," noting that "all people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests and their well-being."
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/politics/donald-trump-united-nations-speech/index.html


And the second take away:

'Radical Islamic terrorism'
In vowing Tuesday that "we will stop radical Islamic terrorism," Trump dimmed hopes that he had begun to understand the damaging impact the controversial phrase can have on relations with Muslims in the US and abroad.
Many of the President's foreign policy advisers -- most notably national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster -- have urged him to drop his use of the phrase, which associates terrorism with the religion of Islam.
Trump's prepared remarks for his speech in Saudi Arabia called for him to say "Islamist extremism" instead -- a phrase used to distinguish between the religion of more than a billion people around the world and the fundamentalist political ideology that drives terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda.




Of course his favorite 3 words – “Radical Islamic Terrorism”. You know I’m going to call my new stand up comedy album that. Ooh, ooh! Can you do the bit about building the wall next because that one is hilarious!

After first tweeting it days earlier, Trump himself publicly uttered his new moniker for the North Korean dictator during his speech on Tuesday.
A senior administration official told CNN's Jim Acosta the "Rocket Man" term was a late addition to the President's formal speech -- added this morning.
The nickname, coupled with his vow to "totally destroy North Korea" if need be, made clear that Trump still firmly believes in the power of dramatic rhetoric as a tool in his ongoing confrontation with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.




Oh come on, don’t you know we’re onto making fun of you about Rocket Man? And why hasn’t anyone recorded a parody of someone singing Rocket Man as Trump? I’d do it but I don’t have skills, talent, or a budget. But this might be the worst part of the whole speech:

United Nations (CNN)President Donald Trump delivered Tuesday a doomsday warning to North Korea and mocked its young leader, a pugnacious escalation in rhetoric in a wide-ranging debut address to the United Nations, the world's foremost diplomatic body.
In blunt terms, Trump warned the US would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies. He said while the US has "great strength and patience," its options could soon run out.
Directly putting the country's leader on notice, Trump suggested Kim Jong Un could not survive an American attack. "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself," he said.
www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/donald-trump-un-speech-iran-north-korea/index.html







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Man, do I really have to talk about Infowars this week? Ah…. I don’t want to. Make me. Fine. It takes one to know one! But mom! OK fine. We have to talk about Infowars this week because if you thought his theories about NASA holding child slave colonies on Mars, or that the “deep state” (whatever that is) is creating AI bots that will eat your soul are crazy, wait until you see what this guy has cooked up for this week!

It's a big day for InfoWars conspiracy chief and definitely-not-Bill-Hicks-after-faking-his-own-death Alex Jones. It is, first and foremost, the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, which Jones has long contended was a false flag operation in which the Bush administration played a role. It's also the anniversary of Hillary Clinton's fainting incident at the 9/11 Memorial, which Jones' website is celebrating with unmitigated glee. But it's also time for a fresh tale out of the seemingly endless Jonesian conspiracy archive, and this one concerns the man who defeated Clinton with Jones' full-throated support: President Donald J. Trump.

It can't be an easy task for Jones to shoehorn Trump's presidency into his worldview. After all, his narrative during the election was that a vast conspiracy of globalist elites was working to stop Trump, the rightful representative of The People. These dark forces, which control all the levers of financial and political power, promptly failed to stop Trump becoming president. Since, Trump has adopted an orthodox conservative approach to many issues while simultaneously engaging in impressive feats of self-sabotage. It puts his anti-establishment right-wing defenders in a bit of a pickle.

