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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #8-8: 4 Pardons & A Penance Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #8-8: 4 Pardons & A Penance Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up University Of Wisconsin? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! Next week you guys, Stupidest State 2020! Are you ready? I know I am! I cannot wait for the return of the NFFSA this year and I promise it's going to be a good one! And I can also guarantee that it will be more entertaining to watch than your local XFL team is this season! Too soon? Ah who am I kidding? It's so easy to make fun of the XFL isn't it? Do we have time for the thing? So Leap Day is this Saturday everybody! Yes, it’s that magical day that happens only once every 4 years when we gather to worship Leap Day William. Oh wait, that was on 30 Rock. No, it’s that extra day of the year that happens once every 4 years. And if you’re looking for something to do, why not get married… IN HELL!!! Yes, the town of Hell, Michigan, which only has a population of 72, has a deal for you. You can get married – for FREE – at the tiny chapel in Hell, Michigan. Because I mean come on, what happy couple out there wouldn’t want to say that they got married in hell? Although let’s face it – you’re in Michigan in February. Under about 6 feet of snow. That pretty much is the definition of hell in my book! Hey o!!! But there of course is a catch – it’s a mass wedding. And come on, what good can come from a mass wedding, am I right? But the real hell is for your outside guests – because like I said they’re in the middle of Michigan – in February. Want a white wedding? Well this will be a really white wedding! OK that’s enough of the intro, we got a lot of idiocy to get to but first John Oliver is back and he catches up with the high crimes and misdemeanors from India’s Najendra Modi and the rise in Hindu nationalism is particularly scary:



Another week, another round of conservative insanity and lunacy. In the first slot this week, is of course the guy who we currently call “president”, Donald J. Trump (1), and now that he’s been vindicated, he thinks he can let a whole bunch of his criminal buddies off the hook, most troubling is former Illinois governor and con man Rod Blagojevich (BLAGO!!!). Where is Jon Stewart when you need him? In the second slot this week is Julian Assange (2). And some extremely troubling new revelations from ex-communicated former California representative, Dana Rohrabacher point to a Trump pardon if Assange engaged in some election tampering at Russia’s expense. Shit just got real! In the third slot this week, is Bill Barr (3). He’s been dropping hints that he might resign due to Trump’s incessant tweeting and interfering with DOJ investigations, but will he really? Only one way to find out! Taking the fourth slot this week is the Alt Right (4). Alt Right snowflakes are melting down after “Gun Girl” Kaitlin Bennett, who became famous for taking her AR-15 to her Kent State graduation ceremony, went to Ohio University and was met with a mob. Or was it a mob? The level of intensity varies depending on who you talk to about the incident. In slot #5 this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and why were Delta Airlines passengers allowed to board a flight to Kona, Hawaii when they were possibly infected with the Corona Virus? And why weren’t they stopped? Our crack investigative team will get to the bottom of this subject! At slot #6 this week of course is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6), and this week’s sermon – is faith based tourism coming to an end? Our resident pastor discusses what’s going on at Orlando’s “Holy Land Experience” theme park and other religious tourist destinations! In slot #7 this week is the return of one of our favorite segments – “Explaining Jokes To Idiots” (7) and this week, over the top daytime talk show host Wendy Williams is under fire for a disgusting joke about the murder of Drew Carey’s ex fiancé, and we’re reminded of another incident that happened last year involving the band NOFX! At slot #8, we have a new edition of “This Fucking Guy” and we’re going to profile Frank Amedia (8), the creator of a super far right pro-Trump prayer group called “POTUS Shield”, and whew, this guy is insane! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a new “I Need A Drink” (9), and what are people bringing on planes? There’s everything from tents to miniature ponies, stop it people, just stop it! Finally this week, our segment that is our 2020 voters’ guide “Keeping Up With The Candidates”, is coming to an end. Now don’t be sad! We start Stupidest State next week! But before we go, we are going to talk about the madness that went down at the Democratic debates. Plus the palate cleanser for listening to my bullshit, we have some live music for you from heavy metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo! Buy their new album MMXX, or you are no friend of this program! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Remember when we used to just lock crooks up? I miss those days. But with a crook in charge it seems like all the criminals who got locked up before him are now getting off the hook. Perhaps the most famous of these is former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. BLAGO!!!! Yeah where is Jon Stewart when you need him? Yes, I understood that reference. But this week Trump pardoned a whole bunch of criminals who got locked up, mostly for financial crimes, but the most troubling of this bizarre series of pardons is most definitely Blago himself. And when you see the group that Trump included Blago in, well, it gets worse and worse!

President Donald Trump wielded his powers of clemency Tuesday for convicted white-collar criminals and the former Illinois governor accused of attempting to sell a US senate seat.
The wave of pardons and commutations, some of which Trump has been considering for years, came amid a post-impeachment flurry of presidential prerogative, from ridding his team of aides he deemed disloyal to flagrantly inserting himself into Justice Department matters.

Trump announced midday he had commuted the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat who has served eight years of a 14-year sentence for the pay-for-play charges. Trump had been weighing the move since at least since 2018.

"He served eight years in jail, a long time. He seems like a very nice person, don't know him," Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews, suggesting the television appeals of Blagojevich's wife Patti helped cement his decision.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Tuesday night that Blagojevich was released from the Colorado federal prison where he was housed. Patti Blagojevich announced on her Twitter account that the family will hold a "homecoming press conference" at noon ET Wednesday at their residence.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/18/politics/donald-trump-rod-blagojevich-commutation-sentence/index.html




Aw… poor baby! He served in jail a long time? Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time! Man, conservatives can dish it out but they sure as hell can’t take it. By the way if you want to see the company that Trump keeps, not only did he pardon Blagojevich, he also pardoned people like former San Francisco Giants owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr, who was busted for fraud. And former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik, also busted for fraud. Or financial kingpin Michael Milkin, also busted for fraud. I’m sensing a patten here but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Oh wait.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday granting a full pardon to Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers for his involvement in a gambling fraud case in Louisiana in the late 1990s, according to White House spokesman Hogan Gidley.

DeBartolo was suspended from the NFL in 1997 and fined $1 million over an extortion case involving then-Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards. As the star witness, DeBartolo testified that he paid Edwards $400,000 in exchange for his help in securing a riverboat casino license. Edwards ultimately was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and extortion charges in 2000 and DeBartolo pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report a felony.

DeBartolo eventually ceded control of the 49ers to his sister, but was still inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016 for presiding over a team that earned five Super Bowl trophies during the 1980s and ‘90s.

Jerry Rice, a legendary wide receiver who played under DeBartolo, credited him with his success and described him as the "12th man that was on that football field."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/18/trump-grants-full-pardon-former-san-francisco-49-ers-owner-debartolo/4793992002/




Except that there is no bad court thingy here. Trump pardoned a bunch of fraudsters, hucksters and scam artists. If we extrapolate this, does that mean that Trump is a fraudster himself? Of course everyone in this audience already knew that! But let’s go back to that thing that Trump said about him not knowing Rod Blagojevich. YES YOU DID!!! He was on the Celebrity Apprentice!! Kiss Trump’s ass and it is a get out of jail free card!

There had been rumblings for a while now about President Donald Trump commuting Rod Blagojevich’s sentence — something multiple Illinois Republicans were advising against two years ago — but it’s finally happened.

And naturally, it’s brought renewed attention to how Trump and Blagojevich know each other — going back to the days of The Celebrity Apprentice.

The episode Blagojevich got fired on was focused on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and his time on the show ended with Donald Trump grilling him over his lack of research on Harry Potter facts.

As Trump confronted BLagojevich over what his group did wrong, he said, “Your Harry Potter facts were not accurate. Who did the research?”

Blagojevich tried to make excuses but ultimately Trump said the onus was on him because he “went to Orlando to learn about Harry Potter.”
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/throwback-when-blagojevich-appeared-on-celebrity-apprentice-and-trump-confronted-him-over-harry-potter-research/




Ah yes, Celebrity Apprentice – the show where Meatloaf and Gary Busey practically murder each other over art supplies and former governors get fired for doing some poor research on Harry Potter. This is such a great time to be alive isn’t it? But there is an interesting development in all of these pardons – it turns out that they could have a huge damper in the GOP’s election strategy in Illinois – a key swing state, because Rod Blagojevich is considered persona non grata in that state!

A new report from the Herald Tribune claims that the Illinois Republican Party’s election strategy has been thrown into disarray after President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence of infamously corrupt former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

“Looking ahead to the November general election, leading Illinois Republicans thought they had a marketable message to voters by pointing to myriad federal investigations that have ensnared Democrats at the city, suburban and state level,” the publication writes. “But Republican President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to commute former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s prison sentence on federal corruption charges may have short-circuited the GOP’s strategy.”

Even though Republicans across the country typically hold their tongues when it comes to criticizing the president, Illinois Republicans did not hesitate to knock Trump for his decision to free a man who was convicted on multiple corruption charges after trying to sell the Senate seat of former President Barack Obama.

“Blagojevich is the face of public corruption in Illinois, and not once has he shown any remorse for his clear and documented record of egregious crimes that undermined the trust placed in him by voters,” five Illinois Republicans said in a joint statement after the commutation. “As our state continues to grapple with political corruption, we shouldn’t let those who breached the public trust off the hook. History will not judge Rod Blagojevich well.”
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/trump-may-have-short-circuited-illinois-republicans-election-strategy-with-blagojevich-pardon-report/





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Is quid pro quo a crime or is it not a crime? Well this isn’t so much an act of quid pro quo as it is a complete and total clusterfuck. And of course if former California representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-Kremlin) were one of the witnesses in the impeachment trial against Donald J. Trump, then this could have serious implications. Just because Trump was implicated on two crimes does not excuse him from the other 100,000,000 he’s accused of! And it doesn’t take a Harvard educated lawyer to figure that one out! So what happened between Rohrabacher, Assange, and Trump? Calling this entire thing a “clusterfuck” is a misnomer if there ever was one!

President Donald Trump offered a pardon through an intermediary to Julian Assange if the WikiLeaks chief agreed to say that Russia was not involved in hacking emails from Democrats during the 2016 presidential election, a lawyer for Assange reportedly told a court in London on Wednesday.

Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald made that claim during a hearing related to the U.S. request to extradite Assange from the United Kingdom to face more than a dozen criminal charges in the United States, according to The Daily Beast news site.

Fitzgerald referred in that hearing to a statement from Jennifer Robinson, another lawyer for Assange, saying that then-Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told Assange that, “on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr. Assange ... said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC [Democratic National Committee] leaks,” The Daily Beast reported.

Rohrabacher, whose pro-Russia stance led to him being derisively nicknamed Vladimir “Putin’s favorite congressman,” allegedly made that claim during a visit in the summer of 2017 to Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/19/trump-offered-julian-assange-pardon-for-covering-up-russian-hacking.html




Yeah that’s kind of what trying to figure out this whole thing is like. So Assange was offered a pardon if he could clean up the hacking mess and say that it didn’t happen? After seeing the shape he left the Ecuadorian embassy in, asking Assange to clean something up would be like hiring Walter White’s pest control service to kill your bugs. Kills bugs dead! So how did this whole thing go down?

A judge in the United Kingdom will allow Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange to argue that he was offered a pardon by U.S. President Donald Trump in exchange for issuing a statement that Russia was not the source of leaks beneficial to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser signed off on the request made by Assange’s defense team during a Wednesday court appearance that was mainly administrative in focus—but which supplied the evidentiary bombshell—in anticipation of a Monday extradition hearing.

Assange is controversially charged in the U.S. with disclosing state secrets in a move that was heavily criticized by First Amendment advocates and civil libertarians. His defense is currently fighting an extradition request.

SBS reporter Ben Lewis broke the news by noting that Trump’s alleged request was said to be delivered via former California GOP congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
https://lawandcrime.com/awkward/interview-from-3-years-ago-appears-to-corroborate-assange-lawyers-claims-of-trump-pardon-dangling/




This whole thing is absolutely fucking crazy. And why is this already page 6 news? This should be on the front page with big, bold headlines highlighting that there was a former Congressmen in all of this and that the entire administration was in on it! These guys are completely insane. And come on, it’s Trump, he’ll give you a pardon and you don’t have to do anything! Just have your lips firmly placed on Trump’s ass! And his ass is big, it needs a lot of kissing!

A former corporate chief executive who spent his post-prison years helping inmates return to society received a pardonfrom President Donald Trump on Tuesday at the urging of former Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie and long-time ally Jeff Chiesa, a former state attorney generaland interim U.S. senator, represented Ariel Friedler, the founder and former CEO of Virginia-based Symplicity Corp., in his application for a pardon. They submitted the request for a pardon more than a year ago.

Trump called Christie on Friday and they discussed the pardon for the first time, the former governor told NJ Advance Media.

He said Trump asked him, “Are you convinced he’s a really good guy?" and Christie responded, "Yes, Mr. President.”
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/chris-christie-asked-trump-to-pardon-this-former-ceo-so-the-president-just-did/




Please!! And come on, if you think this whole Assange thing is bad, just wait until you see what he has in place for Roger Stone! Instead of 4 weddings and a funeral, this is 4 pardons and a penance. Getting the R next to your name is basically a get out of jail free card when they’re the most corrupt and out of control administration in American history? Yeah break the law and you get a slap on the wrist!

Roger Stone has come a long way.

He was once the subject of an acrimonious departure from the Trump campaign, despised by one of Donald Trump’s closest aides. When he was later convicted of lying to the Congress, obstructing investigators and intimidating a witness, the same person cheered from the sidelines.

But now, after Stone received his three-plus year sentence on Thursday, the longtime Trump political whisperer has become a MAGA-world symbol of deep state overreach and judicial corruption. The president is championing his cause on Twitter, risking a rift with his attorney general. Stone’s erstwhile critics are now decrying his unfair treatment.

And it’s all become the worst kept secret in Washington: Trump won’t let Roger Stone go to prison.

“It’s not a question of if,” said a former senior administration official who remains in contact with Trump and his senior advisers. “It’s when.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/20/roger-stone-pardon-saga-116172





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See here’s the thing Bill, you knew the job was dangerous when you took it! When you work for an unstable man child like our president, @realDonaldTrump, he’s going to break the rules and treat you like shit. It just goes with the territory. But there’s been lots of calls for our Attorney General, Bill Barr, to resign. The Trump administration has created a revolving door and an absolute mockery of the highest institutions in the USA. Doesn’t matter if it’s the Attorney General, the State Department, or even the White House janitor. Well, given Trump’s diet, I would hate to have that job! But why does Bill Barr suddenly have a beef with Trump over his tweets?

Attorney General William Barr has told people he's considered resigning over President Donald Trump's interference with Justice Department matters, particularly the President's tweets, according to a source close to the situation.

While it's not clear if Barr is serious about potentially resigning or looking to send Trump a message, those discussions punctuate a palpable tension between Trump and Barr in recent days after the Justice Department was roiled by a cascade of controversies this past week, a separate source said, adding that the two appear to be in a cooling-off period after Barr's remarkable interview with ABC News.
"I think they have calmed down. I think they're cooling off," the source said.

Barr has been frustrated with the President chiming in on federal law enforcement matters in recent weeks, which he has made clear privately to Trump, though people close to the President said it's unlikely he will stop and pointed out that Trump weighed in on Justice Department issues long before Barr took the job. So far, Trump has ignored Barr's requests to stop weighing in, though some inside the administration have raised questions about whether the attorney general is seriously considering resigning or simply attempting to send a message to Trump.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/18/politics/barr-resign-trump-tweets/index.html




Well yeah actually Bill is the guy who is in the wrong here! Stop saying wrong!!! But come on Bill, are you serious? Have you seen @realDonaldTrump’s Twitter feed? Dude, he’s calling Adam Schiif an idiot right now! Oh look he used “Shifty Schiff” again! What a remarkably clever stable genius he is! And if you need any further proof that these two are stable, functioning geniuses who should be in charge of the highest levels, just check this out!

More than 1,100 former Department of Justice officials are calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign after his department lowered the prison sentence recommendation for Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Trump, in a move that's led to accusations of political interference.

In a letter released Sunday, the former DOJ officials, who have worked across Republican and Democratic administrations, wrote that Barr's intervention in the Stone case has tarnished the department's reputation.

"Such behavior is a grave threat to the fair administration of justice," the former officials wrote. "In this nation, we are all equal before the law. A person should not be given special treatment in a criminal prosecution because they are a close political ally of the President. Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies."

On Monday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington had recommended a prison sentence of up to nine years for Stone's 2019 conviction on charges including making false statements to Congress and witness tampering.
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/16/806525297/1-100-former-doj-employees-call-on-barr-to-resign-after-intervening-in-stone-cas




Dude, Bill, we need to have an intervention here. When 1,100 of your fellow attorneys are calling on you to resign, you should probably resign. Shit, even Bill’s own close, personal friends are calling on him to resign. Yeah, cue the Sad Hulk Music! We haven’t heard that in a while. At this point is there really no one who has called yet on Bill to resign? Maybe Trump but he’s claimed the Attorney General as his own personal fixer. That’s what happens when you’re run by the mob!

Nine U.S. senators signed a letter on Friday calling for Attorney General Bill Barr to immediately resign after the Justice Department submitted a new sentencing recommendation for former Trump adviser Roger Stone this week, NBC reports.

What they're saying: "The interference in this case by you or other senior DOJ officials working under you is a clear violation of your duty to defend fair, impartial, and equal justice for all Americans."

"It appears to show that you and other top DOJ officials intervened in a clearly political fashion to undermine the administration of justice at the President's behest in order to protect a well-connected political ally who committed a 'direct and brazen attack on the rule of law.'"

"The shocking actions taken by you or your senior staff to seek special protections for Mr. Stone make a mockery of your responsibilities to seek equal justice under the law and reveal that you are unfit to head the DOJ."
https://www.axios.com/democratic-senators-bill-barr-resign-letter-545a8b3c-91a7-4793-b3db-82fb3a8fe1f8.html




Dude, Bill, you fucked up! You trusted Trump! That’s what is going to happen! And you know Trump can’t exist without his fixer. I mean the average lawsuit against him is currently hovering around the $20 million mark. Of course that’s a conservative estimate. So really, how are you going to manage all those lawsuits? You need an asshole. Trump’s an asshole, Barr is an asshole. It seems only natural that these two would be compatible with each other!

Former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer called on Attorney General William Barr to resign or be impeached, Monday, in an article for the Atlantic.

In the article, titled “Bill Barr Must Resign,” Ayer, who served under President George H. W. Bush, claimed Barr desires “the creation of a president with nearly autocratic powers.”

“Barr’s Federalist Society speech suggests that he is ready to say nearly anything in pursuit of his lifelong goal of a presidency with unchecked powers. As Napoleon is reputed to have said, the man who will say anything will do anything,” wrote Ayer, adding that the “benefit of the doubt that many were ready to extend to Barr a year ago” has “now run out.”

“He has told us in great detail who he is, what he believes, and where he would like to take us,” Ayer continued. “For whatever twisted reasons, he believes that the president should be above the law, and he has as his foil in pursuit of that goal a president who, uniquely in our history, actually aspires to that status.”
https://www.mediaite.com/politics/former-deputy-attorney-general-calls-on-bill-barr-to-resign-hes-made-america-subject-to-the-whims-of-a-dictatorial-president/





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The Alt Right. They’re the younger, hipper version of the KKK. Proudly terrorizing cucks and libtards since 2017. It’s so easy to make fun of them isn’t it? And for a group who claims to hate safe spaces, they sure do need a lot of safe spaces don’t they? But like I said it is really easy to make fun of the Pepe The Frog crowd. One we need to talk about is Kailin Bennett. Yes, you know her as the gun-toting, 2nd amendment absolutionist who gained internet notoriety and a job at Infowars when she took her AR-15 to her Kent State graduation ceremony. Well, Bennett is the host of a talk radio podcast called “Liberty Hangout”, because they’re so cool and hip. Well, Kaitlin Bennett is one person who probably should not be invited anywhere, because she’ll get kicked out.

I, too, know the joys of watching Kent State "gun girl" Kaitlin Bennett get marched off a campus.

Before Bennett was driven off Ohio University campus by a crowd of protesting students this week — more on that later — I had the pleasure of watching as she was ejected from a Bernie Sanders town hall for workers at a high school in Lordstown, Ohio. Later that night, conservative conspiracy theorist, pal of white supremacists and (former) Bumble aficionado Jack Posobiec tweeted a video of Bennett’s ejection from the event that went viral and, to my surprise, I made a cameo.

While the focus of the video is on Bennett as she’s marched out of the event, one eagle-eyed Twitter user chose instead to focus on the joy it brought others. Namely, me.

Yeah, that’s me in the gray peacoat, mockingly waving at Bennett as she was led out of Sanders’ rally.

I’m ashamed to admit that my brain has been poisoned by the internet enough that I actually recognized Bennett when she arrived at the event. Evidently no one else did, as they let her simply walk into the town hall.
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/kaitlin-bennett-gun-girl-first-amendment-university-campus-a9343251.html




No, they’re saying boo-urns!! Yeah why don’t we file that one in Reddit under “Oddly Satisfying” because nothing is more fun than watching a trash talker get her ass handed to her. You can’t go out in public like that, honey after shit talking people. And then you can’t go to your safe space to complain about it later. This is the real world, you got to be tough!!! There are no safe spaces! Of course the degree of this event varies depending on who you talk to.

Gun rights activist and Kent State graduate Kaitlin Bennett was greeted by a crowd of screaming protesters Monday when she visited Ohio University.

Bennett came to internet fame for taking a celebratory stroll around campus carrying a semi-automatic rifle after her graduation from Kent State University in 2018.

A video she posted on Twitter, referring to it as a “riot,” showed a crowd of students yelling and throwing drinks at her car as it drove slowly through the campus.

“This is what happens when a Trump supporter goes to a college campus,” she said. “I think @realDonaldTrump should strip funding from universities like this that harbor terrorists.”

Ohio University Police said in a statement they posted on Twitter that Bennett never notified police of her visit.

“Although such notice is not required, the lack of it deprived the department of the ability to plan staffing levels,” the statement read.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/18/kent-state-gun-girl-kaitlin-bennett-faces-protests-ohio-university/4792457002/




Wow, she seems like a real upstanding citizen! Not notifying police of who she is or the fact that she was going to be filming at the campus? Sounds like something Trump would do. So how does someone as crazy as Kaitlin Bennett become a media star? Well to become a star in the conservative world, all you have to do is launch a podcast talking about how much you hate Democrats and Hollywood, then retreat to your safe space when you get called out. And that’s exactly what she did!

Conservative activist Kaitlin Bennett arrived on the campus of Ohio University on Monday to film candid interviews with students about Presidents’ Day. Instead, she was quickly surrounded by student protesters, who hounded her off campus within two hours. Bennett posted a video online in which she called the fracas a “riot.” The university’s police department said in a statement that Bennett had not alerted them about her campus appearance, which prevented them from planning protection for her. Police also said the event “did not rise to the level of a riot,” involving only strong language and splashing water. Bennett may not have finished filming the video she planned to shoot, but the one she made instead surely reached an even broader audience. The incident had one clear takeaway: Kaitlin Bennett has turned herself into a bona fide conservative media star.

That’s an identity she has been working toward since she was an undergraduate at Kent State University. As a student, Bennett was an outspoken gun rights activist who organized an open-carry demonstration on campus. She had also served as president of the campus chapter of Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA (a nonprofit whose mission is, in its own words, to “identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote freedom”), devising a viral stunt in which club members wore diapers to ridicule “safe spaces”; she resigned when the event became a national laughingstock and the national group distanced itself from her chapter. In her bridge-burning resignation letter, Bennett called Turning Point “an organization founded by a college dropout who hires some of the most incompetent, lazy, and downright dishonest people I have ever encountered.”
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/02/how-kaitlin-bennett-became-a-bonafide-conservative-media-star.html




Shut up!!! Yeah so in order to become a star in the conservative world, all you have to do is wave a Bible, shoot a gun, and talk shit about Democrats. It’s a winning formula! I’ve figured it out! Well, Kaitlin Bennett must be grinning to join Tomi Lahren as the Fox News blonde du jour. But really you can’t talk trash, and not expect people to fight back. And don’t go crying to your safe space the next time you get your ass kicked in public, honey!

Gun rights activist and social media personality Kaitlin Bennett received a less-than-warm welcome from the students of Ohio University during a visit to the Athens campus on Monday.

Bennett is best known for her viral photos on Kent State University's campus, where she posed with her gun and graduation cap in 2018.

Since then, she's become a controversial figure on social media.

When Bennett and her 'Liberty Hangout' tour arrived at Ohio University on Monday, students greeted her vehicle by throwing beverages in her direction and giving her the middle finger.

"This is what happens when a Trump supporter goes to a college campus," Bennett tweeted along with video of the incident. "Leftists at @ohiou started a riot when @Joelpatrick1776 and I showed up, and the @oupolice let it happen. I think @realDonaldTrump should strip funding from universities like this that harbor terrorists."
https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/ohio/kaitlin-bennett-faces-riot-at-ohio-university/95-708f5577-b519-49cb-b9fd-a765ce8115f4





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



News about the dreaded Corona Virus has everyone on their toes and wondering what is going on as news of the virus spreads all over the world. In fact how safe is it to travel as news of the Corona Virus spreads to the far corners of the globe and beyond? It’s not limited to just one specific case in one state or any states, or any countries for that matter. The Corona Virus is making it difficult to travel with place after place getting quarantined. So how safe are you on your next flight? Where are you the most vulnerable? Let’s take a look at some cases that may be arising all over the world, some maybe even in your own back yard. No, don’t cue the horror music just yet.

A Japanese man from Aichi Prefecture in Central Japan who visited Maui and Oahu with his wife in late January and early February was confirmed Friday to have the novel coronavirus after returning home, the state Health Department reported.

But because he did not have symptoms while on Maui, from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, “there is no increased risk on Maui from possible exposure,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist, on Friday. This position was reinforced by Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino and local Health Department officials.

“We doubt there’s anything out there, but we are taking prudent precautions,” said Dr. Lorrin Pang, Health Department Maui District Health officer. “We are aggressively looking for any cases on Maui where this visitor passed through.

“We have to do it quickly and thoroughly to contain any possible spread and protect the public health. Please don’t be alarmed. We’re moving quickly.”

There is greater concern on Oahu, where the man stayed from Feb. 3 to 7 and developed coldlike symptoms but no fever.
https://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2020/02/japanese-visitor-with-coronavirus-visited-maui/




So with the Corona Virus landing in Maui, it’s safe to say that it has lead to all airports in Hawaii have begun screening for the virus. But what if you’re traveling to Mexico or Canada? Or anywhere in Europe or South America? Well there’s no telling where it could land next, and is one of the biggest nuisances lately. In fact if you travel to Italy you might want to have second thoughts, at least for the time being.

The world has been scrambling to contain the new coronavirus, which has infected tens of thousands of people and killed nearly 3,000.

The travel industry in turn faces an unprecedented situation. What is the U.S. government recommending? How can airlines, cruise lines and hotels accommodate travelers?

While the coronavirus situation is fluid, the government and the industry are taking and recommending precautionary measures to both assist travelers and stem the outbreak.

Here's a look at what the U.S. State Department, airlines, cruise lines and hotels are telling passengers amid the coronavirus outbreak. We will be updating this story as we learn more information.
Coronavirus travel warnings from CDC, State Department

The State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are increasingly warning travelers about coronavirus. Here's a look at the most recent warnings from the CDC and State Department.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/02/25/coronavirus-travel-advisory-flights-cruises-hotels-info/4866634002/




In fact at this point you’re probably better off sitting at home with a nice glass of your favorite beverage and some music. And seriously, don’t go anywhere, do anything, or buy anything for the foreseeable future, because you could probably die of the Corona Virus. Just quarantine yourself in an encased dome and stay at home. And if you do go somewhere that could come in contact with the Corona Virus, you should probably stay at home after you get home.

Children returning from holidays in northern Italy have been sent home from school after new government health advice on the coronavirus.

Two schools in England have shut completely for a "deep clean" after pupils came back from skiing trips.

The Foreign Office has now updated its travel advice, warning against all but essential travel to 11 quarantined towns in Italy.

The government said anyone returning from those towns must self-isolate.

And those who have travelled north of Pisa are asked to stay at home for 14 days if they develop flu-like symptoms.

Italy has put the 11 towns in Lombardy and Veneto - areas which attract tourists for their ski resorts - into lockdown.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51625733




No, and in fact self-isolation isn’t the solution either. So what do you need to do if you have travel plans that involve a place that has the Corona Virus? Where do you go? How do you protect yourself? And no, wearing a tent contraption like that one guy did. But no if you need to travel and you want to know what to do to protect yourself ahead of time there’s plenty of precautions that you can take to make sure that you don’t get the dreaded virus.

Earlier this month, thousands of people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship were quarantined in Japan after 10 passengers were diagnosed with the new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the weeks that followed, more than 600 of the 3,700 passengers and crew members on the ship tested positive for the virus.

Some of the passengers have been airlifted to quarantined facilities in their home countries, while others are still waiting to be repatriated.

This has left many people with questions and concerns about the safety of traveling by cruise ship or other means.

