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Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of #12: Thanksgiving Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots Best Of #12: Thanksgiving Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Oh hello! I know, right? I can’t believe how fast this year is going. You know we are tidying up our mobile set while we prepare to go to Stanford for the home stretch. We have just three Top 10s left in the year before we cast aside this insane year that was 2019. And those dates are 12/4 at Stanford University, 12/11 at USC, and 12/18 at UCLA, which is also where we held the final for our 3rd annual Stupidest State contest. What can you expect for season 8? Well you can expect a whole lot of conservative idiocy plus all of our usual favorite segments and some new ones that will pop up. And since this is a year when we will hopefully elect the successor to @realDonaldTrump, the mud and feces (probably) will be flinging, and it will be coming very fast and very furious. Conservative idiocy will be amped up way past 10 and it will be on stage for the entire world to see. We will also be continuing our college tour for a bit into the better part of season 8, but season 9 we will be going international! Yes, you can expect us to go back to London and we will also be hitting Europe, Canada and we will be doing a show in Tijuana! Yes, Tijuana! No, there won’t be any donkey sex involved, sorry, Kevin Smith fans. But there will be plenty of insanity along the way. With that in mind, drum roll, here are the Top 10 season 8 tour dates!

- 1/8/20 – Syracuse, NY – Syracuse University (rescheduled from 8/28/19)
- 1/15/20 – Amherst, MA – University Of Massachusetts
- 1/22/20 – Washington, DC – Georgetown University
- 1/29/20 – Coral Gables, FL – University Of Florida, Miami
- 2/5/20 – Tallahassee, FL – Florida State University
- 2/12/20 - Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt University (Valentine’s Day Special!)
- 2/19/20 – Ann Arbor, MI – University Of Michigan
- 2/26/20 – Madison, WI – University Of Wisconsin
- 3/4/20 – Witchita, KS – Witchita State University (Stupidest State Selection Sunday)
- 3/11/20 – Dark
- 3/18/20 – Norman, OK – University Of Oklahoma (Stupidest State Round 1 Week 1)
- 3/25/20 – Albuquerque, NM – University Of New Mexico (Stupidest State Round 1 Week 2)
- 4/1/20 – Phoenix, AZ – University Of Arizona (Stupidest State Round 1 Week 3)
- 4/8/20 – Denver, CO – University Of Colorado (Stupidest State Round 1 Week 4)
- 4/15/20 – DARK (Best Of)
- 4/22/20 – Chico, CA – Chico State University (Stupidest State Round 2 Week 1)
- 4/29/20 – Corvallis, OR – Oregon State University (Stupidest State Round 2 Week 2)
- 5/6/20 – Seattle, WA – University Of Washington (Stupidest State Round 2 Week 3)
- 5/13/20 – Riverside, CA – University Of California, Riverside (Stupidest State Round 2 Week 4)
- 5/20/20 – San Diego, CA – University Of California, San Diego (Stupidest State Final Four)
- 5/27/20 – Irvine, CA – University Of California, Irvine (Stupidest State Championship)

There you have it, that is our completed tour schedule for season 8! Season 9 tour dates including our international dates (this is an election year, we have to get out!), will be unveiled in a future best of edition. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first we have to play the John Oliver segment from a couple of months ago where he discussed compounding pharmacies:

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So we have a lot for our Best Of Edition. In the first slot from Idiots #7-12 while the entire world is asking why Mitch McConell won’t pass any sensible laws regarding gun control, Trump (1) goes ahead and declares war on vaping because – wait for it – people might die from it. In the second slot, from Idiots #7-6, we finally learn the truth that the Seth Rich conspiracy theory (2) peddled by Fox News and the right wing smear machine was indeed a gigantic steaming load of BS. In the third slot, from Idiots #7-13, Mike Pence (3) took a whole motorcade to an island off the coast of Northern Michigan where cars haven’t been allowed since the invention of the car. What a snowflake! For the #4 slot this week, from idiots #7-18, Trump (4) celebrated Halloween in the most Donald Trump way possible – by building a wall in the White House, while he got booed at the World Series. In slot #5, from Idiots #7-11, our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, takes a trip to Eastern Michigan where they are turning a local high school into a mass-shooting proof fortress, because that’s where we are at since we can’t do anything about enacting sensible gun legislation. Taking the 6th slot this week, in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, the apocalypse is imminent and our resident pastor weighs in on some recent apocalypse theories and has a few of his own! In the #7 slot this week from Idiots #7-15, “Beating A Dead Horse” takes a look at China’s ridiculous international censorship over content production including their feud with the creators of South Park, and the NBA. In the 8th slot this week from Idiots #7-10, after threatening his employees who were attempting to unionize, we profile the owner and CEO of Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy (8) in a new “This Fucking Guy”. At the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week, from Idiots #7-17, we have one of our favorite “People Are Dumb” segments ever which includes one of the most insane Florida Man stories we’ve ever heard. Finally this week from our cancelled Idiots #7-2, is Part 2 of our “What’s Up With Texas” docuseries that takes a look at when we visited the Texas border town of Laredo to find out what whether or not they support Trump’s ridiculous wall or not. And to cap it all off, some live music from the time we had country music’s anti-hero Sturgill Simpson stop by! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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From: Idiots #7-12

Let’s talk about vaping. Or more importantly let’s talk about Vaping Death. Yeah it sounds like a Metallica song doesn’t it? Because Trump’s newly declared war on vaping is so insane that it almost sounds fucking metal. There’s plenty of reasons why vaping and excessive vaping is horrible but we don’t have that kind of time! Before we get into Trump’s ban, I want to talk about this lawsuit that emerged against the vaping compaul Juul, because this exposes the inherent dangers and risks of using vaping products.

A teenager who says vaping gave him lungs “like a 70-year-old” is suing a leading e-cigarettes company.

Adam Hergenreder, an 18-year-old from Illinois, has accused Juul of marketing e-cigarettes to young people with the message that vaping could boost their social status

He underwent hospital treatment at the end of August for nausea and laboured breathing after using e-cigarettes for more than 18 months.

"I'm 18 years old. My lungs are like a 70-year-old's," he told CBS while in hospital. “My lungs will never be the same."

In a statement on Friday, Juul said it had “never marketed to youth” and argued its products were meant to help adult smokers quit traditional cigarettes.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/vaping-teenager-sues-juul-e-cigarettes-lung-damage-adam-hergenreder-a9105211.html




Yeah it’s kind of like Patty & Selma but may be even worse. And of course like just about everything that Trump does, it’s not helping things. As we’ve seen time and time again, bans don’t work. Which means that every time you attempt to ban something there’s products that will appear on the black market which will be way worse than what you could buy previously. File this one under “you’re not helping!”.

President Trump's proposed ban of electronic cigarettes with anything but a tobacco flavor could kill a big part of the vape store business, but it may have a limited effect on curbing use by young people who can already flavor their own cartridges with readily available and attractive dessert tastes, industry experts say.

Trump's move came after new data showed teen vaping increased even as the availability of more kid-friendly flavors decreased. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb last year proposed restricting flavored e-liquids to vape stores that are age-restricted, but Trump's move would go much further.

The announcement came amid an outcry over the mounting death toll and hundreds of serious lung illnesses linked to vaping. Nearly all of the now-public cases involved young men who vaped both nicotine and THC oil.

On Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in the state through an emergency executive action.

Gottlieb told USA TODAY on Thursday that the deaths and illnesses and teen vaping concerns have been "conflated" and calls them "separate actions and separate public health concerns." On CNBC Monday, Gottlieb called for a "federal reckoning" and regulation of cannabis because of its link to most of the reported lung illnesses and deaths.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/09/14/trump-proposal-ban-vaping-flavors-amid-lung-illness-limited-impact-experts-say/2309607001/




And of course for those of you keeping score at home, there’s more reason to believe that Trump’s ban on vaping isn’t actually helping things. For one thing, many adults use vaping as a way of helping them quit actual cigarettes. But of course this is the Trump administration that we’re talking about here, facts don’t matter. Only outrage does!

Removing flavors is bad for adult smokers. There is little question that some adults will switch back to their Marlboros and Kools if their preferred flavors are no longer available. Surveys of adult smokers show the vast attraction of switching from cigarettes to a vaping device that uses nontobacco flavor.

As for youths, everyone agrees they should not vape. However, one of the biggest concerns — namely, that teen vaping leads to teen smoking through a so-called gateway effect — is greatly overstated.

Meticulous data analyses show that vaping is more of a “gateway” out of a smoking addiction for teens than it is a passage into a new habit for those who have never smoked. Support for this observation comes from the fact that teen smoking remains on a decades-long downhill slide.

Even if vaping is not a conduit to smoking, teen vaping is going in the wrong direction: Between 2018 and 2019 it rose by a third, from 20.8% to 27.5%. (At least, however, the trend may be slowing as the increase from 2017 to 2018 was steeper at 78%, from 11.7 to 20.8%).

In response, Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a news release that if there is further “migration to tobacco-flavored products by kids, we will take additional steps to address youth use of these products.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/09/13/dont-nontobacco-e-cigarettes-adults-more-danger-kids-column/2299006001/




Well, yeah they do call them cigarettes. But what is Trump talking about with a total ban? There’s no evidence to support a ban, and you have a greater chance of dying from a gunshot wound than you do from vaping so why does that matter? Oh and if you guessed that Trump most likely didn’t even read the CDC report and grossly misinterpreted results, you are correct!

(CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday there are 380 confirmed and probable cases of lung disease associated with vaping across 36 states and the US Virgin Islands. Six deaths have been confirmed in six states: California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, and Oregon.

That's a smaller number of illnesses than the agency had previously stated because it has updated the way it reports cases of lung disease associated with e-cigarette use. It's now reporting confirmed and probable cases, rather than possible cases or cases under investigation.
Last week, the CDC had reported that there are more than 450 possible cases of vaping-related lung disease across 33 states and the US Virgin Islands.

There are hundreds more cases under investigation around the country, according to a CNN analysis of numbers reported by state health departments this week.

The states and territory with confirmed cases are Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the US Virgin Islands.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/13/health/lung-disease-vaping-cdc-new-numbers-bn/index.html





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From: Idiots #7-6

We’re going to do something a bit different for this entry. It turns out that… conspiracy theories are bullshit! If you’re shocked by this revelation, you’re in the wrong place, people. Yeah I love that one guy in the back who yells out “WOOOOOOOOOO!!!”. And one conspiracy theory that was being peddled by… *drum roll* Russian meme makers!!! Yes, Seth Rich was a Russian hit job! It was such pure, unbridled, unfiltered bullshit that even Fox News *AND* Alex Jones were forced to apologize for how much bullshit it was (see: Top 10 #3-8 ), and whew, it was quite the steaming pile. But you know what? It worked! It set out to do exactly what it was designed to do – turn the populace against the DNC. And the right wing media bought it hook, like and sinker.

In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by a squad of assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside President Trump’s White House, a Yahoo News investigation has found.

Russia’s foreign intelligence service, known as the SVR, first circulated a phony “bulletin” — disguised to read as a real intelligence report —about the alleged murder of the former DNC staffer on July 13, 2016, according to the U.S. federal prosecutor who was in charge of the Rich case. That was just three days after Rich, 27, was killed in what police believed was a botched robbery while walking home to his group house in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., about 30 blocks north of the Capitol.

The purported details in the SVR account seemed improbable on their face: that Rich, a data director in the DNC’s voter protection division, was on his way to alert the FBI to corrupt dealings by Clinton when he was slain in the early hours of a Sunday morning by the former secretary of state’s hit squad.

Yet in a graphic example of how fake news infects the internet, those precise details popped up the same day on an obscure website, whatdoesitmean.com, that is a frequent vehicle for Russian propaganda. The website’s article, which attributed its claims to “Russian intelligence,” was the first known instance of Rich’s murder being publicly linked to a political conspiracy.
https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-the-true-origins-of-the-seth-rich-conspiracy-a-yahoo-news-investigation-100000831.html




Damn right, Bill Nye!!! And it’s a huge, steaming load of bullshit! And come on, we should know better that anything cooked up in the festering boil of the internet known as 4chan is going to be a huge, steaming load. So how did it go from the bottom of the barrel of the internet all the way to mass media and eventually the White House? Well let’s follow the shit train shall we? Worst train ever, by the way.

#HisNameWasSethRich and, no, he did not leak stolen DNC info to Wikileaks. A new report shows how Russian military intelligence fueled a conspiracy around the unsolved 2016 murder of the Democratic National Committee staffer, fooling right-wing talk show hosts, journalists, former NSA and CIA officials — to the point that Donald Trump ordered the head of CIA to investigate it.

The report, by investigative British journalist Duncan Campbell, was published on Monday by Computer Weekly, a professional IT online magazine. Campbell asserts that Russian military intelligence, the GRU, manipulated metadata in DNC files that it stole and then released to the public. The GRU’s goal in doing so: to give the false impression that the files were not hacked but copied from one computer to another by a DNC insider — Seth Rich — and then given to Wikileaks. The con job was good enough to persuade William Binney, a former technical director at the NSA, to conclude last year that the DNC files weren’t hacked at all, just stolen from the inside. Binney’s name and credibility helped to propel the conspiracy onto Sean Hannity’s show and then to the President and the head of the CIA.

To understand how the Seth Rich conspiracy made its way from the backwaters of 4Chan to Langley, you have to go back to June 2016. Cybersecurity company Crowdstrike had just reported that the DNC had been hacked and the culprit was likely Russian intelligence.
https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2018/08/how-russian-hackers-amplified-seth-rich-conspiracy-until-it-reached-donald-trump-and-cia/150263/




Damn right! So this plot to frame the DNC for a crime it didn’t commit started in the bottom of the barrel of the internet and made its’ way all the way to the fucking CIA! Think of it like the guy who starts out bombing at the Chuckle Hut every night and then somehow makes his way to working full arenas despite saying only a few marginally funny observations. Oh wait, you don’t have to, that guy is Sebastian Manascalo. You know, this guy. So think of Seth Rich as the Sebastian Manascalo of conspiracy theories.

There’s been a lot of pointing and laughing at Hannity and Fox News in the past 24 hours. And it’s deserved. Hannity peddled this conspiracy for almost a year after Rich’s death, though eventually retired the gimmick — reluctantly — some time after Fox News retracted a story on the theory after sourcing fell apart.

But to say Fox News got tricked by Russian trolls, like this GQ headline serves up, is just wrong. Or, at least, it misses the point. Hannity didn’t have the rug pulled out from under him by some foreign trickster hiding behind a screen in a Moscow. He openly peddled a conspiracy without anything to base it on, and does so regularly. This is the world he lives in and the language he speaks.

Look no further than the recently released text exchanges between Hannity and Paul Manafort, which were made public by a federal court during the trial of Trump’s former campaign chairman (of which I read all 56 pages, because I’m a masochist with too much time on his hands).

Here’s one literal word salad the Fox News host threw Manafort’s way: “HRC, E-mails, Obstruction, Destroying emails, bleach bit, devices no sim cards, Uranium one, Ukraine interference… Intel Leaks Unmasking Potus conversations leaked. My God.”
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/enterthefray/la-ol-seth-rich-conspiracy-fox-news-20190710-story.html




That’s about putting it mildly. There’s a lot speculating that this theory of pre-meditated murder was the inspiration for tipping the election in favor of Donald Trump. But as we’ve seen, the bullshit meter is in fact a sliding scale. With one extreme end of the bullshit meter being Pizzagate, and the other extreme end being an actual pile of bullshit. Seth Rich is… somewhere in the middle.

It was one of the first prominent “fake news” conspiracy theories to metastasize from Internet rumor all the way to the White House: In the summer of 2016, stories began to circulate in various online forums that Seth Rich, a fairly low-level Democratic National Committee staffer who died in July of that year, wasn’t the victim of a botched robbery at all, but had actually been assassinated by a contract killer working for Hillary Clinton. Rich, the theory went, was actually the secret source who had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks—a theory that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared to lend credence to when he offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the identity of Rich’s killer or killers. “Our sources take risks,” he said, even though the DNC emails were actually given to WikiLeaks days after Rich’s death.

As Reddit users, denizens of 4chan forums and even Fox News hosts such as Sean Hannity spread versions of this theory, suspicion arose that there were shadowy forces trying to promote the loony-sounding conspiracy. But it wasn’t clear who exactly these forces were, or what their intentions might be. On Tuesday, Yahoo News investigative reporter Michael Isikoff announced that he had tracked down the original source of the theory: A fake report concocted by the Russian intelligence agency SVR (short for Sluzhba vneshney razvedki Rossiyskoy Federatsii), a unit of the former KGB. The phony “bulletin,” designed to look like an authentic intelligence report, was released just three days after Rich’s death, Isikoff writes.

The idea that the Rich conspiracy theory was distributed by agents acting on behalf of the Russian government is not a new one. When information started to come out about the activities of the so-called Internet Research Agency during the 2016 election—which engaged in a sustained campaign of disinformation and outright propaganda on Facebook and other platforms—the Seth Rich assassination theory turned out to be one of the many pieces of fakery the IRA distributed as a way of destabilizing the Clinton campaign. But the agency was a privately run, arm’s-length entity (albeit one run by a close associate of Russian president Vladimir Putin). Until Isikoff’s report, it was not clear that this conspiracy theory originated from the highest levels of Russian intelligence itself.
https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/seth-rich-conspiracy-theory.php





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From: Idiots #7-13

So this next entry is for the Michiganders in the crowd. Do we have any people from Michigan in the audience here? Yeah I love the one guy in the back who yells “WOOOOOOOOO!!!”. Well, speaking of putting a tail pipe in a place where it is extremely uncomfortable to do so, Mike Pence can join Trump in participating in that activity. Great Photoshop there. What happened for him to deserve that? Well, the super tiny island in Michigan’s Lake Huron is home to Mackinac Island. And it’s pretty well known that vehicles haven’t been allowed on the island since the 1800s. But once again, in an episode of conservatives just being plain douchebags, Vice President Snowflake drove an 8 SUV motorcade through it, proving once again that bad guys drive black SUVs.

Vice President Mike Pence choppered onto a historic Michigan island that has always banned autos in favor of bicycles and horses and was shuttled to a campaign speech in a parade of eight official cars.

Tweeted one Michigander of the grand, gasoline-powered arrival at Mackinac Island’s famous Grand Hotel this weekend:

Most tourists reach the island by ferry, although small aircraft do come in and out, and the island does house a few emergency vehicles at all times. Secret Service for President Gerald Ford had a car waiting in case of an emergency when he and first lady Betty Ford visited in 1975, but the couple used the common mode of getting around during their visit, a horse-drawn carriage.

Pence was on the island to speak to the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference and had alerted officials there to his transportation plans, according to reports.

Michigan was a key state in the 2016 presidential election and is considered a major target for 2020. Pence has visited Michigan 10 times since 2017, the Detroit Free Press said. According to the Michigan Republican Party, Pence is the first sitting vice president to speak at the biennial conference, which has been hosted on the island — home to well-heeled summer people, retirees and fudge-seeking, tandem bike-riding tourists — for more than 60 years.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/michigans-historic-mackinac-island-bans-cars-the-pence-motorcade-used-8-2019-09-22




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Is nothing sacred to these motherfuckers? It’s almost like they try to come up with the wrong answer to everything? Hmm, let’s drive a car through a place where cars haven’t been allowed for 100 years! Yeah seriously, fail. And the residents of Mackinac Island are pissed and rightfully so. Are they trying to lose Michigan? This could probably do it.

Mackinac Island (pronounced "Mackinaw" draws nearly a million visitors each year and is regarded as one of the most precious natural resources in Michigan. Just 450 people live on the small destination, and they get around by bike.

"Bikes are just our way of life," Mary McGuire Slevin, the executive director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, told the sustainable-business news site TriplePundit. "They are like a part of our bodies, we don't even think about it. When I see a tourist go out for a bike ride around the circumference of the island, you can just tell the difference when they come pedaling back into town — they are more relaxed and have a big smile on their face."

Even Gerald Ford, the only president from Michigan, traveled by horse-drawn carriage when he visited Mackinac in 1975.

So when Pence broke with tradition over the weekend, controversy ensued. Several current and former Michigan residents reached out to Business Insider over email to share their thoughts.

"This is) a true gem that has been assaulted in plain sight," Skaneateles, New York resident Bitsy Jennings Govern, who grew up in Michigan, told Business Insider.
https://www.businessinsider.com/mike-pence-car-free-mackinac-island-michiganders-react2019-9




Yeah probably. But seriously, Pence crossed a line that shouldn’t have been crossed here. It’s like nothing is scared to these guys. Yeah sure, the powers that be on Mackinac Island have bent the rules before but nothing like this. At least when Gerald Ford visited the island, he had the good sense to leave his car behind when he realized that it might have been a bad idea.

The U.S. Secret Service had an automobile smuggled onto Mackinac Island when President Gerald Ford visited in 1975 — but the car was kept hidden and was never used, says a former longtime Mackinac Island official.

Dennis Cawthorne, a Lansing lobbyist and Mackinac Island resident who served for more than 20 years as chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, said Ford and his wife, first lady Betty Ford, rode a horse-drawn carriage during their Mackinac visit.

What wasn't widely known at the time, Cawthorne said, was that the Secret Service insisted that a vehicle be quietly brought to the island, so it would be available in case of an emergency.

Cawthorne disclosed the backstory to the Ford visit amid a controversy over whether Vice President Mike Pence will observe the century-old Mackinac Island ban on motorized vehicles when he visits Saturday to address the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/09/20/mike-pence-mackinac-island-motorized-vehicle/2386562001/




There literally is a Simpsons GIF for everything. By the way, my mom is from Michigan. I’ve been to Mackinac Island, I’ve eaten and stayed at the Grand Hotel. This is what one might call, a sacrilege. I mean seriously, he fucked up. And if you want to see why cars have been banned on the island, take a look at this photo gallery.

Michiganders are furious over Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade on the historic Mackinac Island — and for good reason.

As a native Michigander, Mackinac Island holds a special place in my heart. The quaint town barred vehicles in 1898 over health concerns for the horses that live on the island. Natives tend to bike everywhere, or travel by horse-drawn carriage.

Today, the vehicle ban adds to the "old-school" feel of the area, along with its Victorian architecture and the presence of horse-drawn carriages.

Here are 12 photos that show exactly why Michiganders are so furious with Pence driving on Mackinac Island:
https://www.businessinsider.com/mackinac-island-photos-before-mike-pence-motorcade-2019-9






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Is there anything that @realDonaldTrump doesn’t make weird or creepy? Let’s show what happened when kids trick-or-treating stopped by Trump and Melania for a visit:

https://twitter.com/loganclarkhall/status/1189209790502834176

They can’t even hand out Halloween candy right! And if this whole thing can’t get any worse, take a look at how Trump celebrated Halloween. It seems like he literally turns everything he touches to shit, and makes it about himself. Because he can’t stop placating his ego, he’s resorting to having children do his work for him. Maybe that’s why we haven’t seen Barron lately? Oh I’m kidding. Really, sir, that’s the joke you choose to walk out on? OK fine. But really we shouldn’t be subjecting our children to this monster, if anything he should be kept very far away from kids after this stunt:

A Halloween party on Oct. 25 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building featured candy, paper airplanes and — concerning for some attendees — a station where children were encouraged to help “Build the Wall” with their own personalized bricks.

Photos of the children’s mural with the paper wall were provided to Yahoo News.

The party, which took place inside the office building used by White House staff, included the families of executive-branch employees and VIP guests inside and outside government. Even though many of the attendees were members of President Trump’s administration, not everyone thought the Halloween game was a treat.

“Horrified. We were horrified,” said a person who was there and requested anonymity to avoid professional retaliation.

The Eisenhower Executive Office Building stands across from the White House and houses a large portion of the West Wing support staff and is home to the vice president’s ceremonial office. The “Build the Wall” mural was on the first floor, outside the speechwriter’s office and next to the office of digital strategy and featured red paper bricks, each bearing the name of a child.
https://news.yahoo.com/children-were-told-to-build-the-wall-at-white-house-halloween-party-153024720.html




Oh come on, this is the Donald J. Trump administration - if you're expecting someone who's kind, compassionate, and caring, you're in the wrong White House! But you know what? Let’s show the wall that kids built:



Now… don’t boo! I know that’s going to be your first instinct. But really don’t do it. Because rather than boo the wall, it’s time to start laughing at it. Because on Monday, Trump made the insane claim that the rebar being used to put up his see-through wall on the Mexican border was “impenetrable”. And which I never want to hear Trump use the word “penetrate” ever again. But that said, this happened:

President Donald Trump promised that a wall on the border would radically change undocumented immigration and customs enforcement. But it turns out newly built sections of the president’s wall aren’t as sturdy as he promised: Smugglers have been using a commercial saw to cut through it, according to the Washington Post.

Smuggling people and goods into the US is a profitable industry for criminal organizations, which is why they are motivated to innovate when it comes to breaching barriers. Of late, smugglers have reportedly been cutting through the wall — which is made of steel bollards that are partially filled with concrete — to make gaps large enough for people and goods to pass through.

To do so, smugglers are reportedly using a reciprocating saw that can be bought for as little as $100. The tool can cut through the wall’s steel and concrete in minutes when fitted with the appropriate blades, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have said.

After cutting the steel bollards, smugglers have taken to returning them to their original positions in hope of reusing the passage without being detected by border officials.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/11/2/20945336/trump-border-wall-smugglers-saw-us-mexico




I’m pretty sure that was Trump’s original intent with the wall! But in reality all it takes to cut through it is a $99 circular saw at Home Depot. Is that in the same section where they sell tiki torches? Anyway switching gears, congratulations to the Washington Nationals on winning their first World Series in franchise history. Houston Astros, you had a good run and you can rest assured that you don’t have to eat cheeseburgers with Trump . Because this happened:

Will someone please get the U.S. Marine Band off the internet?

The country's premier musicians have taken their skills down a notch, performing the world's most annoying jingle Baby Shark for the Washington Nationals during the team's White House visit. And that's far from the most unexpected stunt that happened when the World Series winners graced the South Lawn on Monday.

Not every National chose to head to the White House, giving either personal or political reasons for skipping the celebration with President Trump. But Kurt Suzuki was more than happy to be there. When Trump asked him to come up and say a few words, the catcher put on a MAGA hat, threw up his hands in a Trump-like manner, and unexpectedly participated in a Titanic reenactment with the president.

Paired with Ryan Zimmerman's thank you to Trump for "continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world," the fan base that had booed Trump at a Nationals home game wasn't too happy. But politics aside, the most disturbing yet unfortunately memorable part of the event happened when the Marine Band broke out its rendition of Baby Shark. Kathryn Krawczyk
https://theweek.com/speedreads/876306/lot-weird-things-happened-nationals-white-house-visit




Great use of the Marine Corps Marching Band by the way. I mean come on, you have the Marine Corps Marching Band playing fucking Baby Shark. Did Trump think that song was about him? Donny Trump do do do do do do, Donny Trump do do do do do, Donny Trump! That is kind of catchy. But there is some good news, while Kurt Suzuki and Ryan Zimmerman were wearing MAGA hats and trading high fives with Trump, there were a lot of Nationals players who declined to visit:

The Washington Nationals celebrated winning the World Series with a trip to the White House, and while several players felt the love, others didn't attend.

From the 25-man World Series roster, there were seven Nats players missing from the celebration: Anthony Rendon, Sean Doolittle, Victor Robles, Michael Taylor, Joe Ross, Javy Guerra and Wander Suero.

Reasons were not given for the absence of most of the players, though Doolittle cited "divisive rhetoric" from the administration in his explanation to the Washington Post; Guerra said he was preparing for his wedding on Saturday.

Manager Davey Martinez, General Manager Mike Rizzo and the Lerner family were all in attendance, though no one from the Lerner family stood up with the team.

President Trump shared a moment with Kurt Suzuki, when he highlighted the catcher's game-ending, three-run home run against the Mets back in September. Suzuki approached the podium, put on a 'Make America Great Again' hat, and President Trump gave him a hug.
https://www.wusa9.com/article/sports/mlb/some-nationals-players-didnt-attend-white-house-celebration/65-9fdf47ec-deff-4268-9bab-cd95ff359b59





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



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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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




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





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From: Idiots #7-16

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



My fair congregation! Please, be seated! For the end of the world is upon us! Now, now, I should have lead you into it. But this is not that kind of church and this isn’t that kind of sermon. But if you listen to our brothers and sisters on the right, you would think that the world is going to systematically collapse and that we’re all going to die at any minute. Oh wait, we’re not gonna die. We’re going to get… raptured, at least half of us will get snapped up by the LAWRD JAYSUS. Wait, is he Thanos? Yeah I get those two stories confused. Now look, every religion has their own end of the world theories, even ours does! The difference is we don’t try to sell you $200,000 doomsday shelters.

Tucked into the the rolling Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, in a corner of the state brimming with churches and crosses in front yards, there is a hidden camp next to a quiet lake.

This private campsite is where over a thousand doomsday preppers gathered one weekend in late September for their annual Prepper Camp, a mash-up of a wilderness survival course-meets-summer camp for people who love guns, getting off grid, and God. The New York Times has referred to it as a "survivalist's Burning Man."

The group is made up mostly of gray-haired retirees and couples toting kids for a weekend away from home. They are nearly all white, staunchly conservative, and eager to share what they've learned about organic farming, raising livestock, tying ropes, fermenting cabbage, and filtering drinking water in the wild.

Yet this backwoods crowd makes it known that when the end of life as we know it arrives, whether by hurricane, flood, nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP), or exploding civil warfare, they won't be so friendly anymore. That's when they'll take to their predetermined secret locales, shoot would-be intruders, and do whatever it takes to protect their families and their stockpiled food.
https://www.insider.com/who-are-doomsday-preppers-preparing-for-the-apocalypse-2019-10




Oh wait, that was Terminator 3. So in North Carolina they are busy preparing for the apocalypse. But what are they preparing for? It’s not like there’s going to be a planet-destroying doomsday event any time soon. By the way if you want to see an actual doomsday cult in action, look no further than what happened at one of the hotels owned by the unholy, ungodly Dark One!

Last year’s American Priority conference held at a Marriott in Washington, D.C., was not very well attended, according to Politico. The conference’s organizer Alex Phillips said that security at the D.C. hotel was not as tight as the organizers would have liked.

“We didn’t find the area very hospitable and friendly to what we were trying to do,” said Phillips in an interview.

This year the group migrated south to the Trump property in Miami, which has been more receptive to its message, Phillips said. Of the hotels American Priority considered, Trump Doral was among the cheaper bids, he said.

This year’s preliminary agenda features a topic called “Is America in a Great Awakening?” — a slogan associated with the Internet conspiracy theory called QAnon, which alleges Trump is working with former special counsel Robert Mueller to take down a ring of “deep state” actors.

Phillips said the topic on the group’s website is a reference to a Trump speech in which the president called for a “great reawakening.”

QAnon was repeatedly referenced at the group’s 2018 event. Phillips likened followers of QAnon to people who are devoted to checking their horoscopes.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article233307232.html




That’s not how this works! And if you support the Dark One at this point after everything that we’ve been through in the last 3 years, you are clearly ignorant as to how this works! Thank you, I will take that one! And by the way recent signs of the end of the world point to… a math equation. That’s right – it’s a doomsday equation that has sent the believers of the apocalypse trying to find out what it means. But really, don’t ask the guy who created it how it works!

Despite wild claims from the Daily Express, the world isn't going to come to an end today (April 23).

Quoting conspiracy theorist David Meade, the Express said a passage in the Bible, Revelations 12:1-2, "suggests the end of the world is imminent, with Earth set to be destroyed on April 23."

Right in the middle of the NBA playoffs? How rude.

The Bible passage (which of course doesn't specify April 23 as Doomsday), also signals the start of the Rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ, Meade said.

He also said the position of the planets and constellations is another harbinger of doom, but Space.com said Meade's predicted sky arrangement is totally wrong.

The wild theory mentions the planet Nibiru, aka Planet X, will appear on April 23. Meade claims it will then pass the Earth in October, causing the start of the Rapture with huge volcanoes and volcanic eruptions due to its gravitational force.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/13/no-world-isnt-ending-later-month-we-hope/515516002/




Well, of course the Daily Express is where one turns to for quality conspiracy theory based journalism, and what is it about the ultra radical right wing and conspiracy theories? We might have to do a deep dive on that subject in a future edition. But really when it comes to predicting the apocalypse or doomsday theories, just don’t. Save your brain waves for something more productive!

Score another accomplishment for the Trump administration: An increase in Doomsday Preppers. In your face, those of you who say he can’t get anything done.

The Washington Post recently featured a West Virginia survivalist camp where 100 people have already bought memberships so they will be able to ride out any of a number of horrific disasters. Sort of like an apocalypse timeshare.

They say they are prepared for the worst — famine, disease, chemical warfare, the New York Yankees winning the World Series.

Fortitude Ranch has won the endorsement of David Jones, whom the Post calls a “celebrity prepper” (which strikes me as being like a “celebrity hermit”) for his podcasts and television appearances. Like others, he worries that “the veneer of civilization is very thin.” Funny. He says that like it’s a bad thing.

Drew Miller, who runs the camp, says in an emergency, it can hold up to 500 people crammed together in buried culverts, feeding off of a stock of canned and dried foodstuffs.
https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/opinion/tim_rowland/betting-on-doomsday/article_960d22f2-fe58-5345-96cd-dee7f788c618.html




There you have it folks, the Dark One has sparked an increase in people who are preparing for the end of days! As predicted in our Good Book and every other Good Book out there! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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[font size="8"]Beating A Dead Horse: Support For Hong Kong
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In what may be the most insane and direct case of life imitating art, one of my favorite shows, South Park, called out China on its’ censorship and got banned for it. So the question on the table here is, how far is too far when life imitates art? And what the hell is China doing? Both of those are perfectly good questions. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the people of Hong Kong are rising up and protesting non stop against the brutal Jianping regime. And that’s having people’s opinions on a particularly touchy subject like this. In fact the subject of whether or not you should be allowed to support China has been such a tricky subject that the Jianping regime has gone into some serious damage control on the subject.

As political tensions between Hong Kong protesters and the Chinese government grow, the animated comedy South Park once again finds itself at the heart of the conflict.

In the wake of reports that China has outright banned all South Park content from the Internet, protesters have found other ways of disseminating the episode "Band in China." As spotted by The Hollywood Reporter, protesters in Hong Kong's Sham Shui Po district screened the episode to an impromptu but very appreciative crowd.

While it's unknown who exactly organized the screening, THR writes, "the screening inspired considerable discussion on the online forums favored by the protest movement though. Many praised South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone as 'prophets,' and rare Western media figures willing to show 'strong backbone' in response to the Chinese government's efforts to stifle international free speech."

Word that China has completely banned South Park content first surfaced last week following the original airing of "Band in China." The episode repeatedly criticizes the Chinese government's crackdown on free speech, including referencing a current Internet meme comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh and showing Mickey Mouse censoring his fellow Disney and Marvel characters at China's behest. The series continued to reference the China controversy in its most recent episode, "Shots!!!"
https://nordic.ign.com/south-park-14213562/30083/news/south-park-band-in-china-episode-screened-in-hong-kong-streets-after-china-banned-series




By the way here’s what is awesome about Matt Stone and Trey Parker – the twisted minds behind South Park – is that they troll. And they troll pretty damn good. In fact if you want to see how you should apologize to a brutal dictator who has a fragile ego like Xi Jianping, just look no further than how they actually apologized.

The creators of "South Park" have issued an "apology" to China after the show's most recent episode mocked the country's censorship and Hollywood's reliance on its theatrical market for movies.

The official "South Park" Twitter account on Monday tweeted the comedic statement below:

OFFICIAL APOLOGY TO CHINA FROM TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE.

"Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn't look just like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?"

The statement came after The Hollywood Reporter on Monday reported "South Park" has been banned from the Chinese internet and that videos, mentions, and discussion forums for the Comedy Central animated series had been removed or shut down.
https://www.businessinsider.com/south-park-creators-issue-mock-apology-to-china-after-ban-2019-10




Now here’s the thing. You don’t fuck with a dictator with a fragile ego like Xi Jianping. In fact we probably got the Top 10 banned from China as we were putting this edition together! And you know what? I don’t give a shit! And you want to know how fragile an ego Jianping has? Just look at what he did to DJ Zedd for simply liking a tweet about last week’s episode!

Zedd, a high-profile DJ and music producer, has been permanently banned from China for liking a tweet from “South Park’s” official account.

On Friday, Zedd tweeted about the ban, and CNBC verified the claim with his publicist on Saturday.

“This is true, yes, but we don’t have anymore info to give you at this time,” Adam Guest, senior entertainment publicist at U.K.-based SATELLITE414 agency, told CNBC. It’s unclear at the moment whether this means that Zedd has a travel ban to China. As of Saturday, his music was still available on Chinese music streaming site QQ Music.

“South Park” stirred up controversy in the world’s second-largest economy with an episode called “Band in China” which pokes fun at the country’s strict censorship regime and ridicules American firms doing business there.

Beijing responded by heavily censoring content related to “South Park” on search engines like Baidu and other online services.

The tweet that Zedd liked on Twitter was one celebrating “South Park’s” 300th episode.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/12/dj-zedd-banned-in-china-for-liking-a-south-park-tweet.html




Holy shit! If you’re a celebrity, you can now get banned from China for simply liking a tweet relating to the most recent South Park episode! Which is why we also liked that tweet! In fact we followed the official South Park feed! Now if you’re Xi Jianping, how do you react to South Park? Well, you delete the whole fucking show from your country. It’s not enough to ban South Park, he wants every single mention of South Park ever banned.

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker hit back at China after the government scrubbed the show from the Chinese internet.
The episode, "Band in China" is a critique of how Hollywood shapes its content to avoid offending Chinese government censors.
"South Park" has never been afraid to be offensive, which is why the show now virtually no longer exists in China. Every clip, any online discussion from Chinese streaming services, social media and even fan pages have been deleted by the government, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Stone and Parker issued an apology on Monday after China's crackdown -- well, kind of.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/07/us/south-park-apology-chinese-internet-trnd/index.html




And by the way, South Park wasn’t the only one who got this kind of insane treatment and censorship from the Jianping regime. Look at what they did to the Houston Rockets. It’s not enough to just ban that person, they’re banning the whole team and the league. The Jianping regime is doing some serious damage control right now and we may all get fucked!

Basketball fans attend a match between the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Saturday. Photo: APBasketball fans attend a match between the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Saturday. Photo: AP
Basketball fans attend a match between the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Saturday. Photo: AP

Live broadcasts of the National Basketball Association’s preseason games have resumed in China – except for matches with the Houston Rockets – as Beijing cools its rhetoric on a controversial tweet by the team’s general manager in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

Tencent, the NBA’s exclusive digital partner in China, streamed two games live with commentators – Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors and Maccabi Haifa vs Minnesota Timberwolves – on Monday morning after skipping live broadcasts of two exhibition games in China last week.

Games featuring the Houston Rockets, who are next on court on Wednesday, have been taken off the schedule. Tencent last week offered subscribers who chose the Houston Rockets as their preferred games to change to another team or be refunded.

Monday’s live broadcast came days after Tencent’s announcement that it would not broadcast two of the exhibition games in China, which took place last Thursday and Saturday, after league commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA supported Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s right to exercise free speech.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3032849/nba-games-return-china-screens-houston-rockets-not-included





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This week’s This Fucking Guy is the CEO of a company that you may have heard of called Barstool Sports, and that’s Dave Portnoy. You know Barstool – the company that’s been fueling toxic masculinity and sports bro culture since 2016. And of course you know that as the year that Trump took over and everything went to shit. Which has made Dave Portnoy lots and lots of money. If you’re the CEO of a company like that, you might want to follow the first rule of social media and that’s don’t be a dick. Also, don’t say anything you will regret later. But Dave Portnoy pulled his best Trump impression last week, said something ridiculously stupid on social media, and may have jeopardized his empire in the process. So how did it happen?

David Rosenfeld, a labor lawyer and self-styled “paid troublemaker,” saw the tweets as good old-fashioned union busting. He went to work. His mission: extract an apology from the man who had threatened to fire “on the spot” any employee who so much as discussed unionizing at his company.

But Rosenfeld’s opponent, David Portnoy, the architect and provocateur in chief of the polemical and fratty media company Barstool Sports, was aggressively unapologetic. Rosenfeld is hoping the National Labor Relations Board, which is now investigating charges against Portnoy and Barstool, will change that.

On Tuesday, Portnoy posted his threat to Twitter, responding to a man offering assistance to Barstool employees who may be considering organizing.

“If you work for @barstoolsports and DM this man I will fire you on the spot,” Portnoy wrote.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the country, condemned Portnoy’s comments, warning him they likely violated the 1935 National Labor Relations Act, the landmark law laying out workers’ rights and encouraging collective bargaining.

Portnoy was unfazed – gleefully defiant, even. Responding on Twitter to a user who wrote “I hope they unionize,” Portnoy said, “Me too. Just so I can crush it and reassert my dominance.”
https://www.boston.com/news/national-news/2019/08/17/barstool-sports-founder-railed-against-unions-now-his-threats-are-under-investigation




Dude seriously, you’re the CEO of a company that thinks women flashing their boobs on camera is funny, not the dictator of a third world country. Seriously, Kim Jong Un and Rodrigo Duterte get to exert their dominance. You toss the beads out to women at the tailgate party at the Super Bowl. And the last thing that you want to do is attract the attention of the Feds. I mean you’re already number one on Roger Gooddell’s shit list, and if you’re on that list, who’s not on it? Well this might be strike 2 if things get worse for the brand.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday criticized Dave Portnoy, the founder of sports blog Barstool Sports, after he threatened to fire any employee that was seeking advice on how to start a union.

In a tweet Monday, Portnoy criticized employees at The Ringer, a sports and culture website, for trying to unionize. Portnoy linked to an article he previously wrote in 2015 when Gawker writers tried to unionize.

"I hope and I pray that Barstool employees try to unionize," he wrote in the 2015 post. "I can’t tell you how much I want them to unionize. Just so I can smash their little union to smithereens. Nothing would please me more than to break it into a million little pieces."

Rafi Letzter, a staff writer for Live Science, replied to Portnoy's tweet on Tuesday, saying his inbox is open to Barstool writers who want advice on starting a union.

"If you work for @barstoolsports and DM this man I will fire you on the spot," Portnoy replied to the tweet.

Under the National Labor Relations Act, it is illegal for companies to fire or discipline employees for being involved with or trying to create a union.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/08/13/aoc-slams-barstool-sports-founders-threat-fire-unionizing-workers/2003902001/




Shit, Dave, I could have told you that and I’m no expert on labor! You know we give Boston sports fans a hard time and well they kind of deserve it because the rest of the world has to put up with them. But egregious labor law violations aren’t the only thing troubling Barstool Sports. As I said they’re a site that is fueling toxic masculinity across the web and around the globe. And this definitely isn’t hurting things.

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy is punching back at his critics.

The sports and culture blog has been under scrutiny lately by press coverage describing it as promoting sexual harassment and a trolling culture.

In July, The Washington Post reported that Portnoy disparaged a female employee's appearance on his radio show. Then in September, The Daily Beast published a story titled, "Inside Barstool Sports' Culture of Online Hate: 'They Treat Sexual Harassment and Cyberbullying as a Game.'" The next day, New York Magazine published a story titled, "What Fresh Hell Is Barstool Sports?"

All three pieces detail how Portnoy's Barstool makes a business out of harassing women and others who criticize the site, enlists its fans to do the same, and refuses to back down.

As Portnoy told it, Barstool is just defending itself against a small group of passionate "keyboard warriors" with "moral superiority" who use social media to attack him and would love to see Barstool go out of business.

"We never throw the first punch," Portnoy told Business Insider. "I really don't turn the other cheek. So when I feel like I'm being attacked, I don't back down. The easiest thing to say is, 'I'm sorry.' We don't do that."
https://www.businessinsider.com/barstool-sports-dave-portnoy-responds-to-accusations-of-toxicity-and-misogyny-2018-12




If you think that egregious labor laws violations, toxic masculinity and some hardcore sexism would be enough to sink Barstool, think again! They take online hate to a whole new level. Wonder why your son or grandson turned out to be a Nazi who spends most of his days owning the n00bs? Well check his browser history – if you see Barstool Sports come up and he’s got a Steam account, you might want to sit down for a little chat.

The other week, Dave Portnoy, the founder and chief of content of the sports blog Barstool Sports, did what he and fans of his site always do: ratcheted up an online spat to a fever pitch, transforming their collective rage at a perceived enemy into content. Even if it meant leaning into the type of social-media harassment and misogyny that Barstool is infamous for.

This particular roiling conflict dates back to October 2017, when ESPN announced it would be bringing in two Barstool personalities, Eric “PFT Commenter” Sollenberger and Dan “Big Cat” Katz, as hosts of a televised version of their wildly popular Barstool podcast, Pardon My Take. Sam Ponder, the host of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, was less than thrilled.

She tweeted out screenshots of a 2014 Barstool blog post in which Portnoy called her a “BIBLE THUMPING FREAK” whose primary job requirement was to “make men hard.” In a podcast that same week, Portnoy went on a rant while Katz egged him on, calling Ponder a “fucking slut” who should “sex it up and be slutty” instead of talking about being a working mother. ESPN canceled the TV show, Barstool Van Talk, after one episode, thanks in part to an internal pushback by more than a few ESPN employees, according to Sports Illustrated.

On Sept. 11, Ponder added a new allegation: Portnoy had said in a video that her daughter should have been aborted. Further, she claimed to have never wanted the network to pull the plug and was willing to make an appearance on their now-canceled show. Portnoy vehemently denies ever having made the abortion comment—though he and Katz admit they made disparaging remarks about Ponder’s daughter—and both Katz and Sollenberger insist Ponder had no interest in speaking with them and very much wanted their show gone.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-barstool-sports-culture-of-online-hate-they-treat-sexual-harassment-and-cyberbullying-as-a-game




And to think that ESPN almost gave this guy two hours a day to say whatever he wanted! And if he hates women and anyone else that much, imagine what he’d do to his employees! That’s Dave Portnoy, this week’s:




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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And this segment incorporates all walks of stupid – dumb criminals, dumb lawyers, dumb politicians, dumb students, you name it! And I also love these stories because they are all completely crazy and there’s enough of them that we could do these until the end of time! I want to start with this story out of Iowa – and yeah if you’re a guy you should *NEVER* expose your junk in public, no matter what the circumstances. But I love the excuse here – even though it’s not a good one, is that this guy who did the dirty deed claims that he saw it in a porno movie!

An Iowa man charged with exposing himself to a woman at a variety store told cops that he “had seen someone do it in a pornographic film” and thought the victim, who was accompanied by her minor son, might “respond to it sexually,” according to a court filing.

Nicholas Sheehy, 23, was arrested Friday afternoon at the Dollar General in Ottumwa, a city about 85 miles southeast of Des Moines. Sheehy, an Ottumwa resident, was charged with indecent exposure, a serious misdemeanor.

When confronted by police, Sheehy “admitted that he ‘whipped it out’ referring to his penis,” a criminal complaint alleges. “The defendant stated that he had seen someone do it in a pornographic film and believed that the female patron may respond to it sexually.”

Instead, the woman contacted cops, who reported that Sheehy “admitted that he exposed himself for sexual gratification.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/dollar-general-creep-639524




Next up – we go to *ANOTHER* story out of Iowa. Man, Iowa is bringing the crazy extra hard lately aren’t they? Well I mean there’s not much to do there so you got to get creative. But when you start turning to crime, a fresh coat of paint is definitely not the way that you want to hide the crime, and well, he got caught red handed. Or is it green handed? I’m not sure.

Police said a Dubuque man stole a trailer from a business and painted it black to keep anyone from recognizing it while he used it.

Malik J. Patterson, 20, of 17262 John Deere Road, No. 11, was arrested Wednesday morning on warrants charging second-degree theft and obstructing prosecution.

Police on Sept. 4 responded to Bicycle World, 1072 Central Ave., to investigate a report of a theft.

Business owner Parrish C. Marugg said he left the shop Sept. 3 and left his trailer, valued at $2,000, in the parking lot, according to court documents. When he returned the following morning, it was gone.
https://www.telegraphherald.com/news/tri-state/article_582e5118-2cd5-5d7d-b5b4-d79b9395264a.html?utm_source=thonline&utm_medium=click_source&utm_campaign=homepage_top_news_card_more_stories




That is a good question! Next up – we go to Las Vegas! I am really surprised that this doesn’t happen more often because people tend to go crazy when they start losing money at casinos. Maybe not so much on the Vegas Strip, but there’s plenty of off strip action happening all around the gambling paradise known as Vegas. But if you start losing money, it’s your own damn fault. Don’t blame the casino for it!

Police say a woman who was angered when she was kicked out of a Las Vegas-area casino intentionally drove her motorhome into the building, injuring a custodian.

North Las Vegas Police spokesman Eric Leavitt says the 50-year-old woman was ejected from the Cannery casino Friday morning and drove her Winnebago motorhome into the building.

Leavitt says the woman hit a 66-year-old custodial worker who was outside the building. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the worker was critically injured but is expected to survive.

Leavitt told KVVU-TV that the woman kept hitting the gas and her vehicle was stuck in the building’s entrance. Employees had to remove the woman to get her to stop.
https://kwwl.com/news/national-news-from-the-associated-press/2019/10/25/woman-drives-motorhome-into-casino-after-shes-kicked-out/




Next up we go to Minneapolis! Yeah the meth industry attracts some extremely strange people to it, not to mention some incredibly armed and extremely dangerous people to it. But last week we brought you that story about When Standing Your Ground Goes Wrong. Well, do 18th century cannons fall under the controversial Stand Your Ground law?

A Dassel couple is facing weapons and drug charges after authorities seized more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than a dozen weapons from their home, including a functioning cannon.

Bret Bruce Wakefield, 59, and Ramona Jean Wakefield, 56, are facing one count each of first-degree sale of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and firearm possession.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force agents served a search warrant Monday at the couple’s home on the 17000 block of Highway 15 South. Upon arrival, they immediately located the couple and had them detained while completing their sweep of the residence.

With a broader search of the property, agents recovered 12 firearms and a functioning cannon.
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/10/22/dassel-couple-found-in-possession-of-drugs-weapons-including-working-cannon/




Next up - we cant get out of here without talking about America’s most penis shaped state, the great state of Florida. The Sunshine State always brings it every week, and we do want to thank the @Florida_Man Twitter account for keeping us up to date on these stories. While I do love Florida Man stories, I also love Doomsday Prepper stories, and none is more prepper than this, but really don’t build your doomsday shelter from stolen parts! That never ends well!

A Florida man preparing for the end of the world is under investigation for stealing vehicles and building a "doomsday bunker" in his backyard.

They found the trailer at the man's home, where he had apparently been stockpiling stolen vehicles and burying them in the backyard to create an underground shelter.

Though the man reportedly told police he did not have a prediction for when the world would end, chances are he wouldn't have survived the end times in his makeshift shelter even if he had gotten away with building it.

"A trailer is not structurally sound," Craig Holland, the city's development-services director, told the Orlando Sentinel. "I don't think it would have protected him from much."
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-man-stole-trailers-food-truck-planned-bury-doomsday-bunker-police-article-1.1157841




That is a good point sir! And by the way that was a weird Google Image search! Finally this week this might be one of my favorite Florida Man stories in a while. Yeah so Florida Man was caught inside a Target store defiling stuffed animals, and… Olaf from Frozen. This is real! This happened! I laughed so hard when I first saw this story and well I had to include it. And the sad thing is they had to put Olaf out to pasture after this. And I’ll never hear “Let It Go” in the same way ever again!

A Florida Man yesterday sexually assaulted a pair of “large stuffed animal toys” inside a Target store, according to police who arrested the fiend on a criminal mischief charge.

As detailed in a criminal complaint, Cody Christopher Meader, 20, entered the retailer around 2 PM Tuesday and approached a display of merchandise featuring characters from the Disney film “Frozen.”

Meader, seen at right, selected a “large Olaf stuffed animal” and proceeded to place it on the floor of the Target in Pinellas Park. He then began to “dry hump” the cinematic snowman “until he ejaculated on the merchandise,” a cop reported.

Meader returned the soiled Olaf back to the display before entering the toy department, where he “selected a large unicorn stuffed animal and began to ‘dry hump’ this item.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/olaf-targeted-642935




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This segment was originally supposed to air in Top 10 #7-2, but since that edition was cancelled at the last minute, we’re airing it now. Enjoy!



Texas has the 2nd most electoral votes in the country after California. This is due to the states’ sheer size and massive population. But the reason why we’re touring Texas is because for the first time since Eisenhower, Texas has a very real possibility of turning blue for the first time in over 60 years. So what could that do to the electorate? Well, it could make Florida’s votes irrelevant for one thing. So we decided to do this docuseries to tour the great state of Texas to find out what’s up? What makes this state so great? In Part 1 of our docuseries, we went to El Paso to hang out with the Beto O’Rourke campaign and we toured a facility that was housing immigrants. Yeah I.C.E. confiscated our cameras, unfortunately. But we’ve found towns and cities along the Texas border the border issue can be like a fine wine – tricky, convoluted but it can also unite people or divide them.

Most security experts agree that fencing is important to keeping order at the border, but, they emphasize, it is only one of many tools.

“A fence, standing alone, is not a strategy for controlling the border against illegal migration,” said Robert C. Bonner, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection under former President George W. Bush.

Bonner and other immigration experts say fencing is not meant to keep people out of the U.S. Instead, it is intended to slow undocumented immigrants down enough so that Border Patrol agents can apprehend them before they get to U.S. cities and blend into the larger population.

That’s why various types of fencing are used on different parts of the border, depending on a number of factors including terrain and proximity to cities.

Near urban areas, two layers of barriers can be particularly effective because Border Patrol agents can closely monitor the area and pick up migrants before they can cross the second fence.

Using the Pentagon funds, the Trump administration plans to build 55 new miles of secondary fencing, mostly near the border towns of Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California.

“In an area where once someone crosses, they disappear fast, [secondary fencing] is a huge tactical advantage,” said Blas Nuñez-Neto, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.

Some of the pedestrian fencing that currently exists on the border was made from Vietnam-era helicopter landing mats, which is easier to cut, climb over or dig under than the “bollard style” 30-foot-tall steel fencing the Trump administration is using to replace it.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/trump-administration-is-promising-a-new-border-wall-the-reality-is-less-clear




Well let’s hope it doesn’t come to that! But let’s keep in mind the harsh reality of Trump’s proposed wall, and that is before we go into the heart of it, let’s show you just how insignificant the wall being proposed in El Centro is:



That’s pretty tiny compared to how large the border between the US and Mexico really is. With that in mind, we took a trip down the border in Texas. Our first stop took us to the city of Juarez, a town so close to the border that it shares roads and municipal utilities with the city of El Paso. And of course what we found there is way different than what the news media would have you believe.

Down a bumpy neighborhood road in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico – a crime-ridden city in the state of Chihuahua with more than 1 million people – sits a migrant shelter for women who’ve been trapped in Mexico under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Under this policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have been illegally sending certain asylum-seekers back to Mexico to await their immigration court hearings. When returned to Mexico, migrants generally find shelter in flimsy tents or are forced to sleep on the streets of overcrowded and unsafe border towns like Juárez, which lies across the bridge from El Paso, Texas.

Here, the few women who’ve found shelter in a house hidden from the outside world consider themselves lucky. Tens of thousands of migrants have not found safe or stable housing. Unlike most asylum-seekers sent back to Mexico, these women have a roof over their heads. There’s room to sleep. They’ve found safety in a shelter run by another woman who cares for and feeds them and their children. They thank God for these small blessings.

But the blessings do little to undo the impact the harsh policy has on their lives.
https://www.splcenter.org/news/2019/11/19/no-way-out-tales-border




Unfortunately there’s no wall or door for many of these refugees from Mexico and South America under this administration. So while touring Laredo – which we were heavily advised against, we managed to go down there, which was also heavily advised against. And that was just for the Texas side. But apparently the Trump administration wants to give you a border wall whether you want it or not. And that’s just the beginning of a long and very strange fight.

When David Acevedo attended a meeting with officials from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Webb County last month, he thought he would come away with more information about the Trump administration’s border security plans.

But Acevedo, whose family owns 180 acres of land near the Rio Grande in south Laredo, said the meeting only produced more questions about how the administration was going to move forward with plans it had for the swath of land that’s been in his family for generations.

“They didn’t tell us that they were doing a physical barrier,” he said. “They said, ‘It may be a wall, it may be that we just need lights, we’re going to put lighting up, it may be we just need a road.’”

The only thing he knew for sure was the administration wanted access to his land to conduct surveys and site samples for border security purposes. And in a letter dated Oct. 15, the government asked him to grant access for 18 months.

The government’s actions in Webb County are similar to the sporadic but hurried moves the administration is taking in the Rio Grande Valley as it fast-tracks construction of a border barrier ahead of the 2020 election. The administration moved ahead recently with construction of new barriers in the Rio Grande Valley, and NBC news reported last week that the administration is preparing court filings to seize more land in the area before the end of the month — without first telling landowners how much it will offer for their land.
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/11/21/texans-fight-government-plan-seize-land-border-wall/




I believe that’s what the Trump administrations’ intentions are with the wall, but apparently you can just paint over it and run really fast. But while our journey along the border was a long and frustrating one, with many times we got stopped with “Who are you?” and “What are you doing here?”, we did manage to talk to some actual freedom fighters. These people are actually fighting the drug cartels who are bringing the crime and drugs that Trump has talked so famously about. Yes, apparently the towns of Gary, Indiana, and the town of Laredo are now one.

One family is fighting a brutal battle against illegal drugs and cartels. Two brothers, separated by more than 1,300 miles, have one mission: find and stop deadly narcotics from hitting the streets.

Joe Garza is a Customs and Border Protection officer in Laredo, Texas. His brother Javier Garza is a Gary police corporal.

"I'm proud of what I do," said Javier Garza. "I'm proud of what he does. It's in our hearts."

Joe is with his team fighting drugs, guns, and people trafficking at the border with Mexico in Laredo. His younger brother Javier fights that same fight on the streets of Gary, Indiana. It's not an easy tas

"The amount of traffic we have for the port of Laredo is huge," Joe Garza said. "I mean it's huge. There's no way we can check everyone. But it something we're trying our best to stop."

There are four major bridges into Laredo from Mexico. Ten thousand people come by foot over the gateway to the America's Bridge every day. The other three bridges funnel thousands of vehicles to and from the border.
https://abc7chicago.com/from-gary-to-texas-brothers-battle-mexican-cartels-shipping-drugs-across-border/5681100/




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For part 3 of our “What’s Up With Texas” docuseries, we’re going to Austin, the capital of Texas and music capital of the US, to hopefully score an interview with Gov. Abbott, but we’ll probably get told to fuck right off. And we’re OK with that.



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Ladies and gentlemen my next guest is country music’s anti-hero! His latest album is called “Sound And Fury”. Playing his song “Make Art, Not Friends”, give it up for Sturgill Simpson!
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The Top 10 returns with a brand new edition live from Stanford next week, and our countdown to blowing up this crazy year that was 2019 commences! See you next week!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-20: Wheel Of Corruption Presents Hobbs & Shaw Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-20: Wheel Of Corruption Presents Hobbs & Shaw Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up UC Berkeley? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! Can you believe that we have just 3 Top 10s left in 2019? And we will wrap everything up with a nice neat bow on it for our 2019 Year In Review edition on December 18th. But first we’ve got a lot of Top 10 news which will be unveiled on our… Best Of on the 27th. But since Christmas and New Year’s both fall on a Wednesday there will be no Best Of editions like we normally do, maybe a rerun or two. Do we have time for the thing? Of course we do, it’s my show. I make the rules, damn it! I mean despite what my producer says. So we’re beginning the home stretch of the regular NFL season and it’s time to talk playoffs. Do you have your Super Bowl plans yet? Well if you don’t and you’ve got some coin to blow, head over to Miami where our good friend Rob Gronkowski is throwing his first ever Gronk Beach Party! So let’s go over the options – the cheap tickets will run you $149 and can go anywhere to $499 plus you get open bar. Which is not too bad. Then you can throw in the meet & greet with Rob himself for $499. Oh sure I’ll take two! Now here’s where it gets weird, because of course you knew it was going to. so the VIP section ranges anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000. Like you can party at the Tiki Touchdown Table for $7500, or the Shake Your Tight End Table for $10K, or the Gronk Spike Table for $20K, or the Party Like A Gronk Star table for $30K, or you can get the whole “Ship” package for a mere $100K. Hey the alternative could be Trump’s party and you all know how excited they were to be there last year. I mean just look. OK that’s enough of the intro, but first John Oliver is back for the season finale and he reminds everyone why you shouldn’t fuck with the Census:



Hey everyone the famous Wheel Of Corruption is back for the last time this season!! Yay!!! Where do we begin this week? In the first slot this week is of course the guy who we currently call “president” and that’s Donald J. Trump. The impeachment hearings are not going well for him, especially on day 1 with Jim Jordan making a complete ass of himself. In the second slot this week is the White House (2) which is an absolute dumpster fire and they are not taking the impeachment trial very well. It will either be them or Trump but more likely Trump. Taking the 3rd slot this week is Stephen Miller and after Ilhan Omar puts in a request to the ACLU, the rumors are true and worse than we thought – Stephen Miller is indeed a white supremacist! For the 4th slot this week is Facebook (4). They are going hard trying to pass pro-conservative propaganda on controversial SCOTUS justice Brett Kavanaugh and silencing liberal voices on the subject. At slot #5 this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week the Center For Disease Control has issued a warning about bacteria-resistant superbugs that could possibly kill you! *cue horror music* At slot #6 this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and this week our resident pastor is on the ground in Houston as Kanye West takes his Sunday Sermon concept to Joel Osteen’s controversial Lakewood Church – and – wait for it – it’s being televised! Shocker, I know. In the 7th slot this week is “Beating A Dead Horse” (7) – was the CEO of Uber right to make his statement about the gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoogi? We’ll let you be the judge! At the #8 seed this week is a new edition of “NO!” – the State Of North Dakota is declaring war on a very serious meth problem in their state, but does anyone really want to be remembered as the face of crystal meth addiction? NO! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a new People Are Dumb, because of course they are! And finally this week our 2020 voters’ guide “Keeping Up With The Candidates” (10) – with many candidates dropping out of the race at this point, why the hell is Michael Bloomberg just now announcing a run? We don’t need it, and billionaires are not your friends! Plus the palate cleanser this week for putting up with my bullshit – we have some live music from the legendary Alter Bridge! Buy their new album “Walk The Sky” or you’re no friend of this program! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Hey everyone say it with me: It’s time for the WHEEL OF CORRUPTION! YAY!!!!!



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

- Guns
- Abortion
- Crime
- Poverty
- Elections
- Buy A Vowel
- Sex
- Clip Without Context
- Death
- Greed
- Spying
- Walls
- Food
- Elections
- The Border
- Donald Trump
- Clip Without Context
- Chance
- 5,000
- Bankrupt
- Community Chest
- Top 10 Investigates
- A Random Tweet
- Something Random In The News
- ‘Merica!
- Golf
- 10,000
- Morally Bankrupt
- Guacamole
- Clip Without Context
- Talk Shows
- Holy Shit
- Beating A Dead Horse
- This Fucking Guy
- How Is This Still A Thing?
- Intermission
- 15,000
- People Are Dumb
- Keeping Up With The Candidates
- I Need A Drink
- Infowars
- Go Directly To Jail
- T-Shirt Cannon
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

This is the last Wheel Of Corruption edition for this season. But it will be back for next year! OK let’s get this party started! Spin that shit! And hey it’s A Random Tweet!

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1196159184431177729?s=20

To which I respond: “Where’s your sanity?”. Oh wait, he has none. Spin it again! And it lands on Donald Trump! Folks, I don’t need to remind you of how absolutely batshit crazy the impeachment trial is going, and the fact that Trump and his enablers like Steve Scalise and Alex Jones are trying to intimidate people means that the Dems are really getting under their skin. See, impeachment isn’t an instant fix like so many are clamoring for. Instead it’s a long burn, slow boiling process and there’s many layers to it, and it will take a long time before the dust settles. But one thing is certain is that the republicans haven’t read past the keyword “inquiry”.

Pelosi also defined the president's bribe: "The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That's bribery."

Bribery, she noted, is "in the Constitution attached to the impeachment proceeding."

On Wednesday, testimony from a career diplomat at the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry opened new questions about what the president knew about the campaign to pressure Ukraine and when he knew it.

Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, relayed an account by a member of his staff, who said he overheard the president asking about "the investigations" one day after the now-infamous July 25 call between Mr. Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky, then the newly elected president of Ukraine.

Taylor testified that the staffer recently told him about a phone call he overheard between Mr. Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland in July, one day after Mr. Trump urged the Ukrainian president to "look into" the Bidens.
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/impeachment-hearings-testimony-bill-taylor-george-kent-ukraine-today-2019-11-14/




Yes, we can now add bribery to the growing list of crimes against Trump! As of right now it’s probably better to list the crimes he hasn’t committed. And really guys, can you shut up about George Soros already? Sheesh, that dead horse has been played out for the last 3 years. Even Trump used the 90 year old billionaire that conservatives think is a real life boogeyman. Give it a rest already!

Republicans and Donald Trump have sought to smear key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry against the president as having dual or mixed loyalties to the US, due to being born abroad.

The move has sparked condemnation as a bigoted tactic that has maligned career US diplomats and officials as being potentially disloyal to their adopted country due to not being born in America.

The attacks have focused on the Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, the National Security Council Ukraine expert Alexander Vindman, and the former White House Russia security expert Fiona Hill.

Trump called the Canadian-born Yovanovitch “bad news”. The British-born Hill told congressional investigators that accusations against Yovanovitch related to a “mishmash of conspiracy theories … an idea of an association between her and George Soros”.

Hill also said far-right conspiracy theories that she herself was a “Soros mole in the White House, of colluding with all kinds of enemies of the President, and, you know, of various improprieties” resurfaced after her deposition before the House intelligence committee was announced.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/17/trump-impeachment-inquiry-witnesses-vindman-yovanovitch




Very wrong, Cartman, I know hippies who drive BMWs. But seriously you can now add “witness intimidation via Twitter” to the growing list of impeachable offenses that Trump has committed, even on live TV. Really, there’s no bottom. There’s no line they won’t cross, except of course for touching the 2nd amendment, that’s the infallible word of god don’t you know. And even the actual former ambassador to the Ukraine thinks Trump is full of shit:

Ukrainian officials arrived at the White House on July 10 expecting something approaching normal. They were in Washington for a scheduled meeting with then-National Security Adviser John Bolton with a plan to propose a new path for U.S.-Ukrainian relations under the umbrella of energy and security cooperation. All seemed to go well—until U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland stepped in. “That’s when things really went off the rails,” one person in the room said.

It’s been widely noted in testimonies by multiple House impeachment witnesses that Sondland interrupted the conversation between Bolton and the Ukrainians when he suggested that the Kyiv officials open investigations into Hunter Biden and the gas company he worked for if they wanted President Volodymyr Zelensky to land a White House meeting with Donald Trump.

Bolton immediately cut the get-together short, witnesses said, in an attempt to save what had until then been a normal meeting. But what’s been less clear—until now—is what happened moments later, when Sondland guided the Ukrainians into the White House’s Ward Room. Three individuals familiar with the conversation described what happened next.

