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For the record, let's call this piece "Lock, Stock, and Two Smirking Grins". You can't get much more evil than this folks!

*audience applauds wildly*

This week on the Top 10 we are live from Philadelphia! We delve into Mike Pompeo's Saudi Arabia trip, Trump goes a step further and suggests a border war, there's some shocking new developments in the Mueller probe, Sheriff Joe sues the New York Times, we profile Gavin McInnes in "This Fucking Guy" and we open up the Top 10 Movie Vault to review Diamond & Silk's stunningly awful new documentary "Dummycrats". Whew. Plus in our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates" we're going to take a look at football and ask was the Chargers' move to LA worth it? (hint: no). And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to do a deep dive into the alt right Christian fight club known as Patriot Prayer. Forget Saturday Night, it seems Sunday Morning is all right for fighting! Neither did we! And we've got a new installment of "What's Up With India" because they are crazy. Plus an all new people are dumb because people are dumb. And the next installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries is going to take us to the FBI (do your best Ed Wood impression here)! All this plus a live performance from St Paul & The Broken Bones!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-16: The College Dropout Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-16: The College Dropout Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up BOSTON???? Yes I am in Red Sox territory so… how about them? Yeah! But that Patriots – Chiefs game… what the fuck??? Although I will say that I heavily support Tyreek Mill getting a face full of beer and a middle finger, but considering what he did, that dude got off light. But we got to move on, this is a comedy show! Not a horror movie! So I want to start with a heartfelt RIP… to Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s relationship. Yes, we need the Sad Hulk Music for this one! But one of my favorite aspects of celebrity relationships is when celebrities get premature tattoos. I’m not a tattoo guy, but I love premature tattoos. Like you know somewhere out there, there’s a Brewers fan out there who got a “Brewers 2018 World Series Champions” tattoo even though they’re only 2 games into the NLCS! And you know there’s a Lakers fan who got a “Lebron MVP” tattoo even though we’re still in preseason! But really, Pete, did you really think that your relationship with Ariana was going to go very far? And how much is tattoo removal? I don’t know, but does anyone have any guesses? How much? And I’m guessing that is going to be quite painful too. Well it’s really his loss. OK that’s enough of the intro, we got a lot of idiocy to get to, but first, John Oliver is back and he delves into the US relationship with Saudi Arabia (currently in the running for the worst country on earth) :



**NOTE: We are *NOT* going to cover the Jamal Khashoogi killing (at least this week) as it is another one of those stories where it would go against the Top 10 policy of making fun of tragedy. Sorry. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.**

In the number one slot this week is a twofer – Kanye West and Donald Trump (1). We got to delve into Kanye’s visit to the White House because, reasons. Taking the second slot this week, Trump’s wife Melania Trump (2) is on a World Deplorable tour of her own and made some absolutely absurd claims about bullying and we are going to examine a few of those. Taking the 3rd slot this week we have Trump’s BFF Alex Jones (3) and he’s literally turning into that episode of Seinfeld where George gets fired and he refuses to leave, we’ll tell you more about that. For the 4th seed this week Stormy Daniels is back and she and Trump (4) exchange jabs at each other after a judge dismisses her lawsuit against the orange president, and no, Stormy, we don’t need further details, thanks! At number 5 is a brand new edition of Top 10 Investigates and this time we’re going to talk about travel, specifically long haul flights, and Singapore Airlines recently launched the world’s longest flight – are you up for it? Taking the 6th slot this week we have of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor is going to talk the end of the world. Just how close are we and what is our brethren on the other side saying about it? Find out! At number 7, last week we asked “What’s Up With India?” and this week we’re going to ask “What’s Up With Brazil?” because their elections are coming and they are about to elect a far right Putin stooge despite that he’s the less popular candidate. Gee, where have I heard that before? At number 8 we have a new installment of “How Is This Still A Thing?” and this week after South Park took a jab at an ongoing controversy involving a character on a competing show, we’re going to ask – “The Simpsons’ Apu: How Is This Still A Thing?”. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week we’ve got a new installment of my favorite segment “I Need A Drink” and we’re going to talk passwords – specifically Kanye’s. Yep, that happened. And finally the next installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries, we’re going to hang out with the best of the best – the United States Marine Corps! Plus we’ve got the best dressed band in music – the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are going to be joining us! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Fresh off his recent stint berating the SNL audience and berating the oval office, we got to talk about how batshit insane Kanye has become. And here’s the thing Kanye that you need to realize that no one else will tell you – Trump is using you, man. He’s using you and he’s playing you like a fiddle, like he is with literally every celebrity that’s come out in favor of him. And I mean come on, when Dave Chappelle calls you out and says you went too far, you went too fucking far!

Dave Chappelle considers Kanye West “my brother” — but he thinks that the rapper “shouldn’t say all that s—” in support of President Donald Trump.

“I’m not mad at Kanye,” the comedian, 45, told CNN’s Van Jones in a segment that aired Saturday but was filmed before West visited the White House on Thursday. “That’s my brother. I love him. I support him. But you know, I don’t have to agree with everything that he says. I just trust him as a person of intent. But yeah, he shouldn’t say all that s—.”

During the lengthy discussion in the Oval Office, West, 41, mentioned his mental health, his fondness for the Make America Great Again hat, Hillary Clinton and the Kardashians, along with other topics.

West also recently gave a pro-Trump rant after appearing as the Saturday Night Live musical guest and called first for abolishing and then for amending the 13th Amendment.

Calling West an “artist” and a “genius,” Chappelle said, “I think that the angle he’s seeing things from is about the division that he sees, and he’s not inconsistent with what he’s saying.” He noted that he once read that West had sought to “re-appropriate” the Confederate flag.

In 2013, West wore a jacket with the Confederate flag and defended his decision by saying, “You know, the Confederate flag represented slavery in a way. … So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag.”

Months after announcing that he had bipolar disorder, West told Trump that he was “misdiagnosed.” Commenting that he had a “98 percentile IQ test,” West said that a doctor told him that “I wasn’t actually bipolar; I had sleep deprivation which can cause dementia 10 to 20 years from now when I wouldn’t even remember my son’s name.”

A source told PEOPLE that those close to West “are telling him that he needs to get back on his medication, that he’s not doing well, that he’s not making any sense.”
https://people.com/politics/dave-chappelle-kanye-west-supporting-donald-trump/




Yeah probably! But there’s a lot of crazy things that happened during that whole visit to the Oval Office last week. And don’t worry – we’ll get to the epic passcode fail in a minute. But for now all you need to know is that Kanye is really the black Trump. He’s the college dropout, don’t you know?

There was a moment during rapper Kanye West's 10-minute Oval Office soliloquy on, um, hydrogen planes, alternative universes and the 13th Amendment (among LOTS of other things) when the cameras zoomed in on President Donald Trump's face. Trump looked alternatively bemused, entertained, baffled, guarded and, yes, maybe even a little nervous all at once.

Which is the closest I have ever felt to the President -- because I was feeling all those same things watching the rapper and the celebrity President interact in front of the cameras. ("Interact" probably oversells it. Kanye just sort of talked at Trump, with an occasional pause to side-hug the President or show him a plane from his phone.)

It was a particularly Trumpian spectacle. Kanye was invited, alongside NFL great Jim Brown, ostensibly to talk about prison reform, but was really brought to the White House because a) he is a celebrity b) he says nice things about Trump and c) he guarantees eyeballs and buzz everywhere he goes.

And of course, everyone watched -- even if they said they didn't want to or didn't care -- because it was impossible to tear yourself away from the spectacle. Kanye didn't really talk much about prison reform but, then again, I am not sure what the hell he did talk about.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/11/politics/kanye-west-donald-trump/index.html




By the way so you know while Melania is on her world deplorable tour (which we will get to in a minute), Kanye imitated Dave Chappelle and went to Africa because… why not?

Days after Kanye West’s bizarre sit-down with President Donald Trump, the rapper and his wife, Kim Kardashian, have cozied up to another head of state.

The couple took in a meeting with the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has declared his love for Trump, and Museveni’s daughter Diana Museveni Kamuntu in Entebbe on Monday. West is visiting the East African country while recording his upcoming album.

Museveni announced the visit on his Twitter account and said they held “fruitful discussions” about promoting tourism and arts, revealing that West gave him a pair of white Yeezy sneakers.

“I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda,” he wrote on Twitter alongside a series of photos documenting their meeting. “I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa.”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kanye-west-kim-kardashian-meet-uganda-president-yoweri-museveni_us_5bc4a0dce4b0bd9ed55c54e5




And by the way this might be the single craziest thing to come out of that whole Kanye and Trump meeting – he proposed a bizarre futuristic looking airplane that he thinks should be made by Apple, because… reasons. Really you can’t make this shit up!

Kanye West believes president Donald Trump should eschew the Boeing VC-25AS planes used as Air Force One in favour of a hypersonic jet. Naturally, it should be made by Apple. The outspoken rapper made headlines last week when he showed President Trump a prototype of the so-called ‘iPlane 1’, which he reckoned could be a new Presidential Air Force One.

In an extraordinary meeting in the Oval Office, West produced his phone and announced: ‘I brought a gift with me right here. This right here is the iPlane 1. It’s a hydrogen-powered airplane and this is what our president should by flying in. ‘And we’re gonna have Apple, an American company, work on this plane.’

Although sounding like a project already in motion, the news came as a surprise to the actual designer of the concept, Detroit-based Shabtai Hirshberg. ‘It completely caught me by surprise,’ Hirshberg told The Verge. ‘A good surprise, I would say – it’s always nice to see your designs being thought well for.’
https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/16/a-closer-look-at-the-apple-iplane-that-kanye-pitched-to-trump-8042859/?ito=cbshare





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OK so we might be at that point in the movie where the team splits and goes their separate ways only to reconvene in the end and be… happy… I guess? Maybe if you were to go the Wes Anderson route. But really, so Melania went to Africa to promote her “#BeBest” campaign, and really, if you’re going to promote a Twitter hashtag, why not promote in countries that don’t really have proper internet access yet?

Sometimes a hat is just a hat. But not when it’s a pith helmet worn by a white politician visiting Africa. Pith helmets are relics of colonialism and its big game hunting tradition. So why would Melania Trump wear one?

On a solo tour of Africa, the United States first lady stopped in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Egypt. She went on safari. The pictures of her in a pith helmet and looking rather inscrutable went around the world. Although the first lady said: “I want to talk about my trip, not what I wear,” it is impossible to not talk about the ways race and space collide in this image.

This, of course, is not the first time Trump has been challenged on her clothing choices. After she wore a jacket that said “I really don’t care, do u?” while en route to an immigrant child detention centre, many claimed her choice of clothing was carefully scripted.

Safari is a multi-million dollar industry in Africa. It is most often talked about in terms of tourism, conservation, poaching and big game hunting. Let’s add race to that mix.
The legacy of safari hunting
https://www.news24.com/Africa/News/the-pith-helmet-worn-by-melania-trump-on-safari-in-africa-is-a-relic-of-colonialism-20181016




Because if there’s one thing Africa needs to be reminded of, it’s colonization! I mean really you couldn’t possibly get more insensitive than that. Ah, who am I kidding? This is the Trump administration we’re talking about here. They got elected on their insensitivity! And you want insensitive? Well it doesn’t get more insensitive than this!

Melania Trump, America's media-wary first lady, was finally ready to sit down for her first TV interview as FLOTUS, but she had to go to Africa to do it.

Trump appeared on “Being Melania – The First Lady,” a special edition of ABC's "20/20" on Friday night (10 p.m. ET/PT) talking with the network's chief national correspondent and weekend anchor Tom Llamas, who interviewed Trump when he accompanied her on her just-completed first solo international trip touring four countries in Africa.

During the sit-down, Trump revealed the message behind one of her most controversial fashion statements.

After the administration's border policy of separating children from their parents created an outcry in June, she flew to McAllen, Texas, to visit a migrant children's shelter to bolster the administration's humanitarian credentials. But that was undermined by her decision to wear a casual jacket with a snarky message scrawled on the back reading, "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" during the trip.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2018/10/12/melania-trump-does-first-tv-interview-flotus-during-her-africa-tour/1532600002/




To which I respond with “I really don’t care. Do U?”. Thank you audience! And by the way, we might want to cue the world’s tiniest violin straight for her. So is Melania Trump really the most bullied person in the world? Well she’s married to the guy who might be the biggest bully in the world, that’s for damn sure!

First lady Melania Trump said in an interview that aired Thursday that she is the most bullied person in the world, which has led her to create her anti-bullying "Be Best" initiative, before softening her comments slightly to say she is one of the most bullied.

"I could say I'm the most bullied person on the world," Trump told ABC News in an interview during her first major solo trip to Africa last week when asked what personally made her want to tackle the issue of cyberbullying.

"You're really the most bullied person in the world?" ABC News' Tom Llamas asked during the exchange.
"One of them, if you really see what people saying about me," Trump said.

Asked how bullying could affect children, including her son Barron, Trump said that is why her initiative is focused on social media and online behavior.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/11/politics/melania-trump-be-best-initiative-bullying/index.html




Oh womp womp! Yeah that’s the world’s tiniest violin playing just for Melania. Oh and by the way if you want to take a trip to Egypt, maybe the Pyramids are the one place where you don’t put your best fashion foot forward. And by the way Melania, it’s kind of hard to focus on what you do when you don’t do anything.

I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear,” First Lady Melania Trump lamented on the final day of her solo four-country trip to Africa, which took her last week to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt. She was reacting to criticism of the pith helmet she had worn earlier in Kenya.

It's a sentiment any serious person would sympathize with—but it was difficult to honor her wish. The objectives of her trip weren’t clearly defined, and some of her clothes were, well, distracting.

Take the pith helmet. That’s a hat with a history. It was widely worn by European colonial armies in Africa and Asia and by the end of the 19th century had also become common civilian wear for Westerners in the tropics; it is considered by many a symbol of colonial oppression. Why, one can’t help but wonder, would the first lady of the United States want to lift up that rock?

Furthermore, at the precise moment she was making her plea, Trump was standing on the Giza plateau outside Cairo; behind her was the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of the pharaoh Khufu, the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. And with her attire she was inexplicably channeling 1930s, gangster-era Chicago: What else to make of the wide, black-belted trousers paired with a white shirt and a black tie, a menswear-style double-breasted jacket draped over her shoulders, and a black-banded fedora on her head?
https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/fashion-trends/a23657403/melania-trump-africa-clothes-style/





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Remember that episode of Seinfeld where George’s boss discovers that he faked being handicapped and attempted to fire George, and George refused to leave, so the boss did everything he could to force George out? Well it’s kind of like that for Infowars, and we may need to get the Sad Hulk Music going for this one. But apparently there’s one outlet that’s still mysteriously keeping Infowars alive and it’s getting really strange. For those of you keeping score at home here’s who has banned Infowars so far. Paypal.

Alex Jones, founder and lead host of Infowars, has been booted off nearly every social media platform, lost access to advertising and web-hosting services, and is now denied service by the payment processor PayPal—but he is still able to generate revenue from his operation using a Visa-owned payment solution called Authorize.Net.

Because of his hateful rhetoric and bad-faith proliferation of conspiracy theories, Jones has been banned from using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, MailChimp, PayPal, and many online advertising services.

Authorize.Net services, according to its website, “more than 430,000 merchants, handling more than 1 billion transactions and $149 billion in payments every year.” Authorize.Net’s parent company is CyberSource, which Visa acquired in 2010. One of the merchants the service works with is the Infowars web store, where Jones sells nutritional supplements and prepper supplies at inflated prices. The code running the Infowars checkout page, specifically the credit card verification system, routes to Authorize.Net.

In the terms of use presented on Authorize.Net’s website, the payment processor does not require users agree to any policies forbidding them from using the service to facilitate hate and harassment online. Color of Change, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy group, lists Visa as an “engaged” company, meaning that Visa has “no acceptable use policy but has actively removed groups under pressure,” including white supremacist groups. In the terms listed, the company says it does not assume responsibility for what its clients do and sell and that it does not guarantee “you will be satisfied with their products, services or practices.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/is-visa-subsidiary-alex-jones-last-refuge/




I can imagine that will eventually happen to Infowars. I mean could you imagine that Alex is climbing through the vents at Infowars HQ screaming about the “Deep State”? I’m just laughing just thinking about this scenario – and he’s already red enough! So guess what? Alex is fighting back! He’s suing Paypal because, reasons.

Far right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is suing PayPal over claims that his InfoWars website was blocked due to political bias.

PayPal is one of several technology companies that have banned the controversial site from their platform, with Twitter, Facebook and Spotify all saying that Mr Jones' promotion of hate and violence is in violation of their policies.

InfoWars has previously reported that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 – in which 20 students and six staff members were killed – was a hoax.

In a 15-page complaint, Mr Jones' company Free Speech Systems claims that the bans are purely political.

"It is at this point well known that large tech companies, located primarily in Silicon Valley, are discriminating against politically conservative entities and individuals, including banning them from social media platforms such as Twitter, based solely on their political and ideological viewpoints," the complaint states.
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/alex-jones-sue-paypal-infowars-website-blocked-a8566226.html




Oh Alex, how many times do we need to tell you? You’re not getting banned because of your political bias, you’re getting banned because you’re a hateful dick! And companies these days don’t want to be associated with hate speech. And I thought you guys hated trial lawyers! Or are you going to represent yourself? And you know what they say about that right?

The publisher of the controversial Infowars website sued PayPal Inc. on Monday claiming that the payment site “discriminated against Plaintiff based on its political viewpoints and politically conservative affiliation, thus violating the California Unruh Civil Rights Act.”

On Sept. 21, PayPal informed Free Speech Systems, LLC, the owner of the websites at infowars.com and prisonplanet.com, that it would cease processing payments for the sites. “PayPal is engaged in unfair business practices by enforcing its contractual terms in an unconscionable manner, namely arbitrarily banning plaintiff from its platform for off-platform speech despite never claiming it might ban users for off-platform activity,” wrote the sites’ lawyer, Marc J. Randazza, of the Randazza Legal Group in Las Vegas.

A Paypal spokesman told Courthouse News Service on Monday that company was “aware of the filing and believes the claims in the complaint are without merit.”
https://www.law.com/therecorder/2018/10/02/infowars-publisher-sues-paypal-claiming-viewpoint-based-censorship-read-the-complaint/?slreturn=20180916145116




No, they do have merit. See, we point out time and time again that companies have this thing called a “terms of service agreement” that you probably didn’t read when you signed up, so of course you’re going to scream “wolf”. By the way one of Trump’s favorite punching bags – CNN’s Jim Acosta, nailed it when he described Infowars:

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi followed CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta as he covered yet another Trump rally. Yes, Acosta continues to receive taunts and insults, but according to Farhi, tons of rallygoers also also ask him for selfies, while the countless other journalists continued to go about their business unrecognized and unbothered.

The reception Acosta gets abroad is far different, where people are much more polite towards the press, Farhi writes, than “the different country” Acosta says he sees when in Erie or in Tampa, Fla.

Acosta tells Farhi that Trump isn’t always the source of the anger. It’s increasingly conservative media outlets, like Fox News.

“A lot of people view this through the prism of conservative media,” Acosta tells Farhi. “If you stay on Fox, Infowars, Breitbart or Daily Caller, you’ll see something [inflammatory] about us. That’s what supercharges everyone.”
https://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/jim-acosta-if-you-stay-on-fox-infowars-breitbart-or-daily-caller-youll-see-something-inflammatory-about-us-thats-what-supercharges-everyone/381137





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You know the last time we checked in with Stormy Daniels she ruined our collective childhoods in more ways than one. Especially if you happen to be 90s kids like I am (see: Idiots #5-12 ). But this week Trump is hopping mad at Stormy’s latest revelations. And you know what? After the shit show that has been the last two years, I never, *EVER* want to hear about a presidents’ sex life ever again. But it seems Trump picked up a minor victory, even if it is a, for lack of a better word, tiny one.

A federal judge has dismissed adult film star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

Daniels sued Trump after he said in a tweet that her story of a man threatening her not to come forward with her story of her alleged affair with Trump was "a total con job."

Daniels argued Trump's tweet, posted April 18, "attacks the veracity of her account" of the incident and that Trump's statement was "false and defamatory, and that the tweet was defamation ... because it charged her with committing a serious crime," District Judge S. James Otero wrote in his opinion Monday.

Trump had asked Otero to dismiss the lawsuit.

"The Court agrees with Mr. Trump's argument because the tweet in question constitutes 'rhetorical hyperbole' normally associated with politics and public discourse in the United States. The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement," Otero wrote.
In addition to dismissing the lawsuit, Otero ruled Trump is entitled to attorney's fees.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/15/politics/stormy-daniels-lawsuit-dismissed/index.html




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Of course they did! And really do we honestly need to know any more about Trump’s sex life? I mean honestly Trump is a pig don’t get me wrong, but this just… I can’t even. Well on the plus side this guy has the right reaction to this horror:



So maybe Nathaniel Greene saw the news and that was his reaction to the fact that our president boned a porn star! Of course Trump responds in the most Trump way possible by the angry tweet.

President Trump launched a war of name-calling on Tuesday with adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her attorney as he exulted after a judge threw out Daniels' defamation lawsuit against the president.

Trump said on Twitter that he welcomed the opportunity to take the offense against Daniels — whom he called "Horseface" — and lawyer Michael Avenatti in Texas, where Daniels lives.

Avenatti, who represents Daniels but who also has become an all-purpose antagonist against Trump, fired back by recalling Daniels' account of an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 at a time he was married to the now-first lady, Melania Trump, and not long after the birth of their son.

Avenatti suggested he would welcome some kind of suit by the president.

Trump has acknowledged making a payment to Daniels not long before Election Day in 2016 to keep her from talking publicly, but he has denied her underlying allegation of having a sexual encounter in 2006.
https://www.npr.org/2018/10/16/657842871/tiny-v-horseface-trump-slings-mud-with-stormy-daniels-after-courtroom-win




Well, to be fair now, at least he didn’t call her “Horsey McHorseface”! Hey o!!! But really is anyone surprised that Trump is acting this way right now? Trump has lowered the bar so much it’s literally past the lowest point on earth right now. Meanwhile, Stormy herself fired back with the usual allegation that Trump has a tiny penis. And no, Stormy, we do not need any further details!!!

President Donald Trump lobbed a crass insult at Stormy Daniels on Tuesday, calling the adult film star "horseface" after a federal judge dismissed her defamation suit against him.

"Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas," Trump wrote in a tweet that also referred to a news article about the suit being tossed.

"She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!" Trump added.

Stormy Daniels' defamation suit against Trump dismissed
Oct. 16, 201800:28

Daniels was quick to respond, citing what she called Trump's "shortcomings" and referring to him as "Tiny."

Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti shot right back, calling Trump a "disgusting misogynist and an embarrassment to the United States."

"Bring everything you have, because we are going to demonstrate to the world what a complete shyster and liar you are. How many other women did you cheat on your wife with while you had a baby at home?" the attorney tweeted.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-calls-stormy-daniels-horseface-after-judge-dismisses-her-suit-n920701




Don’t you put that evil on us, Stormy!!! Don’t you put that evil on us!!! As if things couldn’t get any weirder, and why wouldn’t they at this point? Well…

President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to "go after" adult film actress Stormy Daniels and her lawyer Michael Avenatti after a defamation lawsuit against the president was dismissed in court on Monday.

Trump, who has repeatedly mocked women's appearances, also offered up a demeaning nickname for Daniels, calling her "horseface."

"'Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.' @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas," the president tweeted. "She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!"

District Judge S. James Otero of the Central District of California dismissed a defamation lawsuit on Monday against Trump. Daniels sued the president after he wrote in a tweet on April 18 that her story about a man threatening her to not come forward about her alleged affair with Trump was "a total con job."
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/16/trump-go-after-stormy-daniels-avenatti-905698





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Hey Boston it’s time to investigate beyond the headlines! This is Top 10 Investigates!



How long is the longest flight you’ve ever flown on? Is it 5 hours? Maybe a 12 hour transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to Sydney or London? But would you spend 17 hours on a flight? This week, the airline widely regarded as one of the world’s best unveiled a flight that smashed a Guinness world record. Using the state of the art Airbus A350, the flight reached a record from Singapore to Newark in no less than 19 hours. So what is life like on the world’s longest flight?

Getting from Singapore to New York in one hop is better than a layover — even if it involves taking the world’s longest flight.

That is my jetlagged verdict after disembarking from Singapore Airlines Ltd’s Flight 22, the return of the carrier’s Changi-to-Newark, New Jersey, journey after a five-year hiatus.

The final quarter of the 10,400-mile (16,737km) trek was tedious, I must say. By hour 14, somewhere over Canada, the fancy new plane (Airbus SE’s A350-900 Ultra Long Range) was starting to feel like a luxurious prison. My skin was parched, and I could not help trying to think of other scenarios in which that many people in a confined space would collectively go so long without a shower. Even the thought of another mimosa could not get me enthusiastic about still being airborne.

But travelling to the world’s opposite time zone is never going to be entirely painless. Doing it in business class, and there are no economy seats on this almost 18-hour flight, reduces a lot of the trauma. And in comparison with the other options to get from Singapore to the Big Apple — flying via hubs in North Asia, Europe, or the US. West Coast — this route is definitely preferable. I will choose it for New York work trips from now on.
http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/worlds-longest-flight-singapore-airlines




Imagine doing that for 19 hours straight. But at least Singapore gave inaugural customers on the longest flight ever lots of stuff to keep them amused. Like movies, music, food, and champagne – all of which were very plentiful.

Last Thursday, the world’s longest nonstop flight — a 9,534-mile, 18-and-a-half-hour journey from Singapore to Newark on Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft — touched down, raising the bar for super-long-haul travel, which most industry experts define as any flight over 8,000 miles one way.

New, lighter and more fuel efficient, dual-engine aircraft — including the Airbus models and Boeing’s Dreamliner — make flying for nearly a day economically viable as the number of ultra-long-haul flights increases.

Singapore’s new route, which takes 18 hours and 45 minutes in the opposite direction, isn’t the only rear-numbing new itinerary. In March, Qantas Airways launched a London-to-Perth route. It is the third longest flight at about 9,000 miles, according to the aviation industry consultancy OAG, after Qatar Airways’s Doha-Auckland route. In September, Cathay Pacific Airways began flying 8,153 miles, its longest route, between its base in Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. In late November, Air New Zealand plans to add service between Auckland and Chicago, its longest flight at a distance of about 8,200 miles.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/travel/long-haul-flights-amenities.html


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Somehow we don’t think they would allow open flames on board an airline. You know, for obvious reasons of course! But Singapore isn’t the only airline out there testing ultra long haul flights with the Airbus A350, others are joining in as well.

The world’s longest direct commercial flight is back and taking travelers from Singapore to the New York region.

Operated by Singapore Airlines, the city-state’s national carrier, the trip takes slightly under 19 hours. Skipping a stopover in Frankfurt will save hours of traveling time, the carrier says.

Starting Thursday, the route between Changi Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey will be served three times a week. A week later, the carrier will offer daily flights, after a second Airbus A350-900ULR aircraft is delivered.

Singapore Airlines launched the record-breaking route in 2004, but canceled it nine years later because of rising fuel prices.

Campbell Wilson, its senior vice president of sales and marketing, said the Airbus A350-900ULR, which was delivered two weeks ago, consumes 25 percent less fuel than an older generation aircraft of the same size.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/10/11/worlds-longest-flight-singapore-airlines-retakes-title-newark-route/1603183002/




So the Airbus A350ULR is capable of some insanely long ranges. It replaced the A340-500 which previously held the long haul record for flights but was found to be unprofitable. So what kind of routes can we expect for the new aircraft?

The A350-900 ULR, the super long-range version of the existing twinjet widebody, will be able to carry more fuel and fly quite a bit farther than the existing A350-900. So far, in fact that it will make feasible some ultra long-haul flights that were once either out of reach or uneconomical. Singapore Airlines — so far the only customer of this specialized aircraft — hopes to take full advantage of this increased range with nonstop flights to New York City (probably Newark, EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX), two routes it once flew with the four-engined A340-500 but terminated in late 2014 due to high operating costs. Airbus hopes other long-haul airlines like Australian flag carrier Qantas will also take interest in the plane, particularly as Qantas begins connecting distant cities with nonstop flights, like their new Perth to London nonstop service. Airbus claims the ULR will have a range of 9,700 nautical miles — over 10,000 statute miles — some 1,600 nautical miles more than the A350-900 and nearly 2,000 nautical miles more than the A350-1000. This is more than enough for a 19-hour New York – Singapore nonstop, but not quite enough for, say, Sydney to New York.

Singapore expects to take delivery of its first A350-900 ULR in August of this year, and, while the airline hasn’t specified, we expect the aircraft to come with a special low-density configuration, similar to the A340-500s that once flew to New York and LA — then the longest nonstops in the world. While those old A340s had only 100 business class seats in the whole cabin, we expect these planes to come with a two-cabin configuration, likely with Singapore’s A350 business class seats. We can’t be sure until they’re bookable, but if you’re interested in booking what will be the world’s longest flight on points, we’d bet it won’t be cheap, even with Singapore’s great award availability.
https://thepointsguy.com/news/airbus-a350-900-ulr-the-longest-range-aircraft-makes-first-flight/





So don’t expect to use your rewards points to book the ultra long haul destinations. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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Gather around, my fair brothers and sisters of Boston, it’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church of the Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you why the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation! Now that we are in the times where the dark forces of EVILLL are currently running the show we call life. So the Dark One, whose name shall *NOT* be named under any circumstances in my church, has recently been recruiting friends and denouncing his enemies in non kosher ways. Why no, sir, we do not engage in kosher practices here. I am just stating a fact. Of course when you state the facts, they don’t matter to those who support the Dark One!

Intercessors for America, the pro-Trump group that has been mobilizing its prayer warriors to help elect “godly” candidates in the 2018 midterms, has bumped up the frequency of its monthly prayer calls and will be holding them every week between now and the election. Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia was the featured guest on last Friday’s call.

IFA’s Dave Kubal described this year’s elections as the most important ever, and called Hice “one of my favorite Congressmen.” Hice returned the favor, saying that intercessory prayer activists are “the most important group in America right now.” He said that the “evidence of intercession is abundant in ways we cannot even fathom,” citing as examples the election of Trump and his ability to name Supreme Court justices, and the prayer meetings and Bible studies happening “all over the place” in Washington and at the U.N. and the Pentagon.

Hice warned that if Democrats take the House, they would immediately “begin pursuing impeachment, be it against President Trump or Chief Justice Kavanaugh [sic].” Under Democratic control, he said, taxes would rise, the military would “suffer,” there would be more sanctuary cities and less border protection, and religious freedom would be threatened.

Asked about pundits giving Democrats a 75 percent chance of winning a House majority, Hice noted that the same pundits had given Hillary Clinton a greater than 90 percent chance of winning the presidency in 2016. Hice took comfort in the fact that Trump moved the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem because God said that He would bless those who bless Israel.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/rep-jody-hice-midterms-are-spiritual-battle-johnson-amendment-must-be-repealed-this-year/




if I remember correctly, JAYSUS said unto his disciples “attachment to the material is detachment from the spiritual!”. Oh, wait, that was Dr. Strange in “Infinity War”. But the sentiment rings true – and as long as there’s that barrier between church and state we are safe! But that’s not all they are paranoid about!!

Last weekend, self-proclaimed “prophetess” and “weather warrior” Kat Kerr spoke at Gateway on Mt. Zion church in Colorado, where she likened President Trump to Jesus and explicitly urged the congregation to “vote Republican” in the upcoming midterm elections.

“God has hand-picked the person that he wants there and there is no human being on this earth—there is nothing in the earth, over the earth—nothing that can take those people from that White House,” Kerr declared. “Never in the history of our country has one man caused such an uproar. Never in the history of our nation or even in this world, except Christ, because Christ caused the greatest uproar in his time. He was not liked by the hierarchy, he was hated by the ruling powers, and the devil especially despised him and tried every way he could to get him out of the picture. Does that sound familiar?”

Kerr also asserted that “Trump has given his heart to Jesus Christ” and “has given God a place in the White House,” which is why he cannot be defeated and why Republicans are guaranteed to win the midterm elections.

“Every time they try to do something—this is from heaven—they will lose,” she said. “They’ll lose in the elections, they’ll lose in areas of business, they’ll lose in areas of government, because this is God’s divine time and when he said, right before the election, ‘I’m turning that map red, whether anyone likes it or not, I’m putting my hand on America and I’m going to move across it; when they wake up in the morning, they will find out that map is red.’ Was it red? Well, get ready for the midterm elections. He’s going to turn it red again.”

“So vote Republican,” Kerr commanded. “On November 6, make sure you go vote. There will be angels in every voting booth.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/kat-kerr-tells-colorado-church-that-god-hand-picked-trump-so-vote-republican/




Really? The Dark One was chosen by GAWD you say? Well I counter that with a verse from the Good Book – the LAWRD shall not be taken in vein, my fair Kat! For he is the light and the truth! And the way, and all that other good stuff that you do not abide by! He would not have chosen the Dark One, or his minion to serve on the highest court in the land. So how does this tie into the end of the world, you might ask? Apparently DAYMONS are in control of the election! And they will smite you if you do not vote their way!

Robert Henderson, whose website describes him as “a global apostolic leader who operates in revelation and impartation,” is calling on people to—every day between now and the elections—recite a prayer that he has written calling on God to use the midterm elections “to seat people intent on upholding Your virtues and reclaim the destiny of America as it is written in the books of Heaven.”

Henderson’s prayer was distributed on Wednesday by Elijah List, which through a website and daily email newsletter—it claims about 300,000 subscribers—distributes what it deems to be “credible prophetic words.”

As religion scholars Brad Christerson and Richard Flory documented in “The Rise of Network Christianity,” leaders in the “prophetic” and “apostolic” branches of Pentecostal Christianity function through networks of individuals who align with, and draw spiritual “covering” from, other established leaders. Henderson calls himself an apostle; his “apostolic family” is called Global Reformers and its purpose is to “Secure Nation’s Destinies From the Court of Heaven.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/texas-apostle-prays-midterms-will-sweep-devils-reps-out-reclaim-americas-heavenly-destiny/




That’s not how this works!!! By the way, give it up for the gospel choir, how great are they? Can I get an amen??? But this might be my new favorite thing someone on the ultra far Christian right said. Apparently did you know you can command an army of angels in heaven in the billions if you are among GAWD’s chosen few?

During her recent appearance at Gateway on Mt. Zion Church in Golden, Colorado, self-proclaimed “prophetess” and “weather warrior” Kat Kerr declared that she commands an army of 33 billion angels who are so powerful that they have caused ISIS fighters to drop their weapons and flee.

“Even when the ISIS were everywhere, my favorite thing to do is I would command my hosts to go and pull down the strongholds of Satan commanding the ISIS and fear would fall on them,” Kerr said. “They began to find weapons abandoned in the desert in the Mideast. They didn’t know what happened. The ISIS would drop their weapons and run because my hosts went there, they pulled down all the demonic [powers] controlling them … They pulled down the strongholds. Those ISIS had no power from Satan because they couldn’t hear, there were removed. Fear and confusion falls on them.”

Kerr went on to claim that, prior to the 2016 presidential election, she had traveled to Washington, D.C., and posted heavenly “sentinels” up and down Pennsylvania Avenue to protect President Trump.

“I saw them visibly being posted there,” Kerr said.

