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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #39: #HoorayFreedom Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #39: #HoorayFreedom Edition

Ed. Note - Before we get started this week - sorry folks – computers are shitheads. I had this whole thing planned for Sunday but my computer went down, and so I will post what I had meant for Sunday as well as this week, since there’s a possibility I won’t be here on Wednesday, and hopefully we’ll get back on schedule.

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Hey Google and Ad Choices, please stop asking me to visit advertiser because we both know that ain’t happening. Unless they sponsor my show then I would love to visit advertiser! Just sayin’. We are back! You know last week we had our special all Donald Trump edition and we ended with Mitch McConnell in the “People Who Somehow Got Elected” segment. And you know we’re getting back to normal here after the all Trump edition. So how many people are watching the Olympics? You know I thought we were going to get a shit storm in Rio but it seems like things are running smoothly, other than the swimming pool turning into a toxic green color, but apparently the IOC and the government of Brazil was like “OK it’s fine to swim in!”. But I’m getting frustrated with the coverage I’m seeing here – literally every time I turn on the TV, the only thing I see is volleyball or basketball. Can NBC show any other sports please? But I think we can all agree that we were won over and enamored with the Irish rowing team who won the gold medal in that contest Sunday. Can we show that?



That has to be the most Irish interview I’ve ever seen. But the Olympics have been great haven’t they? Well mainly not NBC’s coverage. You know it would be nice to turn on the Olympics and be able to watch sports other than volleyball or basketball which seem to be on nearly every single time I turn on the TV. Let’s get right down to it shall we? But first after the RNC, DNC, and a couple of weeks in between, John Oliver is back in true form and completely owns Donald Trump by comparing him to a character from a children's book called "The Kid Who Ran For President":



So where do we begin this week? First off, I was tipped off to a Donald Trump Tweet generator, which we will be using to our advantage not just here but throughout the Top 10. You can have some fun with this too: http://faketrumptweet.com/ . And we are going to have some fun with this! While returning champion Donald Trump won’t be occupying the top 2 slots this week like he normally does, this week instead we are awarding the top 2 slots to Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (1, 2). It seems that Manafort’s name appeared at the top of a payroll ledger for a pro-Russian group based in the Ukraine and that has everyone talking, including Hillary Clinton herself. Taking up the third, fourth, and fifth slots of course is Donald J. Trump (3, 4, 5). In the third slot we’ll talk about Donald Trump’s health – a mysterious letter has surfaced from Trump’s doctor and reports are it may have been forged. While in the fourth slot we’re going to talk about how Donald Trump called Obama the founder of ISIS and he’s still not done with his attacks on Khzir Khan. And in the fifth slot we’re going to talk about the republicans and charities, among other Trump madness. In the number 6 slot we’re going to bring back “How Is This Still A Thing” and ask – body shaming – how is this still a thing? Specifically Fox News, Donald Trump and Matt Drudge are age shaming Olympians and Hillary Clinton, among other atrocities. In the number 7 slot is Republican Sexists (7). It starts with Milo Yiannopoulos. You may remember him as the smooth talking jackass who got kicked off Twitter for harassing Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, but guess what? He’s back! Meanwhile Rush Limbaugh is convinced Obama is gearing for a takeover of lesbian farmers. Hey I’m for it! And for more than just body shaming. At number 8, the Bathroom Police (8) are back and not going away any time soon. So sigh… federal trans bathroom guidelines got rejected again and we’ll tell you all about it. In the number 9 slot (NEIN!!!) Stephen Anderson wants to challenge you to an arm wrestling competition to prove he’s not gay. No seriously! Finally this week we’re going to take the Top 10 Mystery Machine to Rio for a special Olympic episode. What exactly happened with Ryan Lochte at a Brazillian gas station? As we delve into this mystery, the answer is going to surprise you! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!


Paul Manafort


So in case you were living under a rock last week, you know that Donald Trump basically told his followers to go 2nd amendment on Hillary Clinton. Whatever that means. Let’s roll tape on that shall we?



But here’s something you didn’t know – something that got lost in the headlines last week. And it’s quite possibly batshit insane. So the Trump campaign is in turmoil, and you might be asking what is going on with his campaign manager? Well let’s first go back to last April when Trump fired his former campaign manager and hired Paul Manafort, and we’ll explain to you who exactly Mr. Manafort is:

Strangely, the HUD scandal proved a marketing boon for the firm. An aide to Mobutu Sese Seko told the journalist Art Levine, “That only shows how important they are!” Indeed, Manafort enticed the African dictator to hire the firm. Many of the world’s dictators eventually became his clients. “Name a dictator and Black, Manafort will name the account,” Levine wrote. (Levine’s piece, published in Spy, featured a sidebar ranking the ethical behavior of Washington lobbyists: It found Black, Manafort the worst of the bunch.) The client list included Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos (with a $900,000 yearly contract) and the despots of the Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, and Somalia. When the Center for Public Integrity detailed the firm’s work, it titled the report “The Torturers’ Lobby.”

His lobbying helped convince Congress to send Savimbi hundreds of millions in covert aid. Indeed, every time Angola stood on the precipice of peace talks, Manafort, Black worked to generate a fresh round of arms—shipments that many experts believe extended the conflict. Sen. Bill Bradley was blunt in assigning blame. “When Gorbachev pulled the plug on Soviet aid to the Angolan government, we had absolutely no reason to persist in aiding Savimbi. But by then he had hired an effective Washington lobbying firm, which successfully obtained further funding.” Or as Art Levine concluded, “So the war lasted another two more years and claimed a few thousand more lives! So what? What counts to a Washington lobbyist is the ability to deliver a tangible victory and spruce up his client’s image.”
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/04/paul_manafort_isn_t_a_gop_retread_he_s_made_a_career_of_reinventing_tyrants.html


Holy shit! No wonder Donald Trump wants to hire this guy – he would be the perfect guy to spearhead a campaign that’s built on trying to keep people out of this country! Or any country for that matter given what he’s done to Angola. So why is he all of a sudden in the news?

In the hours since the New York Times uncovered millions of dollars in illegal secret cash payments made from a Vladimir Putin puppet to Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, all hell has broken loose within the Trump campaign – and much of it is playing out in public for all to see. One of Trump’s top surrogates is publicly gloating over Manafort’s criminal connections, while another top Trump surrogate is publicly accusing a fellow Trump surrogate of “working for Hillary Clinton.”

The Trump campaign meltdown began late Sunday evening when the NY Times published the story exposing Manafort’s millions of dollars in hidden illegal payments from Vladimir Putin lackey Viktor Yanukovych. Corey Lewandowski, who had been Trump’s campaign manager until he was fired this spring and replaced with Manafort, tweeted out a link to the article as if to gloat about the fact that his replacement is being taken down by a corruption scandal. 3
http://www.dailynewsbin.com/news/trump-campaign-meltdown-paul-manafort-a-paid-russian-agent-roger-stone-attacks-corey-lewandowski/25660/


You know replacing one guy in your entourage who's been embroiled by scandal with another, is kind of like drinking VitaminWater - you know it's not healthy but it sure as shit isn't good for you! But there's more and I feel like we're living in the Matrix.



But there’s more to this. Oh no, we’re not done.

Donald Trump's behavior in recent days - from criticizing the parents of a fallen American soldier to declining to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan- has strained the nerves of his campaign staff as he falls behind in the polls.

I exchanged messages this evening with a longtime ally of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who I asked about who was calling the shots in the campaign. The response indicated that Manafort, a veteran of Republican politics brought in this spring for the transition from primaries to the general election, has lost control over his candidate.

"Manafort not challenging (Trump) anymore," Manafort's ally wrote. "Mailing it in. Staff suicidal."

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/02/ally-of-trump-staffer-paul-manafort-the-staff-is-suicidal-hes-mailing-it-in.html


Ouch. So you’re saying “suicidal” is not the term you want to hear when you’re running for president of the United States! I say a pox, a pox on thee, good sir / madam!!



Nyuk! Nyuk! NyuK! Whooooo whoooo!! So what does Hillary Clinton think about this whole spiel? Well here’s what Mrs. Clinton had to say about that:

" Clinton campaign press secretary Robby Mook issued a late-night statement on the bombshell in the recent New York Times detailing Donald Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort and his questionable dealings in Ukraine.

Mook notes that the comes just before Trump is scheduled to give a major foreign policy address Monday on what his strategy will be if he is elected as president.

“We have learned of more troubling connections between Donald Trump’s team and pro-Kremlin elements in Ukraine,” Mook said in the statement. “Given the pro-Putin policy stances adopted by Donald Trump and the recent Russian government hacking and disclosure of Democratic Party records, Donald Trump has a responsibility to disclose campaign chair Paul Manafort’s and all other campaign employees’ and advisers’ ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities, including whether any of Trump’s employees or advisers are currently representing and or being paid by them.”

more at: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/clinton-campaign-responds-to-shocking-revelations-about-paul-manaforts-pro-kremlin-ties/


Ouch. But we’re still not done – in fact here’s what else you need to know about Mr. Manafort – this is very long but well worth looking into:

In 1980. Manafort co-founded Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly (BMSK), a powerhouse beltway lobbying firm alongside partners Stone, a longtime Trump confidante, and Charles Black, a leading strategist in the John Kasich campaign. One of its most lucrative clients was Jonas Savimbi, leader of UNITA, the pro-Western rebel army fighting the Communist government in Angola. Manafort helped make Savimbi a heroic figure among conservative Washington think-tanks, and aided him in securing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid from the Reagan and Bush Administrations, money that never brought victory.

In the mid-1980s, the regime of Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator of the Philippines, paid BMSK $950,000 a year to lobby for funding, as well as polish his blackened reputation among lawmakers, with Manafort serving as his chief advocate. Another top client was Mobutu Seko of Zaire, renowned as the quintessential corrupt African dictator. Manafort even sought to recruit Siad Barre, the strongman of Somalia. In her book “Choosing the Hero,” Riva Levinson recalls that Manafort asked her assistance in luring Barre. When she objected on ethical grounds, the boss explained: “We all know he’s a bad guy, but he’s our bad guy!”
http://fortune.com/2016/08/15/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-paul-manafort/





Paul Manafort


So the Donald Trump campaign has essentially become a revolving door of shit at this point. Here’s what Hillary Clinton had to say about it:

" Clinton campaign press secretary Robby Mook issued a late-night statement on the bombshell in the recent New York Times detailing Donald Trump’s campaign chair Paul Manafort and his questionable dealings in Ukraine.

Mook notes that the comes just before Trump is scheduled to give a major foreign policy address Monday on what his strategy will be if he is elected as president.

“We have learned of more troubling connections between Donald Trump’s team and pro-Kremlin elements in Ukraine,” Mook said in the statement. “Given the pro-Putin policy stances adopted by Donald Trump and the recent Russian government hacking and disclosure of Democratic Party records, Donald Trump has a responsibility to disclose campaign chair Paul Manafort’s and all other campaign employees’ and advisers’ ties to Russian or pro-Kremlin entities, including whether any of Trump’s employees or advisers are currently representing and or being paid by them.”

more at: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/clinton-campaign-responds-to-shocking-revelations-about-paul-manaforts-pro-kremlin-ties/




And if there’s anything that the Trump campaign needs, it’s PR. I mean if you’re going to attack Hillary Clinton for some e-mails, what about the, I don’t know, 22 million that went missing from the Bush administration? Where’s the outrage there?

22 million RNC emails erased from a private server. I don't recall an intense scrutiny or "outrage" like Hillary is getting. And many of those, no doubt, were communications regarding the lead up to the illegal Iraq invasion.

http://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/web-video/missing-white-house-emails





But now what? When you have a campaign surrounded in turmoil, where do you go from there? Well who does Trump replace Manafort with? Well….

The problem with Paul Manafort, it turns out, was not that he was a shill for allies of the Kremlin. It’s that he tried to turn Trump into a respectable-ish general election politician. Now that Manafort has received a de facto demotion, to be replaced by Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, we can expect to see Trump drop any pretense of cleaning up his act. Instead, he’s reportedly going to amplify the combative persona and ethno-nationalist message that won him the GOP primary:

Costa adds that this “gloves off” strategy entails “brutal fights with Clinton” and “heavy emphasis on nationalism and populism.” Breitbart is, after all, the online world’s biggest cheerleader for Trump and the home of the political alt-right. Bannon, whom Bloomberg once dubbed “the most dangerous political operative in America,” once chided Fox News for being too liberal. As we barrel toward election day, it looks like the campaign has decided to let Trump be Trump.
https://newrepublic.com/minutes/136108/latest-campaign-shakeup-trump-pivoting-meaner-nastier-trump


Oh man wouldn’t American politics be so much better with a steel cage death match?





Donald Trump


Before we get started on all things Trumpenfuror this week, OMG, I love this story. So there’s a Fox News correspondent who’s claiming that Obama and Clinton are purposefully “baiting” Trump to say stupid things on a regular basis. Uh no… sorry. Trump himself says stupid things on a daily basis:

Kimberly “Kill them all” Guilfoyle regularly dives off the deep end of our fact-filled universe, is now blaming President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for all the stupid things Donald Trump says. The Trump apologist claimed Friday on Fox News’ The Five,

“It’s like the most unholy partnership of all time between the Obama Administration, Hillary Clinton, constantly making comments trying to bait Trump into saying something that will sidetrack him.”

Where to begin? First of all, what she is really complaining about is that to Trump’s ridiculous and unfounded claims, Obama and Clinton respond with reason, logic, and a whole lotta fact. Not the sort of stuff Trump wants put up against the tall tales he’s busy spinning.
http://www.politicususa.com/2016/08/13/kimberly-guilfoyle-accuses-obama-clinton-baiting-trump-stupid.html




I like that one. But I have to give props to the Donald Trump Fake Tweet Generator, which you can find at http://www.faketrumptweet.com , and you can make it say anything you want and it will come out as a Donald Trump Tweet. Like this:



Why thank you Trumpenfuror! Well Donald J. Trump – you know him as the guy who headed the reality show The Apprentice and kept Meatloaf and Gary Busey from killing each other:



By the way, if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend going to check out Seth Rogen’s hilarious new animated flick Sausage Party. *Spoiler alert* There’s a scene where a literal piece of meatloaf is singing Meatloaf’s signature song “I’ll Do Anything For Love”. That tells you all you need to know about this movie.



That one never gets old. Getting back to our possible future President Third World Dictator Donald J. Trump, you know that republicans hate this thing called “facts”. They also hate these things called “logic” and “reason”.

According to Sykes, any attempts to continue fighting back against misinformation is dismissed with complaints that he has “sold out,” adding, “Then they’ll ask what’s wrong with me for not repeating these stories that I know not to be true.”

Sykes warned “There’s got to be a reckoning on all this.”

“We’ve created this monster,” he warned. “Look, I’m a conservative talk show host. All conservative talk show hosts have basically established their brand as being contrasted with the mainstream media. So we have spent 20 years demonizing the liberal mainstream media. And by the way, a lot has been justifiable. There is real bias. But, at a certain point you wake up and you realize you have destroyed the credibility of any credible outlet out there.”

“And I feeling, to a certain extent, that we are reaping the whirlwind at that,” he continued. “And I have to look in the mirror and ask myself, ‘To what extent did I contribute?'”
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/conservative-radio-host-weve-created-this-monster-of-fact-hating-right-wing-voters/




But you know failed presidential candidate and Donald Trump speech stage prop Chris Christie it was revealed that Christie might have picked up the tab for one of Trumpenfuror’s failed business ventures – his New Jersey casino:


http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/aug/17/trump-casinos-tax-debt-was-30-million-then-christi/

By the time Chris Christie became governor of New Jersey, the state’s auditors and lawyers had been battling for several years to collect long-overdue taxes owed by the casinos founded by his friend Donald Trump.

