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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-3: Let Them Eat Flan Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-3: Let Them Eat Flan Edition

Ed. Note - unfortunately so much has happened since we put together this edition. Unfortunately we won't be able to talk about Kennedy's retirement, or the #Janus or travel ban decisions. So we will save that for the next edition!

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Sign up today for our exciting rewards program – get great offers and benefits today! Just kidding, I wouldn’t make you do that, what kind of host would I be? We are back everybody! And by the way give it up for our house band for the next couple of editions – Los Tigres Del Norte! How you guys doing? Good? Whew, god, where do I even begin? What a week, and it seems to get weirder and weirder. Normally I wouldn’t talk about stories about Trump for the introduction but since we don’t have anywhere else I really want to squeeze this one in. So you know that famous picture of our world leaders all staring at Trump like they’re a large family trying to put Grandpa in Shady Acres. Can we show that one?



So there’s apparently a back story to this one. Really, knowing this guy as much as I wish I didn’t by now, this doesn’t surprise me in the least. What happened was at the G7 conference, the conversation between Trump and Merkel was so heated. And by the way, you never want to get into a heated conversation with the Germans, those things usually don’t end well. So Trump took 2 Starburst candies out of his pocket and threw them at her. Yes, that’s alleged. Thank you sir. But anyway Trump threw candy at Merkel and said “Don’t say I never gave you anything!”. Which I’m sure he would later call “fake news!!!!”. Really the only thing that would make this creepier and weirder is if it had ice cream truck music playing in the background. Yes, Trump is now creepy candy truck guy. Ah there it is, that’s music to my ears! Ah, enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first Bill Maher is back and he destroys his critics in his latest new rule:



In the first slot this week is Conservative Snowflakes (1). So when you’re the world’s most hated administration, you’re bound to get some push back when you go out in public. In the second slot this week is also Conservative Snowflakes, but this time we’re also going to show you how their anger can be misguided, and in some cases it can have potentially damaging side effects. In the second slot is Fox News, who has been turning up the justification 10 fold backing Trump’s ultra extreme policies. In the third slot this week, we’re going to try another new feature and I hope it goes well, and this is a Top 10 Throwback. So the guy who we currently call “president”, Donald J Trump (3), because he is lambasting the Red Hen Restaurant for being a dirty place, but we’re going to turn on the Way Back Machine and tell you about the time when Trump’s Mar-A-Shithole was condemned by Miami health inspectors. In the number 4 slot is also Donald Trump (4) because while he was trying to get Melania to pretend to care about . At number 5 is a new installment of “This Fucking Guy” where we will profile Trump admin lackey and possible serial killer Stephen Miller (5) who we wouldn’t be surprised in the least if he has actual skeletons in his closet. Taking the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and this week our resident pastor is going to tell you how the Christian right is embracing Satan and backing Trump’s harsh policies. At number 7 is our weekly investigative piece “Top 10 Investigates” and this week we’re going to show you where some of those precious jobs that Trump promised are going, and yeah, we’re looking at you, Harley Davidson! In the number 8 slot is the Heritage Foundation (8) and while they are no friend of liberals, they’ve embraced the Dark Side and gone full batshit Qanon conspiracy theory. Yeah. In the number 9 (NEIN!) slot this week we’ve got a special World Cup edition of People Are Dumb (9) because the World Cup has been bringing the crazy extra hard. And last but certainly not least, in the number 10 slot this week we’ve got the next chapter of our ongoing series “Deep State Diaries” and this is going to be a fun one as we explore the FCC and one individual in particular – the guy who ended Net Neutrality – Ajit Pai! And finally this week we’ve got some live music for you from the Funklords – Chromeo! They have a great new album out called “Head Over Heels” that you should really check out. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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We’re going to start this entry by doing that thing that movies do and starting from the end first and then showing you how we got to this point. So on Saturday, the representative from Inglewood, California that drives Trump supporters batshit fucking crazy (gee, I wonder why?) – I’m of course talking about Maxine Waters, had some extremely harsh words for the Trump administration and Trump supporters over the weekend. So what was she saying?

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is calling on her supporters to confront Trump administration officials and staffers in public amid widespread backlash to the President’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration.

“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” Waters told a crowd in California over the weekend. “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Waters’ call to action comes after two Trump administration officials recently faced backlash in public and, in one case, was denied service at a restaurant.

Last week, protesters confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen while she ate at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., after she defended the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security said Nielsen was having a work dinner at the restaurant.
http://time.com/5320865/maxine-waters-confront-trump-staffers-family-separation-policy/




And yes, Rep. Waters is definitely not wrong here. So here’s the thing – when you’re the world’s most hated administration since Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, if you’re going to go out in public, you’d better be prepared to get back as much as you can dish out. So let’s do a rewind now and show you what happened last Thursday.

In September of 2016, in the run-up to the Presidential election, Marco Gutierrez, a founder of the online activist group Latinos for Trump, appeared on MSNBC to discuss what he saw as a looming immigration threat at America’s southern border. “My culture is a very dominant culture,” Gutierrez, who was born in Mexico, said. “And it’s imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.” Gutierrez meant this as a warning, a dire vision of what the future would look like were Donald Trump to fail in his Presidential bid. But Hillary Clinton’s supporters quickly reclaimed the idea as a welcome, and appetizing, possibility. At a campaign stop, Clinton said, “I personally think a taco truck on every corner sounds absolutely delicious.”

Last year, C.H.D. Expert, a hospitality-industry analysis firm, identified Mexican restaurants as the second most popular kind of dining establishment in the nation, and estimated that they make up about nine per cent of the half million or so restaurants in the United States—more than the total number of pizzerias. Countless additional restaurants bear signs of Mexico’s culinary influence: you can find fajitas at Chili’s, guacamole and chips at the Cheesecake Factory, churros at Disney World, quesadillas repurposed into burger buns at Applebee’s, margaritas at LongHorn Steakhouse, Baja-style fish tacos at hipster brunch spots, and nachos at every sports arena in America. Even the ubiquitous Caesar salad is Mexican—it was invented at a restaurant in Tijuana. In many respects, you might say, Mexican food is American food.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/the-unsurprising-absurdity-of-kirstjen-nielsen-and-stephen-miller-eating-mexican-food-during-a-border-crisis




So let’s delve into the irony, er, coincidence, of members of the Trump administration building a wall in Mexico. I mean come on, this is the administration that ran on a platform of building a wall in Mexico and they’re eating at Mexican restaurants? Seriously? Get the fuck out of here!

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen probably shouldn't have gone to a Mexican restaurant while the government was splitting mostly Latino migrant children from their parents at the southern border. But in all fairness, Stephen Miller did it first.

Two days before Nielsen was publicly shamed for the family separation policy, President Trump's senior policy adviser similarly didn't think twice about eating at a Mexican restaurant, the New York Post reports. While protesters didn't flood the restaurant as they did with Nielsen, one customer did jump in.

"Hey look guys, whoever thought we'd be in a restaurant with a real-life fascist begging [for] money for new cages?” the customer said as Miller walked by, a witness told the Post. Miller didn't respond and stuck around to finish his meal.

After claiming for days that he was powerless to stop the separations, Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that seeks to amend a court ruling and thus allow migrant families to be detained together, rather than separate children from their parents at the border. Most of Trump's associates condemned the separation policy early on, but Miller was its fiercest champion and had a big role in crafting the so-called "zero tolerance" immigration policy. He even apparently enjoyed seeing photos of distraught kids torn from their parents, an outside White House adviser told Vanity Fair.
http://theweek.com/speedreads/780463/stephen-miller-dines-mexican-restaurant-gets-called-fascist




So now this has started a debate – should members of the world’s most hated administration be allowed to show their faces in public dining among the locals? We personally are on the side of “yes” but let’s serve their enchiladas with a side of “awkward stares” and “800 pound gorilla in the room”. Oh and something tells me they’re not good tippers.

Over the weekend there was a fair bit of argument over the decision by a small restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, not to serve dinner to President Donald Trump's press secretary. It wasn't the first time recently that strong political feelings have spilled into what used to be considered the private sphere. We understand the strength of the feelings, but we don't think the spilling is a healthy development.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was dining with a few other people at the Red Hen in Lexington Friday night. Several of the restaurant's staff are gay and objected to Sanders' defense of Trump's discriminatory policies against transgender people. The staff also objected to the administration's recent actions leading to the separation of thousands of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. Respecting her staff's wishes, the restaurant owner politely asked Sanders to leave, and Sanders politely acceded. She then tweeted about the episode, turning it into a public controversy.

This followed by a few days the very public heckling of two architects of that border policy, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, at Washington restaurants. Last month a Nebraska sociology professor was found guilty of vandalism for spraying false blood at the home of a National Rifle Association lobbyist in Alexandria, Virginia
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-perspec-sanders-redhen-restaurant-20180624-story.html




Yes Trump gives his own stamp of approval to this. So while we won’t get to what Maxine was talking about until the next entry (cue suspense music) there is still a lot of “what the fuck is going on” with this entry and it’s insane. Which begs the question – what do racists order at Mexican restaurants? You know what? We’ll let you answer that question! Tell us in the comments or you can leave one on our Twitter feed at @10Idiots. We may post the best ones in the next edition!

Let’s begin by acknowledging that there are not enough really good Mexican restaurants in downtown D.C. Sure, you can find solid options as you move farther away from the area. But within a mile radius of the White House, most people looking to spend big bucks on food would likely choose another cuisine.

Unless they’re a member of the administration, apparently.

In the past five days, two Trump officials made high-profile visits to pricey Mexican restaurants: White House adviser Stephen Miller and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. The timing couldn’t have been more ironic — Miller and Nielsen played a role in advancing and shifting the blame for the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, which President Trump ended with an executive order on Wednesday following international outrage.

That outrage manifested in protests during each restaurant visit. The New York Post reported that a fellow diner spotted Miller at Espita Mezcaleria on Sunday and said, “Hey look guys, whoever thought we’d be in a restaurant with a real-life fascist begging [for] money for new cages?”

Two nights later, a number of protesters entered MXDC Cocina Mexicana and chanted “Shame!” and “End family separation!” as Nielsen dined with one other person.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2018/06/21/a-brief-look-at-trump-officials-eventful-visits-to-d-c-mexican-restaurants/?utm_term=.543c5e4d8a35





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OK we’re almost caught up here. So for this one we need to talk about misguided anger. And I’m not talking about when you’re on a 3:00 AM all night bender and your Uber driver tells you that McDonalds ran out of chicken nuggets kind of misguided anger. I’m talking fucking rage. The kind of rage where you want to put your fist through the nearest wall. So unless you’re living under a rock you know that Sarah Sanders was dining at a restaurant called the Red Hen and got kicked out.

Stephanie Wilkinson was at home Friday evening — nearly 200 miles from the White House — when the choice presented itself.

Her phone rang about 8 p.m. It was the chef at the Red Hen, the tiny farm-to-table restaurant that she co-owned just off Main Street in the small city of Lexington, in the western part of Virginia.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders had just walked in and sat down, the chef informed her.

“He said the staff is a little concerned. What should we do?” Wilkinson told The Washington Post. “I said I’d be down to see if it’s true.”

It seemed unlikely to her that President Trump’s press secretary should be dining at a 26-seat restaurant in rural Virginia. But then, it was unlikely that her entire staff would have misidentified Sanders, who had arrived last to a table of eight booked under her husband’s name.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2018/06/23/why-a-small-town-restaurant-owner-asked-sarah-huckabee-sanders-to-leave-and-would-do-it-again/?utm_term=.090174e7e647




OK here’s where… excuse me a minute… here’s where I love this story, and where misguided anger really does more harm than good. So just because one Red Hen restaurant kicked out Sarah Sanders, doesn’t mean that all restaurants called “Red Hen” should get the same scorn from Trump fans. Really guys this is where it helps to know how to read, and read well.

Several restaurants named the Red Hen said they were harassed over the weekend after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked on Friday to leave an unrelated Lexington, Virginia, eatery of the same name.

Stephanie Wilkinson, who owns the restaurant where Sanders tried to dine, told The Washington Post that she asked the press secretary to leave because several of her staffers are gay and were concerned about servingSanders, who has defended an administration that has supported anti-LGBTQ policies.

The incident has sparked backlash, and hundreds of people have contacted the restaurant or posted on its social media pages to express their feelings.

Though Sanders’ tweet about the incident specified that the restaurant she had visited is in Lexington, President Donald Trump added to the confusion on Monday when he slammed the Red Hen on Twitter without identifying which Red Hen restaurant he was referring to.

Red Hen is not a chain restaurant, and at least three unaffiliated restaurants with the same name have been subject to critical comments on their social media and Yelp pages, as well as harassing calls.

Michael Friedman, a co-owner of the Red Hen in Washington, D.C., told The Washingtonian that his restaurant has received mistaken calls, emails, Yelp reviews and even death threats because of the confusion. He added that someone egged the restaurant over the weekend.

The D.C. restaurant posted on Facebook to clarify that Sanders did not try to eat at its establishment on Friday.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/red-hen-sarah-huckabee-sanders-harrassment_us_5b30f092e4b00295f15f0d82




That is a good question there, Mr. Pool – the Trump fans’ misguided anger is, well, extremely comical at best, and it leads to this. Apparently they do prefer mean comments – and a lot of them are mean. I mean the Yelp moderators are going to be working overtime this weekend.

Typically, a hot restaurant will earn a couple thousand reviews on Yelp. As of mid-morning Monday, The Red Hen in Lexington, VA has 15,000.

Conservative political activists, including Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, are calling on supporters to flood the restaurant’s Yelp page with negative reviews after it refused service to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders this weekend.

“This is the market at work,” wrote Kirk in a tweet. “Don’t force someone to serve another person, but if you refuse, you must accept the consequences.”

Kirk wasn’t the only one taking to social media to bash the small business. Donald Trump, on Monday morning, took aim at the restaurant, saying (among other things) that it needed a paint job. (Liberal activists quickly announced they planned a fundraiser to cover those costs. At least one other fundraiser for the restaurant is already trending on GoFundMe.)

Yelp, in a statement on the Red Hen page, says it is actively working to remove reviews, both positive and negative, that appear to be motivated by news coverage, rather than actual experience with the restaurant.
http://fortune.com/2018/06/25/yelp-red-hen-reviews-sarah-huckabee-sanders/




You know guys, before you take your misguided anger out on a restaurant and their Yelp reviews page, you might want to learn that Yelp deletes reviews if you didn’t actually go there! But the Lexington and DC Red Hens weren’t the only ones who got hit by the Trumplodytes this weekend.

Shelley Deproto, who has owned the restaurant (in Old Saybrook, CT) for five years picked up the phone and “They said, ‘You’re done, and we’re coming to get you’. She soon realized the callers didn’t care. “You calmly and politely explain there’s no affiliation, but they’re so wound up it doesn’t matter what you say,” she said. “They’re ready to go. They say what they were going to say, which is usually something incredibly insulting and threatening.”

Soon, the Facebook pages and Instagram accounts of the Old Saybrook Red Hen were flooded with vitriol. Deproto took them down. The restaurant’s online reservation system was flooded with fake bookings for large parties. A “Nancy Reagan” and a “Sarah Sanders” took out reservations. Callers placed large, expensive takeout orders for 100 people that Deproto was not naive enough to fill.

She changed the voicemail greeting to stress her restaurant was in Connecticut. But the calls kept coming, mostly from area codes in North Carolina, Colorado and Texas, she said, a new snarling voice every 15 seconds. “As fast as I could delete the messages, we’d get another one.”

She’s now working with Yelp and TripAdvisor to expunge the scores of poor reviews left by people who have never set foot in Connecticut. She has not ruled out a name change.

Full story here http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-red-hen-old-saybrook-20180624-story.html




And there’s more! I mean really guys if you get caught up in the heat of the moment, at least know who it is you’re attacking! And really, stop doing this. Seriously. You guys are fucking insane!

A New Jersey restaurant named The Red Hen is being bombarded with threats and abuse by Trump supporters who are confusing it with the Virginia restaurant of the same name that refused to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

NJ.com reports that the Red Hen, based in the New Jersey town of Swedesboro, has been getting nonstop angry phone calls from Trump supporters ever since Sanders on Saturday revealed that the Virginia-based restaurant also called the Red Hen had asked her to leave because it disagreed with her politics.

“It was off the chart,” restaurant manager Elizabeth Pope told NJ.com. “Then the hostess comes to me and says, ‘people are calling and yelling and swearing.'”

What’s even more disturbing, said Pope, is that Trump-backing internet trolls have crushed her restaurant’s ratings since the start of the weekend — and have single-handedly dropped it by a full star on Yelp.

To counteract the Trump fans’ misguided rage, the Red Hen sent out an official statement on its Facebook page explaining that it was not the same restaurant that booted Sanders.
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/trump-supporters-bombarding-wrong-red-hen-restaurant-threats-abuse/?comments=disqus





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OK there, we’re all caught up. So now you’re the most hated leader in the world and what do you do when your press secretary gets kicked out of a public place? Do that thing you always do and resort to your angry 3:00 AM toilet twitter rampages! So of course there’s a lot of misguided anger coming from conservatives and mainly Trump fans over the Red Hen’s decision over the weekend. So apparently Trump has reduced the presidency to the status of being a professional Yelp reviewer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday trash-talked a Virginia restaurant that asked his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to leave because she worked for his administration.

Trump, in a Monday morning tweet, said that The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia “should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders.”

“I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!” added Trump, an admitted germophobe, who has said he prefers eating at fast food chains rather than independent eateries because he trusts them more.

Images of the restaurant, a three-hour drive from Washington, online appear to show no evidence of serious disrepair, with clean-looking green awnings and white paint on the doors and trim.

The 10-year-old restaurant in downtown Lexington has a farm-to-table menu, with sample offerings including steak tartare ($9), chanterelle and scape risotto ($24) and peach/blackberry shortcake ($9).
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/25/trump-calls-red-hen-filthy-after-it-boots-sarah-sanders/


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Well I say give it a week, sir, then we will see if people still care or not. Now here’s where we’re going to throw up the Top 10 Wayback Machine. If you remember just last year (see Top 10 # 2-27 ) Mar-A-Shithole was hit with some massive health code violations. Let’s go through those again!

Unsafe seafood. Insufficiently refrigerated meats. Rusty shelving. Cooks without hairnets.

Reports show Florida health inspectors cited President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort with 15 violations in late January, days before the U.S. leader hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a diplomatic visit.

Still, the state inspectors allowed the luxury resort's main restaurant and beach club grill to remain open as staff scrambled to make several immediate corrections.

Among the "high priority" problems described as "potentially hazardous" were faulty fridges with meats stored well above the required 41 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, in the restaurant's walk-in cooler, the duck and beef were measured at 50 degrees, while a ham was at 57 degrees.

Other issues included smoked salmon being served without undergoing "proper parasite destruction" and a hand washing sink for employees with water that was not hot enough.

Stephen Lawson, spokesman for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said the violations were the result of a routine inspection and not prompted by any consumer complaints or food-borne illnesses.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-trump-mar-a-lago-health-violations-20170413-story.html




You think that’s bad? It gets worse! So much worse! And you know this is one of those times when you should probably Google before shooting your mouth off. Because doing this thing called “fact checking” will save us all! Oh wait, facts are fake news, I forgot!

President Donald Trump lashed out Monday at a Virginia restaurant that refused to serve his press secretary, saying it is "filthy" and "badly needs a paint job" ...

It was not immediately not clear how the president evaluated the restaurant's "canopies, doors and windows," and the White House did not respond CNBC's inquiry about the matter.

In February, the Virginia Department of Health found no violations at the property. Inspectors gave the restaurant, which claims to be Lexington's first farm-to-table eatery, its highest possible rating ...

The Associated Press found the president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida was cited 78 times over three years for health code violations including cooking staff not washing their hands and the “accumulation of black/green mold-like substance” on an ice machine ...

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/25/trump-slams-virginia-restaurant-for-being-filthy-but-inspectors-fou.html




So yeah while this whole thing was a completely unnecessary shit show and the definition of “peak snowflake” (and don’t get me started on who is the bigger snowflake here), this really shows that Trump just flat out doesn’t care.

After White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave The Red Hen, a restaurant in rural Virginia, it was only a matter of time before her boss stepped in to comment on the incident. And when he did, he did so not just as the president, but as someone who has strong opinions about restaurants. President Trump tweeted about The Red Hen, but many of the responses to his tweet seem to be focusing on the restaurants at his own properties — specifically the health and safety-challenged ones at his Mar-A-Lago complex.

"The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders," Trump tweeted on Monday morning. "I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!"

Among the responses were mentions of numerous articles covering the health and safety violations at an establishment where Trump is known to dine frequently: the Mar-a-Lago restaurants. In April 2017, Fox News reported that health inspectors in Florida had noted 15 violations on the resort's inspection, including meat and seafood not stored or prepared safely, shelves with rust, and cooks not wearing hairnets.
https://www.bustle.com/p/trumps-tweet-about-the-red-hen-has-people-reminding-him-about-mar-a-lagos-issues-9568885





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So when you’re the world’s most hated administration, and you’re in a hole, you know the first thing to do is to stop digging. Especially when we’re 523 days into this nightmare and the entirety of this whole shit show can be summed up in literally two phrases. And both center around the same thing – the kidnapping and torture of migrant children. Yes, the US is committing war crimes here, and we’re watching in horror. But not Fox News. In fact they’re probably laughing their asses off.

First they came for immigrants, and let the record show, Corey Lewandowski said, "womp womp."

Over the last few weeks, as stories of families being ripped apart and children locked in cages have proliferated, one thing has become very clear: If you are ever tempted to think we've reached the limits of cruelty from the Trump administration and its allies, think again. A report in The Wall Street Journal revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has separated a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome from her mother and brother. Her father is a legal US resident, but she's been sent alone to a detention facility in McAllen, Texas. Confronted with this latest outrage, former Trump campaign manager Lewandowski reacted on Fox News Tuesday by waving off the issue and cracking his little joke.
Asked on Wednesday if he wanted to apologize, Lewandowski declined and claimed his "womp womp" was intended to "mock" the Democratic strategist who raised the issue of the girl's plight in the first place.

Lewandowski's "joke" is just a highly visible edge of a much broader, terrifying, pattern. His callous indifference here is not a personality quirk or accident, but a necessary feature for a regime that seeks to dehumanize and destroy in their pursuit of a white nationalist agenda. It's hopefully difficult to inspire the thousands of men and women who work for the government and in the private prison industry or the government to take babies and children away from their parents while feeling good about themselves. What kind of person can lie to a mother that they are taking their child away for a bath, then never bring them back, and still go home and feel good about their lives at the end of the day?
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/opinions/lewandowski-womp-womp-is-terrifying-perry-opinion/




Which begs the question – who put the womp in the womp womp? Seriously they’re talking like the adults talked to Peanuts characters. So now we got that one out of the way. Which brings me to our next story. Yeah, get your boos out now because we’re going to talk about… Melania’s jacket. You all know it, so let’s get it out of the way!

It was the jacket that launched a thousand tweets. Boarding Air Force One on her way back from visiting a Texas detention center where unaccompanied children at the center of the current immigration debate are housed, first lady Melania Trump wore a jacket that had “I really don’t care, do u?” emblazoned on the back. Many speculated, as they have of Trump’s fashion choices in the past, whether the jacket was meant to send a subliminal message.

Could it have been a coded allusion to her contempt for her husband? Was it, as the president himself claimed on Twitter, an attempt to tell off the media?

My sense is that it was neither and that it wasn’t saying anything else, either. More likely, it was, as her spokeswoman claimed, just a jacket, but that makes it all the more questionable.

Anyone who closely followed the first lady’s border visit Thursday would have noticed that Trump does appear to care about the fate of the children she was visiting. It was not a strictly congratulatory trip. The questions Trump asked indicated genuine concern, not indifference, such as how often the children were permitted to call their parents.

Trump’s statement this week urging the administration to govern “with heart,” an uncharacteristic foray into the policy sandbox, sent the same message. And that was on top of the lobbying Trump reportedly did behind the scenes to encourage her husband to end the practice of separating parents from their children at the border.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2018/06/22/what-melania-trumps-i-dont-care-jacket-says-about-the-state-of-the-east-wing/?utm_term=.c91d6ba37080




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Yes you should feel bad for this one, Melania but guess what? Her psychopathic husband isn’t helping things. This isn’t so much an explanation as to why Melania did what she did, but this was more rubbing salt in the wound, because that’s what a psychopath does.

President Trump said on Thursday that first lady Melania Trump's eye-catching jacket with the words “I really don’t care. Do U?" that she before and after a trip to Texas to visit with migrant children, was a reference to the news media.

"I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media," the president said in a tweet.

The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, however, had earlier downplayed the fashion choice, saying it was "just a jacket."

The Daily Mail first reported on Thursday that Melania Trump was photographed wearing the Zara jacket while boarding a plane to visit immigrant children held in detention centers. The visit came the day after President Trump signed an executive order undoing his own policy of separating families who cross the border illegally.

Critics were quick to attack the first lady's fashion choice, calling it insensitive.

Democratic Rep. Dina Titus tweeted out her own version of the jacket by wearing a sign attached to her back, reading "I Care."
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/393571-trump-melanias-jacket-refers-to-the-fake-news-media




Yes they should definitely feel bad about this, but this is the Trump administration here – when have they ever experienced any sort of remorse for anything? And they apologize for nothing! In fact Trump’s explanation made it worse!

President Trump said on Thursday that first lady Melania Trump's eye-catching jacket with the words “I really don’t care. Do U?" that she before and after a trip to Texas to visit with migrant children, was a reference to the news media.

"I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media," the president said in a tweet.

The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, however, had earlier downplayed the fashion choice, saying it was "just a jacket."

The Daily Mail first reported on Thursday that Melania Trump was photographed wearing the Zara jacket while boarding a plane to visit immigrant children held in detention centers. The visit came the day after President Trump signed an executive order undoing his own policy of separating families who cross the border illegally.
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/393571-trump-melanias-jacket-refers-to-the-fake-news-media





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This week we’re actually going to investigate, who else, but Donald J. Trump? And particularly his attacks on one corporation that used to be his best friend forever, Harley Davidson. So what happened that the two previously best friends decided to suddenly part ways? Well there are many claims that can be made from both sides. No really, it’s just Trump.

President Trump lashed out at one of his favorite American manufacturers on Tuesday, criticizing Harley-Davidson over its plans to move some of its motorcycle production abroad and threatening it with steep punitive taxes.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the president accused the Wisconsin-based company of surrendering in Mr. Trump’s trade war with Europe and said the firm would lose its “aura” if it produced bikes overseas.

“If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end — they surrendered, they quit!” he wrote. “The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!”

The attack came a day after Harley-Davidson announced that it would move some of its production abroad in response to stiff retaliatory tariffs that the European Union imposed in response to Mr. Trump’s trade measures. Rather than raise prices to cover the new 31 percent tariff on bikes it exports to the European Union, Harley said it would shift some of its production to overseas facilities to avoid the tariffs.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/26/business/trump-harley-davidson-tariffs.html




So what happened that these two decided to suddenly part ways? And what would happen if one of America’s biggest manufacturers were to suddenly go out of business or lay off potentially thousands of employees? There are many questions and this will have a long lasting effect on America’s economy.

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Harley-Davidson Inc with higher taxes on Tuesday and said the motorcycle maker, which he previously hailed as a model of American manufacturing, would suffer from a public backlash if it went ahead with a plan to move production for European customers overseas.

Trump’s attack, the latest in a series of criticisms of U.S. companies, was an about-face for the president, who hosted company officials and gleaming Harley-Davidson bikes on the White House lawn shortly after his inauguration.

“A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them,” Trump said on Twitter, without providing any evidence. “If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end - they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!” Trump said.