Let none of that detract from this legendary tirade, however. Because no one can force world events into the tiny box of his worldview like Alex Jones. Bare witness as the InfoWars host—whose website plays host to 4.78 million unique viewers a month—explains how The Globalists are drugging the president's Diet Coke, which Trump orders with the push of a Big Red Button on the Resolute Desk. Watch as Jones explains they're doing this so they can slowly damage Trump's brain and then claim he has Alzheimer's. Notice the casual reference to the theory that Ronald Reagan was given "cold blood," a "transfusion that causes brain damage." Jones has "talked to people, multiple ones" about all this, who shared that the president is "slurring his words" each evening because of a drug that is simultaneously brain-destroying and highly addictive—and not just because they're serving it to him in a delicious Diet Coke!
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a12222847/alex-jones-trump-drug-diet-coke/




That’s right! Donald Trump isn’t stupid! The Deep State is putting drugs in his Diet Cokes! Really, you can’t make this shit up. I love how he’s like “Oh and this is information that could kill you”. Oh and by the way Alex, talking to “people, even multiple ones” does not include the voices in your head, you got that? Oh and it gets weirder:

Two of President Trump’s most loyal allies have expressed concern that he is being drugged. On “The Alex Jones Show” Monday, political attack dog Roger Stone revealed bombshell information about the president’s speech.

“He is slurring his words on various times, and that’s what’s concerning,” Stone told host Alex Jones.

“Let’s be very clear: I have a source at The New York Times, a reporter who expressed to me a concern that in a conversation they had on the phone with the president that he was slurring his words,” he added.

Because Trump does not drink, and “certainly does not do drugs,” the only plausible explanation for the president’s slurred speech is that he is being involuntarily medicated, according to Stone. That, or the president is just exhausted.
http://www.salon.com/2017/09/12/alex-jones-roger-stone-agree-someone-may-be-drugging-president-trump/




Of course he had to get Roger Stone involved in this. Because, why not? Oh and then his own theory is debunked by Trump’s actions – his lack of energy is due to his extremely poor diet:

Let’s start with the Diet Cokes: The president likes to slurp them down, sometimes through a straw, and he can press a red button on the Resolute Desk to have them delivered to him. They are, demonstrably, health bummers. Filled with artificial sugars known to contribute to weight gain, regular consumption has been shown to increase a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

A small, controversial study published in the journal Stroke in April reported a correlation between diet soda consumption and a higher risk of developing dementia or experiencing a stroke. While the study’s authors could not definitely prove a cause-effect relationship, numerous studies have confirmed that habitual diet soda drinking is linked to obesity.

Even Trump, who grappled with his own passion for Diet Coke in 2012, seems to be aware of this correlation.

What makes up the rest of Trump’s diet is less than ideal for someone tasked with leading the United States of America. He loves to get down with Doritos and Lays potato chips, overcooked steaks, and McDonald’s burgers. That’s a far cry from Obama’s seven almonds.

Trump’s diet is high in salt and in fat, which can lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, especially for people over the age of 50. Studies also demonstrate that fast food consumption has a strong positive association with weight gain, and increases the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. And being overweight, scientists have found, makes people to become sedentary and tired.
https://www.inverse.com/article/36402-alex-jones-conspiracy-donald-trump-diet





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Yes, friends!!! Gather around, friends!!! Praise the lord and pass the collection plate! Yes, and on the seventh day, God created the poop emoji with the halo over it. And then he rested. Welcome friends! This week in religious white supremacy, there’s a lot to talk about. And let’s face it – the religious right is why we can’t have nice things, like a $15 minimum wage, or disaster relief after two massive hurricanes. Let’s start with some some lawsuits that prove exactly why we can’t have nice things:

Under ‘Key Achievements’, Mr Savage had written: “Standing up for and defending my religious beliefs which include that abortion on demand is evil and homosexuality is an intrinsic disorder inclined towards evil.”

When the adviser at Seeter warned him that the passage could harm his chances of getting the job, Mr Savage instead decided to open a complaint against them for religious discrimination.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/09/15/man-called-homosexuality-evil-on-his-cv-then-sued-for-for-discrimination/




Yeah so that’s a fail. As if that’s bad enough, there’s these douchebags in the UK. I really wonder if they really think Jesus must be proud because of their hatred?