The total, with interest, had grown to almost $30 million. The state had doggedly pursued the matter through two of the casinos’ bankruptcy cases and even accused the company led by Trump of filing false reports with state casino regulators about the amount of taxes it had paid.

But the year after Christie, a Republican, took office, the tone of the litigation shifted. The state entertained settlement offers. And in December 2011, after six years in court, the state agreed to accept just $5 million, roughly 17 cents on the dollar of what auditors said the casinos owed.

Tax authorities sometimes settle for lesser amounts to avoid the costs and risks of further litigation, legal experts said, but the steep discount granted to the Trump casinos and the relationship between the two men raise inevitable questions about special treatment.




This is my new favorite thing.

But there’s more to this thing – what did Donald Trump have to do with this mysterious letter? Did he write it? And what do we make of this? No one is Superman or Khan.

What are “astonishingly excellent” laboratory test results? I’m a doctor, and I don’t know. Is it astonishing that a 70-year-old man has normal results? All his results are exactly average which is good — but wait, I thought his tests are all positive?

And while we’re at it, doctors just don’t say “laboratory test results” that sounds like something on a soap opera.

5. Doctors don’t say “test score” — we just give the results.

The conventional way to reference PSA would be PSA 0.81 ng/ml (normal < 4 ng/ml). A test score is something that happens at the DMV.

6. How did Dr. Bornstein test Donald Trump’s strength and stamina?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-gunter/im-a-doctor-heres-concerning-trumps-medical-letter_b_11565838.html





Donald Trump


Buyer’s Remorse. That thing you get when you get really wasted, go on iTunes and then the next morning you wake up and find out you purchased 15 Bon Jovi albums including 3 greatest hits collections. I didn’t know Bon Jovi had that many albums! I just wanted to hear “You Give Love A Bad Name” because I was very poorly singing along to it at karaoke last night! Well Donald J. Trump doesn’t know that term and I don’t think the GOP does either. Look at what one pundit has been saying –first look at what he said in February of this year during the straw poll:

That’s my choice. They’re making a stand in Iowa today, and I want to do the same.

Incredibly, unbelievably, after these months of debates and speeches, it’s Trump. He’s the one. He’s who America needs.

And I think he is going to roll to victory, not just through the primaries, but in the general election as well. He’s going to take it Andrew Jackson style, in a populist rising that is as much about giving the finger to the establishment as it is about backing him.

I started out thinking he was a joke.

Having seen him play the toe-in-the-water game too many times, I thought his pretensions of a campaign were ludicrous. Back then, I wanted Mitt Romney to run again.
http://wham1180.iheart.com/onair/bob-lonsberry-3440/im-for-trump-14330733/




And then look at what he said last week – man the hypocrisy reeks here!

Donald, you dumb son of a bitch.

You've destroyed yourself, and you're about to take the rest of us down with you.

Do you understand that?

Tens of millions of Americans invested in you, not because they gave a damn about you, but because they love their country. And because you convinced them you could lead their country out of the doldrums of decay created by progressive globalists.

They bought into you. A whole political party bought into you.

And you crapped the bed.

You've gotten so stupid, so decidedly self-destructive, that it doesn't seem like an accident. It seems like you're a political suicide bomber, intent on destroying not just the Republican Party, but also the United States.
http://wham1180.iheart.com/onair/bob-lonsberry-3440/lonsberrytrump-fish-or-cut-bait-15007706/


Yes you did asshole!!! You helped create this problem! You get to fix it!



But that guy is right in that Donald Trump continues to shoot his mouth off and say things that are as batshit crazy as what came before it. Like last week for example. Can we roll tape on that?





I like that one. So here’s what happened:

Washington (CNN)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Donald Trump was being "serious" when he spoke this week about President Barack Obama being the "founder" of ISIS, saying that the GOP nominee "getting people's attention."
Speaking with "Fox News Sunday," Trump's running mate was asked to clear up whether Trump was being sarcastic, as he tweeted on Friday, or being serious, as he said multiple times throughout the week.
"I think he was being very serious," Pence said. "He was making a point that needs to be made, that there is no question that the failed policies of President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the wider Middle East, created a vacuum within Iraq in which ISIS was able to arise."
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/14/politics/mike-pence-donald-trump-isis-serious/




I am having way too much fun with this thing. But there’s more! You know who is backing Donald Trump’s controversial statements? Why if you guessed it was Israeli terrorist-ish group Hezbollah, you are correct good sir / madam! Points!

Donald Trump has apparently found an unlikely espouser of his allegation President Obama was the “founder” of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the militant Hezbollah group, said at a rally in southern Lebanon Saturday that Mr. Trump's statement, which the Republican presidential nominee has since backed away from, was was factual, reported Al-Manar, a Lebanese TV outlet.

"This is an American presidential candidate who is saying this. What he says is based on facts and documents," said Mr. Nasrallah, adding that Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were responsible for the destabilization of the region that created ISIS.
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/0815/Hezbollah-s-leader-backs-Donald-Trump-on-Obama-founding-ISIS


And of course Trumpenfuror is, like a good republican, denying that he didn’t say those things that he said – calling it “sarcasm” which I don’t think he quite gets the definition of:

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump on Friday attempted to walk back the widely criticized false claim he repeatedly made over the last two days that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were "co-founders" of ISIS -- saying he was being sarcastic.
Trump tweeted Friday morning that the media was missing his sarcasm.

"Ratings challenged @CNN reports so seriously that I call President Obama (and Clinton) "the founder" of ISIS, & MVP. THEY DON'T GET SARCASM?" Trump wrote.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/12/politics/donald-trump-obama-clinton-isis-founder-sarcasm/







Donald Trump

Can Donald Trump seriously go 5 whole minutes without making an ass of himself? I mean here he is calling for the end of the Clinton Foundation. I mean seriously what the fuck:

Donald Trump is calling for the Clinton Foundation to be “shut down immediately.”

The Republican nominee issued a statement Monday morning saying the foundation is “the most corrupt enterprise in political history.”

“Hillary Clinton is the defender of the corrupt and rigged status quo. The Clintons have spent decades as insiders lining their own pockets and taking care of donors instead of the American people. It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt enterprise in political history. What they were doing during Crooked Hillary’s time as Secretary of State was wrong then, and it is wrong now. It must be shut down immediately.”

The call comes following Republican accusations that Clinton gave foundation donors special treatment and access while she was secretary of State.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/08/22/trump-end-clinton-foundation/89094714/




If he’s going to blast the Clinton charity for doing the wrong thing, shouldn’t he be blasting a lot of charties for doing the wrong thing? I mean just this week Gabby Giffords and her anti-gun charity endorsed a republican candidate who got an A+ rating with the NRA!

The gun control group founded by Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, has endorsed two Republican Senators in tough re-election fights as it seeks to expand its outreach.

In an op-ed on CNN Monday, Americans for Responsible Solutions backed Sens. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mark Kirk of Illinois, who are both facing tough re-election races in a year in which Democrats hope to regain control of the Senate.

The two sitting Senators voted in favor of gun control proposals after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 children were killed.

“In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook, Republican Sens. Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk broke from the gun lobby and supported a bill to help prevent felons, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill from obtaining firearms at gun shows and online,” wrote Giffords and Kelly in the op-ed.

http://time.com/4461211/gun-control-pat-toomey-mark-kirk-gabby-giffords/




But you know Donald Trump isn’t the only guy on his campaign who’s hurling insults left and right. I give you the latest staff addition – Kellyanne Conway. We got a great big Conway across the USA! Come on sing it with me!

Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, claimed Sunday that the GOP presidential nominee does not personally insult people.

George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC News’ “This Week,” showed Conway a series of video clips of her attacking Trump while she was supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the primary. (Conway ran a super PAC backing Cruz’s candidacy.)

In one of the excerpts, Conway said she was not backing Trump because he “hurls personal insults.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kellyanne-conway-trump-personal-insults_us_57b9ad98e4b03d513688ea6f?section=&




Oh and guess who Donald Trump hired as his foreign policy expert? Why it’s a conservative idiot hall of famer – Michelle Bachmann!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!

Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy.

The former Minnesota congresswoman attended a fundraiser in the state for Trump on Saturday, where she revealed to the press that she has his ear on foreign policy.

“He also recognizes there is a threat around the world, not just here in Minnesota, of radical Islam,” she said, according to MPR News. “I wish our President Obama also understood the threat of radical Islam and took it seriously.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/292126-michele-bachmann-advising-trump-on-foreign-policy






Matt Drudge


Time once again to ask:



Body shaming – how is this still a thing? And also the Drudge Report – how is this still a thing? I thought Matt Drudge was scraping the bottom of the barrel during the Bush administration but nope he’s back and getting better ratings than ever. And he’s been busy age shaming Hillary Clinton:

The Drudge Report on Sunday highlighted a months-old photo of Hillary Clinton slipping on a flight of stairs to suggest that the Democratic nominee’s health may be failing.

Photos released by Reuters and Getty in late February showed two men holding Clinton by the arms after she slipped on a staircase while campaigning in South Carolina ahead of that state's primary. As CNN’s Brian Stelter noted, right-wing Twitter users began circulating the images on Saturday night, mocking Clinton’s supposed frailty with no mention of when those photos were taken.

By Sunday, a right-wing blog called The American Mirror published a post about the “SHOCK PHOTO” that called Clinton “unstable” and asked when the “mainstream media” would question the former secretary of state’s “health status.”

Drudge quickly picked up the thread that afternoon, posting the image in a splash on his site's homepage along with a link to the American Mirror story and the headline “Hillary Conquers The Stairs.” As of Monday morning, the post had been moved just below the splash. Neither the original article nor The Drudge Report had been amended to note that the photo was over six months old, or that the caption on the image said that she had simply slipped.

Instead, Drudge supplied several links to previous spills Clinton had taken, dating back to 2009.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/drudge-questions-hillary-clinton-health-old-photo




How is this different from the amount of times Ted Nugent has threatened Hillary Clinton or Harry Reid or President Obama? That seems to happen about once a year – conservatives recycle the same jokes more than most animated programs do. So this brings us to the subject of age shaming. Yes, we here at the Top 10 Conservative Idiots are guilty of it given how many times we’ve attacked Clint Eastwood and posted “get off my lawn” graphics. So what are you going to do? Fight us about it? I thought liberals were supposed to be pacifist! Well there’s more – in fact Donald Trump is so guilty of body shaming that one street artist in New York decided to protest by creating a nude statue of Trumpenfuror. And in the interest of good taste, no, we won’t show pictures.

What has been seen, the saying goes, cannot be unseen, and for Indecline, a self-professed “anarchist art collective”, that was surely the point: on Thursday, the group installed five life-size effigies of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, in five cities across the US that left nothing to the imagination.

If you have none yourself, the title helped you out. The Emperor Has No Balls, the group gleefully dubbed it, stealth-installing duplicates of the naked Trump in New York, San Francisco, Cleveland, Seattle and Los Angeles. Each lasted barely an hour before being removed, but in an era where viral image-sharing precludes the fact of actually being there, that was more than long enough. The thousands of naked Trump selfies pinging around the social mediasphere made avoiding the gruesome spectacle impossible. Naked Trump is a part of us now, a perpetual presence forever an ill-fated Google image search away.
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/aug/19/naked-donald-trump-statue-satire-ageist-body-shaming


And by the way if you don’t have a strong stomach, we here at the Top 10 do not recommend Google image searching with the safe search turned off.



But there’s more. In fact not just age shaming but body shaming as well. There’s enough of this in your news feed that it should make your stomach turn:

An ad campaign touting a new featherweight laptop from HP is being denounced by some who find its slogan to be a body-shaming insult to anyone who isn’t skinny.

“This kind of advertising promotes fatphobia and negative body image. #ShameOnYouHP,” notes body-image author and activist Virgie Tovar on Instagram, where she has a loyal following of more than 13,600.
https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/does-power-thinnest-ad-campaign-000000314.html


Um………………………………. They do realize they’re talking about laptops right?

https://www.yahoo.com/sy/ny/api/res/1.2/.yCxRagxg4wA6iC.3tDahg--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjtzbT0xO3c9NzQ0O2g9NDg3O2lsPXBsYW5l/



And that didn’t stop Fox News and the NBC Olympic coverage from asking whether or not gold medal winners should be wearing makeup when they accept their awards:

Then, there was this “Should Female Olympians Wear Makeup?” segment on Fox’s “Sports Court,” featuring former New York city detective Bo Dietl and conservative radio host Mark Simone. It was certainly interesting, especially for those of us who have always wondered what Bo Dietl thought about what we should be doing with our faces. Which, we think, is probably no one. Tamara Holder, the show’s host (who, full disclosure, is a friend), opened up the segment:
We all know the old adage ‘sex sells.’ Well now, female Olympians are sexing it up more than ever by wearing makeup during their competitions. Some say this is about empowerment. Well, really? Do women who are elite athletes need to wear makeup to feel stronger, or is it simply a fashion statement?

The segment intended to address a recent USA Today article, “The empowering reasons why female athletes are wearing makeup during the Olympics,” which, despite the eyeroll of a headline, was sort of nice and cool and had a neat story about runner Shannon Rowbury wearing red or pink lipstick as an homage to her Nonnie. Most of the women interviewed wore makeup for the same reason we wear makeup, and we are basically a Professional Feminist. They like it and think it’s a fun way to express themselves. As far as we’re concerned, this should be the end-all and be-all reason to wear makeup. And it’s all good, so long as we also work toward making sure there isn’t a mandate to wear makeup and that women who choose not to are allowed to embrace their own choice.
http://wonkette.com/605476/nbc-and-fox-news-very-concerned-about-the-cosmetic-choices-of-female-olympic-athletes#A1aYcckq6xzliyh6.99




And what does Donald Trump think of this?

”That’s because women who don’t wear makeup are the worst women. See under my watch, we'll only have the best women who wear the best makeup because that's what winners do. The stupid losers who don't wear makeup are going to be locked up in a camp, and we'll build a wall around it. Because if America is going to keep winning, it only needs the beautiful people. Look at Sweden - they win all the time, and they're represented by nothing but beautiful people. So that's how America wins - we kick the ugly stupid losers out and put only the prettiest in charge! Trump out!"



This is of course Fox News, the network headed by Roger Ailes – if the GOP were in fact the evil empire, he would be Jabba The Hutt. In fact I’m surprised he doesn’t have his own bikini clad Princess Leia tied up somewhere:

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/roger-ailes-funneled-millions-in-fox-news-funds-for-shady-firms-to-harass-his-victims-report/

The hits just keep on coming for former Fox News head Roger Ailes, with a report that he used Fox funds to run a “Black Room” operation at the company’s headquarters where investigators and public relations staffers investigated and plotted again the executive’s personal enemies.

According to Gabriel Sherman, writing for New York Magazine, an investigation is under way at Fox looking into how Ailes spent millions of dollars to settle sexual harassment lawsuits with virtually no oversight, which might have set off alarms.




That’s enough to make you ask – body shaming:




Republican Sexists


We need some appropriate music for this entry. Can we get that please?



Well you know, because this jackass claims that Paul Feig ruined our childhood. Ya know. But Milo Yiannopoulos may be permanently banned from Twitter because of harassment, but that doesn’t shut him up:

Months after he was supposed to give away more than $100,000 for college scholarships, Milo Yiannopoulos says all of the money is still sitting in his bank account.
Yiannopoulos promised in January to create a college scholarship fund for “white men who wish to pursue their post-secondary education” that would be awarded in “early summer 2016.” The fund has raised somewhere between $100,000 and $250,000 to date, Yiannopoulos told The Daily Beast via email.

But the Yiannopoulos Privilege Grant has not filed any paperwork to become a charity in the United States. When asked if an application for tax-exempt status had been sent by his lawyers to the Internal Revenue Service, Yiannopoulos said, “I’ll check.”