Prospective travelers may worry about the risk of contracting the virus — as well as the chance that they might get quarantined in a foreign port if their fellow travelers get sick.
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-protect-yourself-while-traveling-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak




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




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Madison! 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 I don’t like to revel in the sorrow of others. Because that’s not what the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want, is it? Well to be fair, engaging in schadenfreude is kind of what these guys do on a daily basis. And does it not say in our Good Book “Judge not lest ye be judged?”. Of course it says that! But what am I talking about today? I am of course referring to everyone’s favorite Bible-based theme park, called “The Holy Land Experience”. It’s such a fun loving family destination where people can watch live crucifixion on the hour, explore ancient Biblical artifacts, and watch live gladiator battles. Just fun for the whole family! And its all tax free. Well, for them, not for you. So how is this dog and pony show losing money? Well there’s a lot of factors.

Orlando’s biblical theme park, the Holy Land Experience, will lay off most of its employees as it undergoes a corporate restructuring, according to a letter sent to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

In January, Trinity Broadcasting Networks announced the theme park with a nonprofit status will focus more of its efforts on highlighting the Biblical museum, The Scriptorium, and history-changing religious figures.

The religious experience at Vineland and Conroy Roads near The Mall at Millenia draws hundreds of people every year for the park’s annual free admission day, allowing the organization to keep its tax-exempt status. A “charity day” for 2020 has not been finalized yet but officials said it will happen before April 18.

Nathan Daniels, TBN’s Marketing Director, told News 6 in January performers will be laid off but he couldn’t give an exact number of employees.

However, a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice sent to Dyer dated Feb. 14 indicates almost all of the nonprofit’s employees will lose their jobs. More than 120 positions will be eliminated, according to the letter.
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/02/18/holy-land-experience-laying-off-most-employees-under-corporate-reorganization/




Yes, come to the light and see Buddy Jesus! He is the Jesus that we worship, oh LAWRD! You know how can something faith based, which enjoys tax exempt status be hurting financially? Everyone knows that the fastest growing religion on earth is atheism. And with such gawdy tourist attractions like these, why would anyone spend time and/or money on them? Well let’s take a look at another faith based theme park, The Ark.

It seems that Ark Encounter, the $100 million Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky, isn’t doing so great.

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, around 860,000 tickets were sold for the Ark between July 2017 and June 2018, which falls pretty far short of the 2 million in annual ticket sales predicted by Ken Ham, the Ark’s creator, before it opened. (A spokesperson for the attraction told the Courier Journal that ticket sales did not reflect the number of people who visited due to annual passes and free tickets for under fives. They put the actual number closer to a million.)

Ham has previously blamed multiple factors for the underwhelming performance of the attraction. From local business owners to atheists. But is there a simpler explanation? Is it possible that people don’t want to visit the Ark because it sucks?
Before examining this, it's worth looking at what the makers of the Ark were going for when they embarked upon the project. According to Ham, the aim was to produce something so entertaining it would attract Christians and non-Christians alike. "How do you reach the general public in a bigger way?" he asked in an interview last year with the Washington Post. "Why not attractions that people will come to the way they go to Disney or Universal or the Smithsonian?" Which, presumably, is why he hired Patrick Marsh, an attractions designer who has worked on Universal Studios and the Sanrio theme park in Japan, to work on the Ark.
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/neg9yq/this-dollar100-million-noahs-ark-theme-park-is-a-boring-homophobic-mess




You know Ken Ham and his flock also need to go to the light and see JAYSUS! Because he is the way and the truth, can I get an amen??? It’s no wonder that Christianity is on the decline in America, and if faith based leaders like Paula White are any indication, is it really any wonder? JAYSUS just isn’t selling and moving merchandise like he used to. So why open a faith based theme park in 2020 when there is a huge possibility you could go out of business?

In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

Both Protestantism and Catholicism are experiencing losses of population share. Currently, 43% of U.S. adults identify with Protestantism, down from 51% in 2009. And one-in-five adults (20%) are Catholic, down from 23% in 2009. Meanwhile, all subsets of the religiously unaffiliated population – a group also known as religious “nones” – have seen their numbers swell. Self-described atheists now account for 4% of U.S. adults, up modestly but significantly from 2% in 2009; agnostics make up 5% of U.S. adults, up from 3% a decade ago; and 17% of Americans now describe their religion as “nothing in particular,” up from 12% in 2009. Members of non-Christian religions also have grown modestly as a share of the adult population.

These are among the key findings of a new analysis of trends in the religious composition and churchgoing habits of the American public, based on recent Pew Research Center random-digit-dial (RDD) political polling on the telephone. The data shows that the trend toward religious disaffiliation documented in the Center’s 2007 and 2014 Religious Landscape Studies, and before that in major national studies like the General Social Survey (GSS), has continued apace.

Pew Research Center’s 2007 and 2014 Religious Landscape Studies were huge national RDD surveys, each of which included interviews with more than 35,000 respondents who were asked dozens of detailed questions about their religious identities, beliefs and practices. The Center has not yet conducted a third such study, and when the Landscape Study is repeated, it is likely to use new methods that may prevent it from being directly comparable to the previous studies; growing challenges to conducting national surveys by telephone have led the Center to rely increasingly on self-administered surveys conducted online.
http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/syndicated/bankrupt-faith-new-research-shows-accelerated-decline-christianity-america/




Hey we’re on a mission from GAWD! So if you’re Christianity, and your Holy Land Experience theme park isn’t drawing the crowds that it used to, how can you be expected to make a profit in 2020? Because that’s what JAYSUS would want! He would want us to be rich and to prosper monetarily! After all it says so in our Good Book here! Oh and give it up for our gospel choir, how great are they? Well if we want faith-based tourism, maybe our good friend Kanye can bring ‘em in! JAYSUS merches, after all, people!

Kanye West is taking his talents to Miami.

The rapper, 42, announced plans Tuesday to bring his Sunday Service Experience worship event to Florida the morning of the Super Bowl.

The event, a partnership with Miami's VOUS church at the FPL Solar Amphitheater is set for 11 a.m. before the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs' 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

West has taken his mostly L.A.-based Sunday Services on the road: He visited Dayton, Ohio, in August to support the community after a mass shooting; and also recently made stops in Detroit and Arizona.

West's "Sunday Service," a weekly event that started in January 2019, brings together a group of lucky attendees – with celebs including Paris Jackson, Courtney Love, Rick Rubin, Kid Cudi, Busy Philipps and Diplo recently in the audience – to watch West lead a choir and perform new compositions of his old hits. West sings, often standing in front of a keyboard, as the guest vocalists provide backup in gospel rearrangements of his songs.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/music/2020/01/30/super-bowl-kanye-west-sunday-service-miami/4618411002/




Yes, we are serious, Kanye! How about you open up your own religious theme park! And you can sell $225 sweatshirts, and enjoy tax exempt status! That’s how you expand the faith-based tourism industry if others can’t! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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Yes it’s the segment where we in the comedy profession explain humor to people who just don’t quite get jokes. Or in this case someone who is really bad at telling them. You never, *EVER*, joke about someone’s death. Ever. Sure, we’ve joked about death, destruction, and mass shootings a lot on this program. Hell, we even started the Top 10 when the San Bernardino mass shooting happened. And that one hit way too close to home. But you know what? We never joke about a specific person. We joke about the politicians who put us in these positions. We joke about the circumstances that lead to tragedy, but we never joke about death. And never at someone. If you want to know where that leads, just check out Top 10 #5-3, when punk rock band NOFX, a band known for having a low brow, self-deprecating sense of humor, made a joke about the Route 91 tragedy while they were in Las Vegas. That resulted in them losing sponsorship deals with Stone Brewing Company and getting kicked out of their own festival. So you can imagine what happened this week when talk show host Wendy Williams joked about the tragic murder of the ex-fiancé of Price Is Right host Drew Carey. Yes, she went there, and as you can imagine, a shit show ensued.

Days after she came under fire for saying gay men should "stop wearing our skirts and our heels" on an episode of her daytime talk show, Wendy Williams is being criticized for appearing to make insensitive remarks about the death of celebrity sex and relationship therapist Amie Harwick.

"Drew Carey's ex-fiance was tragically murdered over the weekend," Williams said of Harwick. "She was killed. Not by Drew."

Williams then yelled the famous "The Price Is Right" catchphrase, "Come on down!" and shifted her head, as if miming watching someone fall.

According to authorities, officers were called to Harwick's Los Angeles home at 1:16 a.m. after a report of a "woman screaming." Upon entering the property, officers found Harwick beneath a third-story balcony with injuries consistent with a fall. They arrested Harwick's ex-boyfriend, Gareth Pursehouse, whom she had previously filed a restraining order against, on a murder charge Saturday.

Upon watching the episode, some viewers called for Williams to be terminated from her position, citing a series of "inappropriate" comments from the talk show host..
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/pop-culture-news/wendy-williams-faces-backlash-joke-about-celebrity-sex-therapist-amie-n1137971




Now see Wendy? That's how you do a Price Is Right joke! No one is getting fired, but you can bet that some heads are definitely rolling at the Wendy Williams show. So when you say something that ridiculously insensitive, you can only imagine the backlash that is going to follow. Made of course worse by the fact that we live in the social media era where everyone and anyone can say literally whatever they want, and you can imagine that Wendy Williams is getting some well deserved shit.

The brother of Amie Harwick — the allegedly murdered sex therapist once engaged to “The Price Is Right” host Drew Carey — demanded Wednesday that Wendy Williams apologize for making a joke about his sister’s fatal balcony plunge.

Chris Harwick slammed the 54-year-old talk show star for an on-air comment in which she quipped “Come on down!” while gesturing as if she were watching a person fall from a building, according to Fox News.

“Domestic violence is something no one should be joking about,” Harwick told the outlet in his first statement since his sister’s tragic death on Feb. 15

“This is a difficult time for my family and for Wendy Williams to make light of this tragedy is very upsetting to us and extremely distasteful,” he said. “My sister worked tirelessly for domestic violence victims and women’s rights. Wendy Williams should apologize publicly to my family for her comment.”
https://pagesix.com/2020/02/19/brother-of-amie-harwick-rips-wendy-williams-for-making-joke-about-her-death/




Yeah they should probably pull a Liz Lemon here and tell the entire writing team to fuck off. You'd think that they would have standards and practices and quality control and about a hundred other channels before this goes on TV, and someone would say "Hey! This is a really bad idea!". But nope, that ain't happening here. The thing about this whole incident though – the reason why we can say whatever we want is that we’re not on a major network! We have that coveted Wednesday at 2:00 PM slot at the local chuckle hut! Or the university commons which is where we're at right now! We’re not on nationally syndicated TV with millions of viewers! And this comes off after literally a week when she made insensitive comments about trans people.

Talk-show host Wendy Williams has issued an apology to the LGBTQ community after drawing criticism for anti-gay comments she made during a recent episode of her daytime program.

On Thursday’s “Wendy Williams Show,” the veteran host unleashed a rant against gay men, scolding them for “wearing our skirts and our heels” and declaring, “You’ll never be the women that we are. No matter how gay.” Many Twitter users immediately slammed Williams for her remarks and pointed out the harms of assuming that gay men aspire to be women.

“I’ll start by saying, ‘I apologize,’” Williams said in a video shared Friday on social media. “I did not mean to offend my LGBTQ+ community on yesterday’s show. ... one thing that I can tell you right now is that I never do the show in a place of malice. ... I didn’t mean to hurt anybody’s feelings. I’m just having a conversation.”

The comments in question came about during a “hot topics” segment about Galentine’s Day, the faux holiday inspired by the sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” While discussing the sisterhood celebration, Williams scolded the men in her audience for clapping, insisting, “You’re not even a part of this.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2020-02-14/wendy-williams-apology-lgbtq-comments-show




So there’s plenty of comments about Wendy Williams both for and against. So according to Wendy Williams, gay men (or any men, for that matter) can’t wear skirts, and premediated murder is just something to joke about. Just a hearty gut laugh. Does anyone even watch the Wendy Williams show? Does anyone at all? Besides people in nail salons during their lunch breaks? Oh was that insensitive? Yeah see what I did there? Only difference is, I don’t command a national audience! At least Ms. Williams apologized to one part of her audience.

Wendy Williams is apologizing after making some controversial comments toward the LBGTQ community that social media users deemed "homophobic."

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, the outspoken talk show host asked her studio audience on Thursday who was planning to celebrate Galentine’s Day, an unofficial holiday created on the NBC show "Parks & Recreation" where women celebrate the other women in their lives.

Williams switched gears when she noticed some men in the audience applauding.

"If you’re a man and you’re clapping, you’re not even a part of this," said Williams, 55. "You don’t understand the rules of the day. It’s women going out and getting saucy and then going back home. You’re not a part."

She continued: "I don’t care if you’re gay. You don’t get a (menstruation) every 28 days. You can do a lot that we do, but I get offended by the idea that we go through something you will never go through."
https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/02/13/wendy-williams-tells-men-stop-wearing-our-skirts-and-heels/4753977002/





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This week’s This Fucking Guy is Frank Amedia. You may not know the name but he’s a far right Trump loving pastor and creator of a group called POTUS Shield. Of course only in the Trump administration could such a group exist. And if you guessed that this group is steeped in some super far right, batshit crazy conspiracy theories, well, you guessed correctly! Like what? Well, the Corona Virus is probably the worst thing to come out of a Chinese fish market since that piece of Tilapia that you ate at Applebees that gave you food poisoning. Well, POTUS Shield has an opinion on that, and it’s about as crazy as you might expect.

Frank Amedia, a former Trump campaign adviser and founder of the Trump-supporting “prophetic” network POTUS Shield, told Charisma CEO Stephen Strang Monday that Chinese Christians told him that the death toll from coronavirus infection in China is in the “tens of thousands” rather than the official count of about 2,000.

Amedia was a guest on Strang’s podcast, where he also promoted a conspiracy theory about the coronavirus having been created in a lab in Wuhan, China, that he said is engaged in biological warfare research. Amedia praised Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas for having been “brave enough” to publicize the laboratory theory, which has been debunked, in an interview on Fox News.

But Amedia suggested that there’s a silver lining to the coronavirus “plague,” claiming that people were going “in swarms” to house churches and experiencing supernatural healings.

Amedia said that China is in the center of what missionaries refer to the 10/40 window—that part of the world between the 10th parallel north of the equator and the 40th parallel north of the equator where most of the “unreached people groups” live—and that Wuhan is in the center of that area of China. He believed that the virus emerging from Wuhan is a “strategic strike” and “what the enemy has intended for bad, God intends for good.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/steve-strang-and-frank-amedia-promote-coronavirus-conspiracy-theory/




Yeah it’s becoming increasingly a common pattern among these kooks is to say the most absolutely batshit crazy thing that comes to mind. But the Christian right is getting really dangerous with their rhetoric and groups like POTUS Shield aren’t helping things. And here’s where things get scary – in an era where the Christian right is amping up its’ game on the abortion front, maybe don’t call the impeachment effort a “political abortion”. Yeah that’s a very poor choice of words!

Frank Amedia, an early supporter and campaign adviser to President Donald Trump, declared last week that the impeachment process was a “political abortion” meant to stop Trump’s “anointed and appointed” mission. Amedia said a “form of witchcraft” is keeping the name of the whistleblower “in obscurity.”

Amedia heads POTUS Shield, a “prophetic” prayer network that he founded on the night of Trump’s 2016 election victory to mobilize prayer for the president and to promote a new prophetic order of the United States. Last Tuesday, Amedia was a guest on Charisma CEO Stephen Strang’s “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election” podcast, where he said that Trump has an “assignment from God” and that he is “absolutely convinced” that Trump will win in 2020. But Amedia warned that the anti-Trump witchcraft will “regroup” and the “devouring spirit” that has been manifested in politics “will not be satisfied” and “will not stop” attacking Trump after he is reelected. He warned that something bad could happen to Trump in 2022, claiming that Trump’s enemies would “continue to lay snares and traps and try to net him.”

Strang wanted to hear more details about what God was telling Amedia about 2022, but Amedia was coy, claiming that he’s not revealing some things because he is pleading with God to give America more time:

And to be blunt with you. One of the reasons why I’m not comfortable to share it is I’m pleading at the altar of God. I’m pleading for him to reverse some things. I’m pleading for him to have more grace, more mercy, transforming a heart and hearts. But all I’ve received from the Lord, Stephen, is that we are in this window of grace and change and transformation that involves the five major categories of the mission that were put upon this man and his anointing and his breaker anointing, and that persists through 2022. After that, I believe we enter into a large, very large test.
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/impeachment-effort-a-political-abortion-to-kill-trumps-divine-mission-says-frank-amedia/




I’m pretty sure that somewhere, even Jesus is going “fuck this shit”. But yeah that’s a very poor choice of words there, Frank. And by the way in case you’re wondering which God people like Frank Amedia worship, it’s not the fun loving father of Jesus presented in the New Testament. No, they worship the Old Testament God, the God that reigns down fire and brimstone, and is a raging, egomaniacal asshole, you know, like a certain president that they also worship. Yeah, that guy!

Frank Amedia, a pastor, former Trump campaign adviser, and founder of the “prophetic” network POTUS Shield, released a video message Monday portraying opponents of President Donald Trump as agents of evil.

At the core of the impeachment inquiry against Trump is a “spirit of witchcraft,” and a “twisted conspiracy” by demonic spirits, he said. Amedia portrayed POTUS Shield—a network he founded on the night of Trump’s election—as a spiritual weapon. “We are a weapon, a spiritual weapon of God that has been anointed and called for such a time as this,” he said.

Amedia told viewers not to be shocked if another whistleblower shows up with charges against Trump. “Do not be shocked or surprised,” he said. “This is the tactic of the enemy.” He said to expect more “putrid incriminations” and “vitriolic ranting.” He denounced Trump opponents in the “deep state” and prayed that they would be exposed and removed.

Amedia also addressed the Trump administration’s targeted killing of Iranian Maj. General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. “God is a man of war,” Amedia declared, saying that the “righteous blood” of soldiers who had been killed over the years at the direction of Soleimani had “cried out to God” and “the time came when God judged.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/potus-shield-god-is-a-man-of-war-who-will-bring-disaster-on-trumps-opponents/




Yeah really, with friends like these who needs enemies? So let’s put it this way – Frank Amedia is the Paula White of Billy Grahams – just enough of an audience to go full batshit crazy with a bit of Trump’s over the top ego-maniacism. Do we really need people like Paula White or Frank Amedia preaching from inside the White House? I’m pretty sure that’s how dictators are created. And if you see the way that the world is heading, that’s the last thing we need!

Frank Amedia, the tsunami-stopping and ant-reviving pastor who founded the POTUS Shield prayer effort to wage spiritual warfare on behalf of President Donald Trump, told Charisma Magazine’s Stephen Strang that he was very excited by the news that prosperity gospel preacher Paula White has taken an official position with the Trump administration.

“I think it’s significant in showing this president’s resolve to walk on the light side,” Ameiai said during a recent episode of Strang’s podcast. “This statement comes from the seat of government. Our God honors sovereignty and he honors the words of the king. ”

“For [Trump] to put her in that position,” Amedia added, “to have the boldness to say, ‘I’m going to put my pastor in a directorship position of faith right in the White House and I’m not going to be concerned about the political crocodiles’ … She is the Billy Graham inside the White House at this moment and we need to stand with her, we need to pray for her.”

“To have a woman of God seated in the White House in a high position, sitting there which is called the throne of this country, I believe this is, to me, very significant that there’s been a humbling before God,” he said.
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/frank-amedia-paula-white-is-the-billy-graham-inside-the-white-house-at-this-moment/




Yeah with these two at the helm of far right Christian conspiracy theorists, is it any wonder that we’re doomed? Doomed, I tell you! That’s Frank Amedia, this week’s:




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I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you that when the news gets way too dark, the only solution is to kick back with your favorite beverage, chill out, and talk about literally anything else. So that’s what we do here is to bring the lighter side of the news while imbibing our favorite beverages. This week we’re going to talk about planes. Of course, traveling has been miserable since 9/11 but these days it’s getting way more entertaining. So tell me bartender what goes well with a story about travel? Oh you mean that I can have anything I want as long as it’s served in those tiny liquor bottles? OK then I will take an airplane sized Jack & Coke thanks. Anyway, hysteria, stupidity, and misinformation surrounding the Corona Virus is a thing. And this guy, in a perfectly normal flight from Cincinatti, this guy whipped out a tent to protect himself from the virus. Or so he thought.

A US businessman has tested out his wearable plastic tent on an aeroplane in an attempt to avoid coronavirus.

Rick Pescovitz is the CEO of StadiumPod, which produces plastic tents worn over the torso by sport spectators wishing to avoid the rain.

The Cincinnati man tested a second use for his pods by wearing one on an aeroplane in light of the coronavirus outbreak which has killed 638 people to date.

Pescovitz's brother David told blog Boing Boing that a flight attendant happily took his brother's photo after he wore one of his blue tents on a plane.

"As travelers are taking unusual steps to protect themselves from the Coronavirus...my brother thought to see how his StadiumPod would work on an airplane," David said.

"The man who sat next to him didn't even bat an eye.
https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2020/02/us-man-wears-plastic-tent-on-plane-to-avoid-coronavirus.html




Come on dude, you do realize that thing has holes in it right? You’re about as safe as if you wore laser proof sunglasses to protect you from a laser pointer. But if the Corona Virus is inhibiting your travel plans, there’s plenty of other things that you should probably stay away from the next time you board your next trip. Like emotional support animals for instance. Can we please let this trend just fucking die already?

A federal proposal unveiled Wednesday would significantly limit the types of animals entitled to fly in aircraft cabins as emotional support animals.

It's a crackdown the industry has sought amid concerns some passengers are bringing their untrained pets aboard by fraudulently passing them as emotional support animals. The result, the industry and Transportation Department have said, is an increase in incidents such as bitings aboard planes.

"The days of Noah's Ark in the air are hopefully coming to an end," said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents 50,000 crew members.
The proposal would free airlines from the requirement to accommodate passengers' emotional support animals and reclassify them as pets. Airlines have greater leeway to determine their pet policies, including charging passengers fees and setting size limits.

It would continue to require airlines accommodate service animals, but restrict that category to dogs only. The current regulations allow a limited list of service animals species, including miniature horses.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/22/politics/airlines-emotional-support-animals/index.html




Thank god! If I get on a plane and I have to sit next to someone’s emotional support parrot, I’m getting off that plane! Whether it’s strange guys in tents or your next door neighbor’s emotional support donkey, there’s plenty of reasons why you might want to make your next trip to Oklahoma City a road trip. Like for instance, no, I don’t need a donkey on my next flight to Detroit, OK? There’s a reason why people haven’t been allowed to bring pets like this on planes!

Cats and dogs are not unusual sights to be spotted on a plane journey in the US.

But one passenger, from Michigan, US, took her miniature horse onboard for his first-ever flight – in first class no less.

The miniature horse, called Fred, is a trained therapy and service horse.

Fred’s handler, Ronica Froese, told local news outlet Fox 17 that the journey from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Ontario, California via Dallas was his first plane journey.

“I spent a year of my life training this horse extensively for what he has and I was totally prepared for everything,” Ms Froese said.

“I purchased two first class seats in bulkhead seating, I paid an arm and a leg for tickets but I did so because it was Fred’s first time and I wanted him to be comfortable, I wanted him to have the most room,” she said.
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/miniature-service-horse-fred-flight-california-grand-rapids-michigan-video-a9341526.html




Yeah I need to chug some beers like Steve Austin does! Because this whole thing is getting way out of hand. We don’t need guys in tents on planes. And we certainly don’t need your emotional support peacock on my flight to Boca Raton. Why is Florida immediately the first place that comes to mind when I think of this? This trend started with the super rich. You know what the only difference is? The rich fly on private planes! They’re not on a United A320 that stops in Denver! The good news is that this insanity might be ending soon, we can only hope.

The plague of small, poorly trained dogs running amok on planes and in airports may be about to end. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing removing Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) from commercial air travel altogether, while tightening up regulations on flying with actual service dogs.

“The Department recognizes the integral role that service animals play in the lives of many individuals with disabilities and wants to ensure that individuals with disabilities can continue using their service animals while also reducing the likelihood that passengers wishing to travel with their pets on aircraft will be able to falsely claim their pets are service animals,” reads a press release issued by the DOT earlier today.

Following an exponential increase in the number of supposed ESAs being brought into the passenger compartments of planes, and complaints from airline staff, passengers, and travelers with disabilities, the department is finally taking action. Proposed modifications to the Air Carrier Access Act could ban ESAs, formalize the documentation required to travel with a service animal, restrict the number of service animals traveling with any one disabled person to a maximum of two, and dictate that the service animal must be small enough to fit into the disabled passenger’s foot space.
https://www.outsideonline.com/2408374/esa-air-travel-ban-department-transportation




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Welcome back to our 2020 voters’ guide Keeping Up With The Candidates! This is the very last and final edition of Keeping Up With The Candidates. But why is it coming to an end? Because we are head fast heading into the primaries. We’re going to take a break with our 2020 Stupidest State contest, and Selection Sunday is next week. That said, when we come back after our traditional Memorial Day break, we are going to jump into the deep end of the election. And as such, this segment will be called “Stumble To The White House (Probably)”. When we should hopefully have a candidate picked out by then that the Democratic party can get behind. Well the debate in Las Vegas proved to be extremely interesting.

Mike Bloomberg became a piñata, and Elizabeth Warren resurrected her feisty side.

The Democratic candidates formed a circular firing squad Wednesday night, with arrows flying in all directions and fights breaking out among a seemingly infinite permutation of candidates on matters from health care policy to lewd comments about women.

The debate was not only Bloomberg's first time on a presidential debate stage; it was also the first night of his surging 2020 campaign that wasn't choreographed. The result: He faced direct criticism from rivals he has bested in recent polls. It was the most contentious evening of the nine faceoffs so far, coming three days before the candidates face the most diverse voting electorate yet in their quest to make Donald Trump a one-term president.

"It's a little bit like a presidential version of 'Survivor,'" former Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said on MSNBC after the debate.

Here's a look at who was the most aggressive, who took the toughest punches and who missed their marks over the course of the debate, which was hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Telemundo and The Nevada Independent.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/who-won-democratic-debate-las-vegas-n1139561




Holy shit, Liz, where the hell have you been this whole time? If we can see more of that before the election, that would be great! Someone has to beat Trump, someone has to! Now the question is how do we go about doing this? Well, for one thing the Dems really need to cut out the Circular Firing Squad, because it’s not helping.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s momentum in the Democratic presidential race has stalled after a lackluster debate performance in Las Vegas this week, according to a new poll.

The Morning Consult poll released Friday shows Bloomberg falling into third place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden, dropping 3 points compared to a similar Morning Consult survey from before the debate.

The former mayor is still registering double-digit support, at 17 percent, but Bloomberg’s post-debate dip was the largest of any candidate.

Sanders, meanwhile, held on to his first-place position in the poll and even gained 2 points compared to the pre-debate survey, rising to 30 percent support. Biden stayed steady at 19 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) finished in fourth place in the survey with 12 percent support — a 2-point gain since earlier this week — while former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg fell into fifth place with 11 percent support and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) trailed at 5 percent.

The Morning Consult poll, which was conducted entirely after this week’s debate, suggests that Bloomberg’s debate performance has slowed his rise in the Democratic presidential race.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/484097-poll-bloomberg-stalls-after-vegas-debate




This is going just great guys! Come on, we need to get the lead out! It’s going to take a miracle to beat Trump and the Christian right and send them packing in November. So how? How do we get the lead out and where do we go forward and not backward? Because in order to beat Trump it’s going to take an army to do so. And last week I said that Bernie Sanders commands that army. But really why is Bloomberg still in it? At this point he’s the XFL of AFLs competing against the NFL.

Billionaire ex-New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has a plan to improve his performance after what was widely panned as a subpar showing during last week's Democratic primary debate. The strategy: make Tuesday's contest all about Bernie Sanders.

A top Bloomberg campaign official who spoke with NBC News said the debate "is definitely going to be about Bernie Sanders" after the Democratic front-runner scored a commanding victory in Nevada and has skyrocketed ahead of the rest of the field in recent national polling.

"It's everyone's last opportunity to really hold him accountable and really challenge his record," the aide said of the last debate before the pivotal Super Tuesday contest. "And so we have to take on the front-runner on that stage. And that's Bernie."

The Bloomberg campaign is predicting that with Sanders continuing to gain momentum, much of Tuesday's debate will focus on the Vermont senator rather than their own candidate. But the aide said: "It's hard to assess what other candidates are going to go after."
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/mike-bloomberg-has-plan-turn-around-his-debate-fortunes-hammer-n1141541




Yeah and have you seen how much of a dumpster fire the XFL is this week? Whew, we’re only 3 weeks into the XFL and it’s the shit show that everyone expected it to be. Oh yeah and that seems to be about how many weeks Bloomberg has been in it. It’s like when your favorite team makes the wild card and they’re going up against the Yankees. Come on, dude, you’ll get lucky if you make it past the first round.



Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s momentum in the Democratic presidential race has stalled after a lackluster debate performance in Las Vegas this week, according to a new poll.

The Morning Consult poll released Friday shows Bloomberg falling into third place behind Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden, dropping 3 points compared to a similar Morning Consult survey from before the debate.

