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

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

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

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

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

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

*audience laughs and applauds*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[font size="8"]Brett Kavanaugh
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Hey everybody! It’s time for the WHEEL OF CORRUPTION! YAY!!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Equally predictable has been the defenses related to Kavanaugh’s youth and level of intoxication at the time of the alleged incidents. There seems to be the unfortunate belief among Kavanaugh's defenders that “boys will be boys” and should not be held responsible for their youthful "indiscretions" or crimes.

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

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

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

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

“We are the warriors that God has alerted and God has called us to stand in the gap for [Kavanaugh],” Fischer said. “Evil is pouring through this gap, targeted at Brett Kavanaugh; we’re there to stand in the gap and provide a wall of protection in the spirit for the demonic forces that are coming after him.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[font size="8"]Donald Trump
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Let’s spin it to win it! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop! Clip without context!

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

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

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

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

"It is unconscionable that public access to this important stretch of the Potomac, which serves as a training ground for generations of paddlers, is cast into doubt so the President can play golf at his whim," said Canoe Cruisers Association Chairman Barbara Brown said in a statement. "The Administration needs to listen to the hundreds of river users who opposed this rule, and establish with certainty a reasonable outcome that maintains access to this treasured natural resource while addressing the legitimate security considerations for the President."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reached for comment about Trump’s Turnberry stay, George A. Sorial, the Trump Organization’s executive vice president and chief compliance counsel, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE at the time that the Trump Organization didn’t profit from the stay.

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

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

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

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

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

Reilly has written numerous books, including a handful about golf, such as 2003's Who's Your Caddy, where he details a round in which he caddied for Trump.

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[font size="8"]Alex Jones
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Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy stop! And it’s another clip without context!

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

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

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

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

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

An article published by Infowars labeled the move a "political ploy" ahead of the midterm elections.

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

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

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

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

Jones rambled about trans cyborg conspiracies and other standard InfoWars fare before getting to his interview with Ver, in which Ver said that organized trolling campaigns are being organized against Bitcoin Cash. Jones said he could relate.

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

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

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

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

Having learned of the impending ban, supporters of Infowars began urging the site to accept cryptocurrency such as bitcoin.

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

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

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

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

In the three weeks before the Aug. 6 bans, Infowars had a daily average of nearly 1.4 million visits to its website and views of videos posted by its main YouTube and Facebook pages, according to a New York Times analysis of data from the web data firms Tubular Labs and SimilarWeb. In the three weeks afterward, its audience fell by roughly half, to about 715,000 site visits and video views, according to the analysis.

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

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

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

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

Update: There’s one Taylor Gourmet shop that’s still open (at the moment) but diners will need a boarding pass to get there. The location at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is serving subs and answering the phones right now.

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

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

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

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

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

“Our sales dropped 40 percent the next day,” says one source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “And it persisted and never really got any better.”

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

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

A spokesperson confirmed the DC area closures after Sunday, Sept. 23 to Washingtonian. Taylor Gourmet's two remaining locations in Chicago close Friday, Sept. 21.

Owner Casey Patten told the Washington Business Journal last week that a few locations could close to focus on smaller-format stores. He cited the changing fast-casual dining industry and competition increasing real estate costs.

But sources also told Washingtonian sales began to suffer when Patten took part in a small business roundtable with President Trump last January. He had been in a similar roundtable with former President Obama in 2012.


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[font size="8"]Top 10 Investigates: Is Your Purchase History Safe?
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Let’s spin it to win it! And it lands on… Woohoo! I win 15,000. Of something. What that 15,000 is, we’re still not clear about. Let’s spin it again! Top 10 Investigates! It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!

While you weren’t looking, your purchase history may have been stolen and sold on the black market by hackers and data thieves. Their target? Only some of the world’s biggest tech vendors like Newegg and Amazon. But to start with, they hacked a Canadian based former tech giant that recently ceased all operations. They’re called Netlink Computer (NCIX), they were based in Richmond, British Columbia and they had operations in California as well. And yes, this story is absolutely insane.

What happens to sensitive customer data when a large company that has collected it over many years suddenly goes bust?

It’s easy to assume that databases are wiped by diligent IT staff just before they turn off the lights and close the door for the last time. At the very least that data should have been encrypted.

It has now emerged that something entirely different and more troubling took place when Canadian computer and electronics retailer Netlink Computer Inc (NCIX) declared bankruptcy in December 2017.

According to Privacy Fly researcher Travis Doering, the company simply abandoned much of its equipment in a hurry, which he discovered when it was offered for sale on Craigslist this August.

After arranging a meeting with the seller to examine the hardware, it turned out to comprise 20 Dell PowerEdge and Supermicro servers, 300 desktop PCs, 109 hard drives, and another 400-500 drives that had been inside NCIX desktops or sent to it for repair.

Well there’s no kidding here. And this is an egregious example of what happens when companies don’t wipe their servers in the event that they go bust. If you’re not concerned yet, don’t go sounding the alarm, because really there’s no explaining this. Or why their servers wound up for sale on Craigslist with credit card numbers, serial numbers, and purchase history. Oh it’s about to get real.

A security researcher found data relating to 3,848,000 orders on one server

Servers and disk drives from dissolved computer company NCIX have been found for sale on US trading site Craigslist, with all customer, partner and employee data still recoverable.

Although it's unclear who's selling them, one seller said they were helping the landlord get rid of equipment left in their warehouse after the Canadian company went bust last year.

Bleeping Computer reported that security consultant Travis Doering decided to try and buy one of the servers to investigate into whether they were being sold with any data still on them. After seeing one for sale on Craigslist, he set about buying it and was successful.

The seller said he was offering an entire server farm on behalf of the landlord. He also had 300 desktop computers as well as the 18 DELL PowerEdge servers and two SuperMicro servers with StarWind iSCSI software.

Apparently, NCIX had failed to pay the property owner CAD150,000 in rent and so he was trying to recoup the costs by selling the equipment, without clearing it securely.

So this scandal is begging the question – how long should a company keep transaction data? And when should a company destroy their records? All of this is being unraveled with the NCIX data breach and it’s definitely one of the more insane things to happen to the internet. Especially since the company has gone long bust.

A security researcher has found customer and employee data belonging to one of Canada's biggest PC hardware retailers on servers put up for sale on Craigslist. The data, believed to go back as far as 15 years, belongs to NCIX, a PC retailer that filed for bankruptcy and closed shop in December 2017.

The massive privacy breach appears to have taken place after the retailer closed its stores last year and retired old servers and employee workstations.

It's unclear how these servers ended up advertised on Craigslist, but they did. Travis Doering of Privacy Fly discovered an ad for two servers in August.

During the course of a month, Doering met with the seller, an Asian man from Richmond, British Columbia, who introduced himself under the name of "Jeff."

Doering says he made it clear from the beginning that he was interested in acquiring data stored on these servers, put up for sale for CAD$1,500 (USD$1,150) each.

After several meetings, Doering says he discovered that the seller had access to many more NCIX servers and workstations then he initially advertised on Craigslist.

Jeff claimed to have gained access to NCIX's former hardware after the company failed to pay a CAD$150,000 (USD$115,000) bill for warehouse storage space and that he was helping the warehouse owner sell the equipment. None of this could be corroborated from any source.

Except that you might want to hold off on that one just yet. This is one of the more insane data breaches in the history of the internet. Servers with millions of credit card numbers and purchase history data don’t just wind up “missing” and then found on Craigslist. Or do they?

Privacy advocates are raising the alarm after data potentially belonging to thousands of Canadians allegedly made its way onto buy-and-sell website Craigslist.

The information was contained on servers and hard drives formerly owned by Vancouver-based computer retailer NCIX.

The company went bankrupt last December, and its inventory was auctioned off.

But while Able Auctions, which moved the hardware, said it believed it had all been wiped, a B.C. cybersecurity expert says otherwise.

Privacy Fly president Travis Doering said he was browsing Craigslist last month when he saw the server gear for sale.

But here’s the thing – if you’re going bankrupt – wipe your servers before you sell them because they could end up anywhere. Even on Craigslist and you don’t want your servers to end up on Craigslist, especially if they have decades of purchase history on them. And that will end really badly for you.

Canadian retailer NCIX filed for bankruptcy and closed 10 months ago. They were the premiere PC hardware retail store in Canada and even did a sizable business on the other side of the border. However, as Travis Doering of Privacy Fly found out, the company did not go quietly away without doing some damage to their customer’s security first.

Doering recounts meeting up with a Craigslist seller claiming to have NCIX’ Database servers for only $1500 CAD. This includes a Database Server from NCIX and a Database Reporting Server, allegedly legally obtained via Able Auctions. Prior to NCIX shutting down, their assets were sold off through this company.

Unwiped and Unencrypted

What is surprising however, is that after some probing, the seller divulged that the data on these servers were actually unwiped, and that he actually had three servers in his possession. Doering did his due diligence and followed up to verify. And sure enough, what he found was quite shocking.

Not only did the seller posses three unwiped servers from NCIX, he also had around “300 desktop computers from NCIX’s corporate offices and retails stores”. In fact, the seller turned out to have “18 DELL Poweredge servers, as well as at least two Supermicro server’s running StarWind iSCSI Software that NCIX had used to back up their hard disks.”

In addition, there where also the 109 hard drives which had been removed from servers before auction and one large pallet of 400-500 used hard drives from various manufacturers. Suggesting that he had direct access to these and not through the auction as the seller initially suggested.

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

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Let’s spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop! And hey it’s another clip without context!

Hey Liz, I hate to break it to you but conservatives *ARE* the degenerates here! I can guarantee that if Hillary were elected that we wouldn’t be having the discussion right now about whether or not Trump’s dick looks like a certain video game character! Thank you audience! Spin it again! Hey it’s time for Holy Shit!

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

My fair congregation, you know every year it is customary for my fellow religious zealots to gather and air out their grievances in a public venue. And every year of course we make fun of them for saying some of the most batshit crazy things possible. Hell, every week we do that! It’s kind of my job don’t you know!

In a somewhat unprecedented move, Vice President Mike Pence followed in President Donald Trump’s footsteps by attending the 2018 Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC. The annual evangelical event is spearheaded by anti-LGBTQ group Family Research Council (FRC).

According to the conference agenda, this year’s conference discussed “how gender ideology harms children.” Insert “conversion therapy” for “gender ideology.”

Human Rights Campaign Government Affairs Director David Stacy said, “Paul McHugh, Elizabeth Johnston and others peddling this sort of junk science are doing enormous harm to LGBTQ people and LGBTQ kids. The practice of ‘conversion therapy’ is abuse and can be life-threatening, which is why a growing number of states are banning it.”

Stacy added, “And the denigrating language they direct at LGBTQ people send a dangerous message – particularly to LGBTQ kids – about their equal dignity and worth.”

The Values Voters Summit is sponsored by the American Conservative Union, the NRA, and the FRC. The FRC has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

So if we extrapolate this, the Dark One – whose name shall not be named in my church – and his pasty faced sidekick are trying to dictate what is abuse, and abusers cannot do that. They’re just trying to change the language so they can continue to get away with human rights abuses. So, that said, can I get an amen? But that’s not what we’re here today to talk about! Now, that being said we are going to delving into some of the even crazier things said at the VVS this year! Like advocating for marriage equality is to spit in defiance at god’s face! Drama queen much?

The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios spoke at the Values Voter Summit this morning, where she expressed her disbelief that, in just 14 year, America went from realizing how desperately it needed God on 9/11 to shaking a “fist of defiance” in His face by striking down state bans on marriage equality in 2015.

Rios recounted how, just a few months after 9/11, she appeared on CNN in a debate with James Carville, who criticized Franklin Graham for declaring that Islam is “a very evil and wicked religion.” Rios said that when she told Carville that she agreed with Graham, Carville “just lost it” and “cursed G-D, right in my face.”

Within sixteen months of Carville “cursing God,” Rios said, the Supreme Court “made sodomy legal” with its Lawrence v. Texas ruling.

Oh but this isn’t even the most ridiculous thing that has even been said! Apparently America, under the Dark One, has ushered in a new golden age!

Speaking this morning at the annual Values Voter Summit, former Minnesota congresswoman and current “pastor to the United Nations” Michele Bachmann declared that God heard the prayers of conservative Christians in 2016 and, as a result, America has been living in “an unparalleled golden time” for two years under President Trump.

“Two years ago, I believe that the prayers that God’s people made to ask God for his provision were heard,” Bachmann said. “They were heard and granted and for two years, we have lived in an unparalleled golden time in the United States.”

“We are living in an unparalleled golden time,” she repeated. “We have a president who has made the most pro-life actions of any president ever. We have a president who has been the most pro-Israel president ever in the history of the United States of America. Our president has put the United States on a pathway of blessing … We have the most pro-religious liberty president in the history of the United States, ever!”

But here’s my favorite thing that was said. Did you know we are at war? Yes, my congregation, and I will say this in my best Samuel L. Jackson Avengers voice! We are at war!!!! I damn thee, Satan, do not let the DAYMON forces control us with their ungodly musings!! I damn you to hell I say!!!! Praise be unto the good LAWRD!!

Brigitte Gabriel, president of the anti-Muslim group ACT! for America, launched a fiery rant at today’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., during which she declared to the room of Religious Right activists: “We are at war.”

Gabriel has been promoting her recently released book and fundraising for her organization by boasting about her group’s ties to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who addressed Values Voters Summit today, and touting her group’s connections to the Trump administration. On its website, ACT for America states its mission as “keep[ing] America safe and secure.”

“America is being transformed before our very eyes. The flag that once flew on every street corner in the United States is now considered a hate symbol on college campuses. Athletes who used to stand up with tears of pride during the national anthem are now kneeling in protest,” Gabriel said, adding that this sentiment motivated her to write a book.

There you have it folks! They literally believe they are fighting a war right now! Hallelujah, and they are bringing DAYMONIC forces against us! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:

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Damn that freedom! Damn your so called constitution with their laws and checks and balances. Damn it to hell, I say! Spin it again! And it’s time for Explaining Jokes To Idiots!

Yes it’s the segment where we in the comedy profession have to explain jokes to idiots that they missed, because they’re idiots. Case in point: Halloween is a time for humor and practical jokes. And of course for hot women to make any Halloween costume look hot. Yes it’s the time of year when we take a look at Halloween costumes, mainly women’s, and we ask ourselves “is it really necessary to have the sexy (insert costume here)?”. The answer always is yes, but this year one costume in particular seems to be drawing the ire of the PC police.

It turns out maybe oppression isn’t sexy after all.

Online retailer Yandy listed a "Brave Red Maiden" Halloween costume for nearly $65, referencing the garb women forced into surrogacy wear in Hulu's series "The Handmaid's Tale." The provocative rendition includes a red cape, mini dress and white bonnet.

"An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say," the description reads. "However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume."

The Halloween costume instantly sparked outraged across social media.

One Twitter user shared a screenshot of the costume and asked "why," sarcastically adding "nothing like a sexy rape victim for Halloween fun."

So here’s the thing – does this encapsulate the Handmaids’ Tale or does it miss the point of the series entirely? Everyone knows that the key to comedy is timing, and this was extremely well timed with everyone making references to the novel and series during the SCOTUS debates. But this is proof that you can make anything sexy! Like the New York Times anonymous op ed!

Lingerie company Yandy is selling a "Sexy Op-Ed Anonymous Costume," referencing the explosive New York Times column written by an unknown Trump administration staffer.

The $49.95 costume features disguise glasses with an attached nose and mustache, and a bodycon mini-dress with newspaper designs and a big red question mark.

The costume was discovered after Yandy removed a "Sexy Handmaid's Tale" look from the site.

The lingerie company that was criticized for selling a "Sexy Handmaid's Tale" costume is now offering a "Sexy Op-Ed Anonymous Costume," referring to the explosive New York Times column written by an unknown Trump administration staffer.

The costume, which Yandy is selling for $49.95, features disguise glasses with an attached nose and mustache, and a bodycon mini-dress with newspaper patterns and a big red question mark.

OK maybe you can’t make that sexy. But come on it’s not like we’re living in Saudi Arabia, where the sexiest thing they can show is bare toenails, and I’m sure there’s a fetish website for that. Hey, I know what time I live in! Let sexy costumes be sexy costumes! I would like to think we’re all adults here but then again I’m reminded of who our president is. Thank you audience! And this is also not the first extremely poor taste Halloween costume that Yandy has put out.

The costume company recently called out for its “sexy” Handmaid’s Tale costume is under fire once again.

Lingerie brand Yandy, which also sells Halloween costumes, has 43 outfits categorized on its website under “sexy Native American” and “sexy Indian” costumes. People on Twitter urged the brand this week to stop selling the costumes, calling them “disgusting,” “racist,” and “highly offensive.”

These calls came less than a week after Yandy announced that it was pulling the “sexy” Handmaid’s Tale costume — complete with the infamous red cape and white bonnet — from its site following similar backlash online. The company said in a statement that its “corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall.”

Twitter users were quick to point out that Yandy removed a costume depicting fictional characters while continuing to sell “cultural” costumes that have been repeatedly criticized. Yandy has not publicly responded to the #CancelYandy hashtag, and the lingerie brand did not immediately respond to Yahoo’s request for comment. As of Monday morning, the costumes were still for sale online.

Sure you do Herbert. See, Yandy isn’t out to care about whatever cause you have, even though their executives have admitted that yes, some of their costumes are in extremely poor taste. They’re just like any corporation out to make the most profit they can doing what they do best. But that’s the whole point of Halloween! And the more horrible taste you have, the more likely you are to win that $500 costume contest! Which is why I’m inviting Yandy to sponsor my big Halloween costume bash in Nashville on October 31st at Zanies’. Tickets still available and dress up is encouraged! So come on, Yandy! My contact information is at the very end of this thing! You know that you want to! Thank you audience, I’ll take that! And besides if you really want to scare someone this year, I’ve got the perfect costume for you!

Breaking up can be messy. In the age of technology, some people choose to deal with it by "ghosting," the act of suddenly stopping communication and disappearing into a silent, unresponsive netherworld. That questionable behavior has now been immortalized in a Halloween costume.