Sondland continued to not just relay, but demanded ferociously, that the Ukrainians open the Biden investigations, saying it was the only chance for Washington and Kyiv to develop any further meaningful relationship, two individuals with knowledge of Sondland’s overtures said.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/impeachment-hearings-when-gordon-sondland-stepped-in-things-went-really-off-the-rails




So that happened. This administration is so incompetent that calling them a “dumpster fire” is definitely understating the situation. And instead since this administration is so reactionary, the appropriate thing to do is to just sweep it under the rug. No really, the White House is in full “move along, nothing to see here, please disperse” territory.

President Trump's public schedule next week is designed to keep him distracted from the televised hearings — and to counterprogram Week 2 of those hearings.

The big picture: Trump's schedule for the coming week shows him governing, promoting U.S. jobs and highlighting the arts and pop culture.

On Tuesday, as Democrats question Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, Trump will be meeting with his Cabinet.
On Wednesday, as Democrats grill Trump megadonor turned EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Trump will he visiting Apple's manufacturing plant in Texas.
And on Thursday, after Democrats question Fiona Hill, Trump will be presenting the national medals of arts and humanities.

The bottom line: Trump, who'll cap the week by welcoming college athletes, will have built-in opportunities to address the cameras at all of these events. If he shows discipline, he can convey that he is carrying out the range of duties of the presidency while Democrats are focused on impeachment. But if last week is any guide, that's a big if.
https://www.axios.com/trump-public-schedule-impeachment-hearings-10abcd73-b26c-4618-b264-82ad86a3566f.html





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Dude, seriously, you're on trial for colluding with Russia. You probably should at least switch to a booze that isn't, I don't know, made in Russia! Go with Beefeater Gin, it not only makes for a better martini, it also makes you look less guilty! Spin it again! And it lands on… crime! Folks, this is seriously one of the best things to happen this year, but Roger Stone is GUILTY!!!!! Oh that felt good to say that, he is guilty as shit! And that means that last week when we reported on Alex Jones’ attempt to harass the jurors (see: Idiots #7-19 ) didn’t fucking work. Thanks for playing, tell them what they’ve won, Johnny!

Roger Stone is guilty, and now his future might rest in Donald Trump’s hands.

A federal jury on Friday found the longtime Republican provocateur guilty on all charges for thwarting a House investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, opening up a political pandora’s box for a president already facing pressure from his conservative base to issue a pardon.

Stone’s fate was sealed after a trial that spanned just over a week, which concluded with unanimous guilty verdicts against Stone on five felony counts of lying to investigators, one count of obstructing a congressional probe and one count of witness tampering.

Stone stood and braced himself with his fingers on the counsel table as the seven guilty verdicts were read. He showed no visible reaction, but he put on his glasses to look at the jurors as the nine women and three men were then polled individually at the defense’s request to confirm their agreement with the verdicts.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/15/roger-stone-found-guilty-of-lying-to-congress-witness-tampering-071124




Damn right he’s guilty! Roger Stone can now go peddle his conspiracy theories to the wall of a jail cell and any other prisoners who might be listening. But what happens when a fellow conspiracy theorist joins the fray? Well you can expect the shit storm that’s already been brewing to become a Category 5, though their BFF Trump will definitely say that no such thing exists.

Roger Stone is precisely why 7.8% of Americans suffer from coulrophobia, or fear of clowns. You can add 100% of the jury in this case. Stone has insisted that what he does in politics is “performance art. Sometimes for its own sake.” However, this performance art seemed to work for not only its own sake, but for the sake of Stone, and ultimately Trump.

The most damaging was Stone’s warning to Randy Credico, who was called as a witness to speak to any effort of Stone's to obtain hacked emails from WikiLeaks. Referencing a character in “The Godfather: Part II," Stone told Credico to “Practice your Frank Pentangeli.” In the movie, Frank "Frankie Five Angels" Pentangeli committed suicide after lying to Congress to protect the mob.

The statement was vintage Stone: reckless, alarming, and, yes, entertaining. The problem with being a performance artist is when your performance is suggesting a criminal act.

Jones said that Stone was certain of his own demise before the verdict was returned. It was not hard to predict. Not only did Stone decline to testify but his team put forward a defense as opaque and convoluted as Stone himself.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/11/15/roger-stone-guilty-convicted-donald-trump-pardon-column/4204359002/




Seriously, this is like a Scorsese movie except everyone involved is an idiot. So if the president’s fixer is found guilty of crimes relating to the president, what does this mean? Well if you can guess that Trump is literally saying everything wrong about this trial that he possibly can, well, you win today’s “pretend to be shocked” award.

NBC News’ report added that Stone is scheduled to be sentenced in February, and he faces up to 20 years in prison.

Though Donald Trump was obviously not on trial in this case, the president was hardly on the periphery of the proceedings. Roger Stone is a longtime Trump ally who briefly worked for the future president’s campaign operation in 2015. Indeed, much of the case centered on Trump and Stone’s interactions between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign.

Both Steve Bannon and Rick Gates – two top officials from Trump’s political operation – testified in the trial, and prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky explicitly made the case that Stone’s crimes were motivated by his belief that “the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.”

And speaking of the Republican president, Trump responded to Stone’s conviction in a decidedly Trumpian way.

“So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come,” the president tweeted. “Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?”

Trump added, “A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?”
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/following-roger-stones-conviction-trump-says-all-the-wrong-things




Seriously Trump wouldn’t know what a double standard is if it jumped up and bit him on the ass. These are rich old conservative white men here. They are the standard! But you know one person who we haven’t touched on in a while is our old Wikileaks friend Julian Assange, who has left the confines of the comfy Ecuadorian embassy in London (which he abused) and hasn’t been seen or heard from since, but he could be dragged back into the fray.

President Trump's friend and political adviser Roger Stone is set to go on trial Tuesday in a proceeding that could reveal just how close Trump world got to the Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Jury selection is scheduled to commence following months of unusual public silence from Stone, who has been gagged by the judge in his case following a flap this year over his posts on social media.

Stone pleaded not guilty in January after a grand jury in Washington, D.C., returned an indictment with one count of obstructing a proceeding, five counts of making false statements to Congress and one count of witness tampering — because prosecutors allege that he tried to persuade another witness to lie to Congress too.

Neither Stone nor any other Trump insider has been charged with colluding with Russia's interference in the 2016 election; former Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to bring a case of conspiracy.
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/05/776121411/roger-stone-trump-friend-and-alleged-tie-to-wikileaks-faces-trial-in-washington





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I’m pretty sure that Congress is the one who started impeachment of Trump. But if you’re hearing demonic voices suggesting this, I suggest you go see a psychiatrist ASAP. Spin it again! And it lands on… racism! So racism is one of the cornerstones of the Donald J. Trump presidency, and there’s no one in the administration more racist than Stephen Miller. Don’t boo yet. Because New York Congresswoman and future star of the eventual telenovela made of this whole insane show, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a favorite target of Trump, put in an inquiry with the Southern Poverty Law Center about just how racist Stephen Miller is. And the results are not only not at all shocking, but way more horrifying than you could ever possibly imagine!

A cache of emails revealed this week in which White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, in the run-up to the 2016 election, shared articles and websites affiliated with white nationalism has disturbed officials working in the Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department, who called the emails “sickening” and “proof” that Miller has been steering a racist immigration policy under President Trump.

The emails sent from Miller to editors of the far-right website Breitbart and obtained by the Southern Poverty Law Center show Miller sharing a story from the white nationalist site VDare, pushing for Breitbart to write about a novel popular among white nationalists, and linking to a report detailing second-generation Muslims with the subject line “Huge Surge in US newborns named 'Mohammed.’”

The civil rights nonprofit said that after reviewing 900 emails, it was “unable to find any examples of Miller writing sympathetically or even in neutral tones about any person who is nonwhite or foreign-born.” In one such email chain, the SPLC said Miller directed Breitbart reporter Katie McHugh, who supplied the emails to the group, to aggregate information from American Renaissance, a white supremacist journal, for a story on crimes committed by nonwhite people.

“It’s sickening to know that someone with these viewpoints held a position of trust for a United States Senator," said one DHS official, referring to former senator and attorney general Jeff Sessions, "and now in the White House. Not that it wasn’t clear before — these emails just confirm what we all know. I’m disgusted that my venerable agency has turned into his personal tool for hate.”
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/stephen-miller-emails-dhs-officials-react-racism




I’m pretty sure that’s actual footage of Stephen Miller when he found out. But he really doesn’t look that far off from Hannibal Lecter. You know what? Forget about Hillary’s emails, I want to see Stephen Miller’s emails. After all, he’s going full Hitler, and you never, ever go full Hitler. So really just how racist is Stephen Miller? Well he’s pretty damn racist if you ask us!

White House adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday pushed back against those who believe President Donald Trump is a racist or is engaging in racist rhetoric, arguing the liberals use that label to censor their opponents.

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace listed several of Trump's statements that have been decried as racist, including his recent suggestion that four congresswomen of color "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came," his unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen, his campaign announcement in which he said Mexicans "are rapists," his call for a "complete shutdown on Muslims entering the United States," and his assertion that there were good people on "both sides" of a clash between white nationalists and counterprotesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Why shouldn't someone see all of that as racist?" Wallace asked Miller.

"I think the term 'racist,' Chris, has become a label that is too often deployed by the left, Democrats in this country simply to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with, speech that they don't want to hear," Miller said.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/21/chris-wallace-stephen-miller-trump-racism/1790299001/




Damn straight! Just how racist was it? Yes…. .HOW RACIST WAS IT??? You know what? Let us know in the comments how racist that was. What’s really scary about this is that this guy is in the White House making policies. And don’t get me started on how someone is actually agreeing to marry this complete psychopath. However, if Trump has his back, well, just remember that you can always judge a person by the company they keep!

When the Southern Poverty Law Center’s blog Hatewatch revealed on Tuesday that Stephen Miller had pushed racist—and explicitly white-nationalist—content over and over again in 2015 and 2016, President Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser didn’t need any reassurances from his boss or his colleagues that his job was safe. Practically everyone in the building already knew it.

“Stephen is not going anywhere,” a senior White House official said on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after the story started going viral. “The president has his back.”

Since then, six other senior Trump administration officials with knowledge of Miller’s standing with the president and top staffers have all individually told The Daily Beast that the story did not endanger Miller’s position, or change Trump’s favorable view of him. Two of them literally laughed at the mere suggestion that the Hatewatch exposé could have toppled or hobbled the top Trump adviser.

Katie McHugh, a disgraced former Breitbart staffer who provided Hatewatch with the trove of emails, told the blog that Miller had personally flagged for her in July 2015 an American Renaissance “article about crime statistics and race.” American Renaissance is a white-supremacist website beloved by fascists and alt-right adherents. McHugh added, “I responded in the affirmative because I had read it. Many of us [on the far-right] had read it. I remember being struck by the way he called it ‘AmRen,’ the nickname.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/stephen-miller-can-push-racist-crap-but-the-president-has-his-back




Just a little bit? He’s a full blown white nationalist, and Trump has his back! Yes, I will repeat that – Trump has his back! While there’s been many, many firings in the Trump administration, the fact that Stephen Miller still has a job is astonishing. This guy is making policy. He is directly advising Trump on immigration policies. You don’t want a racist in charge of immigration policies. That’s where we get… well, you know.

Miller was appointed senior policy adviser to the Trump campaign in January 2016 and later joined President Donald Trump’s transition team. He currently advises the president on immigration policy and is credited with spearheading Trump’s hard-line efforts on border security.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted a petition demanding Miller’s resignation.

“Stephen Miller must resign. Now,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Each day we allow a white nationalist to be in charge of US immigration policy is a day where thousands of children & families lives are in danger.”

Other Democratic politicians made similar statements. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said Miller needs to step down. Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro called Miller and Trump “a shame to our nation.” Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., tweeted that Trump should fire Miller immediately.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/democrats-call-stephen-miller-resign-after-leak-xenophobic-emails-n1081941





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Spin it again. Sex! Once again, the most controversial justice sitting on the SCOTUS is no longer Clarence Thomas. Instead it’s Brett Kavanaugh. And in an instance of what one might consider to be extremely poor timing, Facebook – yeah you know that website that you use to hurl insults at your ex and find out which of your relatives has been posting angry diatribes against the government – bet you didn’t know it was Aunt Carol, did you? How could you, Aunt Carol? Facebook is owned by some predominantly right wing people. Led of course by Jessie Eisenberg impersonator Mark Zuckerberg. And I only assume that casting was because he shares the word “berg” in their last name. I’m getting carried away here. Facebook is courting Brett Kavanaugh by sponsoring the group he’s most commonly associated with – the Federalist Society. And it’s generating a lot of controversy. I mean a lot.

After hearing that Facebook is sponsoring a dinner Thursday night hosted by right-wing judicial advocacy group the Federalist Society honoring Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, progressive advocacy group Demand Justice launched an ad campaign targeted at the company's employees in Menlo Park, California.

Facebook is listed as a "Gold Circle" sponsor of the Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner. Kavanaugh is set to speak at the event, an arrangement which Demand Justice said makes Facebook complicit in "the rehabbing of Brett Kavanaugh's reputation" after Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath in 2018 that the judge sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

While today Kavanaugh enjoys a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Demand Justice senior counsel Katie O'Connor said in a statement, "Dr. Blasey Ford remains unable to resume a normal life after bravely coming forward last year. You can claim to respect survivors of sexual assault or you can pay for a celebration of Brett Kavanaugh, but you can't do both."

Targeted web ads will reach Facebook employees on LinkedIn and cell phone banner ads will display on phones near Facebook's headquarters.
https://www.salon.com/2019/11/17/ad-campaign-condemns-facebooks-sponsorship-of-federalist-society-dinner-honoring-brett-kavanaugh_partner/




Yeah this is the real life equivalent of a guy making a poorly timed joke about a tragedy and the room turns silent, and he follows it up with “too soon?”. It’s no secret that Mark Zuckerberg has predominately conservative leanings, yet he gets grilled every day by Congress about the bizarre concept of “shadow banning” like he’s some sort of conservative boogeyman. And don’t get me started on that. So Kavanaugh gets a lifetime to SCOTUS while Dr. Ford is living in hiding and getting death threats every day. Makes sense. Makes even more sense when Elizabeth Warren is slamming this nonsense.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has continued in her rebukes of Facebook after the firm sponsored a conservative event where Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh spoke.

The presidential hopeful accused the tech giant of trying to charm Republican lawmakers—even accusing it of corruption—while the firm undergoes four separate government antitrust investigations.

Legislators and lawmakers at state and federal level have continued to examine Facebook's role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the company's head of mergers and acquisitions faced questions about its role in the $1 billion acquisition of Instagram in Capitol Hill this week.

Warren's comments came as reports spread that Facebook was a "gold circle" sponsor of the Federalist Society's annual Antonin Scalia memorial dinner in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

"Facebook is spending millions lobbying the government as they face antitrust scrutiny," she said. "They're going on a charm offensive with Republican lawmakers. Now, they're sponsoring a din
https://www.newsweek.com/elizabeth-warren-facebook-federalist-society-brett-kavanaugh-corruption-1472004




Yeah seriously too soon. And the Trump train is a train you don’t want to be on. Trump Airlines went out of business and the SS Trumptanic has crashed into the iceberg. Speaking of which, this could be the iceberg for Facebook. Even Zuckerberg’s own employees are divided on this subject. Even after all the shit that the Trump admin has put us through, they still continue to divide us.

Facebook is sponsoring an event at which US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is speaking — a move that risks employee unrest, and that has sparked immediate protests from activist groups.

On Thursday, political newsletter Popular Information reported that Facebook will be a "gold sponsor" for an upcoming convention by conservative law group The Federalist Society, at which Kavanaugh will appear as the keynote speaker on Thursday.

After being nominated by President Trump, Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in October 2018 following a bitter political battle and multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him, which he denied. The fight inflamed Facebook's largely-liberal employee base after Joel Kaplan, Facebook's VP of global public policy, appeared in the audience at the hearing in support of Kavanaugh. Kaplan previously worked at the White House under the George W. Bush administration, and he and Kavanaugh are personal friends.

Some employees were outraged, calling his appearance "inappropriate."
https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-sponsors-federalist-society-event-brett-kavanaugh-speaker-2019-11




Yes it is sir and thank you for pointing that out. It is totally inappropriate. But thankfully at least we have advertising on our side. I mean it’s really sad when that’s your last line of defense, because let’s face it, nobody pays attention to the ads anymore. But even the ads are being critical of Brett Kavanaugh, at least somebody is!

An advocacy group is targeting Facebook employees with ads on LinkedIn, objecting to the company’s support of an event honoring Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. The group, Demand Justice, has a clear message for employees: “Tell Facebook: stop funding the fight to normalize Brett Kavanaugh.”

Facebook is the only tech company listed as a “Gold Circle” sponsor for a Federalist Society event to be held in Washington, DC. On November 14th, Kavanaugh will give a speech at the Antonin Scalia memorial dinner as part of the group’s annual convention.

Other tech companies, such as Google, have sponsored Federalist Society events in the past, but Facebook has a complicated history with Kavanaugh. Last year, a company executive sat behind the then-Supreme Court nominee as he testified before Congress, attempting to rebut the allegations that he had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were both in high school. Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, said he had known Kavanaugh for more than 20 years and considered the man a close friend.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/14/20963865/facebook-ads-brett-kavanaugh-federalist-society-employees





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To which I say I don’t think Tom has seen a single episode of Gossip Girl! Spin it again! Hey it’s time for Top 10 Investigates! It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!



The biggest threat to your personal safety isn’t Al-Qaeda or ISIS. It’s not terrorism. The biggest threat to your safety is germs. And recently these viruses have grown, mutated and evolved to the point where they are resistant to anti-bacteria agents. Because there’s not enough things that can kill you, we need more of them. The Center For Disease Control calls this phenomenon a “super bug”. And we can’t be the only ones afraid when the virus sounds like it could take on Mecha Godzilla. So just how deadly is the latest strain of superbugs that are infecting the masses? They are a lot deadlier than you might think, and something that you should be afraid of. Very afraid of.

A drug-resistant fungus infection called "a serious global health threat" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been confirmed in Georgia for the first time. New federal health data was released this week about a dangerous, drug-resistant fungal infection that's risen in 14 states, including Georgia, over the past seven months. Cases of "Candida auris" are a sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of late October, one confirmed cases of the infection have been confirmed in Georgia.

New York has confirmed 388 cases of Candida auris infection, followed by 227 cases in Illinois and 137 cases in New Jersey. Nationwide, more than 800 cases have been confirmed, along with 30 probable cases.

A CDC report released on Wednesday placed Candida auris among five "superbugs" that are considered "urgent threats" to the United States, killing someone in the United States every 15 minutes. The same report says more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the United States each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result.
https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/deadly-superbug-case-confirmed-georgia-cdc




Yes, holy shit indeed. This could be a serious problem in the long run especially if there’s no drugs that can be developed prior to an outbreak of the disease. But it gets worse. Oh it gets so much worse. In fact the super bugs could kill as many as 35,000 people per year if not treated properly. And it’s not some post apocalyptic, head for the basement bunker level of fear mongering. This is something that you should prepare for now.

A new report has revealed that drug-resistant “superbugs” are deadlier than originally thought.

The new antibiotic resistance threats report comes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and highlights the increased threat of these drug-resistant infections. According to the report, nearly 2.8 million people suffer infections from these “superbugs” every year.

Of those, 35,000 people die from these stronger infections.

The report was formulated by looking at bacteria and fungi, finding 21 different infections and categorizing them as “urgent threats,” “serious threats,” “concerning threats,” and “watch list.” However, it does not include parasites or viruses like influenza or HIV.

The results of the 2019 report are also higher than in the previous AR threat report published in 2013. It was found at the time that around 2 million people suffered from drug-resistant infections, with nearly 23,000 dying from said infections.

“Germs continue to spread and develop new types of resistance, and progress may be undermined by some community-associated infections that are on the rise,” the report says. “While the development of new treatments is one of these key actions, such investments must be coupled with dedicated efforts toward preventing infections in the first place, slowing the development of resistance through better antibiotic use, and stopping the spread of resistance when it does develop to protect American lives now and in the future.”
https://www.ibtimes.com/superbugs-rise-new-cdc-report-finds-threat-has-increased-previous-report-2013-2865723




Yes it is terrifying. Cue the horror music. In fact you might be asking “how deadly is this new strain of bacteria” that is infecting more than you can count? Well… HOW DEADLY IS IT? It is so deadly that it kills someone every 15 minutes. And you were expecting a punchline there, weren’t you? Well, unfortunately we got nothing. And it’s very difficult to put into words the seriousness of this potentially deadly problem.

Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a superbug that has learned to outsmart even our most sophisticated antibiotics, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s about 35,000 deaths each year from drug-resistant infections, according to the landmark report.

The report places five drug-resistant superbugs on the CDC’s “urgent threat” list — two more germs than were on the CDC’s list in 2013, the last time the agency issued a report on antibiotic resistance.

Genetic research shows germs have become especially adept at teaching each other how to outwit antibiotics.

“Some miracle drugs no longer perform miracles,” according to the report.

The report also notes that while superbug infections in hospitals are down, some infections caught elsewhere — anywhere in the community — have increased.
https://fox59.com/2019/11/16/cdc-drug-resistant-superbug-kills-someone-every-15-minutes/




That’s probably live footage of tests that they had in the lab when detecting this new killer strain of super bugs and there’s some good news. Is that while the CDC is stating that the infections may set medicine back a century or more, the good news is that less people are dying from it. And by less, we mean that’s the operative keyword there. There’s still people dying from these diseases but you’re less likely to now.

Drug-resistant “superbug” infections have been called a developing nightmare that could set medicine back a century, making conquered germs once again untreatable.

So there’s some surprising news in a report released Wednesday: U.S. superbug deaths appear to be going down.

About 36,000 Americans died from drug-resistant infections in 2017, down 18% from an estimated 44,000 in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated. The decline is mainly attributed to an intense effort in hospitals to control the spread of particularly dangerous infections.

“We are pushing back in a battle we were losing,” said Michael Kirsch, a pharmacist at AdventHealth Tampa, a Florida hospital that has seen lower superbug infection rates. “I would not by any means declare success.”

Indeed, though deaths are going down, nonfatal infections grew nationally from 2.6 million in 2013 to 2.8 million in 2017. Some worrisome new germs are emerging. And superbugs are appearing much more often outside of hospitals, the report says.
https://www.wsfa.com/2019/11/13/us-superbug-infections-rising-deaths-are-falling/




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





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OK we’re back! Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for Holy Shit!

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



My fair congregation! So we went to Houston over the weekend. I know we were just there, but we had to go back. Why? Well apparently Kanye is dabbling into the world of televangelism by meeting with prosperity gospel preacher Joel Osteen and his stadium filling Lakewood Church. Yes, we have talked a lot about Kanye’s journey into religion. But in the interest of being fair – we’re wondering if he’s doing it because he’s actually a man of GAWD or is it because his GAWD happens to be the almighty dollar? Well Ye definitely has a lot of studying to do before he is to be called a man of GAWD because he clearly doesn’t get the message.

Kanye West is opening up about his faith.

The Jesus Is King rapper, 42, stopped by pastor Joel Osteen‘s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, where he spoke a little about his spiritual journey.

“I know that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil’s been distracting me for a long time,” he said while standing with the pastor in Osteen’s megachurch.

“When I was in my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me, and I remember sitting in the hospital at UCLA after having a mental breakdown and there’s documentation of me drawing a church and [wanting to] start a church in the middle of Calabasas,” he added, referring to his 2016 hospitalization during his Saint Pablo tour.

West, who has spoken at length in recent months about his faith, went on to share despite “all of that arrogance and cockiness that y’all have seen from me” in the past, “God is now using him.”

“Because every time I stand up, I feel that I’m standing up and drawing a line in the sand and saying, ‘I’m here in service to God and no weapon formed against me shall prosper,’ ” he said.
https://people.com/music/kanye-west-calls-himself-greatest-artist-that-god-has-ever-created/




Yes, Ye, it’s pretty bad when JAYSUS does it! And I mean come on can you really call yourself a man of GAWD if you appear before a certified huckster like Joel Osteen? I mean come on it’s in the Good Book – well at least our Good Book anyway! JAYSUS doesn’t want your big sermon or rock opera, he just wants you to praise him. Can I get an amen??? And would anyone be surprised that there were long lines and the show started late? I am not.

The “greatest artist that God has ever created” — that would be Kanye West’s new, self-given title — brought his Sunday Service Experience to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday night.

After a morning chat with Osteen and his megachurch congregation — during which the rapper declared himself the “greatest artist...” — West returned with his gospel for a performance, which was also livestreamed, like every service is, on Facebook, YouTube, the church’s website and on Joel Osteen’s SiriusXM’s radio channel. While it started late, due to long entrance lines, he West did complete the show, which doesn’t always happen, and it was largely enjoyed.

The lines to get in were “ridiculous.” West appeared at the 11 a.m. service with Osteen for a conversation about faith and his fabulousness, at which wife Kim Kardashian was front and center. While he then had hours before his Sunday Service Experience performance was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. that night, people began lining up right away in hopes of getting a good general admission seat to the show, leading to some chaos. There was a lot of griping about the lines on social media, and local news station KTRK said the issue had to do with the extra entry security, including each person going through a metal detector. Some concertgoers, still in line when the show started, streamed the show on their phones as they waited.

People rushed the venue to grab seats. Once inside, people raced to their seats, creating even more of a frenzy. We know that while the tickets were free, many were snatched up and resold — some for $300 each — and people clearly wanted to get their money’s worth.
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/kanye-wests-sunday-service-at-joel-osteens-megachurch-has-a-chaotic-start-strong-finish-164910651.html




Yes, even the good LAWRD thinks this is ridiculous. Well I will give Ye the benefit of the doubt here in that his music is bringing people together. I mean who thought that dueling Texas reps from different parties would be sitting right next to each other front row center at Lakewood last Sunday? I mean that is something that the good LAWRD JAYSUS would actually want!

Who says bipartisanship doesn’t exist?

Texas Reps. Dan Crenshaw and Sheila Jackson Lee proved us wrong at Kanye West’s highly talked about Sunday Service at Lakewood Church in Houston, per Crenshaw’s Instagram.

[California ice cream shop milks D.C. impeachment hearings]

Crenshaw, a Republican, and Jackson Lee, a Democrat, appear next to each other in the front row — or close enough to feel any sweat (or holy water) that could fling from Kanye and his gospel choir.

Crenshaw shared videos on Instagram from his evening. Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West and daughter North briefly appear in one video, moving swiftly past the congressman to the side of the stage.

Ahead of the artist’s Sunday performance, he and his choir sang for inmates at two Houston jails, prompting praise from Crenshaw and Texas governor Greg Abbott.
https://www.rollcall.com/news/hoh/reps-dan-crenshaw-sheila-jackson-lee-front-row-kanye-wests-sunday-service




No sir, JAYSUS is the best! But that said I still don’t think that Ye quite gets the message that JAYSUS is trying to convey. No, we don’t need him running for president. And no, we definitely don’t need him changing his name to Christian Genius Billionaire. I mean really, if you have to tell me you’re all 3 of those things, especially in your own name, then my friend, you aren’t any of those things!

Kanye West was recently named one of the world's wealthiest hip hop artists by Forbes, with the publication estimating his net worth at $240 million. West, however, wants you to know he's not a millionaire — he's a billionaire. The rapper floated the idea of legally changing his name to "Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West," just so everyone knows it.

"Martin Luther King didn't get killed because he had a dream; he had something else he was gong to talk about. He talked about black empowerment, economic empowerment," West said at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR). "When I did Forbes, I showed them a $890 million receipt and they still didn't say 'billionaire.'"

"They don't want us to know that we can buy land; they don't want us to have the 100 percent ownership [that] I have at Yeezy," West continued, referring his fashion line, which Forbes did estimate would top $1.5 billion this year. "When people say it's crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y'all understand exactly what it is… It will be on the license plate."

If West does stick with the name change, we could be seeing "Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West" on the 2024 presidential ballot. The Chicago native also addressed that prospect during the Fast Company talk. "When I run for president in 2024 —" he started, before laughter from the audience interrupted him. "What y'all laughing at? We would create so many jobs!"
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kanye-west-christian-genius-billionaire-wants-to-change-name-run-for-president-of-the-united-states-after-jesus-is-king/




Yes sir, this is fame! But no, I do not want to see a president calling himself “Christian Genius Billionaire” Kanye West. Even JAYSUS would be smiting him! Can I get an amen? Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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I’d be willing to go out on a limb here and say that these two have probably never actually read Dante’s Inferno, because I’m pretty sure that we’re living in hell now. Thank you! spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for Beating A Dead Horse!



You know we live in an unusual time where people will often times, shall we say, barf their brain, like what our president currently does on his Twitter feed. Except that the difference between your average citizen and @realDonaldTrump is, Trump says the most vicious shit imaginable and he does not apologize for any of it. Now here’s the thing – this is the year 2019 here. We have access to this thing called “social media”. And when you say something that might be misconstrued in a certain context, well, people get mad. Then you add social media, and people get really mad. Take for instance, Uber CEO, and I hope I’m pronouncing this correctly – Dara Khosrowshahi, or as Deadpool says I’m not even gonna attempt that. We’re all still trying to figure out how the gruesome state-sanctioned murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoogi was allowed to happen, and here’s one of those situations where you should probably think before you speak.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is being criticized for calling the murder of a Washington Post columnist "a mistake" and comparing it to the death of a pedestrian struck by one of the company's autonomous vehicles.

Khosrowshahi later said he regretted his comments, made during an interview with Axios on HBO. He tweeted Monday that there's no forgiving or forgetting what happened to the journalist Jamal Khashoggi and he was wrong to call it a mistake.

Critics say Khosrowshahi is downplaying Khashoggi's grisly murder to placate one of the company's biggest investors.

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, known as The Public Investment Fund, holds about $1.9 billion worth of Uber stock, making it the company's fifth largest stakeholder. Its managing director, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, sits on Uber's board.

Officials with the U.S. and the United Nations suspect that Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman played a role in Khashoggi's slaying. Prince Mohammed has said he takes full responsibility but denied ordering the killing, calling the slaying "a mistake" in an interview in September.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/uber-ceo-walks-back-saudi-170058996.html




Holy shit, indeed, sir! And yeah damn right it was a mistake. I mean do you see how much money Uber pulls in a year? You know how many customers you could lose with that kind of comment? Here’s the thing – the state-sanctioned murder of Jamal Khashoogi was not just a “mistake”. A mistake is drunk dialing Uber after a concert and coming home and discovering that your bill was $200 thanks to the surcharges, that is a fucking mistake! Believe me I’ve been there. No, this was a colossal fuck up, a state sanctioned murder and a total conspiracy to cover up exactly how horrifying it was. Just… what the fuck!

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is under fire for calling the murder of a Washington Post columnist a "mistake," despite his attempts to curb the damage from his comments.

Khosrowshahi, who also compared the slaying of Jamal Khashoggi to the death of a pedestrian hit by one of his company's autonomous vehicles, on Monday said he regretted the comments, made during an interview with Axios on HBO. He tweeted that there's no forgiving or forgetting what happened to the murdered journalist and he was wrong to call it a mistake.

Still, #BoycottUber began to trend Monday on Twitter, with some critics taking to social media to bash Khosrowshahi's words while suggesting that they were meant to downplay Khashoggi's grisly murder in order to mollify one of the company's largest investors.

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, known as the Public Investment Fund, holds about $1.9 billion worth of Uber stock, making it the company's fifth largest stakeholder. Its managing director, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, sits on Uber's board.

"This is what happens when you're a greedy CEO and a murderous regime is your 5th largest shareholder," said one Twitter user in urging a boycott of the ride-hailing company.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/boycott-uber-2019-faces-boycott-threats-after-ceo-calls-jamal-khashoggis-murder-a-mistake/




Actually, Kanye, yes, we are serious. And I love that the first response to something like this is always to boycott, because we’ve seen time and time again on this program just how well that works out. Because this is 2019 and everyone is looking for the quick fix which is, just go away. Here’s the thing though, you can’t make the government of the wealthiest, most powerful and most evil countries on earth simply disappear. Unless that is…



I mean seriously you know your country is evil when your capital city has a building in their skyline that looks like the Eye Of Sauron!



Well getting back on topic, those words could have egregious consequences for Uber:

"I said something in the moment I don't believe. Our investors have long known my views here & I'm sorry I wasn’t as clear on Axios."

Khashoggi's killing sparked a global uproar, tarnishing the image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The CIA and some Western governments have said they believe the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's killing. Prince Mohammed has denied that but said he bore ultimate responsibility as the country's de facto leader.

Asked about the CIA's assessment of the crown prince's involvement, Khosrowshahi said: "I didn't read that part of the CIA report ... but I think from a Saudi perspective, they're just like any other shareholder."

Saudi sovereign wealth fund PIF acquired a 5% stake in Uber in 2016 worth $3.5 billion. Its chairman sits on the board.
https://news.yahoo.com/uber-ceo-says-wrong-call-165633499.html




Yeah seriously. I mean he wasn’t clear? That was a mistake. The state sanctioned murder of Khashoogi wasn’t a mistake. By the way in case you’re wondering what Uber’s real intentions were, the reason why Mr. I’m not even gonna attempt that, is in charge of Uber, it’s because their CEO decided to bail and profited very handsomely from Saudi investments following Khashoogi’s murder.

Uber co-founder’s newest startup received $400 million from Saudia Arabia’s PIF 11 months ago.
PIF’s investment in Uber is over $1 billion in the red since the IPO.
The report comes just over a year since the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Despite Uber’s poor showing, Saudi Arabia’s appetite for investing in U.S. startups shows no signs of waning with the country now adding a kitchen rental startup to its portfolio. This is despite the negative press the country received following the murder of Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) invested $400 million in CloudKitchens in January. This makes the kitchen rental startup, which was formed by Uber founder Travis Kalanick, the earliest beneficiary of the cash-flush fund following the Khashoggi killing.

The startup is currently valued at around $5 billion. PIF’s investment in CloudKitchens now exceeds what Kalanick himself has put in ($300 million).
https://www.ccn.com/uber-founder-cut-400-million-deal-with-saudi-arabia-after-khashoggi-chopping/





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Damn you auto correct!!! That happened. When I see Trump misspelling a word trending on Twitter, the first thing I can think of is that joke from the Simpsons where Homer tries to dial his phone only to hear “The fingers you have used to dial are too fat. To obtain a special dialing wand, press 1 now.” Spin it again! And it lands on… NO!



Meth is a hell of a drug. And – shocker – people can get addicted to it very easily. But does anyone want to be remembered as the face of meth addiction? That’s what the state of South Dakota is doing betting on an advertising campaign to bring awareness to the problem. Of course like most anti-drug awareness campaigns it only has the reverse effect in that it’s going to raise people’s self awareness of the drug itself. What? You mean we can inhale smoke that tastes like vanilla ice cream? Cool! And in case you’re wondering what I’m getting at, before we get into the meat of the story, let’s check out what happened when Florida Man’s brother, Arkansas Man, attempted to break into the meth business. And unlike Walter White, these guys didn’t exactly fail upwards.

Terry David Bateman, 45, and Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, both associate professors of chemistry at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, were taken into custody Friday afternoon, the sheriff's department said in a news release. They face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

A university science center was closed October 8 after someone reported a chemical odor, Tina Hall, the university's associate vice president of marketing and communications, said in a statement.

The building was reopened October 29 after the on-call environmental service completed remediation work that included air filtering systems and temporarily removed some windows to help ventilation, Hall said.

Hall would not elaborate on what was found following the report of a chemical odor, nor would she confirm whether the professors were suspected of making meth inside the school.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/16/us/arkansas-professors-arrested-meth/index.html




Come on, they haven’t seen Breaking Bad? I wonder which one of them is the one who knocks? But seriously these are the kind of people who inspired this campaign and why we need it. However, the ads aren’t exactly what one would call “flattering”. Let’s show one.



Oh not the football team come on, man! And kids, wouldn’t you know that meth isn’t exactly what one would call a “performance enhancer”? If anything it’s a performance hinder. But here’s how much that campaign is backfiring.

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem unveiled her state's new anti-drug campaign on Monday, but many are criticizing the program's name, "Meth. We're On It."

The Argus Leader reported that the state spent $449,000 on the program, which includes television advertising, billboards, posters and a website.

Noem released a video today where she introduces the campaign. In it, she says "South Dakota's meth crisis is growing at an alarming rate. It impacts every community in our state, and it threatens the success of the next generation" and asks South Dakotans to call a toll-free number to report meth-related behavior or people who need help getting off the drug."

The new campaign is only a part of Noem's attempt to address South Dakota's drug program. When she presented her state budget in January, the governor carved out $4.6 million towards anti-methamphetamine efforts.
https://www.newsweek.com/meth-were-it-south-dakota-campaign-1472505




Whoa, whoa, whoa. OK it’s cool. But really while drugs are a serious problem in the rural areas, is this something that we really need right now? When it comes to drugs, the biggest drugs circulating in the rural areas are meth and fentanyl. While most call fentanyl the deadliest drug in the world, it’s actually the meth that kills more. Both by use, and by collateral. I mean we’ve all seen Breaking Bad, right?

Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug in the United States. But in some areas of the country, methamphetamine kills more people.

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that fentanyl is the drug most commonly identified in fatal overdoses. In 2017, fentanyl was associated with 38.9% of all drug overdose deaths, an increase from 2016, when it was associated with 29% of all fatal overdoses. This is the second year that CDC analyzed fatal overdoses in this way.

In 2017, heroin was associated with 22.8% of all fatal overdoses. Cocaine, a stimulant, was involved in 21.3% and methamphetamine, also a stimulant, was involved in 13.3%.

Other drugs linked to overdose deaths were benzodiazepines; diphenhydramine, an antihistamine; and gabapentin, an anticonvulsant.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/10/25/fentanyl-is-the-deadliest-drug-in-the-us-but-in-some-places-meth-kills-more/




OK we get it, dude! Chill! But you got to hand it to social media though. Even though there’s some who feel they should be the face of meth, at least Twitter is showing that they at least have a sense of compassion. Which is weird because I usually get called a pedophile. Hey, this is 2019 for you, everyone is a pedophile or a boomer. OK boomer. Ah I’m rambling again.

"The mission of the campaign is to raise awareness – to get people talking about how they can be part of the solution and not just the problem," Noem told the Argus Leader Monday afternoon. "It is working."

South Dakota's meth crisis is "growing at an alarming rate" and affects every community in the state, Noem said in the campaign's public service announcement.

"This is our problem, and together, we need to get on it," Noem said.

Noem called the new campaign a "bold, innovative effort like the nation has never before seen."

In the coming weeks, South Dakotans will see the campaign in various media from TV to billboards to radio spots. The goal is to reach everyone in the state and educate them on signs of addiction, resources available to fight addiction and strategies to engage communities in recovery, Noem said.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/11/19/meth-were-it-south-dakota-campaign-working-kristi-noem-says/4236383002/





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Uh who are the enemies of humans, Pat, other humans? That’s about it really. Spin it again! it’s time for People Are Dumb! Hit it!



Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. It’s been a while since we have done this feature. And there’s no shortage of idiots. I love this feature because I feel like you could take any one of these stories and interchange it with another story and you could create your own Mad Libs article based on it. “Florida Man Who Believes Earth Is Dumb Makes A Stupid Meth Rocket”. That might be a real headline, you don’t know! As Deadpool said, all great stories start with a gruesome murder, and what could be more gruesome than killing someone and then covering them with chili? I mean you got to feel bad for the chili in this case:

Jacob Stanton, 26, always claimed that he had been with victim Jacob Giarrusso the day of the murder, but had been dropped off at home and didn’t know who killed his friend.

The jury found that Stanton flew into a rage at Giarrusso’s grandmother’s house Nov, 18, 2017, in Salina, cracked his friend’s skull with a blunt object and then stabbed him numerous times, the kitchen knife blade breaking off in Giarrusso’s back.

Stanton then loaded his friend’s body into a car, along with other bloody items from the scene, and haphazardly threw grandmother’s chili -- which she left simmering in the kitchen -- across the bloody living room floor. He then drove the car to an apartment complex off Morgan Road and left it there.

It’s unclear why Stanton and Giarrusso, longtime friends who apparently did drugs together, ended up at odds.
https://www.syracuse.com/crime/2019/11/man-guilty-of-murdering-buddy-stuffing-him-in-trunk-and-covering-scene-with-chili.html




Oh poor Kevin, all he wanted was for his coworkers to get to know each other in the pot. Next up we go to France. And yes cue Weird Al here but this one is a total head scratcher. Or maybe not – I mean what are the odds that a guy who is an expert on the brutal French dictator Napoleon would wind up emulating his hero? Let’s just hope that trend doesn’t continue!

A well-known Russian historian has confessed to murdering his lover - a former student - his lawyer says, after he was found in a river with a backpack containing a woman's arms.

Oleg Sokolov, 63, was drunk and fell into the river as he tried to dispose of body parts, local media said.

Police then found the decapitated body of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, at his home.

Prof Sokolov is a Napoleon expert who has received France's Légion d'Honneur.

"He has admitted his guilt," his lawyer Alexander Pochuyev told AFP, adding that he regretted what he had done and was now cooperating.

Prof Sokolov reportedly told police that he killed his lover during an argument and then sawed off her head, arms and legs.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50365124




Next up - fast food. OK people what is it about the Popeye’s chicken sandwich? It’s a fucking piece of breaded chicken on a bun with some sauce and some pickles. Anyone can make it. Well in Wisconsin there were people who did, and I get workplace tensions. Nobody understands it more than I do, but there’s no need to fight! Don’t lay down fisticuffs over crappy fast food!

Seven workers are out of a job after a brawl at a Popeyes was caught on camera.

"It was just out of control. That was the first thing that went through my head, like this is out of control,” Richard Fourté said.

A quick trip to Popeyes turned into anything but quick for Fourté on Wednesday night. Trying to avoid the long line at the drive-thru, Fourté went inside.

"I said to myself, ‘Wow, there's a lot of people working here,’" he said.

A lot of people soon turned into a lot of chaos.

"I heard one of them yell, ‘It's a fight!’ They ran to the back by the grills, okay. Now, there was a fight back there. I didn't get that one on tape,” Fourté said.
https://www.wave3.com/2019/11/16/seven-popeyes-employees-were-fired-after-brawl-inside-restaurant/




Next up – we go to the State of Florida. The Sunshine State. America’s most penis-shaped state. What are they up to this week? Well we go to the city of Port Charlotte. And this is yet another one of those instances where you give an idiot a gun, don’t be surprised if they do something stupid with it.

A woman was shot by a homeowner after breaking into a house on Strasburg Drive in Port Charlotte, according to deputies.

Jessica Gutzler, 40, broke into the home around 7 p.m. then started fighting the homeowner, Robert Lafata.

During the fight, Lafata said he shot Gutzler in her butt.

He said Gutzler used to date one of his female friends.

Gutzler then ran away, but later called 911 asking for medical assistance.

Deputies found her near Strasburg Drive and Seaton Avenue, then took her to a to Lee Memorial as a trauma alert.

She was treated, released and booked by the Lee County Sheriff's Office on the out-of-county warrant from Charlotte.
https://www.nbc-2.com/story/41324669/florida-woman-breaks-into-port-charlotte-home-gets-shot-in-butt




Ah thank you minions! Finally this week, don’t you think for a minute that I’m not going to get out of here without mentioning Fartgate. Yes, this is definitely People Are Dumb fodder especially when you consider all the conspiracy theories that have arisen from the 11 second clip. Let’s roll it first.

https://twitter.com/seankent/status/1196621899146702848

Yup, that appears to be a fart. And let’s face it no matter who you are, we can all appreciate a good fart joke! And I love that they had to say that it wasn’t them. He who smelt it dealt it!

There is so much that divides us. Science has somehow become partisan; truth itself is up for debate; America is split down the middle when it comes to deciding whether or not literally asking a foreign leader to interfere in an election is an impeachable offense.

But there is one thing we can all agree on: Farts are funny.

And on Monday night, Twitter users from every point on the political spectrum were delighted to find themselves engrossed in #fartgate.

During a live cross on MSNBC's Hardball, where host Chris Matthews was discussing the latest impeachment hearing developments with Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democratic congressman and briefly a presidential candidate who made so little impact on the race that I typed his name as Tim even though I've been watching this video of him for the last 45 minutes.

As Swalwell was mid-sentence, there was a noise.
https://mashable.com/article/eric-swalwell-chris-matthews-fartgate-memes/



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No matter how many times I see that it's still funny. Spin it again! And hey it's time for Keeping Up With The Candidates!



Welcome back to our 2020 voters’ guide to the 2020 mother of all elections to end all elections that will decide the fate of the United States once and for all! Or maybe not. It will once again divide us and reassure that your creepy uncle voted for Trump again. In the last few weeks we’ve covered the 2019 election results which are very surprising, Georgia’s massive and terrifying voter purge, Beto O’Rourke’s controversial gun buyback program, and the Tulsi Gabbard SNAFU. This week – while the crowd in the candidates is thinning like the hair on your creepy uncle’s head, one guy has decided to throw his hat into the ring and that’s former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

If Michael Bloomberg is looking for evidence that a late entrant can win a presidential nomination, all he has to do is look back. About seven decades.

It happened in 1952, when Illinois Gov. Adlai Stevenson—after repeatedly refusing President Harry Truman's requests to jump into the race as Truman's Democratic successor—waited until the convention began to declare himself a candidate. Stevenson gave an acclaimed welcoming speech to delegates in Chicago, changed his mind, and won the nomination on the third ballot.

Bloomberg's surprise late entry into the 2020 race is a familiar story: The candidate who casts himself in the role of The Savior Who Is Waiting in the Wings is a quadrennial feature of presidential campaigns. For decades, Democrats and Republicans alike have persisted in looking beyond the field of those desperate few who have spent months, if not years, racking up frequent flier miles; eating indigestible food; begging for money; and crowding into coffee shops, union halls and living rooms trying to build a constituency. Right around this time of the cycle, these voters and pundits and party operatives reliably hit the panic button, certain that somewhere above the fray stands a candidate free of the now-obvious flaws that burden the rest of the field. It’s a yearning that invites comparison to the Groucho Marx quip about refusing to join any club that would have him as a member: “I refuse to support any candidate who overtly is seeking my vote.”

There’s one pesky fact about these late-entry candidacies: They never succeed. Only once have they even materially affected the outcome of a fight for the nomination.
https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/11/11/michael-bloomberg-2020-history-229913




That is a good question sir. Apparently nobody does because they are too focused on winning the election, and no one cares about a new candidate this late in the game! Even the biggest contenders of the 2020 election – Warren, Biden, and Sanders are all scoffing at this incredibly lame and very poorly timed move.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was campaigning with one of his key surrogates — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — in Iowa, told supporters, “You’re not going to buy this election by spending hundreds of millions of dollars on media in California.”

Ocasio-Cortez later told reporters, “They’ve got class solidarity. The billionaires are looking out for each other. They’re willing to transcend difference and background and even politics.”

And Sanders echoed that sentiment, saying, “Jeff Bezos, worth $150 billion, supporting Mike Bloomberg, whose worth only $50 billion, that’s real class solidarity.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has called for taxing assets over $1 billion at 6 percent, also skewered Bloomberg following reports of the call, writing on Twitter, “One billionaire calls another billionaire and asks him to run for president—I’m shocked!” She also linked to a wealth calculator showing how much billionaires would pay under her proposed wealth tax (there’s a button where visitors can choose to be Bloomberg, among others).
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/11/10/20957773/bloomberg-run-president-trump-sanders-warrent-poll




Thank you! You and me both! And there’s no way anyone is going to touch California, my state is pretty much a solid lock on the democratic candidate and that’s probably why the GOP hates us so much. So with that in mind, let’s talk about why Bloomberg shouldn’t be president. What is it with billionaires being creepy sex perverts? Bloomberg is a sex pervert, Epstein was a sex pervert, Trump is a sex pervert, Steve Wynn is a sex pervert, I could go on and on.

Now that Michael Bloomberg has entered the Democratic presidential primary, it’s worth imagining the 2020 general election that could come to pass: the Republican who said into a hot mic that he liked to grab women “by the pussy” versus the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat who reportedly admitted he’d said, of multiple female employees, “I’d do her.”

Read Bloomberg’s collected comments about women and you’ll marvel at how presidential they sound by the standards of the 45th president. Like Donald Trump, the former New York City mayor has made repeated remarks about the physical appearance and sexual desirability of women in his workplace. Like Trump, Bloomberg has allegedly complained about employees getting pregnant. Like Trump, he’s bragged about his sexual escapades and dismissed women who’ve accused him of harassment as money-grubbing liars.

The “I’d do her” admission comes from a deposition in a sexual harassment suit filed by Sekiko Sakai Garrison, one of four women who filed harassment or discrimination suits against Bloomberg LP, the company founded by the former mayor, in 1996 and 1997. Garrison alleged that, when she told Bloomberg she was pregnant, he replied, “Kill it!” and grumbled that she was the 16th pregnant employee at the company. She also said Bloomberg and other company leaders made unwanted sexual overtures and engaged in regular sexual commentary about the women they worked with. After Garrison got engaged, she said, Bloomberg asked her of her fiancé, “What, is he that good in bed, or did your father pay him off to get rid of you?”
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/11/michael-bloomberg-democratic-campaign-sexism.html




Good question, I know I don’t! And here’s why it might be doomed from the start. Michael Bloomberg may have stepped in it big time, and like diving on a giant pile of coins Scrooge McDuck style, he doesn’t know how to test the waters before diving in head first. And it’s going to spell disaster. It will be more Peter Griffin than Scrooge McDuck.

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire media mogul and former New York mayor, is preparing to join the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, The New York Times reported Thursday.

This comes eight months after the politically moderate, former Republican announced he would forgo a run for president in 2020.

Bloomberg wrote in a March 2019 op-ed that he'd rather spend the next 18 months working on issues like climate change and gun control than spend his time and money on a primary bid he said would be challenging.

"I've come to realize that I'm less interested in talking than doing," he wrote. "And I have concluded that, for now, the best way for me to help our country is by rolling up my sleeves and continuing to get work done."

Many Democrats believe Bloomberg's virtually unlimited campaign cash, loyal staffers, and philanthropic record would make him a formidable presidential candidate.
https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-bloomberg-reasons-he-didnt-run-for-president-2019-2




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Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Boise State? How are you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! We have just four more shows left here in this bizarre year that was 2019, and our university tour couldn’t have been more awesome. In fact we’re going to continue it for a part of next year. We will announce the dates and details in our Thanksgiving best of! Now do we have time for the thing? Of course we do! So I do love talking about music, and this week the Drake Curse which we have previously discussed may have reared its’ ugly head again. It was at the 2nd annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival at Dodger Stadium. What happened was headliner Frank Ocean bailed and couldn’t be at the show. So they brought out Drake and basically all hell broke loose. The festival organizers didn’t let the crowd know that Mr. Ocean couldn’t be there, and the people who paid to see him were not exactly what one would call having any of it. Oh yeah they booed and heckled him off stage. Can we show that video clip for a minute? Ha ha, I love the one guy who yells out “NO!”. But the guy who started the festival, Tyler The Creator, isn’t having any of it either. And this was the 2nd time they have done this festival. I can guess they won’t be back for a third? So Drake got booed and Trump Jr got heckled off stage by his own supporters. Ah, 2019 is a great year to be alive! OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver celebrates the dropping of his lawsuit from Bob Murray in the most John Oliver way possible!

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Where do we begin this week? Well the election has come and gone and there’s no bigger sore loser than Kentucky’s now former governor Matt Bevin (1). Did he lose or is he going to try to steal the election from winner Andy Beshear? We will find out! In the second slot this week, is Alex Jones. Remember when Sean Hannity committed multiple felonies on the air last year? Well Alex Jones (2) is saying "hold my beer!". In the third slot this week, after Trump is taking on a viral challenge, we're going to tell you just how cringy it is by taking a look at the best (worst) winners of the #MAGACHALLENGE (3) so far and why it might single-handedly derail the first lady's #BeBest campaign! In the fourth slot this week, is Donald J. Trump (4). He went to the Alabama - LSU game and everywhere he goes, chaos is almost always guaranteed to follow, and we will also introduce you to his new BFF who is fighting for - wait for it - good and evil! Oh the irony! Taking the 5th slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and is your airplane water safe to drink? After an alarming study was published, you might want to think twice before asking your flight attendant for that extra cup of water. At slot #6 is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and this week the Dark One’s spiritual advisor Paula White has become an official White House employee, and our resident pastor is here to remind you why that is terrifying! In slot #7 is our segment “Unpopular Opinions” (7) – and this might be one of the creepiest stories in a while as you don’t want to know why rapper T.I. accompanies his daughter on her annual visit to the OB-GYN. Taking the 8th slot is a new "How Is This Still A Thing" (8) and this week after a series of colossal disasters, we're going to find out why gender reveal parties are still a thing. In slot #9 (NEIN!!!) this week is “I Need A Drink” and we’re going to get drunk and talk about cell phones - so the band Tool is cracking down on cell phones in their shows, and if you use one, you might just be a tool yourself. Finally this week in our 2020 voters’ guide “Keeping Up With The Candidates”, the 2019 elections yielded some surprising and shocking results and we will go over some of the juicier ones! Plus we have some live music from one of the hottest bands in the world right now, the legendary The 1975! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Hey everyone! Great news! Kentucky finally gave one of the worst governors in the country, and one of the worst in the states’ history his much deserved pink slip! I think we can all agree that he had it coming. We previously profiled former Gov. Bevin in Idiots #4-16 in our segment “People Who Somehow Got Elected”. And he definitely doesn’t disappoint in that area because he has gone ultra hard Christian nationalist right, and his policies definitely reflect that. But now that California has elected its’ first democratic governor in several decades what does that mean for now outgoing governor Matt Bevin? Oh that’s right, he’s refusing to accept the loss!

by Gov. Matt Bevin. Jeff Faughender, Louisville Courier Journal

Conservative political activist Frank Simon, a longtime supporter of Gov. Matt Bevin, is sending robocalls asking Kentuckians to report suspicious activity or voter fraud to the State Board of Elections before Nov. 14 — the day of Bevin's requested recanvass.

Bevin finished 5,189 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear in Tuesday's gubernatorial election but has refused to concede the race, requesting a recanvass of the vote, which is essentially a review of the vote totals in each county.

The governor has also made allegations of widespread voting irregularities and fraud on Election Day, but he hasn't provided any evidence to back up those claims.

According to a voicemail of the robocall sent to a Republican in Western Kentucky, Simon identifies himself and says, "If you or anyone you know has information regarding suspicious activity at polling locations, please report suspected voter fraud to the state department of elections by calling 502-573-7100."

He also asked that those calls to the State Board of Elections phone number take place by Nov. 13 — the day before each county board of elections conducts the recanvass.
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/elections/kentucky/2019/11/08/kentucky-governor-race-activists-robocall-seeks-voter-fraud-reports-before-recanvass/2528098001/




Yes the GOP is resorting to their age old tactic of accusing their opponent of – wait for it – if you had “voter fraud” on your Bingo card, you are the winner! Tell them what fabulous prizes they won, Johnny!!! So what does this mean for the Kentucky governor? Well aside from the obvious that Matt Bevin got “Art Of The Deal’d”, there’s plenty of reasons why you should be popping the champagne and celebrating. But then again let’s not blame Bevin’s loss on him, let’s blame it on oh yeah teachers!

A notable Kentucky politician has weighed in on the apparent defeat of Republican incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear in last week's gubernatorial election.

Appearing on "Meet the Press" Sunday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said that the "teachers' anger came out" in the election and swung the election in favor of Beshear.

The Kentucky senator was referring to Bevin'slongstanding dispute with teachers across the commonwealth, which was sparked by the governor's overhaul of the pension system.

"I think the teachers were very unhappy," Paul said. "Bevin) tried to fix the pension, but got crossways with the teachers. And I think the teachers' anger came out."

'I knew he was in big trouble': An inside look at 24 crazy hours in Bevin vs. Beshear

Paul said that Bevin "was trying to do the right thing" with pension overhaul. But the governor's lack of popularity with teachers runs much deeper than policy differences. Bevin repeatedly criticized educators who opposed his efforts and said teachers' decision to protest en masse at the state Capitol one day in April 2018 led to children being sexually assaulted or otherwise harmed.
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/rand-paul/2019/11/11/rand-paul-teachers-anger-cost-bevin-kentucky-governor-election/2560458001/




Really. Rand? Really? He was trying to do the right thing? Then why do teachers hate his guts? Maybe you might want to take a look at yourself in the mirror. The people are turning on the republicans, everything since 2016 has been an absolute disaster. But that said, we’re going to take a look at what a recount could specifically entitle for Kentucky.

Bevin said he "wanted the process to be followed" under law before he made a concession, referring to unspecified "irregularities" that were "corroborated."

The first step in that process under Kentucky law, when it comes to election results that are contested, should be as familiar to Bevin as anyone else in the state, as he won a razor-thin victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary of 2015 by margin of just 83 votes over now Rep. James Comer.

The first step under Kentucky law is a recanvass of the vote, which is a review of the vote totals by each county clerk — counting absentee votes and checking printouts to make sure the numbers they transmitted to the State Board of Elections were correct.

State law allows for a recanvassing if a county clerk or a county board of elections notices a discrepancy, or if a candidate makes a written request to the secretary of state.

Comer requested a recanvass of the vote totals in that 2015 race, but the results were unchanged. He declined to request the next possible step in the process under Kentucky law — a formal recount that includes a physical examination of the ballots.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/11/05/bevin-beshear-recount-what-happens-next-in-kentucky-governor-race/4174894002/




Yeah so rather than going quietly, Bevin is choosing a much more opposite and extremely scary direction – that is, he’s not going quietly. And is instead choosing to potentially waste a ton of time and a ton of tax payer money just because he’s a conservative snowflake. This is where we’re at in 2019. And if this is any indication of what’s going to happen in 2020, our presidential election could potentially go this way no matter how unpopular Trump is! Shit, the last time this happened, it was in 1899 and the governor was killed, and Kentucky nearly descended into chaos. Yeah we can’t let Bevin get away with this.

Trailing in the vote tally for Kentucky's governorship by about 5,000 votes, incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin decided last week to play what's becoming a familiar card: He questioned the election's legitimacy.

"What we know is that there really are a number of significant irregularities," Bevin said Wednesday in front of the governor's mansion, "the specifics of which we're in the process of getting affidavits [about] — and other information that will help us to get a better understanding of what did or did not happen."

Bevin declined to take questions from reporters or give more specifics, other than saying that "we know there have been thousands of absentee ballots that were illegally counted."

No Kentucky election official, including Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, has corroborated that claim in the days since Bevin made it.

Critics and elections specialists are calling for Bevin to provide evidence of the dramatic claim or retract it.

"Gov. Bevin really needs to put up or shut up. Give us the evidence, or stop making these claims of voter fraud that have no evidence behind them," said Josh Douglas, an election law professor at the University of Kentucky
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/10/777300611/skeptics-urge-bevin-to-show-proof-of-fraud-claims-warning-of-corrosive-effects





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Remember last year when Sean Hannity committed what might be one of the biggest news fails of the decade? He might have committed multiple felonies while on the air talking about his BFF Trump, and then cut away to a “sovereign citizen” in a shootout with Phoenix police (see: [link:https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210729356 | Idiots #5-1) . Well, last week, Alex Jones saw that and said “hold my beer”. Because now that Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry and investigation, Alex Jones is doing everything in his power to stop it. Oh yeah and he also has very little power since he got banned from social media and Youtube. But here’s what happened.

InfoWars conspiracy theorist and Roger Stone ally Alex Jones stepped up his attacks on the jury at Stone’s trial on Tuesday, broadcasting the name and face of a woman he claimed was a juror at the trial and calling her a “minion” of anti-Trump forces.

“We’ve got her name, and we’re going to release it,” Jones said on his InfoWars broadcast, before revealing a woman’s name and putting her face on the screen behind him.

Later in the broadcast, Jones and his attorney were joined by a person dressed as the Grim Reaper and wielding a sickle. Stone hosted a show broadcast on InfoWars until recently, and Jones and his employees have frequently attacked the judge in Stone’s case, Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Jones’ attacks on the jury were based on reporting that the first potential juror in the case was a former Obama administration employee in the Office of Management and Budget whose husband works for the Department of Justice. But in his rush to attack the potential juror as a deep-state plant, Jones appears to have gotten the wrong person.

During his broadcast, Jones didn’t show a picture of the actual potential juror, who, despite his claims, didn’t make it onto the jury anyway. Instead, he showed a picture of another former OMB staffer who appears to be totally unrelated to the Stone trial.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/alex-jones-goes-on-tirade-against-roger-stone-jurors




Yeah that is batshit fucking crazy! Alex Jones was literally trying to out one of the jurors on the Roger Stone trial while on the air. Do these people not knowing what they are doing? Oh wait, they are trying to do everything wrong at this point. What Alex Jones did is jury tampering and possible intimidation, and both of those are serious crimes. He could possibly be going away for a long time. And in case you had this on the Bingo card – they blamed Obama for it! Really guys? Your schtick is getting old now.

InfoWars conspiracy theorist and Roger Stone ally Alex Jones stepped up his attacks on the jury at Stone’s trial on Tuesday, broadcasting the name and face of a woman he claimed was a juror at the trial and calling her a “minion” of anti-Trump forces.

“We’ve got her name, and we’re going to release it,” Jones said on his InfoWars broadcast, before revealing a woman’s name and putting her face on the screen behind him.

Later in the broadcast, Jones and his attorney were joined by a person dressed as the Grim Reaper and wielding a sickle. Stone hosted a show broadcast on InfoWars until recently, and Jones and his employees have frequently attacked the judge in Stone’s case, Judge Amy Berman Jackson.

Jones’ attacks on the jury were based on reporting that the first potential juror in the case was a former Obama administration employee in the Office of Management and Budget whose husband works for the Department of Justice. But in his rush to attack the potential juror as a deep-state plant, Jones appears to have gotten the wrong person.

During his broadcast, Jones didn’t show a picture of the actual potential juror, who, despite his claims, didn’t make it onto the jury anyway. Instead, he showed a picture of another former OMB staffer who appears to be totally unrelated to the Stone trial.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/alex-jones-goes-on-tirade-against-roger-stone-jurors?ref=home




A little crazy? Get two batshit insane conspiracy theorists in a room and this is the kind of thing that you come up with! Yeah let’s tamper a jury and then blame the previous president for it. I mean really, Alex Jones is a few minutes short of a news cycle. And by the way in case you’re wondering how the judge is responding to all of this, he’s responding about as well as the judge in My Cousin Vinnie.

Stone is known for his brash style and crass language. So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that his trial is already full of expletives and hissed threats.

The curse words came quickly as the government prosecutors started making their case, quoting extensively from Stone’s text messages and emails.

There was this Aug. 16, 2016, email Stone sent to Bannon about the prospect of more damaging documents released about the Clinton campaign, which Zelinsky read aloud in court: “I have an idea ... to save Trump’s ass.”

There was also this Oct. 3, 2016, text message exchange that an FBI agent on the witness stand helped narrate, illustrating Stone’s attempt to calm down Randy Credico, the therapy dog-toting liberal talk show host who thought Stone was using him to advance a false narrative.

“No one is using your name stop being an asshole,” Stone wrote in one message. Later on in the same exchange, Credico replied with a reference to a character from the Godfather movies, calling Hillary Clinton “a scary serious and dangerous person who will kill without conscious the same way Luca Brasi did.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/06/takeaways-roger-stone-court-067133





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As you all know right now, first lady Melania Trump has been on a sort of anti-bullying crusade that they have dubbed, in true Trump fashion “Be Best”. And as you can guess, in true Trump fashion, Be Best has had the reverse effect – people are getting meaner and nastier. But here’s my whole thing – you can’t run an anti-bullying program when you’re the biggest bully on the planet. That is what I would call the very definition of “hypocrisy”. Oh and it gets worse – so a Soundcloud rapper started a hashtag called the “MAGA Challenge”. By Trump retweeting this and inviting the winners to the White House, he single handedly killed his anti-bullying initiative. But then again that’s par for the course at this point.

In September, Bryson Gray, a rapper who performs under the name B. Surius, created the "#MAGAChallenge" to advertise his song "Black Not Democrat." The online campaign received President Donald Trump's seal of approval Friday, when he retweeted Gray's post along with an announcement that winners of the #MAGAChallenge will be invited to meet with him at the White House.

With the MAGA Challenge, Gray joins a long list of other would-be internet influencers who have tried to recreate the viral success of internet fads such as the Mannequin Challenge and the "In My Feelings" Challenge to spread their own content. As of November 8, the post has been retweeted more than 6,000 times.

The clip Gray posted to announce the challenge in September featured Gray wearing an oversized Make America Great Again hat and lip-syncing lyrics like "Why these white liberals try to tell me who I am?" and "I said I wasn't a Democrat; I lost a few friends."

To participate in the challenge, Gray told Trump supporters to rap over the beat and share their enthusiasm for the president. "I want y'all to your own rap to it too then tag me! Let's make liberals cry!" Gray captioned the post.
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-shares-viral-magachallenge-inviting-winners-white-house-1470719




And that folks, is a lesson on how you can single handedly kill an entire First Lady campaign. Be best! But what are the ramifications of Trump placating to his base by promoting something that goes against what he’s supposed to stand for? Well, considering Trump doesn’t do much standing to begin with, there is going to be some serious problems with this. Don’t worry we’ll get to the best (or worst) in a minute.

President Trump is reportedly already in talks with Apprentice producer Mark Burnett to develop a post-presidency version of the show, but he’s not waiting until he leaves the White House to indulge his inner (outer) reality show host.

On Friday, Trump tweeted plans to announce winners of the #MAGACHALLENGE — a social media trend in which pro-Trump rappers film themselves spitting their affection for the president — and invite them to the White House to perform, effectively opening a fresh portal to hell by promoting what is soon to become one of the most cursed hashtags in Twitter’s history to his 66.6 million followers.

The #MAGACHALLENGE began with the September 14th tweet Trump quoted in his announcement, in which amateur rapper and noted Trump fan Bryson Gray calls for the president’s supporters to rhyme over his beat and “make liberals cry.” The hashtag blew up, with countless fans awkwardly rapping about their allegiance to Trump and hatred of liberals and the media. “I think the MAGA challenge is doing what everybody expected Kanye West to do for the [Trump] campaign,” Gray told the Daily Dot last month, adding that it is “easing the tensions in the culture and helping get the word out about Trump,” while proving “not all Trump voters and GOP are stick ups.”

Here’s one potential way to spend the next 7 minutes and 50 seconds of your life. You will not get that time back.

Even Isaiah Washington, the former Grey’s Anatomy actor who was fired for assaulting a coworker and using a homophobic slur, chimed in with what under an extremely loose definition of the term could be called “bars.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-magachallenge-rap-contest-910041/




By the way I’m not at all shocked that Isiah Washington is a MAGA supporter. Not at all. And I’d post a few videos from the MAGA challenge but we don’t want to support these people or give them any recognition. Ah fuck it, one tweet.

https://twitter.com/mjfree/status/1193614539218014209

OK maybe one more.

https://twitter.com/PaulLidicul/status/1193451916811894784

Because the garter belt really adds some class doesn’t it? And come on, how is it possible that rappers not named Kanye are in on this? I mean come on people, you’re on Soundcloud! You most likely recorded these videos in between serving angry customers lattes! I could do this all day. I’ve got time.