Kerr went on to claim that when Christians learn to take proper authority over heavenly hosts, they are rewarded with an ever-increasing army of angels to command.

“I’ve been doing it probably around five years or so,” she said. “I have 33 billion that I send everywhere, all the time.”

Kerr claimed that she has sent her angel army out all over America to influence elected officials and laws at every level, and dispatched angels “throughout the midterm elections, into every voting booth to speak to the people in the voting booth, to vote for life, freedom, and justice.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/kat-kerr-commands-an-army-of-33-billion-angels/




That’s not how this works, Kat! That’s not how any of this works! But did you know that those who support the Dark One also support brutal dictators? Yes, I am not making this up! That’s why they want the apocalypse to happen. I mean really this is like watching the Avengers and rooting for Thanos.

Over the weekend, the Christian Broadcasting Network ran a softball-lobbing interview with Péter Szijjártó, Hungary’s Foreign Minister, in which CBN interviewer Dale Hurd sympathized with the government of Hungarian strongman Viktor Orbán in what the two portrayed as its mistreatment by the European Union and the Western media.

Like Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Orbán has been showered with praise by U.S. Religious Right leaders and the World Congress of Families for his defense of “traditional” values in spite of—or in some cases because of—his power-consolidating attacks on media, civil society, and constitutional checks and balances.

In September, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to sanction Hungary for anti-democratic behavior; according to the Telegraph (London, U.K.), Orbán himself is accused of “fostering anti-semitism and undermining universities, the free media and Europe’s liberal values.” Orbán has responded by defiantly defending his country’s illiberal and anti-immigrant populist nationalism.

Religious Right leaders have praised the Orbán government’s refusal to accept immigrants from Muslim countries, which the government has portrayed as a defense of Hungary’s, and Europe’s Christian heritage. CBN’s Dale Hurd said that the “fiercely independent” Orbán government is being “treated like a pariah in the Western media over its position on open borders.” (Hungary has refused to accept its quote of asylum-seekers as required by the E.U.) But, said Hurd, “Hungary’s leaders are smart enough to know that their national values will never please the global Left.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/christian-broadcasting-network-gushes-over-defiant-government-of-hungarian-strongman-orban/




So apparently the Christian right loves them some genocidal dictators, and that’s why they love the apocalypse. There you go! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Yeah! If you were out in New York City or Portland on Saturday you might have run into the real angry mob – the Proud Boys! To use the words of the great Ron Burgundy – “that escalated quickly”. And it did escalate quickly. And why is it that the right wing are the ones that always get into fights? Because they are looking for them! And yes their ring leader Gavin McInnes – seen here one eye patch away from mimicking the famous Bond villain Blofeld, actively encourages this. You can’t be a Proud Boy if you don’t fight the libtards in Antifa, right?

Three people were charged with assault in connection with a fight on Friday near the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan after the appearance of a right-wing provocateur, the police said.

Doors had been defaced with anarchist symbols and windows had been broken at the club hours before an appearance there by the provocateur, Gavin McInnes, who was banned by Twitter for violating its policy on “violent extremist groups.”

A note left with the vandalism suggested that the damage to the building on the Upper East Side was related to the appearance by Mr. McInnes, the founder of the Proud Boys. The Southern Poverty Law Center has characterized it as a hate group that has engaged in several battles with the left.

“The Metropolitan Republican Club chose to invite a hipster-fascist clown to dance for them, content to revel in their treachery against humanity,” the note said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/nyregion/gavin-mcinnes-republican-club-vandalized.html




Except I’m not sure you could call that beautiful. But of course it’s your typical Saturday night – starts out great, then drinking is involved, then politics get involved and then the discussion about the stupid cucks rears its’ ugly head, before you know it, you’re in the back of a police car awaiting assault charges. Yes, this is the America we’ve come to expect now – controlled chaos.

The strategy of the far-right Patriot Prayer “flash marchers” Saturday was much like that of their Proud Boy counterparts the night before in New York City: Assemble a ready-to-rumble crew with out-of-town violent extremists, then troll through the urban center in hopes of confronting left-wing protesters, ensuring violence eventually will break out.

It worked, as it almost always has for Joey Gibson and his Patriot Prayer crew.

Though the “Flash march for Law and Order in PDX” was hastily thrown together in a day or so, Gibson's group managed once again to force a massive police presence into downtown Portland, and yet again provoked violence as multiple brawls broke out near the march’s end.

Most Patriot Prayer members travel to Portland from across the river in Vancouver, Washington, as well as elsewhere in southwestern Washington and western Oregon. Only a handful of Patriot Prayer participants actually hail from Portland proper or pay taxes there.

Nonetheless, Gibson’s pretense this time out was again claiming to represent “the citizens” of Portland, standing up to “radical leftists” who they claim make the streets unsafe for motorists.
https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/15/patriot-prayer-again-brings-violence-portland-flash-march-downtown-rounding-out-weekend-far




Worst flash mob ever by the way! And yes I could totally picture Gavin, a la Tyler Durden, going “We are the all singing all dancing crap of the world”. Yes, I’ve seen that movie way too many times sir! So how could it possibly get any crazier you might ask? Well I answer you – a whole lot crazier!

New video released by the NYPD shows the start of an intense Friday brawl between members of the far-right group known as the Proud Boys and demonstrators protesting a speaking arrangement of the group’s founder.

The two groups squared off on 82nd Street when a person with a mask seen on the left of the video —believed to be an alleged anti-fascist activist — throws a bottle. Suddenly, people on the right, believed to be alleged supporters of the right-wing Proud Boys Group rush in throwing punches.

Both sides end up throwing fists and kicks with many falling onto the sidewalk.

“When uniform scooters arrive on the scene, they immediately disperse and you can hear people in the video yelling, ‘Stop! Stop!’” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermont F. Shea said.

The violence spilled onto other corners on the Upper East Side – all of it happening after Gavin McGinnis, leader of the Proud Boys, identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, was invited to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club.
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-international/New-Video-Released-NYPD-Fight-Brawl-Proud-Boys-Hate-Group-Protesters-New-York-NY--497611111.html




Well maybe Tyler Durden isn’t really involved here, but Gavin does seem like he’d be good subject fodder for the Fight Club reboot. Oh god, imagine if that movie had been filming during the Trump era! I mean my god think of all the possibilities they could come up with! The possibilities!! Why is my voice so high? But you don’t really need to know what side Gavin is on, do you?

Since President Trump’s inauguration, the GOP has repeatedly decried the supposedly “unhinged” tactics of the left.

After being mocked at the White House Correspondents’ dinner in April, for instance, conservative activist Matt Schlapp and his wife Mercedes walked out. The National Review compared those who protested Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a “mob”, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Hillary Clinton of “unhinged tactics” after she said that “you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.”

So, naturally, it would make sense for the civility-loving Metropolitan Republican Club of New York City to invite Gavin McInnes, who founded a far-right group which regularly engages in street brawls and violence, to join them at a lecture Friday evening, where he’ll “discuss historical context and offer perspective on the environment that surrounded Otoya Yamaguchi in 1960’s Japan.”

McInnes, who was also one of the co-founders of VICE, founded the Proud Boys in 2016, a group which bills itself as a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the Western world.” McInnes has repeatedly insisted the group is not far-right or racist, describing the group in the wake of last year’s Unite the Right rally as “a men’s club that meets about once a month to drink beer” — despite the fact that Jason Kessler, a initiated Proud Boy, was the main organizer for the event.
https://thinkprogress.org/civility-loving-republicans-host-gavin-mcinnes-ecd4f06482bd/





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This week – the Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilan. How is this still a thing? Last week, Comedy Central’s hit show South Park took a jab at one of its’ key competitors with an ongoing controversy that has plagued the show for the last two years. Ever since documentary filmmaker Hari Kondabolu asked what the problem with the Simpsons’ Apu is, isn’t it about time that we do the same with such a controversial subject?

Indian stand up comedian Hari Kondabolu made a splash in the pop culture scene when he released the documentary "The Problem With Apu" which attempted to address the subtle racism that comes with "The Simpsons" character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon. You can check out the trailer here.

Since the documentary aired, the world has been divided on the issue. Some argue that people have gotten too PC for its own good and Apu is just one of the funny colorful characters on the show. While others make the plea that a thickly accented convenience store worker, voiced by a white actor, is too stereotypical to be accepted.

Amid the controversy, The Simpsons fired a direct message to viewers with their own opinion on the matter through a scene in which Lisa states "Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?"

Just yesterday, South Park seemed to weigh-in on the issue themselves when a character "Mr. Hankie" gets sent to a place that is "more willing to tolerate racism." The place ending up to be The Simpsons hometown, Springfield.
http://www.ebaumsworld.com/articles/south-park-just-trolled-the-simpsons/85789604/




So even the shows’ creators have seemed to think that Apu is a non issue, and the character still remains wildly popular. What are the pros and cons of such a controversial character like Apu? One popular argument is that Apu is trying to see the light in a small town as twisted as Springfield.

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon appears to have, once again, come back to haunt Simpsons creator Matt Groening. The character has barely appeared on the long-running animated comedy in two years—but as Groening sat down with The New York Times ahead of a Comic-Con appearance to promote his new Netflix series, the Indian store clerk came back to haunt him once more. Specifically, the Times asked Groening about his last attempt to address the controversy—which didn’t end well.

The saga began last year, when comedian Hari Kondabolu released a documentary called The Problem with Apu. As Kondabolu pointed out in the film, Apu, who was introduced in the show’s first season, traffics in countless stereotypes, from his occupation running the Kwik-E-Mart to his thick accent. In April, the series confronted the issue directly, but the show’s flippant approach only courted more controversy. Weeks later, Groening emerged to brush off the whole conversation surrounding Apu: “I’m proud of what we do on the show. And I think it’s a time in our culture where people love to pretend they’re offended,” he said. As one might imagine, it did not go over well.

When asked by the Times how he felt about the response to the show’s handling of the Apu debate, Groening responded, once again: “I love Apu. I love the character, and it makes me feel bad that it makes other people feel bad. But on the other hand, it’s tainted now—the conversation, there’s no nuance to the conversation now. It seems very, very clunky.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/07/simpsons-apu-controversy-matt-groening-stereotypes-problem-with-apu




So even the showrunner and the main producers of the Simpsons don’t seem to think Apu is the problem that he has been made out to be. What about the Fox executives? Maybe they have an answer or is this going to be one of those topics that nobody is going to touch with a pole 100 foot long?

The problem with Apu continues for "The Simpsons."

The character has been criticized for portraying racist stereotypes about Indian people, all the while being voiced by a white man, Hank Azaria. The most prominent criticsm came in late 2017 when comedian Hari Kondabolu premiered the documentary "The Problem with Apu," examining the effect of the character and other racial stereotypes.

"The Simpsons" addressed this controversy in a spring episode which essentially shrugs at the controversy without offering any solutions, which was met with fierce backlash by fans and advocates, including Kondabolu himself.

Speaking to reporters at the summer Television Critics Association press tour Thursday, Fox executives didn't express much concern about the character or the reaction to the spring episode.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2018/08/02/simpsons-fox-execs-address-shows-future-and-apu-controversy/890780002/




The showrunners don’t want to answer the question. Matt Groening himself doesn’t want to answer the question, nor does Al Jean. So where else can one go for answers about such a subject? Even the show itself maybe?

In a new interview, Matt Groening explained why he previously said people "love to pretend they're offended" and how he intends to move forward with the character.

Matt Groening is doubling down on his previous comments that people are primed to collectively take offense to news items in popular culture, like his Simpsons character Apu, which has been accused of racism and perpetuating unflattering ethnic stereotypes.

In a new interview in The New York Times published Wednesday, Groening says that his much-quoted comment, "People love to pretend they’re offended," from a USA Today story about the Indian-American character, who is voiced by a white actor, was directed at the culture at large and not the Apu controversy.

"That wasn’t specifically about Apu. That was about our culture in general. And that’s something I’ve noticed for the last 25 years. There is the outrage of the week and it comes and goes," he said. "I think particularly right now, people feel so aggrieved and crazed and powerless that they’re picking the wrong battles."
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/simpsons-creator-matt-groening-says-no-nuance-around-apu-debate-decries-outrage-week-culture-1128224




There you have it – it’s a subject so controversial no one wants to address it head on. That’s enough to make you ask – The Simpsons’ Apu:




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Hey Boston, I’m in one of the biggest drinking cities in America, I really need a drink!



So of course you know the idea behind this segment is that we have a few drinks and talk about anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. But this week we’re actually going to break our rule and talk about something in politics. While I generally don’t mix booze and politics I do mix booze and fails. So tell me bartender, what goes well with a story about Kanye? Really? There’s a beer called “Stable Genius”? Why didn’t I think of that? Ah I’ll just have my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. So I’m sure by now you heard that Kanye West was meeting with Trump last week and somebody may have discovered that his passcode is 000000. Even Saturday Night Live made fun of it:



Excuse me a minute… Yeah that happened. So there’s of course more to this story than you might think:

Kanye West may need a new iPhone password. The outspoken musician accidentally revealed his password when unlocking his iPhone X on video during a meeting with President Trump, shown to be the incredibly weak combination of 000000.

West revealed the password as part of a stream of consciousness speech to the president, which saw him break off on a tangent to show off a GIF of what West referred to as “the iPlane 1,” a hydrogen-powered concept aircraft that he felt “our President should be flying in.” (Trump: “Can we get rid of Air Force One? No?”)

Despite using an iPhone X or XS — which both support Face ID, therefore negating the need for a typed-in password — West chose to unlock his phone manually. (Whether Face ID failed, was disabled, or is simply not fast enough for West is unclear.) Apple doesn’t recommend that users set such a simple password on its iOS devices. If you attempt to change your password to something like 000000 or 123456, a notification will pop up, suggesting that the combination can be easily guessed and recommending that you choose something else.

Despite using an iPhone X or XS — which both support Face ID, therefore negating the need for a typed-in password — West chose to unlock his phone manually. (Whether Face ID failed, was disabled, or is simply not fast enough for West is unclear.) Apple doesn’t recommend that users set such a simple password on its iOS devices. If you attempt to change your password to something like 000000 or 123456, a notification will pop up, suggesting that the combination can be easily guessed and recommending that you choose something else.
https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2018/10/11/17964848/kanye-west-iphone-passcode-trump-iplane-apple-meeting




Come on, Kanye! You’ve got an iPhone X! You can unlock the phone with your face, and the fact that Kanye doesn’t do that already to me is beyond baffling. You know that Kim somewhere has her phone setup to unlock by selfie. Of course it’s a bad idea to use 000000. You might as well have a sign on your back that says “hack me”!

It’s still not exactly clear why Kanye West is so enamored with the science denying, race-baiting commander-in-chief. But fortunately, it’s only a matter of time before the truth gets out thanks to some noble iPhone hacker: My dude’s lock-screen password is literally 000000.

We know this because the Chicago rapper visited the Oval Office on Thursday to discuss topics ranging from prison reform to job opportunities for ex-cons. At one point in the meeting, Kanye wanted to show the president something on his phone, and proceeded to unlock it on live television. In short order, the whole world had an opportunity to grasp just how much Ye’s commitment to cybersecurity leaves to be desired.

All of this could have been easily avoided if he had used FaceID to unlock his phone. But, it seems that he either didn’t activate the facial recognition feature introduced with the iPhone X — or it simply didn’t work.

The musician’s ensuing rant left the President speechless as well as many onlookers, making Kanye’s dumb-ass password the photo-op’s main takeaway. One viral tweet amassed more than 39,000 likes, 12,000 retweets, and almost 800 replies at the time of this writing.
https://www.inverse.com/article/49813-kanye-west-password-is-terrible




Come on Kanye, you’re one of the most famous people in the world. Like I said you might as well invite people to hack you. I’m sure Trump somewhere is going “Come on, my iPhone passcode is 123456, no one can hack me!”. Of course you can. In fact it’s probably illegal.

The day has come: Kanye West met with Donald Trump for the second time since the 2016 election. There were hugs. MAGA hats. West praised Trump's relations with North Korea, and gave a monologue that touched on everything from the 13th and 2nd amendments to Superman. The whole event was confusing, uncomfortable, and deeply depressing. But there was one small spark of joy.

West, a man who has referred to himself on a number of occasions as "Steve Jobs," a man who expresses unreserved admiration for Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, uses 000000 as the passcode for his iPhone. He is one of the biggest celebrities in the world. The contents of his phone are probably more valuable than Elon Musk's current net worth. How could he have such bad security?!

He'll probably change it now, but it was still hilarious. Do you think the passcode is performance art? Has Kanye heard of two-factor authentication? Will that cousin who stole his laptop come back for the iPhone?

Jobs is turning in his grave.
http://www.papermag.com/kanye-west-passcode-2611721610.html




Does anyone get the irony of this? The guy who travels with a 50 person entourage for security purposes obviously doesn’t give a shit about cyber security! So go on, if someone is dumb enough to give their passcode is 000000, don’t be surprised when you get hacked! And I guess Kim isn’t too concerned either!

It's been an interesting couple of weeks for Kanye West, whose Trump-supporting antics peaked this past week when he met with Donald Trump in the White House. The meeting was a bizarre spectacle to say the least, with Kanye pitching Air Force 1 ideas, dropping quotes like 'Time is a myth,' and accidentally revealing his uninspired iPhone passcode.

Despite the backlash, CNN says that Kim Kardashian West is "not embarrassed" by Kanye's behavior, contrary to previous reports. "Kim is incredibly supportive," a source said, adding that West's mind "moves at lightning speed" and suggested the forum for the White House meeting wasn't the best representation of West's "genius."

Leading up to Kanye's White House appearance, Kardashian told Extra that she excited for it. "I always say he isn't the best communicator, but he has the best heart," Kardashian said. "I know what he wants to accomplish... and I can't wait to see that happen."

Shortly after Kanye's surprise post-show rant on SNL, the rapper deactivated his social media accounts. But he made his return to Twitter yesterday for a lengthy discussion on mind control.
https://www.elle.com/culture/a23763905/kim-kardashian-not-embarrassed-kanye-west-report/





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It’s time for episode 16 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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Here we are folks, the few, the proud, the US Marine Corps! So of course you know by now that the US Marine Corps is strictly made of the best of the best. So the last couple of editions we’ve talked about the controversial and extremely expensive F-35 fighter jet. Which is capable of long ranges and can destroy lots of stuff. So how does this jet affect the USMC – we assume the Marines only want the best of the best and we can assume that the US government provides all of that for them, can’t we? Well…

After a fuel tube problem sidelined all operational F-35 aircraft last week, more than 80 percent of jets have been cleared to return to flight, the F-35 joint program office stated Monday.

In a Oct. 15 statement, the JPO confirmed that the U.S. services and international partners have completed inspections of their F-35 inventories for faulty fuel tubes. The aircraft that are not impacted by the bad tubes — which are a component in Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine — are back in flying status.

“The F-35 Joint Program Office continues to work closely with the military services to prioritize fuel tube replacements using the current spares inventory,” the JPO said. “Pratt & Whitney is rapidly procuring more parts to minimize the overall repair timeline for the remaining jets. Current inventory will restore about half of the impacted jets to flight operations, and the remaining aircraft are expected to be cleared for flight over the coming weeks.”
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/10/15/most-f-35s-return-to-flight-operations-after-fuel-tube-problem/




I don’t think we need to vent that hard yet. So what else does the Marine Corps do? Well as the country makes the switch from manned battalions to virtual ones, there’s a huge problem with people who actually know how to fly drones.

The U.S. Marine Corps is turning to virtual training, which would allow units to simulate—at least to some agree—amphibious training even when ships aren’t available. However, GAO faulted the virtual effort for lack of consideration of what tasks marines would train in, available time for training, and how to measure whether virtual training works.

The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably the best amphibious-warfare force in the world. But a new Government Accountability Office report suggests that lack of training may be eroding the marines’ amphibious capabilities.

The problem isn’t with the marine amphibious units deployed at sea, which would be at the forefront of the fighting should war erupt in Korea or the South China Sea . The issue is that relentless overseas commitments have strained marine resources so badly that it can’t conduct the other training that it needs to maintain its combat edge.

A review of readiness data from 2014 to 2016 revealed that “Marine Corps units were unable to fully accomplish training for other amphibious operations priorities,” according to the GAO report . “These shortfalls include home-station unit training to support contingency requirements, service-level exercises, and experimentation and concept development for amphibious operations.”
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/marine-corps-has-big-problem-32931




Yeah it’s kind of like that. But you know this issue we’ve been delving deep into cyber security (or a complete lack thereof) maybe we should look at the military. But even they aren’t completely immune, and if they aren’t immune, no one is!

Nearly 150 security vulnerabilities have been discovered in US Marine Corps websites and related services during a bug bounty challenge that saw ethical hackers awarded over $150,000.

Hack The Marine Corps is the sixth public bounty program by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and bug bounty platform HackerOne. More than 100 ethical hackers took part in the scheme over a three-week period, and found nearly 150 unique vulnerabilities for the U.S. Marine Corps Cyberspace Command team.

"What we learn from this program assists the Marine Corps in improving our warfighting platform. Our cyber team of Marines demonstrated tremendous efficiency and discipline, and the hacker community provided critical, diverse perspectives," said Major General Matthew Glavy, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command.

"The tremendous effort from all of the talented men and women who participated in the program makes us more combat ready and minimizes future vulnerabilities," he added.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/bug-bounty-scheme-uncovers-150-vulnerabilities-in-us-marine-corps-websites/


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Yeah that’s probably why our cyber security is so bad. But is that it? Is that all there is in this entry? Well this might be my new favorite thing about the Marine Corps = their weapons might be going full blown Dr. Evil on us! Yes, there’s a company out there that actually wants to put freaking laser beams on its’ combat vehicles! I am not making this up!

The Marine Corps is on the hunt for a vehicle-mounted laser system that can produce “sustainable and controllable plasma at range” for the purposes of crowd control, according to A U.S. government solicitation.

A Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solicitation details future needs for a Scalable Compact Ultra-short Pulse Laser Systems (SCUPLS) that, when integrated into a small tactical vehicle like a Humvee or Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, can generate “a full spectrum of scalable non-lethal effects,” including “flash bang effects, thermal ablation for pain, and delivery of intelligible voice commands at range.”

This may sound tame, but it’s not. The new solicitation builds on previous efforts the Marine Corps were able to achieve a variety of deeply uncomfortable, if non-lethal, effects, including “a sufficient level of thermal discomfort on human skin” at a range of up to 30 meters and a sonic component that delivers an acoustic at a sound level of a passing Formula 1 race car at full throttle.

The next iteration of the tech, according to the solicitation, should kick things up a notch.
https://taskandpurpose.com/marine-corps-lasers-crowd-control/




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Apparently Nathanael Greene got word of a Trump rally in Georgia and that was his reaction to learning that Trump is the president!

*audience laughs and applauds*

This week on the Top 10 we are live from Boston! Trump and Kanye freestyle in the Oval Office, Melania makes some false claims about bullying, Infowars is almost literally hanging by a thread, we ask how Apu is still a thing, and we want to know whether or not Stephen Miller ate glue as a kid. Plus we've got a new segment - "What's up with Brazil" because they are about to elect an ultra far right Putin stooge as their president and yeah it's bad. And in our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, Singapore Airlines this week unveiled SQ22 - the longest flight ever and we will show you what a 17 hour flight is like. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to tell you tales of the apocalypse - mainly batshit crazy rantings coming from the Christian right. And we've got an all new "I Need A Drink" where we're going to get drunk and tell you about Kanye's epic password fail - and there's more to it than you might think! And the next installment of Deep State Diaries is finishing out our tour with the Pentagon and we're hanging out with the best of the best - the United States Marine Corps! Plus the best dressed band in music - the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are stopping by!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-15: All About That Kav (No Pedo) Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-15: All About That Kav (No Pedo) Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Lexington???? Yeah how about those Wildcats? I’m not really talking about the Wildcats of UK, I’m just talking about Wildcats in general. I was watching nature documentaries last night. But no seriously how about the Wildcats football team going 5 and 0 right now? Yeah! That is awesome. Do we have time for the thing? Yeah so we got to talk about art for a minute. Now I am definitely *NOT* an artist. You can tell. But Banksy who is one of the most notorious street artists in the entire world, may have pulled off what may be his finest work yet. See, his works are what one would consider to be “rare”. And one of the rarest of all may have sold for over $2 million. But then what did Bansky do at the auction? He only destroyed the painting that was worth $2 million. And how did he do that? He built the frame with a shredder built into it, and the shredder – malfunctioned as it destroyed the painting. But here’s where it gets weird and of course it would – the value of the now destroyed $2 million art piece – went up! Yes, Banksy may have created his best work ever, by destroying his best work ever! Now how many artists can do that? There aren’t a lot that I know of! OK that’s enough of the intro, we got a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver is back and he delves into the Brazillian elections and they are about to elect an ultra far right wing nut job as the country’s new president and it’s insane:



So where do we begin this week? In the first slot this week it’s all about that Kav (1). Yes, after a brief but intense fight, the GOP installed him as the newest justice of the Supreme Court. So what does that mean in the long run? We’ll tell you. In the second slot is GOP Crybabies (2) including Trump and Mitch McConnell who think they are the victim in all of this despite Kavanaugh’s boofing, 4F-ing and Devil’s Triangle. Taking the third slot this week is a brand new installment of “People Who Somehow Got Elected” and this week we’re going to add Maine’s serial flip flopper Susan Collins (3) to the list. At number 4 this week another shakeup in the Trump administration means another installment of the Trumper Games! Yes, Tribute Haley has resigned which means that Trump will be appointing a new UN Ambassador soon! Taking the fifth seed this week is our weekly investigative piece “Top 10 Investigates” and this week we are going to tell you about a shocking new plastic surgery procedure that has the potential to make your butt look beautiful – and also has the potential to kill you! In the number 6 slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor is going to tell you about some of the more batshit crazy conspiracy theories coming from the religious right about our newest justice. At number 7 this week, we have a new installment of “Beating A Dead Horse”. So this week Taylor Swift threw her hat into the political ring and we are going to tell you all about the Neo Nazis’ creepy lust for her. Taking In the number 8 slot this week we’ve got a brand new feature that we’re going to debut for you called “What’s Up With India?” (8). See, there have been some stories in the news this week that point to India potentially killing a whole lot of us, and well, we will put them together and see! And in the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week we’ve got a new People Are Dumb, because, People Are Dumb! And finally this week we’ve of course got the next installment of our ongoing series “Deep State Diaries” and we’re continuing our military tour as we visit the unsung heroes of the military – the US Coast Guard! Plus we’ve got some live music from the legendary southern jam band Umphrey’s McGee! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Brett Kavanaugh may have won this week by defying the odds against him including the allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct to become the 114th SCOTUS justice in US history. Now for those of you keeping score at home – the New York Times ran some rather interesting statistics on Supreme Court justices. So out of 114 justices total, there are 100 men, 14 women, and 4 minority justices, and that is absolutely insane. And now we can add 2 sexual predators to the list!

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday by one of the slimmest margins in American history, locking in a solid conservative majority on the court and capping a rancorous battle that began as a debate over judicial ideology and concluded with a national reckoning over sexual misconduct.

As a chorus of women in the Senate’s public galleries repeatedly interrupted the proceedings with cries of “Shame!,” somber-looking senators voted 50 to 48 — almost entirely along party lines — to elevate Judge Kavanaugh. He was promptly sworn in by both Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy — the court’s longtime swing vote, whom he will replace — in a private ceremony.

For President Trump and Senate Republican leaders, who have made stocking the federal judiciary with conservative judges a signature issue, the Senate vote was a validation of a hard-edge strategy to stick with Judge Kavanaugh, even after his nomination was gravely imperiled by allegations by Christine Blasey Ford that he had tried to rape her when they were teenagers.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/us/politics/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court.html




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Of course, Fox News, in their infinite wisdom, celebrated the same way that Kavanaugh would approve of – with a kegger and boofing!

https://twitter.com/JKCorden/status/1048422609044393984

Chair goes round, chair goes round, I like beer!!!! Woooooooooooooo!!!!! You know what? This needs some music – It’s all about that Kav, about that Kav, no pedo!, it’s all about that Kav, about that Kav, no pedo! I mean come on in an era where Trump’s minions are trying to pin his political opponents in some bizarre sex trafficking ring, isn’t it weird that they championed a sex criminal to SCOTUS? Thank you audience! I mean come on this is the same week where Trump got toilet paper stuck to his shoe:



But getting back on topic here, this is absolutely insane. I mean this country really stooped to an all time new low this week:

The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, after a bitter fortnight of operatic intensity, is the most damaging blow to the Supreme Court since it decided a presidential election with Bush v. Gore, and the most serious assault on the court by another branch of government since at least Franklin D. Roosevelt's court-packing plan. Now what?

The episode was a vivid display of a broken process driven by ward-boss power politics. Senate Republicans employed a razor-thin majority (representing a minority of Americans) to create new rules and game the system at every turn — starting with their refusal, on the principle of “because we say so,” to provide the great bulk of Kavanaugh’s government records. Once Christine Blasey Ford emerged to credibly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens, Republicans excluded important witnesses and by design turned a final hearing into a "he said, she said" standoff.

Among the indelible images of that standoff were 11 sclerotic, white, Republican males hiding behind their hand-picked prosecutor as she served up picayune questions to Ford, and Kavanaugh's face as he unleashed a torrent of bared-teeth partisanship. His features contorted in rage, he lashed out against enemies old and new, from Democratic senators to the Clintons. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., then stoked the fires, calling Democrats' handling of Ford's claims an "unethical sham" and "the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/06/brett-kavanaugh-confirmed-ugly-win-trump-and-republicans-column/1547362002/




And yes they most certainly do suck. I mean the whole way this thing is completely insane. The GOP was determined, for lack of better phrasing, to jam this thing down our throats whether we wanted it or not. I mean you know, much like the way Kavanaugh treats women!

In a country divided, the U.S. Senate is not immune.

The battle to nominate Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has deepened division and distrust in a chamber already fraught with partisan fights, ripe with raw emotions and filled with frustration among senators who say this is a low point in the body’s existence.

While there’s hope among senators on both sides of the aisle that it can recover, it’s not clear how that happens.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called it a “low moment” for the Senate. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said the Senate has hit “rock bottom.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/kavanaugh-s-confirmation-fight-has-nearly-broken-senate-can-it-n917411




Yup, America has officially hit rock bottom. And it can only go up from there, right? I mean right??? Yes, well if you’re wondering just how far an FBI probe can go (phrasing!), well, there is this thing called the “statute of limitations” that could prevent the truth about this scumbag from getting out:

FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate on Wednesday that the White House put limits on the re-opened investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but the law enforcement chief insisted that the process used was a typical one.

"Our supplemental update to the previous background investigation was limited in scope and that ... is consistent with the standard process for such investigations going back a long ways," Wray said under questioning by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on global security threats.

"I've spoken with our background investigation specialists and they have assured me this was handled in a way consistent with their experience and the standard process," the FBI director said, later adding that the inquiry was "very specific in scope—limited in scope."

Wray confirmed that background investigations are handled differently from other FBI probes and that the scope of inquiries into judicial nominees is dictated by the White House. However, he declined to discuss any specifics about what the White House decided should or should not be examined during the brief follow-up investigation conducted following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/10/kavanaugh-fbi-probe-limit-888667





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Oh Mr. President, did you really think you are going to escape this week without us nailing you for thrusting this evil asshole up on a pedestal to judge the highest law in the land? Uh… I’m being told he doesn’t view our nonsense. OK then, we can only pretend that he hate views. Because we know he hate watches SNL. How dare someone else have fun at his expense! Well here’s just how fucking evil this man is.

President Donald Trump is embracing the conspiracy theories around the opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and the sexual assault allegations brought against him by Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Sunday and took part in another ceremonial swearing-in event at the White House on Monday after weeks of a bruising battle over his confirmation. Republicans, including Trump, have been taking a victory lap over the judge’s confirmation since the Senate narrowly voted to approve his nomination on Saturday.

Trump — who famously never says he’s sorry — on Monday’s White House event apologized to Kavanaugh “on behalf of our nation” for the “terrible pain and suffering” he was “forced to endure” in the nomination process. As for those who opposed Kavanaugh’s nomination, and Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, the president has no such sympathies.

While speaking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House during the day on Monday, Trump said that accusations against Kavanaugh were a Democratic “hoax.”
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/9/17955246/trump-apologizes-kavanaugh-hoax-paid-protesters




Except that it wasn’t. He seems to think all hoaxes are like bigfoot and UFOs, but really this one wasn’t, and well, it really shows how fucking evil Trump is. And here’s where things took a turn – Trump actually apologized! Yes, he actually said the words “I’m sorry”. Which we would never thought he would say the entire time he’s president. But even he managed to make an act of apology… evil!

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in —again, for the cameras, this time — Monday night at a White House ceremony, but not before President Donald Trump slammed Kavanaugh’s opponents for a “campaign of personal destruction.”

In a ceremony that could have been a unifying moment for the nation, Trump instead delivered remarks that even he acknowledged began “differently than perhaps any other event of such magnitude.”

“On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure,” Trump said, addressing the bitter partisan fight over Kavanaugh’s nomination that became a firestorm after the emergence of sexual misconduct allegations, which Kavanaugh emphatically denied.

With all the sitting justices in attendance, along with Kavanaugh’s family and top admiration officials, Trump said Kavanaugh had been the victim of a “campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception.”
http://time.com/5419064/trump-apologizes-kavanaugh-swearing-in/




Only in this crazy bizarro world that we live in now could an apology be evil and sexual predators get promoted! Does this mean Bill Cosby has been innocent the whole time? But this is my favorite part of the story – Trump went full Infowars and says that the protestors were paid actors and got stiffed for bad acting!

President Donald Trump took his cues from Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends this morning, tweeting about the “paid protesters” at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

Not coincidentally, Fox & Friends this morning discussed a Wall Street Journal op ed that referenced hearing from protesters being hopping mad because they did not get their checks. Turns out, protesters were being sarcastic, which did not deter the F&F gang from using it as proof the women who confronted GOP Sens. Jeff Flake and Orrin Hatch in the halls and elevators of the Senate had been paid by George Soros.

Trump took the bait and ran with it, tweeting:

“The paid D.C. protesters are now ready to REALLY protest because they haven’t gotten their checks – in other words, they weren’t paid! Screamers in Congress, and outside, were far too obvious – less professional than anticipated by those paying (or not paying) the bills!”
https://deadline.com/2018/10/donald-trump-george-soros-brett-kavanaugh-protesters-paid-fox-friends-1202479102/




That one suddenly seems very creepy now doesn’t it? I mean is that the kind of treatment you give sexual harassment victims, Mr. President? Or do you just call them “crisis actors” like you do the protestors? Oh and by the way in case you’re wondering – for those of you keeping score at home, there’s now 3 sexual predators in the highest levels of government and a trash tabloid TV network telling them what to do! Thank you audience! But really this whole thing seems scripted doesn’t it? And by the way, next week we may have to do a list of the things Trump so far has *NOT* apologized for.

Shortly after the Senate voted Saturday afternoon to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he was sworn into his new job by Chief Justice John Roberts and retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Which made what happened Monday night sort of, well, odd.

There was Kavanaugh and his family standing aside President Donald Trump at the White House. On the other side of Trump was Kennedy, the retired justice who Kavanaugh had replaced. In the crowd were not only Kavanaugh's new colleagues on the Court but virtually every Republican congressional luminary. (Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was greeted with a standing ovation when he entered the room.) After Trump spoke -- more on that in a minute -- Kennedy administered the judicial oath of office to Kavanaugh, the same dance he and Kavanaugh had done 48 hours earlier. Then Kavanaugh spoke. Everyone applauded and cheered. And, scene.