A Christian couple are reportedly threatening to sue a Church of England primary school because it allowed a boy in their son's class to wear a dress.

The family withdrew the six-year-old from the school and will now educate him at home, alongside his eight-year-old brother, who was taken out of school a year ago after a boy in his class also began to wear dresses.

The boys' parents, Nigel and Sally Rowe, will argue that the school has acted without due regard to pupils and not respected their rights to bring up their children according to their biblical beliefs.

The school, which has not been named, said it followed Church of England guidance and that transgender people were protected under the Equalities Act.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/christian-parents-sue-school-allowed-wear-dress-uniform-transphobia-church-enland-a7938926.html




Oh come on, even Judge Judy is giving you the facepalm. I can only imagine what she would say in that trial. “Suck it up, snowflakes! You can handle this!!!”. Well, maybe she wouldn’t use the term “snowflake”. At least neither the UK or the US is Africa, though that’s what religious conservatives want:

Twenty people have been arrested on Tanzania's semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar for alleged homosexuality, police say.

The 12 women and eight men were picked up in a hotel where they were receiving training about HIV/Aids education programmes.

Earlier this year, authorities banned many private health clinics from providing HIV/Aids services, saying they encouraged gay sex.

Homosexuality is a crime in Tanzania.

Regional police commander Hassan Ali Nasri said on state television: "They are implicated in homosexuality. We arrested them and are busy interrogating them. The police cannot turn a blind eye to this practice."
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41292920




Yeah we can live with that. It definitely sucks when the conservative hate machine cranks things up way past 11. But they’re not hate mongers, they will tell you. Oh and just like the Chumbawumba song, the Christian right gets knocked down, but they get up again. They will never let you down:

Lawmakers this year proposed no fewer than two dozen bills aimed at restricting the rights of LGBT Texans. In June, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a measure that critics say allows private, religious-based adoption agencies to turn away LGBT parents. A so-called bathroom bill to police public restroom access for transgender Texans became a defining issue in the Legislature, but with overwhelming opposition from schools, police officials and big business leaders, the more moderate House refused to pass it. As House Speaker Joe Straus told the New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright, “I don’t want the suicide of a single Texan on my hand.”

Despite, or perhaps because of, that defeat, Parker and other activists are still hunting for bathroom battles. It makes sense they’d look for them in schools. After conservative Christian groups such as Texas Values killed LGBT protections in Houston with the rallying cry “No Men in Women’s Restrooms” in 2015, they zeroed in on schools with trans-inclusive policies. When Fort Worth ISD issues guidelines for faculty on navigating gender issues, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick demanded that the superintendent resign and called the conflict a “modern day come-and-take-it moment.”
https://www.texasobserver.org/legislative-defeat-conservative-groups-take-bathroom-fight-local-schools/




I like that one! Next up – there’s our old buddy Lance Wallnau, who we love to make fun of in the Wheel Of Corruption because he’s just so batshit fucking crazy. Well, he may have officially lost it. Not that he’s ever had it to begin with:

Right-wing preacher Lance Wallnau streamed a video on Periscope yesterday in which he blasted the “knucklehead bloggers” who dared to mock his claim that his prayer changed the course of Hurricane Irma and suggested that the storm didn’t damage any of President Trump’s properties in Florida because he is protected by God.

“I’ve got these knucklehead bloggers that watch me and always make fun of me,” he said. “They were crazy last week over the hurricane. They kept saying, ‘He thinks his prayers with 5,000 people influenced the direction of the hurricane.’ Well, I’ll tell you what, I believe our prayers, along with everybody else’s, did influence the direction of the hurricane.”