The post Trump’s #MAGAChallenge is absolute cringe appeared first on Consequence of Sound.

Already in talks for The Apprentice: White House, America’s reality show president is now encouraging his loyal followers to participate in the #MAGACHALLENGE.

The challenge was initially launched back in September by a pro-Trump rapper named Bryson Gray, who encouraged fellow MAGA thumpers to post rap videos in dedication to their supreme leader. “I want y’all to your own rap to it too then tag me!” Gray tweeted. “Lets make liberals cry!”

On Friday, Trump amplified the challenge by announcing that he’d be inviting the winners to perform at the White House.

As one might expect, the resulting videos are proving to be peak cringe. (Note: We’re still waiting for Kanye’s entry.)
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/trump-magachallenge-absolute-cringe-210458183.html




That is a good question sir! I mean this couldn’t possibly come at a worse time, especially when Trump is facing an impeachment trial and he got booed twice. Although if you’re really thinking of participating in the MAGA Challenge with the promise of a White House invitation, you might as well save the effort, because chances are good that Trump will stiff you on the win. Because this is not at all shocking, and you’ll be the one who winds up crying in the end!

On October 22, an email from Donald J. Trump’s campaign to its subscribers read, “I just saw the most recent list of Patriots who have contributed to win a trip to meet me in Chicago on October 28th, and I noticed you STILL haven’t entered,” then followed up the next day with an email that said, “We’d hate for you to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have lunch with President Trump himself at his FAVORITE hotel in Chicago.” This, like 14 other promotions by the campaign since 2018, promised one lucky winner travel, accommodations, and a meal if they signed up for the contest (some posts screenshot in the newsletter suggested that campaign donations increase odds of winning).

And yet, in nearly two years of these promotions, there’s yet to be evidence that any of these promised meals actually happened. This according to the newsletter Popular Information and sleuth Judd Legum, the founder of ThinkProgress and former research director in 2008 for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. He asked the Washington Post’s pool reporter, who was traveling with the president at the time, whether the president had made a stop to lunch with the winning contestant in Chicago. She asked the campaign and the White House, but did not receive an answer. Popular Information asked a campaign spokesperson as well and did not receive an answer.

Which means, you know, who knows! It’s possible the president went to these meals quietly. Maybe Trump grabbed a nice dinner at some little hole in the wall before he boarded his whirlybird and took to the sky. Trump must be over having his photo taken by now. You can almost hear him yell, “Can’t I get lunch with some random person in peace!” Yes, he seems like the type to really know when it’s time to stop mugging for the camera and focus on quality time. But campaigns demand these kinds of wholesome photo ops; even though Trump surely didn’t want a picture, a picture would have to be shared.
https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2019/11/donald-trump-meet-and-greet-contest





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Donald Trump is a man who needs an audience. He went to the World Series hoping for applause and admiration, and to steal the spotlight from the Nationals and Astros. Strike one! Then he went to UFC 244, hoping to earn admiration and applause. Strike two! What a snowflake at that. Come on, Trump, this isn’t no country for old snowflakes! So when your ego’s taken a massive hit like that, where do you go? I know – go to places where people love you. They still love you in Alabama, right? I mean they’re the state where Roy Moore is going up against Jeff Sessions. Yes, I did say Roy Moore, because he won’t go away. So what happened at the Alabama – LSU game? Oh wait, we have to tell you about the SNAFU from the Alabama Student Union first.

Alabama will not punish students who boo President Donald Trump at Saturday's game against LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, the university's Student Government Association said an earlier message that threatened to revoke seating at future games for "organizations that engage in disruptive behavior" had been taken out of context.

"The SGA strongly affirms its belief in free speech and the rights of all students to express their opinions," the statement said. "Today’s report erroneously assigned a political context to a message meant only to remind students about heightened security and the consequences of altercations or other behaviors unbecoming of a University of Alabama student."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/sec/2019/11/04/donald-trump-attending-alabama-lsu-game-in-tuscaloosa/4159424002/




Yeah so the Alabama SGA threatened to revoke certain privileges for students who were going to protest Trump’s visit. I mean come on, Alabama! You should know that you don’t have to threaten frat boys – they’re a large part of Trump’s base! They only appointed one to SCOTUS last year! But that said wherever Trump goes, chaos is sure to follow. Just look at what happened to the world famous “Baby Trump” balloon.

Hoyt Deau Hutchinson, the Alabama man accused of slashing a Baby Trump balloon in Tuscaloosa last weekend, defended his actions during a Monday morning call to the “Rick & Bubba Show.”

Hutchinson is charged with felony first degree criminal mischief in relation to the slashing of the Trump balloon that was in town for the Alabama/LSU game and a presidential appearance by Donald Trump.

In his call to the syndicated program, Hutchinson, 32, said he drove past the Baby Trump balloon on Saturday and yelled at the protesters.

“I got so fired up when I rolled by the balloon and I rolled down the window and I said something to them and I figured they saw me. I figured only way I was going to get close enough to that balloon was to blend in. (I) went and bought me an Alabama shirt and walked up like I was walking to the game and like I was going to take a picture with (the Trump balloon).

“I was so fired up. I was shaking I was so mad,” he said.

When host Rick Burgess asked what his motivation for slashing the balloon, Hutchinson replied:

“I’m not young but I’m not old. I’m sort of middle aged. I feel like a lot of people my age don’t keep up with the news and politics the way they should. I watch the news every night. I watch Fox News every night. Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity are my favorite two anchors.
https://www.al.com/news/2019/11/hoyt-hutchinson-alabama-baby-trump-balloon-stabber-calls-radio-show-says-it-was-good-vs-evil.html




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Oh come on, Hutchinson, admit it – your motivation was dolla, dolla bills y’all! What a snowflake by the way. And if you think you’re on the “good side” of good vs evil, I would really advise that you don’t know what “good” or “evil” means. Because stabbing the Baby Trump balloon is the very definition of evil. And in case you weren’t surprised at all what Mr. Hutchinson’s motivation for doing this was, let’s all remember that Go Fund Me exists.

Supporters of Hoyt Hutchinson, an Alabama man who has gained widespread attention after he was charged in connection with the knifing of a “Baby Trump” balloon used to protest the president’s recent appearance in Alabama, have raised thousands of dollars to help him pay legal fees.

A GoFundMe created Saturday that asks for donations to help Hutchinson “pay legal fees and restitutions” for the balloon has so far raised more than $30,000. The goal for that fundraising page was initially set at $6,000.

Another GoFundMe that aimed to “FREE HOYT” shortly after his arrest raised more than $12,000 during the same period.

Hutchinson captured headlines Saturday after he was arrested and charged with felony first degree criminal mischief for allegedly stabbing a “Baby Trump” balloon that was being used by demonstrators in Tuscaloosa to protest Trump’s appearance at a college football game.

According to AL.com, a group of protesters had inflated the balloon for a demonstration at Monnish Park, which is located near the Alabama-LSU football game at Bryant-Denny Stadium that Trump was attending. The balloon was reportedly stabbed shortly before the game started.
https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/469816-people-raise-thousands-for-man-who-allegedly-stabbed-trump-baby




And boo to Go Fund Me too! The guy is a crook. And I mean really, considering that there’s evidence that Trump has to wear real diapers, that depiction of him as a baby isn’t really that far off. But there is some good news. And I mean besides that Alabama lost to LSU. That Go Fund Me has declared the money raised for this douchebag to be invalid, which means that he potentially lost out on thousands of dollars.

Fundraising efforts for Hoyt Hutchinson, the Alabama man who faces charges in connection to the stabbing of a Baby Trump balloon in Tuscaloosa last weekend, have topped $40,000.

The GoFundMe, started by Hutchinson, had raised $42,039 as of Monday night. Donations - ranging from $5 to $25 – came from 1,800 people, blowing away the original goal of $6,000. Any money that wasn’t used for legal fees would go towards Donald Trump’s 2020 election campaign, Hutchinson said.

In a post on the page, Hutchinson said the page had been reported by “sympathizers” and he expected GoFundMe to issue refunds to donors and instead directed people to a Cash App address. GoFundMe confirmed to AL.com, however, that Hutchinson’s page was active and they were awaiting banking information to continue the processing.

The Facebook page of the People’s Motorcade, the organization that rents out the Baby Trump balloons, contains a link on how to report GoFundMe fraud. The link was posted Nov. 10, the day after the slashing.
https://www.al.com/news/2019/11/fundraiser-for-hoyt-hutchinson-alabama-man-who-stabbed-baby-trump-balloon-tops-42000.html




And by the way in case you’re wondering how the Roger Stone trial is going, it has been a colossal disaster from day one. In fact he’s taking this shit show on tour and even going so far as to sell his own merchandise to cover the nearly $3 million legal defense fund. This whole thing, calling it a “clown show” isn’t exactly making light of the situation. And you also got to feel sorry for clowns too, that’s unfair to them. Except maybe the Joker, because Roger Stone would make a great one.

Stone often brings merchandise, including T-shirts (“Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong) and autographed rocks (called “Roger Stones”), to his events. On Monday, he came only with a carton of one of his books, “Stone’s Rules How to Win at Politics, Business, and Style.” He sold most of them.

The Oktoberfest party, at the Josef & Joseph jewelry, watch and clock store on Federal Highway in Oakland Park, was sponsored by the Florida Atlantic Conservative Team, founded and run by three former officers of the Broward Republican Party.

It wasn’t a typical political event, although Stone offered some of his typically blunt political rhetoric during a nine-minute speech in which he praised Trump and assailed Trump critic Mitt Romney as a rat and a loser.

The famously opinionated political operative was quiet about one thing: his own case.

He’s under a strict gag order from the judge who will preside over his trial, and he declined to talk about the charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements about his interactions related to the release of stolen Democratic Party emails by WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign. The charges were originally brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 5.
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-ne-roger-stone-trial-soon-legal-defense-20191029-mlnhduy2srdzzmwxohnlv4k4my-story.html





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People say that cleanliness is right next to godliness. But when you’re traveling it’s hard to be both, and it’s especially hard to be both. Made even worse by the fact that a new study has shown how horrendously unclean airplanes really are. And if you’re frightened by that, you should be even more frightened by what you’re consuming while you’re onboard a flight. If you think that the water or food that you consume is safe, you might want to think twice before you consume food, water, or even wash your hands on your next flight. Of course there’s no alternative when you’re 30,000 feet in the air.

A study released in September found that the quality of drinking water on most American-based airlines is such that it is not even suitable for washing one’s hands, let alone drinking. Out of 11 major and 12 regional airlines, only four were deemed to have relatively safe and clean water.

Crazy Facts About Airplane Food

The Airline Water Study, a joint endeavor by Diet Detective and the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, ranks the airlines, giving them a “Water Health Score” between 0 and 5, with 5 being the best score. An airline with a score of 3 or more is deemed to have water that is relatively safe and clean.

Of the major airlines in the United States, Alaska Airlines and Allegiant Airlines each scored 3.3, while Hawaiian Airlines received a score of 3.1. The only regional airline to pass standards was Maryland-based Piedmont Airlines, which scored 4.33. The major airlines with the worst scores were JetBlue and Spirit Airlines, each of which scored 1.

The Water Health Score was based on 10 different criteria, including positive E. coli and coliform water sample reports, fleet size, airline cooperation in answering water-quality questions and violations of the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR), a federal regulation implemented in 2011 to ensure that airlines provide their flight crew and passengers with safe and reliable drinking water.
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/airplane-water-bad-shouldn-t-212658498.html




Sadly Peter’s boomerang might be a safer alternative than what lurks in your airline’s potable water supply. And if you think that’s bad even the flight attendants don’t drink the tap water on planes. Of course it is tap water. You most likely bring that $7 bottle that you bought at the airport convenience store. But when the flight attendants know something we don’t, that is something to definitely be made aware of.

For the last decade, Dr. Charles Platkin has studied airline food. But he moved from solids to liquids by first examining a sample of coffee brewed on airplanes.

What he found wasn’t good, so to him, it made sense to keep looking.

“It was kind of natural for me to look at this,” Platkin, the director of the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center, told Healthline. “When I peeled back the first layer, it didn’t smell so good.”

His most recent bout of sniffing around included how well most commercial airlines were adhering to a law known as the Aircraft Drinking Water Rule (ADWR).

As Platkin explains in his Airline Water Study 2019, ADWR has required all airlines to provide passengers and flight crew with safe drinking water since it was implemented in 2011.
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-safe-is-the-water-coffee-tea-on-your-favorite-airline




Actually the martini is probably the cleanest thing on that flight. Oh but it gets worse, it’s not just a few airlines or single airplanes here and there. It’s every airplane that you’ve ever been on that has this level of dirtiness. Of course we’re not at all surprised that Spirit Airlines ranked among the worst for cleanliness since they’re pretty much the worst for just about everything.

While air travel is convenient, there's never any promise it will be particularly clean. Security checkpoint bins and airplane tray tables are notorious for harboring germs. In addition to being careful of what you touch, you need to be cautious about what you drink.

Air travelers have been warned in the past about the questionable water quality of major airlines. Owing to inconsistent water transport issues, storage methods, and lackadaisical monitoring, several studies and investigations—including a 2004 report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—have found bacterial contamination and even insect eggs lurking in liquid served to passengers in the form of coffee and tea.

Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t appear to be getting any better. A new study on the quality of airline tap water conducted by the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center found E. coli, coliform bacteria, and other unpleasantries across 11 commercial and 12 regional carriers.

The study ranked airlines according to water quality tests, and whether airlines were forthcoming in disclosing how they handle water transportation and storage for in-flight plumbing, using a scale of 1 to 5. While some airlines, like Alaska and Allegiant, scored well at 3.3, others (including JetBlue, Spirit, Delta, and United) ranked poorly in terms of delivering healthy, clean water, which is often sourced from local municipalities.
https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/602408/airplane-water-quality-getting-worse




Spirit Airlines: You’re here because there were no other flights available! But when you think about the quality of the food on the airline, it makes sense why the water on the airline might have something to do with how bad the food is. But before you order that cup of coffee or tea, or anything made with ice for that matter, you should consider that it was really surprising which airlines came out on top and which were the worst.

The ADWR, which went into effect in Oct. 2011, demands that airlines provide safe drinking water and requires them to routinely disinfect and flush aircraft water tanks, as well as test water samples for coliform bacteria. When airlines find coliform in water samples, they must test it again to determine if it contains E. coli and, if it does, shut off public access to the water system within 24 hours and disinfect and flush it out.

The Food Policy Center executive director and Diet Detective founder Charles Platkin believe the 24-hour requirement is too lax.

“Why not immediately? Pun intended, this just feels like a watered down version of what should be a regulation for airlines,” he told HuffPost.

While the study found that ADWR violations have decreased in recent years across all airlines, there’s a chance that this is due to a lack of enforcement by the EPA, which hasn’t issued many civil penalties in that time period.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/airline-water-quality_l_5d8152f7e4b03ec1bc96639b




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




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



My fair congregation! This week we’re going to talk about how my fellow brothers and sisters on the right have somehow managed to infiltrate the White House. Despite the fact that we’re supposed to have separation of church and state. Which is something that I am a big fan and proponent of – which is why you’ll never see me running for office. I respect boundaries. But there are some people who do not respect boundaries. You know what? before we get into it let’s roll the tape!



Yes, my friends, that is Paula White. The woman who acts as a spiritual advisor to the most unholy Dark One, whose name shall not be spoken in my church, is now in the White House!

A former White House adviser on faith affairs accused Paula White, the controversial pastor appointed to lead President Donald Trump's new faith office, of trying to profit financially from the role.

The Trump administration recently revealed that White, the current president's spiritual adviser and a wealthy televangelist preacher of the prosperity gospel, will head the Faith and Opportunity Initiative at the White House, founded by executive order last year.

White, who headed Trump's evangelical advisory committee, caught attention in 2018 when she told people to donate their first paycheck of the year to her ministries as a "first fruit" offering or face God's wrath.

Last week, White, whose church is based in Florida, suggested during a prayer for Trump that opponents of the president "operate in sorcery and witchcraft." suggested during a prayer for Trump that opponents of the president "operate in sorcery and witchcraft."

According to CNN, a White House spokesman said White, who is also known by her married name White-Cain, is a part-time special government employee and "permitted to maintain separate employment" to her official role.
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-pastor-paula-white-cain-obama-faith-adviser-1471155




Yes, the devil walks among us, but I shall not say his name! In fact like a movie I was watching if you say his name 3 times, he might appear in front of you to do your unholy deeds! And by the way in case you’re wondering if Ms. White has toned down her increasingly hostile rhetoric, you will definitely not be surprised. Because I’m sure that this is exactly what our LAWRD JAYSUS would have in mind!

President Donald Trump has added Florida televangelist Paula White to his administration. She will be an adviser to the president’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative in the White House’s Office of Public Liaison.

The New York Times calls the 53-year-old White “a quintessentially Trump figure: a television preacher, married three times, who lives in a mansion [and believes] that God wants followers to find wealth and health -- commonly called the prosperity gospel.”

Her beliefs have made her controversial even in religious circles. The Rev. William J. Barber II, a protestant minister who is also president of the NAACP’s North Carolina state chapter, called her message “a false gospel.”

“It is an attempt,” he said, “to interpret the gospel to be primarily about personal wealth and personal power, which is contrary to the theology of Jesus where the good news was always focused on caring for the poor, the least of these, the stranger, the sick.”
https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2019/11/paula-white-donald-trumps-new-white-house-adviser-ratchets-up-fake-news-rhetoric-denouncing-demonic-networks.html




No it’s just Paula White. Though she could be a DAYMON!!! I mean just… where do we find these people, exactly? Really because the kind of gospel that Ms. White preaches, well, I am not exactly sure that she’s even read the Bible! Or at the very least our Good Book because it says nothing about what she preaches!

It was "Power Night" at the City of Destiny church on Sunday and Pastor Paula White was urging her congregation to pony up.

"I want you to hear from God. God already spoke to me what I'm going to write out. You're going to write your checks to Paula White Ministries," White preached. "If God tells you to give $12.99, do it. Whatever the Holy Spirit speaks to you. If you need to give by credit card, do so."
White regularly urges those in her pews to donate to her ministry, promising that God will bless them with wealth and "visions" in return. She sometimes warns her followers that their "dream will die" if they don't.

This time, the televangelist was doing it as a newly minted White House official.

White, President Donald Trump's longtime spiritual adviser, joined the White House staff last week to lead the Faith and Opportunity Initiative, a division of the Office of Public Liaison. Her role will primarily be to solicit input from religious groups on White House initiatives and to maintain Trump's strong ties to the religious leaders who support him.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/07/politics/paula-white-televangelist-white-house/index.html




Well except for the fact that this is a church where we do judge people! And we look for content of quality and character, of which Paula White doesn’t have any of those things! But really you might as well hire Joel Osteen. Or shit even Kanye West at this point? What? I’ve told you that we are allowed to swear in my church! Go ahead, let it out! And by the way in case you’re wondering why the Dark One selected Ms. White, well, let’s take a look at where she stands.

President Donald Trump's personal spiritual adviser, Paula White, launched a prayer effort alongside other evangelical Christian leaders on Tuesday, offering a prayer condemning the president's opponents, accusing them of being aligned with evil spirits and using sorcery.

The White House officially announced last week that White would spearhead the president's Faith and Opportunity Initiative. Trump and the wealthy televangelist have been friends for years ,and she has been a key religious supporter, rallying her Christian base to back the president.

Alongside fellow Christian leaders Cindy Jacobs, Dave Kabul and Dutch Sheets, White has launched the One Voice Prayer Movement, starting the initiative on Tuesday with a prayer for Trump. "Lord, we ask you to deliver our president from any snare, any setup of the enemy, according to Ephesians 6:12. Any persons [or] entities that are aligned against the president will be exposed and dealt with and overturned by the superior blood of Jesus," she said during her prayer in a conference call with other Christian leaders.

"Whether it's the spirit of Leviathan, a spirit of Jezebel, Abaddon, whether it's the spirit of Belial, we come against the strongmen, especially Jezebel, that which would operate in sorcery and witchcraft, that which would operate in hidden things, veiled things, that which would operate in deception," she continued. "We come against it according to your word."
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-spiritual-adviser-paula-white-prays-against-presidents-opponents-suggests-they-operate-1470197




Yeah probably! With friends like Paula White, who needs enemies? Well that’s it for this week, mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Now that we got that out of the way, we got to talk about the seriously creepy situation involving T.I. and his daughter. I didn’t want to do this next entry, in fact I almost threw down fisticuffs with my producer on it. But we’re doing it anyways, because that’s how we roll! You know normally we’d reserve this kind of thing for “How Is This Still A Thing” but I just want to take this opportunity to trash these old school assholes who can’t handle a woman’s sexual identity. Really, it says more about him than it does about her. And in 2019 do we really need this kind of old school fire and brimstone kind of fucked up relationship badgery between father and daughter? Easy answer is a simple “Hell no!”. I mean T.I. might as well wear a “Dads Against Daughters Dating” shirt.

Ladies Like Us podcast hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham have posted a public apology after rapper T.I.'s shocking comments about his teenage daughter's virginity prompted plenty of backlash.

On a recent episode of the podcast, the 39-year-old rapper told Mandi and Moham that he has "yearly trips to the gynecologist" with his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah, "to check her hymen." The podcast episode has since been deleted. Mandi -- who's married to singer Miguel -- and Moham have received criticism online for laughing during T.I.'s comments, and in an apology posted on Instagram on Thursday, they explained it was a "knee jerk reaction."

"To everyone confused, angry and hurt by the recent episode of Ladies Like Us, we want to apologize for our knee jerk reaction to the uncomfortable topic," the statement reads. "We were completely caught off guard/shocked and looking back, we should have reacted much differently in the moment. The comments that were made and the reaction that followed are not in any way a reflection of our personal views on the topic. We support and love Women and feel that their bodies are theirs to do as they wish."

"There was absolutely no ill intent towards any party involved & feel deeply awful about the entire incident," the statement continues. "We are not perfect, take full accountability of our lack of action & are continuously learning along the way. We know an apology doesn't make this go away but we welcome the discussion -- that's what our podcast is about."
https://www.etonline.com/tis-shocking-comments-about-daughters-virginity-lead-podcast-hosts-to-apologize-and-delete-episode




Sorry Ladies Like Us podcast, whatever that is, but you just opened up a whole can of worms that will probably never be closed! See here’s the thing with DADD crowd is they are some angry and controlling motherfuckers. Which is why they want control of their daughters’ hymens, whatever that is. I’m a guy, I don’t have a hymen. But as insane and controversial as T.I.’s comment was, it has shed a light on a subject that is a global problem, and a very disturbing one at that. See, here’s one of those situations where it’s best to just let kids be kids, then when they grow up they can find out how fucked up the world is!

But while T.I.’s comments were certainly solid outrage-bait, they also pointed out to a more disturbing reality: virginity testing is widespread around the globe, and has historically been used as justification to punish, torture, or even murder young women.

Virginity testing usually takes the form of a two-finger test, which involves a physician inserting two fingers into a woman’s vagina to check whether her hymen is intact. Although an intact hymen is by no means a reliable indicator of virginity, as T.I. himself pointed out, it is viewed as such in various cultures around the world, such as in India, Turkey, Egypt, and South Africa. Although the test is most frequently associated with determining a woman’s eligibility for marriage, it has been used for other purposes as well; in Indonesia, for instance, the test is used to determine female applicants’ suitability for the police force.

The penalty for “failing” a virginity test can be steep. In Afghanistan, for instance, where premarital sex is a crime, until 2018 the law stated that women and girls could be incarcerated for up to three months for failing virginity tests. In some extreme cases, young women who have failed virginity tests have taken their own lives or been murdered by their own family members for violating their family’s honor.

While most coverage of virginity testing is with reference to the practice in other countries, as T.I.’s comments underscore, it would be misleading to suggest that virginity testing is just something that happens outside the United States. Even though physicians have decried the test as unethical, as Marie Claire pointed out in a 2019 investigation there is no federal or state legislation banning it, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has not issued any official guidelines with reference to the practice because it is neither medically indicated nor a valid medical procedure. “A ‘virginity exam’ does not exist,” Maura Quinlan, M.D., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University and legislative chair for the Illinois section of ACOG, tells Rolling Stone. “It’s a myth that any type of medical exam can prove if a woman is a virgin.”
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/ti-gynecologist-virginity-test-908990/




That is a good point sir! This is beyond messed up – people (mainly women) can be jailed, assaulted, or even killed for this shit. For T.I. to bring this up on a podcast of all places sheds light on a subject that he probably should have kept to himself. And by the way the people that do this evil practice of “virginity testing” – are shady as shit! Why I never would have guessed!

In addition to being unethical and harmful, the tests are also based on flawed science: The state of a woman’s hymen isn’t a definitive indicator of whether or not she’s had intercourse. As Planned Parenthood notes on its website, some people are born with hymens that are naturally open, or it often tears or wears away as women age.

“The misconceptions that these tests have anything to do with virginity are unfortunately widespread, and our society continues to spread these myths as if they were based on scientific facts,” Brittany McBride, the senior program manager of Sexuality Education at Advocates for Youth, told the Cut. “This misconception that virginity can be tested is truly archaic and sexist and shames people with vulvas. Virginity is a concept that is completely personal and private — it is not a benchmark one is able to meet or not meet.”

Unsurprisingly, the tests can take a steep psychological toll: In a 2017 report from the National Institutes of Health, women who were subjected to them described them as painful and dehumanizing; one sexual-assault victim who was forced to undergo the procedure went so far as to equate it with “torture.”

In 2015, Laurence B. McCullough, an adjunct professor of ethics in obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, urged medical professionals to lead the effort to ban virginity testing, calling the policy “incompatible with professional obstetric and gynecological ethics.” As journalist Sophia Jones writes in Marie Claire, “When doctors legitimize virginity by conducting fake tests for it, they arguably uphold one of the oldest lies used to control women: that whether or not a woman has had sexual intercourse determines worth.”
https://www.thecut.com/2019/11/t-i-checking-daughters-hymen-is-abusive-virginity-testing.html





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This week: Gender Reveal Parties. How are they still a thing? The gender reveal party started way back in 2008 when a blogger posted about having a gender reveal party for their kid and, like a bad weed it just started spreading from there. With predictably disastrous results. You might remember when a gender reveal party started a hundred acre fire in Arizona last year. Well in case you think destroying 100 acres of brush was the worst thing to happen at a gender reveal party, well, it’s got worse. A whole lot worse. And in case you’re wondering whether or not you should go to your friends’ gender reveal party where a homemade explosive device might be used, just tell them “no” and send a gift.

Gender-reveal parties often involve plenty of ridiculousness, from dyeing lasagna unnatural colors to using animals like alligators and hippos to announce an unborn baby’s sex. While this fairly new concept has received criticism for various reasons, it can also pose a risk, as these parties often involve explosives. Unfortunately for a family in rural Iowa, a gender-reveal party turned lethal after a woman died from an explosion caused by the celebration.

According to NBC News, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at around 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, that a woman was seriously injured after flying debris from an explosion that was part of a gender-reveal announcement had struck her. Deputies arrived at the home — located in Knoxville, around 40 miles southeast of Des Moines — but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. There are no further details from the incident, such as what caused the explosion, and whether it involved Tannerite, a legal explosive commonly used for gender reveals.

When the concept of these parties was first introduced, they were a lot more simple, like baking a blue or pink cake that would reveal the baby’s sex once it was cut into. Over the years they evolved into more outrageous stunts that included over-the-top props and pyrotechnics. In Arizona in 2017, a gender-reveal party involving Tannerite caused a massive 47,000-acre wildfire, and in July of this year, Australian police charged a man with reckless driving after his vehicle caught fire during a gender reveal.
https://www.thecut.com/2019/10/gender-reveal-explosion-woman-died.html




Yes be afraid – because the next gender reveal party you go to might result in… *cue horror music * DEATH!! So if your gender reveal party doesn’t immediately kill you, there’s plenty of ways that it could go way south. But if you read beyond the headlines, which we encourage you to do here, that wasn’t just a mere explosive meant to reveal the baby’s gender. No, it was a pipe bomb. That’s right – they made a pipe bomb.

Authorities say an Iowa family’s attempt at a gender reveal party went horribly wrong when a homemade device that was meant to discharge coloured powder instead exploded like a pipe bomb, killing a 56-year-old woman.

The Marion County Sheriff’s office said Pamela Kreimeyer died instantly when debris struck her head Saturday before flying another 132 meters (432 feet), and landing in a nearby field in rural Knoxville, about 56km (35 miles) southeast of Des Moines.

Kreimeyer was 14 meters from the device when it exploded.

Family members had been experimenting with explosives in the hopes of posting a colourful announcement on social media, authorities said. They welded a metal cylinder to a stand and packed it with gunpowder that they thought would send the coloured baby powder aloft. But authorities say tape covering the top of the cylinder caused it to detonate like a pipe bomb.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/29/homemade-pipe-bomb-caused-accidental-death-at-gender-reveal-party




As if a homemade pipe bomb at a gender reveal party couldn’t be any scarier, take a look at what happened at a gender reveal party in Texas. You know the old saying how everything is bigger in Texas, and gender reveal parties are no exception. Just look at what happened when a crop dusting plane dropped a huge steaming load of gender reveal fluid onto a farm for a gender reveal party which could be among one of the biggest disasters to date.

A gender reveal party outside the town of Turkey, Texas went horribly wrong when an airplane hired by the celebrating couple stalled mid-stunt, causing it to crash and land upside down in dramatic fashion.

According to an official accident report filed by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the pilot accidentally flew the aircraft too slowly as he was attempting to unload nearly 350 gallons of pink-colored water for the reveal. (It's a girl, yay!) The low airspeed resulted in an aerodynamic stall, causing the plane to tumble in the air and crash, landing upside down on what looks to be a crop field. As a result of the impact, the plane sustained considerable damage to its right wing and fuselage, according to the NTSB. Judging by the photo released, however, it looks a lot worse than that.

Thankfully, the 49-year-old pilot Raj L. Horan of Plainview, Texas survived and sustained only minor injuries. The NTSB also noted that the plane was likely overloaded with the 350 gallons worth of pink water and an additional passenger, which likely contributed to the crash.

The Air Tractor AT602 single-engine turboprop plane used and operated by Horan Spraying LLC. is a single-seat aircraft designed to house only one occupant: the pilot. The additional passenger also luckily survived the incident with only minor injuries. It's unclear at this time if the pilot is facing any charges or if he will be able to keep his pilot's license.
https://www.thedrive.com/news/30928/crop-duster-airplane-crashes-during-gender-reveal-party-gone-horribly-wrong




Yes, everyone should be very afraid. But with gender reveal parties, and especially gender reveal parties, comes age old stereotypes about gender. So why even have them at all when children don’t learn the concept of male and female until the age of 5? Well there’s plenty of theories that could suggest why having a gender reveal party can be a bad thing in this day and age.

In the past decade, gender-reveal parties have exploded from a mere parenting trend to becoming the new normal. But now that more of the population is rejecting the idea of gender norms, a pink or blue-themed party feels archaic. One of the trend’s trailblazers is even having second thoughts about her role in perpetuating it.

When Jenna Karvunidis was pregnant with her first child in 2008, she blogged about revealing the baby’s gender to her friends and family with a pink cake. It was “a milestone,” she tells The Guardian. “I had had several miscarriages. It was like, ‘Oh yay, I’m finally at a point in my pregnancy where I know if it’s a boy or a girl’ rather than ‘Let’s saddle this kid with a whole identity,’” she said, adding that she doesn’t think most people were really questioning that way of thinking back then. Word of her party’s theme spread, and she began noticing more would-be parents throwing gender-reveal parties of their own.

By 2019, the trend seemsed to have reached its breaking point due to over-the-top, embarrassing, and even dangerous consequences that ranged from disgusting-looking food to a 47,000-acre forest fire. Karvunidis says she started to feel guilty. “Then I started to realize that nonbinary people and trans people were feeling affected by this, and I started to feel bad that I had released something bad into the world,” she said. Her daughter, who had been the motivation for her party 11 years ago, doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes herself, opting for suits and blazers rather than dresses. “I’m letting her lead me,” Karvunidis said. “She has her opinions about there being many genders and she is informing me about things. She was biologically born a female and she is still ‘she’ and ‘her’ and says she’s a girl, but she is still doing things her way.”
https://www.thecut.com/2019/07/gender-reveal-party-inventor-feels-bad.html




So even the creator of the gender reveal party thinks it’s a bad idea. Combine that with car crashes, wildfires, pipe bombs, and plane crashes, and that’s enough to make you ask – gender reveal parties:




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So of course by now the idea behind this segment is that we have a few cocktails, get drunk and talk about anything, literally anything in the news, as long as it doesn’t have anything to do with politics. And there’s a lot of dark shit in the world right now so we just get drunk and laugh at what is going on in the world. Tell me bartender, what goes well with a story about cell phones? The Tool Cocktail? Do I dare ask what’s in that? So it’s apparently just Maynard’s wine and a few glasses of tears. Then I will take my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. I call it the Double Jack. But what we are talking about is that Tool, the band, has decided to put the kibosh on people using their cell phones during their shows. That means you. I’m talking to you. No go on, finish your tweet. Find a funny GIF to go with it. Good.

If you get kicked out of a Tool show for shooting video on your cellphone, well, that's on you. The band is giving fans / psychedelic warriors ample heads up that this behavior is not permissible and will lead to an ejection with no chance of re-entry.

Maynard James Keenan has been outspoken in the past about his disdain for fans not living in the moment and soaking in the show. In his view, the use of a phone, and shooting keepsake videos in particular, only serves to "demystify" the experience. That's why Tool have implemented a "no camera policy" on their current tour supporting the recently released Fear Inoculum album.

One Reddit user, "nielmot," shared an email from the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse venue in Cleveland, Ohio, which outlined the policy in full, informing fans of the consequences of using their phone during the show.

It reads:

We respectfully request that you please watch and listen to the show, not your phone. You will be ejected from the show without the opportunity to return and without a refund if you violate this simple request and elect to take photos during the performance. In the event of a personal emergency, phone use may occur on the concourse away from the performance area.

Read More: Tool Warn Fans of Ejection From Show Over Cellphone Use | https://loudwire.com/tool-warn-ejection-show-cellphone-use/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral




Yes so if you use a phone at a Tool show, well, not only are you a tool yourself, but you can get ejected from the venue. Do not pass go, do not collect $200! But this isn’t the first time that bands have argued about phone usage. I mean seriously you’re paying all this money to go out. And then you buy drinks and food and probably an overpriced t-shirt or two. So why the hell are you looking at your screen? Just don’t!

One of the most famous Tool fan pages on social media, ToolPusciferApc posted a recent announcement of Tool and shared their latest decision about their well-known mobile phone prohibition.

As you will read the announcement below, Tool will not allow the audience to use their mobiles for their upcoming two shows which will be held at Pepsi Center on October 15 and 16.

Here is the caption of the photo:

“Attention everyone attending the @toolmusic shows at the @pepsicenter in Denver.

The no phone policy will be enforced. @adamjones_tv #MaynardJamesKeenan #DannyCarey
#JustinChancellor #FearInoculum #Tool #ToolBand #ToolArmy #NoPhones”

Here is what’s written on the photo:

“For guests attending TOOL events this Tuesday and/ or Wednesday nights, please note that using your cellphone in any manner during the performance is strictly prohibited. Per the tour request, guests who fail to abide by the following cellphone restrictions will be immediately dismissed from the arena:
https://metalheadzone.com/tool-announce-a-crucial-smartphone-decision-for-upcoming-show/




Oh yeah. Go, finish your tweet. Me? I’m going to finish my drink and get another one! But Maynard first started ejecting fans during the last A Perfect Circle tour last year, which by all accounts, didn’t sell very well. Many stadiums were left half empty, which really sucks for both them and the venue. Because why go out at all if you’re just going to stare at your device all the time? Hey you! I’m talking to you!

While the music of Tool and A Perfect Circle may be different, their attitudes towards cellphone usage at concerts is very much the same, as evidenced by the former's current North American tour.

Ahead of last night's performance (November 6) at Cleveland's Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, attendees were sent an email outlining a prohibitive photo policy for the evening.

The email reads, "We respectfully request that you please watch and listen to the show, not your phone. You will be ejected from the show without the opportunity to return and without a refund if you violate this simple request and elect to take photos during the performance. In the event of a personal emergency, phone use may occur on the concourse away from the performance area."

Sharing the email on Reddit, user nilemot wrote, "'No cameras' is printed on the tickets, posted at every spot possible at the venues, posted by the fern, now I got a email reminding me no cameras. When is [frontman Maynard James Keenan] going to call me with a reminder?"
http://exclaim.ca/music/article/no_you_arent_allowed_to_use_your_phone_at_a_tool_show




Go ahead check your e-mail. It’s fine. I will wait. But Tool isn’t the only band who has a notoriety for people using their phones at concerts. Another one – and a good friend of the show – Jack White – is also a notorious phone hater. And if you use phones while seeing the Raconteurs this year then you should be prepared to face the consequences. Really, just leave your phone in your car and spare the trouble.

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to the sold-out Raconteurs concert at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls on Aug. 16, here's your reminder to leave your cellphone behind.

“We think you'll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON," a band statement from earlier in the tour read.

Here's what that means. If you bring your cellphone or any other photo- or video-capturing gadget (including that smartwatch on your wrist) into the Rapids Theatre, it will be secured in a Yondr pouch. You'll keep the phone with you but you won't be able to unlock the pouch, which is just a bit larger than the phone. If you have an emergency or need to use the phone, you can go to a designated area where it will be unlocked and then returned to the pouch when you are done.

If you don't want to put your phone in the pouch, then leave it in your car – you will not be able to bring it inside.
https://buffalonews.com/2019/08/15/what-the-no-cellphone-policy-means-at-the-raconteurs-show-at-rapids-theatre/





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Welcome back to our 2020 voters’ guide Keeping Up With The Candidates! While our news may be a week behind, we have approximately 367 days until the next election so we have got to get ready, people!! And this guide is a handy way to keep information about all the candidates, news, and issues relating to the 2020 mother of all elections in one place! Last week we discussed the extremely frightening voter purge taking place in Georgia. No, wrong purge, damn it! This week, we’re going to go over some of the results of the 2019 interim election which the blue wave struck again! And in the least likely of places. We already saw how Kentucky kicked Matt Bevin to the curb. Now it did the same in Virginia!

Democrats won control of Virginia's General Assembly on Tuesday, returning the party to full power over the legislature and governorship for the first time since 1993.

Democrats, who had been slightly favored to win both chambers, flipped six seats and lost none of their own in the House and took a slim majority in the Senate.

"I'm here to officially declare today, Nov. 5, 2019, that Virginia is officially blue," Gov. Ralph Northam said to supporters in Richmond.

The election wins now clear the way for Democrats to pass a wide array of liberal policies, including gun control measures, increases to the minimum wage and ratification the Equal Rights Amendment.

"It wouldn't really be an exaggeration to say that we could have the most progressive regime we've had in Virginia's government history," said J. Miles Coleman, associate editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball, which provides nonpartisan analysis on elections through University of Virginia's Center for Politics.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/11/06/virginia-election-results-democrats-win-power-liberal-policies/4163840002/




That’s right – after decades of red state disasters, Virginia is finally turning blue! How about that, who wants a nice mug of conservative tears? I know I do! Mmmmmmmmmmm… man that felt good to drink that. Or maybe not. So what does this mean in the long run? We’re seeing a lot of previously short run elections finally coming around and flipping the right way. But allow me to drop the proverbial turd in the punch bowl here, republicans are blaming the election on – wait for it – voter fraud!

As Kentucky's Republican governor trailed by thousands of votes in his re-election bid and Democrats took the reins of the Virginia Statehouse, social media posts offered an unsubstantiated explanation for the Election Day results: voter fraud.

The messages seized on small-scale voting issues or pushed inaccurate reports to call into question all the election results.

Thousands of dead people voted, some claimed. So many Virginia voters were turned away or given misprinted ballots that the results were suspect, a conservative pundit speculated. One Twitter user suggested that the entire state of Kentucky had purchased new voting machines that led to sweeping errors.

The online responses provide a glimpse into the type of misinformation that could cloud next year's presidential race and might intensify if the election is close, said Charles Stewart III, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has studied public confidence in elections.
https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2019-11-12/social-posts-blame-election-results-on-unsubstantiated-fraud




Yeah so that’s the reason why we can’t have nice things. Conservatives can’t play nice anymore, and is there any wonder why they’re losing on such a grand scale? Elections that were previously unflappable are now being flipped. But now we got to go to Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Yes, it’s near Philadelphia, a city with a notorious police horse punching problem. But Philly is overwhelmingly liberal and this happened.

The political forces that shaped last year’s midterm elections showed no signs of abating Tuesday, as voters turned on Republicans and establishment Democrats alike in races from Philadelphia and Scranton to the suburbs of Delaware and Chester Counties.

Outside Pennsylvania, voter unrest with President Donald Trump and the Republican Party he has taken over helped deliver victories for Democrats in Kentucky, where they narrowly took the governorship, and Virginia, where they seized complete control of the state government for the first time in more than a quarter-century.

Locally, Democrats will hold all five seats on the Delaware County Council, a Republican stronghold since the Civil War, and also assumed a majority on the legislative body in Chester County. In Bucks County, Democrats captured the Board of Commissioners for the first time since 1983.

And in Philadelphia, a third-party insurgent candidate weakened an already marginalized GOP by securing one of the at-large City Council seats reserved for minority parties — a seat Republicans have held for decades.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/pennsylvania-2019-election-results-20191106.html




Well it is very niiiiice, sir! I mean this is absolutely historic. Now I can’t really find any turd to throw in the punchbowl here. Instead I’m here to tell you what the elections mean for the upcoming 2020 election. And I’m not going to get into Mississippi, who elected Tate Reeves. I’ll save that for another edition. But here’s what the results could mean going forward.

In many ways, the election results last week, specifically the races in Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, have noteworthy implications for Republicans and Democrats going into 2020. However, both parties must be wary before drawing absolute conclusions from these results.

In Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear appears to have defeated unpopular Republican Governor Matt Bevin, who still refuses to concede, by a thin margin of 5,000 votes. In many ways, this victory is indeed significant, particularly because Bevin ran a national campaign and consistently linked himself to President Trump. Not only did Trump make several statements of support for Bevin, but he also held an eleventh hour rally with the Kentucky governor in an effort to ensure this reelection.

However, given that Bevin is profoundly unpopular among the residents of Kentucky, Democrats need to proceed with caution and refrain from using this race as a bellwether for the electability and political weight of Trump. As governor of Kentucky, Bevin commissioned some wildly unfavorable policies. Earlier this year, he backed a reform that cut pensions for new teachers and funding for education, which resulted in massive teacher protests that closed down every public school across the state.

Further, Bevin also sought to add premiums, copayments, and work requirements to the state Medicaid program, all while threatening to cancel the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which sought to expand health care to 400,000 individuals in Kentucky. Moreover, Republicans scored some wins in Kentucky, succeeding at flipping the attorney general and secretary of state positions.
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/469745-what-the-latest-election-results-signify-for-both-parties-in-2020




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-18: Do The Soviet Style Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-18: Do The Soviet Style Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Gonzaga University? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! We are in the home stretch people. Just six more Top 10s before we sign off for this insane year that was 2019. And our college tour has been a great success so far! I know we keep meaning to do a best of – which we will for Thanksgiving, we will announce all the details for season 8! Plus we’re going international! Yes, we did that World Tour back in season 3, but we did it at the confines from our home theater at the UCB Theater Franklin St. But we are actually going to England and Canada later next year. We also have the 4th iteration of our Stupidest State contest to look forward to! OK do we have time for the thing? OK boomer. So we have to talk about Bill Murray. We were originally going to do a whole I Need A Drink on this but we couldn’t find enough articles. But anyway I love when people who play versions of themselves do exactly what you’d expect them to do. So Bill Murray, you know him as the legendary star of Ghostbusters, was at the Atlanta Airport and eating at the PF Changs in Terminal A. And then on his way out he grabbed an application and applied for a job. Oh could you imagine Bill Murray waiting on your table? Just be like “Yeah I’ll have the Kung Pow Chicken and could you also throw in a batch of green slime?”. And my favorite part of this story is that the corporate office of P.F. Chang’s was like “OK Bill Murray, when do you start”? I so badly want to fly out of Atlanta if that happens. OK boomer. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. First though, John Oliver is back and he delves into why our voting system is the current nightmare that it is:



Well the impeachment trial is coming full swing everybody so strap in because it’s going to get really ugly. In the top spot this week is Steve Scalise (1). Because he, like many members of the Trump GOP cult, apparently has absolutely no understanding or comprehension of how the United States Constitution works and actually said the impeachment proceedings were “Soviet Style”. Nyet! In the second slot this week is “We’re All Gonna Die”. Keep denying climate change, assholes, because California is going up in flames while the Gulf Coast is drowning. No, we don’t want to die because of this shit. In the third slot this week is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (3). And Stupid Watergate II is in full effect as Giuliani creates a huge cybersecurity fail, while Trump is crying afoul at a “witch hunt”. In the number 4 slot this week is also Donald J. Trump (4). We have to talk about two Trump related items – the Nationals visiting the White House, and his epic Halloween border wall fail. In the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates (5) and one of the most popular menu items at Costco is their $4.99 rotisserie chicken. But to keep their costs low, Costco is resorting to some ridiculous and extremely frightening extremes. You might want to think twice before consuming that bird. Taking the sixth slot this week, is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and Halloween has come and gone, but is it a holiday to practice some witchcraft? Our resident pastor is going to detail the battle for your soul, courtesy of your local ultra far right church. Speaking of Halloween, in the 7th slot is “Beating A Dead Horse” (7) – airlines are censoring the content on their in flight entertainment screens, but it is driving the producers of that content absolutely crazy. At number 8, representative Katie Hill was a victim of a conservative hit job, and as such we’re going to ask “Revenge Porn – How Is This Still A Thing?”. In the number 9 (NEIN!!) slot this week we have yet another installment of People Are Dumb (9) because of course they are! Finally this week it’s a special “Keeping Up With The Candidates” (10) – Georgia is reportedly stated to purge some 300,000 voters from participating in the 2020 election. If you’re not frightened by this, we will tell you why you should be! And the palate cleanser after all this, we have some fresh new music from the man, the myth, the legend that is Beck! Pre-order his new album “Hyperspace” or you are no friend of this program! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Steve Scalise. You might remember him from that incident where he got shot by a crazy person while he was at batting practice for a Congressional softball game (see: Idiots #3-3 ). Since the shooting, Steve Scalise has made absolutely no question about where he stands politically. And that is, he’s a hardcore member of the Trump Cult. Which is not a good gamble these days. Trump’s popularity is slipping very handily. But that hasn’t stopped Scalise from showing people where he stands. And since the Trump Cult has been known to systematically rot many a brain, you tend to say batshit crazy stuff like this.

What do you expect from a guy who's currently suing a Twitter Cow?

But the real piece de resistance came courtesy of Steve Scalise, who brought along a poster to show just how unhappy he is with proceedings.

Exactly how does Steve Scalise think leadership changes occurred in the Soviet Union? Leon Trotsky did not get impeached, though it wouldn't have been the worst thing to get a guy like Stalin out of the driver's seat.

Based on the cutout, it would seem the "Soviet-style" proceedings occurred in the "37 days" that Democrats have been interviewing witnesses behind closed doors. This is nonsense: we are still at the investigation stage. The accused does not get to send his lawyer along with the cops when they interview a witness. (That's not to mention that some of what's under discussion may be classified. People testify behind closed doors at the Capitol all the time.) When hearings begin in the House, it will be more like a grand-jury equivalent—meaning the defense still does not get to send a lawyer or question witnesses. The president will get his due process when the trial is held in the Senate, assuming the House votes to send it there. In the meantime, House Republicans are present for all of this and are undoubtedly running defense for him throughout.

But Scalise made clear his "Soviet-style" label also applies to the rules the Democrats put up for a vote, which allow committee chairs like Adam Schiff to veto the Republicans' inevitably batshit witnesses. Republicans have long sought to disrupt public hearings with made-for-TV crapola. It's not hard to imagine Republicans calling for Strzok and Page, or Bruce and Nellie Ohr, or any of the other characters from the Trump Conspiracy Cinematic Universe. Ideally, the Republicans would call witnesses relevant to the inquiry in a good-faith effort to get to the bottom of whether the president committed gross misconduct, but Nancy Pelosi was not born yesterday. She knows they might just as easily call Cap'n Crunch.
https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a29654276/steve-scalise-soviet-style-impeachment-democrats-trump/




Uh… Mr. Scalise, you are aware that we have this thing called the Constitution of the United States and that the Democrats are following the impeachment guidelines as outlined in the Constitution exactly according to procedure? Oh but let’s not let your overdose of Covfefe cloud your judgement or anything. That is a hell of a drug and it tends to rot many a mind. But he’s not the only one overdosing on the Trump train lately.

Colorado’s House delegation split along partisan lines, as the state’s four Democrats voted to authorize the next stage of an impeachment inquiry over objections by the three Republicans.

“The House’s impeachment inquiry has exposed the truth and uncovered significant evidence that the president abused his power,” said Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, in remarks on the House floor minutes before the vote.

Added Neguse: “To honor the oath to defend the Constitution that each of us took, we must move forward with this impeachment inquiry; for, as Thomas Jefferson once said hundreds of years ago, a sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principal, the sustaining energy of a free government.”

Before casting his “no” vote, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, railed against what he called “a Soviet-style kangaroo court, a star chamber,” in an appearance on KVOR AM 740.

“They just hate Donald Trump. They want to undo the election,” Lamborn said, referring to his Democratic colleagues.
https://gazette.com/news/rep-doug-lamborn-calls-impeachment-inquiry-a-soviet-style-kangaroo/article_e663fe9c-fc32-11e9-9bad-c78292667259.html




Nyet!! We do hate Donald Trump, but the election was 3 fucking years ago! We’re not trying to undo anything, we’re trying to prevent further abuses of power, which is what Trump has been doing since the election. The Republicans want to hand him a blank check to do whatever the hell he wants, but it doesn’t work that way. The GOP derangement for democrats is getting completely out of control, and expect the violent rhetoric to increase before the election. But then we’ll still have to put up with bullshit like this:

America will read exactly what two of the “three amigos” overseeing President Trump’s Ukraine policy told Congressional impeachment investigators.

The explosive testimony of Kurt Volker, Trump’s former special representative for Ukraine negotiations, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, will likely inflict new damage on Trump’s ever-shifting impeachment defense as the full transcripts confirm details revealed after they testified last month.

Sondland’s testimony is likely to be particularly closely scrutinized because he made the dubious claim that he knew little or nothing about presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani ran a parallel campaign to bully Ukraine into opening bogus Trump-friendly investigations into Democrats.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Cal.), chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Monday to expect the transcripts to be made public the following day.

Impeachment witnesses have described Volker and Sondland, along with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, as the main officials implementing Trump’s Ukraine policy.
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-trump-ukraine-impeachment-transcript-20191105-2ewd52ba3bdsjkwotldjmlfr4u-story.html




Hey everyone! If this impeachment proceedings seem like they’re “Soviet Style” could it be because Russia is involved? Let’s do the Soviet style!! Is that a dance or a punk rock song? Who knows! The thing is, once a talking point gets introduced into the conservative echo chamber, it’s like an ants’ nest – no matter how much bug spray you use to get rid of it, you’ll still find ants several weeks later! But they are at least running out of defenses for this mad man, and it’s starting to show:

It is a quirk of our current highly polarized political environment that a party can plausibly claim its opponents are acting in a partisan fashion by insisting upon doing so itself. It takes two to tango, but refusing to tango takes only one. And if Democrats and Republicans aren’t dancing together, then any action becomes a partisan action—and can be denounced as such.

And so it was last week that, confronted with a decision by the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives to authorize procedures for the public phase of consideration of the president’s impeachment, House Republicans voted as a bloc against the measure and thereby enabled themselves to decry the vote as partisan. The criticism was, of course, accurate. Unlike the House votes to authorize the impeachment inquiries of Presidents Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton, this vote came very nearly along perfect party lines—with two Democratic House members joining the Republicans and only a single former Republican, the now party-less Justin Amash, voting with the Democrats.

But the argument also elides the source of the partisanship. What is notable about the vote is not that Democrats, looking at the information available to the House, want to consider impeaching President Donald Trump. It is rather that Republicans, looking at the very same information, uniformly do not want even to consider it—that they purport to be outraged not by the president’s behavior but by the processes through which whistle-blowers complain about that behavior, by the means Democrats employ to consider such complaints, and by the expectation that a president will act on behalf of some vision of the public interest rather than putting national-policy tools at the service of his own personal and political interests.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/partisanship-isnt-enough-save-trump-impeachment/601330/





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Hey everyone guess what? We’re all gonna die!! Woooooooooooooo!!! Wooooooooooooooooo!!! Wooooo. Woo. Yeah I know I say it every time that we do this segment, but this time we really might, especially that my home state of California is on fire. And we have a maniacal man bay who hates my state in charge of the White House. And boy does Trump hate us. If you’re following the news, the fire departments run by the federal government have been doing a bang up job of being super fast to respond to the fires this year and Gov. Newsome has been praising them big time. But we have a man child who has been convinced that it’s poor forest management that was to blame for the fires. But can we tell him that’s not a thing?

Just days after Gov. Gavin Newsom praised the federal government for its response to catastrophic wildfires and power outages affecting millions, President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed the California Democrat — and threatened to cut off future federal funding to the fire-battered state.

Trump, in a spate of postings on Twitter, lambasted what he called Newsom’s “terrible job” regarding the state’s forest management practices, saying the governor should stop listening to environmentalist “bosses” and “clean” the forest floors. He also slammed Newsom for state water-management practices, suggesting that California must open up what he called “ridiculously closed water lanes.”

Saying Newsom had repeatedly requested federal funds, Trump threatened to cut him off.

“Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing—and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more,” the president tweeted.

He then tweaked Newsom’s leadership: “Get your act together Governor.”

The governor responded a short time later.

“We’re successfully waging war against thousands of fires started across the state in the last few weeks due to extreme weather created by climate change while Trump is conducting a full on assault against the antidotes,” he told POLITICO in a statement.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/03/trump-federal-aid-california-newsom-065045




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Let’s point out the irony here – the guy who does not have his act together at all and fires people like it’s a bodily function is telling someone else to get their act together on something he knows nothing about? What an asshole. But are we all gonna die from this? Well just wait until next year’s Santa Ana winds hit, they will get even nastier!

Just last week California Gov. Gavin Newsom lauded President Donald Trump as a "partner" in California's efforts to fight wildfires.

“Every request we made of the Trump administration has been granted, and I just want to thank them again for moving expeditiously as they have to support our efforts here," Newsom said Wednesday.

That was then, this is now.

“We’re successfully waging war against thousands of fires started across the state in the last few weeks due to extreme weather created by climate change while Trump is conducting a full on assault against the antidotes," Newsom said Sunday.

What changed appears to be a series of tweets earlier Sunday by the president, kicked off with this: "The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must 'clean' his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/11/04/trump-california-wildfires-newsom-lauded-him-once-now-they-clash/4154014002/




Oh calm down man, we’re not gonna die just yet! But let’s not let facts get in the way of our outrage because that’s how the news in 2019 works, damn it! Because if Trump had bothered to Google it, he would have stumbled upon this report from the San Francisco Chronicle – an actual journalist outlet, which said that poor forest management is true. But guess what? Not all of it is California’s fault!

“A century of mismanaging Sierra Nevada forests has brought an unprecedented environmental catastrophe that impacts all Californians.” That’s not a tweet from President Trump, but the opening line of a February report by California’s Little Hoover Commission investigating fire danger in the state.

“The immediate crisis is visible to anyone who has traveled recently in the Sierra Nevada, especially in its southern range where mountainsides are brown with dying and dead forests,” Commission Chairman Pedro Nava wrote in the cover letter for “Fire on the Mountain,” an 82-page report on the tinderbox nature of the state’s forests.

The report outlines factors that have led to the current forest crisis, including years of poor or nonexistent management policies, and the recent drought and a beetle infestation that killed an estimated 129 million trees across the state — trees that could go up in flames.

“The obstacles to progress are daunting and tremendously complex,” the report said.

Still, Nava was a bit taken aback by Trump’s Nov. 10 tweet blaming the state’s “gross mismanagement” for the fires.

“My first reaction is that he really needs better advisers — obviously they left a lot of things out,” Nava told us.

For example, the U.S. government owns nearly 60 percent of the forests that cover one-third of California and for the past 100 years federal policy has been to put out forest fires as quickly as possible rather than let nature take its course.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Trump-s-claim-of-poor-California-forest-13400503.php




No, no nobody is dying yet. But take a look at what the guy in the article said that Trump needs better advisers. Well guess what? He is his own adviser! Well besides when he watches Fox News late at night after Sean Hannity whispers sweet nothings into his ear on the phone, we’ll let you know that rage-watching Fox News that late is not good for your mental health! I mean would you be shocked to learn that he’s wrong on the subject? I’m not!

In 2018, a fire ripped through the town of Paradise, California, killing 85 people. It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.

Liabilities from wildfires started by its powerlines bankrupted Pacific Gas & Electric, which cut off power to nearly one million homes and businesses last month to prevent wind from triggering and fanning fires.

Many blame climate change.“The reason these wildfires have worsened is because of climate change,” said Leonardo DiCaprio.“This is what climate change looks like,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

On Sunday, after President Donald Trump tweeted, “The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management,” Newsom tweeted back, “You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.”

But can the increase in fires in California really be blamed on climate change?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/11/04/why-everything-they-say-about-california-fires--including-that-climate-matters-most--is-wrong/#50e95c264cb6





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It’s like Watergate but we have idiots in charge. Holy crap this thing continues to get stranger and stranger and stranger. We already covered Steve Scalise’s bizarre comparison of the trial to something “Soviet Style” (whatever that is). But that said there’s three key figures who are really needed further explanation with their involvement in Stupid Watergate. And that is Jim Jordan – who remember in the Ohio State scandal, Roger Stone, and Rudy Giuliani. Both of these guys are people who I wouldn’t want running an Etch A Sketch. But before we get into the Jim Jordan mess, let’s take a look at what happened when Roger Stone went before a jury.

Jury selection in the trial of Roger Stone, the longtime confidant and adviser to President Donald Trump, got off to a bizarre start on Tuesday as Stone left the proceedings due to what he said was food poisoning shortly after an observer was taken out of the courtroom on a stretcher after appearing to have a seizure.

The selection of the jury continued without Stone present, but because of the earlier delay stemming from the separate medical emergency, it is unlikely jury selection will be completed Tuesday. More than 80 prospective jurors arrived at federal district court in Washington, D.C., to potentially take part in the trial.

Stone, 67, is accused of lying to Congress and pressuring another person to do the same. Stone's case stems from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Stone, a close friend of Trump's for more than three decades who briefly served as an adviser to his 2016 presidential campaign, has claimed innocence. He was repeatedly admonished by Judge Amy Berman Jackson this year to stop making public comments about his case that could influence a prospective jury, and was barred from using social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/roger-stone-leaves-jury-selection-his-trial-because-food-poisoning-n1076711




Maybe that was a little too graphic but I can assure you that his food poisoning probably went down something like that. But what a bunch of crybabies. Now for those of you playing at home, we have to talk about Rudy Giuliani’s involvement in this clusterfuck. Of course we’ve talked about Giuliani and his goons many times in the last few weeks but now the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fall into place, and it’s quite the tangled web they weave.

Lev Parnas, the indicted Rudy Giuliani associate who helped the Trump team search for dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine, is now willing to comply with the House impeachment inquiry, his lawyer told Reuters.

Parnas helped Giuliani find dirt on Biden in Ukraine and lobbied a former Republican congressman to press President Donald Trump to oust an ambassador whom Giuliani believed was interfering with their efforts. He was later indicted along with fellow Giuliani pal Igor Fruman on campaign finance charges after prosecutors alleged that illegally funneled foreign donations into U.S. elections to gain influence, including a $325,000 contribution to a pro-Trump super PAC. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

After the indictment, the pair hired attorney John Dowd, who previously worked on Trump’s defense team in the Mueller probe. Claiming that the intention of Democrats was "to harass, intimidate and embarrass my clients," Dowd sent a letter to lawmakers saying that the two would not cooperate with their “overly broad and unduly burdensome” requests for information in the impeachment inquiry.

While Fruman will reportedly retain Dowd amid plans to keep stonewalling the investigation, Parnas apparently had a change of heart. He has fired Dowd, and his new attorney, Joseph Bondy, told Reuters that he was willing to comply with the investigation.
https://www.salon.com/2019/11/05/giuliani-henchman-fires-former-trump-lawyer-and-agrees-to-comply-with-impeachment-inquiry-after-snub/




This whole thing is certifiably insane. Now we got to talk about Jim Jordan’s involvement. See, the events of this whole thing – let’s compare it to a nice, hearty plate of spaghetti and meatballs. You’re not going to serve it without simmering the meatballs in the sauce for several hours. Because if you serve the meat before it’s cooked you’re gonna have a bad time. Even worse if you switch chefs in the middle of cooking it.

House Republican leadership is looking to load up the House Intelligence Committee with some of President Donald Trump’s top defenders, including Rep. Jim Jordan, as the panel has become ground zero for impeachment.

“If Democrats are going to turn Intel into the impeachment committee, I am going to make adjustments to that committee accordingly, for a short period of time,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told POLITICO.

Democrats have put the House Intelligence Committee solely in charge of the open hearings that could start as soon as next week even though a trio of committees have been conducting closed-door interviews with impeachment witnesses. That means some of Trump’s best attack dogs, like Jordan of Ohio, will be effectively sidelined when Democrats take their impeachment probe public.

But House Republicans want to temporarily add some of the president’s allies to the Intel panel, arguing that those members have been sitting in on all the depositions and could be well equipped to cross examine witnesses and defend Trump.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/05/house-republicans-jordan-intel-impeachment-065970




Yeah so they could switch Devin Nunes with Jim Jordan to carry out the rest of the conservatives’ side of the investigation. Now going back to our spaghetti and meatballs analogy – the meatballs (inquiries) are being warmed in the oven (Congress) as we speak. You don’t want to serve them prematurely. You want them to take the time to simmer. And pair with a fine wine which has taken time to ferment. But do you really want this guy serving your finely prepared dish? I know I don’t!

Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan tried to attack House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) for preventing certain questions from being asked during the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump but managed to admit — out loud — that he was trying to out the whistleblower, among others.

On Tuesday, Jordan spoke to reporters as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was giving closed-door testimony in the impeachment inquiry, and said that Schiff of “has prevented the witness from answering certain questions we have during the deposition.”

He added that “Their witness has their counsel there, their lawyer there, they don’t need Adam Schiff being chairman and lawyer. But that’s an effect what happens today.”

Jordan then addressed the reason for Schiff’s objections, saying “The Democrats run out here and say ‘Oh, the Republicans are trying to figure out who the whistleblower is. We’re trying to figure out who a witness list is.”

But then seconds later, while deriding Schiff for his “sensitivity” to protecting the identity of the whistleblower, Jordan explicitly named the whistleblower among the names he would like to obtain.
https://www.mediaite.com/news/watch-jim-jordan-admits-hes-trying-to-out-whistleblower-while-denying-hes-trying-to-out-whistleblower/





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Is there anything that @realDonaldTrump doesn’t make weird or creepy? Let’s show what happened when kids trick-or-treating stopped by Trump and Melania for a visit:

https://twitter.com/loganclarkhall/status/1189209790502834176

They can’t even hand out Halloween candy right! And if this whole thing can’t get any worse, take a look at how Trump celebrated Halloween. It seems like he literally turns everything he touches to shit, and makes it about himself. Because he can’t stop placating his ego, he’s resorting to having children do his work for him. Maybe that’s why we haven’t seen Barron lately? Oh I’m kidding. Really, sir, that’s the joke you choose to walk out on? OK fine. But really we shouldn’t be subjecting our children to this monster, if anything he should be kept very far away from kids after this stunt:

A Halloween party on Oct. 25 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building featured candy, paper airplanes and — concerning for some attendees — a station where children were encouraged to help “Build the Wall” with their own personalized bricks.

Photos of the children’s mural with the paper wall were provided to Yahoo News.

The party, which took place inside the office building used by White House staff, included the families of executive-branch employees and VIP guests inside and outside government. Even though many of the attendees were members of President Trump’s administration, not everyone thought the Halloween game was a treat.

“Horrified. We were horrified,” said a person who was there and requested anonymity to avoid professional retaliation.

The Eisenhower Executive Office Building stands across from the White House and houses a large portion of the West Wing support staff and is home to the vice president’s ceremonial office. The “Build the Wall” mural was on the first floor, outside the speechwriter’s office and next to the office of digital strategy and featured red paper bricks, each bearing the name of a child.
https://news.yahoo.com/children-were-told-to-build-the-wall-at-white-house-halloween-party-153024720.html




Oh come on, this is the Donald J. Trump administration - if you're expecting someone who's kind, compassionate, and caring, you're in the wrong White House! But you know what? Let’s show the wall that kids built:



Now… don’t boo! I know that’s going to be your first instinct. But really don’t do it. Because rather than boo the wall, it’s time to start laughing at it. Because on Monday, Trump made the insane claim that the rebar being used to put up his see-through wall on the Mexican border was “impenetrable”. And which I never want to hear Trump use the word “penetrate” ever again. But that said, this happened:

President Donald Trump promised that a wall on the border would radically change undocumented immigration and customs enforcement. But it turns out newly built sections of the president’s wall aren’t as sturdy as he promised: Smugglers have been using a commercial saw to cut through it, according to the Washington Post.

Smuggling people and goods into the US is a profitable industry for criminal organizations, which is why they are motivated to innovate when it comes to breaching barriers. Of late, smugglers have reportedly been cutting through the wall — which is made of steel bollards that are partially filled with concrete — to make gaps large enough for people and goods to pass through.

To do so, smugglers are reportedly using a reciprocating saw that can be bought for as little as $100. The tool can cut through the wall’s steel and concrete in minutes when fitted with the appropriate blades, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have said.

After cutting the steel bollards, smugglers have taken to returning them to their original positions in hope of reusing the passage without being detected by border officials.
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/11/2/20945336/trump-border-wall-smugglers-saw-us-mexico




I’m pretty sure that was Trump’s original intent with the wall! But in reality all it takes to cut through it is a $99 circular saw at Home Depot. Is that in the same section where they sell tiki torches? Anyway switching gears, congratulations to the Washington Nationals on winning their first World Series in franchise history. Houston Astros, you had a good run and you can rest assured that you don’t have to eat cheeseburgers with Trump . Because this happened:

Will someone please get the U.S. Marine Band off the internet?

The country's premier musicians have taken their skills down a notch, performing the world's most annoying jingle Baby Shark for the Washington Nationals during the team's White House visit. And that's far from the most unexpected stunt that happened when the World Series winners graced the South Lawn on Monday.