The former mayor is still registering double-digit support, at 17 percent, but Bloomberg’s post-debate dip was the largest of any candidate.

Sanders, meanwhile, held on to his first-place position in the poll and even gained 2 points compared to the pre-debate survey, rising to 30 percent support. Biden stayed steady at 19 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) finished in fourth place in the survey with 12 percent support — a 2-point gain since earlier this week — while former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg fell into fifth place with 11 percent support and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) trailed at 5 percent.
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/484097-poll-bloomberg-stalls-after-vegas-debate




By the way normally this is where we would end it, but we got to show how Bloomberg is faring in cities like Flint, Michigan, and yeah it’s exactly what you would expect.

https://twitter.com/Mike2020/status/1232004382436274178

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #8-7: Bromancing The Stone Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #8-7: Bromancing The Stone Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Ann Arbor? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! Go Wolverines! It’s always good to be back in Michigan, but it is fucking freezing at the moment. Although we live in an era where people deny that climate change exists, so it’s warm by their standards! And we were just in Florida too, how come we didn’t stay there for the rest of the winter? And it’s supposed to be a short one since Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow, or however that works. Do we have time for the thing? So this is one of my favorite stories of the last week – everyone’s favorite sinking ship metaphor known as the HMS Titanic, was once again, involved in yet another wreck. Yes, the ship has been floating at the bottom of the ocean since it sank on April 15th, 1912. But it was hit again, this time by a US explorer submarine operated by the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Now what’s weird about the incident was that it went unreported for three months. Now it’s presumed that there was a treaty between the US and England about preserving the remains of the HMS Titanic, that was signed back in 2012 on the 100th anniversary of that tragedy, and this could have violated that treaty. But then again, this could have just been sheer stupidity on someone’s part. At the very least it’s a metaphor for a sinking ship. And also at the very least they could have used the Homer Simpson “It’s my first day!!!” defense. OK that’s enough of the intro, we got a lot of idiocy to get to. But first the long awaited return of Last Week Tonight!! And this week John Oliver destroys the Fox talking points on the concept of Medicare For All:

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Holy crap this week was quite the shit show wasn’t it? In the first slot this week, we’re going to do something a bit different. Two years ago, we lost seventeen brave souls in the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. So have things really changed since the survivors took on the most powerful of lobbies in the country? Yes, but we still have a long way to go. In much lighter, but also stranger news, Trump intervened in the trial of hardcore conspiracy theorist Roger Stone (2), and well, things went to absolute shit, as is par for the course. In the number 3 slot is the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump (3) and he went to the Daytona 500 and put on yet another patriotic Americagasm display to end all patriotic displays, and we can’t help but wonder how much the latest America orgy costs. Taking the fourth slot this week, there was a recent audit conducted of Melania Trump’s (4) venerable “Be Best” anti-bullying campaign, and if you guessed that it is having literally the opposite effect, well, you might be right. Taking the 5th slot this week, is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week an alarming study was done on Southwest Airlines and has produced some absolutely shocking safety violations. You might want to consider a road trip for your next vacation. At slot #6 this week is of course our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week, the Christian right is hell-bent on putting holy warriors on the bench in every state and local government, and our resident pastor is here to tell you why this is an absolutely terrible idea! At slot #7 is a new edition of “Beating A Dead Horse” (7) and we get it, traveling can be a nightmare, but don’t make it worse for the people around you who also happen to be on the same flight, because that sucks. In slot #8, Vince McMahon’s new MAGA friendly football league, the XFL (8) has taken off – to poor attendance and some strange rules, so we are going to ask “The XFL – How Is This Still A Thing?”. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a new People Are Dumb, because of course they are! Finally this week, in the penultimate installment of our 2020 voters’ guide “Keeping Up With The Candidates” (10), now that Bernie Sanders has taken off as the likely front runner in the race to unseat Donald Trump, he commands an internet army known as the Bernie Bros, and we are going to introduce you to them! And the palate cleanser, we’ve got some live music from the man, the myth, the legend that is the great Iggy Pop! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Two years ago, an unthinkable tragedy happened when a gunman entered the halls of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida and opened fire on unsuspecting students, killing 14 students and 3 teenagers. But this one was different, which is why we at the Top 10 are choosing to remember them this year. Rather than sitting down, the students and parents of Parkland instead began organizing serious change. We covered the tragedy in Top 10 #4-7 and Top 10 #4-12. So what has happened since then? A hell of a lot can happen in two years.

Exactly two years ago Friday, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and killed 17 students and teachers. Another 17 people were injured in the mass shooting.

On Friday, the Parkland community will mark the tragic anniversary of the shooting with a series of events at nearby Pine Trails Park, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Among the events that will take place is a moment of silence, which will occur at 2:21 p.m. ET — the moment the attack began. A commemoration ceremony will take place later that evening in the park at 5 p.m. ET.

In the years that have passed, the community still continues to grapple with the tragedy. Last year, two Parkland survivors reportedly died by suicide in the weeks following the one-year anniversary of the tragedy.
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/parkland-shooting-friday-marks-2-year-anniversary-of-shooting-at-marjory-stoneman-douglas-hs




No, see, that’s the kind of humor that will not be used in this segment. See, we at the Top 10 have a long standing policy of not making fun of tragedy so we won’t try. And let’s recap – in the 2 years, David Hogg became an internet celebrity (and was doxed and threatened with murder), Infowars became a dumpster fire, Fred Guttenberg became an anti-gun lobbyist, and the March For Our Lives organization started. Oh, and also, NRATV got cancelled.

NRATV, the most provocative arm of the National Rifle Association, a group that is all too happy to provoke, is no more, the gun-rights organization announced in a message to supporters Wednesday. Prior to the mother ship pulling the plug, NRATV broadcast from studios in Uptown.

“Many members expressed concern about the messaging on NRATV becoming too far removed from our core mission: defending the Second Amendment,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre wrote in the message, which was first obtained by The New York Times. “So, after careful consideration, I am announcing that starting today, we are undergoing a significant change in our communications strategy. We are no longer airing ‘live TV’ programming.”

The NRA's decision means that the online TV network's talent, which was represented by the Ackerman McQueen advertising firm, is out of a job.

And that's too bad, really.
Without the likes of Dana Loesch, the NRA's fiery, and now jobless, spokeswoman and the rest of the NRATV crew, where will we get scorching-hot content like Thomas & Friends in Klan hoods, threatening CNN's Don Lemon by making really bad lemonade and smashing a TV to own the libs?
https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/nra-kills-nratv-11696026




Yup, and I love that the NRATV got shut down because it strayed far away from the 2nd amendment message. Gee, ya think? But we still have a long way to go in the fight for gun safety, and it sucks, and people like Mitch McConnell aren’t helping. So who is? Well take groups like Moms Demand Action, for instance, who are actually trying to change gun policy.

A few days after the shooting, Chapman, her daughters, and one of her aunts went to a meeting of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Listening to the stories of the hundreds of people who attended the meeting and seeing her own daughters' grief lit a fire under her.

"As a mother, it is the worst feeling in the world to watch your kids struggle," Chapman says. "And I didn't know how to fight it. I think that's the hardest part as a parent. When they're little and they get a boo-boo, you put a Band-Aid on it, kiss it, and make it better. I can't do that for this."

Like many crusading Parkland parents and activists, Chapman found purpose in prevention. She became the group leader of the Parkland chapter of Moms Demand to advocate for gun safety in her community, in Tallahassee, and in Washington, D.C.

Chapman's family owns guns. She says the shooting made her take a step back and think about the various issues surrounding firearm safety.

"We believe in the Second Amendment," she says. "I also know there are people out there who have no business owning a gun. Our shooter was mentally unstable and angry. He was young, and he had a gun. Police were called to his house dozens of times. He's the epitome of everything we're trying to prevent."
https://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/parkland-shooting-anniversary-two-years-later-the-fight-for-gun-safety-continues-10549026




Now we aren’t cancelling Moms Demand Action. And in doing my research for this entry, did you know that the NRA had it’s own insurance agency? And that it repeatedly deceived members? I’m shocked! Of course that kind of thing could easily lead to what we’ve seen in Parkland and elsewhere in the last few years. But in case you’re wondering, no, 2 years later, we’re not safer. Just take a look at Top 10 #7-11, where we covered a high school in Michigan that was being developed with mass shootings in mind. Or Top 10 #4-19 where Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick suggested that schools have too many exits. But the good news is, some strides are being made!

Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and a powerful new documentary called "After Parkland" will soon be streaming on Hulu after appearing in theaters for one day Wednesday.

There's cell phone video from that day, with a terrified student, David Hogg, speaking as the shots were being fired.

"I heard gun," he says. "I heard one gunshot. We thought it was a drill initially, but it's not."

The small community of Parkland was changed forever.

"My daughter was Meadow Jade Pollack, and she meant the world to me," dad Andrew Pollack says And she's not here anymore. She was murdered on Valentine's Day over at the school."

In the wake of the tragedy came a steady drumbeat for change.
https://6abc.com/5927789/





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George Carlin had a now famous bit on his 2005 special “Life Is Worth Losing” about how rich millionaires and billionaires are all part of a big club and we’re not in it. Can you believe that special is now 15 years old? That’s insane! Well, of course George passed away 12 years ago and he didn’t get to live out the shit show that we’re watching with the Donald J. Trump administration. Because he is making members of the Big Club easier to identify. Unfortunately we won’t be able to get to his pardons and commutes this week, we will have to wait this week. But the shit show that happened with Roger Stone this week was something to behold.

Roger Stone on Friday appears to have asked again for a new trial, according to his court case's docket and an update from the judge.

Federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson acknowledged that the former adviser to President Donald Trump has asked again for a new trial, and the Justice Department has yet to respond to the request. More details about his request aren't yet available and related court filings are still under seal.

Previously, Jackson refused to grant Stone a new trial following his assertion that an IRS lawyer who read about his case couldn't be an unbiased juror.

Since then, Stone's team has taken issue with his jury's foreperson stating publicly she supported the four prosecutors who recommended a seven to nine year sentence for him, and then quit the case when the Justice Department downgraded that ask.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/politics/roger-stone-new-trial/index.html




If you're found guilty once, shame on you. If you're found guilty twice, shame on you. If you're found guilty three times, you might be a con manworking for Donald Trump. I'm just saying that it goes with the territory! So what can we expect from Trump’s fixer Bill Barr intervening in the Roger Stone sentencing? Well, he attempted to get the sentence commuted or even thrown out altogether, and failed miserably.

The four lawyers who prosecuted Roger Stone quit the case Tuesday after the Justice Department overruled them and said it would take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant.

The resignations raised immediate questions over whether Trump, who earlier in the day had blasted the original sentencing recommendation as “very horrible and unfair,” had at least indirectly exerted his will on a Justice Department that he often views as an arm of the White House.

The department said the decision to shorten the sentencing recommendation was made Monday night — before Trump’s tweet — and prosecutors had not spoken to the White House about it. Even so, the resignations of the entire trial team broke open a simmering dispute over the punishment of a Trump ally whose case has long captured the president’s attention. The episode was the latest to entangle the Justice Department, meant to operate free from White House sway in criminal investigations and prosecutions, in presidential politics.

The four attorneys, including two who were early members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia team, comprised the entire Justice Department trial team that won convictions against Stone last fall.
https://www.denverpost.com/2020/02/11/roger-stone-sentencing-proposal/




Yes, abandon ship!!! Now when a trial this prolific of a guy this insane happens, something that goes all the way to Trump himself, how are we supposed to take this? Do we take it sitting down or do we take to the streets like Bluto from Animal House? Actually this is more like Romancing The Stone. Or even better. Bromancing The Stone. Adding the “B” totally ruins it doesn’t it? Well, like everything Trump does, it’s dividing people straight down the middle. As if we need further division. Like Trump needs another mob attorney getting involved.

With his sentencing fast approaching, Roger Stone is bolstering his defense team with a veteran criminal defense attorney whose past roster of clients included John Gotti Jr. and other high-profile figures allegedly involved in organized crime.

New York attorney Seth Ginsberg has an extensive background in criminal defense work. In a filing this week, Judge Amy Berman Jackson granted Stone's request to bring Ginsberg onto his team.

"Roger has an excellent team of attorneys and I'm very pleased he's asked me to assist them," Ginsberg told ABC News on Thursday. Ginsberg added that he was brought on to help Stone's legal team with their sentencing strategy.

Ginsberg has had a colorful career inside and outside the courthouse. At one point, in 2010, he was banned from a Manhattan federal detention center after he was caught walking in with marijuana in his bag while on his way to visit an alleged associate of the Gambino crime family.
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/sentencing-approaches-roger-stone-turns-mob-lawyer/story?id=68973648




Forget it he’s rolling. I can’t wait for the Animal House style end credits scene of this administration when they start telling where everyone is. Roger Stone – buried under 1,000 pounds of tin foil. Trump – in jail. Pence – his cell mate. Stephen Miller – married 2020. Divorced 2021. See what I did there? Well there is some good news – at least for now we can rest easy knowing that Roger Stone is still going to prison! So yes, Trump, crime does not pay!

The federal judge in the Roger Stone case said Tuesday she willl sentence the Republican operative for multiple crimes as scheduled Thursday — but will delay imposing the terms of punishment on the longtime friend of President Donald Trump pending resolution of his request for a new trial.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said during a conference call with Stone’s lawyers and prosecutors that she thought “delaying the sentence would not be a prudent thing.”

Stone’s lawyers last week filed a motion seeking a new trial on the heels of disclosures that the jury forewoman in Stone’s trial had a history of anti-Trump social media posts.

A court filing Tuesday indicates that Stone’s lawyers in that sealed motion are “alleging juror misconduct.”




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Did anything happen on Sunday? I know there was a the NBA All Star Game. There was also a PGA Masters qualifier. I did see the LA Wildcats home opener. And there was also a new episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm that was hilarious. I feel like I’m forgetting something. Oh yeah, this Sunday was also the Daytona 500 in which Trump attended the event and in typical Donald J. Trump fashion, he held a patriotic Americagasm spectacular and turned it into of course a MAGA rally. And is it me or did Melania look very tense standing next to him? That aside, the spectacle was just that – it was a spectacle and we’re not sure if it was a spectacular one or not. I’d say not.

President Trump took to the track to open the Daytona 500 race Sunday.

Trump arrived at the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon with his full motorcade on the speedway. He made about a quarter of a lap before pulling aside.

"My fellow race fans, the Daytona 500 is a legendary display," he said after emerging to applause from the crowd.

Trump thanked the "tens of thousands of patriots" gathered at the Daytona International Speedway for the race, which he called "pure American glory."

The president told the crowd that no matter who wins, "what matters most is God, family and country."

Trump was met at the airport by NASCAR officials.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/483315-trump-takes-track-to-open-daytona-500




I love that movie. Now here’s where it gets weird – because it’s Trump, of course you knew it was going to happen. Way back in 2004, George Bush was the first president to attend the Daytona 500. And if you know how to use Google maps or look at a certain website that posts airplane photos, you know that Daytona Speedway is literally adjacent to the runways of Daytona International Airport, which produces some ridiculous shots, and we got this famous shot. Can we show that?



That’s Air Force One landing behind some temporary bleachers at the Daytona 500. Now if I didn’t tell you that was from 2004, you wouldn’t know it because Trump once again got caught lying with his pants down.

President Donald Trump's campaign manager deleted a tweet featuring a dramatic photo of Air Force One at the Daytona 500 after users pointed out that the shot was from President George W. Bush's visit to the NASCAR race in 2004, not from Trump's visit on Sunday.

Brad Parscale tweeted the 2004 photo, which shows Air Force One rising above packed stands at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, and wrote, .@realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started.

The tweet stayed online for about three hours, drawing at least 6,700 retweets and 23,000 likes before it was deleted. Users identifying themselves as Trump supporters replied with messages like "Amazing shot wow" and "WOW WHAT A SHOT!!!!!!!!!"
But the photo was taken by photographer Jonathan Ferrey on February 15, 2004, after Bush's visit to the racetrack, as Air Force One took off from the adjacent Daytona Beach International Airport.

"I have a lot of talented colleagues photographing the Daytona 500 this year," Ferrey told CNN. "I am unfortunately not there today, but apparently I won the Daytona 500 photography before the race even started."
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/16/politics/parscale-tweet-daytona-500-air-force-one-photo/index.html




Will Ferrell seems like the kind of guy who would go the extra lengths for comedy by sticking a knife in his leg. But that wasn’t the only high profile event that Trump attended on Sunday. He quickly high tailed it out of the Daytona 500 and headed to… the wedding of his White House policy advisor Stephen Miller. Yes, someone agreed to marry that guy. It’s truly mind blowing isn’t it? And think about the cute little Hitler Youth they will create. Yes, I saw Jojo Rabbit. And for reasons unknown it was held at a Trump International hotel. Hold your boos. Also, hold your booze.

President Trump on Sunday attended the wedding of senior adviser Stephen Miller at the president's hotel in Washington, D.C., according to the White House.

“The President is at Trump International Hotel for the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Miller,” a statement sent to reporters read.

The president had been in Florida earlier on Sunday to attend NASCAR’s 62nd Dayton 500, which was ultimately postponed until Monday due to inclement weather.

He returned to Washington, D.C., shortly after 6 p.m., according to pool reports.

According to reports, Miller is getting married to Katie Waldman, who formerly served as spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security before Vice President Pence hired her as his press secretary in September.
https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/483329-trump-attends-stephen-millers-wedding-at-trump-international




One can only imagine that’s how Stephen Miller, author of the White House border policy, how he was wheeled into the wedding. And I assume that when they removed his straight jacket and mask, it only got more awkward from there. Oh and by the way if you wonder what kind of family dynamic Stephen Miller has, let’s pause and reflect for a moment that this is one of the things he got as a wedding gift.

The uncle of Stephen Miller donated to a pro-refugee organization as a wedding gift for the Trump adviser’s marriage to Katie Waldman this past weekend, in a shot at his anti-immigration policies.

Waldman serves as press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence.

Glosser, who is Miller’s maternal uncle, posted a link on Facebook that linked to an “online wedding registry created by comedian Samantha Bee in December,” HuffPost reported.

Glosser wrote on Facebook he would donate as his way to celebrate Miller’s wedding.

The organization of Glosser’s choosing was the refugee advocacy group HIAS, which bills itself as a “Jewish American nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees.”
https://www.mediaite.com/news/stephen-millers-uncle-donated-to-a-refugee-organization-as-a-wedding-gift-to-the-trump-official/





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Every first lady has a cause that they take up. Michelle Obama’s was physical fitness, Laura Bush’s was history education, Hillary Clinton’s was health care, Barbara Bush’s was promoting literacy, and Nancy Reagan’s was drugs. Now in an unironic twist of fate, Melania Trump’s is cyber bullying. And it’s only ironic because she is married to the biggest cyber bully on the planet! So if you can imagine for a minute that is having a huge effect on the collective psyche of our nation’s children. Now before you scream “Oh won’t somebody please think of the children!!!”, I want you to think about the type of society that having Trump as a president would create. Needless to say, it’s created a nation of dicks.

According to a new Washington Post report, school children have been bullying their classmates by using the exact words that Trump has been using since he became president. This includes harassment of Muslim students, harassment of Hispanic students, and far too many other instances. The country is failing its children by allowing someone like Trump to be the role model for a generation, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.

Melania Trump’s project is her Be Best campaign, which is basically to go out there and tell kids, do not bully one another at school. Do not bully one another online, don’t be a bully. It’s a great message that really she’s doing a horrible job conveying out there because according to a new report by the Washington Post, instances of bullying in schools across the country are increasing and the bullies themselves are increasingly using language borrowed from Donald Trump or directly invoking his name in their attacks on other students. I have to read this paragraph from this Washington Post report. This is, this is amazing. It said two kindergarteners in Utah, two kindergarteners in Utah, told Latino boy that president Trump would send him back to Mexico. Teenagers in Maine sneered ban Muslims at a Muslim classmate. In Tennessee, a group of middle-schoolers, linked arms imitating the president’s proposed border wall as they refused to let non-white students pass. In Ohio, another group of middle-schoolers surrounded a mixed-race sixth grader and as she confided to her mother, told the girl, this is Trump country. And those are just a few examples out of the more than 300 that the Washington Post was able to identify of instances of bullying where the bullies, some as young as six years old invoked Donald Trump’s language or his name.
https://trofire.com/2020/02/17/school-kids-are-bullying-each-other-using-trumps-words-against-classmates/




Now this sort of thing is nothing new. In fact we reported this way back in Idiots #3-1 back in 2017. The only difference is that now the bullies have become self aware, like some really fucked up version of the T-1000 where instead of just simply killing you, Skynet kills you and then calls you a “big stupid fuckface libtard cuck” while you’re dying at the hands of a T-8000 and lying on the ground. In fact, Trump is helping America turn nastier.

Trump's words, those chanted by his followers at campaign rallies and even his last name have been wielded by students and school staff members to harass children more than 300 times since the start of 2016, a Washington Post review of 28,000 news stories found. At least three-quarters of the attacks were directed at kids who are Hispanic, black or Muslim, according to the analysis. Students have also been victimized because they support the president - more than 45 times during the same period.

Although many hateful episodes garnered coverage just after the election, The Post found that Trump-connected persecution of children has never stopped. Even without the huge total from November 2016, an average of nearly two incidents per school week have been publicly reported over the past four years. Still, because so much of the bullying never appears in the news, The Post's figure represents a small fraction of the actual total. It also doesn't include the thousands of slurs, swastikas and racial epithets that aren't directly linked to Trump but that the president's detractors argue his behavior has exacerbated.

"It's gotten way worse since Trump got elected," said Ashanty Bonilla, 17, a Mexican American high school junior in Idaho who faced so much ridicule from classmates last year that she transferred. "They hear it. They think it's OK. The president says it. . . . Why can't they?"

Asked about Trump's effect on student behavior, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham noted that first lady Melania Trump - whose "Be Best" campaign denounces online harassment - had encouraged kids worldwide to treat one another with respect.
https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2020/02/14/trumps-rhetoric-has-changed-the-way-kids-are-bullied-in-classrooms/




Sure, it’s funnier when Bart Simpson does it. It’s a lot less funny when Trump does it. Really, how can you run an anti-bullying campaign when the President of the United States does it on an hourly basis and doesn’t make it any easier? There hasn’t just been one incident since the 2016 election, there’s been thousands. This is a major problem and it’s not going away any time soon.

President Donald Trump sees his rhetoric as a political advantage with no downsides, but a Washington Post report suggests it is having a poisonous effect among children and within schools since Trump’s rise as a candidate, and now as president.

The paper’s analysis of 28,000 news stories found that Trump’s insults and attacks have been used by students and school staff to harass and intimidate children and young teens more than 300 times since the beginning of 2016.

“At least three-quarters of the attacks were directed at kids who are Hispanic, black or Muslim,” the Post reported, with half targeting Latinos. Some students were also targeted because they support Trump — more than 45 times.

One of the most despicable attacks happened after a 13-year-old in New Jersey told a Mexican-American 12-year-old that “all Mexicans should go back behind the wall.”

The next day on June 19, 2019, the young teen assaulted the boy and his mother, Beronica Ruiz, punching him and beating her unconscious, according to the family’s attorney.
https://www.mediaite.com/news/stunning-report-reveals-hundreds-of-child-bullies-have-used-trumps-racist-and-xenophobic-words-to-attack-other-kids/




I really wonder if Nelson Muntz is a Trump supporter? Ah who am I kidding? Of course he probably is, Trump attracts this type of person. But really, what this does is that it says way more about the parents and what they listen to and the effects that it’s having on their kids. Why don’t kids listen to more rock music? That would have a much different effect than listening to Trump’s shit all the time. Jimi Hendrix at least was part of a movement that preached love and peace. Trump on the other hand literally preaches the exact opposite of that.

President Donald Trump's often harsh rhetoric about immigrants has increased bullying based on race or ethnicity in local schools across the country, according to a report by The Washington Post.

The Post's analysis found that of 28,000 news stories mentioning Trump since 2016, "Trump's words, those chanted by his followers at campaign rallies and even his last name have been wielded by students and school staff members to harass children more than 300 times." The report said "at least three-quarters of the attacks were directed at kids who are Hispanic, black or Muslim."

The story cites multiple incidents of biased-based bullying, including one in which a 12-year-old Mexican American boy who was told by a classmate "all Mexicans should go back behind the wall." The next day, the 13-year-old who hurled the taunt beat up the boy and his mother, who was knocked unconscious, according to the family's attorney, Daniel Santiago, who wondered to what extent Trump'swords emboldened the teen to bully.

"When the president goes on TV and is saying things like Mexicans are rapists, Mexicans are criminals — these children don't have the cognitive ability to say, 'He's just playing the role of a politician,' " Santiago told The Post. "The language that he's using matters."
https://patch.com/us/across-america/bullies-parrot-trumps-rhetoric-immigrants-minorities-report





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



Air travel has been in the news a lot this last few weeks, whether it’s related to the super virus out of Wuhan, China, or whether or not someone is punching the back of your seat. But this is one headline that you probably don’t want your flight to be a part of. Due to some errors, someone did something, and some FAA oversight regulations, Southwest Airlines has taken some heat lately for some absolutely egregious safety violations. Southwest is the largest domestic carrier in the country. But after these violations, you might want to consider taking a road trip for your next vacation. If at all possible. So what is in the latest FAA report? A whole lot of absolutely shocking allegations.

Regulators failed to hold Southwest Airlines to account for not meeting safety standards, putting as many as 17 million passengers at risk on tens of thousands of flights, a federal watchdog said in a report on Tuesday.

The report found that the Federal Aviation Administration had allowed Southwest to routinely provide inaccurate data to pilots and to operate more than 150,000 flights on planes whose airworthiness had not been confirmed.

The agency also failed to investigate concerns raised by its own representatives “ranging from senior executives to local inspectors” over Southwest’s safety culture, according to the report, issued by the inspector general’s office at the Transportation Department.

It cited accusations from F.A.A. officials that Southwest used “diversion, distraction and power” to get what it wanted and would regularly bypass local officials by going straight to F.A.A. headquarters. The investigation was prompted by a hotline complaint and an engine explosion on a Southwest flight in April 2018 that was responsible for the first death on a U.S. airline in nine years.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/11/business/faa-southwest-airlines-inspection.html




So like a certain president who we will not mention, Southwest used power and distraction to get around FAA regulations. So just what did they get around? Well one of the most egregious violations is that Southwest has lied repeatedly about the overall weight of its’ aircraft. Yes, that’s something that you don’t lie to the FAA about under any circumstances. Just watch a recent episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm about this very subject.

In January 2018, the FAA learned Southwest was providing inaccurate aircraft weight information to its pilots, the OIG report said.

Having correct weight information is critical to flight crews as they operate aircraft. The information helps determine a number of things, such as how many people and how much fuel can be carried and where cargo should be located in the aircraft.

The discrepancies stemmed from Southwest's method of hand-counting bags and relaying that information to the gate agent who would input the information into a computer system, the report said. The OIG found errors both in counting and the data entry by Southwest employees.

Because the FAA did not ensure Southwest fulfilled its requirements to fix the issue, "these discrepancies have continued for nearly two years," the report said. OIG found between March 2018 and July 2019 there were 4,000 instances of errors of 300 pounds or more.
https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2020/02/11/southwest-airlines-safety-culture.html




Well repeatedly lying about information has got Southwest in a lot of trouble with the FAA, but what about their own employees? One group that you should never piss off under any circumstance is the mechanics. And that doesn’t matter if they’re working on something like an air conditioner, your car, or even the plane that you’re flying on that day. Which it appears that Southwest did. And that is what one would say is no Bueno.

The unions representing mechanics and pilots at Southwest Airlines say they aren’t surprised by the conclusions of a federal report released this week that criticized the airline’s safety culture and government oversight of the carrier.

Bret Oestreich, a Southwest mechanic who leads the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association union and its 2,700 members, said the safety culture at Southwest Airlines has deteriorated and workers are often penalized for reporting problems with planes.

“There is a pressure to balance profit and safety,” Oestreich said.

The criticism comes two days after the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General released the conclusion of a two-year investigation into Southwest’s relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration. It found, among other things, that “FAA representatives—ranging from senior executives to local inspectors— expressed concerns about the safety culture at Southwest Airlines” and the FAA had “not effectively overseen Southwest Airlines’ systems for managing safety risks.”

Southwest denied the allegations and said, “Southwest maintains a culture of compliance, recognizing the safety of our operation as the most important thing we do.”

The FAA recently proposed a $3.92 million fine on Southwest for the inaccurate weight calculations.
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2020/02/13/parallels-with-boeings-situation-mechanics-pilots-blast-southwest-after-damning-safety-report/




But if Southwest has anything, it has a lot of explaining to do. And on top of that, some major damage control to do. The biggest question is what routes were affected and who knows about it? What can be done to prevent this and what airlines could possibly be involved? Well one thing is clear, if your future travel plans include the tropical paradise that is Hawaii, don’t use Southwest for your inter-island travel because it could be a big risk.

With the arrival of a budget carrier Southwest Airlines in Hawaii, tourism may have changed forever for the Aloha State. With thousands of additional arrivals in Hawaii on a daily basis, airfares dropped, making the destination more affordable for many. At the same time mass tourism in Hawaii created a visible threat of over-tourism for the islands.