Responding to Bill Maher’s joke that the fact that Trump’s properties made it through the hurricane without damage is proof that there is no God, Wallnau declared that “of course nothing happened to Donald Trump’s property, that was a demonic storm … The Lord didn’t send it, the devil is loosing chaos in America.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/lance-wallnau-suggests-hurricane-irma-was-unable-to-damage-trumps-florida-properties-because-he-is-protected-by-god/




Oh and finally this week for Holy Shit, there’s Roy Moore. Yes, conservative trolls never go away, they just find new troll caves to hide under:

Roy Moore, the disgraced former judge leading the pack in a US Senate election, has close ties to a pastor who has called for gay people to be put to death.

Roy Moore is running for the US Senate seat vacated by Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and has a lead over his GOP primary opponent.

It has emerged this week that Moore also has ties to an extremist pastor who has called for gay people to be put to death.
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/09/12/republican-senate-candidate-roy-moore-doesnt-know-if-gay-people-should-be-executed/


Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Yeah Roy, you do. Don’t hide behind it – own that shit. Either you’re a hardcore hate monger, or you’re not. Don’t sugarcoat your hate, douchebag. That’s it for this week in:




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So of course you know by now people are people, and people are dumb. So after an extremely heavy dose of holy shit, we’re going to cover some actual shit. See what I did there? We’re going to start by going to Colorado Springs, Colorado for this insane story.

The Colorado Springs family has spent weeks trying to get a mystery woman they've dubbed "The Mad Pooper" to stop defecating in their neighborhood, right outside their house.

Cathy Budde says her kids caught her first mid-squat, pants down and unashamed.

"They are like, 'There's a lady taking a poop!' So I come outside, and I'm like ... 'are you serious?'" Budde recalled. "'Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids!?' She's like, 'Yeah, sorry!'"

The family says it was just the first time it actually caught the runner doing it, but it wouldn't be the last. Budde estimates the runner leaves behind human waste at least once a week. She says "The Mad Pooper" has been at it for the last seven weeks.

She can't help but laugh at the absurdity of the whole situation.

"Two other times we've caught her -- caught her yesterday -- she changed up her time a little bit because she knew I was watching," Budde said.
http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Mad-Pooper-wanted-by-Colorado-Springs-police-445687083.html




So not once has this woman been caught doing the nasty in someone’s lawn – it has happened MULTIPLE TIMES!!! And people wonder why we can’t have nice things. Speaking of not having nice things, let’s now go to Germany. And really – this only applies to the men out there. Don’t do this. I mean really. Don’t do this.

Firefighters spent three hours using power tools to free a man with his penis trapped in a gym weight.

The crew used an angle-grinder and a circular saw to prise the 2.5kg dumbbell disc off the unfortunate weight-lifter at a hospital in Worms, Germany.

"One person had a very sensitive part of the body trapped in the hole of a 2.5 kg dumbbell disc," it said on Facebook, describing the call-out as "somewhat different".

Perhaps wisely, the department offered no details on how the man became trapped. But it cautioned: "Please do not imitate such actions."
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/firefighters-penis-gym-weight-caught-three-hours-worms-germany-dumbbell-disc-a7952961.html




Yeah it’s kind of like that. OK so we have mad poopers and male organs stuck in barbell weights. Where do we go from there? How about let’s go to Arizona where a man trying to eat a snake and the snake eats back?

A Coolidge man remained hospitalized Friday after surviving a rattlesnake bite to the face while trying to show off to friends at a party by attempting to cook the reptile on the barbecue.

Victor Pratt 48, has been at Banner-University Medical Center in Phoenix since Sept. 7.

While celebrating his child's birthday with friends, Pratt said he decided to show them how to catch and cook a rattlesnake after one of the reptiles showed up in his yard during the party.

Pratt, who spoke to The Arizona Republic on Friday, grabbed the venomous snake and was showing it off to friends and family, posing for several photos. But he lost his grip on the snake's head, and it attacked him.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2017/09/15/arizona-man-tries-eat-rattlesnake-snake-bites-back/672586001/




So maybe don’t do that? Speaking of not doing things, maybe don’t stuff cash in a toilet so it overflows?