Not every National chose to head to the White House, giving either personal or political reasons for skipping the celebration with President Trump. But Kurt Suzuki was more than happy to be there. When Trump asked him to come up and say a few words, the catcher put on a MAGA hat, threw up his hands in a Trump-like manner, and unexpectedly participated in a Titanic reenactment with the president.

Paired with Ryan Zimmerman's thank you to Trump for "continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world," the fan base that had booed Trump at a Nationals home game wasn't too happy. But politics aside, the most disturbing yet unfortunately memorable part of the event happened when the Marine Band broke out its rendition of Baby Shark. Kathryn Krawczyk
https://theweek.com/speedreads/876306/lot-weird-things-happened-nationals-white-house-visit




Great use of the Marine Corps Marching Band by the way. I mean come on, you have the Marine Corps Marching Band playing fucking Baby Shark. Did Trump think that song was about him? Donny Trump do do do do do do, Donny Trump do do do do do, Donny Trump! That is kind of catchy. But there is some good news, while Kurt Suzuki and Ryan Zimmerman were wearing MAGA hats and trading high fives with Trump, there were a lot of Nationals players who declined to visit:

The Washington Nationals celebrated winning the World Series with a trip to the White House, and while several players felt the love, others didn't attend.

From the 25-man World Series roster, there were seven Nats players missing from the celebration: Anthony Rendon, Sean Doolittle, Victor Robles, Michael Taylor, Joe Ross, Javy Guerra and Wander Suero.

Reasons were not given for the absence of most of the players, though Doolittle cited "divisive rhetoric" from the administration in his explanation to the Washington Post; Guerra said he was preparing for his wedding on Saturday.

Manager Davey Martinez, General Manager Mike Rizzo and the Lerner family were all in attendance, though no one from the Lerner family stood up with the team.

President Trump shared a moment with Kurt Suzuki, when he highlighted the catcher's game-ending, three-run home run against the Mets back in September. Suzuki approached the podium, put on a 'Make America Great Again' hat, and President Trump gave him a hug.
https://www.wusa9.com/article/sports/mlb/some-nationals-players-didnt-attend-white-house-celebration/65-9fdf47ec-deff-4268-9bab-cd95ff359b59





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One of Costco’s most popular and coveted food items is that $4.99 rotisserie chicken that they sell at the end of the display case. It retails for $4.99 but in order to meet that price point, there’s a lot that goes into that bird that you are consuming. But in order to continue to meet that coveted $4.99 price point, there’s a lot of very frightening genetic engineering that goes into it. In fact, Costco has gone to such extremes to meet that price point that there’s many, many trade-offs that are met before that bird hits the stores and you buy it and eat it.

At the back of Costco’s stores, past the televisions, jewelry, jumbo-sized ketchup jugs and tubs of mixed nuts, is one of the retailer’s most prized items: The rotisserie chicken that costs just $4.99.

Cheap Kirkland Signature rotisserie chickens aren’t only a quick way for families to get dinner on the table. For Costco, the chickens are a lure, pulling customers into stores and getting them to browse the aisles, adding sometimes hundreds of dollars worth of items to their shopping carts before they pick up that bird.

The chickens have become almost a cult item. 91 million were sold last year, double the number from a decade earlier. They have their own Facebook page with nearly 13,000 followers.

So Costco is willing to go to extreme lengths to keep its chickens at $4.99. For the past few years, it’s been recruiting farmers for this moment: The official opening of a sprawling, $450 million poultry complex of its very own in Nebraska.

It’s a highly unusual move for one of the world’s largest retailers. Costco will control the production process from farm to store, making key decisions down to the grain chickens eat and the type of eggs hatched. Costco has even put its socially-conscious corporate reputation on the line, fending off local critics who have rallied against the Nebraska operation.
https://www.wbtw.com/news/what-you-need-to-know-about-costcos-4-99-rotisserie-chickens/




Well you may regret buying that $4.99 bird later on. In fact it’s becoming a huge problem according to medical experts. But here’s what you may not want out of that chicken. Despite that it only costs you a $5 note, it’s also making you fat. Yes, that bird has genes that activate obesity in chickens in order to get as much meat on the bone as possible, and still allows Costco to meet the price point and their all-important profit margins.

Aside from its potential damage to the environment, the expanded production of Costco’s $4.99 chicken may also put more people at risk of health problems. CAFO-raised chickens have high levels of antibiotics and are exposed to bacterial contamination linked to drug-resistant urinary tract infection (UTI), according to Mercola.

CAFO chickens have also been associated with the obesity epidemic in the U.S. A report in 2012 showed that majority of commercially-available chickens contain the “obese gene.”

Chickens get such gene when they are forced to gain weight quickly for production. This increases the amount of potentially harmful fats in the food products consumed by people.

Another study suggested that CAFO chickens contain more fat and higher omega-6 while having lower amounts of protein and omega-3 fats.

Aside from health and environmental impacts, experts also raised concerns with chicken production’s unfair contract agreements. Robert Taylor, a professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University, said majority of American chicken farmers have a contract that “essentially makes the farmer an indentured servant” or “chicken house janitor.”
https://www.medicaldaily.com/costcos-499-chicken-becoming-big-problem-445136




Apparently not. Because while that massive chicken farm in Nebraska has legal and health issues associated with it, there’s also some shocking numbers involving trade. Costco’s chicken is having a significant impact on trade as well as all of the other violations that have arisen because they are attempting to take control of their chicken supply. But by doing so, it has a significant economic impact on the global economy.

That’s why Costco is seizing control of its chicken supply chain. Costco believes it can slash costs by bringing production in house, saving up to 35 cents per bird.

It has already done the same with hot dogs.
Costco now produces 285 million hot dogs at a plant in California.

Costco sold kosher hot dogs at food courts until 2009, but suppliers started to run low on beef. So it brought production in-house and switched to its own Kirkland Signature-brand hot dogs. Costco now produces 285 million hot dogs at a plant in California.

Costco picked Nebraska for the poultry plant because the area had grain, water and labor available. Those are the three biggest costs involved with chicken production.

Although Nebraska is not known for chicken production, corn prices have fallen in recent years, leading to interest from farmers looking for new opportunities. The United States’ trade war with China has also taken a toll on farmers.
https://whnt.com/2019/10/12/costco-builds-giant-poultry-complex-to-keep-its-rotisserie-chickens-at-4-99/




So with all that research should you pull the trigger on that $4.99 chicken when you see it on the shelves at your local Costco? Well there’s plenty of reasons for but there’s also plenty of reasons against. Just like the arguments for making your own food, Costco’s chicken along with many of their food items, is made to sell at a price point. And we’ve already covered the extreme lengths they go to in order to obtain that price point. And that comes with more stricter corporate regulations which as we’ve seen don’t really exist.

The arrival of a Costco chicken processing plant in Fremont, Nebraska, spurred the introduction of the state’s first industrial chicken farms in 2018. With the plant set to begin operations after Labor Day, some residents are pushing for stronger — or any — oversight of large poultry farms in the state.

Lancaster County, home to the state’s capital of Lincoln, has been the site of the most recent debate about how chicken farms are regulated. Last October and again in July, the county’s commissioners considered a moratorium on new poultry farms, prompted by residents’ concerns about water and air pollution.

Both times, the commissioners decided against the moratorium. But the county is now considering zoning changes that could address concerns about the minimal oversight chicken farms in Nebraska receive and how little is required of farmers before they being operations that can house tens of thousands of birds. A 10-member working group has been meeting regularly to debate and draft those changes, though there is no specific deadline for their recommendations.

Meanwhile, soon-to-be neighbors of one of the largest chicken farms ever in Nebraska are deeply concerned about their prospects if the farms continue to spread across the ag-friendly state.
https://thefern.org/ag_insider/with-costco-chicken-plant-set-to-open-nebraskans-want-more-oversight-of-poultry-farms/




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




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



My fair congregation! You know my favorite time of year has already come and gone and that is the annual tradition known as All Hallows Eve. Of course with that tradition, our brothers and sisters on the right can get a little, shall we say, batshit fucking crazy about the issue. Yes, sir, we are allowed to swear in my church! As long as it’s not at the LAWRD almighty, I am totally OK with that. As you should never take the LAWRD’s name in vain. So the question that I have for you on the table today is – is Halloween just an innocent party to honor all things spooky? Or is satanic witchcraft being practiced? I mean come on, this is the year 2019 here, and we’re still talking about witches? I mean these people. So we here at the Holy Church Of The Top 10 like to educate as well as entertain.

It’s tradition: As Americans dress up to celebrate Halloween, religious right figures warn that what seems like harmless fun is actually a dangerous participation in demonic activity and Satan worship. This year’s warnings seem a little higher-strung than usual given the ongoing religious right panic about President Donald Trump being targeted by witchcraft.

In recent days, the Trump-supporting media platform Charisma has repeatedly pitched “Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Halloween,” a new ebook with nine “teachings” about Halloween. “The demonic realm is alive and active,” it begins.

The ebook’s author Katherine DeGraw writes that people often recognize that “evil forces” drive actions like mass shootings. “However, when it comes to the pagan celebration of Halloween, we somehow do not see it as having the same demonic and evil impact as those other tragedies,” she writes. “The effects of Halloween and human sacrifices are just as real. However, authorities—and the news media—simply don’t report them.”

She urged Christians to be on the “counteroffensive” against the “demonic realm” that is conjuring up “curses, spells, vexes and other evil practices” in the month before Halloween to “destroy Christians, uproot prophetic destinies and come against the plans of God.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/witchcraft-panic-fuels-trump-allies-war-on-halloween/




Always the ones you least suspect doesn’t it seem that way? Well so every Halloween there’s always this controversy. It’s always people like this that have to ruin it for everybody else isn’t it? And here’s the possible worst thing you can give to children on Halloween, maybe besides pennies. Take a look at Ken Ham, who wants to give children a reminder that they are going to HEYLL!!! Dude, don’t screw with children like that!

It seems like Halloween is continually becoming more controversial and difficult to enjoy with each passing year. Now we’ve not only had parents petitioning to change the date of Halloween, but it looks like creationist Ken Ham is suggesting people scare children on Halloween by threatening them with “eternal damnation.”

“One way you can make the most of this once-a-year opportunity is by giving gospel tracts to children and/or their parents, along with candy and treats,” he wrote on his website.

This includes items you can purchase through Ham’s own store, including fake $1 million dollar bills that he claims are “worth far more than a million dollars,” because they contain images of dinosaurs or Noah’s Ark bursting through the front. And, better yet, are the messages written on the back.

“Have you ever lied, stolen or used God’s name in vain?” a message on the back of one of the bills reads. “If so, you’ve broken God’s law. The penalty for your crimes against God is death and eternal hell because God is holy and just.”

The bills, which he intends for kids, even warn against things like lust which he compares to adultery. “God sees you as guilty of sin,” one of the bills read. “The penalty of sin is death and eternity in hell.”

And of course, creationist Ken Ham also has several other items available through his site that he suggests buying to pass around for Halloween. A lot of it is in an effort to promote what he calls reverse trick-or-treating. And of course, the purpose of that is to stop what he calls the “evils of modern-day Halloween.” Right.
https://www.screengeek.net/2019/10/22/halloween-creationist-kids-warning/




Well we pretty much all are, Mr. Devil! But apparently if you are a supporter of the almighty, unholy Dark One, whose name shall not be spoken in my church, the line between your support of the Dark One and hatred for his detractors, and SAYTAN all run together! That’s what happens when you sit in front of Fox News for 24 hours a day.

Donald Trump’s supporters are commemorating Halloween in a magical way: by claiming that Democrats are targeting him with witchcraft.

Anti-LGBTQ activist Michael Brown says “the spirit of Jezebel” is executing a “Satanic plot” to destroy America and Trump using feminism, LGBTQ rights, abortion, witchcraft and sex trafficking of kids — and that’s just the tip of the black-magical iceberg.

Related: Are witches & gays corrupting upstanding politicians in DC?

On his web show The MC Files, right-wing conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald said, “[Democratic] Rep. Adam Schiff is a pedophile and a Satanist who practices human sacrifice.” How does he know this? Because he “senses such a dark, demonic power on Schiff whenever he hears his speak.”

The group Intercessors for America recently urged its followers to pray for Trump to protect him from “occultic activity.” Just how deep is this witchy plot against the president, you ask? Let them explain:

“Spells and hexes. Curses and binding. Witches, warlocks, occultists, and resisters of President Trump are focusing their negative energy and spiritual power toward President Trump right now. Monthly rituals have been taking place since the beginning of his presidency. Now, all who call on the name of the enemy are actively ramping up their efforts and coordination in this heightened time of occult activity for a week of binding beginning the evening of October 25.
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/10/trump-supporters-using-halloween-accuse-democrats-witchcraft-satanism/


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That’s apparently what witchcraft is like in the year of our LAWRD 2019! And by the way, should you agree with the Dark One and that the accusations against him are the greatest witch hunt in modern history, let me lecture you on what an actual witch hunt is like. And remember we went through this in the 1600s, and we don’t want it coming back!

On a summer morning in 1692, Bridget Bishop, who was accused of being a witch, was hanged from an oak tree in Salem, Massachusetts, then dumped into a shallow grave. The thrice-married Bridget, 60, was decried for possessing dark powers by her stepchildren after her second husband’s death, in what may have been a bid to seize his property. She beat that earlier charge — but during the Salem witch panic, her luck ran out.

Out of the 16 falsely accused women of Salem and nearby villages who were either hanged or died in rat-infested dungeons awaiting execution, at least 13 were past their childbearing years, Jackie Rosenhek notes in “Mad with Menopause.”

In patriarchal societies — including our own — post-reproductive women have often been scapegoated as threats and burdens. But many scholars now believe that these women’s presence is not only a defining characteristic of the human species, but the very thing that enabled us to flourish. (One theory is known as the “grandmother hypothesis.”)

Scientists know of only five species in which females outlive the reproductive stage. Humans are special in this regard, along with killer whales — where older females ensure the species’ survival by guiding their pods to food sources. Until the last few decades, many researchers assumed that in humans, this trait was a useless quirk or the “unintended” result of some other adaptation.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/halloween-remember-witch-hunts-were-created-patriarchy-terrified-older-women-ncna1074236




There it is, folks! Halloween isn’t a celebration of demons and zombies, or a witch hunt! It’s just some mild and harmless fun! Of course our brothers and sisters on the right choose to ruin that fun. Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Let’s talk some censorship. Come on everyone wants to be able to speak what they want to without consequences. Hell it’s a right guaranteed to us by the 1st Amendment in the Bill Of Rights. But there are some who won’t have any of it. There’s some out there that could say they hate the mere idea of freedom of speech. Those people are generally Christian conservatives. Now , that said we all get bored on airplanes, right? And airlines have come up with ways to give you some in flight entertainment which includes watching in flight movies on a tiny monitor built into your seat. So censorship and airlines – what do they have in common? Well Delta is editing the gay out of two of the gayest movies of the year on its’ flights. The first is “Booksmart” – about two high school over achievers who try to relive the fun they’ve lost in 4 years into one night. The second is of course “Rocketman” – the true story of how Elton John rose to become one of modern rock music’s most iconic figures. So how do these two movies fare with airline travelers?

Delta Air Lines is reviewing the process that allowed a lesbian sex scene to be cut from the film "Booksmart" after Olivia Wilde called out the censorship on flights.

Wilde, who made her directorial debut with "Booksmart," spoke out on the issue over the weekend while on the red carpet at the Academy's Governors Awards. In a Twitter thread Wednesday, Wilde said she learned the censorship went far beyond the sex scene and that airlines use third-party vendors to edit entertainment.

"I finally had the chance to watch an edited version of Booksmart on a flight to see exactly what had been censored," Wilde wrote. "Turns out some airlines work with a third party company that edits the movie based on what they deem inappropriate. Which, in our case, is ... female sexuality?"

The 35-year-old actor and director said the edited version of the film also cut the words "vagina" and "genitals," a female masturbation scene, an animated sequence where the main characters turned into naked dolls, and a scene where the two teenage girls watched porn.

"What message is this sending to viewers and especially to women? That their bodies are obscene? That their sexuality is shameful?" Wilde said.
https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/delta-investigate-after-olivia-wilde-slammed-flight-censorship-booksmart-n1074926




Oh come on it’s OK if Maude Lebowski says it! So Booksmart is one side of the censorship coin after they removed all of the gay references and even went as far as to remove any references to female body parts, because you don’t know who is going to watch these movies! But here’s where it gets weird, this wasn’t Delta who was editing the third party content of these flicks. It was a third party!

A spokesperson for Delta airlines is denying reports that the airline asked for scenes to be cut out of Olivia Wilde’s acclaimed directorial debut Booksmart after several customers complained.

The issue was first brought up on Twitter when Wilde responded to a fan in shock after they said a lesbian kiss featuring one of the main characters was edited out of the airline cut of the film. While Wilde and the fan don’t mention Delta, several other users noted the same changes while watching the comedy on the airline.

In a statement to PEOPLE, a spokesperson for Delta explained that the airline hires a third-party editing company to provide its own edit of the movie along with the unedited version. If anything in the unedited version does not meet Delta’s guidelines, then Delta runs the third party’s edit regardless of whether parts of the film that don’t violate Delta’s guidelines have already been edited out.

“Delta’s content parameters do not in any way ask for the removal of homosexual content from the film,” Delta’s statement read. “We value diversity and inclusion as core to our culture and our mission and will review our processes to ensure edited video content doesn’t conflict with these values.”
https://people.com/movies/delta-says-it-didnt-demand-booksmarts-homosexual-content-be-cut-after-olivia-wilde-complains/




It’s people like that why we’re subjected to this nonsense. So Olivia Wilde herself got involved with Delta to help bring LGBT to light within the airline. But the censorship didn’t stop with Booksmart, apparently the Elton John biopic Rocketman got into the censorship mix. Oh man I hope whoever Delta hired hasn’t seen Bohemian Rhapsody yet because I can imagine the airline edit of that movie would only be about… 3 minutes long.

Delta Airlines have reportedly censored gay references out of the Elton John biopic Rocketman, and it's only the latest of many instances where critics allege airlines have made questionable anti-gay edits to in-flight entertainment.

Reports of changes to the 2019 film emerged after Entertainment Weekly digital director Shana Krochmal tweeted Wednesday about noticing the changes while on a Delta flight. Several other passengers have weighed in online to add that they have also noticed the edits.

"On @Delta today discovered that #Rocketman is stripped of almost every gay reference or scene that @eltonofficial fought to keep in the film's mainstream release, including a simple chaste kiss," tweeted Krochmal.

Airlines typically edit in-flight entertainment for content, but specifically editing out gay references that aren't otherwise explicit or objectionable appears to suggest that the airlines believe being gay is somehow wrong, indecent or an otherwise unsuitable concept for a wide range of people to be exposed to.

Rocketman is a musical biopic about the life of musician Elton John, and a central part of the film deals with the singer's sexuality and his coming to terms with being gay. In the airline-edited version of the film, comments suggest that while gay references were largely removed, scenes of violence and swear words were apparently left in.
https://www.newsweek.com/elton-john-biopic-rocketman-latest-film-passengers-claim-delta-removed-gay-references-1469092




I love that Family Guy clip – is that the first ever meta parody? I mean Willian Shatner singing Rocket Man was enough, but then Stewie goes and parodies the video of William Shatner singing Rocket Man is too much! But there is some good news on this front – it appears that Delta has learned its’ lesson and will bring back the full unedited versions of these movies for all to enjoy. Now to find out who did it so we can unleash the internet outrage machine on them! But you want to watch these movies unedited and uncensored? Just bring your own device and watch it that way!

Delta Air Lines will restore same-sex love scenes to its in-flight versions of the 2019 movies Booksmart and Rocketman, the company confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

The airline said that it was provided an "edited" version of each film, but only realized this week that those versions omitted key same-sex love scenes involving its lead characters.

“We are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Delta said in a statement.

The news broke after Booksmart director Olivia Wilde retweeted a viewer who complained that the hookup scene between one of the film's leads, Kaitlyn Dever, and actor Diana Silvers (Ma) had been cut from the film.

Two days later, an Entertainment Weekly editor tweeted that “almost every gay reference” had been cut from Delta's in-flight version of the Elton John biopic Rocketman, including a love scene between stars Taron Egerton and Richard Madden.

Delta says it never intended for these scenes to be cut, and a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News the airline is working directly with the films' respective studios on new edits that will restore the love scenes in question.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adambvary/delta-booksmart-rocketman-same-sex-love-scenes





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This week – revenge porn. How is this still a thing? This week after California representative Katie Hill was forced to resign after some, not kosher photos of her surfaced, the topic quickly turned to why Ms. Hill was forced to resign: Revenge Porn. This wasn’t just a mere hit job, this was a carefully orchestrated takedown initiated by a group calling itself Red State. So the question that has turned to now is – was Rep. Hill held to a higher standard than her male counterparts? Well let’s ask Al Franken just how well that worked out. What? Too soon? Well the line between Katie Hill and the concept of revenge porn is a very fine one to toe.

Democratic Rep. Katie Hill of California, who announced her plans to resign from her congressional seat earlier this week, gave her final speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday, where she apologized to her supporters but said the forces that led her to leave Congress are larger than she is.

"I will never shirk my responsibility for this sudden ending to my time here," Hill said, "but I have to say more because this is bigger than me."

She went on to say, "I am leaving now because of a double standard. I am leaving because I no longer want to be used as a bargaining chip. I am leaving because I didn't want to be peddled by papers and blogs and websites, used by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I've ever seen."

Earlier this month, a conservative blog released intimate photos of Hill alleging she and her husband had a separate relationship with an unnamed female campaign staffer. That report included three photos of the congresswoman, including an explicit photo.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/31/politics/katie-hill-final-speech-resignation/index.html




Yes, while we have Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court and Donald Trump in the White House, Katie Hill was forced to resign, because, reasons. But let’s not overlook the main fact why she resigned – because of something called “revenge porn”. Katie Hill wasn’t the only victim of revenge porn shaming, let’s take a look at a similar story happening in Minneapolis.

A former intimate partner of Minnesota State Senator Scott Dibble distributed graphic photos of him to colleagues, just three weeks after former congresswoman Katie Hill went through a similar situation with photos that were dubbed "revenge porn."

Both Hill and Dibble's photographs fit into the category of what is colloquially called "revenge porn" and what experts call "nonconsensual pornography." This means explicit images of a person that may or may not have been taken consensually, but that are released to the public without the victim's approval.

In what was a surprise statement, Dibble said a "former friend" had been harassing him after a "brief intimate and consensual relationship with this person," reports the StarTribune.

"When I attempted to end the relationship, I was threatened with embarrassment as this individual attempted to coerce me into continuing the relationship," Dibble said.

"My resistance to his threats was met this morning with a communication that was sent to my colleagues with what had been private photos, videos, and text messages."

The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus spokesperson, Ellen Anderson, confirmed that an unknown number of lawmakers received emails with attachments of the sexually explicit materials.
https://www.newsweek.com/minnesota-state-senator-second-elected-official-21-days-who-says-theyre-victim-revenge-porn-1469345




No we are definitely not amused by this. When you combine Katie Hill and Al Franken, you get a scenario in which anyone can be implicated in a scandal at any time if you have the pictures to prove it, and you may also get disproven for it. You know you could also solve this by – maybe – don’t take pictures of anything suspect!!! Because if you do it could almost certainly get you into trouble.

On Thursday afternoon, Katie Hill made her final floor speech to Congress, drawing her brief career as the representative from California’s 25th Congressional District to a close. Once seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, Hill had been in the news recently for her personal life, with rumors, which she denied, that she had had an inappropriate relationship with a congressional staffer, while admitting that she did have one with a campaign staffer. A conservative blog and a British tabloid also leaked naked photos of her online, without her knowledge or permission.

As a freshman representative, Hill entered Congress as part of the most diverse class this country has ever seen. As one of 117 women elected to office in 2018, and one of the few openly queer women to ever hold national office, Hill offered a radically different idea of what American government could look like — and a radically different voice than many of those that had come before her. The attacks that ended her career were a painful reminder of just how vulnerable the change that many of us have been celebrating truly is.

For years, feminist activists have been sounding the alarm about nonconsensually publicized nude photos, also known as “revenge porn,” arguing that women are uniquely at risk of being targeted for public humiliation — and far more likely than men to suffer grave and punitive consequences after experiencing this sort of abuse.

With Hill’s resignation, that tragic prophecy has come true: The only other member of Congress who has publicly been the target of revenge porn was Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and he stayed in office after the news broke but retired at the end of his term, more than a year later. Yet a woman has been driven from office.

And Hill is not the first female politician whose sexuality people have tried to weaponize against her. In January of this year, Hill’s colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was the target of a fake nude photo scandal, which luckily had relatively little impact.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/katie-hill-resigned-because-revenge-porn-smear-s-success-puts-ncna1075126




That is a good question. Why would anyone do this if you could get in serious trouble and it could have job-costing consequences? It’s no joke that conservatives are going after democratically elected women hard. OK that was a poor choice of words. But at least one state is taking measures to combat this horrendous practice. Yup, you guessed it, California. Hopefully they won’t be the last either.

Now former Rep. Katie Hill is quitting Congress —but she isn’t going down without a fight.

“I am leaving because I didn’t want to be peddled by papers and blogs and websites, used by shameless operatives for the dirtiest gutter politics that I’ve ever seen and (by) the right-wing media to drive clicks and expand their audience by distributing intimate photos of me—taken without my knowledge, let alone my consent—for the sexual entertainment of millions,” the San Fernando Valley lawmaker said in her final speech on the House floor.

Hill resigned after details of her sexual relationship with a campaign staffer—and a humiliating montage of corroborating photos—were posted online. Although she has apologized for her “inappropriate” relationship with the campaign aide, she is also taking aim at the conservative political blog RedState and the British tabloid the Daily Mail, which first published the photos. (She denies having an affair with a congressional employee, first reported by RedState.)

Hill’s legal team sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Daily Mail, citing California’s so-called revenge porn laws, which make it a crime to share private, sexual images without a person’s permission. Sympathetic commentators and advocates for victims of cyber exploitation have also characterized the reporting as “revenge porn.”
https://www.dailynews.com/2019/11/03/and-now-the-legal-battle-can-katie-hill-really-triumph-in-anti-revenge-porn-crusade/




So only one state has the laws to combat this nonsense, and that’s the state that Katie Hill was representing in Congress. That’s enough to make you ask – Revenge Porn:




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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And I love these stories because they are all spectacular and all insane. And I’m glad that I am not involved in any of them, because I probably could be. Well, maybe not. Week after week stupid people never cease to amaze me with the seemingly bottomless pit of stupidity that seem to just get exponentially dumber. I want to start with this story out of Georgia. Remember way back in the 1st season of Idiots (see: Idiots #45 ) when creepy clowns were everywhere? You know what if you’re going to commit a robbery maybe don’t commit one dressed as the creepiest clown of all time – Pennywise!

A Georgia man who dressed up for Halloween as the demonic Pennywise was arrested last night after cops responding to a call about a creepy clown approaching motorists discovered that the costumed reveler was the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant.

Police in Conyers, an Atlanta suburb, received a call Thursday evening about an individual dressed in a clown costume and holding a red balloon (the calling card of Pennywise, who terrifies children in Stephen King’s “It” and the movie adaptations of the horror novel).

Around 7:15 PM, an officer contacted Jason Maugham, 39, who was standing on a Conyers street corner. As seen in the above screen grab, the officer's encounter with Maugham was recorded by a police body cam.

When the officer ran Maugham’s name through a Georgia Crime Information Center database, an outstanding warrant came back indicating that the laborer was wanted in a neighboring county for failure to pay child support.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/evil-clowns/creepy-clown-collared-385920




OK that’s creepy. Next up – dumb advertising. You know the sandwich chain Chik-Fil-A, which is famous for being closed on Sundays. Well, they had a promotion that backfired on them big time. The promotion was originally meant to promote National Sandwich Day, for which competitor Popeye’s was set to relaunch their famous chicken sandwich. But as many were quick to point out – National Sandwich Day was – wait for it – Sunday.

Chick-fil-A fans firmly have it ingrained in their minds – and stomachs – that the chicken chain is closed on Sundays.

But the Atlanta-based fast-food chain apparently forgot when it sent an email to some of its loyalty members this week.

"Calling all sandwich lovers," the email that also promoted the Chick-fil-A One program said, "Some prefer it grilled, others fancy the original. No matter which Chick-fil-A sandwich you love, order yours on November 3 for National Sandwich Day."

This year, the made-up food holiday held annually on Nov. 3 falls on a Sunday, which also happens to be the day that rival Popeyes' chicken sandwich – the one that prompted this summer's Chicken Sandwich War – returns to restaurants.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2019/10/31/chick-fil-mistakenly-promotes-national-sandwich-day-apologizes/4116358002/




Next up – we have a pair of Jesus related stories in the People Are Dumb files. First up – we go to the Texas city of San Antonio. Where a drunken argument got someone crucified. Well, not quite literally, but a crucifix was definitely used as a weapon. And a very strange choice of weapon at that.

A local woman is in police custody after attacking her mother with a religious object.

According to a report from News 4 San Antonio, Christian Lydia Martinez came home drunk during the weekend and began arguing with her mother. The argument escalated to the point that Martinez grabbed a heavy, 10-inch crucifix off the wall and struck her mother several times over the head with it.

Martinez reportedly hit her mother so hard that the victim suffered a fractured skull. The suspect fled the scene when she saw that her mother was bleeding, Telemundo San Antonio reports.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.

Martinez, 25, has since been charged with aggravated assault. Her bail has been set at $30,000.
https://www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2019/10/28/drunk-san-antonio-woman-attacks-mother-with-crucifix-during-argument




Yeah I can imagine the fight went down something like that. Next up – another incident involving religious symbols in the state famously known as the Sunshine State. You know it’s funny, I’ve read the Bible, I did not know that there was a passage where Jesus told his disciples to shoot first and ask questions later. I did not know that passage existed.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says it arrested a 31-year-old man after a debate about the Bible with his brother escalated into a fight where gunshots were fired into the ground.

The incident on Wax Myrtle Drive happened on Sunday around 11:18 p.m., according to the arrest affidavit.

Michael Dean was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill, use of a firearm during a felony, criminal mischief property damage and harming a public servant or family member.

When deputies first arrived on scene, Dean's brother told them they drank several alcoholic beverages on the front porch and were in a heated debate about the Bible, the affidavit said. The brother then told deputies Dean choked him, but he broke out of it and a fight started.
https://www.wctv.tv/content/news/LCSO-Brothers-bible-debate-leads-to-fight-shots-fired-at-ground--564041171.html


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Ah!!!! That’s the kind of thing that will haunt your dreams. Finally this week – we go to the city of New Smyrna Beach. Sigh… look, here my whole thing. If you have access to the internet for *ANY* length of time in 2019, you have to have heard of the phrase “jump the shark”. It’s defined as the moment where something happens in your favorite TV show that is so ridiculous it turns from good to crap almost instantly. And from here on out, you could say that Florida Man quite literally jumped the shark.

Florida headlines jumped the shark Sunday afternoon when a 27-year-old man was attacked by a shark that he accidentally jumped on in New Smyrna Beach, according to Volusia County Beach Safety.

The unidentified man was surfing and decided to jump off his board and into the water, said Av Jenkins, deputy chief of operations. The bad timing coincided with a shark that just happen to be swimming near by.

The surfer sustained minor lacerations and was treated on scene, Jenkins said.

The man drove himself back to Orlando after the incident.

Read more: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-ne-new-smyrna-shark-bite-surfer-jump-20191028-d7hv3vg7h5cxbpy6pttmzgnygq-story.html




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Welcome back to Keeping Up With The Candidates! This is our 13th week doing this and so far we’ve looked at the candidates, the issues, and everything else you need to get ready for the mother of all elections to end all elections 2020: The Quest For Curly’s Gold. Yes, we are pulling that reference out of our filing cabinet! But this week we’re going to talk about another film from another genre, and one that’s that much more horrifying: The Purge. And never mind that the actual slogan for The Purge: Election Year is also “Keep America Great”.



That’s real! That happened! And you know what’s even weirder? Is that if you live in Georgia, they are about to take your voting rights back to the stone ages. If Americans cared more about their voting privileges than they did about their guns, this would be an entirely different place! I mean this is 300,000 people we’re talking about here. That’s literally the size of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Georgia, a state where allegations of voter suppression dominated discussion of last year’s governor race, will conduct another purge of its voter rolls, the secretary of state’s office announced Monday.

This newest purge targets those who have not voted for several years—ostensibly because they have moved out of state—and could cause 330,000 voter registrations to be canceled.

Elections officials have justified it as a measure to clean up the rolls and simplify the election process. The state is obligated under a new state law to notify voters before their registrations are canceled. Officials said that the state would mail out the notifications early in November to an inactive voter’s last known address, and those voters would need to respond within 30 days (by returning the included form, re-registering online, or mailing in a separate paper registration form) or be removed from the rolls in December

Those who are “inactive” under this purge did not vote or update their registrations in the past five years. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, those who did vote but had their mail from county election offices returned as undeliverable could also be included in the category.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/10/georgia-election-purge-voter-rolls.html




No it’s not that kind of Purge. #SurviveTheElection. That said since this is the second time Georgia has attempted a massive voter purge in last year’s elections? Well it affected it a whole shitload, which is why you should be utterly terrified that they’re attempting to do it again. What happens when you show up to vote on the day of the election and you get turned away from the polls? It could happen to anyone at any time.

On Election Day 2018, James Baiye II drove to Lucerne Baptist Church in the same suburban Atlanta neighborhood where he’d been registered to vote for most of his adult life. He dropped his brother and elderly mother at the front door, parked the car and got in line. Though he’d been registered for years, the 31-year-old African American hadn’t been a frequent voter. He’d spent a few years playing football at a junior college in North Carolina. In 2012, Baiye says, he requested an absentee ballot, but there’s no record of it in the state’s voter file. In fact, he hadn’t cast an in-person ballot since 2008, when Barack Obama first ran for president.

This year was different. He’d become excited about candidacy of Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who was vying to become Georgia’s first African-American governor, and the nation’s first-ever black woman to lead a U.S. state. It wasn’t Abrams’ race that swayed Baiye, he said, but rather her pledge to run the government differently. “A lot of being there for the people,” he said. “I just wanted to see her succeed.”

But when Baiye finally reached the front of the line, there was a problem. Poll workers couldn’t find his name on their list of registered voters. This was puzzling: Baiye is a citizen, he wasn’t a felon, and he hadn’t moved.

What Baiye didn’t know was he’d been caught up in one of the most hotly debated campaign issues in Georgia. It turned out that a year earlier Baiye had been removed from the voter rolls in a purge led by the office of Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was running for governor against Abrams.
https://www.wabe.org/how-a-massive-voter-purge-in-georgia-affected-the-2018-election/




No that’s the wrong Purge again damn it!!! This is why you need to register and vote, vote damn it like your life depends on it! If you don’t vote in the current election you could lose your right to vote in the next election. And that thought is fucking terrifying. Want to know how we get such incompetent politicians in charge? It’s because you don’t vote!

Georgia Election Officials could soon remove more than 300,000 inactive registered voters from the state’s voter rolls. Now, political officials here in our area say about 6,000 of those people are in Richmond County alone.

A new state law requires voters to receive a notice before they can be purge from the voter registry. However, some, including the Richmond County Democratic Party and the local NAACP, say people shouldn’t lose their right to vote just because they haven’t exercised that right recently. They said they fear the purging process will be prone to mistakes and held a news conference to inform folks about how to keep their voting status active.

“When you’re talking about 6,000 people right here from Augusta, that can affect any district. That can affect any election in Augusta from mayor down to dog catcher. So, it’s important that we understand that in this state 300,000 people are getting ready to lose their right to vote,” said Richmond County Democratic Party Chairman Jordan Johnson.

“If people have a question about whether or not they’re still registered, if they’ve got purged, we can help with that. You can come down, you can look on the website or we can get you re-registered,” said New Georgia Project of Augusta Office Manager Joy Johnson.
https://www.wfxg.com/2019/10/31/georgia-election-officials-remove-voters-states-voter-rolls/




Still the wrong purge, damn it!!! That’s the Purge: Anarchy. We’re talking about the Purge: 2020 Election, because it’s only 365 days away. That’s right – we have less than a fucking year to get ready and we have to be ready because there is going to be a barrage of anti-Democrat propaganda coming down the pike. Think it was bad in 2016? Hoo boy, what’s coming next year will make 2016 seem like chump change by comparison. But for now – register to vote and actually go out there and do it!

As Georgia election officials prepare to erase 313,243 registrations, several groups say they’re concerned that legitimate voters will be swept up in the purge.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia identified 70 people Monday who it says voted in November 2018 but are targeted for cancellation.

The ACLU based its findings on voting records from a month after the 2018 election, but a more recent state voting list obtained last month by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that no voters who have cast ballots since September 2016 will be canceled.

“The voter registration of one Georgia citizen canceled in error is one citizen too many,” said Andrea Young, the executive director for the ACLU of Georgia. “We call on the secretary of state to stop removing citizens from the voter rolls and focus on serving the citizens of Georgia by ensuring access to the ballot and free and fair elections.”
https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/georgia-purge-list-scrutinized-for-voter-registration-removals/WCDFmhn9P9oFgnVKHAQHoJ/#




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Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Oregon State? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! Yeah we had that little SNAFU in the scheduling last week which is why we got everyone goofed up. And the people responsible for that error have been sacked. Game 7 tonight guys. And we will get to Trump getting booed at Game 5 in a bit. Happy Halloween everybody!!! Tomorrow is officially the day known as All Hallows Eve. So of course we've decorated the set here with some festive Halloween flare. And my costume - I am going as Rudy Giuliani dressed as Dracula, because with a pair of fangs, he really could pass for Nosfeartu! Of course you know I always love to check and see what the ladies are going to be wearing for Halloween this year since ladies can go as the sexy whatever. For instance there's the sexy Pennywise costume. Then there's the sexy White Claw costume. I would veto this one, maybe don't go as booze, even if it is something trendy right now. Or you could go as sexy Black Mirror, because nothing screams "sexy" more than a blood and guts horror show! And speaking of horror, did you see season 3 of Stranger Things? Well you can go as sexy Scoops Ahoy from the ice cream parlor. Or how about the sexy Beyond Burger? I'm going to go out on a limb and say that food is not sexy. And no, I'm not going to say that there's absolutely no way that you can make Baby Shark sexy. Stop it. There was also sexy Mr. Rodgers and I'm kind of conflicted on this one. On one had it is very sexy and the model is hot. But on the other hand, it's Mr. Rodgers! Though my personal favorites are the sexy College Admissions Scandal costume - yeah nothing is hotter than bribing your way into a university! Or the sexy Popeye's Chicken Sandwich costume, which, just like the actual Popeye's Chicken Sandwich, is sold out everywhere. Will it cause a riot? Probably. OK that’s enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first John Oliver is back and he delves into Trump’s horrifying decision to pull out of Syria.



We live in an era of peak television but really folks, real life is that much crazier! In the first slot this week we’re going to do one of our favorite segments and that is People Who Somehow Got Elected, and this week we’re adding Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (1) – whew, seriously Florida Man is a Congressional representative! In the second slot this week we’re still examining the fallout from the impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill and the 47 republicans who decided to make complete asses of themselves. In the third slot this week is of course the guy who we currently call president Donald J. Trump (3) and he made a rare public appearance out in the wild people! Oh yeah he got booed and mocked relentlessly for it, so go figure! Taking the fourth slot this week is Rudy Giuliani (4). Yeah we have to talk about how he famously butt-dialed an MSNBC reporter and well real life is stranger than fiction folks! Taking the 5th slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates (5). While tech companies normally have a love – hate relationship with immigration, why is Amazon working with Trump’s I.C.E.? We will go beyond the headlines and reveal the extremely terrifying truth! In the sixth slot is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and it’s finally here! The new Kanye West album “Jesus Is King” has landed, and our resident pastor is not impressed, and he will match Kanye’s music with an actual gospel choir! In slot #7 this week is an all new “Beating A Dead Horse” (7) and should you be allowed to enjoy superhero movies? A beef is brewing between old school directors like Martin Scorsese and new school directors like Marvel’s Jon Favreau. We will take sides and let you draw your own conclusions! In the #8 slot this week is Harvey Weinstein (8) and what the hell was he doing at a showcase for young actresses in New York? Go away Harvey! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a brand new People Are Dumb (9) because of course they are! Finally this week in our 2020 voters’ guide Keeping Up With The Candidates, we are going to be taking a look at one of the most controversial policy issues of the campaign going forward and that is guns. And one candidate in particular, Beto O’Rourke, has taken the hardest stance on guns with his gun buyback program. But what is it? We will explain so you can explain it to your NRA loving relatives. Plus we’ve got some live music from the great Korn! Buy their new album “The Nothing” or you are no friend of this program! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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



This week: Florida representative Matt Gaetz. You might remember Rep. Gaetz from his ridiculous stunt last week where he lead 47 Congressional representatives to the basement of Capitol Hill where they just stood there and ate pizza until they were kicked out. But there’s more to Rep. Gaetz than that. He’s a man who uses lots of drama and hyperbole to prove his points, and is a staunch supporter of the Trump train. In fact here’s how toxic Matt Gaetz is – he actually attempted to defend white masculinity by quoting Lady Gaga. Wait, we thought white male conservatives hated Lady Gaga? We are getting mixed signals here.

Rep. Matt Gaetz appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday evening to discuss identity, politics and, well, identity politics.

At issue? Media and political figures of oversimplified labeling Republican congress members who stormed Congressional hearings held in a secure SCIF as “white males.” Host Tucker Carlson introduced the segment with a montage of CNN’s Bianna Golydraga and Keith Boykin and MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch all noting the racial homogeneity.

But it was Rep. Jackie Speier’s similar comment on Morning Joe that the segment was truly pegged to, which Gaetz addressed in what became a viral exchange with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson. Speiers called the GOP’s intrusion “a high school prank by a bunch of 50-year-old white men,” to which Gaetz took issue.

“Did she say we were a bunch of white men?” Gaetz asked. “What does the fact that we are white men have to do with our desire to represent the millions of constituents we serve?”

It was this exchange that Gaetz explained to Carlson, saying “I was really taken aback at the way that NBC News would choose to have a discussion about impeachment or transparency or Syria would be initially to try to put me on defense.”
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/flabbergasted-rep-matt-gaetz-defends-white-male-outrage-by-quoting-lady-gaga/




Just a little? It seems Rep. Gaetz has it in for identity politics, like a lot of people who have gone hardcore on the Trump train. But this might be one of the most ridiculous claims that he’s made yet – he claimed that he’s just like the leader of the Spartans in that movie “300”. Yes, he’s leading an army of deranged white men against some kind of… threat. What that is, we’re unclear of.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was full of himself after leading a group of Republicans to storm a secure conference room and hold hostage the Trump impeachment inquiry on Thursday.

Said Gaetz to TMZ: “We were like the 300s, standing in the breach to try to stop the radical left from storming over our democracy.”

Asked if Trump told him to do it, Gaetz replied, “No, I haven’t chatted with the president about it, though I suspect he might have a view he might want to share after today. … I love the president so much I may never love another president.”

Meanwhile, Seth Meyers had some choice words about Gaetz’s spectacle on Late Night.

Said Meyers: “I haven’t seen a group of white guys so angry since they found out their tickets to Don Henley are obstructed view. Looks like a protest outside a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra. They shouldn’t be at the Capital; they should be standing at a counter at McDonald’s demanding to see the manager.”
https://www.towleroad.com/2019/10/matt-gaetz-300/




Yes, what are they fighting, exactly? They already have two of the three major branches of government and controlled a third, up until last year when they didn’t. So what kind of war are they fighting? One where they don’t have to abide by this weird new thing called “rule of law”? Well when it comes to impeachment, people like Rep. Gaetz won’t back down in their quest to get absolute power, and it’s really starting to show what their true colors are.

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz is demanding an end to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

The conservative Florida lawmaker told a crowd of dozens outside of Democratic U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala’s Miami-area office on Friday that Republicans will “fight for Donald Trump” and do all that they can to prevent impeachment.

Gaetz criticized Shalala, calling her and several other Florida House Democrats who have supported moving forward with the inquiry hypocritical. He says they’re so caught up in investigations and impeachment that they’ve forgotten about their constituents.

The showing is part of a multi-million-dollar Republican National Committee-sponsored campaign designed to rally public support against the possible impeachment of the president.

Shalala’s staffers say the congresswoman wasn’t at her office at the time of rally.
https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/10/11/florida-congressman-matt-gaetz-demands-end-impeachment-inquiry/




Well, they were given nothing all right. In fact, you want to know what this little stunt cost Rep. Gaetz besides his integrity? Well his district, which includes the Florida city of Pensacola, is not exactly what one would call “thrilled” by this little move.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was hit with a milkshake following a town hall event in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday. A video of the event appeared on Twitter, although it's unclear whether or not the drink actually hit the Congressman.

According to The Hill, 35-year-old Amanda Kondrat'yev was detained and no further incidents took place. It's interesting to note that Kondrat'yev ran for Gaetz's seat back in 2016.

"All people are invited to participate in our #OpenGaetz town hall events regardless of viewpoint. If anyone assaults anyone else, they can expect to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to ensure the security of all law-abiding participants. We continue to express our deep gratitude to the brave law enforcement officials who always keep our events and our community safe," his office said in a statement.

The event comes after Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had a similar attack take place last week. "Milkshaking" is the new form of protest in Britain against "right wing" lawmakers. And it has apparently jumped the pond.
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2019/06/02/rep-matt-gaetz-gets-milkshaked-following-town-hall-event-n2547267




That’s right – he got hit with a milkshake when he returned to his hometown. Never mind that he’s actually pressing charges for this since he brought it on himself. That’s Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, yet another toxic politician who we will add to the growing list of:




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You know if there’s anyone who we need to build a wall around, it’s the 47 Congressional Republicans who thought it was a good idea to storm Capitol Hill and record the bipartisan Congressional impeachment inquiry against Trump. Yes, conservatives are so steeped in outrage and anger that when they read a sentence like that, they miss important keywords. You know, like “bipartisan” and “inquiry” – which is exactly what it is. Guys, there were people inside your own party at the hearing and it was perfectly within their right to be there! But you on the other hand, you were definitely not in your legal right to be there.

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers committed a major breach of security guidelines when they carried cell phones as they tried to force their way into a secure room where a closed-door impeachment hearing with a Defense Department official was taking place.

At least one House member, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, got inside the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the House of Representatives. Despite strict rules barring all electronics inside such closed-off areas, Gaetz openly tweeted: "BREAKING: I led over 30 of my colleagues into the SCIF where Adam Schiff is holding secret impeachment depositions. Still inside—more details to come."

After the tweet came under criticism, Gaetz later tweeted “sent by staff.” It remained unclear how the representative was able to communicate with his members of his staff.

Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina also issued a tweet that said he was "in the SCIF." A picture published by The New York Times showed a man identified as a House Republican holding up his phone as if taking pictures or video as he entered the secure room. A sign on the door of the room said, "Cameras and other recording devices prohibited without proper authorization." The room has lockers outside the doors where people are required to store electronics before entering.

Lawyers said bringing phones into the secure area was a potential felony. Security officials, meanwhile, stressed how damaging the move could be to national security. The SCIF is designed to prevent electronic eavesdropping so members of Congress can receive sensitive information that is often classified. Often, the materials in the room reveal sensitive operations or show how intelligence officers collect information on adversaries. SCIFs are carefully controlled to prevent electronic signals or electronic devices from leaving the rooms. Chief among these restrictions is no unauthorized electronic devices.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/10/republicans-storm-ultra-secure-scif-some-with-cellphones-blazing/




Seriously where’s a Yondr pouch when you need one? I mean come on we can’t take our cell phones into a Jack White concert but these idiots are taking theirs into an area where it clearly says “no cell phones allowed”? And you can’t say “reasons” as the answer. And this might be one of the stupidest political stunts in modern history. And no I’m not taking into account that time George Bush played guitar for Hurricane Katrina victims, either. Yeah that’s a thing that happened. But just how much did they put our security at risk?

It should go without saying: Don’t round up a bunch of your buddies and jostle your way into a highly secured government facility uninvited. But that's exactly what a group of Republican congressmen proudly did Wednesday morning.

“BREAKING,” representative Matt Gaetz (R–Florida) tweeted at 11:32 am, “I led over 30 of my colleagues into the SCIF where Adam Schiff is holding secret impeachment depositions.” Schiff is the head of the House Intelligence Committee, who has led the recent inquiry into President Trump’s Ukraine imbroglio. (Deputy assistant secretary of defense Laura Cooper was scheduled to give a deposition this morning.) But while Gaetz and his cohorts may have fancied themselves Parisians storming the Bastille of cloak-and-dagger bureaucracy, all they’ve really accomplished is the violation of some extremely basic tenets of national security.

Let’s start with the SCIF (pronounced skiff), since it’s an unfamiliar acronym for many. It stands for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. These are rooms that are outfitted to be effectively spyproof by conforming to a stringent list of security standards. There’s a SCIF at Mar-a-Lago, for instance, kitted out to accommodate briefings for Trump during his frequent southerly sojourns. Barack Obama traveled with a SCIF tent during his presidency that could be set up on short notice inside, say, a hotel room.

The requirements of a SCIF will also vary depending on its specific use case; whether sensitive materials will be stored there or simply discussed, for instance, makes a difference. But some standards apply universally, as you can see in these hefty guidelines produced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. They need radio frequency shielding, to prevent those signals going in or out. Their walls should be stuffed with sound-attenuation material and topped off with acoustic sealant. And any electronics inside a SCIF need to conform to the NSA’s TEMPEST specification, which details how to keep them safe from surveillance. This is just a sampling! But you get it by now. It’s a lot.
https://www.wired.com/story/republicans-storm-scif-national-security-nightmare/




Except you clearly don’t know the rules! You tried to spy on one of the few ultra secure spy proof rooms in the entire world! Let’s put it this way – it would be like going to a movie theater and intentionally paying money to see The Angry Birds Movie 2, and then using your cell phone to actually play Angry Birds, even though there’s signs everywhere telling you not to use your phone! Which is kind of ironic when you’re watching a movie that’s based on a cell phone game. Stay on target, stay on target! Back to the topic at hand, It’s made even worse when lawmakers shared audio of phone calls that they made. I mean really they made phone calls and ate pizza.

Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) shared audio of a phone call he made from inside a secure room at the Capitol where Democrats were attempting to interview a witness as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The interview was delayed for hours after a group of conservative Republican lawmakers, including Mooney, stormed into the room to protest what they say has been an unfair impeachment process.

The protest took place inside what's known as a SCIF — an acronym for sensitive compartmented information facility. Such rooms are used when secure, nationally sensitive information is to be shared or discussed.

During his call from the SCIF, the West Virginia lawmaker said he and other Republicans stormed the closed-door hearing because House Democrats “refuse to have a hearing in a transparent way for the people of West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District can be aware of what’s going on.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/467168-gop-lawmaker-shares-audio-of-phone-call-he-made-from-highly-classified-scif




By the way let’s examine the fact that they just sat around and eat pizza for a minute. Does anyone else see the irony in this? They are sitting in a basement eating pizza, when they accused the democrats of running a sex ring inside a pizza parlor! You really can’t make this shit up. It’s like the end credits scene of the Avengers when they awkwardly sit around at a diner eating shawarma.

Today, a bunch of attention-starved GOP congressman crashed a closed impeachment deposition like the cast of Rent descending upon the Life Café after Maureen's show, except in this production of Rent everyone is irredeemable and annoying and the American people are the waiter who sings "No, please, no. Not tonight; can't have a scene."

With all the unearned confidence and mustache-twirling villainy of Sue Sylvester breaking up a Glee Club rehearsal right before Mercedes gives us life with a riff, a phalanx of representatives stormed a secure room in the Capitol known as the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or um, SCIF, where three committees were about to hear testimony from Laura Cooper, an official overseeing U.S. policy regarding Ukraine. Gaetz frequently makes headlines by embarrassing himself, like he did recently when he said the impeachment proceedings were a kangaroo court and that Rep. Adam Schiff, who is chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is Captain Kangaroo, a fictional figure who would like very much to be left out of this narrative. I suppose you could summarize Gaetz's actions today as a "Tiff with Schiff in the SCIF" and that bit of rhyming is pretty much the only redeeming aspect of today's rift.

It's important to note that there are Republican representatives who sit on the committees involved with the impeachment depositions; the petulant politicians who crash the meeting today just aren't among them. Alexa, play "Uninvited" by Alanis Morissette. So, what Gaetz and the rest are trying to frame as some noble justice action is, in actuality, about as serious and as effective as the time Laura Loomer chained herself to the door of Twitter because they suspended her account. A bunch of men in suits figuratively yelling "unblock me, you cowards" at a closed door is not exactly the stuff of Profiles in Courage, is all I'm saying.
https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a29565841/matt-gaetz-gop-impeachment-sit-in/





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Ha ha!!! We’ll get to Trump being booed at the World Series in a minute. But really he has not been having what one would call a banner week. The fallout from his horrifying decision to pull out of Syria has been backfiring on him hard. Then his own party makes complete asses of themselves at the closed door impeachment hearing. Then he gets booed at the World Series. But then we have to talk about his proposed wall. We haven’t talked about the wall for a while. But apparently Trump forgot that at least one border state exists and that is the state of New Mexico. Yes, they could seriously give New Mexico back to Mexico, and his fans wouldn’t care!

President Donald Trump said, “We’re building a wall in Colorado” when talking about border wall progress on Wednesday afternoon. Trump was speaking in Pittsburgh at the Shale Insight Conference when he made the comments.

“And we’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico and we’re building a wall in Colorado, we’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works that you can’t get over, you can’t get under and we’re building a wall in Texas. We’re not building a wall in Kansas but they get the benefit of the walls we just mentioned,” said Trump.

Work crews in South Texas are laying steel along the U.S.-Mexico border in preparation for the installation of new segments of border wall.

There are no reports of plans to build the border wall in Colorado. Gov. Jared Polis clapped back on Twitter, “Well, this is awkward… Colorado doesn’t border Mexico. Good thing Colorado now offers free full day kindergarten so our kids can learn basic geography.”

Rep. Diana DeGette responded on Twitter asking if New Mexico was going to pay for it.

Sen. Michael Bennet also responded on Twitter.
https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/10/24/president-trump-border-wall-colorado-building/




Well it’s good to see that Trump is putting George Carlin’s plan of state prison farms into action, and it’s about damn time! I want to move to Colorado if that happens! At least then I won’t have to pay $14 for a beer. But alas, like any of the halfway decent ideas that Trump has had, this is surprisingly not a thing and he was “just joking”. Really? When has Trump ever joked about anything?

Geography has never been Donald Trump’s best subject. For example, the president attended a United Nations luncheon with African leaders a couple of years ago, at which he praised the health care system in Nambia. There is no such country.

A year later, the Republican told his foreign policy advisers that he knew Nepal and Bhutan were parts of India, despite the fact that neither is part of India. Trump has also reportedly struggled to understand different time zones.

But during remarks at a shale-energy conference in Pittsburgh yesterday, Trump’s difficulties with geography came into sharper focus.

“[W]e’re building a wall on the border of New Mexico, and we’re building a wall in Colorado. We’re building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works, that you can’t get over, you can’t get under. And we’re building a wall in Texas. And we’re not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned.”

There were a handful of problems with this, including the fact that Trump really isn’t making much progress when it comes to new border-barrier construction. The idea that people “can’t get over” the fences may not be altogether true, either.

But the funny part, of course, was the president’s assertion that he’s “building a wall in Colorado,” which is not a border state. (The fact that Trump’s audience cheered this comment was probably my favorite part of the story.) Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) had a little fun at the Republican’s expense, taking a Sharpie to a map of the United States to make Trump’s falsehood true.
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-tries-and-fails-explain-his-colorado-border-wall-comments




Except when you try to explain actual geography to Trump… ah, who am I kidding? There’s no one anywhere that will properly explain geography to Trump, they will just leave him to his own devices and that’s where it gets worse! But switching gears, we have to talk about his appearance at the World Series this week. Yes, the Astros trounced the Nationals. But that’s not before Trump got the welcoming that he very much deserved.

President Trump's low-profile appearance Sunday night at Game 5 of the World Series drew loud boos and jeers when he was introduced to the crowd. Wearing a dark suit and a tie, Mr. Trump arrived at Nationals Park just before the first pitch of the Houston Astros-Washington Nationals matchup.

Hours earlier, he had announced that U.S. forces had assaulted the hiding place of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in the raid in northeast Syria. At the same time, a divisive impeachment inquiry into the president is underway in Congress.

Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump entered a lower-tier box to the left of home plate as the game was beginning. At that point, his presence hadn't yet been formally announced, but baseball fans in the section just below his suite turned to look toward the box as he arrived. Some waved at the president as he smiled and gave a thumbs-up.

At the end of the third inning, the president stood and waved to the crowd, and ballpark video screens carried a salute to U.S. service members that drew cheers throughout the stadium. When the video on the Jumbotron cut to the president and his entourage — which included a number of GOP lawmakers — and the loudspeakers announced the Trumps, cheers abruptly turned into a torrent of boos and heckling from what sounded like a majority of the crowd. Chants of "Lock him up!" broke out in some sections, including one below where the president was sitting.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-booed-world-series-lock-him-up-chant-break-out-during-game-5-washington-nationals-stadium-pa/




Oh that felt good! Can we play the Ha Ha sound effect again? Oh man that was sweet. I really want someone to do that the next time Trump decides that he needs to make a public appearance outside of his MAGA hate rallies! Well that’s what happens when you don’t screen crowds before you make an appearance. Did you not read your own Art Of The Deal?

If President Donald Trump is impeached, convicted, and removed from office, or defeated in next year’s election, the political backdrop of his downfall is unlikely to be better dramatized than it was last night during Game 5 of the World Series.

Trump was in the stands with his wife, Melania, having announced that very morning that U.S. Special Forces had killed the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a daring raid. It wouldn’t have shocked me if that inspired a warm reception from the crowd. Remember when Osama bin Laden’s killing was announced? I was in Austin, Texas, where people were whooping and cheering in bars. President Barack Obama could have drawn applause anywhere in the United States that night.

And the crowd at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., was applauding last night when the big screen in right-center field showed uniformed U.S. military personnel.

But when the image changed to Donald and Melania in the stands, there was a sudden shift. The crowd booed. Loudly. Then fans in some sections of the stadium began to chant “Lock him up,” repurposing the rallying cry that Trump supporters have directed at Hillary Clinton since the 2016 presidential campaign.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/president-trumps-world-series-error/600901/





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Just when you think real life can’t get any crazier, there is Rudy Giuliani. I mean when I saw this story break last week I didn’t know whether to laugh at the sheer stupidity or bang my head against the wall, or do both. Here’s my whole thing – I’m not a New Yorker but I have always viewed Giuliani as a creepy weirdo. But it seems like he’s an off the rails batshit crazy unhinged creepy weirdo in the dumpster fire that is the Donald J. Trump administration. But this is one of those things that you really just can’t make up no matter how hard you try. Like I don’t think even the best SNL writers could come up with a scenario where the president’s lawyer butt dials a reporter for a rival network and can be heard bragging about the need to trash their political opponents. Not one.

Late in the night Oct. 16, Rudy Giuliani made a phone call to this reporter.

The fact that Giuliani was reaching out wasn't remarkable. He and the reporter had spoken earlier that evening for a story about his ties to a fringe Iranian opposition group.

But this call, it would soon become clear, wasn't a typical case of a source following up with a reporter.

The call came in at 11:07 p.m. and went to voicemail; the reporter was asleep.

The next morning, a message exactly three minutes long was sitting in the reporter's voicemail. In the recording, the words tumbling out of Giuliani's mouth were not directed at the reporter. He was speaking to someone else, someone in the same room..
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/rudy-giuliani-butt-dials-nbc-reporter-heard-discussing-need-cash-n1071901




OK I have many questions about this. I mean who butt dials anymore? Doesn’t Giuliani have a passcode and face lock on his phone? Or does he pull a Kanye and put the lock code on his phone as 123456 (see: Idiots #5-16 )? Yeah it’s probably the latter especially since his boss, @realDonaldTrump, tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1187861209942495234

Yeah no they clearly don’t give a shit about cyber security. Or even keeping up with current technology, for that matter. But the butt dialing isn’t the worst thing to happen to Trump’s lawyer this week.

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, can be questioned under oath in the coming weeks about financial transfers he made to Republican political campaigns, a federal judge in Florida ordered Tuesday.

The court order comes as questions swirl around Parnas' close ties to Giuliani, efforts to insert himself into Ukrainian interests and Republican politics, and as a criminal proceeding against him continues in New York. The testimony he must provide in Florida could shed new light on the scope of his payments to American campaigns and other Trump-connected entities, as well as other financial dealings.

His defense attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The development comes as part of a civil court proceeding and is separate from the criminal charges in New York.

Parnas is accused in a New York federal court of conspiracy and campaign finance-related violations and has pleaded not guilty to his criminal charges. The Manhattan federal prosecutors continue to consider new charges related to him, though the parameters of their investigation are unknown.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/29/politics/lev-parnas-republican-rudy-giuliani/index.html




Wait wait wait wait wait wait wait. Wait. Wait. If I’m extrapolating this correctly, this means that Giuliani can be indicted by Congress for any illegal money transfers he might be responsible for that might be directly related to Trump? Then you don’t want to get caught on phone begging for cash, that will almost certainly be a one way ticket to indict town.

Rudy Giuliani’s cell phone accidentally called an NBC News reporter on October 16, leaving a voicemail in which he was clearly heard discussing the kingdom of Bahrain and saying, “The problem is we need some money.”

The call came in at 11:07 p.m. while reporter Rich Schapiro was asleep. In the audio, portions of which were published by NBC News on Friday, Giuliani can be heard saying “Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case, because he didn’t do any due diligence.” It’s unclear who Charles is.

Giuliani can also be heard telling an unidentified person “Tomorrow I gotta get you to get on Bahrain,” then telling the person they need to contact another person named Robert because “the problem is we need some money. We need a few hundred thousand.”

Also Read: Joe Biden Campaign to TV Networks: Stop Booking Rudy Giuliani

The other person in the conversation was largely inaudible, though he does say “if you want options, I got options, I got options,” to which Giuliani replies “yeah give me options, yeah.”

It wasn’t even the first time the former New York City mayor accidentally called Schapiro and left a voicemail. The previous butt-dial and subsequent voicemail happened on Sept. 28 at 3:37 p.m. In that message, Giuliani railed against the Biden family, accusing former vice president Joe Biden of “trading in on his public office since he was a senator” and son Hunter Biden of trying to get high-profile jobs because of his father’s position.
https://ca.style.yahoo.com/rudy-giuliani-butt-dials-nbc-235222510.html




To be fair, let’s say that Rudy is butt-dialing for Jesus. That’s about the best way I can put this ridiculous stunt. Because just about anything sounds better when you add “For Jesus” at the end of it. Taking a shit, for Jesus! Hit and run for Jesus! Stealing a million dollars, for Jesus! Murder, for Jesus! OK that escalated quickly! But let’s not overlook the severity of the situation here – butt dials can cost you deeply! That should be the take away for this week!

The New York Times’ Annie Karni laughed at “walking conflict” Rudy Giuliani, calling it “farcical” that’s he back in the news because he butt-dialed a reporter for NBC News.

Karni was appearing on MSNBC’s Up Saturday morning, where moderator David Gura asked her “Rudy Giuliani is still proclaimed by this president to be his personal attorney. How should we view that? How should we listen to that tape in light of the role he’s playing in this administration today?” after playing audio of Giuliani talking about needing money.

Karni said it should be viewed with “great humor.”

“Even when Giuliani is sidelined from television and not supposed to be speaking for the president and a reporter doesn’t pick up the phone because he’s sleeping, you still get a three minute voicemail from Giuliani talking about how he needs money. It’s almost farcical,” she said.
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/new-york-times-annie-karni-chuckles-at-rudy-giuliani-butt-dialing-reporter-its-almost-farcical/





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This week, an unprecedented boycott took place when nearly 700 musicians and bands decided to boycott Amazon over their decision to work with I.C.E. and Homeland Security. Technology companies have had a love – hate relationship with immigration. But Amazon has long had a process of hiring workers not from the USA. And some feel that working with I.C.E. sends the wrong message – and it does especially with what the Trump administration has been doing with I.C.E. since he was inaugurated in 2017. Don’t have time to get into that, so Google it. But what was the spark that started the boycott against the world’s largest tech company? It was quite simply a powder keg that finally exploded.

More than 400 artists pledged to boycott Amazon events and partnerships unless the company cuts ties with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The open letter, titled “No Music for ICE” was published late Wednesday by the group Fight for the Future.

“We will not allow Amazon to exploit our creativity to promote its brand while it enables attacks on immigrants, communities of color, workers, and local economies. We call on all artists who believe in basic rights and human dignity to join us,” they write.

The 475 artists call on Amazon to “terminate existing contracts with military, law enforcement, and government agencies,” including ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, that the musicians said “commit human rights abuses.”

They also call on Amazon to “reject future engagements” with the “aforementioned bad actors.”

The musicians also urge Amazon to stop providing cloud services and other tools to organizations "that power the US government’s deportation machine.”
https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/467397-hundreds-of-artists-pledge-to-boycott-amazon-in-no-music-for




Yes, boycotting the entire network is almost always the answer! Because that has worked out so well in the past right? Right. In fact the list keeps growing by the day, and it started as a response to backlash from Amazon’s corporate sponsored Intersect Music Festival. Like we need another festival to add to the 3,000 that are held every year. The decision to boycott started with Amazon’s partnership with a controversial data services provider.

Several artists added additional words of support. “My music peers’ collective outrage at the announcement of Amazon’s Intersect festival made several of us realize how desperately we need to formalize our concerns,” wrote Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz.

“The powers that be at Amazon have been relentless in their pursuit to make this company indispensable to the ways many of us live—and even with an understanding of Amazon’s complicity and centrality in reinforcing various structures of oppression, it often may feel too difficult to evade their reach,” wrote Ithaca rapper Sammus. “This is one way that we can and must push back. We have to draw lines and this is one I am choosing to draw because nobody should ever have to live under the kind terrorism that ICE has inflicted upon countless immigrant communities.”

Last week, the Black Madonna was released from her contract to perform at Intersect after expressing outrage at the company’s involvement. She claimed that Amazon was not listed on any of the festival’s initial offers or paperwork that she received. Intersect’s lineup includes Foo Fighters, Beck, Kacey Musgraves, Anderson .Paak, Spoon, Flying Lotus, JPEGMAFIA, Jamie xx, and more.

Amazon has been criticized—including by its own employees—for its work with the data company Palantir, which runs its software on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and has more than $150 million in contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). AWS also hosts the Department of Homeland Security’s vast database of biometric and biographic data collected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Secret Service. Last year, The Verge reported that as of 2017, AWS controlled 40 percent of the cloud services market.
https://pitchfork.com/news/more-than-150-musicians-boycott-amazon-festivals-over-ice-contracts/




Yes it would probably be best if your boycott started at the top. By the way you know that we live in a culture now where if you don’t like something, the first thing that you do is cancel it. Call for someone to be fired. Call the show off. And many other things that could be handled as a result of someone doing something that you don’t like. In fact Amazon isn’t the only one who has been a victim of our newfound cancel culture. Take a look at what happened when a Texas taco truck was caught serving ICE workers.