The Womens Ghosted Costume is available through retailer Party City in the US. It's a white hooded polyester dress with a jagged hemline meant to evoke the look of a retro bed-sheet ghost outfit. The front is emblazoned with message bubbles of unanswered texts, including "???" and "R U OK!?"

"Eager texters will know not to bother you in this Ghosted Costume," the description reads.

There are at least a couple of weird things about this costume, even when you look past the debatable "sexy" Halloween trend. For starters, it's only geared toward women, which leaves us to wonder why men are being left out. Ghosting can go both ways.

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Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin shall we? Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! Donald Trump!

If only, stadium banner. If only! Spin it again. Oh hey it’s time once again for:

Red Ice TV – how is this still a thing? With social media sites taking a stand and cracking down on hate content, one channel has managed to not only slip through the cracks, it continues to thrive and monetize. That channel is Red Ice – a Youtube channel by and for white nationalists. So while prominent media outlets for white supremacists like Identity Europa got the axe, others like Red Ice, still continue to exist.

The far-right white identitarian group Identity Evropa announced yesterday that its YouTube account had been suspended for “multiple or severe violations” of the site’s community guidelines on hate speech.

Identity Evropa describes its organization as “a fraternal organization for people of European heritage located in the United States that participates in community building and civic engagement.” Identity Evropa is part of a rebranded European identitarian movement driven inspired by prior generations of white supremacy. The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies Identity Evropa to be a white nationalist hate group. The group’s founder, Nathan Damigo, helped plan the 2017 Unite the Right event that brought neo-Nazis into the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, and resulted in violence and the killing of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer. In the United States, Identity Evropa has made headlines for quietly organized banner-drops and its recruitment of young adults into its rebranded version of the Western white supremacist movement.

Yesterday, the Twitter account associated with Identity Evropa posted that its YouTube account had been terminated. The group claimed, “This censorship is purely political—they want to silence us, but we’re not going anywhere!” On the page where the group used to host videos, a message reads, “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.”

Identity Evropa executive director Patrick Casey, who has recently picked up a job at the white nationalist web-based outlet Red Ice, said he was notified of the ban while he appeared on a podcast called “Revenge of the Cis” that features anti-Semitic and racist jokes presented under the guise of comedy. (That podcast is still available on YouTube. We have reached out to Google for clarification via email.)

Yes and Red Ice is one such Youtube channel where they continue to say some of the most racist shit imaginable and yet nothing happens to them. In fact if you want a sampling of the people who run the channel and the kind of quality racist content you can get, here’s who runs Red Ice.

YouTube shook up the far-right internet last month when it banned InfoWars chief Alex Jones from its platform, cutting the internet’s leading conspiracy theorist off from millions of viewers.

But YouTube’s crackdown on hate speech has mostly spared another, even more extreme channel that promotes hate: Sweden-based Red Ice TV.

Since it started as a conspiracy theory outlet in 2003, Red Ice grown into one of the racist alt-right’s leading voices on the internet, amassing nearly 230,000 followers on the site. But the channel remain on YouTube, with few restrictions on how YouTube users can find their videos in search or via recommendation algorithms.

Led by husband-and-wife team Henrik Palmgren and Lana Lokteff, Red Ice has become a gateway to other racist media, including neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.

YouTube kicked Jones off its platform for violating the site’s rules against hate speech, among other things, but Red Ice regularly promotes hate against immigrants and Jews, riling up its listeners with claims that white people are under facing extinction at hands of minority groups.

Yes so that happened. But if you want to get a peek at the kind of content you’ll see regularly on Red Ice TV, look no further than hosts Lana Lokteff and Lauren Rose.

Lana Lokteff, a host at the white supremacist web-based outlet Red Ice, made a video praising Fox News host Tucker Carlson for questioning whether diversity is a strength on his show, expanding that praise to argue that white men are discriminated against.

Lokteff is an unabashed “ethno-nationalist,” meaning that she advocates for immigration policies that would enforce a white supermajority in America and has declared that American “can never, ever, ever, be too white.”

In a video uploaded to Red Ice’s YouTube channel, Lokteff decries “forced multiculturalism,” a label she applies to changing attitudes about race relations in America, and dismisses evidence that shows that hiring a diverse group of workers can make companies more profitable. Lokteff argues, as she has before, that Europe was already contained diversity among its white majority because a variety of languages and cultural traditions existed among its white supermajority.

And yes that is most certainly true, especially in this case. There was also that time when Red Ice simply stopped giving a shit and went full 1488. And you never, ever go full 1488. There is simply no coming back from that.

A trio of YouTube personalities beloved by the racist alt-right discarded any attempts to hide their white nationalism, uploading a discussion yesterday in which they explicitly embraced “ethno-nationalism” and fretted that white people, the “founding stock” of America, are becoming a minority in the country.

Faith Goldy, a former Rebel Media reporter who has grown ever closer to the alt-right, joined Red Ice host Lana Lokteff and 4chan YouTube muse Lauren Rose in a video uploaded yesterday to deliver full-throated endorsements of ethno-nationalism, a movement that seeks to promote white supremacy in Western nations.

Which is probably true. Even Iowa representative Steve King – who is known to be horrifically racist at times, is a fan of Red Ice.

For the second time in three months, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has promoted the views of a prominent white nationalist on Twitter.

In a tweet posted early Wednesday afternoon, King quote-tweeted Lana Lokteff, a host for the white nationalist media outfit Red Ice, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group.

In his tweet, King argued incorrectly that Nazis were part of a left-wing movement.

The word “Nazi,” King wrote, “is injected into Leftist talking points because the worn out & exhausted ‘racist’ is over used & applied to everyone who lacks melanin & who fail to virtue signal at the requisite frequency & decibels. But...Nazis were socialists & Leftists are socialists.”

Yes, boo indeed. But when asked to tone down the content of their videos, Red Ice played very loosely with Youtube’s terms of service agreement. Which involved them skirting around the rules but still manages to put out hate content and monetize off of it.


Red Ice’s successful YouTube account is key to the outlet’s success, according to Hankes. When YouTube “limited” a few Red Ice videos, a punishment that makes it impossible to monetize the videos and harder to find through recommendation algorithms ,Red Ice panicked, said Hankes.

“When they first started getting videos put in the limited state by YouTube, they were apoplectic,” Hankes said.

YouTube has belatedly cracked down on at least one other Red Ice video this week, albeit only after being pressured via a viral Twitter thread.

Yes they simply don’t use Youtube to promote. They just use another social media platform to promote the hate they spew on another social media platform. That’s enough to make you ask – Red Ice TV:

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Let’s give the wheel a good strong spin shall we? And it lands on… wait for it… ‘Merica!!!!


I love that one! Spin it again! And it lands on… Oh hey People Are Dumb! Hit it!

So I’m going to start with this story out of Edmonton, and you know how crazy people are getting right now but what if you were to decide suddenly that the world was going to end? Well that's exactly what one Jehovas' Witness worshipping couple did when their truck suddenly broke down on them!

It says the group believed that the Great Tribulation had happened and Nov. 6 was Armageddon. So they rushed off to find safety and save a neighbouring family.

“Four who were naked were changing but they had to leave right away because it was unsafe, so they left without clothes,” the document says.
Because the trunk didn’t latch shut, the man was able to climb out when the vehicle slowed. His daughter, after getting her hand slammed in the door of the SUV, was able to get out with her baby. A passing truck stopped to help the trio and they climbed inside.
Officers said the people in the SUV “displayed extreme strength.” Two were unaffected by pepper spray. The three adults were also shot with Tasers between two and four times before they relented, although one then slid under the vehicle and had to be dragged out with a strap.


Next up - we're going to Northeast Spain. Yeah so people don’t do this – if you drink or do drugs don’t get behind the wheel of a car. And if you’re going to do every drug in the book, definitely don’t get behind the wheel of a car. Well, that’s exactly what this guy from Spain did – he literally tested positive for every drug in the book.

A driver in northeastern Spain has tested positive for ‘every possible kind of drug’ after being pulled over by police on Saturday.

Police found high levels of cannabis, amphetamines/methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates; as well as alcohol, with a rate of 0,60 mg/l.

Local police told Euronews that a neighbour in the town of Carcastillo called the police saying that "several people were getting in a vehicle influenced by alcoholic beverages."

The driver was fined 1000 euros and had six points deducted from his driver's license for failing the alcohol test, and another 1000 euros and six points for failing the drugs test.

Next up we’re going to the town of Uranus, Missouri. Yes, I’m glad you can already see where this is headed! That’s my audience for you! So you know why your high school English teacher places an emphasis on proofreading? This is why!

A new weekly newspaper launching out of Uranus this week is causing a stink among onlookers and government officials in its immediate vicinity.

The newly minted Uranus Examiner, based in Pulaski County, Missouri, which is approximately 100 miles west of St. Louis near Fort Leonard Wood, will fill the gaping hole left in the local media landscape by the sudden closure of the Waynesville Daily Guide on Friday.

As reported by the rather appropriately call-lettered KY3 station in Springfield, Uranus Examiner managing editor Natalie Sanders announced the new publication and its eye-catching name Wednesday afternoon at a chamber of commerce luncheon. (Sanders previously held that same position at the Waynesville Daily Guide.)

Curiously, however, Sanders' remarks as aired by KY3 focused not on the chuckle-inducing "Uranus" part of the name, but rather the boring old "Examiner" part.

Read more: https://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2018/09/13/uranus-missouris-new-newspaper-is-the-uranus-examiner-huh-huh

Next up – we’re going to the city of Manassas, Virginia. OK people here’s the thing – there’s a time and a place for Youtube pranks. Maybe don’t destroy merchandise and inventory when you’re doing so because you could get arrested and that’s exactly what happened for this story out of Manassas, Virginia.

MANASSAS, Va. (SBG) — A man accused of rubbing produce on his buttocks at a grocery store in Northern Virginia was arrested Saturday.

The Manassas City Police Department said the suspect pulled his pants down, grabbed a nearby item and rubbed his buttocks with the produce at the Giant grocery store at 10100 Dumfries Road. A loss prevention employee relayed what they had seen to authorities and subsequently destroyed multiple pallets of produce.

Michael Dwayne Johnson, 27, of Manassas, told WJLA's Tim Barber in an exclusive interview that he never actually rubbed any produce on his bottom. He also says he never pulled down his pants. Johnson claims it was just a practical joke for a YouTube video.

Joke, or no joke, store employees felt forced to destroy several pallets of fruits and vegetables, so Johnson is charged with destruction of property and indecent exposure.

Johnson is hopeful prosecutors will realize the case is just a big misunderstanding. His next court appearance is in November.

Next up – we go to where else but America’s most penis shaped state of Florida because no edition of “People Are Dumb” would be complete without a visit to the Sunshine State would it? Well this story has everything – and some hardcore nudity on top of that!

Responding to a house fire last week, Niceville police officers and firefighters encountered an odd sight.

When firefighters got to the home around 5:30 p.m., they could see smoke coming from inside. A naked man opened the front door, said, “I’m sorry” and closed the door.

Police officers arrived shortly after to assist.

The man came to the door again, left it open and went back into the house.

According to the offense report from the Police Department, the man showed no signs of understanding the danger he was in. There were several things on fire inside the home, including some towels.

That one gets the mega facepalm! Finally this week for People Are Dumb – also sticking with the Sunshine State, this is probably one of the most Florida stories I’ve ever seen, and it involves a hearty dose of “Get off my lawn!”. And really – you just know the writer of this article was waiting to use the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reference. But really – don’t fuck with somebody that has a chainsaw.

You know a neighbors’ spat is no longer neighborly when chainsaws get involved.

That’s what happened in Pasco County when two men got into a dispute over the shrubs between their houses last week. It ended with one of them needing surgery to repair severed tendons in his hand, WFLA reported.

The man with the chainsaw was Gregory Landaker, 70, of Land O’ Lakes, who was cutting shrubs on the property line he shares with Jeffrey Zlocki.

When Zlocki noticed what was going on, he went out and hugged “his bushes,” according to the sheriff’s office report.

That apparently didn’t deter Landaker, who continued sawing away. The chainsaw struck Zlocki in his left hand, and he was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

It wasn’t quite the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but blood definitely flowed.

That’s it this week for:

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Ed. Note - we were originally going to take a tour of the Coast Guard this week but thanks to a mix up in the editing room, we were forced to reschedule that visit.

Let’s spin the wheel one final time this week! And it lands on… T-Shirt cannon!!! Everyone’s going to get the new Top 10 World Tour 2018 t-shirt! Spin it again! And hey it’s time for Deep State Diaries!

It’s time for episode 13 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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So now we come to the hear t and soul of the United States government. The US Army. Now just like last week, I want to reiterate the Top 10 policy that we will *NEVER* make fun of those on active duty or our veterans. You have our deepest respect. But we can make fun of situations cant we? Because that’s what America is all about, damn it! So what has the US Army been up to lately? Well let’s talk military funding, because you can never have rocket launchers or tanks too big.

The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $289 million contract to produce High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated hardware.

The contract calls for the production of 24 HIMARS launchers and associated equipment by July 2022. Lockheed Martin has delivered nearly 500 launchers for the U.S. Army and international customers. The HIMARS vehicles will be produced from the ground up at Lockheed Martin's award-winning Camden, Ark., Precision Fires Center of Excellence.

HIMARS is a lightweight mobile launcher, transportable via C-130 and larger aircraft for rapid deployment, that fires Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) rockets and Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles. HIMARS consists of a launcher loader module and fire control system mounted on a five-ton truck chassis. A specialized armored cab provides additional protection to the three crew members that operate the system.

Lockheed Martin's effectiveness and reliability combined with performance, interoperability, joint coalition operations and the added value of joint munitions procurement make HIMARS a sound option for nations seeking effective precision fires option for missions.

Oh wait, we already used that one. But still… you know how it can take years to build something but seconds to destroy it? Such is the case with US Army helicopters.

John Adams famously proposed a "government of laws and not of men." Sometimes it seems as though what we actually ended up getting was a government of lawyers. The simplest decisions get bogged down in process -- even when lives are on the line, even when the likely outcome of the process in question is obvious to everybody who's paying attention.

The U.S. Army's latest effort to acquire new armed recon helicopters is a case in point. The Army has been seeking a new rotorcraft that can find and attack targets in contested air space for a long, long time. So long that the last of its legacy recon helicopters was retired last year. By that time, the venerable Kiowa scout had been in service for nearly half a century.

Having canceled three previous efforts to replace Kiowa, the Army has now launched a fourth attempt. It is called the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA). Considering how much the Army and its contractors have learned from the previous attempts, this should be a snap. After all, it's just a scout helicopter. Yes, the requirements have changed over time -- for instance it needs to be able to jam enemy radar now -- but it is still basically a light, agile rotorcraft equipped with sensors and munitions for killing tactical targets.

Excuse me a minute… but while we’re on the subject of American defense spending, you know the mere concept of it is that we spend 10 times more on defense than the next 100 countries combined, and that’s just a conservative estimate. Just the act of buying armor for our troops is insane in this day and age.

An infantry unit will get Strykers, and a Stryker brigade will shift to tanks, part of the Pentagon's focus on great-power competition.

The U.S. Army will up-armor a pair of brigade combat teams over the next two years, the second and third such conversions as the Defense Department shifts its focus to the possibility of conflict with China and Russia.

Next spring, the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division, stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, will begin to switch from a Stryker brigade combat team to an armored brigade combat team. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colorado, will become a Stryker unit the following year.

“The Army leadership determined that we needed to convert two brigade combat teams to armor and Stryker in order to deter our near-peer adversaries or defeat them if required,” Maj. Gen. Brian J. Mennes, director of force management, said in a statement on Thursday.

But moving on… while the Army is in the air they are also, too, on the ground, and they need weapons and of course our tanks aren’t big enough. But it’s crazy what the US DOD does, and don’t worry, we will explore them in a future edition, even testing out new equipment is different when its’ in the Army. But you know what the future of Army communications is going to be? It’s in the palm of your hand – quite literally, I might add!

There's a debate going on in the U.S. Army about what the military service's next combat vehicle and rotorcraft should look like. When it comes to communicating on the battlefields of tomorrow, though, everybody in the Army seems to agree on what they would like.

It's an iPhone.

The smart phones made by Apple and competing Android brands offer everything that Army leaders would like in their future tactical communications architecture -- mobility, simplicity, versatility, reliability. Soldiers accustomed to using them want something better than the clunky, complicated "comms" gear that brigade combat teams lug around the world.

The Army has been trying to satisfy that need for two decades, ever since a program called the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) kicked off in 1997. JTRS, or "Jitters" to those who follow these things, didn't work out. Nor did several of the other high-tech initiatives the Army pursued in an attempt to pierce the fog of war with digital technology.

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

Overall: A+

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Continuing our journey deep within the Pentagon, our next stop on our military tour is going up in the sky as we check out the US Air Force!

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Ladies and gentlemen my next guest has a great new album called “Boarding House Reach”, you can see him live in Canada everywhere this November. Playing his song “Over And Over” give it up for the one, the only Jack White!

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Hey Liz, I hate to break it to you but conservatives *ARE* the degenerates here! I can guarantee that if Hillary were elected that we wouldn’t be having the discussion right now about whether or not Trump’s dick looks like a certain video game character!