If you didn't know that Kavanaugh was already a Supreme Court Justice by Saturday night, you'd have thought that you had just witnessed him becoming one. Which is exactly how Donald Trump planned it!

One of the keys to understanding how Trump thinks and operates is to remember that he is former reality TV star. He's never really lost that lens through which to examine the world. You create the reality you want -- and then you tell people, over and over again, that this is absolutely 100% the real thing. And they'll believe you.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/09/politics/brett-kavanaugh-donald-trump-supreme-court/index.html





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Politicians at the state, national and local levels who are so toxic that you ever wonder how they were able to get into office, much less stay there. This is:



This week: Maine representative Susan Collins. Now that the dust has settled on one of the worst and most unqualified Supreme Court justice in nearly 50 years has settled, one senator makes a clear standout as to her support of the new justice – Susan Collins. In fact her flip flop on the subject stands out like a punch in the face:

Activists upset with Sen. Susan Collins’s vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh say they will inflict economic damage on the Republican senator's home state by boycotting Maine products and tourism.

“Dear Susan Collins – I really struggled with this but my tourist $ just voted against ever visiting Maine while you remain in office,” actor and comedian John Fugelsang said Friday in a tweet that has since been deleted, according to the Portland Press Herald.

The tweet garnered hundreds of comments from users saying they would join Fugelsang in the boycott, with one person canceling a $2,200 reservation at Point Sebago resort, the Press Herald reported.

John Tesar, who owns six restaurants in Texas and is opening a seafood restaurant in California, told the newspaper that he’ll look elsewhere for the “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of seafood that he buys annually from Maine.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/410531-boycott-maine-susan-collins-kavanaugh-vote-sparks-boycott-of-pine-tree-state




Yes, Susan Collins should feel bad about her vote as it is going to cost her state of Maine badly. And unlike Trump fan boycotts, ours don’t involve the destruction of property. In fact her vote also cost her very dearly as people have already been pouring in donations to fund her future opponent:

PORTLAND, Maine — She is not on the ballot this fall, yet the fight over Susan Collins’ political future is already raging.

Interest in the Maine Republican senator’s 2020 re-election has exploded in the days since she cast the deciding vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick — a vote that helped transform the balance of power on the nation’s high court for a generation and suddenly complicates Collins’ path to a fifth term.

Half a dozen Democratic prospects are openly considering running against the Republican political powerhouse, while an online fund has generated $3.6 million — and counting — for Collins’ ultimate Democratic challenger. The would-be candidates include Susan Rice, who had been one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides. Rice is not currently a Maine resident — she has family ties to the state — but would bring political celebrity that could make it difficult for the state’s shallow bench of lesser-known Democrats to stand out.

The emergence of a crowded field in a Senate contest two years away underscores the extraordinary political moment triggered by the debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Fighting allegations of sexual misconduct from three decades ago, he won confirmation by a razor-thin margin on Saturday over the screaming objections of Democrats and women’s groups in all corners of the nation..
https://nationalpost.com/news/world/kavanaugh-vote-reshapes-maine-senators-political-future




Yes this is probably the worst thing to happen to Maine since they ran out of lobster and Stephen King stopped writing novels. Oh wait – neither of those things happened. Yes, this is the worst thing that’s ever happened to Maine, at least recently. But is the donations to her opponent when the race hasn’t even begun really a “quid pro quo”?

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday criticized the Maine progressive groups that have pledged millions of dollars to her 2020 opponent in opposition to her vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Collins on CBS's "60 Minutes" on Sunday called the crowdfunding effort an attempt to "buy votes and buy positions." She said it did not influence her decision to vote in Kavanaugh's favor.

"This is a classic quid pro quo as defined in our bribery laws," Collins said. "They are asking me to perform an official act and if I do not do what they want, $2 million-plus is going to go to my opponent."

"I think that if our politics has come to the point where people are trying to buy votes and buy positions, then we are in a very sad place," she said.

The groups began fundraising several weeks ago, hoping to encourage Collins, a Republican swing vote, to vote "no" on Kavanaugh over his record on women's rights. The crowdfunding effort was supercharged by Collins's hesitance in the face of the allegations of sexual misconduct against the high court pick.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/410315-collins-anti-kavanaugh-opponents-trying-to-buy-votes-and-buy-positions




No it’s not quid pro quo. It’s just your time is up and people have had enough of your schemes, Senator Collins. But really how can you not believe that Kavanaugh was Dr. Ford’s assailant despite all the evidence literally pointing to the contrary?

Sen. Susan Collins said Saturday that while she believes that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was sexually assaulted, she does not believe that now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh did it.

"I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant," the Maine Republican told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" in an interview slated to air on Sunday. "I do believe that she was assaulted. I don't know by whom. I'm not certain when."

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school, prompting a week's delay in Kavanaugh's confirmation to allow the FBI to conduct an investigation into the alleged incident. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.

Collins reviewed the results of the investigation, which included testimony from 10 different witnesses but not from Ford or Kavanaugh, on Friday. She then voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination and has said that she will vote yes on Kavanaugh' during the full Senate's confirmation vote on Saturday.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/06/politics/collins-sotu-kavanaugh-cnntv/index.html




Yes Susan you are clearly not helping the situation. But the vote is also so toxic that it literally caused the site hosting the fund drive to crash. That’s how eager the people of Maine are to get rid of Susan Collins.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) extinguished any lingering hopes that she might cast the deciding vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon. As she delivered her lengthy speech on the Senate floor, a crowd-funding site created to fund a Democratic challenge to Collins in 2020 crashed.

“This entire process was up to Collins,” says Amy Halsted, co-director of Maine People’s Alliance, which launched the campaign. “And today she did the wrong thing.”

The Crowdpac campaign, which the progressive grassroots organization started with the express purpose of swaying Collins’ vote on the Kavanaugh nomination, had raised more than $2 million before Collins’ speech.

Halsted was listening to Collins on the radio while picking her children up from school. She hadn’t heard, when contacted by Rolling Stone, that the site had crashed under the weight of requests, but she says, “it doesn’t surprise me that the website is crashing because people are mad.”
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/susan-collins-kavanaugh-733090/




There you have it, Susan Collins is so toxic people can’t wait to get rid of her. That’s Susan Collins, another in the growing list of:




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Ah yes my pretties! I am back!!!! Yes, it has been a while but there is finally a new shakeup in the Trump administration! Another tribute has left the building. Yes, Tribute Halyey from the 5th district has thrown in the towel which means that the President has some actual work to do. You know, as opposed to his usual daily routine of office putting, yelling at Fox News, and eating cheeseburgers in bed. So what happened exactly? And damn it, Charlie, where’s my champagne?

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will leave her position at the end of 2018, President Donald Trump announced from the Oval Office today.

He would be happy to have her back in any capacity, he said during the announcement. The President said she told him 6 months ago that she wanted to leave at the 2-year mark.

Haley called having the position "an honor of a lifetime."

During today's announcement, she addressed rumors she might run for President of the United States in 2020. Haley said she will not be doing that and she will be campaigning for Trump.

The President did not announce any potential successors for the ambassador position. He said many people want to do it.

The former South Carolina governor was tapped as ambassador to the UN following Trump's election win despite supporting Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in her state's all-important 2016 presidential primary and later backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
https://www.abc15.com/news/un-ambassador-nikki-haley-resigns




Yeah you work it!!! So what caused Ambassador Hayley from the 5th district to resign? Hey you know don’t ask me how the districts here work, I didn’t create them! But apparently the President has already accepted her resignation!

President Trump has accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN Ambassador, the two said Tuesday morning in a public Oval Office meeting. She will exit at the end of the year, Trump said.

What we're hearing: Haley discussed her resignation with Trump last week when she visited him at the White House, two sources said. Her news shocked a number of senior foreign policy officials in the Trump administration.

Axios was first to report the resignation earlier in the day.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that Haley raised the possibility of taking a break six months ago, and that she's welcome back at any time.
https://www.axios.com/donald-trump-nikki-haley-resignation-d25b64a9-264e-483a-a79b-ae8a48e367db.html




And that is true here at the Trumper Games! And damn it Charlie, I wanted the good shit! Bring me the Crystal! Wait, what? Why doesn’t our budget cover Crystal? Damn it! I may have to have a discussion with our producer. But it doesn’t stop there, as far as Tribute Hayley is concerned!

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump accepted the resignation of U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Tuesday, an unexpected departure for one of the president’s longest-serving top aides.

Haley, a former South Carolina governor who was confirmed just days after Trump’s inauguration, announced her decision during a hastily scheduled meeting with Trump in the Oval Office. She said she would leave by the end of the year.

“She’s done a fantastic job and we’ve done a fantastic job together,” Trump said.

Initially a critic of Trump, Haley helped shepherd in the administration’s tougher stance at the United Nations, including Trump's decision to leave the UN Human Rights Council earlier this year. She is also among the most prominent women in Trump's Cabinet.

"The U.S. is strong again," Haley said in the Oval Office. "Countries may not like what we do, but they respect what we do."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/09/nikki-haley-un-ambassador-resigns/1575980002/




Really, Tribute Hayley? Is that why other UN ambassadors and dignitaries were laughing at Trump at the last summit which was a mere few weeks ago? And yes, they were laughing *AT* you, and definitely not with you! But for now, consider Tribute Hayley… ELIMINATED!!!

Nikki Haley is resigning as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

President Donald Trump and Haley told reporters that she is leaving “at the end of the year.”

“She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together,” Trump said.

He said he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo think the world of her and that she’s been there “from the beginning.”

Haley was one of the first members of Trump’s cabinet, confirmed four days after his inauguration.

”It has been the honor of a lifetime,” she told pool reporters at the White House. “I’m such a lucky girl to lead the state that raised me” and the country she loves, she said.
http://www.wect.com/2018/10/09/do-not-assign-nikki-haley-background/





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



The most common phrase to describe what lengths people to go to look “beautiful” is “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. But the late, great musician Frank Zappa put it best when he said the words “beauty knows no pain”. Such is the case here with a controversial procedure that can not only make you look beautiful, it has the potential to end your life. And no, we are not encouraging you to try this procedure at home, or even with a doctor.

No cosmetic surgery is risk-free, but some operations are more dangerous than others, and the "Brazilian butt lift" (BBL) has been labelled the most dangerous procedure. So much so that the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) is now urging surgeons not to perform it until more data has been collected.

One in every 3,000 procedures proves fatal, the organisation warned recently. This year alone, two British women are known to have died from the surgery, during which fat is removed from one part of the body, such as the stomach or back, and then injected into the buttocks.

Twenty-nine-year-old Leah Cambridge, from Leeds, died in August after travelling to Turkey for the procedure, while another unnamed woman, also in her late 20s, suffered the same fate, BBC Two's Victoria Derbyshire programme reported last year. An inquest into her death is due within 12 months.

Jane Park, 22, from Edinburgh, travelled to Turkey for the butt lift procedure in June 2017 when she was 21 years old. Her interest was piqued by the fact that "you can lose weight from different parts of the body and get a bigger bum all in one go," she told Refinery29. But she was left fearing for her life and regretting her decision.
https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/2018/10/213067/brazilian-butt-lift-surgery




So while your odds of dying from this procedure are very slim – 1 in 3,000 will from the procedure, it’s still dangerous enough that you shouldn’t risk it. But the question must be asked – is it worth risking your life to look “beautiful”? Some might immediately answer “yes” to that question but even doctors are questioning the controversial procedure.

UK surgeons were strongly warned this week by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons to stop performing Brazilian butt lifts.

The organization warns that "risky" Brazilian butt lifts, sometimes called BBLs, have the highest death rate of all cosmetic surgery procedures -- estimated to be as high as 1 in 3,000 operations -- and often result in costly emergency complications. This year, two women in the UK have died from the procedure, according to the BBC.

This risk has galvanised the BAAPS to distribute a recommendation to all members, suggesting they refrain from performing BBLs, at least until more data is available," the association said in a statement Thursday.

The surgery involves taking fat from another part of the body and injecting it into the buttocks for a better shape, but doing so brings a risk of injecting fat into large veins, after which it can travel to the heart or brain, causing illness or death, according to the plastic surgeon group.

"The problem is that at certain volumes of fat injections, the fat can enter the vessels around the buttock area, which forms a fat embolism," said Dr. Mary O'Brien, consultant plastic surgeon and a member of the association's leadership council.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/04/health/brazilian-butt-lift-surgery-death-warning-intl/index.html




So here’s the thing – fat injections are bad, and too many of them could possibly kill you. Any doctor will tell you that, and that is definitely not the right way to die either. But on the plus side, Susan had a really nice ass.

A plastic surgery organization in the UK has warned its members to stop performing potentially deadly Brazilian butt lifts — at least until there's more research done on the procedure.

On Thursday, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) announced it was officially dissuading all members from offering the surgery while more data is collected, CNN reported.

The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a procedure in which fat is taken from one part of the body and injected into the buttocks. But that injected fat may cause serious or even fatal complications.

In a statement, the BAAPS said BBLs have the highest death rate of all cosmetic procedures— it's estimated to be as high as 1 in every 3,000 operations. And yet, the surgery is growing more and more popular. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that the number of BBL procedures has more than doubled in the past five years.

In August, the ASPS issued its own "urgent warning" about BBL risks, and even announced the formation of an international task force dedicated to making safety guidelines for the surgery.
https://www.thisisinsider.com/british-plastic-surgeons-warned-brazilian-butt-lifts-why-are-they-dangerous-2018-10




So the bottom line is that it’s a bad thing to do. In fact it’s called the deadliest of all aesthetic procedures, and really ladies (and some gents) – don’t do it. We are warning you!

The desire for a larger bottom is becoming more popular, with the number of so-called Brazilian butt lifts more than doubling in the last five years.

However, a recent high-profile case involving a doctor in Miami who was banned from operating after the death of a patient during surgery, highlights the risks associated with having this procedure. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has the highest rate of death of all aesthetic procedures.
What is a Brazilian butt lift?

Some people have a BBL for aesthetic reasons, but many have it after losing lots of weight, serious disfigurement after pelvic trauma or practical problems, such as holding up trousers.

The procedure involves taking fat from areas of the body where it’s not wanted and transplanting it into the glutes to enlarge them.

To be successful, a fat graft needs nutrition and so has to be injected into tissue that has a blood supply. Fat can survive if injected into other fat, but up to 90% of it can be absorbed if it is. Fat has more chan
http://theconversation.com/brazilian-butt-lifts-are-the-deadliest-of-all-aesthetic-procedures-the-risks-explained-101559




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




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Gather around, my fair brothers and sisters of Lexington, it’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church of the Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you why the holiest among us are also the most full of:



You know last week there was something so jaw-dropping, batshit crazy that I was forced to break the only rule I had in my church. Which was that you’re never supposed to mention the evil, ungodly, unjust DAYMON in the White House by his name! You shall call him The Dark One! He is *NEVER* to be mentioned by name in my church! Again! But supporters of the Dark One have shown just how crazy they are in their latest allegations and conspiracy theories!

Last month, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer waged “major league spiritual warfare” against the “demons of hell” that were supposedly attacking Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. After Kavanaugh was confirmed over the weekend, Fischer used his “Focal Point” radio program yesterday to take a victory lap, celebrating “the victory of Jesus Christ over Satan and the powers of darkness and evil.”

“Saturday was the best day in American politics since World War II,” Fischer declared. “I believe the demons of hell, under Satan’s direction, threw every single piece of weaponry, every single piece of firepower that they had, threw it into the battle to take out Brett Kavanaugh. They wanted him not just defeated, they wanted him destroyed.”

“I believe it represented a victory of Jesus Christ over Satan and the powers of darkness and evil in the unseen world,” he added. “The spiritual warfare that was directed against Judge Kavanaugh, I believe was as intense as anything we have witnessed in the last several decades. It was as if all the demons of hell had been summoned by Satan and ordered to attack this good man in a concerted effort to destroy him. And I believe, thanks to the faithful, committed saints who released the power of God against the powers of darkness through focused and persistent prayer, victory was snatched out of the jaws of defeat.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/bryan-fischer-kavanaugh-confirmation-was-a-victory-of-jesus-christ-over-satan/




You are aware that SATAN himself is currently in charge, right, Bryan? For the devil is the one who is currently controlling the dark forces in Russia and therefore they are controlling the Dark One himself, and yes, it is a tangled web that the good LAWRD weaves!

On Saturday, self-proclaimed “prophetess” and “weather warrior” Kat Kerr spoke at River Rock Church in Reno, Nevada, where she reported that following the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, God gave her a vision of heaven in which she saw the souls of those who had been aborted having a party because Kavanaugh will be the key to overturning Roe v. Wade.

“God picked [Kavanaugh] like he picked Trump and he kept telling me, ‘I don’t care what they say, he is sitting on the Supreme Court and he is going to wipe out Roe v. Wade,'” Kerr said. “He kept showing me, letting me see all of these millions of babies who had been aborted that are in heaven, they sang and celebrated. They celebrated as they were saying, ‘Yes, he is going to sit on the Supreme Court.'”

“Today, they had a party in heaven,” Kerr added, “and they celebrated that other babies being conceived in the womb one day will never have to fear their lives being taken and they’ll get to complete their destiny on this earth. So there was a big party in heaven today because of that.”

“There is now God in the White House, because he’s welcomed and allowed to be there,” she continued. “And he said, ‘Now, I have permission to be in the Supreme Court’—because of Kavanaugh, as a believer siting on the bench in the Supreme Court—he said, ‘Now, I have the right to speak into the court system and because of that, I have assigned three special ops angels [to protect Kavanaugh].'”

Kerr said that the three angels are named “Justice, Liberty, and Freedom” and have been “assigned to help [Kavanaugh] bring justice, liberty, and freedom to this country.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/kat-kerr-aborted-babies-had-a-party-in-heaven-after-kavanaugh-was-confirmed/




OK I think things just got creepy here didn’t they? And I’m sure that Brother Kav’s boofing and 4F-ing were allowed in heaven, right, Kat? But our old friend Dave Daubenmire who preaches in front of an empty stadium backdrop apparently is repeating the lie that the MEN are the real victims here. Oh PUHLEASE won’t somebody think of the real victims?

On his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning, Religious Right activist Dave Daubenmire said that the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh are evidence that white Christian men “are being sexually profiled.”

Daubenmire said that he was traveling though a TSA airport checkpoint recently when the Holy Spirit spoke to him and revealed that white Christian men are under demonic attack.

“The Holy Spirit said, ‘Well, Coach, men are being sexually profiled,'” Daubenmire said. “He said, ‘Aren’t you watching? Aren’t you watching what’s going on there in Washington, D.C., with Kavanaugh? Don’t you realize that they’re profiling, particularly, white men?'”

He went on to recite a litany of characterizations purportedly made by Kavanaugh opponents—all offered without attribution: “All white men rape women. All white men are animals. All white men only care about themselves. All white men only care about their penises,” Daubenmire rattled off. “Can’t you see, fellas, that we are all guilty, that we are all being sexually profiled?”

Daubenmire fumed that nobody cares about the assault allegations leveled against “that scumbag” Keith Ellison because he is a Muslim and everyone knows “that Muslims are deviants … they’re sexual deviants.”

“Are they sexually profiling the Muslims?” he asked. “Are they sexually profiling the little Chinese people that come walking through, the little Japanese people? Are they sexually profiling them? Are the sexually profiling the black men that come through? No, no, no, no, no. They’re sexually profiling the white Christian men. That’s what’s going on.”

“We are daily being sexually profiled,” Daubenmire continued. “Every one of us white, heterosexual Protestants are being sexually profiled by the Jezebel spirit.”
www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-kavanaugh-allegations-are-proof-that-white-christian-men-are-being-sexually-profiled/




Now Brother David, you are, and I say this with all of the heart and soul of a righteous man, a fool, a liar, and a hypocrite! And if I remember correctly, JAYSUS hated the hypocrites! He said “Be not like the hypocrites who preach on street corners!”. That is an actual quote from the Good Book! Can I get an amen??? Now as if things couldn’t get any crazier, apparently the woman who was abused was the “sexual predator”! Come on really!

Right-wing commentator Josh Bernstein appeared on Bill Deagle’s “NutriMedical Report” radio program on Monday, where he doubled down on his attacks on Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were in high school.

After baselessly claiming last week that Blasey Ford was “the aggressor” in any encounter she may have had with Kavanaugh, Bernstein ramped up his attacks on her by declaring that she is a “sexual predator.”

“It sounds like a jilted lover,” Bernstein said. “It sounded like somebody that liked him but he was more interested in getting into Yale and keeping a clean profile and doing what he was supposed to do and she was probably the sexual predator.”

“I don’t believe, as many Republicans and conservatives say … that something happened to her,” Bernstein later said. “No. Nothing ever happened to her in her entire life. She’s never had anything done to her and if anything, she and her Holton Arms sexual culture were predatory against the boys at Georgetown Prep … People need to wake up and see that facts and the truth, because the truth is that her and her friends at that disgusting Holton Arms all-girls school was nothing but a sorority of sexual predators.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/josh-bernstein-christine-blasey-ford-was-a-sexual-predator/




There you have it folks!!!! They are so insane that they are actually accusing the abused woman of being the predator!! Wow. Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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This week everyone, it’s official!!! Taylor Swift, aka Tay Tay, has revealed her true political leanings, and guess what? She’s a democrat. Now you might be expecting that in this space we’ll talk about how Trump fans will burn her records and other merchandise. Ah, that’s inevitable. Like Trump calling someone a “stupid loser”, you know it’s going to happen. Instead we’re going to talk about something MUCH different! So while the Alt Right has proclaimed Kanye West as their new ideological celebrity who shares their views, we get Taylor Swift! In Idiots #2-1, I reported that Taylor Swift was a darling of Neo Nazis and that they saw her as an “Aryan Goddess”. Well, she’s about to make some heads explode.

The world can’t shake off Taylor Swift’s bombshell: that even she has a political opinion.

The typically apolitical Swift’s stunning endorsement of Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen in deep red Tennessee left fans on Monday either embracing the "Love Story" singer or vowing to turn off her music.

In an Instagram message posted on Sunday, Swift acknowledge her previous lack of political activity and explained her concern about women's and LBGTQ issues.

"In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now," she wrote. "I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country."
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/taylor-swift-s-dive-political-waters-brings-out-lovers-haters-n917776




Oh come on, Neo Nazis! Shake it off! Well it’s as if we did find the one flaw – that Neo Nazis love you! In fact the Daily Stormer had often called you an “Aryan Goddess” like they did in several headlines!

Other headlines on the Daily Stormer—a site guided in part by the ethos of “ironic Nazism disguised as real Nazism disguised as ironic Nazism”—read, “Taylor Swift, Avatar of European Imperialism,” and, “Aryan Goddess Taylor Swift: Nazi Avatar of the White European People,” and, “Aryan Goddess Taylor Swift Accused of Racism for Behaving Like an Ape in a Music Video.”

When right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was still working with Breitbart, he tried to spell it out: “The alt-right can be given to conspiracy on occasion—hardly surprising, given how often they are lied to and about—and the thought that Swift is covertly ‘red-pilled,’ concealing her secret conservative values from the progressive music industry while issuing subtle nods to a reactionary fanbase, delights them.” As long as Swift said nothing, the lark played.

And now the lark is over. On Sunday, as she finished the American leg of her Reputation tour, Swift posted a photo of herself to Instagram with a long caption that warned against Tennessee Senate hopeful, Republican Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn’s voting record “appalls and terrifies” her, she wrote, and cited views held by Blackburn that tend to go against L.G.T.B.Q. rights and women’s equality. “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” Swift said.
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/10/taylor-swift-political-instagram-alt-right-meme-daily-stormer-4-chan




Yes even Hitler is facepalming at this one! But won’t someone please think of the poor little racists at 4chan? Really we might need the Sad Hulk Music for this one. They are either in denial, or smoking some Covfefe or something!

The notorious alt-right chat forum, 4chan, is beside itself with grief at the news that popstar Taylor Swift has officially endorsed a Democrat.

Swift broke her silence on party politics last night in a lengthy Instagram post, in which she announced that she would be voting for two Democrats in Tennessee in the upcoming American mid-term elections. “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions,” she wrote before going on to condemn Republican candidate for Senate, Marsha Blackburn, “but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.” The singer has previously remained almost silent on politics, to the extent she has been the subject of widespread criticism for not publicly denouncing the views of the far-right (especially Donald Trump), for not coming out in support of Democratic candidates, and remaining neutral during political elections for her entire career.

And the bros on 4chan are devastated at the change.

“Goodbye Tay”, “They took her from us”, “She was supposed to be our girl! Why did she break our hearts” are just a few of the hundreds of posts that have poured in over the last 12 hours from hard-right, alt-right, and neo-Nazi 4chan users stunned by the loss of their Aryan poster girl. Users are so shocked that many are hypothesising that she was paid to do this and her statement was ghost written, parsing out the message to argue that it linguistically didn’t match her usual style. “Ever notice how every celebrity seems to be reciting the exact same script,” one user posited. “That looks ghostwritten.” “All PR nonsense,” wrote another, “She just doesn’t want to be labelled as a white nationalist. Probably got paid to say all this.”
https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/music-theatre/2018/10/taylor-swift-endorsed-democrat-alt-right-devastated-neo-nazi-4chan




Which George Soros immediately handed her a large burlap sack with a dollar sign on it! Because that’s how the economy works in 2018 apparently – George Soros is paying Trump’s opposition large sums of cash to endorse democrats! Then where’s our check? We got a staff to maintain, yo! But the Neo Nazis are in full on denial right now. And it’s really sad when the only guy you could get on your show to justify the Tay Tay backlash is the guy who’s famous for wearing a diaper,

As The Daily Beast reports, the trolls are crestfallen. “It was good while it lasted, mates,” wrote one. Another posted an image of a picture of Swift aflame, while another said Swift’s endorsement had cost him his “last additional bit of hope,” causing us to wonder how, exactly, one’s entire well-being could apparently rest on the belief that a pop star might be racist.

Fox News, meanwhile, is scrambling. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk—a man best known for wearing a diaper—swung by the network to push what seems to be the right-wing narrative for Swift’s post, which is that, actually, she didn’t write it.

“I don’t think she’s the only one that wrote that post on Instagram,” he claimed. “She probably got some very bad information.”

Taylor Swift is a modern pop icon, but, in a social and political climate that expects its celebrities to wield their massive influence with care, she’s been criticized for prioritizing glamour pics of her lavish lifestyle over any kind of opinion on the issues currently afflicting the country. It’s not that fans want Swift’s take on Trump so much as they do a proclamation that she, unlike a particular subset of the country, stands by the kinds of basic human rights the administration doesn’t. Of course, that silence has led to 4chan trolls and assorted to neo-Nazis to maintain that, secretly, Swift is one of them.

Oh, then what a disappointment it was for them when, last night, Swift took to her Instagram to endorse Phil Bredesen, the Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in her home state of Tennessee. In the process, she took several shots at his Republican opponent, Marsha Blackburn.

“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions,” she wrote, “but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”

She continued, “I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love.”

As such, she wrote, she “cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” saying “her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.”

Bredesen expressed his thanks on Twitter. “Thank you for the kind words @taylorswift13,” he tweeted. “I’m honored to have your support and that of so many Tennesseans who are ready to put aside the partisan shouting and get things done. We’re ready for it. Last day to register to vote is October 9.”

As The Daily Beast reports, the trolls are crestfallen. “It was good while it lasted, mates,” wrote one. Another posted an image of a picture of Swift aflame, while another said Swift’s endorsement had cost him his “last additional bit of hope,” causing us to wonder how, exactly, one’s entire well-being could apparently rest on the belief that a pop star might be racist.

Fox News, meanwhile, is scrambling. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk—a man best known for wearing a diaper—swung by the network to push what seems to be the right-wing narrative for Swift’s post, which is that, actually, she didn’t write it.

“I don’t think she’s the only one that wrote that post on Instagram,” he claimed. “She probably got some very bad information.”

His apparent source? 4chan, of course! “All PR nonsense,” they claim, citing the post as a means to “get the jew media off her back.”

Kirk even name-checked his new friend Kanye West, saying Swift’s “career has never recovered since Kanye ended it,” seemingly referring to the “Imma let you finish” heard ‘round the world.
https://news.avclub.com/taylor-swift-comes-out-in-support-of-democrats-breakin-1829597483





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And yes, this feature is designed to ask the question “What’s Up With India?”. While the entire world is pointing out that the apocalypse is going to happen with Russia, China, the US, and Isreal, there’s one country out there that has the potential to kill a whole lot of us before any of those other guys ever would or could! And that country is India. Yes, India, a country that at one point in history was its’ own continent and has more population per capita than the next 60 countries combined! And when you have that many people, there’s things that can potentially get lost. Add to the fact that they’re led by a brutal, megalomaniacal dictator with global domination intentions – no, not Vladimir Putin, I’m talking about Narendra Modi, a BFF and ally of Putin who has been in power since 2014. So how is India going to kill us this week? Well maybe it’s through STDs!

Royal Caribbean International refunded nearly two-thirds of the passengers on board its Voyager of the Seas cruise ship that sailed from Singapore to Australia in September after several complaints against 1,300 unruly Indian men were filed. Passengers narrated how the men, who reportedly work for a chewing tobacco company, hosted wild parties with burlesque dancers, harassed young girls and took over several areas of the ship.

“During Voyager of the Seas’ three-night sailing from Singapore on September 6, a group onboard caused complaints from some of our guests who raised their concerns with us after they returned to Australia. We were able to quickly provide them with a satisfactory solution,” a spokesperson for Royal Caribbean was quoted as saying by The Telegraph, adding that they are reviewing the incident.

The Indians reportedly brought onboard women dressed as Playboy bunnies and burlesque dancers, took over several areas of the ship including such as the deck and buffet areas, and even got certain events cancelled due to lack of interest.
https://indianexpress.com/article/india/passengers-aboard-australian-cruise-ship-refunded-due-to-1300-unruly-indians-5386076/




So really what’s up with these guys that they immediately get on a cruise ship and are just like “ah, fuck it, we’re in international waters, anything goes!!”? I mean were they really that starved for sex? And how are they sneaking people *ONTO* a boat? I have a million questions about this story. But we’ll save those for another time. Maybe it’s that deal with Putin and Modi that could potentially kill us all!

The US has urged its allies to forgo transactions with Russia, warning that the S-400 missile defence system that India intends to buy would be a "focus area" for it to implement punitive sanctions against a nation undertaking "significant" business deals with the Russians.

The US administration is required under a domestic law, Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act or CAATSA to impose sanctions on any country that has "significant transactions" with Iran, North Korea or Russia.

The Act primarily deals with sanctions on Russian interests such as its oil and gas industry, defence and security sector, and financial institutions, in the backdrop of its military intervention in Ukraine and its alleged meddling in the 2016 US Presidential elections.

"We urge all of our allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russia that would trigger sanctions under CAATSA," a State Department Spokesperson said on Wednesday when asked about India's plan to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defense system from Russia.
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/ahead-of-india-russia-missile-systems-deal-us-threatens-of-sanctions-1926432




So what’s up with India needing a crazy missile defense system? And who’s to say it won’t turn Skynet on us? Well, you know Skynet wasn’t deployed in a day! But nah, it’s not going to be either of those things that’s going to kill us. You know what’s going to be the cause? Drunken rats! Yes, say hello to the new Black Plague! Black Plague 2: Bigger and Blackerer!

Drunk rats in dry state Bihar appears to have found an ingenious way to keep themselves in high spirits and overcome the state restrictions on alcohol availability. According to latest reports, rats in Bihar have begun targeting police store rooms where confiscated alcohol is being kept, stealing liquor without any trace.

According to The Times of India, the police in Kaimur district of Bihar have "found 200 beer cans confiscated by police and kept in the storeroom with holes". And "alcohol-craving rats" have emerged as the main suspects behind the theft. ABPLive said that in a similar incident alcohol was found missing from 11,584 bottles confiscated by the police.

Kumari Anupama Singh, sub-divisional magistrate, told DNA that prima facie, the act seemed like "a doing of rats".

"It looks like the work of rats because only cans and cartons have been damaged. All the cans are in place (none were missing) but most were leaking and empty," she said.

According to the report, Singh will submit a detailed report on the alleged violation of the prohibition rules in Bihar by the "drunkard rats" to the district magistrate for further action.
https://www.firstpost.com/india/in-dry-state-of-bihar-drunkard-rats-target-police-store-rooms-as-alcohol-vanishes-from-confiscated-bottles-5314041.html




Ah it’s not so bad. Human prohibition may be doing some weird shit to the food chain but it’s created an army of drunk super rats! Maybe the drunk rats of Bahir can party with the drunk birds of Minnesota, it’s a thing, people, and it has the potential to kill a whole lot of that species’ populations!

They fall out of trees. They fly into windows. They stumble along branches and wobble their small feathered bodies as if they have had one marg too many.

Have the drunk birds come early this year?

In Gilbert, a city of about 1,800 people in northeastern Minnesota, the police chief sent out a lighthearted notice to residents this week informing them that there was no need to call the police on local birds that appeared to be inebriated.

The birds seemed to have been munching on berries that fermented as a result of an early frost, Chief Ty Techar wrote in a Facebook post, and some had gotten “a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal.”

But bird experts are skeptical that this public debauchery was really the product of drunkenness. It is too early in the season for many berries to have fermented, they say, and birds may be slamming into windows at unusual rates because of a large seasonal migration through the area.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/science/drunk-birds-gilbert-minnesota.html





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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. So I want to start with the story that I’m sure you have all heard by now. It’s out of Tuscon, Arizona. And it falls under my favorite category of idiots – “stupid people with guns”. This guy was an ICE agent whose gender reveal party for his newborn started the infamous Sawmill Fire in Arizona. The sheer stupidity of this guy firing a loaded gun at a tank of highly flammable fuel is what “People Are Dumb” is made for!

"A Border Patrol agent will have to serve probation for starting a wildfire in southern Arizona while he was off duty. The fire was sparked accidentally during a gender-reveal party stunt gone awry last year, his lawyer tells the Arizona Daily Star.

Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 37-year-old Dennis Dickey, of Tucson, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of U.S. Forest Service regulations. He will face five years' probation and make a public service announcement about the fire.

The fast-moving "Sawmill Fire" was ignited near Green Valley in April 2017 when Dickey shot a rifle at explosive powder inside a target. Dickey's lawyer, Shawn Chapman, told the Daily Star that the incident happened during a party celebrating his wife's pregnancy, and the target contained blue or pink powder to announce the unborn child's sex. It also contained Tannerite, an explosive substance designed to detonate when shot at, according to a Department of Justice statement.

Authorities say the blaze spread to the Coronado National Forest and burned more than 45,000 acres of federal, state and private land. The damage was estimated to be more than $8 million."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/border-patrol-agent-dennis-dickey-started-arizona-wildfire-during-gender-reveal-party-stunt-gone-awry/




So… were they having a boy or a girl? We may never know!!! By the way when doing the research on this story I came up with a ton of gender reveal party disasters, and I may have to devote a future edition of "People Are Dumb" to these. Next up, sex robots. We’re entering a time where the machines are going to take over and possibly go Skynet and murder everybody. Yes, you have been warned. But at least the good people of Houston have had the good sense to stop it before it starts! And why Houston? Are they implying that the most red blooded city in America loves them some robot sex?