It was unclear what taxes Trump was referring to, and why the company might have to pay them, since it will maintain production in the United States for U.S. customers. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Trump’s tweet.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-harley-davidson-tariffs/trump-revs-up-attacks-on-harley-davidson-over-production-move-idUSKBN1JM1AF




And if there’s one group that we’ve learned that you don’t piss off over the years, it’s America’s biker gangs. Because they are armed, and they are dangerous. Have you seen the show Sons Of Anarchy? They can do some pretty horrible things. But none as horrible as what Trump is doing that could potentially put thousands out of work.

Production of Harley-Davidson motorcycles sold in Europe will move from U.S. factories to facilities overseas, the Milwaukee-based company announced Monday, a consequence of the retaliatory tariffs the EU is imposing on American exports in an escalating trade war with the Trump administration.

President Trump has used the iconic American motorcycle maker as an example of a U.S. business harmed by trade barriers in other countries, but Harley had warned that tariffs could negatively impact its sales.

The European Union on Friday began rolling out tariffs on American imports including bourbon, peanut butter and orange juice. The EU tariffs on $3.4 billion worth of U.S. products are retaliation for duties the Trump administration is imposing on European steel and aluminum.

The company said in a regulatory filing Monday that EU tariffs on its motorcycles exported from the U.S. jumped between 6 percent and 31 percent, adding about $2,200 per average motorcycle exported from the U.S. to the EU.
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/06/25/harley-davidson-stung-by-tariffs-shifts-some-production-overseas/




That’s true, he probably doesn’t . After all, this is the guy who, not even a few days ago, was bragging about how he was the definition of what an elitist is.



Yes, he actually bragged about how he was the richer guy than they were. Which is why he really doesn’t care about your common worker. But then of course Trump slams his favorite company after they enact policies based on his business plan.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday criticized Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG.N) after the company said it would move U.S. production of motorcycles for European Union customers overseas to avoid retaliatory tariffs.

“Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag. I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the E.U.,” Trump said in a post on Twitter.

“Taxes just a Harley excuse - be patient!” he added
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-harley-davidson-tariffs-trump/trump-slams-harley-davidson-plan-to-move-some-u-s-production-overseas-idUSKBN1JL2VI?il=0


There you have it, a president so unstable he attacks his own companies. At this rate there might not be any business left. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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



Welcome everybody, please be seated! Now, my fair congregation! How…. I mean just how… do you justify the horrifying atrocities being committed at the border? You can’t. You simply cannot justify this, for it is among the most egregious of SINS! The only way you could justify this atrocity is if your heart was as dark as the DEVIL himself! In fact if the good LAWRD JAYSUS were to come down today, he would be smiting those preaching in his name.

Extremist right-wing pastor Kevin Swanson is not overly concerned about the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents who cross the border illegally, mocking Christians leaders who have spoken out against the policy, which he insists is such “a minor issue” that it is akin to getting upset that “somebody is breaking into the crack house.”

On his “Generations” radio program today, Swanson said that America is a debauched and degenerate nation that is due to receive God’s judgment, so getting worked up about an issue like family separation is rather pointless.

“It’s a little bit like America is a crack house and somebody is breaking into the crack house,” he said. “I have a hard time being bothered by that, given that America is so messed up with all of its systems.”

“They’re taking issue with Trump on these minor issues when, indeed, we’ve got a crack house here,” Swanson added. “We’ve got people killing their babies with abortifacients and abortion right and left, we have a welfare system that is redistributing 40-50 percent of the wealth every year and creating a welfare-dependent immigration base that’s inevitably going to vote Democratic year after year after year and year. We’ve got a mess on our hands. We’re violating the Seventh Commandment, we’re violating the Sixth Commandment, we’re violating the Eighth Commandment and these guys are all up in arms over what happens to some immigrants down in Phoenix, Arizona.”

“This nation is subjecting itself to the judgment of Almighty God because of its embracing of sodomy and transgenderism and abortion and the slaughter of hundreds of millions of babies,” he said, “and they’ll start making a big, big, big deal out of the tiny, tiny issues.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/kevin-swanson-outrage-over-family-separation-is-like-getting-upset-that-somebody-is-breaking-into-the-crack-house/




I’m just going to play that clip every time Kevin Swanson says something. But there are DAYMONZ among us particularly those ultra far right wing preachers who are justifying this horrible atrocity being committed at the border, and it is a SIN!!!! For it says in our good book that JAYSUS wants families to stick together, and unlike these pastors, I can name the chapter and verse in our book where it says that! Now we might need some music for this next one. Can we get that?



Anti-choice/anti-LGBTQ Religious Right activist Dave Daubenmire had a bit of a meltdown on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning over criticism that the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents who attempt to cross the southern border illegally is unchristian.

Daubenmire fumed that liberals, who he insists are not Christians, are misusing the Bible to paint conservative Christians as heartless and uncaring for supporting the family separation policy. The Bible’s commands to care for the poor are directed at individuals, not the government, he said, which means that there is nothing unbiblical about separating children from their parents.

“If you really want to help the people on the border, go get them and bring them into your house,” Daubenmire bellowed. “But don’t make me do it! That’s between me and the Lord … I’m sure as H-E-L-L not going to make sure that the government takes care of them. I thought there was a separation between the church and the state? I thought morality was personal? Yet the government is telling the church how the church should behave!”

“They murder babies, the light up the White House with rainbow colors and then tell us how we’re supposed to treat children?” he screamed. “It’s the devil. It’s the stinking devil! Deception! I’m ticked off!”

Later in the webcast, one of the participants asserted that those who are crossing the border are not even real families but are “gang members” are are trying to sneak into the country, while pastor Dale Sochia of King Jesus Ministries on Louisiana misrepresented a statement from a border patrol agent to claim that undocumented parents are giving their underage daughters birth control and Plan B pills so that they can “use their children as sex to pay to get them into America.”

“These parents are wicked,” Sochia said.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-melts-down-over-criticism-of-trumps-family-separation-policy/




No, Dave, the only one who’s wicked is you!!! But apparently it gets crazier – so much crazier my fair congregation! For apparently did you know you’re abusing your child by escaping extreme corruption and searching for a better life? And that these children are being used to play politics? Neither did we!

On his “Focal Point” radio program yesterday, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer and his producer, Jeff Reed, defended the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents when they cross the southern border on the grounds that the parents are committing “child abuse” by bringing their children into the country illegally in the first place.

“I don’t want to hear any of this stuff about the inhumane treatment of children on the border,” Fischer declared, arguing that separating families is no different than placing children in foster care if their parents are put in prison, insisting that requiring children to be incarcerated along with their parents would be truly inhumane.

“You might even be able to make the case that any adult or parent that forced their children on a march across the desert, putting themselves at risk to a lot of dangers—thirst and attacks and all that—just to go break some other country’s law, wouldn’t that be a form of child abuse?” Reed postulated. “If an American parent did that, we’d probably be taking the child away.”

Fischer completely agreed, insisting that Democrats “are just using these children” to distract Americans from the Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“They don’t care about these children,” Fischer said. “They don’t have compassion for these children. These children, to them, are simply useful tools to demonize Donald Trump, to demonize you and me as conservatives who believe in the rule of law, and to distract the American public from the scandal of what the Inspector General revealed about the Department of Justice.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/jeff-reed-undocumented-immigrants-are-committing-a-form-of-child-abuse-by-bringing-their-children-to-america/




Yes I think even JAYSUS is speechless at this one! By the way, how great is our Top 10 gospel choir everybody? Let’s give it up for them! But apparently if you so much DARE to criticize these most majestic of men, these ultra far right pastors, you might as well be persecuting them!

We noted on Wednesday that Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s earliest and most adoring Religious Right supporters, had been criticized by a Dallas columnist and the city’s Christian mayor for billboards put up by his First Baptist Church declaring “America is a Christian Nation.” After receiving complaints, the company that owned the billboards decided to take down the ads, while another company offered to replace the original two billboards with 20 touting the church’s message.

The story was irresistible to Fox News’ Todd Starnes, who has often promoted stories of alleged anti-Christian persecution. In his email newsletter on Thursday, Starnes highlighted a story he posted earlier in the week slamming the mayor for being offended by the church’s “patriotic billboard.”

In Starnes’ telling, the people who were unhappy with the divisive message on the billboard became “angry anti-Christian radicals.” And Jeffress displayed the Religious Right’s time-honored practice of equating criticism with persecution:

It should greatly concern people of any faith when those in the press or government proactively seek to defeat, censor or silence any religious message with which they disagree,” Jeffress said. “We don’t believe Dallas city officials have any right to directly or indirectly be involved in censoring a church’s message.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/todd-starnes-robert-jeffress-equate-criticism-with-persecution/




So there you have it. By having our own church which criticizes their church, we might as well be persecuting them! 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 a Trump administration lackey and a guy who we wouldn’t be surprised in the least if he has actual skeletons in his closet, Stephen Miller. Now Stephen Miller is probably the least identifiable man in the Trump administration, but he’s certainly the whitest guy in the Trump administration. In fact he’s so proud of being white that he pretty much wears it on his sleeves. Let’s get into this further.

Nearly ever present by the President's side, perhaps no one is more responsible for the Trump agenda than Stephen Miller.

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at keeping families together at the border, but not before several days of public outcry over the administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that had resulted in thousands of undocumented children separated from their families at the border.

Some of the Trump administration's most controversial and chaos-inducing policies can be traced back to Miller, including the travel ban and the firing of former FBI director James Comey.
And the latest immigration debacle is no different.

Originally from California, the 32-year-old senior Trump adviser has been part of the Trump team since January 2016, where he acted as Trump's warm-up act during the primary and general 2016 election.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/23/politics/stephen-miller-immigration-family-separation/index.html




So if we were to compare him to TV and movie characters, Stephen Miller is equal parts Hannibal Lecter and Buster Bluth from Arrested Development. I could totally see him screaming “MOTHER!!!!” the way that Tony Hale does. So why is Stephen Miller so hateful? You know there’s nothing sadder than a closet self loather.

Until now, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were the main targets of ire for the overwhelmingly liberal American-Jewish community, horrified that members of its own tribe could have contributed to the policies and tone of the Trump White House.

But this past week marked a turning point: Jewish fury is now aimed squarely at another senior Trump official from the tribe: Stephen Miller, the staunchest advocate of the widely despised family separation policy at the southern border.

He has overtaken Jared and Ivanka for inspiring rage among American Jews opposed to the president’s policies and the language he has used to defend them – including use of the word “infest” to describe migration, a term associated with Nazi Germany.

Read more: https://forward.com/news/403903/why-stephen-miller-is-the-most-hated-jew-in-america-by-fellow-jews/




Holy shit! He actually used the word “infest”. It doesn’t get much lower than that. But that’s actually relatively tame compared to some of the stuff he’s done. And I mean after all, after all the horrible shit he’s said and done about Mexicans and Mexico, is it really the worst thing he has said lately? Is it?

Nearly ever present by the President’s side, perhaps no one is more responsible for the Trump agenda than Stephen Miller.

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order aimed at keeping families together at the border, but not before several days of public outcry over the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that had resulted in thousands of undocumented children separated from their families at the border.

Some of the Trump administration’s most controversial and chaos-inducing policies can be traced back to Miller, including the travel ban and the firing of former FBI director James Comey.

And the latest immigration debacle is no different.

Originally from California, the 32-year-old senior Trump adviser has been part of the Trump team since January 2016, where he acted as Trump’s warm-up act during the primary and general 2016 election.

During the campaign, Miller would consistently address the crowds at Trump rallies before the then-candidate would take the stage.

“Everybody who stands against Donald Trump are the people who’ve been running this country into the ground,” Miller said at one campaign rally in Texas. “Everything that is wrong with this country today, the people opposing Donald J. Trump are responsible for.”
https://wtvr.com/2018/06/24/stephen-miller-is-the-man-behind-trumps-immigration-policy/




I’m sure he has probably said that at some point. Now let’s get into the absurdity of what happened last week when he tried to eat out with another Trump staff member.

White House senior adviser Stephen Miller was called a fascist earlier this week while dining at a Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C., according to the New York Post.

The encounter took place on Sunday at Espita Mezcaleria. The Post reports that a patron of the restaurant called out Miller — an immigration hard-liner — over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that separates migrant families caught crossing the border illegally.

“Hey look guys, whoever thought we’d be in a restaurant with a real-life fascist begging [for] money for new cages?” a customer said to Miller, according to the Post.

Miller reportedly did not respond to the hecklers.

The incident occurred just a few days before activists similarly interrupted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's dinner at a Mexican restaurant, resulting in her leaving the restaurant.

The group repeatedly yelled “shame” at Nielsen and “End Texas concentration camps.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/news/393403-stephen-miller-called-fascist-by-protester-at-mexican-restaurant




Yes, ay caramba indeed, Bart! So what’s the underlying hypocrisy in all of this? Well it’s just that – underlying hypocrisy. I mean if you’re in the news for talking shit about Mexico, maybe don’t eat at a Mexican restaurant! You might as well just make them say “let them eat flan”!

In September of 2016, in the run-up to the Presidential election, Marco Gutierrez, a founder of the online activist group Latinos for Trump, appeared on MSNBC to discuss what he saw as a looming immigration threat at America’s southern border. “My culture is a very dominant culture,” Gutierrez, who was born in Mexico, said. “And it’s imposing and it’s causing problems. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.” Gutierrez meant this as a warning, a dire vision of what the future would look like were Donald Trump to fail in his Presidential bid. But Hillary Clinton’s supporters quickly reclaimed the idea as a welcome, and appetizing, possibility. At a campaign stop, Clinton said, “I personally think a taco truck on every corner sounds absolutely delicious.”

Last year, C.H.D. Expert, a hospitality-industry analysis firm, identified Mexican restaurants as the second most popular kind of dining establishment in the nation, and estimated that they make up about nine per cent of the half million or so restaurants in the United States—more than the total number of pizzerias. Countless additional restaurants bear signs of Mexico’s culinary influence: you can find fajitas at Chili’s, guacamole and chips at the Cheesecake Factory, churros at Disney World, quesadillas repurposed into burger buns at Applebee’s, margaritas at LongHorn Steakhouse, Baja-style fish tacos at hipster brunch spots, and nachos at every sports arena in America. Even the ubiquitous Caesar salad is Mexican—it was invented at a restaurant in Tijuana. In many respects, you might say, Mexican food is American food.
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/the-unsurprising-absurdity-of-kirstjen-nielsen-and-stephen-miller-eating-mexican-food-during-a-border-crisis




There you have it, that’s the utter hypocrisy of this administration in a nutshell. That’s Stephen Miller, this week’s:




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So we’ve already talked in this edition about how the Trump fans see themselves after Maxine Waters called for a peaceful use of your first amendment right to protest against this out of control fascist administration. Well, this sparked a dialogue between liberal and conservative groups on all social media feeds about what it means to be civil. Let’s go do a deep dive on that. In fact let’s start with an instance of this exact same thing happening 6 years ago. Remember when it was a much simpler time? I miss those times.

Joe the Plumber, meet Chris the Baker.

The Republican ticket has embraced a new small-business hero. On Wednesday, the owner of a bakery who last week turned away Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduced Representative Paul D. Ryan at a rally in this city where President Obama uttered his “You didn’t build that” remark.

Chris McMurray, the owner of Crumb and Get It Cookie Company with his wife, told a crowd at another small business, a hardware store, “We are gathered here today to send a message to the Obama-Biden team that we did build it.’’

Mr. McMurray said the Biden campaign approached him to ask if the vice president could drop by his cookie shop while campaigning, and he replied, “Nothing personal, but I just happened to disagree with the president and the vice president on a few things.”
https://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/va-baker-is-in-the-spotlight-at-ryan-rally/?mtrref=t.co&gwh=C301A4BD9BDBA48705E1597E8461DC02&gwt=pay




Yeah so remember Joe The Plumber, and Chris the Baker, and Kim Davis, and Sarah Palin and all the other jackasses that the GOP championed because they stood up to the evil intolerant, anti American left wing loonies? I mean remember that? Yeah. These are the same people calling for civility. Such fine examples of tolerance like this.

Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist radio host responsible for Infowars, encouraged listeners who wanted to “dedicate something to your country” to do secret video surveillance outside the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia because Jones suspected that “the left” would orchestrate a “false flag” attack on the restaurant.

The owner of the Red Hen, a small farm-to-table restaurant in the western part of Virginia, politely asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family to leave her restaurant last weekend. Since then, Sanders and President Trump have both tweeted about the incident and the restaurant (like others that share the same name) has been receiving harassment and death threats from right-wing trolls in what Cristina López at Media Matters accurately described as “Pizzagate-style targeted harassment.”

Today on Infowars, Jones joined in and encouraged his listeners to further harass the restaurant.

“If somebody smart—if you want to dedicate something to your country, you need to go sit out in front. I wish I had the money. I’d put [private investigators]—if I had billions of dollars, I would, every day, have teams of P.I.s all over the country. I’d say, ‘Get on this site,’ and I would have P.I.s just watch the Red Hen, show when somebody firebombs it, God forbid, or somebody knocks the windows out, or somebody paints a swastika on the door, we can follow them to their house and you know who they’re going to be, don’t you?” Jones said.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alex-jones-encourages-secret-surveillance-of-restaurant-that-asked-sarah-sanders-to-leave/




Yeah because nothing says “tolerance” and “civility” like some good old fashioned illegal surveillance and stalking! Let’s get real here. There’s also calls for civility like this! I mean did you know we’re this close to a civil war? I didn’t!

End Times broadcaster Rick Wiles used his “TruNews” program on Friday to warn his viewers that liberals may begin to assassinate Republican candidates before the 2018 midterm elections in preparation for civil war.

“When they get rid of Donald Trump, they are going to crush the people who voted for him,” Wiles said. “Your country is being taken away from you.”

“This is a revolution,” he added. “It is a communist/Marxist/socialist/leftist revolution and it has the potential to turn bloody. I would say that we need to be prepared for this fall. Be prepared. I pray to God that the leftists/Marxists/socialists/communists do not assassinate Republican candidates for the House and Senate and governor and other positions. But be prepared that as we go in to October, that they will carry out targeted killings of Republicans.”

“If that happens, then you know that a violent revolution has now begun,” he warned, adding that if Democrats win control of Congress in the midterms, “this country is going to be ripped to pieces.”

“We’re that close to civil war,” Wiles said. “We’re that close to violent, bloody revolution in this country.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/rick-wiles-leftists-will-carry-out-targeted-killings-of-republicans-in-preparation-for-civil-war/




Yeah so apparently we’re “that close to civil war”. And let’s not forget the right wing’s most recent celebrity – this douchebag who started heckling and booing Jim Acosta for simply doing his job.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was heckled at a Donald Trump rally and urged to “go home” by the US president’s supporters.

Members of the crowd shouted “CNN sucks” and “Fake News Jim” as people waited for the rally to start in Columbia, South Carolina.

A woman reportedly confronted Mr Acosta – CNN’s chief White House correspondent – near his seat in the press area and then as he stood in front of the cameras.

Reporters at Mr Trump’s rally in support of South Carolina governor Henry McMaster documented the crowd’s taunting of the journalist.

“Sitting next to Acosta is the ... ahem ... ‘best’ seat in the house. Frequent chanting of ‘CNN sucks’, ’Go home, Jim’, after which many have then asked for selfies and autographs,” said Associated Press reporter Meg Kinnard.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/jim-acosta-cnn-heckled-donald-trump-rally-go-home-south-carolina-a8417351.html




So there you have it, those are just some of the ways the right wing is calling for “civility”. But none hold a candle to what James Woods is proposing.

Actor James Woods Urges Conservatives to 'Get Armed' for Life-or-Death Battle With Liberals

"I urge you all to a) get armed, and b) vote. Your life literally depends on it."

Actor James Woods on Monday urged conservatives to "get armed" in preparation for "inevitable violence" by liberals, adding, "Your life literally depends on it."

He also called on his more than 1.5 million followers to vote.

Hours earlier, Woods tweeted that "liberals in America have gone off the rails," and "we are simply not going to take it anymore."
https://www.pluralist.com/posts/1279-actor-james-woods-urges-conservatives-to-get-armed-for-life-or-death-battle-with-liberals?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=share





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We need something much lighter to go out on. So of course by now you know that people are people and people are dumb. This week we’re going to do something a bit different. You know the World Cup is going on in Russia the entire month of June and spilling out into July. So we’re going to take this time to do a special World Cup edition of People Are Dumb. And I’m going to start with this story straight out of Russia where Burger King… well let’s just say they have some ‘splainin to do!

Burger King is under fire for an ad that encourages women to have sex for money and free burgers.

The advertisement promised Russian women a lifetime of free sandwiches and a $47,000 cash prize if they get pregnant with the child of a World Cup Soccer player. The campaign was launched on the Russian social media outlet VK.

The ad was meant for Russian "girls who manage to get the best football genes" and "lay down the success of the Russian national football team."

Burger King pulled the advertisement after receiving social media backlash.

"It is a very stupid campaign … from the hellish people of the fast-food chain," Russian State Duma leader Vitaly Milonov told reporters. "They are) trying to attract attention, not by improving the quality, but through silly offers."
http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2018/june/burger-king-shocks-world-cup-fans-with-very-stupid-advertisement




Yes. Where is your god now? Speaking of which, if you go to the World Cup maybe don’t buy the bad merchandise being circulated, because you may be hauled off for questioning by the Russian police, and nobody wants that.

Argentinian police say they've recovered various narcotics and thousands in cash hidden inside replica World Cup trophies.

UPI reports Buenos Aires Security Minister Cristian Ritondo tweeted photos showing the trophies containing marijuana, cocaine, crack-cocaine and more than $14,000.

Officials have arrested four men and two women in connection with the crime. Two firearms and two vehicles were also seized.
https://www.wsls.com/news/weird-news/drugs-seized-from-replica-world-cup-trophies




OK so we couldn’t do an all World Cup edition, but there’s plenty of stupidity back home in the States and we’re going to where else but Florida’s next door neighbors Georgia. You know I’ve been to a lot of drive thrus in my life, I’ve never got a side of this with any of my cheeseburgers!

In the several weeks that Cherokee County investigators were undercover at an area Wendy’s location for possible drug activity, narcotics task force commander Phil Price said employees never offered to sell them a hamburger.

“I can tell you we never bought any food there,” Price told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

Instead, he said nearly half the staff was dealing methamphetamine.

“A stranger couldn’t drive up in the drive-thru and get meth and a hamburger or a frosty,” Price said, “but certainly if they were familiar with you, you could have bought your food at the same time.”
https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/meth-and-frosty-please-wendy-employees-accused-selling-drugs-out-restaurant/hDaNBYgq1TRh9E7VGPI63H/




Apparently Heisenberg wants a piece of that market. Next up we go to Missouri where… how… who… what causes a person to attempt to have sex with a car? I can’t even…

A Kansas man was charged today with lewd and lascivious behavior for his repeated attempts to have sex with the tailpipe of a parked automobile, according to court records.

Ryan Malek, 23, was named in a Municipal Court complaint accusing him of exposing himself with the intent of arousing or gratifying “sexual desires.” Malek has been summoned to appear in court on July 19 to answer the criminal charge.

Local cops responding to a 911 call about a man beneath a vehicle discovered Malek endeavoring to place his penis into the tailpipe of a car parked outside an apartment complex. Malek, a Newton resident, was “oblivious” when initially contacted by police.

Malek, whose blood alcohol content was later measured at more than four times the legal limit, continued trying to have sex with the tailpipe in the presence of officers. Cops subsequently tased Malek, took him into custody, and transported him to a local hospital for treatment.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/kansas-man-charged-for-tailpipe-tryst-762953




Yes WTF lol indeed! Speaking of sex… man there’s a lot of sexy time happening in the Midwest and you know the movie Zack & Miri Make A Porno? Yeah that was a comedy, not real life! And there’s some places where you should definitely not porno at work.

Two firefighters in Ohio have been suspended for allegedly making pornographic videos at a firehouse.

Akron officials say Arthur Dean and Deann Eller were both placed on administrative leave on Monday while the city launched an investigation into the matter.

Fire Chief Clarence Tucker says someone told a firefighter last week about the acts possibly being performed on city property. The firefighter reported it to his supervisor, who then told the chief.

A spokesman for the local firefighters’ union says Eller and Dean have no comment.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2018/06/19/firefighters-suspended-for-making-porn-firehouse/ODJWrRJ43p0zmlw2jPtbbO/story.html#comments




Somehow I don’t think it was like that. But next up – is there something in the air or has Florida Man been breeding all over the country? I mean when you’re at an amusement park don’t attack the guy wearing the animal costume!

It's duck season after all at the Six Flags in Eureka, where an Illinois man reportedly attacked an employee wearing a Daffy Duck costume earlier this month.

KMOV reports that a 23-year-old man from Caseyville, Illinois assaulted the employee, a 19-year-old who was probably already having a rough enough go of it, what with having to wear a mascot costume in the St. Louis summer heat and all, on June 3 at approximately 8:50 p.m. Eureka police say that the man grabbed the costume by the bill, attempted to pull the employee to the ground and threatened to "beat his ass."

Shockingly, alcohol may have been involved, according to police, who say the suspect smelled like booze.

The Leader reports that there were no injuries. The man from Caseyville admitted to police that he grabbed the bill of the costume, but claims he thought that was allowed because he saw other people doing it.

The man was arrested on suspicion of assault and will have to appear in Eureka Municipal Court.

Elmer Fudd could not be reached for comment.

https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/06/13/illinois-man-attacks-daffy-duck-at-six-flags-alcohol-may-have-been-involved




I’m sure the people writing that article had a good time coming up with cartoon references for this crazy story. Finally this week for People Are Dumb – we got to have our old buddy Florida man check in and show us what he’s been up to. So what has he been up to? Well, you know when you’re a kid and you forget to do your homework and you have to come up with an excuse as to why? Well…

State troopers last month pulled over a 2005 Nissan after spotting the auto being driven erratically on Interstate 95 outside Port St. Lucie.

When cops contacted the driver, they detected the “obvious and distinct odor” of booze “coming from inside the vehicle.” The motorist, Scott Garrett, 56, was lethargic, slurring his words, and had “red, very glassy, and blood shot” eyes. On the car’s front passenger seat was an open bottle of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.

Before performing a series of field sobriety tests, Garrett, pictured above, asked troopers to give him a ride to his Jupiter home. Garret then sought to pin the dangerous driving on another party: “He then stated he wasn’t driving the vehicle but it was...actually his dog,” an investigator noted.

Despite Garrett’s alibi, he was arrested for drunk driving (a breath test recorded his blood alcohol content at more than three times the .08 legal limit). A Florida Highway Patrol report noted that Garrett’s rap sheet includes three prior DUI convictions.
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/dogs/pin-it-on-the-pooch-198753




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It’s time for episode 3 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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This week we’re heading down to one of the most controversial organizations in the US federal government – the Federal Communications Commission, otherwise known as the FCC. This wing of the Deep State is essentially the police department for all communications sources – which include television, radio, your 3G or 4G network of choice, and the internet. And since Trump installed Ajit Pai, is known for overturning the net neutrality laws. So what is going on at the FCC?

I support a free and open internet. The internet should be an open platform where you are free to go where you want, and say and do what you want, without having to ask anyone's permission. And under the Federal Communications Commission's Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which takes effect Monday, the internet will be just such an open platform. Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access and more competition.