While the group vowed that an application page would open on the website by the spring of 2016, it has yet to appear as of this writing. The grant’s website currently states that “applications are not yet open” and “please do not write to us if you are a prospective Grant applicant.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/19/breitbart-editor-milo-yiannopoulos-takes-100-000-for-charity-gives-0.html


Now I don’t want you to think the Top 10 is all about negativity! No sir / madam! In fact we try to put a positive spin on things. To be fair, Milo won his own scholarship contest! Bravo well done!




But my favorite episode in this week in *cue reverb* NEW ADVENTURES IN REPUBLICAN SEXISM!!! One of our favorite punching bags here – Rush Limbaugh – thinks Obama is riling up America’s lesbian farmers for a hostile takeover:

Remember back in the day when wingnut hate radio wackaloon Bryan Fischer said he wished Michelle Obama would focus one of her health initiatives on solving the problem of beefy lesbians? Well apparently Michelle’s husband Bamz heard the call, so he invented a secret program to get those ladies moving, specifically on farms! Yes, Rush Limbaugh has revealed an Obama conspiracy, and it focuses on the LGBT Rural Summit, a big gay hootenanny thrown by the Department of Agriculture and the National Center For Lesbian Rights (NCLR), to support LGBT families living in rural areas. Sounds harmless enough, right? That’s because you’re not Rush Limbaugh, hallucinating because the Oxycontin ran out probably and his Dominican houseboy has been playing hard-to-get, allegedly.

Rush explained that this is all part of President Obama’s master plan to magically turn lesbians into farmers, so they can destroy rural, conservative America from the inside out, as they scream Melissa Etheridge songs at the top of their lungs through the aisles of the Home Depot, while they are buying all the things they need for their farms. How does this Free Farms For Lezzies clandestine program work, Rush?
http://wonkette.com/605735/rush-limbaugh-so-mad-obama-creating-army-of-lesbian-farmers-to-destroy-america



The Bathroom Police


Sigh… the bathroom police are back. And this time it’s not a good thing. Originally I was going to take this space to remind everyone of what happened when the DEA went against Obama’s recommendation of loosening federal restrictions on marijuana sales and usage, but as long as we’re going to repeatedly deny a group of people their rights why don’t we talk about what the GOP is doing to trans people once again?

A federal judge on Sunday blocked the Obama administration from enforcing new guidelines that were intended to expand restroom access for transgender students across the country.

Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas said in a 38-page ruling, which he said should apply nationwide, that the government had not complied with federal law when it issued “directives which contradict the existing legislative and regulatory text.”

Judge O’Connor, whom President George W. Bush nominated to the federal bench, said that not granting an injunction would put states “in the position of either maintaining their current policies in the face of the federal government’s view that they are violating the law, or changing them to comply with the guidelines and cede their authority over this issue.”

The judge’s order, in a case brought by officials from more than a dozen states, is a victory in the continuing legal battles over the restroom guidelines, which the federal government issued this year. The culture war over the rights of transgender people, and especially their right to use public bathrooms consistent with their gender identities, has emerged as an emotional cause among social conservatives.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/23/us/transgender-bathroom-access-guidelines-blocked-by-judge.html




And that’s not the only thing the bathroom police have been doing this week. In fact remember when batshit crazy lunatic fringe religious groups like Focus On The Family and the American Family Association promised to boycott Target because of their pro-trans bathroom policy (the opposite of what Jesus would do) ? Well…

Target's $20 million answer to transgender bathroom boycott

Target, facing a boycott over its policy of allowing transgender customers and employees to use the bathroom of their choice, says it will spend $20 million to expand bathroom options at all of its U.S. stores.

Target (TGT) CFO Cathy Smith said Wednesday that the company has heard objections to the transgender bathroom policy from some customers, though she said other customers had voiced support. In response, Target has decided to expand its use of a third, single-toilet bathroom at all of its stores, which can be locked by users.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/17/news/companies/target-bathroom-transgender/


Hey AFA…



But there’s still more in the war on bathrooms. In fact we go to my home state of California for this one:

A Southern California barbershop has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against the business by a transgender man who said he was denied service and told "we don't cut women's hair," local media reported on Friday.

Under the settlement filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, management of Hawleywood's Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor in Long Beach agreed to halt any future discriminatory practices and to pay the plaintiff an undisclosed amount, the Los Angeles Times reported on its website.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-barbershop-lgbt-idUSKCN10U2AP


How is this still a thing?



Although some good news last week – BYU may not be admitted to the Big 12 because of their anti-LGBT policies:

Several LGBT advocacy groups are urging the Big 12 not to admit BYU as an expansion school, according to a letter obtained by ESPN.com.

The news was first reported by FOX Sports.

In the letter, dated Aug. 8, Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization that raises LGBT awareness in sports, sent a letter to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby to express its concerns about the Big 12 candidacy of BYU, which is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/17251009/big-12-urged-lgbt-advocacy-groups-not-admit-byu-expansion-school


Excellent!

And remember when I said I would post a real sex crime every time the bathroom police felt the need to harass innocent trans people? Well they did not disappoint in our absence last week:

GOP Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva, who has held official town hall meetings at an anti-gay megachurch and who ceremoniously gave the key to the city to God (who did not attend), has been arrested on multiple charges including secretly recording a male teenager playing a game of strip poker in his bedroom at a summer camp. Sacramento’s NBC affiliate reports:

Silva, 41, was charged with eavesdropping or recording confidential communications, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to a minor and cruelty to a child by endangering health, according to court records. The incidents for which Silva is being charged happened between Aug. 5 and Aug. 9, 2015, at the Stockton Silver Lake Camp, according to the Amador County District Attorney.

The arrest stems from a September 2015 FBI investigation where Silva’s cell phone was seized by Homeland Security investigators at San Francisco International Airport as he got off a flight from China. One of the clips on Silva’s phone contained audio of several people during a strip poker game in Silva’s bedroom at the camp, the Amador County district attorney said. One of the participants was 16 years old.

Silva was arrested today at the camp where the 2015 incidents allegedly occurred. But wait there’s more: http://www.joemygod.com/2016/08/04/california-gop-mayor-arrested-recording-teens-playing-strip-poker-bedroom-video/


And this is the Mayor of Stockton!!!!




Stephen Anderson


Controversial hate church pastor Stephen Anderson is no stranger to controversy or idiocy. In fact he’s one of the original idiots that inspired the Top 10 revival. You might remember after all the shootings that took place last year that he wanted to ban rock concerts. But now, my friends, the tables have turned! Now he might actually get banned from South Africa because of his violent hate speech! Let’s explore:

Durban - The Ministry of Home Affairs appears to be dragging its heels on a decision on whether to ban anti-gay US pastor Steven Anderson from entering the country next month.

The ministry was placed on terms to make a decision on the matter last month by the South African Human Rights Commission, which sent a letter to Minister Malusi Gigaba and director general Mkuseli Apleni.
http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/kwazulu-natal/heel-dragging-on-ban-of-anti-gay-pastor-2058026


Let’s stop there. Who is complaining about Anderson? Well it’s the LGBT community of course.

The commission, which had received complaints about the visit from outraged lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities, asked the ministry to make a decision based on legislation that allows a person to be banned for being “undesirable”.

The commission received no reply to its first letter and a second was sent on August 2.

On social media, people have commented that the ministry’s handling of the Anderson complaint appears to be in contrast with the way the government dealt with several visa applications by the Dalai Lama.

While the SA government has denied that it refused the Dalai Lama’s visa applications, it has been reported that the religious leader’s trips to SA in 2009, 2012 and 2014 were cancelled after his visa application was not processed or delayed for so long that he would not have obtained a visa in time.

Anderson, who is scheduled to preach in Johannesburg on September 18 according to his church’s website, is widely known for his anti-gay sentiments on social media.




Here’s some of his greatest hits in case you’re unaware:



And:



Although even he hates whackjob conspiracy theorist Alex Jones:



But what else has the hate church pastor been up to? Well I love this story. Apparently he’s so afraid of “the gheys” that he will stoop to challenging an arm wrestling competition to prove his manliness. Any female or gay body builders or strong arm competitors out there want to take him up on the challenge? I’ll gladly start a Go Fund Me for your plane ticket out there!

Pastor Stephen Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., said in a sermon last week that he gets an email on his phone every day calling him “misogynistic.”

“What a stupid word.” he says. “This is like a new word.”

Why are people calling Pastor Anderson this “stupid” word? It might have something to do with his habit of demanding women arm wrestle him to prove their superiority.
http://fusion.net/story/334269/arizona-pastor-arm-wrestling/







Ryan Lochte


Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, LGBT and gender non conformers, let’s get in the Top 10 Mystery Machine! Come on let’s go!



That said we need some appropriate music for this. Hit it Steve!



And how great was Katy Perry’s theme song Rise? That makes me want to go out and do some international diplomacy.



That sounds like a James Bond theme doesn’t it?



Go away Trump. So the Olympics is a thing that is happening in Rio De Janeiro this week and next week, and we got to talk about this Ryan Lochte situation. This has been almost as all over the news as Donald Trump has. So this is the news as it originally broke and as we go down the wormhole it’s going to get scarier and scarier. Kind of like walking outside the Olympic village if you’re visiting Rio.

U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint while in Rio de Janeiro overnight Saturday, NBC News has confirmed.

Following conflicting reports — including the IOC denying any incident took place — Lochte himself confirmed with TODAY's Billy Bush that he and the other swimmers were robbed at gunpoint.

"We got pulled over, in the taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a police badge, no lights, no nothing just a police badge and they pulled us over," Lochte said. "They pulled out their guns, they told the other swimmers to get down on the ground — they got down on the ground. I refused, I was like we didn't do anything wrong, so — I'm not getting down on the ground.
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-rio-summer-olympics/u-s-swimmer-ryan-lochte-robbed-gunpoint-brazil-n630396


Now you might be thinking who in their right fucking mind would rob a gold medal winner at gun point? Well to answer you good sir / madam, we are going to need some appropriate music for this:



*Turns on Casey Kasem impression* It turns out, good sir / madam that Ryan Lochte wasn’t robbed at gun point at all. If you look at what has come out of this, it gets weirder and weirder. Let’s continue:

Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. Olympic swimmers lied about being robbed at gunpoint in Brazil over the weekend, according to a report.

Citing Brazilian authorities and sources in Brazil, Matt Gutman of ABC News said Thursday that Lochte and his teammates “fabricated” the robbery story after fighting with a security guard at a gas station.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/report-lochte-teammates-fabricated-robbery-story-after-fight/ar-BBvMd9o?li=BBnb7Kz


Whoa! Let’s stop there for a minute. Let’s go to the next story shall we?

“I think they’re all shaken up. There were a few of them,” Ileana Lochte told Rachel Axon of USA Today Sports. “No, they were just, they just took their wallets and basically that was it.”

Lochte’s mother said Ryan called her immediately after the incident and said it was “terrifying.” The six-time gold medalist told Ileana that he was in a cab heading to a party he had been invited to by Brazilian swimmer Thiago Pereira when the cab stopped for gas. Lochte said he and the people he was with were confronted by people who were holding guns and knives. They took the swimmer’s wallet, but he was not harm
http://larrybrownsports.com/olympics/ryan-lochtes-held-at-gunpoint-rio/317228


That’s right! He was terrified and shaken up! So why are we not sad? Well………

Gutman’s report Thursday morning appeared to contradict Lochte’s account of the alleged robbery.

Later Thursday, the gas station owner told Brazil’s O Globo news the U.S. quartet urinated on his Shell franchise’s walls in Rio’s Barra da Tijuca neighborhood at the time in question. Meanwhile, the British Daily Mail reported a security guard drew a gun at the swimmers after they drunkenly “destroyed a gas station toilet and refused to pay for the damage.” The swimmers then reportedly paid.

The video footage released by O Globo shows the four U.S. swimmers retreating into an alley on the property before returning to their taxi. At that point, someone approaches the vehicle, the swimmers get out, and they’re led to a landing outside the gas station, where they sit with their arms raised.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/report-ryan-lochte-u-s-swimmers-fabricated-armed-robbery-story-140805637.html


That’s right! Ryan Lochte and his friend busted up a gas station and were being pulled over by the police who just happens to be brandishing their guns!



But we’re still not done! The Brazillian government wants Ryan Lochte’s passport but he was too busy, oh, I don’t know fleeing the country!

RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio police said four U.S. swimmers lied about being held up at gunpoint Sunday morning.

“No robbery was committed against these athletes. They were not victims of the crimes they claimed,” Fernando Veloso, chief of civil police, said during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Police said the swimmers were confronted by security guards carrying guns after leaving a party at the French hospitality house. The latest developments in the case led to more questions and confusion about the swimmers' account of what happened when they said they were robbed at gunpoint.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/08/18/ryan-lochte-swimmers-fabricated-story-robbed-gunpoint/88946508/




And he’s apparently everything that foreigners hate about Americans:

Turns out that Hope Solo didn’t clinch the title of “Worst Person at the Olympics” after all. She only insulted her competition and former coach, moments after a heartbreaking loss.

What Lochte did is far worse. He fabricated a story to cover his own butt, and in doing so played on all the fears and stereotypes his Brazilian hosts have been trying to allay. He caused panic among the visitors. He caused an international incident.

Lochte, 34, is a four-time Olympian. What motivated him to make up such a story is beyond my - and probably your - imagination. Was he just scared of Mommy? The story started with his mother telling reporters that Lochte had told her he had been robbed.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Lochte-legacy-most-embarrassing-American-Olympian-9170745.php?t=0e8ef5f14d




And of course the internet being the internet turned Lochte’s douchebaggery into comedy:

Ryan Lochte bolted from Rio de Janeiro, leaving three U.S. Olympic swim teammates to explain to Brazilian authorities just what happened in an incident, now being debunked by authorities, in which Lochte claimed they were robbed at gunpoint.

It’s like Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve at 12:05 for the Internet.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/08/18/internet-takes-ryan-lochtes-mess-turns-it-into-memes/


My favorite one is this one:

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But why Mr. Lotche, why? And he would have got away with it too if it wasn’t for those meddling kids!

And Now This:
Kanye West Writes A Poem About McDonalds

You know we've got a bonus for you for putting up with all this madness. So Kanye West, America's foremost expert on the auto tune, opened a pop up shop for his self-proclaimed album of the year "The Life Of Pablo" which you can buy for $20 there. Which The Verge took the liberty of illustrating:

Frank Ocean finally dropped his much-anticipated album Blonde this weekend, along with a limited companion zine called Boys Don't Cry that came with some physical copies of the album. The zine features artwork from collaborators, personal essays and interviews, and a poem about McDonald's by none other than Kanye West.

Accompanying the poem are artsy shots of Kanye picking up McDonald's drive-thru in a very expensive-looking car, which, like, same. As a fellow McDonald's lover, I felt moved by Kanye's poem. So moved, in fact, that I decided to illustrate the story. You can read it as a bedtime story to your children or to yourself, if you need to be reminded of the dangerous temptation of McDonald's fries.
http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2016/8/22/12586016/kanye-west-mcdonalds-poem-frank-ocean-boys-dont-cry-zine


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And here's a video of a guy actually reading it in a McDonalds:





See you next week and hopefully in our regularly scheduled time slot!