Houston’s perhaps lesser-known status as a sex trade hub was noted by Texas’s governor, Greg Abbott, in June when he lamented that the city had more brothels than Starbucks outlets. And this city has a lot of coffee shops.

But what Houston is apparently badly missing is a robot brothel, so called. Now a Canadian company is trying to fill that yawning gap.

Kinky S Dolls, a firm that bills itself as the first “adult love dolls rent-before-you-buy service in North America”, sells realistic-looking life-size dolls with basic artificial intelligence functions – and also offers them for use by the half-hour or hour at a warehouse in Toronto.

Now the firm is targeting Houston as the first market in a planned US expansion, but is meeting resistance from a Christian anti-sex trafficking and anti-pornography group and the city’s mayor.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/01/houston-robot-brothel-kinky-s-dolls-sex-trafficking




Damn straight!! Next up – pot! But surprisingly this story doesn’t take place in Florida. Instead we go to Hartford, Michigan for this story. And people if you’re running for homecoming queen, maybe don’t try to win over people’s loyalty by bribing them with pot brownies! Although I’m sure Trump would approve of this story.

A 17-year-old cheerleader at a Michigan high school is accused of giving pot brownies to fellow students in hopes they'd vote for her as homecoming queen.

The student, now the subject of a criminal investigation, allegedly brought 12 marijuana-laced brownies to Hartford High School on September 26, authorities say.

Hartford patrolman Michael Prince, who is investigating the incident, told WWMT-TV that some of the brownies, nine of which are unaccounted for, were given to football players in "goody bags" as a way to campaign for homecoming queen.

In a letter sent home to parents, Hartford Public Schools said they were contacted by state police following an anonymous tip that students were eating pot brownies at the school. The school confirmed the report and involved students "are being dealt with" according to district policies and student handbooks, superintendent Andrew Hubbard said in a statement.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/04/student-trades-pot-brownies-homecoming-queen-votes-police/1520263002/




Well let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Next up of course we can’t do People Are Dumb without mentioning America’s most penis shaped state of Florida. But you kind of have to feel bad for the convenience store owner in this story. And, as always this is one of those times where location does matter, people!

A Southside gas station owner is asking people not to warm urine in the microwave.

"We got sick and tired of people bringing their urine containers,” said Parul Patel, owner of On the Fly convenience store and BP gas station on the corner of Phillips Highway and Shad Road. “They're just random people walking and it's happening every day.”

The people who come in to do it are not customers, Patel said. "They walk in off the street, microwave urine containers then leave."

The gas station is within walking distance of a Quest Diagnostics and a LabCorp. Both companies offer drug testing services and collect urine samples.

Read more: https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/dont-microwave-your-pee-jacksonville-gas-station-owners-bizarre-request/77-600936013




Yeah maybe having a liquor store with an easily accessible microwave between two drug testing sites might not be the best thing in the world. Especially if it happens to be in Florida. Finally this week we’re going to end with this bizarre story out of New York. It doesn’t specify where, but you know what? Don’t take more than the recommended dose people!

One man’s experience with a common erectile dysfunction drug turned out to be a lot more eye-opening than he expected. According to his doctors, he developed a seemingly permanent red tint to his color vision after taking a massive dose of sildenafil citrate.

Sildenafil is sold as a generic drug for erectile dysfunction as well as under the brand name Viagra. Despite being relatively safe, even a typically prescribed dose of sildenafil is known to sometimes cause people vision problems, such as blurred vision, increased light sensitivity, and a change in our color vision (usually blue-tinted vision). But these problems are seemingly temporary, usually lasting no more than a day.

The 31-year-old man, whose case was detailed in a report published this month in Retinal Cases, didn’t turn out to be so lucky.

According to the report, the man’s troubles began pretty soon after he took an unknown amount of liquid sildenafil he had purchased from the internet. He started seeing multicolored flashes of light, his eyes became more sensitive to light, and his vision took on a reddish tint. By the time he visited an urgent care clinic at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai two days later, the flashes had stopped. But despite receiving treatment, his red tint has remained in place for more than a year.
https://gizmodo.com/man-chugs-erectile-dysfunction-drug-ends-up-with-perma-1829471534/amp




At least not with that doctor! That’s it this week for:




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It’s time for episode 15 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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So we’ve got 3 of the 5 branches of the US military covered and now we’re on to the 4th branch – the United States Coast Guard! The Coast Guard was founded in 1915 and has been in service for over 103 years guarding the east and west coasts of America. They are also one of the largest employers within the United States government after the Army and Navy. And one of the CG’s missions has dealt with America’s never ending war on drugs, and guess what? When the rest of the world is ending this nonsense, in the backwards Trump administration they are trying to escalate it! Of course, this is where the Coast Guard comes in.

n nights when the November rain poured down and he had not slept at all, Jhonny Arcentales had visions of dying, of his body being cast into the dark ocean. He would imagine his wife and their teenage son tossing his clothes into a pit in a cemetery and gathering at the local church for his funeral. It had been more than two months since Arcentales, a 40-year-old fisherman from Ecuador’s central coast, left home, telling his wife he would return in five days. A cuff clamped onto his ankle kept him shackled to a cable along the deck of the ship but for the occasional trip, guarded by a sailor, to defecate into a bucket. Most of the time, he couldn’t move more than an arm’s length in either direction without jostling the next shackled man. “The sea used to be freedom,” he told me. But on the ship, “it was the opposite. Like a prison in the open ocean.”

By day Arcentales would stand against the wall and stare out at the water, his mind blank one moment, the next racing with thoughts of his wife and their newborn son. He had not spoken to his family, though he asked each day to call home. He increasingly felt panicked, fearing his wife would believe he was dead.

Arcentales has wide muscular shoulders from his 25 years hauling fishing nets from the sea. But his meals now consisted of a handful of rice and beans, and he could feel his body shrinking from the undernourishment and immobility. “The moment we would stand up, we would get nauseated, our heads would spin,” he recalled. The 20-some prisoners aboard the vessel — Ecuadorians, Guatemalans and Colombians — would often stand through the night, their backs aching, their bodies frigid from the wind and rain, waiting for the morning sun to rise and dry them.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/magazine/the-coast-guards-floating-guantanamos.html




Yes, the Coast Guard has been building a real life version of the super prison from Captain America: Civil War that would make Supermax look like a Ramada. Yes, that is it in a nutshell. But let’s not look at the negatives of the Coast Guard, we like to point out the positive aspects as well!

A new 2,000-square-foot cyber lab at the Coast Guard Academy will be used by cadets studying to become cybersecurity officers in the Coast Guard.

This year, the academy started offering a new major in cyber systems, the first new major to be created since the 1980s. The idea is to get cadets engaged in cybersecurity earlier in their careers, before they become officers in the Coast Guard.

"The Coast Guard is recognizing that cyber is everywhere," said Cmdr. Joe Benin, program coordinator for the cyber systems major, adding that the service needs more "cyber competent officers."

Academy officials say they are impressed by the interest in the new major so far. Sixty-six cadets in the Class of 2022 expressed initial interest, despite the cyber systems major not yet being listed on the academy's application form. Of them, 31 said they were interested in declaring cyber systems as their major after receiving a follow-up briefing. Cadets don't get formally accepted into their major until the beginning of their second year at the academy. Already, those applying to be in the academy's Class of 2023 are emailing Benin, the program coordinator, to say they are interested in the new major.
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/10/10/new-coast-guard-academy-lab-train-cybersecurity-officers.html




Because if there’s one thing we need more of, it’s cyber security experts! Especially when you know Putin and his troll army are planning the next attack on us. Or are they?

The office of Russia's infamous troll factory believed to be at the vanguard of Russia's information war has been set on fire in St. Petersburg overnight.

An investigation revealed last year that the secretive troll factory had rebranded itself as a media conglomerate with 16 news websites generating more than 30 million pageviews every month. Its operational hub, a website called FAN (Federal News Agency), is based a stone's throw from the troll farm's original location in northern St. Petersburg.

The Fontanka.ru news website cited police as saying that an unknown suspect broke the agency's ground-floor window and threw a Molotov cocktail inside at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

The troll farm is believed to be run by billionaire restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as President Vladimir Putin's "cook." A U.S. special counsel indicted Prigozhin and 12 other Russians this year on charges of defrauding the U.S. government by interfering with its political process.
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/infamous-st-peters




OK so maybe cyber security while it is important shouldn’t be what they need to focus on right now because there’s far worse threats about to hit our coast, like I don’t know, helping prepare our country’s fishermen.

The Coast Guard has scheduled marine safety and survival training next month in Charleston.

The 2-day training will also be available in Astoria, Newport and Garibaldi.

The Coast Gaurd said the trainings are designed for commercial fisherman.

“This is required training for documented commercial fishing vessels that operate beyond the boundary line,” said Curt Farrell, Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator for Oregon and Southwest Washington.

"The training gives commercial fishermen the opportunity to receive valuable hands-on safety equipment and emergency drill training in select Oregon fishing ports leading up to the commercial Dungeness crab season," the Coast Guard said in a statement. "Participants will practice with emergency equipment required aboard most commercial fishing vessels—personal flotation devices, life rafts, immersion suits, distress signals, EPIRBs and fire extinguishers. They will learn and practice emergency procedures like man overboard retrieval, abandoning ship, firefighting and flooding control through on board emergency drills and practical demonstrations."
https://kcby.com/news/local/safety-and-survival-at-sea-coast-guard-offers-2-day-course-for-commercial-fishermen




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Chair goes round, chair goes round, I like beer!!!! Woooooooooooooo!!!!!

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This week the Top 10 is back out on the road live from the home of the Wildcats, Lexington, Kentucky! We are going to delve into Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation (or not), Trump goes full MAGA conspiracy theory, Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham also go full batshit MAGA, we add Susan Collins to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected, and we ask how the 4 F club is still a thing. Plus in our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we are going to talk about a controversial new plastic surgery procedure that could either make you look beautiful - or kill you! And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to go over some of the crazier conspiracies coming from the religious right lately. And we've also got a brand new feature that we can't wait to debut for you called "What's Up With India?" because there have been some stories in the news lately where even India has managed to out crazy the Sunshine State and they have the potential to kill us all. We also have a new People Are Dumb. Because people are dumb. And the next installment of Deep State Diaries, we are going to continue our military tour and hang with the US Coast Guard! All of this plus the legendary jam band Umphrey's McGee will join us!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-14: Blurred Crimes Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-14: Blurred Crimes Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! 15 minutes with us can save you 15% or more on your car insurance! Hey it’s the first Idiots edition of the month known as Rocktober!!!! Congrats to the Dodgers on winning the NL West! Yeah!!! So we’re going back out on the road next week heading to Lexington, then to Boston, Philly, Nashville for our Halloween bash, and of course, we’re heading to Florida! Oh I can’t wait for that one. Do we have time for the thing? Yeah so I want to talk about Christmas music. Now don’t boo. Or should I call it “happy holidays” music since Trump thinks we made it illegal to say Christmas? See? I said it twice now! But I want to talk Christmas music. And next week of course is the big Foo Fighters headlined Cal Jam festival in LA which features the great Iggy Pop and his Post Pop Depression band. But did you know Iggy is being featured on a Christmas album with William Shatner? Yeah it sounds like we’re making this up. But then you add comedian / musician / world traveler Henry Rollins in the mix and then things get really weird. As if it wasn’t weird enough already, well, we got to play a clip from the song. Can we do that, Jay?



Yeah just stuff that one in your stocking. Who’s the merrier one now Trump? Ha ha. Got to love it when the audience is more of a smart ass than you are. OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to but first we have to play Bill Maher’s brilliant New Rule from last week where he compares the Old Testament God to Trump:



Holy shit! We almost did an all Kavanaugh edition but we may save that for another week. In the top slot this week is of course the guy who we currently call “president”, Donald J. Trump (1) who showed that good old fashioned compassionate conservatism at work by mocking a sexual assault victim. In the second spot is Brett Kavanaugh (2) and we’re going to go over his calendar defense, and it’s shockingly insane. At number 3, Donald Trump’s son Patrick Bateman, er, Donald Trump Jr (3) and either he really needs the #MeToo movement explained to him, or he just doesn’t give a shit. Taking the fourth slot this week we’ve got a new installment of “People Who Somehow Got Elected” and this week we’re adding South Carolina’s own fire and brimstone senator Lindsay Graham (4) to that ever growing list. For the fifth slot this week – we’re going to talk about the one, the only Kanye West. His appearance on SNL last week where he wore a MAGA hat, gave an unhinged speech, and suggested we abolish the 13th amendment – is pure insanity! At number 6 this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates (6) and this week – sigh it’s another week and another retail chain is about to bite the dust, that chain is Sears. But is it going to be another Toys R Us? Probably. Taking the 7th slot this week is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and did you know that Liberty University’s movie about “Firefighter Prophet” Mark Taylor is getting a sneak preview this week? Well we have our own sneak preview! Taking the 8th slot this week, we have a new installment of “This Fucking Guy” and this week we’re going to profile Trump’s spiritual advisor Robert Jeffress, and yes, he is the worst man for the job! In the number 9 slot this week we’ve got a new edition of I Need A Drink, and I really need a few drinks to explain the madness coming from Lindsay Lohan: Child Snatcher! Ooh man that sounded good didn’t it? And we’re ending with yet another installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries and this week we’re flying high as we’re continuing our stay at the Pentagon by hanging out with the US Air Force! Finally this week we’ve got some live music for you from Ohio’s own The National! Really buy their new album “Sleep Well Beast” or you’re no friend of the show. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Just when you think these assholes couldn’t possibly get any more evil, they stoop even lower than you could imagine. Such is the case with our current president, Donald J. Trump. So while the rest of the world has been shocked and disgusted by the behavior of his SCOTUS justice pick Brett Kavanaugh, Trump has been golfing and hitting the campaign trail like it’s no big deal. In fact just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any lower than this it does.

President Donald Trump for the first time directly mocked Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by casting doubt on her testimony during a campaign rally.

Before the crowd Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi, Trump imitated Ford during her testimony, mocking her for not knowing the answers to questions such as how she had gotten to the high school party where she says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

"I had one beer. Well, do you think it was -- nope, it was one beer," Trump said, mimicking Ford's testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"How did you get home? I don't remember. How'd you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? I don't remember. How many years ago was it? I don't know."

Trump's comments were met with laughter and applause from the crowd.
"I don't know. I don't know," the President continued. "What neighborhood was it in? I don't know. Where's the house? I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs -- where was it? I don't know -- but I had one beer. That's the only thing I remember."
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/02/politics/trump-mocks-christine-blasey-ford-kavanaugh-supreme-court/index.html




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Do you hear that? That was the day America officially descended into madness. I mean just… how… who… what? Seriously, Donny, and I say this with the upmost respect: FUCK YOU! And here’s the thing – if you’re more concerned for your sons’ safety than your daughters’ safety, you probably shouldn’t be parents of either! In fact that seems to be the consensus here.

President Donald Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford sparked an immediate backlash Wednesday among two critical Republican swing votes on the nomination of Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh, with Sens. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins pointedly rebuking the President.

Speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday night, Trump cast doubt on Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by mocking her for not knowing the answers to questions such as how she had gotten to the high school party where she says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, an allegation he has repeatedly denied.

"There's no time and no place for remarks like that. To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It's just not right. I wish he hadn't had done it," Flake told NBC's Savannah Guthrie on "Today," adding, "It's kind of appalling."

Collins, a Republican from Maine, similarly condemned Trump's comments, telling CNN's Manu Raju they "were just plain wrong." She would not say if the remarks would affect her vote.

Flake, an Arizona Republican, has played a key role in Kavanaugh's confirmation process. On Friday, he voted to move the nominee out of committee but called for an FBI investigation into allegations made against Kavanaugh in order to gain more clarity on the matter before the full Senate votes on his nomination.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/03/politics/jeff-flake-donald-trump-christine-blasey-ford/index.html




Damn right!!! You know you fucked up when Jeff Flake says you fucked up! Flakey!!!!! As the asshole in chief would call him! And really this is an all time new low. Maybe the lowest point our nation has hit yet, and it can only go up from here right?

Sen. Angus King accused President Donald Trump of using Christine Blasey Ford as a "political rally punchline" after Trump mocked Ford's testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a campaign rally.

"It made me feel sort of sick. I don't understand why he felt he had to do that," King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, said in an interview Wednesday on CNN's "New Day."

At a rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Trump imitated Ford and mocked her for not knowing the answer to questions involving the details of a high school party decades ago where she alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

King told CNN that the President's actions Tuesday night were not a way to win over Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the three key undecided votes on Kavanaugh's nomination.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/03/politics/angus-king-trump-kavanaugh-accuser-cnntv/index.html




OK dude, even Mike Erhmantraut thinks you’ve gone too far, and you don’t want to double cross that guy, and I’ve seen all of Breaking Bad! And his crowd cheered him! I don’t think even Hitler went this far… oh wait yeah he did. But this is just a stunning level of evil.

If President Trump's statement Tuesday morning that it's a "very scary time for young men in America" had you screaming into the void, just wait until you watch him mock Christine Blasey Ford.

At an evening rally in Mississippi, Trump ridiculed Ford's emotional Senate testimony against his Supreme Court pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who Ford says sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

While Ford has said she is certain it was Kavanaugh who trapped her on a bed, groped her, and covered her mouth so she couldn't scream for help at a summer party, as his friend watched, she has also noted that other memories from the night are hazy. She doesn't remember how she got home, for example. It's common for sexual assault victims to remember the attack in great detail, but experience other memory gaps.

President Trump maliciously used that handicap against Ford at the rally.
https://mashable.com/article/trump-mocks-christine-blasey-ford/#QNebgEV8LPqm






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Yeah you know it’s coming! We got to talk about it, of course Brett Kavanaugh isn’t going away and might be our next SCOTUS justice. Well this whole thing has turned into a category 5 shit storm of the highest possible destruction. It’s getting certifiably nuts and we need to break it down for you. Of course you know by now that he really likes beer. I really like beer too. I’m drinking a tall boy of some awesome Stone IPA right now. But you know the difference? I’m not the one who’s going to fucking shape the god damn landscape of the country for a whole generation!

A Yale classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accused him on Sunday of being untruthful in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and making a "blatant mischaracterization" of his drinking while in college.

"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth," Chad Ludington said in a statement to CNN.

Ludington said in the statement he often drank with Kavanaugh when they were classmates, and said Kavanaugh had played down "the degree and frequency" of his drinking in his testimony. Ludington said he often saw Kavanaugh "staggering from alcohol consumption," and said he often became "belligerent and aggressive" while drinking.

In his testimony to the judiciary committee Thursday, Kavanaugh denied ever blacking out from drinking.

Ludington said in his statement he witnessed Kavanaugh throw a beer in a man's face once for making a semi-hostile remark, "starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail."
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/01/politics/yale-kavanaugh-drinking/index.html




Come on even the dog knows when you’re lying about how much you’ve had to drink! But I love that Trump was “surprised” by the revelation that Kavanaugh was a raging alcoholic. Really? This is why reading is important here, people!

President Trump said Monday that he was "surprised" at how forthcoming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was about his affinity for beer during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, where he denied a decades-old allegation of sexual assault.

"I was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer and he’s had a little bit of difficulty," Trump told reporters at a Rose Garden press conference to announce a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

"This is not a man that said that he was perfect with respect to alcohol," Trump added.

The president downplayed any suggestion that Kavanaugh might be unqualified for the Supreme Court because of his drinking habits. Trump noted that nobody questioned Kavanaugh about his drinking habits during his professional career, suggesting it has not been a problem for the judge.

"I graduated from high school and while I did not drink, I saw lot of people drinking. They’d drink beer then go crazy," Trump said.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/409292-trump-surprised-at-kavanaughs-talk-about-beer-at-senate-hearing




Oh come on… not perfect with respect to alcohol? That’s about the lamest response ever that anyone could come up with. Why don’t you just call it “Blurred Crimes”? Yeah yeah!!! I got these blurred crimes because I drank too much, yeah you drank too much. I can’t remember… All right that’s enough of that, but I could do the whole song if I wanted to. This is my show after all! But of course Trump thinks it’s a good thing that he doesn’t drink, and I’m actually in agreement.

At one point during Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony, desperate for some comic relief, I messaged a friend to ask if this were a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing or an Anheuser-Busch commercial.

There was that much talk about beer.

Most of it came from him: He used to drink a lot of beer. He used to like beer a lot. He still liked beer. Didn’t the committee? Didn’t everyone? Beer, beer, beer, beer, beer.

Christine Blasey Ford had swigged cola during her turn earlier that day. I half expected Kavanaugh to pop open a Bud Light. Or to wheel in a keg! Then there’d be plenty to go around, and he could tactlessly offer an ice-cold brewski to Senator Amy Klobuchar.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/brett-kavanaugh-beer-politics.html




Now that’s someone who loves beer! Brett Kavanaugh may love his beer, but he’s got nothing on Homer Simpson! And by the way if you’re going to play Kavanaugh’s favorite drinking game called “The Devil’s Triangle”, maybe don’t.

Of all the depressing and enraging things to come from Brett Kavanaugh’s depressing and enraging confirmation hearing, the Supreme Court nominee’s shady, dissembling explanations of the slang in his high school yearbook stand alone. Let’s take a trip back to slimetown:

In Kavanaugh’s defense, once he made the decision to pretend that “Beach Week Ralph Club” referred to his problems with spicy food, the rest of the disgraceful performance became as mathematically inevitable as the parabolic arc a gout of vomit traces through the air on its way toward a dorm room floor. Here’s the splash:

It’s not hard to find examples of people using the phrase “Devil’s Triangle” to refer to relatively innocuous things, if you have a reason to lie about what it means. Perhaps Kavanaugh and his social circle were obsessed with musical history, and Squi built a replica of the Devil’s Triangle , as described in the Interior Journal of Stanford, Kentucky on Feb. 3, 1882:
https://slate.com/culture/2018/10/devils-triangle-rules-brett-kavanaugh-drinking-game.html





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Since we’re on the subject of sex crimes, the president’s eldest son, Patrick Bateman, clearly doesn’t get it when the entire country is erring on the side of women victims of sexual assault and abuse these days because the harassers and abusers have been getting away with it for too long. Well, Trump Jr apparently doesn’t get the message that has been coming for a long time now.

Amid increasing tension over the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, Donald Trump Jr. said he is more concerned for his sons than for his daughters.

President Trump’s eldest son, who has five children, was speaking about the recent allegations of sexual assault in an interview with DailyMailTV, which is scheduled to air as a two-part series Monday and Tuesday, according to the Daily Mail. Looking at his children’s futures, he seemed to be worried that perhaps one day, his sons might face false accusations of sexual misconduct.

“I’ve got boys and I’ve got girls,” he told the British tabloid, “and when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary.”

When asked whether he was more worried about his sons or daughters, he said, “Right now, I’d say my sons.”

“The other problem,” he added, “is that for people who are real victims of these things, when it is so obviously political in cases like this, it really diminishes the real claims."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/10/01/trump-jr-says-wave-sexual-assault-accusations-make-him-worry-sons-more-than-daughters/?utm_term=.aac4333f1b27




See here’s the thing, Chump, if you are more concerned for the safety of your sons than of your daughters, you probably shouldn’t be parents of either! Thank you! And the other thing – if you don’t want to be pegged as a rapist, don’t do rapist things! And it’s funny that the son of a guy who has multiple counts of rape against him is playing the blame game against the victims.

In their first joint interview as a conservative powerhouse couple, Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoye questioned the political motivations behind Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump Jr. also told DailyMailTV that the #MeToo movement, Blasey Ford’s testimony against Kavanaugh during last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and Democrats’ attacks on the judge’s honesty have made him afraid for his young sons. Apparently, Trump Jr. believes they could become prey to sexual assault allegations as they become teenagers and adults.

“I’ve got boys, and I’ve got girls,” the president’s oldest son said during the couple’s trip last week to Bozeman, Montana, to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale. But he said he was more fearful for his sons.

“When I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary,” said Trump Jr., a father of five. He also questioned whether the Palo Alto University psychology professor was a “real victim,” saying the political overtones in the handling of her allegations diminishes “real claims” made by “real victims.”
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/10/01/donald-trump-jr-and-kimberly-guilfoyle-united-against-christine-blasey-fords-allegations/




Yeah so there’s reason to be concerned – no one wants to be at the center of a sex scandal, but this is quite possibly the dumbest thing to come out of this movement in the last two years. But guess what? He’s getting some backlash from parents regarding this and it’s well deserved!

In the aftermath of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifying during a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27, there have been plenty of, well, interesting reactions to the debacle. President Donald Trump, for example, has lauded Kavanaugh's testimony as "powerful, honest, and riveting." Regardless of how "convincing" individuals found the judge's yelling and crying, an FBI investigation is currently underway.And apparently, Donald Trump Jr. is more scared for his sons than his daughters in the midst of the #MeToo era.

As you've probably heard by now, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school, according to The Washington Post. Thirty-six years later, she has come forward to share her testimony with the Senate as they consider him for a spot on the highest court in the nation. Although Blasey Ford spoke deliberately and concisely about her alleged encounter with the Supreme Court nominee — and is considered a credible source by many — judiciary committee Republicans ultimately voted Kavanaugh through to a Senate floor vote, which will be delayed pending a week-long FBI investigation.
https://www.romper.com/p/furious-parents-fire-back-at-donald-trump-jr-after-he-says-the-metoo-era-has-him-scared-for-his-sons-12114621




Excuse me a minute… And by the way Donny do you really want to say this when your dad has multiple sexual assault counts against him? And when his SCOTUS justice pick is under investigation for sexual assault encounters against him? Like really this is the worst timing possible. Or mayb

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh have sparked a wave of unbridled anger and anxiety from many Republican men, who say they are in danger of being swept up by false accusers who are biased against them.

From President Trump to his namesake son to Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), the howls of outrage crystallize a strong current of grievance within a party whose leadership is almost entirely white and overwhelmingly male — and which does not make a secret of its fear that demographic shifts and cultural convulsions could jeopardize its grip on power.

This outbreak of male resentment now seems likely to play a defining role in the midterm elections just five weeks away, contrasting with a burst of enthusiasm among women propelling Democratic campaigns and inspired by the national #MeToo reckoning over sexual assault and gender roles.

“I’ve got boys and I’ve got girls, and when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary,” Donald Trump Jr., a father of five small children, said in an interview with DailyMailTV aired Monday.

Asked whether he was more worried about his sons or daughters, Trump Jr. said, “Right now, I’d say my sons.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-trauma-for-a-man-male-fury-and-fear-rises-in-gop-in-defense-of-kavanaugh/2018/10/01/f48499a2-c595-11e8-b2b5-79270f9cce17_story.html?utm_term=.1521633ceb91





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Politicians at the state, national and local levels who are so toxic that you ever wonder how they were able to get into office, much less stay there. This is:



This week: South Carolina’s Lindsay Graham. If the phrase “if looks could kill” was taken literally, Lindsay Graham would be the poster boy for this. In the moments that followed Dr. Christina Ford’s testimony, Graham’s dead stare is the mother of all dead stares! But before we get into current events with Mr. Graham, let’s flash back to 2009 when he grilled then-nominee Sonia Sotomayor on having a temperamental flare:

SEN. GRAHAM: Okay. Now let's talk about you. I like you, by the way, for whatever that matters. Since I may vote for you, that ought to matter to you.

One thing that stood out about your record is that when you look at the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, lawyers anonymously rate judges in terms of temperament, and here's what they said about you: "She's a terror on the bench." "She's temperamental, excitable." "She seems angry." "She's overly aggressive, not very judicial." "She does not have a very good temperament." "She abuses lawyers." "She really lacks judicial temperament." "She believes in an out-of- control — she behaves in an out-of-control manner." "She makes inappropriate outbursts." "She is nasty to lawyers." "She'll attack lawyers for making an argument she does not like." "She can be a bit of a bully."

When you look at the evaluation of the judges on the 2nd Circuit, you stand out like a sore thumb in terms of your temperament. What is your answer to these criticisms?

JUDGE SOTOMAYOR: I do ask tough questions at oral arguments.

SEN. GRAHAM: Are you the only one that asks tough questions in oral arguments
https://crooksandliars.com/2018/09/flashback-remember-when-lindsey-graham




And that’s an understatement by the way. In fact with most you might say that there is a method to their madness. But Lindsay Graham is purely mad, there is no just plain madness with him.

Sen. Lindsey Graham had kept quiet during Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 1982.

But by the time it was his turn to speak during Kavanaugh’s rebuttal before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the South Carolina Republican became animated and angry.

On Thursday afternoon, a visibly shaken Graham told Kavanaugh that the conservative federal judge was a “victim” of Democratic attempts to derail his confirmation.

“I cannot imagine what you and your family have gone through,” Graham said. “I hope you’re on the Supreme Court ... That’s exactly where you belong.”
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article219106835.html




Yes, Lindsay Graham is a psychopath and the bad guy here, which is why he wants to stop at nothing to nominate a like minded psychopath and abusive alcoholic to judge the highest law in the land. Let that sink in for a minute.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) on Thursday cast doubt on Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, suggesting her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee lacks details of the alleged incident.

"I don't know any more than I knew before," Graham, a member of the Judiciary panel, told reporters on Capitol Hill before the hearing was over. "I know that the people who've claimed to have been at the party say nothing happened. I don't know how she got home or how she got there."

"I think something happened to Dr. Ford. I'm gonna listen to Brett Kavanaugh," he added, before expressing that he was "disappointed" with how Democrats handled Ford's allegations.

"They knew about this in July," Graham told reporters, adding that there was a polygraph test on Aug. 10 that the committee received on Sept. 26. "We offered to go out there," he said, referring to California, where Ford lives.

Ford said she initially notified her local congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), in late July about her allegation. She said Eshoo urged her to write a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, about the allegation. That letter to Feinstein was sent in late July.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/408771-graham-questions-lack-of-details-in-fords-testimony




That’s pretty much what it is like when one is blacked out. And if you’ve never had a drink you can’t really say what that is like. But Lindsay Graham is so pig headed that he will do something so absurd as to push through Kavanaugh’s nomination until he actually gets confirmed. So fool us once, shame on you, right? You know the saying – “fool me once, shame on you, fool me, you won’t get fooled again”, we heard a guy say that once.

President Donald Trump should renominate Brett Kavanaugh if the Senate fails to confirm him for the Supreme Court this year, Sen. Lindsey Graham declared Tuesday.

The South Carolina Republican said he still believes Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the high court soon. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has vowed that the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh this week.

But Graham offered Trump a contingency plan in case the nominee is narrowly defeated.

"If his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Graham said in a statement. "It would – in effect – be appealing the Senate’s verdict directly to the American people."

Graham discussed the strategy in more detail on Fox News, saying that Trump could use the issue in the midterm elections to go after Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. The four Democrats represent Republican-leaning states that Trump won in 2016.

Trump could announce to voters in those states that he would nominate Kavanaugh again in 2019, after a new Senate convenes, Graham said.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/10/02/lindsey-graham-brett-kavanaugh-renominate/1498449002/




That’s Lindsay Graham – yet another person to add to the growing list of:





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We’ve given Trump a lot of shit about why he’s not invited places. But now there’s another person who probably should not be invited places, and that’s Kanye West. So Kanye West managed to infiltrate the holy grail of late night comedy – Saturday Night Live, and he made sure that he’ll probably never be invited back. Because after the taping ended, Mr. West went full MAGA, and you never go full MAGA under any circumstances!

Kenan Thompson stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers to detail his perspective on Kanye West’s controversial, unaired speech after the cameras stopped rolling on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live season premiere. This is Thompson’s 16th season of the show, making him the series’ longest-running cast-member of all time.

Thompson began by noting that he wasn’t in the episode much. “I did my part in the monologue and then got to watch the circus unfold,” he offers slyly before Meyers inquired about the post-show speech from West.

The show had ended with a performance from West, who delivered his Ye track “Ghost Town” with Kid Cudi and 070 Shake as the credits were rolling. The live show cut off due to its time constraints as the song unfolded and right as West invited the cast to rejoin him onstage. Chris Rock and other audience members captured West in his restyled red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat as he defended his pro-Trump stance. A mixture of cheers and boos were shouted from the audience.

“We’re all entitled to our opinion,” Thompson offered up measuredly, “I don’t know if that’s the moment, necessarily, to hold people hostage like that, but hey…”
https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-news/kenan-thompson-kanye-west-held-snl-cast-hostage-during-pro-trump-speech-732147/




Yes and I could have told you that. I mean really even Tracy Jordan’s loose cannon nature was based off how much of a loose cannon Kanye is. And is anyone really that surprised that Kanye is a full blown MAGA Trump supporter? They’re two of the biggest egomaniacs on the planet and you know what they say about judging a person by the company they keep.

Kim Kardashian West didn’t seem fazed by husband Kanye West‘s behavior at Saturday Night Live over the weekend.

Kardashian West stood by on Saturday night as West delivered a lengthy speech about his support of President Donald Trump.d.

“While Kanye talked Kim just stood in the back and watched. The kids were there, too,” a source tells PEOPLE.

And despite numerous boos from the crowd as West spoke, his wife didn’t appear to be bothered by his controversial statements.

“She didn’t seem like anything, she was just watching,” adds the source. “Trump’s been good to them so it seems they do really love him, even Kim. They all hung out for a bit afterward.”
https://people.com/tv/kim-kardashian-watched-kanye-west-donald-trump-snl-speech/




It’s about ideas bro!!!!! And information!!! Man I wonder what that car ride must have been like on the way back to the hotel? I can imagine Kim going “Kanye, you know better than to go full MAGA in a place like that”. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they were both MAGA Trump train supporters – they both do love their ratings!

Kanye West promised that a new album would arrive on Saturday. Instead, he delivered three songs as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” and an impromptu monologue at the end of the show mentioning President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. West, wearing a red Make America Great Again hat, continued his foray into off-the-cuff political commentary after the credits rolled for the season premiere, delivering a scattered speech that was cut off from some broadcasts. In footage from the crowd posted to the comedian Chris Rock’s Instagram account, Mr. West can be seen musing on his support of President Trump and urging, “We need to have a dialogue and not a diatribe.”

Mr. West, who is known for delivering similarly improvised addresses during his concerts, said he is often asked how he can support President Trump because “he’s racist.” “If I was concerned about racism,” Mr. West said, “I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.” He said Democrats were responsible for a plan to take “fathers out the home and promote welfare.” The rapper also mentioned his long-teased presidential aspirations for 2020 and referred to the “one-sided” liberal nature of the entertainment world as the “S.N.L.” cast stood stoically behind him.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/30/arts/music/kanye-west-donald-trump-snl.html




We need to get a dialogue and not a diatribe? Says the guy who literally delivered a diatribe!! And it was forced! See, Kanye, a “dialogue” is when two people talk! A diatribe is when one guy goes off on a batshit crazy rant for fifteen minutes about nothing! Much like a Donald Trump rally. Hey o!!! but here’s

President Donald Trump had harsh words for “Saturday Night Live” after the show’s season premiere, but still managed to praise musician Kanye West for supporting him during a musical performance.

Trump tweeted Sunday that he doesn’t watch the comedy show anymore because it is “no longer funny.” The onetime host has tweeted harshly about “SNL” a few times during his presidency, as the show has featured a number of satirical sketches about him. But the president still managed to praise West for putting on a “Make America Great Again” hat and delivering a pro-Trump speech during his musical guest appearance on the NBC show.