*audience applauds wildly*

This week on the Top 10 - we're back home in Hollywood with the venerable Wheel O' Corruption! This week we delve into the sex crimes alleged by Brett Kavanaugh, Rod Rosenstein *allegedly* wanted to squeal on Trump, Taylor Gourmet gets "Art Of The Deal'd", Paypal delivers the final nail in Infowars' coffin, we ask how Neo Nazi Youtube channel Red Ice is still a thing, and we explain sexy Halloween costumes to idiots. Plus in our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates we're going to explore data privacy and ask is your purchase history safe? (spoiler alert! no!). And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in "Holy Shit" our resident pastor is going to go over some of the more batshit insane things said at the annual Values Voters conference! And we've got an all new People Are Dumb, because, well, people are dumb! And the next installment of Deep State Diaries is going to take us into the Pentagon again as we explore the United States Coast Guard! Plus some live music from the great Jack White!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-12: Rave Un 2 The Debt Fantastic Edition

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-12: Rave Un 2 The Debt Fantastic Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Oxnard??? So our tour around the country for the first half of season 5 is complete! We go back home next week for two weeks at our home at the UCB Theater in Hollywood, then we get to head back out on the road! We’re heading to Lexington, Nashville, Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, and Denver among other places! So Mark Wahlberg’s daily routine is the stuff of insanity. So while you’re sleeping off an all night whisky and cheeseburger bender, Marky Mark hits the gym at 2:30 AM for an hour and a half workout sess. Then he has a half hour of prayer time, because, why not? So in the interest of time let’s skip ahead a bit. Here’s my favorite is that there’s a half an hour for “cryo chamber recovery”. He’s literally Mr. Freeze! And then some of the other things on his daily agenda include things like 2 hours a day from 11:00 – 1:00 for “family time and work calls” but what if his work calls take up all 2 hours? Or he has to sit through his kids’ elementary school recitals and I know those can take forever. But at 3:30 while you’re sitting away at your desk typing your response to your 500th e-mail about why you can’t attend the workplace training seminar, and reminder that Janice in HR don’t give a fuck, Marky Mark is already on his 3rd workout and 8th snack. Whew, I’m exhausted just telling you about this thing. Oh and then he’s in bed lights out at 7:30. Dude, whatever happened to downtime? Can we get that back? I miss those times! OK enough of the intro we got a lot of idiocy to get to but first Jim Jefferies is back and he is pointing out that your boycott is bullshit - Nike's Kaepernick ad isn't about taking a stand, it's about hawking products and making money:

Number one this week is potential SCOTUS justice Brett Kavanaugh. Yes, he is an absolute slimebag and we are going to tell you all about his dirty deeds, and no they’re not done dirt cheap. At number 2 this week is also Brett Kavanaugh and we have to talk about his sexual assault accusations, among other things. At number 3 is of course our Dear Leader Donald J. Trump (3) and we’re going to preview his emergency broadcasting system – which will take over your phones this week! At number 4 this week – is also Donald Trump. So… Stormy Daniels’ latest allegations, yeah, that definitely needs some further explanation. Taking the 5th slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates and this week we’re going to investigate Trump’s claims about the Puerto Rican death toll – is it a hoax like Trump claims or is it legitimate? At number 6 is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor has a beef with Pat Robertson and we are going to challenge his claims that you can simply pray away the hurricane. Taking the 7th slot – we’ve been getting a lot of requests for this one but we’re finally going to add California (and the OC) representative Dana Rohrabacher to the ever-growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. At number 8 we’ve got a new installment of “How Is This Still A Thing?” and this week, after the latest shocking allegations, we’re going to ask – “Woody Allen’s Career – How Is This Still A Thing?”. Yeah he’s a creep! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week it’s the return of one of my favorite segments in “I Need A Drink”, and this week, we’re going to tell you about the curse of our good friend Post Malone, you know he’s had a string of bad luck lately but there might be a reason why! Finally this week we’ve got a new edition of Deep State Diaries! This week we’re headed into the Pentagon to check out the first of 5 military branches as we explore what the US Navy has been up to recently. Plus we’ve got some live music for you from one of my favorite musical acts, Gorillaz featuring the legend himself, Snoop Dogg! Really, if you don’t have their new album “The Now Now” by now, get out of my audience and go buy it. And as always don’t forget the key!

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Ever hear the term “kakistocracy”? It’s a term for an insane system of government that is run by the worst, least qualified people out there. Hey let’s make an unqualfied, uber religious billionaire head of the Department Of Education. Let’s make a child rapist the new senator from Alabama. And remember that guy from the TV show where he wanted to fire everybody? Let’s make him the president of the United States! Well the kakistocracy might be expanded because Trump nominated a dangerous, Clinton hating lunatic to the Supreme Court!

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Brett Kavanaugh "is not a man that deserves" to be facing a sexual assault allegation at this point in his confirmation process, saying that he feels "so badly" for his Supreme Court nominee.

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you," Trump said during a press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. "I feel so badly for him. This is not a man that deserves this."

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were both in high school. The judge has denied the allegation.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/18/trump-kavanaugh-is-not-a-man-that-deserves-this-828004

Actually you know what? This needs the crying baby!


So what did Brett Kavanaugh do to deserve this kind of shabby treatment? Well, he’s a pig, a crook, and a liar. And that’s just for starters. You what, know for the record let’s call this piece “Brett Kavanaugh’s debt”. Ah, fuck it, it needs some sprucing up. Let’s give it a Prince reference and call it “Rave Un 2 The Debt Fantastic” because that will make it less fucking insane. And I’ve been listening to that album a lot lately. So what is in this new allegation?

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and investment assets, according to a review of Kavanaugh’s financial disclosures and information provided by the White House.

White House spokesman Raj Shah told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and tickets for playoff games for himself and a “handful” of friends. Shah said some of the debts were also for home improvements.

In 2016, Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt accrued over three credit cards and a loan. Each credit card held between $15,000 and $50,000 in debt, and a Thrift Savings Plan loan was between $15,000 and $50,000.

The credit card debts and loan were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements in 2017, according to the filings, which do not require details on the nature or source of such payments. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him for their share of the baseball tickets and that the judge has since stopped purchasing the season tickets.

So not only did he accrue a ton of debt, the question on the table is who paid it off for him? I mean if you know any accountants ask them how easy it is to make $200K in debt simply disappear. There’s no way you or I could do that. So why could he?

Before President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he had a lot of debt. In May 2017, he reported owing between $60,004 and $200,000 on three credit cards and a loan against his retirement account. By the time Trump nominated him to the high court in July 2018, those debts had vanished. Overall, his reported income and assets didn’t seem sufficient to pay off all that debt while maintaining his upper-class lifestyle: an expensive house in an exclusive suburban neighborhood, two kids in a $10,500-a-year private school, and a membership in a posh country club reported to charge $92,000 in initiation fees. His financial disclosure forms have raised more questions than they’ve answered, leading to speculation about whether he’s had a private benefactor and what sorts of conflicts that relationship might entail.

No other recent Supreme Court nominee has come before the Senate with so many unanswered questions regarding finances. That’s partly because many of Kavanaugh’s predecessors were a lot richer than he is. Chief Justice John Roberts, for instance, had been making $1 million a year in private practice before joining the DC Circuit as a judge. The poorer nominees had debts, but explainable ones, such as the $15,000 Sonia Sotomayor owed to her dentist. Neil Gorsuch came the closest to financial scandal when he disclosed that he owned a mountain fishing lodge in Colorado with two men who are top deputies to the billionaire Philip F. Anschutz, who had championed Gorsuch’s nomination.

But now the mystery is delving further into insanity. So Kavanaugh had racked up an insane amount of debt spent on nothing more than to feed his baseball addiction. And the question remains did he have a subscription to Draft Kings or not?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) wants to know if Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has a gambling problem.

“Have you ever sought treatment for a gambling addiction?” Whitehouse asks pointedly as part of a series of questions submitted this week about Kavanaugh’s unexplained personal debts.

In 2016, Kavanaugh reported credit card and personal loan debts of between $60,000 and $200,000. The Trump White House said these debts were the result of Kavanaugh buying baseball tickets for friends who later paid him back, as well as some spending on home improvements. The 2016 debts did not appear on Kavanaugh’s 2017 disclosure form because they were either entirely paid off or fell below the reporting threshold. Kavanaugh also reported between $60,000 and $200,000 in debt in 2006.

The fact that Kavanaugh accrued such high debts through baseball tickets attracted notice, but surprisingly, not a single senator asked him about the issue during his televised judiciary committee hearings last week.

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Why is such a shady character like Kavanaugh being brought to eventually judge the highest law in the land? Well we have an equally shady character sitting pretty in the Oval Office right now. And these types definitely think alike. Remember during the campaign when all the sexual assault victims came forward against Trump? Well, think of this as same shit, different year! Because, well, assuming he gets chosen, Clarence Thomas is about to have some company on SCOTUS.

The woman who has accused Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee — a demand that came as President Trump and Senate Republicans increasingly rallied to the defense of the embattled Supreme Court nominee.

“A full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions,” lawyers for the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, said in a letter to the panel late Tuesday.

The committee had invited Kavanaugh and Ford to testify at a public hearing Monday, but Ford’s response raises questions about whether the GOP will proceed with the session and ultimately the vote on Kavanaugh, who was nominated in July to replace the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The two-page letter does not explicitly say she will not attend if there is no FBI probe.

Many Republican officials maintained Tuesday that such a hearing would be Kavanaugh’s best chance at preserving his nomination to the high court, since it would give the judge — who seems determined to fight the allegation — an opportunity to respond to the claims. But Democrats, like Ford, argued that the scheduled Monday session should be delayed until the FBI further investigates her allegation.

Yes holy shit indeed! See Republicans and Trump fans, we have this thing called the Constitution, and it clearly lists the qualifications for sitting on the Supreme Court. See, if you’re convicted of a crime or had any grievances listed against you, you can’t judge the highest law in the land! Oh and it gets worse, so so much worse! Remember Anita Hill from back when Clarence Thomas was confirmed? Even she’s saying the investigation is a good idea!

Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual misconduct prior to his confirmation to the bench, is pushing for an official investigation into the claims made against President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“Absolutely, [an FBI investigation is] the right move. The hearing questions need to have a frame, and the investigation is the best frame for that; a neutral investigation that can pull together the facts, create a record, so that the senators can draw on the information they receive to develop their question,” Hill said to George Stephanopoulos while on ABC today. “Also helpful would be bringing in expert testimony or experts who can help them shape the questions that they’re going to ask.” She added that these measures — including the FBI investigation, which Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is calling for — can’t be avoided if lawmakers really want to find the truth.

Hill also expressed concern about Ford testifying before Congress on Monday, as it could be “a sham proceeding so that the senators can say we gave her a chance to talk and then move on to doing exactly what they were intending to do before she came forward.”

“My advice [for the Senate] is to push the pause button on this hearing, get the information together, bring in the experts and put together a hearing that is fair, that is impartial, that is not biased by politics or by myth and bring this information to the American public,” Hill added.

Read more: https://www.mediaite.com/tv/anita-hill-calls-for-fbi-to-investigate-new-kavanaugh-allegations-its-the-right-move/

So of course Donald J. Trump is in full denial mode. Of course you know republican pussy grabbers like Trump always back their own, and they are in a constant state of denial. Of course one day they’ll have to answer for their crimes but still… until that happens there’s this.

President Trump praised Brett M. Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, while leaving the White House en route to the Carolinas, but said Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard about her claim that she was sexually assaulted while both were teenagers.

“If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we’ll have to make a decision,” Trump said.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/09/19/trump-says-it-is-very-hard-for-me-to-imagine-anything-happened-between-kavanaugh-and-his-sexual-assault-accuser/

Of course they’ll make a decision! The right wing wants absolute power and they’ll support any worthless asshole who will give it to them! Thank you Oxnard! But even Kavanaugh himself is in full denial mode right now. Completely false! Rigged witch hunt! Sad!

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday said an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman when they were in high school is "completely false" and said he'd be willing to testify on the accusation to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone," Kavanaugh said in a statement.

Kavanaugh further said that "because this never happened" he had no idea who the accuser was until she identified herself over the weekend.

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity," Kavanaugh added.

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This week we’re going to see something unprecedented. Remember that movie the Dark Knight where Bruce Wayne took over all the cell phones of Gotham and unleashed this massive surveillance ring in an effort to find the Joker? Well, it’s kind of like that except that only it’s going to be a message piece for the Trump White House. Trump will be able to use America’s cell phone towers to broadcast a text message alert. Which we can only suspect will be something along the lines of “rigged witch hunt from the 17 angry democrats! Sad!”. Well here’s more.

On the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 20, FEMA will send two alerts to cell phones across the nation, both of them tests of its Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). At 2:18 p.m. ET, there will be a test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) which will be followed at 2:20 p.m. ET by the first ever national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system.

The tests themselves aren't new but, until now the WEA has been focused regionally. The system launched in 2012 thanks to the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act.

For instance, every time your iPhone blares a local Amber Alert, that's the WEA in action.

The FCC has a pretty helpful FAQ that explains, among other things, that, no, you can't be tracked via this system. Dozens of mobile carriers, including all of the major carriers, are part of the system meaning you'll likely receive the alert.

And the EAS itself has been tested nationally three previous times: twice under president Obama (Nov. 2011, Sept. 2016) and once under President Trump (Sept. 2017).

What's gotten people's attention is that these alerts allow direct communication between the president and the nation in case of an emergency, like a natural disaster or terrorist attack. So, yes, that means that President Trump will be able to send an emergency alert directly to your phone using a system you can not opt out of.

Oh come on, do you really want that guy sending you alerts that say “no collusion”? I know I don’t! But apparently they must be used for storm warnings. Or other emergency disasters, and I’m not talking about the disaster that we currently have serving in the White House. Thank you!

Contrary to public concern, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not handing President Donald Trump a direct line to send personalized messages to American citizens.

He would be breaking the law if he did.

Last Friday, the Federal Communications Commission and FEMA announced plans to test a system that would allow the president to send a message to mobile devices across the U.S.

The announcement of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test caused some concerns that it could be used by Trump like he uses Twitter. But in 2015, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., introduced a bill to prevent any president from abusing the system.

"Except to the extent necessary for testing the public alert and warning system, the public alert and warning system shall not be used to transmit a message that does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety, " states the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015.

Oh come on, when has something being illegal ever stopped this administration? I mean we’re talking about the guy who went into a women’s dressing room and watched underage girls changing clothes just because he could! So what is the real reason behind this? What are they going to actually use this system for? I mean even actual security experts are worried that Trump will abuse his power!

In theory, there is nothing objectionable about the White House's plan to send a message from President Trump to virtually every cell phone in the country. The message is a test of a warning system -- created under President Barack Obama in 2016 -- designed to alert the public about national emergencies.

There is no opting out. Most people with a cell phone — turned on and within range of a cell phone tower -- will receive a "presidential alert" text at 2:18 p.m. ET on October 3.
As broadcast TV and land-based phone lines become obsolete, our homeland security apparatus needs to keep up with current technology. This test should be seen as a positive step, bringing crisis communications into the wireless era.

But some are not seeing it that way -- and it's the Trump administration's fault. By continually and bitterly politicizing things that shouldn't be political, like natural disasters, journalism, the criminal-justice system, you name it -- Trump and his followers have fanned growing fears that everything they do is about partisan advantage. It's understandable that people believe this cell phone test is just another authoritarian attempt by Trump to bully his way into our daily lives.

Actually you’re probably not wrong about that one, sir. OK he can have his text messages, but for the love of god, keep him away from the Twitter direct messaging system!

“Executive time” was set to take on a whole new sinister dimension this week, as FEMA had announced a test of its wireless emergency alert (WEA) system allowing the president to send text messages about developing disasters directly to the American people — no opt-outs! — was to be scheduled this week. The system test has since been pushed back to October 3, either because the federal agency is dealing with the “ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence,” as it announced, or because there’s no disaster plan in place for the volcanoes of vomit the American people have threatened to unleash if Donald Trump is allowed to slide into their DMs any time the spirit moves him.
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"I think it is an outstanding tool in the toolbox," Nick Crossley, president of the International Association of Emergency Managers in the U.S., told NBC. "It is a great way to get notification to anybody who has a cellphone."

Nick — can I call you Nick? — I hope it doesn't dampen your enthusiasm for emergency management, for which we are all very grateful, but I don't think you've thought through what could happen here.

I'll make a deal with you, Nick. You spend a year as the sole participant in this pilot project and get back to us after the seventeenth "LOCK HER UP!" sends you shooting straight up in bed at 3 a.m.

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So yeah if you woke up yesterday and turned on your phone and saw Twitter, you might have seen Mario Kart trending. You remember the game if you’re a 90s kid like I am. It’s the game where your goal was to drive as fast as possible to lap your opponent and if you didn’t, just even screwing around on the game was fun. In fact here’s a scene of the game being played.

Now here’s where it gets disturbing. It of course involves Stormy Daniels and Trump, because, why wouldn’t it? And Stormy makes a particularly disturbing revelation that makes us never want to play Mario Kart ever again.

Millions of Nintendo fans on Twitter were horrified earlier today when they learned precisely why Mario Kart was trending on the popular social media platform, and that it had nothing to do with a new edition of the popular racing video game series.

It all began with an appearance by adult film actress Stormy Daniels on The View to promote her upcoming tell-all book Full Disclosure. Daniels became a national name following a federal investigation into claims that she had an affair with President Donald Trump, and that his lawyer, Michael Cohen, had violated campaign finance laws by paying Daniels $130,000 in hush money in order to keep the story quiet leading up the 2016 election. Trump initially denied advance knowledge of Cohen's payment to Daniels - although a conversation recorded without his consent by Cohen would later prove otherwise - and says the affair didn't happen. Daniels contends that the affair did happen, and is currently suing Trump for defamation of character after he called her a liar.

Huffington Post reported on Daniels' interview, and the resulting turmoil online after she compared a portion of President Trump's anatomy to “the mushroom character in Mario Kart.” The site also re-posted the colorful responses of many other Twitter users, and their horrified reactions after they discovered why Toad and Mario Kart were trending topics. Making this all the more darkly comedic was the amusing response from Nintendo Life's Twitter account, which can be viewed below.

Yes, no indeed! But come on, Nintendo’s lovable mascot doesn’t deserve this! I mean what did Toad do to deserve that comparison? All he does is travel the Mushroom Kingdom and give you things. Come on, Stormy. Seriously, don’t mess with the Toad Brigade!

However, if you already have an inkling of why Toad is suddenly trending and you need a little more context, well, we’re sorry, but we’re here for you.

This story begins with the Guardian publishing excerpts from porn actress and director Stormy Daniels’s forthcoming tell-all book, Full Disclosure, about her alleged past affair with Donald Trump. The book apparently contains a graphic description of a sexual encounter with Trump, including a detailed description of the president’s penis.

I’m about to quote it. You’ve been warned.

“It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool,” Daniels writes. “I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart.”