Our approach includes strong consumer protections. For example, we empower the Federal Trade Commission to police internet service providers for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices. In 2015, the FCC stripped the FTC -- the nation's premier consumer protection agency -- of its authority over internet service providers. This was a loss for consumers and a mistake we have reversed. Starting Monday, the FTC will once again be able to protect Americans consistently across the internet economy, and the FCC will work hand-in-hand with our partners at the FTC to do just that.
https://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-chairman-our-job-is-to-protect-a-free-and-open-internet/




Really dude? You just voted to end Net Neutrality and gloated in our faces about it, and now all of a sudden you’re for a free and open internet? Which is it, Ajit? I don’t want to get too much into Net Neutrality because we’re almost done this week, and I don’t have that kind of time! So what else does the FCC do? Well they approve that device that you’re most likely viewing this on.

Rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 have been spreading over the last couple of months and now the device’s existence has been confirmed. The Galaxy Note 9 has already been spotted at the FCC, signaling that the device might arrive earlier than its predecessor.

The Galaxy Note 9 was spotted at the FCC with the model number A3LSMN960F. The “SMN960F” part of the model number makes it certain that it is indeed the Note 9. The Galaxy Note 8 carried the model number SM-N950, so it’s obvious that the Note 9 will carry the model number SM-960F when it’s officially released. For further reference, the Note 7 was SM-N930 and the Note 5 was SM-N920, as pointed out by Droid Life.

The FCC filing for the Galaxy Note 9 also shows that the device will support LTE bands, which isn’t really a big surprise. Another thing to note about the handset’s model number is that “F” model numbers are typically associated with international variants of the handset. For the U.S. models, it’s likely that the Note 9 will have the model number SM-N960U. International models are usually approved earlier by the FCC than the U.S. models.

The FCC filing also confirms that the Note 9 will have Bluetooth, NFC and MST. For those unaware, MST is required because it’s what makes Samsung Pay work. Phone Arena also learned from the FCC documents that the device will have support for a stylus, which makes it even more likely for the device to debut as the Note 9.
http://www.ibtimes.com/samsung-galaxy-note-9-approved-fcc-month-earlier-note-8-2694839




So we’ve explored a couple of the good (?) things that the FCC does, now let’s get into the bad. One of the most annoying things about living in the 21st century is getting absolutely bombarded with spam calls, scammers, robodialers, and junk e-mails. Well, that’s about to get a whole lot worse if this happens.

There are 18 billion reasons why New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone has introduced legislation to increase the enforcement power of the Federal Communications Commission in the area of unwanted phone calls to consumers.

Pallone's bill, named the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, aims to curb the rise of robocalls that the Do Not Call Registry hasn't been able to address.

An estimated 18 billion of these calls were placed in the U.S. in 2017 — a 76 percent increase over the previous year. The country was home to more than 4 billion robocalls last month alone, according to the YouMail Robocall Index.

Some calls come from legitimate companies who follow the Do Not Call rules, but robocalls are also used by scammers looking to snag money or information from consumers. According to Pallone's office, robocallers bring in as much as $20 profit for every dollar spent on operations.
http://nj1015.com/nj-congressman-wants-to-close-robocall-loopholes/




And by the way, while we’re on the subject, if you think you’ve been bombarded with robocalls, you know how many were issued in 2017? This number will absolutely shock you!

4.1 billion. That’s the number of robocalls made to American consumers last month, according to the robocall index operated by YouMail, a robocall blocking service.

Managing illegal robocalls has been the FCC’s responsibility since the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was signed in 1991, but a recent court decision means the FCC must reconsider how it defines—and handles—the most annoying phone calls.

In March, the U.S. federal appeals court in D.C. found that the Commission’s definition of autodialer could potentially apply to smartphones, and had to be reworked.

The court upheld the FCC’s position allowing a consumer any “reasonable means” to revoke his or her consent and its exemption for “time-sensitive healthcare calls.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccaheilweil1/2018/06/12/there-were-4-1-billion-robocalls-dialed-in-the-u-s-last-month/#12d9ddd93099




Holy shit that is a staggering number. We may have to do a deep dive on robocalls and scammers in a future edition. But for now I’ll just leave you with this on the FCC.

Net neutrality rules enacted under former President Barack Obama expired Monday, completing a move last year by the Federal Communications Commission to end the protections.

The rules oblige Internet service providers, or ISPs, to enable access of all content and applications, regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the agency under Obama overstepped its authority when it imposed the 2015 regulations. The end of the rules comes as House Democrats are pressing for a resolution to reinstate them.

Supporters of net neutrality say killing the protections lets ISPs charge more and limit online access. Nearly two dozen states and several companies have sued the government to try and preserve the rules. Some states are creating their own net neutrality rules, but are barred by the FCC from implementing them.
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/06/11/FCC-leader-promises-better-Internet-as-net-neutrality-rules-expire/4031528727013/




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There is no Top 10 next week but when we come back in two weeks we’re going inside the White House to check out the White House Press Corps!



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Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest have a great new album out called “Head Over Heels” and you can see them live this July and August with a stop August 10th at the Hollywood Palladium. Playing their song “Must Have” give it up for Chromeo!




We are off next week for July 4th, we will be back on Wednesday July 11th for a brand new edition! See you in two weeks! Plus we’ll be leaving the confines of our home at the UCB Theater and taking the Top 10 out on the road with our first stop in Austin, Texas!

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Initech Productions: Yes, We Got The Memo

Posted by Top 10 Idiots | Wed Jun 27, 2018, 05:07 PM (8 replies)

Top 10 Quick Takes:Tea For Trump

The Trump International Hotel’s largest ballroom was packed wall-to-wall with Republican women dawning ornate hats and fascinators made of mesh, lace, ribbon, and feathers, at the Virginia Women For Trump’s “Tea for Trump” event yesterday, which celebrated the belated birthday of President Donald Trump. Organizers repeatedly insisted that the idea that women do not like Trump was “fake news.”

The event provided further evidence that even a news cycle as brutal as the one we saw last week, which resulted in outrage so pronounced that the Trump administration publicly backed down on its policy of separating undocumented family members crossing the southern border, is no deterrent for the president’s most ardent supporters.

Prior event descriptions claimed that a member of the Trump family was expected to attend, although none appeared to be on-site for the tea celebration. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was also rumored to be attending in order to receive an award, but did not make an appearance.

Rather, those in the crowd who had traveled from as far as California and paid at least $100 per person had a chance to gaze upon pro-Trump fashion designer Andre Soriano’s 45 gowns meant to commemorate Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States. One dress was dedicated to Trump’s meeting with North Korean officials in Singapore and a young girl wearing one of Soriano’s dresses earned widespread applause.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/republican-and-new-right-ladies-adorn-themselves-to-celebrate-trumps-birthday-at-tea-for-trump/




Do they not get that an elaborate tea and dress up party is the very definition of what an elitist is?
Posted by Top 10 Idiots | Mon Jun 25, 2018, 01:06 PM (0 replies)

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A restaurant owner in Lexington, Virginia kicked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her party out of his restaurant ... on moral grounds.

The waiter at The Red Hen said, "I just served Sarah Huckabee Sanders for a total of 2 minutes before my owner kicked her out along with 7 of her other family members."
Others say the owner didn't want Huckabee Sanders in the restaurant out of "moral conviction."

This is the second time this week someone from the Trump Administration was drummed out of a restaurant. Earlier this week Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was booted from a Mexican restaurant near The White House.

The Red Hen's Yelp pages has blown up with glowing and damning reviews ... along political lines, of course.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2018/06/23/sarah-huckabee-sanders-restaurant-thrown-out-moral-grounds-trump/#




Hey Sarah, I have just two words for you: "womp womp".

*audience laughs and applauds wildly*

This week on the Top 10 - Trump ends the crisis that he started, while creating an even bigger crisis! Sarah Sanders and Stephen Miller both get kicked out of restaurants, Melania Trump pretends to not care about something, Trump is getting told to fuck off by multiple sources, the Heritage Foundation goes full conspiracy theory, and Alex Jones defends child kidnapping while accusing others of kidnapping children. Plus we've got a new installment of "This Fucking Guy" and we're going to profile Trump admin lackey and possible serial killer Stephen Miller. In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates", we're going to show you some responsible gun owners. You know - the "good guys with guns". And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to show you some of the ways the Christian right is defending what the Trump administration is doing! And we've got a special World Cup edition of "People Are Dumb". All this plus the next installment of Deep State Diaries where we're going to take a look at what's going on at the FCC! This is going to be a fun one! Plus some live music from Chromeo!

Top 10 Conservative Idiots: Wednesdays at 2:00 PM /shameless self promotion
Posted by Top 10 Idiots | Sat Jun 23, 2018, 07:29 PM (0 replies)

Top 10 Quick Takes: Jim Bakker Is Literally Selling Snake Oil

https://twitter.com/RightWingWatch/status/1010245776285556736

Something tells me that this thing is going to cause more disease than it is supposed to prevent.
Posted by Top 10 Idiots | Fri Jun 22, 2018, 04:17 PM (37 replies)

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-2: Make A Run From The Border Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-2: Make A Run From The Border Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! 15 minutes with us can save an average of 15% or more on your car insurance! I want to start by talking about the World Cup. So you know how all teams have their favorite sporting rituals, Like how fans of the Detroit Red Wings throw a dead octopus onto the ice during a game? Or how fans of the Nashville Predators throw dead catfish on the ice? Well fans of the Niger team who made it to the World Cup this year were told by the Russian government that they couldn’t bring chickens into the stadium. No, I’m not talking about chicken nuggets. No, I’m not talking about chicken tenders. I’m not even talking about Popeye’s Chicken. Yeah somehow I don’t think you can get that in Russia. But fans of the Niger team have been painting chickens in the colors of their home country’s flag in hopes that it will bring their team good luck. Wait, what? Yeah I think we may need to do a deep dive into strange sports rituals around the world in a future edition of the Top 10 which would make for a great “I Need A Drink” segment. Yeah and how can I do a story about chickens without doing my best GOB impression?



OK enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to in an especially shitty week for those of us who haven’t drank the conservative Kool-Aid. But first John Oliver is back and he delves into the history of Chinese dictator Xi Jinping:



Conservatives were exceptionally evil this week. For the first slot this week we are going to the border because Trump’s ICE has become a shockingly evil force and it’s absolutely scary. In the second slot there’s an exceptionally foul plan to separate my home state of California into 3 states and it’s very evil, and has a stink of Russia on it. In the third slot this week we have a new installment of the Trumper Games! Yes, my pretties, it appears Tribute Manafort is going to prison! We will have all the juicy details for you! Taking the number 4 slot this week is also Donald Trump (4) because while this atrocity at the border is happening, he’s trying to justify it. In the number 5 slot is also Donald Trump (5) because while we’re all horrified about what’s happening at the border, our idiot-in-chief attempted to distract us with another shiny object, and we will tell you about it. In the number 6 slot this week is our weekly investigative piece “Top 10 Investigates” and this week we’re going to do a deep dive into Sinclair Broadcasting and their efforts to take over your local news! Expect local reports about it to be replaced with stories about your snowflake college student not needing a safe space! At number 7 is our weekly sermon of all things holy, Holy Shit, and this week our resident pastor is going to put on his tin foil hat and delve into the world of hardcore Christian conspiracy theories – and they’re even crazier than your regular run of the mill batshit crazy conspiracy theories! In the number 8 slot we’ve got another edition of “Beating A Dead Horse” and this week we’re going to delve into why conservatives think social media sites hate them. Not for the reasons you would think! In the number 9 (NEIN!!) slot we’ve got a new installment of “I Need A Drink” and this time around we’re going to get drunk and visit AlienCon in Pasadena, and really, these are my people! I cant quite put my finger on it. Finally this week we’ve got the next installment of Deep State Diaries and this week we’re going to show you how buildings are made by exploring the Department Of Public Works! And to end the first edition of our new look Top 10 – to kick off our LGBT pride month, we’ve got some live music for you from our good friends Imagine Dragons! They are returning to the show to promote their new documentary “Believer”. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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OK yeah there’s nothing funny about this first entry so we won’t even try. So instead what we’re going to do here is very carefully examine the “both sides do it” argument that conservatives have been forcing into the discussion. Plus we’ll also make fun of some of the crazier things being said by Trump supporters this week. So where do we even begin this week? Let’s start with something being said by a former first lady.

On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders.

I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.

Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.

Americans pride ourselves on being a moral nation, on being the nation that sends humanitarian relief to places devastated by natural disasters or famine or war. We pride ourselves on believing that people should be seen for the content of their character, not the color of their skin. We pride ourselves on acceptance. If we are truly that country, then it is our obligation to reunite these detained children with their parents -- and to stop separating parents and children in the first place.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/laura-bush-separating-children-from-their-parents-at-the-border-breaks-my-heart/2018/06/17/f2df517a-7287-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html?utm_term=.5408297272e3




Yeah I’m not sure this calls for a champagne toast, sir, but these people are fucking evil. I mean Bush did some pretty evil shit in his reign as the president, but in all fairness, he never stooped this low. But here’s what we can make fun of – the right wing justification of this horrifying act. Because these people are, simply put, fucking horrible.

Right-wing media are working overtime this week to defend the Trump administration’s policy of having U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers separate children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and house those children in caged enclosures.

Over the course of the last week, numerous reports were published detailing the separation of children attempting to enter the country with their parents and the life-altering trauma those children, some just toddlers, endure while their parents are processed in separate facilities. As a result, Democrats have been demanding resignations and calling on the Trump administration to change the policy, which has prompted right-wing activists to swing into action in defense of the policy.

Laura Ingraham said that people expressing concern and outrage over children being detained in cages was “hilarious.” Ann Coulter went the Infowars route, choosing to cite a nonexistent New Yorker article to allege that the children speaking to media about the way ICE has treated their families were “child actors.” Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said, “This children and families being separated at the border? It is an entirely manufactured crisis. It’s entirely manufactured … It’s all about people attempting to invade our country, not emigrate here.” Similarly, Infowars called the mistreatment of migrant children “a giant hoax.”

Conservative pundit and Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro wrote that “Trump isn’t forcing children away from parents,” but is merely “enforcing the law on the books.” He continued, “Pretending that this is Japanese internment (as Laura Bush suggested) or the Holocaust (as General Michael Hayden suggested) is ridiculous.”

Senior Breitbart News investigative reporter Joel Pollak appeared on Breitbart’s morning radio program today and said that the children being held in cages at detainment centers are actually experiencing a better quality of life than they had before.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/spin-cycle-right-wing-media-defend-the-chilling-way-ice-treats-immigrant-children/




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Seriously, you’re calling torturing children “hilarious”. That is something that we cannot support as a supposedly “free” society. As we look on in horror, it only gets worse from there. Just ask Ann Coulter.

We currently live in a country where the young children of undocumented immigrants are being separated from their parents and kept in cages at the U.S.-Mexico border, while much of the Republican Party can barely feign interest. Now, we have vitriolic anti-immigrant commentator Ann Coulter going so far as to warn President Trump that the children were “child actors.”

Coulter appeared with Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle and former Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz on yesterday’s episode of “The Next Revolution” with host Steve Hilton, where she defended anti-immigrant rhetoric like the phrase “anchor baby” and launched into a rant in which she accused immigrant children being interviewed on TV of being coached actors.

“These child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now—do not fall for it, Mr. President. I get very nervous about the president getting his news from TV,” Coulter said.

Hilton tried numerous times to interrupt Coulter and change the topic to no avail. Coulter went on to source her claim in a New Yorker article that appears not to exist, or at least not with the details Coulter describes.

“They describe how these kids, these kids are being coached,” Coulter said. “They’re given scripts to read by liberals, according to the New Yorker. Don’t fall for the actor children.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/ann-coulter-calls-immigrant-children-ice-separated-from-their-parents-child-actors/




Holy shit! Ann went full Infowars, and you never go full Infowars, under any circumstances! Look this is unmistakable cruelty. You might as well make a run from the border! Yeah that’s right, I used an old Taco Bell slogan from the 1990s, what are you going to do? Fight me about it? Because I will throw fucking down, their evil is making me that angry. I mean just when you think they couldn’t stoop any lower, it gets worse!

Fox News opinion host Laura Ingraham sought to minimize the controversy surrounding the Trump administration's enforcement of a "zero-tolerance" policy on Monday night. That policy leads to adults being criminally prosecuted when they cross the US-Mexico border. Any children traveling with them are taken away to separate facilities.

Those family separations have led to thousands of children being housed in detention centers — some of which are warehouse-style facilities when the children are kept behind fenced-off barriers that resemble cages. Ingraham compared them to "summer camps" on her program Monday night.

Ingraham criticized the bipartisan backlash over the family separations, derisively calling it "faux liberal outrage." Critics have likened the rapidly growing child detention centers — in which some kids appear in pictures looking distraught and inconsolable — to a human-rights crisis.
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/06/19/laura-ingraham-compared-migrant-child-detention-centers-to-summer-camps-as-the-trump-administration-faces-escalating-blowback-over-family-separation-policy/23462448/




Oh ha ha ha ha ha… so fucking hilarious isn’t it? They’re in summer camp! They’re having the time of their lives with their new BFFs! Yeah fuck you, Laura. Because here’s things that are really going on, this ain’t summer camp. I’d love to say what I think should happen to Jeff Sessions and Trump but I’d prefer not to get a visit from the Secret Service any time soon. So I’ll just leave with this. I’m pretty sure this is what hell looks like.

They’d had a plan: Elsa Johana Ortiz Enriquez packed up what little she had in Guatemala and traveled across Mexico with her 8-year-old son, Anthony. In a group, they rafted across the Rio Grande into Texas. From there they intended to join her boyfriend, Edgar, who’d found a construction job in the United States.

Except it all went wrong. The Border Patrol was waiting as they made their way from the border on May 26, and soon mother and son were in a teeming detention center in southern Texas. The next part unfolded so swiftly that, even now, Ms. Ortiz cannot grasp it: Anthony was sent to a shelter for migrant children. And she was put on a plane back to Guatemala.

“I am completely devastated,” Ms. Ortiz, 25, said in one of a series of video interviews last week from her family home in Guatemala. Her eyes swollen from weeping and her voice subdued, she said she had no idea when or how she would see her son again.

As the federal government continues to separate families as part of a stepped-up enforcement program against those who cross the border illegally, the authorities say that parents are not supposed to be deported without their children. But immigration lawyers say that has happened in several cases. And the separations can be traumatic for parents who now have no clear path to recovering their children.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/06/17/us/immigration-deported-parents.html





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OK moving on. This is a comedy show, not a horror show. So where do we go next? If you haven’t noticed there is a war going on for the future of my home state of California, and no, it’s not a good thing, sir. So for those of you who don’t live in my great state, there’s a war on the liberalism of this state and a plan to split California into 3 states and while we have mainly just talked about it, this could become a reality in November.

Troublemaker Tim Draper’s latest proposal to split California into three states has some appeal for Northerners. At least it does for me.

That doesn’t mean it’s a smart idea. It’s impractical, a fantasy and doomed. But it does have an allure.

In November, Californians will have an opportunity to vote on whether to split the state in thirds because the venture capitalist’s initiative qualified for the ballot last week. So this is no longer just an idea for idle chit-chat. It’s potentially achievable, if highly remote.

Look, here’s one attraction for a Sacramentan: The new “Northern California” would be the second-wealthiest state in the nation, ranking only below Connecticut in terms of per capita personal income. The Legislative Analyst’s Office pegged it at $63,000, based on 2015 data, the latest available. For the entire state it was $54,000.

That wealth is because of the San Francisco Bay Area, especially Silicon Valley.

What it means is there’d be fewer people unemployed and on public assistance than in the other two new states: Los Angeles-dominated “California” and weirdly drawn “Southern California.” There’d be less northern tax money spent on the safety net and more for universities, transportation, parks and other lifestyle goodies.
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-skelton-california-three-states-proposal-20180618-story.html




We already did that one. But I guess it’s that new theater smell. Yeah we’re still working out the kinks of our new set. But anyway this whole plan to split California into 3 states is certifiably insane and its’s nothing more than a partisan power grab. I mean we’re dealing with people who would literally take candy from a baby, and they don’t need an excuse.

This November, Californians will head to the polls to vote on a peculiar ballot measure that asks, "Hey, how do you feel about splitting into three states?"

This is really happening.

A proposal to divide California into three states — Northern California, California, and Southern California — qualified this week to appear on the ballot in November's general election. It received over 458,000 valid signatures, more than the number required by state law to get on the ballot, thanks to an ambitious campaign called Cal 3 and financial backing from Silicon Valley tycoon Tim Draper, an early investor in Tesla and Skype.

If a majority of California voters who cast ballots agree to divvy up the state into three, the plan would then go onto the US Congress for approval.

There's bad news for anyone in support of this initiative: Even if the measure gathers enough support at the polls, it would still be incredibly difficult for California to pull off.

All states have a special process for amending their state constitution. In some states, two houses of congress need need to approve a ballot measure before residents get a chance to weigh in at the polls. California is an oddball. The state's initiative process lets a vote by the people pass a measure into law, without the blessing of the state legislatures.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/incredibly-difficult-california-split-three-150000134.html




If *ONLY* we could call it High Cal and Lo Cal, that would be hilarious. Of course most people don’t vote for comedy. But this guy is doing it because one, he’s a billionaire with a lot of money to blow. I mean why can’t these guys ever spend their money for good? Instead they have to spend it on some evil shit, and this is about as evil and stupid as it gets. It’s basically a giant “fuck you” to liberals.

A Silicon Valley billionaire has amassed enough signatures to have his proposal splitting California into three parts on the state’s ballot in November.

Venture Capitalist Timothy Draper filed more than 402,468 valid signatures in all of the state’s counties for his proposal, qualifying it for the general election ballot in November, California’s Secretary of State said on Tuesday. Draper had actually garnered 605,026 signatures; a random sampling found 76 percent were projected to be valid.

Under the proposal, which Draper submitted to the state Attorney General’s office last September, California would be split into: Northern California, which would consist of 40 counties; California, which would be composed of six counties, including Los Angeles; and Southern California, which would house the remaining 12 counties. If the state’s residents vote for the proposal, California’s legislature would have a year, beginning in January of 2019, to implement it.

“The citizens of the whole state would be better served by three smaller state governments while preserving the historical boundaries of the various counties, cities, and towns,” Draper wrote to the Attorney General’s office when explaining his proposal.
http://time.com/5311037/california-ballot-initiative-split-state/




Excuse me a minute… yeah this guy will probably be the poster boy for why we have videos about why this is a bad idea in the future. But what does this mean? Why even have an initiative this batshit crazy on the ballot? Like we said some men just like to watch the world burn. And most of those men are republicans. But this is crazy, evil and stupid at the same time.

This November, Californians will head to the polls to vote on a peculiar ballot measure that asks, "Hey, how do you feel about splitting into three states?"

This is really happening.

A proposal to divide California into three states— Northern California, California, and Southern California — qualified last week to appear on the ballot in November's general election. It received over 458,000 valid signatures, more than the number required by state law to get on the ballot, thanks to an ambitious campaign called Cal 3 and financial backing from Silicon Valley tycoon Tim Draper, an early investor in Tesla and Skype.

If a majority of California voters who cast ballots agree to divvy up the state into three, the plan would then go onto the US Congress for approval.

There's bad news for anyone in support of this initiative: Even if the measure gathers enough support at the polls, it would still be incredibly difficult for California to pull off.
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-california-could-become-three-states-cal3-ballot-measure-2018-6





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Happy Trumper Games everybody! We have some new and exciting developments! So another firing means another edition of the Trumper Games! But this week it isn’t just a mere firing as it is something much worse - a jailing! Yes, it involves Tribute Manafort from the 14th district, who many say was the first tribute eliminated from the games! But how can you eliminate a tribute who’s already been eliminated, I ask you? That is the question on the table! Since the tribute has already been eliminated from the games, there is only one answer!

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s ex-campaign manager, arrived in court from his luxury condo on Friday morning with a confident swing in his step, even a faint grin.

By the time he left, through a different door, escorted to jail where he’ll remain through the end of his trial, his face had noticeably darkened.

That difference could alter the entire course of his case, legal experts said: The fact that he’ll face trial while incarcerated makes him far more likely to cooperate with investigators, according to former federal prosecutors and other observers who spoke to VICE News.

“If he’s convicted, he will die in jail,” Paul Rosenzweig, a senior counsel for the Ken Starr investigation into former President Bill Clinton, told VICE News. “He’s now going to come under much greater pressure to do something to immediately ameliorate his problem, and the only thing he can do is plead guilty and offer to cooperate.”
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/4358qn/prison-is-going-go-make-paul-manafort-much-easier-to-flip-prosecutors-say




Yeah I think that is how most of us feel watching this shit show! But Charlie, where is my champagne? And don’t bring me the cheap stuff either! So Tribute Manafort is in jail now and that’s where most of the Trumper Games contestants should be! But guess what? The president can issue a pardon which means that Tribute Manafort can get right back in the games!

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday the president might pardon his jailed, onetime campaign chairman and others ensnared in the Russia investigation once special counsel Robert Mueller’s work wraps up, if he believed they were treated “unfairly.”

Until then, consideration of clemency is unnecessary, Giuliani said, as the White House presses to bring the yearlong investigation to an end.

Giuliani denied that Trump was trying to send a message to Paul Manafort, who was the 2016 chairman for nearly five months, or others to refrain from cooperating with prosecutors. The former New York City mayor suggested that an end to the investigation could be in sight one way or the other — either by undercutting the Mueller’s inquiry as illegitimate, or if necessary, by agreeing to a Trump interview with prosecutors under limited conditions.

“The president is not going to issue pardons in this investigation,” Giuliani said. “Because you just cloud what is becoming now a very clear picture of an extremely unfair investigation with no criminality involved in it of any kind.”

But, he added, “When it’s over, hey, he’s the president of the United States. He retains his pardon power. Nobody is taking that away from him. He can pardon, in his judgment.”
https://www.denverpost.com/2018/06/18/will-trump-issue-pardons-russia-investigation/




Oh you’re bad! You’re really bad! And damn it Charlie, why must you bring me the cheap champagne again? But what awaits the fate of Tribute Manafort? Is he going to be tucked away in a white collar resort prison or is he going to a far worse kind of jail?

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, has become notorious for his extravagant spending, and for the alleged wide-ranging corrupt practices that helped fund it. But after being found in violation of his parole on Friday, Manafort will have to get used to the much humbler lifestyle of an inmate.

As detailed in an in-depth new report by CNN, Manafort’s tie, belt, and wallet were immediately confiscated after a judge rescinded his parole Friday. Manafort, 69, was then transported to Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va., a county jail which also sometimes houses federal inmates like Manafort. The jail has been described online by apparent insiders as a “hell hole” where “inmates are treated worse than livestock.”

Those harsh comments are only partly reflected in the jail’s public record. CNN found the facility, though currently holding more than 500 people, isn’t considered overcrowded. The jail has, though, faced accusations of medical mistreatment and failing to prevent an assault on an inmate, and four inmates have died there since 2011, according to the Washington Post.

The place isn’t without its upsides, though. According to a view on Google Earth, Northern Neck is surrounded by thick forest, and Manafort’s housing in a “VIP” unit might make his stay a bit more pleasant. Both NFL star Michael Vick and musician Chris Brown have reportedly been incarcerated in that section of the facility during their stints in jail. And according to reports, Manafort will be able to receive mail, make outgoing phone calls, and see visitors – though only for one hour a week.
http://fortune.com/2018/06/17/paul-manafort-northern-neck-regional-jail/




Yes so there’s a much different kind of prison that Manafort and everyone in the Trump administration we wish would go to! Thank you! But guess what? We’re going to keep going until the president is eliminated – because remember, in the Trumper Games, the president isn’t just the host of the games, he’s also a contestant!

George Papadopoulos. Michael Flynn. Alexander van der Zwaan. Paul Manafort. Some of the most high-profile men caught up in the Russia investigation all have one thing in common: They’ve learned firsthand that the cover-up can also be a crime.