John Oliver Exposes The Sleazy Underground World Of Used Car Loans



Top 10 Conservative Idiots #38: Wheel Of Corruption VIII: The Wrath Of Khan Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #38: Wheel Of Corruption VIII: The Wrath Of Khan Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! And no, I will not “Shazam” for more. Whatever that is. We are back in our home ladies and gentlemen! And this is the kind of audience you would get with a brand new Wednesday edition! Boy remind me never to take a week off again! Because holy fuck did I almost miss doing Top 10 style commentary on what could be the biggest cluster fuck of the Donald Trump campaign so far. And while I was putting together this edition, Donald Trump went and fucked up again, this time literally taking aim at Hillary Clinton. So this might be our biggest edition ever and I know I say that every time but bare with me. So we’re going to do something quite a bit different for this edition and that is that you guys and gals, frequent viewers of the Top 10 know that I always save the craziest thing for spot number 10 each week. And the reason I love doing that is because it gives me a chance to talk about off topic and non political stuff. But this week because the Donald Trump vs. Khan fight is the craziest story of the week, we are going to throw out our usual nonsense and dedicate all 10 slots to Donald Trump this week. That’s right – Donald Trump is taking not one, not two, not three, but all 10 slots! So to kick things off on this all Trump edition this week, we’re going to have Bill Maher explain to you why Donald Trump is the 1950s candidate of choice:



So where do we begin this week? So we’re going to bring back the wheel in order to tell of the biggest fuck up of the Donald Trump campaign so far. Donald Trump is of course taking up all 10 slots this week plus we have a bonus idiot for you. Obviously the first two slots are going to go to Donald Trump (1, 2) and his ongoing feud with the Khan family over his “support” of our fallen soldiers. Bravo, well done Trump, take a bow. Plus we have some late breaking news for you. Taking the 3rd slot, Donald Trump loses the feud between him and Mr. Khan, and is continuing to dig his own grave in the presidential race. In the number 4 slot, we’re going to show you the relationship between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan – and it’s not a very good one. In the number 5 slot we’re going to talk more random insanity surrounding the Trump campaign. At number 6 we’re going to talk about Donald Trump and his number 1 celebrity endorsement – Clint Eastwood. It seems Clint is sticking by Trumpenfuror after the whole Khan fiasco. In the number 7 slot we’re going to talk about Donald Trump’s (7) denouncement of our “pay to play” campaign finance system then announced his team of all male economic experts! At number 8 - we are going to talk about Donald Trump’s (8) wife Melania and her immigration status, among other things she might be lying about. At number 9 (NEIN!!!) I was originally going to cover Donald Trump and his sons' expensive hunting excursion to Canada, but we have to talk about this whole threatening Hillary Clinton thing. It's a fuck up too big to ignore and it cannot wait until next week. Finally this week we’re going to end on the lighter side and talk about Donald Trump (10) and the $400 million conspiracy theory, and we're also going to talk about Donald Trump and the Olympics - lots of craziness there. And we have a bonus idiot for you who’s not named Donald J. Trump. And to do this we’re going to bring back “People Who Somehow Got Elected”. And the subject? None other than Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!


Donald Trump


Come on everybody say it with me – it’s time for the: WHEEL OF CORRUPTION!!!!!

And of course if we had a bigger budget we’d have our own graphics and theme music. The wheel is back everybody!! yes just like last time I’ll talk about whatever the wheel lands on. But remember that if it lands on the Guacamole option that it costs $1.50 extra. So this week the items on the wheel will be:
- Gun Nuts
- Go Directly To Jail
- Clip Without Context
- Guacamole
- 5,000
- Poison
- Poison (The Band)
- Community Chest
- Bankrupt
- Morally Bankrupt
- Satan
- Chance
- Buy A Vowel
- Donald Trump
- My Wife
- Food
- Whammy
- A Recent Study
- Constitution
- Guns
- VR Headset
- Babies
- Late Breaking News
- People Who Somehow Got Elected
- 10,000
- How Is This Still A Thing?
- Fox News
- Rocky
- 15,000
- Star Trek
- Congress
- Memorials
- Conspiracy Theories
- Khan
- Something random in the news
- ??? (Mystery)
- Florida (Obviously)
- Infowars
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin
Let’s get going! Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! Clip without context!



Jesus… throwing veterans under the bus are you, Trumpenfuror? Well by now you should be well aware of the feud brewing between our possible future president Donald J. Trump and the family of fallen Islamic American soldier Humayun Khan, who lost his life defending America back in 2004 during a war that, as far as I last checked, is still going on! Well this is turning out to be quite the epic feud, and The Donald is firing on all fours, and well, failing big fucking time. Pass the butter.

In his first response to a searing charge from bereaved Army father Khizr Khan that he’d “sacrificed nothing” for his country, Donald Trump claimed that he had in fact sacrificed by employing “thousands and thousands of people.” He also suggested that Khan’s wife didn’t speak because she was forbidden to as a Muslim and questioned whether Khan’s words were his own.

“Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?” Trump said in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.”

On the last night of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, Gold Star father Khizr Khan, his wife Ghazala by his side, recounted to the crowd how his son was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq.

Khan also chastised Trump for seeking to ban Muslims from entering the country, saying that his son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, would not have been able to serve under a Trump presidency.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-father-fallen-soldier-ive-made-lot/story?id=41015051




So this whole thing started when Khan was invited to speak at the DNC and then denounced Donald Trump and his anti-Islamic policies. I mean if you can’t support our nation’s US-born Islamic soldiers, who can you support? Well…

Khizr Khan, who denounced Trump at the Democratic Convention, said “an ethical, moral stand has to be taken, regardless of the political costs.”

Khan, the father of Muslim-American war hero Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq, implored Republican leaders of the Senate and House to disown their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, once and for all.

Appearing in his living room with his wife on MSNBC, Khan stared unwaveringly into the camera with watery eyes and asked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): “Isn’t this time to repudiate Trump?”

“If your candidate wins and he governs the way he has campaigned, my country, this country, will have constitutional crises never before in the history of this country, and my conscience compels me under these very difficult circumstances,” Khan said. “But there is so much at stake, and I appeal to both of these leaders, this is the time. There comes a time in the history of a nation where an ethical, moral stand has to be taken regardless of the political costs. The only reason they’re not repudiating his behavior, his threat to our democracy, our decency, our foundation, is just because of political consequences.”

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/khizr-khan-paul-ryan-mitch-mcconnell_us_579c1d52e4b0693164c1726f


Holy shit. He scared Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan shitless. But we’re still not done with the first part of this clusterfuck. So now the GOP is firing on all fours *AGAINST* Khan. I mean smear campaign is a go, people!!! So who have they got as an ally? How about RNC interrupter Roger Stone?

According to former Trump campaign staffer and key confidante Roger Stone, Democratic convention speaker Khizr Khan isn’t really just a father of a fallen soldier, he’s a Muslim Brotherhood sleeper agent hellbent on protecting Hillary Clinton.

Stone tweeted his theory Sunday night.

@RogerJStoneJr Mr. Khan more than an aggrieved father of a Muslim son- he's Muslim Brotherhood agent helping Hillary http://linkis.com/shoebat.com/2016/07/amTCP

The url in Stone’s tweet links to a website run by anti-Islam pundit Walid Shoebat, and co-run by his son Theodore Shoebat. The Shoebats argue that “Khan is a Muslim plant working with the Hillary Clinton campaign, probably for the interest of Muslim oil companies as well as Muslim immigration into the U.S.”
(…)
The site even attacks Captain Humayan Khan, the decorated soldier who died serving in Iraq. “In regards to his son, many were the ‘Muslim martyrs’ who joined the US military…” they argue. “Is it likely that Khan’s son was killed before his Islamist mission was accomplished? Only another type of investigation will determine that.”
http://www.mediaite.com/online/trump-ally-capt-khans-father-is-a-muslim-brotherhood-agent-helping-hillary/


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So to follow their logic – Khan was a devout Muslim. He served in the US Army. Therefore – he And remember – this is the guy whose claim to fame was that he was in a political sex scandal working for the Bob Dole campaign! Bob Dole!!! Why is my voice getting so high?



Conservatives really love has-beens, don’t they? But here’s the really fucked up thing about all of this – in pure Donald J. Trump fashion, he didn’t just keep up with the insults hurled at Khan, he doubled down:

Republican nominee Donald Trump, facing backlash over his controversial remarks about the family of slain Army Capt. Humayun Khan, continued to aggressively push back against critics this morning.

"Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same - Nice!" Trump tweeted today in reference to an appearance that Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan, the slain soldier's parents, were making on CNN's "New Day."

Khizr Khan used the opportunity to praise his son, describing him as a "wonderful, patriotic, deliberate" person. He criticized what he said was Trump's ignorance of the Constitution and said that Trump wanted "one set of rights for himself and another set of rights for others," referring to the First Amendment.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-doubles-criticism-khan-family-blow-back-continues/story?id=41041166





Donald Trump


Spin it to win it! And it lands on……………………… KHAN!!!!!!!!!!!!





Spin it again. And it lands on, well, morally bankrupt. Which is exactly what Donald Trump is. So let’s talk about how low Donald Trump’s polling numbers are among the African American community before we get into more Khan talk.

WASHINGTON ― Rounding out one of the worst weeks in his presidential campaign, Donald Trump faces yet another sad reality. According to new NBC/Wall Street Journal polling released Thursday, only 1 percent of black voters nationally support the Republican nominee.

This is the lowest level of support ever recorded among the demographic, indicating that a sentiment already present among black voters in swing states is widespread. Trump also suffers among Hispanic voters, garnering just 26 percent of their vote, according to an Economist/YouGov poll released earlier this week.

Generating support among voters of color ― whom Trump’s rhetoric habitually alienates ― is key to winning the general election. People of color constitute nearly one-third of eligible voters, making the 2016 electorate the most diverse in U.S. history. This renders it essential for Trump to secure higher numbers of those votes in order to win. President Barack Obama won 93 percent of the black vote and 71 percent of the Hispanic vote nationally in 2012; in 2008, he won over 95 and 67 percent, respectively. The most recent Republican president, George W. Bush, won over 11 percent of African-Americans and 44 percent of Hispanics support in 2004; in 2000 he won 9 and 35 percent, respectively.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-voters-trump_us_57a4a2a1e4b021fd98784a42





So getting back into the Khan madness – no, we’re still not done. We have a lot to cover here.

In an interview today with a local ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, Donald Trump suggested that what angered critic Khizr Khan was Trump's aggressive efforts to prevent terrorists from entering the country.

"It's a very big subject for me, border security is very big. When you have radical Islamic terrorists probably all over the place, we’re allowing them to come in by the thousands and thousands. And I think that’s what bothered Mr. Khan more than anything else. And, you know, I’m not going to change my views on that. We have radical Islamic terrorists coming in that have to be stopped. We’re taking them in by the thousands.”
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-khan-was-mad-i-ll-keep-out-terrorists


Awwwwwwwwwww… Donald Trump thinks he can keep out terrorists by banning Muslims. Isn’t that special?



And it gets better – my favorite part of this whole feud has been that Trump thinks that he’s “made a lot of sacrifices”. “I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I have made the best sacrifices. Nobody makes better sacrifices than I do.”

(CNN)Donald Trump rejected a Muslim lawyer's assertion on the Democratic convention stage that the Republican nominee has "sacrificed nothing and no one."

"Who wrote that? Did Hillary's script writers write it?" Trump said in an interview with with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that will air Sunday. "I think I've made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard."

Khizr Khan, whose son Army Capt. Humayun Khan died in Baghdad in 2004, delivered one of the most powerful speeches of the Democratic National Convention. With his wife Ghazala at his side, Khan repeatedly blasted Trump's immigration proposals -- specifically those aimed at barring Muslims -- and said the billionaire businessman has "sacrificed nothing and no one."

Trump, in the ABC interview, said in response, "I've created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I've had tremendous success. I think I've done a lot."

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/30/politics/donald-trump-khizr-kahn-response/index.html


Well he certainly didn’t serve in the military. He didn’t become a self made millionaire. So what sacrifices has Donald Trump made? #Trumpsacrifices




But oh no – we’re still not done! This is getting better and better. I can talk about these stories all night, give me some butter! This is turning into an all out brawl between Khzir Khan and Trump. Round 1!

Khizr Khan on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of dodging the Vietnam War draft, and said he shouldn't have accepted a Purple Heart given to him at a rally earlier in the day, deeming it the latest sign of his inability to empathize with parents of fallen soldiers.

"You dodged the draft," Khan, a Muslim whose son was slain in the Iraq War, said of Trump to CNN's Anderson Cooper. "Put that Purple Heart back on that person's chest."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/02/politics/khizr-khan-donald-trump-purple-heart/index.html


Advantage: Khan!! Round 2:

The Twitterverse is trying to teach Donald Trump's spokeswoman Katrina Pierson a sassy history lesson.

In an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, Pierson blamed President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the 2004 death of Army Capt. Humayun Khan. However, Khan died while George W. Bush was president — four years before Obama was elected.

Now, #KatrinaPiersonHistory has been used more than 31,000 times, sarcastically claiming Obama was to blame for key moments in history.

The feud between Donald Trump and Ghazala and Khizr Khan, the parents of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, has dragged on in the days since they appeared at the Democratic National Convention and criticized the real estate mogul for “smears” of Muslims. Trump’s reactions have only led the issue to snowball as other Muslims and military groups call out Trump for what they call disrespect toward the Gold Star family.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-spokeswoman-blames-obama-for-captain-khans-death/ar-BBvb3JC?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout


Trump wins this round. Round 3!

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/31/politics/khizr-khan-donald-trump-black-soul/

Washington (CNN)Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim US soldier slain in Iraq in 2004, said Sunday that Donald Trump has a "black soul," indicating he lacks empathy and compassion.

Khan told CNN's Jim Acosta on "State of the Union" that he hopes Trump's family will "teach him some empathy."
"He is a black soul, and this is totally unfit for the leadership of this country," Khan said. "The love and affection that we have received affirms that our grief -- that our experience in this country has been correct and positive. The world is receiving us like we have never seen. They have seen the blackness of his character, of his soul."

Khan moved into the national spotlight after he pulled out a pocket copy of the Constitution during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. He said Trump would have barred his Muslim family from entering the United States.
Khan said Sunday Trump's "policy, his practices, do not reflect that he has any understanding of the basic, fundamental constitutional principles of this country."


Khan wins this round! Round 4!


The Clinton campaign became aware of Khan's story while preparing for her December speech in Minnesota. According to multiple aides, a member of Clinton's speech writing team came across a print interview where Khizr Khan described the 10 steps that his son, Humayun, took before his death.
It was immediately clear, aides said, how powerful Khan's story was.
"If you want to see the best of America," Clinton said, "you need look no further than Army Capt. Humayun Khan."
Shortly thereafter, Democratic Party representatives contacted Khizr Khan to ask if they could pay tribute to his son's memory at the party's mid-year meeting, Khan told CNN this week.
He agreed............
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/04/politics/2016-election-khizr-khan-donald-trump-muslim-ban/index.html


Khan wins! It’s a TKO!!!




Donald Trump


Spin it to win it! And it lands on………… wait for it………….. Clip without context!



Spin it again! Donald Trump. So Donald Trump lost the one-man war against Khzir Khan, and we’ve already covered this extensively, but let’s cover exactly how far he dug himself into a hole. There’s:

Donald J. Trump’s unabashed and continuing hostility toward the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier, and his attacks on Republican leaders who have rebuked him for it, threaten to shatter his uneasy alliance with the Republican Party at the outset of the general election campaign.

Ignoring the pleas of his advisers and entreaties from party leaders in Washington, Mr. Trump only dug in further on Tuesday. He told a Virginia television station that he had no regrets about his clash with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq. And in an extraordinarily provocative interview with The Washington Post, Mr. Trump declined to endorse for re-election several Republicans who had criticized him, including the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, and Senator John McCain of Arizona, who both face primaries this month.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/us/politics/donald-trump-gop.html?_r=0




And how far else has he gone? Well….

Donald J. Trump’s unabashed and continuing hostility toward the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier, and his attacks on Republican leaders who have rebuked him for it, threaten to shatter his uneasy alliance with the Republican Party at the outset of the general election campaign.