Though the book also contains mentions of Daniels’s impression that Trump never wanted to be president, and of her $130,000 hush agreement, it’s the description of Trump’s genitalia that has dominated the discussion around the excerpts.

For those of you who have never touched a Nintendo console in your life, Toad is indeed a little mushroom man, whose mushroom cap (ugh) was confirmed to be part of his head and not just a hat by Super Mario Odyssey producer Yoshiaki Koizumi earlier this year.

And while he’s a bit gormless, Toad doesn’t deserve to be a part of this discourse: He is a perfectly fine playable character in Mario Kart, he runs Mario Party, and he generally tries to help out in every other Mario franchise game, going all the way back to 1985’s Super Mario Bros.

Thanks Stormy, while we’re all rooting for you to take down this horrible regime currently occupying the White House, you forever ruined one of our favorite video games. I can’t even think about Mario now without picturing Toad looking like a penis. And I was playing Mario Odyssey last night. So if you’re playing Mario Kart, who should you pick now that Toad has been ruined forever?

Tuesday began like any other in the Mushroom Kingdom: With Princess Peach presiding over her loyal subjects, and a collection of troublemakers wreaking havoc. But for once, it's not Bowser drawing up the negative headlines that usually accompany his hijinks in the Mario universe, because the formerly innocent Toad was compared to the the President of the United States' dick by Stormy Daniels.

This stunning revelation has been devastating for Toad fans, including our very own Kevin Nguyen:

Toad has long been an ideal selection in Mario Kart, since he's both adorable and speedy as hell. Do not despair, though. We've compiled a brief collection of suitable replacement characters to choose from if the phallic imagery Toad now inspires has you questioning your Mario Kart-playing experience/entire childhood. (To be clear, this isn't a boycott of Toad. It's an exercise in self care.)

Princess Peach

She's one of the few characters who's appeared in every iteration of Mario Kart, and many of the other mainstays either don't have similar driver characteristics to Toad, or have disqualifying mustaches. Her Mario Kart Wiki page notes that her "performance is notably on par with Toad." That's more than enough empirical evidence from a trusted source to make the switch. Another worthy reason: In Super Smash Bros, Peach has long been using Toad as a shield/attack counter, so clearly she realized a while ago that he's expendable. That foresight deserves to be rewarded.

Yeah next time you play Mario Kart, choose Princess Peach before someone else does! After all, she floats in the air! Assuming that giant hoop skirt doesn’t get in the way! But really this is one of those things that’s better left where we don’t want to know why it’s trending. Excuse me, I need to go take a cold shower after reading this.

In a tell-all memoir, the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels details salacious descriptions of her time with Donald Trump, wonders if he is fit to be president and claims that he offered to cheat for her in his reality TV show.

A copy of the book, Full Disclosure, was obtained by the Guardian. In it, Daniels describes her mounting disbelief as Trump began to win primary contests in 2016 for the Republican presidential nomination. Former castmates whom she had not heard from in years, but who had heard her story about sleeping with Trump in 2006, would call her up to marvel at the news.

“It will never happen, I would say,” Daniels writes. “He doesn’t even want to be president.”

But as Trump kept winning, she writes, she began to think she might be in danger. The story she had to tell about Trump seemed more sensitive the more he won. And she had already been threatened once, years earlier, and warned never to tell the story about Trump, she has claimed.

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[font size="8"]Top 10 Investigates: The (Previous) Hurricane
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Oxnard it’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!

The Puerto Rican Hurricane – Hurricane Irma – was one of the largest and deadliest in modern history, and America is working hard to prevent the same devastation by preparing for the latest hurricane, Hurricane Florence. Or are they? One person in particular is making some absolutely absurd claims about the previous hurricane that have been, well, less than truthful. That person in question also happens to be the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

President Trump patted himself on the back Tuesday for an “incredibly successful” job done in Puerto Rico, where the government estimates that nearly 3,000 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria last year.

Speaking from the White House, Mr. Trump sought to assure the public that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready for Hurricane Florence, which is currently heading toward the Carolinas, saying, “We are as ready as anybody has ever been.”

He boasted that the federal government got excellent grades for its disaster response in Texas and Florida, but he complained that the even better job done in Puerto Rico had been ignored. “I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success,” Mr. Trump said.

He noted that the United States military sent a “tremendous military hospital in the form of a ship” to the island. That ship, however, was largely underused. Prepared to support 250 hospital beds, it admitted an average of only six patients per day, or 290 in total, over its 53-day deployment.

Well as a matter of fact he is wrong. In fact investigative journalists have been working overtime since the announcement to prove the president wrong. And as a matter of fact the numbers might actually be worse than you would think. Which begs the question – did we learn anything from Irma? Answer: probably not.

Tropical storms are once again ravaging large parts of the world from North Carolina to the Philippines. These vast natural weather systems are confusingly named differently according to their region. In the Americas the term “hurricane” is used while in East Asia they are called “typhoons” and across South Asia and the South Pacific they refer to “cyclones” . This naming system can sometimes mislead the public away from connecting the causes of these weather events. But as the oceans become warmer, the science shows that we can expect these extremes to occur more frequently and with greater ferocity. The severity of this week’s Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut are further evidence of that fact.

Regardless of the term used, hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones (which I’ll just refer to as “hurricanes” from now on, for simplicities sake) clearly cause material damage and loss of life when they occur. Last year across the Caribbean, several islands faced severe destruction followed by months without a power or water supply. The impact is even more catastrophic for small islands from where the inhabitants have no place to evacuate to in the event of an oncoming hurricane, and where a single event can wipe out an entire country’s economy. After being hit by the eye of Hurricane Irma last, the island of Barbuda was completely evacuated and almost one year later many have still not returned home. Two weeks later, Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica, wiping out 225% of GDP and went on to hit Puerto Rico resulting in the deaths of at least 2,975 people.

In fact the president is wrong and death tolls often get worse after the hurricane hits as the numbers keep growing – many people die due to lack of resources like electricity and clean water.

More than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 — more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.

It took years for Hurricane Katrina's death toll to become fully known. That number is still debated today with figures used by disaster agencies varying by as much as 600 deaths.

And while the change in the number of dead from Hurricane Maria is perhaps the most dramatic — rising from 64 to a 2,975 after the Puerto Rican governor commissioned university researchers to review the count — it's common for death tolls in natural disasters to escalate weeks and months later because of deaths indirectly caused by a storm.

Those can include things like infections from contaminated water, electrocutions from downed power lines and failure to receive dialysis because of power outages. Deaths directly linked to a disaster include drownings from a storm surge or being crushed in a wind-toppled building.

Well the coffee may be the least of your problems. But as far as the current hurricane goes – there are multiple scenarios that will play out over the course of the next few months. But one thing is clear is that people are going to die. We just don’t know how many.

The final death toll of storm Florence may not be known for many weeks because of indirect deaths long after it has passed.

The hurricane, which struck the south east on Thursday before being downgraded to a tropical storm, has so far left 17 confirmed fatalities.

But it's common for death tolls in natural disasters to increase weeks and months later because of deaths indirectly caused by the storm.

Indirect deaths can be caused by infections from contaminated water, electrocutions from downed power lines and failure to receive dialysis because of power outages.

For example, more than six months after Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern US, the number of deaths attributed to the storm increased to 129 - more than twice the amount reported at the end of the storm.

Yes that is the current weather report. But the take away is that the president is wrong, again, and on yet another issue. This has been Top 10 Investigates. Good day.

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

Now my fair congregation, it seems to me that Mother Nature is not a force that one should reckon with because she can be quite the handful if she gets way too out of control! And of course in these trying times when it seems that we have one extreme weather event after another, people often turn to the LAWRD our GAWD for inspiration. Or in many cases they tend to turn to the power of prayer, and one individual has been making the news lately for just such an occasion!

Televangelist Pat Robertson broke out a prayer that sounded more like a wizard’s spell as he attempted to block the approach of Hurricane Florence.

The massive storm is on a path to strike the Carolinas later this week, prompting mass evacuations in coastal areas.

Speaking in Virginia, home of his Christian Broadcasting Network and in the potential path of the storm, Robertson cited a Bible passage in which Jesus commanded the wind and water on the Sea of Galilee to “be still.”

Then the preacher said he and his followers could accomplish the same “if we are together with one accord.”

In a clip posted online by Right Wing Watch, he asked followers to “put a hand out toward the Atlantic” and repeat an incantation.

But well now when you come to use that kind of method to protect your property – and why wouldn’t you, you can expect a certain amount of, shall we say backlash. But our good brother Pat is probably used to that sort of thing by now. He just don’t care.

Televangelist Pat Robertson has commanded Hurricane Florence to stay away from land.

In particular, Robertson said at a Monday prayer service, he doesn’t want what is now a Category 4 hurricane still at sea to “hurt” Regent University and the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) — both founded by Robertson in the Virginia Beach area.

“We declare in the name of the Lord that you shall go no farther, that you will do no damage in this area,” said the 88-year-old host of “The 700 Club” on CBN. “We declare a shield of protection all over the Tidewater (in Virginia) and ... over those innocent people in the path of this hurricane. In Jesus’ holy name, be out to sea!”

Robertson told his congregation that his prayers have stopped a hurricane before.

He claimed it was prayers by him and a group of Christian businessmen that halted Hurricane Esther in its path in September 1961.

Robertson has a history of making comments that have brought him scorn. He tied the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, for example, to what he called a “pact with the devil” made by Haitians in the 18th century to get rid of their French colonizers.

But that didn’t stop Balrog, now, did it? And does that really work in real life? No it doesn’t and if you do believe that, I’ve got this book of fables to sell you in the lobby for $24.99! OK I don’t really have a book to sell you but still. But now we are going to cast our own “SHIELD OF PROTECTION” around our own church! Everyone, if you would join hands… it’s OK! Can we turn down the lights please? Oh LAWRD… if you may please guide our dear children of the church and protect their houses, their stuff, and their loved ones throughout this devastating hurricane. Wait, that didn’t work? Damn it!

“I don’t want that thing to come in,” Robertson said. “I don’t want it to hurt Regent, I don’t wait it to hurt CBN, I don’t want it to tear up the beautiful campus, I don’t want it to tear these trees down, I don’t want to see any damage, I don’t want a bunch of glass flowing, and I don’t want [damage] all over this area that is counting on us to pray for them.”

Televangelist Pat Robertson spoke at a special prayer service at his Christian Broadcasting Network today, ordering Hurricane Florence not to harm any of his facilities and to turn back out to sea.

At the moment, Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm that is expected to hit the eastern coast of the United States sometime later this week. In preparation, Robertson is declaring a “shield of protection” over his CBN network and Regent University and calling on God to intervene and turn the storm away from land.

Robertson claimed that when he first arrived in Virginia in 1961 to establish CBN, the region was threatened by Hurricane Esther, which he feared would destroy his fledgling network. As such, Robertson and his staff gathered in prayer and commanded the storm to shift course, which he claims miraculously happened because God stepped in to save CBN.

With another storm approaching, Robertson again gathered with CBN staff today to order Florence to veer away from land and produce no damage.
“I don’t want that thing to come in,” Robertson said. “I don’t want it to hurt Regent, I don’t wait it to hurt CBN, I don’t want it to tear up the beautiful campus, I don’t want it to tear these trees down, I don’t want to see any damage, I don’t want a bunch of glass flowing, and I don’t want [damage] all over this area that is counting on us to pray for them.”

Oh LAWRD please protect brother Pat from his own insanity! Thank you! But Pat Robertson’s claims about this hurricane are about as vile as he is! And he is the one who really needs saving!

He’s a magic man: Prominent televangelist Pat Robertson celebrates his magic powers, claims his prayers sent Hurricane Florence away from Virginia.

Earlier this week Robertson tried to establish a “shield of protection” ahead of Hurricane Florence, and now the televangelist is celebrating, claiming victory because he believes Hurricane Florence will not strike his properties in Virginia because God has responded to his prayers.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson continued to credit his prayers with changing the path of Hurricane Florence away from his properties in Virginia and toward states farther south.

There you have it folks! Pat once again talks out of his ass about the good LAWRD JAYSUS and thinks that he can simply pray away the hurricane! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:

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

This week Orange County, California representative Dana Rohrabacher. In a city next to Los Angeles, in an area known for diversity, it’s really the old white men who are calling the shots. And one of the oldest white men who continues to represent the county is Dana Rohrabacher. If you were to put up a profile shot of “Mr. Conservative”, he would probably win every time. But now in the era where Donald J. Trump is president, he’s known for something else. He’s known for being the most pro Trump, pro Russia candidate that’s ever been elected.

Dana Rohrabacher, the embattled Orange County congressman known for his close ties to the Kremlin, said Friday that Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions should resign after showing disloyalty to President Trump by refusing to shut down the Russia investigation.

For a Republican incumbent already in danger of losing his seat in a district that favored Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016, the remarks carried the risk of serious political damage.

In most of the nation’s hotly contested House races, the Russia scandal has not been a big focus. But Rohrabacher’s friendly posture toward Russian President Vladimir Putin has caused trouble in his run for reelection.

His latest comments came a day after Sessions responded to Trump’s extraordinary attacks on his own attorney general by saying the Justice Department “will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.”


So what does Congressman Rohrabacher have to do with Russia and Trump? He must be vying for that Attorney General spot in Trump’s cabinet should he eliminate Sessions – and we all know that day is coming. He’s just stalling the inevitable. But did you also know that Rohrabacher is a raging racist? Yeah we’re not surprised either.

In newly surfaced footage from a February 2018 interview on Voice of America (VOA) China, the U.S. government-funded broadcasting service, Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was asked if he wanted to offer a message to the network’s audience, which at the time was celebrating the Chinese New Year. He took the opportunity to riff on the racist trope about Chinese people eating dogs.

“Well, let me just note, coming in is the Year of the Dog,” Rohrabacher said. “Now, there are some people in the United States who don’t like it that Chinese people eat dog. And I want them, the Chinese people, to know, that we eat bunnies over here, and we eat all kinds of little animals. I don’t blame them for eating dog. I mean, if that’s what tastes good, that’s what tastes good.”

This is the interviewer’s reaction to Rohrabacher volunteering his opinion about dog meat, which was, coincidentally, also my reaction.

“We should make sure that we reach out to the Chinese people so they understand us, and we understand them,” Rohrabacher continued. “And we don’t attack their ways, they don’t attack our ways. But in fact, I believe that the Chinese people are America’s and the world’s greatest allies in seeking a peaceful world. Because they don’t want to live under tyranny and they want to live prosperous lives.

“So let them know in China that many people like myself—we don’t like their government, and we think the Chinese government is a real threat to the future of peace in the world—but the Chinese people, we can all be friends and work together for a much better world in the years ahead,” Rohrabacher said.

Yes whoa indeed. That is some pretty strong words there, and an extremely horrible and outdated stereotype at that. So who is funding Mr. Rohrabacher, you might ask? Well, it turns out some very shady people. And it also might surprise you (not) that he had to return that donation.

A jury in Virginia found Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, guilty on multiple counts of felony tax fraud this week. The ripples of those guilty verdicts reached the other side of the country to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

Rohrabacher recently told the L.A. Times Manafort was one of his “old friends,” and mentioned they first met working together on Ronald Reagan’s campaign.

Both men also have unusually close ties to Russia. According to Roll Call, Manafort worked “on behalf of the pro-Russian political party in Ukraine that held power there from 2010 to 2014.” Manafort met with Rohrabacher in 2013 and discussed matters related to the pro-Russian Ukrainians.

Three days after their meeting, Manafort made a $1,000 donation to Rohrabacher’s campaign, Roll Call reported.

After learning Manafort was a convicted felon earlier this week, Rohrabacher’s spokesperson told Roll Call that the congressman intends to fulfill a pledge to donate the $1,000 to a local charity. The spokesperson said the charity has not be chosen yet.

A jury in Virginia found Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, guilty on multiple counts of felony tax fraud this week. The ripples of those guilty verdicts reached the other side of the country to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).

Rohrabacher recently told the L.A. Times Manafort was one of his “old friends,” and mentioned they first met working together on Ronald Reagan’s campaign.

Both men also have unusually close ties to Russia. According to Roll Call, Manafort worked “on behalf of the pro-Russian political party in Ukraine that held power there from 2010 to 2014.” Manafort met with Rohrabacher in 2013 and discussed matters related to the pro-Russian Ukrainians.

Three days after their meeting, Manafort made a $1,000 donation to Rohrabacher’s campaign, Roll Call reported.

After learning Manafort was a convicted felon earlier this week, Rohrabacher’s spokesperson told Roll Call that the congressman intends to fulfill a pledge to donate the $1,000 to a local charity. The spokesperson said the charity has not be chosen yet.

Yes, a couple of bucks, but it came from such shady sources that Rohrabacher was ultimately forced to give it back. But with the extent of the damage that Russia did to our country in the wake of the 2016 election, is it any wonder that Rohrabacher might not win reelection?

While the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia and Russia's meddling in US elections has topped the headlines, Democratic midterm candidates across the country have found it difficult to engage swing voters on those topics.

But the contenders challenging Dana Rohrabacher in California's 48th District believe they've got a special case in the quirky Republican congressman, who has persistently advocated for closer US relations with Russia and claims to have once arm-wrestled Russian President Vladimir Putin.

With less than two weeks before California's June 5 primary, Democratic candidate Harley Rouda, who likes to refer to Rohrabacher as "Putin's favorite congressman," is taking a wry look at some of Rohrabacher's odder statements -- highlighting the Orange County congressman's unusual Russia connections with a light touch in a new digital ad featuring former 'Seinfeld' star Jason Alexander.

Rouda enlisted Alexander, who played the infamous George Costanza on "Seinfeld," to serve as his moderator in a mock debate with Rohrabacher, who appears in television clips from an iPad-style screen mounted on the podium opposite Rouda in the mock debate.

There you have it – Rohrabacher loves Putin so much that he actually once arm wrested the Russian dictator. That’s Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – another in the growing list of:

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Oxnard it’s time to once again ask:

Woody Allen’s career – how is this still a thing? In the wake of the #MeToo movement which took down Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby as two of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, one man who has widely been known as a sexual deviant still has a career. Of course that is the world famous director known as Woody Allen. Woody Allen – even his name is “Woody”. Yes, that is a very immature joke to make given the subject matter. But this week some shocking new allegations have been made that would point to Woody being guilty as ever.