All four men have either decided to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or have been sent to jail—not because it was proven that any of them colluded with Russia or attempted to obstruct justice, but because they lied to the FBI or tried to influence the outcome of the investigation in some significant way. Their fates could send a clear signal to the president, who is weighing whether or not to sit down with Mueller for an interview: If you lie to federal agents, there will be consequences.

Papadopoulos, a foreign-policy adviser on President Trump’s campaign, and Flynn, a top campaign surrogate who went on to serve as Trump’s national-security adviser, both pleaded guilty within months of one another to lying to the FBI about the nature of their contacts with foreign nationals. Van der Zwaan, a lawyer who helped produce a report friendly to Ukraine’s ousted President Viktor Yanukovych at Manafort’s behest, went to jail for a month after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with two former Manafort associates. And Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, was sent to jail on Friday—not as a result of the original charges against him, which included money laundering, bank fraud, and tax fraud, but because he engaged in witness tampering and tried to obstruct justice, according to prosecutors..
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/muellers-targets-keep-digging-deeper-holes/562985/





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Now that we have this horrible atrocity going on at the border, the one guy who’s willing to defend it is of course our idiot in chief, Donald J. Trump. Any other president, this would be an impeachable offense, and Trump should not be allowed to get away with it scot free. Let’s face facts - Donald Trump is an absolute monster, he’s a fucking jerk, and he’s surrounded by monsters and jerks. But what makes somebody become a monster?

Imagine this scene: Tens of thousands of people, mostly families with children, are labeled by the government as a threat to our nation, used as political tools by opportunistic politicians, and caught in a vast gray zone where their civil and human rights are erased by the presumption of universal guilt. Thousands are moved around to makeshift detention centers and sites, where camps are thrown together with more regard to the bottom line than the humanity of the new residents.

That is America today, at our southern border, which asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants alike are seeking to cross. But it is also America in late 1941, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, when overnight my community, my family, and I became the enemy because we happened to look like those who had dropped the bombs. And yet, in one core, horrifying way this is worse. At least during the internment of Japanese-Americans, I and other children were not stripped from our parents. We were not pulled screaming from our mothers’ arms. We were not left to change the diapers of younger children by ourselves.

Photos of children in cages and camps today so strongly evoke the wartime past that former First Lady Laura Bush drew a stark parallel in an op-ed in the Washington Post. “These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history,” Bush wrote. She reminded us that there are dark consequences to such camps for their residents: “This treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.”

When a government acts capriciously, especially against a powerless and much-reviled group, it is hard to describe the terror and anxiety. There is nowhere to turn, because the only people with the power to help have trained their guns and dogs upon you. You are without rights, held without charge or trial. The world is upside down, information-less, and indifferent or even hostile to your plight.

And yet, with hideous irony, I can still say, “At least during the internment …”
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/06/19/at-least-during-the-internment-are-words-i-thought-id-never-utter-family-separation-children-border/




That’s the Hulk, and that was from George Takei – a guy who lived through this sort of unspeakable horror before. Now here’s a guy who seems to have forgotten history – Donald J. Trump, a guy who is not only defending this, he’s doubling down!

President Donald Trump on Tuesday quintupled down on the lie he has repeatedly told by once again falsely blaming Democrats for his own immigration policy.

“Democrats are the problem,” Trump wrote. “They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!”

In fact, the current policy of separating immigrant parents from their children is entirely due to actions by the Trump administration. Administration officials including Attorney General Jeff Sessions and aide Stephen Miller have even publicly stated that the policy is being used as a purported “deterrent” against immigrants trying to enter the country illegally.

Additionally, Trump’s use of the word “infest” to describe immigrants’ behavior is part of a broader pattern of dehumanizing rhetoric aimed at foreigners. Earlier this year, Trump said that undocumented immigrants in the United States were “animals” who couldn’t even be described as “human,” although the White House later insisted that the president was only talking about MS-13 gang members, not immigrants as a whole.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/trump-says-immigrants-infest-country-quintuples-lie-democrats-problem/




I would like to tell you where you can shove that thumb, but it’s the same place where all those Big Macs you eat come out of, and it would get stuck. Yeah this shit is making me furious if you can’t tell my poker face. Oh and then here’s the fucking irony of this whole thing! Guess what? There’s no laws! No laws regarding this horror, and Trump is enforcing something that doesn’t exist. I got to move on, this is making me too fucking angry.

Is there a law requiring the separation of immigrant families at the border?

No.

But crossing the U.S. border without a visa or other authorization and between official ports of entry has been a misdemeanor crime for decades.

Some say it was first proposed in 1929, when Coleman Livingston Blease, a pro-lynching Democratic senator from South Carolina, pushed it to cut down on Mexican immigration.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, speaking on "Meet the Press," argued that the policy is a function of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. Congress that year was controlled by Democrats and the president was Democrat Harry Truman.

Either way, the federal criminal statute was rarely used until the last decade, reserved instead for only the most egregious offenders or those with serious criminal records.
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/article/Explainer-Is-the-government-required-to-separate-13005122.php?utm_campaign=twitter-premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social





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Sigh… is this… is this really what we need right now? More ways for humanity to keep murdering each other and now we can do it from space? So while we’re all extremely horrified at what is happening at the border thanks to Trump and the idiot network, Trump has a new shiny object to distract us with – think of it like the dog from Up! getting distracted by squirrels. This is what we here at the Top 10 Home Offices like to call “the squirrel effect”.

President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has ordered the creation of a new military branch, adding the "Space Force" to the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space. Very importantly I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces, that is a big statement," Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council on Monday. "We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the space force, separate but equal, it is going to be something."

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement that the military will work with Congress and other stakeholders to move forward with the policy.

"We understand the President's guidance. Our Policy Board will begin working on this issue, which has implications for intelligence operations for the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy," White said in the statement.
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-directs-creation-space-force-sixth-branch-military/story?id=55978674




Hey look everybody a squirrel! Although I will say that if there’s no sitcom being created tomorrow called “Space Farce”, I will have lost all faith in the internet! Thank you! So why do we need a military NASA and what’s the point of announcing this now?

President Donald Trump used a term from US segregationist history to describe the relationship between the Air Force and his newest military branch, the Space Force, calling it "separate but equal."

"We must have American dominance in space. Very importantly, I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That's a big step," he said in the White House East Room during a meeting of his National Space Council Monday.

"We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force: separate but equal, it is going to be something so important," he said.

The term "separate but equal" became a legal precedent following an 1896 Supreme Court ruling Plessy v. Ferguson that said the use of racially separate facilities, if equal, was not discrimination. That legal rationale was deemed unconstitutional through a series of Supreme Court decisions, ending with 1954's Brown v. Board of Education.

In addition to calling for the Space Force, Trump signed Space Policy Directive -- 3 on Monday, part of his administration's push to lead in the space space.
Trump previously floated the idea of adding a "Space Force" branch to the US military -- a concept that has received some support on Capitol Hill but drawn skepticism from the Pentagon.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/18/politics/trump-space-force-air-force/index.html




Wait why… how… who… ah fuck it, this is Trump, you can’t question his logic or it will cause one’s head to literally explode. Yeah think the guy in Scanners for a minute. So let’s explore the possibilities of what could happen if humanity waged a war in space. Let’s just say it would end faster than it would start.

For decades, the idea of extending Earthly wars into orbit has been taboo. The prospect of nuclear-armed satellites ready to drop on our heads was simply too terrifying. Then there were the implications of all the debris …

But, as more and more nations gain the ability to loft satellites into space, the old treaties between the United States and Russia have become increasingly irrelevant.

India. Pakistan. North Korea. All have recently joined the space race.

China, meanwhile, has been actively testing missiles capable of destroying satellites — the most recent being in January this year.

The implications are terrifying.

There's already plenty of deadly space junk hurtling about in orbit above our heads.

A simple fleck of paint — travelling at immense speeds — was enough to deeply crater a Space Shuttle's reinforced glass windscreen.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12073828




Hmmm… competing with those three countries at the helm, maybe we need to put the cone of shame on Trump for a while. I mean could you just picture that? He’d have to find a new way to eat cheeseburgers in bed. So why is he interested in exploring space when he hasn’t left the confines of his bed since he took office?

As private companies plan to send thousands of satellites into space to expand broadband internet services and for other uses, the Trump administration is taking steps to ensure that space debris doesn't get out of control.

Why it matters: We are beginning to see a large uptick in the number and diversity of satellites being launched into space by governments and private companies, such as Elon Musk's SpaceX. If no one modernizes the rules governing space, then there's the potential for overcrowding at various altitudes above Earth. This overcrowding could hold back the burgeoning space industry, and threaten national security.

What's next: On Monday, the president signed a space policy directive that gives various government agencies clearer roles in governing space.
“The space operating environment are becoming increasingly crowded. Orbital debris poses a growing threat to space operations."
— Scott Pace, the executive secretary of the National Space Council, on a call with reporters.

The details: The new policy directive requires that updates be made to orbital debris mitigation practices, as well as new guidelines for designing and operating satellites.
https://www.axios.com/trump-space-policy-orbital-debris-spacex-ea825f29-1d78-4ba9-92e9-b780783154cc.html






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One of the world’s largest mergers has recently escaped the headlines in the wake of the end of Net Neutrality and the other horrors of the Trump Administration. Sinclair Broadcasting is about to take over some 200 additional TV stations by purchasing Tribune Media. Now that is up for a vote by the FCC – and one guy in particular whose vote will really matter – Ajit Pai, the same guy who ended Net Neutrality. So what is at stake?

The Federal Communications Commission’s chairman is said to be planning a vote next month on limits to how many TV stations a company can own, rules he has said are too restrictive and that could factor into Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s planned purchase of Tribune Media Co.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is poised to schedule a July 12 vote on altering rules that cap broadcasters’ reach at 39 percent of the national audience, according to two people briefed on the plan, who who spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal hasn’t been made public.

A vote next month could head off a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Washington that is considering a challenge to part of the existing rules. The case threatens to push Sinclair over the existing national ownership cap if it buys Tribune.

Proposals from Pai, an appointee of President Donald Trump, are all but certain to pass with votes from the Republican majority he leads. Pai hasn’t publicly recommended a new limit and details of his proposal could not be learned.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-13/fcc-said-to-plan-rule-change-before-court-can-upend-sinclair-bid




Except people do care, sir. In fact this thing is so controversial that in order to prevent state run television from coming to the United States it’s united lawmakers on both the left side and the right side to squash this merger before it becomes a problem.

The Donald Trump-backing Sinclair Broadcast Group’s pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, creating a local television station cartel of unprecedented power and reach, has triggered a mind-meld of liberals and conservatives that would otherwise have been unthinkable in the present era of polarized politics.

The result is a possibly heartening (and, let’s face it, bizarre) alliance between the usual suspects—that is, left-leaning public interest groups and elected Democrats who’d be expected to oppose any such merger—and right-leaning media outlets such as Christopher Ruddy’s Newsmax, the San Diego-based Herring family’s One America News, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and even the hard-right former House Republican Majority Leader, Tom “The Hammer” DeLay.

“Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate the conservative perspective of Sinclair, and support its First Amendment right to espouse its views,” DeLay wrote in a recent Politico op-ed titled “Why Trump Should Block the Sinclair Merger.”

This would be a highly unlikely outcome given the president’s recent tweet: “So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”

Still, DeLay added, “This transaction would set a terrible precedent by opening the door for ABC, CBS, and NBC to also buy many more TV stations. At that point, nothing can stop liberal Northeast corporate executives from telling homes in the heartland what to think.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/media-foes-on-left-and-right-team-up-to-fight-the-sinclairtribune-merger


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In fact, should this merger go through, you can expect far more “quality” reporting from Sinclair broadcaster Mark Hyman, who made that snowflake video we just showed. But guess who is in love with this idea? Why it’s the guy who we currently call president – Donald J. Trump. You know how much he loves his loyalty.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has a $3.9 billion takeover awaiting a decision by federal regulators, just got a vote of confidence from President Donald Trump.

It wasn't specifically about the pending deal to acquire Tribune Media. Instead, the president was defending Sinclair against charges of bias in the wake of a video that went viral over the weekend.

"So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased," Trump tweeted Monday. "Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke."

That video in question, from Deadspin, shows how Sinclair had its news anchors across the country read the same script warning of alleged bias in reporting by other media outlets. Last month, CNN first reported that Sinclair was requiring journalists at stations across the US to read scripted editorials condemning other news outlets for pushing "fake stories."
https://www.cnet.com/news/sinclair-media-awaiting-massive-broadcast-merger-gets-trump-defense/




Yes, we are reminded here at Top 10 Investigates that this is the Trump administration. It is where logic does not apply and all rules of logic and reason are thrown out the window. But really, would you expect the pro-Trump FCC, the one where they voted to end Net Neutrality?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will take new comments from the public on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion bid for Tribune Media.

The agency is reopening its review of the merger for public comments after the two companies proposed to sell off some local stations in an effort to bring the deal in line with media ownership restrictions.

The public will have until July 12 to weigh in on the docket.

Many Democrats have urged the FCC and the Department of Justice to block the deal, arguing that it will give the conservative-leaning broadcast giant too much reach, while shutting out independent media outlets.

Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat on the commission, said the agency should not be moving forward with its review while a court is considering a lawsuit against the FCC over media deregulations that could affect the merger.
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/388658-fcc-will-take-public-comment-on-sinclair-tribune-merger




But is this really what you call “winning”? I mean is it what we need right now? Sure, Trump could block the merger, but considering we all know how much he loves his ass getting kissed, he probably won’t .

The biggest media news this year has been the mega-merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media, which would create the largest broadcast company in history—if antitrust regulators approve the deal. Republicans have been largely supportive of the move, not just because of the principle that the government should stay out of business decisions, but also for political reasons: Conservatives are excited about the prospect of a national broadcast giant with a distinct right-leaning perspective.

In the short term, they’re right to be excited: The merged broadcaster would have 215 TV stations covering more than 72 percent of U.S. households, an unprecedented reach into Americans’ living rooms. But in the long run, the move could well backfire, creating huge political problems for Republicans and President Donald Trump. Opening the door to the Sinclair deal could pave the way for networks such as NBC, CBS and ABC to consolidate their own empires even further, creating huge liberal broadcasters that dwarf the size and power of the merged Sinclair-Tribune company.

In many ways, the conservative revolution owes its early success to the ownership limits placed on big liberal media companies. When Ronald Reagan won the presidency in a 1980 landslide, many credited his win on restrictions against the liberal media’s ability to own most of the local broadcast TV stations throughout the United States. At that time, a single entity could only own seven broadcast television stations. Compare that to the 200-plus stations Sinclair will own if this transaction is approved. Then-candidate Reagan was able to reach America through a diverse group of broadcast owners, bypassing the liberal bias of New York City network executives at NBC, CBS and ABC.
https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2018/01/31/why-trump-should-block-the-sinclair-merger-000634




There you have it, Trump is a man so obsessed with loyalty he’d allow state run TV in the US. That’s it this week for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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



So my fair congregation, while the DEVIL sits in power and the people who are enabling SATAN are sitting in control of the White House, Senate, and Congress, how is it they are able to retain their ungodly powers? Well it’s from the use of what one MIGHT call a “conspiracy theory”. Well since the election of the Dark One to the highest office in the land, the conspiracy theorists have come out of the woodwork to explain things that would make even the good LAWRD JAYSUS cringe!

Paul McGuire, author of the book “Trumpocalypse: The End-Times President, a Battle Against the Globalist Elite, and the Countdown to Armageddon,” appeared recently on the “Prophecy In The News” program where he asserted that the United States government is controlled by a massive secret network of Satanic “practicing pedophiles.”

“The reality is in America, we do have a hidden, invisible shadow government,” McGuire said. “It’s true and there is a trail of verifiable, impeccable evidence that proves it’s true.”

McGuire said that the media is “fake news because they’re not talking about the single most important story in America right now and for the last thirty years and that is simply this: At the very highest levels of government, culture, entertainment, media, politics—both in the United States and Europe—there currently exists and has existed for at least 30 or 40 years at a very high level, a largely hidden network of practicing pedophiles.”

“I would be failing as an American citizen … and as a Christian,” McGuire insisted, “if I didn’t tell you this. But there are high-level people who belong to a satanic network, they’re practicing satanists and one of the things that they’re into—and I’m sorry to say this, I don’t even want to talk about this … They abuse children emotionally, psychologically and very brutally, sadistically, including murder, in their sexual rape and torture and mutilation of these young children.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/paul-mcguire-america-is-controlled-by-a-hidden-network-of-practicing-pedophiles/




Well, a “little crazy” might be an understatement there. I mean Brother Paul, have you seen what’s going on at the border there? You might want to rethink what you are saying. Oh who am I kidding? You cannot use logic and reason with those who voted for the DARK ONE. But of course it’s all part of GAWD’s plan for America, you heathens!

Paul Begley is a right-wing pastor and rabid conspiracy theorist who insists that First Lady Melania Trump ordered the White House to be “completely exorcised” before moving in, that Barack Obama is leading an Illuminati plot to assassinate President Trump, that Hillary Clinton intended to hand America over to the Illuminati in preparation for the rise of the Antichrist, and that Kate Spade, Anthony Boudain and Larry Kudlow were all possibly targets of “Illuminati assassins.”

Corey Stewart, the Confederacy-loving politician who won the Republican primary earlier this week and will now challenge Sen. Tim Kaine in November, appeared on Begley’s webcast several weeks ago, where he stated that he makes it his mission to say something “politically incorrect” every day simply to offend liberals.

Fresh off his primary victory, Stewart appeared on Begley’s webcast again today during which he secured Begley’s endorsement after declaring that he is running for the Senate in order to ensure that America will do “what God wants us to do.”

The interview kicked off with a discussion of the segment Stewart did last night with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, during which he was grilled about the support he has received from, and his ties to, numerous anti-Semites and white nationalists.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/corey-stewart-endorsed-by-pastor-conspiracy-theorist-paul-begley-after-saying-trump-is-key-to-gods-plan-to-take-back-america/




Even the Holiest One is telling you that you’re off the message here! I mean this shit is crazy folks and it does go against what our good book teaches! And I’ve seen and read and memorized the verse, I should know better than anybody. But while the holiest among us have the wrong idea about the environment, especially the guy who runs it, it may be their only hope in well, destroying the planet!

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been embroiled in so many ethical scandals, from the ridiculous—having a government employee drive him from one Ritz-Carlton to another in search of his favorite hand lotion—to the seriously swampy—using staff to try to get his wife a job—that even some conservatives are calling him out and demanding that he go. But Pruitt may have a trump card, so to speak, in the support he gets from the president’s most important constituency: the Religious Right.

At last week’s Road to Majority conference, organized by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition, Reed called Pruitt “a dear friend of faith and freedom” and promised his support:

You know, I know the left and the media like to go after this man. But the other day at a Cabinet meeting President Trump turned to him and said, ‘Scott, I want you to know, we’ve got your back. And you’re doing a great job.’ And we’ve got his back as well.

In his introduction, Reed reminded activists that Pruitt worked on religious liberty issues with the Rutherford Institute, which Reed described as a forerunner to today’s Religious Right legal groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom. Reed praised Pruitt for his record as Oklahoma’s attorney general, when he sued the EPA 14 times, and said he has brought “sanity” to an agency Reed said had been notorious for regulatory overreach.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/as-some-conservatives-abandon-scandal-plagued-pruitt-religious-right-may-be-his-trump-card/




And that is a good question there – the president said what??? Well I never imagined that supporters of the Dark One would be that crazy and stupid. But this is 2018, and they are that crazy and stupid – for it says in the good book that being that batshit crazy is a SIN!!!! It is one of the most egregious of SINS!!! Can I get an amen??? But apparently GAWD is using the Dark One to enact HIS agenda through the use of stealth technology! Did you know that?

During last night’s “Truth & Liberty” webcast, right-wing pastor Andrew Wommack said that God is brilliantly using President Trump to stealthily enact the Religious Right’s agenda without raising alarms that conservative Christians are trying to impose a theocracy on this nation.

Wommack and his guests were trying to answer a question from a viewer who wanted to know how evangelicals can support Trump despite his “immoral actions, behavior, character, and words,” to which they responded by insisting that “God is using Trump because He loves America, He loves the Christians, and He loves everybody that lives here.”

Wommack said that regardless of the fact that Trump is deeply flawed and “is always saying something offensive,” evangelicals can and must continue to support him because “he has done more to advance and protect Christianity than any president in our lifetime.”

Wommack went on to claim that he has a friend who serves as a religious adviser to the president who knows that Trump has been “born again” but has been instructed to keep his conversion quiet.

“I know at least three people who have prayed with Trump and say he got born again,” Wommack said. “This man believes Trump did get saved but he counseled him not to make this an issue because people would look at it as that is his conversion experience so that he could sweep his past under the rug.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/its-like-a-stealth-thing-andrew-wommack-explains-how-god-is-using-trump-to-enact-the-religious-rights-theocratic-agenda/




There you have it folks! I mean this is something they could not have dreamed of when they wrote the Bible. I mean even JAYSUS would not want that shit! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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There’s nothing a conservative loves more than some good ol’ fashioned trash talking. In fact they have made it a part of their lifestyle and that’s how they win elections. They talk so much shit about people they could easily fill two landfills, a raw sewage treatment facility, and a fleet of manure trucks. Which is why they can’t stand it when people start fighting back against their bullshit. In the social media cold war that’s been going on since about 2009, conservatives have been completely paranoid about the way their bullshit is getting treated on social media sites. And guess what? It ain’t good, fellas! You can talk all the crap you want in private, but when you take that shit public, you’d better be prepared for getting as much as you can dish out. Just ask Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook is sending some of its top executives to meet with Republican leaders following complaints about anti-conservative bias on social media, the company confirmed to The Hill on Friday.

The officials from Facebook’s public policy team will be meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Brad Parscale, President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager.

A McCarthy spokeswoman said that the meeting would focus on “continued issues with conservative censorship on their website.”

The meeting was first reported by Axios.

Facebook will be represented by a group of former GOP officials: Kevin Martin, who served as Federal Communications Commission chairman during the George W. Bush administration; Joel Kaplan, Bush’s former deputy chief of staff; Greg Maurer, who was an aide to former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio); and former Republican digital strategist Katie Harbath.

Facebook and other social media companies have faced criticism from conservatives over accusations that the industry is biased against conservative speech. The meeting comes after Parscale and McDaniel sent a letter to Facebook and Twitter in May. And McCarthy has become an increasingly vocal critic of tech companies, even though he’s received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Silicon Valley.
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/392443-facebook-execs-to-meet-with-gop-leaders-over-concerns-about-anti




Nah. See here’s the thing conservatives – you’re not getting censored because you’re a conservative posting on a social media site. You’re getting censored because you’re hateful dicks! But the accusations don’t stop there! Because once again they love some trash talking!

Donald Trump's 2020 campaign and the Republican National Committee are asking Facebook and Twitter for assurances that they will safeguard access to "fair content" and guarantee that conservative voices are not censored or buried.

Trump's 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale and RNC chair Ronna McDaniel made the requests to Facebook and Twitter in a letter sent Thursday, which they later posted online.

Parscale and McDaniel wrote that they have grown concerned after media reports over the past few years and claims from users that Facebook staff had "manipulated" the trending section to exclude conservative news and that some conservative personalities have had their content suppressed. On Twitter, they said that conservative users have "accused the company of unfairly targeting them," by purging their accounts of followers in an attempt to fight fake news.

"We recognize that Facebook and Twitter operate in liberal corporate cultures. However, rampant political bias is inappropriate for a widely used public forum," McDaniel and Parscale wrote.

Accusations that social media censors conservative views has hounded the companies for years. Both Facebook and Twitter are based in the largely liberal enclaves around San Francisco, California, and their executives are often aligned with liberal causes.
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/24/media/parscale-twitter-facebook-letter/index.html




Exactly. See here’s the thing – it’s not them! It’s you! You know when you sign up on these services, they have this thing called a “terms of service” agreement that you probably didn’t read. If you did read it, most of them have a rule that says “don’t be hateful”. See every time you post on David Hogg’s feed about how he’s helping the NRA sell more guns, or telling mass shooting victims to go eat Tide Pods, or how Hillary Clinton sold out the children of Haiti and then gave money to her foundation, post every bullshit conspiracy theory like Seth Rich and Pizzagate, retweet nonsense from QANON about “the Storm”, or post poorly photoshopped pictures of Hillary pooping her pants, or every time you call us idiots, or libtards, or say liberalism is a mental disorder, and you wonder why your account gets banned, you might want to examine your own life. You can make all these claims about how you’re being censored, about how there’s a bias, but really, you’re just hateful dicks! You know, kind of like when your ex breaks up with you and says “it’s not you, it’s me”, she really means it’s you. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Such is the case here.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is calling out social media and technology giants over what he sees as anti-conservative bias.

On Tuesday night, McCarthy, a leading candidate to replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), tweeted a video from a speech in which he lashes out at Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, accusing them of trying to censor conservatives.

“Social media is being rigged to censor conservative voices. We will not be silenced,” the No. 2 House Republican wrote in the tweet.

McCarthy, whose district is in Southern California, frequently turns to Silicon Valley for campaign contributions. Corporate PACs for Facebook, Google and Amazon have all given him $5,000 each since 2017.

In his video, McCarthy references an incident where Amazon removed a conservative organization that had been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center from a program that allows users to donate a portion of their purchases to a charity organization of their choice. He also noted an episode last year where Twitter briefly blocked an anti-abortion campaign ad from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.).
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/389876-house-gop-leader-lashes-out-at-tech-companies-over-anti-conservative-bias




Hey McCarthy – did you miss the key word there? Hate? Yeah that’s where you might want to take a look at your own party and some of the things they post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. See, hate has a conservative bias to it! Always has and always will. You know you always tell us to let go of shit, but why don’t you? You know while you’re busy figuring out new ways to troll us, we’re busy doing that thing called winning elections! People have had enough of your hateful ways. Even Donald Trump Jr has chimed in on the paranoia, but really stop beating around the bush – you’re hateful dicks. Either own the hate, or stop the abuse. Your choice.

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump's oldest son who helps the Trump Organization, posted on Instagram Friday he had a "crazy drop-off in new followers," which he said was due to search results of his name.

He posted a video of the top searches associated with #donaldtrumpjr, which included #donaldtrumpjrisatoll, #donaldtrumpjrcolludedwithrussia and #donaldtrumpjrisaliar. A more positive result, #donaldtrumpjr2024, also showed up.

The video also showed a warning that he claimed a friend received when searching his name. The message said "Can we help? Posts associated with words or tags that you're searching for often encourage behavior that can cause harm or even lead to death. If you're going through something difficult, we'd like to help." The warning did not show up for CBS News when searching.

The third slide in the video showed some of the memes, some which appeared mean-spirited, that appeared to show up under a search for his name.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-jr-claims-conservative-shadow-ban-on-instagram/





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So tell me bartender, what goes well with aliens? Beer served in a glass wrapped in tin foil so they don’t see your mouth moving? Ah fuck it, just give me a large beer. So just north of my home town and where we host the Top 10 at the UCB Theater is AlienCon. Yes, it’s the annual convention that takes a look at all things involving extra terrestrials. I mean the truth is out there, yo!

So you've never missed an episode of History's "Ancient Aliens," the multi-season series that ponders the possibility of life on other planets, and whether those interplanetary travelers have visited our own world.

But, sigh. You don't yet own a spaceship that can zoom you to where other show fans might congregate?

No worries: Pasadena is the place to zoom over Father's Day Weekend.

That's where oodles of "Ancient Aliens" fans, as well as those curious sorts who want to ponder what might be out there, will meet up for AlienCon, no spaceship nor anti-gravity suit required.