Overtourism started a discussion to outlaw AIRBNB to avoid more increases in rent and the homeless emergency in the State.

Many long year residents are leaving the State in response to over-tourism.

On February 7, 2019, eTurboNews asked if it was safe for Southwest Airlines to fly from the US Mainland to Hawaii on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

In order to fly long distances over the Pacific, Southwest Airlines needed to obtain an ETOPS certification on a 2-engine aircraft.
https://www.eturbonews.com/540663/southwest-airlines-hawaii-flights-not-safe/




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




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Ann Arbor! 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! Thanks to the unholy, ungodly Dark One, creator of all things bad and evil, who is currently sitting in the White House, our brothers and sisters on the religious right have seen a sort of spiritual revival. They are motivated, they are energized to do the good LAWRD’s work. But are they really? They are so steeped in their own hatred and propaganda that they can no longer tell truth from reality. That’s why they worship the unholy Dark One, whose name shall *NOT* be spoken in my church, thank you very much! But before we get into the meat of this week’s sermon, are these the people who you really want in charge of the judiciary?

Paula White, a prosperity gospel minister who serves as President Donald Trump’s “spiritual adviser,” apparently believes her followers should live in the dark to help keep the lights on at her church.

A lengthy report on White by Mother Jones reveals that the Trump-loving preacher recently told followers at her Supernatural Ministry School in Miami that they could secure God’s favor by sending her church as much money as possible — even if that meant skipping their monthly electric bills.

In particular, White said that followers who send their money to Florida Power and Light (FPL) every month instead of giving it to her church are treating the electric company better than they treat God.

“Instead of writing [that check] to the house of God as I’m instructed to, then what I’m saying spiritually is, ‘FPL, I have now established a spiritual law that put you first,'” White explained to her flock. “So, FPL, save my family, FPL, deliver my drug addicted son. FPL, kill this cancer that doctors say is in my body.”
https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/trump-spiritual-adviser-tells-followers-to-skip-paying-electric-bills-so-they-can-send-her-church-more-cash/




Well if you think that sending your paycheck to her instead of paying off your crucial bills is wrong, I present to you – what’s behind door #2! Again, something that the good LAWRD JAYSUS would *NOT* approve of! Can I get an amen??? I mean this is a Twitter poll here, they’re useless. And of course, with the way social media is, you just know that a thread like this is going to backfire on them. And boy did it backfire on them!

A group ostensibly representing Christian lawmakers launched a poll on Twitter over the weekend asking if America would be better off with more Christians in elected office.

After more than 16,000 replies, the answer was an overwhelming “no,” which received 95.8% of the vote. In response, the group accused “atheists and Satanists” of “religious persecution” for voting in the poll.

Congress is overwhelmingly Christian, far out of proportion with the people they represent. According to a Pew survey last year, the Senate and House are nearly 90% Christian, compared with 65% of America as a whole.

One in four Americans now considers themselves atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” a position publicly held by just one member of the current Congress, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who lists her religion as “none.” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) describes himself as a humanist, while a handful of others haven’t acknowledged a faith or lack thereof.

The National Association of Christian Lawmakers was started last year by Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert (R), who warned about the rise of witches in a recruitment email. It’s not clear how many members the group has, but its board of advisers includes a number of current and former elected officials, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/christian-lawmakers-poll-satanists_n_5e4b7a2bc5b65f25da4e4ca4




That is true, oh angel! Now so you have Paula White who can’t stop grifting, and you have Christian lawmakers who can’t handle any sort of online humor. So make no mistake – when super far right Christians say “religious freedom”, what they really mean is “religious discrimination for everyone but straight, white, Christian males”. What are they after? Well, their prize is the courts. Which is why they will put up with any boorish rube as long as he gives them what they want! That is not what JAYSUS had intended, is it?

Last Thursday, Jan. 16, was Religious Freedom Day. As befits his mendacious nature, Donald Trump "honored" it by promoting two policies profoundly at odds with the original meaning of what religious freedom is all about: a license to discriminate with federal funds, both in employment and in provision of services, and new pressure on public schools to allow student prayer and religious use of school facilities.

The actual substance of the second policy was vastly over-hyped, noted Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Religion had never been banned from education by the Supreme Court in the 1960s, she pointed out — only "mandatory Bible readings and prayers written by the government. It should not be controversial to oppose government-dictated religious practice." But that's clearly the direction Trump was signaling toward, and the public pressure of presidential posturing has real-life consequences, regardless of written laws and regulations.

Trump's actions drew swift condemnation from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Center for Inquiry, among others. As CFI noted:

This amounts to a religious litmus tests to access public services. Welcome to "Handmaid's Tale" America.

But this was no surprise, given Trump's dependence on Christian nationalist support, and the fact that he's touted their line before, as I noted last year at this time. As Americans United president Rachel Laser said to Salon, "The Trump administration's constant entanglement of church and state should make our founders turn over in their graves."
https://www.salon.com/2020/01/20/religious-wars-with-the-christian-right-on-the-offensive-activists-are-fighting-back/




But just remember, we’re not the ones trying to tell you how to think and who to vote for. We might be the only non political church in the whole country! Then again, that’s a mighty big “might”. And by the way, give it up for our house band, how great are they? Anyway, back on topic, you know what it is they really want? They want to bring about the end of days! Yes, rather than helping their fellow man, which would bring about HAYVAN, they would rather see the world burn! Because, Jesus.

The Christian Right loves President Donald Trump for a variety of reasons, from his racist rhetoric and anti-immigrant views to all the far-right judges he has added to the federal courts. But journalist Stephanie Mencimer, this week in an article for Mother Jones, focuses on one of their most disturbing reasons for being so pro-Trump: an obsession with the End Times.

In Protestant Christianity, one finds both fundamentalists and non-fundamentalists. Mainline Protestants (Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, the African Methodist Episcopal or AME Church) study the Bible intensely, but they don't have the obsession with the End Times and the New Testament's Book of Revelation that the fundamentalist Christian Right has. And even though Trump himself is not a fundamentalist (he was raised Presbyterian), he is more than happy to pander to far-right white evangelicals — who, as Mencimer explains in her article, believe that Trump is important to the end of the world. The Christian Right welcomes the End Times because as they see it, Jesus Christ will return to Earth in the last days.

Mencimer, in her article, quotes religious historian Diane Butler Bass, who offers some insights on why the Christian Right believe Trump could play an important role in the End Times — and why the Christian Right has been applauding the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani. Bass told Mother Jones, "When Iran gets into the news, especially with anything to do with war, it's sort of a prophetic dog whistle to evangelicals. They will support anything that seems to edge the world towards this conflagration. They don't necessarily want violence, but they're eager for Christ to return — and they think that this war with Iran and Israel has to happen for their larger hope to pass."

According to Mencimer, Trump "has surrounded himself with people who hail from the fringes of the evangelical community that is steeped in the language of biblical prophecy, and his administration regularly reflects that language back to them in its messaging."
https://www.salon.com/2020/01/26/why-the-christian-right-believes-trump-could-play-an-important-role-in-the-end-times_partner/




Yeah because he’s doing such a bangup job isn’t he? They need our JAYSUS because he really is a miracle worker! Whatever they’re doing is not working if they want to burn it all down and appoint judges that will help bring it about! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:





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Look, nobody gets it more than we do that traveling can be an absolute nightmare. Especially when you have to charter for a traveling comedy show like ours. And we don’t exactly have the money that a professional sports team or rock band does. But the cardinal rule of traveling is also the same cardinal rule of social media: don’t be a douche. And if you are a douche, you should be aware that everyone on the plane has a cell phone. And those cell phones have cameras. And you can see where I am going with this. Thanks to in flight wifi, those phones are capable of posting video of you being a douche on social media. That’s where this latest video comes in. But no matter which side you fall on the fence on this argument, you can’t help but wonder if the airlines bring this on or not.

The flight was supposed to last less than two hours, quick and painless. Instead, it turned into what one passenger described as a painful assault -- and a lightning rod for what constitutes proper airline etiquette.

Wendi Williams, who describes herself as a teacher in Virginia Beach, tweeted about the experience on an American Airlines flight in January.

In footage she shared on Twitter, which has been shared widely and viewed hundreds of thousands of times online, the man seated behind her repeatedly pushed the back of her seat with his fist. She says before she started filming, he was actually forcefully punching her seat.

Why? Because she reclined it.

The man's actions -- and Williams' decision to recline the seat into a row with no ability to do the same -- has sparked a heated conversation about etiquette at 30,000 feet.
How it happened

Williams was flying from a teacher's convention in New Orleans to a connection in Charlotte, North Carolina, she wrote on Twitter. The footage appears to show she was seated in the second-to-last row in the cabin.
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/woman-airplane-seat-recline-trnd/index.html




Damn it, I specifically requested not to be seated next to Stewie! But here’s the thing – do we really need to get the actual airlines involved in this one? It really is their fault that we’re crammed like sardines on a plane traveling from Dallas to Boca Raton to visit Nana and Pop Pop. Well maybe that’s not all travel but we’re using it for this scenario. And this is where a circular firing squad turns absolutely ridiculous.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian apparently errs on the side of caution.

Or, at the very least, he believes in etiquette and common sense when it comes to reclining seats on airplanes.

The great debate reared its ugly head again this week when a video went viral of an American Airlines passenger who claimed she was assaulted by a man sitting behind her when she reclined her seat.

The man repeatedly punched the back of her seat in retaliation, and the Twitterverse seemed split over who was at fault.

Enter Bastian.

Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Friday morning to tout Delta's plans to invest $1 billion to go carbon neutral, Bastian instead drew more response for his take on the reclining seat dilemma.
https://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/delta-ceo-says-ask-first-when-it-comes-to-reclining-airplane-seat.html




And maybe that’s why you don’t fly in vehicles designed by Peter Griffin. Although people, here’s the thing, yeah this guy was a douche. Yeah this woman totally blew this out of proportion. And yes, this sparked a debate that’s really been going on since the invention of the airplane. Sure you could ask the person in the row behind you if it’s OK to recline. But I know airline passengers, they are not like that at all! But you know one thing you should never do? Sue. That’s right, this insane debate is being turned into a legal matter! Because, money.

An American Airlines passenger is preparing to sue the company for allegedly slandering her over a viral seat reclining incident.

Per TMZ, Wendi Williams met with her attorneys to discuss a possible defamation lawsuit against American Airlines. Williams claims that the story the airlines released regarding a disagreement over her reclined seat is false.

Earlier this week, Williams claims that she was assaulted by another passenger because he was repeatedly hitting the back of her reclined seat. She uploaded a video of the man punching her headrest to social media and it went viral. Although she contacted American Airlines and the company apologized to her, Williams wants the man to be prosecuted.

In response, the airlines tried to explain the chain of events that happened before the video was taken. A rep told TMZ that Williams reclined her seat, causing the man to spill his drink. This prompted the flight attendant to replace his beverage in hopes to defuse the situation. That didn't seem to calm either party as the man continued to punch the back of her seat and Williams insisted he was getting preferential treatment by receiving a new drink.

American Airlines' description of the situation didn't sit well with Williams. She claims that she didn't knock over his drink, but even if she did, it would've been an accident and not that big of a deal. As a result, she's contemplating suing the company and demanding that American Airlines pay for her medical bills as the punching could have damaged her vertebrae.
https://www.complex.com/life/2020/02/seat-reclining-passenger-threatens-sue-american-airlines




But here’s the thing – these days airlines are trying to cram as many flights on a plane as possible because, profit. And also greed, but mainly profit. But when it comes to economy class, let’s face it, we’re screwed. If you think the guy punching you in the back of the seat is bad, well, just wait until they can punch you right to your face! Yes, this is one of many insane designs being touted by airplane manufacturers, because if there’s one thing we need, it’s the ability to rotate our seats!

A design team has submitted an idea, which they think will change the way we fly forever.

The 'Flex Economy' style design, concocted by the Heinkel Group, has been entered into to the Crystal Cabin Award 2020.

Imagine jumping on a 14-hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles and you end up in one of these configurations.

Doing long-haul flights can be painful when all you have to look at is the back of a chair; but imagine the only entertainment being the face of someone sitting eerily close to you.

Admittedly, the Heinkel Group had families and groups of friends in mind when creating the design. However, you could end up as the fourth wheel to a family of three if this was ever adopted by an airline.

The company posted their idea to Facebook, writing: "Heinkel Group presents the Flex Lounge, a new concept to have a flexible configuration for seat rows in the Economy Class for the Long Haul Flights.
https://www.ladbible.com/news/interesting-new-flex-economy-seat-design-submitted-for-airline-consideration-20200130





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This week – the XFL: How is this still a thing? Way back in 2018, Vince McMahon, the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, announced that he was bringing back his once-failed NFL rival, the XFL. And this time around it was going to have a more conservative, MAGA friendly approach after the Colin Kaepernick circular firing squad ensued. But let’s focus on one team first: The Los Angeles Wildcats who in their first week, got stomped. Which meant that for their home opener, nobody showed up. Yes, they have abysmal attendance ratings and a poor quarterback to blame for why the team is currently in last place.

It looks like the Los Angeles Chargers aren’t the only pro football team struggling to put butts in seats. Check out the scene before the XFL's Los Angeles Wildcats hosted the Dallas Renegades Sunday at Dignity Health Sports Park.

While those were images and video from before the game began, the scene wasn’t too much better at kickoff, with well over half of the seats at the small stadium still empty.

It’s not the first XFL game to feature a less-than-packed house, either. Early television ratings were strong, however, and one wonders if the rising ticket prices in Week 2 had something to do with the scene in Los Angeles.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/xfl/hardly-anyone-showed-up-to-watch-xfl-game-in-los-angeles/ar-BB103JZx




Yes, the X is for Xtreme! So the Los Angeles Chargers and the LA Rams are struggling to get fans to attend games, but then come the Wildcats of the XFL and say “hold my beer”! Well, despite the extremely poor attendance, makes things even worse when the Wildcats fired their defensive coordinator literally after the first game. Guess you could say that things are going well for that particular team?

The XFL's Los Angeles Wildcats made a series of unusual moves Monday, two days after losing their first game in the league's inaugural season.

The Wildcats fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson in a decision that head coach Winston Moss called "difficult."

Meanwhile, linebacker and team captain Anthony Johnson tweeted that he is now a "free agent."

The Wildcats confirmed Pepper Johnson's firing in a statement from Moss.

"We recognize that there are issues we need to address for the 2020 season," Moss said. "While these decisions are difficult, we have given this significant thought. We are here to put the best possible product on the field for our fans. We thank Pepper for his contributions to the Wildcats and we are looking forward to our home opener this weekend."
https://www.espn.com/xfl/story/_/id/28673130/xfl-wildcats-fire-defensive-coordinator-pepper-johnson-losing-opener




You could say that the LA Wildcats are a dumpster fire of an organization, but that’s the least of this league’s problems. So what is the XFL and why do we need it? There’s plenty of professional and semi-professional leagues around the globe. But this one is gaining the most attention and it has very few teams and even fewer people willing to go see games, especially with its’ pro conservative, MAGA friendly bias. Seriously, even the patron saint of quarterbacks, Tim Tebow, turned down an invitation to the league.


Tim Tebow confirmed Sunday that he declined an invitation to play in the XFL to continue his pursuit of a Major League Baseball career.

“Yeah, there was some communication,” the former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at Florida and Mets farmhand told reporters with a chuckle as he reported to the team’s spring training camp in Port St. Lucie.

“For me, this is what I wanted to do, and pursue this and be all in,” said Tebow, 32, who will be entering his fourth season in professional baseball and has yet to reach the majors.

Tebow’s baseball career hasn’t offered much promise, He owns a career .223/.299/.338 slash line in three full minor-league seasons and hit just .163/.240/.255 in 77 games at the Triple-A level last season.

Had he joined the XFL, Tebow would have unquestionably been the league’s biggest star on notoriety alone. The league, which just completed its second week of play, is lacking in recognizable names.
https://www.tampabay.com/sports/vipers/2020/02/17/tim-tebow-said-no-thanks-to-xfl-invitation/




Well so the league has very poor attendance and teams aren’t exactly getting off to what one would call a great start. In fact, things are going so poorly for the XFL in the first two weeks of games that the stand out star of the first week, Matt McGloin of the New York Guardians, slammed his coaches because well, they didn’t exactly know what they were doing.

The New York Guardians pulled off an upset win in Week 1, but facing what might be the best team in the XFL on the road in Week 2, Matt McGloin and the Guardians offense endured a nightmarish day at Audi Field in DC. The Defenders improved to 2-0 with a 27-0 shutout of the Guardians, and McGloin struggled mightily, with just 44 passing yards and 2 interceptions, good for a rating of 10.1.

McGloin had to do a live sideline interview after throwing his first pick of the day, and things got even more awkward during his halftime interview with ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

McGloin’s performance never improved, though, and he was eventually pulled for backup Marquise Williams after throwing a second interception. In a wild scene you’ll only see in the XFL, McGloin did a third live interview after being benched, and the QB didn’t hold back.

The XFL’s signature sideline interviews add a whole different dimension to the presentation of games – but they also give players an opportunity to potentially alienate coaches or teammates. The Guardians’ trip home to New York on Saturday is going to be a long one.
https://ftw.usatoday.com/2020/02/matt-mcgloin-slams-his-own-coaches-in-awkward-interviews-during-awful-loss




So calling the XFL a dumpster fire is definitely selling it short. Could it be improved? Yes. Are the between play interviews a good idea? Absolutely not. And are the games expected to improve and draw an audience anytime soon? Well that could happen because the XFL needs fans. Or it could not. But there is one thing you can expect for future games.

In the days since the Houston Roughnecks' XFL opener Saturday, wide receiver Kahlil Lewis has heard from a lot of people about what he did in the game.

No, it wasn't about any of his five catches for 45 yards, including a touchdown, or the 37-17 Roughnecks victory over the Los Angeles Wildcats. Instead, they were contacting him about something that happened in the first quarter.

Three plays into the game, Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cam Phillips. Lewis ran down the field to celebrate after chugging a whole bottle of Gatorade, and he was the first player to reach Phillips after he scored.

When Lewis was lining up for the 1-point conversion, he threw up.
https://www.espn.com/xfl/story/_/id/28681743/xfl-roughnecks-kahlil-lewis-works-set-record-straight-viral-vomit-video




So bad quarterbacks, poor attendance, in between play interviews, and on field vomit. That’s enough to make you ask – The XFL:




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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. So who is dumb this week? I love this segment because there are so many stories of people being stupid. And it could easily be me or you in any one of these situations. Well, the Corona Virus is a thing that exists. While we are not mocking the deaths associated with the Corona Virus, we are mocking the media hysteria surrounding this deadly disease. Don’t get me started on anti-vaxxers, either. But really when media hysteria surrounding the super virus is at an all time high, it resorts to people being, well, stupid. We go to Hong Kong for this story.

Armed robbers in Hong Kong made off with hundreds of toilet rolls worth more than HKD1,000 ($130; £98).

Toilet rolls are currently in short supply in Hong Kong due to shortages caused by panic-buying during the coronavirus outbreak.

Knife wielding men robbed a delivery man outside a supermarket in the Mong Kok district, police said.

Police have arrested two men and recovered some of the stolen loo rolls, local media reports said.

The armed robbery took place in Mong Kok, a district of Hong Kong with a history of "triad" crime gangs, early on Monday.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51527043




You literally can’t spare a square if you’re in Hong Kong! Next up – remember the cartoon Popeye, you know the one that inspired one of Robin Williams’ best flicks? And then there was that character who always wanted to pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today. Yes, Wimpy, thank you miss! Chicken!!! I love that clip so much. Well, there’s a guy in Albuquerque who took that concept just a little bit too far.

Police arrested Dominic Calderon on Tuesday for solicitation after he allegedly attempted to pay an undercover police officer posing as a prostitute with a hamburger.

KRQE reported that Calderon, a 36-year-old registered sex offender was riding his bicycle on Central Avenue in Albuquerque on the evening of January 28 when he spotted the female officer. He approached her and asked how much it would be for a sexual encounter.

The pair agreed on a price, but Calderon told the officer that he could not pay it because he did not get paid from his job until Friday. He then asked for her phone number so he could enjoy her services later, KRQE reported.

The officer noticed that Calderon was carrying a bag from Chili's, according to The Smoking Gun, and asked him what was inside. He told her that it was a hamburger. At that point, the officer proposed that her fee could be the burger instead of cash.

According to KRQE, Calderon agreed, and was promptly arrested for patronizing a prostitute, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine. The burger was seized and placed into evidence.
https://www.newsweek.com/arrested-pay-prostitute-hamburger-1485122




I love that so much! Wrong Popeye, there. Next up – we go to the Peach State, that’s of course in Georgia, for this one. So here’s the thing people, learn how to read a map. It’s not that hard! Because while Google maps is great, it doesn’t take into account every single thing that goes on in a given terrain, so when you do use their maps, be sure you know, where the roads are!

A man was rescued early Saturday morning after he fell partially through the ice on the Mississippi River near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis.

According to Minneapolis Fire Department spokesman Bryan Tyner, at approximately 3 a.m., crews responded to the area of 550 West River Parkway on a report of a man who fell through the ice.

The man reportedly told authorities that his Google Maps told him to cross the river.

Officials said the man, who is from out of town, was heading back to his hotel.

He was transferred to the hospital with mild hypothermia.
https://kstp.com/news/man-rescued-after-attempting-to-cross-river-in-minneapolis-stated-google-maps-told-him-to-cross/5637973/?cat=1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_KSTP-TV&fbclid=IwAR0EOmAUuRZ6GFFGfDkIwbsRtpQBdd_Y0WvDcd-sGI72HuaXvtH5Cd2fSaY




Yes the blue part is the land. Next up – Florida. We can’t ever have a People Are Dumb segment without mentioning America’s most penis-shaped state, the Sunshine State, Florida. And really if you’re threatening to destroy someone, are turtles really your go-to weapon? Do you know how slow a turtle really is? And the larger the turtle, the slower the turtle. Those things do bite though.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A man yelling obscenities, calling himself a saint and threatening to send his turtle army to destroy everyone has been arrested, according to an affidavit from the Indialantic Police Department.

Officers responded to at least seven calls about disturbances at Starbucks Coffee, Surfanista Café and Sassy Granny’s Smoothies along N. Miramar Avenue.

Thomas Devaney Lane, 61, went with an officer to the police department, where he yelled at the dispatcher in the lobby while pounding on the walls and glass, police said.

Lane then left the department but was later located at a 7-Eleven on Fifth Avenue.

As an officer stood by, Lane called 911 and told the operator, “I need to leave now or you will all be sorry you (expletive) with the saint,” according to the affidavit.

Read more: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/2019/04/12/florida-man-threatens-to-destroy-everyone-with-army-of-turtles-police-say/




Finally this week – sticking in Florida, we have to talk about this unusually weird story out of Palm Beach where this guy needs some serious kidney dialysis. But he has quite the unusual quirk. Yeah he’s bringing a cardboard cutout of Trump to the dialysis sessions. Which of course the dialysis center in question put the kibosh on. So to recap – cardboard cutout, bad. Family, OK. Here’s more!

A Florida man undergoing kidney dialysis three times a week is upset that he is not allowed to bring a life-sized cardboard cutout of Donald Trump to sessions, for emotional support.

Nelson Gibson told a local television station, WPBF, his family cannot sit with him during his three-and-a-half-hour treatments. In their absence, he began bringing a picture of Trump as a comfort item.

“It just feels like bringing something from home to make you comfortable,” Gibson told the West Palm Beach area TV outlet.

Gibson said no one complained.

Next, he started bringing a small cardboard cutout of himself standing next to a photo of Trump.

No one complained, he said, adding that some people even took photos with it.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/15/florida-man-dialysis-center-life-sized-trump-cutout-emotional-support?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




By the way I don’t know what’s weird – the story or the fact that the Guardian used as a stock photo, a picture of a cardboard cutout of Trump. I have so many questions! That’s it this week for:




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Welcome back to our 2020 voters’ guide Keeping Up With The Candidates! It’s where we keep all of the news, information, and issues about all your favorite candidates in one place! In the last couple of weeks, we talked about the Iowa caucus, the colossal shit show that happened at the Iowa caucus, and now it looks like we might have a front runner and that’s Bernie Sanders. Folks, I don’t think I have to tell you that in order to beat @realDonaldTrump in the general election, you need an army. An army of trolls. And you need the trolliest bunch of trolls that ever trolled. Of all of the 100+ candidates that have thrown their hat into the ring, only one candidate has that army. That man is Bernie Sanders. His trolls can handily take on the MAGAS. How you might ask? Well there’s plenty of ways.

Purity tests are their lifeblood, even ones their own candidate of choice wouldn’t pass. Perhaps most concerning, they seek to destroy fellow liberals who deviate from their orthodoxy.

Policy-oriented discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of “Medicare for all” versus ObamaCare are impossible. Don’t think billionaires are all bad? Unacceptable. Think there are some wars worth fighting? You’re a neocon in liberal clothing (clothing that probably costs too much, by the way). Concerned about the feasibility of implementing the Green New Deal? You’re just as bad as the Republicans.

Their unbridled aggression is well documented. I wrote recently about prominent Sanders surrogate Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) leading a crowd in booing the mention of Hillary Clinton in Iowa just a few weeks ago. And on New Hampshire primary night at Sanders’s headquarters, Sanders supporters loudly booed when former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg appeared on the televisions. They also chanted “Wall Street Pete.”

Sanders seems to have gotten the message that this type of behavior isn’t going to fly.
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/483166-will-bernie-have-to-turn-on-his-bros




Seriously guys, not cool. Bernie needs to have a running mate and this kind of behavior coming from supporters is going to probably alienate everyone who he is considering for a running mate. So the question on the table is how can Bernie control the chaos? Well, maybe he doesn’t. That’s exactly how people like Mitch McConnell and Jim Jordan keep getting elected. Even Joe Biden is telling Bernie to mind the bros.

So said Joe Biden to Chuck Todd in a pre-recorded interview that aired on NBC’s Meet The Press on Sunday. It was a charge issued directly to the Democratic front runner, Bernie Sanders, who has, few could deny, a group of high-volume supporters whose zeal for their candidate can occasionally cross the line of civility.

“Find out who the hell they are. If any of them work for [you] - fire them!” Biden continued, while discussing online attacks against the Culinary Union in Nevada who did not endorse Sanders’s Medicare for All plan.

Ranking members of the powerful union claim they were doxxed online, received “hostile calls and emails” and that “Sanders supporters viciously attacked” them after the release of a flyer suggesting that Sanders would “end Culinary Healthcare,” a fund specific to their 130,000 members in the Las Vegas-area hospitality industry.

“He may not be responsible for it, but he has some accountability,” Biden said about the specific incident, and the, in his words, “vicious, malicious, misogynistic threats.”
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/02/biden-to-bernie-mind-your-bros




Sigh…………….. same shit, different day! So where did the Bernie Bros get their name from? Why do they exist? And why like any group are they full of hardcore extremists and crazy people? Like the MAGAs, the Bernie Bro is such a distinct type of political supporter that they have their own Wikipedia page. But the actual origin of the term “Bernie Bro” gets traced back to an Atlantic article that appeared in 2015.

The nature of punditry makes it hard to tell which myths media personalities earnestly believe in, and which they perpetuate in bad faith. Consider the "welfare queen," a villainous trope popularized by Ronald Reagan in stump speeches in the 1970s, and which never actually existed. Despite being a clear fiction, the idea was tantalizing both to politicians and pundits, and hence the welfare queen became embedded in culture. Pundits and politicians today still invoke the racist caricature, often through dog-whistles.

Why do some myths persist, or remain uncorrected by the media, while others dissipate? The short answer seems to be that when they serve a media narrative, or play on existing stereotypes, they grow to possess a power that goes beyond fact or truth. To this list of indefatigable myths, one might add the pernicious "BernieBro" — so ubiquitous a concept that it has its own Wikipedia article. The self-explanatory neologism was coined by Robinson Meyer in an Atlantic article in 2015 before being distorted by the Twittersphere and the punditry — something that Meyer later came to regret, as he felt the term he reified suffered from "semantic drift."

But that was five years ago, before we had as much data on Sanders' support base — which, as it turns out, should be sufficient to debunk the stereotype that Sanders' support base consists entirely of a mythic tribe of entitled, pushy young millennial men. To wit: young women make up more of Sanders' base than men. He polls especially high with Hispanic voters, far more so than with white voters; Hispanic voters also donated more money to him than any other Democratic candidate. Polls consistently show that nonwhite voters prefer him over the other candidates. Notably, the demographic group that likes Sanders the least is white men.
https://www.salon.com/2020/02/09/the-berniebro-myth-persists-because-pundits-dont-understand-how-the-internet-works/




So are the Bernie Bros a threat to the Democratic party? Or are they a necessary entity in order to beat Donald Trump? Well, I say a little from column A and a little from column B. Now Bernie and Michael Bloomberg have been trading blows in ads, and Bloomberg recently took a shot at the passionate base of fans known as Bernie Bros. How far does this go?

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg responded to a hard-hitting speech by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with an ad targeting his “Bernie Bros” supporters and the Twitter attacks they levy on Democratic campaigns they don’t agree with.