(GENEVA) — Talk about flush with cash.A Geneva official has confirmed a newspaper report that said wads of cut-up 500-euro notes (about $600 each) mysteriously turned up jammed into the toilets of three neighborhood restaurants and a bank in separate episodes in recent months.

Prosecutor's office spokesman Henri Della Casa confirmed Friday's report in the Tribune de Geneve, saying the shredded notes were once worth tens of thousands of euros in total.

Preliminary clues from an investigation suggested the bounty once belonged to unnamed "Spanish women who had placed the loot in a Geneva vault several years ago," the report said.

At one pizzeria, police were informed after the clogged toilet had overflowed.

http://time.com/4944867/switzerland-toilets-clogged-with-money/?utm_campaign=time&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=time_socialflow_twitter




Flush with cash! Excuse me a minute! Now how about fast food? Remember that one story I did way back during the first season of the Top 10 about the guy who threw the alligator in the Wendys drive thru? Well maybe don’t expose yourself in the Chik Fil A drive thru. Or their god might smote you. Or at least have you arrested.

A 63-year-old man was arrested Tuesday, accused of exposing himself to a drive-thru cashier at a Waco fast-food restaurant for the second time this year, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Bobby Mathew Dove, of Waco, was arrested after two employees of the Chick-fil-A at 4310 Franklin Ave. reported Dove had exposed himself to them while he was in the drive-thru, Swanton said. The employees notified their manager, but Dove had left the area when police were called, he said.

The vehicle and driver description the employees gave police matched a similar incident reported in late January at a Dairy Queen drive-thru in the 1400 block of North New Road, Swanton said. Dove had received a misdemeanor ticket charging indecent exposure in the first incident.

"On this second incident, officers were able to remember the first incident, went to his house, determined it was him again, and detectives were able to get a warrant for his arrest," Swanton said.

Read more: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/police/waco-man-accused-of-exposing-himself-in-chick-fil-a/article_7370e46c-a1c5-55eb-b429-e743b5e335b9.html




Finally for people are dumb – it’s never too early for Christmas, at least that’s it for the luxury auto manufactures and their seemingly endless barrage of ads for their “holiday sales events” that usually start on what seems like July 1st. But what happens when Santa is a crook?

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, will have one fewer Papá Noel (Santa Claus) this year.

James Earl Bailey, 69, a self-proclaimed hippie who had been on the lam for 14 years, pleaded guilty Thursday in San Antonio to charges of manufacturing more than 100 marijuana plants.

Since skipping bail in 2003, he’d settled in the northern Mexico town that borders Laredo and lived in a modest home there with the earnings he got from playing ol’ St. Nick.

“Everybody knew him as Santa Claus in Nuevo Laredo,” said his lawyer, Tom McHugh. “He’d go into shops there and charge to take pictures with people and kids. He’d use that (money) to survive the year.”
http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/article/Santa-Claus-pleads-guilty-to-12199201.php




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And man do I need a drink this week, which is why we’re doing a live podcast from Gene Simmons’ Rock N Brews restaurant in my home county at their Buena Park, California location. Say hi to the home audience everybody! So let me just peruse the beverage list… something strong, not too weak. Eh, fuck the specialty drink list. Just bring me a Stone double IPA! Ah there we go! Beer. Can’t go wrong there. So why am I here? Well, Gene Simmons, the founder of Rock N Brews, has got quite the offer for you!

Gene Simmons has announced “the Gene Simmons Vault Experience.” The ambitious endeavor will send the Kiss frontman all over the world, hand-delivering his unwieldy, 38-pound, career-spanning box set The Vault to happy fans in the comfort of their homes. The 10-disc set contains over 150 unreleased songs in addition to a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons “non-makeup” action figure, an “In Gene We Trust” oversized medallion, a “very special surprise item,” and more. The whole thing costs just $2,000.