The three-day Pasadena Convention Center event, which reaches across time/space from June 15 through 17, or at least across vast convention rooms, will include a host of actors famous for roles in iconic TV series and films.
https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/AlienCon-Touches-Down-in-Pasadena-485312451.html




Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! It brings us love!!! So what else does it get you by visiting the annual gathering of alien lovers and tin foil hatters? Why it gets you UFOs and time traveling science fiction!

Could those who have made a multimillion-dollar industry out of promoting the idea of aliens visiting Earth in the distant past put on a show in Pasadena, home to Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and attract scientists along with fun-seekers and the merely curious?

Ancient astronaut theorists say yes, and they intend to prove it when AlienCon opens Friday at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Many people may not realize that the Caltech/JPL connection to the science of celestial wonders has also inspired imaginations to create science fiction and a massive fan base for an ever-growing collection of TV shows and books examining the possibility of other life forms hidden in the stars.

This weekend’s three-day convention brings together top actors, writers, UFOlogists and TV hosts from the ever-expanding array of television series — particularly the History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens” — that have sprung up to study the signs and wonders of possible alien life forms and where space-related technology is heading.

With dozens of speakers and autograph sessions, and several thousand fans coming together at the Pasadena Convention Center Friday through Sunday, the Crown City will be a hotter spot than Area 51.
https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/aliencon-links-the-worlds-of-space-travel-ufology-and-science-fiction-at-the-pasadena-convention-center/




But really is this a convention for all the alien lovers out there or is this a convention for fans of science fiction and extra terrestrial novels and movies? Well you will see some Star Trek people there, because, convention!

We have a fundamental desire to explore the unexplained. To solve the world’s mysteries. AlienCon 2018 brings together all those seeking the truth about extraterrestrial existence throughout history.

Taking place June 15–17, 2018, in Pasadena, California, AlienCon will feature thought-provoking original programming, celebrity appearances, exhibits, exclusive merchandise, fan competitions, and much more.

Take part in celebrity autograph and photo sessions with some of the biggest names in alien exploration and pop culture.

Visit the AlienCon Marketplace, showcasing specialty merchandise from Ancient Aliens®, AlienCon, and unique vendors from across the universe!
https://southpasadenan.com/close-encounters-in-pasadena/





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What is Deep State Diaries? Our goal here at the Top 10 is that we like to educate you, as well as entertain you. We’ve toured the world and we’ve toured the country. Now we’re going to explore the favorite boogeyman of Trump fans – the Deep State! It’s time for episode 2 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Next up is the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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We’re here at the department of Veterans Affairs everybody. Yes, we are going the controversial route because we live in such a patriotic country. And those that bleed red, white and blue always harp on everyone else for not supporting the flag, the troops, and whatever bullshit they can think of that isn’t American. And those same people have got us into two immoral wars that we’ll never get out of no matter how much we want to, and they’re responsible for our military being as insane as it is necessary to the well being of the United States. But what happens when our troops come home?

A former employee of the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Southern California has been sentenced to three years in prison for stealing the personal information of more than 1,000 patients, according to the facility.

In April, a police search of the vehicle of Albert Torres, then a clerk at the VA, revealed patient data — including names, dates of birth and full Social Security numbers.

Torres was initially pulled over after a records search indicated that the license plates on his vehicle did not match the VIN number of the car, according to a press release from the VA Long Beach Healthcare System. The facility reported that police spotted a pill bottle in his car for which he did not have a prescription — it was later found to contain Gabapentin, a medication sometimes used to treat anxiety, epilepsy or pain associated with shingles.

After obtaining a search warrant for Torres’s apartment, police found hard drives and flash drives containing the personal information of an additional 1,014 patients, as well as cleaning supplies, worth $1,031.
https://statescoop.com/veterans-affairs-clerk-stole-personal-information-of-more-than-1-000-patients




Holy shit! So yeah rampant identity theft is a thing that is happening inside the VA. And there’s very little that’s known about the guy who Trump picked to run this department after the clusterfuck involving him picking his own physician to run the department. Maybe we can shed some light on this subject.

WASHINGTON — The White House named Peter O’Rourke as acting Veterans Affairs secretary after Robert Wilkie stepped down from the post to begin his formal confirmation process for the department’s permanent top job.

The move had been expected since President Donald Trump announced on May 18 that he was nominating Wilkie, the Pentagon’s top personnel and readiness official, for the vacant VA secretary job.

Wilkie had served in an acting role since March, when Trump fired David Shulkin from the post amid infighting at the department.

Naming O’Rouke as the interim department head once again bypasses VA Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman for the post. Bowman announced he will retire from federal service on June 15.

Veterans groups had complained that administration officials violated federal law by skipping over Bowman in March, and a pair of advocacy organizations have a pending lawsuit against the White House to invalidate decisions made by Wilkie as acting secretary.
https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/05/30/wilkie-steps-down-as-acting-va-secretary-top-deputy-retires/




Yeah that’s kind of how I feel about this one. OK so we’ve established who runs this department and what it does. So where do they send our returning troops? Especially those that need some critical help to get reintegrated into society? What kind of facilities do we have waiting for them?

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs’ independent watchdog office is accusing department leaders of improperly withholding records dealing with employee complaints, saying the action could be covering up potential criminal misbehavior.

Veterans Affairs leaders have responded by accusing the inspector general of overstepping its authority and improperly issuing reports that “recklessly cast the VA and its employees in an unfavorable light.”

Lawmakers pulled into the fight this week call the conflict concerning.

“The total lack of cooperation from the VA is alarming and a disservice to American veterans and taxpayers,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“I’m demanding the VA immediately comply with the IG’s request for access to information. The VA leadership that prides itself on transparency is not above the law or exempt from independent oversight.”
https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/06/19/va-watchdog-accuses-leadership-of-withholding-access-to-employee-complaints/




Good thing we’re doing this one first, I would hate to save that one for sweeps month! Yeah I’m starting to think we should get this one over with. But really it’s insane what is happening at the VA and if you’re a serviceman or woman returning from service, thank you. But if you exploit those people who are returning from service, fuck you.

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Officials with the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced an investigation Monday after a pathologist was found to be "impaired" and misdiagnosed patients, resulting in at least one death.

Dr. Skye McDougall, the Network Director and CEO of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, began the announcement on Monday.

"I want to apologize to all veterans for what we're going to disclose today," said McDougall. "What we're going to talk about today is a very serious and, I believe, very tragic situation with tragic outcomes for our veterans,"

She then introduced Dr. Kelvin L. Parks, the interim director for the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, to explain what happened.

According to Parks, a Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks pathologist was found to be "impaired" on March 22, 2016. The pathologist was immediately removed from clinical care. The pathologist had no previous disciplinary actions and was "deemed an excellent candidate of the impaired physician program."
http://5newsonline.com/2018/06/18/review-announced-after-pathologist-found-to-be-impared-at-fayetteville-va-medical-center/




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Facebook is sending some of its top executives to meet with Republican leaders following complaints about anti-conservative bias on social media, the company confirmed to The Hill on Friday.

The officials from Facebook’s public policy team will be meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Brad Parscale, President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager.

A McCarthy spokeswoman said that the meeting would focus on “continued issues with conservative censorship on their website.”

The meeting was first reported by Axios.

Facebook will be represented by a group of former GOP officials: Kevin Martin, who served as Federal Communications Commission chairman during the George W. Bush administration; Joel Kaplan, Bush’s former deputy chief of staff; Greg Maurer, who was an aide to former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio); and former Republican digital strategist Katie Harbath.

Facebook and other social media companies have faced criticism from conservatives over accusations that the industry is biased against conservative speech. The meeting comes after Parscale and McDaniel sent a letter to Facebook and Twitter in May. And McCarthy has become an increasingly vocal critic of tech companies, even though he’s received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Silicon Valley.
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/392443-facebook-execs-to-meet-with-gop-leaders-over-concerns-about-anti




Nah. See here's the thing conservatives - you're not getting censored because you're a conservative posting on a social media site. You're getting censored because you're hateful dicks!

*audience applauds wildly*

This week on the Top 10 - we have a new edition of the Trumper Games, we'll tell you about the conservative plan to split California into 3 states (that could potentially backfire on them), kids are getting separated from their parents by ICE, Trump starts a trade war, Richard Spencer literally goes for broke, and in light of the accusations against Chris Hardwick we're going to ask "Gamergate: How Is This Still A Thing?". Plus in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to put on his tin foil hat and delve into the world of Christian conspiracy theories! And we've got another edition of "Beating A Dead Horse" in which we're going to tell you about why conservatives are declaring war on social media sites. Plus we've got a new installment of "I Need A Drink" in which we get drunk and tell you about the insane plot to save the TV show Lucifer from the brink of cancellation. Gee, I wonder why a show about Satan is so popular right now? Finally our second installment of "Deep State Diaries" is going to take a look at how things are going at the Department Of Veterans Affairs. Plus some live music for you from Imagine Dragons!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-1: Fake News Freak Out Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-1: Fake News Freak Out Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! 15 minutes with us can save an average of 15% or more on your car insurance! Holy shit did we pick the wrong time to take a couple of weeks off to build our new set didn’t we? Damn! So this is season 5 of the Top 10 everybody!!! Yes you’re going to see a whole lot of new changes around here. We’re going to be more interactive. You’ll be able to connect with us on Twitter and Gmail, and eventually we will get Facebook and Instagram accounts set up. Yes, you will be able to take the Top 10 with you wherever you go! So I want to congratulate the Washington Capitals on winning the Stanley Cup. Vegas Knights – you had an insane run and you can rest easier knowing you don’t have to go to the White House to meet Trump! Also congrats to Justified and jockey Mike Smith for winning the Triple Crown! Wow, how often does that happen? Do we have time for the thing? My producer is telling me we have time for the thing. And that thing is… well it’s us. You may have noticed things are looking a bit different around here. For one, we’ve moved out of our original home at the City National Grove of Anaheim to our new home at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood. Yes, we’re going Hollywood, yo! And we are also going to be taking the Top 10 out on the road too! That’s because the Top 10 is now going to be posted from this account only but there will be plenty of links to it. But the Top 10 is going to become more interactive. We have a new e-mail address setup where you can e-mail us any time with your questions, comments, and hate mail. We may even post a mail bag from time to time. We will also be featuring a lot of new content which may include guest contributions and other exciting things coming down the pike. And for the first time ever we will be debuting a new key at some point. We will also be showing up on Twitter and we may get Facebook and Instagram feeds going, so expect that to happen as well! OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver is back and he delves into Fox News’ role in “Stupid Watergate”:



Holy crap we picked the wrong time to get our new set built! In the number one slot we’re going to play a round of “Catch Up On Stuff We Missed” (1) which includes a whole lot of shit we missed like Roseanne getting her own show cancelled! In the second slot is the official mouth piece for the Trump administration Sean Hannity (2). What happens when you commit multiple felonies on the air? We shall find out! In the number 3 slot is Donald Trump (3) because he disinvited the Super Bowl champion Eagles to the White House because anthem, and it was a clusterfuck. At number 4 is “A Tale Of Two Dictators” and we’re going to talk about the Trump summit with Kim Jong Un. In the number 5 slot is our weekly investigative piece “Top 10 Investigates” and this time we’re going to take a look at what’s happening in Las Vegas. No it’s not the Golden Knights losing – the hotel workers in the city are preparing to go on a mass strike! At number 6 is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor is going to do some fundraising for a new preaching machine! At number 7 we’re going to bring back our favorite segment “Beating A Dead Horse” to discuss trolling – specifically alt right trolling and aimed at Star Wars star Kelly Marie Tran. Yeah it’s getting ugly. Stop it people. At number 8 we’re going to debut a new segment and I hope it goes well called “Explaining Jokes To Idiots” (8), specifically we’re going to take a look at what happened when NOFX decided to joke about a mass shooting, and well, we’re saying don’t do it, kids. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week it’s the return of People Are Dumb (9) because, well, people are dumb! Finally this week we’ve got a brand new segment that I cannot wait to debut. We’ve toured the world, we’ve toured the country. Now we’re going to tour… the Deep State! This is a new 24 part segment that I’m going to debut that I hope is going to go well. This is called “Deep State Diaries”. And to kick off our government tour, we’re going to start with the organization headed by Betsy DeVos – the Department Of Education. And to end the first edition of our new look Top 10 – to kick off our LGBT pride month, we’ve got some live music for you from the one, the only Judas motherfucking Priest! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Holy crap, did we pick the wrong time to take 2 and a half weeks off to build our new set didn’t we? I mean because in Trumpland, two and a half weeks feels like a fucking eternity! And where do we even begin to talk about the insanity that was the last two weeks? The thing is comedy – especially in the land of Trump, has a shelf life. And timing is everything. But when we committed to this bit we realize we got a whole lot of catching up to do! Starting with Roseanne. Yeah seriously we need to pay homage to this Top 10 style. Because it was insane.

ABC has canceled Roseanne.

The network’s abrupt decision to yank the reboot comes only hours after star Roseanne Barr made a racist tweet Tuesday morning attacking former President Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Barr used Jarrett’s initials and wrote, “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced Tuesday.

Before ABC’s decision, Barr tried to do damage control by tweeting, “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste.” She also said she was leaving Twitter. But the damage had already been done.
http://ew.com/tv/2018/05/29/abc-cancels-roseanne/


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Yeah so that happened. I mean there was a lot of crazy shit that happened and I generally thought republicans took the Memorial Day weekend off! And I know that dominated the news but there’s so much else to cover. I mean we could talk about Alex Jones reacting to the news.

Alex Jones, the architect behind the conspiracy theory outlet Infowars, defended actress Roseanne Barr from accusations of racism after she compared former Obama White House advisor Valarie Jarett to an ape by insisting that Barr’s tweet was not racist because Jones himself says he looks “like a gorilla.”

Today on Infowars, Jones began the show by contributing to the right-wing media meltdown after ABC announced that it would cancel Barr’s recently rebooted show in response to a tweet in which Barr said that Jarrett looked like the result of what would happen if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby.”

Jones brushed aside the centuries-old racism contained in Barr’s comparison between a person of color and a primate, insisting that there was nothing racist about Barr’s tweet. Jones alleged that because he believes he looks like “a gorilla” that the comparison was rendered meaningless.

“If you compare some black lady to looking simian, well there’s a reason because we are primates. That’s why there are so many comparisons to humans and monkeys and to apes, because some people look more like it than others,” Jones said. “There are some white people that look more like apes than other white people, there are some black people that look more ape-like than other black people. I look ape-like.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alex-jones-defends-roseanne-barrs-racist-tweet-by-comparing-himself-to-a-gorilla/




Seriously Alex, you’re literally one step away from hurling your own feces. And I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually tried that, either. That’s all I feel I need to say about Roseanne. And we will get into Trump’s epic fail with the Eagles in a little bit. But this guy clearly has the wrong idea about why people were kneeling during the anthem.

New York Republican Representative Peter King compared National Football League Players who kneel during the National Anthem to giving the Nazi salute.

Saturday, King slammed New York Jets co-owner and chairman Christopher Johnson who announced on Wednesday that he would pay fines for any of the players who wanted to kneel during the National Anthem. The Republican representative said it was “time to say goodbye to the Jets” for their decision.

“Disgraceful that @nyjets owner will pay fines for players who kneel for National Anthem. Encouraging a movement premised on lies vs. police. Would he support all player protests? Would he pay fines of players giving Nazi salutes or spew racism? It’s time to say goodbye to Jets!” King tweeted.

The NFL announced Wednesday that players will be required to “stand and show respect” for the national anthem. Team players have the option of remaining in the locker room if they do not want to stand for the anthem, but teams will be fined if anyone takes a knee on the field.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ny-rep-nfl-players-kneeling-is-like-giving-nazi-salute/ar-AAxQxn0?ocid=spartandhp




But kneeling, Roseanne, and everything else we’ve had to put up with during this shitty administration, there’s one thing that they keep droning on about, and that’s their favorite subject – satanic pedophiles! I mean seriously debating in 2018 can be boiled down to two subjects – anyone on the right can accuse anyone on the left of being Antifa or a satanic pedophile, and anyone on the left can accuse anyone on the right of being a Russian bot. Guess which one gets coverage? Yup!

During an appearance on Jim Bakker’s television program last week, End Times author Paul McGuire declared that the attacks on President Trump are a sign that America is in “the greatest spiritual battle in the history of all of mankind.” McGuire doubled down on that assertion on his radio program on Tuesday, insisting that a spiritual war is being waged against Trump by Luciferian “advanced beings” who use “supernatural multidimensional power” to control the world.

“The unprecedented attacks against President Trump and his administration are something that we’ve never seen before in all of human history,” he said. “These unprecedented attacks on Donald Trump are part of the greatest spiritual battle in the history of mankind.”

“The physical battles that we see in our world and nation right now are a direct manifestation of the spiritual battles going on in the invisible realm,” McGuire added. “There are people very high up in what is called the globalist occult or globalist Luciferian rulership system, and this rulership system consists of what used to be called the Pharaoh-God Kings, it’s what Aldous Huxley called ‘The Scientific Dictatorship,’ and these are advanced beings who know how to tap into supernatural multidimensional power and integrate it with science, technology, and economics.”

“They are people at the highest level of the pyramidic organizational structure in which the highest ranking officers, if you will, of the New World Order and Mystery Babylon are ruling the earth through an organizational structure that looks like the pyramid on the back of the U.S. dollar,” he stated. “And they control the world because they understand that the true control of the world is done through supernatural mechanisms.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/paul-mcguire-trump-is-under-spiritual-attack-from-luciferian-advanced-beings-who-control-the-world/





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So if Trump is Adolf Hitler, that would make Sean Hannity his Joseph Goebbles. I mean the two directly speak to each other every single night. I can only imagine how long the “you hang up, no you hang up” part of the conversation goes. But Hannity completely fucked up when he committed some multiple light felonies that might border on what one would call “treason”. At the very least he’ll get some criminal obstruction of justice charges out of it.

Fox News host Sean Hannity on his show Wednesday night sarcastically advised witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to "follow Hillary Clinton's lead" and destroy their personal phones before handing them over to prosecutors.

Hannity's comments — he said he was kidding during the same telecast — followed a report by CNBC that Mueller's team had asked witnesses in its probe to turn over their personal phones for examination of encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp, Dust and Signal.

The Fox host lambasted Mueller's "pitbull" team for the tactic of demanding that witnesses turn over phones and all encrypted apps, along with the messages and emails within them.

Hannity then made a comparison to Clinton, whose use of a private email server when she served as secretary of State prompted an FBI investigation and has been the subject of frequent criticism on his show.
http://thehill.com/homenews/media/391115-hannity-advises-witnesses-in-mueller-probe-smash-their-phones-to-little-itsy




Which is probably true. I mean Fox News is playing Trump like a fiddle and it’s definitely starting to show, and calling what Hannity said sarcasm is just the icing on the cake. So let’s make one thing perfectly clear – Hannity is accusing those indicted to literally do what he’s spent the last 4 years accusing Hillary Clinton of!

Sean Hannity has called on the witnesses in the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to delete their evidence and destroy all their hardware in an attempt to derail the case.

The Fox News host on Wednesday night said witnesses should "acid-wash the emails on the hard drives and your phones" then smash them into "itsy-bitsy pieces" with a hammer.

The advice — which would be illegal to follow — appeared to be sarcastic and was delivered as part of an attack on Hillary Clinton.

Hannity ultimately theorized that Clinton could get away with destroying evidence but allies of President Donald Trump could not.
http://www.businessinsider.com/sean-hannity-tells-mueller-investigation-witnesses-to-destroy-evidence-2018-6




I’m sure Trump approves of Hannity approving of destroying evidence in a federal case. But now Hannity has gone meta and attacked his own fake news as being, well, fake news.

Fox News host and conservative firebrand Sean Hannity cried "fake news" Thursday night in response to outrage generated by his call the previous evening for potential witnesses in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to destroy evidence because, he claimed, Hillary Clinton got away with doing the same thing.

In response to reports that Mueller was asking people to turn in their cellphones, Hannity — one of President Trump's most zealous defenders in the cable news universe — counseled "Mueller's witnesses" to "follow Hillary Clinton's lead" on Wednesday's program.

"Delete all your emails and then acid wash the emails and hard drives on phones," Hannity said. "Then take your phones and bash them into itsy-bitsy pieces, use BleachBit, remove the SIM cards and then take the pieces and hand it over to Robert Mueller and say, 'Hillary Rodham Clinton, this is equal justice under the law.'"

"I made what are obviously sarcastic remarks highlighting a clear double standard as it relates to our justice system," Hannity said on his show Thursday. "Believe it or not, the insane left wing media in this country, headline after headline, they picked up those comments — they're so dumb and gullible — and had a full-on, the only thing I can describe as a fake news freak-out."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/06/07/hannity-tells-mueller-witnesses-follow-hillary-and-destroy-phones/682629002/




So according to Hannity, you should never, ever question the president of the United States. Though he and his Fox News cohorts spent 8 years questioning literally every minute nuance of everything Obama did, from his choice of mustard to his questionable suit color choice. This needs multiple facepalms!

SEAN HANNITY (HOST): President Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, he's telling NBC News that he has spoken with Mueller and his partisan team of witch hunters in the past 24 hours. He's now saying that a potential presidential interview is being put in a holding pattern, which is great news. Mueller has no business ever questioning the president of the United States. There's no such thing as collusion.
https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2018/05/15/sean-hannity-mueller-has-no-business-ever-questioning-president-united-states/220215


Really, Hannity is this guy:



So according to Hannity and Fox News there’s no such thing as collusion. But Hannity is absolutely obsessed with collusion. In fact out of 254 episodes of the Hannity show, he has spent a whopping 152 talking about it. He’s as obsessed with this collusion case as a Korean teenage girl is obsessed with the K-Pop group BTS.

Media Matters for America is one of the right’s favorite bogeymen, and for good reason. The progressive group has long pushed for advertiser boycotts of top conservative commentators, striking at the heart of Fox News and other outlets’ businesses. More broadly, it obsessively catalogues right wing media’s every move.

Even media reporters fixated on Fox News lack the mental fortitude to methodically analyze an entire year’s worth of Sean Hannity clips. Yet that’s what Media Matters’ Matt Gertz and Shelby Jamerson did in recent weeks, poring over transcripts from 254 Hannity episodes between the May 17, 2017, appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and last Wednesday. Their findings—published in a post by Gertz today—illustrate the extent to which the country’s most popular conservative pundit functions as a media organ of the White House.

Of those 254 episodes, Gertz writes, an incredible 152 opened with segments about Mueller’s investigation. Hannity averaged nearly two segments on the topic for the whole year. Some other topline observations, per Gertz:
https://splinternews.com/sean-hannitys-insanity-has-officially-been-tabulated-1826257525





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So one more thing before we get into current events. We have to talk about what Trump was up to last week because, as I know they say in the south, he done fucked up. Maybe they don’t say that in the south, I don’t know. But seriously even the best comedy writers in the entire world couldn’t come up with the epic fails of the Trump administration and especially in the last week! The first is we got to talk about what happened when he disinvited the Eagles to the White House.

NFL owners were reportedly motivated by fear of incendiary comments from Donald Trump when devising the league’s new anthem policy. And that hand-wringing over Trump was further validated on Monday, when the President canceled the Eagles’ White House visit less than 24 hours before the scheduled ceremony to celebrate the Super Bowl LII champions. Clearly, the President is not done using the NFL and the anthem issue to serve his own political agenda.

Many Eagles players, including safety Malcolm Jenkins and defensive end Chris Long, said they wouldn’t be attending the White House because they don’t agree with Trump’s politics, not because the president insists that NFL players must stand for the anthem or “maybe they shouldn’t be in the country.” For the players, not attending Trump’s White House ceremony has never been about the anthem issue. It’s about disagreeing with Trump’s views on policing, criminal justice, and racial inequality.

Trump’s ego might have been bruised by the report that fewer than 10 Eagles players would be attending, so rather than host a sparsely attended ceremony he uninvited the whole organization. Quarterback Carson Wentz said recently that he would attend if the team as a whole decided they would go.
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/06/05/philadelphia-eagles-trump-president-white-house-visit-anthem-policy




Wrong Eagles, Dude. But while Trump was frothing at the mouth batshit crazy over people not standing for the anthem, guess what? It turns out he was manipulated by… Fox News! Yup – you know their saying “We report, you decide!” should really be changed to “We report, HE decides!”.

Fox News apologized Tuesday after receiving a torrent of criticism over the network's use of photos of various players for the Philadelphia Eagles kneeling in prayer, creating the misleading impression that they were demonstrating during the national anthem.

The photos ran during a segment on Monday night, after President Trump announced that he had uninvited the reigning Super Bowl champions from a traditional visit to the White House.

As Fox News anchor Shannon Bream explained Trump's decision, which he attributed to the anthem protests that have roiled the league, photos of Eagles players kneeling in prayer were shown on screen.
http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/05/media/fox-news-philadelphia-eagles-kneeling/index.html




But the real fail came when Trump decided to throw out the Eagles’ visit and replace it with a patriotic brew ha ha, and well, we got to show the clip because this is too fucking good.



Excuse me a minute… by the way I love that this guy remixed the clip with the theme song to Curb Your Enthusiasm:

https://twitter.com/banditelli/status/1004088932026363904

I love that so much! But here’s the real fail behind all of this – Trump didn’t know the words to God Bless America! That’s right – Mr. “I’m Too Patriotic For My Shirt”…. So patriotic, yeah!! Forgot the fucking words to one of the most patriotic songs there is!

Taking on the NFL and football’s Super Bowl champs,U.S. President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday and instead threw his own brief “Celebration of America” after it became clear most players weren’t going to show up.

Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame. Trump himself made headlines at the rally for apparently forgetting the words to "God Bless America." Video shows the president attempting to sing-along with a military band standing behind him.

Trump tried to turn the fracas into a referendum on patriotism and tie it to the dispute over players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. However, Eagles players never knelt during the “Star-Spangled Banner,” throughout the 2017 season and their march to the Super Bowl. Fox News, a known news source for Trump, was rebuked and apologized this week for showing images of Eagles players kneeling while praying on the field as evidence they protested the National Anthem.
https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/trump-forgets-words-to-god-bless-america-at-patriotic-counter-nfl-rally-1.6155002




Yeah you actually are completely wrong this time! I’m not really the most patriotic or religious guy known to man and I know the fucking words to that song! OK really I know the words enough that I can at least make it look like I’m lip syncing accurately! By the way if you’re wondering exactly how many Eagles players kneeled, here’s your answer.

Why did Trump cancel?

In a statement, Trump said that Eagles players "disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country."

Who from the Eagles kneeled last season?

No Eagles player kneeled during the national anthem in the regular season. Jenkins was among several players throughout the league who raised his fist during the anthem, and Long placed his hand on Jenkins' shoulder, until Week 13. At that point, a coalition of players led by Jenkins had agreed on the framework of an $89 million social justice platform with the league.
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23704050/what-donald-trump-canceling-philadelphia-eagles-visit-means-nfl-national-anthem-policy





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So while Trump set his sights on Art Of The Dealing on his latest target, China’s ZTE, he is applying his mad dealing skillz to diplomacy. And you know about the meeting between North Korea’s supreme dictator Kim Jong Un. Here’s the thing though – you might be asking yourself “what actually happened at that meeting”? Well, to answer your question good sir / ma’am, even we or they don’t exactly know what the fuck happened!

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are unclear about a key concession President Trump said he made to North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un on military exercises, with one GOP senator contradicting the president in remarks to reporters Tuesday.

While Trump said he agreed to halt joint U.S. military exercises with South Korea, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said he heard from Vice President Pence that those exercises will continue. Gardner responded to a reporter's question after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., deferred to him as "sort of our expert" on the subject.