“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) - no longer funny, no talent or charm,” Trump tweeted. “It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told ‘no’), was great. He’s leading the charge!”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-saturday-night-live-kanye_us_5bb10250e4b027da00d4442c






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Retail has taken massive hits in the last few years, and we’ve seen a few in the last couple of years alone – which include stores in our malls and stores in our shopping centers. But one store that’s been around since the turn of the century is about to go under. That store is Sears, Roebuck and Company, and they’re about to suffer the same fate as their Toys R Us counterparts. Yes, we will soon live in a world where Toys R Us and Sears no longer exist.

Tracking the slow-motion collapse of what used to be Sears Roebuck has been sort of like watching a glacier melt: You know it's happening, but it's tough to detect it with the naked eye. That is, until a Delaware-size chunk breaks off, which is what happened when the once-giant retailer recently unveiled a "liability management" plan crafted by Sears Holdings' CEO and largest shareholder, hedge fund tycoon Edward Lampert.

Of course, Crain's has lovingly maintained a decades-long tradition of predicting Sears' demise, and there's no telling if or when the company might ever seek bankruptcy protection. But bankruptcies, like avalanches, tend to happen quickly once they're triggered, and it's difficult to see how Sears can maintain its current course—shredding roughly $1.5 billion in cash each year to fund its business operations—without something big giving way, and suddenly.

The Sept. 24 announcement from Sears' Hoffman Estates headquarters seems to loosen a few slabs of ice uphill of Lampert & Co.

As Crain's columnist Joe Cahill explained in a blog post, the debt-reduction plan crafted by Lampert for Sears Holdings is most noteworthy for what it doesn't include: any commitment of new funds for the retailer he has controlled—and lent billions to—since 2005.

Investors have come to expect Lampert to continue lending to Sears, which has lost a total of $6.8 billion since 2013. Lately, however, he seems to be sitting on his wallet. In August, for instance, he floated a $400 million offer for the Kenmore appliance brand—though, as Cahill notes, that proposal was contingent on Lampert finding a third party to finance the buyout.
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/something-drastic-bound-give-way-sears-and-suddenly




Which begs the question - Are there any new Kenmore appliances being made? That is another area of the bankruptcy that needs to be investigated. So what is Sears’ bankruptcy rescue plan? There’s many angles that we could go to for this. Of course don’t expect their CEO to cut his salary, that is not going to happen.

Sears could face bankruptcy if it doesn’t meet its next debt payment, due in the coming weeks. Now, the retailer’s chief executive has come up with a last-minute plan to save it, after already shuttering thousands of stores and selling off some of its key brands.

Eddie Lampert, who owns the hedge-fund ESL Investments and is also the retailer’s largest shareholder and creditor, has asked creditors to refinance $1.1 billion in debt before a $134 million debt payment is due Oct. 15, according to a Sunday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He also called for the company to sell off $3.25 billion worth of real estate and assets, including Sears Home Services and the company’s flagship Kenmore brand, which Lampert offered to buy last month for $400 million.

In the filing, Lampert’s hedge fund said it “must act immediately to have sufficient runway to continue its transformation” if Sears is to become profitable again. The company, which includes 820 Sears and Kmart stores, has about $5.6 billion in outstanding debt.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/09/24/sears-ceo-has-come-up-with-last-minute-plan-save-it-bankruptcy/?utm_term=.388862ef1cab




Sears could potentially sell off $3.25 billion in assets, though the value might be diminished because there was a Sears built on the property. Yeah the name is that toxic right now. But just how toxic is it really?

Tracking the slow-motion collapse of what used to be Sears Roebuck has been sort of like watching a glacier melt: You know it's happening, but it's tough to detect it with the naked eye. That is, until a Delaware-size chunk breaks off, which is what happened when the once-giant retailer recently unveiled a "liability management" plan crafted by Sears Holdings' CEO and largest shareholder, hedge fund tycoon Edward Lampert.

Of course, Crain's has lovingly maintained a decades-long tradition of predicting Sears' demise, and there's no telling if or when the company might ever seek bankruptcy protection. But bankruptcies, like avalanches, tend to happen quickly once they're triggered, and it's difficult to see how Sears can maintain its current course—shredding roughly $1.5 billion in cash each year to fund its business operations—without something big giving way, and suddenly.

The Sept. 24 announcement from Sears' Hoffman Estates headquarters seems to loosen a few slabs of ice uphill of Lampert & Co.

As Crain's columnist Joe Cahill explained in a blog post, the debt-reduction plan crafted by Lampert for Sears Holdings is most noteworthy for what it doesn't include: any commitment of new funds for the retailer he has controlled—and lent billions to—since 2005.
https://www.chicagobusiness.com/opinion/something-drastic-bound-give-way-sears-and-suddenly




So is it debt reduction or is it outright theft? We don’t want to say it’s outright theft but yeah it’s probably outright theft.

Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund has a new plan for cutting Sears debt. The main beneficiary would be Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund.

Lampert, Sears Holdings Corp.’s chief executive officer, called this week for the underperforming retailer to stanch the bleeding by paying off certain loans -- many of them owned by his hedge fund -- while swapping other debt for notes that convert to equity. This comes at a time when Sears stock is hovering just above $1 a share, an 87 percent dive in the past year.

“To have debt that’s convertible into equity when the equity is worthless doesn’t appear to be a very attractive proposal at all,’’ said Elliot Lutzker, chairman of the corporate law practice at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP.

Lampert’s hedge fund, ESL Investments Inc., is the retail chain’s biggest shareholder. Because it owns about $2.5 billion in Sears debt concentrated in the category earmarked for repayment, ESL could recoup more than $1 billion under its own proposed plan.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-27/lampert-s-sears-plan-would-hand-lampert-s-hedge-fund-1-billion




So there you have it, Sears’ own CEO came up with a plan that’s basically legalized theft. That’s it for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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My friends, my fair congregation! Remember in that movie “The Dark Knight” when Batman only had one rule and that he would never break it for anybody? Well tonight I am actually going to break my one rule. And that rule is that I never mention the unholy, ungodly Dark One by name in my church! But when there’s a movie being made about unforeseen prophecies surrounding the Dark One, as told by a crackpot, I feel that I must break character!

Early one morning in 2011, retired Florida firefighter Mark Taylor was wrestling with another bout of insomnia. After years working at Orlando’s busy Station 2, Taylor struggled with depression, suicidal thoughts and symptoms of PTSD.

Taylor says he also was being visited by demons, angels, even God. And on that sleepless morning, God gave him a surprising prophecy: “The Spirit of God says I’ve chosen this man Donald Trump for such a time as this.”

“The Trump Prophecy,” a movie showing here and in 1,200 theaters nationwide Tuesday and Thursday, claims God’s intervention decided the 2016 election, not Hillary hatred, white anger, Russian interference or low voter turnout.

Producer Rick Eldridge says his movie has a clear purpose: “Our end goal is to get people in theaters and see a film that will reignite patriotism and call people to pray for our country and leadership.”
https://gazette.com/life/the-trump-prophecy-movie-claims-god-chose-u-s-president/article_a0f9dc14-ba84-11e8-b6ad-77b01ad16d11.html




No, Rick, your end goal is to preach to the choir of supporters of the unholy dark one that their batshit crazy theories are justified! And that Dark One’s name? Donald J. Trump. There, I said it! And you know this movie is a direct violation of IRS tax exempt rules. And also apparently it violates Facebook advertising policies!

Fireman Mark Taylor correctly predicted the presidency of Donald Trump, but “The Trump Prophecy” filmmakers didn’t foresee having their advertisements pulled from Facebook.

The film, scheduled for a fall theatrical release, is about Taylor’s life and 2011 prediction that Trump would ascend to the White House. A joint effort of the Liberty University School of Cinematic Arts and filmmaker Rick Eldridge, The Trump Prophecy was shot in the Lynchburg area with much of the cast and crew comprised of LU students. It now is in post-production.

The Trump Prophecy, previously known by its working title “Commander,” is scheduled for release on Oct. 2 and 4. Nearly 60 LU cinematic arts students were involved in the production.

In all, he claimed Facebook disapproved “approximately 40 different ads” for the film.

The issue dates back to at least June 14 when it was first noted by the film’s Facebook page.

“It seems that Facebook has now began censoring our page. For a movie??? Because the word TRUMP, Facebook has decided to disapprove any ads that we are placing and capping our exposure. Do they feel threatened in some way?” reads the post on The Trump Prophecy page, which Eldridge and the Reelworks Studios advertising team manage.
https://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/lu-film-the-trump-prophecy-runs-afoul-of-facebook-ad/article_68550eb3-51bb-5293-bf38-bb723a12c48a.html




Because nothing is worse than a bunch of falsehood nonsense told by a crackpot is there? And you guys are mad when you violated Facebook’s rules are you? Well, you have nobody to blame but yourself, for the good LAWRD sayeth “man must not blame others for his own musings.” Yes it says so in my good book here. So was this election GAWD’s plan? Or was it not???

Mark Taylor is sure he knows why Donald Trump became president.

Forget Hillary hatred, white anger, Russian interference or voter turnout. Trump’s victory was God’s will, said Taylor. Taylor said he knows this because God told him so.

In 2011, while watching an interview with Trump on TV, Taylor says he heard a voice saying, “The Spirit of God says I’ve chosen this man, Donald Trump, for such a time as this.”

And the Almighty is just getting started, said Taylor, a former firefighter who has published 23 “prophetic words,” many about Trump’s presidency.

The presidential prediction is detailed in “The Trump Prophecy,” a new film produced with the help of faculty and students at Liberty University — some of whom later rejected its message — that will be shown in some 1,200 theaters on Oct. 2 and 4.
https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2018/09/25/new-trump-prophecy-film/




Now I do love that one! So is GAWD just getting started? Or do we need to remind you of the kind of crackpot that Mark Taylor is? And yes, he is a crackpot ladies and gentlemen of my fair congregation, because this is the kind of nonsense you can expect from Mr. Taylor!

Mark Taylor, the so-called “firefighter prophet” and radical conspiracy theorist who is the subject of a new movie premiering this week, appeared on Chris McDonald’s “The Mc Files” program on Friday, where he again asserted that opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is all about trying to prevent President Trump from establishing military tribunals in order to prosecute and execute Democratic leaders like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“This has everything to do with military tribunals, them being charged with treason, and them going to prison for the rest of their lives and some being executed,” he said.

Taylor claimed that God recently delivered a huge “prophetic sign” of this plan when a horse named after Obama had to be euthanized at the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina last month.

“God’s been speaking a lot to me through racehorses,” he said. “The racehorse named Barack Obama was euthanized. That is probably the biggest prophetic sign that you could have of God saying this man is going to go down. Period. That’s the bottom line. You can get mad at me all you want to, but God’s the messenger here, he is the one sending the message. People don’t think that this stuff is real or it’s going to happen. It’s going to happen.”

“This is real,” Taylor insisted. “Justice is not coming, it’s here, period, and it is taking place on the earth. This whole thing with Kavanaugh is trying to stop the military tribunals … This is all about rounding these people up, charging them with treason, and they know that, basically, their head is going to be in a noose, literally.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/god-has-been-using-racehorses-to-speak-to-mark-taylor-about-plans-to-execute-democrats/




Really? This bullshit is still a thing? That’s why you are going to get your asses handed to you in November, and yes, I realized I just violated the IRS rules there! But then again, so did Liberty University, and they should pay dearly for this! But then again, Mark also claims that GAWD confirmed his SCOTUS prophecy with a train horn. Can you spell “crackpot”?

Mark Taylor, the so-called “firefighter prophet” and radical conspiracy theorist about whom Liberty University is making a movie, appeared on SkyWatch TV yesterday, where he explained how God used a train whistle to confirm that He was going to use President Trump to reshape the Supreme Court.

After Taylor recounted his claims that God told him that Trump will get to replace a total of five Supreme Court justices after one dies, one retires, and three are removed from the Court due to scandal, he explained how God confirmed this prophecy to him during the funeral service for the late Antonin Scalia.

“If you go back to Antonin Scalia’s funeral, when they were carrying his body up the steps” Taylor said, “there were two signs that were given by God that [the confirmation of Merrick Garland] was not going to happen. We had about an eight month window there where they could have put another justice in and the entire country was in a full-blown panic at that point and that’s when I came out with the prophecy that the Lord said, ‘No, it will not happen, this is being reserved for Donald Trump.'”

“The two signs that were given,” he continued, “there was a reverence there, it was very quiet and there was a siren in the background at the bottom of the steps. Well, when they got to the top of the steps, the siren fades away and all of a sudden you hear this enormous train horn and what the Lord was saying was, ‘Don’t fear America, help is on the way—the siren—this is being reserved for my anointed, Trump—from the Trump train.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mark-taylor-god-confirmed-my-scotus-prophecy-with-a-train-horn/




Yes, Mark, even JAYSUS thinks you’re doing it wrong!! For your crackpot theories about the Dark One are just that – crackpot theories! There you go, mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:



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For this week’s “This Fucking Guy” we’re going to profile Trump’s spiritual advisor and the guy who’s hellbent on turning the White House into a church – Robert Jeffress. This fucking guy is literally batshit crazy. You know never mind that America has long had a policy of the separation of church and state, you know, so America doesn’t elect a fascist religious dictator who wants to destroy half the planet like a real life Thanos. Instead, Trump has Robert Jeffress and Paula White – two batshit insane televangelists – literally convincing half the population that he’s God, Jesus, Buddha, and Allah combined! Like look at what he said regarding Brett Kavanaugh:

Robert Jeffress, a Texas pastor and “spiritual adviser” to President Trump, according to Baptist World Global, appeared on Fox & Friends over the weekend, where he adopted the performative partisan anger that was on display last week by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Jeffress called the contentious confirmation process “a battle between good and evil, between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness,” and said the hearings would encourage conservative Christians to turn out in the 2018 midterm elections.

Look, I have never seen conservative Christians as angry as they are right now over this debacle. Look, they realize now—conservative Christians—that the left is willing to do whatever it takes to cram their liberal agenda down the throats of Americans, including destroying the foundation of our legal system, the presumption of innocence.

And look, make no mistake about it, the reason the left hates Kavanaugh is not because of his judicial philosophy, it’s not because of what he may or may not have done to Dr. Ford. The Democrats don’t care one thing about Dr. Ford. They are afraid that if he is confirmed as a Supreme Court justice, he may chip away at Roe v. Wade and diminish the number of babies being murdered every year in the womb through abortion.

Conservative Christians see this. They know this is not a battle between Republicans and Democrats. It’s a battle between good and evil, between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness, and that’s why they’re going to turn out in the 2018 midterms.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/kavanaugh-confirmation-battle-between-good-and-evil-says-trump-adviser-robert-jeffress/




Well knowing where your mouth has been, I must respectfully decline, sir! But Robert Jeffress is hell bent (and yes I do use that term loosely) on converting the entire city of Washington DC into his own fire and brimstone religion. And you know, Mr. Jeffress, you support Donald Trump! You don’t get to decide what you think is evil – he’s the devil incarnate! But of course Trump’s most hardlined supporters are sticking by their man.

President Donald Trump’s top evangelical advisers have weighed in on the side of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

After hours of angry denials from Kavanaugh and emotional testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexual assault, the evangelical leaders took to Twitter and Fox News to voice their opinions.

Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas Church in Texas, said that by believing Kavanaugh’s accuser, Democrats are “trying to destroy the very foundation, not only of our American legal system, but of all of human civilization since the days of Moses.”

“Once we take that presumption [of innocence] away from the accused and give it to the accuser, we’re going to have nothing but chaos,” Jeffress said during an interview on Fox Business on Thursday night.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trumps-top-evangelical-supporters-are-sticking-firmly-by-kavanaugh_us_5bae3103e4b09d41eba0d4b9




And well he currently sits in the Oval Office! Hey o!!! But as we had previously said that Pastor Jeffress is quite possibly the worst person for the job. And plus, like anyone else in the Trump Administration, Kavanaugh just can’t help but be a little bit racist, he actually used the word “scalp” when referring to treatment of Kavanaugh. That’s pretty strong.

Fox News contributor Robert Jeffress, pastor of a Texas megachurch, said on Sunday that Democrats want to make a trophy of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s “scalp,” referring to the bloody practice of removing the scalps of Native Americans.

During a panel discussion on Fox & Friends about the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, Jeffress said that conservative Christians are “angry” at the way the Supreme Court nominee is being treated.

“Look, they realize now, conservative Christians, that the left is willing to do whatever it takes to cram their liberal agenda down the throats of Americans, including destroying the foundation of our legal system: the presumption of innocence,” Jeffress opined.

According to the pastor, the reason “the left hates Kavanaugh” is because “they are afraid, if he is confirmed as Supreme Court justice, he may chip away at Roe v. Wade and diminish the number of babies being murdered every year in the womb through abortion.”
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/hell-breaks-loose-fox-news-pastor-says-dems-trying-scalp-kavanaugh/




Which is probably true. But Robert – let me ask you this! What about the thousands of actual lives lost through the military industrial complex that you are very much a part of right now? Do they count or are they simply collateral? Think about it. Either you support all life or you don’t. By the way if you want to know just how batshit insane the Christian right are in their never ending lust for power, just look at some of the batshit crazy things Robert Jeffress says.

Jeffress has also carved out a niche as the president's personal excuse Rolodex.

This week, as the water in which the president's political future sits begins to simmer, if not boil, Jeffress has been back in action. Monday, he attended a special dinner for Trump's evangelical supporters at the White House before making the rounds again on Trump's behalf.

Starting with two examples from this week, here are Jeffress' best, or worst, excuses for the president:

1. Jeffress explains why evangelical support for Trump isn't wavering, despite Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen admitting in federal court that Trump was aware of and helped direct payments before the 2016 election to two women with whom he had affairs.

“Well, it’s really not that hard to figure out when you realize he is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-conservative judiciary in history, and that includes either Bush or Ronald Reagan. I think that is why evangelicals remain committed to this president and they are not going to turn away from him soon,” Jeffress told Fox News Monday night after the meeting. "We have to understand these are still allegations against the president, so I’m not going to judge the president on these things. But even if they were true, some of these allegations, I mean, obviously, we don’t support extramarital affairs, we don’t support hush-money payments, but what we do support are these president’s excellent policies."
https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/robert-jeffress-top-10-excuses-for-donald-trump-11085895




And Jeffress would probably go for that too. That’s Robert Jeffress, this week’s:




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Ah it’s time for one of my favorite Top 10 segments. I really need a drink! And of course you know the idea behind this is that we have a few drinks and talk about anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. But we won’t get blackout drunk, we don’t want to get in a fight with Mr. Kavanaugh, do we? Well this one kind of is sort of political. So tell me bartender, what goes well with news about Lindsay Lohan? A Moscow Mule? That actually sounds good, I think I will have one of those! No mint please. But yeah Lindsay Lohan is in some really deep shit. Here’s more.

Lindsay Lohan appeared to accuse a homeless couple of trafficking their children in a bizarre video that surfaced on the actress's Instagram account Friday night and ended, apparently, with her getting hit in the face.

The video, which was posted to Instagram Live before being removed, is fueling concerns about the 32-year-old actress, who became tabloid fodder several years ago, at the height of her fame, amid DUI arrests and other legal troubles. Lohan has stayed largely out of the spotlight in recent years, spending much of her time in Dubai - where she has said she plans to design a namesake island - and Greece, where she has lent her name to several beachside night clubs.

According to TMZ, which posted the video Saturday morning, Lohan recorded it in Moscow. In TMZ's version, Lohan appears to address her own Instagram followers, saying, "Hey, everyone, I just want to show you a family that I met, a Syrian refugee family that I'm really worried about." Lohan says she is going to introduce them, and that "they really need help."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/tv/ct-ent-lindsay-lohan-instagram-video-explainer-20181002-story.html




Oh sure it starts out innocently enough – until it ends with you getting punched in the face! I mean yeah that is what usually happens with most of my outings. Oh wait, that’s never happened. But it gets weirder, because with Lindsay Lohan, of course that will happen!

Lindsay Lohan posted a bizarre live video to Instagram Friday night showing the actress seemingly get punched in the face as she attempts to take a boy away from a mother who she says are Syrian refugees.

In the video, the actress gets out of a car and approaches two young boys and two adults with them sitting on a sidewalk under blankets. She identifies them as Syrian refugees who need help. It is unclear where the video takes place.

“Hey everyone, I just want to show you a family that I met,” she says in the video. “A Syrian refugee family that I’m really worried about. They really need help.”

Lohan turns the camera to the family and offers one of the children a stay at a hotel where he can watch a movie.

She then addresses the mother and criticizes her for not letting the children come with her.

“You should not have them on the floor, you should be a hard-working woman and you should be doing what you can for your children, so they have a better life.” Lohan said.
http://time.com/5410792/lindsay-lohan-instagram-video-woman-refugees-child-abduction/




But of course you can’t have sparks without igniting the outrage machine in 2018! Because you know that’s going to happen. And like most things this is one of those things that’s so serious that it needs its’ own name and theme music. Lindsay Lohan: CHILD SNATCHER!!! DUN DUN DUN!!!!

Lindsay Lohan is being weird. While in Moscow, Russia (for who knows what reason?), the former child star went live on Instagram. Lohan recorded herself talking to a family she alleges are Syrian refugees.

At first, though maybe a little misguided, it appeared Lohan just wanted to help. The family looked homeless and she offered them a hotel room. When the family refused (probably because they had no idea what was happening), Lohan tried to take their child.

At 2 a.m., while in Moscow, Lohan went live on Instagram. She told her followers there was a family of Syrian refugees she was concerned about. God only knows if this family is actually Syrian or refugees.

“Do you want me to give you a hotel? ... I want you to tell America what you need, and I will get it for you," Lohan said to the family, who appeared to be homeless. Lohan told the family she was fluent in Arabic and used a fake Arabian accent ... for some reason.
https://www.revelist.com/celebrity/lindsay-lohan-fights-homeless-couple/13618/at-2-am-while-in-moscow-lohan-went-live-on-instagram-she-told-her-followers-there-was-a-family-of-syrian-refugees-she-was-concerned-about-god-only-knows-if-this-family-is-actually-syrian-or-refugees/2




Of course reasons are the reason why anybody does anything. Reasons are the reason for the season. I mean yeah that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense does it? Of course I’ve had 3 Mules by now so nothing really makes sense. But I’ll take another one please! Of course leave it to the internet to turn something scary into something humorous!

If you've been anywhere near the internet recently, you will have probably seen Lindsay Lohan has been trending for reasons which you couldn't even begin to imagine. The Mean Girls star took to Instagram Live this past weekend to post a video of herself in Moscow, Russia. So far so normal, except for the fact that the clip sees Lindsay approach an unknown family on the street and accuses them of child trafficking.

Yes. You read that correctly. In the early hours of the morning, Lindsay went on Instagram to tell her followers that there was a Syrian refugee family that she was worried about (for the record it is unclear if the family are Syrian or refugees). She then shared a video of her attempting to take the young boy with the family to her hotel. The woman who appears to be the child's mum punches her in response.

To top it all off, Lindsay puts on a fake accent in the video and makes bizarre statements like: “This is not Arab; you're ruining Arab culture by doing this" and "Don't fuck with Pakistan”. It should go without saying that all of this is wrong. Not only has Lindsay been offensive to various cultures but she has also harassed a seemingly homeless family for literally no reason at all.

The video ends with Lindsay crying and making out that she is a victim: “I'm, like, in shock right now. They were trafficking. I was just, like, so scared." Unsurprisingly, the internet is beyond unimpressed. Reactions range from fans calling out the 'Get A Clue' star for being offensive and inappropriate to people making memes out of the incident. Here are just a few of them.
https://www.popbuzz.com/internet/viral/lindsay-lohan-punch-instagram-meme/





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It’s time for episode 14 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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It’s time to fly high as we explore the United States Air Force! Yes, their headquarters is in Arlington, Virginia, and the United States Air Force Academy is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. So you know the lust for the branch as made popular by movies like Top Gun and yeah you could even count the hilarious 1991 spoof Hot Shots!, but maybe not Hot Shots! Part Deux. So let’s delve into the Air Force and fly high, shall we? So the USAF are getting some new equipment and no it’s not the F15.

The US Marine Corps' stealth F-35B Lightning fighter jet could fly its first combat mission within days, according to several US defense officials, who told CNN that the fifth-generation aircraft are currently aboard the USS Essex amphibious assault ship and should soon be in a position to conduct airstrikes over Afghanistan.

The USS Essex has already sailed from the Gulf of Aden into the North Arabian Sea and is expected to move into the Persian Gulf in coming days, one official said.

F-35 pilots have been conducting intelligence and surveillance missions in Somalia while on standby to conduct air support for US troops on the ground there if needed.
While available for support, the advanced fighter jet was not used in an airstrike over Somalia on Saturday that killed 18 militants after US and local forces came under attack.

In May, Israel Defense Forces said they were using their version of the F-35 in operational missions, striking at least two unspecified targets in the region.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/politics/us-f-35-combat-missions/index.html




So just remember kids, while your teacher has to spend her own money on school supplies and has to work 3 jobs to pay the bills, the US government is spending $400 billion on new planes that nobody needs or wants! Just let that sink in for a moment. Oh but the insanity surrounding the F-35B continues to grow!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon and announced on Friday an $11.5 billion contract for 141 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the biggest batch yet, lowering the price for the most common version of the stealthy jet by 5.4 percent to $89.2 million.

A preliminary deal was struck in July, and reported first by Reuters, clearing the way for a larger multi-year purchase that aims to bring the cost per jet down to $80 million by 2020. Most of the jets are for the U.S. military, and others are for a number of allied countries.

Reducing the cost of the world’s most expensive defense program is crucial to securing orders in the United States and more from abroad. Lockheed is the No. 1 U.S. defense contractor.

“Driving down cost is critical to the success of this program,” Vice Admiral Mat Winter, head of the Pentagon’s F-35 office said.

The agreement removes a roadblock from negotiations for a multi-year deal for the fighters that is expected to consist of three tranches over fiscal years 2018-2020.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lockheed-f35/lockheed-agrees-to-cut-price-for-new-f-35-fighter-jets-pentagon-idUSKCN1M81WB




Oh it’s only $80 million. So Boeing’s CEO can only buy 5 Rolls Royces instead of 6. Hey he only wanted one of every color! This is where excessive government spending comes into play. Apparently the budget included 77 of these things!

Beyond the 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters authorized by the 2019 defense policy bill, congressional appropriators are adding another 16 for a total of 93.

Congressional conferees on Thursday finalized a $674.4 billion defense spending bill for next year packaged with funding for the departments of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, or Labor-HHS — and a continuing resolution through Dec. 7 for some other parts of the government.

As usual, appropriators used their annual defense spending bill to offer tweaks to the existing shopping list for military hardware from the previous version, which President Donald Trump signed into law last month.

The new compromise spending bill, which trumps the authorization bill, buys three littoral combat ships instead of two and 13 Bell-Boeing V-22 Ospreys instead of seven — among other differences.

The Navy and Marine Corps continue to invest in vertical takeoff aircraft and announced a $4.2 billion contract for dozens of new V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft just weeks ago.
https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2018/09/14/f-35-inventory-soars-in-new-pentagon-spending-bill/




OK yeah now you can boo! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! So let’s do the math on this – 77 F35B jets at $80 million a piece, that equals $6.1 BILLION. Yes, BILLION. On fighter jets that nobody really wants! This is greed and insanity on an entirely new level.

The Marine Corps variant of Lockheed Martin's (LMT) F-35 conducted a combat strike in Afghanistan, marking the aircraft's first such mission for the U.S.

A statement from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command on Thursday said "the F-35B conducted an air strike in support of ground clearance operations, and the strike was deemed successful by the ground force commander."

"The F-35B is a significant enhancement in theater amphibious and air warfighting capability, operational flexibility, and tactical supremacy," said Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, in a statement. "As part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, this platform supports operations on the ground from international waters, all while enabling maritime superiority that enhances stability and security."

While that's the first time a U.S. F-35 has seen combat, the Israeli Air Force used the jets for combat missions in May, reportedly in Syria and Lebanon.
https://www.investors.com/news/lockheed-f35-first-combat-us-marine-corps/




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Overall importance: A
How Things Are Going: A+
Likely hood To Survive: A+

Overall: A+

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We’re continuing our journey through the Pentagon and visiting the unsung heroes of the US military – the US Coast Guard!


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My next guest are an awesome indie rock band out of Cincinnati, Ohio. You can see them October 12th at Austin City Limits and December 7th in Hudson, New York. Playing their song “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness” from their album “Sleep Well Beast”, give it up for The National!




That’s it for our short homestand! We’re off to Lexington next! See you next week!

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Preview For This Week's Top 10 Conservative Idiots

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk agreed on Saturday to pay a $20 million fine and step down as board chairman as part of a settlement with the Securities & Commission that he misled investors about his plans to take the company private.

Tesla will separately pay another $20 million and agreed to add two new independent directors to its board. Under the settlement, Musk will resign as chairman of the automaker within 45 days and be barred from that position for three years.

The deal marks a quick resolution to a potentially devastating case for Musk. The SEC sued him on Thursday alleging he lied when he tweeted this summer that he had secured funding to take Tesla private. The agency saw his dismissal as Tesla CEO and sent Tesla’s stock plummeting.

Musk had stunned global financial markets on Aug. 7 when he issued tweets saying he had the “funding secured” to take his automaker private. But federal securities regulators say his statement was deceptive because the deal was in its infancy and sued.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/09/29/teslas-elon-musk-settles-with-sec-paying-million-fine-resigning-board-chairman/


Well on the plus side, that's $20 million that Elon *WON'T* be spending on weed. Because he should definitely smoke less. And that's one of the few times I'll say that, too!

*audience laughs and applauds*

This week on the Top 10 - we are back at home in Hollywood and it's going to be jam packed! This week was so insane that we're going to need a recap just to go through the insanity of it all! Plus the democrats walk out of the Kavanaugh vote Animal House style, Trump's rally gets blurred, we ask how the Rush Limbaugh Show is still a thing, Elon Musk really likes weed, Lindsay Lohan auditions to be a member of ICE, and Lindsay Graham gets added to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. Plus our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates is going to take a look at the Sears bankruptcy - what's causing it and can we prevent another Toys R Us? (spoiler alert: no!) And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to go over some of the more ridiculous religious right justifications of Kavanaugh. And we've got a new People Are Dumb, because, well, people are dumb! And our next installment of Deep State Diaries is going to take us high in the sky as we visit the US Air Force! All this plus the National is going to join us!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-13: Wheel Of Corruption & The Half Blood Prince Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-13: Wheel Of Corruption & The Half Blood Prince Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Man it is good to be home! We’ve been on the road for the last couple of months and we have had an awesome time going around the country, playing to packed houses, and meeting some awesome liberal people. You guys really came through on this and I can’t wait to head back out. In the next couple of months we’re heading out to the east coast and south, though due to the hurricane we may have to retool a few of the shows we originally had planned. So do we have time for the thing? Hey, congratulations to the Cleveland Browns! They finally won a game!! I mean come on with the come on! Whew!!!! That was awesome! Maybe they can win another game next week! But can we talk about sports for a minute? Specifically I want to talk about one of my favorite sports subjects: creepy mascots. You may remember we’ve talked about it in the past when the New Orleans Pelicans unveiled that creepy baby mascot. Well, I think the Philadelphia Flyers have managed to top the Pelicans in the creepy mascot world. Can we show that?



So his name is “Gritty” and he looks like the kind of thing that would haunt your nightmares. Or maybe you’d want to snuggle up against during a warm winter fire. But really, he looks more like the Philly Fanatic mated with the weird AM PM mascot and had an awkward love child. Which really begs the question – are flaming hot Cheetos an inherited genetic trait? Hey we may never know! OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first we have to play Bill Maher’s awesome new rule from last week where he dissects Trump’s narcissistic personality disorder:



Hey everybody the Wheel Of Corruption is back!!!! Yay!!!! It’s been dormant for a while since we’ve been on the road but we can’t wait to dust it off! At number one this week of course is Brett Kavanaugh (1). So yeah the possible future SCOTUS justice had a *SECOND* woman come forward against him (Ed. Note: And now a *THIRD*, but we won't be able to cover it this week), and yeah it’s a shit show. At the second slot this week is of course the guy who we still call president Donald J. Trump (2). There’s many ways we could go this week but we’re going to talk about his ridiculous golfing habits, and he’s pissed off quite a few people as you can imagine. At number 3 this week is our old buddy Alex Jones (3). So the final nail in Infowars’ coffin may have been set, with Paypal pulling the plug on the conspiracy theory website. At number 4 this week is DC based sandwich shop Taylor Gourmet (4) who you might say got “Art Of The Deal’d” after their CEO met with Trump during a business summit, or did it? Taking the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece “Top 10 Investigates” and this week we’re going to talk about data privacy. More specifically – your purchase history and whether or not it’s safe. Spoiler alert! Hell no! At number 6 is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor is going to take on a controversial subject in the religious world – should churches be audited for LGBTQ attendance numbers? We will find out! Taking the 7th slot this week, is one of our favorite segments – “Explaining Jokes To Idiots!” where we do just that, and October is almost upon us which means Halloween costume time, and every year – same debate – do we really need the sexy (fill in the blank)? Well the answer is always yes but this year one particular costume has drawn a lot of ire and we will tell you about it. At number 8 we’ve got a new installment of “How Is This Still A Thing” and while Youtube is cracking down on hate content, one creator still has a prominent channel, so we’re going to ask “Red Ice: How Is This Still A Thing?”. And in the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week we’ve got a new People Are Dumb, because, People Are Dumb! And finally this week we’ve of course got the next installment of our ongoing series “Deep State Diaries” and we’re continuing our military tour as we visit the heart and soul of America, the United States Army! Plus we’ve got some live music from the man, the myth, the legend that is Mr. Jack White! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Hey everybody! It’s time for the WHEEL OF CORRUPTION! YAY!!!!!



Of course you know the rules by now – I spin the wheel and we have to talk about whatever it lands on. Of course if it lands on the guacamole option, you know that it costs $1.50 extra. So here’s what is on the wheel this week:

- Guns
- Abortion
- Crime
- Poverty
- Sex
- Food
- Greed
- Chance
- 5,000
- Infowars
- Nazis
- Go Directly To Jail
- Buy A Vowel
- The Trumper Games
- Lawsuits
- Whammy
- Donald Trump
- People Are Dumb
- ‘Merica!
- How Is This Still A Thing?
- A Random Tweet
- 10,000
- Community Chest
- Talk Shows
- Clip Without Context
- Something Random In The News
- Fox News
- Top 10 Investigates
- Polls
- Chance
- Nukes
- Civility
- Intermission
- Deep State Diaries
- 15,000
- Bankrupt
- Morally Bankrupt
- Golf
- The GOP
- Butter Beer
- Community Chest
- Florida (Obviously)
- This Fucking Guy
- Beating A Dead Horse
- Holy Shit
- Guacamole ($1.50 Extra)
- Harry Potter
- T-Shirt Cannon
- ? (Mystery Item)
- I Need A Drink
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

Let’s get this going! Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop! Go directly to jail? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!



Spin it again! And it lands on… Morally Bankrupt! Well we currently live in morally bankrupt times, and there’s no one more morally bankrupt than the guy who we currently still call president, Donald J. Trump. That was until Trump nominated someone as morally bankrupt as he is – Brett Kavanaugh. And you know what? We need to go through the list of why Kavanaugh and Trump have a lot more in common than you would think.