Soon-Yi Previn has broken her silence to defend husband Woody Allen against allegations of molestation and to accuse her adopted mother Mia Farrow of abusing her emotionally and physically as a child.
In a rare and controversial interview published Sunday in New York magazine Vulture, Previn opens up about her relationship with Allen -- who was Farrow's partner for a significant period of time while Previn was growing up -- and says that her mother "was never kind to me, never civil."
Previn, who is originally from South Korea, was adopted by Farrow at the age of 6. Her sexual relationship with Allen, 35 years her elder, sparked global outrage when it was revealed in the early 1990s -- when she was 21 years old.
At around the same time, Allen was facing accusations of molesting 7-year-old Dylan Farrow, another of Farrow's adopted children. He has always denied the allegations and was not charged.

Uh huh sure, Mr. Allen, and we’re sure you have more than that. But this whole thing with Woody Allen isn’t going over too well with proponents of the #MeToo movement, and isn’t even going over well with most members of his own family.

Mia Farrow's children Dylan and Ronan Farrow have hit back at Woody Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn's claims that she was abused by the actress.

Previn, who caused a scandal worldwide when she embarked on a romantic relationship with Allen, who at the time was in a relationship with her adoptive mother Farrow, alleged in a piece for New York Magazine that the "Rosemary's Baby" star both verbally and physically abused her.

(WENN) — Mia Farrow's children Dylan and Ronan Farrow have hit back at Woody Allen's wife Soon-Yi Previn's claims that she was abused by the actress.

Previn, who caused a scandal worldwide when she embarked on a romantic relationship with Allen, who at the time was in a relationship with her adoptive mother Farrow, alleged in a piece for New York Magazine that the "Rosemary's Baby" star both verbally and physically abused her.

As well as spanking her with a hairbrush and slapping her round the face, 47-year-old Previn claimed that Farrow held her upside-down for lengthy periods of time and once threw a porcelain rabbit at her.

Previn made the allegations as she responded to Farrow, 73, and her daughter Dylan's claims that Allen sexually abused Dylan when she was a child.

And we’re sure that Woody’s nose grew just as much as Leslie Nielsen’s did. Yes, you can make your own jokes here. Go ahead. But here’s where it gets ugly – and of course it would. So maybe this is a case of this happening “too soon”? But really it’s weird and creepy to say the least.

Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen and the estranged adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, defended her husband against what she contends is unfair treatment in the #MeToo era and attacked her adoptive mother in her first public comments about the relationships in decades.

New York magazine posted on its website Sunday night an in-depth article about Previn in which she talks of a troubled relationship with her mother and tells how she fell in love in 1992 with Allen, who was Farrow’s boyfriend at the time.

The 47-year-old said she and her mother clashed soon after Farrow adopted her and that her mother many times treated her like a maid. She denies being manipulated into a relationship by Allen.

Previn told the magazine that she decided to speak out now because Dylan Farrow, who is an adopted daughter of Allen, is, in her view, unfairly accusing her husband of sexually abusing Farrow when she was a child.

“I was never interested in writing a ‘Mommie Dearest,’ getting even with Mia — none of that,” Previn told the magazine. “But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. (Mia) has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”


Sure, Woody will apparently join Bill Cosby at some point. Maybe the two of them can share a cell together. One thing is for certain though – even with the recent allegations and family drama, it appears that Amazon has done the right thing and won’t release his latest film.

Woody Allen’s latest film, A Rainy Day in New York, has been left in limbo after Amazon Studios appeared to shelve it indefinitely.

The production company, which was contractually obliged to distribute the film, said on Thursday: “No release date has ever been set.”

Amazon, which signed a five-film deal with the director in 2016, struggled to find wide theatrical distribution for his previous offering, Wonder Wheel, after renewed media focus on a sexual assault allegation made by his then seven-year-old adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992

Which is apparently true. Woody Allen has been rejected everywhere, apparently. He even revealed recently that Hillary Clinton did the right thing and returned his campaign donation:

Hillary Clinton returned Woody Allen’s contribution to her presidential run, the controversial director has revealed.

The New York Magazine’s website Vulture were interviewing Allen’s wife, Soon-Yi Previn, when he interrupted the conversation to make a point about the public perception of their marriage.

“I am a pariah,” he said. “People think that I was Soon-Yi’s father, that I raped and married my underaged, retarded daughter.”

Allen underlined the point by claiming the pair’s donation to Clinton’s last campaign was unceremoniously returned, implying it had something to do with his public perception. He did not disclose how much he planned to donate.

No, Woody, we won’t do that. But even Hillary Clinton rejected his donation. That’s enough to make you ask – Woody Allen’s career:

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Hey Oxnard it’s time for one of my favorite Top 10 segments. I really need a drink!

So of course you know the idea behind this segment is that we have a few drinks, get drunk and talk about anything in the news as long as it’s not politics. And it’s a good chaser after some of the really dark shit we talk about every week. So tell me bartender, what goes well with a haunted house? Liquid brains? What’s that? Ah fuck it, I’ll just take beer served in a beer bong. It’s been a while since I have done one of these. But why a beer bong? Because our good friend Post Malone – you know him as the singer behind the awesome album “Beerbongs And Bentleys” – has been in a bit of bad luck lately, but there may finally be a reason behind it. Where’s my beer? Thank you. But so you know what happened – Post Malone had a run in with that plane crash, then he was in a car crash. Here’s more.

Post Malone got into a serious car accident on Friday morning.

The wreck comes a little over two weeks after the left tires on a private plane the “Rockstar” singer and guitarist was aboard blew out on takeoff, forcing a scary emergency landing.

Malone, 23, was riding in the passenger’s seat of his white Rolls-Royce Wraith in West Hollywood when the car collided with a Kia, Sgt. Frank Diana of the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Department confirms to PEOPLE. The vehicle, which was being driven by Malone’s assistant, then smashed through a nearby fence before stopping in some bushes.

No injuries were reported from the accident, Sgt. Diana said. He also said no alcohol was involved in the crash.

Yes damn indeed! So that is some really shitty luck and we would like to extend our beerbongs to you, Mr. Malone! But here’s where it gets weird. Because of course it would! It turns out that Mr. Malone might actually be cursed, for real! Now cue the horror music!

At first, it looked like Post Malone had gotten himself caught up in a classic Final Destination scenario. In August, right after the VMAs, the rapper and his entourage boarded a private plane to London, only to have the tires blow off immediately after take-off. The pilot managed to land the plane safely, but the Universe appeared to believe it had been deprived of a soul it was owed; a few days later, armed robbers broke into a house where Malone used to live and demanded to see him. Fortunately, he wasn’t there. Again, he was fine, and again, the Universe seemed to rage. On September 7, the rapper’s Rolls Royce was T-boned by a Kia in West Hollywood. He made it out unscathed. Now, however, it seems this string of misfortune is not the Universe working to correct an accounting error, but the result of a good old-fashioned curse, obtained from a haunted box.

According to TMZ, Malone visited Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans’s Haunted Museum in Las Vegas back in June. Bagans showed him around while Malone casually sipped a beer, and at one point brought him to see the dybbuk box that inspired the horror film The Possession. “Dybbuk” is Yiddish for “malicious spirit,” and the box is believed to be the most haunted object in the world.

Yeah so Post Malone might actually be cursed. That is certifiably insane. Maybe not so much that he visited a haunted mansion in Vegas but the fact that his Rolls Royce got t-boned by a Kia. Now that is horrifying sir! And we’re not done!

Post Malone‘s old home was burglarized over Labor Day weekend, TMZ reported.

Three men allegedly broke a front window after midnight on Sept. 1 at the house in San Fernando Valley. A new resident of the house was reportedly pistol-whipped.

According to the outlet, one of the burglars shouted, “Where’s Post Malone?” although the musician no longer resides at the address.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that a burglary occurred last weekend but could not confirm that the home ever belonged to Malone.

So is Post Malone cursed? That is the question that we need to answer. But the real question that we need to answer is are haunted houses still a thing? And why would there be one in Vegas of all places?

Rapper Post Malone has not had the best of luck lately.

Some people believe it may be a result of something that happened during a visit to Las Vegas.

"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans has released video that shows the rapper inside of Bagans' haunted museum in downtown Las Vegas in June.

Bagans is seen touching what he calls the most haunted object in the world -- the Dybbuk Box.

Malone is then seen touching Bagans shoulder and Bagans jumps back. Bagans says that Malone saw a dark figure and it followed them out of the museum.

So Post, the next time you’re back in LA stop by the show and we’ll do some beerbongs because you definitely need to reverse that curse!

Well, all of that bad luck might just make sense now — according to TMZ, Post had messed with "the world's most haunted object" called the "Dybbuk box" not too long ago, and now spirits are after him. Plain 'n simple.

ANYWHO, after cracking open some cold ones with Zak Bagans — the guy from the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures — the two explored Bagan's Haunted Museum and touched the Dybbuk box.

Post isn't the only one who's felt the wrath of the Dybbuk box though — other people throughout history who have had the box in their possession have also reported ~strange phenomena~.

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[font size="8"]Deep State Diaries Episode 12: The US Navy
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It’s time for episode 12 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

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Ahoy mateys! Welcome aboard! We need some music for this one!

OK so you know that our show policy now is that we will never make fun of anyone on active duty or our armed forces. But we can make fun of the situation right? I mean after all, it’s our god given first amendment right damn it! So no journey through the Deep State would be complete without paying a visit to one of the most important buildings in the United States of America – the Pentagon! And of course the Pentagon famously has 5 branches which we will all be exploring. Soon to be a sixth if we create Space Force under the Trump administration. But if you need to know what those are – they’re the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the US Marine Corp, and the Coast Guard. Of which we will be exploring those later. But here’s what you should know what the Navy has been up to lately.

The U.S. surface Navy is moving rapidly toward buying a new large surface ship that will replace the aging cruisers, a ship that Navy leaders and experts say will need to be spacious to accommodate future upgrades and weapon systems.

The office of the Chief of Naval Operations Director of Surface Warfare, or OPNAV N96, has convened a “large surface combatant requirements evaluation team” to figure out what the Navy’s next large ship will look like and what it will need to do. The goal, according to the N96 head Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, will be to buy the first cruiser replacement in 2023 or 2024.

The acquisition process should kick off formally next year once a capabilities development document is completed, but a few main factors are driving the size requirement, Boxall said.

The fleet is pushing towards designs that can easily be upgraded without a major overhaul. To do that, the Navy thinks its going to need a lot of extra power for more energy-intensive weapons in the future, such as electromagnetic rail guns and laser weapons.

Apparently no boat is big enough for the US Navy. They need bigger boats and bigger boats! I mean what good is the USS Enterprise when the enemy already has a bigger ship waiting for them in the wings here? Yes, I do realize I almost said “shit”, sir, thank you. But what else has the Navy been up to? We have above water but what about underwater?

General Dynamics’ (GD) wholly owned subsidiary Electric Boat has been awarded a $480.6m contract modification to continue development of the US Navy’s next-generation Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarine.

Under the contract modification, the company will be responsible for providing funding for advance procurement, advance construction and long lead time material for the first Columbia-class (SSBN 826) nuclear submarine.

The US Navy intends to develop and deploy a fleet of 12 new Columbia-class SSBNs, with the construction of the lead sea-based strategic deterrent slated to commence at the end of 2020.

Initially awarded in September last year, the complete contract for the production of 12 vessels has a total potential value of $6.1bn.

I really wonder if actual US Navy troops love or hate that song? Hey if you do be sure to leave it in the comments after the show. If you don’t, we’ll post the best hate mail in a future Top 10! So we’ve covered above water and underwater. But what happens when the US Navy rolls out their latest vessel? See how I used Navy speak there?

On the Camden waterfront, the World War II-era battleship USS New Jersey can be found moored as a floating museum. Her fighting days long over, the state’s namesake — which was launched in 1942 — serves as a reminder of an earlier age of naval warfare.

Far to the south in Virginia, meanwhile, another USS New Jersey is slowly taking shape in a sprawling shipyard in Newport News.

Smaller and far deadlier than its hulking predecessor, the nuclear attack submarine SSN-796 will be the next ship to carry the state’s name.

Now about 43 percent complete, the New Jersey will be delivered to the U.S. Navy in late 2021, said a spokesman for Huntington Ingalls-Newport News Shipbuilding.

While only a few photos of the work in progress have been cleared for release, they show workers in tight spaces assembling interior modules of the submarine.

Excuse me a minute… OK moving on. So what is the take away here? The United States loves its’ boats and sea vessels, and the bigger they are the better they are! And the more firepower they can unleash on their wartime opponents! But the challenges that the US Navy faces are some of the more harder ones of the US military to face especially given the challenges of the sea.

The next time we have a big war, I think the Navy will be our armed service that is caught the most flat-footed.

Why? Because it hasn’t had its nose bloodied since 1945. That’s a long time to go without facing a serious combat challenge.

Yes, it has had violent losses, such as aboard the USS Stark. But there is not a single person wearing a Navy uniform that has experienced a full-on attack by an enemy fleet.

What will catastrophe look like? Well, to get a notion, rub together these two sentences from the September issue of Proceedings:

“Two things are certain in the perennial carrier debate—the Navy will have carriers for decades to come, and as long as it does, the argument about their centrality to the fleet will continue.”

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

Overall: A+

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We’re hanging out again in the Pentagon next week as we are going to explore the impact that Trump’s proposed Space Force has had on the US Air Force!

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Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest is one of my favorite bands of the last few years. Their latest album is called “The Now Now”. You can see them October 20th at the Demon Days Festival at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. Playing their song “Hollywood”, give it up for Gorillaz!

Oxnard we love you! We’ll be back soon! This is the final stop of the first leg of our tour, I want to thank all our amazing hosts, we will be returning to our home at the UCB Theater next week. See you next week!


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History curriculum in Texas remembers the Alamo, but could soon forget Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller.

As part of an effort to "streamline" the social studies curriculum in Texas, the State Board of Education voted on Friday to change what students in every grade are required to learn in the classroom. They voted to remove several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller.

The board also voted to add back into the curriculum a reference to the "heroism" of the defenders of the Alamo, which had been recommended for elimination, as well as Moses' influence on the writing of the founding documents, multiple references to "Judeo-Christian" values and a requirement that students explain how the "Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" in the Middle East.

The vote Friday was preliminary. The board, which is elected to represent geographic areas, will take a final vote on these curriculum changes in November and can make further amendments before then.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2018/09/14/history-curriculum-texas-remembers-alamo-forgets-hillary-clinton-helen-keller

So if we extrapolate this it's much easier to remove Hillary Clinton from textbooks than it is to remove Trump from the White House!

*audience applauds wildly*

This week on the Top 10 we are live from Oxnard! We play a game of "Where In The World Is Brett Kavanaugh's Debt?", Paul Manafort flips and pleads guilty, Trump denies that the death toll in Puerto Rico never happened, the NRA goes full 1488, we ask how the Nazi Salute is still a thing, and we ask about whether or not it's acceptable to use the white power OK symbol. Plus in our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we're going to take a look at the Sears retail chain and their rough financial shape - who's to blame? 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 simply pray away the hurricane. Plus we're going to debut a new segment called "Know Your Meme" and we're going to ask whether or not it's ever OK to use the white power OK symbol (hint: it isn't ever). And we have a new edition of "I Need A Drink" in which we're going to challenge Mark Wahlberg's insanely regimented daily routine. And the next installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries is going to take us sailing as we explore the US Navy! Plus some live music from Gorillaz!

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-11: Pumped Up Fists Edition

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #5-11: Pumped Up Fists Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up San Jose??? Can I first start by saying congratulations to the Cleveland Browns!! Yeah woooooooooo!!!! They almost won a game! But they still managed to fuck up. Hey every sport needs a team like the Browns for everyone else to make fun of. OK, back on topic. Man we’ve had a great time being out on the road but it’s great to be back in California where it all started. Of course we’re up in the Bay Area right now but eventually we’ll be headed back home before going out on the road again, and I could have been more thrilled with the way this whole thing turned out. So in case you’re wondering where we’re going next we’re headed to Lexington (yes, there are liberals in Kentucky), Boston, Philly, Nashville, Denver, San Diego, and of course London! So let me ask you guys something – have we reached peak asshole? I mean we have one sitting in the Oval Office, and we might be appointing one to SCOTUS! But really, in the last two years, Americans have really let out their inner asshole, case in point – the NFL. Yeah we will get to that whole bullshit in a minute. Yeah you know let’s take a minute and point out the insanity of this truck seen in Pennsylvania. Let’s throw that tweet up there:


BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Yeah let’s take a minute to embrace the sheer assholishness of this whole thing. Extremely poor grammar aside, the football being tied to a noose is the epitome of asshole. And the fact that he had to emphasize the word “STAND!!!!”, why couldn’t he just yell the whole phrase “STAND FOR THE ANTHEM!!!!”. Oh and by the way we can only guess where the owner of this truck was – he was probably at the bar yelling at the Steelers. Hey o! OK we have a lot of idiocy to get to this week, but first John Oliver is back and he discusses the ramifications of Florida’s voter ID laws:

Ed. Note – We are *NOT* going to be covering the horrible Botham Jean tragedy out of Dallas, making fun of that story would be beneath us, so we won’t try, and don’t ask us. Now back to the show!