A local taco truck has found itself stuck in the middle of an incendiary culture war that has resulted in an apology, an apology for the apology, and between ongoing social media criticism and a loss of business, no clear end in sight.

The ordeal began on October 23, when Lloyd Taco, a Buffalo-based company that owns four food trucks and two brick-and-mortar restaurants, tweeted that one of its food trucks would be parked outside the Department of Homeland Security in Batavia, also known as the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility, which is run by ICE — a fact that some Twitter users picked up on, leading to critical responses, with some pointing out the irony of offering tacos outside a federal agency that detains immigrants, some of them from Mexico.

The next day, Lloyd tweeted an apology and promised to donate all of the sales from October 23 to an organization supporting migrant rights. “There is no excuse for what happened and we have already begun to update our internal procedures to ensure future taco truck stops and events align with our company’s values,” the company wrote in a statement.

Then an even bigger backlash to the original backlash started: some people, including Republican office-holders and ICE itself, interpreted the apology as “a slap against police and law enforcement,” Buffalo News reports. At a news conference held on October 28, Lloyd co-founder Pete Cimino apologized for the initial apology, calling that decision “hastily made” and overly reactive to criticism.
https://www.eater.com/2019/10/29/20938152/lloyd-taco-food-truck-buffalo-ny-controversy-ice-migrant-backlash




Hey turn the show back on! Yup, the show is over. Cancelled. You are gone. And then the taco truck was forced to apologize because it was forced to apologize. This is a circular firing squad gone berserk. But that said, are technology companies ever neutral or exempt from participating in a complicated argument like this? The answer is very complex and you can’t answer an easy yes or no, but for now consider Amazon to be on the wrong side when it comes to the immigration debate.

Apple stumbled into a new line of business this week: NBA heat shield. On Wednesday, the company booted from its App Store an app called HKmap.live, which protesters in Hong Kong had been using to track police amid the pro-democracy demonstrations against the Chinese government that have engulfed the city for months. In the few days that HKmap.live had been available, it became the most downloaded travel app in Hong Kong, according to the New York Times—until, reportedly, authorities in the special administrative region and Chinese state media complained. The company said it reversed the app’s initial approval because it “violates our guidelines and local laws,” since it was “being used maliciously to target individual officers for violence and to victimize individuals and property where no police are present.”

Here’s what HKmap.live actually did: The map app aggregated available data from other social media sources, didn’t show specific locations of individual officers, and had a time lag before data showed up on the app, according to blogger and activist Maciej Ceglowski, who has been in Hong Kong for months. Charles Mok, a legislator in Hong Kong, condemned Apple’s decision, pointing out that the app was being used by residents hoping to avoid tear gas and said that some residents were sharing information about police activity to avoid harassment. Facebook, Twitter, and other iOS apps that are available through the App Store in Hong Kong allow users to do the same thing, Mok said in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, arguing that Apple’s rationale was spurious and unevenly applied.
https://slate.com/technology/2019/10/apple-chinese-government-microsoft-amazon-ice.html




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




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



My fair congregation!!! You know it is All Hallows Eve here at the Holy Church Of The Top 10. And that is why I am dressed as SAYTAN! Because it's always the one you least expect! That time is finally here when we can all marvel at the musical genius that is Kanye West! Did I say musical genius? Well, does have an ego as big as the unholy Dark One, whose name shall not be spoken in my church! But that said as religious disciples, can you really enjoy his new gospel rap album “Jesus Is King” with a straight face? I ask you because it is all over the news and the radio because Kanye has seen the light! Is he really that religious? Or did he see the Blues Brothers and was convinced that he was on a mission from GAWD? Well I ask you this question because the good LAWRD JAYSUS has always claimed that he is against false prophets and people with gigantic egos the size of Texas. Well, at least he does in our Good Book! Not so sure about Kanye!

Over the years, it has become more difficult to dismiss the distractions surrounding Kanye West in favor of focusing exclusively on his music. This is, in part, because his actions are upsetting, but also because the music he’s released in the past half-decade hasn’t lived up to the rest of his catalog.

The Life of Pablo had its moments, but it was, at that point in his career, far and away the least consistent album. Two years later, the MAGA-infused controversy surrounding 2018’s Ye was even more difficult to ignore because the music was also disappointing. With Kanye making increasingly alienating music, casual fans had a way out and die-hards had a lot of critical thinking to avoid.

Then, Sunday Services started popping up at the top of 2019. A few months later, we got an Easter Sunday Service at Coachella, which seemed oddly underwhelming, considering the absolute spectacle of the arrangement. It became clear that this Christian bent would permeate Kanye’s recorded music, and a new litany of questions popped up: Was this an overcorrection after years of headlines about the 13th Amendment, Trump, and slavery? Or was this a genuine move towards seeking forgiveness, and a concerted effort to simply be better? With Kanye, it’s never black and white. And his new album, Jesus Is King, only leaves us with more questions.

There’s a contingent of former fans who have been able to quit him outright, but Kanye West remains difficult to ignore completely. You could discard some of the nonsense he’s released over the past few years, because it’s exactly that, but Jesus Is King is an improvement. At only 27 minutes, it doesn’t give Kanye a lot of time to fail. The religious theme provides him with something to focus on lyrically, which was lacking on Ye, and the beats are strong. Right now, JIK sounds like a good Kanye West album, although that’s partially because Ye is bad and TLOP is inconsistent. Play this after something like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and it pales in comparison. He’s certainly moved the goalposts.
https://www.complex.com/music/2019/10/kanye-west-jesus-is-king-review




Uh………… what??? That seems like a very odd combination of clothing to wear to the gymnasium, Kanye. But let’s ask other rappers what they think of JAYSUS Is King! But the question that I bring to you, my fair congregation, is how can this be a gospel album? It literally has about 3 seconds of actual gospel music or is it a rap album that calls itself a gospel album? Nevertheless, we’ve got an actual gospel choir right in front of you! Remember when Kanye used to be credible?

As a public figure, Kanye West sometimes seems to change course every other day. But where his musical output is concerned, his most consequential turning point came 10 years ago, by way of two very different albums.

First was the 2008 release of 808s and Heartbreak -- recorded after the unexpected death of West's mother — whose icy, digital sheen made a surprising break from his earlier soul-sample style of production. Seen as an aberration at the time, 808s is now recognized as a key influence on modern hip-hop's minimalist sound, and suggested the trajectory of West's career would be different from those of the golden-era rap acts who had originally inspired him.

Then came 808s' follow-up in 2010, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. In contrast to its predecessor, this album was a maximalist affair, full of lush production and grandiose stylistic gestures. It also marked West's turn towards releasing albums as full-scale spectacles that leveraged his celebrity status — by then always awash in controversy — and worked as one arm of a multi-industry Kanye West business complex that has since become valued at over a billion dollars.

In the decade since, no other pop music figure has drawn such rubbernecking fascination, especially once West discovered the power of Twitter as an unmediated outlet for self-expression. He inspires so much public contemplation and condemnation that the release of each new album feels like a performance unto itself, even before the public has heard a note of the music.
https://www.npr.org/2019/10/28/774137186/kanye-wests-jesus-is-king-like-its-creator-asks-a-little-too-much-of-us




That’s deep, man. So deep! But really in all the hoopla surrounding this album, I mean come on it’s barely an album at 27 minutes. We have to cut through the BS and tell you some of the crazier bits of interviews from a man who now calls himself a holy man of GAWD. But here’s the thing – can you merge two genres that go together like olive oil and vinegar? Well many have tried – some have succeeded and many have failed. But unlike Kanye, none have dared called themselves the greatest genius who’s ever lived in history. I think the good LAWRD JAYSUS would have a problem with that!

Late one night last month, in anticipation of Kanye West’s ninth major-label release, which was reportedly due in just a few hours (it was ultimately stalled by delays, and didn’t arrive until last Friday), Twitter user @FrankieComedian posted an image to his timeline. “Me waiting for Kanye West’s album,” he wrote, adding the hashtag #jesusisking, the title of the rapper’s hotly awaited first gospel project. The general sentiment of the image was explicit, the clearest distillation of the difficult fascination fans continue to have with West. In it, a man slowly applies clown makeup to his face; by 12:01 am he is fully outfitted in a wig and red nose—just in time to stream the album on Spotify or Apple Music.

I was suddenly full of uncontrollable laughter because its truth cut like dog teeth to the bone. Were we clowns for continuing to engage with a man who readily sold self-interest as love, who preached open-mindedness but often supported people who practiced division? Yes. Once again, the joke was on us.

No one wanted to believe it. In the lead-up to Jesus Is King, and even before, fans thought maybe, in spite of his faults, West’s music could absolve his mania, even as he courted public contempt with a kind of paradoxical glee. He’d vocalized support for President Trump, called for the annulment of the 13th Amendment, championed conservative firebrand Alex Jones, and likened slavery to “a choice,” all while urging us to be more accepting of “free thinkers.” But, even as critics and fans—myself included—were quick to cancel him, they held out hope. But absolution never came. It didn’t on ye—his derisory album from last year on which mental health and family life were anchoring themes—and it doesn’t on the facile Jesus Is King, a patchy, sometimes remarkable, mostly unexceptional interpretation of the black gospel tradition.
https://www.wired.com/story/kanye-west-jesus-is-king/




Really is he the best or is the good LAWRD JAYSUS the best? Or is our amazing choir the best? Well we may revisit this album in a few weeks. Mass has ended may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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All right we’re going to settle this debate once and for all, like men. Is it OK to enjoy superhero movie franchises? I ask because the Marvel Cinematic Universe, commonly known as the MCU, is under attack by what some would call actual film makers. But wait – didn’t Black Panther get nominated for Best Picture last year? And couldn’t Robert Downey Jr get nominated for his last performance as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame? Spoiler alert! Oh come on, stop booing! It made $5 billion and everyone who’s a fan has seen it by now! So just like Captain America: Civil War, whose side are you on? Are you on the side of world famous directors like Francis Ford Coppola who make huge, grandiose films like the Godfather? Or are you the kind of brainless idiot who enjoys watching Spiderman destroy the Green Goblin for the 100th time? By the way, that’s the first time I’ve ever used the word “grandiose” in a sentence! Well before you answer, I like a bit of both. In fact I want to see a crossover flick where Iron Man takes on the Godfather and pounds Don Vito into submission on the day of his daughters’ wedding! Thank you to the graphics department! Of course we could just watch Kill Bill, and that would be the best of both worlds. Or we could participate in endless debate.

If you want to shoot holes in the comments that Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola made recently about Marvel movies (Scorsese: “That’s not cinema”; Coppola: “Martin was being kind when he said it wasn’t cinema. He didn’t say it was despicable, which is what I say”), then go right ahead, because they’ve practically handed you the gun and the bullets. The most obvious bullet is the one that automatically damns you in this day and age: These guys are old (Scorsese is about to turn 77, Coppola is now 80), and you could argue that their grand objection to the blockbuster films of today boils down to the fact that the world is no longer the world they grew up in, or the one that existed when they were at their creative apex as filmmakers, so they’re unhappy about it.

The whole “It’s not the way it was in the good old days!” song and dance, which I’m personally quite familiar with (since my set-in-his-ways father did it every day), is one that we tend to think of as just another cranky version of “Get off my lawn!” And the public discourse today overflows with it. America, in case you hadn’t heard, is going down the drain, and it’s all the fault of … the millennials! The Trump voters! The corporations who control everything! The Internet! The fake news! The video games! The greedy corrupt Hollywood that elevated fantasy over reality! Please, God, bring it back to the way it used to be!

Much of the knee-jerk condemnation of the Scorsese v Marvel crusade, as expressed on social media, has come down to a visceral rejection of the-damning-of-the-new-by-those-who-are-old. Beyond that, though, the Scorsese argument that Marvel movies aren’t cinema is riddled with irony, if not flat-out contradiction, when you take a closer look at the messenger.
https://variety.com/2019/film/news/martin-scorsese-francis-ford-coppola-right-about-marvel-1203381088/




Seriously, Scorsese is a vintage Ford and a 12 gauge shotgun away from going full Gran Torino! You damn kids! Support real cinema! Now before you Marvel fans get your discount Chinese made knock off Hulk costumes in a wad, you should be aware that there is some truth to what Mr. Scorsese is saying about these movies. For every Godfather, there’s about 1,000 sequels, remakes and reboots of the same shit you’ve been seeing since 1978. But you know what? Why don’t we ask an actual MCU director for his take on the subject!

It comes after Ken Loach became the latest name to criticise the Marvel Cinematic Universe yesterday (October 22), calling the films “boring and cynical”.

Favreau spoke to CNBC on Tuesday, and said that he believes Scorsese and Coppola are allowed to express their opinion, no matter what it is.

“These two guys are my heroes, and they have earned the right to express their opinions,” the director, who appeared in the MCU as Happy Hogan for over a decade, said.

“I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if they didn’t carve the way. They served as a source of inspiration, you can go all the way back to Swingers. They can express whatever opinion they like.”

The recent slew of comments from both sides on the Marvel franchise began when Scorsese labelled the MCU “not cinema” in a recent interview, likening the films to “theme parks”.

Coppola went even further, calling the films “despicable” and even saying that Scorsese was “kind” in his judgement of the films.
https://www.nme.com/news/film/jon-favreau-says-martin-scorsese-francis-ford-coppola-earned-right-criticise-marvel-2559996




OK Jon Favreau, challenge accepted! And like I said before, there’s only a handful of Tarantinos, Scorseses, Coppolas, Kubricks, and Del Torros of the world. Fine they can criticize art all they want since they’re actual artists. But too often we’re reminded that Hollywood is just a business, and like any other business, they have to make money. Which means that you will sit through 15 Avengers movies and like it, or else!

Benedict Cumberbatch is a surprise supporter of the criticism being levied against Marvel films by other film directors.

Days after Disney CEO Bob Iger defended the blockbuster films that comprise the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cumberbatch – who plays Doctor Strange – said he “agrees” that there should not be ”one king to rule them all”.

“I know there’s been a lot of debate recently with some very fine filmmakers coming to the fore saying these film franchises are taking over everything,” he told SiriusXM’s The Jenny McCarthy Show.

“I agree, we don’t want one king to rule it all and have a monopoly and all that, and it’s hopefully not the case and we should really look into continuing to support auteur filmmakers at every level.”

Francis Ford Coppola, director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, joined Martin Scorsese in his criticism of Marvel films, with the former telling Agence France-Presse: “When [Martin] says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration.

He went on to call superhero films “despicable”. Other directors to have criticised Marvel include Ken Loach and Pedro Almodóvar.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/benedict-cumberbatch-marvel-monopoly-doctor-strange-martin-scorsese-coppola-mcu-a9169041.html




Hey wait a minute, Benedict Cumberbatch! You are Dr. Strange, you are a super hero! An actual super hero criticizing super hero movies? I mean what is this? Some sort of weird new meta philosophy that I’m not aware of? I mean regardless of whether or not you watch super hero flicks or you want to give them the cement shoes, let’s face it, this is the 21st century. We’ve all become content consumers! And whether or not we prefer actual art, or mass produced fillers, that’s our damn preference! And come on, Scorsese, you’re on Netflix! Which side are you on? How about we ask another super hero!

MCU stalwart Paul Rudd has responded to Martin Scorsese’s recent comments that Marvel movies “are not cinema” in a new interview with NME.

The legendary filmmaker made headlines earlier this month when he made disparaging comments about Marvel’s run of comic book films.

“Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks,” Scorsese said. “It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

When asked by NME what he makes of the acclaimed director’s recent statement, Rudd countered: “I love Martin Scorsese, I love his movies, I can’t wait to see The Irishman.”
https://www.nme.com/news/film/paul-rudd-martin-scorsese-ant-man-2556880





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The #MeToo movement has made for some very strange political bedfellows. I mean who knew that someone like Kevin Spacey was such a creepy weirdo or that one of the biggest producers in Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein, would go down in flames? Now this brings up an interesting debate – if you encounter your abuser in public, should you make a scene out of it? Well in a world where our natural human senses of logic and irony are thrown out the window, Harvey Weinstein showed up at a showcase in New York City for young actresses. And if you’re wondering why irony is lost, just remember that Harvey Weinstein has almost as many rape accusations as Donald Trump does. Which makes this next entry even more extremely horrible than it already is!

A night of comedy ended with an audience member being asked to leave the venue after she and a performer called out Harvey Weinstein, who attended the show.

Kelly Bachman, one of several performers in a variety show at a Manhattan bar on Wednesday night, told CNN she spotted Weinstein and used part of her set to call the former Hollywood producer "Freddy Krueger" and call out the rape allegations against him.

Weinstein currently faces criminal charges of predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act, first-degree rape and third-degree rape. He has pleaded not guilty and maintains all sexual encounters he's been involved in have been consensual. His trial is expected to begin in January.

An audience member, Zoe Stuckless, also confronted Weinstein at his table and demanded he be asked to leave, according to video Stuckless shared on Facebook. Instead, Stuckless was asked to leave the bar, and Bachman left with Stuckless, the comic said.

The venue, Downtime Bar, confirmed in a statement posted to its Facebook page that an audience member was asked to leave after heckling another guest. "After several requests to stop were ignored, we kindly asked the heckler to leave," the statement said. The bar's Facebook page has since been deleted, but the statement is still posted as an Instagram Story on its Instagram page.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/25/us/harvey-weinstein-confronted-at-bar/index.html




Oh just a little? Irony is apparently lost here as it is super fucking creepy that a guy who’s been accused of being a serial rapist is hanging out at a showcase for young actresses! I And it gets worse from there because not only did that happen, Harvey Weinstein kicked them out! Which really only proves the point that they were making. Oh and it gets worse – so much worse. Apparently NBC executives tried to shield Weinstein from the roast that broke out, and they’re not denying it!

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow laid out in excruciating detail the alleged misconduct of NBC News executives, who have been accused of killing an explosive exposé on Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults and of repeatedly shielding former Today Show host Matt Lauer from similar claims: “Those accusations are very, very hard to stomach.”

In a long and devastating monologue, Maddow recounted the reporting history of guest Ronan Farrow. She explained how Farrow’s bombshell reporting on Weinstein and the #MeToo movement, which ultimately earned him a Pulitzer Prize, was started at NBC News but was continually hamstrung and eventually blocked from air, because of objections raised by network executives like NBC News President Noah Oppenheim.

“Now, NBC News is obviously our parent company here at MSNBC,” Maddow noted, before offering a very raw and personal response to the controversy. “The allegations about the behavior of Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer are gut-wrenching, at baseline, no matter who you are or what your connection is to this story. But accusations that people in positions of authority in this building may have been complicit in some way in shielding those guys from accountability? Those accusations are very, very hard to stomach.”

Maddow went on to note a potential pattern of network interference in seminal stories about alleged sexual harassment involving powerful men, including the infamous “grab ’em by the pussy” tape of President Donald Trump.
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/maddow-scorches-nbc-over-accusations-network-execs-shielded-weinstein-lauer-very-very-hard-to-stomach/




Of course they are! Nobody wants to be accused of being a serial rapist, and don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time! That goes for you too Matt Lauer! Don’t think you’re getting out of this one that easily, same goes for anyone like this. But here’s the worst part – don’t take it out on the venue who hosted the thing. Yeah they fucked up in ejecting the women performers for confronting Weinstein, but if you weren’t there, shut the fuck up!

Yelp users are flooding Lower East Side’s Downtime Bar with one-star reviews after women were reportedly thrown out of the venue for confronting Harvey Weinstein. The bar recently hosted an event meant to support up-and-coming artists, and when Weinstein — who has been accused of rape and other sexual misconduct by dozens of women, specifically young female actors — was spotted in the room, three women confronted him. Two of them were eventually kicked out, according to reports.

Now, several dozen people are calling to boycott the bar, including a reviewer that uploaded a photo of Weinstein’s alleged victims. The backlash comes after a viral video shows comedian Kelly Bachman addressing the “elephant in the room” in her set, calling Weinstein “Freddy Krueger,” only to be booed and told to “shut up” by the crowd. Another video shows actor Zoe Stuckless pointing at Weinstein and yelling, “Nobody’s really going to say anything?” before being kicked out of the bar. Attendee Amber Rollo tweeted that she too was thrown out after calling him a “monster” and saying “he should disappear.”

Actors Hour, the organization behind the exclusive artists-only event, put out a statement on Instagram saying it did not invite Weinstein, though the post has since been taken down. Downtime Bar released its own statement saying that Actors Hour “rented our bar for a private event, with a guest list all their own.”

In a statement sent to the Post, Weinstein says, “We should all be offered the courtesy to voice opinions and be heard, and to even get answers.” His rep called the scene “downright rude” and an infringement on due process.
https://ny.eater.com/2019/10/25/20930666/harvey-weinstein-downtime-bar-controversy




Yeah well I hope you don’t get the Yelp reviewer special! But as we’ve seen with unpopular people going out in public outside of their bubble like Trump did, Harvey Weinstein should probably never go out in public again, or he’s going to get these kinds of accusations. And why is he not in jail? Really someone should get on that! And seriously guys, no, we don’t need a comeback from scumbags like Weinstein, they should just stay out of the spotlight!

Former mega-producer Harvey Weinstein has become a symbol of the powerful men taken down by the Me Too movement since 2017, when he was accused of sexual harassment, assault, and rape by dozens of women, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. But despite frequent lamentations that we are living in an era of cancel culture, even Weinstein might not be permanently canceled.

On Wednesday night, Weinstein attended Actor’s Hour, an event for young performers based out of Downtime Bar on New York’s Lower East Side. And while there was outcry from some attendees, much of the crowd did not seem upset to see him there, vociferously defending Weinstein from any jokes or comments made at his expense.

Weinstein has been getting some practice at dealing with such reactions lately. According to the Hollywood Reporter, as his January trial date for rape and sexual assault approaches, Weinstein has begun to reemerge at some of his old haunts, like the lower Manhattan restaurant Cipriani Downtown. He attended September’s Actor’s Hour as well (and was denounced by a comic onstage that time, too).

The whole pattern has the appearance of a trial balloon, a test to see how the world reacts to the idea of Harvey Weinstein appearing in public again. And in Hollywood, that trial balloon is usually followed, sooner or later, by a comeback.
https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/10/25/20932084/harvey-weinstein-comeback-actors-hour-downtime-bar





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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And this segment incorporates all walks of stupid – dumb criminals, dumb lawyers, dumb politicians, dumb students, you name it! And I also love these stories because they are all completely crazy and there’s enough of them that we could do these until the end of time! I want to start with this story out of Iowa – and yeah if you’re a guy you should *NEVER* expose your junk in public, no matter what the circumstances. But I love the excuse here – even though it’s not a good one, is that this guy who did the dirty deed claims that he saw it in a porno movie!

An Iowa man charged with exposing himself to a woman at a variety store told cops that he “had seen someone do it in a pornographic film” and thought the victim, who was accompanied by her minor son, might “respond to it sexually,” according to a court filing.

Nicholas Sheehy, 23, was arrested Friday afternoon at the Dollar General in Ottumwa, a city about 85 miles southeast of Des Moines. Sheehy, an Ottumwa resident, was charged with indecent exposure, a serious misdemeanor.

When confronted by police, Sheehy “admitted that he ‘whipped it out’ referring to his penis,” a criminal complaint alleges. “The defendant stated that he had seen someone do it in a pornographic film and believed that the female patron may respond to it sexually.”

Instead, the woman contacted cops, who reported that Sheehy “admitted that he exposed himself for sexual gratification.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/dollar-general-creep-639524




Next up – we go to *ANOTHER* story out of Iowa. Man, Iowa is bringing the crazy extra hard lately aren’t they? Well I mean there’s not much to do there so you got to get creative. But when you start turning to crime, a fresh coat of paint is definitely not the way that you want to hide the crime, and well, he got caught red handed. Or is it green handed? I’m not sure.

Police said a Dubuque man stole a trailer from a business and painted it black to keep anyone from recognizing it while he used it.

Malik J. Patterson, 20, of 17262 John Deere Road, No. 11, was arrested Wednesday morning on warrants charging second-degree theft and obstructing prosecution.

Police on Sept. 4 responded to Bicycle World, 1072 Central Ave., to investigate a report of a theft.

Business owner Parrish C. Marugg said he left the shop Sept. 3 and left his trailer, valued at $2,000, in the parking lot, according to court documents. When he returned the following morning, it was gone.
https://www.telegraphherald.com/news/tri-state/article_582e5118-2cd5-5d7d-b5b4-d79b9395264a.html?utm_source=thonline&utm_medium=click_source&utm_campaign=homepage_top_news_card_more_stories




That is a good question! Next up – we go to Las Vegas! I am really surprised that this doesn’t happen more often because people tend to go crazy when they start losing money at casinos. Maybe not so much on the Vegas Strip, but there’s plenty of off strip action happening all around the gambling paradise known as Vegas. But if you start losing money, it’s your own damn fault. Don’t blame the casino for it!

Police say a woman who was angered when she was kicked out of a Las Vegas-area casino intentionally drove her motorhome into the building, injuring a custodian.

North Las Vegas Police spokesman Eric Leavitt says the 50-year-old woman was ejected from the Cannery casino Friday morning and drove her Winnebago motorhome into the building.

Leavitt says the woman hit a 66-year-old custodial worker who was outside the building. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the worker was critically injured but is expected to survive.

Leavitt told KVVU-TV that the woman kept hitting the gas and her vehicle was stuck in the building’s entrance. Employees had to remove the woman to get her to stop.
https://kwwl.com/news/national-news-from-the-associated-press/2019/10/25/woman-drives-motorhome-into-casino-after-shes-kicked-out/




Next up we go to Minneapolis! Yeah the meth industry attracts some extremely strange people to it, not to mention some incredibly armed and extremely dangerous people to it. But last week we brought you that story about When Standing Your Ground Goes Wrong. Well, do 18th century cannons fall under the controversial Stand Your Ground law?

A Dassel couple is facing weapons and drug charges after authorities seized more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than a dozen weapons from their home, including a functioning cannon.

Bret Bruce Wakefield, 59, and Ramona Jean Wakefield, 56, are facing one count each of first-degree sale of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and firearm possession.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force agents served a search warrant Monday at the couple’s home on the 17000 block of Highway 15 South. Upon arrival, they immediately located the couple and had them detained while completing their sweep of the residence.

With a broader search of the property, agents recovered 12 firearms and a functioning cannon.
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/10/22/dassel-couple-found-in-possession-of-drugs-weapons-including-working-cannon/




Next up - we cant get out of here without talking about America’s most penis shaped state, the great state of Florida. The Sunshine State always brings it every week, and we do want to thank the @Florida_Man Twitter account for keeping us up to date on these stories. While I do love Florida Man stories, I also love Doomsday Prepper stories, and none is more prepper than this, but really don’t build your doomsday shelter from stolen parts! That never ends well!

A Florida man preparing for the end of the world is under investigation for stealing vehicles and building a "doomsday bunker" in his backyard.

They found the trailer at the man's home, where he had apparently been stockpiling stolen vehicles and burying them in the backyard to create an underground shelter.

Though the man reportedly told police he did not have a prediction for when the world would end, chances are he wouldn't have survived the end times in his makeshift shelter even if he had gotten away with building it.

"A trailer is not structurally sound," Craig Holland, the city's development-services director, told the Orlando Sentinel. "I don't think it would have protected him from much."
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/florida-man-stole-trailers-food-truck-planned-bury-doomsday-bunker-police-article-1.1157841




That is a good point sir! And by the way that was a weird Google Image search! Finally this week this might be one of my favorite Florida Man stories in a while. Yeah so Florida Man was caught inside a Target store defiling stuffed animals, and… Olaf from Frozen. This is real! This happened! I laughed so hard when I first saw this story and well I had to include it. And the sad thing is they had to put Olaf out to pasture after this. And I’ll never hear “Let It Go” in the same way ever again!

A Florida Man yesterday sexually assaulted a pair of “large stuffed animal toys” inside a Target store, according to police who arrested the fiend on a criminal mischief charge.

As detailed in a criminal complaint, Cody Christopher Meader, 20, entered the retailer around 2 PM Tuesday and approached a display of merchandise featuring characters from the Disney film “Frozen.”

Meader, seen at right, selected a “large Olaf stuffed animal” and proceeded to place it on the floor of the Target in Pinellas Park. He then began to “dry hump” the cinematic snowman “until he ejaculated on the merchandise,” a cop reported.

Meader returned the soiled Olaf back to the display before entering the toy department, where he “selected a large unicorn stuffed animal and began to ‘dry hump’ this item.”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/olaf-targeted-642935




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Welcome back to our guide to the mother of all elections to end elections until the remainder of time in 2020, Keeping Up With The Candidates. Last week we discussed the breaking news about how Tulsi Gabbard might be being groomed as a Russian agent. Or a republican one. Or she might tell both to fuck off and go third party. Yeah that would be the absolute worst response to that. Kind of like getting into a car accident and telling your insurance company you did it for the LULZ. Yeah that never works. OK enough of that. We have to talk about America’s 800 pound gorilla in the room and that’s guns. What are we going to do about America’s gun violence epidemic? There’s only one man out of the 24 who has the balls to take on the NRA, and that’s Texas’ Beto O’Rourke. He has a very controversial plan to end gun violence, but what is it? We will take a look and see!

Beto O'Rourke dismissed criticisms of his sweeping gun control proposal, telling CBS News in an interview Thursday night that he expects gun owners will go along with his plan to institute a "mandatory buyback" of high-powered rifles.

"If we're able to pass mandatory buybacks and I'm able to sign that into law, then I fully expect our fellow Americans to turn in their AR-15s and their AK-47s," the former Texas congressman said.

O'Rourke's "mandatory buyback" plan, which would force gun owners to surrender high-powered rifles like the AR-15 and the AK-47, has been criticized as impractical by other candidates in the race. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for example, has said that O'Rourke's plan amounts to "confiscation."

Buttigieg and O'Rourke sparred over their gun views at the most recent Democratic debate earlier this month. Buttigieg, who backs more traditional gun control measures like universal background checks, dismissed O'Rourke's idea as a "purity test" and a "shiny object." In a jab back at Buttigieg, O'Rourke said that Democrats should not base their opinions on polling and what consultants say.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/beto-orourke-says-he-expects-americans-to-surrender-their-guns/




Seriously, good luck with that! I am definitely not poo pooing the idea, but have you seen the comments posted on gun threads, Beto? The most hardcore gun nutters definitely aren’t putting down their weapons that easily. Yeah I know it’s a comments section – the bathroom stall wall of the internet, and by the way – let us know what you think in the comments! Stay on target, stay on target! But what is specifically involved in this thing?

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke struggled to explain on Wednesday how he would make people who wish to do harm with an assault-style weapon to comply with his proposed mandatory gun buyback, a plan that divided Democrats at Tuesday's primary debate hosted by CNN and The New York Times.

O'Rourke's plan includes a ban on assault-style weapons and for the federal government to buy back firearms, including AK-47s and AR-15s, for a "fair price" -- or otherwise face a fine.

Pressed by CNN's Alisyn Camerota Wednesday on how he planned to get assault-style weapons from people who would be reluctant to hand them over, O'Rourke, a former US representative from Texas, insisted that Americans would abide by the law.

"It's pretty simple. As with any law in this country, we would expect our fellow Americans to follow the law," O'Rourke said on CNN's "New Day."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/16/politics/beto-orourke-mandatory-buyback-proposal-cnntv/index.html




Yeah I think Stewie is the perfect example of someone who should not be allowed to own a gun because you know he won’t use it for good! But a mandatory program Beto? You are really going there? I’m not saying no one should have guns and I’m not touching that one with a 10 foot pole. But here’s the problem with a mandatory gun buy back program: the keyword “mandatory”. Yeah some gun nutters, that’s exactly what they want, and they’re not going down without a fight!

If Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential debate decided anything, it was that Texas dodged a bullet — literally — when it failed to elect Beto O’Rourke to the U.S. Senate last year.

Ever since August’s devastating mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, the former congressman has made promoting comprehensive gun control his raison d’etre.

That isn’t surprising or even problematic, really. Progressive Democrats have long capitalized on national tragedies in their effort to promote gun restrictions, even as there is no clear evidence that mass shootings are on the rise.

And, in fairness, the horrific nature of the El Paso shooting probably warranted a strong response from its former representative in Congress. Even some prominent conservatives have made the case for gun reforms in its wake, advocating policy proposals such as red-flag laws. Other Republicans have indicated an openness to strengthening background checks.

But O’Rourke has gone much further in his gun control advocacy, declaring on the debate stage in Houston last month, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore.”
https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/cynthia-m-allen/article236352388.html




Yeah really, while you’re concerned about vaping, there’s plenty of people who are armed to the teeth that will kill you before inhaling a lifetime of electronic smoke will do! This is why Beto’s gun buyback policy is a good idea in theory but would have a near impossible time working in real life. By the way if you want to see how an actual gun buyback program, here’s how Japan handled the situation. And you know what? Japan has the lowest number of shootings in the entire world!

Gun control discussions crop up every time there is an attention-grabbing shooting in the US. On Wednesday, a 19-year-old allegedly shot dozens of his former classmates at a Florida high school, leaving 17 of them dead.

One of the biggest questions: How does the US prevent this from happening over and over again?

Although the US has no exact counterpart elsewhere in the world, some countries have taken steps that can provide a window into what successful gun control looks like. Japan, a country of 127 million people and yearly gun deaths rarely totaling more than 10, is one such country.

"Ever since guns entered the country, Japan has always had strict gun laws," Iain Overton, executive director of Action on Armed Violence, a British advocacy group, told the BBC. "They are the first nation to impose gun laws in the whole world, and I think it laid down a bedrock saying that guns really don't play a part in civilian society."
https://www.businessinsider.com/gun-control-how-japan-has-almost-completely-eliminated-gun-deaths-2017-10




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-16: Bed Bugs & Broomsticks Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up UNLV?? ? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! I want to say first off congratulations to the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals for winning the pennants and Houston especially for sending the Yankees home packing with that amazing walk off two run home run in the 9th inning. Yankees, you can rest easier knowing you won’t have to go to the White House to eat Big Macs with Trump. Do we have time for the thing? Yeah so did anyone hear the story of Jared Leto trying to shut down the Joker? Yeah that happened – I mean did you see the Joker movie? I did and it was great. Did you see Suicide Squad? I did and that was torture. Thank you sir, yeah the 21 Pilots song is the best thing to come out of Suicide Squad, though I can’t wait to see Birds Of Prey. That of course is the stand alone movie about the Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn. But here’s the thing, like I said did you see Suicide Squad? Remember how bad the Joker’s performance was in that movie? Yeah so do I. Just because you play that character doesn’t mean that you own that character. Maybe Mr. Leto should take a page from his character and say that everything burns. Even an iconic character like the Joker can collapse. Although it could be worse – it could be Gemini Man. Hey o!!! OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first Bill Maher is back and he has an interesting idea to get Trump to leave the Oval Office – the only language he speaks:



Man the news just keeps getting weirder doesn’t it? In the number one slot we’re going to bring back one of our favorite new segments. Which is when there’s too much batshit crazy news happening, like your favorite pasta sauce, we throw a whole bunch of stories into a blender and hit “puree” in “So That Happened” (1). In the second slot this week, sadly we lost a living legend when longtime Baltimore representative Elijah Cummings passed away. And of course, since the MAGA world is insane and completely predictable, we’re going to talk about their disgusting reactions to his death. Taking the number three slot, is of course the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (3), and his attempt at international diplomacy in regards to the Turkey – Syria situation, is what the military would call a colossal SNAFU. Mad e even worse by a letter that Trump wrote to PM Erdogan, and it is quite insane. In the fourth slot this week, is also our current president, @realDonaldTrump (4). Could the international meeting of economic leaders known as the G-7 Summit be headed to Mar-A-Shithole? Well, yes, and no, and by the way, Trump treated the US Constitution about as well as Erdogan treated his letter! At slot number 5 is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigate (5) and this week – a shocking study was done on baby food and the food that you’re giving your kid, might be laced with toxins! Hooray for extreme corporate deregulation! At the sixth slot is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and the apocalypse is evident, people! Our resident pastor is going to weigh in on some recent doomsday theories and offer a few of his own! At slot number 7 this week we have a new edition of “This Fucking Guy” and we’re going to introduce you to conservative Christian firebrand conspiracy theorist podcaster Chris McDonald and whew, this fucking guy. At slot number 8 is our segment “Unpopular Opinions”, and this week – after student loan tycoon Sallie Mae was caught grifting with their pants down, we’re going to tell you what we really think about them! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week we have a new “People Are Dumb” (9) because of course they are! Finally our 2020 voters’ guide “Keeping Up With The Candidates” is going to touch on the issues this week – in particular Beto O’Rourke’s controversial gun buyback program. What is it and how do you explain it to your gun loving NRA member relatives? And the palate cleanser this week, we have some live music from country’s outlaw anti-hero, Sturgill Simpson! Really buy his new album “Sound & Fury” or you’re no friend of this program! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Yeah that happened! Just like your favorite pasta sauce, we dump all the ingredients into a blender and hit “puree” because there’s so much crazy stuff that happens on an almost daily basis. We live in an era where there’s no off switch from the daily news and it gets crazier by the day. And this segment is basically free-floating crazy news. Almost kind of like People Are Dumb. I want to start with this story out of course our nation’s capital. So there was a pro-Trump rally on the National Mall. And this story is pure what happens when you get a bunch of Trump supporters together and they decide to do something to imitate their dear leader? Well, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so…

A couple hundred Donald Trump fans rallied outside Congress on Thursday for the “March for Trump,” an event meant to oppose House Democrats’ impeachment investigation. According to organizers, though, there would have been hundreds more people shouting “stop the coup” in Washington’s streets if not for a liberal plot against their buses. That’s because, as would-be rally attendees gathered across the East Coast for the US Coachways buses that the organizer had promised would take them to Washington, those buses never showed. The no-shows provoked a wave of anger, accusations that the “deep state” had colluded to stop a show of Trump support in Washington, and negative reviews aimed at US Coachways.

But US Coachways has a simpler explanation for what happened—it was never paid for the requested buses due to a series of declined credit card payments. “We want to get people down there,” Joseph Heap, US Coachways’ chief marketing officer, told The Daily Beast. “But unfortunately, payment is required.”

For those who made it to the rally, the missing buses were a subject of anger, consternation, and conspiracies. Rally speaker and One America News personality Jack Posobiec compared the bus issue to social media companies “deplatforming” conservatives.

“I hear there was a buses issue today,” Posobiec said. “The company refused to work with folks.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-coachways-charter-bus-company-did-not-sabotage-the-march-for-trump?ref=author




Well pay up suckas! I mean isn't that typical? You build up all this hype and then skimp out on the bill. Who does that sound like? Wait, do I even need to ask that question? I mean it's pretty obvious that he's inspiring this! And no idiots, it’s not some “deep state conspiracy”. Pay your bills, deadbeats! And by the way you know how I love it when the pro-Trump bullies known as Alt Right get taken down more than a few pegs? Well this happened to one of our favorite groups.

Two members of the far-right group the Proud Boys were each sentenced to four years in prison and five years post-release supervision on Tuesday for their involvement in a violent 2018 clash with anti-fascist protesters in New York City, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office said.

Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 40, had been convicted of attempted gang assault, attempted assault and riot in August. The jury in State Supreme Court had rejected the defendants’ claims that they had acted in self-defense.

Hare and Kinsman are two of 10 Proud Boys members who were charged in connection with the October 2018 brawl, in which they beat four anti-fascist – also known as “antifa” – protestors after an event featuring Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes at the Metropolitan Republican Club on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

“These defendants transformed a quiet, residential street into the site of a battle-royale, kicking and beating four individuals in a brutal act of political violence,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/proud-boys-members-sentenced-four-years-prison-violent-clash-antifa-n1070166




But the bullies known as the Alt Right simply refuse to go quietly. This happened in Santa Monica on Saturday and I was just hanging out there on Friday. It’s getting ugly and the alt right refuse to go down, they’re pulling no punches. Or they are pulling several punches depending on which side you are on during the protests on the pier.

Video shows a man in a MAGA hat being detained after a crowd of Trump protestors and supporters were sent screaming and running on the Santa Monica Pier after at least one person pepper sprayed the crowd Saturday.

A witness who is a KTLA employee caught the incident on camera.

The Santa Monica Police Department said they received reports that a young man pepper sprayed four or six people at the pier at about 1:20 p.m. It's unclear if that's the same person seen being detained after the incident.

The crowd, some holding Trump flags and U.S. flags, others holding orange posters that read "Trump Pence Must Go" appeared to be involved in an argument before the the substance is sprayed at the panicked crowd.

Many ran away screaming and coughing. One woman was vomiting nearby, the witness said.
https://ktla.com/2019/10/19/video-man-in-maga-hat-detained-after-protestors-pepper-sprayed-at-santa-monica-pier/




I only hope that it wasn’t like that! I mean come on, pepper spray isn’t something to be taken lightly and it makes a great taco hot sauce! And finally in a serious case of telling Trump to shut the hell up, he appears to be beating the proverbial war drums quite loudly. And considering all the horrible things that are going on in the world, this definitely isn’t helping.

President Donald Trump on Monday offered a confusing description of his foreign policy priorities as commander in chief — insisting that he is working to bring home American soldiers, while warning the U.S. may soon enter into new military conflicts.

“I'm trying to get out of wars. We may have to get in wars, too. OK? We may have to get in wars,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

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“We're better prepared than we've ever been,” he continued. “If Iran does something, they'll be hit like they've never been hit before. I mean, we have things that we're looking at.”

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The remarks from the president come as his administration confronts escalating tensions across the Middle East and navigates new troop movements in the region.

Trump in recent days has sought to promote a temporary cease-fire agreement Vice President Mike Pence negotiated last week with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, aimed at halting the slaughter of U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters in Syria by Turkish forces.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/21/trump-united-states-wars-iran-053341





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Sadly we lost a living legend last week when longtime Baltimore representative Elijah Cummings passed after severe health complications. Made even sadder by Trump’s comments on Baltimore back in August. I would link to a previous edition, but that was the one that got cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Anyway, back on topic., politics is a weird game. Whenever someone from their side dies, it’s revealed just how horrible of a person he was. But when someone on our side dies, the other side cackles with glee and says that they had it coming to them. That’s where we come in. Yeah fuck those people.

On his radio program today, right-wing commentator and pastor Jesse Lee Peterson responded to the news that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings had died by declaring “that’s what happens when you mess with The Great White Hope,” which is the term he uses to describe President Donald Trump.

“He dead,” Peterson said. “That’s what happens when you mess with The Great White Hope. Don’t mess with God’s children.”

“Don’t mess with The Great White Hope,” he repeated. “You see what happens.”

“If you notice, John McCain, he dead. Charles Krauthammer, he dead. And Elijah Cumming, now he dead,” Peterson declared. “They all didn’t like The Great White Hope, they went against him, they talked about him, now they all dead. That’s amazin’.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/jesse-lee-peterson-on-the-passing-of-rep-elijah-cummings-thats-what-happens-when-you-mess-with-the-great-white-hope/




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! That’s amazing? Who are you? Huell Howser? I mean good god as if you couldn’t make any more of an insensitive statement. I’m actually kind of glad that Trump stayed silent on this one because he could have made it that much worse. Anyone remember what a dick he was about Baltimore just a couple of months ago?

President Trump on Friday joked about a middle-of-the-night break-in at the Baltimore home of his nemesis Rep. Elijah Cummings over the weekend. Cummings was at home during the incident but was not harmed.

“Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed,” the president tweeted. “Too bad!”

The message drew criticism from Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.

Police said the burglary at Cummings’s home in West Baltimore occurred at 3:40 Saturday morning, hours before Trump’s controversial tweets attacking the Democratic congressman and calling the city a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”

A spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department said Thursday that it is unknown if any property was taken. In a statement Friday, Cummings said he was “notified of the intrusion by my security system.”
https://www.yahoo.com/news/too-bad-trump-tweets-burglary-elijah-cummings-baltimore-home-142416146.html




Yeah you all suck! I’m tired of this shit. And I’m pretty sure that Jesus is too. Because when you point out what these morons are spouting, vs the kind of person that Elijah Cummings actually was, well, wouldn’t you rather by more like Elijah? I think we could all use more of that in our lives. And really, fuck the haters, especially those who dare to call themselves “Christian”. Maybe this is Death At A Congressman’s Funeral?

Following Cummings’ death, Christian fundamentalist Dave Daubenmire denounced him as an “enemy of the cross” and added, “Maybe he didn’t know Jesus.” Daubenmire went on to say, “I haven’t been sitting around praying that Elijah Cummings would die. But now that he did, I’m glad he’s gone . . . I bet he’s not pro-choice now. I bet he’s not pro-homo now.”

Actually, the African-American church had a major influence on Cummings’ civil rights work. Cummings’ association with the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore spanned at least 40 years, and he would sing “This Little Light of Mine” (a Christian hymn) at civil rights marches. But to extremists like Daubenmire, only far-right white evangelicals and Trump supporters can truly “know Jesus.”

Radio host Jesse Lee Peterson, who is black, has been brutally mocked in the African-American community for calling Trump “the Great White Hope” — and he doesn’t mean it in an ironic way. As Peterson sees it, Cummings dared to take on “the Great White Hope” and paid for it with his life.

People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch posted a video of Peterson saying, “if you notice, John McCain, he dead. Charles Krauthammer, he dead. And Elijah Cummings, now he dead. They all didn’t like 'The Great White Hope;' they went against him, they talked about him. Now, they all dead. That’s amazing.”

Peterson warned Trump opponents, “Don’t mess with 'The Great White Hope.' You see what happens. Don’t mess with God’s children.”
https://www.salon.com/2019/10/21/these-far-right-christian-fundamentalists-believe-god-killed-elijah-cummings-for-opposing-trump_partner/




Yeah seriously, fuck Dave Daubenmire, fuck Jesse Lee Peterson, fuck Mark Taylor, fuck all these scumbags. You know what? I don’t want you to get out of here with a bad taste in your mouth, so let’s remember Elijah Cummings for the kind of person he was rather than the haters gloating about his untimely death. We could all stand to be more like Elijah.

America lost a great leader today with the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the proud son of Baltimore who chaired the House Oversight Committee and played a key role in the Trump impeachment inquiry.

During his decades in Congress, Cummings earned a spotless reputation for integrity, intelligence, and commitment to progressive values. He coped superbly with the demands of his position, whether he was chairing a contentious public hearing on Donald Trump’s impeachable offenses or calming his city in the aftermath of a police killing. The respect he won for his political skills shaded into affection and even love, among Republicans as well as fellow Democrats, because he always led with humanity. He never lost the sense of dignity and gravity that motivated his public service, no matter how outrageous the behavior of his right-wing opponents.

He displayed that unshakeable righteous strength, so well expressed in his sonorous voice, last summer when Donald Trump assaulted him with a blatantly racist caricature of his district. Cummings responded by inviting the president to visit Baltimore with him — and then delivered a powerful denunciation of the white supremacist tropes and terrorism that have plagued the nation under Trump.
https://www.nationalmemo.com/a-mighty-voice-elijah-cummings-1951-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2mNH8ksgld165gxAGnnwr189hGCktYcBYNhWhM8hjjxh-4kV1rvYBvWKc





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Sigh… We have to go from talking about a great man (Elijah Cummings) to talking about one of the worst scumbags on the planet who’s ever dared to call himself a “leader” and that’s the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump. The man is seriously unhinged and it might take World War III to get us out of this madness, and he might just be the mad man needed to start it. So what’s escalating the conflict between the US and Turkey? Not to mention the conflict between Turkey, Syria and the Kurdish people? Well Trump is alienating our allies, and Turkey might get Art Of The Deal’d. The whole clusterfuck is getting that much worse made by the asshole in the White House. And it could take decades to sort this madnesss.

President Donald Trump’s letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, urging him not to go after an enemy Kurdish military group in neighboring Syria as U.S. troops depart the war-torn country, indicates that the U.S. president wants to corner his Turkish counterpart. But Erdogan, who has run Turkey for nearly two decades, may well be smarter than to let himself be trapped.

So far, the Turkish president shows no sign of stopping his relentless advance despite the threat of American sanctions Trump delivered in his missive, made public Wednesday but penned last week. Erdogan has calculated that even if the sanctions come, they won’t be sufficient to disrupt the Turkish military strategy; he figures that what Trump wants most is to bring U.S. troops home, and he won't do much more to prevent the offensive against the Kurds.

Erdogan is without doubt the most consequential Turkish leader in nearly a century. The move is just the latest example of Erdogan’s ability to play off major world powers to get what he wants — though at the cost of his international relationships.

In 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk established modern Turkey in his image as a secular state oriented toward Europe and the West. Styling himself as the new Ataturk since becoming prime minister in 2003, Erdogan has revolutionized Turkish politics, striving to recast the country from the top down in his own image: profoundly Islamic and socially conservative.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/turkey-s-erdogan-plays-trump-putin-he-tries-remake-middle-ncna1067736




And by the way in case you’re wondering if Tayyuip Erdogan is the world’s newest middle eastern Warmongerer, well, he’s getting some massive help from Trump. and Trump is about to go full Art Of The Deal on this guy. But if you’re guessing, Trump treated Erdogan about as well as you’d expect Trump to, and Erdogan retaliated in about the same way that you would expect an insane leader and potential mass murderer to react.

When Fox News’ Trish Regan first reported President Donald Trump’s October 9 letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, some journalists and pundits wondered whether it was a joke or a hoax. But the White House confirmed: It was genuine.

“History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen. Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!” Trump wrote, signing off incongruously, “I will call you later.”

As it turns out, the Turkish government didn’t stop to puzzle over whether the missive was authentic or a joke: It quickly concluded that it was both.

The letter “was not taken seriously at the time, especially given its lack of diplomatic finesse,” Gülnur Aybet, a senior adviser to Erdoğan, told NPR’s Morning Edition today. The BBC quoted a Turkish source saying that “President Erdoğan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it, and put it in the bin.”

The letter’s language and the puerility of Trump’s attempt at forestalling a Turkish invasion of northern Syria are embarrassing on their own—the language and syntax resembling a tense note exchange in a middle-school classroom far more than the stilted conventions of international relations.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/trump-erdogan-letter/600214/




I can only imagine Erdogan throwing the letter away and it comes back to hit him in the face. In fact the conflict over in that region is escalating and I’m not sure which side I would want to be on – the US’s side or Ankara’s side? Yeah I don’t think I am choosing either side because both sides are incredibly dangerous and have unhinged lunatics at the helm. This isn’t going to end well no matter who’s involved.

Donald Trump is said to be “not happy” after his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, appeared to confirm the US had withheld military aid to Ukraine for political purposes, acknowledging the quid pro quo Democrats pursuing the president’s impeachment have sought to prove.

The close of the week brought a new round of fresh controversies enveloping Mr Trump’s White House, from his acting chief of staff’s comments during a press briefing on Thursday, to the violence in Syria after his decision to withdraw troops from the region.

Mr Trump was quick to hail the ceasefire his vice president Mike Pence agreed with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara over the Syria crisis. The president said on Twitter it was a “great day for civilisation” shortly after Turkey agreed to a 120-hour ceasefire that provided the country with many of its demands made prior to the deadly violence that shook northeastern Syria.

But his DC rivals denounced the measure as a “sham” as the fighting continued between the Turkish military and the Syrian Democratic Forces.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-news-live-twitter-today-schiff-ivanka-erdogan-letter-ukraine-impeachment-biden-syria-turkey-a9162256.html




I’m pretty sure that’s a dramatic reenactment of what happened! Now the flip side – as if this side wasn’t horrifying enough – the flip side is that Trump is currently laughing at Erdogan for how he is treating him. Oh President Stable Genius, do we really need you to placate your ego in this increasingly escalating conflict? Easy answer: Hell no!!!

US President Donald Trump has compared the deadly conflict between Turkish forces and Kurds in north-eastern Syria to a fight between children.

"Like two kids in a lot, you have got to let them fight and then you pull them apart," he told a rally in Texas.

Turkey has agreed to a US request to suspend operations so long as Kurdish fighters leave the border area.

But fighting appeared to continue on Friday despite a denial by Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron complained he had only learned about the US withdrawal from Syria via a tweet from Mr Trump.

"I understood that we were in Nato, that the United States and Turkey were in Nato," Mr Macron told reporters at an EU summit.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50094738





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In case you’ve been living under a rock, or at least subscribe to @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter feed, in the last week, you would know that he attempted to use his Mar-A-Lago property in Miami to host the international summit of economic leaders known as the G-7 Summit at the property. And in case you’re wondering, yes, this is an extremely terrible idea. For a number of reasons. Trump owns the property as well as several surrounding properties. Which means that he could ostensibly profit off it which would in effect violate the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution. That is an impeachable offense as it is actually written in the Constitution. But in this day and age where fake news exists, Trump don’t play that way!

After days of relentless criticism, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed course late Saturday when he announced he would scrap plans to hold next year’s G-7 gathering of world leaders at one of his family’s resorts.

Trump made the change after members of Congress and government ethics experts accused him of violating the Constitution by holding the summit at his financially struggling Trump National Doral Miami resort.

"Based on both Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility, we will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020," Trump tweeted just 30 minutes after he defended the decision on Twitter.

It was a rare about-face for Trump on his businesses. He has spent nearly three years in office insisting he is allowed to visit and promote his properties around the globe. But his decision to hold the G-7 at Doral brought him criticism from even pundits on Fox News, his favorite television network and a growing number of his own party — the same lawmakers he needs to help him fight impeachment.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/19/trump-says-his-doral-resort-will-no-longer-host-g7-summit-000292




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! So Trump was going to profit from world economic leaders staying at his own resorts. But then again he also threw the US Constitution under the bus because fuck it, that’s his philosophy. At least world leaders won’t be exposed to the bedbugs crawling under the mattresses at Doral. Bedbugs and Broomsticks, people. Bedbugs and broomsticks.

The hashtag #BedBugSummit trended on Twitter Friday due to allegations of past infestation at President Trump’s resort in Doral, Fla. The news resurfaced following the announcement that the U.S. will host next year’s Group of Seven (G-7) summit at the Trump property.

In the day after White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that the 2020 G-7 summit would take place at Trump National Doral, nearly 30,000 tweets had been sent using the hashtag.

Holly Figueroa O’Reilly, a songwriter and founder of the Blue Wave Crowdsource — an organization that aims to support Democratic candidates — tweeted a January 2017 Miami Herald article covering a lawsuit against Trump Doral over bedbugs.

"Bring the leaders of the free world to Doral, he said. What could go wrong, he said," she tweeted.
https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/466486-bedbugsummit-trends-as-allegations-of-infestation-at-trump




First off, interesting use of the word “swarm” in the headline there. So where could the G-7 be held? There’s plenty of possibilities! Of course you could hold it at Hawaii or even Mackinac Island as some are suggesting. And we all know how much Mackinac Island loves them some Trump and Pence (see: Idiots #7-13 ) after Pence drove an 8 SUV motorcade through an island which had famously not allowed cars for the last 100 years. Proving once again… that bad guys drive black SUVs!

President Donald Trump's decision over the weekend to no longer use his Doral golf resort in Miami to host next year's G7 Summit may rekindle chances for holding the large international event on Mackinac Island.

A spokesperson for the island's famous Grand Hotel said Monday that earlier this year, a group in charge of selecting the G7 host site did visit and tour the 397-room hotel.

The hotel spokesperson declined any further comment or speculation on what the recent change of plans could mean for the Grand Hotel being a future G7 site.

A Washington Post reporter said last month that Michigan was one of 12 sites in eight states that President Trump's team is said to have "vetted" as potential G7 hosts.

On Monday, a representative for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Free Press in a statement that "the state of Michigan is not aware of any formal vetting by the White House or the federal government to host the G7 Summit in Michigan at this time."
https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2019/10/21/mackinac-island-possible-g-7-summit/4053384002/




Yeah the Grand Hotel pretty much is a giant house, much like Mar-A-Lago. Only difference is that Trump doesn’t own it! I’ve been there, prove me wrong, people! But if Mackinac Island doesn’t work, and it most likely won’t, how about Hawaii? It’s a nice, clean place that won’t offend anybody and our leaders are free to drive their SUVs on it!

Next year's G7 summit could be coming to the islands.

White House officials confirmed Hawaii was on the short list of locations being considered, prior to the President dropping plans to hold the international conference at his Miami resort.

There’s no word yet on a specific location the Trump administration may be interested in, but local tourism officials say besides Oahu –- Maui could have a shot at hosting the event.

“It’s not like the President’s unfamiliar with Hawaii. He has a presence here,” said Mufi Hannemann.

That’s one reason the head of the state’s Lodging and Tourism Association believes Hawaii stands a good chance of winning out over other destinations.
https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/10/22/hawaii-is-list-potential-sites-host-next-years-g-summit/





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



Is the food being ingested by your baby contaminated? Well thanks to our nation’s distaste for corporations to abide by regulation rules, it very well could be. After Senator Chuck Schumer demanded an investigation into America’s food and baby food manufacturers, the results are far more horrifying than you could ever possibly imagine. And once again, nearly all of our problems go back to when America decided that corporations rule every aspect of our lives and are above the law. But the real answer is far more complicated than that.

The Senate’s top Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other metals.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says Sunday the FDA must take more action to regulate the baby food industry. A study by Healthy Babies Bright Futures found the presence of heavy metals in 95% of the 168 baby foods that were tested.

The study found 95% of the food tested contained lead, arsenic, mercury or cadmium. It found one in four baby foods that were tested contained all four metals.

The New York senator says consumers “rightfully expect those foods to be undeniably safe, appropriately regulated and nutritiously sustaining.”

He says federal regulators should examine the study and release a public statement of their findings.
https://www.apnews.com/0c400acc0dc04bd18fc1b92928acc537




That’s actually what all the poison in your baby food might do to you. But what’s even scarier is that there’s more likely a chance that you’ll encounter contaminated food or have toxins in your food because of the fact that America doesn’t regulate anything. Regulations mean health inspections which means cleaner machines, and well, you get the rest.

A report out this week saying that baby food sold in the U.S. often contains potentially dangerous substances known as heavy metals has many parents wondering what, if anything, they can feed their babies, and just how serious the risks are.

Here’s what you need to know about the new research, what Consumer Reports and other experts say needs to be done to fix the problem, and, until then, some safer alternatives for infants.

The new study comes from Healthy Babies Bright Futures, a national alliance of scientists and child health advocacy organizations. The organization looked at 168 products across 61 brands, measuring the amount of arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in one sample of each product. Thirteen categories of food were tested, including infant cereals, fruits, vegetables, juices, and snack foods, such as puffs.

Overall, they found at least one of the substances in 95 percent of the products. Such heavy metals have been linked to lower IQs and learning problems in children in the short term, and to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and reproductive problems later in life.
https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/most-baby-foods-contain-arsenic-lead-and-other-heavy-metals/




Is the food going in or coming out? We’re not sure that we would want to know the answer to either question, since both are probably equally disgusting. Here’s the scary facts – it wasn’t just one brand or a few, it was over 150 different brands and foods that were found to be guilty of selling us toxic products, and these are aimed at babies! Babies! Yes, there is an extremely high probability that your baby food could be contaminated.

Researchers at Healthy Babies Bright Futures tested 168 different baby foods to see if they contained traces of heavy metals.

The study found that 95 percent of them contained arsenic, cadmium, lead, or mercury, and 25 percent contained all four toxic metals.

“It's not surprising to me and it's really sad that I have to say that,” says Stephanie Kemp.

Kemp owns Macro Mama Baby Food, LLC., a company promising fresh food by using organic and local produce. She had her first child in 2010 and realized there weren't any healthy food options for babies, so she decided to make her own.

“I don’t trust big companies because I don't know the manufacturing process. I don't know who chopped that up, who washed it, where did it really come from.”

Kemp is also a certified personal trainer and macrobiotic health coach so she understands the vital importance of proper nutrition for developing babies, but also knows the consequences that come putting toxic chemicals in their tiny bodies
https://fox17.com/news/local/mid-state-alternative-to-big-brand-baby-foods-after-toxic-metals-finding




At least Fat Stewie not being able to eat the food might be a bit of a savior because at least Fat Stewie won’t be ingesting any toxins. But the commonality of the products should not just alarm parents, but alarm anybody. We need proper food inspections and food inspectors who know what they are doing, how can these possibly pass the test? We will keep an eye out on this subject.

Sleep deprivation, diaper changes and late-night feedings are a few of the many common challenges faced by parents with a new baby at home. To ease the transition, parents often rely on the convenience of store-brand baby foods to provide the nutrients their children need in order to develop into healthy toddlers, young adults, teenagers and eventually adults. But there is a strong likelihood that nearly every can, jar and pouch of store-bought baby food contains traces of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic and lead, according to a new study.

The research, commissioned by Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) and detailed in a report published Thursday, tested 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the U.S. for the presence of four heavy metals: arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium.

The study found that 95 percent of the baby foods tested were contaminated by at least one of the four heavy metals, and 25 percent contained all four metals. Only nine of the 168 baby foods tested were not found to contain detectable traces of any of the four metals.

"Any amount of heavy metal can be potentially dangerous to a growing and developing baby," Dr. Jen Trachtenberg, MD, a nationally-recognized parenting expert, explained to Salon. "There is metal contaminants everywhere in the environment, water air and soil.”
https://www.salon.com/2019/10/19/95-percent-of-baby-foods-tested-contain-toxic-metals-that-could-harm-brain-development-study-finds/



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




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



My fair congregation! Please, be seated! For the end of the world is upon us! Now, now, I should have lead you into it. But this is not that kind of church and this isn’t that kind of sermon. But if you listen to our brothers and sisters on the right, you would think that the world is going to systematically collapse and that we’re all going to die at any minute. Oh wait, we’re not gonna die. We’re going to get… raptured, at least half of us will get snapped up by the LAWRD JAYSUS. Wait, is he Thanos? Yeah I get those two stories confused. Now look, every religion has their own end of the world theories, even ours does! The difference is we don’t try to sell you $200,000 doomsday shelters.

Tucked into the the rolling Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, in a corner of the state brimming with churches and crosses in front yards, there is a hidden camp next to a quiet lake.

This private campsite is where over a thousand doomsday preppers gathered one weekend in late September for their annual Prepper Camp, a mash-up of a wilderness survival course-meets-summer camp for people who love guns, getting off grid, and God. The New York Times has referred to it as a "survivalist's Burning Man."

The group is made up mostly of gray-haired retirees and couples toting kids for a weekend away from home. They are nearly all white, staunchly conservative, and eager to share what they've learned about organic farming, raising livestock, tying ropes, fermenting cabbage, and filtering drinking water in the wild.

Yet this backwoods crowd makes it known that when the end of life as we know it arrives, whether by hurricane, flood, nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP), or exploding civil warfare, they won't be so friendly anymore. That's when they'll take to their predetermined secret locales, shoot would-be intruders, and do whatever it takes to protect their families and their stockpiled food.
https://www.insider.com/who-are-doomsday-preppers-preparing-for-the-apocalypse-2019-10




Oh wait, that was Terminator 3. So in North Carolina they are busy preparing for the apocalypse. But what are they preparing for? It’s not like there’s going to be a planet-destroying doomsday event any time soon. By the way if you want to see an actual doomsday cult in action, look no further than what happened at one of the hotels owned by the unholy, ungodly Dark One!

Last year’s American Priority conference held at a Marriott in Washington, D.C., was not very well attended, according to Politico. The conference’s organizer Alex Phillips said that security at the D.C. hotel was not as tight as the organizers would have liked.

“We didn’t find the area very hospitable and friendly to what we were trying to do,” said Phillips in an interview.

This year the group migrated south to the Trump property in Miami, which has been more receptive to its message, Phillips said. Of the hotels American Priority considered, Trump Doral was among the cheaper bids, he said.

This year’s preliminary agenda features a topic called “Is America in a Great Awakening?” — a slogan associated with the Internet conspiracy theory called QAnon, which alleges Trump is working with former special counsel Robert Mueller to take down a ring of “deep state” actors.

Phillips said the topic on the group’s website is a reference to a Trump speech in which the president called for a “great reawakening.”

QAnon was repeatedly referenced at the group’s 2018 event. Phillips likened followers of QAnon to people who are devoted to checking their horoscopes.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article233307232.html




That’s not how this works! And if you support the Dark One at this point after everything that we’ve been through in the last 3 years, you are clearly ignorant as to how this works! Thank you, I will take that one! And by the way recent signs of the end of the world point to… a math equation. That’s right – it’s a doomsday equation that has sent the believers of the apocalypse trying to find out what it means. But really, don’t ask the guy who created it how it works!

Despite wild claims from the Daily Express, the world isn't going to come to an end today (April 23).

Quoting conspiracy theorist David Meade, the Express said a passage in the Bible, Revelations 12:1-2, "suggests the end of the world is imminent, with Earth set to be destroyed on April 23."

Right in the middle of the NBA playoffs? How rude.

The Bible passage (which of course doesn't specify April 23 as Doomsday), also signals the start of the Rapture and the second coming of Jesus Christ, Meade said.

He also said the position of the planets and constellations is another harbinger of doom, but Space.com said Meade's predicted sky arrangement is totally wrong.

The wild theory mentions the planet Nibiru, aka Planet X, will appear on April 23. Meade claims it will then pass the Earth in October, causing the start of the Rapture with huge volcanoes and volcanic eruptions due to its gravitational force.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/13/no-world-isnt-ending-later-month-we-hope/515516002/




Well, of course the Daily Express is where one turns to for quality conspiracy theory based journalism, and what is it about the ultra radical right wing and conspiracy theories? We might have to do a deep dive on that subject in a future edition. But really when it comes to predicting the apocalypse or doomsday theories, just don’t. Save your brain waves for something more productive!

Score another accomplishment for the Trump administration: An increase in Doomsday Preppers. In your face, those of you who say he can’t get anything done.

The Washington Post recently featured a West Virginia survivalist camp where 100 people have already bought memberships so they will be able to ride out any of a number of horrific disasters. Sort of like an apocalypse timeshare.

They say they are prepared for the worst — famine, disease, chemical warfare, the New York Yankees winning the World Series.

Fortitude Ranch has won the endorsement of David Jones, whom the Post calls a “celebrity prepper” (which strikes me as being like a “celebrity hermit”) for his podcasts and television appearances. Like others, he worries that “the veneer of civilization is very thin.” Funny. He says that like it’s a bad thing.

Drew Miller, who runs the camp, says in an emergency, it can hold up to 500 people crammed together in buried culverts, feeding off of a stock of canned and dried foodstuffs.
https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/opinion/tim_rowland/betting-on-doomsday/article_960d22f2-fe58-5345-96cd-dee7f788c618.html




There you have it folks, the Dark One has sparked an increase in people who are preparing for the end of days! As predicted in our Good Book and every other Good Book out there! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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This week’s This Fucking Guy is conservative Christian right-wing firebrand podcaster Chris McDonald, who is not to be confused with Christopher MacDonald, the somewhat charming yet extremely angry Shooter McGavin, the golfing antagonist to Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore. No, Chris McDonald is the host of a podcast called “The MC Files”. And no, where the motto of the X-Files was “The Truth Is Out There”, there’s literally no ounces of truth in Chris McDonald’s podcast. In fact all you’ll probably find on this podcast is a bunch of batshit crazy pro Trump conspiracy theories and maybe some advertisements for nutritional supplements. Which makes us wonder what the hell are they putting in these supplements? Well they make you say batshit crazy stuff like this!