President Donald Trump sought to discredit one of the women accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct by saying she was "messed up" and "drunk" at the time of the alleged incident. He also said he believes Democrats are masterminding "a con game" against his Supreme Court nominee.
Trump paused before his bilateral meeting with the Colombian President Tuesday to deliver a broadside against Deborah Ramirez, who accused Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior in an interview with The New Yorker, an allegation he has denied repeatedly. CNN has not independently confirmed her story.
"The second accuser has nothing," Trump said. "She admits that she was drunk. She admits time lapses."
"She said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up, and she doesn't know it was him but it might've been him," Trump said, adding sarcastically, " 'Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.' "
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/politics/trump-attacks-deborah-ramirez/index.html




Dude, Donny you do realize that this is the same day that Bill Cosby is being sentenced for multiple counts of drugged rape, right? Oh wait that’s right you’ve never been called out on abuse, except when you were repeatedly called out on abuse. So of course the GOP are going out of their way to defend this monster, and the more they do, the guiltier they look!

As multiple accusers have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, his defenders are taking predictable steps to defend him. They have tried trotting out conservative talking heads to smear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s initial accuser, as a “troubled” liar (though she first made the allegations to a therapist in 2012 and has since passed a polygraph test administered by a former FBI agent) and a Democratic political operative. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has called newer allegations by Deborah Ramirez, simply "phony."

Equally predictable has been the defenses related to Kavanaugh’s youth and level of intoxication at the time of the alleged incidents. There seems to be the unfortunate belief among Kavanaugh's defenders that “boys will be boys” and should not be held responsible for their youthful "indiscretions" or crimes.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/defenses-brett-kavanaugh-s-alleged-sexual-misconduct-expose-double-standards-ncna912691




Ah, yes, boys will be boys. Of course if you think that, you definitely should not be parents of young girls, and you probably should not be parents of young boys, either! And of course the Christian right, in their infinite wisdom, continues to defend the most immoral and inhumane president in American history, and they’ve cooked up some crazy Kavanaugh defenses. We might have to save some of the crazier ones for next week’s Holy Shit. But here’s a good one:

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer used his “Focal Point” radio program yesterday to wage “major league spiritual warfare” against “the demons of hell” who he says are attacking Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“This is the biggest conflict between good and evil that we have seen in the last year,” Fischer declared. “This is big league spiritual warfare. This is major league spiritual warfare. This is Satan and the demons of hell coming against one man because he stands for what is right and stands for what is true. And all the forces of hell are arranged against him and we, ladies and gentlemen, have to stand in the gap for Brett Kavanaugh.”

“We say to Satan, ‘Satan, if you’re going to get to Brett Kavanaugh, you are going to have to go through us, because we are standing firm in the strength and the power of the Lord,'” he added. “There is a prize here, and that’s the placement of Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. That is what Satan does not want to see happen. He’s using every trick that he has in his arsenal to fight that, to keep that from happening. That is his holy grail right now, to stop Brett Kavanaugh from being seated on the Supreme Court because Brett Kavanaugh represents such a threat to his agenda: to use the Supreme Court to advance a regressive, backwards, anti-biblical, anti-Christian, anti-American point of view. He’s had control of the Supreme Court now in every meaningful way since the 1960s, he’s not going to let go of that without a fight.”

“We are the warriors that God has alerted and God has called us to stand in the gap for [Kavanaugh],” Fischer said. “Evil is pouring through this gap, targeted at Brett Kavanaugh; we’re there to stand in the gap and provide a wall of protection in the spirit for the demonic forces that are coming after him.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/bryan-fischer-wages-major-league-spiritual-warfare-against-the-demons-of-hell-attacking-kavanaugh/




Seriously if there’s no band starting tomorrow called “Satan & The Demons Of Hell”, I will have lost all faith in the internet! Getting back on topic though is it weird that they are going out of their way to justify accusations against Kavanaugh? And yeah he lost 80,000+ pages of documents but he managed to find the yearbook that proves his innocence! I mean come on!

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s latest defense against two sexual misconduct allegations is that he was a virgin in high school and for “many years thereafter.”

Kavanaugh claimed he couldn’t have sexually assaulted anyone as a teenager because of his virginity in a Fox News interview on Monday. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who goes by Christine Blasey professionally, has accused him of attacking her at a party more than 35 years ago when they were both in high school.

“We’re talking about allegations of sexual assault. I have never sexually assaulted anyone,” the nominee told Fox News. “I did not have sexual intercourse, or anything close to sexual intercourse, in high school or many years thereafter.”

It should go without saying that virginity does not mean a person is not capable of drunkenly groping another person against her will.

Read more: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brett-kavanaugh-virgin-high-school_us_5ba96904e4b0375f8f9fcf9a





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Let’s spin it to win it! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop! Clip without context!



Yeah you know what Lana? Let me know when white men start getting murdered in their cars in front of their families and then we’ll talk. Until then, shut the fuck up. Spin it again! And it lands on… wait for it… golf! Remember when Trump said that he wouldn’t have time for golf? Anyone remember that? It was before the election. When we had more important things to worry about.



Yes he doesn’t have time for golf! But apparently his golfing antics have got him in quite a bit of trouble lately.

A canoeing group filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration Thursday, claiming President Donald Trump's use of his golf course in Northern Virginia has led to illegal restrictions on the Potomac River.

The court filing by the Canoe Cruisers Association of Greater Washington seeks the U.S. District Court in Maryland to declare a Coast Guard rule that prevents use of the river that abuts Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, unlawful. The "permanent security zone" is in effect when Trump is at his golf course, often on weekends and holidays when the river that separates Maryland and Virginia is the most active.

"It is unconscionable that public access to this important stretch of the Potomac, which serves as a training ground for generations of paddlers, is cast into doubt so the President can play golf at his whim," said Canoe Cruisers Association Chairman Barbara Brown said in a statement. "The Administration needs to listen to the hundreds of river users who opposed this rule, and establish with certainty a reasonable outcome that maintains access to this treasured natural resource while addressing the legitimate security considerations for the President."
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/20/canoeing-group-sues-over-restrictions-near-trump-golf-course.html




Seriously, if I had a dollar for every time the Trump administration has been sued, well, I wouldn’t be rich, but I would definitely have a few more dollars than I previously did. It’s absolutely insane what Trump’s golf outings are doing to local communities – leaving a wanton path of destruction in their wake, yeah like a hurricane. And of course speaking of golf and hurricanes, guess what Trump was concerned with after Hurricane Florence hit?

President Trump headed down to Tarheel country on Wednesday because, in his own words, Hurricane Florence was “one of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water” and it “certainly is not good.” He’s correct. Homes across the state are flooded, and people have been displaced from them. Stores are closed. More than 30 deaths have been attributed to the storm. Roadways are blocked by water and debris, and the rivers are still on the rise. It certainly is not good.

He was received by Governor Roy Cooper at Cherry Point Marine Air Station in Havelock, an area hit hard by the hurricane. There was a lot of mutual appreciation between the president and the governor and the president and the president. The governor thanked him for his hands-on approach to hurricane relief and the good economy. The president thanked himself for the economy. He promised to be there “100 percent” for the state and praised the “talent” helping on the ground. “Unfortunately, the money will be a lot, but it’s going to come as fast as you need it,” he pledged.
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2018/09/donald-trump-hurricane-florence-relief-trump-golf-course




Yeah well at least he didn’t say that his was bigger. So here’s some interesting stats on Trump’s golf outings. You want to know what the average golf cart rental is? Oh yes – he uses a golf cart!

President Donald Trump‘s frequent golf outings do not come cheap.

Trump’s domestic golf cart rentals alone have cost American taxpayers $300,675, TMZ reports, citing federal documents the outlet obtained. The Secret Service uses the golf carts to follow and protect Trump, 72.

Taxpayers have also shouldered the cost of Trump’s overseas golf games. In July, The Scotsman reported that Trump’s visit to Trump Turnberry — his Scottish resort where he squeezed in a round of golf during a two-night stay with son Eric Trump and White House staff — cost the U.S. State Department $68,800.

The president’s own clubs are charging the fees, leading to criticism that Trump is using the power of his office to profit personally.

Reached for comment about Trump’s Turnberry stay, George A. Sorial, the Trump Organization’s executive vice president and chief compliance counsel, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE at the time that the Trump Organization didn’t profit from the stay.
https://people.com/politics/donald-trump-golf-cart-rental-fees-taxpayers-300k/




$300,000???? Shit, you could buy a whole fleet of golf carts! Hell, for $25,000 you can buy this golf cart that looks like a Rolls Royce Phantom:



Even the most expensive golf cart that I found was $73,000 – a far cry from $300K. Or he could maybe, I don’t know, walk? He’s got these things called “legs”, he should try using them every once in a while, it might do him some good. And we all know that Trump *allegedly* cheats at his favorite hobby but now it’s actually going to be in print form!

Longtime sportswriter Rick Reilly has a new book set for release unlike anything he's written before.

Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump will be released in May, Hachette Books announced on Wednesday. The book is based off interviews with and observations from former playing partners and caddies of President Trump over the years.

Reilly gained national acclaim for his back page columns in Sports Illustrated in the early 2000's before moving to ESPN in 2008 to be a featured columnist and show host.

Reilly has written numerous books, including a handful about golf, such as 2003's Who's Your Caddy, where he details a round in which he caddied for Trump.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2018/09/05/donald-trump-new-book-details-presidents-golf-antics/1201409002/





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Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy stop! And it’s another clip without context!



Well he does look like he’s a walking heart attack waiting to happen. I mean his face is such an inhuman shade of red isn’t it? Let’s spin it again! Infowars. You know people it’s not in my nature to kick a man when he’s down but considering that Alex Jones has made a career out of kicking people when they’re down, then I’m pulling the gloves off, yo! I mean come on, this is the guy who called Parkland students “crisis actors”, continues to harass the Sandy Hook survivors, and repeatedly said that every mass shooting is a false flag. Yeah, fuck you, Alex! So what happened this week?

Online payment processing giant PayPal announced Friday that it will cut ties with conspiracy website Infowars, becoming the latest tech company to distance itself from controversial right-wing figure Alex Jones.

"We undertook an extensive review of the Infowars sites, and found instances that promoted hate and discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions that run counter to our core value of inclusion," PayPal said in a statement.

The action will affect "Infowars and its related websites," PayPal announced.

PayPal is the latest in a succession of businesses to part ways or limit Jones' influence. Others include: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Spotify.

An article published by Infowars labeled the move a "political ploy" ahead of the midterm elections.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2018/09/22/paypal-drops-infowars-alex-jones/1385828002/




Yeah thank you Paypal!!! But now Alex is hopping mad! I mean how’s a batshit crazy conservative rageaholic supposed to get his message out there? Why you turn to what they’ve all been doing and moving to untraceable electronic currency! And this is especially rich after Alex called Bitcoin “a Soros backdoor to a one world currency”. His words – look it up!

I’ve seen a lot of wild stuff happen in cryptocurrencies over the years, like when a guy mined Bitcoin with an NES or when some shitheel accidentally locked up $150 million of other people’s virtual money for good.

But last night’s InfoWars broadcast—the conspiracy-peddling, colloidal silver-hawking, Trump-loving talk show hosted by angry ripe tomato Alex Jones—may have been peak Bitcoin. A long-simmering debate (some called it a "civil war" between Bitcoin users and supporters of a forked coin called Bitcoin Cash spilled over into the realm of false flags and evil globalists in the weirdest way possible.

Jones hosted a segment that promised to get to the heart of, as Jones called it, a “globalist-directed civil war inside crypto.” To discuss this topic, Jones invited the man formerly known as “Bitcoin Jesus,” Roger Ver. I say formerly, because while Ver was an evangelist for Bitcoin in its early days, he’s now gone all-in on Bitcoin Cash. The acrimony between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash supporters is intense, and often ideological. Ver has felt the brunt of much of the online vitriol.

Jones rambled about trans cyborg conspiracies and other standard InfoWars fare before getting to his interview with Ver, in which Ver said that organized trolling campaigns are being organized against Bitcoin Cash. Jones said he could relate.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/ywqpz7/bitcoins-civil-war-on-infowars-bizarre-bitcoin-cash-roger-ver-alex-jones




Yeah just… look at that article and don’t even try to comprehend how insane he is. But yeah he is completely insane. So Alex Jones once called crypto currency mining a globalist thread, but now he’s in on it! All it took was getting banned and going underground like you’re in a doomsday bunker!

PayPal’s decision to remove Jones hits him where it will probably hurt his business the most: his wallet.

Research by Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism has found that Jones has been successful at turning his headlines into e-commerce revenue. Revenue could dry up without an online payment processor.

Last month, roughly 1.15 million visitors logged onto Jones’s online storefront, Infowarsstore.com, Jonathan Albright, the Tow Center’s research director, told The Post’s Craig Timberg in a recent interview. Of those, more than 60 percent went to PayPal after visiting his digital shop, implying that Jones is effective at converting visitors into paying customers.

Having learned of the impending ban, supporters of Infowars began urging the site to accept cryptocurrency such as bitcoin.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/09/21/paypal-bans-alex-jones-saying-infowars-promoted-hate-or-discriminatory-intolerance/?utm_term=.ea7d71a6e02f




Maybe not too crazy there, Weird Al. Because really, think of it as an elaborate game of “whack a troll” – the more you try to ban Alex, the more likely he will end up in unsavory places. Yeah, just think about that image for a minute. You’re welcome. I mean the more you try to ban Alex Jones, the stronger he gets, right? WRONG!!!

After Silicon Valley internet giants mostly barred Alex Jones from their services last month, traffic to his Infowars website and app soared on the blaze of publicity — and the notorious conspiracy theorist declared victory.

“The more I’m persecuted, the stronger I get,” Mr. Jones said on his live internet broadcast three days later. “It backfired.”

Yet a review of traffic on Infowars several weeks after the bans shows that the tech companies drastically reduced Mr. Jones’s reach by cutting off his primary distribution channels: YouTube and Facebook.

In the three weeks before the Aug. 6 bans, Infowars had a daily average of nearly 1.4 million visits to its website and views of videos posted by its main YouTube and Facebook pages, according to a New York Times analysis of data from the web data firms Tubular Labs and SimilarWeb. In the three weeks afterward, its audience fell by roughly half, to about 715,000 site visits and video views, according to the analysis.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/04/technology/alex-jones-infowars-bans-traffic.html





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Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin shall we? Oh hey look it lands on the guacamole option! Come on out here, Fernando! So everybody Fernando is of course our sous chef here at the Top 10 and of course like most good chefs in LA, we found Fernando working in the back of a Burger King and decided that his talents were better put to use here. So I’ve got this nice plate of carnitas, rice and beans in front of me and now Fernando is going to prepare my tableside guacamole. Here’s your $2 Fernando. Yeah look at that!



That’s Fernando everybody! Spin it again! And it lands on… food! So over the weekend last weekend there was quite a bit of controversy when Washington, DC based sandwich shop Taylor Gourmet announced that it was going to close all of its’ shops. So what happened? Many people could say it was due to declining sales but what exactly caused it?

Hopefully Taylor Gourmet fans had time to get one last hoagie this weekend after absorbing Friday’s shocking news from the Washingtonian that the sandwich chain planned to close all of its stores and file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It happened by Sunday (although PoPville readers noticed some stores closing early with hand-lettered signs taped to the door).

The Washington Post reports that Taylor Gourmet plans to file for bankruptcy protection this week per a source, with the sudden closures happening after private-equity firm KarpReilly (the brand’s majority owner) pulled out of the company. Meanwhile, Cava’s not the only D.C. restaurant chain hoping to scoop up Taylor Gourmet employees: the Washington City Paper names Capo Italian Deli, Bub and Pops, and Glen’s Garden Market as companies in the market for sandwich makers.

Update: There’s one Taylor Gourmet shop that’s still open (at the moment) but diners will need a boarding pass to get there. The location at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is serving subs and answering the phones right now.
https://dc.eater.com/2018/9/24/17895662/taylor-gourmet-shops-shutter




Well that’s horrible because all those people are going to be suddenly without jobs. So why all the uncertainty surrounding this chain? What could have caused this? Well, if you read between the lines they paint an entirely different story!

Taylor Gourmet will close all 17 of its DC-area stores after Sunday, September 23. Friday is the last day for the hoagie chain’s two Chicago stores. The closures come as Connecticut-based private equity firm KarpReilly, which infused Taylor Gourmet with a reported $5.6 million investment in 2015, pulled out of the company. Owner Casey Patten declined to comment, but a spokesperson confirmed the news. Representatives for KarpReilly were not immediately available for comment.

Multiple sources familiar with the company tell Washingtonian that a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing is imminent. Nothing has been filed yet, and a spokesperson declined to comment on a potential bankruptcy.

How did we get here? Taylor Gourmet’s official line is that its rapid expansion may have been too much, too fast. Patten told the Washington Business Journal last week that Taylor Gourmet stores were still profitable, but he was considering closing three locations. He blamed changes in the fast-casual world and increased competition driving up real estate prices. He said the problem was that some of the stores had more square footage than they needed.

However, three people familiar with the company say sales began to decline after owner Patten met with President Donald Trump at a small business roundtable at the White House in January 2017. Facing backlash and calls for boycotts, Patten told the Washington Post that he’s apolitical when it comes to business and pointed out he also participated in a roundtable discussion with President Barack Obama in 2012. The restaurant posted a “Less Politics, More Hoagies” sign at its Chinatown shop.

“Our sales dropped 40 percent the next day,” says one source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “And it persisted and never really got any better.”
https://www.washingtonian.com/2018/09/21/hoagie-chain-taylor-gourmet-will-close-all-of-its-stores/





I'll take an Italian hoagie, with all the meats, no tomato or mayo, and can you hold my copy of the "Art Of The Deal" please? Yeah so the reason Taylor Gourmet is blaming its’ poor sales is because of the founder meeting with Trump. But don’t go making the comparison that he met with Obama too, I mean come on that’s not fair to Obama is it? But of course it doesn’t help that sales immediately declined a whopping 40% the day after.

Taylor Gourmet, a DC-based hoagie chain, will close all of its stores after the weekend and is expected to declare bankruptcy. There are 17 locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

A spokesperson confirmed the DC area closures after Sunday, Sept. 23 to Washingtonian. Taylor Gourmet's two remaining locations in Chicago close Friday, Sept. 21.

Owner Casey Patten told the Washington Business Journal last week that a few locations could close to focus on smaller-format stores. He cited the changing fast-casual dining industry and competition increasing real estate costs.

But sources also told Washingtonian sales began to suffer when Patten took part in a small business roundtable with President Trump last January. He had been in a similar roundtable with former President Obama in 2012.
https://patch.com/virginia/vienna/taylor-gourmet-close-dc-area-report


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Let’s spin it to win it! And it lands on… Woohoo! I win 15,000. Of something. What that 15,000 is, we’re still not clear about. Let’s spin it again! Top 10 Investigates! It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!



While you weren’t looking, your purchase history may have been stolen and sold on the black market by hackers and data thieves. Their target? Only some of the world’s biggest tech vendors like Newegg and Amazon. But to start with, they hacked a Canadian based former tech giant that recently ceased all operations. They’re called Netlink Computer (NCIX), they were based in Richmond, British Columbia and they had operations in California as well. And yes, this story is absolutely insane.

What happens to sensitive customer data when a large company that has collected it over many years suddenly goes bust?

It’s easy to assume that databases are wiped by diligent IT staff just before they turn off the lights and close the door for the last time. At the very least that data should have been encrypted.

It has now emerged that something entirely different and more troubling took place when Canadian computer and electronics retailer Netlink Computer Inc (NCIX) declared bankruptcy in December 2017.

According to Privacy Fly researcher Travis Doering, the company simply abandoned much of its equipment in a hurry, which he discovered when it was offered for sale on Craigslist this August.

After arranging a meeting with the seller to examine the hardware, it turned out to comprise 20 Dell PowerEdge and Supermicro servers, 300 desktop PCs, 109 hard drives, and another 400-500 drives that had been inside NCIX desktops or sent to it for repair.
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/09/24/bankrupt-ncix-customer-data-resold-on-craigslist/




Well there’s no kidding here. And this is an egregious example of what happens when companies don’t wipe their servers in the event that they go bust. If you’re not concerned yet, don’t go sounding the alarm, because really there’s no explaining this. Or why their servers wound up for sale on Craigslist with credit card numbers, serial numbers, and purchase history. Oh it’s about to get real.

A security researcher found data relating to 3,848,000 orders on one server

Servers and disk drives from dissolved computer company NCIX have been found for sale on US trading site Craigslist, with all customer, partner and employee data still recoverable.

Although it's unclear who's selling them, one seller said they were helping the landlord get rid of equipment left in their warehouse after the Canadian company went bust last year.

Bleeping Computer reported that security consultant Travis Doering decided to try and buy one of the servers to investigate into whether they were being sold with any data still on them. After seeing one for sale on Craigslist, he set about buying it and was successful.

The seller said he was offering an entire server farm on behalf of the landlord. He also had 300 desktop computers as well as the 18 DELL PowerEdge servers and two SuperMicro servers with StarWind iSCSI software.

Apparently, NCIX had failed to pay the property owner CAD150,000 in rent and so he was trying to recoup the costs by selling the equipment, without clearing it securely.
www.cloudpro.co.uk/it-infrastructure/7684/unwiped-servers-and-drives-from-ncix-appear-on-craigslist




So this scandal is begging the question – how long should a company keep transaction data? And when should a company destroy their records? All of this is being unraveled with the NCIX data breach and it’s definitely one of the more insane things to happen to the internet. Especially since the company has gone long bust.

A security researcher has found customer and employee data belonging to one of Canada's biggest PC hardware retailers on servers put up for sale on Craigslist. The data, believed to go back as far as 15 years, belongs to NCIX, a PC retailer that filed for bankruptcy and closed shop in December 2017.

The massive privacy breach appears to have taken place after the retailer closed its stores last year and retired old servers and employee workstations.

It's unclear how these servers ended up advertised on Craigslist, but they did. Travis Doering of Privacy Fly discovered an ad for two servers in August.

During the course of a month, Doering met with the seller, an Asian man from Richmond, British Columbia, who introduced himself under the name of "Jeff."

Doering says he made it clear from the beginning that he was interested in acquiring data stored on these servers, put up for sale for CAD$1,500 (USD$1,150) each.

After several meetings, Doering says he discovered that the seller had access to many more NCIX servers and workstations then he initially advertised on Craigslist.

Jeff claimed to have gained access to NCIX's former hardware after the company failed to pay a CAD$150,000 (USD$115,000) bill for warehouse storage space and that he was helping the warehouse owner sell the equipment. None of this could be corroborated from any source.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/canadian-retailers-servers-storing-15-years-of-user-data-sold-on-craigslist/




Except that you might want to hold off on that one just yet. This is one of the more insane data breaches in the history of the internet. Servers with millions of credit card numbers and purchase history data don’t just wind up “missing” and then found on Craigslist. Or do they?

Privacy advocates are raising the alarm after data potentially belonging to thousands of Canadians allegedly made its way onto buy-and-sell website Craigslist.

The information was contained on servers and hard drives formerly owned by Vancouver-based computer retailer NCIX.

The company went bankrupt last December, and its inventory was auctioned off.

But while Able Auctions, which moved the hardware, said it believed it had all been wiped, a B.C. cybersecurity expert says otherwise.

Privacy Fly president Travis Doering said he was browsing Craigslist last month when he saw the server gear for sale.
https://globalnews.ca/news/4476625/ncix-server-data-breach/




But here’s the thing – if you’re going bankrupt – wipe your servers before you sell them because they could end up anywhere. Even on Craigslist and you don’t want your servers to end up on Craigslist, especially if they have decades of purchase history on them. And that will end really badly for you.

Canadian retailer NCIX filed for bankruptcy and closed 10 months ago. They were the premiere PC hardware retail store in Canada and even did a sizable business on the other side of the border. However, as Travis Doering of Privacy Fly found out, the company did not go quietly away without doing some damage to their customer’s security first.

Doering recounts meeting up with a Craigslist seller claiming to have NCIX’ Database servers for only $1500 CAD. This includes a Database Server from NCIX and a Database Reporting Server, allegedly legally obtained via Able Auctions. Prior to NCIX shutting down, their assets were sold off through this company.

Unwiped and Unencrypted

What is surprising however, is that after some probing, the seller divulged that the data on these servers were actually unwiped, and that he actually had three servers in his possession. Doering did his due diligence and followed up to verify. And sure enough, what he found was quite shocking.

Not only did the seller posses three unwiped servers from NCIX, he also had around “300 desktop computers from NCIX’s corporate offices and retails stores”. In fact, the seller turned out to have “18 DELL Poweredge servers, as well as at least two Supermicro server’s running StarWind iSCSI Software that NCIX had used to back up their hard disks.”

In addition, there where also the 109 hard drives which had been removed from servers before auction and one large pallet of 400-500 used hard drives from various manufacturers. Suggesting that he had direct access to these and not through the auction as the seller initially suggested.
https://www.eteknix.com/ncix-database-servers-sold-craigslist-without-wiped/




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




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Hey Liz, I hate to break it to you but conservatives *ARE* the degenerates here! I can guarantee that if Hillary were elected that we wouldn’t be having the discussion right now about whether or not Trump’s dick looks like a certain video game character! Thank you audience! Spin it again! Hey it’s time for Holy Shit!

Gather around, my fair brothers and sisters of New York City, it’s time to take a seat in the pew and pass the collection plate! For the Holy Church of the Top 10 has convened and it’s our weekly duty to remind you why the holiest among us are also the most full of:



My fair congregation, you know every year it is customary for my fellow religious zealots to gather and air out their grievances in a public venue. And every year of course we make fun of them for saying some of the most batshit crazy things possible. Hell, every week we do that! It’s kind of my job don’t you know!

In a somewhat unprecedented move, Vice President Mike Pence followed in President Donald Trump’s footsteps by attending the 2018 Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC. The annual evangelical event is spearheaded by anti-LGBTQ group Family Research Council (FRC).

According to the conference agenda, this year’s conference discussed “how gender ideology harms children.” Insert “conversion therapy” for “gender ideology.”

Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director David Stacy said, “Paul McHugh, Elizabeth Johnston and others peddling this sort of junk science are doing enormous harm to LGBTQ people and LGBTQ kids. The practice of ‘conversion therapy’ is abuse and can be life-threatening, which is why a growing number of states are banning it.”

Stacy added, “And the denigrating language they direct at LGBTQ people send a dangerous message – particularly to LGBTQ kids – about their equal dignity and worth.”

The Values Voters Summit is sponsored by the American Conservative Union, the NRA, and the FRC. The FRC has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/09/trump-kavanaugh-praised-mike-pence-evangelical-values-voter-summit/




So if we extrapolate this, the Dark One – whose name shall not be named in my church – and his pasty faced sidekick are trying to dictate what is abuse, and abusers cannot do that. They’re just trying to change the language so they can continue to get away with human rights abuses. So, that said, can I get an amen? But that’s not what we’re here today to talk about! Now, that being said we are going to delving into some of the even crazier things said at the VVS this year! Like advocating for marriage equality is to spit in defiance at god’s face! Drama queen much?

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios spoke at the Values Voter Summit this morning, where she expressed her disbelief that, in just 14 year, America went from realizing how desperately it needed God on 9/11 to shaking a “fist of defiance” in His face by striking down state bans on marriage equality in 2015.

Rios recounted how, just a few months after 9/11, she appeared on CNN in a debate with James Carville, who criticized Franklin Graham for declaring that Islam is “a very evil and wicked religion.” Rios said that when she told Carville that she agreed with Graham, Carville “just lost it” and “cursed G-D, right in my face.”

Within sixteen months of Carville “cursing God,” Rios said, the Supreme Court “made sodomy legal” with its Lawrence v. Texas ruling.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/sandy-rios-marriage-equality-is-a-fist-of-defiance-in-gods-face/




Oh but this isn’t even the most ridiculous thing that has even been said! Apparently America, under the Dark One, has ushered in a new golden age!

Speaking this morning at the annual Values Voter Summit, former Minnesota congresswoman and current “pastor to the United Nations” Michele Bachmann declared that God heard the prayers of conservative Christians in 2016 and, as a result, America has been living in “an unparalleled golden time” for two years under President Trump.

“Two years ago, I believe that the prayers that God’s people made to ask God for his provision were heard,” Bachmann said. “They were heard and granted and for two years, we have lived in an unparalleled golden time in the United States.”

“We are living in an unparalleled golden time,” she repeated. “We have a president who has made the most pro-life actions of any president ever. We have a president who has been the most pro-Israel president ever in the history of the United States of America. Our president has put the United States on a pathway of blessing … We have the most pro-religious liberty president in the history of the United States, ever!”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/bachmann-golden-time/




But here’s my favorite thing that was said. Did you know we are at war? Yes, my congregation, and I will say this in my best Samuel L. Jackson Avengers voice! We are at war!!!! I damn thee, Satan, do not let the DAYMON forces control us with their ungodly musings!! I damn you to hell I say!!!! Praise be unto the good LAWRD!!

Brigitte Gabriel, president of the anti-Muslim group ACT! for America, launched a fiery rant at today’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., during which she declared to the room of Religious Right activists: “We are at war.”

Gabriel has been promoting her recently released book and fundraising for her organization by boasting about her group’s ties to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who addressed Values Voters Summit today, and touting her group’s connections to the Trump administration. On its website, ACT for America states its mission as “keep[ing] America safe and secure.”

“America is being transformed before our very eyes. The flag that once flew on every street corner in the United States is now considered a hate symbol on college campuses. Athletes who used to stand up with tears of pride during the national anthem are now kneeling in protest,” Gabriel said, adding that this sentiment motivated her to write a book.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/brigitte-gabriel-to-religious-right-we-are-at-war/




There you have it folks! They literally believe they are fighting a war right now! Hallelujah, and they are bringing DAYMONIC forces against us! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Damn that freedom! Damn your so called constitution with their laws and checks and balances. Damn it to hell, I say! Spin it again! And it’s time for Explaining Jokes To Idiots!



Yes it’s the segment where we in the comedy profession have to explain jokes to idiots that they missed, because they’re idiots. Case in point: Halloween is a time for humor and practical jokes. And of course for hot women to make any Halloween costume look hot. Yes it’s the time of year when we take a look at Halloween costumes, mainly women’s, and we ask ourselves “is it really necessary to have the sexy (insert costume here)?”. The answer always is yes, but this year one costume in particular seems to be drawing the ire of the PC police.

It turns out maybe oppression isn’t sexy after all.

Online retailer Yandy listed a "Brave Red Maiden" Halloween costume for nearly $65, referencing the garb women forced into surrogacy wear in Hulu's series "The Handmaid's Tale." The provocative rendition includes a red cape, mini dress and white bonnet.

"An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say," the description reads. "However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume."

The Halloween costume instantly sparked outraged across social media.

One Twitter user shared a screenshot of the costume and asked "why," sarcastically adding "nothing like a sexy rape victim for Halloween fun."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2018/09/20/sexy-handmaids-tale-halloween-costume-sparks-outrage/1375851002/




So here’s the thing – does this encapsulate the Handmaids’ Tale or does it miss the point of the series entirely? Everyone knows that the key to comedy is timing, and this was extremely well timed with everyone making references to the novel and series during the SCOTUS debates. But this is proof that you can make anything sexy! Like the New York Times anonymous op ed!

Lingerie company Yandy is selling a "Sexy Op-Ed Anonymous Costume," referencing the explosive New York Times column written by an unknown Trump administration staffer.

The $49.95 costume features disguise glasses with an attached nose and mustache, and a bodycon mini-dress with newspaper designs and a big red question mark.

The costume was discovered after Yandy removed a "Sexy Handmaid's Tale" look from the site.

The lingerie company that was criticized for selling a "Sexy Handmaid's Tale" costume is now offering a "Sexy Op-Ed Anonymous Costume," referring to the explosive New York Times column written by an unknown Trump administration staffer.

The costume, which Yandy is selling for $49.95, features disguise glasses with an attached nose and mustache, and a bodycon mini-dress with newspaper patterns and a big red question mark.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/the-lingerie-company-that-had-to-remove-a-sexy-handmaids-tale-costume-is-now-selling-a-sexy-op-ed-anonymous-halloween-look/ar-AAAAozZ?li=BBnbcA0




OK maybe you can’t make that sexy. But come on it’s not like we’re living in Saudi Arabia, where the sexiest thing they can show is bare toenails, and I’m sure there’s a fetish website for that. Hey, I know what time I live in! Let sexy costumes be sexy costumes! I would like to think we’re all adults here but then again I’m reminded of who our president is. Thank you audience! And this is also not the first extremely poor taste Halloween costume that Yandy has put out.

The costume company recently called out for its “sexy” Handmaid’s Tale costume is under fire once again.

Lingerie brand Yandy, which also sells Halloween costumes, has 43 outfits categorized on its website under “sexy Native American” and “sexy Indian” costumes. People on Twitter urged the brand this week to stop selling the costumes, calling them “disgusting,” “racist,” and “highly offensive.”

These calls came less than a week after Yandy announced that it was pulling the “sexy” Handmaid’s Tale costume — complete with the infamous red cape and white bonnet — from its site following similar backlash online. The company said in a statement that its “corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall.”

Twitter users were quick to point out that Yandy removed a costume depicting fictional characters while continuing to sell “cultural” costumes that have been repeatedly criticized. Yandy has not publicly responded to the #CancelYandy hashtag, and the lingerie brand did not immediately respond to Yahoo’s request for comment. As of Monday morning, the costumes were still for sale online.
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/cancelyandy-tweets-call-sexy-native-american-halloween-costumes-141909663.html




Sure you do Herbert. See, Yandy isn’t out to care about whatever cause you have, even though their executives have admitted that yes, some of their costumes are in extremely poor taste. They’re just like any corporation out to make the most profit they can doing what they do best. But that’s the whole point of Halloween! And the more horrible taste you have, the more likely you are to win that $500 costume contest! Which is why I’m inviting Yandy to sponsor my big Halloween costume bash in Nashville on October 31st at Zanies’. Tickets still available and dress up is encouraged! So come on, Yandy! My contact information is at the very end of this thing! You know that you want to! Thank you audience, I’ll take that! And besides if you really want to scare someone this year, I’ve got the perfect costume for you!

Breaking up can be messy. In the age of technology, some people choose to deal with it by "ghosting," the act of suddenly stopping communication and disappearing into a silent, unresponsive netherworld. That questionable behavior has now been immortalized in a Halloween costume.

The Womens Ghosted Costume is available through retailer Party City in the US. It's a white hooded polyester dress with a jagged hemline meant to evoke the look of a retro bed-sheet ghost outfit. The front is emblazoned with message bubbles of unanswered texts, including "???" and "R U OK!?"

"Eager texters will know not to bother you in this Ghosted Costume," the description reads.

There are at least a couple of weird things about this costume, even when you look past the debatable "sexy" Halloween trend. For starters, it's only geared toward women, which leaves us to wonder why men are being left out. Ghosting can go both ways.
https://www.cnet.com/news/this-ghosted-texting-halloween-costume-is-truly-haunting/





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Red Ice TV – how is this still a thing? With social media sites taking a stand and cracking down on hate content, one channel has managed to not only slip through the cracks, it continues to thrive and monetize. That channel is Red Ice – a Youtube channel by and for white nationalists. So while prominent media outlets for white supremacists like Identity Europa got the axe, others like Red Ice, still continue to exist.