Including screenshots of tweets, the Bloomberg ad included comments like “vote Bernie or bad things will happen,” texts threatening someone where they live and “your kids go to school,” and a cartoon suggesting Death was killing the supporters of Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Vice President Joe Biden.

The ad concludes with a Sanders clip saying it is important for people who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse, ending with the Bloomberg campaign asking, “really?”

The ad on the negative “energy” from Bernie Bros, was a response to a Sanders speech stating that Bloomberg’s money will not be enough to create the kind of “excitement and energy” needed to defeat President Donald Trump.
https://www.mediaite.com/politics/bloomberg-ad-lays-smackdown-on-bernie-bros-not-the-energy-needed-to-beat-trump/




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My next guest is an absolutely legendary punk rock performer. In fact you can see him perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 6th. Playing his song “James Bond” from his new album “Free”, give it up for the one, the only Iggy Pop!!!
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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #8-6: Wheel Of Corruption: Dark Fate Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #8-6: Wheel Of Corruption: Dark Fate Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Hey websites, please stop asking me to review your updated privacy policy because we both know that ain’t happening. What do you mean my data was sold to a Saudi prince? Damn it, I should have read the privacy policy. What’s up Smashville? Ah, see my nod to the Predators there? How are you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! Happy Valentines Day everybody! Of course Valentine’s Day is this Friday but we’re spreading the love a couple of days early! Because that’s just how we roll. So this is our 4th annual Valentine’s Day special and as always, this one goes out to the lovers in the room! And I’m sure there are many. And if you’re thinking of proposing, oh man have we got a destination wedding for you! It of course takes place in Las Vegas. Now when you think Vegas weddings, you think of the Elvis Chapel at the Aladdin or Chapel Of Flowers. Nope, this wedding happens to take place at Dennys. Yes, the same Dennys where you go to indulge your drunk food fantasies with Moons Over My Hammy, or your Nana and Pop Pop go to take advantage of the $5 senior slam. But you can get married for free on this Valentine’s Day. Yes, free! Of course if you want booze to go with that, they offer $2, $4, $6, and $8 drink specials. And my favorite part, they give you a coupon for a future visit! Or maybe Dennys isn’t your flavor, you prefer something more spicy! Fear not, the Taco Bell Cantina at Miracle Mile will satisfy your craving. For your wedding, you get tacos and margaritas! Yes, that is a thing that exists! 2020 is a great year to be alive isn’t it? OK enough of the intro. We have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first Bill Maher is back and he tears into Mitch McConnell on his latest New Rule:



Hey everyone the Wheel Of Corruption is back! Yay!!! It’s been a while! Holy crap this week was quite the shit show wasn’t it? In the number one slot of course this week is the Impeachment Of Donald J. Trump (1) and he of course was acquitted after Mitch McConnell rigged the trial, but it’s not over! It’s far from over! And man did Trump unload in an absolutely batshit crazy victory speech at the White House. In the second slot is our State Of The Union recap (2) which included Nancy Pelosi ripping up a copy of Trump’s address, while Parkland victim Fred Guttenberg got ejected after questioning Trump’s hard right 2nd amendment stance. In the number 3 slot this week is Rush Limbaugh (3). Yes, he has potentially terminal lung cancer but should we feel remorse for someone who has systematically hated our guts for 30+ years? We will weigh in on this subject. In the #4 slot this week – white nationalists (4) marched on DC while their favorite target, Portland’s Antifa, showed up in downtown and nobody knows exactly WTF happened! Speaking of white nationalists, at slot number 5 this week is of course our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and the FBI completed its’ annual survey of domestic terrorism incidents, and the results are way more frightening than you would ever have imagined! Taking the #6 seed of course is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and is anyone really surprised that Franklin Graham (6) got dropped from the entirety of his planned UK Crusader tour? Our resident pastor is going to get to the bottom of why the Brits hate the evangelist and his business. In the #7 slot this week, we had a much different “Beating A Dead Horse” planned about Kirk Douglas claims, but instead, we got to talk about the absolutely batshit ramblings coming from Joaquin Phoenix about milk. Yes, he used his speech to attack milk. In the number 8 slot this week, we have a new edition of our segment "NO!!!" in which religious right hate mongerer and fake coach Dave Daubenmire (8) is suing the NFL for an absolutely ridiculous sum of money. And when we say ridiculous we mean just that! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week, is a new “I Need A Drink” and this week we’re going to get drunk and talk celebrity fragrances, and there’s some truly bizarre ones, in case you’re looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone! Finally this week is a new “Keeping Up With The Candidates” (10). This week we’re going to talk about the aftermath of that colossal SNAFU in Iowa and what to expect as the primaries head to Nevada. And the palate cleanser, we’ve got some live music from The Lumineers! And as always don’t forget the key!

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



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

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

Let’s get this going! Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy… STOP!! Oh hey it’s one of our patented clips without context!



Coincidentally, I have the new Prophetess album “Warring Angels With Flaming Swords”, and it is a banger!!! Spin it again! Donald Trump! You know here’s the thing – conservatives have famously tried to claim that they are the party of transparency. Well, you can’t exactly be transparent when you rigged your own trial! And that’s exactly what they did. It’s almost kind of like that old MTV show Celebrity Deathmatch. In this corner, we have, at 239 (?) pounds, Donald Trump! And in this corner, wearing magic underwear, Mitt Romney! And not only that, Trump has not one but two dirty dealers at the helm – Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell (R-Turtle) and Mr. Moneybags prior to impending bankruptcy, Bill Barr. And with friends like these, who needs enemies?

Senators voted on Wednesday afternoon to acquit President Trump on two articles of impeachment — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — after a historically unusual but typically contentious trial.

Forty-eight senators supported a verdict of guilty on Article I; 52 voted not guilty. Forty-seven senators supported a verdict of guilty on Article II; 53 voted not guilty. The Senate would have needed 67 votes to convict Trump on either article.

The result of the process had never been in question after the House voted to impeach Trump in December. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said months ago that he considered it "inconceivable" that a sufficient number of Republicans would break rank and support removing Trump from office.

One surprise on Wednesday, however, was that one Republican voted to convict and remove Trump on Article I: Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/05/801429948/not-guilty-trump-acquitted-on-2-articles-of-impeachment-as-historic-trial-closes




You know, I never thought I would say this, but thank god for Mitt Romney. At least his moral code prevented him from going with the GOP cult. But he’s still siding with the religion where he has to wear magic underwear. But what’s interesting is that even the Mormon Church, which is famously hard right conservative, is starting to take a turn. So where does Mitt Romney stand?

Sen. Mitt Romney sat sternly with his hands clasped in his lap Wednesday as Republican colleagues to his left and right stood up and declared President Donald Trump “not guilty” on two articles of impeachment.

One of the last to enter the Senate chamber before the historic vote, Romney had, less than three hours before, announced he would be the only member of the president’s party not to acquit him on both charges. Trump, the senator concluded, had committed an act so extreme and egregious it could not be ignored.

Wearing a navy blue suit with an American flag pin, Romney had not been greeted by his colleagues and did not boast a smile as the voting began.

When the trial ended, the Utah senator was the first to depart.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/06/trump-impeachment-mitt-romney-braces-abuse-vote-convict/2859115001/




Uh oh, Mitt Romney had an independent thought, it’s bad for the cult! And of course now that Trump has been vindicated, he’s going to go full asshole and get his revenge on the people who he thinks wronged him, starting with Mr. Romney himself. So where does his home state of Utah stand on impeachment? And where do they think Romney voted? Did he vote correctly or not? We will see.

Registered voters in Utah are split on whether Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R) vote to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial last week makes them more or less likely to back Romney's reelection.

The Deseret News-Hinckley Institute of Politics survey released Tuesday found that 37 percent of registered voters surveyed said they were less likely to support Romney’s reelection, while 36 percent said they were more likely to back the senator. The difference between the two is within the poll's 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

Twenty-two percent said the senator's impeachment vote made no impact on how they will vote if Romney mounts a theoretical reelection bid, while 5 percent said they are not sure.

A majority of GOP voters —56 percent — said they were less likely to back the senator in his reelection, which isn't until 2024.

The poll also found that 49 percent of all registered voters viewed Romney’s vote positively, while 40 percent viewed it negatively; 11 percent said they were not sure.
https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/482596-respondents-in-utah-poll-split-on-whether-romney-impeachment-vote-makes-them




Oh come on, you can stop booing now. So as you know, the way we’ve been polarized has been a thing since the Joseph McCarthy days. But the one person to defect has been Mitt Romney? I can guarantee 100% that I did not have that selected on my Impeachment Bingo card. But I did have “Romney kicked out of future GOP events” on my GOP Bingo card!

Sen. Mitt Romney will not be invited to this year's CPAC, the conservative conference's host chair announced Friday in the aftermath of senators voting not to hear additional witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

"BREAKING: The "extreme conservative" and Junior Senator from the great state of Utah, @SenatorRomney is formally NOT invited to #CPAC2020," tweeted Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the conference.

The former party nominee and Sen. Susan Collins were the only Republicans to side with Democrats in voting to hear witnesses in the impeachment trial.

The vote failed, all but guaranteeing Trump's acquittal next week.

While CPAC has grown into a hotbed of Trumpian support, Romney has distanced himself from the president, garnering Trump's mockery and scorn.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/31/romney-cpac-impeachment-110143





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Now entering the spin cycle! And it lands on… come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop! No, a whammy!



Spin it again. Donald Trump. Folks, it’s been quite a week since the State Of The Union with Nancy Pelosi getting ripped by the Trump cult over her ripping up of the SOTU speech. That’s how you treat a wannabe tyrant dictator like Trump. Is that you kick him in the ass hard. Of course Trump is a guy who loves him some loyalty. And nothing more loyal than those who were invited to his Mar-A-Lago Super Bowl party or his SOTU in Washington DC. But if you double cross the cult, they will tear you up in the same way that Nancy Pelosi ripped up that speech. Here’s what happened.

President Donald Trump promoted the economy and trade deals on Tuesday night in his third State of the Union address — an unusual speech that mixed unprecedented theatrics, including reuniting military families and doling out civilian awards, with overt partisan appeals.

The event ended in spectacularly bitter fashion, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ripping up her copy of the speech as the president finished — a climax to a tense evening chock-full of strain and division between the two leaders and, more broadly, among members of both political parties.

Pelosi's move was one of several instances of visibly intense partisanship during Trump's nearly 80-minute speech, which came amid his Senate impeachment trial. The Senate, which will vote Wednesday on Trump's verdict, is widely expected to acquit the president on two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Earlier in the evening, after Trump reached the lectern, he did not shake Pelosi's hand. At other points while Trump was speaking, Pelosi was seen shaking her head.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-give-third-state-union-speech-amid-impeachment-trial-2020-n1130291




Yup, that’s how you do it! But is there really a motive or a sinister underling to what Nancy Pelosi did to Trump? Really, Trump pardoned a guy who posed with the body of a child he killed in Iraq, and this is the hill that they choose to die on? OK fine. Let’s play that game for a minute. But in the 100+ years that the State Of The Union has been a thing, this might be one of the strangest ones ever.

President Donald Trump likes his superlatives, and you have to give him credit: He definitely earned them this time.

This was the most defiant, most boastful, most ostentatiously theatrical, most overtly campaign-oriented, most am-I-hearing-this-right? outlandish—the most flamboyantly bizarre—State of the Union Address of All Time.

It was also the most disorienting, and hard to categorize through the prism of conventional political analysis. That prism already had lost much of its utility during the Trump Era, and the president seemed to shatter it completely in a 78-minute speech to a congressional audience whose fealty and contempt toward Trump were on display in equal and vivid measure.

Trump long ago lost the capacity truly to shock, but he still has tricks up his sleeve: The speech showed he still has the ability to surprise.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/05/trump-sotu-analysis-110803




Yeah pretty much. Now let’s switch gears for a minute. I have to talk about this story. I’ve been waiting all week and it’s been pissing me off more and more every day. During the State Of The Union, there was an ejection. While Trump was assuring gun nuts that their precious 2nd amendment wasn’t going anywhere, Parkland victim Fred Guttenberg, who was invited as a guest of Nancy Pelosi, got ejected for speaking out the way that guy shouted “You lie!” at Obama way back when. Hold your boos.
President Trump didn't shy away from his push for Second Amendment rights during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. But as he spoke about the importance of protecting the right to bear arms, the father of a teenage girl killed in the 2018 Parkland, Florida mass shooting yelled out — and was promptly ejected.

Fred Guttenberg's 14-year-old daughter, Jaime Guttenberg, was one of 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day in 2018 when former student Nikolas Cruz brought an AR-15 into the building. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited Guttenberg to attend the address. He's been an outspoken advocate for gun reform since the shooting.

Leading up to Guttenberg's outburst, the president said, "In America we don't punish prayer; we don't tear down crosses; we don't ban symbols of faith; we don't muzzle preachers and pastors. In America, we celebrate faith. ... Just as we believe in the First Amendment, we also believe in another constitutional right that is under siege all across the country. So long as I am president, I will always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/state-of-the-union-parkland-father-fred-guttenberg-escorted-out-as-trump-touts-second-amendment-rights/




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Oh and if that’s not enough, this will make your blood boil even further! So after the SOTU, Trump finally allowed Parkland families to go to the White House for a symposium on gun safety. You know who wasn’t invited? Guess who. Yes, now you have my permission to boo even further. And why should Mr. Guttenberg apologize to these assholes? He’s sticking up for what is right.

Several parents who lost a loved one in the tragic shooting inside a Parkland school will attend a White House event on Monday – with one notable member of that group not getting an invite to attend.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was among the 17 victims of the shooting inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, tweeted that he was not invited to the ceremony for the event involving President Trump.

Guttenberg made headlines last week when he was escorted out of the State of the Union address after yelling at the President following remarks about gun violence. He later apologized for the outburst.

“I love the families and do not want to interfere,” Guttenberg said in a message to the Miami Herald. “My issue is only with the way the [White House] put out its public schedule.”
https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/fred-guttenberg-not-among-parkland-parents-invited-to-white-house-event-monday/2189146/





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Let’s spin it to win it! And it lands on… come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! Something random in the news!

The NY Post is reporting that an altercation occurred outside Brooklyn's popular Other Half Brewing Company late Friday night. And according to officials, it all had to do with a bunch of smack talk over craft beer.

Witnesses say they were in line overnight for a Saturday morning special release when a man and a woman began harassing them over their taste for pricy, hoppy beer. Several people in line told the NY Post that the couple were staying in a nearby Airbnb when they started mocking the beer lovers. This escalated back and forth to the point that some in line even threw folding chairs at the annoying twosome.

The Post says the the man and woman went back into the apartment for a while, only for the man to reemerge with a can of White Claw hard seltzer. Eager to show these beer snobs what a man's man drinks, the alleged intruder slammed back his drink and then allegedly threw it at those waiting in line. The taunts continued both ways until the Post says the man went back to the apartment and came back with a Glock 19.

Shocked witnesses in line say they called the police as they tried to deescalate the potentially dangerous situation. The man then put the gun away and went back inside. The NY Post says police quickly arrived, brought the man out in cuffs, confirmed his identity with witnesses, and then took him away.
https://wpdh.com/craft-beer-hater-pulls-gun-on-customers-at-new-york-brewery/




Come on, if you’re going to tell a bunch of beer drinkers their product is crap, at least come back with something better than White Claw. That shit is basically La Croix mixed with alcohol mixed with tap water. Why not just chug some pure grain alcohol like Always Sunny In Philadelphia? Seriously, was Florida Man visiting Brooklyn? Spin it again! Talk shows! Folks, last week it was reported that Rush Limbaugh has potentially terminal lung cancer. Which prompted an outpouring of support from conservatives everywhere while Democrats were asking the question “Should we feel remorse for someone we hate?”. Well the answer to that one is a very complex one. And there’s no easy answer.

The conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on his live show on Monday that he had advanced lung cancer.

He told listeners that he had noticed some shortness of breath but was not experiencing symptoms at the moment, and that he would continue working but would be absent from the show for a couple of days to undergo testing and determine a treatment plan.

“I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with this, but the upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer,” Mr. Limbaugh, 69, said during his broadcast. He added that he first realized something was wrong on Jan. 12 and that the diagnosis had been confirmed by two medical institutions on Jan. 20.

“My heart’s in great shape, ticking away fine, squeezing and pumping great,” he said. “It was not that. It was a pulmonary problem involving malignancy. So I’m going to be gone the next couple days as we figure out the treatment course of action and have further testing done. But as I said, I’m going to be here as often as I can.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/business/media/rush-limbaugh-cancer.html




Now come on, who knew that Rush had a heart to begin with? Oh now we kid, that’s the kind of joke we actually can make. And here’s one that isn’t. OK so Rush Limbaugh has said an awful lot of shit in the last 30 years. Among his greatest hits, he’s gone on Carr mocked rape victims, trashed disabled war veterans and famously had that beef with Michael J. Fox after his Parkinsons diagnosis. But you know what we don’t do? We don’t wish death on people we don’t agree with, even if they are ugly people both on the outside and inside. Just wait for nature to take its’ course.

A Milwaukee Public Schools teacher was placed on leave Wednesday for tweeting that he hopes conservative talk show pundit Rush Limbaugh dies a painful death from cancer.

Travis Sarandos, who teaches English at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, has since deleted his Twitter account.

Replying to a different tweet expressing hope that Limbaugh would recover and begin advocating for affordable health care, Sarandos wrote: "limbaugh absolutely should have to suffer from cancer. it's awesome that he's dying, and hopefully it is as quick as it is painful."

It drew a small firestorm after conservative radio host Mark Belling blasted the tweet in his blog Tuesday.

Milwaukee Public Schools initially said in an email to the USA TODAY Network's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that it was aware of the tweet, but that Sarandos was not speaking on behalf of the district or students or other staff. Hours later it confirmed he had been placed on leave pending an investigation.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/06/rush-limbaugh-cancer-diagnosis-milwaukee-teacher-leave-after-tweet/4679253002/




Yeah no, we don’t encourage that kind of thing here. And if there’s one thing that you never, ever do, it’s piss off the cult. Because they will hold a grudge against you well into the next century. But here’s one thing that you should never, ever do – don’t ever, EVER celebrate that someone else has cancer, because it’s a shitty disease no matter who has it. And if you’re like the above teacher, really, there’s no time or place for that. Leave it to yourself.

Rush Limbaugh told his listeners on Monday that he has advanced lung cancer and, of course, social media lit up with partisan responses to the dire diagnosis revealed by America’s best known conservative radio talk show host.

This isn’t the first time Limbaugh has experienced hardship. It’s been reported that he was addicted to prescription drugs and he’s suffered a profound hearing loss, for example.

But cancer is something else altogether.

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory for me. I’ve known this moment is coming in the program,” Limbaugh said in comments quoted by national publications. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me. I like this program to be about you and the things that matter to all of us.”

We don’t know if Limbaugh’s diagnosis states that he has a short time left or if his situation is more hopeful than that. But we do know this, or at least we should: This news should not be met with celebration. It should not be met with laughter and high-fives. It should not be met with Twitter memes or wicked witch analogies.
https://www.mercedsunstar.com/opinion/article239926218.html





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Now entering the spin zone!! And it lands on… wait for it… A Random Tweet!!

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1227040292060180481

You do realize that Larry David was making fun of you right? I mean if you watch the episode he claims that a MAGA hat is a “great people repellent”. I can’t even… . Spin it again! And it lands on… Racism! Now it’s time for *1920s news announcer voice* NAZIS On Parade On Parade! An EKO Initech Productions Newsreel! We go to the nation’s capital of Washington DC, where white nationalists took to the streets to demonstrate… racism? That’s just about all we can think of this latest march. Because what were they marching? And why were they covering their faces? This is one of the latest WTF events in the history like all bad things, it started after the 2016 election when everything started going to shit.

Police escorted masked members of a white nationalist group on a march through Washington’s National Mall on Saturday that Metropolitan Police said occurred without incident or arrests.

More than 100 members of the Patriot Front, dressed in khaki pants and caps, blue jackets and white face masks, shouted “Reclaim America!” and “Life, liberty, victory!” video of the march showed.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Patriot Front as a white nationalist group that broke off from a similar organization, Vanguard America, in the aftermath of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

At that rally, self-described neo Nazi James Fields drove his car into a group of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2018.

U.S. President Donald Trump drew criticism from his fellow Republicans as well as Democrats for saying that “both sides” were to blame for the deadly 2017 incident.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-protests/masked-white-nationalists-march-in-washington-with-police-escort-idUSKBN20301H




Yeah where’s that guy when you need him? I mean shit this gives new meaning to the phrase “some of those who work forces are the same that burn crosses”. So first we had that insane gun rally in Virginia and now we have actual Nazis covering their faces marching through downtown Washington DC. Isn’t this certifiably insane? Of course we’re ready to go into CPAC and this isn’t helping.

A march by the white nationalist group Patriot Front was done near Union Station in Washington around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The members of Patriot Front that were marching shouted, "Reclaim America" as they moved down the streets of D.C. The group would later end their march at a Walmart in the Union Station area, as some onlookers called them cowards, said WUSA9's Mike Valerio.

Those marching wore similar long-sleeve clothing, wit hats, masks, sunglasses and American flags. They were trailed and surrounded by police officers who were there to de-escalate any issues that arose.

The group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is an image-obsessed organization that rehabilitated the explicitly fascist agenda of Vanguard America with garish patriotism.

The SPLC added that Patriot Front focuses on "theatrical rhetoric and activism that can be easily distributed as propaganda for its chapters across the country."
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/dc/white-nationalist-march-in-dc-on-saturday/65-b8a3c236-9b15-4433-b92e-dec900281536




Meanwhile, in Portland, the group that white nationalists hate and Trump fans love to take a shit on – Antifa, is back and up to their usual tricks. So here’s the thing – the Trump fans love to hate Antifa and they constantly refer to them as violent thugs. But really, if you read past the headlines, which they don’t, this was pretty much nothing. But that’s not what you would read if you venture into the conservative blog-o-sphere at all.

Three people were arrested following a lengthy demonstration in downtown Portland’s Lownsdale Square park Saturday afternoon, and police are searching for another individual who is believed to have vandalized a war memorial in an adjacent park.

Saturday’s demonstration came in response to a previous social media rumor that the Ku Klux Klan was organizing a white supremacy rally at or around the downtown Portland park Saturday.

No Klan rally took place. It’s not clear if an actual event had been organized.

Shortly after 8 a.m., Portland police tweeted, “The organizer for the [Klan] rally in front of the Multnomah County Courthouse has communicated to PPB he has cancelled the event planned for this morning and does not intend to show up. PPB continues to monitor the situation.”

Counter-protesters showed up regardless, including antifascist activists, or antifa.
https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2020/02/antifa-response-to-rumor-of-kkk-rally-turns-into-dance-party-police-arrest-2-after-pepper-spray-used.html




So here’s the thing – there’s two groups of protestors. Both wear masks to hide their identities. Both are run by lunatics. And neither side has any idea who the other side is. All that happened was – a war memorial got defaced, and that is not cool. But then again neither is racism. So while both groups waste time, it would be a great idea if before this administration is over, to Scooby Doo these morons and find out who they really are.

A plinth slathered in paint during a political protest is nearly good as new — restored to not-quite pristine condition less than a day after it was vandalized.

Soldiers Monument, as the outdoor sculpture is usually called, has kept watch over downtown Portland's Lownsdale Square since 1906. A century or so later, it went viral.

A video with more than half a million views on Twitter shows several people spraypainting anti-police slogans across the obelisk during the tail end of an anti-KKK demonstration on Saturday, Feb. 10.

At 6 a.m. on Sunday, contractor crews using hot pressure water scrubbed the statue, leaving faint outlines of what was once there. The graffiti had been cloaked by a tarp overnight.

"We have a process for dealing with these type of incidents. They're not uncommon," said Heather Nelson Kent, a spokeswoman for the Regional Arts & Culture Council, which is tasked with taking care of the city's publicly-owned art.
https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/451502-368037-graffiti-removed-from-war-memorial-after-portland-protest





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Terrorism is a subject that is no laughing matter. When it comes to terrorism, what is more likely to happen? Are you more likely to die at the hands of an Al Qaeda terrorist, or are you more likely to die at the hands of your hardcore white nationalist cousin who has a safe full of guns and repeatedly makes threats against the government on Facebook? The answer is increasingly more and more likely to be the latter. As world governments are getting turned upside down by extreme disinformation on Facebook, white nationalists are becoming more and more of a threat by the day. As such, the FBI is taking new counter terrorism measures to combat this rising tide of hate and white supremacy all over the globe after completing their annual terror survey.

The FBI has elevated its assessment of the threat posed by racially motivated violent extremists in the U.S. to a "national threat priority" for fiscal year 2020, FBI director Christopher Wray said Wednesday. He said the FBI is placing the risk of violence from such groups "on the same footing" as threats posed to the country by foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS and its sympathizers.

"Not only is the terror threat diverse — it's unrelenting," Wray said at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

Racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, or domestic terrorists motivated by racial or religious hatred, make up a "huge chunk" of the FBI's domestic terrorism investigations, Wray said in statements before the Senate Homeland Security Committee last November. The majority of those attacks are "fueled by some type of white supremacy," he said.

Wednesday, Wray said combating domestic terrorism and its "close cousin," hate crimes, are at the "top of the priority list" for the FBI.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/racially-motivated-violent-extremism-isis-national-threat-priority-fbi-director-christopher-wray/




It’s quite possible that the FBI’s hate crime division is working overtime, the last thing they need is a few more hate crimes tacked on top of that, Homer! So where can you start seeing white nationalists pop up in professions? Well look at the military where troops have said to their superior officers that they have seen instances of white nationalism and hardcore racism pop up in recent weeks prior to the FBI’s annual survey.

More than one-third of all active-duty troops and more than half of minority service members say they have personally witnessed examples of white nationalism or ideological-driven racism within the ranks in recent months, according to the latest survey of active-duty Military Times readers.

The poll surveyed 1,630 active-duty Military Times subscribers last fall on their views about political leaders, global threats and domestic policy priorities. It offers a troubling snapshot of troops’ exposure to extremist views while serving despite efforts from military leaders to promote diversity and respect for all races.

The 2019 survey found that 36 percent of troops who responded have seen evidence of white supremacist and racist ideologies in the military, a significant rise from the year before, when only 22 percent — about 1 in 5 — reported the same in the 2018 poll.

Enlisted members were more likely than officers to witness the extremist views (37 percent to 27 percent). Minorities were significantly more likely to report cases of racist behavior than whites (53 percent to 30 percent).

Overall, troops who responded to the poll cited white nationalists as a greater national security threat than both domestic terrorism with a connection to Islam, as well as immigration.
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/02/06/signs-of-white-supremacy-extremism-up-again-in-poll-of-active-duty-troops/




Yes it was. But the director of the FBI himself has warned that domestic terrorism is on the rise, and most of the arrests involving hate crimes involve white supremacy. And in a not at all shocking twist, the FBI is promising to actually deal with a lot of the hate crimes that are on the rise. So when Nazis march down the street in your neighborhood, you can rest assured that the FBI is watching them.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that the agency has made about 100 domestic terrorism-related arrests since October, and the majority were tied to white supremacy.

”I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well,” Wray said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, referring to cases in fiscal 2019, which began Oct. 1.

The FBI is “aggressively” investigating domestic terrorism and hate crimes, Wray said, noting that the bureau is focused on investigating the violence, not the ideology motivating the attacks.

Wray distinguished between what he termed homegrown violent extremism, wording he said the FBI uses to refer to people in United States who are inspired by global jihadists, and domestic extremism, which Wray described as broader to include racially motivated extremists, anarchists and others.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/454338-fbis-wray-says-majority-of-domestic-terrorism-arrests-this-year




Now that the FBI is doing more to fight terrorism, you might want to ask yourself “Why isn’t the FBI doing more to fight white supremacy?”. Well, the answer of course lies in the Rage Against The Machine classic song “Killing In The Name Of” which has the lyric “Some of those who work forces / Are the same that burn crosses”. If that rings true, there is going to be a huge undertaking needed to sort out this mess after the dust has been settled.

Just two weeks ago, FBI director Christopher Wray was harshly criticized during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the bureau's focus — or lack thereof — on white supremacist violence.

"The term 'white supremacist, ' 'white nationalist,' is not included in your statement to the committee when you talk about threats to America," Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois told Wray. "There is a reference to racism, which I think probably was meant to include that, but nothing more specific."

Wray responded that the FBI stopped using separate categories for white supremacists and "black identity extremists," but he added, "I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we've investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence."

This week, the FBI came under sharp scrutiny over how it addresses domestic terrorism inspired by white nationalism in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

The FBI currently has 850 open domestic terrorism investigations. Of that number, 40% involve racially motivated violent extremism, and a majority of those cases involve white nationalists, the bureau said.
https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-white-nationalism-violence-el-paso-dayton-shootings-2019-8




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Nashville! 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!! Is it OK to cancel someone who you don’t agree with? We live in an era where Nazis are marching in the streets and white supremacists have infiltrated our law enforcement, and pastors are saying extremely homophobic and sexist stuff, and nobody is questioning them on it. Now it could be the poison that is being ingested every day on your social media feeds. There is so much disinformation out there. And of course we don’t need people like Franklin Graham helping things, but I’m going to say that he should be cancelled. Of course, as you know, free speech is an absolute right in these United States, of which, I am free to mock religion as much as these guys are to preach it! And for that I am thankful! But what happens when a guy like Franklin Graham, who supports the unholy Dark One, whose name shall not be spoken in my church, when he takes his show on the road? This happens!