Where do we begin this week? Well in the number one slot this week is of course the guy who is currently running the Greatest Shit Show On Earth – Donald J Trump (1) – is Donald Trump the worst boss ever? Oh yes he is, and we’ve got plenty of stories from the last week that prove it! In the second slot this week, is of course Florida senator Marco Rubio (2), and he got in a fight outside of the Kavanaugh hearings with Alex Jones, and well, it’s insane. At number 3 this week, since we were off last week, we really didn’t get to talk about Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis (3) and is he really a racist? He says no, but really, all signs point to yes. At number 4 this week is Roy Moore (4), and if you think he’s going away after that strange election last year, no! he was interviewed on the Sascha Baron Cohen show “Who Is America” and he is not having any of it. Taking the number 5 slot this week is of course our weekly investigative piece “Top 10 Investigates” and this week, we’re going to investigate a seriously bizarre claim from Elon Musk about the heroes who rescued those kids from that cave in Thailand. Just… how… who… what… why??? We’ll answer all those questions and more! At number 6 this week is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our resident pastor is going to tell you why religious people love Kavanaugh and recap the Dark One’s “Evangelical Night” at the White House. In the number 7 slot this week we have a new installment of “Beating A Dead Horse” and this week we’re going to take a look at Trump fan boycotts. So what happens when Nike hires former NFL superstar Colin Kaepernick as the face of their latest ad campaign? They respond in the only way that Trump fans know how: destroying property! At the number 8 slot this week we’ve got a new feature that we’re going to debut called “We’re All Gonna Die” and let’s face it, we all will at some point, but there are things that seem to speed up the inevitable and last week we had one such incident. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot we’ve got a brand new installment of “People Are Dumb” because, whew, people are dumb! Finally this week we’ve got the next installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries and since we could not do last week’s show, we are carrying this one over – and this week get your paint brushes, musical instruments, and scripts out as we explore the National Endowment For The Arts! And to close out, a little band from upstate New York that I like to call Coheed & Cambria. Yay!!!!! Oh the kids love Coheed don’t they? Well let’s get to it! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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In this part of the Top 10, we will ask the question “Is Donald J. Trump the worst boss of all time?” and we answer you: probably. Definitely in the horrible boss hall of fame for sure. In fact Trump is such a sociopath that it’s almost impossible to pick where to start this week. All you need to know is that he’s running the Greatest Shit Show On Earth currently. I mean come on he can’t even say the word “anonymous”!

But you know what? Since yesterday was the anniversary of 9/11, we’re going to tell you exactly what Trump thought when he woke up yesterday, and this is of course assuming he gets any sleep at all.

On the 17th anniversary of the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history and with a monster hurricane bearing down on the East Coast, the President of the United States woke up on Tuesday morning and tweeted this:

"'We have found nothing to show collusion between President Trump & Russia, absolutely zero, but every day we get more documentation showing collusion between the FBI & DOJ, the Hillary campaign, foreign spies & Russians, incredible.' @SaraCarterDC @LouDobbs"

That was one of three tweets Trump sent early Tuesday morning in which he quoted from guests or anchors on either Fox Business channel (that's where Dobbs' show runs) or Fox News channel. Trump also quoted Dobbs maligning the Justice Department and did some bashing of the department himself by insisting more should be done about the text messages sent between former FBI employees Peter Strzok and and Lisa Page.

Trump did send a few tweets referencing the 9/11 anniversary -- although they were decidedly self-referential.

First, he retweeted a post by White House aide Dan Scavino noting that Trump had signed a proclamation designation today "Patriot Day" and adding "#NeverForget #September11th."

That’s right! He chose to remember one of the worst days in American history by reminding people of the “rigged witch hunt” and somehow declaring this to be “Patriot Day”. You know don’t we already have a Patriot Day? I believe it’s called “July 4th”? Yeah thank you audience! And in case you’re still wondering what a malignant narcissist Donald J. Trump is, just check out these pictures taken yesterday:

See, this is why Trump doesn’t get invited to funerals or state functions. Remember that Foster The People hit from a few years back called “Pumped Up Kicks”? Maybe they could rewrite it to “Pumped Up Fists”. So how is Donald J. Trump the worst boss ever? Well let us count the ways!

Staffers in the Trump White House largely find themselves estranged from the Washington, D.C. social scene.

No one will date them, and some restaurants won’t serve them.

The primary safe space for thirsty young Trumpers has been the hotel bar at the Trump Organization’s hotel inside the Old Post Office building at 1110 Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks from the White House.

Residents of the District of Columbia filed a complaint challenging President Donald Trump’s liquor license based on his “bad character,” reports Huffington Post.

Like a lot of states, Washington’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has provisions requiring that licensees not be criminals. A citizen complaint goes over the many things Trump has credibly been accused of, pointing to “Mr. Trump’s lack of good character.” The complaint points out that Trump has been accused of sexual assault and paid $25 million to settle claims of fraud against Trump University.


That’s right! Trump is such a horrible boss that his employees cant even go out and drink in public anymore! And believe me, if I worked for the Trump administration, I would be drinking a lot too, and I do mean a lot! By the way I do love this Trump tweet from last week, can we throw that up there?


You know, Donny, I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure that a “fine tuned machine” wouldn’t have this many indictments and firings. Bad spark plugs! You’re fired! Get out of my car! So Trump is a horrible boss and the only thing he loves is his ass getting kissed. But what I really want to talk about is the New York Times Op Ed, which is driving him batshit fucking crazy.

Since Wednesday afternoon, when the New York Times published an incendiary op-ed by an anonymous senior Trump administration official—one in which the author admits to “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [the president’s] agenda and his worst inclinations”—the White House has been in a panicked hunt for its author.

The op-ed could scarcely have come at a worse time for the White House, where hackles were already raised over the contents of Bob Woodward’s newest book, Fear, which paints a portrait of an unstable president out of his intellectual depth and surrounded to some degree by aides who have to work day and night to prevent him from engaging in reckless and destructive behavior.

In order to track down the members of what the Times op-ed termed the “steady state”—that is, senior aides who keep in check a president they view as erratic but whom they are enabling in order to achieve their own policy objectives—Senator Rand Paul recently raised the prospect of subjecting everyone in the White House who holds a security clearance to a polygraph examination in order to root out leakers—even those who share unclassified information.


And you know how this must be driving Trump crazy? Because it’s getting more views than anything he’s done lately! So… where’s Nelson when you need him?

The anonymous New York Times op-ed that has dominated the conversation in Washington since being published Wednesday has already become one of the most-read pages on the Times' website this year, bringing in over 10 million views, according to CNN's Reliable Sources.

The bottom line: We still don't know who wrote it, but officials were quick to put their names in the "not me" column. According to Axios' Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan, Trump was made increasingly paranoid about those around him by the op-ed, and he's on a hunt to learn who's behind it.

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Conservatives often tend to be hateful dicks, not just on social media, but also in real life. In fact we pointed this out back in ( Idiots #5-2 about how conservatives are also afraid of getting banned for voicing their opinions of being hateful dicks. And this is 2018 for you – Trump is apparently afraid of this also, which is why he invited his favorite ass kissers Diamond and Silk to the White House and immortalized them in one of his infamous tweets.

Trump's tweets also come amid more general concern among some conservatives about perceived bias on the part of social media and tech companies.

In April, Republican lawmakers questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the internet-famous pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk. The pair had accused the social network of using algorithms and other methods to suppress their Facebook page. The company said site-wide changes that affected all users were responsible for any dip in traffic to the duo's page.

In May, the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee sent a letter to Zuckerberg and to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that said the companies "operate in liberal corporate cultures" but that "rampant political bias is inappropriate for a widely used public forum." And in July, Trump accused Twitter of "shadow banning" leading Republicans, or limiting their visibility in its search results. Twitter said the search blip was the result of a programming bug.

On Friday, Dorsey admitted Twitter's culture comes down on the left side of the political spectrum, but he said that didn't affect the way the company oversees its website.

Now if you’re trying to land a squeaky clean image, don’t look to Alex Jones, who was at the hearings and not only wasting the time of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he really showed Twitter founder Jack Dorsey and Marco Rubio who he really was.

Senator Marco Rubio engaged in a heated exchange with conservative conspiracy theorist Alex Jones during a press conference outside a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

During an interview with a group of reporters, Jones interrupted Rubio, calling him a “frat boy” and “a little gangster thug,” after Rubio tried to brush off his comments about social media platforms’ “purge of conservatives.” Jones continued to heckle the senator throughout the interview until the confrontation escalated when he touched Rubio’s shoulder.

“Hey, don’t touch me again, man. I’m asking you not to touch me again,” Rubio said.

“Well, sure, I just patted you nicely,” Jones responded before asking if the senator was going to have him arrested.

“I don’t know who you are. You’re not gonna get arrested, man. You’re not gonna get arrested. I’ll take care of it myself,” Rubio said.

We can only imagine it was like that! So what was being said during that little scuffle? Well, a whole lot of shit was being flung as you can imagine in the typical way that monkeys would fling their feces at each other.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones unloaded on Sen. Marco Rubio, calling him a “frat boy” as he ranted and raved his way through the halls of Congress Wednesday ahead of Senate hearings on social media.

Jones, a flame-throwing, right-wing radio host who has been banned from several social media platforms for spreading hate speech, crashed a Rubio interview and berated the Florida Republican.

Jones mocked the lawmaker’s laugh after Rubio said he didn’t know who Jones was before the back-and-forth quickly escalated.

“I don’t know who you are, man,” Rubio said as Jones repeatedly interrupted him.

When Jones reached out to touch Rubio’s shoulder, the senator warned him to stop.

“I don’t know who you are, man,” Rubio said. “I don’t really go on your website.”

“That’s why you didn’t get elected. You’re a snake,” Jones responded, touching the senator’s shoulder to keep his attention. “Marco Rubio the snake. A little frat boy here.”

Yeah go Randy go! So Rubio is the frat boy here? And he’s also a snake? Jones must be ingesting too many of his own lead filled products again. And guess what the immediate result was? He got banned for life from Twitter. Again, cue Nelson! Ha ha!

Twitter has permanently banned the accounts of right-wing conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones and InfoWars for violating the company's abusive behavior policies, the company said Thursday.

The ban appears to be related to a heated exchange between Jones and a CNN reporter Wednesday, which Jones live-streamed on the Twitter-owned video service Periscope. Jones ranted at the reporter, as well as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, following back-to-back congressional hearings where Dorsey addressed online election interference, as well as accusations of political bias and conservative censorship on the platform.

"We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts' past violations," the company said in a series of tweets. "We wanted to be open about this action given the broad interest in this case."

But he’s not going away! Alex is getting nuttier and nuttier by the day and I think he might have been ingesting too many of his own lead filled products.

Alex Jones, the shock-jock conspiracy theorist radio host who has been banned from just about every social media platform, pleaded with his viewers for their support, warning that “the minute you don’t stand up for me” will be when communist Chinese and globalist forces will shut down mainstream conservative thought and “take the president out.”

During yesterday’s Infowars broadcast, Jones focused almost exclusively on the fact that he no longer has access to most of the world’s major social media platforms, a privilege he lost after years of using his prior access to repeatedly use violent rhetoric, smear the victims of mass tragedies, and spew hateful claims about racial minorities and LGBTQ people. Most recently, Jones was banned from Twitter, which was widely seen as his last source of access to the mainstream.

Naturally, Jones warned that his removal from Twitter was the first step in a massive false-flag operation.

“I know when I see a PR-rollout so that everybody, when they have the mass shooting or the bombing and its blamed on an Alex Jones fan and a Trump supporter, everyone would have already heard that I’ve been pre-demonized, so no one will want to stand up for me and people will say, ‘Well, I guess we’ve got to take his website down itself and take him off the air,’” Jones said.

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Hey San Jose, we’re going to play a new game!

You know… you know republicans can’t seem to get a grasp on what is racist or not. And since Trump got elected, they can’t help themselves being racist. It’s almost like a sixth sense but just for those who vote for Trump and identify as republican. There’s touch, smell, sight, hearing, taste, and most people generally have a switch that tells them “hey, don’t be an asshole!”. These guys have that switched off – permanently! But then of course there is America’s favorite penis-shaped state, Florida which outdoes the rest of the country at crazy on an astronomical scale. Which is how they elected Ron DeSantis – who might be Florida’s next governor!

Rep. Ron DeSantis is resigning from his seat in Congress to focus on his race for Florida governor, his campaign confirmed Monday.

DeSantis is a three-term member of Congress representing the 6th District, a coastal seat just south of Jacksonville. He defeated Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the GOP gubernatorial primary two weeks ago, and is now running against Democrat Andrew Gillum in the general election.

In his resignation letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, he said he did not want to continue getting a salary because he will “likely miss the vast majority of our remaining session days.”

The resignation was retroactive and effective Sept. 1, his campaign said.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/10/ron-desantis-resigns-congress-813612

That’s right – Florida Man might become Florida Governor! Of course you could say that Rick Scott already is Florida Man, but Ron DeSantis takes it up a notch! You might be asking what does this have to do with racism? Well, that is a good question and I answer you with this!

On social media on Thursday, liberal groups and activists said that Congressman Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for Florida governor, was moderating a massive Facebook group with racist posts and conspiracy theories.

DeSantis' membership in the group was first noted by American Ledger, which is run by the liberal group American Bridge.

"It appears @RonDeSantisFL was moderating hate group on FB that regularly attacked on race and attacked Parkland survivors," tweeted Fred Guttenburg, whose daughter, Jaime, was killed in the Parkland shooting, and has since become a prominent gun control advocate. "If true this is bad."

DeSantis denied through a spokesman on Thursday that he ever led the group or even knew he had been added to it. He "immediately" left it when notified of the controversy, the spokesman said.

With close to 95,000 members, the Tea Party Facebook group racks up new posts by the minute, many of them offensive and featuring articles from far right websites.

Now before you boo, let’s ask the question “IS IT RACIST???”. Um… fucking a yes it is! And with 95,000 members just what kind of shit was getting posted on that board that they needed to have 52 active moderators monitoring the group at all times? That's a lot of racist memes! And I’m sure by now you’ve heard his infamous comment directed at Democratic candidate Andrew Gillium, so here it is for people who need a refresher:

Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is being criticized after saying that his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, would “monkey this up.” If elected, Gillum would be Florida’s first black governor.

Ron DeSantis appeared on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom Wednesday morning following Gillum’s unexpected primary victory. He called the Tallahasee mayor charismatic, but said he is too far to the left. Gillum ran on several progressive policies, including gun reform, LGBTQ rights and universal healthcare.

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” DeSantis said. “That’s not going to work, that’s not going to be good for Florida.” he added.

Some observers saw DeSantis’ use of the term “monkey this up” as a racist insult.

“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” said Terrie Rizzo, head of the Florida Democratic Party.

Yeah that’s the perfect graphic for this story. Now you can boo! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! So what was the apology then? Why guess what! It’s even more racist than the initial statement was!

Florida gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Wednesday defended his comments telling Florida voters not to "monkey this up" by voting for his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, after receiving sharp blowback from critics who called the remarks racist.

“It has zero to do with race, Sean, it has everything to do with whether we want Florida to continue to go in a good direction building off the success, or do we want to turn to left-wing socialist policies which will absolutely devastate our state,” he said on Fox News’s “Hannity” Wednesday night.

“So this is not about race, this is about ideas and principles, and I’m not going to let the Democrats and Andrew Gillum try to obscure a debate about whether his tax increases, his single-payer health-care plan, his desire to abolish [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], whether that is something that’s acceptable to Florida. I don’t think it is, and I don’t care what color you are,” he added.

DeSantis made the comments earlier on Wednesday about his opponent, who would be the first black governor of Florida, if elected.

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Sigh………………… seriously, Roy, just go away. You lost to Doug Jones back during that batshit crazy election last December that left us all exhausted when you were done. But you continue to exist and you continue to shoot yourself in the foot. His latest flap? Well, he appeared on Sacha Baron Cohen’s show “Who Is America” and was made to look like the total horse’s ass that he is. Well you know what? Let’s show the tape.

Yeah that was funny. I love Sacha Cohen and have been a huge fan of his since the early Ali G days, yes, I still have the first Ali G season on DVD. But here’s what is not funny.

Failed Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen after he fell for a prank on the actor's TV show months after his campaign ended.

The Alabama politician appeared on July 29 on the actor's controversial Showtime series, "Who is America?"

On the satirical program, Cohen spins off a concept he originated with "Da Ali G Show" by appearing as characters in interview segments and skits with subjects who are not in on the joke.

Moore was interviewed by Cohen, who pretended to be an Israeli anti-terrorism expert who had a "pedophile detector." During the episode, the device -- which looks like a hand-held metal detector -- was shown beeping near Moore, implying that he was a pedophile.

Holy shit!!! $95 million??? Uh, Roy, you’re not implying you are a pedophile! You are a pedophile! I mean if you want to see how batshit crazy Roy is, Mr. Cohen is not the first person he’s sued for defamation. You want to know the number of people he’s sued over last year’s insane election? Well how much time ya got?

Former Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has dropped his lawsuit accusing a number of groups and individuals of defaming him with campaign ads against him.

Moore’s attorney filed a motion Friday to dismiss the July lawsuit, according to AL.com, but did not provide details as to why Moore was seeking to drop the case.

Moore and his wife, Kayla Moore, filed the lawsuit in July, claiming that a number of “misleading” commercials cost him the open U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.

The commercials in question targeted Moore over the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him that arose in the last weeks of the Alabama Senate campaign, which he ultimately lost to Democrat Doug Jones.

But that’s not the only bad court thingy that Roy has going against him! If you remember that he sued his accusers in court, and guess what? That got dropped!

Instead of filing a lawsuit, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is dropping one.

Moore's attorney filed a motion on Friday morning seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought in July by the former U.S. Senate candidate against several people and political action committees related to the final weeks of the Senate campaign.

That's when Moore was fighting accusations of making unwanted sexual or romantic overtures from women when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.

Moore has repeatedly denied the accusations in public statements and court filings.

Moore is involved in four other lawsuits connected to the Senate campaign - three of which he has filed himself.

So maybe Mr. Cohen doesn’t need to worry because that suit will get dropped. But the ones going against Mr. Moore’s favor are still standing!

A defamation lawsuit filed against Roy Moore by one of his accusers will remain in Montgomery County, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Moore and the campaign for his failed U.S. Senate run had wanted the lawsuit Leigh Corfman filed against them moved to Etowah County on the grounds that both Moore and Corfman live there, and because Corfman alleged that abuse happened there.

During Moore’s campaign for U.S. Senate in 2017, the Washington Post published an article in which Corfman said Moore abused her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney for Etowah County. She was one of several people who alleged that they had improper interactions with Moore around that time.