Right-wing commentator and radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald streamed a special edition of his “The MC Files” program this morning in response to the news that Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings had died. McDonald and his guest, Maryland pastor Stacey Shiflett, spent the entire program attacking Cummings as corrupt, unbiblical, and ungodly, and asserting that God had taken his life because of his opposition to President Donald Trump.

“We know the Bible,” McDonald said. “You’ve got a leader that has been in office for over 30 years, that opened the door on unfettered abortion in this country. His civil rights icon status was a joke because he did nothing to bring rights to his people; all he did was divide, all he did was play the race card.”

McDonald said that Cummings was a corrupt and lawless leader who waged “a cooked, deceptive, demonic attempt” to take down Trump.

“Everything that he’s done has been nothing but trying to take this president out,” he said. “I believe that God had had enough, and God moved.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/god-had-had-enough-chris-mcdonald-says-god-killed-rep-elijah-cummings-for-opposing-trump/




No, no you don’t know the Bible. At fucking all! Yeah that might be one of the worst reactions to the death of Elijah Cummings. And really, that “pastor” ought to be ashamed of themselves! Seriously if you think that God wanted this to happen because people oppose Trump, you might want to read that book again because I’m pretty sure that’s not how this works! And it gets better! Yes I did a deep dive on this moron searching through RWW because well, I did so you don’t have to! In fact if you want a window into the mind of a super paranoid RW Christian, look no further than this. I swear we need to do a whole edition on the crazy things Trump supporters actually believe. Like this:

Right-wing commentator and radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald closed out his “The MC Files” program last night by warning that God will destroy the Democratic Party for opening an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

“There is a spiritual component to this folks,” McDonald said. “The Lord of Heaven is looking down on this travesty, he’s looking down on this political witch hunt, he’s looking down on this false accusation, this sowing discord among the brethren tearing the country to pieces; these are the things that God hates. And whenever a political party is invested, like the Democratic Party is, in things that God hates, they’re headed for destruction.”

“They are coming up against a power that they do not want to come up against,” he continued. “All the atheists in the Democratic Party are going to find out very soon that God does exist and he’s going to deal with this in the strictest of ways … There is going to be hell to pay when this is all over with and it’s not going to end bad for the president, it’s going to end bad for these people that are doing it.”

McDonald likened to situation to the Book of Esther in the Bible, in which Haman, an adviser to the king, plotted to destroy the Jews, only to be hung on the gallows that he had intended to use on his rival, Mordecai.
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/chris-mcdonald-god-will-destroy-the-democrats-for-trying-to-impeach-trump/




So if you watch or listen to the MC Files – there’s two things t that are perfectly clear. 1. Democrats hate God because we hate Trump. Hey, they figured us out! 2. God will smite those who don’t agree with the Christian right 100%. That’s pretty much a cult. And Chris McDonald is of course what a glimpse into being a member of this cult is like. Just watch his show and you’ll get not only shit like this, but you’ll get insights from people like everyone’s favorite Liberty University “prophet”, Mark Taylor!

Mark Taylor, the so-called “firefighter prophet” and a radical right-wing conspiracy theorist about whom Liberty University made a movie last year, appeared on Chris McDonald’s “The MC Files” program earlier this week, where he declared that those who criticize him are under demonic control.

Taylor, who has repeatedly warned that those who mock or criticize him are literally putting their lives at risk because God will strike them down for disrespecting his prophetic calling, said that some people are “obsessed” with attacking him because they are controlled by a Jezebel spirit.

“I’ve got people now attacking me,” he said. “They’re obsessed. Now, you have to ask yourself, ‘What is the spirit behind this obsession to attack a prophetic voice?’ It’s Jezebel. Every bit of it is Jezebel. Jezebel was obsessed with taking down Elijah. Period. And it’s to shut the true prophetic voice up.”

“These people that do this are driven by forces that are greater than themselves, they’re driven by demonic forces,” Taylor added. “You cannot reason with demons.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/mark-taylor-says-his-critics-are-driven-by-demonic-forces/




Hey it’s always the ones you least suspect! But really this fucking guy is crazy! And anyone who has previous “This Fucking Guy” Mark Taylor on his program is a beacon of sanity and intelligence. Yeah thanks for the sarcasm tag, sound effects guy! But this might be one of my favorite points of the MC Files, you know how the right loves them some pedophilia comparisons? Well there’s only one person who’s allowed to make them!

Near the end of his “The MC Files” program on Monday night, radical conspiracy theorist Chris McDonald criticized some of his viewers for filling the comments on his livestream broadcast with baseless allegations that Vice President Mike Pence has some involvement with pedophilia.

“You can believe what you want to believe about Vice President Mike Pence,” McDonald said, “but I would prefer your comments not to come into this chatroom accusing things that you have no knowledge of. It’s slander and it’s not right and we’re not going to tolerate it here on The MC Files.”

“I don’t think that it is fair to his family and it is not fair to him,” McDonald added. “If this was you in his place and somebody had an ax to grind with you … and they get out there and they put your name in a tweet and say, ‘You’re a pedophile,’ let me tell you something, you wouldn’t like that. None of us would like that. With no proof, nothing, just say it just to say it. You wouldn’t like that. So just understand that tonight that we’re not going to do that on this show. We don’t do that stuff here.”

“We are going to protect the integrity of the show and not become slanderers and people that trash other people without proof,” he said. “You don’t take a matter that you don’t have any proof of and you repeat it and it becomes gossip and it becomes innuendo and it becomes slander. And let me tell you something: You don’t want to get on the wrong side of that because it’s the devil’s tool, that is the devil’s workshop, and people are destroyed by it. And we are not going to do it.”

“We as believers and we as people of faith cannot do the devil’s bidding with our tongues,” McDonald declared. “We are not going to become slanderers. We are not going to slander people.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/only-chris-mcdonald-is-allowed-to-use-his-show-to-slander-people-with-allegations-of-pedophilia/




Yeah so you’re not going to slander people, except when you do slander them. That’s Chris McDonald, this week’s:




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One of the principal campaign points that has driven the Bernie Sanders campaign has been the student loan crisis. And one of the biggest corporations that has been swindling and grifting consumers until we’re hung out to dry has been Sallie Mae, one of the largest student loan providers in the country. Our student loan crisis is currently hovering at about a trillion dollars in debt. Now in an era where corporations are people and giant banks like Goldman Sachs are making hundreds of billions a year and giving it all to themselves, it really hurts to see when stories like this break. Because we all know where it’s leading.

Student loan company Sallie Mae flew more than 100 sales team employees to Hawaii earlier this year to celebrate $5 billion in student loans, as the student debt crisis has reached $1.6 trillion.

In August, Sallie Mae brought the employees to Maui’s luxury Fairmont resort on Wailea beach as it celebrated a record-high year in sales, NBC News reports.

The $5 billion in student loans went to 374,000 borrowers, totaling nearly $13,400 per person.

“We said, ‘Hey, look, Maui is a pretty nice spot.’ And so if you wanted to stay a few days or want to bring your family, that’s up to you,” Sallie Mae CEO Ray Quinlan told NBC News.

He added that the venture was not an “incentive trip” but instead a “sales get-together for all of our salespeople.” The company has taken similar retreats since it was founded in the 1970s, NBC News reports.
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/466492-sallie-mae-execs-flew-over-100-employees-to-hawaii-to-celebrate-record-5




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Another corporation that’s celebrating off the course of human misery! Now let’s let that number sink in: $5 BILLION. And you thought your car loan on your 2020 Subaru Legacy was insane! So we get saddled with debt that we might never pay back, they get to take trips on the company dime. In case you’re wondering how insulting this is, well, look no further.

As Americans across the country struggle to pay off their student loan debts—a whopping $1.6 trillion nationally—often working multiple jobs and sometimes declaring bankruptcy to protect what little assets they have left, the people authorizing those loans at one of the largest lending companies in the United States, Sallie Mae, are getting rewarded with a free trip to Maui.

Originally reported by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Sallie Mae flew 100 employees to Hawaii in August for a little fun in the sun to celebrate the $5 billion in student loans they sold to more than 370,000 people. Meanwhile, of the nearly 45 million Americans who have some kind of student debt, according to Forbes magazine, many struggle to pay back the loans because of alleged suspicious lending practices (like engaging in subprime lending practices and authorizing loans to people who likely cannot pay them back) on behalf of lenders like Sallie Mae.

Paige McDaniel, 39, described to NBC News the reaction she received from Navient—a lending company created as an off-shoot from Sallie Mae in 2014 (yet financially a separate independent company from Sallie Mae)—when she was hit with a $1,500 a month bill for the $120,000 loan she took out to get her Master's degree.

"When I told them that, you know, I couldn't afford that, could we make some payment arrangements, they essentially said, 'So sorry, we'll put a lien on your house and garnish your wages if you don't make those payments,'" McDaniel told NBC News.
https://www.newsweek.com/sallie-mae-executives-celebrate-hawaii-americans-are-crippled-student-loan-debt-1466100




I can picture the Hawaii retreat with Sallie Mae executives going down something like that! Now here’s where we take the unpopular opinion. This is the post Citizens United world that we are talking about here, where corporations are people and money is free speech. How about this? Since corporations are people, can we start executing some of them? Perhaps if we rose up as one and slayed Sallie Mae and Goldman Sachs, it might have other bank executives running scared, because fuck them! Oh and by the way in case you were wondering, yes, Sallie Mae has figured out a way to make your unpayable student loan that much worse! Just add Visa and Mastercard!

For those struggling with student debt, a new credit card is hardly the answer.

Yet, lender Sallie Mae is banking on a few new offerings specifically geared toward recent grads with college loans.

As more people in the U.S. struggle to keep up with their credit card and student debt, the student loan lender recently rolled out three new cash-back cards with Mastercard — Ignite, Accelerate and Evolve.

The Accelerate card comes with 1.25% cash back on all purchases plus an extra incentive for student loan borrowers: a 25% bonus on cash-back rewards that are used to pay down any federal or private student loan.

With Ignite, cardholders earn 1% back on purchases and a 25% bonus on cash-back rewards after making six consecutive on-time payments.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/15/sallie-mae-launches-credit-cards-aimed-at-student-loan-borrowers.html




That’s right – you get 1% cash back on all your major purchases. Just a friendly reminder from the good folks at Sallie Mae just how fucked your credit is! 1% back on a $13,000 loan is… $130. I want to take a trip to Hawaii, don’t I need a credit card for that? Oh shit!! Yeah that really makes me wonder why we don’t rise up as one and slay them! Because then they pull shit like this! By the way students, did you fill out your FAFSA yet? Because you’re missing out on valuable financial aid!

As of Oct. 1, college-bound students can apply for their share of $150 billion in federal student aid, including grants, loans and work-study. To apply, they need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA.

FAFSA funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sallie Mae recently polled 2,000 undergraduate students and parents and asked if they submitted the FAFSA. According to Sallie Mae’s analysis, during the 2018-2019 school year, only 25% of undergraduate students completed the FAFSA the first month it was open, and just 77% of undergraduate students completed it at all.

By not filling out the FAFSA, American college students are missing out. Federal grants do not need to be repaid, federal student loans have low interest rates, and work-study programs can be a convenient way to simultaneously fund an education and build a resume.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/11/if-you-dont-fill-out-fafsa-you-miss-out-on-billions-in-financial-aid.html





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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. This is one of my favorite segments because there are so many stupid and crazy people out there that you could easily interchange any of them and they would be about the same. Of course it always helps that the Sunshine State remains one of the craziest places in the world. So who is stupid this week? Well I want to start with this story coming from… international waters! You would think that cruise ships would be rife with stupidity, and there’s plenty of things that can go wrong on a cruise ship. And then there’s selfies. Really, stop it with this shit.

They get too close to wild animals. They perch on statues. They pose at the edge of a cliff hours after a woman’s deadly fall.

Stories abound of tourists dangerously eager for the perfect photograph — and a group that caters to travelers has had enough.

Cruise company Royal Caribbean said this week it has banned a passenger for life after she was spotted “recklessly” standing on a balcony railing for a picture. The guest and her companion, who helped with the shot, disembarked in Jamaica “as a result of their actions,” the company said in a statement to media. The companion is banned, too.

A fellow passenger on the Allure of the Seas ship told CNN he witnessed the risky photo shoot from his balcony and brought it to the crew’s attention. He documented the transgression in a grainy picture of his own posted online that shows a woman gazing out at the ocean in a blue bathing suit, hands held above her head.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2019/10/20/cruise-company-bans-passenger-life-after-she-recklessly-stands-railing-photo/




Next up – dumb judges! Yes, that’s a new category here on People Are Dumb. Of course the opioid crisis is one of the most devastating stories that affects everyone in the country and people are demanding answers as to how this got so out of hand. But this is one of those cases where if you fuck up that badly, you might as well do so in a way that makes you question how the fuck you did it.

The Oklahoma judge who recently ordered pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million for its role in the state's opioid crisis says he made a mathematical error when calculating the judgment.

As part of the landmark verdict in August, Judge Thad Balkman set aside $107,683,000 to help combat neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. The problem -- he added three too many zeroes and meant to award $107,683.

The state had asked for nearly $17.2 billion to compensate for the deaths of state residents.

On Tuesday, Balkman agreed with Johnson and Johnson regarding the error. "That's the last time I use that calculator," he said.

It's not clear how this will impact the overall judgment.

This was the first state trial attempting to hold a pharmaceutical company accountable for one of the worst epidemics in history.

The judge still needs to decide if the court will continue to monitor the opioid crisis for the next 20 years and potentially award more money to the state. He also needs to decide if Johnson & Johnson should receive credit for the $300 million Oklahoma will be receiving from Teva Pharmaceuticals and Purdue Pharma -- those two companies settled with the state before the judge's initial ruling.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/15/health/oklahoma-opioid-judgment-miscalculation/index.html




Yeah sure, blame the calculator! That would be like blaming your bankruptcy on the pen you used to sign the checks! Next up, we go to the Volunteer State of Tennessee. Yes, we will get to some crazy Florida stuff but not just yet. Look, we’ve all been desperate for money but has anyone ever resorted to favors from… your grandma? I mean really what the fuck???

A Tennessee man forcibly removed $10 from his own grandmother’s undergarments after she refused his demand for cash, according to a robbery complaint.

Jared Otte, a 19-year-old Memphis resident, entered the 63-year-old victim’s home in late-August and “demanded she give him cash,” according to a complaint affidavit.

Otte’s grandmother told police that when she declined to hand over any money, Otte pushed her onto on the bed and “held her down, raised her dress, and removed $10 from her undergarments.”

The woman, a detective reported, “suffered bruising on her arms and leg during this incident.” The complaint does not indicate why Otte needed the cash.

Pictured above, Otte was arrested Tuesday on a felony robbery charge and booked into the Shelby County jail. He was released from custody yesterday after posting $10,000 bond.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/grandmas-drawers-214039




I’m sure that was probably Nana’s reaction too! Ah, now it’s time for news from America’s most penis shaped state. Yup, there’s plenty of crazy stories of stupid people and stupid criminals coming out of the Sunshine State. So for this story we go to of course Orlando, where if you call 911, you’d better have a good reason for calling 911 but reporting to the cops that someone stole your weed, yeah, you might want to chalk that one up to a loss!

A Florida man who kept calling 911 about a roommate who “stole his weed” was asked to please top calling 911, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department.

In a video posted to the sheriff’s department Twitter page, Sheriff’s Deputy N. Zalva said, “The guy’s calling in saying his roommate stole his weed, $20 worth and he’s upset and he keeps calling 911, so I had to give him a call and tell him to stop calling about his weed.”

The video was part of a Tweet Along held Saturday night.

Deputy Zalva did a followup video in which he said, "I called him to let him know not to call the sheriff’s office to report his drugs. He started to freak out a little on the phone, and then hung up on me shortly after.”

Read more: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/florida/os-ne-florida-man-calls-911-roommate-stole-his-weed-20191014-vcadddljjva4dgtz2dzlniodrq-story.html




Hey don’t get mad, get Tegridy! Tastes like shit, you won’t care! Finally this week for People Are Dumb, of course it takes place in the Sunshine State. And here’s the thing – you know how Florida is one of the states that has that controversial Stand Your Ground law? Well, apparently, shocker, Stand Your Ground doesn’t apply to AK-47s and hand grenades!

Video released Tuesday shows a Florida store owner firing an AK-47 to shoot an unarmed customer after a verbal dispute on Christmas Eve 2017.

Saf Ahmad, the owner of a Kwik Pic convenience store in Lauderhill, Florida, was arrested in December 2017 on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after shooting Jason Morris, according to a Broward County Sheriff's Office report.

The store owner has claimed that he fired the AK 47 in self-defense after Morris got into his car and threw something, later identified as a bottle of Castor Oil, at the store.

Ahmad's next hearing is set for November 1.

Surveillance video from inside and outside the store released by the store owner's attorneys shows the confrontation and the moment Ahmad fired the AK-47.

Morris is seen on the video getting into a verbal disagreement with a store employee and kicking over a large trash can into the store before exiting. He then threw another trash can from outside the store before he got into his car, the video shows.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-captures-florida-store-owner-firing-customer-ak-47-n1064036




That’s what happens when Florida Man attempts to logic his way out of a situation! That’s it this week for:




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Welcome back to our 2020 voters’ guide Keeping Up With The Candidates! Where there are 24 candiates running. Actually I’m being told it’s just down to Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and a cardboard cutout of former vice president Al Gore. Well OK maybe not that dramatic. But in the interest of your favorite spy and super hero movies, one candidate has gone rogue. And that’s Hawaii democrat and possible Russian asset Tulsi Gabbard. So what made her go off the rails this weekend? Well there’s plenty of blame that could be passed around for this. Ah, really, fuck it, I’m just blaming Tulsi for this mess because well, I’m out of fucks to give. Well, there’s one man endorsing Gabbard and it’s not going to be good for anybody.

Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has apparently gotten an endorsement she said she can do without — from former KKK leader David Duke.

The 68-year-old white supremacist and former GOP Louisiana state senator plastered a banner on his Twitter page prominently featuring a photograph of the Hawaiian lawmaker, the New York Post reported.

“Tulsi Gabbard for President,” it blares, along with the tagline: “Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!”

“Tulsi Gabbard is currently the only Presidential candidate who doesn’t want to send White children off to die for Israel,” the former Grand Wizard tweeted his more than 50,000 followers along with a photograph of Gabbard meeting a US service member and his child.

But Gabbard wasted no time in lashing back at Duke and rejected his backing.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/rep-tulsi-gabbard-gets-2020-endorsement-from-david-duke-2019-10-19




Seriously, Tulsi is just a red hat away from going full MAGA on this campaign. I mean she’s already checked all the boxes including appearing on Russia Today and an endorsement from white supremacists over Isreal support. And in case you’re wondering what may have attracted the attention of David Duke to the Gabbard campaign, it might very well be this:

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was the subject of several trending topics on Twitter on Saturday morning. However, her recent spat with former presidential candidate, First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seemed to cause former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke to trend after users remembered that he had announced support for Gabbard’s candidacy earlier this year.

“Tulsi Gabbard is currently the only Presidential candidate who doesn’t want to send White children off to die for Israel,” Duke said on Twitter in February, per The New York Post.

However, many were quick to point out that Gabbard had previously rejected Duke’s support. In a statement issued in February, she said she disavowed Duke’s white supremacist views.

“Publicizing Duke’s so-called ‘endorsement’ is meant to distract from my message: that I will end regime-change wars, work to end the new cold war and take us away from the precipice of a nuclear war, which is a greater danger now than ever before,” Gabbard said, per The New York Post.
https://www.inquisitr.com/5700334/david-duke-endorse-tulsi-gabbard/




Yeah seriously… WTF. The question on the table here is – is Tulsi Gabbard a Russian agent? Well, her flat out denying that she might be a Russian agent is clearly the sort of thing someone like that would say out loud in public. And come on, using the term “regime change”? I mean where have we heard that term before? I can’t quite put my finger on it.

“The New York Times and CNN have also smeared veterans like myself for calling for an end to this regime-change war,” she said, adding that the Times put out an article calling her a Russian asset, and claiming that a CNN commentator said the same that very morning.

“Completely despicable,” Gabbard said of such allegations.

Gabbard’s campaign has been plagued by accusations that she is either aligned with or supported by the Russians. It has been widely and repeatedly reported that Russia supports her candidacy. It is also undeniable that her more isolationist platform aligns more closely with Russia’s preference for American foreign policy than that of any other candidate.

Even as she attempts to distance herself, Gabbard has been admittedly popular with both the Kremlin and people on the far- and alt-right. She was endorsed by David Duke. The Times article inspired a pearl-clutching defense of Gabbard by none other than deeply conservative Washington Examiner.

Accordingly, most people weren’t convinced by Gabbard’s disgust over the assertion that she’s working for Moscow. They also couldn’t quite figure out why she’d bring up one of the biggest criticisms of her candidacy.
https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/tulsi-gabbard-russian-asset/




I think that’s more the question on everyone’s minds – what the actual fuck? And by the way why do the far right conservative media and neo Nazis love Tulsi? The answer might be more complicated than you would think. But yeah she’s really just a red hat and an R endorsement away from going full MAGA, and you never, ever want to go full MAGA.

The latest Democratic candidate to enter the 2020 race has an unexpected base of support: The far right and conservative media.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who announced her candidacy last Friday, has cultivated a fandom among the right by bashing fellow Democrats and espousing views that break with the party line.

Since taking office in 2013, Gabbard, 37, has established a reputation as an unorthodox politician. While holding familiar Democratic positions on environmental issues, health care, and gun control, Gabbard was a frequent critic of President Obama’s foreign policy, met with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, and has questioned whether he used chemical weapons on his own citizens.

Once discussed among party insiders as a rising star who signed on to be a vice chair at the Democratic National Committee, she quit in protest during the 2016 election and endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

When she ran for re-election in 2018, she had the backing of liberal groups including the AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood, yet she was briefly considered as a potential member for Trump’s cabinet, and cheered on his diplomatic overtures to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-conservative-media-and-the-far-right-love-tulsi-gabbard-for-president




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-15: Dancing With The Czars Edition


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Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Websites, please stop asking me to review your updated privacy policy because we both know that ain’t happening! Wait, what do you mean that you sold my account to a call center in New Mexico and my account has been hacked? Damn! I should have read the privacy policy! What’s up Arizona State? How you guys doing? Fucking good? Yeah! So you know that it’s very rare that I start with a Top 10 update. Thank you sir! I always love the one guy in the back who yells out “wooooooo!!!”. But remember back in Idiots #7-3, I know that was only 3 months ago but it does feel like an eternity doesn’t it? The story I specifically want to talk about is that remember the Ford dealer who gave you a flag, a gun and a Bible when you bought a new F-150? And then Ford put the kibosh on that faster than you could say “Jesus walks”? Well guess what? There’s another dealer trying the same stunt! Yes, we go to South Carolina for this one where another Ford dealership is giving away a flag, a gun and a Bible with the purchase of their cars. Yes, that is happening again! Well, summer might be over - it’s too early for rerun season! I mean really, first of all way to placate the stereotype guys. And my other favorite part of this – just like the last guy, they say this is “non political”. Bullshit! You just made it political! Guns and Bibles are political statements! And where is Ford in this? They put the kibosh on the last guy who tried but this one? Not a peep because apparently they exploited a loophole that allowed for “local promotions”. Well, this one stinks and we are going to keep an eye on it, especially since we're not doing People Are Dumb this week. That’s enough of the intro, we got a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver trolls Accuweather by using their own imagery to explain why nominating their CEO to head the National Weather Service is a terrible idea:



Holy shit, Trump is losing it big time. in the first slot, is of course Donald Trump (1) we have to talk about the insane video that aired at his resort during a pro-Trump event in which it was a doctored scene from one of my favorite movies of the last few years, this is shockingly evil. In the second slot, is of course the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (2) and he may have jumpstarted World War III when he pulled US troops from the Syrian border because, reasons, and his explanation is even more jaw-dropping! At slot #3 this week, is also Donald Trump (3) and we have to talk about his relentless mocking of disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok at his Minneapolis rally, but the scary thing is that these rallies are actually working. Taking the fourth slot this week, is Trump’s crooked fixer attorney Rudy Giuliani (4) and is anyone shocked that his aides may have violated campaign finance laws? Anyone? Bueller? Well, we’re not either! Taking the 5th slot this week – is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5). The city of Stockton in California has a rather interesting proposal to help people deal with their financial woes, and we will tell you about their new free money program and what is entitled! In slot #6 this week of course is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit" (6), and this week our resident pastor is back from attending the Values Voters Summit. How long before he casts an exorcism on the Unholy Dark One? For the seventh slot this week, is our favorite segment “Beating A Dead Horse”. Is it OK to show your support for the protestors in Hong Kong? Well, in a perfect example of life imitating art, China is censoring people’s opinions on the Hong Kong protests, and South Park called them out on it, and the result is as utterly predictable as you might expect. In the 8th slot this week, after the Atlanta Braves fail to advance in the playoffs again, we ask how their obnoxious chant known as the “Tomahawk Chop” is still a thing. Taking the #9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week we have a new “I Need A Drink” and we’re going to combine two separate entries and tell you about a fun new way to drink whiskey and a fun new way to take your frustrations out at sporting events! Finally this week, we have “Keeping Up With The Candidates” and we’re going to talk about what went down in the Democratic Debates last night and there was quite a lot to unpack there! And the palate cleanser for all this madness, we have some live music from a band who I am personally a fan of, Fitz & The Tantrums! Really buy their new album "All The Feels" or you are no friend of this show! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Where does the line between creating a meme and threatening violence go? Well, one of my favorite movies as you know has been Kingsman: The Secret Service. And if you are not aware of the plot of that movie, the movie’s villain, Richmond Valentine, played by Samuel L. Jackson, uses a high-pitched frequency found in cell phone SIM cards that was discovered by Professor Arnold, played by Mark Hamill. This frequency makes people go on an absolutely batshit crazy destructive rampage. One of the scenes in that movie involves Valentine testing out this frequency on a church full of worshippers, to which Harry Hart, played by Colin Firth, proceeds to shoot up the church, to the tune of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic song Freebird. So this movie is back in the news this week because this happened.

The latest incarnation in President Trump's years-long antagonism with the media and Hollywood has raised more than a few eyebrows, after organizers at a pro-Trump event edited him into a particularly violent scene from 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service. The scene depicts Trump in place of a character played by Colin Firth, as he slaughters a church filled with dozens of enemies - whose own faces have been replaced with political and media critics of the President.

In the original Kingsman, Harry Hart (Firth's character) is inside the church, which is located in the Deep South, in order to follow a lead on a hate group. When the movie's villain Valentine (played by Samuel L. Jackson) uses mind control to turn the churchgoers against Hart, he's forced to shoot his way through at least three dozen people. The scene, like much of the violence in the Kingsman franchise, is mildly graphic, but that violence takes on an undeniably different meaning in this edited version.

The edited Kingsman scene presents President Trump shooting the superimposed images of figures like Kathy Griffin and former President Barack Obama, as well as logos representing various media companies such as CNN. It was made by and presented at the American Priority Conference, an explicitly pro-Trump alternative to the Conservative Political Action Conference, which was held at Trump Doral Miami, a hotel owned by the President. Attendees included his son Donald Trump, Jr. and former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, but not Trump himself. The White House has since stated that the President "strongly condemns the video" based on what's been relayed to him.
https://screenrant.com/president-donald-trump-kingsman-movie-edit-press-killing/




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! We’re not going to show the GIF because we don’t want to encourage that sort of thing. But yeah, really fuck these people. It’s pretty clear that they want us all dead, so yeah fuck you. Maybe you should take a page from Mr. Hart here, manners maketh man. Let me show you what that means. But how far does this go? Well shit, even Geraldo thinks this is going too far, and this is the man who claimed to know what was in Al Capone’s vault!

The hosts of Fox News’ The Five this afternoon mostly dismissed the outrage over the video of President Trump edited into the infamous church scene from Kingsman depicting him killing the “fake news.”

Geraldo Rivera, however, said it went too far for him:

“I was very, very outraged by Kathy Griffin when she had the head of the president, remember, and she was excoriated for it, almost wrecked her career, which rebounded because Trump hatred was sufficient and brought her back and made her popular again. But I think it’s very dangerous when you start going there. I don’t like it. It’s not funny. It may be satire, but it’s a bridge too far for me. I think that you’ve got to, you know, you have to condemn it and have no tolerance for it.”

“It is not inciting violence,” Jeanine Pirro responded.

“I’m not a shrink, I don’t know,” Rivera said.

“It’s a legal question, inciting violence,” Pirro said.

“I don’t like when the president is the target of the parody and I don’t like it when the president is the parody-er,” Rivera said.
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/geraldo-rivera-that-trump-video-a-bridge-too-far-for-me-you-have-to-condemn-it/




That is a good question! And what’s really ironic is that these are the same people who thought that Kathy Griffin’s famous severed head photo was a threat to Trump but this video? Ah, come on, it’s just a harmless video! And you know what? Why don’t we ask Ms. Griffin what she thinks about this unbelievable atrocity?

A violent video recently shown at a Trump resort shows a gunman made to look like President Trump hunting down the president’s critics and members of the media.

The video was shown last week during a conference of the president’s supporters at the Trump National Doral Miami, the New York Times reported Sunday evening.

The Times said it obtained the video from a man who attended the conference and recorded the footage with his phone. The clip was posted online and is disturbing.

The video includes a logo for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign and shows the gunman walking through a church, shooting, stabbing and beating members of the news media, celebrities, and Trump’s political rivals. The Trump campaign told the Times it had nothing to do with the video.

“That video was not produced by the campaign, and we do not condone violence,” said campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh.

The footage includes a scene from the film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

The video shows Trump’s head on the body of a man who walks through the “Church of Fake News,” and opens fire on people resembling his critics. The footage is set to music and shows the gunman targeting parishioners whose faces have been replaced by the logos of media organizations..
https://deadline.com/2019/10/video-shown-at-trump-resort-shows-presidential-look-alike-shooting-critics-1202759269/




Oh come on, you know Trump saw this and laughed his ass off. I mean this is the guy who threw Paper Towel brand paper towels at the Puerto Rico victims! Paper Towel brand paper towels: For the 1st world leader who treats 1st world disasters with a third world budget! Seriously though, Trump, we suspect, is the kind of guy who gets his jollies from torturing puppies and denying his employees bathroom privileges. So who made this video? Well there’s plenty of people who we could point fingers at, but one thing is perfectly clear who’s behind it:

The creator of a gruesome video that showed a fake President Donald Trump killing journalists and political opponents and that was played at a meeting of a pro-Trump group over the weekend is part of a loose network of right-wing provocateurs with a direct line to the White House.

The unidentified creator of the video operates under the name of “The GeekzTeam” and has proclaimed on Twitter to be a “red blooded American with ZERO tolerance for the liberal agenda.” Like many in the online group, the person specializes in creating pro-Trump internet content, often by remixing the president’s image into clips from popular movies and television shows.

Another of the provocateurs, Logan Cook, who often has posted the videos on MemeWorld, his website, participated in a social media summit at the White House in July and took his children to meet the president in the Oval Office, accompanied by Dan Scavino, the White House social media director.

The connections underscore how the president’s escalating war on what he calls the “fake news” media has elevated people from the far-right fringe into allies who defend Trump with extreme language and images.
http://www.startribune.com/violent-video-was-product-of-right-wing-provocateurs-and-trump-allies/563102492/





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While we’re arguing about videos here, the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump, has just one thing on his mind:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1183722535961202689

That’s right – he may have inadvertently started World War III, but at least he has time to take time out of his busy schedule to watch TV and tweet about it! Really, Dancing With The Stars is what he cares about today? Well, he’s dancing with the czars! Ah, see what I did there? Yes, of course I’m stalling because we’re about to talk about something extremely horrifying! Yes, we got to talk about Trump’s escalating conflict between Turkey and Syria, and remember how I keep pointing out that the Trump administration takes the wrong answer to everything? Why it looks like he’s about to bring back ISIS, and they’re about to be bigger and stronger than ever!

President Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds stung deeply. “They trusted us and we broke that trust. It’s a stain on the American conscience.” These, according to The New York Times, are the searing words of an Army officer who has worked alongside the Kurds in northern Syria.

Kurdish forces played a central role in aiding the United States in fighting the Islamic State. But in a phone call a week ago Sunday, Trump gave the green light to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to invade northern Syria—and, in the process, to engage in what even one of Trump’s most loyal supporters, Senator Lindsey Graham, describes as the “ethnic cleansing” of the Kurds.

According to Jennifer Griffin and Melissa Leon of Fox News, Trump was supposed to tell Erdoğan to stay north of the border, but instead “went off script.” By Wednesday, the Turkish offensive began, with Erdoğan’s aim to push back the Syrian Kurds from the border region. The results have been swift and brutal: the displacement of more than 100,000 people, executions and war crimes, the escape of hundreds of Islamic State prisoners. (If Islamic State fighters escape, they’ll “be escaping to Europe,” Trump said last week—as if Europe’s problems don’t affect the United States.) For the Kurds, the consequences of America’s policy change will only get worse. “I don’t know how many people will die. A lot of people will die,” a senior military source told Fox News. Yesterday the Trump administration tried frantically to make Turkey stand down, but enormous damage has already been done.
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/trump-betrayed-kurds-whos-next/600004/




Yes, why so serious? See, Trump isn’t like your normal president. He’s a guy without a plan or a clue, and he has zero fucks to give to anyone who doesn’t kiss his ass 100%. See, the Art Of The Deal is all about loyalty, and the more loyal you are to him, the better. Well, that’s where we get ridiculous excuses for what he’s doing to that region like what Liz Cheney said:

In spite of President Donald Trump’s effective endorsement of the incursion, House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has blamed Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria on the Democrats pursuing an impeachment inquiry against the commander-in-chief.

In a White House statement announcing that Turkey “would soon be moving forward” with their operation after the withdrawal of American troops, Trump appeared to endorse Turkey’s “long-planned’ attack on Kurdish allies in the region. The president later claimed that he had not endorsed the invasion, and he has since announced sanctions against Turkey (though they do not seem to have stalled its assault).

Cheney, who has been outspoken against allowing Turkey to slaughter U.S. allies, told Fox News that she blames Democrats for the Turkish operation, which Trump essentially green lit after a call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"I also want to say that the impeachment proceedings that are going on and what the Democrats are doing themselves to try to weaken this president is part of this — it was not an accident that the Turks chose this moment to roll across the border," Cheney said during a Monday interview on "Fox & Friends." "And I think the Democrats have got to pay very careful attention to the damage that they're doing with the impeachment proceedings."
https://www.salon.com/2019/10/15/president-trump-abandoned-the-kurds-but-liz-cheney-blames-turkeys-invasion-of-syria-on-impeachment/




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Remember there was a Top 10 one time that I did where the news got so disturbing that I had to abandon the entry and talk about puppies instead? Well we might be doing that depending on how dark this gets. But with these two buffoons Trump and Erdogan in charge, you know they are laughing at this. If you’re wondering how bad this can get, well, we’re just getting started!

President Donald Trump didn’t make a “mistake” in pulling troops out of northeastern Syria last week, as many have charged. It’s what he has long wanted to do. The mistake was not understanding—and, more to the point, not caring about—the consequences.

Trump’s fateful phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct. 6, giving him the green light to cross the Syrian border and crush the Kurds without U.S. resistance, did more than any single act has ever done to demolish the post-WWII global order and isolate America from the rest of the world. This, again, has been Trump’s goal since he entered the White House.

Until recently, one or more of his advisers—Jim Mattis, H.R.
McMaster, John Bolton, or Gen. Joseph Dunford—obstructed or dissuaded him from withdrawing. Now all of those advisers are gone, and their replacements lack either the clout or the gumption to push back.

Trump may believe that he’s doing the right thing, that abandoning the rest of the world’s problems will “make America great again.” He doesn’t realize that America’s might and wealth depend, in large measure, on the cooperation it receives from others—either offered or coerced—in pursuing its interests around the world.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/10/trump-kurds-world-order-betrayal.html




By the way, in case you’re wondering what actual Marines think of this move, let’s ask them! Yeah, actual Army officers are well, let’s say less than amused at what is happening with the Turkey – Syria – Kurdistan conflict that could escalate into World War III. We have some absolutely maniacal people in charge and they are stabbing even their own armies in the back! Who knows how horrifying this could possibly get?

A former top Marine officer who led special operations troops in the fight against ISIS is denouncing President Donald Trump's decision to pull American troops out of Syria amid a Turkish attack on the Kurds, saying it amounts to a betrayal of allies that will harm U.S. national security.

Andrew Milburn, a Marine colonel who retired in March as the deputy commander of U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East, told NBC News that the small number of U.S. troops in Syria "bought us a lot for a very low price."

"By withdrawing these guys, who knows where this will end," said Milburn, who is one of the few prominent battlefield veterans of the ISIS campaign to express on the record what many current and former soldiers have been saying privately.

"As a guy who has fought [alongside] the Kurds," he said, "on an emotional level this is gut-wrenching."
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/top-special-ops-marine-who-fought-kurds-blasts-trump-move-n1065901





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So there’s plenty of reasons to hate Donald Trump right now, so let’s add to the pile, shall we? Yeah we got to talk about his rallies in Minneapolis and NOLA, and we’re not done. There’s apparently more MAGA hate rallies planned in the next couple of weeks. Yeah Donald Trump is on his Deplorable America tour and he also has a stop planned in Houston! Better get your tickets guys and gals! Because you won’t want to miss Trump’s classic routines like this when he mocked Peter Strzok and read his texts like he was operating a phone sex line. You know what? Forget the story, let’s show the clip first then talk about the story because it’s spectacular.



Yeah I know that clip is from Fox News, sue me. But still… I don’t know whether to get a room or not, seriously, that’s hot!

Donald Trump appeared to perform an impression of former FBI agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page having sex while the president was in the middle of a speech during a rally in Minnesota on Thursday.

Mr Trump slammed his hand on the podium and shouted “I love you, Lisa,” and “I love you too, Peter” before moaning “Lisa, I love you, Lisa! Lisa! Oh, God, I love you Lisa!”

The president had previously called Mr Strzok a “sick loser” amid investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in US elections. Mr Mueller removed Mr Strzok from his team after discovering anti-Trump text messages between Mr Strzok and Ms Page, who had an affair.

The president has falsely claimed that the texts had been deleted and has frequently argued that the messages amount to “corruption” within an investigation that followed Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-sex-video-fbi-rally-peter-strzok-lisa-page-a9152806.html




Yeah seriously! Whew… I mean if that’s the kind of family friendly content you’d come to expect from him at this point, wait until you see what he has in store for Houston! By the way, what the Trump cult lacks in subtlety, they more than make up for in comedic timing, just look at this video that was circulating around Twitter last week:

https://twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/1182819516042170368

Yeah that happened! So here’s what actually happened outside while Trump was barfing his brain inside:

Rep. Ilhan Omar protested outside President Donald Trump’s Oct. 10 campaign rally in Minneapolis.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Omar was visiting Morocco from Oct. 6-11 and was not in her home state of Minnesota.

THE FACTS: Omar was on a five-day trade trip to Morocco with Democratic Reps. Marcia Fudge, from Ohio, and Karen Bass, of California, when social media users began circulating photos and video suggesting that the congresswoman was involved in protests outside the Trump rally in Minneapolis.

The scene was chaotic outside the Target Center where anti-Trump protesters filled the streets well before the president’s arrival. Andy Mannix, a reporter with the Star Tribune, captured video of the scene, which included a woman wearing a headscarf and face covering. After he posted the video on social media people began sharing it, falsely stating it showed Omar at the protests.

Mannix said he hadn’t given any thought to the woman in the video at the time.
http://www.startribune.com/ap-factcheck-u-s-rep-ilhan-omar-did-not-protest-outside-trump-s-minneapolis-rally/563103062/




As if the Minneapolis rally weren’t enough, Trump went to NOLA to campaign against Louisiana governor Jon Bel Edwards. I mean come on, haven’t the people of NOLA suffered enough already? Last thing they need is the Smoothie King Center full of MAGAholes. I mean come on people, this is Donald Trump live and uncensored here! Well, he’s been uncensored before but now you can buy his stand up comedy specials for the low low price of $29.99 each!

First he claimed the political establishment was rigging the 2016 election against him. Then he accused special counsel Robert Mueller of overseeing an “attempted takeover of the government.” Now President Donald Trump is telling his supporters he’s the victim of a “coup” that House Democrats have disguised as a legitimate impeachment inquiry.

It’s the same warlike strategy Trump has employed throughout his presidency: complain relentlessly about partisan constraints on his power, furiously berate political opponents, and use the victim card to bond with Americans who feel similarly betrayed by the political system. And yet, it’s unlike anything voters have seen before.

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The president made it known on Friday, in his second appearance on the campaign trail since Democrats launched their impeachment probe, that he is eager to stoke an already-toxic political environment by being the rawest, angriest and least censored version of himself.

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“They’ve been trying to stop us for the past three years with a lot of crap,” he stated matter-of-factly about his Democratic opponents on Capitol Hill.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/11/trump-impeachment-campaign-044829




Yeah we can expect a lot of thumbs up in his next HBO special! Although I really want to see the tentative boxing match between Trump and Bill Maher, you know that’s going to happen. But while we mock and mock the ridiculous shit that Trump says on a daily basis, we should be paying more attention to what’s happening behind the scenes, because, while, Trump’s rallies are insane, they surprisingly are effective. Hold your boos.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, will face a Republican candidate in a runoff after he failed to get more than 50 percent of the vote in Saturday's "jungle primary" in his GOP-friendly state.

President Donald Trump rallied on Friday in the state to support the Republican candidates on the eve of the election, calling Edwards "a liberal Democrat who has sold you out." On Saturday the president tweeted his congratulations, predicting the state would soon have businessman Eddie Rispone as a new governor.

The jungle primary meant that instead of top candidates of each party facing off one-on-one, any number of candidates from any part could compete for a final against the top two.

On Friday Trump asked both Republican candidates, Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, to join him on stage to offer brief remarks. Rispone will face Edwards after narrowly edging out Abraham.

The president said that didn't matter, as long as they kept Edwards under the 50 percent threshold in order to force a runoff next month between the governor and whoever was the top-finishing Republican.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/incumbent-governor-democrat-faces-runoff-trump-territory-n1065461






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Let’s lighten things up and talk about Rudy Giuliani shall we? Hoo boy did he step in some seriously deep shit! And, as par for this administration, he stepped in a perpetually huge, steaming pile of certified grade A bullshit. So while Trump is making a spectacularly failed attempt to get the impeachment scandal off him and onto Hunter Biden, because reasons, it turns out that Rudy Giuliani is indeed stepping into that pile of bullshit that Trump is accusing Hunter Biden of. So to recap, Giuliani’s associates got arrested and now he’s being questioned. This gets better and better!

Federal prosecutors unsealed charges on Thursday against two men who have aided President Trump’s efforts to gather damaging information in Ukraine about his political opponents, a criminal case that signaled growing legal exposure for the president’s allies as Mr. Trump tries to blunt an impeachment inquiry in Congress.

The indictment of the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, sketched a complex scheme to violate campaign finance laws and did not accuse Mr. Trump of wrongdoing. But it revealed new details about the push to pressure Ukraine: a campaign encouraged by Mr. Trump, led by his private lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and assisted by obscure figures like Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman.

Mr. Trump continues to defend the effort, which is the focus of the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats opened last month. The new indictment, however, suggests the first criminal implications of the shadow foreign policy that Mr. Giuliani pushed on behalf of the president.

And it is another example of the extent to which the messy power dynamics of Ukraine — a former Soviet republic and close American ally with a recent history of political upheaval — now dominate discussions about Mr. Trump’s future. The impeachment inquiry began after a C.I.A. officer who has worked at the White House raised alarms about a July telephone call in which Mr. Trump seemed to suggest that American military aid was contingent on Ukraine’s help in unearthing information that could help Mr. Trump politically.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/us/politics/lev-parnas-igor-fruman-arrested-giuliani.html




I’m pretty sure that’s a live look in on Trump when he got that news! While Trump is off barfing his brain in an attempt to flip districts, his attorneys are stepping in some steaming bullshit. You know things are fucked up when your attorneys have their own attorneys. Is this Attorney-ception? So just how far does this “dark money” case go? Just like your favorite quarterback, it could… GO… ALL… THE… WAY!!!

Federal prosecutors unsealed charges on Thursday against two men who have aided President Trump’s efforts to gather damaging information in Ukraine about his political opponents, a criminal case that signaled growing legal exposure for the president’s allies as Mr. Trump tries to blunt an impeachment inquiry in Congress.

The indictment of the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, sketched a complex scheme to violate campaign finance laws and did not accuse Mr. Trump of wrongdoing. But it revealed new details about the push to pressure Ukraine: a campaign encouraged by Mr. Trump, led by his private lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani and assisted by obscure figures like Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman.

Mr. Trump continues to defend the effort, which is the focus of the impeachment inquiry that House Democrats opened last month. The new indictment, however, suggests the first criminal implications of the shadow foreign policy that Mr. Giuliani pushed on behalf of the president.

And it is another example of the extent to which the messy power dynamics of Ukraine — a former Soviet republic and close American ally with a recent history of political upheaval — now dominate discussions about Mr. Trump’s future. The impeachment inquiry began after a C.I.A. officer who has worked at the White House raised alarms about a July telephone call in which Mr. Trump seemed to suggest that American military aid was contingent on Ukraine’s help in unearthing information that could help Mr. Trump politically.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/us/politics/lev-parnas-igor-fruman-arrested-giuliani.html




TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Now you might be asking what’s Trump’s stock in all of this? Is he going down with the sinking ship known as the S.S. Trumptanic? Well while he’s attempting to dig up dirt on his political foes and it’s backfiring in his face big time. Well, just like George Bluth, Trump may have accidentally committed some light treason here, and he’s dragging everyone down with him.

President Donald Trump sought Friday to distance himself from attorney Rudy Giuliani, even casting doubts about whether the former New York mayor is still his lawyer.

Asked whether Giuliani remained his personal attorney, Trump said: “I don’t know.”

“I haven't spoken to Rudy,” Trump told reporters as he was leaving the White House for a political rally in Louisiana. “I spoke to him yesterday, briefly. He's a very good attorney and he has been my attorney, yeah sure.”

Giuliani told USA TODAY shortly afterward that he’s still Trump's lawyer. “He hasn't told me otherwise,” he said.

Giuliani has emerged as a central figure in the Ukraine scandal that has led to an impeachment inquiry against Trump over efforts to push Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential frontrunner.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/11/rudy-giuliani-donald-trump-wont-say-if-ex-mayor-still-attorney/3945806002/




Extra point is good!!! Trump has indeed distanced himself from his crooked attorney. He might be a step away from hiring Bob Loblaw. But my favorite part of this has to be the fact that Giulani is playing an armchair detective here. You can be Adrian Monk or Shawn Spencer or the Hardy Boys, but no, Giuliani is more like Mr. Magoo in this case. Hell, he looks like Mr. Magoo anyway!

When I last saw Rudy Giuliani for lunch, at the Trump International Hotel in Washington four weeks ago, his most pressing concern was that he had been locked out of his Instagram account. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and current personal attorney to President Donald Trump, had a young woman named Audra, who told me she had won the “hottiesfortrump” Reddit channel’s “Miss Deplorable” contest three years in a row, there to assist him. As Giuliani and I spoke, roughly a dozen tourists asked him to pose for photos and congratulated him on the “work” he was doing for the country.

Today, Giuliani, and specifically his “work” on behalf of the president’s 2020 reelection campaign, is a key part of a whistle-blower complaint describing alleged efforts to solicit foreign interference in the upcoming election—perhaps the most damning scandal of the Trump presidency to date. The complaint alleges that White House officials sought to “lock down” all records of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump offered the help of Attorney General William Barr and Giuliani to investigate the dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter in the country. It also alleges that State Department officials were “deeply concerned” about Giuliani’s subsequent conversations with Ukrainian leaders.

Even among the president’s closest allies, Giuliani is now the subject of scorn. When I reached him by phone this morning, following House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s release of the full whistle-blower complaint at the center of the Ukraine scandal, he was, put simply, very angry.

“It is impossible that the whistle-blower is a hero and I’m not. And I will be the hero! These morons—when this is over, I will be the hero,” Giuliani told me.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/09/giuliani-ukraine-trump-biden/598879/





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Everyone could use a little extra money, right? No matter if you’re spending money on a new appliance, putting that toward a car or car repairs, or taking that much needed vacation, an extra added bonus could be your ticket out of this mess. Well, that’s precisely the kind of thing that the city of Stockton, California was experimenting with. Universal income is a concept that is fairly common throughout most of Western Europe. But is relatively uncharted territory here in the United States. And there’s many reasons why – excessive corporate and billionaire greed among them. But what could you do with that extra money? Let’s find out!

The first data from an experiment in San Joaquin County where needy people get $500 a month from the government show they spend most of it on things such as food, clothing and utility bills.

The 18-month, privately funded program started in February and involves 125 people in Stockton. It is one of the few experiments testing the concept of “universal basic income,” an old idea getting new attention from Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination.

Stockton mayor Michael Tubbs has committed to publicly releasing data throughout the experiment to win over skeptics and, he hopes, convince state lawmakers to implement the program statewide.

“In this country we have an issue with associating people who are struggling economically and people of color with vices like drug use, alcohol use, gambling,” Tubbs said. “I thought it was important to illustrate folks aren’t using this money for things like that. They are using it for literal necessities.”

But critics say the experiment likely won’t provide useful information from a social science perspective given its limited size and duration.
https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/10/05/data-basic-income-stockton-experiment-spending/




Shocker – while most conservatives feel that the concept of universal income would bring crime, poverty and a huge spike in excessive drug and alcohol use, turns out that it had exactly the opposite effect! People used it to pay off credit cards and student loans, among other bills they don’t want. That talking point is officially bullshit. So was the experiment a success?

What would a needy person do if you gave him $500 a month, no strings attached?

Stockton, Calif., is finding out. The city is eight months into an 18-month experiment with basic income, the idea that the government should give citizens a regular infusion of unconditional free cash. And it just released the first batch of data about how recipients are spending the money.

It turns out, they’re mostly spending it on food, clothes, and utility bills.

The data is provisional — the basic income experiment still has 10 months to go — and the number of participants is small: 125 people (out of an estimated 311,000 Stockton residents) who live at or below the median income line (around $46,000), nearly half of whom are working full- or part-time.

But it offers a counter to critics of basic income, who often claim that people getting free money will blow it on frivolous things or addictive substances, and that they won’t bother to find work. The evidence does not support that belief.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/a-california-city-is-giving-some-residents-dollar500-a-month-and-heres-how-they-spend-it/ar-AAIsvXB




So now what are the pros and cons of having such a program put into place? There’s plenty of arguments for, especially if you look at the increasingly escalating homeless crisis growing in nearly every major city in the United States. But with the checks rolling out, what can you expect in the future – poverty to continue or people to get out of poverty or pay the bills they need to pay?

Residents of Stockton, California have been through a lot: from widespread foreclosures to the city going bankrupt. But for a handful of residents, some help is here.

One hundred Stockton residents started getting monthly payment of $500 on Friday. They'll receive the extra money for 18 months as part of an experiment testing the impact of universal basic income, also known as UBI.

The goal of UBI is to reduce poverty and inequality by giving people a regular minimal income. It's gained support from billionaires such as Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Mark Zuckerberg.

The Stockton project is a collaboration between Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and the Economic Security Project, an organization that advocates for basic income. Its fund contributed $1 million to the Stockton project.

"Too many families and Americans are trying to piece together multiple jobs and incomes and aren't able to make ends meet," Dr. Stacia Martin-West, a researcher who will be studying the Stockton participants, told CNN Business.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/16/tech/stockton-universal-basic-income/index.html




Yes – even mega billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are on board with this. But there won’t be anyone making it rain anytime soon. Especially with credit card debt increasing and basic necessities like the price of cars and gasoline increasing. So could it work in the United States? While the Stockton experiment is just an experiment, there’s plenty of room for growth and expansion in the area of universal income.



Young, sincere and raised on the edge of poverty, Sukhi Samra has a mother who worked two minimum-wage jobs when she was a kid — days at a gas station and nights at a Subway. Her father is disabled. She knows what an extra $500 a month would have bought her family.

“I spent a lot of 5th and 6th grade just, like, in those tables at Subway so that I could keep my mom some company and spend some time with her,” Samra said. “Five hundred a month would have meant that my mom spent a couple more hours at home with us every night.”

At 23, Samra is now head of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, a pilot program to test a universal basic income. For the next year and a half, 130 residents of this struggling Central Valley city will get $500 every month, with no strings — such as employment or sobriety requirements — attached, in a social experiment that is as much public relations as rigorous research.

Although its organizers have promised transparency, so far, much of the program has been a closely guarded secret. The identities of the recipients have remained confidential while organizers plan a media strategy. Multiple requests by The Times to conduct interviews were denied.
https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-pol-ca-basic-income-stockton-reparations-20190415-story.html




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




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



My fair congregation!! You know last week was one of my favorite events of the year. And that’s mainly because it really gives a platform to the craziest among us. And unfortunately the craziest among us also happen to be among the most GAWDLY. Which is a damn shame, because it’s only been within the last 10 years that the right has just teetered off into the unfathomable edge of darkness! And how did they get aligned with the unholy, ungodly Dark One, whose name shall not be spoken in my church! And when corruption at the top is so bad then this is what you get. The Dark One has people going out of their minds, and yet, he claims that he speaks for JAYSUS!

President Donald Trump has claimed liberals are attempting to "silence and punish" Christians, and pledged never to allow the federal government to harass communities of faith.

Speaking at the annual Value Voters Summit, which is hosted by right-wing anti-LGBT group the Family Research Council, Trump suggested on Saturday night that his views were "under assault."

"Frankly, these people are crazy," the president said of the "radical left."

"We're under assault, very simple, we're under assault," the president continued, speaking to his right-wing Christian audience. "We believe in the right to free speech, we believe in the right to life."

"They're trying to silence and punish the speech of Christians and religious believers of all faiths. They are trying to hound you from the workplace, expel you from the public square and weaken the American family and indoctrinate our children," he added.

Trump became the first sitting president to speak at the summit in 2017, when he delivered an address at the event run by a group that has previously been criticized for its anti-LGBT stance.
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-speaks-anti-lgbt-groups-event-liberals-are-trying-silence-punish-christians-1464930




Seriously, sir, you know we’re not trying to silence you right? We’re just laughing at you. In fact I think the good LAWRD JAYSUS would scoff at how dumb people at the Values Voters Summit are! In fact if you want to see just how crazy the religious right can be, look no further than when they gather in large groups, because as we all know, people in large groups like that tend to say some ridiculously dumb stuff.

Texas House Representative Louie Gohmert stepped up Republican rhetoric against trans people this week, warning that the country would be in danger if LGBTQ+ people are provided the same job protections as other groups.

Gohmert was speaking at the Values Voter Summit, an annual conservative gathering for anti-LGBTQ+ activists, hosted by the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group Family Research Council. A longtime opponent of LGBTQ+ equality, the Congressman brought up R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, one of three employment discrimination cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

If the court rules that employers cannot fire people on the basis of gender identity, Gohmert claimed the country would face “such obscurity for right and wrong that it will chaos [sic].” He also predicted chaos would come from “these great dictators,” presumably referring to trans people who simply want equal rights.

Gohmert went onto attack Supreme Court plaintiff Aimee Stephens, who was dismissed from her job after she began transitioning. He misgendered Stephens, while saying that people who transition are simply in violation of their employers’ policies.
https://www.out.com/politics/2019/10/14/texas-congressman-says-trans-equality-leads-dictatorship




Yes, Mr. Gohmert – even JAYSUS thinks you’re doing it wrong! I mean that’s not how this works, that’s not how any of this works! We support our trans brothers and sisters at the Holy Church Of The Top 10 – as we have said before everyone is welcome! By the way, in case you’re wondering the kind of Christian holy warrior the VVS attracts, look no further than this!

An Arizona artist who successfully sued the city of Phoenix over an ordinance that would have forced her company to provide services for same-sex weddings despite their religious objections has encouraged American Christians “to take a stand” for their beliefs.

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled last month in Brush & Nib v. City of Phoenix that Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio, cannot be compelled by a local antidiscrimination ordinance to provide their artistic services to same-sex weddings.

Duka was part of a panel at the Values Voters Summit on Friday comprised of people who were part of religious liberty litigation. When asked how she handled the pressure of the highly publicized lawsuit, Duka said her faith was a great help.

“Breanna and I put a lot of prayer into it. Is this something that God wants us to do? Are we on the right path? Because we wanted to do the right thing and we believed that God was leading us to do it,” explained Duka.
https://www.christianpost.com/news/artist-who-defeated-ordinance-forcing-her-work-gay-weddings-urges-christians-take-a-stand.html




Yes, that is not how this works! I mean whatever happened to the Golden Rule? It’s in our Good Book, but is it in theirs? That’s what the good LAWRD JAYSUS would have wanted, isn’t that right? But the big head of the event came when… yes, good sir, thank you. PHRASING!!! When the unholy, ungodly Dark One made an appearance himself! He’s not a godly man which makes him a hypocrite of the highest order, and JAYSUS would hate him. Which is why his name is not to be spoken in my church!

President Donald Trump on Saturday delivered a full-throated defense of his presidency at the Values Voter Summit, calling Democrats “crazy” over their impeachment inquiry, touting his recent withdrawal of troops from Syria and pledging to fight for religious liberty in America and around the world.

"These are bad bad people," Trump said of House Democrats, telling some 3,000 attendees at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., that “we’re going after” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House intel chair Adam Schiff, while raising the prospect of suing them, in a 79-minute address that hewed closely to his stump speech.

Pelosi “hates our country,” the president continued, before further lashing out against the House impeachment inquiry that followed revelations from a whistleblower alleging Trump sought the help of a foreign government to dig up dirt on a political rival.

"Look we've all seen it, we all seen what's going on. There was no compromise," Trump said of the phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "Frankly, these people are crazy. They're crazy. I shouldn't say it because we're all the same but they are crazy."
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/12/trump-values-voter-summit-2020-045162




Yes, Dark One, I cast thee out! Yes, I know the LAWRD says that we should welcome all, but we do not welcome a man who puts children in cages and decimates our allies! That’s what separates my church from the Values Voters! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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In what may be the most insane and direct case of life imitating art, one of my favorite shows, South Park, called out China on its’ censorship and got banned for it. So the question on the table here is, how far is too far when life imitates art? And what the hell is China doing? Both of those are perfectly good questions. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the people of Hong Kong are rising up and protesting non stop against the brutal Jianping regime. And that’s having people’s opinions on a particularly touchy subject like this. In fact the subject of whether or not you should be allowed to support China has been such a tricky subject that the Jianping regime has gone into some serious damage control on the subject.

As political tensions between Hong Kong protesters and the Chinese government grow, the animated comedy South Park once again finds itself at the heart of the conflict.

In the wake of reports that China has outright banned all South Park content from the Internet, protesters have found other ways of disseminating the episode "Band in China." As spotted by The Hollywood Reporter, protesters in Hong Kong's Sham Shui Po district screened the episode to an impromptu but very appreciative crowd.

While it's unknown who exactly organized the screening, THR writes, "the screening inspired considerable discussion on the online forums favored by the protest movement though. Many praised South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone as 'prophets,' and rare Western media figures willing to show 'strong backbone' in response to the Chinese government's efforts to stifle international free speech."

Word that China has completely banned South Park content first surfaced last week following the original airing of "Band in China." The episode repeatedly criticizes the Chinese government's crackdown on free speech, including referencing a current Internet meme comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh and showing Mickey Mouse censoring his fellow Disney and Marvel characters at China's behest. The series continued to reference the China controversy in its most recent episode, "Shots!!!"
https://nordic.ign.com/south-park-14213562/30083/news/south-park-band-in-china-episode-screened-in-hong-kong-streets-after-china-banned-series




By the way here’s what is awesome about Matt Stone and Trey Parker – the twisted minds behind South Park – is that they troll. And they troll pretty damn good. In fact if you want to see how you should apologize to a brutal dictator who has a fragile ego like Xi Jianping, just look no further than how they actually apologized.

The creators of "South Park" have issued an "apology" to China after the show's most recent episode mocked the country's censorship and Hollywood's reliance on its theatrical market for movies.

The official "South Park" Twitter account on Monday tweeted the comedic statement below:

OFFICIAL APOLOGY TO CHINA FROM TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE.

"Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn't look just like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?"

The statement came after The Hollywood Reporter on Monday reported "South Park" has been banned from the Chinese internet and that videos, mentions, and discussion forums for the Comedy Central animated series had been removed or shut down.
https://www.businessinsider.com/south-park-creators-issue-mock-apology-to-china-after-ban-2019-10




Now here’s the thing. You don’t fuck with a dictator with a fragile ego like Xi Jianping. In fact we probably got the Top 10 banned from China as we were putting this edition together! And you know what? I don’t give a shit! And you want to know how fragile an ego Jianping has? Just look at what he did to DJ Zedd for simply liking a tweet about last week’s episode!

Zedd, a high-profile DJ and music producer, has been permanently banned from China for liking a tweet from “South Park’s” official account.

On Friday, Zedd tweeted about the ban, and CNBC verified the claim with his publicist on Saturday.

“This is true, yes, but we don’t have anymore info to give you at this time,” Adam Guest, senior entertainment publicist at U.K.-based SATELLITE414 agency, told CNBC. It’s unclear at the moment whether this means that Zedd has a travel ban to China. As of Saturday, his music was still available on Chinese music streaming site QQ Music.

“South Park” stirred up controversy in the world’s second-largest economy with an episode called “Band in China” which pokes fun at the country’s strict censorship regime and ridicules American firms doing business there.

Beijing responded by heavily censoring content related to “South Park” on search engines like Baidu and other online services.

The tweet that Zedd liked on Twitter was one celebrating “South Park’s” 300th episode.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/12/dj-zedd-banned-in-china-for-liking-a-south-park-tweet.html




Holy shit! If you’re a celebrity, you can now get banned from China for simply liking a tweet relating to the most recent South Park episode! Which is why we also liked that tweet! In fact we followed the official South Park feed! Now if you’re Xi Jianping, how do you react to South Park? Well, you delete the whole fucking show from your country. It’s not enough to ban South Park, he wants every single mention of South Park ever banned.

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker hit back at China after the government scrubbed the show from the Chinese internet.
The episode, "Band in China" is a critique of how Hollywood shapes its content to avoid offending Chinese government censors.
"South Park" has never been afraid to be offensive, which is why the show now virtually no longer exists in China. Every clip, any online discussion from Chinese streaming services, social media and even fan pages have been deleted by the government, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Stone and Parker issued an apology on Monday after China's crackdown -- well, kind of.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/07/us/south-park-apology-chinese-internet-trnd/index.html




And by the way, South Park wasn’t the only one who got this kind of insane treatment and censorship from the Jianping regime. Look at what they did to the Houston Rockets. It’s not enough to just ban that person, they’re banning the whole team and the league. The Jianping regime is doing some serious damage control right now and we may all get fucked!

Basketball fans attend a match between the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Saturday. Photo: APBasketball fans attend a match between the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Saturday. Photo: AP
Basketball fans attend a match between the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers at Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Saturday. Photo: AP

Live broadcasts of the National Basketball Association’s preseason games have resumed in China – except for matches with the Houston Rockets – as Beijing cools its rhetoric on a controversial tweet by the team’s general manager in support of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong.

Tencent, the NBA’s exclusive digital partner in China, streamed two games live with commentators – Chicago Bulls vs Toronto Raptors and Maccabi Haifa vs Minnesota Timberwolves – on Monday morning after skipping live broadcasts of two exhibition games in China last week.

Games featuring the Houston Rockets, who are next on court on Wednesday, have been taken off the schedule. Tencent last week offered subscribers who chose the Houston Rockets as their preferred games to change to another team or be refunded.

Monday’s live broadcast came days after Tencent’s announcement that it would not broadcast two of the exhibition games in China, which took place last Thursday and Saturday, after league commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA supported Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s right to exercise free speech.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3032849/nba-games-return-china-screens-houston-rockets-not-included





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This week – the Tomahawk Chop. How is this still a thing? One of the oldest and most annoying chants in sports belongs to teams with Indian or Native American names. We’d ask how that’s still a thing but we will save that for another edition. But after the Atlanta Braves failed to advance in the playoffs yet again, attention is being turned to their signature chant – the Tomahawk Chop. But it’s not capturing the spotlight the way you would imagine. See in an era where people love to “trigger the snowflakes”, the Tomahawk Chop is attracting a particular kind of asshole to its’ fanbase. And well, because the Braves are trying to distance themselves from the chant because it might be, well, a little racist, there’s some that aren’t having any of it.

After receiving criticism from St. Louis Cardinals reliever and Cherokee Nation member Ryan Helsley over their promotion of the so-called “tomahawk chop” chant, the Atlanta Braves did not distribute foam tomahawks on seats before Game 5 of the National League Division Series as they typically do for playoff games.

The Braves issued a statement Wednesday addressing the changes:

“Out of respect for the concerns expressed by Mr. Helsley, we will take several efforts to reduce the Tomahawk Chop during our in-ballpark presentation today. Among other things, these steps include not distributing foam tomahawks to each seat and not playing the accompanying music or using Chop-related graphics when Mr. Helsley is in the game. As stated earlier, we will continue to evaluate how we activate elements of our brand, as well as the overall in-game experience. We look forward to a continued dialogue with those in the Native American community after the postseason concludes.”

Helsley told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier in the series that he felt the chant was disrespectful of his Cherokee heritage.

The Braves and their fans adopted the chant in the 1990s, importing it from Florida State when former Seminoles football player Deion Sanders played for Atlanta. It has continued to be part of the Braves’ in-game presentation ever since.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2019/10/09/atlanta-braves-tomahawk-chop-chris-helsley-nlds/3923352002/




Now remember when we said that abandoning the chant would attract a particular kind of asshole to actually do the chant? Well, conservatives took the “don’t do the chant” message and interpreted it as “do the chant and be a colossal asshole about it!”. So when the Atlanta Braves began their downfall in game 5, conservatives gleefully cheered it was because they abandoned the chant.

Georgia conservatives tore into the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for making game-day changes revolving around the “tomahawk chop” chant after Ryan Helsley, a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and a member of Cherokee Nation, called it “disappointing and disrespectful.”

The MLB team said in a statement that, "out of respect for the concerns," it would not distribute foam tomahawks to the seats before Game 5 its divisional round playoff series against the Cardinals, which St. Louis went on to win. The Braves also altered some accompanying music and chop-related graphics.

“As stated earlier, we will continue to evaluate how we activate elements of our brand, as well as the overall in-game experience,” the Braves said in a statement. “We look forward to a continued dialogue with those in the Native American community after the postseason concludes."

Team officials told The St. Louis Dispatch that it is considering how it will promote the tomahawk chop this offseason.
https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/465254-conservatives-rail-against-braves-for-reducing-tomahawk-chop




Yes, be prepared to throw your pretzels because Georgia conservatives were actively cheering for their own team to lose because they couldn’t do the Tomahawk Chop. But that didn’t stop the fans from doing it anyways. Because it takes a special breed of asshole to be a conservative Trump supporter who loves to “trigger the snowflakes”.