The Rev. Franklin Graham, a popular evangelist and son of the late Rev. Billy Graham, is planning a four-month gospel-preaching tour through the United Kingdom this summer.
But now, all seven of his scheduled venues have dropped him, citing his views on homosexuality and Islam. What are they saying?

CNN reported that on Wednesday an arena in Newcastle became the seventh and final venue to cancel Graham's scheduled appearance, following similar cancellations by venues in cities across the U.K., including Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, and Glasgow.

The cancellation came after the regional LGBT groups joined with Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes to oppose the visit.

Forbes, who claims that Graham "peddles controversial, repulsive views about LGBT people" said he was "delighted" to hear the news.

"Instead of focusing on such divisions, we can now come together and look forward to hosting U.K. Pride here this summer," he added.

More than 5,000 people had signed a petition put on by Northern Pride calling for the event to be canceled. The petition argued that Graham has "publicly promoted homophobia."
https://www.theblaze.com/news/evangelist-franklin-graham-dropped-venues-for-believing-bible-teaching-on-homosexuality




That’s right miss! Oh my GAWD indeed! And this is the same England here? The one that is embracing fascism and dictatorships with their new Brexit model? But then again, homophobia is viewed much more differently abroad than it is in the States! And of course, if you can’t beat them, what is the answer my fair congregation? Sue!!! That’s right, Pastor Graham vows to sue the shit out of the areans that cancelled him!

The preacher son of US evangelist Billy Graham is threatening to sue eight British arenas that cancelled his shows after protests from the LGBT community.

Franklin Graham, 67, a vocal supporter of US President, Donald Trump, describes homosexuality as a 'sin' and is in favour of 'gay conversion therapy'.

The ACC Liverpool conference centre was the first to cancel one of his planned events saying last month that his views were 'incompatible' with their values and the Sheffield Arena followed soon after.

Since then venues in Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and London have all followed suit.

But Graham said today his lawyers were fighting back claiming the venues had breached contracts and had discriminated against him because of his religious beliefs.

He also remains unrepentant on his 'homophobic' views and even claimed that the Queen would agree with him.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7981001/Billy-Grahams-evangelical-preacher-son-Franklin-vows-sue-British-arenas-cancelled-tour.html




Maybe don’t call that guy if you’re planning a lawsuit! But that said, Mr. Graham is still insisting on going on his full UK tour. Because let’s face it, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, and you must be a supporter of the Unholy Dark One, and the world turning to the Dark Side! But is Franklin Graham really a champion of LGBT rights? I would most certainly think not. And why would people come to listen to him anyways? At least if you come to my church – all are welcome and all are pure in the eyes of the LAWRD JAYSUS!!! Can I get an amen???

While several venues have canceled events planned for Franklin Graham in the United Kingdom, citing objections to his views on homosexuality, the evangelist is not calling off his eight-date tour of the country and has instead asked his supporters to pray that the doors remain open for the Gospel.

Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, was booked to speak at the International Convention Centre Wales in Newport on June 14, but the event has been canceled, according to WalesOnline.

Jayne Bryant, Assembly Member for Newport West, said Graham has “a long record of preaching hate, prejudice and intolerance" and called for the event to be canceled due to her concerns and those raised by LGBTQ charity Pride Cymru.

Earlier, Liverpool ACC and Glasgow SEC also pulled out of hosting events for Graham. So did Sheffield City Trust for a planned event at Sheffield Arena.

Despite some cancellations, Graham, who leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said on Saturday that he's “looking forward to preaching the Gospel across the UK in late May & June.”
https://www.christianpost.com/news/franklin-grahams-uk-tour-lgbt-activists-pressure-more-venues-to-pull-out.html




Except when there is judgement, good Rev! But even if you are cancelled at every single venue in the UK, can you still go there? Would you defy the Queen? Well apparently the concept of “cancel culture” doesn’t apply to the far right! Apparently you can be cancelled and still go there anyways! Now that’s funny because I don’t remember in the Bible where JAYSUS got cancelled and still went on an arena tour! Maybe that arena tour got reduced to civic centers and golf course country clubs?

A planned tour of Britain by the American evangelist Franklin Graham, an outspoken social conservative and a vocal supporter of President Trump, will move forward despite being dropped by venues over concerns about his past statements, according to organizers.

The tour, which features a series of messages from the Bible and concerts that aim to teach biblical principles, is scheduled to begin on May 30 in Glasgow before making stops in Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and elsewhere. But late last month, a convention center in Liverpool announced that it would no longer be hosting Mr. Graham after being made aware of statements it viewed as “incompatible” with its values.

“In light of this we can no longer reconcile the balance between freedom of speech and the divisive impact this event is having in our city,” the venue, ACC Liverpool, said in a statement.

Over the next days, other venues across the country made similar announcements. In Milton Keynes, for instance, the Marshall Arena said it had canceled its own Graham event over concerns that it could “lead to a breach of the peace.” Now, no date on the tour’s website has a designated venue, and all the locations are listed as “TBA.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/world/europe/franklin-graham-uk-tour.html




So if you see Franklin Graham preaching on that free speech corner in Hyde Park, that might be the only place where he’s allowed to do so in the UK. And he’ll sound just as crazy as the guy next to him! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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OK I’ll admit that one of my favorite films last year was Joker. Yes, it deserved all the accolades it got and Joaquin Phoenix easily deserved Best Actor. That said, he is one weird fucking dude. Do not give this guy an open mike. Because it really felt like a Joker speech. I kept waiting for him to say “YOU GET WHAT YOU FUCKING DESERVE!!!”. You know what? Before we go any further let’s roll the clip.



Whew, there was a lot to pack in that clip. Now before we go and dissect this whole thing, we got to talk about all the people that Mr. Phoenix pissed off in this clip. So Laura Dern and Brad Pitt both had great speeches and then there was this. So while I’m sure his intentions were good, the message came off weird.

For weeks, Joaquin Phoenix has been a favorite to take home Best Actor at the 2020 Oscars—and sure enough, he collected the statuette at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday night. But leading up to Phoenix’s big victory—his first win in the category—many rightfully wondered what Phoenix might say. At the Golden Globes in January, after all, Phoenix created a viral moment when he called out his fellow actors for taking private jets—and that was just one of many impassioned moments on his Oscar campaign trail. Sure enough, the Joker actor delivered the speech of a lifetime on Sunday night—a meandering address that managed to touch on human selfishness, artificial bovine insemination, and the actor’s late brother, River Phoenix.

“I think the greatest gift that [acting] has given me and many of us in this room is the opportunity to use our voice for the voiceless,” Phoenix said as he collected his trophy. “I’ve been thinking a lot about some of these distressing issues that we are facing collectively, and I think sometimes we feel or are made to feel that we champion different causes. But for me I see commonality.”

“I think whether we’re talking about gender and equality, or racism, or queer rights, or indigenous rights, or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice,” Phoenix continued, “We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one people, one race, one gender, one species has the right to dominate, control, use, and exploit another with impunity.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/joaquin-phoenix-rails-against-cancel-culture-cow-insemination-in-wild-oscar-acceptance-speech-for-joker




Yeah that escalated quickly. So in one sentence we go from talking about gender rights and equality to talking about artificially inseminating cows, because reasons. And come on, do we really need this guy talking about award speeches that criticize hard working, every day people? Celebrities aren’t like us, they don’t have to deal with credit checks and getting ejected from places and being denied buying something and maxing out credit cards. So Ricky Gervais, you’re not helping.

Ricky Gervais is warning celebrities against political speeches after a number of them spoke out at the Oscars over the weekend, saying that the comments to "everyday, hard working people" at Hollywood awards shows usually backfire.

"I have nothing against the most famous people in the world using their privileged, global platform to tell the world what they believe," the comedian and five-time Golden Globes host tweeted Monday, a day after the 92nd annual Academy Awards.

"I even agree with most of it," Gervais said to his more than 14 million followers. "I just tried to warn them that when they lecture everyday, hard working people, it has the opposite effect."

Gervais's comments came after several stars got political at this year's Academy Awards.

Brad Pitt made mention of President Trump's impeachment trial, while Joaquin Phoenix made a plea for animal rights, saying people "go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources."

In an apparently since-deleted tweet, Gervais said of Phoenix's Oscars speech, "I think he's great."
https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/482375-ricky-gervais-criticizes-oscar-speeches-that-lecture-everyday




Dude come on, even the Joker thinks this is full of shit. And I thought my jokes were bad! But here’s the thing – why are people just griping on and on about cancel culture? Have you seen TV lately? Nothing gets cancelled anymore! I mean shit, Arrested Development got cancelled by Fox and they got two extra seasons on Netflix! And if you attempt to cancel something, it will just make people want to do it more, come on, we saw that with the Tomahawk Chip.

There comes a time in an actor’s life when they find themselves seated in the Dolby Theater for the 12th consecutive hour, and they are either working on their face of gracious defeat for when their name is not called out as a winner, or they are optimistically going over a victory speech in their head, ensuring they don’t forget this producer or that agent or that grip on stage. (Or they are running around the bar, asking why the Academy can’t “just do another ‘Shallow,’” which is probably the only reason I have not been invited to the Oscars.) On Sunday night, we got two excellent speeches from actors, and two less excellent ones: Brad Pitt and Laura Dern mixed the intimate with the courteous, thanking their famous families and famous co-stars and reflecting on lives spent in front of the camera. Lead acting winners Joaquin Phoenix and Renée Zellweger, however, had speeches of a different flavor up their sleeves.

It has been said, correctly and coincidentally by me, that Joe Pesci delivered the best-ever Oscar acceptance speech: “It was my privilege. Thank you.” But people keep winning Oscars, so people keep giving Oscar speeches. Today, in the glow of Parasite’s Best Picture win, we are gathered here to decipher two of the most puzzling acceptance speeches from the night: Zellweger accepting her award for playing Judy Garland in Judy, and Phoenix accepting his award for King of Comedy, Revisited, excuse me, that’d be Joker.

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Congratulations to the other nominees! I wish you the best, but at another awards show, during another year, on another stage, ideally when I am not also competing.
https://www.vulture.com/2020/02/a-close-read-of-joaquin-phoenix-rene-zellwegers-speeches.html




Well so thank the other actors and actresses, who might win awards on shows that I am not competing on, OK makes sense! But be careful about who you speak to, Joaquin and Renee, because you could accidentally piss off the wrong people. Except of course for the guy that we call president, and he constantly pisses off the wrong people. Yeah, don’t be like that guy!

It’s been a fruitful awards season for Joaquin Phoenix, who has dominated this year’s circuit thanks to his role as the title character in Joker. Phoenix won Best Actor at the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, the SAG Awards, and the BAFTA Film Awards, among others. He’s now the favorite to win at the Oscars on Sunday—a prospect that might make some of the people watching a little bit uneasy.

Phoenix has been a formidable and unpredictable presence at the podium, going beyond the routine expressions of gratitude in his acceptance speeches to chastise the audience for their hypocrisy on climate change or to draw attention to the lack of the diversity at the very awards ceremony that just honored him. Though he may preach and provoke, he’s been self-deprecating and self-aware about it. “Contrary to popular belief, I don’t want to rock the boat. But the boat is [censored] rocked,” he said during his Golden Globes speech, to laughter.

Climate change was the major theme of Phoenix’s acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama at the Golden Globes in January. “First, I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change,” began Phoenix, who had urged the organization to adopt a vegan menu. “It’s a very bold move making tonight plant-based and it really sends a powerful message.” But that spoonful of sugar was soon followed by a dose of medicine when Phoenix (acknowledging that he himself has “not always been a virtuous man”) suggested that those present could all do better than sending well wishes to an Australia on fire, such as by cutting down on the “private jets to Palm Springs.”
https://slate.com/culture/2020/02/joaquin-phoenix-joker-acceptance-speech-bafta-oscars.html





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OK before we go any further, this is a topic that would normally be reserved for a Holy Shit but our resident pastor is tied up with news about Franklin Graham, the shit storm in Virginia, and the National Prayer Breakfast, so by the time he gets around to it, it will be yesterday’s news. That said, this is a big fat “NO!!!” and I really hope that he gets laughed out of court for this one. So our good friend Dave Daubenmire – the hate mongerer who calls himself a “coach” is planning to sue the NFL because they featured Jennifer Lopez and Shakira – two extremely attractive Hispanic singers and dancers, in very tight and revealing clothing. Now don’t boo yet, is the Super Bowl halftime show now a porno show or is it a Pepsi commercial? Let’s find out.

Radical right-wing activist Dave Daubenmire spent most of his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast yesterday threatening to sue the National Football League for broadcasting unsolicited “crotch shots” into his home during the Super Bowl halftime show, thereby jeopardizing his eternal salvation.

“I think we ought to sue,” he said. “Would that halftime show, would that have been rated PG? Were there any warnings that your 12-year-old son—whose hormones are just starting to operate—was there any warning that what he was going to see might cause him to get sexually excited?”

“I think we ought to go sit down in a courtroom and present this as evidence of how whoever [put on the halftime show] is keeping me from getting into the kingdom of Heaven,” Daubenmire added. “Could I go into a courtroom and say, ‘Viewing what you put on that screen put me in danger of hellfire’? Could the court say, ‘That doesn’t apply here because the right to [produce] porn overrides your right to [not] watch it’? Yeah, well, you didn’t tell me I was gonna watch it! You just brought it into my living room. You didn’t tell me there were gonna be crotch shots!”

Daubenmire declared that the halftime performance was a blatant example of anti-Christian discrimination because he should be able to watch the Super Bowl without having to see things that conflict with his values.

“That’s discriminatory against the value I have in my house. You can’t just do that,” he argued. “I wanna sue them for about $867 trillion.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/dave-daubenmire-hopes-to-sue-the-nfl-for-putting-his-eternal-salvation-at-risk-via-the-super-bowl-halftime-show/




Holy fucking shit!!! $867 trillion??? I’d be fine with $867. Hell, I’d be fine with $86.70. We’re not exactly raking in that sweet advertising revenue. And I like that he’s including his local cable company in the mix because, reasons. It’s like when you sign up for an internet bundle and they try to sweeten the deal by including a land line. Ooh, land line!!!! But here’s my favorite part of this lawsuit. Does Dave even know what a porn show is? Or does he spend way too much time watching Porn Hub?

The fallout from the Super Bowl LIV halftime show continues with one man so shook from seeing the skin of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira that he plans on suing the NFL, Pepsi and his local cable company.

Dave Daubenmire, a Christian activist who is clearly trying to get attention for a podcast he hosts, has announced that because viewing the halftime show in which J-Lo and Shakira gyrated in skimpy outfits for about 15 minutes could put him "in danger of hellfire," he's ready to take action.

The Ohio native, who claims he turned off the halftime show because he didn't want to "let that spirit in my house" is angered about the crotch shots and took to Facebook to ask for a lawyer to help him file a lawsuit for "pandering pornography" and "contributing to the delinquency of a minor."

"I tuned in to watch a football game. I didn't tune in to watch a porn show," said Daubenmire before launching into a very creepy analogy about having "attractive" daughters and how he can't bring them to their school to pole dance and twerk.

To understand how serious Daubenmire is about this, he says in his video that he wants to sue the NFL, Pepsi, which sponsored the halftime show, local cable companies and, "I'm sure we can dig up a few more." Yes, he doesn't know exactly who he wants to sue, but he's going to sue them.

Why would I give Daubenmire all this attention, you might be wondering? Simple. I'm in the content business so I want to help Daubenmire find a lawyer for his ridiculous lawsuit because the content that would come out of it would be AMAZING.
https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2020/02/06/man-plans-to-sue-nfl-over-super-bowl-halftime-show




What is it with creepy looking old white dudes and attractive women? Why are they so weird? Well, Dave is definitely no stranger to that while also demeaning others who aren’t straight white, manliest men of all males. But really the second video tells us way more about Dave Daubenmire’s sexual preferences than we ever cared to know. Ew.

Ohio minister and far-right commentator Dave Daubenmire is not happy about the "crotch-grabbing" Super Bowl halftime show with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. In a seven-minute video filmed from his car, Daubenmire announced he plans to sue the NFL, Fox, and Pepsi for "contributing to the delinquency of a minor."

"I've been pondering all day the debauchery of last night's Super Bowl halftime, which by the way I didn't even have it come into my house I turned it off," he started the video. "Just because of past Super Bowls, knew what it was gonna be like and didn't wanna let that spirit come into my house. But I viewed some stuff today, I didn't watch the whole thing but I saw parts of it today... I saw a lot of crotch shots."

Clutching his pearls, he said he's looking for a lawyer to help him with a class action lawsuit against the show, which he described as a "strip club performance." He continued, "I think we ought to go sit down in a courtroom and present this as evidence of how whoever is keeping me from getting into the kingdom of Heaven." He claimed that the show "penetrated the sanctity of my home."

Daubenmire went on to accuse the NFL of having an "agenda," and stated that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are corrupting children. Worse yet, on Monday he also felt the need to imply that if people were looking to procure pornography, they wouldn't seek out someone J-Lo's age and that she is too old to be wearing revealing outfits. "J-Lo is 50," he said. "You go on a porn website, you’re not looking for 50-year-old women."
https://www.complex.com/music/2020/02/ohio-minister-dragged-for-threatening-to-sue-nfl-over-shakira-jennifer-lopez-halftime-show




Seriously, Dave, you’re the one with the agenda! And I think we all know how you get your jollies, and I have to say, hard pass. You also know, nobody is forcing a gun to your head to watch the Super Bowl half time show. But who’s going to take up a lawsuit for $867 trillion dollars just because you got a hard on watching J. Lo? Good luck with that, and you’ll probably get laughed out of court at the most.

Regardless of which side of the argument you fall on, it's undeniable that Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show was a polarizing one.

One Ohio man, however, plans on taking his criticism of the performance a step further than most.

In a video posted to his Facebook page earlier this week, Dave Daubenmire revealed his wish to sue the NFL, the show's sponsor, Pepsi and his local cable provider for the halftime show, which was headlined by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. A minister and former high school football coach, Daubenmire described the halftime show as a "strip club performance" and said that he was upset that it aired without properly advising viewers.

"There was no warning. There was no 'caution: under the age of 18' or 'caution: under the age of 13,'" Daubenmire said. "We were watching a football game. People tuned in to watch a football game and what do you know, the next thing you have in front of you? You've got debauchery. Folks, are we going to protect our children or not?"
https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/ohio/ohio-minister-says-hell-sue-nfl-over-super-bowl-54-halftime-show/95-8d2420bf-6670-47b6-8ced-19caa586fcc3





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No it’s just a bunch of idiots with too much time on their hands jamming the phones. But thanks for playing, Rick! Spin it again! Oh and it’s time for I Need A Drink!



Hey everyone after all the crazy and horrifying news this week, whether it’s conservatives throwing out the rule of law in favor of one party rule, or that conservative trolls were attempting to sabotage the Iowa primaries, or the fact that an uncontrollable super virus from China is most likely going to kill us all, the only remedy is a good strong cocktail. Or a beer. I’ll take either, I’m not picky. But this is the segment where we have some drinks and talk about anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics. This week, we’re going to talk fragrances. Sold by celebrities. So tell me, bartender, what goes well with a story about perfume? A plum soaked in perfume served in a hat? Can you even drink that? I’ll just take my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. Well, when it comes to fragrances, we of course look to one of the trend setters, Gwyneth Paltrow, who, with her venerable GOOP brand, helped sell this peculiar product.

Truly, has any vagina ever been as fruitful as Gwyneth Paltrow’s? It has birthed discussions of vaginal steaming, vaginal jade eggs, $15,000 dildos, something called “sex dust” and a photo of Gwyneth standing in a giant vagina to advertise some inevitable Netflix documentary/reality TV series crossover. Because Gwyneth no longer has just her head up her vagina; she has crawled all the way inside. I am torn between suggesting this is a very advanced yoga position accessible only to those who have endless free time to practise, and pointing out this is The Human Centipede, but for extreme narcissists. Let’s go with both.

So Gwyneth has made a candle called This Smells Like My Vagina because, well, of course she has. It is priced at a comparatively bargain £58, which was pretty much what the sex dust cost, which makes me think Gwyneth is underpricing her vagina, really, if she is just selling it for the price of a load of old dust. And I say “was what the sex dust cost” because the sex dust, like the vagina candle, sold out.

Yes, Gwyneth’s vagina has been good to us, but it has primarily been good to her. Well, in the main. As all of us ladies know, sometimes there can be problems in that department, and while most of us sort ours out with a dose of Canesten, Gwyneth’s vagina problem, in classic Gwyneth fashion, ended up costing her $145,000 (£110,000). This was in 2018 when her near-notorious wellness company, Goop, was fined under California’s civil penalties laws for making what was described as “unsubstantiated” marketing claims about the aforementioned jade egg. It turns out, incredibly, that shoving a random object up your vagina won’t “balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, prevent uterine prolapse and increase bladder control”.
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jan/13/why-is-gwyneth-paltrow-selling-a-candle-that-smells-like-her-vagina-goop




2020 is a great year to be alive, isn’t it? I’ll drink to that! I mean really when aliens land on this Earth 200 years from now, they will look back at GOOP and go “WTF! Why hasn’t this species been conquered already by now?”. And really I’ll take medical advice from someone who recommended that women should shove plastic eggs up their vaginal cavities. Come on people, let’s get real here. As if that’s not enough, Erika Badu took Paltrow’s idea and said “hold my incense!”.

Vagina-scented home fragrances are having a moment, and could well take over from the cosy, wintry aromas that are still filling our homes with a warm-from-the-cookie-oven glow.

Your Magic Winter Forest candle may well make you feel as though you’re snuggled up in an adorable pine log cabin, but can it ever compete with inhaling the intimate bouquet of a celebrity’s nether regions?

Following in the Goopy footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Erykah Badu is set to release an NSFW incense inspired by fragrances from her own lady garden..

And now, thanks to a pungent new incense product, you don’t even need to be within sniffing distance of Badu to fall under the mythical spell of her velvet vault.

Described as an ‘olfactory tribute to what Badu calls her “superpower”‘, this straight-to-the-point incense line will be called ‘Badu’s P*ssy’.
https://www.unilad.co.uk/music/erykah-badu-is-releasing-scented-incense-called-badus-pssy/




Maybe grounded up used panties are the secret ingredient to Sex Panther? Yeah probably. Now here’s the thing guys, you might be thinking “Where’s the This Smells Like My Penis” candle? Well I first off am sad to report that one actually exists. But here’s the thing – even if it does exist, there’s no way, shape or form it has the same impact. Nobody wants a penis candle in their face. Penis Candle, saw them at the Troubadour, by the way, awesome band.

Twitter was flooded with jokes, outraged comments, and labia-themed memes last week when Gwyneth Paltrow's controversial wellness company, Goop, released a $75 vagina-scented candle called "This Smells Like My Vagina."

Now, there is another genital-themed candle hitting the market.

For those inclined, a $100 candle called "This Smells Like My Penis" will soon be available to purchase online.

It is exactly the same scent, shape and size as Goop's candle, but this one, made by a Canadian ad agency, is designed to raise awareness about the gender pay gap in Canada.

"The Smells Like My Penis candle is no different from The Smells Like My Vagina candle, except for no apparent reason it's worth 25% more," Allegra Weisenfeld, a junior copy writer for Taxi Agency, told Insider.
https://www.insider.com/penis-scented-candle-make-a-point-about-gender-pay-gap-2020-1




Ahh!!! Damn, did I need that! But here’s the thing – no matter what brand of junk science you subscribe to – whether it’s Paltrow’s GOOP, Alex Jones’ Infowars, or some guy with an anti-vaxxer blog on Facebook, you should be aware of the key word “junk”. Sure, it might be fun to play around with junk science, but when your hair starts falling out and you can’t taste your tongue, don’t say that we didn’t warn you.

On Jan. 24, Goop, actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle company long criticized for peddling pseudoscience, launched its Netflix documentary series, The Goop Lab. The six-part series covers subjects such as “energy healing,” exorcisms, and cold therapy.

In the show, various Goop employees ⁠— a young and diverse crowd — try such health fads as vampire facials, in which the client’s own blood is drawn and applied to the face, supposedly to promote cell renewal. Another thing they try is the Wim Hof method, which involves jumping into an icy lake after meditation and breathing exercises.

⁠⁠"Something The Goop Lab does is sprinkle in a bit of science by talking about some interesting, real research going on," said Tim Caulfield, the research director of the University of Alberta’s Health Law Institute and author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash. “That makes everything that follows seem more legitimate. I call that science-ploitation, using real science to sell pseudoscience.”

Caulfield said that research shows when companies use scientific-sounding language to sell their products, it makes their products seem more legitimate to consumers. He pointed to the cosmetics industry, where brands throw around such scientific phrases as “stem cells" and “cannabinoids.”
https://www.inquirer.com/health/goop-gwyneth-paltrow-pseudoscience-netflix-jade-egg-20200204.html





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Let’s give the wheel one final spin this week! And it lands on… come on no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! Go to jail? Nooooooooo!!!!



Wait, I’ve got that Get Out Of Jail Free card! Sweet! Spin it again! it’s time for Keeping Up With The Candidates!



Welcome back to our 2020 Voters’ Guide called Keeping Up With The Candidates! Yes, we’re 11 months out so we had better be prepared, damn it!! So to recap, in the last few weeks, we’ve discussed the beef between Tulsi and Hillary, we’ve discussed the infighting among Bernie Bros, and we’ve discussed the dropouts including Julian Castro and Bill DeBlasio. Now that we’re supposed to be heading into the primaries, we may have a clear favorite. Or not. The GOP is still up to their dirty tricks. And they played extremely dirty in Iowa. Who was the winner there, we may never know for sure. On one hand Mayor Pete was winning but then Bernie claimed a surge. The real winner here out of all of this? The voting machines.

Those of us who tuned in on Monday night to see the results from the Iowa caucuses were surprised to learn that a poorly-designed smartphone app prevented proper compilation of the results. We were even more surprised Tuesday morning when there still were no official results.

This led to conflicting reports on who really won, and all sorts of conspiracy theories.

More seriously, it caused some pundits to argue that our voting systems will never be secure or reliable. That is simply wrong.

Rather, we should learn from the mistakes made in Iowa and work to make the American election process more robust and trusted. Among the lessons to be learned:

Accurate problem identification. Understandably, much of the discussion about the malicious hacking of elections focuses on cyberattacks on voting machines. But, in Iowa’s caucuses, no voting machines were used. Instead caucus-goers showed up and expressed their preferences publicly. The problems were with the reporting of vote tallies, with the way the app malfunctions were communicated, and with crazy, false reporting that was tweeted and retweeted across the internet.
https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/481708-lessons-learned-from-the-iowa-caucuses-voting-app-snafu




Well that’s another issue entirely. But that said maybe I don’t know, actually test out the voting equipment before you deploy it next time? Also, maybe don’t make critical phone numbers public before hand? I mean shit, I’m no cyber security expert and I could have seen this coming! Now that said, in a very “Well duh!!!” tone of voice, this could have some potential setbacks for voting by cell phone app. Gee, ya think???

A coding flaw and lack of sufficient testing of an application to record votes in Monday's Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus will likely hurt the advancement and uptake of online voting.

While there have been hundreds of tests of mobile and online voting platforms in recent years – mostly in small municipal or corporate shareholder and university student elections – online voting technology has yet to be tested for widespread use by the general public in a national election.

“This is one of the cases where we narrowly dodged a bullet,” said Jeremy Epstein, vice chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC). “The Iowa Democratic Party had planned to allow voters to vote in the caucus using their phones; if this sort of meltdown had happened with actual votes, it would have been an actual disaster. In this case, it's just delayed results and egg on the face of the people who built and purchased the technology.”

The vote tallying app used yesterday in the Iowa Caucus was created by a small Washington-based vendor called Shadow Inc.; the app was funded in part by a nonprofit progressive digital strategy firm named Acronym. Today, Acronyn strived to make it clear through a tweet it did not supply the technology for the Iowa Caucus, and it is no more than an investor.
https://www.computerworld.com/article/3519217/iowa-caucus-chaos-likely-to-set-back-mobile-voting.html




You know what – if you’re trying to go for a transparent election, maybe don’t buy software from a company called “Shadow Inc”? I’m just saying. That said, what can we expect when the campaign heads to New Hampshire for the next caucus? Well, thanks to the Iowa debacle, you can now expect an Adrian Monk level of phobia when it comes to protecting our vote in the next primary.

There will be no app malfunctions during the New Hampshire primary for one simple reason: There will be no apps. In the troubled aftermath of the Iowa caucuses, officials in charge of the state’s elections on Tuesday are touting their stubbornly analog approach to voting. Rather than overhauling polling places with mobile apps and voting machines, the Granite State has long opted to stick with democracy’s old faithfuls: pencils and paper ballots. According to officials, not only does the state’s electoral Luddism result in fewer glitches, but it also acts as an old-school cybersecurity measure. “You can’t hack a pencil” has become something of a catchphrase for New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner in the run-up to the primary.