The far-right white identitarian group Identity Evropa announced yesterday that its YouTube account had been suspended for “multiple or severe violations” of the site’s community guidelines on hate speech.

Identity Evropa describes its organization as “a fraternal organization for people of European heritage located in the United States that participates in community building and civic engagement.” Identity Evropa is part of a rebranded European identitarian movement driven inspired by prior generations of white supremacy. The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies Identity Evropa to be a white nationalist hate group. The group’s founder, Nathan Damigo, helped plan the 2017 Unite the Right event that brought neo-Nazis into the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and resulted in violence and the killing of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer. In the United States, Identity Evropa has made headlines for quietly organized banner-drops and its recruitment of young adults into its rebranded version of the Western white supremacist movement.

Yesterday, the Twitter account associated with Identity Evropa posted that its YouTube account had been terminated. The group claimed, “This censorship is purely political—they want to silence us, but we’re not going anywhere!” On the page where the group used to host videos, a message reads, “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.”

Identity Evropa executive director Patrick Casey, who has recently picked up a job at the white nationalist web-based outlet Red Ice, said he was notified of the ban while he appeared on a podcast called “Revenge of the Cis” that features anti-Semitic and racist jokes presented under the guise of comedy. (That podcast is still available on YouTube. We have reached out to Google for clarification via email.)
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/youtube-axes-white-nationalist-group/



Yes and Red Ice is one such Youtube channel where they continue to say some of the most racist shit imaginable and yet nothing happens to them. In fact if you want a sampling of the people who run the channel and the kind of quality racist content you can get, here’s who runs Red Ice.

YouTube shook up the far-right internet last month when it banned InfoWars chief Alex Jones from its platform, cutting the internet’s leading conspiracy theorist off from millions of viewers.

But YouTube’s crackdown on hate speech has mostly spared another, even more extreme channel that promotes hate: Sweden-based Red Ice TV.

Since it started as a conspiracy theory outlet in 2003, Red Ice grown into one of the racist alt-right’s leading voices on the internet, amassing nearly 230,000 followers on the site. But the channel remain on YouTube, with few restrictions on how YouTube users can find their videos in search or via recommendation algorithms.

Led by husband-and-wife team Henrik Palmgren and Lana Lokteff, Red Ice has become a gateway to other racist media, including neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.

YouTube kicked Jones off its platform for violating the site’s rules against hate speech, among other things, but Red Ice regularly promotes hate against immigrants and Jews, riling up its listeners with claims that white people are under facing extinction at hands of minority groups.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/youtube-wont-ban-they-want-you-dead-white-man-channel




Yes so that happened. But if you want to get a peek at the kind of content you’ll see regularly on Red Ice TV, look no further than hosts Lana Lokteff and Lauren Rose.

Lana Lokteff, a host at the white supremacist web-based outlet Red Ice, made a video praising Fox News host Tucker Carlson for questioning whether diversity is a strength on his show, expanding that praise to argue that white men are discriminated against.

Lokteff is an unabashed “ethno-nationalist,” meaning that she advocates for immigration policies that would enforce a white supermajority in America and has declared that American “can never, ever, ever, be too white.”

In a video uploaded to Red Ice’s YouTube channel, Lokteff decries “forced multiculturalism,” a label she applies to changing attitudes about race relations in America, and dismisses evidence that shows that hiring a diverse group of workers can make companies more profitable. Lokteff argues, as she has before, that Europe was already contained diversity among its white majority because a variety of languages and cultural traditions existed among its white supermajority.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alt-right-radio-host-america-is-discriminating-against-white-men/




And yes that is most certainly true, especially in this case. There was also that time when Red Ice simply stopped giving a shit and went full 1488. And you never, ever go full 1488. There is simply no coming back from that.

A trio of YouTube personalities beloved by the racist alt-right discarded any attempts to hide their white nationalism, uploading a discussion yesterday in which they explicitly embraced “ethno-nationalism” and fretted that white people, the “founding stock” of America, are becoming a minority in the country.

Faith Goldy, a former Rebel Media reporter who has grown ever closer to the alt-right, joined Red Ice host Lana Lokteff and 4chan YouTube muse Lauren Rose in a video uploaded yesterday to deliver full-throated endorsements of ethno-nationalism, a movement that seeks to promote white supremacy in Western nations.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alt-right-youtube-stars-stop-pretending-give-full-throated-endorsements-of-ethno-nationalism/




Which is probably true. Even Iowa representative Steve King – who is known to be horrifically racist at times, is a fan of Red Ice.

For the second time in three months, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has promoted the views of a prominent white nationalist on Twitter.

In a tweet posted early Wednesday afternoon, King quote-tweeted Lana Lokteff, a host for the white nationalist media outfit Red Ice, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group.
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In his tweet, King argued incorrectly that Nazis were part of a left-wing movement.

The word “Nazi,” King wrote, “is injected into Leftist talking points because the worn out & exhausted ‘racist’ is over used & applied to everyone who lacks melanin & who fail to virtue signal at the requisite frequency & decibels. But...Nazis were socialists & Leftists are socialists.”
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/steve-king-tweets-white-nationalist-lana-lokteff_us_5b995994e4b0511db3e8a0fc


Yes, boo indeed. But when asked to tone down the content of their videos, Red Ice played very loosely with Youtube’s terms of service agreement. Which involved them skirting around the rules but still manages to put out hate content and monetize off of it.

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Red Ice’s successful YouTube account is key to the outlet’s success, according to Hankes. When YouTube “limited” a few Red Ice videos, a punishment that makes it impossible to monetize the videos and harder to find through recommendation algorithms ,Red Ice panicked, said Hankes.

“When they first started getting videos put in the limited state by YouTube, they were apoplectic,” Hankes said.

YouTube has belatedly cracked down on at least one other Red Ice video this week, albeit only after being pressured via a viral Twitter thread.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/youtube-wont-ban-they-want-you-dead-white-man-channel




Yes they simply don’t use Youtube to promote. They just use another social media platform to promote the hate they spew on another social media platform. That’s enough to make you ask – Red Ice TV:




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So I’m going to start with this story out of Edmonton, and you know how crazy people are getting right now but what if you were to decide suddenly that the world was going to end? Well that's exactly what one Jehovas' Witness worshipping couple did when their truck suddenly broke down on them!

It says the group believed that the Great Tribulation had happened and Nov. 6 was Armageddon. So they rushed off to find safety and save a neighbouring family.

“Four who were naked were changing but they had to leave right away because it was unsafe, so they left without clothes,” the document says.
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Because the trunk didn’t latch shut, the man was able to climb out when the vehicle slowed. His daughter, after getting her hand slammed in the door of the SUV, was able to get out with her baby. A passing truck stopped to help the trio and they climbed inside.
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Officers said the people in the SUV “displayed extreme strength.” Two were unaffected by pepper spray. The three adults were also shot with Tasers between two and four times before they relented, although one then slid under the vehicle and had to be dragged out with a strap.

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/canada/police-were-monsters-who-would-kill-them-details-emerge-in-naked-kidnapping/wcm/bb5df94d-436f-478c-b097-ff3c4a1f5ced



Next up - we're going to Northeast Spain. Yeah so people don’t do this – if you drink or do drugs don’t get behind the wheel of a car. And if you’re going to do every drug in the book, definitely don’t get behind the wheel of a car. Well, that’s exactly what this guy from Spain did – he literally tested positive for every drug in the book.

A driver in northeastern Spain has tested positive for ‘every possible kind of drug’ after being pulled over by police on Saturday.

Police found high levels of cannabis, amphetamines/methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates; as well as alcohol, with a rate of 0,60 mg/l.

Local police told Euronews that a neighbour in the town of Carcastillo called the police saying that "several people were getting in a vehicle influenced by alcoholic beverages."

The driver was fined 1000 euros and had six points deducted from his driver's license for failing the alcohol test, and another 1000 euros and six points for failing the drugs test.
http://www.euronews.com/2018/08/14/spanish-driver-tests-positive-on-all-drugs




Next up we’re going to the town of Uranus, Missouri. Yes, I’m glad you can already see where this is headed! That’s my audience for you! So you know why your high school English teacher places an emphasis on proofreading? This is why!

A new weekly newspaper launching out of Uranus this week is causing a stink among onlookers and government officials in its immediate vicinity.

The newly minted Uranus Examiner, based in Pulaski County, Missouri, which is approximately 100 miles west of St. Louis near Fort Leonard Wood, will fill the gaping hole left in the local media landscape by the sudden closure of the Waynesville Daily Guide on Friday.

As reported by the rather appropriately call-lettered KY3 station in Springfield, Uranus Examiner managing editor Natalie Sanders announced the new publication and its eye-catching name Wednesday afternoon at a chamber of commerce luncheon. (Sanders previously held that same position at the Waynesville Daily Guide.)

Curiously, however, Sanders' remarks as aired by KY3 focused not on the chuckle-inducing "Uranus" part of the name, but rather the boring old "Examiner" part.

Read more: https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/09/13/uranus-missouris-new-newspaper-is-the-uranus-examiner-huh-huh




Next up – we’re going to the city of Manassas, Virginia. OK people here’s the thing – there’s a time and a place for Youtube pranks. Maybe don’t destroy merchandise and inventory when you’re doing so because you could get arrested and that’s exactly what happened for this story out of Manassas, Virginia.

MANASSAS, Va. (SBG) — A man accused of rubbing produce on his buttocks at a grocery store in Northern Virginia was arrested Saturday.

The Manassas City Police Department said the suspect pulled his pants down, grabbed a nearby item and rubbed his buttocks with the produce at the Giant grocery store at 10100 Dumfries Road. A loss prevention employee relayed what they had seen to authorities and subsequently destroyed multiple pallets of produce.

Michael Dwayne Johnson, 27, of Manassas, told WJLA's Tim Barber in an exclusive interview that he never actually rubbed any produce on his bottom. He also says he never pulled down his pants. Johnson claims it was just a practical joke for a YouTube video.

Joke, or no joke, store employees felt forced to destroy several pallets of fruits and vegetables, so Johnson is charged with destruction of property and indecent exposure.

Johnson is hopeful prosecutors will realize the case is just a big misunderstanding. His next court appearance is in November.
https://wjla.com/news/offbeat/man-allegedly-rubs-butt-on-produce-forcing-virginia-supermarket-to-throw-away-goods




Next up – we go to where else but America’s most penis shaped state of Florida because no edition of “People Are Dumb” would be complete without a visit to the Sunshine State would it? Well this story has everything – and some hardcore nudity on top of that!

Responding to a house fire last week, Niceville police officers and firefighters encountered an odd sight.

When firefighters got to the home around 5:30 p.m., they could see smoke coming from inside. A naked man opened the front door, said, “I’m sorry” and closed the door.

Police officers arrived shortly after to assist.

The man came to the door again, left it open and went back into the house.

According to the offense report from the Police Department, the man showed no signs of understanding the danger he was in. There were several things on fire inside the home, including some towels.
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/naked-florida-man-starts-house-fire-while-baking-cookies-george-foreman-grill/KIXgYHEYp8CI1P9nETyfcN/




That one gets the mega facepalm! Finally this week for People Are Dumb – also sticking with the Sunshine State, this is probably one of the most Florida stories I’ve ever seen, and it involves a hearty dose of “Get off my lawn!”. And really – you just know the writer of this article was waiting to use the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reference. But really – don’t fuck with somebody that has a chainsaw.

You know a neighbors’ spat is no longer neighborly when chainsaws get involved.

That’s what happened in Pasco County when two men got into a dispute over the shrubs between their houses last week. It ended with one of them needing surgery to repair severed tendons in his hand, WFLA reported.

The man with the chainsaw was Gregory Landaker, 70, of Land O’ Lakes, who was cutting shrubs on the property line he shares with Jeffrey Zlocki.

When Zlocki noticed what was going on, he went out and hugged “his bushes,” according to the sheriff’s office report.

That apparently didn’t deter Landaker, who continued sawing away. The chainsaw struck Zlocki in his left hand, and he was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

It wasn’t quite the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but blood definitely flowed.
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/audience/david-whitley/os-ae-florida-man-chainsaw-attack-david-whitley-0911-story.html#




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It’s time for episode 13 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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So now we come to the hear t and soul of the United States government. The US Army. Now just like last week, I want to reiterate the Top 10 policy that we will *NEVER* make fun of those on active duty or our veterans. You have our deepest respect. But we can make fun of situations cant we? Because that’s what America is all about, damn it! So what has the US Army been up to lately? Well let’s talk military funding, because you can never have rocket launchers or tanks too big.

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $289 million contract to produce High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated hardware.

The contract calls for the production of 24 HIMARS launchers and associated equipment by July 2022. Lockheed Martin has delivered nearly 500 launchers for the U.S. Army and international customers. The HIMARS vehicles will be produced from the ground up at Lockheed Martin's award-winning Camden, Ark., Precision Fires Center of Excellence.

HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher, transportable via C-130 and larger aircraft for rapid deployment, that fires Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles. HIMARS consists of a launcher loader module and fire control system mounted on a five-ton truck chassis. A specialized armored cab provides additional protection to the three crew members that operate the system.

Lockheed Martin's effectiveness and reliability combined with performance, interoperability, joint coalition operations and the added value of joint munitions procurement make HIMARS a sound option for nations seeking effective precision fires option for missions.
https://www.streetinsider.com/Management+Comments/Lockheed+Martin+%28LMT%29+Secures+%24289M+Contract+from+U.S.+Army+%26+International+Customers+for+High+Mobility+Artillery+Rocket+System+Launchers/14641469.html




Oh wait, we already used that one. But still… you know how it can take years to build something but seconds to destroy it? Such is the case with US Army helicopters.

John Adams famously proposed a "government of laws and not of men." Sometimes it seems as though what we actually ended up getting was a government of lawyers. The simplest decisions get bogged down in process -- even when lives are on the line, even when the likely outcome of the process in question is obvious to everybody who's paying attention.

The U.S. Army's latest effort to acquire new armed recon helicopters is a case in point. The Army has been seeking a new rotorcraft that can find and attack targets in contested air space for a long, long time. So long that the last of its legacy recon helicopters was retired last year. By that time, the venerable Kiowa scout had been in service for nearly half a century.

Having canceled three previous efforts to replace Kiowa, the Army has now launched a fourth attempt. It is called the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). Considering how much the Army and its contractors have learned from the previous attempts, this should be a snap. After all, it's just a scout helicopter. Yes, the requirements have changed over time -- for instance it needs to be able to jam enemy radar now -- but it is still basically a light, agile rotorcraft equipped with sensors and munitions for killing tactical targets.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2018/09/19/why-does-the-u-s-army-need-ten-years-to-begin-fielding-a-new-recon-helicopter/#4e17b3cb7b0b




Excuse me a minute… but while we’re on the subject of American defense spending, you know the mere concept of it is that we spend 10 times more on defense than the next 100 countries combined, and that’s just a conservative estimate. Just the act of buying armor for our troops is insane in this day and age.

An infantry unit will get Strykers, and a Stryker brigade will shift to tanks, part of the Pentagon's focus on great-power competition.

The U.S. Army will up-armor a pair of brigade combat teams over the next two years, the second and third such conversions as the Defense Department shifts its focus to the possibility of conflict with China and Russia.

Next spring, the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, will begin to switch from a Stryker brigade combat team to an armored brigade combat team. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colorado, will become a Stryker unit the following year.

“The Army leadership determined that we needed to convert two brigade combat teams to armor and Stryker in order to deter our near-peer adversaries or defeat them if required,” Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes, director of force management, said in a statement on Thursday.
https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2018/09/us-army-armor-two-more-brigades/151445/




But moving on… while the Army is in the air they are also, too, on the ground, and they need weapons and of course our tanks aren’t big enough. But it’s crazy what the US DOD does, and don’t worry, we will explore them in a future edition, even testing out new equipment is different when its’ in the Army. But you know what the future of Army communications is going to be? It’s in the palm of your hand – quite literally, I might add!

There's a debate going on in the U.S. Army about what the military service's next combat vehicle and rotorcraft should look like. When it comes to communicating on the battlefields of tomorrow, though, everybody in the Army seems to agree on what they would like.

It's an iPhone.

The smart phones made by Apple and competing Android brands offer everything that Army leaders would like in their future tactical communications architecture -- mobility, simplicity, versatility, reliability. Soldiers accustomed to using them want something better than the clunky, complicated "comms" gear that brigade combat teams lug around the world.

The Army has been trying to satisfy that need for two decades, ever since a program called the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) kicked off in 1997. JTRS, or "Jitters" to those who follow these things, didn't work out. Nor did several of the other high-tech initiatives the Army pursued in an attempt to pierce the fog of war with digital technology.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2018/09/07/as-u-s-army-rethinks-how-soldiers-will-communicate-in-future-combat-harsh-realities-loom/#382efde5342a




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How Things Are Going: A+
Likely hood To Survive: A+

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Continuing our journey deep within the Pentagon, our next stop on our military tour is going up in the sky as we check out the US Air Force!


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Hey Liz, I hate to break it to you but conservatives *ARE* the degenerates here! I can guarantee that if Hillary were elected that we wouldn’t be having the discussion right now about whether or not Trump’s dick looks like a certain video game character!

*audience applauds wildly*

This week on the Top 10 - we're back home in Hollywood with the venerable Wheel O' Corruption! This week we delve into the sex crimes alleged by Brett Kavanaugh, Rod Rosenstein *allegedly* wanted to squeal on Trump, Taylor Gourmet gets "Art Of The Deal'd", Paypal delivers the final nail in Infowars' coffin, we ask how Neo Nazi Youtube channel Red Ice is still a thing, and we explain sexy Halloween costumes to idiots. Plus in our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates we're going to explore data privacy and ask is your purchase history safe? (spoiler alert! no!). And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit" our resident pastor is going to go over some of the more batshit insane things said at the annual Values Voters conference! And we've got an all new People Are Dumb, because, well, people are dumb! And the next installment of Deep State Diaries is going to take us into the Pentagon again as we explore the United States Coast Guard! Plus some live music from the great Jack White!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-12: Rave Un 2 The Debt Fantastic Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-12: Rave Un 2 The Debt Fantastic Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Oxnard??? So our tour around the country for the first half of season 5 is complete! We go back home next week for two weeks at our home at the UCB Theater in Hollywood, then we get to head back out on the road! We’re heading to Lexington, Nashville, Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, and Denver among other places! So Mark Wahlberg’s daily routine is the stuff of insanity. So while you’re sleeping off an all night whisky and cheeseburger bender, Marky Mark hits the gym at 2:30 AM for an hour and a half workout sess. Then he has a half hour of prayer time, because, why not? So in the interest of time let’s skip ahead a bit. Here’s my favorite is that there’s a half an hour for “cryo chamber recovery”. He’s literally Mr. Freeze! And then some of the other things on his daily agenda include things like 2 hours a day from 11:00 – 1:00 for “family time and work calls” but what if his work calls take up all 2 hours? Or he has to sit through his kids’ elementary school recitals and I know those can take forever. But at 3:30 while you’re sitting away at your desk typing your response to your 500th e-mail about why you can’t attend the workplace training seminar, and reminder that Janice in HR don’t give a fuck, Marky Mark is already on his 3rd workout and 8th snack. Whew, I’m exhausted just telling you about this thing. Oh and then he’s in bed lights out at 7:30. Dude, whatever happened to downtime? Can we get that back? I miss those times! OK enough of the intro we got a lot of idiocy to get to but first Jim Jefferies is back and he is pointing out that your boycott is bullshit - Nike's Kaepernick ad isn't about taking a stand, it's about hawking products and making money:



Number one this week is potential SCOTUS justice Brett Kavanaugh. Yes, he is an absolute slimebag and we are going to tell you all about his dirty deeds, and no they’re not done dirt cheap. At number 2 this week is also Brett Kavanaugh and we have to talk about his sexual assault accusations, among other things. At number 3 is of course our Dear Leader Donald J. Trump (3) and we’re going to preview his emergency broadcasting system – which will take over your phones this week! At number 4 this week – is also Donald Trump. So… Stormy Daniels’ latest allegations, yeah, that definitely needs some further explanation. Taking the 5th slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates and this week we’re going to investigate Trump’s claims about the Puerto Rican death toll – is it a hoax like Trump claims or is it legitimate? At number 6 is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor has a beef with Pat Robertson and we are going to challenge his claims that you can simply pray away the hurricane. Taking the 7th slot – we’ve been getting a lot of requests for this one but we’re finally going to add California (and the OC) representative Dana Rohrabacher to the ever-growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. At number 8 we’ve got a new installment of “How Is This Still A Thing?” and this week, after the latest shocking allegations, we’re going to ask – “Woody Allen’s Career – How Is This Still A Thing?”. Yeah he’s a creep! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week it’s the return of one of my favorite segments in “I Need A Drink”, and this week, we’re going to tell you about the curse of our good friend Post Malone, you know he’s had a string of bad luck lately but there might be a reason why! Finally this week we’ve got a new edition of Deep State Diaries! This week we’re headed into the Pentagon to check out the first of 5 military branches as we explore what the US Navy has been up to recently. Plus we’ve got some live music for you from one of my favorite musical acts, Gorillaz featuring the legend himself, Snoop Dogg! Really, if you don’t have their new album “The Now Now” by now, get out of my audience and go buy it. And as always don’t forget the key!

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Ever hear the term “kakistocracy”? It’s a term for an insane system of government that is run by the worst, least qualified people out there. Hey let’s make an unqualfied, uber religious billionaire head of the Department Of Education. Let’s make a child rapist the new senator from Alabama. And remember that guy from the TV show where he wanted to fire everybody? Let’s make him the president of the United States! Well the kakistocracy might be expanded because Trump nominated a dangerous, Clinton hating lunatic to the Supreme Court!

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Brett Kavanaugh "is not a man that deserves" to be facing a sexual assault allegation at this point in his confirmation process, saying that he feels "so badly" for his Supreme Court nominee.

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you," Trump said during a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. "I feel so badly for him. This is not a man that deserves this."

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were both in high school. The judge has denied the allegation.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/18/trump-kavanaugh-is-not-a-man-that-deserves-this-828004




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So what did Brett Kavanaugh do to deserve this kind of shabby treatment? Well, he’s a pig, a crook, and a liar. And that’s just for starters. You what, know for the record let’s call this piece “Brett Kavanaugh’s debt”. Ah, fuck it, it needs some sprucing up. Let’s give it a Prince reference and call it “Rave Un 2 The Debt Fantastic” because that will make it less fucking insane. And I’ve been listening to that album a lot lately. So what is in this new allegation?

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and investment assets, according to a review of Kavanaugh’s financial disclosures and information provided by the White House.

White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a “handful” of friends. Shah said some of the debts were also for home improvements.

In 2016, Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt accrued over three credit cards and a loan. Each credit card held between $15,000 and $50,000 in debt, and a Thrift Savings Plan loan was between $15,000 and $50,000.

The credit card debts and loan were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements in 2017, according to the filings, which do not require details on the nature or source of such payments. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him for their share of the baseball tickets and that the judge has since stopped purchasing the season tickets.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaugh-piled-up-credit-card-debt-by-purchasing-nationals-tickets-white-house-says/2018/07/11/8e3ad7d6-8460-11e8-9e80-403a221946a7_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f6e9d06b3b7f




So not only did he accrue a ton of debt, the question on the table is who paid it off for him? I mean if you know any accountants ask them how easy it is to make $200K in debt simply disappear. There’s no way you or I could do that. So why could he?

Before President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he had a lot of debt. In May 2017, he reported owing between $60,004 and $200,000 on three credit cards and a loan against his retirement account. By the time Trump nominated him to the high court in July 2018, those debts had vanished. Overall, his reported income and assets didn’t seem sufficient to pay off all that debt while maintaining his upper-class lifestyle: an expensive house in an exclusive suburban neighborhood, two kids in a $10,500-a-year private school, and a membership in a posh country club reported to charge $92,000 in initiation fees. His financial disclosure forms have raised more questions than they’ve answered, leading to speculation about whether he’s had a private benefactor and what sorts of conflicts that relationship might entail.

No other recent Supreme Court nominee has come before the Senate with so many unanswered questions regarding finances. That’s partly because many of Kavanaugh’s predecessors were a lot richer than he is. Chief Justice John Roberts, for instance, had been making $1 million a year in private practice before joining the DC Circuit as a judge. The poorer nominees had debts, but explainable ones, such as the $15,000 Sonia Sotomayor owed to her dentist. Neil Gorsuch came the closest to financial scandal when he disclosed that he owned a mountain fishing lodge in Colorado with two men who are top deputies to the billionaire Philip F. Anschutz, who had championed Gorsuch’s nomination.
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/09/the-many-mysteries-of-brett-kavanaughs-finances/




But now the mystery is delving further into insanity. So Kavanaugh had racked up an insane amount of debt spent on nothing more than to feed his baseball addiction. And the question remains did he have a subscription to Draft Kings or not?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) wants to know if Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has a gambling problem.

“Have you ever sought treatment for a gambling addiction?” Whitehouse asks pointedly as part of a series of questions submitted this week about Kavanaugh’s unexplained personal debts.

In 2016, Kavanaugh reported credit card and personal loan debts of between $60,000 and $200,000. The Trump White House said these debts were the result of Kavanaugh buying baseball tickets for friends who later paid him back, as well as some spending on home improvements. The 2016 debts did not appear on Kavanaugh’s 2017 disclosure form because they were either entirely paid off or fell below the reporting threshold. Kavanaugh also reported between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt in 2006.

The fact that Kavanaugh accrued such high debts through baseball tickets attracted notice, but surprisingly, not a single senator asked him about the issue during his televised judiciary committee hearings last week.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brett-kavanaugh-debts-sheldon-whitehouse_us_5b982a36e4b0511db3e6e487





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Why is such a shady character like Kavanaugh being brought to eventually judge the highest law in the land? Well we have an equally shady character sitting pretty in the Oval Office right now. And these types definitely think alike. Remember during the campaign when all the sexual assault victims came forward against Trump? Well, think of this as same shit, different year! Because, well, assuming he gets chosen, Clarence Thomas is about to have some company on SCOTUS.

The woman who has accused Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee — a demand that came as President Trump and Senate Republicans increasingly rallied to the defense of the embattled Supreme Court nominee.

“A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions,” lawyers for the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, said in a letter to the panel late Tuesday.

The committee had invited Kavanaugh and Ford to testify at a public hearing Monday, but Ford’s response raises questions about whether the GOP will proceed with the session and ultimately the vote on Kavanaugh, who was nominated in July to replace the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The two-page letter does not explicitly say she will not attend if there is no FBI probe.

Many Republican officials maintained Tuesday that such a hearing would be Kavanaugh’s best chance at preserving his nomination to the high court, since it would give the judge — who seems determined to fight the allegation — an opportunity to respond to the claims. But Democrats, like Ford, argued that the scheduled Monday session should be delayed until the FBI further investigates her allegation.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/grassley-says-mondays-hearing-will-be-limited-to-two-witnesses-kavanaugh-and-his-accuser/2018/09/18/301da074-bb48-11e8-a8aa-860695e7f3fc_story.html?utm_term=.06977f5119c3




Yes holy shit indeed! See Republicans and Trump fans, we have this thing called the Constitution, and it clearly lists the qualifications for sitting on the Supreme Court. See, if you’re convicted of a crime or had any grievances listed against you, you can’t judge the highest law in the land! Oh and it gets worse, so so much worse! Remember Anita Hill from back when Clarence Thomas was confirmed? Even she’s saying the investigation is a good idea!

Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual misconduct prior to his confirmation to the bench, is pushing for an official investigation into the claims made against President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“Absolutely, [an FBI investigation is] the right move. The hearing questions need to have a frame, and the investigation is the best frame for that; a neutral investigation that can pull together the facts, create a record, so that the senators can draw on the information they receive to develop their question,” Hill said to George Stephanopoulos while on ABC today. “Also helpful would be bringing in expert testimony or experts who can help them shape the questions that they’re going to ask.” She added that these measures — including the FBI investigation, which Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is calling for — can’t be avoided if lawmakers really want to find the truth.

Hill also expressed concern about Ford testifying before Congress on Monday, as it could be “a sham proceeding so that the senators can say we gave her a chance to talk and then move on to doing exactly what they were intending to do before she came forward.”

“My advice [for the Senate] is to push the pause button on this hearing, get the information together, bring in the experts and put together a hearing that is fair, that is impartial, that is not biased by politics or by myth and bring this information to the American public,” Hill added.

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/anita-hill-calls-for-fbi-to-investigate-new-kavanaugh-allegations-its-the-right-move/




So of course Donald J. Trump is in full denial mode. Of course you know republican pussy grabbers like Trump always back their own, and they are in a constant state of denial. Of course one day they’ll have to answer for their crimes but still… until that happens there’s this.

President Trump praised Brett M. Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, while leaving the White House en route to the Carolinas, but said Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard about her claim that she was sexually assaulted while both were teenagers.

“If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we’ll have to make a decision,” Trump said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/09/19/trump-says-it-is-very-hard-for-me-to-imagine-anything-happened-between-kavanaugh-and-his-sexual-assault-accuser/




Of course they’ll make a decision! The right wing wants absolute power and they’ll support any worthless asshole who will give it to them! Thank you Oxnard! But even Kavanaugh himself is in full denial mode right now. Completely false! Rigged witch hunt! Sad!

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday said an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman when they were in high school is "completely false" and said he'd be willing to testify on the accusation to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone," Kavanaugh said in a statement.

Kavanaugh further said that "because this never happened" he had no idea who the accuser was until she identified herself over the weekend.

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity," Kavanaugh added.
https://www.businessinsider.com/brett-kavanaugh-allegations-christine-blasley-ford-testify-2018-9





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This week we’re going to see something unprecedented. Remember that movie the Dark Knight where Bruce Wayne took over all the cell phones of Gotham and unleashed this massive surveillance ring in an effort to find the Joker? Well, it’s kind of like that except that only it’s going to be a message piece for the Trump White House. Trump will be able to use America’s cell phone towers to broadcast a text message alert. Which we can only suspect will be something along the lines of “rigged witch hunt from the 17 angry democrats! Sad!”. Well here’s more.

On the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 20, FEMA will send two alerts to cell phones across the nation, both of them tests of its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). At 2:18 p.m. ET, there will be a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) which will be followed at 2:20 p.m. ET by the first ever national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.

The tests themselves aren't new but, until now the WEA has been focused regionally. The system launched in 2012 thanks to the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act.

For instance, every time your iPhone blares a local Amber Alert, that's the WEA in action.

The FCC has a pretty helpful FAQ that explains, among other things, that, no, you can't be tracked via this system. Dozens of mobile carriers, including all of the major carriers, are part of the system meaning you'll likely receive the alert.

And the EAS itself has been tested nationally three previous times: twice under president Obama (Nov. 2011, Sept. 2016) and once under President Trump (Sept. 2017).

What's gotten people's attention is that these alerts allow direct communication between the president and the nation in case of an emergency, like a natural disaster or terrorist attack. So, yes, that means that President Trump will be able to send an emergency alert directly to your phone using a system you can not opt out of.
https://mashable.com/article/trump-emergency-alert-text-message/#mwZixjdghgqj




Oh come on, do you really want that guy sending you alerts that say “no collusion”? I know I don’t! But apparently they must be used for storm warnings. Or other emergency disasters, and I’m not talking about the disaster that we currently have serving in the White House. Thank you!

Contrary to public concern, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not handing President Donald Trump a direct line to send personalized messages to American citizens.

He would be breaking the law if he did.

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission and FEMA announced plans to test a system that would allow the president to send a message to mobile devices across the U.S.

The announcement of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test caused some concerns that it could be used by Trump like he uses Twitter. But in 2015, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., introduced a bill to prevent any president from abusing the system.

"Except to the extent necessary for testing the public alert and warning system, the public alert and warning system shall not be used to transmit a message that does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety, " states the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015.
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/trump-can-t-use-fema-s-wireless-alerts-send-personal-n910676




Oh come on, when has something being illegal ever stopped this administration? I mean we’re talking about the guy who went into a women’s dressing room and watched underage girls changing clothes just because he could! So what is the real reason behind this? What are they going to actually use this system for? I mean even actual security experts are worried that Trump will abuse his power!

In theory, there is nothing objectionable about the White House's plan to send a message from President Trump to virtually every cell phone in the country. The message is a test of a warning system -- created under President Barack Obama in 2016 -- designed to alert the public about national emergencies.

There is no opting out. Most people with a cell phone — turned on and within range of a cell phone tower -- will receive a "presidential alert" text at 2:18 p.m. ET on October 3.
As broadcast TV and land-based phone lines become obsolete, our homeland security apparatus needs to keep up with current technology. This test should be seen as a positive step, bringing crisis communications into the wireless era.

But some are not seeing it that way -- and it's the Trump administration's fault. By continually and bitterly politicizing things that shouldn't be political, like natural disasters, journalism, the criminal-justice system, you name it -- Trump and his followers have fanned growing fears that everything they do is about partisan advantage. It's understandable that people believe this cell phone test is just another authoritarian attempt by Trump to bully his way into our daily lives.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/17/opinions/worst-person-to-put-in-charge-of-emergency-alerts-kayyem/index.html




Actually you’re probably not wrong about that one, sir. OK he can have his text messages, but for the love of god, keep him away from the Twitter direct messaging system!

“Executive time” was set to take on a whole new sinister dimension this week, as FEMA had announced a test of its wireless emergency alert (WEA) system allowing the president to send text messages about developing disasters directly to the American people — no opt-outs! — was to be scheduled this week. The system test has since been pushed back to October 3, either because the federal agency is dealing with the “ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence,” as it announced, or because there’s no disaster plan in place for the volcanoes of vomit the American people have threatened to unleash if Donald Trump is allowed to slide into their DMs any time the spirit moves him.
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"I think it is an outstanding tool in the toolbox," Nick Crossley, president of the International Association of Emergency Managers in the U.S., told NBC. "It is a great way to get notification to anybody who has a cellphone."

Nick — can I call you Nick? — I hope it doesn't dampen your enthusiasm for emergency management, for which we are all very grateful, but I don't think you've thought through what could happen here.

I'll make a deal with you, Nick. You spend a year as the sole participant in this pilot project and get back to us after the seventeenth "LOCK HER UP!" sends you shooting straight up in bed at 3 a.m.
https://www.salon.com/2018/09/19/donald-trump-sliding-into-our-dms-an-amber-alert-but-for-the-countrys-soul/





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So yeah if you woke up yesterday and turned on your phone and saw Twitter, you might have seen Mario Kart trending. You remember the game if you’re a 90s kid like I am. It’s the game where your goal was to drive as fast as possible to lap your opponent and if you didn’t, just even screwing around on the game was fun. In fact here’s a scene of the game being played.



Now here’s where it gets disturbing. It of course involves Stormy Daniels and Trump, because, why wouldn’t it? And Stormy makes a particularly disturbing revelation that makes us never want to play Mario Kart ever again.

Millions of Nintendo fans on Twitter were horrified earlier today when they learned precisely why Mario Kart was trending on the popular social media platform, and that it had nothing to do with a new edition of the popular racing video game series.

It all began with an appearance by adult film actress Stormy Daniels on The View to promote her upcoming tell-all book Full Disclosure. Daniels became a national name following a federal investigation into claims that she had an affair with President Donald Trump, and that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, had violated campaign finance laws by paying Daniels $130,000 in hush money in order to keep the story quiet leading up the 2016 election. Trump initially denied advance knowledge of Cohen's payment to Daniels - although a conversation recorded without his consent by Cohen would later prove otherwise - and says the affair didn't happen. Daniels contends that the affair did happen, and is currently suing Trump for defamation of character after he called her a liar.