Ignoring the pleas of his advisers and entreaties from party leaders in Washington, Mr. Trump only dug in further on Tuesday. He told a Virginia television station that he had no regrets about his clash with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq. And in an extraordinarily provocative interview with The Washington Post, Mr. Trump declined to endorse for re-election several Republicans who had criticized him, including the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, and Senator John McCain of Arizona, who both face primaries this month.

He also belittled Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who had criticized his treatment of the Khans, for not being supportive of his campaign.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/us/politics/donald-trump-gop.html?_r=0


Just keep digging there, Trump. You’ll reach the bottom of the earth eventually.



There’s always that. But how does Donald Trump’s campaign feel about this?

Following a week of high-profile blunders, Donald Trump’s antics have left the chair of the Republican National Committee “apoplectic” and his own aides “suicidal,” according to several reports.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus was reportedly “apoplectic” over Trump’s bucking the party line by refusing to back House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) or Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for re-election and called several of Trump’s staffers to voice his discontent, according to NBC's Katy Tur.

A longtime ally of top Trump staffer Paul Manafort also told CNBC’s John Harwood that Manafort is “not challenging Trump anymore” and is “mailing it in,” while the campaign staff is “suicidal."

NBC News’ Peter Alexander tweeted that an anonymous source confirmed “it’s all true” about Harwood’s reporting and that the situation is “way worse than people realize.” Manafort, for his part, denied Harwood's report.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rnc-chair-trump-staff-implosion-after-week-of-blunders


Yes, the campaign is in turmoil. And they certainly don’t need Will Smith laying the smack down on Trum and his fans:

http://www.someecards.com/news/politics/will-smith-trumps-treatment-of-women/

Sixteen years into the Willennium, Earth is reckoning with the candidacy of one Donald J. Trump, and Will Smith is outraged over his treatment of women.

Making the rounds promoting his new film Suicide Squad (in case you haven't already seen the trailer before every YouTube video), Smith spoke up about the way Trump speaks about womankind.

“For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f**king insanity to me,” an emotional Smith told Australia's news.com.au.





Donald Trump


Come on spin that shit…. Stop! And it lands on……….. babies!



Oh wait, that was a clip from the hilarious 2012 Will Ferrell flick “The Campaign” (if you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend doing so!). Here’s the clip I was looking for:



You know if we’re going to kick a crying baby out of a Donald Trump rally, shouldn’t we start at least with the guy who’s speaking at the podium? Hey o!!!!



And by the way I think even Trumpenfuror has a low opinion among babies if these photos are any indication:





Spin it again! Congress. You know the funny thing about that baby clip from the Trump campaign so far? He ejected a crying baby after saying he loves babies. “The best babies come from Trump tower… I love babies!!!”. So what about another big baby in government? I’m of course talking about House speaker and current stand-in for White Goodman in the Dodgeball sequel, Paul Ryan. So did Paul Ryan endorse Donald J. Trump for president and did Donald J. Trump endorse Paul Ryan in his reelection bid, or did neither of these things happen?

Donald Trump is refusing to back House Speaker Paul Ryan in his upcoming primary election, saying that he is “not quite there yet” in endorsing his party’s top-ranking elected official, the Washington Post reports.

In fact, Trump praised Ryan’s underdog opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running “a very good campaign.”

Said Trump: “I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”

https://politicalwire.com/2016/08/02/trump-refuses-to-support-ryan-in-primary/


But Donald Trump didn’t endorse Paul Ryan in his reelection bid! In fact there’s far more to this than it may seem:

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump is testing just how far he can push his unconventional campaign without wrecking it.
The Republican nominee shattered traditional political boundaries Tuesday when he told The Washington Post he isn't backing House Speaker Paul Ryan or Sen. John McCain as they face primary challenges. The two leading Republicans seemingly angered Trump with their denunciation of his criticism of the family of a slain Muslim US soldier.

Trump's comments -- delivered to a newspaper he's banned from attending his events since mid-June -- capped a bizarre day on the campaign trail that also included asking for a crying baby to be removed from a rally and causing a stir over Purple Heart recipients.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/03/politics/donald-trump-paul-ryan-john-mccain-election-2016/




And we’re still not done yet. Why yes Donald Trump does indeed think that the former head of the CIA is a – and I’m quoting – “Clinton – Obama pawn”.

After former CIA head Mike Morell endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in an op-ed and accused Donald Trump of being an unwitting agent of the Russians, Trump hit back in a statement denouncing Morell as just another Clinton pawn.

“Hillary Clinton and President Obama bear the direct responsibility of destabilizing the Middle East, having let ISIS take firm hold and Iraq, Libya and Syria, not to mention their allowing Americans to be slaughtered at Benghazi,” Trump began.

“Clinton’s home email server that she lied to the American people about was a profound national security risk, and it should come as no surprise that her campaign would push out another Obama-Clinton pawn (who is not independent) to try to change the subject in a week when Clinton’s role in putting Iran on the path to nuclear weapons and this Administration’s being called out for sending $400 million in cash to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism is on every front page in the country,” he continued.

“Hillary Clinton has bad judgment and is unfit to serve as president,” Trump concluded simply.
http://www.mediaite.com/election-2016/trump-hits-back-at-former-cia-chief-mike-morell-another-obama-clinton-pawn/


Wow, the guy who has literally been calling just about everyone and everything names, said horrible shit about the family of a deceased soldier, is calling Hillary “unfit to serve”?




Donald Trump


Spin that shit! Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy stop! Wow, another clip without context! Steve?



Detroit Rock Titties!




Spin it again. Donald Trump. So one question that hasn’t been asked yet of supporters of possible future president Donald J. Trump – why do you not care about the facts? Well the Washington Post has some answers:

How did Donald Trump win the Republican nomination, despite clear evidence that he had misrepresented or falsified key issues throughout the campaign? Social scientists have some intriguing explanations for why people persist in misjudgments despite strong contrary evidence.

Trump is a vivid and, to his critics, a frightening present-day illustration of this perception problem. But it has been studied carefully by researchers for more than 30 years. Basically, the studies show that attempts to refute false information often backfire and lead people to hold on to their misperceptions even more strongly.

This literature about misperception was lucidly summarized by Christopher Graves, the global chairman of Ogilvy Public Relations, in a February 2015 article in the Harvard Business Review, months before Trump surfaced as a candidate. Graves is now writing a book about his research at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-facts-dont-matter-to-trumps-supporters/2016/08/04/924ece4a-5a78-11e6-831d-0324760ca856_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory




And we’re still not done with all the crazy stuff Donald J. Trump has been doing in the last week. I mean there’s nothing wrong with the Constitution right? I mean it’s the US Constitution! It’s the document that makes us, us! Well Donald J. Trump won’t have any of it:

Portland, Maine (CNN)A group of protesters at Donald Trump's rally here on Thursday stood up silently during the Republican nominee's speech and held up pocket copies of the Constitution.

They were quickly ejected by campaign staffers and drew fierce boos and jeers from the roughly 1,800 Trump supporters packed into the auditorium, the capacity of the venue.

The seven protesters held up pocket copies of the Constitution issued by the American Civil Liberties Union. It was not immediately clear whether the demonstrators were affiliated with a particular organization.

The ACLU responded on Twitter, saying: "Glad to see people are standing up for constitutional principles using their ACLU pocket Constitutions!"
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/04/politics/donald-trump-protests-constitution/




But for those wondering about Donald Trump and the Constitution, why yes he does in fact hate free speech! Just like a good wannabe dictator should!

Voters on the political right finally believe they have found their weapon in beating back a scourge of social justice both online and in demonstrations across the country, and they believe that weapon is Donald Trump. To hear it told, the brash, supposedly un-PC outsider is just the ticket that conservatives need if they are to restore balance to the societal scale and end the shame-based culture of social justice. But a closer look at Donald Trump’s actions and words clearly show a disturbing pattern: Not only is he a long way from being the proud free-speech activist he claims to be, but he is in fact the most politically correct candidate running for the presidency in 2016.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432848/donald-trump-opposes-free-speech-pc-left


That is some scary shit there. Yes Donald Trump has a right to say what he says, but is there such a thing as going too far?



But getting back to pocket constitutions – you know these are the same things that the Bundy bunch carried around with them when they declared themselves above the law. In fact there’s more to this than you might think. And of course just like everyone else Trumpenfuror doesn’t agree with, he had them removed:

Hillary Clinton also had to deal with protesters while stumping.

Donald Trump was interrupted numerous times on Thursday while stumping in Portland, Maine.

A group of people were removed from the event, all holding pocket Constitutions, a nod to the now-iconic moment by the father of a fallen U.S. soldier who spoke during the Democratic National Convention, blasting Trump for his anti-immigration rhetoric.

It appears at one point, one of the protesters had a whistle. The protesters were booed and called "traitors" as they were removed.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/protesters-pocket-constitutions-removed-donald-917336


And then this is my favorite part - Donald Trump says he would "absolutely debate Hillary Clinton" but he has conditions. And they're the best conditions. Nobody has better conditions than he does.

Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will commit to three debates this fall with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, but may try to re-negotiate the terms that have been agreed upon by a bipartisan commission.

“I will absolutely do three debates,” Trump told TIME in a phone interview. “I want to debate very badly. But I have to see the conditions.”

“I renegotiated the debates in the primaries, remember? They were making a fortune on them and they had us in for three and a half hours and I said that’s ridiculous,” Trump said. “I’m sure they’ll be open to any suggestions I have, because I think they’ll be very fair suggestions. But I haven’t yet. They’re actually presented to me tonight.”

Read more: http://time.com/4445182/donald-trump-debate-terms/





Donald Trump


Spin it again! Cool, I get a bonus spin. And it lands on………… memorials. Damn. You know folks I have to pay my respects to one of the greats that we lost this last week. What has to be one of my favorite movies of all time – the Big Lebowski. RIP David Huddleston.

Huddleston, who portrayed another blowhard — Mayor Olsen Johnson, one of the many Johnsons in town — in the Mel Brooks comedy classic Blazing Saddles (1974), died Tuesday of heart and kidney disease in Santa Fe, N.M., his wife Sarah told The Hollywood Reporter.

In The Big Lebowski, inspired by the noirish work of Raymond Chandler, Huddleston played a multimillionaire (or so he appeared) who shared the last name of the film's protagonist, the hippie Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges). Julianne Moore portrayed his daughter.

In a career of more than 60 films, his breakthrough role came as a vicious gang leader with a sense of humor in Robert Benton’s directorial debut, the Civil War-set Bad Company (1972), which also starred Bridges.

Read more: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/david-huddleston-dead-big-lebowski-917418


If you haven’t seen the Big Lebowski it’s easily one of the best movies of the last 20 years. If you have seen it go rewatch it. What are you waiting for? Stop viewing my nonsense. Go watch a great movie and remember a great character actor. I’ll sit here and play Angry Birds while I wait.



Spin it again! Morally bankrupt. You know Donald Trump just can’t stop provoking Hillary Clinton, and every time he does he loses. So who is endorsing Donald Trump with a fiery fury like no other? Why it’s Mr. Dirty Harry himself – Clint “Empty Chair” Eastwood!

NEW YORK — Clint Eastwood has stopped short of endorsing Donald Trump, but in an interview in Esquire magazine he praised the Republican presidential candidate for being “on to something.”

In the interview posted online Wednesday, the actor-director hailed Trump as a foe of political correctness and lamented what he called “the kiss-ass generation.”

“Everybody’s walking on eggshells,” said Eastwood, 86. “We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”
http://time.com/4438268/clint-eastwood-donald-trump-2016-election/?xid=homepage


Yes! The “Get Off My Lawn” guy doesn’t see racism. I mean it’s black and white folks. I mean… bad choice of words. I mean… um… shit!



But what is Donald Trump onto? He wasn’t exactly clear about that. And of course rather than apologize, he says “get the fuck over it”!

Clint Eastwood thinks America’s “pussy generation” needs to “just f–ing get over” Donald Trump’s “racism.”

In an interview with Esquire published Wednesday, the actor/director/producer said young America — which he has dubbed both the “kiss-ass” and “pussy” generation — needs to stop throwing the word “racist” around so freely.

“ onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up,” he said. “We’re really in a pussy generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.”
http://www.thewrap.com/clint-eastwood-donald-trump-racism/


And the Khans were exploited at DNC:

Clint Eastwood, who spurred a social media storm with comments during his interview with Esquire magazine, says the grieving military family featured during the Democratic National Convention and then embroiled in a war of words with Donald Trump was “exploited” by the DNC.

“What do I care?” Eastwood said when a cameraman caught up with him after the social media firestorm and asked if he feared young people would stay away from his movies.
http://buzz.blog.ajc.com/2016/08/04/clint-eastwood-says-grieving-military-family-was-exploited-at-dnc/





Donald Trump


Spin it to win it! And it lands on…………… Chance! Let’s draw a card shall we?



Cool. I’ve been elected chairman of the board of directors. I may have to pay each of you $50, but I get that big $7,000,000 annual salary! And if I fuck up I get to leave the company with a $63,000,000 bonus and lifetime benefits like use of the private jet!



Damn. Spin it again! Donald Trump! Wait, didn’t we already do Donald Trump already? Is the wheel broken? Can we get my team out here to fix it again? I’ll wait.



OK we’re back! Well it is a wheel, it only has a finite number of items on it. So Donald Trump recently unveiled his all male economic team. Anyone remember that movie Dodgeball when they decide to hold a fundraising car wash and get crushed when some hot girls hold their own car wash across the street? I mean yeah this is kind of like that.

Donald Trump's campaign on Friday announced more than a dozen members of the Republican nominee's all-male economic advisory team, including several prominent real-estate investors, hedge-fund managers and bankers.

Names on the list, which the Trump campaign boasted as having "unparalleled experience and success in business" include Steve Roth, the founder and chairman of Vornado Realty Trust; oil and gas tycoon Harold Hamm; Vector Group President and CEO Howard Lorber; Steven Mnuchin, Trump's national finance director and chairman/CEO of Dune Capital; top fundraiser Tom Barrack, the founder and chief executive at Colony Capital; Stephen M. Calk, chairman and CEO of The Federal Savings Bank; John Paulson, president and CEO of investment firm Paulson & Co.; Andy Beal, a banker, businessman and poker player; and Steve Feinberg, co-founder and CEO of Cerberus Capital Management.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-economic-advisory-team-226709





And of course as you may have guessed they are his biggest donors:

After spending months scolding his rivals for being beholden to their financial backers, Donald Trump unveiled an economic advisory council last week — and filled it with some of his biggest donors.

Of the 13 men — and they are all men — that Trump touted as economic advisers for their “unparalleled experience and success,” five are major donors whose families combined to give Trump’s campaign and his joint fundraising account with the Republican Party more than $2 million. Two more have been pursued for campaign contributions.
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Among those Trump tapped for his economic advisory council is Steven Mnuchin, who, as Trump’s national finance director, is the point man for soliciting campaign cash across the nation. Mnuchin gave Trump $425,000 at the end of June. Others big donors on Trump’s economic advisory team include:

— Stephen Feinberg, co-founder and CEO of Cerberus Capital Management, who contributed $339,400 to Trump Victory, the Republican’s nominee joint fundraising account with the national and state Republican parties. Feinberg's wife gave another $339,400.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trumps-economic-advisers-are-also-his-biggest-donors-226758


And in case you were wondering, why yes, Donald Trump’s economic advisors are the same group who ruined Kansas’ economy:

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/trumps-economic-team-is-loaded-with-the-same-tea-party-cranks-who-destroyed-kansas-economy/

By now, we all know that Governor Sam Brownback’s Tea Party “experiment” in Kansas has been an abject failure.

Actually, scratch that: There is someone who still thinks Brownback’s Kansas disaster has been a smashing success, and he happens to be a Heritage Foundation economist who is one of Donald Trump’s top economic advisers.