"I look forward to further comment and clarification from the president when he gets here," Gardner said. "But the bottom line is this: We have an agreement from the North Korean leader on denuclearization. This is an incredibly important goal."

Trump's concession on military exercises with South Korea has been a key point of contention for Democratic congressional leaders, who blasted Trump on Tuesday for giving away too much during his meeting in Singapore with Kim in exchange for a flimsy deal. Their agreement to work toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” offered scant details on how to achieve it.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/12/democrats-blast-trump-concessions-he-granted-u-s-north-korea-summit/694516002/




Well… there was a lunch involved and no it wasn’t cheeseburgers but apparently it was something that the two both enjoyed – two scoops of ice cream! I can imagine it was kind of like that scene from Stepbrothers.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un participated in a working lunch Tuesday, following their face-to-face meeting at the highly anticipated summit in Singapore.
Who's there

American delegation members at the lunch included U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

North Koreas in attendance included Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea Kim Yong Chol, who determines foreign policy and defense strategy for the country.

Also present was Ri Su Yong, vice chairman of the Central Committee; Ri Yong Ho, minister of foreign affairs, and No Kwang Chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces.
What they're eating

On the menu were prawn cocktails with avocado salad, green mango kerabu and fresh octopus and Korean stuffed cucumber ("Oiseon" for starters.

For the main course, the participants had a choice of beef short rib confit, sweet and sour crispy pork and Yangzhou fried rice and soy braised cod fish.

For dessert, diners had the choice of dark chocolate tartlet ganache, vanilla ice cream and tropezienne.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/12/donald-trump-and-kim-jong-un-lunch-menu-and-guest-list-in-singapore.html




What? You get two scoops of ice cream too? Did we just become best friends? Yup! Want to go do karate in the garage? Yup! But if you’re thinking that the North Korean war is over, hell no it aint’, not by a long shot. Kim just got the upper hand!

Before President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued their joint statement on Tuesday afternoon in Singapore, before the two men met in private at a luxury hotel on the Singaporean island of Sentosa, before they shook hands with all the world watching, this much was true: Kim Jong-un had already won.

"I don't know that I'll ever admit that, but I'll find some kind of an excuse."

President Trump played right into Kim's hands. He signed his name alongside Kim's on a document that, by most indications, does little to pressure the North Koreans to truly denuclearize while committing to end U.S. joint military exercises with our ally South Korea. (North Korean sanctions will remain in place for now, Trump said.) He praised Kim's "great personality." He said it was a "great honor" to appear alongside Kim.

For Kim, the event was a coming out of sorts, a chance to show himself off to the world. He had a platform unlike any other – and far greater than anything available to him in the closed, impoverished nation he so cruelly presides over. Here was an opportunity to legitimize himself and his nation, to put North Korea on an equal footing with the mighty United States.
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/trump-north-korea-meeting-results-w521438




I like that one! By the way can anyone explain what the fuck Dennis Rodman was doing there wearing a shirt for something called “Potcoin” and a MAGA hat? Anyone? No, not in that way, sir! But seriously this whole thing is playing out like a bizarre reality show. I can’t wait to see what’s in next week’s episode!

There's a tendency when the name "Dennis Rodman" is uttered to immediately roll your eyes.
"The Worm," as he was nicknamed during his days as a ferociously effective rebounder for the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls in the '80s and '90s, has become, over the intervening decades, sort of a dictionary definition of what happens when you struggle with alcohol addiction. Rodman, for much of the past decade, has been playing a stereotype of himself -- the brash, unpredictable provocateur. He's had a series of reality TV appearances -- including on Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" -- and, earlier this year, checked himself in to an alcohol rehab center.
Rodman has only been relevant in any meaningful way in politics during his seeming long, slow fade from celebrity with repeated trips to North Korea to meet with his self-professed "friend" Kim Jong Un. Rodman was lambasted for these trips in the past, accused of being used as a tool for a murderous dictator. He has responded, Rodman-like, badly -- savaging his critics including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/12/politics/dennis-rodman-north-korea-chris-cuomo-cnntv/index.html





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You know the catchy slogan and the catchy advertising. You can’t escape it. There was even a movie made about it. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But if the casino moguls in Vegas like Steve Wynn and of course Donald Trump get their way, nothing might be happening in Vegas. So you might force yourself to find a new place to party and go for broke.

What happens in Las Vegas could have a ripple effect across the country if 50,000 casino-hotel workers employed at more than 30 of the city's world-famous resorts go on strike at any time starting next week.

If members of the union that includes hotel and food workers don't show up to work, it could cost the destination millions and lead to travel woes for anyone taking a vacation or business trip to Sin City. It could also send casinos looking for temporary workers amid low unemployment rates.

Analysts declined Wednesday to weigh in on the financial impact that a strike could have on casino operators. But the casinos and hotels aren't the only ones that would feel the squeeze. Local and state governments stand to lose millions from the impact on tourism.

The last time casino-hotel workers went on strike across Las Vegas was in 1984. That job action lasted 67 days and cost workers and the city more than $1 million a day each in lost wages and revenues, not counting gambling losses. The price could be much higher this time if the two sides can't reach agreements: The city has 90,000 more hotel rooms and gets an additional 29 million visitors a year than it did in 1984. More than 42.2 million people visited Vegas last year.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/las-vegas-casino-strike-where-the-chips-may-fall/




Yes… just like Ed Helms in “The Hangover”, the entire strip could shut down with one shot of the taser. But one crisis has been adverted for now, but if we were to put a monetary value on this, how much would casino owners lose in a day?

LAS VEGAS — The union representing thousands of Las Vegas casino workers estimated Wednesday that the two largest resort operators would lose more than $10 million a day combined if housekeepers, cooks and others go on strike at any time starting Friday.

The Culinary Union released documents explaining how it thinks a one-month strike would impact MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment, which operate more than half of the properties that would be affected if 50,000 workers walk off the job.

Workers last week voted to authorize a strike as disputes over workplace training, wages and other issues have kept the union and casino operators from agreeing on new contracts.

The union conceded that it is difficult to estimate how the strike at more than 30 hotels would impact Las Vegas overall, since the last citywide labor action took place in 1984, when the city had 90,000 fewer hotel rooms and only about 12.8 million annual visitors.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/30/las-vegas-casino-workers-strike-union/658105002/




But now that the mass casino strike has been adverted (for now) there’s another strike that has yet to be settled. The Las Vegas Food Worker’s Union. It’s Strike-ception. A strike within a strike within a strike.

Thousand of food service workers voted in favour of potential strike action at the end of May in Las Vegas over issues ranging from safety in the workplace to the potential of automation to create widespread redundancy in the sector.

Ninety nine per cent of the 25,000 members of UNITE HERE’S Culinary and Bartenders Unions voted on May 22 to approve the citywide strike. The vote meant that bartenders, guest room attendants, cocktail servers, food servers, porters, bellman, cooks, and kitchen workers employed at the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas were prepared to take industrial action from June 1, when the Union contracts covering 50,000 workers expired.

The venues in question included properties operated by MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Penn National, Golden Entertainment and Boyd Gaming.
https://www.newfoodmagazine.com/news/67532/las-vegas-robots/




So that’s a grim scenario facing the future of Las Vegas food workers. But one of the more important industries in Vegas besides casinos is the food and liquor industry. Without these two industries, people won’t go to casinos in Vegas.

A union strike involving 50,000 restaurant, bar and casino workers is looming for the city of Las Vegas amidst contentious contract talks. Align Public Strategies explains the impact the protest could have on the local economy and employers, the history of a strike this size and why robots are part of the negotiation.

Plus, Walmart has become the largest retail or restaurant company to offer employees paid online classes from several universities. The Align team discusses the business case for doing this in a tight labor market and the possibility of a major restaurant chain following suit.

Align also continues its conversation on universal basic income now that one city is on the verge of having it and shares this week’s legislative scorecard.
http://www.nrn.com/workforce/working-lunch-massive-union-strike-happen-las-vegas




So… robots. Yes. But what would a strike in Vegas look like? It’s painting a pretty grim picture that workers could go on strike as early as next week.

Negotiations continue with 15 casino properties on the Strip and downtown Las Vegas. Union leaders say the ongoing talks will focus on the same terms reached with MGM and Caesars.

“The agreements … have historic language regarding immigration, technology and automation, and safety, from sexual harassment language to safety buttons,” union spokeswoman Bethany Khan told the Associated Press. “We always have one standard for our contracts, and we are going to negotiate that one standard with other properties.”

MGM and Caesars account for 26,000 of the roughly 50,000 union members who authorized a strike should deals not be reached by their June 1 expiration.

Union negotiators must still come to new contracts with Four Seasons, SLS, Stratosphere, Treasure Island, Tropicana, and Westgate. Downtown properties where terms remain outstanding include Binion’s, Fremont, Main Street, Four Queens, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, The D, Downtown Grand, Plaza, and El Cortez.
https://www.casino.org/news/las-vegas-culinary-union-claiming-upper-hand-in-ongoing-contract-negotiations




Unfortunately they don’t play bingo at these casinos. Yet. This is a sticky situation and we will keep an eye on it as it develops. This is it for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.




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



So my fair congregation… we are in the dire need of a new preaching machine! Because frequent flyer miles and the TSA are for godless heathens. I mean if these guys don’t have to be subjected to what us regular travelers put up with on a daily and weekly basis so why should we? I mean they’re only asking for a measily $45 million for a Dessault Falcon because… reasons. And they can do it all without paying their taxes!

A Louisiana preacher is making headlines for asking his followers to help fund an extravagant purchase: a $54 million private jet.

Jesse Duplantis, a 68-year-old prosperity gospel preacher, says a new Dassault Falcon 7X would allow him to spread his teachings more effectively.

“Now some people believe that preachers shouldn’t have jets. I really believe that preachers ought to go on every available voice, every available outlet, to get this gospel preached to the world,” Duplantis said in a video posted online last week, according to The Christian Post.

It wouldn’t be the first jet Duplantis has owned. In the video, Duplantis looked over a wall full of photos showing his other private planes and said they have helped him preach the word of God. “You know I’ve owned three different jets in my life and used them and used them and just burning them up for the Lord,” he said.

Duplantis reportedly lives in a 35,000-square-foot plantation home built in the late ’00s at a cost of $3 million. His net worth has been estimated at $50 million.
http://time.com/money/5293979/jesse-duplantis-televangelist-private-jet/




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Mr. Duplantis, you should be aware from that book that you preach, that GREED IS A SIN!!!! It is one of the most ungodly sins!!!! And if you think this is crazy, just wait until you hear his sales pitch!



Man I am in the wrong profession here! Because I should be getting what is coming to me, and I am asking for a new Falcon of my own! Really the closest I have coming to that is there’s some weird guy who hangs around my church calling himself “Falcon”. Of course he needs this jet to spread the good word of the LAWRD!!!

A Louisiana televangelist is convinced that God wants him to own a fourth private jet ― and he’s calling on others to donate toward that lofty goal.

Evangelist Jesse Duplantis asked listeners to “pray about becoming a partner” in his grand dream to own a Dassault Falcon 7X, a luxury plane that’s reported to be worth at least $54 million. Duplantis claims he needs the private plane with seating for up to 19 and an optional onboard shower to efficiently spread the gospel.

“I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey,” Duplantis said in a May 21 video posted on his website. “Think about it for a minute. He’d be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world.”

Duplantis is a purveyor of the prosperity gospel, a strand of Christianity that teaches that earthly riches are a sign of God’s favor. His organization, Jesse Duplantis Ministries, is headquartered in Destrehan, Louisiana, with a global reach facilitated by a television program, magazine and web series. The evangelist has over 700,000 followers on Facebook.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/televangelist-needs-54-million-jet-to-spread-gospel-around-the-world_us_5b0d761ae4b0fdb2aa57264c


http://beancounters.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451d8a369e20120a5eff72f970c-800wi

Yes because even JAYSUS doesn’t know what to think regarding your greed and stupidity. But we’re apparently not supposed to give Pastor Duplantis money for this preaching machine. Instead we’re supposed to simply “believe” it into existance! Wait, what?

Jesse Duplantis still wants that snazzy new private jet. But he wants to make it clear he's not asking anybody for money for it.
He just wants his followers to "believe" the aircraft into existence.

"I'm not asking you to pay for my plane," the televangelist says in a new video posted to his ministry's website. "The Lord said, 'I didn't ask you to pay for it, I asked you to believe for it.' That is what I said. So I'm believing, and I want you to believe with me."

Duplantis caused a stir last week after word got out he was asking his followers to chip in so his ministry could purchase a brand new Dassault Falcon 7X, which costs about $54 million. He said Jesus told him to do it.

But now Duplantis, a prosperity gospel televangelist from Louisiana, is backtracking.
"I never raised money for the plane. I put it in our magazine and said believe God with me," said the leader of Jesse Duplantis Ministries, who owns three other private jets. "There's a vast difference between 'believe in God' and asking for money."
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/04/us/jesse-duplantis-plane-new-message-trnd/index.html




Yes it’s believing and I want you all to believe me into a giant mansion, private jet, and maybe a Rolls Royce or two! But here’s the thing. If you so much as *DARE* to question Mr. Duplantis about his plans to enact his inner James Bond villain, you best shut up!

Actually, Duplantis wants you to know he’s not asking for money. He’s just believing for it. There’s a difference… or so we’re told.

The right response to all of this is to mock Duplantis, call him out on his greed, talk about how his followers are being duped by a man who doesn’t need their money (but sure as hell wants it), and remind people that they shouldn’t let religion override their common sense.

Try telling that to self-described “prophetic messenger” John Burton, who defends Duplantis in an article for Charisma. Here’s a glimpse at how he does it:

I’ve never questioned another’s financial situation again. I bless those who are financially blessed, period.

The truth is that this is none of your business. Stay silent. Nothing immoral has occurred. No crimes have been committed.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2018/06/07/christian-tells-critics-of-preachers-54-million-private-jet-to-stay-silent/




Yes holy shit indeed good sir! See? He didn’t do anything wrong! His unquestionable greed shouldn’t be questioned! He didn’t commit any SINS here! Just move along! So what does he need this for? Apparently reasons! And just know that the last guy who tried this got… exactly what was coming to him!

I still think often about a video we posted on this site more than two years ago, when two televangelists had a conversation over their need for private planes.

It happened in late 2015, right after Pastor Creflo Dollar begged his congregation (and everyone watching at home) to give him enough cash to buy a $65 million private jet.

Rather than condemning that blatant display of greed and wastefulness, Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis defended the request, saying they couldn’t do 90% of their international work without access to a private plane. Copeland even blasted “regular” air travel, saying that, as a famous person, he didn’t want to fly in “this dope-filled world and get in a long tube with a bunch of demons.”



Well, Copeland won’t have to worry about flying next to demons like us anymore, because he just purchased a “debt-free Gulfstream V” from media mogul Tyler Perry.

All thank to his gullible supporters. (And Jesus, of course.)
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2018/01/18/televangelist-thanks-you-and-jesus-for-helping-him-buy-a-private-jet/




Yes… believe and believe hard enough and God will gift you with a private jet, debt free! Unfortunately we didn’t get one so we will have to resort to plan B, what that is I don’t know! That’s it this week for:




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But before we get into it this week we need some appropriate music for this thread:



Star Wars fans, you should really be ashamed of yourselves. Every time a new Star Wars movie comes out people celebrate it for like a week. Then they groan as the worst fan base of any franchise in movie history tends to dish it out as well as they can take it. I mean just ask Jake Lloyd – who many could say got the worst of it – how he feels about Star Wars fans. Who’s the latest victim of the Star Wars fanbase? Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose in the latest film in the franchise Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.

The episode was not an uncommon one. Daisy Ridley, who stars as the heroine Rey, quit social media last year for similar reasons. They are far from the first women to be hounded by bitter, mostly male fans who didn't approve of their entry into a fictional pop-culture world that some fans feel a misguided sense of ownership of.

Such toxic abuse has long been a staple of darker social-media realms, fan-group message boards and internet comments pages. Obsession — loving or poisonous — has helped fuel the most dedicated fan bases, whose fervor is craved and cultivated by billion-dollar brands. But the scorn heaped on Tran — a 29-year-old newcomer who has been overjoyed at her induction into Star Wars — sparked a backlash of its own.

"What's not to love?" asked Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, with a photo of himself and Tran and the hashtag "GetALifeNerds."

Affectionate fan art of Tran's character began circling widely on Twitter. The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson forcefully came to his actress' defense.

"On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but over the past 4 years I've met lots of real fellow SW fans," said Johnson. "We like & dislike stuff but we do it with humor, love & respect. We're the VAST majority, we're having fun & doing just fine."
https://www.channel24.co.za/Movies/News/a-look-at-the-dark-side-of-the-star-wars-fandom-20180611




Yes it does seem like Star Wars fans have crossed over into the Dark Side. And I mean come on guys when Mark Hamill tells you to get a life, get a fucking life! This is the kind of thing that caused Leslie Jones to quit social media a couple years ago. See here’s the thing SJW trolls – we know you didn’t like the Ghostbusters movie, or Ocean’s 8, or The Last Jedi. But you don’t have to beat us over the head reminding us why you hate these movies! It just makes you as stupid and boorish as our president is.

The dark side of "Star Wars" fandom recently reared its head when Kelly Marie Tran, the actress who plays Rose Tico in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," was run off Instagram by misogynistic and racist messages from fans who didn't like her character in the movie. But the episode was not an uncommon one.

Daisy Ridley, who stars as the heroine Rey, quit social media last year for similar reasons. They are far from the first women to be hounded by bitter, mostly male fans who didn't approve of their entry into a fictional pop-culture world that some fans feel a misguided sense of ownership of.

Such toxic abuse has long been a staple of darker social-media realms, fan-group message boards and internet comments pages. Obsession -- loving or poisonous -- has helped fuel the most dedicated fan bases, whose fervor is craved and cultivated by billion-dollar brands. But the scorn heaped on Tran -- a 29-year-old newcomer who has been overjoyed at her induction into "Star Wars" — sparked a backlash of its own.

"What's not to love?" asked Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, with a photo of himself and Tran and the hashtag "GetALifeNerds."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/star-wars-fandom-racist-misogynistic-messages-show-dark-side-abuse-kelly-marie-tran-2018-06-09/




Here’s the thing Star Wars fans – we get that you’re passionate. But seriously – fuck off with that social justice warrior bullshit! That’s the kind of thing that made you absolutely unbearable after the Ghostbusters incident, and the Force Awakens incident. So yeah we’re onto you and your bullshit because when you keep calling people out for being a “social justice warrior” doesn’t that make you the very thing you hate?

Fandom has always been an us versus them proposition. In the early days, it was because you loved something that the world at large found silly, be it comic books or Doctor Who. It was you and those who felt like you, against everyone else. Star Wars redefined fandom because it built a bigger tent than had ever existed before. Suddenly, the "everyone else" also loved Star Wars. Your mom knew what The Force was. Mark Hamill was on The Tonight Show. There was Yoda underwear. It was the first real “fan” thing that exploded into a phenomenon. But fandom always needs a “them.”

Star Wars is in an interesting place right now. The most recent film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, has been drastically underperforming at the box office. After two weeks in release, it had pulled in a mere $271 million worldwide. Analysts believe Disney will lose $50 million or more on the film, and Solo comes on the heels of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which — despite making $1.3 billion worldwide — proved itself an incredibly divisive film. While critics loved it (judging by the 91 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes), fans were split.

Some loved the bold liberties of writer-director Rian Johnson. They understood that there was room under that big tent for characters like Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) and Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), women placed alongside Carrie Fisher’s Leia and Ridley’s Rey at the center of the Star Wars drama.

But others hated it. Hated everything it stood for. Hated what they saw as a social justice warrior remix of the Star Wars they grew up with. And they hated Tran’s Rose most of all because they decided that she was the avatar for all that was wrong with the franchise. Those fans — a minority but a loud one — found their “them” in the very thing they used to love.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/solo-box-office-results-kelly-marie-tran-harassment-show-star-wars-has-a-fan-problem-1118898




The Last Jedi is easily the most polarizing film of Star Wars. And by the way if you want a look at what George Lucas originally had planned in store, it might make you appreciate the Last Jedi just a bit more than you already did.

On October 30, 2012, George Lucas relinquished his hold over the Star Wars franchise when Disney acquired Lucasfilm for a cool $4.05 billion. While fans weren't thrilled that Disney would be in charge of a greatest sci-fi series of all time, it turns out this was a small price to pay to stop Lucas from what he planned on doing next.

While he's only hinted so far about how he would have handled the next trilogy of films, some of his plans appear to have been revealed in a companion book to James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction series on AMC.

He must be referring to whatever the midichlorians are—the stupid techno-babble Qui-Gon Jinn used to explain The Force in The Phantom Menace. But really, Lucas's plot sounds like a mix between an episode of The Magic School Bus and Osmosis Jones.

You have to admit that it's pretty funny that he would have done something he knew fans would have hated. And who can blame him? Star Wars fans suck.
https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a21343712/george-lucas-star-wars-7-9-plot/




Oh! Oh!!!! Even this article admits Star Wars fans suck! Here’s the other thing Star Wars fans – you can question why Solo didn’t do better at the box office. Solo was highly enjoyable I might add! But you can take polls, you can ask the directors, you can ask pretty much anybody but the reason why Solo didn’t do better is YOU. Because… fuck you! You can’t please everybody and these people are Star Wars fans!

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" has struggled at the box office, as it's expected to lose Disney at least $50 million and become the franchise's first movie to lose money for Disney and Lucasfilm. The movie's director, Ron Howard, addressed the low audience turnout on Twitter over the weekend ("Solo" made just $15 million in its third weekend, according to Box Office Mojo).

Howard responded to a Twitter user's tweet on Sunday that "Solo" might be doing poorly at the box office because some "Star Wars" fans are protesting the franchise over "The Last Jedi."

"I've been reading so many theories as to why 'Solo' hasn't been doing so well at the box office - sad to say, some SW fans are snubbing Solo b/c they're still upset over Last Jedi," Kris Fairbanks said in the tweet. "If so, they're missing out & punishing a good film for something not its fault."

Howard quoted the tweet and said that he was "proud" of "Solo" and that fans who aren't seeing it would most likely enjoy it.
http://www.businessinsider.com/ron-howard-responds-to-solo-a-star-wars-story-poor-box-office-2018-6





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And there’s plenty of them this week. As well as stuff we’ve missed in the two weeks that we’ve been gone. But mainly I want to start this segment with the rock band NOFX – yeah they are friends of the show since we had them on last season. But they shot themselves in the foot. No not quite literally there, good sir, with a joke about the Las Vegas shooting that was in extremely poor taste:

In the same week that television personalities Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee were swept up in a wave of social media outrage, a Bay Area punk band with a long history of behaving badly has found itself in a swirl of controversy in a new socially conscious era.

NOFX is facing backlash after making an offhand joke during its set at the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 27, referencing the mass shooting in October at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, also in Las Vegas, that killed 58 and injured nearly 500.

“We played a song about Muslims and we didn’t get shot! Hooray!” frontman “Fat Mike” Burkett said in low-resolution video clips from the performance that were shared on social media. His bandmate Eric Melvin replied, “I guess you’re only getting shot in Vegas if you’re a country band.”

“I mean, that sucked,” Burkett added. “But at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”
https://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/Punk-band-NOFX-faces-backlash-after-onstage-joke-12960954.php




Yeah that happened. Now before you boo – wait for it – the follow up was even worse than the initial dialogue between Fat Mike and Melvin:

According to TMZ, after they finished a song, frontman Fat Mike said, "We played a song about Muslims and we didn't get shot. Hooray."

The site says another band member responded to that saying, "I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you are in a country band."

But it didn't end there. "That [the massacre] sucked, but at least they were country fans and no punk rock fans."

Audience members can be heard groaning on a video posted on social media, then one of the band members said, "You were all thinking it."

Fifty-eight people lost their lives on October 1, 2017, when Stephen Paddock fired a hail of bullets from a Mandalay Bay suite into the Route 91 Harvest Festival, headlined by country star Jason Aldean. Over 500 others were injured.

Local radio hosts Dave & Mahoney from X1075, who play the band's music, called the comments "disgusting and callous." They said they no longer will support their music.
http://cbs6albany.com/news/entertainment/rock-band-nofx-on-vegas-mass-shooting-at-least-they-were-country-fans




OK now you can boo!!! Here’s the thing Fat Mike – we know your band says some shit that may border on insensitive and we’re OK with that. But here’s what we’re not OK with – no we’re not thinking that. I mean that is the opposite of what we were thinking And the fallout was even worse than the joke.

Less than a day after controversial comments made by California punk band NOFX at a Las Vegas punk festival made headlines, Stone Brewing has pulled out of a sponsorship deal with the band.

The Escondido brewery's cancelation of the partnership comes following several statements by NOFX band members onstage at Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival on Sunday night. Most notably, band frontman "Fat" Mike Burkett seemingly attempted to make light of a horrifying shooting at a Las Vegas country concert last October that killed 58 and injured nearly 500 by saying, "at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans."

On Wednesday evening, Stone Brewing publicly canceled their "Punk in Drublic" sponsorship deal with NOFX, which had included a collaboration beer and a slew of nationally touring music and beer festivals.

The statement reads, in part:

"We at Stone Brewing are aware of NOFX's insensitive and indefensible statements this past weekend. As a result, we are severing all our ties with NOFX, including festival sponsorship and the production of our collaboration beer. We respect punk rock, and the DIY ethos for which it stands. To us, it means standing up for things you believe in, and fearlessly committing to what's right. And it is for that reason that Stone Brewing is immediately disassociating ourselves from the band NOFX. Stone had a sponsorship deal for this summer's Punk In Drublic festivals. Emphasis 'had.' That sponsorship is now canceled."
https://www.sfgate.com/beer/article/Stone-Brewing-nofx-cut-ties-punk-in-drublic-12957386.php




Yeah so here’s the thing Fat Mike – if you’ve got a corporate sponsorship of a festival maybe don’t say anything that can cost you your sponsorship! I mean just ask Roseanne how well that went. But this might be a first – NOFX might be the first band to ever get booted from their own festival!

Well, here’s a first. After NOFX frontman Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin cracked some unsavory jokes about the 2017 Vegas shooting last weekend, their band has been booted from the very festival they started. The inaugural Camp Punk in Drublic—itself an extension of NOFX’s one-day, traveling Punk in Drublic festivals—kicks off tomorrow and will no longer feature either NOFX or Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, the latter being Fat Mike’s punk cover band.

“While NOFX is known for their dark, uncomfortable humor, the festival producers of Camp Punk In Drublic are shocked and disappointed by the band’s recent statements about the Route 91 Harvest Festival victims and country music fans,” reads a press release regarding Fat Mike’s removal. “These statements do not reflect the feelings or views of the Camp Punk In Drublic festival, its staff, and its sponsors.”

Replacing them will be punk legends the Descendents, who will play on Saturday, and The Vandals, who will contribute to tomorrow night’s kickoff party.
https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/05/nofx-booted-from-own-festival/




And by the way, Roseanne might want to take a page into how you do a real apology because you don’t blame the Ambien for your colossal fuck up:

The band have since responded to the controversy with a contrite post shared to their Facebook page on Thursday. “I can’t sleep, no one in my band can,” began a message, presumably written by Fat Mike. “What we said in Vegas was s—ty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks.”

The note continued, suggesting that a longer statement was to follow. “We decided we will all get together to discuss and write an in depth, sincere, and honest apology because that’s what the people we offended and hurt deserve.”

Country star Jason Aldean was performing at the outdoor Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on Oct. 1 when a series of loud bangs rang out from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old gambler and real estate businessman who lived in the area, had broken out the window of his hotel room and fired bullets from high-powered weapons into the crowd of 22,000 concertgoers.
https://people.com/music/rock-band-only-get-shot-country-band-vegas-music-festival/





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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And there’s been a lot of stupid people in the 2 weeks that we’ve been gone. So who was stupid this week? I want to start with this story out of where else? Our favorite state Florida, the winner of last season’s Stupidest State contest.