Moore denied the allegations. He lost the election to Democrat Doug Jones.

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[font size="8"]Top 10 Investigates: Elon Musk Vs Cave Rescuers
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San Jose it’s time to investigate beyond the headlines. This is Top 10 Investigates!

In 2018 we have had a lot of crazy incidents but none was more horrifying than when a group of children and adults were trapped in a cave in Thailand. While the group was rescued without incident, it drew people from all over the world who offered to help. Everyone from the US Marine Corps to the Tesla Motor Corporation offered to help rescue the trapped. Unfortunately it’s the latter that is still causing problems over why his solution wasn’t the chosen one, even though it could have spelled a potential disaster:

The British caver who masterminded the rescue of 12 boys trapped in Thailand is to take legal action over Elon Musk’s latest slur that he is a “child rapist”.

Vernon Unsworth told The Times the billionaire’s allegations he had a child bride and had moved to an area notorious for child sex trafficking were “100 per cent” untrue and “very hurtful”.

The financial broker from St Albans, Hertfordshire, is preparing to start legal action imminently against the tycoon.

He is considering using the courts in Thailand, which could lead to Mr Musk receiving a jail sentence. Libel can be a criminal offence in the country and can result in a lengthy prison term.

Mr Unsworth is also considering defamation proceedings in London and the United…

Yes this is 2018 here, Elon, this is when things like Pizzagate and Qanon have hit the spotlight and got child rape and pedophilia in the news. By calling this man a pedophile, you are downplaying the horrible nature of these crimes. But he won’t shut up about this and in fact is doubling down:

Elon Musk has escalated his baseless attacks against a British diver, claiming without evidence that the man who helped rescue children from a cave in Thailand was a “child rapist” in an email to a reporter.

The embattled Tesla CEO faced widespread backlash in July when he first called the diver Vernon Unsworth a “pedo” in a tweet – an unfounded claim against a man who was part of the international team that freed 12 young footballers and their coach from the Tham Luang cave complex. Musk, who had unsuccessfully attempted to assist the rescue mission, eventually apologized to Unsworth.

On Tuesday, however, BuzzFeed published two new emails from Musk, in which he called a journalist who has written about the dispute a “fucking asshole” and he launched new extraordinary claims against Unsworth, without providing documentation to support the allegations.

Musk called Unsworth a “single white guy from England who’s been traveling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years”, alleging that he had moved to Chiang Rai “for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time”. He asserted that the city was “renowned for child sex-trafficking”.

Yes, this whole story is a giant pile of suck. Does Elon *WANT* to get sued? And in case you are wondering what Elon Musk is smoking, well, he must be either smoking some really good shit, or some really horrible shit.

Tesla shares fell more than 6 percent on Friday, after top executives resigned and CEO Elon Musk appeared to smoke pot in a video.

It wouldn't be the first time that investors were rattled by Musk's unconventional ways, sending stocks haywire.

Musk, 47, appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience on Thursday night. Over 2 1/2 hours, Musk discussed technology, unsheathed a sword and accepted what Rogan, a stand-up comedian, described as marijuana inside of tobacco.

"You probably can't because of stockholders, right?" Rogan said.

"I mean it's legal, right?" Musk said before smoking the joint. They were sitting inside a studio in California, where medical and recreational marijuana use is indeed legal.

Apparently, he did want to get high, and he got high on the Joe Rogan show. Which means he must have been smoking something when he launched those attacks against Mr. Unsworth. By the way he must have been violating his own company’s code of ethics, right?

Elon Musk may have violated his company’s code of business conduct and ethics after he was captured smoking marijuana with podcast extraordinary Joe Rogan on Thursday, a report stated.

CNBC reported the Tesla CEO's public puffing could hurt his professional career.

"Tesla also asks that you do your part by following safety and health rules and practices and reporting (either openly or confidentially) accidents or any unsafe equipment, behavior (such as use of illegal drugs) or conditions to your manager, supervisor, Human Resources or the Legal Department," the company's code of business conduct and ethics states. "Violence and threatening behavior are not permitted, and under no circumstances should you bring a weapon to work. Employees should report to work without being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. The use of illegal drugs in the workplace will not be tolerated."

In California, where the podcast was filmed, recreational marijuana use is legal. However, recreational use across the U.S. is illegal. CNBC pointed out people could argue Musk was "under the influence" while at work because he was representing the company in the interview.

So Elon might want to calm down after this latest string of incidents because not only is he costing Tesla money, he could forever jeopardize the future of Space X, and eventually any further space exploration:

News of Elon Musk’s infamous drag from a joint containing tobacco and marijuana has made it all the way to the Air Force.

The incident, which occurred during a live broadcast of a podcast recording with the comedian Joe Rogan, has already caused Tesla stocks to plummet in the latest in a spate of recent events that have raised questions about Musk’s health and his ability to lead his multiple companies. But Musk’s latest escapade could have effects beyond the bottom line.

SpaceX, another Musk project, has access to privileged information—such as where U.S. government satellites are—in its capacity as a federal contractor, and the Air Force is now faced with the question of what to do about Musk’s public smoking of marijuana, which is legal in California but not federally—and particularly not for people in the military or who have security clearance. Initial reports indicated the Air Force had opened an investigation into Musk, but an Air Force official later told The Verge that the military still wasn’t sure how to handle the situation.

There you have it, it’s almost as if Mr. Musk wants to get sued for his insane antics. This has been it for Top 10 Investigates. Good day.

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

My fair congregation, you know we were off last week so my sermon unfortunately so I did not get to comment on this. You know we have a few rules here at the Holy Church Of The Top 10 and while you don’t have to follow all of them, at least respect the rules. However, the EEEEEEEEEVIL forces currently occupying the highest office in the land don’t abide by any of these rules! And the Dark One, whose name shall not be named in my church, has violated all of them! Especially when he invited these people to visit the White House!

President Trump recently hosted evangelical leaders at the White House for what turned out to be nothing more than a political pep rally.

The president, according to reporting by The New York Times, urged clergy to use their pulpits to turn out voters for GOP candidates in the midterm elections. Otherwise, Donald Trump warned, Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently.”

The rhetoric is striking and dangerous. For those who attended the dinner — including some of the president’s staunchest supporters in the evangelical community — anything but a full-throated condemnation of the president’s remarks is theological malpractice.

No one has the right to claim God for one candidate or political party over another.

So far, unfortunately, the president has only received praise from these faith leaders. Robert Jeffress, who as the president noted at the dinner has called Trump the “greatest leader for Christianity,” issued a statement to the Christian Broadcasting Network in which he claimed to have spoken at the dinner in support of the president’s political goals, receiving what he called “enthusiastic applause” after saying Democrats would attempt to paralyze Trump’s agenda or impeach him.

Now while all are welcome here at the Holy Church Of The Top 10, the one person who is not, and shall never be, is the Dark One, creator of all that is good and evil, and his name shall not be named in my church! But you know… how do these people who unwaveringly support the Dark One get any sleep at night?

What sort of apocalyptic vision guides our commander in chief? What level of paranoia inspires such hyperbolic projections?

These questions are tendered as rhetorical exercise. We know what petty perdition this president has created for himself. And, sadly for the country, it needn't have been this way. Given the antipathy toward Hillary Clinton, Trump might have won the election without appealing to raw emotion and base fears. Later, he might have changed his tune as president and tried to appeal to a broader cross-section of Americans. Who knows? As McCain said, in this country nothing is inevitable. Trump might have united the nation in common cause.

Instead, he chose the ugly path. From immigration, to health care and tax overhauls, to foreign policy, Trump took the low road. Thus, the less-rhetorical question is: How do these evangelical pastors sleep at night?

We know that many conservatives voted for Trump because he promised to appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court. We also know that Trump ran away with the evangelical vote.

But one must ask these men and women of the cloth: Is it really more important to hope for a Supreme Court that might reverse (or, more realistically, erode) Roe v. Wade than it is to have a president of whom we can be proud? In whom we can trust to be thoughtful, honest and impervious to every little slight?

Yes, even the good LAWRD JAYSUS is ashamed of his followers at times! Not all of them mind you, but let’s take a minute and extrapolate on the man who gives the Dark One his connection to GAWD, and let’s let this sink in for a minute who this guy is.

A pastor who has previously courted controversy by suggesting that Islam promotes pedophilia and that Jewish people are going to hell has said evangelicals still back President Donald Trump—although they don’t support “extra-martial affairs" or "hush money payments.”

Speaking in an interview with Fox News on Monday night following a White House dinner hosted by Trump honoring evangelical leaders, Pastor Robert Jeffress commented that evagelicals’ support for the president had not been damaged by allegations from his former lawyer Michael Cohen.

“I know a lot of people are still perplexed—why are Christians so supportive of Donald Trump?” Jeffress, who is a member of Trump’s Faith Advisory Group, told Fox News.

“Well, it’s really not that hard to figure out when you realize he is the most pro-life, pro-religious liberty, pro-conservative judiciary in history and that includes either Bush or Ronald Reagan. I think that is why evangelicals remain committed to this president and they are not going to turn away from him soon,” he added.

Now Pastor Jeffress, really? In one sentence you done contradicted yourself there! You say that the Good Book condemns the practices of the Dark One, but then you say that we should support the Dark One 100%! Well, which is it? Either you side with the devil, or you don’t! That’s the way it works in my church, for it says “He who is without sin shall never think twice about who he supports!”. And if you don’t believe me you can pick up a copy yourself and read it! But apparently they have sold their souls to Satan to support the Dark One!

In one sense, there is no mystery to understanding why 80 percent of white evangelical voters supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and continue to back him at about the same level two years into a chaotic and controversial administration.

Trump pledged during his campaign to defend religious liberty, stand up for the rights of the unborn and appoint conservative jurists to the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts. And he has done exactly that. The pro-abortion rights lobby NARAL has complained that Trump has been "relentless" in pursuing these goals, calling his administration "the worst ... that we've ever seen." Political strategists should advise the president to put that quote in direct-mail ads to evangelical households.

Trump's rise also came at a time when many Christians saw religious liberty as being under unprecedented attack. President Barack Obama's administration was trying to force the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for abortifacient drugs and other contraceptives against their religious beliefs. During oral arguments in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, Obama's solicitor general told the Supreme Court that churches and universities could lose their tax-exempt status if they opposed same-sex marriage.

By the way how great is our Gospel Choir? Let’s give it up for them! You know it’s absolutely staggering to me why those who claim to be on the side of good support someone who is so evil! So what does Pastor Jeffress believe in? What does he believe in?

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has voiced his support for President Donald Trump's tough foreign policy efforts, stating that an "eye for an eye" is an "effective way to run a country."

The head of First Baptist Church of Dallas and a longtime supporter of President Trump, Jeffress appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business Channel last Friday.

Jeffress spoke positively about the Trump administration putting pressure on the Republic of Turkey over imprisoning American Pastor Andrew Brunson.

"[Trump] believes that to attack one American is to attack all Americans," said Jeffress. "It seemed like for decades we walked around as a country with a 'kick me' sign on us, inviting countries to attack us without recrimination. Well, those days are over."

"The president believes in 'an eye for an eye' and 'a tooth for a tooth.' And while that's a lousy way to run your personal relationships, it's a pretty effective way to run a country."

Yes, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Does that mean you get a pussy grab for a pussy grab too, Pastor? I mean come on now! I hope that’s the take away you get from tonight’s sermon! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:

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[font size="8"]Beating A Dead Horse: Trump Fan Boycotts
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San Jose, it’s time for another installment of:

We’ve seen time and time again since Trump took office what his fans will do when the manufacturers of their favorite products go against their political beliefs. They light that shit on fire! They drop it from buildings. They shoot it with shotguns! They send drone strikes! And you would think I’m making that last one up but hell no, there is actual video of this. Can we show that? Yeah so that happened! So now let’s play the story and see if you can guess what happened when a major product manufacturer had introduced its’ ad star, and it’s one of Fox News’ favorite punching bags at that? Well… can ya?

Outrage over Nike's decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its new ad campaign has prompted some to protest by destroying their Nike products.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who was the first NFL player to popularize social justice protests during the national anthem, tweeted an image on Sunday from Nike's 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign of his face accompanied by the words "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything."

A couple hours after the announcement, country musician John Rich posted a photo on Twitter explaining that his band's sound man, a former Marine, had cut the Nike logo off of his socks.

"Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions," Rich tweeted.

Oh please! Se, Rich, here’s the thing – Nike don’t care. See here’s a little secret of the big business world they don’t tell you, so I will! They already got your money! If you want to really send a message to Nike, just take that $90 that you were going to spend on their shoes and light that shit on fire directly! Now that’ll show them! But it seems that Nike is getting the last laugh!

Talk of Nike Inc. sales taking a hit from the company’s decision to put ex–NFL player Colin Kaepernick at the center of its latest “Just Do It” campaign is looking overblown, based on data from a Silicon Valley digital commerce research company.

After an initial dip immediately after the news broke, Nike’s NKE, +1.89% online sales actually grew 31% from the Sunday of Labor Day weekend through Tuesday, as compared with a 17% gain recorded for the same period of 2017, according to San Francisco–based Edison Trends.

“There was speculation that the Nike/Kaepernick campaign would lead to a drop in sales, but our data over the last week does not support that theory,” said Hetal Pandya, co-founder of Edison Trends.

Nike’s stock has also held up after its initial slump. The stock rallied 2.2% on Monday and has retraced 93% of the decline to a three-week low that it suffered on Sept. 4, immediately after the campaign was revealed. It has gained 31% in 2018, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% , which since 2013 has counted Nike as a member, has gained 5%, as the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.20% has risen about 8%.

Now here’s the question we got to ask – do boycotts work? Are they really that effective? I mean you can talk all the shit you want about Wal-Mart, but they got those low low prices and a whole warehouse full of shit! So why talk shit about companies when you’ll just go out and buy their shit anyways?

Americans love a good boycott—whatever their place on the political divide. This week, conservatives began ripping up their socks to protest Nike’s new ad campaign featuring former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Meanwhile, liberals called for a boycott of In-N-Out burger following reports that it had donated $25,000 to California Republicans. The hashtag #BoycottInNOut started trending on Twitter, and Eric Bauman, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, tweeted his support for the boycott with the words, “Et tu In-N-Out?”

In recent years, calls to boycott fast-food chains have multiplied, perhaps because their popularity and ubiquity in everyday life makes them a convenient, high-profile target. In 2012, Chick-fil-A came under fire from progressive activists because the family that owns it donated to organizations fighting same-sex marriage. In 2016, conservatives called for a boycott of Cook Out Restaurant, a fast-food chain whose employees in Colonial Heights, Virginia, once refused to serve Donald Trump supporters. In 2018, progressive activists called for a boycott of the pizza chain Papa John’s because its founder, John Schnatter, used a racist epithet in a conference call earlier this year. And activists have repeatedly called for boycotts of Carl’s Jr., which has been described as “the Fast-Food Chain of Trump’s America,” for reasons ranging from accusations that the company mistreats its workers to complaints about its ads featuring scantily clad women.

So boycotts in the modern era simply don’t work. They’re just an excuse to call attention to the problem and get whatever douchebags are for or against said products to really show their spirit! Like in the case of the aforementioned In-N-Out boycott:

Sometimes a hamburger is just a hamburger. Other times, a hamburger is a way to signal your support for the Republican Party and its fast-food loving president to strangers on the internet.

Last week, it was reported that fast food burger chain In-N-Out gave $25,000 to the California Republican Party. California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman tweeted out a call to boycott the burger chain, which he has since walked back. In response, Students for Trump founder Ryan Fournier and other Republicans rallied online, urging people to “spread the word and get some food from there.”

Then the right-wing internet did its thing and produced a meme that is cringe-worthy, even for them.

This meme, detailing a “Republican Style” order at In-N-Out has been circulating among pro-Trump Facebook groups. It depicts “a yuge ‘wall’ of meat, with an extra large order of Partiot [sic] Fries smothered in a red wave of delicious ketchup.” It also suggests accompanying the burger with a “cold cup of liberal tears, downed by an entire 24-pack of American-made plastic straws.”

That last reference about straws is a nod to the groups of conservative posters who filled their drinks with handfuls of plastic straws in response to cities banning plastic straws for environmental protection reasons. One of those bold straw flaunters was former Pussycat Dolls member turned conservative pundit Kaya Jones, who also pounded some In-N-Out and posted about it with the caption, “Hope you have a triggered Tuesday.”

No, Kaya, you see, we’re trigged into laughter here, and we’re not laughing with you, we’re laughing at you! And what a waste of plastic straws at that too! I mean come on, this whole “triggered” thing has been played out. It’s just not funny or cute anymore, you’re being wasteful and abusive. Cut that shit out, now. Wasting 24 straws in a single setting isn’t going to trigger us, all it does is make you look like a wasteful asshole. But apparently some are fighting back like Liberty University!

Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University and a close ally of President Trump, told USA TODAY Sports in a phone conversation Friday that Nike’s ad campaign centered around Colin Kaepernick might cause the school to re-consider its relationship with the apparel company, which signed a contract last year to outfit Liberty’s athletic teams through 2024.

OK republicans, we get it! You hate him, you really hate him! And good luck getting out of that contract by the way, Jerry! Oh and how about College Of The Ozarks joining in? Oh no! not College Of The Ozarks!

The College of the Ozarks, a school you’ve probably never heard of until right this moment, has done the institutional version of setting its Nike gear on fire by terminating its contract with the company, citing Nike’s controversial Colin Kaepernick ad.

The ad, which appears in print and on video, prominently features Kaepernick along with the tag line, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

In a statement released on Wednesday (h/t CNN), the College of the Ozarks said it was choosing “country over company.”

Or how about the small town of Kenner, Louisiana? Oh no! not Kenner, Louisiana!

A US city has banned its parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike equipment after the sportswear giant launched a new ad campaign featuring controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Local government staff in Kenner, Louisiana, were told of new rules last week, introduced in an apparent response to the brand’s use of the former NFL star in commercials.

In a memo sent to the Kenner’s parks and recreation director, mayor Ben Zahn demanded none of the city’s $125,000 (£97,000) leisure supplies budget be spent on Nike products.