When the Atlanta Braves faithful arrived at their seats in SunTrust Park for Wednesday’s Game 5 of a National League Division Series, there was something missing, something subtle, and yet something substantial.

The type of foam tomahawks that awaited fans as giveaways for games 1 and 2 of the series were not distributed before the series finale, and that was just the beginning of changes the Braves made to their in-game entertainment Wednesday as a response to Cardinals rookie Ryan Helsley’s concerns.

After Game 1, Helsley, a member of Cherokee Nation and grandson of a full-blooded Cherokee, said he found Atlanta’s “tomahawk chop” cheer “disappointing” and “disrespectful.”

“We’re sensitive to it,” a Braves spokesperson said.

The Braves also reduced the times they used the scoreboard and sound system to encourage their fans to do the tomahawk chop cheer, and the team promised not to use it if Helsley was in the game.
https://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/updated-comments-by-cards-rookie-helsley-prompt-tomahawk-chop-changes/article_1e66a95f-00b0-565e-bc09-2686685bd033.html




Now that’s the kind of insensitive joke we shouldn’t be making here. But the fact that the Braves are waking up to the atrocity that is the Tomahawk Chop is certainly telling. And what’s even more telling is that Native American elders have now recognized that the Tomahawk Chop is becoming a serious problem and will be for the foreseeable future. But once again republicans are the reason why we can’t have nice things.

The Atlanta Braves’ front office says it will hold talks with Native Americans during the offseason in deciding whether to keep or axe the 27-year-old tomahawk chop tradition.

The team hasn’t offered any clarity on which indigenous groups or individuals it intends to approach, but if it’s the two major tribes that once inhabited Georgia, the Braves could be in for some difficult conversations.

In statements to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cherokee and Creek tribal chiefs backed up St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley, a Cherokee Nation member who said earlier this month that he found the fans’ chanting and arm-motions insulting. Helsley said the chop depicts natives “in this kind of caveman-type people way who aren’t intellectual.”

“The Cherokee Nation is proud of tribal citizen and Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a written statement, “for speaking out against stereotypes and standing up for the dignity of Native Americans in this country.
https://www.ajc.com/news/chiefs-georgia-native-tribes-call-tomahawk-chop-inappropriate/7SHzrtpEHXuPdOP03xpz1N/




Yeah probably. So Native American elders realize the problem, but once again the GOP shows themselves for the classless assholes that they are. That said, did the Braves lose because of reducing the Tomahawk Chop? Well, Georgia Republicans sure seem to think so. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Georgia’s conservative political figures have blamed Wednesday night’s humiliating playoff defeat for the Atlanta Braves on the team’s decision to ban its Native American-mocking Tomahawk Chop from the game. The team didn’t distribute giant foam tomahawks at the Game 5 playoff against the St. Louis Cardinals, and discouraged fans from doing the chopping-motion and chant traditionally used to fire up the crowd. The team took the decision after Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, called the chop disrespectful. “Have to feel this is karma for the unjustified and rash decision to do away with foam tomahawks,” tweeted State Rep. Trey Kelley during the defeat. Nick Ayers, former aide to Vice President Mike Pence, wrote: “Maybe don’t ban the tomahawk chop next time?” Debbie Dooley, a Georgia Tea Party organizer, said the Braves had “jinxed itself” by doing away with the offensive symbol. Ahead of the game, Helsley said the chop misrepresented Native Americans and depicted his ancestors “in this kind of caveman-type people way.” The Cardinals won 13-1, clinching a place in the National League Championship Series.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/atlanta-braves-georgia-republicans-say-their-team-lost-because-of-ban-on-tomahawk-chop




There you have it, you actually have Georgia conservatives cheering against their own team because they can’t do a chant that is deemed offensive. We can’t have nice things. That’s enough to make you ask – the Tomahawk Chop:




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Hey everyone I really need a drink!



Of course you know the idea behind this segment is that we take a break from talking about all the bad shit going on in the world, have some drinks and talk about anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. Well for this edition of “I Need A Drink” we figured that we’d do something different and combine two entries into one! We’re going to tell you about a fun new way to drink and a fun new way to enjoy sports! So tell me bartender, what goes well with a story about whiskey capsules and smashing things? What? No, I’m not taking one in the form of a suppository thanks! I’ll just stick with my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. I call it the Double Jack. Well, this week, the makers of venerable scotch brand Glenlivet introduced what could be an absolutely terrible way to drink whiskey, and possibly send you to the ER in the process.

After the Tide pods craze, now we have Scotch pods, or "glassless cocktails" for drinkers who can't be bothered to pour.

"No ice. No stirrer. No glass. We're redefining how whisky can be enjoyed ... #noglassrequired," The Glenlivet tweeted as part of its "Capsule Collection" roll-out, timed with London's Cocktail Week.

People have been enjoying Scotch whisky for hundreds of years, usually in a glass and often on the rocks, of course.

Now, The Glenlivet, one of the world's top producers, offers this twist:

"A first of its kind for a spirit brand, the edible capsules are 23ml in size, fully biodegradable and provide the perfect flavour-explosion experience," read the Scottish brand's promotional materials. "Enjoying them is simple, the capsules are popped in the mouth for an instant burst of flavour, and the capsule is simply swallowed."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/05/world/glenlivet-scotch-whisky-capsule-glassless-trnd/index.html




Seriously, Glenlivet! I mean the ice, the stirrer, and the glass is why I drink whiskey! It’s the beauty of man and machine! I mean if I wanted to eliminate those things, I’d be mainlining cans of Coors Light straight to my veins like Barney! And you just know that someone, somewhere will be putting one of these in their ass. I mean it’s inevitable. In fact the makers of Glenlivet have already been preparing for the worst.

It's unclear what the alcohol content is in the pods, or how many of them you would have to ingest before you would be over the legal limit to drive.

"The Glenlivet only promotes responsible drinking, and the capsules are designed to be enjoyed in moderation by adults in a regulated and licensed environment," the statement said. "The cocktail capsules are not for sale and there are no plans to make them available in the United States or any other market at this time."

The Glenlivet also posted an update on its social channels saying the seaweed capsules are not available anywhere but London.

According to the Facebook event page, the whisky company partnered with Notpla, a packaging start-up, “to create an original consumption experience.”

“The seaweed used grows at a speed of around 1m per day and if discarded, the capsules biodegrade in 4-6 weeks, faster than fruit peel, meaning no waste,” the company said..

Many who commented on social media talked about memories of the Tide Pod challenge where teens were ingesting the colorful detergent packs as dares.

"Does it do laundry too? Who thought this was a good idea?" Twitter user @JohnGeyerman wrote.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2019/10/07/whisky-pods-stir-up-controversy-and-bring-up-tide-pod-memories/3902266002/




Great, that’s just what we need! One simple pod that gets you drunk and does your laundry for you, what proof is that? 300? Yeah, industrial strength! Now before we go to the other half of this entry, we need some music!



Let’s go smash some shit!!! So say you’ve ingested a few of these and you’re watching your favorite team lose again. Well, the Philadelphia Flyers have got just the perfect way to take your frustrations out on losing.

Picture this: The Flyers are going through a February slump. The orange and black just inexplicably lost a 5-1 home game to the New York Islanders.

You need to blow off some steam before sitting in traffic.

So you go into the Wells Fargo Center’s Disassembly Room and smash some dishes, take a sledgehammer to a TV and unleash your rage upon everything in sight.

Sixers Fan Claims He Was Ejected From Team’s Exhibition Vs. China’s Guangzhou For Supporting Hong Kong

That’s right. The Wells Fargo Center has unveiled the first-ever rage room in a major professionals sports arena.

The rage room allows fans and guests to let out some stress by breaking, smashing and crushing items inside of the brand new Disassembly Room. Some of the breakable items even include the opposing team’s logos.

In a tweet from the Flyers, ESPN’s Katie Nolan and Gritty — who gave Gritty a weapon? — show off the rage room.
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/10/08/wells-fargo-center-unveils-rage-room-where-fans-can-break-stuff-and-unleash-their-anger/




Yes, if you’ve ever wanted to take your frustrations out on your office equipment, used cars, or the opposing sports team, for a small fee, and a ticket to the next Flyers home game, you too can go apeshit until your heart is content! So you might be thinking “hey somone’s gonna die” while this room continues to exist, but guess what? it’s a huge hit and a huge money maker for the Flyers. I mean come on, this is Philadelphia sports fans we’re talking about here! Add a few Glenlivet pods, and as Doc Brown once famously said “You’re gonna see some serious shit!”.

Plenty cheeky, sure, but the new Disassembly Room inside Wells Fargo Center for the Philadelphia Flyers was all the rage during the team’s home opener. As part of the fresh approach to creating a fan experience, visitors could swing sledgehammers or bats while cranking through the room smashing typical household products.

But just how did this “rage room” concept play out on opening night for the Flyers? To the tune of 35 gallons of freshly disassembled New Jersey Devils-logoed junk, the Flyers were pleased.

When the Flyers released word of the Disassembly Room prior to the home-opener on Oct. 9, the rage room created plenty of buzz. That buzz lasted well into the first night as participants in the event “took their best shots at every intermission and throughout the entirety of the game,” says a team spokesperson.

Fans destroyed 35 gallons of junk on night one, including an array of common household items, such as dinner plates, cups and glass vases. Each item had a New Jersey Devils logo on it, the opponent for Philadelphia that night. The Flyers say that placing the logo of the opposing team on the items in the room is a theme they will carry forward each game.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/timnewcomb/2019/10/11/the-philadelphia-flyers-rage-room-opening-night-destruction-included-35-gallons-of-nj-devils-items/#7c8b803f54b2






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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our annual 2020 voters’ guide Keeping Up With The Candidates! Just like actual 2020 voters’ guides out there, we have absolutely no rhyme or reason as to why we’re doing this guide but we are powering through until the 2020 election! Or at least until our Stupidest State contest, whichever comes first. Now last week we had hinted that we were going to hang out with the Buttigeig camp but instead we’re going to talk about something much different since last night was yet another democratic debate. Where does your favorite candidate stand on the issues? Well there’s plenty of that going around including the recent shocking news from the Bernie camp about his recent heart attack. But that was not part of the debate last night. So what was? Well there is one clear winner from last night and that was Bernie Sanders.

Bernie entered this debate on the ropes. After spending most of the campaign solidly in second place behind Joe Biden in national polls, he is now a distant third behind Biden and Elizabeth Warren. He’s also in third in Iowa (which he nearly won in 2016) and in New Hampshire (which he won in 2016 in a huge landslide). By the numbers, he seems to be underperforming his last run, despite having a vastly more professional campaign infrastructure and not facing a juggernaut like Hillary Clinton.

As if that weren’t enough, his biggest liability — being 78 years old, 79 by the time he’d be inaugurated — came into sharper relief when he was hospitalized following a heart attack and had emergency surgery. It feels gross to hold someone’s health issues against them and I’m extremely glad that Bernie appears in good health now. That said, being president is an uncommonly demanding job and it’s reasonable for voters to wonder if a 78-year-old is up to it.

Sanders’s performance Tuesday night provided an answer to that worry. He was more animated and on his game than much younger candidates like Tulsi Gabbard or Amy Klobuchar. He was more effective than Warren at defending the Medicare-for-all plan they both support (but which, he’s quick to note, he wrote), replying to concerns about its realism, “I’m tired of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel. 87 million uninsured. 30,000 people dying every year. 500,000 people going bankrupt. For one reason: They came down with cancer.”
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/15/20916495/democratic-debate-october-2019-winners-losers




So yeah Bernie was the big winner in the debates last night, even though we need to face some serious facts – if Bernie wins he would be the oldest president in US history. And add his recent health scare and that’s not good. Now switching subjects, with the Ukraine scandal constantly in the news how does former vice president Joe Biden stand up?

As expected, the first focus of this debate was the impeachment inquiry led by House Democrats. At its center is the allegation that Trump pressured Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

When asked about his son's business interests in Ukraine during his vice presidency, Biden redirected the focus to Trump. The question came after Biden's declaration over the weekend that his family members won't have foreign business relationships if he is elected.

Foreign business deals: Hunter Biden says he won't serve on foreign boards if Joe Biden elected president

“Look, my son did nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong,” Biden said.

“My son’s statement speaks for itself,” Biden said, before pivoting back to Trump. “What we have to do now is focus on Donald Trump. I’m proud of the judgment he (Hunter) made.”

Hunter Biden said in an interview with ABC News earlier in the day that he made a "mistake" and exercised "poor judgement" regarding the political consequences of his seat on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company during his father's time in office. He denied any misconduct.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/10/15/top-moments-tuesdays-democratic-debate/3991377002/




No no no one’s firing anybody just yet. But really this whole thing with Hunter Biden is just Trump using the classic “I’m rubber you’re glue” defense. I mean what is he? A kindergartener? So speaking of impeachment you know the last time we did that big impeachment special. And of course that was brought up during last night’s debate. So how did your favorite candidate flare?

The October Democratic presidential primary debate kicked off Tuesday with the question that has taken over Washington D.C. in recent weeks: Should President Trump be impeached?

All of the candidates in the Democratic race support an impeachment inquiry into Trump, which began after a whistleblower filed a complaint alleging that Trump had pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. The moment marked a significant difference from past debates, which have typically begun on the topic of healthcare.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren answered first, after being asked why Congress, rather than voters, should decide whether Trump should be impeached.

“Because sometimes there are issues that are bigger than politics, and I think that’s the case with this impeachment inquiry,” Warren said.
https://time.com/5701673/democratic-candidate-impeach-trump/




Seriously though there’s no one getting fired yet. We hope that @realDonaldTrump gets fired before his term is up, but that’s currently very wishful thinking at this point. So to recap so far we have a clear winner last night and that’s Bernie Sanders. A clear… I don’t know if you can call him a loser because he still beats Trump in the polls and that’s Joe Biden. So what can you expect for the November debate? I mean holy shit I can’t believe that it’s November already! But we do got to talk about the Ellen controversy before we go this week.

With the United States heading into one of the most important and divisive elections in its history, as the nation wrestles with challenges like climate change, health care costs and immigration, the final question at Tuesday's Democratic primary debate centered on comedian-turned-talk-show-host Ellen DeGeneres.

Though Americans generally find DeGeneres' goofy dancing and good-natured pranks adorable, many social media commentators – and at least one presidential candidate – were not amused that CNN's moderators chose to ask about a celebrity rather than the more weighty issues facing the country.

"No, you are not closing with an Ellen question," tweeted one viewer.

"This question about Ellen is so stupid," tweeted another.

DeGeneres was brought up at the political debate because she was recently spotted enjoying a Dallas Cowboys game while seated beside former President George W. Bush. The images of DeGeneres, who is a lesbian, yukking it up with Bush outraged some LGBTQ-rights activists who remembered his opposition to gay marriage. Others criticized DeGeneres for playing nice with a man they consider a war criminal for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/10/16/democratic-debate-question-ellen-degeneres/3995105002/




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-14: Wheel Of Corruption: Sign O The Times Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up University Of Kansas? How are you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! Man, I thought last week was insane, holy shit. This week is like watching Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos shows up and everything starts going to shit, then Dr. Strange does that weird thing with his head and comes up with 1.4 million scenarios this could all play out and there’s only one that works. Whew, I mean I could talk about this all day but we got 10 items to get through and plan each one out accordingly. So do we have time for the thing? You know we’ve been doing this show for about 3 years now and we’ve been doing it live for over a year. We’ve had a few heckles, sure, but nothing like Chevy Chase experienced while doing a show in Atlanta. See he’s out promoting the 40th anniversary of his cult classic hit Caddyshack. So during the question and answer part of the show following the movie screening, an audience member yells out “YOU’RE BORING!!!”. And this is my favorite part – he attempts to fire back with an SNL insult from way back in the 70s, from a sketch that he wasn’t even in – “Jane, you ignorant slut!”. Oh yeah and he wasn’t even in that sketch, it was between Dan Akroyd and Jane Curtin. Thank you sir! Yes, I’m boring you all! You aren’t here to listen to me babble, you’re here for the idiots! That’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first John Oliver is back and he enlists the help of his celebrity friends to warn you about the dangers of unregulated compound pharmacies:



Holy shit! Nancy Pelosi dropped the big one and called for an impeachment inquiry against Trump and it is getting crazy! In the first slot this week is of course the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (1). And whew, it is going to take a lot to unpack the impeachment inquiry, but we can and we must power through it! In the second slot this week is also Donald Trump (2). So who are the whistleblowers who launched this complaint? We will get to know them and still keep them anonymously, because we have that coveted Wed at 2:00 PM slot! In the third slot this week, holy shit, is also Donald J. Trump (3)! And we have to unpack his absolutely bonkers speech at the UN General Assembly last week and dear god, I might need to take a breather after this one. Taking the 4th slot this week is Climate Change Deniers (4). So unless you’re living under a rock, you know about the journey of 16 year old Greta Thunberg, who hitchhiked across the ocean to speak to the UN about climate change, but why is she being compared to a Nazi? Yeah they suck. In the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and last week one of England’s oldest travel companies and airlines, Thomas Cook unexpectedly shut down and left travelers stranded. So what happens next? We will find out! Taking the sixth slot this week is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit (6) – and after the Dark One snubbed climate change activists to talk “religious freedom”, our resident pastor is going to do a deep dive on the subject. Taking the 7th slot this week is a new “Beating A Dead Horse” – can a movie be too dangerous? We’re going to explore the controversy surrounding the new Joker movie and who’s to blame for it – SJWs or incels? In the number 8 slot this week – is a new “This Fucking Guy”. This week after he got a subpoena from the House Intel Committee, we’re adding Trump’s crooked attorney and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani to the list. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week we have a new “People Are Dumb”, because of course they are! And finally this week we’ve got another installment of our 2020 voters’ guide “Keeping Up With The Candidates” and this week we’re going to take a break from profiling and find out – where does your favorite candidate stand on impeachiment? The results might shock you! Plus we’ve got some live music from reggae legends Steel Pulse! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Hey everyone say it with me: It’s time for the WHEEL OF CORRUPTION! YAY!!!!!



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

- Guns
- Abortion
- Crime
- Poverty
- Elections
- Buy A Vowel
- Sex
- Clip Without Context
- Death
- Greed
- Spying
- Walls
- Food
- Elections
- The Border
- Donald Trump
- Clip Without Context
- Chance
- 5,000
- Bankrupt
- Community Chest
- Top 10 Investigates
- A Random Tweet
- Something Random In The News
- ‘Merica!
- Golf
- 10,000
- Morally Bankrupt
- Guacamole
- Clip Without Context
- Talk Shows
- Holy Shit
- Beating A Dead Horse
- This Fucking Guy
- How Is This Still A Thing?
- Intermission
- 15,000
- People Are Dumb
- Keeping Up With The Candidates
- I Need A Drink
- Infowars
- Go Directly To Jail
- T-Shirt Cannon
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

So you remember last time we debut our brand new, completely redesigned Wheel, to much acclaim from the press! And we stopped using bad sequel titles and have moved on to using Prince album titles as the names. So let’s get this going! Spin that shit! Come on, no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop! Clip without context!



Trump is his own whistleblower? How does that work? Like the scene from Fight Club where Edward Norton turns himself in and then he’s greeted by the cops who want to mutilate his genitals? Yeah kind of like that. Spin it again! Donald Trump. Or wait.



Yeah these are the people we’re up against. Of course if you know anything about anything that is going on right now, you know that Nancy Pelosi dropped the big one regarding impeachment, and Trump is losing it big time. See, MAGAs? We’re not hysterical lunatics, we’re laughing at you. And you can’t get it through your stubborn heads that you might be wrong. I mean we’ve covered a lot of stupid shit on this program from Trump and Trump fans, but asking a foreign power to investigate dirt on your opponent’s sons’ business dealings, that is crossing a line. Especially after you were previously investigated!!! How much lower can they get? Well a whole hell of a lot lower!

If the Trump administration has riveted the world -- a family saga of unexpected power, spiked with geopolitical tension and market upheaval -- the latest twist has international observers wary and agog as Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry into the President.
After almost three years of turbulence that include presidential tweets insulting foreign leaders, abrupt withdrawals from international pacts and policy reversals as US officials say one thing and Trump emphatically says another, observers are almost inured to the chaos.
But current and former diplomats tell CNN that this chapter stands out, as much for what's at stake within the US as the potential fallout around the world.
"It's always something with this administration," said one European diplomat, "but this feels different."

Wag the dog?
CNN spoke to current and former envoys based in the United States as well as diplomats gathered from around the world for the 74th United Nations General Assembly to hear their countries' views and concerns as the impeachment drama unfolds.
Some said the turmoil could mean that US global leadership -- seen as waning under Trump -- will fade ever further. Others argue the President may try to draw attention from his domestic troubles by making a splash on the global stage, though few see a "wag the dog" scenario of war.
Some worried about the ripple effects -- that their leaders' call transcripts with Trump could also be released or that global markets could eventually be destabilized. Several said they see the impeachment battle ultimately strengthening Trump, while others marveled at just how far political discourse in the US has fallen, and how fast.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/28/politics/trump-impeachment-saga-diplomats-world/index.html




Yeah how about that? I mean we’ve been covering this shit show since the beginning and I feel like we might actually start seeing this come to an end and we might get the adults back in charge. There is just one problem though – we might not yet witness the full raw power of the right wing media machine, which has done nothing but divide us.

Rush Limbaugh, the popular right-wing personality who is widely regarded as the king of conservative talk radio, was on a fiery rant.

"The whole thing is a sham," Limbaugh told his listeners on Friday, speaking about the whistleblower complaint that has ignited a political firestorm which could ultimately imperil the presidency of Donald Trump.

"Bottom line, there isn't anything really new here," Limbaugh said. "This is just the next phrase of 'Get Trump.' This is the next phase of the operation to overturn the election results of 2016."
Limbaugh's comments, while extraordinarily misleading, were largely representative of how the right-wing media machine has reacted to the deepening scandal Trump finds himself in over his dealings with Ukraine.

A complaint filed by a whistleblower in the intelligence community, made public this week, alleged the White House engaged in a cover-up after Trump pushed the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democratic presidential contender. A rough transcript of a July phone call released by the White House this week confirmed Trump had, indeed, asked the Ukrainian president to "look into" Biden.

Now, as Trump faces an impeachment inquiry in the Democratic-led House of Representatives, right-wing media, which grew out of talk radio in the 1990s into a cultural behemoth in the 2000s, will be crucial to his survival.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/29/media/trump-impeachment-right-wing-media/index.html




Go blow it out your ass Rush, Trump is going down and you’ve got a first class ticket on the Republican Titanic! And in case you can’t tell or you don’t follow @realDonaldTrump, boy is he mad! He is frothing at the mouth psychotic mad. And he’s escalating the rhetoric very quickly! Really, someone needs to take Twitter away from him, he’s going to cause some serious damage and fast.

President Donald Trump on Monday attacked the whistleblower at the center of the growing Ukraine scandal and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, after promoting comments from a supportive pastor who told Fox News that impeaching the president would lead to a "Civil War-like fracture in this nation."

Trump's comments on Twitter came as he faces an impeachment inquiry in the House over a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he asking Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's family. The Trump administration, around the same time as that July conversation, placed a hold on hundreds of millions of dollars in Ukrainian military aid, only to release it earlier this month.

Trump called the whistleblower complaint at the center of the scandal "fake" on Monday and said it was "not holding up," even though it lined up with a record of the July 25 call between the two presidents that the White House released, was deemed credible by a Trump-appointed intelligence community inspector general, and was authored by a whistleblower who Trump-appointed acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire told Congress last week had acted in "good faith."

Then Trump went after Schiff, who he said "illegally made up a FAKE & terrible statement, pretended it to be mine as the most important part of my call to the Ukrainian President, and read it aloud to Congress and the American people.."

"It bore NO relationship to what I said on the call," Trump added. "Arrest for Treason?"
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-attacks-whistleblower-schiff-tweets-impeachment-would-cause-civil-war-n1060191




Really, is anyone taking him seriously at this point? I mean the guy who is leading the investigation into your corruption is the bad guy? Seriously WTF is wrong with this guy? And now he’s calling for a second civil war? He’s losing it big time folks. I mean just the tweets over the weekend themselves are enough to get him impeached. But ah, probably nothing will happen, which is par for the course at this point.

President Donald Trump's recent tweet quoting a longtime evangelical pastor who warned of a "Civil War" if Democrats seriously pursue removing him from office could actually be grounds for impeachment, one Harvard Law professor said.

"If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal," Trump tweeted on Sunday night.

The tweet was a quote from Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist pastor who gave the comment during an appearance on Fox & Friends Weekend. Trump added his own parenthetical aside to Jeffress' quote, in which the president asserted that Congress won't be successful in their impeachment efforts.

The president's tweet was immediately met with backlash, and Harvard Law professor John Coates argued that the social media post itself is an "independent basis" for lawmakers to remove him from the White House.

"This tweet is itself an independent basis for impeachment - a sitting president threatening civil war if Congress exercises its constitutionally authorized power," Coates wrote on Twitter on Monday.
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-civil-war-tweet-grounds-impeachment-1462044






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Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin shall we? And it lands on… wait for it… a random tweet!

https://twitter.com/RandyRRQuaid/status/1178649797710024704

Yes, that’s Cousin Eddie threatening civil war. You know what they say about politics making for strange bedfellows, right? Spin it again! Donald Trump! Yeah so the whistleblower is all over the news and Trump is losing it big time. So here’s where we’re at – the whistleblower has already sought federal witness protection because – wait for it – Trump supporters put a $50K bounty on his head. Yes, an actual hit man movie style bounty on his head. And just when you think the MAGAs can’t sink any lower, it gets worse. Don’t boo just yet!

The intelligence whistleblower whose complaint has rocked the White House is concerned for his safety amid a flurry of attacks by President Trump and a $50,000 price on his head, but is not asking for federal protection, his lawyer said.

Andrew Bakaj, a lawyer for the so-far unidentified whistleblower, wrote a letter to acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire warning that the whistleblower could be put in "harm’s way” should his identity be disclosed.

The lawyer quoted Trump’s reported statements that the whistleblower is a “spy” who should be harshly punishedand demanding to know his identity in defiance of federal law that bars any retaliation against those who file whistleblower complaints.

The letter also cites reports circulating on right-wing social media sites that Trump supporters have offered a $50,000 reward for the identity of the whistleblower.

“We expect this situation to worsen for our client and any other whistleblowers as the investigation continues,” wrote Bakaj, of the Compass Rose Legal Group. The firm did not immediately return calls for comment.

After the letter surfaced, CBS News reported on “60 Minutes” that the whistleblower had been placed under federal protection. The lawyer for the whistleblower denied that report, although "60 Minutes” said it stands by its reporting.
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-whistleblower-trump-federal-protection-20190930-dul5by6l3raqna7hns56xuenp4-story.html




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Now really Trump, or Tmurp as we’re now calling him, really brings out the worst in people doesn’t he? So what, are we going to play a game of the Masked Whistleblower? Who is the masked whistleblower??? Well, whoever it is, Trump wants to meet this person face to face – as is his constitutional right. But… as we’ve seen in that previous clip that we played, even they don’t know who the hell it is.

President Donald Trump escalated his attacks against the anonymous whistleblower at the center of the Ukraine call controversy that could soon see the U.S. leader impeached. The president's comments came on Sunday, just a day after the whistleblower's lawyer warned that the president's earlier remarks were already putting their client's "personal safety" at risk.

In a letter addressed to Joseph Maguire, the acting director of National Intelligence, the anonymous whistleblower's lawyer, Andrew Bakaj, warned on Saturday that Trump's public outrage over the whistleblower's report had already created "serious concerns for our client's personal safety."

"The events of the past week have heightened our concerns that our client's identity will be disclosed publicly and that, as a result, our client will be put in harm's way," Bakaj said of the whistleblower, who flagged concerns around Trump pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son in a July phone call.

Of particular alarm, the lawyer said, were Trump's comments on Thursday, demanding to know "who's the person that gave the Whistleblower the information, because that's close to a spy."

"You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason, right?" Trump said at the time. "We used to handle them a little differently than we do now."
https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-ukraine-whistleblower-demands-meet-attorneys-warn-personal-safety-concerns-1462003



Yeah that happened! I mean can we blame the whistleblower for not wanting to meet the guy who’s been openly threatening him and causing a bounty on his head? I mean really when you have a Commander In Chief who is an absolute loose cannon, and is stirring up his supporters to do something really bad, can you imagine what is going to happen when the whistleblower makes their appearance before Congress?

The lead attorney for the whistleblower that set off an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump expressed "serious concerns" for his client's safety to the acting Director of National Intelligence over the weekend.

Andrew P. Bakaj, the attorney, in a letter to acting DNI Joseph Maguire, said that he has appreciated the National Intelligence office's "support thus far to activate appropriate resources to ensure their safety," but also wanted to alert him of concerns over the whistleblower's safety.

"The purpose of this letter is to formally notify you of serious concerns we have regarding our client’s personal safety," Bakaj wrote. "The events of the past week have heightened our concerns that our client’s identity will be disclosed publicly and that, as a result, our client will be put in harm’s way."

Bakaj cited comments Trump made last week during a private event in New York, where he said: "I want to know who’s the person that gave the Whistleblower, who’s the person that gave the Whistleblower the information, because that’s close to a spy."

"You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? With spies and treason, right? We used to handle them a little differently than we do now," Trump continued.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/30/whistleblower-attorney-expresses-concern-for-client-safety-impeachment/3817246002/




Yes, Trump, you’re a very bad person. And not in a comical Billie Eilish kind of way. Not even in a Mr. Burns kind of way, you’re pure fucking evil. And by the way, Russian trolls – don’t bother trying to out the whistleblower. Instead, you know who are better trash talkers? That’s right – these guys are the true masters of flinging shit. After all, AM radio talk show hosts get paid to fling shit.

From Donald Trump on down, prominent Republicans used part of their weekend to falsely accuse Trump’s hand-picked intelligence community inspector general (IC IG) of secretly changing the requirements for intelligence workers to submit whistleblower tips as part of a “deep state” plot to clear the way for the Aug. 12 complaint about Trump’s phone call to the president of Ukraine.

The smoking gun in the putative conspiracy is an obscure government form, IC IG ICWSP Form 401, also known as the Disclosure of Urgent Concern Form. The document is put out by the IC IG for intelligence workers who need to file urgent complaints that trigger special treatment under the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act.

According to the GOP and an army of conservative commentators, the old version of the form prohibited workers from submitting urgent complaints based on secondhand information; only misconduct witnessed personally could be reported. That changed in early August, the false claim goes, when ICIG Michael Atkinson snuck through a hasty revision to the complaint form that reversed longstanding policy.

“Whistleblowers were required to provide direct, first-hand knowledge of allegations,” reads a Saturday tweet by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “But just days before the Ukraine whistleblower came forward, the IC secretly removed that requirement from the complaint form.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-shows-russian-trolls-how-its-done-with-trump-inspector-general-whistleblower-smear





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Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin shall we? And it lands on… wait for it… Donald Trump! But we just did Trump! Is the wheel broken? Oh it’s performing a system update. See, I’m still not used to the fancy controls of the new wheel. Please hold!



We’re back! Spin it again! Oh it lands on Trump again! Fine. Yes, we got to talk about how batshit fucking crazy his speech at the UN General Assembly was. Because, whew. There was quite a lot to unpack from that word salad. It was quite insane. But this might be my favorite part of the whole speech because if there’s anything Trump shouldn’t do, it’s compare himself to former presidents. And he definitely shouldn’t compare himself to Abe Lincoln. Oh no, he’s the exact opposite of Abe Lincoln. See, Honest Abe was the Great Uniter. President Shit For Brains, on the other hand is the great divider.

TRUMP: But you know you look at that — most presidential, I just said I’m the most presidential except for possibly Abe Lincoln when he wore the hat — that was tough to beat.

(Laughter)

Honest Abe, when he wore that hat, that was tough to beat. But I can’t do that, that hat wouldn’t work for me. Yeah, I have better hair than him. But Honest Abe was tough to beat. Remember we used to do that during the campaign. They used to say, when I speak, the crowd would be crazy, I’d go crazy — we would all go crazy. We had a lot of fun together. We had 25,000 — We’ve never had an empty seat. From the day I came down the escalator, with a potential — unbelievable woman who became a first lady.

(Applause)

The crowds loved her, the people love her.

But we’ve never had an empty seat, not one. I really believe that. There was one case where we had a tremendous snowstorm, and it was just about frozen. It was like a monster storm, I don’t even know how it got there. I said, “how’s the crowd?” “It’s just not full, sir.” I said what does that mean. There’s like two seats on top. Thousands and thousands of people couldn’t get there. So they show pictures of the empty seats. The worst storm they’ve had in years. They show pictures of like nine empty seats. They could have been people just went to the bathroom together.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/us/politics/trump-treason-spies-whistle-blower.html




Was Honest Abe tough to beat? I couldn't gather from that mess of a speech whether or not he was tough to beat or not. And we’re going to get into the subject of religious freedom in a bit when Holy Shit starts. But really, when Trump speaks is anyone listening but the MAGA base? I would be curious to know the answer.

Today marks the first day of the high-level debate at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, with U.S. President Donald Trump set to deliver his third speech on the world’s biggest diplomatic stage. This year, the issues at the top of the U.N. agenda may differ from Trump’s. The president’s address follows Monday’s U.N. climate summit—where the most striking speech was delivered by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

One topic that could capture attention in Trump’s speech? Iran. The U.S. president has already said that he will discuss regional tensions in the Persian Gulf in his address. On Monday, the leaders of Britain, France, and Germany backed the United States in blaming Iran for the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities and endorsed the idea of talks with Iran over a new nuclear deal.

Chipping away at a legacy. The Trump administration has been quietly eroding one of former Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign-policy legacies, Colum Lynch reports. The 1999 Helms-Biden act resulted in the repayment of nearly $1 billion to the United Nations. But under Trump, the United States has stopped paying hundreds of millions in dues—potentially damaging Washington’s standing at the United Nations.

Another president’s speech. As is tradition, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro will open the U.N. General Assembly debate today, speaking immediately before Trump. Bolsonaro—still recovering from abdominal surgery—will stay in New York only briefly. His speech is expected to irk other world leaders, particularly as he defends his controversial environmental policies, which many observers blame for contributing to fires and deforestation in the Amazon.
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/09/24/trump-delivers-third-u-n-speech-united-nations-unga-iran-nuclear-deal-jair-bolsonaro-climate-summit-boris-johnson-britain-brexit-illegal-supreme-court-prorogue-israel-netanyahu-gantz-elections/




Yeah I’m about ready to do that too. But what’s crazier is that Trump is channeling his inner Alex Jones and speaking about the dangers of globalism. I will repeat that. He is speaking at the UN about the dangers of globalism! This would seriously be like speaking at the Peta convention about getting food poisoning from eating tofu! Just…. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!

Donald Trump has used his address to the UN general assembly to deliver a nationalist manifesto, denouncing “globalism” and illegal immigration and promoting patriotism as a cure for the world’s ills.

Trump’s third UN speech of his presidency was a largely philosophical tract delivered in a muted monotone, which bore the hallmarks of his most long-serving hardline White House adviser and speechwriter, Stephen Miller.

In his address, the US president echoed the rhetoric of far-right nativist groups who argue that citizens with long family history in a country have a more profound grasp of national interests than recent arrivals, and that the established population should be on its guard against forces aimed at its “replacement”.

“The free world must embrace its national foundations. It must not attempt to erase them, or replace them,” Trump said. “The true good of the nation, can only be pursued by those who love it, by citizens who are rooted in its history, who are nourished by its culture, committed to its values, attached to his people.”

In the course of his 36-minute speech, Trump repeatedly referred to “patriots”, an undefined group of citizens uniquely able to interpret national interest.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/24/donald-trump-un-address-denounces-globalism




I believe that’s the actual live feed from Alex Jones watching this speech in the Infowars studios. But this might be my favorite part of the UNGA last week. Apparently Wilbur Ross pulled his best Homer Simpson and fell asleep during Trump’s speech! Do I have to be the one to say it? OK – Wilbur Ross is officially the smartest person in the room there!

President Donald Trump used his Tuesday morning speech before the United Nations General Assembly to criticize global free trade, illegal immigration, social media, and others of his favorite rhetorical and political targets.

Part of the way through Trump's speech, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, sitting in attendance with other Trump administration officials, appeared to fall asleep. Video of the General Assembly shows Ross with his head down and eyes closed during parts of the president's speech.

In a statement provided to USA TODAY afternoon, Ross responded, saying his was not a schedule of someone with "low energy."

"This is fake news," the Commerce secretary said in the statement. "I wear hearing aids and, during President Trump’s inspiring speech, which covered in detail the entire range of significant issues facing the world, was concentrating on what was being said."

Ross continued: "Immediately following the President’s remarks, I attended bilateral meetings with the leaders of the United Kingdom and India, and, later in the day, will have follow-up meetings with officials from the United Kingdom and South Korea. Additionally, throughout the entirety of the UN General Assembly, I attended events or am planning to participate in meetings with the governments of Pakistan, Poland, Egypt, Japan, Greece, and Vietnam."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/24/donald-trump-un-speech-wilbur-ross-appears-fall-asleep/2427740001/





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Let’s spin it to win it! And it lands on… DEATH! Well, Death Metal anyway!!! m/ m/



Hey two Swedish exports in one! How cool is that? Spin it again! The environment!



Well, Milhouse’s words are empty but the point is clear that people don’t care about the planetary environment they live in. How little do they care? I mean shit it’s been 15 fucking years since Al Gore won the best documentary for An Inconvenient Truth, and people still don’t give a fuck. Hell, the subject of this next entry – Greta Thunberg – was in fact just one year old at the time. Now at age 16 she’s an international celebrity for having the guts to call out our politicians for not giving a shit.

When Greta Thunberg began her speech to the United Nations, it was clear from the start that her address to world leaders would be different.

"My message is that we'll be watching you."

The line was met by applause and some laughs, but her expression signaled that this was no laughing matter to her.

If you listen to the scientists, as Thunberg urged Congress to do earlier this month, it's easy to understand why.

If the planet continues to warm, the evidence suggests the future awaiting her generation could be frightening..

The 16-year-old's fiery speech was a milestone of sorts for a movement that's been given new urgency by a group of savvy young leaders.

Around the world, young people are increasingly leading the push to address climate change. They are filing lawsuits, marching in the streets in massive numbers, and pressuring world leaders to act.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/28/world/climate-change-youth-activists-greta-thunberg-world-leaders-inaction/index.html




Unfortunately Homer, it doesn’t work that way. And you know what? Climate change is an issue that affects everyone. And it doesn’t take an environmental scientist to see what’s going on in the world around you. Deadly fires. Tornadoes in places where they weren’t before. Lighting during a heavy snow storm. Hurricanes the size of small cities. And if you keep denying it, it’s only going to get worse. But thankfully we have people looking to enact real change on this issue!

Six million people have taken to the streets over the past week, uniting across timezones, cultures and generations to demand urgent action on the escalating ecological emergency.

A fresh wave of climate strikes swept around the globe on Friday with an estimated 2 million people walking out of schools and workplaces.

Organisers say that during the week of protests – that began with a global climate strike last week – a total of 6 million people, from trade unionists to schoolchildren, have taken part in thousands of towns and cities.

“This week was a demonstration of the power of our movement,” said a spokesperson for the FridaysForFuture group which has helped coordinate the demonstrations. “People power is more powerful than the people in power. It was the biggest ever climate mobilisation, and it’s only the beginning. The momentum is on our side and we are not going anywhere.”
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/27/climate-crisis-6-million-people-join-latest-wave-of-worldwide-protests




Yeah and the sugar won’t be the only thing that’s melting, Homer! And by the way if you want to know where all this madness revolving around climate change is so important, and why Ms. Thunberg needed to speak before the UN, most of it can be traced back to one guy – the late, not great, king climate change denier himself – David Koch. Yeah, fuck that guy.

David Koch, who died Friday at the age of 79, is best known as a major funder of right-wing political causes, from tax cuts to deregulation, an enthusiastic patron of the arts and a man-about-town. But to his critics, his most lasting political legacy might very well be the rapidly warming world that he has left behind.

Koch Industries realized early on that it would be a financial disaster for the firm if the American government regulated carbon emissions or made companies pay a price for releasing carbon into the atmosphere. The effects of such a policy would be measured over decades for Koch. The company has billions of dollars sunk into the complex and expensive infrastructure of crude-oil processing. If a limit on greenhouse gas emissions were imposed, it could dampen demand for oil and diminish the value of those assets and their future sales. The total dollar losses would likely be measured in trillions over a period of 30 years or more.

In the face of this political problem, David Koch and his brother Charles built a political influence machine that is arguably unrivaled by any in corporate America.

Construction on the Koch political machine began in the 1970s, after Charles Koch took over the family company. He and David began funding and orchestrating a political project to restrain government power in the United States through lobbying, think tanks and political donations. The effort accelerated in the 1990s after a Senate committee, following a long investigation, accused Koch Industries of stealing oil from Native American reservations where the company was operating. That experience convinced David and Charles Koch that they needed to have a stronger presence in Washington to fend off their critics.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/opinion/sunday/david-koch-climate-change.html




Yeah if we keep getting climate change deniers like Mr. Koch in charge, we’re gonna get more killstorms and they will be a whole lot worse than class 3! But you know what’s really scary about climate change deniers? Is that even the people who are in a position of power where they could actually do something about it, are fucking terrified! Well? What are you waiting for? Fucking do something!!!

The Duke of Sussex says there is "a race against time" to halt global warming, adding that he is "troubled" by climate change deniers.

"I don't believe that there's anybody in this world that can deny science," he said.

He called it "an emergency", adding "the world's children are striking" after teenage activist Greta Thunberg led a worldwide protest on Friday.

Prince Harry is visiting Botswana as part of a tour of southern Africa.

He says it was the place he went to "to get away from it all" after his mother's death.

The duke had visited the country soon after Diana, Princess of Wales, died in August 1997 and had made "some of my closest friends" there.

"Now I feel deeply connected to this place and to Africa," he said during a visit to the Chobe Tree Reserve.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49836292





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He is aware that there’s only 329 million people in this country, right? I think Lance might have been off by a zero there. If he wasn’t then… Spin it again! Hey it’s time for Top 10 Investigates!

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



What happens when a holiday turns into a nightmare? While we in the United States don’t get the European style holidays that most of us only dream of, it can be a nightmare when the company who booked your vacation shuts down. That happened last week when one of England’s oldest companies, Thomas Cook, shut down entirely and ended it’s hotel and airline reservations, ruining the vacation prospects for thousands of people. In short, it’s a category 5 shit storm and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be resolved any time soon.

British tour operator Thomas Cook collapsed on Sunday night, stranding hundreds of thousands of travelers and putting 21,000 jobs at risk.

The 178-year-old company said in a statement that its board "concluded that it had no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect" after talks on a financial rescue failed. All Thomas Cook bookings have been canceled, the UK Civil Aviation Authority tweeted.

Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook's chief executive, apologized to customers, employees, suppliers and partners.
"This marks a deeply sad day for the company which pioneered package holidays and made travel possible for millions of people around the world," Fankhauser said.

"Despite huge efforts over a number of months, and further intense negotiations in recent days, we have not been able to secure a deal to save our business. I know that this outcome will be devastating to many people and cause a lot of anxiety stress and disruption," he added.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/22/business/thomas-cook-collapse/index.html




Well, the Thomas Cook shutdown is having a whole lot of people being fooled because the economic implications of Thomas Cook being shut down are simply put, catastrophic. Add Brexit into the mix and you’re looking at a category 6 shit storm. The craziest thing is that some ½ million travelers got stranded all over the world. You heard that right – a half MILLION.

Thomas Cook, the world’s oldest travel company, suddenly collapsed on Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers across the world.

The British company, which has been operating since 1841 but in recent years has been struggling under $2 billion in debt, entered liquidation after failing to secure a deal with creditors and being denied a government bailout. All of its flights were canceled, and thousands of employees found themselves without work.

The chaotic scenes did not come at British airports—passengers who had not yet left were warned not to show up—but from airports abroad, where as many as 500,000 customers (at least 150,000 of whom were British residents) were stranded without a return trip home. The result: The British government is now conducting what is being called the country’s largest ever peacetime repatriation effort.

On Monday, the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority began organizing for British tourists to be flown back. The CAA said it expects to run 1,000 flights from 55 destinations to retrieve the British passengers. Some passengers are still waiting for guidance and worried about the possibility they may not recoup the cost of their vacations. (Thomas Cook operated its own airline, hotels, and resorts, but it also booked hotels and other travel amenities from third parties in its popular vacation packages). Many customers are guaranteed their money back under a British financial protection scheme that safeguards most package holidays sold by British businesses. Non-British travelers may have other aid from their home countries or travel insurance.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/thomas-cook-travel-company-collapse-details.html




Yeah so Thomas Cook was a whopping $2 billion in debt – another example of a company getting too big for its’ own good.. So how were dream holidays ruined for many Brittoners? Well, we Americans don’t get holidays like this but it must be nice to dream what it’s like. Even still, it must be horrible to feel stranded when it the company leaves you hanging like this.

Thomas Cook customers may have to wait as long as two months to receive a refund for holidays they have booked with the collapsed travel firm.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said direct debit customers would be refunded within 14 days but others would have to wait up to 60 days.

Lucy Aydinalp said the delay meant her "dream holiday" to the Dominican Republic in November was now ruined.

"I have three children who don't get their holiday; it's such a sad time."

Ms Aydinalp from Manchester was a Thomas Cook employee for six years up until the collapse of the holiday firm.

She is currently on maternity leave but previously worked in a Thomas Cook High Street store.
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49876407




Yes, when disaster strikes the only thing to do is to press on. In fact it wasn’t reckless ransacking by hedge fund billionaires that brought down Thomas Cook, as one would have you believe. Instead it was gross managerial incompetence that brought down one of the world’s oldest travel companies. Yes, terrible management! As a certain world leader might say.

Almost a week after the collapse of Thomas Cook, the cost of failure looks as severe as feared. Repatriating 150,000 holidaymakers could mean a bill of £100m. Hoteliers have to be compensated, probably to the tune of tens of millions of pounds. And the biggest cost involves refunding customers for future bookings. The whole bundle could run to £500m. The travel industry has an insurance scheme, but taxpayers could still be on the hook for a shortfall.

Consideration must also be given to the pain caused to employees and customers. On social media, you can find desperate former Thomas Cook airline crew and branch staff appealing for new employment opportunities. Operation Matterhorn, the Civil Aviation Authority’s repatriation effort, has been slick but holidaymakers have nonetheless suffered stress and disruption.

Should the government have saved Thomas Cook instead? No. That argument was aired immediately after the company’s collapse but its credibility has weakened by the day.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/29/thomas-cook-failure-incompetence-not-corporate-greed




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



My fair congregation!! There is turmoil around the world over the future of the planet. But that said, the unholy, ungodly Dark One, whose name shall *NOT* be spoken in my church, has taken it upon himself to spread the world that people are free to worship the religion that they please! Except maybe for Islam, he hates that sort of thing. But that’s the Dark One, that’s not me. All are welcome in my church, you know that! So what is religious freedom?

Describing the USA as a country founded on religious tenets, President Donald Trump urged other nations Monday to join him in trying to end “religious persecution.”

“The United States is founded on the principle that our rights do not come from government,” Trump said at the United Nations. “They come from God.”

It was an unusual address, which the White House billed as the first time an American president convened such a meeting at the United Nations. Critics scoffed because of Trump’s immigration travel restrictions against predominantly Muslim countries and other policies.

Trump's push is a major departure from his tendency toward a go-it-alone strategy on foreign policy.

"Today, I ask all nations to join us in this urgent, moral duty," Trump said, announcing the United States is committing an additional $25 million to protect religious freedoms, religious sites and relics from attacks.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/23/un-trump-pence-religious-freedom-global-agenda/2389704001/




Now is anyone really surprised that the Dark One, in all of his infinite GAWDLY wisdom, gets it wrong again? That’s why his name shall not be spoken in my church!!! So why is he pushing this so hard lately and what’s the incentive for him? There’s really no incentive for the churches other than they get screwed and their parishioners get subjected to hate and bigotry the likes of which we haven’t seen before that would make even JAYSUS squirm. But yeah this is what he’s proposing.

President Donald Trump announced new initiatives as part of a global call for protecting religious freedom at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, which his aides have characterized as the centerpiece of his visit to the conference of world leaders.

Trump announced that the US would dedicate "$25 million to protect religious freedom, religious sites, and relics." In addition, the US will be "forming a coalition of US businesses for the protection of religious freedom."

Trump said he is the first US president to host such a meeting.
"That's very sad in many ways," he said. The President also called the issue one of his "highest priorities."

"Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution. Stop the crimes against people of faith," Trump said. "Release prisoners of conscience. Repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief. Protect the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/23/politics/donald-trump-religious-freedom-unga/index.html




Of course even the good LAWRD JAYSUS wants you to deal with it! But of course they get it wrong, especially when they fail to mention that one of the chief allies of this wretched administration is quite literally the WORST offender in terms of religious freedom: Saudi Arabia! By the way folks, give it up for my gospel choir how great are they? So who’s persecuting who? That is the question on the table here!

Nearly four years after proposing a ban on Muslim immigrants as part of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump devoted his first major appearance at this year’s United Nations General Assembly to religious liberty, a topic that has increasingly emerged as a central administration talking point.

“Approximately 80 percent of the world’s population live in countries where religious liberty is threatened, restricted, or even banned,” Trump said at the event, citing a statistic from a Pew Research Center report that also attributed anti-Muslim sentiment, in part, to him. “When I heard that number, I said, ‘Please go back and check it because it can’t possibly be correct.’ And, sadly, it was. Eighty percent.” (It’s actually 83 percent.)

Trump and his advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, love this statistic. They’ve invoked it several times during the administration’s months-long push to make religious freedom a central plank of American foreign policy, which has included two State Department summits and Trump’s Oval Office meeting in July with victims of religious persecution.

And while they’re quick to highlight American adversaries like Nicaragua and Venezuela, as Trump did in his Monday speech, they often fail to mention an ally which Pew rates as one of the worst suppressors of religious freedom: Saudi Arabia.
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/09/donald-trump-un-religious-freedom-saudi-arabia/


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Yes, even the good LAWRD JAYSUS thinks this is ridiculous! I mean do we really want to join the Saudis as far as this goes? I think that my position on Saudi Arabia is known far and wide, and well, let’s just say I’m not a fan. Yeah leave it at that. But this might be the worst offender of this administration by far – and a prime example of why his name shall not be spoken in my church!

President Donald Trump said at the United Nations this week that "protecting religious freedom is one of my highest priorities." But his promise rings hollow to advocates for persecuted religious minorities seeking refuge in the United States.

Trump's administration already has slashed the nation's refugee admissions ceiling to a historic low and on Thursday proposed a further cut for next year, to 18,000 — an 84% drop from the cap proposed during the last year of Barack Obama's presidency.

The president's promotion of global freedom to worship prompted the State Department to set aside 5,000 refugee slots for religious minorities. But faith-based groups that resettle refugees had urged him to avoid more erosion of a program dedicated to helping the persecuted worshippers whose oppression Trump has decried.

The list of persecuted religious groups whose access to refugee admission has withered under Trump includes Christians in Iran, Syria, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sudan, as well as Iraqi Christians and Yazidis — whose mass slaughter and enslavement by the Islamic State was labeled "genocide " by Trump's State Department in 2017.
https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/trump-condemns-religious-persecution-amid-refugee-squeeze-65936323




That’s why the Dark One’s name shall not be spoken in my church – for he is the face of EEVIL and hypocrisy – things that the good LAWRD does not stand for! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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No Bob it is happening and it’s happening because God is pissed!!! Spin it again! Oh it’s time for Beating A Dead Horse!



Can a movie be too dangerous? Ever since the 2012 shooting at the midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado, naturally people have been a bit squeamish when it comes to the releases of new Batman movies since then. But the latest chapter in the 80 year old Batman saga – the origin story of Gotham’s favorite villain, the Joker is coming to life in a new movie being released this Friday. On one hand the movie is getting just unbelievable praise for Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of down on his luck stand up comedian who rises to become the ultimate supervillain that we all know and love. On the other hand, the movie just might be too good. So good that you might see some extra guests when you buy your movie tickets this weekend.

Amid concerns about potential violent situations, the opening weekend of Warner Bros’ controversial Joker in New York City will see an increased police presence both in and out of uniform.

Earlier this week, the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison told officers that the department plans to visibly station cops at theaters showing the Joaquin Phoenix-starring film. Now Deadline has learned that a significant undercover detachment will also be deployed to make sure nothing untoward occurs inside cinemas in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

“This is 360-degree policing approach to ensure safety for ticket buyers in their seats, as well as on the streets,” a law enforcement official said of the strategy to have plain-clothed police in a number of theaters in America’s largest city starting with the October 3 previews and throughout the expected heavily attended weekend. “If something happens inside one of the screenings, we intend to be able to pacify the situation quickly and conclusively,” the well-placed source added, noting that large-scale and security-hefty events go off without a hitch in New York every day.

Still, concerns about threats have bedeviled this latest take on Batman’s arch nemesis since Joker debuted at the Venice Film Festival in late August. Set in a near-collapsing and crime-invested Gotham City of 1981, the Todd Phillips-directed and Golden Lion-winning Joker, which co-stars Robert De Niro, pays distinct homage to Martin Scorsese’s 1976 film Taxi Driver and 1982’s King of Comedy – both of which featured his The Irishman lead De Niro and both of which were stationed in a decaying NYC.
https://deadline.com/2019/10/joker-movie-theaters-new-york-police-plan-opening-weekend-undercover-1202749565/




Yes, it is, Joker! I mean as if the world is getting crazier, now we have people making violent threats on movie theaters showing the Joker. So how did we get the Joker? Well let’s ask the film’s director, Todd Phillips, the guy responsible for beloved bro comedies like Old School and The Hangover who’s responsible for this controversy.

Joker director Todd Phillips has revealed how "woke culture" directly led to his upcoming take on the Clown Prince of Crime.

Prior to working on Joker, Phillips was primarily known for such comedies as Old School and The Hangover. In a profile on star Joaquin Phoenix in Vanity Fair, Phillips revealed how he began to find making comedies difficult due to "woke culture" and that directly led to Joker, which he pitched as a dark movie without many of the typical conventions of superhero movies.

“Go try to be funny nowadays with this woke culture,” he said. “There were articles written about why comedies don’t work anymore—I’ll tell you why, because all the f*cking funny guys are like, ‘F*ck this shit, because I don’t want to offend you.’ It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter. You just can’t do it, right? So you just go, ‘I’m out.’ I’m out, and you know what? With all my comedies—I think that what comedies in general all have in common—is they’re irreverent. So I go, ‘How do I do something irreverent, but f*ck comedy? Oh I know, let’s take the comic book movie universe and turn it on its head with this.’ And so that’s really where that came from.”

Despite initially positive reviews following the movie's premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Joker has proven controversial, with many wondering about the potential real world impact of the movie and its portrayal of violence. In September, a question about whether Joker might inspire violence led to Phoenix walking out of an interview. Still, despite the controversy, Joker is tracking to be a major box office success.
https://www.cbr.com/todd-phillips-woke-culture-ruined-comedy-joker/




Yes, why so serious, Todd? Really you’re blaming “woke culture” for the reason why nobody is going to see comedies anymore? Except you missed Zombieland, The Dead Don’t Die, Good Boys, Booksmart, Between Two Ferns, and Long Shot – all R rated comedies that did pretty well at the box office. Bro culture is going out the window for a different kind of humor. So yeah if you can’t be funny, be as violent as possible is the message we seem to be getting from this! But yeah let’s blame “woke culture”.

Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as a clown who eventually becomes Batman’s arch-nemesis, doesn’t hit theaters until Oct. 4. But the film has already caused a backlash, with some critics saying its message is dangerous while others continue to staunchly defend it.

Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker strays far from the cartoon villain known for tormenting Batman in the DC Universe comic books. In an origin story which explains the forces that shaped the character, Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a lonely man who lives with his mother and for whom life is a revolving door of disappointment, violence and isolation. The lack of love, and a feeling that the world is consistently beating him down, pushes Fleck into crime as he morphs into the murderous, now-iconic villain.

But for some critics, Fleck’s homicidal tendencies—which the movie depicts as having spawned from his sense of being treated badly at at every turn—cut a little too close to reality. In a time when headlines all too frequently report mass shootings and other acts of violence committed by people whose motivations are later tied to anger at the world or specific groups, they argue that giving the Joker such an origin story could encourage misplaced sympathy at best, and violence at worst. Here’s what to know about controversy surrounding the movie.

Critics who saw Joker during its run at the Venice and Toronto film festivals in late August and early September, respectively, have called it “dangerous”, “deeply troubling” and “a toxic rallying cry for self-pitying incels.” In a review that prompted a flood of angry reactions from the movie’s defenders, TIME’s film critic Stephanie Zacharek wrote: “In America, there’s a mass shooting or attempted act of violence by a guy like Arthur practically every other week. And yet we’re supposed to feel some sympathy for Arthur, the troubled lamb; he just hasn’t had enough love.”
https://time.com/5684823/joker-movie-controversy/




Yeah incels are the ones who really should take the blame here. I mean people who complain about “SJW” movies are the ones who are the biggest SJWs themselves. But really you know what people? Just watch the damn movie and take it in before you start shooting your mouth off on social media about how great it is or how much it sucks. I mean have we learned nothing from the Dark Knight Rises?

Every six months or so, there’s a movie that everyone has formed a strong opinion about long before it’s actually released in theaters. This fall, it’s Joker, the Warner Bros. film starring Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic Batman villain. Joker doesn’t officially come out until October 7th, meaning most of the people talking about it haven’t even seen it yet. Yet it has sparked a flurry of debate on topics ranging from gun violence to toxic masculinity to censorship to the Disney company monopoly. Even the U.S. military has weighed in, with a memo leaking earlier this week warning servicemen about credible threats of mass shootings at screenings of the film.

So what, exactly, is it about Joker that has engendered so much controversy? We tried to break it down for you.

Many claim the film is a romanticization of incel culture.
Joker tells the story of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a mentally ill aspiring comedian whose rejection by society prompts him to snap and embark on a life of crime. He is also rejected sexually by a single mother (Zazie Beetz) who lives next door to him. This narrative is very similar, in numerous ways, to that of many disenfranchised young white men who become radicalized, or black-pilled, and embark on shooting sprees. And this parallel was not lost on many critics, including Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair, who wrote that the film “may be irresponsible propaganda for the very men it pathologizes. Is Joker celebratory or horrified? Or is there simply no difference?” he asks.
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/joker-criticism-fallout-891081/





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https://twitter.com/RightWingWatch/status/1179094673064898562

Meanwhile prepare for nuclear Armageddon by buying my industrial grade 10 gallon bucket of mac n cheese! Just perfect for post-apocalypse dining! Guaranteed to last 10 years! Only 2 easy payments of $69.99 each! Spin it again. This Fucking Guy!



This week’s This Fucking Guy is none other than Trump’s own attorney – Rudy Giuliani! Well, they say crime doesn’t pay. But when your administration is full of criminals like the Trump administration is, well does it? Even Trump’s attorneys are criminals. Just look at his rotating cast of players. One crook in the Trump administration who still inexplicably remains is former New York Mayor and current poster boy for divorce lawyers and auditors everywhere, Rudy Guiliani. I mean whew, if you dig into what he’s been up to lately, it is the stuff of pure, 100% Grade A batshit fucking insanity.

House Democrats on Monday subpoenaed President Trump’s private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, a key figure in their impeachment inquiry, even as the president vowed to learn the identity of the anonymous whistle-blower whose accusations of presidential impropriety toward Ukraine lie at the center of the scandal.

The Giuliani subpoena punctuated another day of confrontation in the capital, rife with accusations by both Democrats in Congress and an increasingly combative president.

“Our inquiry includes an investigation of credible allegations that you acted as an agent of the president in a scheme to advance his personal political interests by abusing the power of the office of the president,” three Democratic House chairmen wrote in a letter to Mr. Giuliani, who has served as Mr. Trump’s personal representative in Ukraine.

Democrats also requested documents and testimony from three of Mr. Giuliani’s associates who are said to be connected to an effort to pressure the Ukrainians into investigating Democratic rivals of Mr. Trump. They promised more subpoenas for other witnesses in the coming days.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/us/politics/impeach-giuliani-subpoena.html




Ha ha!!! Yes, Rudy is going down with the sinking GOP ship known as the SS Titanic. But the more you dig into Giuliani’s affairs, the more he is the perfect lawyer to represent Trump. This is the perfect example of that age-old cliché, “how the mighty have fallen”. Because if you remember after 9/11, there was talk that Guiliani was going to succeed Bush as president. Now he’s reduced to watching Youtube clips on his iPad because he can’t buy a TV. Yeah.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was praised for his handling of the attacks on September 11, 2001, but amid divorce proceedings, his wife, Judith Giuliani, criticized him for going from "hero" to "liar."

After 15 years of marriage, the the Giulianis filed for divorce in April. They initially told Page Six they hoped to do it "as amicably as possible," with the former mayor saying there were problems "on both sides."

However, The New York Times reported the couple's divorce has included fights over kitchen renovations, fountain pens, cigars and the dividing of their assets. They also argued over Rudy's income, which has decreased since he left a law firm to work for President Donald Trump pro bono.

Now, the two have a trial date set for January and Judith told The New York Times that court was the only way she could prove his financial worth and receive what she was entitled to.

"I feel betrayed by a man that I supported in every way for more than 20 years," Judith said. "I'm sad to know that the hero of 9/11 has become a liar."
https://www.newsweek.com/rudy-judith-giuliani-hero-september-11-liar-divorce-1459140




I’m pretty sure that’s live footage of Trump after finding out the predicament that his own private attorney is in. And if this guy is representing Trump, who are the good guys in this equation? Oh that’s right – there aren’t any! So the question remains – just what the hell are they hiding exactly? Well the only way to answer that question is to wait for the whistleblower.

It was another busy afternoon of news for Donald Trump’s associates caught up in the House’s impeachment inquiry.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listened in on the phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that triggered the whistleblower complaint at the heart of the matter.

House Democrats on Monday also announced they had subpoenaed Rudy Giuliani for his records related to the call in which Trump asked the country’s president to “look into” his political rival Joe Biden.

Pompeo and Giuliani are both strident defenders of the president, but Giuliani’s unwillingness to stick to careful talking points has placed the two men somewhat at odds. Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer and attack dog who has repeatedly confirmed his own guilt in the Ukraine story while muddling the White House’s messaging, placed some of the blame for the scandal on the State Department. He insisted that he had “40 texts from the State Department asking me to do what I did.” He asserted repeatedly that when he pressured Ukraine to investigate Biden, he was doing so for upright, officially sanctioned reasons. “A President telling a Pres-elect of a well known corrupt country he better investigate corruption that affects US is doing his job,” Giuliani tweeted after one bizarre CNN interview.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/09/trump-impeachment-inquiry-rudy-giuliani-subpoena-mike-pompeo.html




Yeah probably. As if that’s not enough that Trump’s fixer and cleaner may have committed treason, they’re knee deep in it! And by the way if you’re looking for the quality of person that Donald Trump associates himself with, just look no further than Rudy Giuliani! I mean all this and he’s got a podcast too, people! Just imagine the shit they will fling on this show!

If you want to know what Rudy Giuliani’s up to behind the scenes — just hang out at the Grand Havana Room cigar bar.

The former mayor was at the stogie spot amid hubbub over his boss’s impeachment, telling pals loudly that he’s launching a new podcast.

President Trump’s personal lawyer was spotted at the Grand Havana Room at 666 Fifth Ave. “holding court with a big crew. Huge smile on his face, laughing. You could literally see CNN and Fox News on the TVs behind him as everything was unfolding,” said a witness.

The podcast would only up Giuliani’s already-ubiquitous media presence. He’s been on the offensive defending Trump from accusations included in a whistleblower’s report that the president repeatedly pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to cooperate with Giuliani and investigate allegations of corruption against Hunter Biden.
https://pagesix.com/2019/09/26/rudy-giuliani-brags-about-new-podcast-in-cigar-bar/




Yeah if everything goes the way we think it will, Giuliani might be sharing a cell with Trump! That’s Rudy Giuliani, this week’s:




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Funny, I don’t remember that being part of the party platform! Spin it again! Oh hey it’s time for People Are Dumb!



Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. I always love this segment because there’s plenty of these stories out there, they’re all crazy, and I could just spend all day posting these and talking about stupid people doing stupid things. So I want to start with this story out of Argentina where a couple who ran a Peruvian restaurant. If you’re going to smuggle drugs, maybe don’t do so through easily identifiable containers, like I don’t know, hollowed out dildos! Yes, this is a thing that happened!

Police in Argentina have arrested members of a gang of drug dealers accused of smuggling cocaine hidden inside plastic penises.

The cocaine-loaded members, of the kind found as costume adornments at party shops, were sold by dealers operating in the red light district of the city of La Plata, about 36 miles south of Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires.

A video showing 10 of the phallic containers was released by police following a bust on the home of a Peruvian couple alleged to have led the organization.

Police say they seized more than a kilo of cocaine, half a kilo of marijuana and the cocaine-loaded penises at the home of the couple, who managed a Peruvian restaurant called Little Corner of Peruvian Flavor (Rinconcito de sabor peruano).

The gang’s alleged leader was already serving time under house arrest at the moment of the raid.

According to investigators, hours of telephone intercepts revealed that the gang and its clients used special codes for their phone transactions: a “grandmother” represented 10 grammes of cocaine, while a “baby” was five grams.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/20/argentina-police-arrest-gang-accused-of-smuggling-cocaine-in-plastic-penises




Ah, I miss Robin Williams. It’s a rocket ship!!! Next up – continuing our international trek through People Are Dumb, we head to the Russian city of Leningrad where a group of grandmas destroyed children’s playground equipment. Yeah sorry Junior but grandma was angry at your sea saw, and well just don’t go outside for a while.

Two women in Russia's Leningrad region have been filmed destroying a children's seesaw after complaining about the noise.

Brandishing a saw, the two women took turns cutting the playground equipment into pieces.

Video of the incident was uploaded to social media network VKontakte on Wednesday, Russian media reports.

Since then, the footage has been shared widely, accumulating hundreds of thousands of views.

According to the regional Russian news service 78 News, the women were acting to help their 100-year-old neighbour, who had been disturbed by the noise.

In the video, residents can be seen remonstrating with the pair as bewildered children look on.
https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-49673953




By the way Vandal Grannies, I saw them at the Troubadour last week, awesome band! Next up – back in more familiar territory, America’s most penis shaped state, the state of Florida, always brings the crazy! And what is it about Florida that makes everyone just go fucking batshit crazy everywhere you go? Even the animals are crazy! I just… how does this happen where you are in a position where you get sit on by a camel?

Video surveillance capturing a bizarre encounter at an Iberville Parish truck stop shows a Florida couple trying to retrieve their deaf dog from a camel's enclosure before the startled 600-pound animal responds to the intrusion by sitting on the wife, prompting her to bite its genitalia to free herself. Authorities allege Gloria Lancaster, 68, and Edmond Lancaster, 73, were feeding their unleashed dog some treats near a pen belonging to Caspar the camel before the small pooch slipped under the fence and they crawled in after it. Video footage provided by the truck stop's owner Thursday shows the Pensacola, Florida-area couple not notice their dog stray away until it was on the camel's side of the fence.