Of course, there’s also the $50,000 “Home Experience” package that involves Simmons himself bringing the damn thing straight to your doorstep. (Note: Some scheduling and travel restrictions may apply.) A more affordable $25,000 package grants you Executive Producer credit on the box set, exclusive studio time with Simmons, and access to unreleased recordings. Watch an informational video for “The Gene Simmons Vault Experience” below, and find out more information here.
https://pitchfork.com/news/gene-simmons-will-come-to-your-house-and-deliver-his-giant-box-set/




Wait…. Wait… wait…. Wait…. Wait… wait… wait. Did you say $50,000? What I could spend on buying a 2017 Cadillac CTS-V, I could spend on having Gene Simmons come to my house for an hour? Let me just ask my investment advisor… yeah he’s saying that is a terrible investment. He’s also saying *this* is a terrible investment!

Gene Simmons, the co-founder and front-man for the 70's rock band Kiss, is a fan of bitcoin, according to a new interview.

Simmons revealed his interest in an interview with TheStreet, during which he said he views the cryptocurrency primarily as an investment that fits into his wider portfolio. Kiss, formed in 1973, is known for hit songs like "Rock And Roll All Nite" and "Detroit Rock City."

"I am interested in bitcoin, but only as a piece of the [investment] puzzle," he said, according to the publication.

Though he didn't go into much further detail on his investment strategy around cryptocurrencies, he argued in the interview that buying into an asset like bitcoin should be one part of that "puzzle".

"Anybody that goes to Las Vegas and bets all their money on 35-black, [it's] an insane idea," he said, later adding: "Coins? Great. Real estate? Great."
https://www.coindesk.com/kiss-front-man-gene-simmons-interested-bitcoin/




Now Gene, assuming this is true, we might all be M&Ms as currency if the rumors about North Korea and Bit Coin are true:

Hackers linked to North Korea are ramping up attempts to steal bitcoin in order to bring in money for Kim Jong Un's regime, a top cybersecurity firm says.

Bitcoin and other forms of virtual money -- known as cryptocurrencies -- appeal to North Korea as the U.S. pursues international sanctions aimed at further isolating the country, according to a new report from FireEye.

"Sanctions against North Korea are likely to fuel their cybercrime activity," said Bryce Boland, Singapore-based chief technology officer with FireEye. "Attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges can be a great vehicle to obtain what is ultimately hard currency."
http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/12/technology/north-korea-hackers-bitcoin/index.html




At this point you’re probably better off hiding your money under your mattress, Gene. But if you’re looking to make some money, Gene says don’t bother with a career in rock and roll music, as that seems to be the only way to make money these days!

When Kiss legend Gene Simmons talks about the music business, you just shut up and listen.

Here is what Simmons had to say in an interview with TheStreet about the current state of music:

"The state of the music industry is unfortunately very, very dim. I have said before that rock is dead, it really is. It's not because there isn't talent out there, there is a dearth of talent out there. But the system is broken because fans have gotten used to the idea of not paying for anything. There needs to be new legislation. The record companies were asleep at the wheel when that first kid downloaded music for free -- they should have taken his home."

Hey Sean Parker, waiting for your reply.
https://www.thestreet.com/story/14306240/1/gene-simmons.html





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Part of our mission statement here at the Top 10 Conservative Idiots is to show you that conservative idiocy isn’t just a problem with America. No, it’s a global problem that is stemming far and wide, and it’s not just America where conservative idiots ruin everything they touch. And if you’re thinking of moving out of the United States just because Donald J. Trump is our current president and our nation is turning to shit, you should know what it is you’re getting into should you decide that you want to leave the country. So if you want a recap of where we’ve been so far, in the last few weeks we’ve discovered that the Czech Republic is a liberal utopia with some very bad neighbors, South Africa’s racists make ours look like chumps, and Brazil is still recovering from that epic disaster of an Olympics last year. This week we’re headed to South America! Here’s the tour schedule:



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We got one more stop to make before we head home for a bit of shore leave. So we’re in beautiful Argentina everybody! Argentina is home to some of the most beautiful scenery known to man – you have such scenic places as the Iguazu Falls and the Pietro Moreno glacier – quick! – go see it before it melts thanks to global warming! It’s also home to one of the extremes of nature – the infamous chain of islands known as Tierra Del Fuego and the Beagle Channel where Charles Darwin studied the nature of glaciers. It’s also home to the city of Buenos Aires. Which includes such places to visit as the presidential palace Casa Rosada and La Bombonero Stadium. It’s also the home of such things as the La Ricoleta Art Museum. But what else is Argentina the home of? Remember that whole Equifax breach that we covered already? Well they were one of the countries hit hardest by it.

As you may be well aware by now, Equifax last week disclosed a breach impacting approximately 143 million US consumers as well as some UK and Canadian residents. Now, researchers have discovered that the personal information of thousands of Argentinians may be at risk too due to lax Equifax security practices.

Brian Krebs, a security researcher and author of the KrebsOnSecurity blog, this week revealed that he was recently contacted by researchers at Milwaukee-based information security firm Hold Security who discovered a portal used by Equifax employees in Argentina that was practically "wide open" for anyone to access.

The portal, which let Equifax employees in the Latin American country manage customer credit report disputes, was "protected by perhaps the most easy-to-guess password combination ever: 'admin/admin,'" Krebs wrote. It doesn't take a security expert to know that's a bad idea.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/356215/report-equifax-argentina-portal-was-wide-open




Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Go away Gollum! We don’t want to give you our precious! There’s lots of things going on in Argentina, like a bonafied murder mystery involving a private investigator:

A team of investigators in Argentina has reportedly determined that Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who investigated the Iran-linked 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires, was murdered and did not commit suicide as claimed by the defense, according to a Spanish-language report Thursday.

Twenty-eight experts in different areas, from ballistics to psychology, determined that Nisman was murdered by a shot to the head, and that the murderer (or murderers) then attempted to cover their tracks at the scene of the crime, according to a report in the Argentine news site Infobae.

Argentinian officials have has not confirmed the report, which comes just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the first-ever visit by an Israeli premier to Argentina.

Netanyahu brought the issue up in his talk with Argentinean President Mauricio Macri. Israeli officials were told Monday that the investigation was advancing nicely and that they expect an official announcement soon. However, officials in the prime minister’s delegation said that the timing was merely coincidental.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/argentina-experts-said-to-confirm-alberto-nisman-was-murdered/




Yeah that always happens! Let’s talk about something much lighter involving Argentina – like how about street crime? There’s always this.

Argentina's Lower House has approved a bill criminalizing street harassment against women.

The measure was approved in the beginning of a special session and without debate. Senators are now expected to discuss the bill.

The new bill will incorporate street harassment in the Penal Code as a type of “violence against women in the public space.”

Street harassment — often euphemistically referred to as "catcalling" — is defined as “harassment carried out against women by one or more people, in public spaces like public transports or malls, through behaviors or words, with sexual connotation, affecting or harming the dignity, integrity, liberty, freedom of circulation, or generating a hostile or offensive environment.”
https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Street-Harassment-to-Become-a-Crime-in-Argentina--20170913-0038.html




Argentina is also the home of Bit Coins, and Bit Coins and Bit Coin mining are so popular in Argentina that they’re actually starting to incorporate Bit Coin ATMs throughout the country:

Argentina is set to receive 200 ‘bi-directional’ Bitcoin ATMs next month in an initiative responding to the “world monetary order changing.”

Speaking to local news outlet CryptoNoticias, CEO of organizer Odyssey Group Sebastian Ponceliz said there would be multiple benefits of the machines in a country where economic policy was an early driver of consumers towards Bitcoin.