Most polling places in New Hampshire use printed voting registration lists, instead of tablets and laptops, to check people in (poll workers in North Carolina, in contrast, recently had trouble with getting poll books to function on laptops). People then receive a paper ballot, though voters with disabilities can use voting machines, as is required by federal law. The machines, however, ultimately mark a physical ballot. The ballots then go through optical scanners that have all their external ports except for the one for power disabled, and which are programmed by computers disconnected from the internet. (In its 2019 report on Russian election meddling, the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence found that paper ballots and scanners, while not perfect, are nevertheless the “least vulnerable to cyber-attack” compared to other voting systems.) While voting in New Hampshire is not completely lacking in digital components, the core mechanism is pencil to paper, rather than finger to touchscreen.

New Hampshire is by no means problem-proof. According to the Concord Monitor, the local government is looking replace some of the optical scanners it uses to scan ballots because they’re more than two decades old and still run on Windows XP, which Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014. If the scanners fail, though, the backup plan is to go back to counting votes manually. In general, the state tends to pass up voting technology trends. During the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, the state decided not to use the Votomatic punch card ballots that ended up producing hanging chads in Florida, leading to a controversial recount and Supreme Court case.
https://slate.com/technology/2020/02/new-hampshire-primary-iowa-caucus-app-cybersecurity.html




Ah that’s the kind of thinking we need here in this election. But how do you prevent what happened in Iowa from happening again? On one hand, we have one extreme in Iowa. And in the other extreme, we have New Hampshire. Can you find a common ground between the two extremes? Can you? Leave it of course to my home state of California to come up with the solution. We think.

Department of Elections staff makes preparations for the March 3 election at San Francisco City Hall. Winners may not be known for days after the election.
2of8Department of Elections staff makes preparations for the March 3 election at San Francisco City Hall. Winners may not be known for days after the election.Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle
The Department of Elections takes questions from voters in preparation for election day March 3 at San Francisco City Hall.
3of8The Department of Elections takes questions from voters in preparation for election day March 3 at San Francisco City Hall.Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

An election night, Iowa-style voting debacle isn’t going to happen in California on March 3. But that doesn’t mean primary voters — and anxious Democratic presidential candidates — are going to know the winners that night, or even that week.

California is a huge state with millions of voters, which is reason enough to ensure that nothing moves quickly. Combine that with a statewide commitment to ensure that the most people possible have their votes accurately tallied, and the result is a slow-moving count.

“Californians should be assured that elections officials across the state work diligently to ensure an accurate and secure vote count,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement Tuesday. “All aspects of every election — from the printing and mailing to the counting of ballots — are administered by professional elections officials, not political parties.”

Swiftness, however, is not the most important goal, he added.
https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/California-is-no-Iowa-But-don-t-expect-quick-15030365.php




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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #8-5: They Came In Like A Wrecking Ball Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Tallahassee? How you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! Hey I think this is our first time in the Florida Panhandle! Really how cool is that? Anyway, congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on winning their second Super Bowl in franchise history. San Francisco 49ers, you had a great run and you can rest assured that Trump won’t screw up your geography in a tweet. Yeah that happened. Let’s take a second to remind ourselves of the fact that the President Of The United States doesn’t even have a basic knowledge of geography beyond a second grade level. I will repeat that in a much more angry, Lewis Black-esque tone: HE’S THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!! And he doesn’t know that Kansas City is in Missouri? Oh yeah let’s take a sharpie over the map and alter it like so… yeah that’s more like it! Because a sharpie makes everything more funny. We learned that last year during the hurricane debacle. I mean this is the kind of thing we’re up against in 2020 – a president who wouldn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground, and a party that is backing his every move with treason. Just how are the Dems not running off that? We should be able to beat the pants off this guy… yeah poor choice of words. Especially considering I hear that he likes that kind of thing. OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first Bill Maher is back and he suggests that Dems play dirty in the next election and even gives them some free advice:



Wow, this entire thing is taking a turn every single day doesn’t it seem like? Well in the first slot this week is of course the guy who we currently call president Donald J. Trump (1) and did he commit sexual assault back in the 90s? Well a new lawsuit aims to, for lack of a better word, expose that situation for the truth, and it’s funny watching Trumpers try to justify this. Pass the popcorn. In the second slot this week, we’re going across the pond to check in with Brexit (2) and this is it people, Brexit is in effect, and it has the potential to make a bad situation even worse, because that’s what conservatives do. In slot #3 is also Donald J. Trump (3), and in a not at all ironic twist of fate, some extreme weather conditions along the California border in Chula Vista are blowing new sections of Trump’s poorly built border fence into Mexico, and there’s a record length tunnel underneath. You can’t make this up. Taking the fourth slot is also Donald Trump (4). He held one of his rah rah MAGA rallies in New Jersey and his supporters left behind a giant pile of trash, and he’s sticking the city of Wildwood with the bill! Hardly shocking, I know. In slot #5 is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5), and this week are former members of the Green Bay Packers running a doomsday prepper cult or is it an innocent fellowship church? After a terrifying incident on Christmas Eve last year, it appears the former and not the latter. And taking the 7th slot this week is “Beating A Dead Horse” – sadly last week we lost Laker legend Koby Bryant in that tragic helicopter crash, but did trashy celebrity tabloid outfit TMZ publish the news of his death before the Bryant family had a chance to be notified? Harvey Levin (7) has some explaining to do! Taking the 8th slot this week is our segment “We’re All Gonna Die” and last week we reported on the deadly Corona Virus originating from Wuhan, China, but it seems that hysteria surrounding the virus has reached epic proportions! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a new “People Are Dumb” and since we’re in Florida this week, we’re dedicating it all to Florida Man! And finally this week, we have a new “Keeping Up With The Candidates” – we are going to find out what the fuck happened in Iowa on Monday and the absolute chaos surrounding the Dem primary. And if you are like us and you think that voting by app is a bad idea, well, you're not wrong! And the palate cleanser, we have some live music from our good friends The Dirty Heads! I mean really, buy their new album “Super Moon” or you are no friend of this program. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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OK now that we got that out of the way, we here at the Top 10 writers’ room spent much time debating how we were going to best approach this subject. Because we don’t want to go there, nor do we want to go into too much detail. But considering we’ve covered both Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Brett Kavanaugh, we feel that we have to cover the latest allegations surrounding the guy who we currently call president, Donald J. Trump. And we can’t help but feel a bit of schadenfreude at watching the people who previously trashed Bill Clinton are now trying to actively find ways to justify Trump’s behavior, and it’s not good.

Writer E. Jean Carroll, who accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her in the 1990s asked for a DNA sample to compare genetic material from the alleged assault Thursday.

Carroll tweeted that a dress she wore the night she said Trump sexually assaulted has been tested and that her attorney sent a subpoena to Trump's attorney to submit a DNA sample.

Roberta Kaplan, an attorney for Carroll, said they have requested a saliva sample from Trump.

In a statement, Carroll said that after the alleged assault in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room she took the black dress she was wearing at the time off and hung it in her closet.

"I only wore it once since then and that was at the photo shoot for the New York Magazine article about my book," Carroll said. "Unidentified male DNA on the dress could prove that Donald Trump not only knows who I am, but also that he violently assaulted me in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman and then defamed me by lying about it and impugning my character."
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2020/01/30/Writer-E-Jean-Carroll-requests-DNA-from-Donald-Trump-in-defamation-lawsuit/2641580419714/




Yes, oh shit indeed! So we have someone who is actively accusing the guy who is, I don’t know, the President Of The United States, of sexual assault! You know who didn’t assault anyone? Obama. There’s that comparison that Trump wanted. So President Goofus is under fire for this and rightfully so, and you don’t just go accusing someone like that of a crime like that. Except when they did it in the 90s to Bill Clinton.

Carroll accused Trump last summer of raping her in a Manhattan luxury department store dressing room in the mid-1990s.

In a New York magazine piece in June and a book published the next month, Carroll said she and Trump met by chance, chatted and went to the lingerie department for Trump to pick out a gift for an unidentified woman. She said joking banter about trying on a bodysuit ended in a dressing room, where she said Trump reached under her dress, pulled down her tights and raped her as she tried to fight him off, eventually escaping.

“The Donna Karan coatdress still hangs on the back of my closet door, unworn and unlaundered since that evening,” she wrote. She donned it for a photo accompanying the magazine piece.

Trump said in June that Carroll was “totally lying” and that he “never met this person in my life.” Trump dismissed a photo of them and their spouses at a social event in 1987 as a moment when he was “standing with my coat on in a line.”

“She is trying to sell a new book – that should indicate her motivation,” he said, adding that the book “should be sold in the fiction section.”

Carroll sued Trump in November, saying he smeared her and hurt her career as a longtime Elle magazine advice columnist by calling her a liar. She seeks unspecified damages and a retraction of Trump’s statements.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/01/30/e-jean-carroll-says-donald-trump-raped-her-seeks-dna/2855301001/




Man it just keeps coming doesn’t it? Of course Trump is going to say that Carroll is lying, but considering it was so long ago, we may never know the whole truth. But if you look on the conservative blog-o-sphere, which we unfortunately spent a lot of time doing last week, their justifications are coming quite insane and furiously. Which they are saying that 31 years is a long time to hang onto an article of clothing. Really? That’s the best you got? Please.

“The Donna Karan coatdress still hangs on the back of my closet door, unworn and unlaundered since that evening,” she wrote. She wore it for a photo to accompany the article.

In a statement released on Thursday, Ms Carroll says: “Unidentified male DNA on the dress could prove that Donald Trump not only knows who I am, but also that he violently assaulted me in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman and then defamed me by lying about it and impugning my character.”

In January, President Trump’s lawyers asked a judge to throw out the defamation case arguing that the suit cannot be tried in a New York state court because his statements were made in Washington, DC. Trump lawyer Lawrence S Rosen wrote at the time that New York law does not allow for defamation suits over statements made elsewhere, except in circumstances that Carroll’s case does not meet.

Justice Doris Ling-Cohan of State Supreme Court in Manhattan rejected the argument on the basis that Trump had failed to provide any evidence to support his position — “not even a tweet, much less an affidavit.” She also denied a request that discovery be stayed.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-rape-dna-e-jean-carroll-accusations-dress-a9310401.html




WTF indeed, there’s no way Trump would tweet about this. Though we can certainly picture it – there’s plenty of ways that he could, and I’m sure all of them would end with “SAD!!!”. But of course, like the trash left at one of his MAGA rallies, he’s attempting to throw it out, but also like the trash at a MAGA rally, he’s going to get stuck with it while someone else gets the check.

President Donald Trump has failed in his legal bid to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed against him from advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accuses Trump of raping her 24 years ago. A New York state judge ruled that Carroll can now proceed with her lawsuit that alleges that Trump defamed her when he made public comments denying that he raped her. Trump’s lawyers tried to invalidate the lawsuit on the basis that he was not in New York and didn’t live in the state when he made his comments, so New York’s courts didn’t have jurisdiction to hear the case. However, Justice Doris Ling-Cohan said Trump failed to support that position with evidence, saying: “There is not even a tweet, much less an affidavit by defendant Trump in support of his motion.” Roberta Kaplan, a lawyer for Carroll, said: “We look forward to moving ahead in this case and proving that Donald Trump lied when he told the world that he did not rape our client and had not even met her.” Carroll alleged last year that Trump raped her in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-fails-in-attempt-to-throw-out-rape-accuser-e-jean-carrolls-defamation-lawsuit





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Let’s check in with our good friends across the pond and marvel at the just colossal shit show that is the Brexit election. As an American looking on from abroad, I can’t help but just sit in awe of the sheer insanity that has been Brexit. Just when I think our government can't get any crazier, England comes along and says "Hold my pint of Boddington's!". It started as a social media campaign and was filled with as much disinformation as the 2016 election was. And had the same outcome, which was to topple the government and throw everyone in a tailspin. Now, it’s official. Last Thursday, British conservatives, which you might know as the Tories, celebrated as Boris Johnson’s Brexit became official. The UK is going to leave the EU. But that’s the gist of the headline. They’re in for a hell of fight if people read past the headlines.

Just three days after their formal parting, Britain and the European Union were already at loggerheads Monday over a future trade deal, setting the stage for months of bluster and bickering over how to refashion their economic and political ties.

With Britain’s formal exit from the bloc on Friday night, many Britons had hoped to finally put the Brexit nightmare behind them.

But judging by the statements from both sides of the English Channel on Monday, that hope seems likely to be unfulfilled.

In remarks in Brussels, Europe’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, adopted a steely tone, insisting that Britain must commit to preventing unfair competition if it wants access to the market of 450 million Europeans without tariffs and quotas.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson responded from London by threatening to walk away from talks if the European Union tries to tie Britain too closely to its rules as a price for a free-trade agreement. Mr. Johnson also called for an end to “hysterical” fears about American food entering Britain — a reminder to Europeans that he hopes to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States, too.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/world/europe/after-brexit.html




Yeah so Boris Johnson and his doppleganger Donald Trump entering into a trade deal while ignoring the rest of the EU? What could possibly go wrong? But British conservatives looking to pop the champagne should probably put the corks back on the bottle. It’s not that easy and it’s definitely not over yet. Oh no, strap in guys, because you’re in it for the long haul.

Occasionally, taking politicians at their word is more revealing than looking for the hidden meaning. When Donald Trump says he loves tariffs, maybe he does. When Emmanuel Macron says NATO is brain-dead and needs fundamental reform to survive, he might mean it. And when Boris Johnson says Brexit is about taking back control, perhaps he believes this too.

That was certainly the message the prime minister conveyed yesterday in the most consequential speech of his post-election premiership to date, setting out his vision for the future relationship between the U.K. and the European Union. The point was simple and clear: Britain will not bind itself to EU rules as the price of a trade deal. Instead, Johnson said, the country would regain “full legal autonomy.” It would, to use his oft-repeated phrase, “take back control.”

No one should be surprised. As one of the leaders of the campaign to take Britain out of the EU, Johnson claimed that the foundation of British prosperity was democracy—the ability to adapt—not the ease of business within an immense open market. After the referendum, he resigned from Theresa May’s government when the former prime minister unveiled her proposed Brexit deal, which would have seen Britain continue to accept EU rules even after its exit. Johnson decried this as economic vassalage and quit in protest.

Since becoming prime minister, Johnson has stuck to this script. Before the general election, Johnson chose the Brexit model that prioritized sovereignty and maximum freedom from the EU, even at the cost of erecting an internal U.K. border with Northern Ireland (and ignoring economic forecasts that a more distant relationship with the EU would be worse for the British economy). Now, empowered by his landslide general-election victory, he is once again putting sovereignty first.
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/02/britain-eu-brexit-boris-johnson-economics-sovereignty/606010/


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Yeah no, that might have worked on Animal House, but it doesn’t work in real life. So the question is, are countries celebrating Brexit? Are they telling the UK to go take a hike or are they like the pathetic ex kneeling on your doorstep going “PLEASE TAKE ME BACK!!! PLEASE!!!”. Well, Scotland could be the next great divide in the EU, declaring its’ independence from the UK. And that could make an already ugly situation that much worse.

In the 2014 referendum campaign, the EU's top official actively discouraged the Yes movement.

The then president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said securing membership would be "extremely difficult, if not impossible" for Scotland.

Several EU foreign ministers also made clear an independent Scotland would need to apply to get back in, contradicting the Scottish government's plan to seek continued membership.

That was when the UK was a full member of the EU. It enjoyed the solidarity of the other 27 countries.

With Brexit, that can no longer be relied upon.

That's not to say serving EU leaders want to promote Scottish independence.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-51357050




Yeah so just like a group of cells, England divided from the EU, and Scotland could divide from the UK, which would make this worse. But this is proving that conservatives really are the same no matter what country you’re in. And for British conservatives celebrating this, yeah maybe don’t. Because you should know all the facts before you cut the cord.

Brexit is – allegedly – done. The UK is no longer a member state of the European Union, so in this sense at least, the outcome of the 2016 referendum has finally been honoured. But how done is “done”? And what happens next? While Brexit to date has hardly been easy, a new report by the UK in a Changing Europe shows that much of the real work still lies ahead.

First, there are negotiations. These will require trade-offs. The government now faces a choice between aligning with existing EU rules, which will allow for more trade, and regulatory autonomy, which grants the UK national control but makes trade harder. That choice will have consequences.

Before those consequences really kick in, however, the government will need to start forming new policies in areas where the EU has played a significant role to date. Among the most obvious are agriculture, environment and immigration. Under Michael Gove’s leadership, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs developed radical policies on the first two, which it falls to his successor to implement. The EU will be looking on anxiously to see whether Britain’s future legislation on these areas signals its commitment to maintaining and enforcing the high standards that EU membership prescribes.

On immigration, however, change could be rapid. The task facing the government – devising and implementing a new, points-based immigration system – is challenging and potentially disruptive to sectors that currently depend on a steady supply of labour from the EU.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/04/brexit-referendum-immigration-trade-devolution





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This has to be one of my favorite stories of this week or any week. In a not at all ironic or shocking twist of fate, it appears that the only thing going over the border into Mexico appears to be Trump’s border wall itself. I mean the underlying irony of it all. And that’s something that Trump doesn’t even begin to understand, is the concept of irony. This is seriously what happens when you spend a lot of money on something that looks pretty but will break the second you touch it. That’s all this border wall is designed to do – look pretty and that’s about it. Is it effective? No. Can it be cut through? Yes. Can it be tunneled under? Most definitely. Hell, it can’t even stand up to nature.

Portions of the U.S.-Mexico wall partially fell along the California border on Wednesday as the barriers crumpled under stiff inland winds, officials said.

The steel barriers that separate El Centro, east of San Diego, and the Baja California city of Mexicali fell toward the Mexican side.

"High winds had impacted a handful of panels under construction yesterday afternoon," U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph DeSio said in a statement to NBC News on Thursday.

"No property damage or injuries were sustained during this uncommon event while the concrete was drying and construction remains ongoing."

The 30-foot panels buckled under gusts of 40 mph. Damaged panels had been replaced by Thursday, officials said.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/portions-california-border-wall-wilt-fall-mexico-after-high-winds-n1126911




Seriously, Wile E. Coyote couldn't come up with a more ironic trap than this. And here’s where it gets weird, because this is the Donald J. Trump administration that we are living in. Everything gets weird and awkward. This is an era where you can’t make up the news and it is super weird. But let’s examine what’s going on with the border wall further. If you expand on this, the collapse of the border wall revealed one of the largest smuggling tunnels ever built!

As President Donald Trump continues to make the case for a wall on the United States' southern border, Mexican and US authorities are uncovering smuggling tunnels beneath it.

In a tweet Wednesday, Trump pointed to Europe while insisting border walls “have all been recognized as close to 100% successful,” even after the president was told by a Border Patrol agent while in Texas last week about the recent discovery of two drug-smuggling tunnels beneath the border there.

Also last week, Mexican federal police posted a tweet about the discovery of a smuggling tunnel under the state of Sonora's border with Arizona.

While standing 70 feet underground in the Galvez smuggling tunnel between Tijuana and San Diego, Border Patrol agent Lance Lenoir told NBC News last year that border fencing will not stop drug smugglers.

"As long as they get from point A to point B in secret, they're going to do it," Lenoir said. "They're always tunneling somewhere."
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-claims-walls-work-discovery-border-tunnels-says-otherwise-n959311




And that’s pretty much the extent of the actual effect of Trump’s wall right now. So Trump claims a lot of things about the wall – like it will stop people from coming over the border. No it wont. Hell, it can’t even stand up to the elements. The wall is even susceptible to flash floods and harsh terrain! Yes, it can be knocked down by winds. Just really, this is quite possibly insane.

President Trump's border wall probably will require the installation of hundreds of storm gates to prevent flash floods from undermining or knocking it over, gates that must be left open for months every summer during "monsoon season" in the desert, according to U.S. border officials, agents and engineers familiar with the plans.

The open, unmanned gates in remote areas already have allowed for the easy entry of smugglers and migrants into the United States.

At locations along the U.S. southern border where such gates already are in operation, Border Patrol agents must manually raise them every year before the arrival of the summer thunderstorms that convert riverbeds into raging torrents that carry massive amounts of water and debris, including sediment, rocks, tree limbs and vegetation. Trump's wall, which features 30-foot metal bollards spaced four inches apart, effectively acts as a sewer grate that traps the debris; when clogged, the barriers cannot withstand the power of the runoff.

Because the gates typically are located in isolated areas that lack electricity, they cannot be operated from afar. That requires the Border Patrol to leave the gates open for months, increasing the need for U.S. agents to monitor the sites because smugglers and other border-crossers can enter through the large gaps and ­advance northward following stream channels and narrow canyons to avoid detection.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trumps-border-wall-vulnerable-to-flash-floods-needs-large-storm-gates-left-open-for-months/2020/01/30/be709346-3710-11ea-bb7b-265f4554af6d_story.html




Except it’s not the Mongolians, it’s Mother Nature! This is, like I said, this is what happens when you spend a lot of money to make something look pretty when it’s really just a cheap piece of shit. Think of it like those people who put Bentley grills on a 2006 Chrysler 300 to make it more expensive. But the bottom line is, you’re driving a 2006 Chrysler 300, Tom! You’re not fooling anyone! And speaking of expensive, crappy things, how much is this shit gonna cost?

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that $11 billion has been spent to build 576 miles of a new “border wall system” since President Donald Trump took office, an overall cost approaching the price of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

That report says Trump’s 576-mile border wall is expected to cost nearly $20 million per mile, which is more expensive than any other wall under construction in the world.

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Defense Department to finance 270 additional miles of border wall that Trump claims is required to prevent drug smuggling.

If the Trump administration completes all of the wall projects it has set in motion, three-quarters of the U.S. southern border would be walled off from Mexico.

Trump inherited about 650 miles of border structures erected under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Bush’s fence averaged $4 million a mile; Trump’s wall costs five times that—$20 million a mile.
http://njtoday.net/2020/01/22/president-trumps-border-wall-cost-20-million-a-mile/





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When Trump does rallies, they only show the rally. They don’t show the behind the scenes aftermath, of course they wouldn’t. He and the MAGA crowd would just attempt to pass it off as fake news. because that’s exactly what they would do if you showed the MAGA crowd the aftermath. Trump comes into cities like Wildwood, New Jersey and leaves behind a wrecking ball of destruction and trash and unpaid bills, and piles of garbage everywhere. Yeah cue Miley Cyrus… THEY CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL!! I mean this is what you get when you elect a clown like Donald Trump. You get the whole damn circus that goes with him. So here’s how it originally went down in Wildwood.

President Donald Trump received a warm welcome from an enthusiastic crowd at a rally in Wildwood Tuesday night. Some people waited outside for two days for a chance to see the president.

But not all of them got in.

Many people who stood outside for up to 12 hours didn’t make it into the Wildwoods Convention Center so they watched on a big screen in the parking lot.

With each shoutout and highlight of his ambitions, President Trump drew loud cheers outside the Wildwoods Convention Center, as thousands endured the cold to watch his Keep America Great rally on the big screen.

“This is great, had a wonderful time,” one man said.
https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2020/01/28/thousands-brave-cold-to-cheer-on-president-trumps-wildwood-rally-from-outside-convention-center/




Really? And you couldn’t have done a Google search to see the hours of footage from all the other Trump barfs his brain rallies? But then it takes a turn. Like what happened when they showed the aftermath of the original Woodstock Festival kind of turn. Sure, everyone had a great time, but who cleans up the trash and gets stuck with the bill? Why it’s the city of Wildwood, New Jersey!

As the dust settled after President Donald Trump’s rally in Wildwood Jan. 28, the city and its residents were left to account for the impact the large winter crowd had on the community.

Trish Asselta started working in her family’s Wildwood business over 65 years ago, when she was 6 years old, stocking glasses.

Asselta, 72, who owns Duffinetti’s Restaurant and Lounge, located two blocks from the Wildwoods Convention Center, said it was a day unlike any other.

“I would say it was two Fourth of Julys in one day,” Asselta said. “The dining room, the bar, everyone was singing, everyone was so happy.”

Trump’s rally, held at the Convention Center, drew crowds to the winterized shore town, many of whom said they had never been to Wildwood before.
https://www.capemaycountyherald.com/news/article_d4ecd768-4469-11ea-9fb6-d76c8e8180ca.html




Yup, they came in like a wrecking ball all right, and they wrecked the place good! MAGA! So yeah let’s show that photo for a minute. Hold your boos…



Well on the plus side, if I’m in the market for a folding chair, I know where to go! But really, trash should probably stay in the trash. And as for a MAGA rally, like I was saying, you know who gets stuck with the bill after Trump stiffs you on trash cleanup and security? Yup, the city governments, which means you, the taxpayer, get stuck cleaning up his mess!

Donald Trump has raised record amounts of money as a presidential candidate. But he’s still left a slew of unpaid bills in his wake.

In city after city, across the nation, Trump has failed to pay local officials who provide thousands of dollars’ worth of security assistance to the president’s campaign during his Make America Great Again rallies.

In total, at least 10 cities have complained that the campaign has not reimbursed them for services provided by local police and fire departments, totaling more than $840,000, according to a study by the Center for Public Integrity in June.

Minneapolis may find itself next on the list after the president picked a fight with the city’s mayor on Tuesday.

Trump accused Mayor Jacob Frey of overcharging the arena in downtown Minneapolis for services during Trump’s rally, scheduled for Thursday night, alleging that the mayor doesn’t want the president to speak in the overwhelmingly Democratic city.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/08/trump-rallies-unpaid-bills-039631




Good question! And by the way in case you are thinking that this is an isolated incident, boy you are definitely in the wrong place here. Because there was a pro-Trump rally in one of San Francisco’s most progressive neighborhoods that coincided with a rally at a women’s group. And as you can imagine, things got ugly. If you want to know where all this is headed, here’s a sneak peak . And something that I didn’t know existed – MAGA drag. Yes, that’s a thing.

Several dozen Donald Trump supporters rallied in front of the Women’s Building on 18th Street Saturday night — causing a tense and bizarre scene to unfold in the heart of one of San Francisco’s most progressive neighborhoods.

“I want everyone to know that we are going to come out as a fierce, ferocious force in 2020 and re-elect Donald Trump!” screamed Scott Presler, an organizer with #WalkAway, a group aimed at steering the LGBTQ community toward Trumpism and the Republican Party.

Many of his supporters followed by chanting: “USA! USA! USA!” as counter-protesters chanted “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” Often, demonstrators from both sides got in each other’s faces, sometimes shoving each other — though no physical fights broke out. Police stood by and, at times, had to separate people.

Presler and his group organized the demonstration in response to the Women’s Building apparently canceling a “town hall” the group scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Representatives from the Women’s Building have not yet returned our inquiries, and it’s unclear if the nonprofit was aware it had scheduled a pro-Trump event.
https://missionlocal.org/2020/02/pro-trump-rally-sparks-clash-at-womens-building-in-sfs-mission/






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Football is practically a religion in some areas of the country. And then in some areas of the country, religion is defined by football. And then there’s the state of Wisconsin which takes the concept of football and religion to entirely new heights with their worship of the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are one of the only community controlled teams in the entire world, with the other team being Spain’s FC Barcelona. But what happens when they take their love of football and religion too far? Well that’s when you get this. An innocent sounding church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, run by former Packer Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, goes by the name of Straitway Truth Ministries, has much darker and more sinister after hours that go on behind the scenes. Ultimately leading up to this incident on Christmas Eve of last year.

As a former member of the Green Bay Packers, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila hadn’t been in the news much since being inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2013 for his 74½ sacks during his four-year career.

Until last month.

That’s when two young men, reportedly acting on his instructions, walked into a church Christmas pageant while carrying 34 rounds of ammunition and two handguns. They never displayed the guns, never caused any kind of disturbance. But they refused to leave at the order of the school headmaster or the orders of the six Green Bay police officers who responded to the scene.

It was a Tuesday evening, Dec. 17 at the Assembly of God Church, 1460 Shawano Ave., where the private Providence Academy was putting on its annual Christmas pageant.

Jordan Salmi, 24, of Onalaska, and Ryan Desmith, 22, of Friendship, were arrested that night. They are charged in Brown County Circuit Court with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and carrying concealed weapons. Desmith is also charged with obstructing officers.

Gbaja-Biamila was there, but he was not arrested or charged.
https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2020/01/02/kabeer-gbaja-biamila-says-religious-group-no-more-cult-than-green-bay-packers-fans/2776338001/




This incident raises many questions – like who was there? And who knew about the incident ahead of time? And also, what kind of fellowship ministry racks up enough weapons and ammo to take out a small army? Well, apparently Gbaja-Biamila has some friends who are very high ranking members of the church that may or may not have racked up all these weapons and ammo that were carried into the Christmas Eve pageant.

Two men described as followers of former Green Bay Packer Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila made a contentious appearance in court Tuesday in connection to an incident at a Green Bay church.

Ryan DeSmith, 22, and Jordan Salmi, 24 made initial appearances in front of Court Commissioner Cynthia Vopal in Brown County.

Both men are charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, and Disorderly Conduct. They were arrested Dec. 17 after showing up armed with loaded pistols to a Christmas pageant at Assembly of God Church. KGB, a Hewbrew Israelite, says he does not approve of his children being in a Christmas pageant. CLICK HERE for details from criminal complaints filed against Salmi and DeSmith.