Huffington Post reported on Daniels' interview, and the resulting turmoil online after she compared a portion of President Trump's anatomy to “the mushroom character in Mario Kart.” The site also re-posted the colorful responses of many other Twitter users, and their horrified reactions after they discovered why Toad and Mario Kart were trending topics. Making this all the more darkly comedic was the amusing response from Nintendo Life's Twitter account, which can be viewed below.
https://screenrant.com/trump-toad-mario-kart-meme/




Yes, no indeed! But come on, Nintendo’s lovable mascot doesn’t deserve this! I mean what did Toad do to deserve that comparison? All he does is travel the Mushroom Kingdom and give you things. Come on, Stormy. Seriously, don’t mess with the Toad Brigade!

However, if you already have an inkling of why Toad is suddenly trending and you need a little more context, well, we’re sorry, but we’re here for you.

This story begins with the Guardian publishing excerpts from porn actress and director Stormy Daniels’s forthcoming tell-all book, Full Disclosure, about her alleged past affair with Donald Trump. The book apparently contains a graphic description of a sexual encounter with Trump, including a detailed description of the president’s penis.

I’m about to quote it. You’ve been warned.

“It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool,” Daniels writes. “I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart.”

Though the book also contains mentions of Daniels’s impression that Trump never wanted to be president, and of her $130,000 hush agreement, it’s the description of Trump’s genitalia that has dominated the discussion around the excerpts.

For those of you who have never touched a Nintendo console in your life, Toad is indeed a little mushroom man, whose mushroom cap (ugh) was confirmed to be part of his head and not just a hat by Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi earlier this year.

And while he’s a bit gormless, Toad doesn’t deserve to be a part of this discourse: He is a perfectly fine playable character in Mario Kart, he runs Mario Party, and he generally tries to help out in every other Mario franchise game, going all the way back to 1985’s Super Mario Bros.
https://www.vox.com/2018/9/18/17874168/toad-stormy-daniels-trump-mario-kart




Thanks Stormy, while we’re all rooting for you to take down this horrible regime currently occupying the White House, you forever ruined one of our favorite video games. I can’t even think about Mario now without picturing Toad looking like a penis. And I was playing Mario Odyssey last night. So if you’re playing Mario Kart, who should you pick now that Toad has been ruined forever?

Tuesday began like any other in the Mushroom Kingdom: With Princess Peach presiding over her loyal subjects, and a collection of troublemakers wreaking havoc. But for once, it's not Bowser drawing up the negative headlines that usually accompany his hijinks in the Mario universe, because the formerly innocent Toad was compared to the the President of the United States' dick by Stormy Daniels.

This stunning revelation has been devastating for Toad fans, including our very own Kevin Nguyen:

Toad has long been an ideal selection in Mario Kart, since he's both adorable and speedy as hell. Do not despair, though. We've compiled a brief collection of suitable replacement characters to choose from if the phallic imagery Toad now inspires has you questioning your Mario Kart-playing experience/entire childhood. (To be clear, this isn't a boycott of Toad. It's an exercise in self care.)

Princess Peach

She's one of the few characters who's appeared in every iteration of Mario Kart, and many of the other mainstays either don't have similar driver characteristics to Toad, or have disqualifying mustaches. Her Mario Kart Wiki page notes that her "performance is notably on par with Toad." That's more than enough empirical evidence from a trusted source to make the switch. Another worthy reason: In Super Smash Bros, Peach has long been using Toad as a shield/attack counter, so clearly she realized a while ago that he's expendable. That foresight deserves to be rewarded.
https://www.gq.com/story/poor-toad




Yeah next time you play Mario Kart, choose Princess Peach before someone else does! After all, she floats in the air! Assuming that giant hoop skirt doesn’t get in the way! But really this is one of those things that’s better left where we don’t want to know why it’s trending. Excuse me, I need to go take a cold shower after reading this.

In a tell-all memoir, the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels details salacious descriptions of her time with Donald Trump, wonders if he is fit to be president and claims that he offered to cheat for her in his reality TV show.

A copy of the book, Full Disclosure, was obtained by the Guardian. In it, Daniels describes her mounting disbelief as Trump began to win primary contests in 2016 for the Republican presidential nomination. Former castmates whom she had not heard from in years, but who had heard her story about sleeping with Trump in 2006, would call her up to marvel at the news.

“It will never happen, I would say,” Daniels writes. “He doesn’t even want to be president.”

But as Trump kept winning, she writes, she began to think she might be in danger. The story she had to tell about Trump seemed more sensitive the more he won. And she had already been threatened once, years earlier, and warned never to tell the story about Trump, she has claimed.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/18/stormy-daniels-tell-all-book-on-trump-salacious-detail-and-claims-of-cheating





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



The Puerto Rican Hurricane – Hurricane Irma – was one of the largest and deadliest in modern history, and America is working hard to prevent the same devastation by preparing for the latest hurricane, Hurricane Florence. Or are they? One person in particular is making some absolutely absurd claims about the previous hurricane that have been, well, less than truthful. That person in question also happens to be the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

President Trump patted himself on the back Tuesday for an “incredibly successful” job done in Puerto Rico, where the government estimates that nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria last year.

Speaking from the White House, Mr. Trump sought to assure the public that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready for Hurricane Florence, which is currently heading toward the Carolinas, saying, “We are as ready as anybody has ever been.”

He boasted that the federal government got excellent grades for its disaster response in Texas and Florida, but he complained that the even better job done in Puerto Rico had been ignored. “I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success,” Mr. Trump said.

He noted that the United States military sent a “tremendous military hospital in the form of a ship” to the island. That ship, however, was largely underused. Prepared to support 250 hospital beds, it admitted an average of only six patients per day, or 290 in total, over its 53-day deployment.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/us/trump-puerto-rico-maria-response.html




Well as a matter of fact he is wrong. In fact investigative journalists have been working overtime since the announcement to prove the president wrong. And as a matter of fact the numbers might actually be worse than you would think. Which begs the question – did we learn anything from Irma? Answer: probably not.

Tropical storms are once again ravaging large parts of the world from North Carolina to the Philippines. These vast natural weather systems are confusingly named differently according to their region. In the Americas the term “hurricane” is used while in East Asia they are called “typhoons” and across South Asia and the South Pacific they refer to “cyclones” . This naming system can sometimes mislead the public away from connecting the causes of these weather events. But as the oceans become warmer, the science shows that we can expect these extremes to occur more frequently and with greater ferocity. The severity of this week’s Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut are further evidence of that fact.

Regardless of the term used, hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones (which I’ll just refer to as “hurricanes” from now on, for simplicities sake) clearly cause material damage and loss of life when they occur. Last year across the Caribbean, several islands faced severe destruction followed by months without a power or water supply. The impact is even more catastrophic for small islands from where the inhabitants have no place to evacuate to in the event of an oncoming hurricane, and where a single event can wipe out an entire country’s economy. After being hit by the eye of Hurricane Irma last, the island of Barbuda was completely evacuated and almost one year later many have still not returned home. Two weeks later, Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica, wiping out 225% of GDP and went on to hit Puerto Rico resulting in the deaths of at least 2,975 people.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2018/09/18/did-we-learn-anything-from-puerto-rico/#6959343d4a03




In fact the president is wrong and death tolls often get worse after the hurricane hits as the numbers keep growing – many people die due to lack of resources like electricity and clean water.

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.

It took years for Hurricane Katrina's death toll to become fully known. That number is still debated today with figures used by disaster agencies varying by as much as 600 deaths.

And while the change in the number of dead from Hurricane Maria is perhaps the most dramatic — rising from 64 to a 2,975 after the Puerto Rican governor commissioned university researchers to review the count — it's common for death tolls in natural disasters to escalate weeks and months later because of deaths indirectly caused by a storm.

Those can include things like infections from contaminated water, electrocutions from downed power lines and failure to receive dialysis because of power outages. Deaths directly linked to a disaster include drownings from a storm surge or being crushed in a wind-toppled building.
https://wpde.com/news/nation-world/death-tolls-often-rise-weeks-after-storm-hits




Well the coffee may be the least of your problems. But as far as the current hurricane goes – there are multiple scenarios that will play out over the course of the next few months. But one thing is clear is that people are going to die. We just don’t know how many.

The final death toll of storm Florence may not be known for many weeks because of indirect deaths long after it has passed.

The hurricane, which struck the south east on Thursday before being downgraded to a tropical storm, has so far left 17 confirmed fatalities.

But it's common for death tolls in natural disasters to increase weeks and months later because of deaths indirectly caused by the storm.

Indirect deaths can be caused by infections from contaminated water, electrocutions from downed power lines and failure to receive dialysis because of power outages.

For example, more than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern US, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 - more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6175735/Final-death-toll-storm-Florence-not-known-MONTHS.html




Yes that is the current weather report. But the take away is that the president is wrong, again, and on yet another issue. This has been Top 10 Investigates. Good day.





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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Oxnard! 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:



Now my fair congregation, it seems to me that Mother Nature is not a force that one should reckon with because she can be quite the handful if she gets way too out of control! And of course in these trying times when it seems that we have one extreme weather event after another, people often turn to the LAWRD our GAWD for inspiration. Or in many cases they tend to turn to the power of prayer, and one individual has been making the news lately for just such an occasion!

Televangelist Pat Robertson broke out a prayer that sounded more like a wizard’s spell as he attempted to block the approach of Hurricane Florence.

The massive storm is on a path to strike the Carolinas later this week, prompting mass evacuations in coastal areas.

Speaking in Virginia, home of his Christian Broadcasting Network and in the potential path of the storm, Robertson cited a Bible passage in which Jesus commanded the wind and water on the Sea of Galilee to “be still.”

Then the preacher said he and his followers could accomplish the same “if we are together with one accord.”

In a clip posted online by Right Wing Watch, he asked followers to “put a hand out toward the Atlantic” and repeat an incantation.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pat-robertson-hurricane-florence_us_5b972c04e4b0cf7b0042d9c7




But well now when you come to use that kind of method to protect your property – and why wouldn’t you, you can expect a certain amount of, shall we say backlash. But our good brother Pat is probably used to that sort of thing by now. He just don’t care.

Televangelist Pat Robertson has commanded Hurricane Florence to stay away from land.

In particular, Robertson said at a Monday prayer service, he doesn’t want what is now a Category 4 hurricane still at sea to “hurt” Regent University and the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) — both founded by Robertson in the Virginia Beach area.

“We declare in the name of the Lord that you shall go no farther, that you will do no damage in this area,” said the 88-year-old host of “The 700 Club” on CBN. “We declare a shield of protection all over the Tidewater (in Virginia) and ... over those innocent people in the path of this hurricane. In Jesus’ holy name, be out to sea!”

Robertson told his congregation that his prayers have stopped a hurricane before.

He claimed it was prayers by him and a group of Christian businessmen that halted Hurricane Esther in its path in September 1961.

Robertson has a history of making comments that have brought him scorn. He tied the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, for example, to what he called a “pact with the devil” made by Haitians in the 18th century to get rid of their French colonizers.
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/religion/article218206305.html




But that didn’t stop Balrog, now, did it? And does that really work in real life? No it doesn’t and if you do believe that, I’ve got this book of fables to sell you in the lobby for $24.99! OK I don’t really have a book to sell you but still. But now we are going to cast our own “SHIELD OF PROTECTION” around our own church! Everyone, if you would join hands… it’s OK! Can we turn down the lights please? Oh LAWRD… if you may please guide our dear children of the church and protect their houses, their stuff, and their loved ones throughout this devastating hurricane. Wait, that didn’t work? Damn it!

“I don’t want that thing to come in,” Robertson said. “I don’t want it to hurt Regent, I don’t wait it to hurt CBN, I don’t want it to tear up the beautiful campus, I don’t want it to tear these trees down, I don’t want to see any damage, I don’t want a bunch of glass flowing, and I don’t want [damage] all over this area that is counting on us to pray for them.”

Televangelist Pat Robertson spoke at a special prayer service at his Christian Broadcasting Network today, ordering Hurricane Florence not to harm any of his facilities and to turn back out to sea.

At the moment, Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm that is expected to hit the eastern coast of the United States sometime later this week. In preparation, Robertson is declaring a “shield of protection” over his CBN network and Regent University and calling on God to intervene and turn the storm away from land.

Robertson claimed that when he first arrived in Virginia in 1961 to establish CBN, the region was threatened by Hurricane Esther, which he feared would destroy his fledgling network. As such, Robertson and his staff gathered in prayer and commanded the storm to shift course, which he claims miraculously happened because God stepped in to save CBN.

With another storm approaching, Robertson again gathered with CBN staff today to order Florence to veer away from land and produce no damage.
“I don’t want that thing to come in,” Robertson said. “I don’t want it to hurt Regent, I don’t wait it to hurt CBN, I don’t want it to tear up the beautiful campus, I don’t want it to tear these trees down, I don’t want to see any damage, I don’t want a bunch of glass flowing, and I don’t want [damage] all over this area that is counting on us to pray for them.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/pat-robertson-establishes-a-shield-of-protection-against-hurricane-florence/




Oh LAWRD please protect brother Pat from his own insanity! Thank you! But Pat Robertson’s claims about this hurricane are about as vile as he is! And he is the one who really needs saving!

He’s a magic man: Prominent televangelist Pat Robertson celebrates his magic powers, claims his prayers sent Hurricane Florence away from Virginia.

Earlier this week Robertson tried to establish a “shield of protection” ahead of Hurricane Florence, and now the televangelist is celebrating, claiming victory because he believes Hurricane Florence will not strike his properties in Virginia because God has responded to his prayers.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson continued to credit his prayers with changing the path of Hurricane Florence away from his properties in Virginia and toward states farther south.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/09/pat-robertson-celebrates-claims-he-prayed-hurricane-florence-away-from-virginia/




There you have it folks! Pat once again talks out of his ass about the good LAWRD JAYSUS and thinks that he can simply pray away the hurricane! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Politicians at the state, national and local levels who are so toxic that you ever wonder how they were able to get into office, much less stay there. This is:



This week Orange County, California representative Dana Rohrabacher. In a city next to Los Angeles, in an area known for diversity, it’s really the old white men who are calling the shots. And one of the oldest white men who continues to represent the county is Dana Rohrabacher. If you were to put up a profile shot of “Mr. Conservative”, he would probably win every time. But now in the era where Donald J. Trump is president, he’s known for something else. He’s known for being the most pro Trump, pro Russia candidate that’s ever been elected.

Dana Rohrabacher, the embattled Orange County congressman known for his close ties to the Kremlin, said Friday that Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions should resign after showing disloyalty to President Trump by refusing to shut down the Russia investigation.

For a Republican incumbent already in danger of losing his seat in a district that favored Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016, the remarks carried the risk of serious political damage.

In most of the nation’s hotly contested House races, the Russia scandal has not been a big focus. But Rohrabacher’s friendly posture toward Russian President Vladimir Putin has caused trouble in his run for reelection.

His latest comments came a day after Sessions responded to Trump’s extraordinary attacks on his own attorney general by saying the Justice Department “will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-rohrabacher-sessions-20180824-story.html


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So what does Congressman Rohrabacher have to do with Russia and Trump? He must be vying for that Attorney General spot in Trump’s cabinet should he eliminate Sessions – and we all know that day is coming. He’s just stalling the inevitable. But did you also know that Rohrabacher is a raging racist? Yeah we’re not surprised either.

In newly surfaced footage from a February 2018 interview on Voice of America (VOA) China, the U.S. government-funded broadcasting service, Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was asked if he wanted to offer a message to the network’s audience, which at the time was celebrating the Chinese New Year. He took the opportunity to riff on the racist trope about Chinese people eating dogs.

“Well, let me just note, coming in is the Year of the Dog,” Rohrabacher said. “Now, there are some people in the United States who don’t like it that Chinese people eat dog. And I want them, the Chinese people, to know, that we eat bunnies over here, and we eat all kinds of little animals. I don’t blame them for eating dog. I mean, if that’s what tastes good, that’s what tastes good.”

This is the interviewer’s reaction to Rohrabacher volunteering his opinion about dog meat, which was, coincidentally, also my reaction.

“We should make sure that we reach out to the Chinese people so they understand us, and we understand them,” Rohrabacher continued. “And we don’t attack their ways, they don’t attack our ways. But in fact, I believe that the Chinese people are America’s and the world’s greatest allies in seeking a peaceful world. Because they don’t want to live under tyranny and they want to live prosperous lives.

“So let them know in China that many people like myself—we don’t like their government, and we think the Chinese government is a real threat to the future of peace in the world—but the Chinese people, we can all be friends and work together for a much better world in the years ahead,” Rohrabacher said.
https://splinternews.com/whats-dana-rohrabachers-deal-with-the-racist-trope-of-c-1828993003




Yes whoa indeed. That is some pretty strong words there, and an extremely horrible and outdated stereotype at that. So who is funding Mr. Rohrabacher, you might ask? Well, it turns out some very shady people. And it also might surprise you (not) that he had to return that donation.

A jury in Virginia found Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, guilty on multiple counts of felony tax fraud this week. The ripples of those guilty verdicts reached the other side of the country to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

Rohrabacher recently told the L.A. Times Manafort was one of his “old friends,” and mentioned they first met working together on Ronald Reagan’s campaign.

Both men also have unusually close ties to Russia. According to Roll Call, Manafort worked “on behalf of the pro-Russian political party in Ukraine that held power there from 2010 to 2014.” Manafort met with Rohrabacher in 2013 and discussed matters related to the pro-Russian Ukrainians.

Three days after their meeting, Manafort made a $1,000 donation to Rohrabacher’s campaign, Roll Call reported.

After learning Manafort was a convicted felon earlier this week, Rohrabacher’s spokesperson told Roll Call that the congressman intends to fulfill a pledge to donate the $1,000 to a local charity. The spokesperson said the charity has not be chosen yet.
https://shareblue.com/paul-manafort-dana-rohrabacher-campaign-cash/




A jury in Virginia found Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, guilty on multiple counts of felony tax fraud this week. The ripples of those guilty verdicts reached the other side of the country to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

Rohrabacher recently told the L.A. Times Manafort was one of his “old friends,” and mentioned they first met working together on Ronald Reagan’s campaign.

Both men also have unusually close ties to Russia. According to Roll Call, Manafort worked “on behalf of the pro-Russian political party in Ukraine that held power there from 2010 to 2014.” Manafort met with Rohrabacher in 2013 and discussed matters related to the pro-Russian Ukrainians.

Three days after their meeting, Manafort made a $1,000 donation to Rohrabacher’s campaign, Roll Call reported.

After learning Manafort was a convicted felon earlier this week, Rohrabacher’s spokesperson told Roll Call that the congressman intends to fulfill a pledge to donate the $1,000 to a local charity. The spokesperson said the charity has not be chosen yet.
https://shareblue.com/paul-manafort-dana-rohrabacher-campaign-cash/




Yes, a couple of bucks, but it came from such shady sources that Rohrabacher was ultimately forced to give it back. But with the extent of the damage that Russia did to our country in the wake of the 2016 election, is it any wonder that Rohrabacher might not win reelection?

While the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and Russia's meddling in US elections has topped the headlines, Democratic midterm candidates across the country have found it difficult to engage swing voters on those topics.

But the contenders challenging Dana Rohrabacher in California's 48th District believe they've got a special case in the quirky Republican congressman, who has persistently advocated for closer US relations with Russia and claims to have once arm-wrestled Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With less than two weeks before California's June 5 primary, Democratic candidate Harley Rouda, who likes to refer to Rohrabacher as "Putin's favorite congressman," is taking a wry look at some of Rohrabacher's odder statements -- highlighting the Orange County congressman's unusual Russia connections with a light touch in a new digital ad featuring former 'Seinfeld' star Jason Alexander.

Rouda enlisted Alexander, who played the infamous George Costanza on "Seinfeld," to serve as his moderator in a mock debate with Rohrabacher, who appears in television clips from an iPad-style screen mounted on the podium opposite Rouda in the mock debate.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/24/politics/dana-rohrabacher-seinfeld-jason-alexander/index.html




There you have it – Rohrabacher loves Putin so much that he actually once arm wrested the Russian dictator. That’s Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – another in the growing list of:




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Oxnard it’s time to once again ask:



Woody Allen’s career – how is this still a thing? In the wake of the #MeToo movement which took down Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby as two of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, one man who has widely been known as a sexual deviant still has a career. Of course that is the world famous director known as Woody Allen. Woody Allen – even his name is “Woody”. Yes, that is a very immature joke to make given the subject matter. But this week some shocking new allegations have been made that would point to Woody being guilty as ever.

Soon-Yi Previn has broken her silence to defend husband Woody Allen against allegations of molestation and to accuse her adopted mother Mia Farrow of abusing her emotionally and physically as a child.
In a rare and controversial interview published Sunday in New York magazine Vulture, Previn opens up about her relationship with Allen -- who was Farrow's partner for a significant period of time while Previn was growing up -- and says that her mother "was never kind to me, never civil."
Previn, who is originally from South Korea, was adopted by Farrow at the age of 6. Her sexual relationship with Allen, 35 years her elder, sparked global outrage when it was revealed in the early 1990s -- when she was 21 years old.
At around the same time, Allen was facing accusations of molesting 7-year-old Dylan Farrow, another of Farrow's adopted children. He has always denied the allegations and was not charged.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/17/entertainment/soon-yi-previn-mia-farrow-accusations-intl/index.html




Uh huh sure, Mr. Allen, and we’re sure you have more than that. But this whole thing with Woody Allen isn’t going over too well with proponents of the #MeToo movement, and isn’t even going over well with most members of his own family.

Mia Farrow's children Dylan and Ronan Farrow have hit back at Woody Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn's claims that she was abused by the actress.

Previn, who caused a scandal worldwide when she embarked on a romantic relationship with Allen, who at the time was in a relationship with her adoptive mother Farrow, alleged in a piece for New York Magazine that the "Rosemary's Baby" star both verbally and physically abused her.

(WENN) — Mia Farrow's children Dylan and Ronan Farrow have hit back at Woody Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn's claims that she was abused by the actress.

Previn, who caused a scandal worldwide when she embarked on a romantic relationship with Allen, who at the time was in a relationship with her adoptive mother Farrow, alleged in a piece for New York Magazine that the "Rosemary's Baby" star both verbally and physically abused her.

As well as spanking her with a hairbrush and slapping her round the face, 47-year-old Previn claimed that Farrow held her upside-down for lengthy periods of time and once threw a porcelain rabbit at her.

Previn made the allegations as she responded to Farrow, 73, and her daughter Dylan's claims that Allen sexually abused Dylan when she was a child.
https://abc6onyourside.com/news/entertainment/mia-farrows-children-fire-back-after-woody-allens-wife-claims-abuse




And we’re sure that Woody’s nose grew just as much as Leslie Nielsen’s did. Yes, you can make your own jokes here. Go ahead. But here’s where it gets ugly – and of course it would. So maybe this is a case of this happening “too soon”? But really it’s weird and creepy to say the least.

Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen and the estranged adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, defended her husband against what she contends is unfair treatment in the #MeToo era and attacked her adoptive mother in her first public comments about the relationships in decades.

New York magazine posted on its website Sunday night an in-depth article about Previn in which she talks of a troubled relationship with her mother and tells how she fell in love in 1992 with Allen, who was Farrow’s boyfriend at the time.

The 47-year-old said she and her mother clashed soon after Farrow adopted her and that her mother many times treated her like a maid. She denies being manipulated into a relationship by Allen.

Previn told the magazine that she decided to speak out now because Dylan Farrow, who is an adopted daughter of Allen, is, in her view, unfairly accusing her husband of sexually abusing Farrow when she was a child.

“I was never interested in writing a ‘Mommie Dearest,’ getting even with Mia — none of that,” Previn told the magazine. “But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. (Mia) has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-entertainment-news-updates-2018-soon-yi-previn-defends-woody-allen-1537196299-htmlstory.html


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Sure, Woody will apparently join Bill Cosby at some point. Maybe the two of them can share a cell together. One thing is for certain though – even with the recent allegations and family drama, it appears that Amazon has done the right thing and won’t release his latest film.

Woody Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, has been left in limbo after Amazon Studios appeared to shelve it indefinitely.

The production company, which was contractually obliged to distribute the film, said on Thursday: “No release date has ever been set.”

Amazon, which signed a five-film deal with the director in 2016, struggled to find wide theatrical distribution for his previous offering, Wonder Wheel, after renewed media focus on a sexual assault allegation made by his then seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/aug/30/woody-allen-new-film-shelved-amazon-rainy-day-new-york




Which is apparently true. Woody Allen has been rejected everywhere, apparently. He even revealed recently that Hillary Clinton did the right thing and returned his campaign donation:

Hillary Clinton returned Woody Allen’s contribution to her presidential run, the controversial director has revealed.

The New York Magazine’s website Vulture were interviewing Allen’s wife, Soon-Yi Previn, when he interrupted the conversation to make a point about the public perception of their marriage.

“I am a pariah,” he said. “People think that I was Soon-Yi’s father, that I raped and married my underaged, retarded daughter.”

Allen underlined the point by claiming the pair’s donation to Clinton’s last campaign was unceremoniously returned, implying it had something to do with his public perception. He did not disclose how much he planned to donate.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/woody-allen-hillary-clinton-2016-campaign-donation-soon-yi-previn-vulture-a8541221.html




No, Woody, we won’t do that. But even Hillary Clinton rejected his donation. That’s enough to make you ask – Woody Allen’s career:




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Hey Oxnard it’s time for one of my favorite Top 10 segments. I really need a drink!



So of course you know the idea behind this segment is that we have a few drinks, get drunk and talk about anything in the news as long as it’s not politics. And it’s a good chaser after some of the really dark shit we talk about every week. So tell me bartender, what goes well with a haunted house? Liquid brains? What’s that? Ah fuck it, I’ll just take beer served in a beer bong. It’s been a while since I have done one of these. But why a beer bong? Because our good friend Post Malone – you know him as the singer behind the awesome album “Beerbongs And Bentleys” – has been in a bit of bad luck lately, but there may finally be a reason behind it. Where’s my beer? Thank you. But so you know what happened – Post Malone had a run in with that plane crash, then he was in a car crash. Here’s more.

Post Malone got into a serious car accident on Friday morning.

The wreck comes a little over two weeks after the left tires on a private plane the “Rockstar” singer and guitarist was aboard blew out on takeoff, forcing a scary emergency landing.

Malone, 23, was riding in the passenger’s seat of his white Rolls-Royce Wraith in West Hollywood when the car collided with a Kia, Sgt. Frank Diana of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department confirms to PEOPLE. The vehicle, which was being driven by Malone’s assistant, then smashed through a nearby fence before stopping in some bushes.

No injuries were reported from the accident, Sgt. Diana said. He also said no alcohol was involved in the crash.
https://people.com/music/post-malone-car-accident-after-plane-emergency/




Yes damn indeed! So that is some really shitty luck and we would like to extend our beerbongs to you, Mr. Malone! But here’s where it gets weird. Because of course it would! It turns out that Mr. Malone might actually be cursed, for real! Now cue the horror music!

At first, it looked like Post Malone had gotten himself caught up in a classic Final Destination scenario. In August, right after the VMAs, the rapper and his entourage boarded a private plane to London, only to have the tires blow off immediately after take-off. The pilot managed to land the plane safely, but the Universe appeared to believe it had been deprived of a soul it was owed; a few days later, armed robbers broke into a house where Malone used to live and demanded to see him. Fortunately, he wasn’t there. Again, he was fine, and again, the Universe seemed to rage. On September 7, the rapper’s Rolls Royce was T-boned by a Kia in West Hollywood. He made it out unscathed. Now, however, it seems this string of misfortune is not the Universe working to correct an accounting error, but the result of a good old-fashioned curse, obtained from a haunted box.

According to TMZ, Malone visited Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans’s Haunted Museum in Las Vegas back in June. Bagans showed him around while Malone casually sipped a beer, and at one point brought him to see the dybbuk box that inspired the horror film The Possession. “Dybbuk” is Yiddish for “malicious spirit,” and the box is believed to be the most haunted object in the world.
https://www.thecut.com/2018/09/post-malone-cursed-by-haunted-dybbuk-box.html




Yeah so Post Malone might actually be cursed. That is certifiably insane. Maybe not so much that he visited a haunted mansion in Vegas but the fact that his Rolls Royce got t-boned by a Kia. Now that is horrifying sir! And we’re not done!

Post Malone‘s old home was burglarized over Labor Day weekend, TMZ reported.

Three men allegedly broke a front window after midnight on Sept. 1 at the house in San Fernando Valley. A new resident of the house was reportedly pistol-whipped.

According to the outlet, one of the burglars shouted, “Where’s Post Malone?” although the musician no longer resides at the address.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that a burglary occurred last weekend but could not confirm that the home ever belonged to Malone.
https://people.com/music/post-malone-old-home-burglarized-resident-assaulted/




So is Post Malone cursed? That is the question that we need to answer. But the real question that we need to answer is are haunted houses still a thing? And why would there be one in Vegas of all places?

Rapper Post Malone has not had the best of luck lately.

Some people believe it may be a result of something that happened during a visit to Las Vegas.

"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans has released video that shows the rapper inside of Bagans' haunted museum in downtown Las Vegas in June.

Bagans is seen touching what he calls the most haunted object in the world -- the Dybbuk Box.

Malone is then seen touching Bagans shoulder and Bagans jumps back. Bagans says that Malone saw a dark figure and it followed them out of the museum.
https://www.theindychannel.com/entertainment/rapper-post-malone-has-bad-luck-after-visit-to-zak-bagans-haunted-museum




So Post, the next time you’re back in LA stop by the show and we’ll do some beerbongs because you definitely need to reverse that curse!

Well, all of that bad luck might just make sense now — according to TMZ, Post had messed with "the world's most haunted object" called the "Dybbuk box" not too long ago, and now spirits are after him. Plain 'n simple.

ANYWHO, after cracking open some cold ones with Zak Bagans — the guy from the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures — the two explored Bagan's Haunted Museum and touched the Dybbuk box.

Post isn't the only one who's felt the wrath of the Dybbuk box though — other people throughout history who have had the box in their possession have also reported ~strange phenomena~.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/sydrobinson1/post-malone-haunted-by-box





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It’s time for episode 12 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

[font size="6"]The US Navy[/font]


Ahoy mateys! Welcome aboard! We need some music for this one!



OK so you know that our show policy now is that we will never make fun of anyone on active duty or our armed forces. But we can make fun of the situation right? I mean after all, it’s our god given first amendment right damn it! So no journey through the Deep State would be complete without paying a visit to one of the most important buildings in the United States of America – the Pentagon! And of course the Pentagon famously has 5 branches which we will all be exploring. Soon to be a sixth if we create Space Force under the Trump administration. But if you need to know what those are – they’re the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the US Marine Corp, and the Coast Guard. Of which we will be exploring those later. But here’s what you should know what the Navy has been up to lately.

The U.S. surface Navy is moving rapidly toward buying a new large surface ship that will replace the aging cruisers, a ship that Navy leaders and experts say will need to be spacious to accommodate future upgrades and weapon systems.

The office of the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Surface Warfare, or OPNAV N96, has convened a “large surface combatant requirements evaluation team” to figure out what the Navy’s next large ship will look like and what it will need to do. The goal, according to the N96 head Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, will be to buy the first cruiser replacement in 2023 or 2024.

The acquisition process should kick off formally next year once a capabilities development document is completed, but a few main factors are driving the size requirement, Boxall said.

The fleet is pushing towards designs that can easily be upgraded without a major overhaul. To do that, the Navy thinks its going to need a lot of extra power for more energy-intensive weapons in the future, such as electromagnetic rail guns and laser weapons.
https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/09/17/the-us-navy-is-going-to-need-a-bigger-boat-and-its-getting-ready-to-buy-one/




Apparently no boat is big enough for the US Navy. They need bigger boats and bigger boats! I mean what good is the USS Enterprise when the enemy already has a bigger ship waiting for them in the wings here? Yes, I do realize I almost said “shit”, sir, thank you. But what else has the Navy been up to? We have above water but what about underwater?

General Dynamics’ (GD) wholly owned subsidiary Electric Boat has been awarded a $480.6m contract modification to continue development of the US Navy’s next-generation Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarine.

Under the contract modification, the company will be responsible for providing funding for advance procurement, advance construction and long lead time material for the first Columbia-class (SSBN 826) nuclear submarine.

The US Navy intends to develop and deploy a fleet of 12 new Columbia-class SSBNs, with the construction of the lead sea-based strategic deterrent slated to commence at the end of 2020.

Initially awarded in September last year, the complete contract for the production of 12 vessels has a total potential value of $6.1bn.
https://www.naval-technology.com/news/us-navy-columbia-class-submarine/




I really wonder if actual US Navy troops love or hate that song? Hey if you do be sure to leave it in the comments after the show. If you don’t, we’ll post the best hate mail in a future Top 10! So we’ve covered above water and underwater. But what happens when the US Navy rolls out their latest vessel? See how I used Navy speak there?

On the Camden waterfront, the World War II-era battleship USS New Jersey can be found moored as a floating museum. Her fighting days long over, the state’s namesake — which was launched in 1942 — serves as a reminder of an earlier age of naval warfare.

Far to the south in Virginia, meanwhile, another USS New Jersey is slowly taking shape in a sprawling shipyard in Newport News.

Smaller and far deadlier than its hulking predecessor, the nuclear attack submarine SSN-796 will be the next ship to carry the state’s name.

Now about 43 percent complete, the New Jersey will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in late 2021, said a spokesman for Huntington Ingalls-Newport News Shipbuilding.

While only a few photos of the work in progress have been cleared for release, they show workers in tight spaces assembling interior modules of the submarine.
https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/09/first_look_at_the_latest_us_navy_warship_to_carry.html




Excuse me a minute… OK moving on. So what is the take away here? The United States loves its’ boats and sea vessels, and the bigger they are the better they are! And the more firepower they can unleash on their wartime opponents! But the challenges that the US Navy faces are some of the more harder ones of the US military to face especially given the challenges of the sea.

The next time we have a big war, I think the Navy will be our armed service that is caught the most flat-footed.

Why? Because it hasn’t had its nose bloodied since 1945. That’s a long time to go without facing a serious combat challenge.

Yes, it has had violent losses, such as aboard the USS Stark. But there is not a single person wearing a Navy uniform that has experienced a full-on attack by an enemy fleet.

What will catastrophe look like? Well, to get a notion, rub together these two sentences from the September issue of Proceedings:

“Two things are certain in the perennial carrier debate—the Navy will have carriers for decades to come, and as long as it does, the argument about their centrality to the fleet will continue.”
https://taskandpurpose.com/us-navy-challenges-carrier-hypersonics/



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Overall importance: A
How Things Are Going: A+
Likely hood To Survive: A+

Overall: A+

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

We’re hanging out again in the Pentagon next week as we are going to explore the impact that Trump’s proposed Space Force has had on the US Air Force!



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[font size="8”]Gorillaz[/font]

Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest is one of my favorite bands of the last few years. Their latest album is called “The Now Now”. You can see them October 20th at the Demon Days Festival at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. Playing their song “Hollywood”, give it up for Gorillaz!





Oxnard we love you! We’ll be back soon! This is the final stop of the first leg of our tour, I want to thank all our amazing hosts, we will be returning to our home at the UCB Theater next week. See you next week!

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