“The idea was born from the understanding that the world monetary order is changing,” he told the publication..
https://cointelegraph.com/news/argentina-jumps-on-bitcoin-atm-bandwagon-with-200-expected-in-october




But no country is immune from the Trump cabal right now, and even our vice president Mike Pence is praising Argentina and its’ message of anti-populism which is what the Trump admin is trying to do here:

BUENOS AIRES — Vice President Pence celebrated Argentina as a model for a prosperous Latin America and vowed additional U.S. trade partnerships here Tuesday while also seeking to further isolate Venezuela and pressure its autocratic leader to reverse course and restore democracy there.

Delivering the centerpiece speech of his week-long visit to South and Central America, Pence on Tuesday declared “the dawn of a new era in the New World.” He carried a message of unity here to Buenos Aires and promoted economic and security ties between the Trump administration and Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s government.

“A secure Latin America means a more secure United States of America,” Pence said. “A prosperous Latin America means a more prosperous United States of America. And the advance of freedom and democracy in Latin America benefits the cause of freedom everywhere.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pence-praises-argentina-as-a-model-partner-while-raising-pressure-on-venezuela/2017/08/15/93e3feea-81f7-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html?utm_term=.38f76b7d8f3c




I believe the technical term for that is what is known as a “shit eating grin”, and that is something Argentina should definitely not trust. Especially when the Trump admin is going after 3rd world dictators hard, and they have one right next door:

Except in times of war, few politicians have achieved great electoral success by telling voters to sacrifice living standards today for the sake of a better tomorrow. But in a surprising turn of events, voters in Argentina have just given an unexpected endorsement to this message, which has been the guiding logic behind the anti-populist policies of President Mauricio Macri.

On Sunday, Argentina held primary elections ahead of the Oct. 22 midterm legislative polls. It wasn’t supposed to be a very momentous event, but the results, as it happened, came loaded with significance. Voters didn’t just give a boost to Macri’s governing project. They also showed that Argentina—a country with a history of politics driven by personalities, emotions and short-termism—has developed a new level of political maturity.

After one-and-a-half years of Macri’s bitter economic medicine, and with former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on the ballot for a Senate seat, few expected Argentineans to give a hearty vote of confidence to Macri and his Cambiemos—or “Let’s Change”—coalition. But that is exactly what they did.
http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/22968/argentina-s-primary-elections-show-that-macri-s-anti-populism-can-win




Define “bad hombres”, Trump. At least Argentina has a friend in Israel in case things go south with the US:

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Mauricio Macri of Argentina gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tens of thousands of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.

Digital copies of the documents — mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports — were delivered Tuesday in a box with five discs totaling 5 terabytes of information.

Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs produced the 139,544 documents mostly between 1939 and 1950.

“I gave to the prime minister an historic Argentinean documentation digitalized about the Holocaust for the use of the State of Israel to investigate and spread the information. This is very important for us,” Macri said at the presidential residence in Buenos Aires at the first-ever formal meeting between the leaders of both countries.
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Argentina-turns-over-tens-of-thousands-of-Holocaust-documents-to-Israel-504982




[font size="6"]The Verdict & Scorecard[/font]

While anti-populism is gaining huge support in Argentina, they’re much friendlier to outsiders than Brazil is, and be sure to visit before Putin interrupts another election.

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

Overall: B-

[font size="6"]Next Week[/font]

We’re planning to hit all 7 continents, and like any good world tour, this is leaving some time for a bit of shore leave before we head out to Asia, Australia and the Middle East. We’re coming home to the States to visit the great state of New York!


[font size="8"]And Now This:[/font]
[font size="8"]Imagine Dragons[/font]

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m really excited to have this next guest on. They recently hosted the LoudLove Festival in Salt Lake City and they have a new album out called “Evolve” that is getting rave reviews. Playing their song “Lightning”, give it up for Imagine Dragons!





Yeah how about that?

See you next week!

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