DeSmith was called before the commissioner first. He did not have an attorney. He refused to answer the commissioner's questions.
https://www.wbay.com/content/news/KGB-friends-make-contentious-court-appearance-in-gun-case-566778671.html




So is Straitway Truth Ministries a Christian church, a fellowship, or is it a scary Doomsday Prepper cult with apocalyptic end times fantasies? It could be one, it could be another, or it could be a combination of all of the above. But the cryptic language that Gbaja-Biamila has been using, and the fact that he’s refusing to cooperate with authorities, is nothing new. In fact this could be a symptom of a much larger problem.

“i man known as (Muhammed-Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila) am in the state of ‘man’ now: past: forthwith,” the handwritten note filed with the Brown County Clerk of Court reads in part. “Not a Defendant: Respondant all benefits: maybe: waived by i.”

If you were the judge in the former Packers player’s divorce proceeding and received that note, you might be more than a little puzzled about what you were being asked to do.

But the peculiar language that Gbaja-Biamila and his associates have been using to baffle the Brown County court system and confuse the public in recent months is straight out of the “sovereign citizen” playbook born out of the white supremacist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, according to an expert in the subject.

Gbaja-Biamila's associates, or “brothers,” as he refers to them, have filed equally cryptic documents in Brown County Circuit Court, where they are accused of carrying concealed firearms into a children’s Christmas pageant put on by Providence Academy, a Christian school that three of Gbaja-Biamila's children attend.
https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2020/01/16/former-packer-kabeer-gbaja-biamillas-court-tactics-were-pioneered-1960-s-posse-comitatus/4469632002/




Yeah probably not. But here is where the story simply gets weird. Not only are there reports that a Tennessee branch of this church is supporting them (Ed. Note: A subscription service was preventing us from posting that article) , but he actually went on Youtube to describe his role in the incident in the week following. Not only does this raise more questions than answers, but why go on Youtube to do this? Why not?

Former Packers player Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila was nearly arrested — and two of his friends were arrested — Tuesday night in an incident that apparently arose from a family dispute over religious differences.

The incident happened about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday when Jordan Salmi, 24,and Ryan Desmith, 22, showed up at Assembly of God Church, 1460 Shawano Ave., which was hosting a Christmas pageant being put on by the private Providence Academy, according to Capt. Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police Department.

“The officers responded to that church for a report of a trespassing complaint,” Warych said. “They came into contact with staff, who reported two individuals who were asked to leave but weren’t leaving….When the officers made contact with the two individuals, the officers tried to convince them to leave, but they did not. They were subsequently arrested for trespassing.”

Both were found to be carrying concealed weapons but had no permits, Warych said.
https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2019/12/18/ex-packer-kabeer-gbaja-biamila-goes-youtube-after-armed-friends-busted-kids-christmas-pageant/2692788001/




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




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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters of Tallahassee! 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 love to talk shit on Liberty University here, and they quite frankly deserve every bit of it. For they are controlled by a very foul and evil supporter of the unholy Dark One, whose name shall *NOT* be mentioned in my church! And does it not say in our Good Book that greed is evil, and those who partake in the greed shall be punished by GAWD? Yes, our GAWD works both ways, does he not? But not the GAWD that Mr. Falwell chooses to worship, because his GAWD chooses greed and fear, and those are things that do not sit well in my church. But his Vexit plan is quite possibly insane. And here’s more.

West Virginia became its own state in 1863 in the middle of the Civil War.

Creation of the West Virginia/Virginia border required multiple elections, including a decision by President Lincoln to override objections by half of his cabinet, and a Supreme Court decision validating an irregular election. In the end, 50 counties would be incorporated into a new state, and 99 counties would be left behind in the remnant of Virginia.

West Virginia is the only state to be formed by seceding from a Confederate state.

Some Virginia border counties were given the choice to become part of the new state if their residents approved. Berkeley and Jefferson counties gave their nod, siding with the Union.

West Virginia is the only state to be formed by seceding from a Confederate state.

Some Virginia border counties were given the choice to become part of the new state if their residents approved. Berkeley and Jefferson counties gave their nod, siding with the Union.
https://wset.com/news/local/vexit-west-virginia-extends-158-year-old-invitation-for-va-localities-to-join-state




So that’s it? You don’t like someone you think you can just pack up and leave? Well that doesn’t work in our Good Book, does it not? Can I get an amen??? Well in our Good Book it says to love your fellow man, and you should do that, rather than just secede and go somewhere else! We preach love and tolerance in my church, and not hate and division! And it’s all over your guns? Is that it?

“Folks who are concerned with our 2nd Amendment rights are probably the most motivated, the most mobilized, and the most afraid of what plans our Governor and legislature have," Boyer said. “This is not a show, this is not politicians talking. This is the voice of old Virginia.”

The idea for a Vexit has also been backed by Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. and West Virginia Governor Jim Justice.

“Even if it doesn’t completely succeed, it will send a clear message," Falwell said regarding a possible Vexit in a news conference with Justice last week.

Boyer handed out thousands of Vexit fliers during the gun show, but some attendees such as Stephen Smith were not convinced that it is a realistic possibility. However, Smith said he is not surprised the rhetoric has reached this point, considering the power struggle concerning the Second Amendment in Virginia.

“The majority of counties in Virginia showed that they want their rights. I believe in our Second Amendment rights wholeheartedly, and I think our government is losing control of that," Smith said. “If the answer is this, then so be it. Obviously I’m a Virginian, and I’d like to stay a Virginian, but it’s got to be the right way.”
https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2020/02/02/a-vexit-to-west-virginia-man-creates-petition-to-allow-virginia-counties-to-leave-the-commonwealth/


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So what are the benefits? What do people expect to gain out of this ungodly and insane plan? Well there’s really only just one person who stands to benefit from this. But let’s sell it under the cause of your gun rights are being taken away. Because I’m sure that’s what the Good LAWRD JAYSUS would want, am I not wrong? Oh no, it’s the opposite of what he would have wanted!

"If you're not truly happy where you are," Justice said during the news conference, "we stand with open arms to take you from Virginia or anywhere else you may be."

"While there will likely be a robust debate about how cities and counties could leave their home state of Virginia, one thing is absolutely certain," Falwell said. "Many counties are taking a long, hard look at escaping the barbaric, totalitarian and corrupt Democratic regime in Richmond that is trampling on individual rights in the state."

Falwell cited a number of issues, including abortion, gun rights, environmental regulations and a budget proposal that would eliminate tuition assistance for students in online programs at private colleges, including Liberty University.

Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for Governor Ralph Northam offered a brief response:

"Sounds like it's an election year in West Virginia."

And, "As always, Jerry Falwell's words speak for themselves."
https://www.wymt.com/content/news/VEXIT-Educational-state-leaders-encourage-counties-to-leave-VA-for-WV-567453621.html




Really, Governor? That’s your best statement? They’re threatening to take whole precincts away from you and Falwell’s words speak for themselves? Falwell is what one might call a “snake oil salesman” – he preaches nothing but a product that doesn’t really exist. He, and only he, will benefit from this proposed atrocity!

In a partnership that befits our deeply stupid time, Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia has teamed up with Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty University president and Florida hotelier, to advance a new project. Both men have come out in support of Vexit, an effort to expand the state of West Virginia by convincing some parts of Virginia to secede. According to Justice, Virginians unhappy with their Democratic state government ought to join their counties to West Virginia, where the GOP still holds sway. “If you are out there, no matter where you may be, Virginia or wherever you may be, as an individual or as a business or whatever, West Virginia is waiting for you with open arms,” he said. A charming proposal!

Falwell, meanwhile, mostly seems concerned about his university’s bottom line. In his remarks, he singled out a legislative proposal that would, in his words, end public aid to “thousands of online students attending private colleges, while increasing aid for more affluent resident students.” As Religion News Service noted in a piece on the press conference, online students make up a massive portion of Liberty’s overall student body, and a reduction to their numbers would have significant financial consequences for the university, and for Falwell himself.

Obviously, there is a lot going on here, and it is all bad. As a product of southwestern Virginia, I do not regard our brothers and sisters across the border with any sort of hostility. West Virginia is a beautiful state with a proud history of militant labor action — a lot to celebrate! But Vexit itself is best understood as the symptom of a broader reactionary backlash to Virginia’s new status as a blue state. I’ll explain:
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/01/get-to-know-vexit-a-really-bad-idea.html




So what did we learn this week? We learned that Jerry Falwell Jr is a man that is more concerned with his own business that he will literally shake up the border in Virginia, and pander to the gun nuts to get it. And that is not what our good LAWRD JAYSUS would want, that sounds like something that Satan would want. Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:




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No matter where you were last Sunday, everyone will remember where they were when they heard the news that LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in that devastating helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Me personally? I was in the bathroom and the news alert came up on my phone. I’m just saying it happens. That aside, one man who is getting a lot of shit for reporting the news is Harvey Levin, who is of course the president of everyone’s favorite celebrity tabloid trash TV outlet TMZ. But the question is – how the hell did TMZ get a hold of the news about the helicopter crash before the entire world knew about it?

“We got a tip that this had happened…it was from somebody who would have been in a position to know this and it wasn’t enough for me or for the team, so we worked for a solid hour after making a slew of phone calls, Levin told FOX 11 anchor Elex Michaelson.

“I was personally on the phone with various people in Kobe’s camp and I got it confirmed by them and we posted the story.”

During a press briefing following the crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva criticized TMZ for posting the story before the families of some victims were notified.

Levin defended TMZ's decision making process.“The issue is…how long do you hold it?

As far as I could see, the Sheriff just identified Kobe in the news conference yesterday…” he said. Levin compared it to a TV network reporting on the crash of an airplane.
https://www.foxla.com/news/tmzs-harvey-levin-spoke-to-kobe-bryants-reps-before-posting




Ah, now *THIS* is a quid pro quo situation! And I like how non-chalant Harvey is with his suggestion that he “got a tip”. It’s kind of like the Youtube comments section of a popular video when someone just posts “FIRST!!!!” and then leaves, but not before said poster gets bombarded with a million comments that follow and point out that they weren't actually the first poster because there were 15 other comments that were posted 3 minutes after the actual video was posted. Yeah you probably got there before anyone else, but then again just because you could do it doesn’t mean you should. But is anyone really shocked that TMZ got this information that quickly? Even the Chicago PD couldn’t put out a press release that fast!

Interim Chicago Police Supt. Charlie Beck said he didn’t blink an eye when TMZ reported that Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter had been killed in a helicopter crash before Bryant’s wife and three surviving daughters had been notified.

It was par for the course in the celebrity-driven frenzy that Beck said he endured for 41 years in his rise to the top of the Los Angeles Police Department.

“If you put your hand in a rattlesnake’s cage, it bites you. Don’t blame the rattlesnake. That’s just the way they are,” Beck said.

“I went through Camp O.J. I can’t even explain that to you,” Beck said, referring to O.J Simpson’s arrest for the murders of his wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, that culminated in the celebrity trial of the century and a controversial acquittal.

“The world-wide crush of media across the street from the courthouse during the trial was incredible....Nobody had ever seen that before. I mean - satellite trucks lined up as far as you can see and reporters just going insane for any O.J. news.”
https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/1/30/21115933/beck-not-surprised-tmz-reported-kobe-bryants-death-before-family-notified




Seriously, even the guy who was OJ’s arresting officer isn’t surprised that celebrity tabloid journalism gets it first. But come on this is one that is definitely on TMZ here. But at least per the LA County Sheriff office, was it disrespectful of TMZ to do what they did? Was this the work of reporters just doing their jobs or was it the equivalent of the guy on Youtube who posts “FIRST!!!” on a popular channel?

At 2:24 p.m. ET, TMZ posted the story that stunned the world on Sunday: Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, at the age of 41, had died in a California helicopter crash.
The tectonic news, which the celebrity-gossip website was first to report, swept the nation as other news organizations quickly confirmed the story.

It also upset police who suggested the speed in which TMZ had reported the news -- a little more than an hour after police said they received reports of a downed aircraft -- outpaced that of officers who were seeking to notify the family members of victims.

During a press conference, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva took a swipe at the website when explaining to reporters why he would not yet confirm the identities of those who were aboard the helicopter when it crashed.

"It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one ... perished and you learn about it from TMZ," Villanueva said. "That is just wholly inappropriate."
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/26/media/tmz-death-report-kobe-bryant/index.html




That is a good point sir! But who really was alerted first? Was it the LAPD? Was it the FAA? Was it Kobe’s family? We may never know because there’s so many conflicting reports out there. Seriously, it’s Kobe Bryant, the guy was a legend. And it’s so weird that we’re talking about him in past tense because it happened so suddenly. But does TMZ really need to be cancelled for it? Really?

A Change.org petition is calling on Fox Television Stations to cancel TMZ in the wake of the tragic helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others.

"Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a horrific helicopter crash, and TMZ LEAKED the news before the authorities were even able to notify the family," the petition reads. "That means that Vanessa Bryant found out about the death of her husband and child through TMZ, tweets, or comments."

The petition, called "IT'S TIME FOR FOX TO CANCEL TMZ AFTER WHAT THEY DID TO KOBE BRYANT'S FAMILY", says TMZ's actions were "beyond not ok" and hopes to "get TMZ taken down once and for all."

At a Sunday news conference after the crash, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said it would be "inappropriate" to identify the crash victims before the coroner made the identification to next of kin.

"It'd be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one was perished and you learned about it from TMZ," said Villanueva. "That is just wholly inappropriate, so we're not gonna be going there. We're gonna wait until the coroner does their job."
https://wsbt.com/news/nation-world/petition-calls-for-cancellation-of-tmz-after-tragic-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash




No calm down, nobody is cancelling anybody yet. But let this be a lesson of how fast news travels in the social media age. The crash happened at approximately 9:00 AM last Sunday. In that half an hour, the police were able to identify who it was, and TMZ got it out there before Kobe’s family was notified of what happened. And no, TMZ is *NOT* where I want to get my news from when something this horrible happens. Thank you.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva appeared to take aim at celebrity news outlet TMZ in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash, hinting that the news outlet rushed to publish the story before next of kin had been notified.

Villanueva released a statement on Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the crash in Calabasas that claimed the life of the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven other people. Names of those killed in the crash had not been fully released, though it was confirmed that one on board was Orange Coast baseball coach John Altobelli.

In the statement, Villanueva said that the flight manifest showed that there were a total of nine people on board, including the pilot and eight passengers, but he said he would not confirm the identities until families of those killed had been notified. He called out TMZ by name in the statement.

“It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one has perished and you learn about it from TMZ. That is just wholly inappropriate so we’re not going to be going there,” he said.
https://www.inquisitr.com/5857271/sheriff-blasts-tmz-reporting-kobe-fatal-crash/





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Hey everyone guess what? We’re all gonna die!!! Woooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! Woooooooo!! Wooo. Woo. Yeah it’s not really that exciting because the latest insanity surrounding the Corona Virus coming from the Wuhan region of China just won’t stop. And the World Health Organization definitely isn’t easing our fears into the latest super virus. But first off, let’s cut through some of the bullshit. Yes, the disease can be passed from person to person. But can you pass it to your pets and vice versa? The answer is a definite no!! Come on, people have at least seen the Wes Anderson flick Isle Of Dogs, am I right? No?

Research shows that lots of animals are vulnerable to coronavirus, a large, hardy and sprawling family of pathogens. Birds get avian coronavirus. Pigs get porcine coronavirus. Cows get bovine coronavirus. Horses get equine coronavirus

Dogs are sickened by canine coronavirus disease. It’s a quick but miserable disease, causing diarrhea, vomiting and intestinal distress. It spreads through feces, when your pup eats poop.

Dogs can also be infected by a respiratory form of coronavirus, which causes coughs, sneezes and mobs of mucus.

When cats get coronaviruses, it’s usually not a big deal. They may suffer flu-like symptoms or feel perfectly fine. But every so often, in 5 to 10% of infected cats, the virus mutates and causes Feline Infectious Peritonitis — which is progressive and almost always fatal. It’s a heartbreaking disease, usually striking kittens.

To be sure, viruses don’t respect species boundaries.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/29/coronavirus-can-my-dog-or-cat-get-it-and-pass-it-along-to-me/




Calm down dude, we’re not gonna die, at least not yet. But that’s what happens when you have a population that doesn’t understand basic science and genetics. Why aren’t those things taught in schools? If only there were someone we could ask about that sort of thing. But the real danger here is cruise ships. Yes, cruise ships. If you’ve been on a cruise ship in the last couple of months you might want to get yourself tested.

Shares of Carnival (CCL) - Get Report dropped Monday after the cruise line confirmed that a former passenger has been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship was being held by Japanese authorities under quarantine at anchor in Yokohama following Japanese news reports that an 80-year old male passenger from Hong Kong boarded the ship in Yokohama on Jan. 20 and disembarked on Jan. 25.

The passenger developed a cough the day before embarking but didn't develop a fever until Jan. 30. A day later, he was confirmed to have the virus while in Hong Kong, according to reports.

"Prioritizing the safety and health of our passengers and crew on board, we are currently working closely with the Japanese health authorities to assist in the inspection," Princess said in a statement.

Last week, Carnival got a boost after the company received the all-clear from Italian health authorities that a passenger on one of its cruise ships tested negative for the deadly coronavirus.
https://www.thestreet.com/investing/coronavirus-former-passenger-on-carnival-cruise




Yeah probably. Especially if you live in my home state of California, where a whopping 3 new cases of the virus have been confirmed. Yes, there have been over 17,000 cases confirmed. And three of them are in California. Really, are you people fucking crazy?? You currently have better odds of winning the lottery than you do of catching the Corona Virus.

Three more cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed in the U.S. on Sunday, all in California, bringing the total number of people in the country with the disease to 11. The weekend also saw the first death blamed on the flu-like illness outside of China.

As of Monday morning there were at least 17,205 confirmed cases in more than two dozen countries, the vast majority of them in China, according to the World Health Organization. There have been 361 deaths, all of them in China except for one confirmed in the Philippines over the weekend.

U.S. officials declared a public health emergency last week and, as a result, foreign nationals who have traveled to China in the last two weeks and aren't immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be temporarily banned from entering the U.S. Under the orders of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, anyone entering the U.S. who has been in China's Hubei province in the last two weeks will be subject to a two-week quarantine.

The first 195 Americans evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, are under federal quarantine and will remain at a military base in Southern California until mid-February. The government hasn't issued such a quarantine order in more than 50 years.
https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/coronavirus-usa-news-public-health-emergency-death-toll-china-virus-wuhan-2020-02-03/




Hey, again, I said probably! And by the way in case you’re wondering if we live in a period of slow news or not, let’s look to New York, where the insanity is so intense that this was actually a headline. This was in the news! If you’re in New York, you can rest assured that as of this week, there are *NO* confirmed cases of the Corona Virus. But that’s as of this week. Sleep tight everybody!!

Of those 12 suspected cases of coronavirus that New York has seen so far, 11 tests have come back negative.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said one more sample from New York City needs to have results come back from the CDC, but otherwise there are no confirmed cases in the state.

A state website and phone hotline have been established to address concerns and questions about coronavirus. The phone number is 888-364-3065.

International travelers from China are being screened upon arrival from the airport, as of Sunday evening.

Symptoms of the novel coronavirus are similar to the flu, and include a cough, sore throat, and fever.
https://13wham.com/health-matters/no-confirmed-cases-of-coronavirus-in-new-york





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Of course you know by now that people are people and people are dumb. And as such whenever we visit the great state of Florida, we have to do a special all Florida man edition of People Are Dumb. Look, Florida, we kid. But you do bring the crazy extra hard. And before we get into this, I want to give a shout out to the @Floridaman_ Twitter feed that really just goes beyond to keep track of all the crazy happening in the Sunshine State. Let’s start with this story out of Miami. Sigh here’s the thing people, we may hate Trump here and everything that he stands for. But let’s condone any acts of violence against him or his properties or the people in them. That said, this story has some of everything that makes Florida insane and weird.
A Connecticut woman chastised for dancing on her car at a Palm Beach hotel late Friday morning ended up driving away and crashing her vehicle through two security barricades outside Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club and home, drawing gunfire from law enforcement officers, before leading a police helicopter on a chase that ended in her arrest.

Hannah Roemhild, 30, a trained opera singer, is now in the custody of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is not a terrorist thing,” Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at a Friday afternoon news conference. “This is somebody that obviously was impaired somehow.”

Roemhild could face charges for assault on both federal and county law enforcement officers, Bradshaw said. No one was injured, although the situation might have easily ended differently, officials indicated.

Trump was not at Mar-a-Lago at the time, but he was expected to arrive at the club Friday evening. The White House said the fracas would not disrupt the president’s travel plans.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article239840653.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




That’s right, Dude! Next up, we go to the city of Orlando for this one. And here’s the thing, if you don’t have anything creative to write when you’re hammered and you’ve got a can of spray paint, maybe the best thing to do is just walk away. But not for this guy who painted – I shit you not – the word “slur” on the bathroom wall. This is a thing that happened!

A Florida man who spray painted the word "slur" in a bar bathroom was found with spray cans still in his backpack, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

Police said a witness saw Paul Scott, 24, walk into the men's restroom at Mugs Pub Sunday night with his backpack and when he left, there was wet pink paint on the wall that read, "slur."

When police approached Scott, they said he initially told them he had been in the bar for about 15 minutes and during that time, he had one beer before an employee asked him to leave.

According to authorities, they could hear the sound of aluminum cans coming from Scott's backpack and when they searched it, they found spray paint bottles, and an empty bottle that was still wet, in the same shade of pink as the graffiti inside the restroom.
https://www.clickorlando.com/strange-florida/2019/09/16/florida-man-spray-paints-the-word-slur-in-bar-bathroom-police-say/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




Next up, we’re going to stay in the city of Orlando – what’s up with Orlando this week? They’re taking double doses of crazy pills! Anyway, I don’t know much about boating, nor will I claim to know anything about boating, but I’m pretty sure this is not how the gas tank on a boat is supposed to operate. But it’s also probably best not to get the fire department involved in your own stupidity as well.

Mistakenly inserting a fuel nozzle into a fishing pole slot, a Florida man pumped $60 worth of gasoline onto the deck of his boat and the ground of a gas station, fire rescue officials said.

The incident happened Monday in the Orlando area, Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said on Twitter.

The gas flowed from the fishing pole hole and onto the deck of the 24-foot (7.3 meters) boat. The 31-year-old man realized his mistake and quit pumping.

As he tried to clean up the mess, the gasoline began leaking from the boat onto the ground at the 7-Eleven store. He told personnel and then called the fire department's non-emergency number, Jachles said.

A technical rescue team siphoned the gas from the boat and cleaned up. The situation was described as a “level 3 hazmat,” meaning the potential of hazard was high, Jachles said.
https://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/florida-mistakenly-man-pumps-60-gas-deck-boat-68645430?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




Unless of course you have it inserted in the wrong hole. Yes, thank you sir! That’s what she said! Finally – we go to South Florida and the city of Fort Lauderdale for this one. So we’ve all been the victims of credit and debit card fraud at some point. Because there’s a lot of sleazebags out there to get their hands on your data. But this next story asks a lot of questions, namely, how does one spend $68 at Little Caesars?

A Florida man has been accused of using a Marshfield woman's debit card to purchase $68 in Little Caesar's pizza.

According to to a Marshfield Police Department police report, Elle Wolf of Marshfield had a transaction on her bank statement from a Fort Lauderdale, Florida Little Caesar's location without her consent.

The report says the unidentified Florida man purchased one bacon wrapped deep dish pizza, three stuffed crust pizzas, and three orders of Caesar wings and had delivered to his address via Door Dash.

The charge of $68.80 currently has a process hold on the charge at Wolf's financial institution.
https://www.weau.com/content/news/Florida-man-uses-Wisconsin-womans-debit-card-information-to-buy-pizza-567499701.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter




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Welcome back to our 2020 voters’ guide Keeping Up With The Candidates! Yes, in this guide we keep all of the news, candidates, issues and polls into one handy place! Last week, we contemplated controversial podcaster Joe Rogan’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders. This week, the Iowa Caucuses are underway! And who won the Iowa Caucuses? The correct answer is that nobody really knows. It’s absolute chaos down there in Des Moines. As of right now – it’s Wednesday at 2:00 PM, yeah it’s still polling at 0%. Bernie’s camp is saying that he won, Mayor Pete’s camp is saying that he won, it could be anyone’s game at this point. So what gives, Iowa? You had one job!

As Monday turned into Tuesday, there was no victor in Iowa. There weren't even any official results. As the campaigns came to learn, the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) found "inconsistencies" in reporting the three sets of results it promised to deliver. The information was to come from precinct captains, who were to report it through a newly developed app.

But they ran into trouble as caucuses finished, and a backup option to report results over the phone ran into its own issues. When CBS News attempted to call the Iowa Democratic Party Caucus Hotline, a recorded message said, "Thank you for calling the Iowa Democratic Party's Caucus Hotline. All of our operators are currently busy. Your call will be answered in the order in which it was received. We look forward to talking to you soon," before playing hold music.

One precinct captain who was trying to report his results was on hold for an hour and had apparently just gotten through to the IDP — with CNN listening as he was about to report his results — when the party hung up on him on live television.

This wasn't an isolated incident.

"I was on hold for 40 minutes at my precinct. I gave up and hung up and returned to our HQ," said Black Hawk County Vice Chair Nate Guber.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iowa-caucus-results-winner-delayed-chaos/




You tell ‘em, Loki! So the fact of the matter is that Iowa reigns in chaos right now and the master of disaster Donald J. Trump rakes in 97% of the republican vote, which is still dwindling in numbers even as we speak. And don’t vote by a fucking app on your smart phone, people. There’s some things that just should not be done by phone, and voting is one of them! Talk about phoning it in, literally in this case!

Is the Iowa caucus dead?

The nation's first contest in presidential elections, the Iowa caucus, has long drawn floods of campaign staff and media attention as political parties try to winnow out their primary field. But the non-result for Democrats on Monday drew questions whether the Hawkeye state should be first to vote.

"This fiasco means the end of the caucuses as a significant American political event. The rest of the country was already losing patience with Iowa anyway and this cooks Iowa's goose. Frankly, it should," David Yepsen, a famed and former Des Moines Register columnist told Politico.

Monday's Democratic caucus was fraught with chaos as the Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing official results due to widespread reporting problems amid new rules and a new app.

"We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results," Mandy McClure, communications director for the state party, said in the statement.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/02/04/iowa-caucus-results-delayed-no-winner-should-first-vote/4653321002/




Yes, literally one job! And people wonder what the hell is going on with the opposition to Donald J. Trump? Well here’s the thing – if you’re going to vote by a smartphone app, you’re gonna get hacked, I’m just saying it happens. And it doesn’t take a doctorate in IT to figure that one out! So how could this have happened? Well, here’s the thing – DON’T VOTE BY APP!!! It’s that fucking simple. If it sounds like a bad idea it probably is!

The app that the Iowa Democratic Party commissioned to tabulate and report results from the caucuses on Monday was not properly tested at a statewide scale, said people who were briefed on the app by the state party.

It was quickly put together in just the past two months, said the people, some of whom asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

And the party decided to use the app only after another proposal for reporting votes — which entailed having caucus participants call in their votes over the phone — was abandoned, on the advice of Democratic National Committee officials, according to David Jefferson, a board member of Verified Voting, a nonpartisan election integrity organization.

Late Monday night, that chain of events came to a head when results from the Iowa caucuses were significantly delayed. While vote counts in the past have typically been reported earlier in the evening, the Iowa Democratic Party held a conference call with representatives from each campaign at around 10:30 p.m. Eastern time to tell them that roughly 35 percent of precincts had reported, but that it would provide no other details about the results.

A spokeswoman for the state party issued a statement late Monday denying that the delays were the result of the new app’s failure.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/us/politics/iowa-caucus-app.html




So with that disaster in mind, who really won Iowa? Well it’s hard to say especially when they’re moving onto Nevada, and with 0% of the vote in, there’s well, every candidate saying that they won the election, but none have been more vocal about it than Mayor Pete Buttigieg, you know, our good friend from South Bend, Indiana. Yeah, I think you might want to wait until we actually have a vote tallied there, Mayor Pete.

Pete Buttigieg plowed ahead Tuesday with his claims of victory in the Iowa caucuses despite no reporting of results from the state Democratic Party, as he blitzed the morning shows to try to solidify the narrative that he was the clear winner.

In a memo released early Tuesday morning, Buttigieg’s campaign shared its unverified internal data from more than 1,200 precincts.

“It was an extraordinary night, and we are absolutely victorious coming into New Hampshire,” Buttigieg said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

“We have the results from our organization, and if you look at what we were able to do, what happened last night, the fact that this campaign was able to gather support in urban, suburban and rural areas alike, in counties that Hillary Clinton won, counties that Donald Trump won, we are thrilled and absolutely consider that a victory,” he added.

Buttigieg’s certainty, however, comes at a moment of uncertainty for the entire Democratic presidential field, which left Iowa with no official indication from the state party of who won the caucuses.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/04/buttigieg-narrative-iowa-caucus-official-results-110663




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Next week, assuming that we sort through this madness, we will tell you the results of the Nevada poll, or we might tell you that voting by app is a bad idea. But probably some of both.



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