As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities documents, top Trump economics adviser Stephen Moore has been instrument






Donald Trump


Entering the spin zone! Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. Rocky! It seems nobody likes cold blooded murderers like George Zimmerman and Dylan Roof. So this happened:

The man who said he shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense said he was punched in the face while he was talking to people at a restaurant in Sanford over the weekend.

George Zimmerman called 911 after a man accusing him of bragging about the fatal shooting punched him in the face, authorities said.
http://www.wftv.com/news/officials-george-zimmerman-punched-in-face-for-allegedly-bragging-about-killing-trayvon-martin/417278308


And in this corner:

The hate-filled racist accused of slaughtering nine black parishioners in a South Carolina church last year was roughed up Thursday in a jail bathroom, officials said.

Dylann Roof, who is white, was sucker-punched in the shower by a black inmate inside the Charleston County Detention Center around 7:45 a.m., according to Sheriff Al Cannon..
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dylann-roof-assaulted-inmate-charleston-jail-article-1.2738424





Spin it again! My wife.



More specifically – Donald Trump’s wife. Melania. Who you know was caught plagiarizing and rick rolling the crowd at the RNC.



And who did they blame it on? Well specifically they blamed it on longtime speech writer Merideth McIver. Well, the good folks at Twitter found out that – wait for it – Merideth McIver doesn’t exist. Yay!!!!

http://www.dailynewsbin.com/news/twitter-suspends-account-of-melania-trump-speechwriter-meredith-mciver-who-probably-isnt-a-real-person/25566/

Days after Melania Trump gave a Republican National Convention speech which was plagiarized from an eight year old Michelle Obama speech, the Trump Organization laid the blame on her longtime speechwriter Meredith McIver. The trouble: no such person appeared to exist. Various pages depicting her life were discovered to have only been created after she was assigned the blame for the plagiarism, including a Twitter account which she primarily used to keep insisting that she was in fact a real person. But it appears that Twitter’s management has ultimately reached the opposite conclusion, suspending the account in question.




But that isn’t the only thing Mrs. Trump has been lying about. In fact she lies about everything and anything. Like what about the college she claims to have graduated from?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/melania-trump-college-claims_us_578dd95ce4b0c53d5cfac0dc?section=

Her bio on her professional site says she graduated, her biographers and wiki page says she didn't. Sounds like some major inconsistencies surfacing here.

-----my own take:

There is a growing contention that Mrs. Trump is lying about having completed college in Slovenia.

If this is true that means that a presidential candidate himself, Donald J. Trump, is most certainly involved in knowingly perpetuating that lie to the public.




Or what about her immigration status? Donald Trump’s arch nemesis Univision dropped a bombshell that Melania might not be a full naturalized immigrant:

Melania Trump told Larry King in an interview in 2005 that she had never been married before her nuptials to Donald Trump, but that doesn’t seem to be the whole story. An immigration attorney who works for the Trump Organization, Michael Wildes, who now backs that story, told Univision’s investigative unit that Melania had obtained a green card in 2001 “based on marriage.”

Wildes’s role in the Trump Organization as an immigration attorney was to ensure the legal entry into the United States of contestants in the Miss Universe pageant as well as models who worked for the Trump Organization. Univision confirms that they were told by Wildes that Melania’s green card had been secured on the basis of marriage to a U.S. citizen a full four years before she married the business mogul on January 22, 2005.

http://bipartisanreport.com/2016/08/06/breaking-univision-releases-devastating-melania-trump-green-card-bombshell-details/




But what’s even stranger is Melania isn’t providing specifics:

In the piece published Thursday morning, Politico pointed to interviews Trump gave describing the immigration process she used while working as a model in the U.S. before obtaining a green card. Trump described returning to her home country Slovenia every few months to have her visa stamped. Immigration lawyers pointed out that the process she described resembled that used by foreign nationals on a tourist visa, which does not permit them to work in the U.S. The most common visa granted to immigrants permitted to work in the U.S. is valid for three years and does not require visits back to one's home country every fews months to be re-stamped. There is a less common workers' visa that permits holders stay in the United States for up to three years, but that is typically granted only to workers at the upper echelons of their field and at the time in question, Trump was a low-level catalog model.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/melania-trump-immigration-response





Donald Trump


Spin that shit! And it lands on…………. Clip Without Context! Man there are a lot of these this week!



Because when one goes to a theme park that’s a giant replica of Noah’s Ark, the last thing they are looking for is logic and reason. Spin it again! How is this still a thing?



Big game hunting – how is this still a thing? Remember last year when that dentist killed Cecil The Lion and all the outrage there? Or how about that veterinarian who killed a feral cat with a bow and arrow and posted it on Facebook? Or when NRA board member Ted Nugent channeled his inner Rambo and mowed down pigs with a high powered automatic rifle from a helicopter? Well now Donald Trump and his sons are going to Canada to shoot animals for sport.

In the heat of the campaign – and during a particularly brutal week for their father — Donald Trump’s two sons suddenly disappeared. Donald Jr. and Eric, according to reports, left the country on a hunting trip.

Beyond that, curiously little is known. Bloomberg Politics reported that the trip was a fundraiser for a foundation run by family members of Tyrone Woods, a Navy SEAL slain in the Benghazi, Libya, attack. Various political reporters heard that they fled to the Yukon, a favorite hunting location of Donald Jr. He then posted an Instagram photo of himself with his son, which showed them in Canada for a “Father son trip” — but in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/08/06/the-trump-sons-go-hunting-again-will-more-trophy-photos-follow/


Oh shit!!! I'm being told we have some late breaking news to report! Let's go to that shall we?





Thanks NY Daily News, for saying what we're all thinking. What did Donald Trump imply in this clip?





Donald Trump on Tuesday warned his supporters that if Hillary Clinton were elected president and appointed members to the Supreme Court, there was nothing anyone could do about it – but then added that, given the Second Amendment, maybe there was.

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said at a Wilmington, N.C., rally with a shrug. “Although: the Second Amendment, people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”

What Trump was actually suggesting was not clear. However his veterans affairs adviser found himself in hot water when he said that Clinton should face a firing squad over her use of a private email server.

Trump’s campaign did not respond to queries about his remark, but at least one person attending the rally appeared to sense the comment was out of bounds.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-clinton-shoot_us_57aa2f6de4b0ba7ed23dd652


Holy fucking shit. He went there. And of course Mike Pence is pulling the "Move along, nothing to see here" card:

When asked about how he felt about Donald Trump's comments that “Second Amendment people” might be able to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court judges, Mike Pence jumped to his running mate's defense and denied that Trump meant the comments as a threat.

Shortly after Trump made those comments Tuesday at a rally in North Carolina, Pence joined other Trump surrogates trying to walk them back following his own campaign event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/pence-trump-second-amendment-comment




But Trump supporters think it's just fine and dandy that Donald Trump actually called on his supporters to murder Hillary Clinton. And then there's of course Rudy Guiliani. Wait, this guy is still around? And yes he is shooting his mouth off:

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday blamed the media for misinterpreting Donald Trump’s incendiary remarks about the ability of “Second Amendment people” to take action against Hillary Clinton.

"What he said very clearly was that if Hillary Clinton were elected president, she would get to appoint judges to the Supreme Court, and among the other things that they would do to destroy us, would be to do away with the Second Amendment and your right to bear arms," Giuliani said while introducing Trump at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. "Now, is there anybody here that doubts that?" he asked the audience.

"And then he said, 'And you have the power to do something about it,'” Giuliani went on. “And what he meant by that was you have the power to vote against her. You have the power to campaign against her. You have the power to speak against her. You know why, because you're Americans."
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/giuliani-blames-media-spin-trump-second-amendment-comment




But there's still more:

You know, The Line, the one that He, Trump has to cross before the entire Republican Party, not to mention a good portion of the human race, finds him too revolting for their delicate stomachs? What say you, Paul Ryan? Is that the line? John McCain? Mitch McConnell? All you clowns in the tricorns and the Watering The Tree Of Liberty tank tops? What say you all? Do you stand by this?

How about the elite political press? Is this enough to push you over the line to admitting every day in your coverage that this is not a normal election because the Republican Party has nominated a public sociopath for President of the United States? Once, while contemplating the re-election of Richard Nixon, the late Dr. Thompson once wrote this, and it might be the best single paragraph of political journalism anyone ever wrote:
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a47492/trump-hillary-assassination/




And more - Donald Trump is literally playing with fire here, folks!

People are playing with fire here, and there is no bigger flamethrower than Donald Trump. Forget politics; he is a disgusting human being. His children should be ashamed of him. I only pray that he is not simply defeated, but that he loses all 50 states so that the message goes out across the land — unambiguously, loud and clear: The likes of you should never come this way again.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/opinion/trumps-ambiguous-wink-wink-to-second-amendment-people.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region


Even the great Dan Rather has denounced Trumpenfuror, and this is a great comment:

"No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today.

When he suggested that "The Second Amendment People" can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?
https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10157249295185716


Well said. And even his own people think he's gone too far:

Donald Trump must end his campaign for the White House in a reckoning with his own madness, while praying that nothing comes of his musing about an assassination of Hillary Clinton.

In the event that Trump fails to abandon his candidacy — as he seems determined to — the Republican Party, including vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, must instead abandon Trump for toying with political bloodshed.
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/trump-hinting-assassination-article-1.2744789






Donald Trump


Let’s spin the wheel one last time this week. And it lands on… conspiracy theories. You know what? We need some proper music for this entry.



Ah much better. So you know about Donald Trump and his insane theory about Russian airliners sending $400 million in US money to Iran right? Well turns out that didn’t happen and Donald Trump might have been making this up the whole time.

Donald Trump is ripping into Hillary Clinton anew over news that the United States government covertly sent $400 million to Iran in January that coincided with the release of four American prisoners, although President Barack Obama's administration has hit back at any notion of a quid pro quo.

"Our incompetent Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was the one who started talks to give 400 million dollars, in cash, to Iran. Scandal!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, following a Wall Street Journal report published Tuesday evening that cited U.S. and European officials, as well as congressional staff briefed on the details of the operation after the fact. As former secretary of state, Clinton has claimed credit for bringing Iran to the bargaining table through sanctions.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/iran-400-million-payment-trump-clinton-226605




I like that one. But it gets better!

One of the key Republican talking points this week has been the widely-debunked notion that a $400 million payment to Iran was a “ransom” to secure the release of hostages, when it was actually a repayment of funds that have been in dispute since 1979. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump placed himself at the center of that story by repeatedly claiming he had seen video of the cash transfer, which he was finally forced to admit did not exist.

At a rally in New Hampshire Saturday, Trump revived the story, and instead of hewing to the Republican talking point that Iran would use the money to fund terrorism, Trump decided, for some reason, to say the opposite:
http://www.mediaite.com/online/donald-trump-weirdly-insists-iran-wont-use-most-of-400-million-ransom-for-terrorism/


That’s right, he is insisting on this. But I can’t quite find the right words to describe how batshit crazy this is. Donald Trump is one candidate who simply defies logic.



Let’s switch subjects and talk about Donald Trump and the Olympics. “Under my watch, America is going to keep winning. We produce the best winners. Nobody produces better winners than we do. There will be no stupid losers here in America”. But what was he doing watching the Mexican pole vaulting team?

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Friday mocked Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, joking that the businessman is worried about Olympians pole vaulting over.

"I hear that Donald Trump is watching the Olympics tonight. He's seeing how high the Mexican pole vaulters go," Johnson quipped an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal.

A central proposal of the GOP nominee's campaign involves building a wall along the southern border and deporting those in the country illegally.
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/290625-gary-johnson-trump-watching-olympics-to-see-how-high




And I normally don’t post satire articles but I love this one:

Psychiatric facilities across the United States are at breaking point after the number of people claiming to be sent from the future to stop Donald Trump reached epidemic proportions.

New research has shown that every ten minutes someone claiming to the from the future sent back to save humanity is admitted to a hospital somewhere in the US.
http://newsthump.com/2016/03/03/psychiatric-hospitals-filling-up-with-time-travellers-sent-back-to-kill-donald-trump/



But then there’s this. And I shit you not. This is how Donald Trump is supporting the US Olympic team in Rio during the games these next two weeks:

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump wished the US Olympic team good luck on Friday -- and may have cleared up a "bigly" debate in the process.
On the night of the 2016 Olympics' opening ceremonies in Rio, Trump posted an image of himself to Twitter and Facebook, giving a thumbs-up with the words "Big League" and "Good Luck Team USA" overlaid.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/06/politics/donald-trump-bigly-big-league-olympics/


And yes Trump posted a picture of himself – and I am not making this up – in the exact way you would expect a third world dictator to greet his Olympic team. Can we throw that up there?




Bonus Idiot:
Mitch McConnell


Spin the wheel one last time this week. People Who Somehow Got Elected. Hit it!



And now it’s time for another edition of “People Who Somehow Got Elected”. This week – Kentucky senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- NRA). You know it’s nice to know that in an era when gun violence is at an all time high, that the guy in charge of the Senate majority is a paid shill for the gun lobby:

Supreme Court justices are nominated by the president and appointed with the advice and consent of the National Rifle Association, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell offered this unusual view of the confirmation process during an interview with Fox News Sunday. In response to a question from host Chris Wallace, who asked if Senate Republicans would consider the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court after the election if Hillary Clinton prevails, McConnell responded that he “can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association the National Federation of Independent Businesses.”
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/03/20/3761908/mcconnell-no-new-supreme-court-justice-until-the-nra-approves-of-the-nominee/


Yes. He would let the NRA pick the nominee for the next SCOTUS justice. You know, the people who, I don’t know, decide the supreme law of the land! The NRA. The organization that would have this guy as a member of their board of directors. You know this guy:







Yes that’s NRA board member Ted Nugent, the guy who was just shown threatening the president and Hillary multiple times over. In fact if you go back to Idiots #12, we pointed out that Ted Nugent has a ridiculously long history of threatening to kill Obama, Hillary, and anyone else he doesn’t agree with. If Mitch McConnell gets his way, this man would have to approve of the next appointee to the Supreme Court. In fact Nugent’s rhetoric against Obama and Clinton is so toxic that it even inspired this man to take action and it led to his arrest:



But this whole thing is really pissing people off like Elizabeth Warren, who’s had enough of McConnell’s madness.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) accused Republicans of pure political obstruction of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees Wednesday, prompting a shrug from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who objected to her attempt to expedite 15 long-stalled appointees.

Warren took to the Senate floor in the afternoon seeking unanimous consent to bring up all the noncontroversial judges who have passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, but have not received votes on the Senate floor.

Pointing to a report she released Monday, the Massachusetts senator noted that Republicans have been approving nominees at a glacial pace since taking over the Senate in 2014, approving just 18 judges in this Congress. Judicial vacancies have skyrocketed from 43 to 89.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/warren-hits-petty-absurd-mcconnell-behavior_us_




In fact McConnell has blocked every single one of Obama’s attempted appointees. Prompting the Washington Post to do some fact checking:

The Washington Post’s editorial board criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) “patently ridiculous” claim that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is ideologically extreme.

Since Garland’s nomination in March, groups like the Judicial Crisis Network, the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Rifle Association have made numerous false and misleading claims about Garland’s record to portray him as ideologically extreme. In fact, conservatives have praised Garland for years and multiple prominent conservative lawyers have announced their support for Garland’s nomination.
http://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/06/06/wash-post-debunks-mitch-mcconnell-s-absurd-claim-merrick-garland-ideologically-extreme/210740




But the really sad thing? This isn’t the first time Senator Warren has called McConnell out for his nonsense. In fact in 2005, the republicans when Bush was appointing SCOTUS justices, the republicans brought up that Bush must be supported in his decision:

Senator Warren said in a statement, "Senator McConnell is right that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. In fact, they did - when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes."

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he would lead Republicans in obstructing President Obama yet again, this time by leading his party to abdicate their Constitutional duties, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reminded McConnell that President Obama’s will is the will of the people and that he won by five million votes.