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Hey San Jose! It’s time for our brand new feature:

Yeah we’re all gonna die at some point, but the question is how? You know nobody wants to die but living in modern society there’s plenty of ways to speed up what will eventually be the inevitable, like walking off the edge of a building while staring at your phone, sending an online death threat, or joining a fraternity and binge drinking yourself to death, what? Too soon? What? That’s the joke you choose to go out on sir? OK fine. Well, what I’m getting at is that this week there was one incident that sent the message that we’re probably all gonna die! And an airplane, let alone a transcontinental flight, is probably the last place anyone expects to meet the Grim Reaper.

A plane from Dubai landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport and was held away from the terminal after several passengers on board reported feeling sick.

The Emirates Airbus A380 arrived at Terminal 4 after 13 hours in the air and was met by the Centers for Disease Control and Port Authority police.

After interviews and inspections, 10 crew members and passengers were transported to a Jamaica Hospital in Queens. Nine others showed symptoms but refused medical treatment.

Oh calm down we’re not gonna die just yet. You know how every time a natural disaster happens there’s always some person on the inside who’s giving you the inside dirt on what’s going on on the inside? Well here’s where it gets weird. Because of course it would!

Earlier today, a flight that had left Dubai in the United Arab Emirates landed at JFK International Airport in New York with 549 passengers and crew on board—and was promptly quarantined due to a mysterious ailment spreading throughout the cabin. In the neighborhood of 100 people on board showed symptoms including coughing, fever, and vomiting, though only 11 ended up being taken to hospitals for evaluation.

Centers for Disease Control staff, working with regional authorities and Customs and Border Patrol officials, later said it had “completed health evaluations (including taking temperatures)” of all on board and cleared the vast majority to move forward with their days. Apparently among those given the green light was none other than recording artist Robert Matthew Van Winkle, who is almost certainly much better known under his stage name Vanilla Ice.

Excuse me a minute… yes, that guy was the guy who was giving us the inside dirt! Because here’s the thing you’re already in an airport with people all over the world, you put your laptops and bags voluntarily into petri dishes full of god knows what kind of germs, I am really surprised that this sort of thing doesn’t happen more often. And if you’re concerned that a plane might be the place where you’ll meet the inevitable, well, things just got worse!

What's the most germ-filled spot in an airport? The bathrooms? Those crowded waiting areas? The passport checking counter?
Surprisingly, none of the above.
A new study from a team of experts from the UK's University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, published in the BMC Infectious Diseases journal, has revealed those airport security plastic trays are the biggest culprit for spreading germs in airports.
So next time you're dumping your phone, passport and laptop into the tray -- it might be worth having the hand sanitizer handy.
Revealing study
The team monitored germ levels on a variety of surfaces at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland during the winter of 2016.
Germaphobes will be horrified to find out they found evidence of viruses on 10% of all the surfaces they tested. Other germ hotspots were shop payment terminals, staircase rails, passport checking counters, children's play areas and -- unavoidably -- in the air.

And we put our laptops in these things, voluntarily, and uncovered! Just… let that sink in for a few minutes. So why does what happened at JFK not happen more often? Why aren’t people screaming about the inevitable zombie apocalypse at this point?

About 10 people who were aboard an international flight that landed Wednesday at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport are being evaluated at a hospital and tested for respiratory illness, officials said.
The cause of the illness on Emirates Flight 203 is "probably influenza," New York City acting Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot told reporters.
She said doctors will know more when they get the results of respiratory tests done on the three passengers and seven crew members late Wednesday.
About 106 of the more than 500 people on the flight, which originated in Dubai and landed just after 9 a.m., reported symptoms like coughing, fever or vomiting, she said.

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Hey San Jose it’s time for this!

So of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And there were some gems this week. So who was stupid this week? I want to start of course with this story out of America’s most penis-shaped state of Florida. Here’s the thing. If you’re in a position where you could get arrested – whether it’s on drug possession, DUI, whatever, maybe it’s probably not the best time to crack jokes with the arresting officer.

A Florida man was charged with marijuana possession and a license plate light violation that got him pulled over in the first place. However, it's not why he was arrested, but how that's catapulted this moving violation into the limelight.

According to The Smoking Gun, Brandon McComas was driving a silver sedan in Vero Beach, Florida, on Monday night when a sheriff's deputy noticed his car's license plate light was out and proceeded to signal the driver to a stop. As the arrest report shows, the deputy approached the driver's side door and quickly noticed McComas "attempting to conceal a large bulge in his left front pocket."

As a result, the deputy conducted a pat-down search on McComas, fearing that the bulge might be some kind of weapon that could be used against him. When McComas was questioned about the large bulge in his pants, he simply replied: "That's what she said."

Unhumored by McComas' portrayal of Michael Scott from The Office and unable to determine what the bulge was, the deputy placed him in handcuffs and conducted a thorough search. "It's just weed," McComas allegedly said once the search began, and a more extensive search revealed that the bulge had nothing to do with McComas's male anatomy, but that it was a cylindrical plastic case containing marijuana and a small glass pipe. A subsequent search of his car turned up a second pipe that McComas reportedly claimed was his.

Next up – sticking with the Sunshine State, you know there’s only two places where a drive thru window should be, either on a bank ATM or a fast food restaurant. They should never be, I don’t know, in your fucking house!!!

Four drug overdoses led police last week to raid a drug house that had a drive-thru and walk-up window, the Ocala Police Department said.

Police said William Parrish Jr. and McKenzee Dobbs were selling drugs out of a mobile home on Northwest 23rd Place near Northwest 35th Avenue Road and Northwest 21st Street.

Investigators said the home had signs indicating when it was open or closed for business and signs directing motorists where to drive.

Police said the couple transformed a kitchen window into a drive-thru window because it didn't want to draw attention by having customers regularly entering and exiting the home.

Once again sticking with America’s penis, this might fall under one of the worst restaurant promotions of all time. Everyone knows that monkeys are dicks (we should know, we elected one! Hey o! ), so don’t bring them to a restaurant, and don’t encourage your customers to do so!

A restaurant in Florida has canceled its weekly “Monkey Mondays” after a customer’s pet monkey bit a child’s finger.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Stuart, Fla., started the exotic pet-friendly tradition when a local couple would bring their two monkeys to the restaurant and eat on the patio. The wait staff started calling the weekly practice “Monkey Mondays,” Miami Herald reported.

However, those days are over after a 9-month-old Capuchin named JoJo bit an 8-year-old boy on the finger.

The incident reportedly happened July 16 when the boy, Jaxon, tried to “grab [JoJo] trying to play.” The monkey bit the boy’s pinky, leaving a small cut on his hand.

Next up – we’re going to Beantown and the state of Massachusetts for this one. OK, OK, OK…. You know the Eagles fans and the Patriots fans hate each other. Although how great was it when Tom Brady got his ass handed to him in the last Super Bowl? Well, maybe the Patriots fans in Massachusetts would prefer to forget that ever happened, unless you happen to stop in Dunkin Donuts.

Coffee drinking football fans in New England are probably none too happy with their Dunkin' Donuts these days.

The coffee chain apparently accidentally mixed up the Philadelphia Eagles World Championship cups with New England Patriot cups, FOX29 reported.

Somehow the Eagles cups got mailed to Massachusetts. So now, Patriots fans are stuck drinking iced coffees flavored with defeat.

Too much?

The company sent a statement to The Sun Chronicle after it caught wind of the mix-up: “We appreciate our loyal customers for bringing this to our attention, and we are taking steps to ensure all of our local stores are stocked with the correct cups. Go Pats.”

Thank you sad trombone! That would make a great Southwest ad, it writes itself! Next, we’re heading to the West Coast and the state of Washington. OK… any story where a beaver is involved you just *KNOW* is going to be met with vagina jokes, because, well, that’s what happens. Especially this way:

KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A man has been arrested for animal cruelty after a woman said she witnessed him sexually assaulting a beaver in Columbia Park late Monday night.

The woman said she saw someone run the animal over with a car and then tried to help it by wrapping it in a towel before going home to get a container to put it in.

The woman claims she returned to the site about 30 minutes later and found a man on top of the beaver with his pants unzipped.

The witness then called police to report the incident.

See the entire article at https://www.yaktrinews.com/news/police-arrest-man-for-sexually-assaulting-beaver-in-columbia-park/790375468

Excuse me a minute… Finally this week you know if you’re known for a book called “How To Murder Your Husband”, and you’re arrested for, I don’t know, murdering your husband, maybe that probably would not be the best thing for you! Because I would think that would make you the not only primary suspect, but also the most obvious one!

She wrote about romance, she wrote about storytelling and she wrote about mystery -- and nearly seven years after she wrote an essay titled "How to Murder Your Husband," 68-year-old Nancy Crampton Brophy allegedly did just that.

Crampton Brophy, who was arrested last week for the June 2 murder of her husband, Dan Brophy, wrote the essay on Nov. 4, 2011 for the website See Jane Publish.

"As a romantic suspense writer, I spent a lot of time thinking about murder and, consequently, about police procedure," Crampton Brophy wrote.

Crampton Brophy's essay was first reported by the Oregonian/OregonLive on Tuesday afternoon. See Jane Publish is now a protected blog on WordPress, meaning access is approved by the blog's owner. A Google search, however, revealed the headline and a preview for the essay's URL.

Oh sure it starts with texting and ends with murder! Like you do. And that was it this week for:

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[font size="8"]Deep State Diaries Episode 11: The National Endowment For The Arts
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It’s time for episode 11 of Deep State Diaries. Yes we’re touring the 24 branches and services that make up the United States government. Everything from the FBI to the IRS to the Pentagon to the CIA to the DPW to the DVA to parks and recreation and all branches and services in between. Of course if you’re here you probably already know more about our government and how it works than your average Fox News loving Trump supporter does. So that’s what this segment is going to address. We are going to do a deep dive into all that makes the United States the United States. Because we here at the Top 10 love to educate as well as entertain. Because we care.

[font size="6"]The National Endowment For The Arts[/font]

Now we will take our paint brush and paint this nice little bush here. Oh don’t worry, it will be our little secret to this painting. Oh… hello! If you think I’m not doing a piece on the arts dressed like Bob Ross, you are dead wrong sir / madam! So this week it’s going to be a fun and relaxing entry into our ongoing journey into the Deep State. No end of the world shit doom and gloom this time. We’re going deep into the deep state to talk about one of our country’s biggest institutions – the arts! And specifically the National Endowment For The Arts, the committee that helps fund, create, and promote America’s creative side. So break out those instruments, get your manuscripts read, rehearse your lines, and grab your paint brush and pallets and let’s go on a journey to explore America’s creative side. So say you’re doing a play at a local theater, how does that theater get funded?

Boyden is one of 25 Literature Translation Fellows for the fiscal year 2019. In total, the NEA is recommending $325,000 in grants this round to support the new translation of poetry and prose from 17 countries into English.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these 25 new projects, building on more than 35 years of funding literature translation,” said NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “Translation not only provides American readers with access to many of the world’s most talented and respected writers but through the skill and creativity of the authors and translators, readers can explore new and often unique perspectives and experiences.”

Since 1981, the NEA has awarded 480 fellowships to 425 literary translators, with translations representing 69 languages and 83 countries. The review criteria for these projects consist not only of the translators’ skill but also the importance of a particular work to English-speaking audiences, including those authors and languages that are often underrepresented.


So even literature is an important feather in our caps. But it’s not just literature and art that get funding from this committee.

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance is a recipient of a $15,000 grant, which will be used to host a month-long celebration for the National Endowment for the Arts in El Paso. The NEA Big Read grant is awarded to organizations that broaden the understanding of local communities through the joy of storytelling.

The NEA Big Read in El Paso will focus on a theatrical adaptation of Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, which will open on Oct. 3 and run through Oct. 14 at the Wise Family Theatre. Activities will take place throughout UTEP and El Paso leading up to the opening night — including book and ticket giveaways, live readings and scene performances.

“The Big Read allows us to further educate and connect with our community, and what the grant allows us to do is, hopefully, introduce ourselves to people who haven’t thought about or been to our theatre,” said Rebecca Rivas, performance professor and director of Bless Me, Ultima.

The coming of age novel, Bless Me, Ultima, is set in the 1940s in San Rosa, NM. The story follows Antonio Márez as his curandera and protector, Ultima, who graces him with the courage to face growing up in a mixed community, the moral collapse of his brother, childhood bigotry and many violent deaths. Under her wise guidance, Tony examines the family ties that bind him, while at each turn in Tony’s life there is Ultima who will nurture his Chicano heritage.

We hope that the play is better than that, sir! So what about actual arts? What about arts that require you know people who can draw and paint? Yes, they too get some funding!

The seventies were a time of major change in the United States—the Vietnam War ended, abortion became legal, Title IX was signed into law, President Nixon resigned in the midst of Watergate. The art world experienced similar upheavals. Chris Burden staged “Shoot,” his infamous performance during which an assistant shot him in the arm, in 1971. Judy Chicago began “The Dinner Party” in 1974, an epic feminist history project whose artistic merit was debated on the Senate floor. During this decade, the National Endowment for the Arts also announced its intention to bring art to all Americans, which came with a considerable funding increase. Its budget doubled to $31.5 million in 1972; by 1974 that number had increased to $64 million. This influx of money to artists, programs and art organizations had huge effects, not the least of which was a proliferation of independent, artist-run spaces.

Prior to this era, there were few places for emerging artists to show work in Chicago, outside of a handful of commercial galleries and the Art Institute’s annual “Chicago & Vicinity” exhibition. Many universities, such as the School of the Art Institute, did not yet have their own galleries. So artists opened their own spaces. N.A.M.E Gallery was founded in 1973, as were the feminist co-ops ARC and Artemisia. Randolph Street Gallery opened in 1979. “Those kinds of cooperative galleries came about because artists felt they needed a place to show,” says Lynne Warren, a longtime curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. “And that was a particular impetus for women artists.”

The history of these alternative spaces, and the through-line that connects them to the contemporary Chicago scene, will be explored in the EXPO panel, “Alterity and the Exhibition Environment: Feminist History of Alternative Spaces in Chicago.”

You know… you know think of this entry as the pallet cleanser. We’ve had nothing but doom and gloom for 11 entries into the Deep State. So now read up and this one and delight at the tapestry of art, dance, theater, and of course, music. Before we get into some actual art consider this.

A new vision of the arts breaks the old mold of the lone avant-garde artist and exclusive highbrow audience. Today, the arts work for all of us in a multitude of ways.

I’m late to the arts. I grew up on a farm, we rarely visited a museum, never went to the theater and had very little art hanging on the walls of our home. We did have the art of nature all around us and participated in ethnic traditions and rich culinary experiences.

But back then, few respected the folk arts and us “country bumpkins” were labeled as lacking “culture.” Thankfully, the arts have evolved and we are witnessing an inclusive, dynamic change. As I age, the world of arts around me is maturing.

The old definitions of what is art are giving way to a new, dynamic redefining of art in our daily lives. As Jane Chu, former chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, explained at the Aspen Arts Festival, “We are moving away from the paradigm that the arts are off by themselves in a silo, or off in a corner, or they’re elitist or that only some people participate while others don’t.”

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

Overall: B+

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Next week it’s the first of five parts as we will start exploring exactly what our military does as we dive deep into the US Navy!

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I am extremely excited to have our next guest on! My next guest have a new album coming out on October 5th and recently wrapped their tour but will be going back on the road again soon. Their new album is called “Vaxis Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures” and playing their song “The Dark Sentencer”, give it up for Coheed & Cambria!

San Jose, we love you! And also special thanks to the LOL Comedy Festival, we are off to Oxnard’s amazing Levity Live venue next! See you next week!


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Preview For This Week's Top 10 Conservative Idiots

Before we get into the latest insane thing Trump did this week, we're going to play a game of "What's In The Background?". So... what's in the background? Wait for it...


Yup, they respect the flag by blowing their snot into it! And that's what's in the background!

*audience laughs and applauds*

This week on the Top 10 - we are live from the San Jose Improv! We're going to play a game of *cue reverb* "WHO IS THE NEW YORK TIMES OP ED WRITER???", we play a game of "What's In The Background", Trump might be the worst boss ever, Roy Moore sues Sasha Baron Cohen, Alex Jones gets kicked off Twitter for good, we add Marco Rubio to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected, and we're probably all gonna die. For real this time! Plus we've got a new edition of "Beating A Dead Horse" in which we're going to show you how Trump loving conservatives are beating into the ground their undying hatred of Colin Kaepernick. OK, we get it guys, you hate him, you really hate him! And in our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we're going to find out exactly what the fuck is going on with Elon Musk and the Thai Cave Rescuers, it's quite insane. 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 side of the Kavanaugh hearings, because, JAYSUS. Plus we've got an all new edition of People Are Dumb, because people are dumb. And the next installment of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries is going to explore our creative side as we check out the National Endowment For The Arts! And speaking of the arts, some live music from Coheed & Cambria!

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Preview For This Week's Top 10 Conservative Idiots

Well it's kind of like the real thing - plastic hair, no one wants to be around him, no brain present, and people just don't seem like they care to be in his presence.

*audience laughs and applauds*

This week the Top 10 is live from Seattle! We'll ask the question - is Ron DeSantis a raging racist? Spoiler alert! Yes. Also John McCain's funeral takes jabs at Trump, Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward both lost big in the primaries, Alex Jones attempts to shadow operate Infowars as more racists are getting banned from social media, and we add Oklahoma senator James Inhofe to the growing list of people who somehow got elected. Plus we've got a new Profiles In #Civility where we're going to tell you about a Trump fan who threatened to murder journalists. And in our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, we're going to find out why Trump isn't allowed to speak at public gatherings. And in our weekly visit to the Holy Church of the Top 10 in "Holy Shit", our resident pastor is going to present to you a who's who of Trump's crazy evangelical night. And we've got a new People Are Dumb, because people are dumb! And finally the next chapter of our ongoing series Deep State Diaries is going to get in touch with our creative side as we explore the inner workings of the National Endowment Of The Arts! And a live performance from Scars On Broadway!

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