Clearwater police were called to a bus stop on Gulf to Bay Boulevard around 11:20 a.m. Monday for a report of a lewd and lascivious act.

Responding officers say they found a man sitting on a bench touching himself under his shorts. In an arrest report, police noted it was "obvious" the man was masturbating.

When officers asked what he was doing, the man told them, "I'm scratching myself."

After the man was arrested for disorderly conduct, police asked him to identify himself.

The arrest report states the man told police his name was "James Tiberius Kirk," the full name of the fictional character Captain Kirk from Star Trek.
http://www.wfla.com/1206170403




Excuse me a minute… Yeah we can imagine it was kind of like that. So next up you know from time to time we love to feature “idiots with guns” because the NRA’s favorite talking point is that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But when these are the bad guys who are the good guys?

West Springfield Police District – A 43-year-old man is in custody today after a standoff with officers overnight that lasted over five hours. We were initially called out to the 10000 block of Wavell Road around 8:30 p.m. last night when Wesam Hashish, of Fairfax, began cutting a tree down with an axe and chainsaw, and then tried to set it on fire. He was screaming and cursing at neighbors, prompting numerous calls to 911.

When officers arrived, Hashish ran from them and jumped on top of a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue ladder truck that also responded. Hashish refused to come down during over five hours of negotiations with officers and mental health professionals. Hashish exposed himself and attempted to assault officers during the incident, at one point picking up a ladder from the top of the fire truck and throwing it at officers.

Due to ongoing safety concerns, neighbors and people living in the immediate area were asked to shelter in place and stay away from doors and windows while officers were on scene.
https://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/2018/05/30/man-charged-after-5-hour-standoff-on-fire-truck/




I think that was also kind of like that. Excuse me a minute... Next up we’re going to my home state of California. Hey people if you’re on a flight maybe you don’t smoke a joint, OK?

SAN JOSE (CBSLA/AP) — A Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing after reports that a passenger lit up a marijuana cigarette in a bathroom. Southwest says Flight 1250 from San Francisco to Los Angeles was diverted Wednesday afternoon.

The plane landed safely at San Jose Mineta International Airport, about 50 miles south of San Francisco.

Southwest says the passenger accused of smoking was turned over to law enforcement. Smoking on an airplane is illegal and could lead to criminal charges.

The remaining 32 passengers were placed on other aircraft to continue their trips. Passengers reported smelling smoke, and one said he smelled marijuana.
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/05/31/southwest-plane-emergency-landing-lax-passenger-smoke-marijuana/




Yeah we actually do mind, Dude, because you’re on a fucking airplane! Next up – bears! You know bears are godless killing machines am I right about that? And this seems something that would be straight out of a comedy movie. Maybe don’t do this, and I mean don’t do this ever!

A central Alberta zoo must pay $500 in fines after taking a bear for ice cream at a drive-thru.

A video posted on social media in January by Discovery Wildlife Park in Innisfail, Alta., showed a one-year-old captive bear named Berkley leaning out a truck's window and being hand-fed ice cream by the owner of the local Dairy Queen.

Officials with the province investigated and charged the zoo with two counts of violating a licence or permit under the Wildlife Act.

One count stems from the bear being taken for ice cream, while the other relates to an employee who brought an orphaned bear cub home to foster in 2017.

The zoo's owners pleaded guilty and the business was fined $250 for each of the charges.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/dairy-queen-ice-cream-bear-fine-1.4681252


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No ice cream for you!!! And that is perfect by the way. Next up we go to Wisconsin for this one, and you might want to get that Dude clip we played earlier because this guy is probably going to be asked that question a lot:

A Delafield man in February repeatedly dumped his burnt marijuana ashes on some cardboard boxes, which ultimately caused them to ignite and burn his father's Summit home to the ground, according to a criminal complaint.

As a result, Joseph Fischer has been charged with misdemeanor negligent handling of burning material. Fischer, 29, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Waukesha County Circuit Court on June 11.

The fire started just before 4:30 a.m. Feb. 22 in the 34000 block of Venice Park Road.

According to the complaint, Fischer smoked three bowls of marijuana in the 90 minutes before the fire broke out, and each time dumped the ashes onto some cardboard boxes on the porch of his father's home.
https://www.jsonline.com/story/communities/lake-country/crime/2018/05/24/summit-home-destroyed-fire-started-marijuana-ashes-police-say/638294002/




Yeah Dude, we actually do mind especially if you’re going to, I don’t know, burn the fucking house down! Literally! While on the subject of marijuana, I know we’re still testing the waters when it comes to legal pot, but we’re definitely a long way away from having mail order pot!

A Davenport man has been arrested after police and the U.S. Postal Service say they intercepted a package containing nearly five pounds of marijuana intended for him.

The Quad-City Times reports that 25-year-old Jermaine Lewis Carter Jr., of Blue Grass, was arrested Monday. He faces charges of possession with intent to deliver and failure to affix drug tax stamp. The felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison for each count. Carter is already serving probation for another drug-related offense.

Officials say a drug-sniffing dog alerted them to the package Monday, and police received a warrant to open it. Officials say a controlled delivery of it to Carter's home led to his arrest and that Carter acknowledged the package was for him.
http://www.kwwl.com/story/38263425/2018/05/23/iowa-man-has-marijuana-mailed-to-him




Yes Dude, we still mind! Stop asking! Finally this week we’re going to cross the ocean and go to Turkey for this one. Look, I know Erdogan might be unpopular but look… in a dictatorship, maybe you don’t wipe your ass with him!

Local police in Turkmenistan are inspecting toilets for evidence that locals have been using newspapers containing photographs of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to wipe themselves, it's been reported.

The regional police in the western region of Balkan have allegedly instructed community policing officers to check toilets in public places and private houses, and to find evidence of people using newspapers with pictures of the country's president as tissue paper, Moscow-based news website Fergana.ru - known for its credible reporting on Turkmen affairs - reports.

Officers have been told to look for the Turkmen leader's "soiled" pictures at landfill sites, as well as among garbage at waste collection points.

"There is a special janitor at each landfill site whose job is to inspect garbage, to look for soiled newspaper photos, to establish the house or flat of the newspaper subscriber and to report it to the police," Fergana says.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-44236375




Uh oh! People in Turkey are having independent thoughts! Quick better break down their spirits! That’s it this week for:




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So here we go! It’s time for part 1 of our new 24 part series - Deep State Diaries! See here’s the thing – we’ve toured the world, we’ve toured the country. We’ve even toured the shithole parts of the world. Now we’re going to go explore deep inside… the deep state! Yes we are going to find out exactly what our government institutions do. What makes them so important to the health and well being of the United States and why they might be on the chopping block. We’re going to explore everything from Public Works to the DEA to the NSA to the FBI, the IRS, the ATF, the USPS, and everything in between. First up we’re going to start with the department headed by Betsy DeVos – the Department of Education. And just like the World Tour we’re going to give each agency a scorecard of some key areas we feel they are strong in, and well, what the fuck happened after the election from hell ended.

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http://taxprof.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c4eab53ef01b7c8977e6d970b-800wi

Since the Reagan administration, the republicans and conservatives have loved to run afoul of the Department Of Education. But lately they’ve gone overboard in their hatred of the so called “liberal” education system. I would like to think that we’re going to set them straight with this entry but then again I’m reminded of who Trump appointed to the position – Betsy DeVos. Yes, Trump appointed the absolute worst person possible to head this department. So what is life like at the DOE under this new regime?

Since the inception of the Department of Education’s Federal Commission on School Safety earlier this year, educators, school safety experts and activists have expressed significant confusion about what the panel is actually doing, as well as doubts about its long-term effectiveness.

According to the White House, the commission was created to “quickly provide meaningful and actionable recommendations to keep students safe at school.” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the four-member panel's chairwoman, has promised to release a report on its findings by the end of the year.

Critics say the commission is doing too little, too slowly, however. The members have met in full only once, on March 28. A second meeting was scheduled for May 17, but few people attended because it was announced so late. On May 31, DeVos attended the commission’s first field visit at a Maryland elementary school, where she discussed fostering feelings of community in schools. The other three members — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen — sent surrogates.
https://edscoop.com/school-safety-commission-education-department




So let’s get this straight – we’re living in a year where we’ve seen a record number of school shootings and threats to schools. So what are they offering as an actual solution?

A federal school safety commission that formed after the Parkland, Florida, school massacre won’t be focusing on guns.

That’s according to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who stated recently that firearms were “not part of the commission’s charge per se.” She made the remark in response to a U.S. senator who asked if the commission would consider the role of firearms in school violence.

Of course, if the commission were to focus on just guns, they would miss the mark. But as a scholar who studies school safety, I similarly believe if the commission ignores one of the main contributors to school shootings – particularly one as important as the instruments used to carry out the shootings – it could discredit any other recommendations the commission makes.

Given the composition of the Federal Commission on School Safety – which includes the attorney general, the secretary of Health and Human Services, and the secretary of Homeland Security – the commission is poised to take a broad view on solutions to school violence. That broad view includes education and mental health issues as well as law enforcement and security.
https://wtop.com/education/2018/06/school-safety-commission-misses-the-mark-by-ignoring-guns/




I love Principal Skinner! So let’s get this straight – guns… good? Yeah I know we’ve talked enough about guns on this program but we need solutions and the solution to a gun problem in this country is always “more guns”. That would be like telling your recovering alcoholic cousin that he needs to get drunker. I mean really could things be any crazier?

Two weeks ago, all the "what if" conversations Hoosiers have been having since a devastating shooting in Parkland, Fla., came into terrifying focus.

A 13-year-old walked into a science classroom at Noblesville West Middle School with two hand guns and opened fire, police say.

Communities throughout Indiana — and the country — that were re-examining the safety of their schools and calling on those in positions of power to do more had one more reason to call for action.

Harden school security. Provide more support. Increase funding. Strengthen gun laws. Arm teachers.

Before the Noblesville shooting, such calls were often met with a reassurance that Indiana was already doing more than most.

State leaders used the days and weeks following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to highlight the state’s school safety grant program, its safety academy and existing requirements that school districts have a trained safety specialist and up-to-date safety plan in place.
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2018/06/10/noblesville-shooting-raises-questions-safety-indiana-schools/678723002/




Holy shit!!! That’s just one state by the way! Seriously, Betsy, you had one job and that job was upended by an insane organization. Take a look at what’s happening in other states, like Arkansas for instance!

The Arkansas School Safety Commission on Monday endorsed recommendations that favor arming school district employees -- as already allowed in state law -- who volunteer to undergo training and psychological testing.

The use of the "commissioned school security officers" was among several strategies proposed by the law-enforcement subcommittee of the commission and accepted by the full commission for inclusion in recommendations to Gov. Asa Hutchinson later this month.

The expanded use of school resource officers, who are armed law enforcement officers assigned to school campuses, and the hiring of current or retired law enforcement officers as substitute teachers at a school were other subcommittee suggestions accepted by the commission.

Hutchinson appointed the 18-member task force in March after an armed intruder killed 17 people at a Parkland, Fla., high school on Feb. 14. Since then there have been school shootings in Santa Fe, Texas, killing 10, and in Noblesville, Ind., where two were shot but survived. In all, 35 people died in U.S. school shootings during the just-ended 2017-18 school year, according to Education Week, a national publication.
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/jun/12/safety-panel-backs-arming-school-staffe-1/




OK that’s two states. How about a third? Yeah I don’t think we should ask the guy who’s famous for poisoning his own citizens what he thinks about school safety. This gets an epic facepalm.

Teachers, police, school administrators, security experts and one student are among the appointees to the state School Safety Task Force created by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The 13-member task force will submit a report to Snyder and the Legislature before Nov. 30 with recommendations focusing on best practices for assessing school infrastructure and safety policies, and what practices top performing states use to create safe learning environments.

The task force was established by Snyder, through an executive order, on April 16. Snyder appointed six of the members, while another four were recommended by Republican and Democratic leaders in the state House and Senate.

The remaining three members consist of Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue - who will chair the commission - as well as deputy state superintendent Kyle Guerrant and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Director Nancy Vreibel.
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/06/gov_snyder_names_members_of_sc.html




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So here’s how we are going to rate these agencies. The first is that we are going to look at their overall importance. Then we are going to look at how things are going. Then we are going to look at their likelihood to survive under this regime, and then we are going to give them an overall score (not an average).

Overall importance: A
How Things Are Going: D-
Likely hood To Survive: C

Overall: C-

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Next week we’re going to see how the government treats our veterans as we do a deep dive into how things are going with the Department Of Veterans Affairs in Trump's America. (CONTROVERSY ALERT!)



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Top 10 Conservative Idiots: The Complete 5th Season


Top 10 Conservative Idiots: The Complete 5th Season

Season 4: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210083764
Season 3: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210008235
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Welcome back to the Complete 5th season of the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Like previous seasons, this season will serve as a handy guide to all the wacky things conservatives are talking about. And of course in the Trump world any time we take a break it feels like an eternity since batshit crazy stuff not only happens on a daily basis, it seems like it happens on an almost hourly basis! Of course our regular features like Top 10 Investigates, This Fucking Guy, People Who Somehow Got Elected, How Is This Still A Thing, and Holy Shit are there, but we are debuting plenty of new features including Deep State Diaries, Profiles In #Civility, and Beating A Dead Horse. Plus we have the relaunch of the new, verified Top 10 Twitter feed ( @10Idiots), the Top 10 G-Mail account (Top10ConIdiots@gmail.com), and we will be featuring plenty of mischief and mayhem throughout the remaining half of the crazy year that is 2018. Not to mention all the great music that we’ve previously and currently feature on the Top 10. And like previous seasons, this one will be updated weekly until the entire thing is complete at the close of our season on 12/19/18 with our second ever year in review edition. So without further adieu, here is the guide for the next season of the Top 10 – season 5! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

**NOTE** THIS IS AN INCOMPLETE LIST. IT WILL BE UPDATED WEEKLY AND THE FULL SEASON LIST WILL BE POSTED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS SEASON ON 12/19/18

Edition #5-1: Fake News Freak Out Edition (6/13/18)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210729356

We play catch up on things that we might have missed during the exhausting 2 week break we took after Memorial Day which includes the Roseanne cancellation and Trump supporters coming up with insane excuses as to why they still support him. Sean Hannity commits multiple on air felonies when he tells people indicted by Mueller to smash their hard drives and destroy their cell phones and SIM cards. Meanwhile in Washington, Trump disinvites the Eagles to the White House after Fox News told him to do so because, anthem. We also recap the insane meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un which accomplished, well, exactly nothing. In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, we take a look at the city of Las Vegas and how a gigantic worker’s strike could affect the city. In our weekly sermon of all things holy, Holy Shit, our resident pastor asks his congregation for money to buy a private jet. We bring back "Beating A Dead Horse" to discuss alt right trolling among Star Wars fans, mainly aimed at "The Last Jedi" star Kelly Marie Tran. We debut a new segment called "Explaining Jokes To Idiots" (apologies to Bill Maher) where we discuss the consequences of what happened when punk rock band NOFX decided to joke about a mass shooting and got kicked out of their own festival. We have a new installment of People Are Dumb, which includes lots of misuse of marijuana and a zoo employee getting caught taking a bear through the drive-thru. And finally it’s time to debut our new segment that goes deep within the Deep State, called “Deep State Diaries” and we’re going to explore all the organizations that make up the government of the United States. This week we’re debuting by taking a look at the organization headed by Betsy DeVos, the Department Of Education!
Live Musical Guest: Judas Priest (LGBT Pride Month!)

Edition #5-2: Make A Run FROM The Border Edition (6/20/18)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210763459

America has truly hit rock bottom as Trump's ICE is up to some Hitler-esque activities, and they are shockingly evil. So rather than make fun of it, which we can't, we'll instead make fun of the right wing reaction to us getting in the way of their evil plans. We discuss the insane plan to split California in 3 states, which actually made it on the ballot this year. In the latest edition of the Trumper Games, we discuss the jailing of former campaign strategist Paul Manafort. Trump doubles down on his evil plans along the border. We also discuss the insane plan Trump has to create a 6th branch of the military to fight wars in space. In our weekly investigative segment "Top 10 Investigates" we examine Sinclair Broadcasting's attempt to take over your local station and replace it with state run TV - a staple of the modern dictator. And for our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to put on his tin foil hat and delve into the world of Christian conspiracy theories! We have a new segment of "Beating A Dead Horse" in which we examine why conservatives are so afraid of getting banned on social media sites (hint: it's them!). The Alt Right is up to its' usual bag of tricks which includes endorsing candidates and lying about things they did. We have a new installment of "I Need A Drink" in which we get drunk and show you ways that you can make money off the World Cup. And finally it's the second round of Deep State Diaries and this time we're going to do a deep dive into how our government treats returning soldiers and examine the Department Of Veterans Affairs.
Live Musical Guest: Imagine Dragons

Edition #5-3: Let Them Eat Flan Edition (6/27/18)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210798615

Conservative snowflakes go apeshit and call for liberals to be civil after Sarah Huckabee Sanders gets kicked out of a restaurant in Virginia called "The Red Hen". Trump fans retaliate with death threats and threats of destruction as expected, while Stephen Miller and Kierstjen Nielsen also get kicked out of establishments. Trump uses Twitter to trash the restaurant and talks about how dirty it is, while ignoring the nearly 100 safety inspections and health code violations slapped on Mar-A-Lago in the last 3 years alone. Meanwhile, Melania goes to visit one of the camps where children are detained and wears a jacket that one would claim is in very poor taste. In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, we're going to take a look at Trump's attacks on one of the most American corporations there is - Harley Davidson and how his tariffs could sink the iconic brand. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to take a look at some of the more "godly" candidates running in 2018 because, Jesus. After Maxine Waters calls for protest against the administration, a dialogue has broken between both sides about "civility" and we show you some of the ways the right wing wants to be civil. We have a new installment of People Are Dumb, includes Burger King Russia getting caught in a bizarre advertising scandal, bad World Cup merchandise, a Georgia Wendy's customer getting a side of meth with his burger, a Kansas man having sex with a car, and some firefighters in Ohio using their workplace to film porno movies. And the next installment of our ongoing series "Deep State Diaries" is going to take a look at the FCC and in particular Trump appointee Ajit Pai!
Live Musical Guest: Chromeo

***TOP 10 Takes A Week Off For July 4th***

Top 10 Best Of: Civility Edition
https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210829131

From Idiots 4-18 we take a look at what happened when Trump opened the new US embassy in Jerusalem to a violent and gritty welcome. From Idiots 4-19, Texas LT Governor Dan Patrick and Gov Greg Abbott offer some stunningly stupid solutions to end mass shootings after one happens just outside of Houston. From Idiots 4-14, Michael Cohen cements Trump's horrible taste in attorneys when he squeals that his third client is Sean Hannity. From Idiots 4-15 our president Donald J Trump attempted to combine his two favorite hobbies - golf and angry toilet tweeting - while Melania was at Barbara Bush's funeral. From Idiots 4-16, Top 10 Investigates the terrifying NXIVM cult made famous by Smallville actress Allison Mack. From Idiots 4-16, Holy Shit takes a look at all the wacky doomsday prepper products being offered by professional huckster Jim Bakker. From Idiots 5-2, "Beating A Dead Horse" takes a look at the eternal struggle between conservatives and social media sites. From Idiots 4-19, Alex Jones wants to take Infowars on a 24/7 news cycle. Conspiracy theories all day every day! From Idiots 4-16, People Are Dumb takes a look at a preacher in California who picked the wrong time to try to convert people to his flock. And from Idiots 4-9, our 2nd annual Stupidest State contest presents you with Selection Sunday - which gives you all the teams, stats, odds, and info that you need to fill out your brackets!
Live Musical Guest: Imagine Dragons

Edition #5-4: Wheel Of Corruption & The Goblet Of Fire Edition (7/13/18)
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Live From Austin! Another shake up in the White House means another installment of the Trumper Games! And this week, we take a look at Tribute Pruitt's decision to resign from the Trump White House, and he's quickly replaced with former Fox News host Bill Shine. We add Ohio representative Jim Jordan to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. We take a look at what happens when Trump supporters and administration employees go out in public in a new segment called "Profiles In Civility". Trump also goes to Montana for a rally and we attempt to recap his speech and break out our English to Trump translator, and find that it doesn't work. In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates", we take a look at white supremacists running for office at state and local levels in a segment we're calling "Backyard Nazis". And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to tell you what he did on his summer vacation by visiting Kentucky's Ark Encounter theme park. We bring back "Explaining Jokes To Idiots" to tell you how humor actually works after Alex Jones declared that Civil War II was going to start July 4th. In a new installment of "Beating A Dead Horse", the Alt Right has got to let go of Pizzagate, and their theories are getting weirder and weirder. Plus we may or may not have some food porn images of pizza for their enjoyment. We have a new installment of People Are Dumb, which includes the Flat Earth Society, a guy who really loves getting arrested over and over, gay swans, a Montana man who threatened to go on a murder spree if he didn't get free gas, and a Wisconsin woman who hid her drugs in a very uncomfortable place. And finally in the latest episode of our ongoing series "Deep State Diaries" we go inside the White House to take a look at the White House Press Corps!
Live Musical Guest: The Interrupters

Edition #5-5: Diary Of A Wimpy Trump: Nyet Rules! Edition (7/18/18)
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Live From New Orleans! The congressional hearings into Peter Strzok's anti-Trump FBI texts prove to be a category 5 shit show and we will have all the juicy details of the investigation. We recap Trump's trip to the UK where he told Theresa May that he could have handled Brexit better. In the latest edition of Diary Of A Wimpy Trump, Trump gets sent to Putin's principal's office at the summit in Helsinki that has the whole world watching and it could go either way. We have some more Profiles In #Civlity to tell you about which includes a lot of white people calling the cops on black people. In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates" we're going to take a look at a new concept called "micro cheating" - are you guilty of it? And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to tell you some of the crazier right wing reactions to the selection of Brett Kavanaugh. After yet *ANOTHER* scandal involving their controversial founder, we ask "Papa John's Pizza: How Is This Still A Thing?". Alt right activists are planning a new rally in Charlottesville after how well the last one turned out. We have a new edition of "I Need A Drink" in which we're going to get drunk and tell you about Blockbuster Video's impending doom. And the next edition of Deep State Diaries explores how our meat is processed and handled as we take a look at the USDA.
Live Musical Guest: Slightly Stoopid

Edition #5-6: Dennis & Kanye Go To Pyongyang Palace Edition (7-25-18)
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Live from Kansas City! Trump uses his favorite medium, Twitter, to threaten nuclear war with Iran after a fiery speech by Iran's president. Dennis Rodman gets a +1 to North Korea and really wants to invite Kanye West to come along with him, because reasons. Alex Jones threatens to murder Robert Mueller live on the air among other atrocities Infowars recently committed. We have new Profiles In #Civility which includes a CVS pharmacist denying a transgender woman her hormone medication, while Mike Cernovich gets James Gunn fired from Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 over his favorite subject - pedophilia. After the Trump promoting supermarket tabloid is caught in a massive scandal, we ask how the National Enquirer Is Still A Thing. Our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, takes a look at the Honey Smacks recall and discusses death by breakfast cereal. In our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10, our resident pastor is in crisis mode as he attempts to explain how the religious right is going to erode your rights. We have a new installment of "Beating A Dead Horse" which discusses something called "Trump Derangement Syndrome". The latest edition of "People Are Dumb" includes an insane excuse for drinking and driving, a Florida tourist getting stabbed by an armless man, a guy who takes Planet Fitness' "judgement free zone" policy way too literally, a guy getting trapped in an escape room, and a stabbing during a screening of "The First Purge". Finally the next installment of our ongoing series "Deep State Diaries" discusses how our food and drugs are handled as we look at the FDA!
Live Musical Guest: AWOLNATION

Edition #5-7: Yachty McYachtface Goes On A 3 Hour Tour Edition (8/1/18)
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Live From St. Louis! In a country where there's more guns than people, the NRA is intervening in a stunningly evil plot to allow people to make their own untraceable, undetectable, 3-D printed guns at home and we tell you the dangers of using these weapons. A group of thieves and vandals set one of Betsy DeVos' $40 million yachts afloat in Lake Huron and it causes mere pennies in damage. Jeff Sessions is under fire for giving a talk at a high school and laughing at colleges and "snowflake culture". We have more profiles in #Civility which includes a ton of stories of white people calling the cops on black people. After getting destroyed a second time, we ask how Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame is still a thing. In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates", we investigate the Looksmax movement - it's an offshoot of the Incel movement with an added bonus of self superiority. In our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor examines the dangers of state sanctioned religion in Jeff Sessions' proposed Religious Liberty Task Force. We have a new edition of "Explaining Jokes To Idiots" where we examine the outrage machine's latest tirade surrounding the Netflix series "Insatiable" - is it a quirky revenge comedy or insufferable fat shaming? You be the judge! In the latest installment of "I Need A Drink", we get drunk and tell you about the guy who took the McDonalds Monopoly game for millions of dollars. And the latest installment of Deep State Diaries takes a look at the inner workings of the food industry with the USDA!
Live Musical Guest: Social Distortion

Edition #5-8: Wheel Of Corruption & The Order Of The Phoenix Edition (8/8/18)
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Live from New York City! The conspiracy theory known as "Q Anon" comes out of the tin foil hat closet and 4chan basement and has hit mainstream media big time. We present a Tale Of Two Rallies. The first is the upcoming rally in Washington DC spearheaded by the same guys who brought you last year's Unite The Right rally, only this one promises to be bigger and bloodier, and some won't have any of it. The second is a takeover of downtown Portland by white supremacists that turned into the usual shit show that we should come to expect at this point. Alex Jones has his worst week ever when he whines about a possible Spotify boycott and gets banned from Facebook. After Trump's latest insane 3:00 AM toilet tweet storm we decide to do some fact checking into his wildly absurd claims. In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates", we're going to take a look at the funeral industry and specifically an extremely disturbing new funeral trend called "Extreme embalming". And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to explore the religious angle of the conspiracy theory known as Q. We ask how the extremely controversial, once failed Tim Allen sitcom "Last Man Standing" is still a thing. We have a new installment of "People Are Dumb", which includes an alligator tossing incident, a guy throwing poop into a 7-11, a man who left food in his expensive sports car that turned into bear bait, and a white Michigan police officer who told people he was part black. And the latest installment of our ongoing series "Deep State Diaries" is going to take a look at the surveillance side of government as we explore the NSA!
Live Musical Guest: Blackberry Smoke

**Top 10 takes a week vacation**

Edition #5-9: Space Nazis: Coast To Coast Edition (8/22/18)
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Live From Detroit! Mueller drops the big one as Trump's campaign manager and head attorney both turn on him and are probably going to prison for a very long time. Meanwhile, in West Virginia, Trump holds a MAGA rah rah campaign rally and goes way off the rails while openly discussing his plan to destroy the environment involving clean coal. The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, has passed away and conservatives including Trump show just how much they care when they attempt to pay their R-E-S-PECTs. We talk about the latest developments happening with the creation of Space Force, the 6th branch of the US military. We have a new installment of Profiles In #Civility and we have a game of Bingo that you can play along with at home as we discuss the latest ways white people have called the cops on black people. In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we're going to take a look at the city of San Francisco. The wealthiest city in the country apparently has a massive poop problem that they need to deal with, and are doing so very poorly. In our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is becoming increasingly alarmed that his fellow religious zealots might be turning on each other. We profile insane ultra far right Christian conspiracy theorists Lance Wallnau and Rick Wiles in a new installment of "This Fucking Guy". We have a new installment of our favorite segment "People Are Dumb" which includes a Florida woman stripping naked, a guy who stole booze and left a bag of marijuana, a guy getting arrested for DUI twice in one day, and a Florida man performing a striptease in a Japanese steakhouse. And the next installment of our ongoing series "Deep State Diaries" is going to take you deep inside our legal system as we explore the DOJ!
Live Musical Guest: Rebelution