Then Warren proceeded to remind McConnell about that thing Republicans are always claiming to worship – the Constitution, specifically Article II, “Article II Section 2 of the Constitution says the President of the United States nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate.”

Wait for it… “I can’t find a clause that says ‘…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President.'”

The next time a Republican waves their pocket version of the Constitution around as they drone on about the debt as an excuse for why they have not shown up to work for weeks, someone ought to remind them that they can’t pick and choose what works for them from the Constitution like they do from the Bible.
http://www.politicususa.com/2016/02/14/elizabeth-warren-reminds-mcconnell-pres-obama-won-million-votes.html


In fact members of his own party asked him to step down:

A tea party-affiliated group is urging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bow out of his reelection bid next year against Democratic rival Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, citing concerns with the longtime senator's electability.

Matt Hoskins, the Senate Conservatives Fund's executive director, told the Washington Post Tuesday that McConnell isn't a strong enough candidate to face off against Grimes and that it may be time for him to "pass the torch."
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/mitch-mcconnell-tea-party_n_3536897.html?utm_hp_ref=politics


The fact that McConnell has to frequently be reminded of that document he claims we should support verbatim, is very sad. And you know what? Despite failing poll numbers, McConnell was elected to the senate anyway – for a fourth term! Bravo, well done Kentucky! And is it me or does Mitch McConnell remind me of the asshole heckler from Happy Gilmore? You will not fill this seat, jackass!!

McConnell has promised to shut down any and all discussion of filling the vacancy, even after President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, a very well qualified judge with years of deep bipartisan support.

Back in March, McConnell’s penchant for obstruction earned him the title of most hated political figure in America according to Public Policy Polling.

On Saturday, McConnell spoke at an event in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, where he declared:
“One of my proudest moments" was when I told Obama "you will not fill this Supreme Court
http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/politics/mcconnell-one-of-my-proudest-moments-was-telling-obama-i-wouldnt-do-my-job-now-video/




That’s Mitch McConnell – another one of the:



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John Oliver Exposes The Sad State Of Modern Journalism & The End Of Newspapers



Is John Oliver a journalist? The Last Week Tonight host has rejected the label in the past, but as he showed on Sunday night, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have strong opinions about the state of journalism in 2016. Sure, we may idolize reporters in movies like Spotlight, but that hasn’t stopped the steady decline of newspapers over the past decade. After all, a lot of our news—and even the material for Oliver’s own segments—comes from these sources, even if we get that information through a third party like “Facebook, Google, Twitter, or Arianna Huffington’s Blockquote Junction and Book Excerpt Clearinghouse.”

When print newspapers’ standards are jeopardized by staff cuts or in making the switch to digital, Oliver argues, we all suffer for it, and not just because that results in content-churners like Tronc. Publications can become vulnerable to dubious buyers, like casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal, or to silly mistakes, like the Boston Globe’s “investifarted” tweet. Most importantly, they can stop investigating the local issues that so desperately need to be monitored to prevent corruption.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/08/08/john_oliver_remade_spotlight_to_show_newspapers_in_the_age_of_online_journalism.html



Couple Sponsors Boy Through World Vision For Decades. They Went To Find Said Boy. They Got Scammed.

“We want to know: Who took the photo? What was their aim?” asked Othman’s uncle Abdul-Hamid Sabateen, a chicken farmer in Husan, a Palestinian village on the outskirts of Bethlehem.

I had come to Husan to find Othman after a chance meeting with an Australian police officer months before. I was lost in Sydney’s airport, and he helped me find the departure gate. On the way, I mentioned my work as a journalist in the Middle East, and the officer — who is 44 and spoke on the condition that he be identified only by his first name, Brendan, because of his work — said he had been interested in the Palestinian cause since he was a teenager.

Brendan told me that in 2003 he had signed up to “sponsor” Othman through World Vision, a Christian charity whose website highlights faces and biographies of children from impoverished places around the world, saying that $39 a month can “change a child’s world for good.”

Over the next five years, Brendan said, he sent at least $1,100, along with Christmas and Easter cards, photographs and letters for Othman. He never got any response from the boy, and always wondered what had become of him. He did not know Othman’s last name, but remembered that he was from Husan, a village of about 7,000.

“My curiosity has got the better of me,” Brendan wrote in an email later. “If you could ask around in your travels, I’d love to know that he is O.K.”

More:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-world-vision-donor-sponsored-a-boy-the-outcome-was-a-mystery-to-both/ar-BBv9Fjf?li=BBnbcA1


I don't remember the part of the Bible where Jesus says "one born every minute".

Dumb Criminals: Georgia Man Spends 3 Million Lottery Winnings On Meth

The question of whether to take the annuity or the lump sum for a lottery winner is an important one. Each has its advantages: The annuity guarantees moderation and the lump sum can maximize total windfall thanks to investing.

But one man in Georgia has gone down a unique path that involved neither squandering on toys or success in the stock market. Instead, Ronnie Music Jr. took his $3 million dollar check from the Georgia Lottery and decided to invest in methamphetamine, federal prosecutors say. In terms of an investment, the New York Times called his business “thriving,” but after being caught with over $1 million worth of guns, drugs, and vehicles, Mr. Music is now facing amused contempt and jail time from justice department.

“Defendant Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth,” US Attorney Ed Tarver said in a statement. “As a result of his unsound investment strategy, Music now faces decades in a federal prison.”

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/after-a-dollar3-million-lottery-win-man-decides-to-invest-in-meth/ar-BBuZJMg?li=BBnbfcL


Florida Man's cousin?

AFA's "One Million Moms" Angry At Nickelodeon Over... You Guessed It...

The Christian watchdog group One Million Moms is alerting all parents on Nickelodeon's animated show "The Loud House," since it featured a married same-sex couple in the episode "Overnight Success," which was aired on July 20.

One Million Moms thinks it's unfortunate how children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage on a network that is designed just for kids.

"Just because something may be legal or because some are choosing a lifestyle doesn't make it morally correct. Nickelodeon should stick to entertaining instead of pushing an agenda. Nickelodeon has decided to be politically correct instead of providing family-friendly programming," the group writes on its website.

Kids face dangers when they are exposed to same-sex marriages this early. One Million Moms says Nickelodeon is forcing "a premature discussion on sexual orientation that is completely uncalled for."

The group hopes conservative families would press Nickelodeon to avoid controversial topics that are beyond children's comprehension, and stick to wholesome entertainment.
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/one.million.moms.raps.nickelodeon.for.featuring.same.sex.couple.on.the.loud.house.animated.show.for.kids/91578.htm


I would like to tell the AFA and their group "One Million Moms 17 Angry Guys On Laptops" where they can shove their "morals"...

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #37: Bromancing The Trump Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #37: Bromancing The Trump Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! So I’ve been talking about Star Trek Beyond the last couple of weeks, and I finally saw it this weekend. I have to say – WOW, amazing movie. I have really liked the rebooted Star Trek series, but this might be the best one so far. Even if you don’t like the new movies it’s worth going to for very moving tributes to Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin, and a great use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Sabotage”. Anyway, how great was it on Friday to see Jon Stewart back on TV and completely owning the GOP? The RNC as predicted was, exactly as Bill Maher called it, a category 5 shit storm. But that was about as batshit crazy as it got. I loved seeing the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday just to see the return of the great Jon Stewart, who has been sadly missing from my TV. Well anyway enough of my rambling, here’s the clip itself:



So where do we begin this week? Well the top spot this week definitely has to go to our returning champion who has been featured in nearly every Idiots list so far and that’s possible future president Donald J. Trump. In the first slot, there’s a possible e-mail hack scandal brewing involving the Trump campaign and Russian hackers. Grab your tin foil hats for this one! In the second slot, the RNC was an absolute disaster and we’ve got everything that we didn’t get covered last week this week. In the third slot is Melania Trump (3). The possible First Lady is experiencing a lot of shit for plagiarizing her speech at the RNC last Tuesday. Moving ahead to the DNC, Deborah Wasserman Shultz (4) caused quite the shit show with her scandal involving predatory pay day loan vendors, and it is causing her to step down as the opening speaker of the DNC. At number 5 is Fox News. So Roger Ailes got shit canned, Sean Hannity cranks up the whambulance at Jon Stewart, and their viewers are proving to be as misogynistic as Roger Ailes is over Megan Kelly’s choice of outfit. At number 6, Alex Jones was ever more prevalent at the RNC, and sadly led a one man protest against The Young Turks. At number 7 we are going to talk about RNC Dissenters (7). So last week I briefly mentioned that Rush Limbaugh was going to take one for the team when Hillary is elected in November. But he's not the only one. In the number 8 slot we’re going to take a dip in the international conservative idiots file and head back to Rio (8) to talk about the upcoming summer Olympics which is promising to be a shit storm, and I’m not just referring to the river of poop that the men’s and women’s canoe teams are going to be rowing in. Taking the number 9 (NEIN!) slot, Caitlyn Jenner (9) made an absurd claim that it was easier for her to come out as a trans woman than it was for her to come out as a republican. Well let’s do some fact-checking, shall we? We are not making this one up. Finally this week we’re going to talk about the republicans and music (10). You know last week Donald Trump got a lot of shit for using Queen’s “We Are The Champions”. But he’s not the first. Oh no, my friends, he is definitely not the first. We are going to go down the wormhole on this one and post a GOP greatest hits, including John Oliver’s recent jab. So grab your guitars and let’s get shredding! But rather than poke holes at the GOP's schemes, we're instead going to kind of bridge the gap if you will, and offer some alternatives that they actually can use! Musicians and celebrities who actually support Donald Trump. Plus we have not one, but two bonus idiots for you this week – the Holy Land Experience is going under, and was recently named one of the worst theme parks in America by MSN, while Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter after directing vile toward Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!


Donald Trump


So you know the theme of this year’s RNC was “Make America (Whatever) Again”, right? Well one of my favorite flicks is Simon Pegg’s 2006 action comedy “Hot Fuzz”. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you do, without spoiling much of the movie, there’s a scene where Simon Pegg is talking to Frank Butterman, the police chief and he says that he wants to “Make Sanford Great Again”. I figured it out – Donald Trump is Frank Butterman! Can we roll that scene?

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/efb0cb65-0f79-44fd-a58c-e765d75eb661

And just like the Sanford Chief Of Police, Donald Trump is planning on purging America just like Frank Butterman in lots of extremely horrifying ways. You know Trumpenfuror and Vladimir Putin are BFFs right? I pointed this out back in Idiots #9 (NEIN!!!). This could be a dangerous combination. In fact it’s already leading up to this:

The FBI suspects that Russian government hackers breached the networks of the Democratic National Committee and stole emails that were posted to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks on Friday. It’s an operation that several U.S. officials now suspect was a deliberate attempt to influence the presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, according to five individuals familiar with the investigation of the breach.

The theory that Moscow orchestrated the leaks to help Trump, who has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and practically called for the end of NATO, is fast gaining currency within the Obama administration because of the timing of the leaks and Trump’s own connections to the Russian government, the sources said on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and developing quickly.

About 20,000 internal DNC emails were disclosed just days before the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and several showed an effort by staffers to undermine Bernie Sanders’s campaign against Hillary Clinton. One email even discussed challenging Sanders’s religious faith. In response to the embarrassing revelations, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would step down after the convention.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/25/fbi-suspects-russia-hacked-dnc-u-s-officials-say-it-was-to-elect-donald-trump.html?via=mobile&source=twitter


Holy shit! So they found two e-mails in a stack of 20,000??? That is quite a ratio. To put things in perspective that would be like trying to find the least caloric item on the menu at the Cheesecake Factory. You know it’s there but you have to wade through 15000 extremely horrifying items to find it! I mean even the fucking vegetarian items on the menu at the Cheesecake Factory have 1,900 calories! And I’m not making this up either!



So let’s play the blame game shall we? *South Park Announcer Man Voice* Who hacked the DNC’s E-mail Server? Is it Russia? Is it Donald Trump? Is it the 1976 Denver Broncos?

Philadelphia (CNN)Hillary Clinton's campaign manager is alleging that Russian hackers are leaking Democratic National Committee emails critical of Bernie Sanders in an effort to help Donald Trump win the election in November.

It comes on the heels of "changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian," Robby Mook told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday.

"I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that's disturbing," he said.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/24/politics/robby-mook-russia-dnc-emails-trump/




So are the Russians trying to influence the election? Some people say yes, and some people say no, depends on who you talk to:

Donald Trump campaign are at odds over the extent of Russia’s influence. “I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that's disturbing," Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He pointed to Trump’s reluctance to assist NATO allies over financial contributions as something that would help Russia. Trump’s camp wasn’t pleased. “These lies and the perpetuating of nonsense to try to gain some political capital is outrageous and he should be ashamed of himself,” Donald Trump, Jr. said of Mook on the same program. “If a Republican did that, they'd be calling for people to bring out the electric chair. Eric has more for Pros.

— WHAT WAS LEAKED, AND HOW IT FITS IN WITH OTHER LEAKS: WikiLeaks on Friday posted a trove of internal DNC emails that has proven to be more than a little embarrassing for the party. In addition to rants about unfriendly reporters and schemes to unmask insurgent candidate Bernie Sanders’s possible secret atheism, the leaked emails reveal that a hacker repeatedly breached the DNC’s “Factivists” rapid-response site — and that a committee press aide kept distributing new site passwords by email. (Here's another take, on the role of Wikileaks.)
http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-cybersecurity/2016/07/clinton-campaign-says-russian-hackers-trying-to-influence-election-215507




Wait – go back. Let’s explore the Wikileaks angle a bit shall we? Who needs some hot buttered popcorn? I have your hot buttered popcorn right here!

Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to influence the United States presidential election. Now open your eyes, because that’s what just happened.

On Friday, Wikileaks published 20,000 emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee. They reveal, among other things, thuggish infighting, a push by a top DNC official to use Bernie Sanders’ religious convictions against him in the South, and attempts to strong-arm media outlets. In other words, they reveal the Washington campaign monster for what it is.

But leave aside the purported content of the Wikileaks data dump (to which numerous other outlets have devoted considerable attention) and consider the source. Considerable evidence shows that the Wikileaks dump was an orchestrated act by the Russian government, working through proxies, to undermine Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign.
http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2016/07/how-putin-weaponized-wikileaks-influence-election-american-president/130163/




That’s right, shit did just get real. So it looks like the Russian government is indeed trying to influence the election by publishing these stolen e-mails. And in case you were wondering the bromance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is a thing. #BromancingTheTrump :


"Over the last year there has been a recurrent refrain about the seeming bromance between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. More seriously, but relatedly, many believe Trump is an admirer and would-be emulator of Putin's increasingly autocratic and illiberal rule. But there's quite a bit more to the story. At a minimum, Trump appears to have a deep financial dependence on Russian money from persons close to Putin. And this is matched to a conspicuous solicitousness to Russian foreign policy interests where they come into conflict with US policies which go back decades through administrations of both parties. There is also something between a non-trivial and a substantial amount of evidence suggesting Putin-backed financial support of Trump or a non-tacit alliance between the two men."
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-putin-yes-it-s-really-a-thing




In fact the White House got involved in this brewing scandal, which I’m sure Fox News will be all over and Congress will call infinite circular firing squad investigations into.

A top official with Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Sunday accused the Russian government of orchestrating the release of damaging Democratic Party records to help the campaign of Republican Donald Trump — and some cybersecurity experts agree.

The extraordinary charge came as some national security officials have been growing increasingly concerned about possible efforts by Russia to meddle in the election, according to several individuals familiar with the situation.

Late last week, hours before the records were released by the website WikiLeaks, the White House convened a high-level security meeting to discuss reports that Russia had hacked into systems at the Democratic National Committee.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clinton-campaign--and-some-cyber-experts--say-russia-is-behind-email-release/2016/07/24/5b5428e6-51a8-11e6-bbf5-957ad17b4385_story.html





Donald Trump




That’s real. That happened.