The couple told Iberville Parish sheriff's deputies the camel attacked the dog, but the sheriff's office said the couple invaded the camel's space last Wednesday and cited them for trespassing and violating leash laws. Caspar, the largest animal at the roadside menagerie, is used to entertaining hundreds of visitors each week when they pull off Interstate 10 for a rest at the Tiger Truck Stop, 16 miles west of Baton Rouge. But the peculiar attraction has drawn fire from animal rights groups who for years have sought to remove the animals, including a tiger that was euthanized in 2017.

Video surveillance shows the couple appearing to shoo away the camel by swatting it when they tried to get their dog. During the frantic retrieval, the camel turns around and knocks Gloria Lancaster down and then sits on her for several seconds as her husband appears to try moving the massive mammal off her. She told deputies she bit the camel's genitals to free herself, according to witnesses and statements they gave to law enforcement.

"Edmond stated that his wife bit the camels (sic) private parts in desperation to get the camel off of her as it bit him on the left elbow," an affidavit says.
https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/communities/westside/article_28c414ea-e0a7-11e9-beb2-87479de5f583.html




Next up – what happens when you get pulled over by the cops for drug possession? Do you tell them the truth or do you run? Or do you pull what Clint Eastwood did in the Mule and just admit what you did and turn yourself? Oh spoiler alert – shut up! That movie was terrible and it was based on a true story – something you can easily look up using that weird thing called “Google”. Well, you can’t fault this woman for her honesty, at least!

During a traffic stop early Sunday, Jacqueline Hubbard did not hesitate to answer when a Florida cop asked if she “had any drugs on her person.”

The 59-year-old Hubbard, who was in the front passenger seat not wearing a seat belt, reportedly told a patrolman that she was in possession of crack cocaine that was stored in what she called her “felony purse.”

The purse, which was around Hubbard’s neck, contained two crack rocks, a small baggie of cocaine, and two glass crack pipes, according to arrest affidavits.

The contents of the "felony purse" resulted in Hubbard’s bust on two criminal charges: possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance, a felony.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/cocaine/felony-purse-contents-673902




“Felony Purse” by the way – another great band name! Finally this week – another story out of the sunshine state and this one has everything! It has Florida Man, it has Florida Woman, it has fighting, it has potential cop murder, and they got caught doing the nasty. But this is why we do this segment and it has everything that we love about the Sunshine State in one story!

A Florida homeowner found two strangers having sex in her yard Monday afternoon, according to cops who arrested the pair on trespass and indecent exposure charges.

Officers responding to a 911 call confronted the couple around 5 PM as they were lying down in the yard. The suspects, Stephen James Dean, 36, and Teresa Ann Behan, 49, both smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, police reported.

Asked what they were doing at the Margaret Street residence, Behan claimed that “James,” her “music promoter,” lived there. But Dean was more forthcoming, and “spontaneously uttered” that they were having sex in the yard, cops reported.

Dean and Behan were arrested for indecent exposure and trespassing, both misdemeanors. Behan was also charged with a pair of felonies after she allegedly kicked and punched a patrolman. Dean was also hit with a felony for allegedly threatening to kill two Key West cops.
https://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/florida/more-fun-in-key-west-305912




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Wait a minute, I've got that get out of jail free card! Sweeeeeeeeet!!! Ha, suck it!! Oh it’s time for Keeping Up With The Candidates!



Welcome back to our 2020 voter’s guide Keeping Up With The Candidates! While we may be a week behind on the news, we’re a year ahead in the polls because after what happened in 2016, we need to jump ahead by keeping track of all of the candidates – the highs, the lows, the drop outs, the senate, local and national candidates, and of course most importantly – the issues! Which is the subject of our guide this week. Now remember that episode of Seinfeld where Jerry went around and was asking people what their stance on abortion was? Well we’re going to pick a few candidates and simply ask – what is your stance on impeachment?

Other strategists said Warren can use the moment to remind voters how strongly she came out on the idea of impeachment, months before the Democratic-led House moved on it.

“She can justifiably take credit for helping lead the charge on impeachment,” said Democratic strategist Eddie Vale. “But then like Elvis she needs to keep taking care of business.”

Biden, for his part, has an opportunity to take the fight to Trump, as the architects of his campaign designed from the beginning.

“Much of how this turns out for Biden depends on him,” said Basil Smikle, who served as the executive director of the New York State Democratic Party. “He’s getting the one-to-one match-up with Trump he wanted when he kicked off his campaign."

“He just needs to show that strength in his interaction with Democratic opponents by deflecting arrows thrown at him and proactively launching some of his own,” Smikle added.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/463447-impeachment-shakes-up-democratic-white-house-race




Elizabeth Warren is a solid *FOR* impeachment! I mean you can’t overlook the guy who made fun of your heritage the last 3 years and expect him to get away with it. Next up – Bernie Sanders! Where do you stand on impeachment? “Trump is a member of the upper 1%! He and his rich billionaire cohorts cannot get away with the implications of this crime!”.

Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke Monday about his campaign and about the Republican incumbent, who he called “the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country.”

Sanders was referring, of course, to President Donald Trump, who is facing an impeachment inquiry launched by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“It doesn’t give me any pleasure to say this, because it will put the country through another trauma that we don’t need to go through. But I think you have a president who is incredibly corrupt, mostly focused on the needs of his own wealth and his own power. I think that he does not understand the Constitution. I don’t think he understands or respects the rule of law,” Sanders told WCVB during an interview in New Hampshire, where Sanders was campaigning for the second consecutive day.

“He is a racist and a sexist and a xenophobe and a religious bigot,” Sanders said about Trump. “It gives me no pleasure to say this, but this is the truth.”
https://www.wcvb.com/article/sen-bernie-sanders-believes-incredibly-corrupt-pres-trump-should-be-impeached/29309492




Count Bernie Sanders as a solid for! “I can’t believe Bernie is for impeachment. I mean he promised free refills on sodas for everybody. That’s socialism! I won’t stand for it!”. We’re pretty sure Trump didn’t say that but we’re also pretty sure that’s what he probably would say since we know he hate watches Saturday Night Live. Next up – Mayor Pete! Mayor Pete, come on down! Where do you stand on impeachment?

Pete Buttigieg is among the Democratic presidential candidates who publicly stated that they supported impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, first joined that chorus during a town hall event in April of 2019. At the time, Buttigieg said that he felt President Trump “deserves impeachment” but did not specifically call on Congress to do it.

But Buttigieg has also reiterated in TV interviews that he believes the only way to remove President Trump from office is to defeat him at the ballot box in 2020. He told MSNBC on September 23, the day before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the beginning of a formal impeachment inquiry, that he did not believe the Republican-controlled Senate would vote to remove him.

Hours after the announcement, Buttigieg spoke about the beginning of the impeachment proceedings with CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “This is a moment of truth for the country. This is a moment of truth for the Republican party. Sooner or later it had to come because any one of these abuses that we’ve seen over recent years, any one of them could have been career-ending for any other president… now, the constitution is kicking in and there’s going to be a process that leads to some sort of accountability.”
https://heavy.com/news/2019/09/pete-buttigieg-trump-impeachment-inquiry/




Woohoo!!! That’s 3 for 3! Everyone is a solid for so far! Do we need to go any further? No? I think 3 in a row is a pretty solid majority. But how are they handling it where it counts – on the campaign trail? I mean maybe you don’t make it the primary issue. Instead focus on the positive, not the negative, because that is what will win votes!

As House Democrats push forward with their impeachment inquiry of President Trump, the Democratic presidential candidates continue to make their case on the campaign trail — often ignoring the drama in Washington.

A case in point came Monday, in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held a town hall to push his signature Medicare For All plan.

"Despite spending $11,000 for every man, woman and child woman in this country, we have 87 million people who are uninsured or under-insured," Sanders said.

Sanders made just one passing reference to the latest scandal engulfing the president, saying, "I don't want to get into the whole Trump thing." Instead, he stayed focused on his signature proposal, which would do away with private insurance, premiums and co-pays — replacing them with a government-run system.
https://www.wbur.org/news/2019/10/01/democratic-race-president-trump-warren-sanders-impeachment-inquiry-campaign-trail




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Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Mizzou? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! So this is the second time that we’ve been to Missouri and our first at Mizzou, and it’s also our first during football season. How’s that going? Not great? Yeah really fuck those guys. And we were supposed to do a show there too. Do we have time for the thing? Yeah so if you saw Blues Brothers trending on Saturday – no, they’re not remaking the movie, than k god! Because the second one was bad enough. But it’s because an SUV drove through Woodfield mall in the Chicago suburb of Schaumberg. Yeah can we show that clip?



Yeah that movie is such a classic. But really is the thought of a Chevrolet Suburban driving through a mall the most horrifying thing ever? Or do you break out the soundtrack to the Blues Brothers? Well if you do the latter then you’re definitely my people. Yes, a lot of space in this mall, thank you sir! But really I can imagine that would be a pretty crazy scene. And… HEY THEY BROKE MY WATCH!!!! OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first Bill Maher is back and he turns the tables on the definition of “Trump Derangement Syndrome”:



Where do we begin this week? Well in the first slot this week there was so much ridiculous stuff that happened last week – in fact too much to cram into 10 entries this week. So we’re going to combine it into one entry and debut a brand new segment “So That Happened” (1). Which includes a hilarious reason why Milo is no longer invited to parties, or anywhere for that matter. In the second slot this week, is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (2) – and what’s his beef with the auto industry? Do cars have “too much junk on them” or is this just a big “fuck you” to California? We think it’s more the latter than the former. In the third slot this week – is Mike Pence (3). Yes, the vice president is in some serious trouble after taking an 8 SUV motorcade through Michigan’s historic Mackinac Island – which has an ultra strict “no car” rule dating back to the 1800s. Taking the fourth slot this week is Ed Buck (4). Wait, isn’t he a billionaire democratic donor? Well, just like Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein, this dude might have actual skeletons in his closet and that wouldn’t be too much of a stretch. Taking the 5th slot this week of course is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) – and we’re going to take a look at a ticket reselling scam that targeted fans of the band The Black Keys during a sold out fan club only show last week. At slot number 6 this week of course is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and this week, is it your god given right to own a gun? Our resident pastor attended an event on the subject, and well, he’s got some thoughts. At slot #7 – “Beating A Dead Horse” – should Saturday Night Live have fired conservative actor Shane Gillis? Well, it’s really their own fault for being surprised that a Trump voting actor has said some extremely racist and sexist stuff. At slot #8, we have a new edition of “How Is This Still A Thing?” and this week after it’s once again back in the news, we’re going to ask “Clean Coal – How Is This Still A Thing?”. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a new “I Need A Drink” we’re going to Area 51 to recap all the madness that was the Storm Area 51 Event. But like a Trump rally, it did not attract the crowd that it thought that it was going to. Finally this week it’s the 8th installment of our 2020 Voters Guide “Keeping Up With The Candidates” and this week we’re going to my home state of California to hang out with former senator and current presidential candidate Kamala Harris! Plus we have some live music from… you guessed it, The Black Keys! Buy their new album “Let’s Rock” or you are no friend of this program.Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Yes, that happened. There was so much batshit crazy stuff that happened last week that we figured just like your favorite pasta dish, we’d combine all the ingredients into one pan, toss it and then maybe add some salt and pepper to taste. I’ve been watching a lot of cooking videos lately in case you cant tell. To start with, I love to talk about how the Alt Right has been absolutely imploding under this administration to their absolutely boorish behavior. Nobody wants to deal with your racism and sexism anymore and the fights are getting ugly. Take one of our favorite crazy people, Milo Yiannopolous. Who apparently is a furry now. Well, actual furries aren’t having any of it. Seriously, what do you have to do to get rejected as a furry? These people wear animal costumes and usually don’t care what other people think. Well, maybe if you’re a racist and sexist asshole:

Right-wing persona non grata Milo Yiannopoulos announced that he has adopted a “fursona” as a snow leopard and that he purchased tickets to a furry convention; in response, organizers rescinded his event registration.

Yiannopoulos posted an email screenshot to one of the few platforms he has left—his Telegram messaging channel—on Saturday and claimed he registered for Midwest FurFest, a convention “to celebrate the furry fandom” hosted in the suburbs on Chicago this December. “Furries,” as they’re often called, are groups of people who have interest in animal personas with human characteristics; people who participate in the subculture often present themselves as non-human characters via art and costumes.

Yiannopoulos also claimed on Telegram that he had submitted a form to suggest he host a panel called “The Politics of Fur.” He asked his followers who plan to attend Midwest FurFest to message him to arrange “dinner, drinks, photos or anything else.”

After numerous complaints online, Midwest FurFest put out a statement on Twitter: “We have received a number of mentions and support tickets today – we assure all attendees that your safety is of the utmost importance and is not being ignored. We are investigating all concerns being relayed to us.”

In a statement later provided to Right Wing Watch, organizers wrote that they had rescinded Yiannopoulos’ registration for the event and that he would not be welcome to attend Midwest FurFest or any future event.

“Hate is not welcome at Midwest FurFest. We are dedicated to providing a safe, harassment-free convention experience for all, regardless of age, race, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, or personal beliefs,” organizers wrote. “Midwest FurFest can confirm that Mr. Yiannopoulos has registered for the event this year. While the convention generally does not comment on anyone’s registration status, Mr. Yiannopoulos has already stated as much publicly.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/milo-adopts-fursona-but-furries-say-no-thanks/




You know what this means? He’s literally a rejection away from opening up for puppet shows at the local zoo. I’m just saying, Spinal Tap you guys. Next up – remember the good old days when all we had to worry about were Hillary’s e-mails? And Trump talked about how there were like 30,000 e-mails that they needed to find? I mean I get that much a day just in spam. No Jetblue, I do not need to book a rental car with my Vegas flight! That’s why I am flying to Vegas! OK now that I got that off my chest, Ivanka did use a private server for personal e-mails:

Ivanka Trump reportedly violated federal records rules by sending emails to government officials on her personal account in 2017, according to a new report from The Washington Post.

It said that Trump, a White House adviser and the president's eldest daughter, sent hundreds of emails about White House business and her official schedule to administration aides, Cabinet officials and her personal assistants.

White House ethics officials discovered this as they reviewed emails gathered last fall by five Cabinet agencies. The agencies were gathering the emails as they prepared to respond to a public records lawsuit.

In their review, the officials found that Trump discussed business from the White House while using a private email account, the Post said.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/417532-ivanka-trump-sent-hundreds-of-emails-about-government-business-on




Next up – Trump certainly knows how to pick the best people doesn’t he? And when you see the word “MAGA” appear anywhere, you almost instantly know that person is going to be a racist and sexist asshole who will probably say or do something racist. Well, when you’re a judge, you should probably refrain from going full MAGA:

A New York judge has resigned from the bench after he was charged over a social media post that allegedly "conveyed racial and/or political bias," state officials said.

Kyle R. Canning, who was a part-time judge in Altona, N.Y., was charged over a Facebook post that allegedly showed a photo of a noose, along with the statement "IF WE WANT TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE EVIL PEOPLE FEAR PUNISHMENT AGAIN,” the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct said in a statement Tuesday. The language used in the post echoed President Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

The commission said that Canning was charged with sharing an image that "conveyed racial and/or political bias."

“The noose is an incendiary image with repugnant racial connotations,” Commission Administrator Robert H. Tembeckjian said in the statement. “It is the very antithesis of law and justice. For a judge to use the image of the noose in making a political point undermines the integrity of the judiciary and public confidence in the courts.”

Canning took office in 2018, and his term was supposed to last until the end of 2021, officials said. He agreed to never "seek or accept judicial office" in the future, they added.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/461742-NY-judge-resigns-from-bench-after-allegedly%20posting-make-america-great-again




Yeah pretty much. Finally for all the crazy stuff that happened last week – Mike Pence went to Ireland and stayed at a Trump property. Shocking, I know. But what’s even more shocking is that the powers that be are attempting to interrupt a congressional probe into the visit and it’s backfiring on them spectacularly.

Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Ireland — or more precisely his curious stay at one of President Trump’s hotels — has prompted multiple congressional probes. But the Democrat-led oversight investigations have already drawn complaints and pushback from Trump’s loudest Republican defenders on Capitol Hill, including the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee.

Democrats in both the House of Representatives and Senate have sent official letters of inquiry to the vice president’s office seeking specific information on the costs of Pence's recent stay at Trump International Golf Club in Doonbeg, Ireland. They have imposed a Sept. 19 deadline for the administration and the Trump Organization to turn over relevant documents. Democrats have raised concerns that Pence’s stay at Trump’s resort could have violated the emoluments clause in the Constitution. They’ve asked for details like the cost of the stay, Secret Service protection, and comparable rates for hotels nearby as well as across the country in Dublin, where Pence held meetings with Irish officials and business leaders.

The vice president’s decision to stay at Trump’s resort can hardly be defended as one of convenience, as Pence previously suggested. Doonbeg is in County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, nearly a four-hour drive from most of Pence’s scheduled meetings in Dublin. According to an analysis by the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Pence’s stay cost taxpayers $599,454.36 in limousine service alone.

Before taking office, Trump promised he would step away from his business while in office. Instead, however, he has kept his stake in his companies. So expenditures of public funds like Pence’s stay at Doonbeg directly line Trump’s pockets. According to data collected by CREW, Pence has made more than 20 such visits to Trump properties since taking office. So has Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, while Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has made 16 visits to Trump properties.
https://www.salon.com/2019/09/18/covering-up-the-corruption-gop-tries-to-block-probe-of-mike-pences-ireland-trip/





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Once again, Trump is sticking his head where it doesn’t belong. And given the amount of shit he eats, I’m not sure that would be very pleasant. And speaking of eating shit, while the rest of the world is striking against the horrors of climate change, Trump apparently wants to rollback decades of auto emissions standards that nobody asked for, or wanted. But really when you peel back the layers, this is more of a “fuck you” to California for not voting for Trump than anything else. And really, he’s just being an asshole for the sake of being an asshole. I mean really Trump don’t go there, this is a fight that you won’t win.

California sued Friday to stop the Trump administration from revoking its authority to set greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, enlisting help from 22 other states in a battle that will shape a key component of the nation's climate policy.

Federal law sets standards for how much pollution can come from cars and trucks. But since the 1970s, California has been permitted to set tougher rules because it has the most cars and struggles to meet air quality standards. On Thursday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration withdrew California's waiver.

The NHTSA action does not take effect for 60 days, but state leaders did not wait to file a lawsuit. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has clashed with President Donald Trump on several fronts, vowed the state "will hold the line in court to defend our children's health, save consumers money at the pump and protect our environment."

The Trump administration's decision does not just affect California. Thirteen other states, plus the District of Columbia, have adopted California's standards.

A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declined to comment on the lawsuit. But Thursday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the rules "were making cars more expensive and impeding safety because consumers were being priced out of newer, safer vehicles."
https://ktla.com/2019/09/20/mr-president-well-see-you-in-court-ca-sues-trump-over-revoking-states-car-emissions-authority/




There is pretty much a Simpsons GIF for everything. But yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! So is this a fuck you to California or a fuck you to auto makers? Ah, I give up, it’s impossible to decipher Trump’s madness anymore. But according to him, car companies are politically correct and cars are full of junk – yes, this is a thing that was actually said! But there is some good news, we hope – is that states are fighting back!

A group of 23 states on Friday sued to block the Trump administration from undoing California’s authority to set strict car pollution rules, one of the biggest U.S. battles over climate change.

On the day that young people around the world staged protests demanding action on climate, the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington was the first round in a legal battle that many expect will outlast Trump’s presidency.

“Mr President, we’ll see you in court,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

The legal fight pits a Democratic majority state that has become the U.S. environmental champion against a Republican president who wants to boost the economy by cutting regulation. The debate already is playing out ahead of the presidential election next year.

“Trump’s latest move is bad for our air. Bad for our health. Bad for our economy,” said California Governor Gavin Newsom.
https://www.firstpost.com/world/23-us-states-are-suing-trump-admin-from-undoing-californias-car-pollution-laws-7388711.html




Thankfully we won’t have to go back to those times, but under Trump, we might go back to when cars polluted the atmosphere. You know what? We need it. I can see the LA skyline now! But yeah Trump time and time again, you don’t mess with California or you will get your ass handed to you. I mean seriously, what does Trump want us all to drive Crown Victorias? You should see me in a Crown Victoria. Yeah I threw in a Billie Eilish reference. Sue me! Oh and by the way, completely off topic, we are trying to get her for an upcoming Top 10 edition. Now back on topic.

States across America are ready to hit the accelerator toward limiting carbon emissions from cars and trucks — so why is the federal government putting up a giant roadblock?
On Thursday, the Trump administration, which has repeatedly touted "states' rights" on other issues, moved to take away California's authority on vehicle emissions standards in the state.

In effect, this regressive proposal will immediately affect 13 other states (plus the District of Columbia) that have adopted California's emissions standards. At the same time, the plan would put every state at risk of more pollution by weakening national standards that would have gone into effect over the next few years.

In defense of their right to cleaner cars, 24 states announced a lawsuit Friday challenging the Trump administration's reckless decision, which not only defies science, but also defies public opinion and even market forces. Two in three Americans say the United States needs to do more on climate change, and several leading automakers recently agreed to do their part by following the tough emissions standards set by California.

The aims behind these higher standards are simple: to cut pollution and advance cleaner technology. By implementing higher standards, these states benefit from cleaner air — and from the peace of mind that comes from knowing they're helping America fight global warming.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/23/opinions/trumps-disastrous-reversal-of-tough-auto-emissions-rules-folger/index.html




That’s probably not that far off of what Trump wants for cars and they might all end the same way if he has his way. But there is a silver lining in this complete atrocity – at least California is fighting back and they have a pretty solid majority of states backing them. I mean when we have an EPA that is literally doing the exact opposite of the job it was supposed to do, what’s there to do from there?

The Trump administration has a steep hill to climb before it can revoke a waiver that allows California to set separate rules that govern auto emissions.

The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that they were doing away with the 2013 carveout, which was one of President Barack Obama’s signature measures to contain climate change.

But legal experts say that California, which formally filed suit alongside 23 other states on Friday, has a strong case that the administration’s move is unlawful. And, they say, there is virtually no way in which the legal fight is over before the 2020 presidential election, meaning voters will also get a say in the matter.

“I would say it’s going to be a very strong case but not necessarily a slam dunk,” said Todd Aagard, a former Justice Department attorney who worked in the agency’s environment and natural resources division.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/20/trump-faces-long-odds-in-california-lawsuit-over-auto-emissions-waiver.html





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So this next entry is for the Michiganders in the crowd. Do we have any people from Michigan in the audience here? Yeah I love the one guy in the back who yells “WOOOOOOOOO!!!”. Well, speaking of putting a tail pipe in a place where it is extremely uncomfortable to do so, Mike Pence can join Trump in participating in that activity. Great Photoshop there. What happened for him to deserve that? Well, the super tiny island in Michigan’s Lake Huron is home to Mackinac Island. And it’s pretty well known that vehicles haven’t been allowed on the island since the 1800s. But once again, in an episode of conservatives just being plain douchebags, Vice President Snowflake drove an 8 SUV motorcade through it, proving once again that bad guys drive black SUVs.

Vice President Mike Pence choppered onto a historic Michigan island that has always banned autos in favor of bicycles and horses and was shuttled to a campaign speech in a parade of eight official cars.

Tweeted one Michigander of the grand, gasoline-powered arrival at Mackinac Island’s famous Grand Hotel this weekend:

Most tourists reach the island by ferry, although small aircraft do come in and out, and the island does house a few emergency vehicles at all times. Secret Service for President Gerald Ford had a car waiting in case of an emergency when he and first lady Betty Ford visited in 1975, but the couple used the common mode of getting around during their visit, a horse-drawn carriage.

Pence was on the island to speak to the Michigan Republican Leadership Conference and had alerted officials there to his transportation plans, according to reports.

Michigan was a key state in the 2016 presidential election and is considered a major target for 2020. Pence has visited Michigan 10 times since 2017, the Detroit Free Press said. According to the Michigan Republican Party, Pence is the first sitting vice president to speak at the biennial conference, which has been hosted on the island — home to well-heeled summer people, retirees and fudge-seeking, tandem bike-riding tourists — for more than 60 years.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/michigans-historic-mackinac-island-bans-cars-the-pence-motorcade-used-8-2019-09-22




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Is nothing sacred to these motherfuckers? It’s almost like they try to come up with the wrong answer to everything? Hmm, let’s drive a car through a place where cars haven’t been allowed for 100 years! Yeah seriously, fail. And the residents of Mackinac Island are pissed and rightfully so. Are they trying to lose Michigan? This could probably do it.

Mackinac Island (pronounced "Mackinaw" draws nearly a million visitors each year and is regarded as one of the most precious natural resources in Michigan. Just 450 people live on the small destination, and they get around by bike.

"Bikes are just our way of life," Mary McGuire Slevin, the executive director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, told the sustainable-business news site TriplePundit. "They are like a part of our bodies, we don't even think about it. When I see a tourist go out for a bike ride around the circumference of the island, you can just tell the difference when they come pedaling back into town — they are more relaxed and have a big smile on their face."

Even Gerald Ford, the only president from Michigan, traveled by horse-drawn carriage when he visited Mackinac in 1975.

So when Pence broke with tradition over the weekend, controversy ensued. Several current and former Michigan residents reached out to Business Insider over email to share their thoughts.

"This is) a true gem that has been assaulted in plain sight," Skaneateles, New York resident Bitsy Jennings Govern, who grew up in Michigan, told Business Insider.
https://www.businessinsider.com/mike-pence-car-free-mackinac-island-michiganders-react2019-9




Yeah probably. But seriously, Pence crossed a line that shouldn’t have been crossed here. It’s like nothing is scared to these guys. Yeah sure, the powers that be on Mackinac Island have bent the rules before but nothing like this. At least when Gerald Ford visited the island, he had the good sense to leave his car behind when he realized that it might have been a bad idea.

The U.S. Secret Service had an automobile smuggled onto Mackinac Island when President Gerald Ford visited in 1975 — but the car was kept hidden and was never used, says a former longtime Mackinac Island official.

Dennis Cawthorne, a Lansing lobbyist and Mackinac Island resident who served for more than 20 years as chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, said Ford and his wife, first lady Betty Ford, rode a horse-drawn carriage during their Mackinac visit.

What wasn't widely known at the time, Cawthorne said, was that the Secret Service insisted that a vehicle be quietly brought to the island, so it would be available in case of an emergency.

Cawthorne disclosed the backstory to the Ford visit amid a controversy over whether Vice President Mike Pence will observe the century-old Mackinac Island ban on motorized vehicles when he visits Saturday to address the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference.
https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/09/20/mike-pence-mackinac-island-motorized-vehicle/2386562001/




There literally is a Simpsons GIF for everything. By the way, my mom is from Michigan. I’ve been to Mackinac Island, I’ve eaten and stayed at the Grand Hotel. This is what one might call, a sacrilege. I mean seriously, he fucked up. And if you want to see why cars have been banned on the island, take a look at this photo gallery.

Michiganders are furious over Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade on the historic Mackinac Island — and for good reason.

As a native Michigander, Mackinac Island holds a special place in my heart. The quaint town barred vehicles in 1898 over health concerns for the horses that live on the island. Natives tend to bike everywhere, or travel by horse-drawn carriage.

Today, the vehicle ban adds to the "old-school" feel of the area, along with its Victorian architecture and the presence of horse-drawn carriages.

Here are 12 photos that show exactly why Michiganders are so furious with Pence driving on Mackinac Island:
https://www.businessinsider.com/mackinac-island-photos-before-mike-pence-motorcade-2019-9





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You’re probably thinking – another billionaire donor is a convicted sex criminal and possible human trafficker? Yes. And you’re probably also thinking – hey wait a minute! Ed Buck is a democratic donor, why is he on the list? Because we’re not taking shit from anybody and we’re giving him the same treatment that we gave Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Bill Cosby. That is, sex offenders like these monsters can go fuck themselves. So how did Ed Buck wind up on the list? Well, he’s a demon among the homeless population of Los Angeles. And that’s putting it lightly. Of course this is going to give more fuel to the fire for Qanon aficionados, but really, they can fuck off too.

Stunning new allegations that Democratic donor Ed Buck paid at least 10 men to use drugs for his pleasure have sparked more questions from activists and others about why it took so long to uncover the longtime West Hollywood political activist’s alleged misconduct.

Buck has been the subject of protests and demands for justice since 2017, when a young man was found dead in his home of a drug overdose. Early this year, a second man was found dead inside Buck’s West Hollywood apartment.

Community activists and family and friends of the victims have long questioned whether Buck’s political connections played a role in the lack of law enforcement action after the first death — an accusation authorities deny.

Jasmyne Cannick, who has led community protests about Buck, said she was pleased with his arrest this week but said it took far too long.

“We brought them plenty of witnesses,” Cannick said. “Over the years, I met with victims repeatedly. They didn’t want to be out in the open. One of them is now dead, and sadly he didn’t get to see this day.”

The mother of Gemmel Moore, the man found dead in Buck’s home in 2017, thanked her son’s supporters for not giving up. In a video statement posted on Twitter, LaTisha Nixon said she felt like prosecutors initially treated her like a criminal when she pressed her case.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-20/after-arrest-of-ed-buck-a-k-a-dr-kevorkian-some-ask-what-took-so-long




Holy shit!!! Yeah, if people start comparing you to a tried and convicted serial killer, you definitely have some issues. As if this further delves into “holy shit” territory, it gets worse. You know how I sometimes joke about people who have actual skeletons in his closet? Well, for Ed Buck, that joke may not be that far off from reality here.

When the lifeless body of a 26-year-old man was found two years ago in the apartment of Ed Buck, a small-time Democratic donor and political activist, the authorities described it as an accidental overdose. Then, in January, a 55-year-old fashion consultant died in Mr. Buck’s home in exactly the same way. Once again, he faced no charges.

On Tuesday, after a third man survived a methamphetamine overdose in the apartment, Mr. Buck was finally arrested and hauled away in the back of a police car.

The sordid facts — and Mr. Buck’s seeming double life — are the stuff of crime novels. The West Hollywood apartment building where Mr. Buck lived, with its simple white facade, dirty with stains dripping from air-conditioners, would be easy to miss on another day, the kind of spot that the novelist Raymond Chandler once described as a good place to have bad habits.

Prosecutors have charged Mr. Buck with operating a drug house, administering methamphetamines and battery and accused him of being a “violent, dangerous sexual predator” who targeted vulnerable men. “Buck is clearly a predator with no regard for human life,” the court documents said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/us/ed-buck-west-hollywood.html




Forget Dr. Kevorkian, Dexter Morgan might be a more accurate comparison! This might be one of the darkest entries we’ve ever done, but really, fuck this guy. So how did Ed Buck go this long without getting arrested? I mean did he try and evade the authorities with the same precision that Dexter Morgan got away with? Or just pure laziness? I’m guessing the latter than the former.

Los Angeles County prosecutors say they have charged Democratic donor and LGBTQ activist Ed Buck with running a drug house and other crimes after a man overdosed on methamphetamine at Buck's apartment last week. The man survived, but two other men have died from overdoses at Buck's apartment in the past two years.

Buck was arrested Tuesday night — after months in which activists and relatives of the men who died have called for criminal charges related to the suspicious circumstances around the deaths of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore in 2017 and 55-year-old Timothy Michael Dean in January.

Buck, who is 65, is now facing felony counts of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house.

If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison, said Greg Risling, the assistant chief of media relations for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The most recent overdose took place on Sept. 11. Prosecutors say Buck injected a 37-year-old man with methamphetamine at Buck's apartment on Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood. The man suffered an overdose but survived
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/18/761858659/democratic-fundraiser-ed-buck-is-arrested-after-a-third-man-ods-in-bucks-apartme




No no no no, no need to stab anything here. So you might be wondering what does the far right have to do with this? Well, many right wingers who are followers of the Q conspiracy have alleged that Ed Buck’s arrest is similar to that of Jeffrey Epstein’s and that it may be a smaller part of a much bigger picture. But prominent figures on both sides are going down at a very quick rate. So what will happen when all the dust has been settled? It’s too hard to say really.

Buck’s arrest has caught the attention of many right-wing conspiracy theorists on Twitter, in large part because his story is similar to that of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of young women who was found dead in his cell last month. Like Epstein, Buck was a wealthy, politically connected white man; also like Epstein, he allegedly targeted members of marginalized communities, and his alleged crimes escaped notice from authorities for years before his arrest, largely due to his wealth and privilege. Perhaps more to the point, from the perspective of far-right conspiracy theorists, both Buck and Epstein had connections to powerful Democratic politicians, and many right-wing trolls on Twitter have leaned heavily into Buck’s links to Hillary Clinton in discussing the case. QAnon followers also made hay with news of Buck’s arrest, suggesting that it was part of President Trump’s larger plan to round up members of the Democratic establishment and send them to Guantanamo, as so-called “drops” from the anonymous 4chan poster Q has intimated.

But the truth is that Buck’s arrest is significant because it does point to a larger conspiracy — just not the one that far-right trolls think. Members of the community have long argued that Buck targeted vulnerable members of the community — men who were HIV-positive or homeless or struggling with drug addiction — for one specific, bone-chilling reason: because he believed he could get away with exploiting them. And if the years of police inaction regarding the allegations against Buck are any indication, he was correct in this belief. The fact that it took the deaths of two men to prove that is a tragic, shameful reminder of just how much power men like Buck still wield, and how little is shared by those our society deems disposable.
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/ed-buck-arrest-meth-democratic-donor-886516/





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



What happens when a night out turns into a nightmare? That’s what happened for fans of one of the biggest rock groups out there right now, The Black Keys. The Black Keys played a sold out show at the historic Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles that was supposed to be the kick off party for their forthcoming “Let’s Rock” tour. But the people who were left outside were the ones who were not exactly rocking out that evening. It turns out that the Black Keys have a strict no reselling policy that hundreds of discerning fans out of the show when they realized that their tickets were not valid anymore. But here’s one account from one family who was dejected from the concert because they bought such tickets.

Beatriz Zaragoza and her two children couldn’t wait to see Thursday’s concert at the Wiltern featuring the Black Keys, one of their favorite bands that had been on a years-long hiatus.

They bought tickets through StubHub for more than $700. They fought rush-hour traffic to drive to the venue from Boyle Heights. They paid Koreatown prices for parking and arrived at the Wiltern two hours early, at 5 p.m.

After more than two hours in line, the family made it through security and entered the Wiltern’s foyer, buzzing with pre-concert excitement. Her kids — ages 9 and 14 — were finally going to see the band whose songs they imitate at home on their guitar and drum set.

But one look at Zaragoza’s mobile tickets and a Wiltern employee turned her away. He didn’t even scan them.

Zaragoza was told the Black Keys were not accepting tickets from third-party vendors.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-20/black-keys-wiltern-tickets-ticketmaster




Yes it does. So how does a simple concert ticket buying experience turn into a nightmare? There’s plenty of ways it can go wrong. And who do you blame for this fiasco? Do you blame the band’s ticket reselling policy? Do you blame the venue? Do you blame the people who sold you the ticket – in this case Stub Hub? Well there’s plenty of blame to go around and there’s plenty of ways that this could go wrong.

The Black Keys, who were performing their first live show in four-and-a-half years, went on stage at around 9:20 p.m., but there was also a spectacle outside the venue prior to that because people who had purchased tickets through third party vendors like StubHub, Vivid Seats and SeatGeek discovered their tickets were fake.

The official tickets, which were sold through Ticketmaster, were mobile only with a rotating barcode. Ticketmaster told CBS2 that the tickets were sold “to fans and not transferable.” Some sellers had allegedly posted screen grabs of their tickets on resale sites such as StubHub. People who bought those tickets were then denied entry.

“The presenters of the concert directed that these tickets be made available only to fans and that they be strictly nontransferable,” Ticketmaster said in a statement provided to CBS2. “This was messaged from the beginning with the announcement of the performance and throughout the sales process. Unfortunately, bad actors took advantage of this situation and posted screen shots of tickets that were not valid for entry onto the secondary market. We always recommend purchasing tickets from the official source.”

Many of these customers were told their tickets were not valid — some turned away after waiting in line. Sky9 was overhead as frustrated people poured out of the theater after being denied entry.
https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/09/20/sold-out-black-keys-show-becomes-a-bit-chaotic-when-hundreds-realize-their-tickets-are-no-bueno/




Yes in what seems like a Spinal Tap moment, the reselling policy came back and bit them in the ass hard, and it was a major fiasco. But here’s how it could have happened – there’s a Ticketmaster feature called “Safetix” that generates a random barcode every 15 minutes so that fans can’t randomly generate their own tickets. Also, read the policy before you sell it on a third party site.

Hundreds of fans were left outside of the first Black Keys’ show in five years, after being told their tickets were not valid when they were scanned for entry. Apparently, promoters had shifted to using Ticketmaster’s “Safetix” system – which features barcodes that rotate on a timer to disable the possibility of sending a screenshot of the tickets to friends or after a sale – and made the tickets non-transferrable.

Consumers who had purchased tickets through the secondary ticket market were left on the outside as the band performed, presumably to a half-full building at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.

“Our StubHubs aren’t working,” one fan told LA’s CBS2. “We paid full value for our tickets, and they’re not letting us in.”

Fans locked out took to social media to complain about the fiasco in progress. Many complained that the shift to the “Safetix” system was done at the last minute and without customers being informed of the potential that the tickets wouldn’t work.

Ticketmaster told CBS2 that the tickets sold were “for fans and not transferable,” which directly contradicts what some fans have reported.
https://www.ticketnews.com/2019/09/safetix-hundreds-locked-black-keys-wiltern/




True. there is a lot of that. But again, also, this is a prime example of what happens when you don’t read the terms of sale before buying and selling something like a concert ticket. However, if you want the actual explanation of what happened, look no further than the Black Keys themselves.

The Black Keys kicked off their Let's Rock tour on Friday night (September 20) at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater with what was supposed to be a special, intimate show for their fans; however, hundreds of ticket-holders were outraged when they were turned down at the door for having invalid tickets. Over the weekend, the duo issued a statement to explain what caused the issue.

“Last night’s concert tickets were $25 and geared toward the fan club,” the band said. “This was our first show in over four years and the kickoff of the Let’s Rock Tour. Because we were playing a venue far smaller than the rest of the venues on the tour as a warmup show, we turned off ticket transferability to ensure that our fans got in the door at the low ticket price we set for them.”

“Unfortunately, scalpers took this opportunity to defraud our fans and steal their money by selling tickets that were ineligible for transfer on scalper sites,” they continued. “The presenters of the concert directed that these tickets be made available only to fans and that they be strictly nontransferable. This was messaged from the beginning with the announcement of the performance and throughout the sales process.”

Ticketmaster also shared in a statement: “Unfortunately, bad actors took advantage of the situation and posted screen shots of tickets that were not valid for entry onto the secondary market. We always recommend purchasing tickets from the official source.”
https://alt987fm.iheart.com/content/2019-09-22-black-keys-share-statement-about-fans-getting-turned-away-from-la-show/




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




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



My fair congregation!!! You know we live in a society where the firearm is a constant subject of discussion among both sides in this country. As such, the firearm is in the hands of people who do not use them for good. But is it your GAWD given right to own a weapon of choice? Some on the right side may think so, and they’ve been loud and vocal about it recently. However, I along with many members of my fine congregation, attended an event on this subject very recently. But I’ve got some thoughts on this subject and I’d like to let my brothers and sisters on the right know exactly how I feel! But first, let’s let this play out a bit.

Some Second Amendment activists declared Saturday, September 14 to be “Guns and God Appreciation Day” and hoped that “millions of Americans” would gather to “demonstrate their unwavering support for the 2nd Amendment and their love and appreciation for God.”

Polls taken in the aftermath of recent mass shootings suggest that supermajorities of Americans support stronger background checks and other gun control measures. But according to Guns and God Appreciation Day organizers, “No proposed gun control law or Gun Free Zone can prevent murderous intent, and would not have prevented any mass shooting or murder event.” Instead, they say, “The mass murder epidemic in America is directly correlated to our diminishing relationship with God. We have far too many God Free Zones.”

The event’s website says calls on families, communities, culture, schools and the public square to “simultaneously embrace God’s love and maintain a healthy fear in the wrath of God.”

The organizer, Constitutional Rights PAC, organized a Gun Appreciation Day in 2013, which they claim was a “massive success” despite “efforts by leftist media outlets” to delegitimize it. Since then, the group says, National Gun Appreciation Day “has been observed annually on January 19th.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/gun-advocates-promote-guns-and-god-appreciation-day-to-resist-cultural-marxism/




Yes, that is a man of GAWD with a gun! But I don’t remember Ned Flanders screaming that he has a GAWD given right to own a weapon! In fact I don’t remember anywhere in the Bible where JAYSUS said to shoot first and ask questions later. Maybe in the Book Of Harry, followed by the Book Of Rambo! But that’s not in our good book! I mean whose idea was this?

One hundred people die a day from a bullet in this country and twice as many are shot and survive, yet we are unable to pass legislation that would stop or at least slow down the bleeding.

On Aug. 31, Texas experienced its second mass shooting in as little as four weeks. Texas House Rep. Matt Schaefer responded to the call to “do something” on Twitter by saying he has no plans to support legislation that limits access to deadly weapons because it is a “God-given right.” I don’t know what god House Rep. Schaefer is referring to, but as a pastor, I can say it is not the god of Jesus.

Some form of Jesus’ command to love God and love thy neighbor appears in each of the four gospels. When something appears in all four gospels, it clues us in to the fact that this is a primary teaching. We think Jesus wasn’t clear about who we are to love, but he also tells us to love our enemies. This means that everyone is included in Jesus’ command to love. It is impossible to love another human when one is preparing to take up arms against them.

Presbyterian pastor Rev. Jim Atwood writes in his book, “Gundamentalism and Where It is Taking America,” “Millions who claim one of the Abrahamic faiths have added guns to their godhead. They have placed their ultimate trust in firearms and dismissed God’s command to love neighbor, stranger and enemy. They bow before the Second Amendment and reject God’s Second Commandment in Exodus 20:4-5: You shall have no other gods before me.”
https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/460194-what-god-gave-you-the-right-to-guns




I have to say I like this guy! Gundamentalism – yes it’s the marriage of GAWD and GUNS! And it is most certainly an unholy union if there ever was one. By the way you ever notice those bumper stickers on the back of cars that say “Pro GAWD, Pro Gun, Pro Life”? I have had one such encounter. And it’s about as stupid as that. But my favorite part of this is you know how right wingers lecture you about how you shouldn’t talk about politics then proceed to lecture you on politics? This is one of those situations!

Guns and God. These two words would seem to be at opposite ends – deadly weapons and a supreme deity – of our instinctual sensibilities. If Colt 45 or Glock G19 are somewhere in the book of Smith & Wesson, I apologize to any Bible believers.

However, this Saturday is Guns and God Appreciation Day, a national campaign that also caused me to pause for a few seconds when first reading about it. Guns and God. Slowly repeat those three words a few times and let me know if they roll off your tongue or choke on your faith.

“It is time to END GUN FREE ZONES to protect our citizens and heal our One Nation Under God,” states an email I received from the organization.

Guns and God Appreciation Day was created to encourage millions of gun owners to “turn out at state capitals, gun shows, gun shops, in public, and to make sure you shoot off a few rounds at your local gun range in support of the Second Amendment,” according to the Guns & God website.

“Let Congress and President Trump know that you stand with the 2nd Amendment as written and the only solution to the mass murder epidemic is to return America to One Nation Under God,” the site states. “What is the root cause of these mass murders? The wedge the politically correct society has placed between to divide Americans from God.”
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-davich-guns-and-god-appreciation-day-st-0913-20190912-qs2wn64qa5al5eof5jecfogzla-story.html




Really? I’m pretty sure that GAWD would have a problem with this line of thinking. I don’t remember *ANY* passage in the Bible that indicated that JAYSUS would own a gun! But here’s the thing – how can you rant against gun control and then when you’re in a position to do something about guns, you don’t do it and instead call for prayer? Well, I speak as a man of GAWD, that prayer isn’t solving this!

Texas Republican congressman Matt Schaefer railed against Americans calling for lawmakers to "do something" about mass shootings, arguing via Twitter Saturday that God and prayer are more effective than gun control regulations.

Schaefer, who represents Texas' 6th congressional district, said "NO" to any form of gun restrictions in a Twitter thread in which he touted the "God-given, constitutionally protected" Second Amendment rights of fellow Texans and Americans. Schaefer's series of Saturday tweets proclaiming he will never back any form of weapons bans or background checks came just hours after a shooting left 5 dead in west Texas. Schaefer touted "praying for victims" and downplayed the "evil acts of a handful of people."

"'Do something!' is the statement we keep hearing. As an elected official with a vote in Austin, let me tell you what I am NOT going to do," Schaefer, who was first elected in 2012, tweeted Saturday evening.

"I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans. Period. None of these so-called gun-control solutions will work to stop a person with evil intent," he continued. Schaefer rejected "red flag pre-crime" law proposals made by President Donald Trump and lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle over the past month.
https://www.newsweek.com/matt-schaefer-texas-republican-congressman-god-prayer-mass-shootings-twitter-victims-1457129




No you moron, your right to own a gun is not a GAWD given right! And if you think that, you need some serious help! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Everyone’s favorite sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, attempted to find an actor who would resonate with conservative Trump voters. And it backfired on them spectacularly. I mean who would have guessed that a white conservative male would say things that are racist and sexist? I mean, seriously… I never!! Well, ever since Shane Gillis became the shortest tenured actor on the longest running late night program, there’s been a debate about “cancel culture”. And people are comparing it to recent standup specials where comedians like Dave Chappelle have said far worse things. But should they be cancelled?

“Cancel culture” is a phrase that’s been lobbed often this past year, as an impulse toward outrage is ever-amplified by the megaphone of social media. But what the hell does it even mean?

At face value, the term refers to what is perceived as a reflexive, unfair ruthlessness. In a society that is increasingly concerned with being politically correct and “woke,” there is no tolerance of anyone whose words, attitudes, or behavior do not adhere to those mores. And as those ideas are most often ascribed to people who hold liberal values, it is often alleged that this applies to anyone who speaks or does anything that works against a utopian lefitst ideal. In other words, say something that upsets a “snowflake” and you’re fired.

In that version of “cancel culture,” we’re a lynch mob of Red Queens, hysterically policing social media for problematic people, screaming “off with their heads!” anytime we encounter an idea we don’t like.

But like many phrases and ideas in 2019, this one has been appropriated, bastardized, and misused to the point of not only betraying its original definition and its usefulness in checking the actual repercussions of reactionary censorship, but in fact has become almost meaningless.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/shane-gilliss-racist-jokes-and-snl-what-the-hell-is-cancel-culture-anyway




Ah, this show aint no good! See, this all goes back to that whole “snowflake” bullshit that alt right trolls and libertarians have been using for the last 4 ½ years to belittle liberals and anyone who doesn’t agree with the far right. Which is a whole hell of a lot of you. Cancel culture is just another form of it. So what did Shane Gillis do to piss us off?

Here we go again... Photos have emerged of Canadian Prime Ministerial pin-up Justin Trudeau in blackface. The former teacher donned dark make-up for an Arabian Nights themed dress up party in 2001. It’s now been confirmed this wasn’t a one off either. The Canadian leader also wore blackface on other occasions. He cannot recall how many.

Nobody will be surprised that social media had rather a lot to say on the subject. There was valid but predictable outrage from some quarters, followed by exaggerated digital eye-rolling from others. The left concluded that Justin Trudeau was "cancelled". That is, his status as one of the good ones was permanently removed. While the right relaxed with a box of popcorn to watch their opponents devour one of their own.

The internet doesn’t exactly have a reputation for nuanced debate. Far less the septic tank of vitriolic shouting that most social media platforms have devolved into. There’s no space to say something like: "This behaviour is hurtful and upsetting from a world leader, even if it did happen in the past. Let’s unpack what the prevalence of blackface says about our community’s attitudes on race more generally”.

Cancel culture is a consequence of that lack of nuance. It illustrates the closed mindedness with which we engage in viral debate. Pack mentality takes over once we identify our prey. Once the beast has been hunted and hounded within an inch of its life, it is devoured. A social media pile on can prompt online articles, radio talk-back calls and even make the nightly news. The person, their show, their music, their network, their film, their work, their very being – is cancelled.
https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/everyone-s-in-on-cancel-culture-but-does-it-really-mean-anything-20190923-p52u54.html




But who’s cancelling who? In this dog eat dog world where nobody talks to each other and we all pass threatening GIFs around on social media, is it really any wonder why cancel culture is a thing? Look, this is America. We have the first amendment, and you can say whatever you want and be the biggest douchebag in the world. But… that said, good luck getting people to agree with you. Just ask Bill Hader, who’s currently starring in one of my favorite shows on TV right now – Barry.

When talking to press after winning the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Emmy for his work in Barry, Bill Hader addressed the idea that comedy is being stunted by the “cancel culture” that seems to be the talk of the town these days.

He said that something that was okay to have in a comedy set years ago wouldn’t fly today, and maybe that’s for the better. He also brought up not wanting to offend anyone just for a joke, which I think is the problem with the “anti-PC” argument in general. The comedians yelling about “PC culture” are the ones who would most likely want to be offensive in regards to making their commentary. They act surprised that people are offended even though they do it on purpose.

For every Bill Hader, though, you have someone who is completely missing the argument. Now, you have someone like Sarah Silverman, who is spreading the narrative that “cancel culture” is ruining comedy. I disagree. Not only do I think that “cancel culture” does not exist and, but its perceived effects are just society holding you and your comedy to a higher standard. There is always going to be an off-color joke, always going to be someone who doesn’t find something funny. That’s the nature of the game, but when you are outright being racist, homophobic, sexist, or anything else for the sake of a “commentary” that isn’t humorous or doing anything to make the situation better, it reflects poorly on you as the comedian—not us, the audience, for objecting to it.
https://www.themarysue.com/bill-hader-on-comedy/




You know here’s the thing – have you been to a comedy club lately? People get up on stage and say some extremely offensive shit, and other people pay them money to hear it! The idea of “cancel culture” is just another stupid debate in an endless string of stupid debates. Meanwhile, R rated comedies are hotter than ever. So who’s offending who? And when the censors are the offenders, who’s censoring who, exactly? Just ask Sarah Silverman.

Fox censors hit the mute button on Sarah Silverman’s salty comments on Sunday during the network’s coverage of the arrivals carpet from the 71st Emmy Awards. In a wry twist, Silverman’s clipped comment was a critique of today’s “cancel culture” and its smothering effect on truly trenchant comedy.

Silverman was answering a question posed by Kelly Osbourne, one of Fox’s pre-show interviewers, but the last four words of her reply were quickly excised from the broadcast thanks to the broadcast’s slightly delayed feed and the crisp reflexes of a network censor who blanched at Silverman’s use of a word that is only one letter off from “fussy.”

“There’s definitely pressure,” Silverman said. “There’s a kind of righteousness porn going on in this cancel culture. There’s nuance to it. There’s good and there’s bad. As a stand-up, it’s really odd. To talk about what’s really going on or to talk about the world as we decide to see it — or to push to see where the line is and to go past it — is so oddly unacceptable it’s safer to…”

Amateur lip-reading skills suggest that Silverman’s sentiment ended with the four-word phrase “just make p*ssy jokes.” Osbourne, no stranger to ripe language, laughed and agreed with Silverman, who went on to bemoan the fact that this year’s Emmys don’t have a host, eliminating yet another natural forum for comedy and commentary.
https://deadline.com/2019/09/fox-censors-sarah-silvermans-salty-complaint-about-censorship-1202741154/





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[font size="8"]How Is This Still A Thing: Clean Coal
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This week – Clean Coal: How Is This Still A Thing? When climate change is a constant source of news and people are moving in a direction that produces sustainable energy and renewable sources, there’s one source that is taking us back to the stone ages in terms of energy. And once again the president is sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong and ranting about the myth known as “clean coal”. This is an idea that has been touted since the George W Bush years, and it is back in the news. Really, someone needs to inform the president that he’s spending way too much time watching Tv and needs to come back into the real world.

President Donald Trump on Friday uncorked a strange and nonsensical rant about the virtues of so-called “clean coal” during an Oval Office conversation with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

When asked about the importance of Australia’s mineral industry, the president praised the country for doing so much to extract resources in what he described in an environmentally friendly way.

“Coal, as an example, you’re the leader of safety in coal digging and we’ve actually studied it,” the president said. “We’re doing a lot of coal. You have very little — you have almost no — used to have a thing, black lung disease, and in Australia you almost don’t have it anymore, you’ve got all of the dust down.”

After Morrison touted technological progress that has helped the environment, the president again jumped in with a non-sequitur about digging.

“Environmentally, I have to say — and environmentally, the things they’ve done environmentally with digging. Digging is a, uh, you know, when you talk minerals it’s about digging. What you’ve been able to do with the environment having to do with taking minerals out of the ground, including and I would say even especially because you’re leading on coal… your record is so good in terms of illnesses from digging.”
https://www.rawstory.com/2019/09/trump-uncorks-bizarre-rant-on-clean-coal-in-oval-office-when-you-talk-minerals-its-about-digging/




Yeah unfortunately the president doesn’t see that. In his narrow-minded view, he’s the only one who is right about everything and no one else’s point of view matters. He thinks he is only president of Fox News viewers. And too much of that, when those of us who don’t watch Fox, are looking to end climate change and global warming, the president is going in the opposite direction.

The Trump administration wants to give electric utilities a pass on proving they could finance a hazardous waste cleanup in the event of a Superfund disaster.

The proposed rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says electric utilities should not have to make “financial assurances” to cover the risk the industry will produce pollution it cannot afford to clean up.

The rule comes in response to a decade-long push and legal battle with environmental groups, who petitioned the EPA to write the rules during the Obama administration. But under the Trump administration, EPA decided electric utilities do not pose a significant risk and can forego the requirement.

The decision calls into question who will be on the hook to pay for and clean up old waste sites with lagoons of coal ash, the toxic byproduct that is left when coal is burned in power plants to produce electricity. Stored in pits, coal ash can contaminate drinking water or blow into nearby communities. It went largely unregulated until EPA issued rules in 2015 to address the problem.
http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2019/09/24/critics-warn-trump-epas-coal-ash-plan-will-let-polluters-off-the-hook/




Now there’s no way possible to burn coal and then say that there’s such a thing as clean coal. There really isn’t. The concept of Clean Coal dates back to the Bush administration when anti-environment crusaders used the coal industry as a way to shut up people who might have been raising questions about what billionaire coal miner criminals were doing. And it’s much worse.

President Trump briefly stopped by a daylong summit of world leaders meeting to discuss climate change at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York before leaving to address a meeting on the persecution of religious minorities and his administration's efforts to support religious freedom.

Earlier Monday morning, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham raised the possibility that Mr. Trump might find time to appear at the climate change summit. "His schedule is ever changing, but it wouldn't surprise me if he popped by," she said in an appearance on Fox News.

And Mr. Trump did end up dropping by a morning session, where he was seen listening to the climate discussion inside the General Assembly Hall. Seated with new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft and Vice President Mike Pence, the president listened intently for about 10 minutes before departing for his religious freedom event.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who has been making a push to end new coal plant construction by 2020 to curb greenhouse gas emissions, did not want countries supporting the expansion of coal production to have allotted speaking time at the climate summit, so as a result, the leaders of Australia and Japan will reportedly also not be addressing the summit.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/un-climate-summit-trump-drops-by-climate-meeting-at-start-of-united-nations-general-assembly/




Well, Milhouse’s words are empty, but it’s pretty obvious that the president does not care about the environment. And he probably should because if we lose the environment, he loses his ability to go outside and play at his precious golf courses. But if you want to see how the concept of “clean coal” isn’t working – you don’t need to go any further than Japan in order to see the result.

It may have come as a shock to some when reports surfaced that major economies such as Japan and Australia didn’t get a chance to make a speech at the U.N. Climate Summit held in New York on Monday, allegedly due to their continued support for coal as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pushed countries to pledge even loftier climate goals than they did under the Paris agreement.

In spite of heightened calls for phasing out coal, global coal consumption rose nearly 1 percent in 2018, according to the International Energy Agency, due to robust demand for power generation in China and India.

In post-Fukushima Japan, the government has sought to achieve a balanced energy mix and considers coal one of its main energy sources due to its advantage of being cheap, stable and safe from geopolitical risk, as it imports almost all of its oil from the Middle East.

Even as coal continues to draw renewed criticism, why is Japan, which has been regarded as a country espousing eco-friendly values, continuing its push for what it calls “clean coal” energy? Here are questions and answers about the status of Japan’s “clean coal” initiative:
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/24/business/japan-clean-coal-climate-change-pollution/




So when the most technologically advanced countries on the planet can’t keep up with the technology needed to make “clean coal” work, that’s enough to make you ask – clean coal:




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Hey guys I could really use a drink!



Of course you know by now that the idea of this segment is that we have some drinks, and while we’re cocktailing, we talk about anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. You know I don’t mix booze with politics, but during this administration, it certainly helps. So tell me bartender, what goes well with an alien invasion? A mellonballer? Well, it is a green drink. Ah, I’ll just have my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. I call it the Double Jack. Last Saturday all the crazy people from your social media feeds went to the military base outside of Lincoln County, Nevada known to the rest of the world as Area 51. So what did you get if you went and stormed Area 51?

With lime green alien suits and tin foil face masks, guests of the original Alienstock music festival gave extraterrestrials a run for their money.

One small Nevada town was bracing itself for the original alien-themed music festival that a viral internet joke had birthed, anticipating that anywhere between 5,000 and 25,000 attendees would descend on their tiny desert town of 40-50 residents.

But what happened over the weekend in Rachel, Nevada, wasn’t remotely the catastrophe many had feared.

“It was honestly breathtaking,” says Matthew Carswell, 22, who flew from Miami to Nevada for Alienstock. “It was a really good atmosphere.”

Despite a small handful of arrests, it was mostly an invasion of friendly humankind. Most people came to the gathering in peace.
https://time.com/5681197/area-51-raid-aftermath/




Man why did you say alien love???? But you know if you’re the closest town to Area 51, you got to be prepared to handle the worst. Thankfully that didn’t happen. But given the military’s warning prior to the “Storm Area 51” proposal, that went about as well as it could have expected. Think of it like a weird, less offensive Burning Man with more aliens, and less… Burning Man.

They prepared for 30,000.

But the number of visitors that descended on this Extraterrestrial Highway town 150 miles from Las Vegas to “storm” Area 51 peaked at 3,000, allowing authorities on Saturday to begin scaling back resources.

“We planned for 30,000 with contingencies above that,” said Lincoln County Emergency Manager Eric Holt. “Anything less than that was acceptable.”

In the end, the storm was more of a September shower.

The middle-of-the-night meme that exploded into a viral space spectacle in this far-flung Nevada town served as both a challenge to law enforcement and county leaders with many lessons learned and an opportunity for otherworld seekers to be a part of something they thought could become the next Burning Man or Woodstock.

No aliens appeared. No flying saucer beams illuminated the desert sky. But to the people who showed up to open a new chapter in the extraterrestrial saga, being here was enough.

“Fifty years from now,” said Pahrump resident Stacey Villines, “we can say we were here.”
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/09/21/storm-area-51-how-small-nevada-town-prepared-worst/2406421001/




Well I would certainly hope that you would come in peace sir! Or… I don’t know how genders work in the alien world. Hell, I don’t even know how genders work in the human world. There, I will admit it. But this event just took off, and like your favorite sparkling fire product, just fizzled out. Even some of your favorite brands got in on the alien love. Wait, why did you say alien love? Don’t say alien love!!!

Karl Marx famously said, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.” While the Storm Area 51 “movement” (which itself began as a joke) will hopefully not end in tragedy (hint: do not attempt to enter the Air Force base or rile up residents) the farce is already with us.

Kool-Aid is giving away 900 canisters of its limited-edition “UFO-Yeah Intergalactic Green” in select markets nationwide starting on September 19. To have a shot at winning this Kool-Aid Man special edition (a spokesperson insists the canister “puts the EXTRA in extraterrestrial”), the company says to tweet #UFOYeah and #promo.

If you’re over 21, you can enjoy another alien-themed beverage. Bud Light is sponsoring the Area 51 Celebration, now scheduled for Las Vegas on Sept. 19. Limited edition alien-themed cans will reportedly be available in California, Nevada and Arizona. But fear not; if you live outside those states Bud Light will still let you order alien-themed hats, socks, t-shirts and even a $75 flag to signal the aliens when they are looking for a landing spot.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelgoldstein/2019/09/18/from-arbys-to-kool-aid-marketers-find-area-51-weekend-out-of-this-world/#21b18bef18cf




Oh yeah that’s the stuff! So with marketers getting into that sweet, sweet alien love, they even have their own theme song now! Yes, so you too can rock out while making alien love as you wait for next year’s Storm Area 51 event!

As alien enthusiasts arrive at a remote patch of the Nevada desert, one young hero has already emerged from the legion people who have pledged to invade Area 51, and finally “see them aliens.”

The event, which was given the name “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” suggests that people from around the world gather in the Nevada desert to invade the site. The gathering and jokingly “planned” invasion of the secure military site has made headlines around the world as the military and local residents brace themselves for crowds.

One part of the event that has garnered ever so slightly less attention, though, is the proposed method of invasion. The Area 51 invasion originator suggested that everyone pouring into the military base do so as a “Naruto run” inspired by Naruto Uzumaki the Japanese manga character who runs with his head down and arms stretched behind him. (The event creator Matty Roberts did a demo in interviews.)

One young attendee clearly got the Naruto memo, though. When a local news team arrived to report on the scene near Area 51 in advance of the invasion, a kid ran behind the reporter with head down and arms held back Naruto style. The glorious moment was caught on camera by Twitter user @MunaNawabit1 who shared the video clip on the social media site. The kid’s genius was quickly recognized by other Twitter users who shared the clip, ensuring that with one brief jog the kid ran straight into the Area 51 record books.
https://time.com/5681348/area-51-naruto-run/





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This is our handy 2020 voter’s guide, Keeping Up With The Candidates. Because if we’re going to kick Trump. So far we’ve covered presidential candidates, senate candidates and local candidates. We’ve covered the polls and we’ve covered just about all the relevant news that you need to help you make your decision as the 2020 primaries will be quickly approaching us! But we haven’t really touched on any of the presidential candidates who might, actually, you know have a chance of making it to the primary elections. One such candidate is California’s Kamala Harris. Kamala has had quite a bit of a very rocky summer but it is definitely an indication of how things are going.

It's been an up and down summer for Kamala Harris.

The California Democrat scored the biggest victory of her campaign in June, when, at the first debate, the senator excoriated Joe Biden on his past opposition to busing as a way to desegregate schools. The moment vaulted the California senator in the polls and exposed the vulnerability of the former vice president.

But now, two months later and worlds removed from her campaign's high point, Harris was stuck using the archetypal political cliché this week to fend off questions about her standing in the race and slumping poll numbers.

"I just heard you say polls," she told a reporter in a drab Las Vegas conference room on Wednesday. "I think the only poll that matters is Election Day."

Campaigns are never straight lines and often the high points are followed by striking lows. But Harris' summer has been particularly inconsistent, leaving Democratic operatives and even some Harris aides to question why the senator was unable to seize on her debate moment and firmly plant herself among Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- the race's top three candidates.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/31/politics/kamala-harris-highs-and-lows/index.html




Yeah so just like the actual campaigns, Keeping Up With The Candidates is not a straight line either, we’re just kind of winging it and seeing where it goes. Now with the talk of impeachment against Trump ramping up, how does Kamala fall into the group? Well this is where things get interesting!

Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday evening issued her most forceful call to date for the House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, an escalation sparked by the news that Trump allegedly pressured the Ukrainian president to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

But she did not attempt to shield Biden or members of his family from scrutiny as she competes with the former vice president to win the Democratic presidential nomination, though she initially sought to turn attention to Trump's conduct.

When asked whether she believed either Biden or his son, Hunter, should be investigated for possible abuse of power, she initially deflected the question by saying, "Donald Trump is trying to play politics on this issue."

"He (Trump) is trying to collaborate with -- and conspired with a foreign leader to interfere in our democracy," the California senator said during a visit to Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles' Koreatown. "I have absolutely no support for that. And I believe that that this is a political tactic being waged by Donald Trump, because he obviously perceives a threat. That is a political threat, and I have no support for it whatsoever."

There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/23/politics/kamala-harris-impeachment-trump-ukraine/index.html




Well, he did rig an election and let’s hope he gets his ass kicked to the curb for it! Since we are literally four months away from the Iowa Caucus, we need to start paying attention to how candidates are treating campaign stops. Like what Harris did during her stop at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles last month. Addressing the homelessness crisis is a huge deal in California and around the country, and here’s what happened.

Just over four months from the Iowa Caucus, California Sen. Kamala Harris, who has been polling nationally in the fourth or fifth spot, says she's not worried about the recent surge of Elizabeth Warren or the popularity of former Vice President Joe Biden.

"There are a number of them that have been on the national stage for a long time. We have not," Harris said. "So the challenge of our campaign is to introduce ourselves for the first time to people, and that's what we're doing. If you also look at the national polls, you see that only nine percent of voters have made a decision even though they know the other candidates."

Harris had a packed day of events and fundraisers in Los Angeles, include a stop at Guelaguetza Restaurante on Olympic Boulevard for mole. Harris also weighed in on what the federal government can do to address the homeless crisis.

"We should be receiving support from the federal government around what we need for health and human services, what people need in terms of mental health care. What people need in terms of affordable housing. But yet, he's cut $10 billion in terms of the funding that we would otherwise receive to be supportive of the homeless population," Harris said.
https://abc7.com/politics/kamala-harris-makes-campaign-stops-at-wiltern-guelaguetza/5565068/




Well I hope it doesn’t come to that! But while polls are meaningless let’s talk about them. I mean how does your favorite candidate stand on the issues and where does that land them in the polls? I cannot stress this enough – we are 4 months away from the Caucus! But eh, let’s give it a quick run around, shall we? Not quite that quick, sir!


Poll: Biden holds 12-point lead over Democratic field as Warren edges up to second
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Former Vice President Joe Biden has a 12-point lead over his Democratic presidential primary opponents as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) moves into second place, according to a poll released Monday.

Biden holds at 32 percent support among registered voters planning to vote in the Democratic primary, a Morning Consult survey reported.

Warren is gaining some steam and follows at 20 percent, up two percentage points from Morning Consult's polling from a week before and now edging out Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 19 percent.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg land behind the three front-runners at 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Sanders leads the field in favorability, with 73 percent of respondents holding a favorable view of him, just ahead of Biden's 71 percent.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/462806-poll-biden-holds-12-point-lead-over-democratic-field-as-warren-edges-up-to




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Next week we’re going to do something different and tell you why impeaching Trump matters and where your favorite candidate stands on the issue. CONTROVERSY ALERT!!!

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Key Issues: Homelessness, gay marriage, death penalty
Target Demographic: Progressive voters
Probability Rating: 5:1
Likelihood Of Going Far In Election: Will make it to primaries

Overall Grade: B+


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