Edition #5-10: Rabbit Rewards Program Edition (8/29/18)
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Live From The Twin Cities Podcast Festival In Minneapolis! John McCain has passed away. We delve into the (mostly) insensitive comments about his life and legacy coming from the conservative right. We also talk in great detail about Trump's refusal to fly flags at half mast until he was actually told to do so, and the insane reason behind his decision not to attend McCain's forthcoming funeral. Meanwhile, Trump's administration is about to be brought down by a stripper named Stormy and a sleazy tabloid journalist named Pecker. Betsy DeVos wants to throw more guns at a gun problem while the NRA comes up with some truly asinine solutions to stop the latest mass shootings after one happened at a gaming tournament in Florida. After getting smacked down by a judge, we delve into the insane spending habits of California Rep. Duncan Hunter. Rudy Giuliani needs a good, solid dose of STFU. In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we delve into the claims made by white nationalists about South Africa after Trump retweets Tucker Carlson. What's really going on there? And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is furious at Liberty University for silencing their school newspaper. We also have a new edition of "I Need A Drink" in which we're going to get drunk and tell you about the biggest Tinder dating hoax of all time! Yes, that's a thing that happened! And we end this week with another edition of our ongoing series "Deep State Diaries" and this week we're going to take a look at the auto industry and the Department Of Motor Vehicles! Do your best Patty & Selma impression here.
Live Musical Guest: Bishop Briggs

**Top 10 was forced to cancel and replaced with a guy with a talking puppet**

Edition #5-11: Pumped Up Fists Edition (9/12/18)
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Live from San Jose! Trump is currently running the greatest shit show on the planet earth when he nominates an extremely controversial professional Clinton hater to SCOTUS and the backlash that follows is incredible. New books are coming out that might show that Trump is the absolute worst boss of all time. Meanwhile, after nearly getting into an actual fist fight with Alex Jones outside of the hearings, we add Florida senator Marco Rubio to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. Roy Moore sues Sascha Baron Cohen over his appearance on the show "Who Is America" for an absolutely absurd amount of money. In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates" we're going to take a look at a growing beef between Tesla founder Elon Musk and the heroes from the Thai cave rescue a few months ago and find out what's really going on between them. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10, our resident pastor is growing increasingly concerned about his fellow zealots' support for the Dark One's SCOTUS pick. We have a new edition of "Beating A Dead Horse" which is examining the beef between Trump fans and Nike over their selection of Colin Kaepernick to be the new face of their "Just Do It" ad campaign. Also we have a new segment debuting called "We're All Gonna Die" in which we're discussing how a sold out A380 flying from Dubai to JFK got quarantined. And Vanilla Ice may or may not have been on said flight. We also have a new edition of People Are Dumb, because, well, people are dumb. And the latest installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries takes a look at our government's creative side as we explore the National Endowment For The Arts!
Live Musical Guest: Coheed & Cambria

Edition #5-12: Rave Un 2 The Debt Fantastic Edition (9/19/18)
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Live from Oxnard! We delve into the crimes of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and probe the mystery of what happened to his outrageous debt that he racked up buying Washington Nationals tickets. He's also been accused of sexual harassment and assault, and his accuser is afraid to come forward after being doxxed and receiving death threats. Donald Trump gets to test out the "warning" part of the W.A.R.N. act and send out an emergency alert to everyone's cell phone, and we predict what those alerts are going to be like. Meanwhile, Stormy Daniels' latest disturbing revelation ruins our collective childhood more than George Lucas ever would or could. In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates", we challenge Trumps' wild accusations and falsehoods about the death toll from Hurricane Irma (which are false) and we've apparently learned nothing to prevent the next one. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to challenge Pat Robertson's claims that he can pray away the hurricane. We add "Putin's Favorite Congressman" - Orange County representative Dana Rohrabacher to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. After the latest allegations from his wife Soon Yi Previn, we ask how Woody Allen's career is still a thing. And in "I Need A Drink", we delve into the mystery of why our good friend Post Malone has had a recent string of bad luck - because - wait for it - he's cursed! Finally we end with the latest installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries with our first visit to the Pentagon as we check out the US Navy!
Live Musical Guest: Gorillaz

Edition #5-13: Wheel Of Corruption & The Half Blood Prince Edition (9/26/18)
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Live from Hollywood! More accusers are coming forward against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and we detail all the horrifying allegations against him and see if we can locate our high school schedules. Trump's golf habits are getting him into some major trouble while a new book detailing his habit of cheating at the sport is going to bite him in the ass hard. We introduce you to Washington, DC based sandwich chain Taylor Gourmet, which gets Trump's signature "Art Of The Deal" treatment (read: they went out of business). Paypal delivers what may be the final blow to Alex Jones and his Infowars empire. In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, after a recent series of horrifying electronic data breaches, targeting some of the internet's biggest retailers, we are going to ask the question - "is your purchase history safe?" (spoiler alert! No.). And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to go over his list of the wackiest things said by evangelicals at the annual Values Voters Summit. We have a new edition of "Explaining Jokes To Idiots" in which we school the outrage machine about what constitutes as an inappropriate Halloween costume or not. And after Youtube announced that it was cracking down on hate content, one Neo Nazi channel remains unscathed and allowed to monetize, and we're going to ask the question - "Red Ice Media - How Is This Still A Thing?". We have a new edition of People Are Dumb, because, of course People Are Dumb. Finally this week we've got the next installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries and we're continuing to explore the Pentagon as we check out the United States Coast Guard!
Live Musical Guest: Jack White

Edition #5-14: Blurred Crimes Edition (10/3/18)
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Live from Hollywood! Trump stoops to an all time new low of insulting a sexual assault victim during the latest MAGA rally and well, it doesn't end well for him. We delve into more insanity surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's "Blurred Crimes" and well, the more you peel back the layers, the more it stinks. Meanwhile, Trump Jr. needs "#MeToo" explained to him after an interview where he says he is more concerned about his son's safety than his daughter's safety. We add South Carolina's fire and brimstone senator Lindsay Graham to the growing list of "People Who Somehow Got Elected". Kanye West is the musical guest on SNL and wears a MAGA hat and gives a lecture on "getting along" before going off the rails. In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates" we explore the pending bankruptcy of Sears, Roebuck and Co, and whether or not we can prevent another Toys R Us. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10, our resident pastor is going to preview the Liberty University created documentary movie called "The Trump Prophecy" featuring Christian conspiracy theorist and "Firefighter Prophet" Mark Taylor. We profile Trump's resident pastor and guy who is hellbent on turning the White House into a church - Robert Jeffress. We also have a new edition of "I Need A Drink" in which we get drunk and tell you about an ugly incident which involved Lindsay Lohan, and we will definitely need a few drinks to tell you about this one. And the next installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries will take us above and beyond as we explore the US Air Force!
Live Musical Guest: The National

Edition #5-15: All About That Kav (No Pedo) Edition (10/10/18)
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Live from Lexington, KY! Unfortunately, the republicans screamed like spoiled children and got Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to SCOTUS whether we wanted it or not, and we have all the details. Trump goes full MAGA conspiracy theory when talking about Kavanaugh's protestors. We add Maine senator Susan Collins to the ever growing list of "People Who Somehow Got Elected". Another shake up in the Trump administration means another edition of the Trumper Games! This time the casualty is Tribute Hayley from the 5th District and we will tell you all about the details of her stunning departure from the games! In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we tell you about a controversial new plastic surgery procedure that can give you a nice butt, but also can possibly kill you! And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to tell you about some of the crazier conspiracy theories coming from the religious right in regards to Kavanaugh. There's also a new edition of "Beating A Dead Horse" in which Taylor Swift came out swinging against Tennessee republicans - and lost her popularity among her Neo Nazi fanbase. We also have a brand new feature to debut for you called "What's Up With India?" in which we are going to find out how crazy the former subcontinent is, and how it has the potential to kill us all! There's also a new People Are Dumb which includes a gender reveal party gone horribly wrong, a robot brothel getting shut down in Houston, a homecoming queen candidate bribing voters with pot brownies, a Florida convenience store being used for an unfortunate reason, and a guy overdosing on generic Viagra with some unusual results! Finally the next installment of our ongoing series is going to continue our military tour as we check out the unsung heroes of the military - the US Coast Guard!
Live Musical Guest: Umphrey's McGee

Edition #5-16: The College Dropout Edition (10/17/18)
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Live from Boston! While Florida drowns, Kanye West, fresh off his recent stint berating the SNL audience, does a 10 minute unhinged, expletive filled rant from the Oval Office. Meanwhile, Trump goes around doing MAGA rally after MAGA rally while ignoring the catastrophes in Florida and Virginia. Melania Trump goes to Africa to promote her bizarre anti-bullying campaign "Be Best" while making some unsubstantiated claims. Back at home, Trump's BFF Alex Jones may be finding Infowars on its' last legs, but it's entirely possible that someone is keeping him afloat, but who? In our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates" we're going to take a look at the new record for the world's longest flight - SQ22, which flies from Singapore to Newark, and what it's like to fly for 17 hours straight. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to go over one of the Christian right's favorite topics - the apocalypse! And some of the crazier things being said this week. Plus we are going to ask how the controversial Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilan is still a thing. And we are also going to ask "What's Up With Brazil" because while you weren't looking, Putin is about to flip another country toward racism and white supremacism and it's no bueno. And in "I Need A Drink" - we're not at all surprised that Kanye's passcode for his iPhone is 000000, but apparently there's more to it than you would think! And the latest installment of our ongoing series "Deep State Diaries" is going to finish off our tour of the Pentagon and take a look at the few, the proud, the US Marine Corps!
Live Musical Guest: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Edition #5-17: Lock, Stock, And Two Smirking Grins Edition (10/24/18)
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Live from Philadelphia! The cloud brewing over the disappearance and murder of Washington Post editor Jamal Khashoogi has turned into a category 5 shit storm. Mike Pompeo makes his first diplomatic trip as head of the CIA and it only raises more questions than answers. Back at home, Trump has been watching way too much Fox News for his own good and thinks that war with Mexico may be the only way out of the "border crisis". There's also been new developments in what really went on in that Trump tower meeting. Sheriff Joe sues the New York Times for slander for an insane amount of money after the NYT makes some very unflattering comments about him. In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we're going to lighten things up and talk some football - after extremely sagging attendance numbers and a laughable regular season record, was the NFL's Chargers move to LA worth it? We shall find out! And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to do a deep dive into the alt right Christian fight club known as Patriot Prayer. We profile Proud Boys founder and guy who literally thinks that violence is the answer to everything, Gavin McInnes, in a new edition of "This Fucking Guy". We have a new edition of "What's Up With India?" because India has one of the largest populations on earth and so much crazy news coming out of the country. We also have a new edition of People Are Dumb, which includes a man mistaking the exit door on the airplane for a toilet, a woman bringing her emotional support squirrel on a plane, and a guy doing his best imitation of Trump's behavior toward women on a plane. And the next installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries is going to take a look at the one, the only FBI!
Live Musical Guest: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Edition #5-18: Wheel Of Corruption & The Half Blood Prince Part I Edition (10/31/18)
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Live from Nashville! We introduce a new feature called "What's Up With Brazil" and show you what you can expect from Brazil's new ultra far right president and Trump / Putin stooge Jair Bolsonaro. Trump's violent rhetoric causes a lone Florida Man living out of a van to send suspicious packages to literally every democratic politician and celebrity on Trump's "enemies list" and he might be the stupidest criminal alive. It's also revealed that China and Russia have been suggesting that they are listening to calls made on Trump's personal, unsecured iPhone. After NBC's Megyn Kelly gets fired over a controversy involving Halloween costumes and the use of Blackface, we ask "Blackface: How Is This Still A Thing?". In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we're going to investigate tactics of voter intimidation a week before the midterm elections. In our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to show you which way God is voting in the midterms and well, they're not helping their arguments. "Beating A Dead Horse" discusses the right's overuse of the false flag conspiracy and how they are quick and very easily predictable they are to bring that out nearly every single tragedy or near-tragedy that happens. rWe also have a new edition of "This Fucking Guy" and this week we're profiling the co-host and co-conspirator of Infowars, Rodney Howard Brown. We also have a new People Are Dumb, which includes a guy trying to kill spiders with a blowtorch, a Belgian crook returning to the scene of the crime, a guy who shot himself, and a pair of Florida Man stories. And the next installment of Deep State Diaries is going to check out the body that monitors our elections, the FEC!
Live Musical Guest: Marilyn Manson

Edition #5-19: The Blue Wave Begins Edition (11/7/18)
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Live from Orlando! The election rumors are true and a blue wave has begin to clear the red poison out of the swamp as the democrats take the house and end Trump's one party rule. Meanwhile, on the campaign trail, Sean Hannity does a huge flip flop and pulls a colossal dick move and appears at a Trump rally after telling his superiors at Fox News that he wasn't going to. We delve into the colossal, stunningly failed plot by two Trump fans - Jacob Wohl and Jack Berkman - to take down Robert Mueller, and their company Surefire Intelligence, was exposed as a fraud - and not to mention it has all the makings of a great Wes Anderson flick, or a marginal Coen Bros flick. Trump's extremely racist ad blaming the democrats for allowing a cop killer to walk free was exposed as bullshit, and deemed too racist for his favorite network, Fox News. In our weekly investigative piece, "Top 10 Investigates", we take a look at the deal that would bring the controversial Foxconn to Wisconsin, but workers looking to get a slice of that pie might be getting a lump of coal instead. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to show you what GAWD's plan for America is going to look like because the religious right says so. "Beating A Dead Horse" explains why Trump and his most hardcore fans are always quick to blame George Soros for everything as we look at a new phenomenon "Soros Derangement Syndrome". After some major controversies involving the WWE and Saudi Arabia, we ask how the WWE's Crown Jewel event is still a thing. And we debut our new segment "Ah, It Ain't So Bad" in which we take random, free floating news stories and attempt to look for the silver lining in them. Finally the next segment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries is going to take a look at the Department Of Defense!
Live Musical Guest: Tenacious D

Edition #5-20: Diary Of A Wimpy Trump: Old School Edition (11/14/18)
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Live from the Colorado Podcast Festival in Denver! Another shakeup in the Trump administration means that another tribute is eliminated and this time it's a big one as Tribute Sessions from the 4th district is eliminated by the president himself in a shocking upset for the Trumper Games! And if you think Sessions was bad, wait until you meet his replacement Matt Whittaker - and whew, that guy is a piece of work, and you ain't seen nothing yet! Meanwhile, Trump goes to France and it is basically one disaster after another until he meets his boss Putin, and just like the kid getting sent to the principal's office, Trump once again takes a "talking to" from Putin. Another week, another mass shooting, this time in Thousand Oaks, California, at a bar hosting a College Country Night, and the NRA's stunning war against gun research will have you cringing. In our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates, we take a look at California's controversial Prop 8 that would impose regulations on dialysis clinics - particularly DaVita - and what that means for the future of health care. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor doesn't like to gloat but he will at the downfall of a hero of the Christian right - Kentucky's Kim Davis. We have a new edition of "Beating A Dead Horse" - libraries across the country are introducing the concept of gender fluidity to children by having a "drag queen story hour", which prompts the sheer hatred of their Christian conservative parents. Is it the worst thing in the world? We will find out! We profile Florida's newly elected governor Ron DeSantis (R-Nazi) in our growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. We also have a new edition of People Are Dumb, because, hey, People Are Dumb! And the next installment of our ongoing series that explains how government works to Trump loving conspiracy theorists, Deep State Diaries, is going to take a look at the FAA!
Live Musical Guest: Nathaniel Raetliff & The Night Sweats

Best Of #6: Thanksgiving Edition (11/21/18)
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Best Of! From Idiots #5-8, we take a look at what happens when a conspiracy theory as insane as Qanon comes out of the conspiracy theory basement. From Idiots #5-6, Dennis Rodman gets a rare +1 to North Korea and wants to invite everyone's favorite insane unhinged rapper Kanye West along for a Pyongyang road trip. From Idiots #5-19, the hilariously failed attempt to oust Robert Mueller by Trump superfans Jacob Wohl and Jack Berkman was all the makings of a great Wes Anderson flick or a marginal Coen Bros flick. From Idiots #5-12, if you're a 90s kid, Stormy Daniels has forever ruined your childhood by making an absolutely insane video game reference in regards to Trump's manhood. From Idiots #5-11, our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates takes a look at a growing feud between Tesla founder Elon Musk and those heroes who rescued those children from a cave in Thailand. From Idiots #5-14, for our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor takes a look at an absolutely insane new documentary from Liberty University - and dares to break his one rule. From Idiots #5-13, since it's Halloween time and it didn't take long for a tasteless costume to be pulled from the shelves, "Beating A Dead Horse" examines the appeal of sexy Halloween costumes. From Idiots #5-9, "This Fucking Guy" takes a look at dueling Christian conspiracy theorists Lance Wallnau and Rick Wiles. From Idiots #5-16, is "I Need A Drink" where we're not at all surprised that Kanye West's iPhone passcode is 000000, but what happens when you make that knowledge public? It could be a cyber security nightmare for both him and you, but more you. That's when we need a drink. And finally from Idiots #5-10, our ongoing series that explains government functionality to conspiracy theorists, Deep State Diaries, takes a look at the government agency everyone loves to hate - the DMV! Do your best Patty & Selma impression here.
Musical Guest: AWOLNATION

Edition #5-21: Wheel Of Corruption & The Half Blood Prince Pt 2 (11/28/18)
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Live from Tempe! Trump delves into Hitler territory and starts lobbing teargas at migrants who attempt to come across the US - Mexican border in Tijuana. Trump also decides that the lives of journalists don't matter and begins to court his dangerous new Saudi Arabia First policy, because, deal. The alt-right fight club known as the Proud Boys is imploding after members got indicted for a brew ha ha in Brooklyn and Gavin McInnes decides to jump ship before he goes down as well. We are going to talk about the latest climate change study that is going to be bringing grim, apocalyptic news in a new segment of "We're All Gonna Die". In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we're going to take a look at an alarming chicken pox outbreak in a North Carolina anti-vaccination stronghold and find out where the propaganda is coming from. In our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to ask the burning question on everyone's minds - "Is CNN Satanic?". We debut a new segment simply called "NO!" about a high school in Wisconsin where the senior male class gave a Nazi salute. NO!!! "Beating A Dead Horse" explores a controversy at last week's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and shows what happens when the Christian right takes things too far, like they do. We have a special Thanksgiving edition of People Are Dumb, which includes a Florida woman taking her meth to get it tested, a Chinese teenager experimenting with USB ports, Russia revisiting an old conspiracy theory, and a German teenager who lost his driver's license after 40 minutes. And the next edition of our ongoing series that explains how government works to Trump loving conservatives, Deep State Diaries, takes a look at the US Census Bureau.
Live Musical Guest: Mike Shinoda

Edition #5-22: The Art Of The Squeal Edition (12/5/18) THIRD YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
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Live from Hollywood! Things get juicy in the Trump / Russian collusion case as it starts to heat up with Paul Manafort's guilty plea while Michael Cohen perfects the art of the squeal. The right's insane Qanon theory gets real as an actual corrupt underground pedophile ring is revealed - only it involves Trump's BFFs Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Epstein! We add Mississippi's new senator Cindy Hyde Smith to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. In alt right news - firebrand and professional democrat hater Laura Loomer has an epic meltdown in front of Twitter headquarters, while it's revealed that Milo might be going broke and Gavin McInnes got denied entry into Australia. In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we take a look at a new, 21st centruy problem of video game addiction and take you inside the world of electronic rehab. In our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to tell you about some bizarre things that the Christian right has been up to lately including praying for the midterms. In another edition of "NO!!!", we take a look at Melania Trump's complete lack of taste for the annual White House Christmas decorations, which make it look like a scene from American Horror Story or Dexter. We ask how South Carolina's repeated attempts to secede from the union are still a thing. We have a new segment of "I Need A Drink" which celebrates the 3rd anniversary of the Top 10. Plus our next installment of explaining how government works to Trump loving conspiracy theorists, Deep State Diaries, is going deep in America's intelligence community as we hang out with the CIA!
Live Musical Guest: Nine Inch Nails

Edition #5-23: Anarchy In The UK For Real! Edition (12/12/18)
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Live From London! We attempt to untangle the latest developments in the extremely tangled and complicated web known as the Brexit vote - and there might actually be a way out of this mess but even then that's an uncertain possibility. Meanwhile British journalists are having some fun coming up with a number of some post Brexit scenarios. Back at home, we take a look at what went down during the funeral of the late President George H.W. Bush and there's a lot to unpack including Trump presenting himself as a "godly man" backfired big time. Conservatives also rail against social media conglomerates including Google, Facebook and Youtube, and won't let go of a theory that those sites are biased against them. In our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we're going to revisit a previously discussed subject - cell phone spying, which was made even worse after the CEO of Huawei got arrested in Canada on grounds of espionage. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 - it's the start of Hanukkah, but that hasn't prevented or deterred a group of hardcore fundamentalist Christians from holding a Bible conference at Washington DC's new Hobby Lobby sponsored Bible Museum. We have a new edition of "Beating A Dead Horse" and we're going to examine the growing furor over the holiday favorite "Baby It's Cold Outside" - is it finally time to retire the holiday favorite or are there other songs that need to be retired before that? We have a special British edition of People Are Dumb, because even in the UK, people are dumb! And finally the next round of our ongoing series that explains how government works to conspiracy theorists, Deep State Diaries, is going to explore a very British branch of the government - MI:6! That's James Bond's employers, don't you know?
Live Musical Guest: Slash Feat. Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Edition #5-24: 2018 Year In Review Edition (12/19/18) SEASON FINALE!
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Live from Hollywood! In our 5th season finale, we devote nearly the entire edition to recapping the insane year that was 2018. January and February saw Trump at his most frothing at the mouth crazy with shithole countries, stable geniuses, Sean Hannity's epic fail and more. March and April saw one of the worst school mass shootings since Columbine and the aftermath that unfolded with Trump golfing and Alex Jones calling the survivors crisis actors, and the governor and lieutenant governor of Texas making some astonishingly stupid solutions to ending mass shootings. May and June saw Trump attempting to turn around the dialogue on gun control and nearly bringing the world to the brink of Armageddon by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem to please end times conspiracy theorists. July and August introduced us to Space Force (and Space Nazis), Duncan Hunter getting busted by the feds for insane campaign spending, and lots and lots of stories of white people calling the cops on black people. September and October introduced us to Brett Kavanaugh and the concept of "boofing" while the horrifying state sanctioned torture and murder of Washington Post editor Jamal Khashoogi unfolded. November and December saw Trump getting his ass handed to him in the midterms, California under fire, and the death of the 41st president, George H.W. Bush. We have a new edition of "Explaining Jokes To Idiots" - yes the guy who we currently call president literally has no sense of humor about himself, as evidenced by the way he attacked Saturday Night Live. In our last visit of 2018 to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to tell you his favorite musings from the Christian right in 2018. We have a special year end edition of People Are Dumb which points out some of our favorite ways people were dumb in 2018 and quite possibly the People Are Dumb stupid person of the century award. And the final Deep State Diaries of 2018 is going to explore the organization that everyone loves to hate, the IRS! Yes, we came all this way just to make an IRS joke!
Live Musical Guest: 30 Seconds To Mars

Best Of #7 - New Year's Edition (1/2/19)
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Best Of! From Idiots #5-20, we revisit the Trumper Games and it's a huge one as the President simply eliminates Tribute Sessions himself! From Idiots #5-9, after music legend Aretha Franklin passed away, conservatives desperately tried to pay their respects and well, they failed miserably. From Idiots #5-16, while Infowars is tanking everywhere after Alex Jones got banned from social media, someone is still keeping Infowars alive, but who? From Idiots #5-10, after yet another mass shooting at a gaming tournament in Florida, the NRA comes up with some extremely asinine solutions to stop the madness. From Idiots #5-8, Top 10 Investigates takes a look at an extremely disturbing trend in the funeral industry called "extreme embalming". From Idiots #5-17, our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor does a deep dive into a Christian fundamentalist hate group known as Patriot Prayer. We also debut a lost entry held over from Idiots #5-24 in which Beating A Dead Horse takes a look at the growing phenomenon of people having sex with robots, and people, don't do it! From Idiots #5-13, we ask how the neo Nazi Youtube channel Red Ice is still a thing. From Idiots #5-18, People Are Dumb takes a look at some really stupid people including a Fresno man who decided to kill spiders with a blowtorch. And from Idiots #5-12, our ongoing series about how government works, "Deep State Diaries" hangs out with the United States Navy!
Musical Guest: Gorillaz
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Preview For This Week's Top 10 Conservative Idiots

On Memorial Day, Kat Kerr, a “prophetess” who claims that God brought her up to heaven before the 2016 election and told her that Donald Trump would be elected president, posted a video on her Facebook page in which she “took authority” over Subtropical Storm Alberto and Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, ordering them both to cease causing any damage.

At the time, Alberto was heading toward the southern United States and Kerr used her “weather warrior staff” to declare that the storm would dissipate and not cause any flooding, damage, or deaths.

“I, as a believer of Jesus Christ, I take authority over that storm,” Kerry declared. “I say to you storm, ‘You will diminish.'”

“You are going to hear reports of it being downgraded because it has to obey us,” she guaranteed. “Somebody sent me a message saying, ‘Who do you think you are, Jesus Christ? You think you can command the weather?’ And I went, ‘Absolutely, yes! I’m a joint heir. Are you kidding? He took authority over the weather and we are supposed to be doing the same.'”

“You will not do destruction to your country,” Kerr told the storm. “You will not bring flooding rains. We command the rain to cease.”

The storm did not obey Kerr’s commands.

Kerr also commanded the volcano that has been erupting on Hawaii’s largest island for over a month now to stop flowing.

“We have authority over volcanoes,” she said. “We can even tell them to stop. Christ stopped the storm. So while we’re taking power and authority over the devil controlling that volcano—people are going to be laughing about this, I totally ignore them. Just ignore them. They don’t know what they’re saying and they don’t even know what’s going on. They don’t understand spirit realm authority. They don’t understand that Jesus made us joint heirs, but I do.”

“So I take authority over that volcano,” Kerr declared. “I command it to cease exploding, shooting out the lava, that the pressure be released but without any destruction to people. I command that lava, you will stop flowing and you will crystallize before you touch any more people or their property.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/prophetess-kat-kerr-took-authority-over-a-storm-and-a-volcano-to-no-avail/




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This week on the Top 10 - we unveil our new set and the new look Top 10! Well it's really the old look Top 10 but with a fancy new coffee cup. Plus we catch up on stuff we missed, play a game of Scott Pruitt's Wheel O' Scandals, tell you about a pair of epic Trump fails, profile Rudy Guiliani in "This Fucking Guy", and recap the Christian right's Road To Majority Conference. Plus in our weekly investigative piece "Top 10 Investigates" we're going to take a look at a possible worker's strike facing the Las Vegas Strip. And in our weekly sermon of all things holy in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to beg his congregation for contributions for a new preaching machine! Because frequent flyer miles are for godless heathens. And we've got a new installment of People Are Dumb because people are dumb. Finally we've got a new segment I can't wait to debut where we tour, explore and explain the Deep State called "Deep State Diaries". And our first part of this new 24 part series is going to take a look at the FBI. Plus we've got some live music for you from Judas Priest!

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