We’ll get into how batshit crazy that entrance was in the 10th spot for this edition. But it was so crazy that Stephen Colbert prompted his own spoof of the entrance:



WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite promising "the truth, and nothing else" in his convention speech, Donald Trump presented the nation with a series of previously debunked claims and some new ones Thursday night — about the U.S. tax burden, the perils facing police, Hillary Clinton's record and more.

A look at some of the Republican presidential candidate's claims and how they compare with the facts:

TRUMP: "Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this administration's rollback of criminal enforcement. Homicides last year increased by 17 percent in America's 50 largest cities. That's the largest increase in 25 years."

THE FACTS: A rollback? President Barack Obama has actually achieved some big increases in spending for state and local law enforcement, including billions in grants provided through the 2009 stimulus. While FBI crime statistics for 2015 are not yet available, Trump's claim about rising homicides appears to come from a Washington Post analysis published in January. While Trump accurately quotes part of the analysis, he omits that the statistical jump was so large because homicides are still very low by historical standards. In the 50 cities cited by the Post, for example, half as many people were killed last year as in 1991.

TRUMP: "The number of new illegal immigrant families..............

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-fact-check-of-donald-trumps-speech-2016-7




I like that one. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Trumpenfuror’s speech. Oh no! In fact he pointed out that he will help protect the LGBT community! In fact we here at the Top 10 failed to point this out last week but for the Cleveland convention they were prepared with this unseeable image of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on a billboard:



Planting Peace, the non-profit organization behind The Equality House, a rainbow-colored house that sits across the street from Westboro Baptist Church, is calling out Donald Trump and the Republican Party in a massive billboard that went up on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio, where the RNC will take place next week. The billboard, below, shows an illustration of Trump poised to kiss Ted Cruz beside a caption that reads “Love trumps Hate. End homophobia.”

In the eyes of Aaron Jackson, President of Planting Peace, this high-profile move is intended as a direct response to the Republican party and the messages of hate it sends to marginalized groups ― particularly the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

“What Donald, Ted and the Republican party either fail to realize, or realize and just don’t seem to care about, is that their words and actions toward our LGBT family―especially LGBT children―have meaning and impact,” Jackson told The Huffington Post. “LGBT children hear these messages telling them they are nothing but second class citizens and are left feeling broken or ‘less than.’”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-cruz-billboard-rnc_us_57869167e4b03fc3ee4efde4


I love this story though, in pure Donald J. Trump fashion, he threw a Trump-esque temper tantrum at the hotel he was staying at and might skimp out on the bill:

Donald Trump is complaining about hot air at a Virginia hotel, and the hotel is pushing back.

Onstage, Trump, owner of luxury hotels, interrupted his remarks about free trade to berate the hotel about its air conditioning system.

"I don't know what hotel this is, but you ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we're not going to get you paid," Trump said.

Hotel officials told WDBJ in Roanoke that the air conditioning system "was on and working properly throughout the event." The hotel said temperatures in the 90s did pose "a challenge" while doors were open for two hours to let hundreds of people enter the ballroom. It says staff did everything possible to keep guests comfortable.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/26/donald-trump-gripes-about-hotel-hot-air-says-he-might-not-pay-bill.html




But Rachel Maddow poses some interesting logic - is Donald Trump a "gateway drug" to straight KKK? Well Fox News loses their collective shit over this:

http://newcenturytimes.com/2016/07/23/watch-fox-news-loses-their-s-after-rachel-maddow-calls-trump-gateway-drug-for-kkk-video/

After Donald Trump’s bleak dystopian speech at the Republican National Convention, in which he painted himself as America’s golden savior, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow opined on how white supremacists like David Duke are finding traction among Trump’s supporters. Maddow said:
“(A) lot of people who are critical of Donald Trump generally look at praise like that from someone like Donald Duke and wonder if he’s a gateway drug, if there is something beyond Donald Trump himself, that means a much greater transformation of the Republican Party into something that is going to be new to mainstream politics.”

Ever the loyal Trump lapdogs, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and his Neo-con protégé, Ryan Girdusky from Red Alert Politics, spent an entire segment trying to figure out why their master’s speech drew such resounding criticism from the “Liberal media.”

In fact, they both seem shocked and disgusted at the backlash directed at Trump’s speech. Girdusky claimed that:
“The journalists at the Washington Post didn’t ‘have to worry about illegal immigrants killing their kid, if they have children, at over-flooded public schools.’ ‘They’re better than that now.’ (That being the Ohio neighborhoods that they lived from (sic)).”

The two men sat and growled about the liberal “elites” inability understand the dangers Trump warned about and begrudged the media for mentioning Trump’s close association with white supremacists.


And then Donald Trump wonders why women don't get him:



Also in case you were wondering the answer to that question that Ms. Maddow was asking, why yes Donald Trump’s wannabe BFF David Duke is clamoring to be a senator under a Donald Trump presidency:

Donald J. Trump’s campaign is dismissing questions about the white supremacist David Duke, after the former Ku Klux Klan leader said on his radio program that the Republican presidential nominee left open the possibility of supporting his Senate campaign.

* * *
When Mr. Trump was asked Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if he would support a Democrat over Mr. Duke in the general election, he replied: “I guess depending on who the Democrat is, but the answer would be yes. Look, the answer is as quick as you can say it — in fact, I want to answer you before you — because last time with another person in your position, I did it very quickly and they said he didn’t do it fast enough. Rebuked.”

On his radio program on Monday, Mr. Duke said that Mr. Trump was asked, “‘Would you vote for a Democrat against David Duke’ and Trump says, ‘Well, I guess it depends who the Democrat will be so the answer is yes.’”

He added: “You know, like maybe if there’s a good Democrat. But that’s not the answer they wanted and the headlines there were all over the place. You know, Trump basically said he could possibly vote, he could vote for David Duke if he was running against a liberal Democrat. So he did something. I think he felt like he did as much as he could do.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/us/politics/david-duke-donald-trump.html?_r=0





Melania Trump


And the award for the most plagiarized speech goes to............. Melania Trump! Come on down! Take a bow! You know this thing isn't going away any time soon. In fact it's about to get worse. Way worse than you would already think:


The speechwriters, Matthew Scully and John McConnell, sent Ms. Trump a draft last month, eager for her approval.

Weeks went by. They heard nothing.

Inside Trump Tower, it turned out, Ms. Trump had decided she was uncomfortable with the text, and began tearing it apart, leaving a small fraction of the original.

Her quiet plan to wrest the speech away and make it her own set in motion the most embarrassing moment of the convention: word-for-word repetition of phrases and borrowed themes from Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic convention eight years ago.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/us/politics/melania-trump-convention-speech.html?_r=0


So they had weeks, WEEKS to prepare for this! And it all goes fuck up at the drop of a hat. And remember last week when I said that Donald Trump wasn't going to fire his speech writer for this flap?

An in-house writer and longtime friend of the Trump family has stepped forward with an apology for her involvement in the preparation of Melania Trump's address at the Republican National Convention Monday night, which bore similarities to a 2008 Michelle Obama speech.

Staffer Meredith McIver said she submitted her resignation Tuesday but the Trump family rejected it.

“A person she has always liked is Michelle Obama. Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech,” McIver said in a statement, released this afternoon and written under Trump Organization letterhead. “This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”

McIver admitted she never crosschecked the text for duplicated lines from the first lady’s speeches.
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/melania-trumps-speechwriter-forward-apologize/story?id=40736765




And in case you were wondering why yes the New York Times did compile a long list of things that were said about Melania’s speech:

Donald J. Trump and his campaign responded Monday night to the discovery that Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention contained lines that were strikingly similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention speech. Mr. Trump’s advisers and surrogates offered a series of explanations and denials to the accusations. Here is a sampling of those statements:

“It was truly an honor to introduce my wife, Melania. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud! #GOPConvention” — Mr. Trump on Twitter after questions arose about the speech

“In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.” —Jason Miller, senior communications adviser in a statement
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/20/us/politics/melania-trump-campaign.html




And I love the Obamas – Michelle proved to be every bit as classy as Melania wasn’t. There were no rick rolls in her speech. No mention of never going to give you up or let you down, or running around and deserting you. Of course – she also completely did not say anything about the Melania controversy:

With a speech that brought the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia repeatedly to its feet and united the fighting factions of the party, Michelle Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention tonight after a retrospective video produced by J.J. Abrams (watch it below).

Greeted with a standing ovation and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” the First Lady said, “It’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk to you about why I thought my husband should be President.” But there’s no doubt that Melania Trump’s plagiarized RNC speech of Michelle Obama’s 2008 convention remarks were in everyone’s mind tonight. The First Lady didn’t take the bait — likely knowing that rehashing it would create a hashtag that could only help the other side.

Her speech stressed party unity, but to the Bernie or Bust crowd — already a little edgy after Sarah Silverman told them they’re “being ridiculous” a little earlier — some of it might have been taken as a bit of a dig. To wit: “Who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of there lives? I am here tonight because in his election, there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility — only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be President of the United States. And that is our friend Hillary Clinton.”
http://deadline.com/2016/07/michelle-obamas-dnc-speech-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-1201792490/





Deborah Wasserman-Shultz


Wait, what’s a registered democrat doing on the list of Top 10 Conservative Idiots? Get my writers out here! Come on what the hell is wrong with you people??? I mean seriously what the fuck!!!



OK now that I got that out of my system, one of the most controversial figures at the DNC is Deborah Wasserman-Shultz. In fact she was set to open this year’s DNC but bowed out because of certain circumstances and a massive scandal involving predatory pay day loan companies. Let’s go back to last December to explain what’s up.

Democratic party leaders have tapped Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz to raise money and coach candidates in a high-stakes, aggressive bid to expand the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.

But as three Miami Democrats look to unseat three of her South Florida Republican colleagues, Wasserman Schultz is staying on the sidelines. So is Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Miami Democrat and loyal ally to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

This time around, Wasserman Schultz and Meek say their relationships with the Republican incumbents, Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and his brother Mario, and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, leave them little choice but to sit out the three races.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article24478039.html


So in addition to her overwhelming support for predatory pay day loan companies (who we have discussed here ad nauseum), she prevented what could have been a democratic super majority in Florida. And yes we’re talking about the state that gave us the hanging chad here. So it’s widely believed that Ms. Wasserman-Shultz is the catalyst for the leaked e-mails that have made the DNC well, less than pleasant to watch.

When Debbie Wasserman Schultz agreed to speak at a Florida delegation breakfast on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, it looked like the ultimate home game. The Florida congresswoman is a popular figure in the state, and this week was meant to be a celebratory moment as she watched Hillary Clinton formally claim the Democratic nomination.

Then 20,000 emails from Wasserman Schultz and her top staffers were leaked, painting the congresswoman and her committee as something short of even-handed in their treatment of Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/25/debbie-wasserman-schultz-just-had-a-disastrous-moment-at-the-democratic-national-committee/?k88a88a8a




But guess who’s not a fan of Deborah Wasserman-Shultz, and it’s not just the Democratic National Committee. Yup! You guessed correctly! Points for you good sir / madam!



MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will make a South Florida swing on Tuesday.

He’s holding a fundraiser at his Trump National Doral with Governor Rick Scott.

On Monday, during a campaign stop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Trump took a shot at Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Weston Democrat became embroiled in an scandal over the weekend after hacked emails suggested that some members of the Democratic National Committee, which she chaired, had favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

“And I’ve watched her for years. And what she was is Hillary Clinton’s flunky. Okay? That’s what she was. You could say what you want. It was obvious. And the system is rigged and she was rigging the system for Hillary,” Trump told a crowd of supporters. “As soon as there’s heat, put on Hillary’s person, Hillary says you’re fired. Debbie, you’re fired.”
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2016/07/26/trump-to-host-fundraiser-in-doral-tuesday/





Fox News


Fox News. You know that network you turn to when you want to have women in extremely low cut dresses tell you how to think when it comes to critical events. So by now you know that Roger Ailes is in extremely deep shit. But before we get into that, we have to address this. At the beginning of this edition, I showed Jon Stewart’s triumphant return to TV on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Well one particular Fox News correspondent won’t have any of it, and has turned the whambulence way past 11. I give you Sean Hannity.

After former Daily Show host Jon Stewart gave a legendary rant on The Late Show that called out flaws in Sean Hannity's (well, Stewart called him "Lumpy") reasons to support Donald Trump, Hannity fired back (without directly addressing the points Stewart made against him).

"I see they brought that idiot, Jon Stewart, back from the dead," Hannity said in an expletive-laded response on his radio show. He continued:

"I was right about Obama and you were a fool who had your head so far up Obama's (bleep), Jon Stewart. I've never seen anybody kiss an (bleep) like you kiss his... and now you're sucking up to (Hillary Clinton), too... We've got 95 million Americans out of the labor force, Jon. Do you care about them? I know you're a rich liberal. You donating money to the 46 million American families on food stamps, Jon? Hey Jon, you helping out the 50 million Americans in poverty? Hey Jon, are you gonna use your wealth from all of your comedy writers that lay out the material for you, are you gonna help pay down the debt Obama has accumulated? More debt than every other president before him combined? Are you gonna help, Jon, the 1-in-5 American families in this country that don't have a single family member that have a job?"
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/07/24/jon-stewart-sean-hannity-late-show-fox/87502512/


What’s a “Lear Jet Liberal” and where I might go about obtaining some of this glorious money?



But now we get into what happened with Roger Ailes’ exit, er, firing, er, termination. You know something corporate fat cats do when one of their own gets caught with their pants down. And yes you can interpret this any way you like.

The chairman of Rupert Murdoch’s cable news operation, plagued by allegations of sexually harassing the on-air talent, was bounced to another 21st Century Fox building in Manhattan, New York Magazine national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman tweeted Thursday.

His much rumored departure from Fox News appears imminent, too. According to another Sherman tweet, the once invulnerable Ailes will take a $60 million golden parachute to leave the company behind.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/roger-ailes-kicked-fox-news-headquarters-office-article-1.2720469


That’s right. Not only did Ailes get asked to leave, he got kicked out!



But it gets better (or worse?) for him. In fact it would seem that Fox News is in a free fall. And I say good, they gave us 8 fucking years of George W. Bush, they deserve this to happen to them! In fact it’s not just Gretchen Carlson, Donald Trump’s favorite, um, target, Megyn Kelley also got harassed in the worst way possible.

It looks increasingly doubtful that the 76-year-old media titan can cling to power after two decades of running Fox News. Network anchor Megyn Kelly told investigators looking into sexual harassment accusations made by former “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson that Ailes had harassed her as well, according to a New York magazine report published Tuesday.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ann-coulter-roger-ailes_us_578e5fb2e4b07c722ebc5efd?




But of course Trumpenfuror would defend Ailes. “I know Roger Ailes, he’s a good friend of mine. Nobody is a better friend than he is. He uses the best words and he is also great with women.”

In transcripts released ahead of his Sunday appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stood by former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who stepped down on Thursday amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Toronto Star correspondent Daniel Dale published the transcripts on his Twitter feed Saturday evening.

Meet the Press host Chuck Dodd asked Trump about the allegations against Ailes, and the candidate replied, “Well I don’t want to comment. But he’s been a friend of mine for a really long time. And I can tell you that some of the women who are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.”
http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/trump-stands-by-roger-ailes-he-really-helped-those-women-who-are-complaining/





Alex Jones


So we have talked a lot about what happened inside the RNC. But what about what happened outside? Well of course our favorite punching bag here at the Top 10 – Alex Jones – led a one man army against liberals covering the events of the RNC. I mean it’s no secret that professional blow hard and bullshit salesman Alex Jones is a Donald Trump fan all the way. But to do this? Dick move, Jones. Seriously, dick move.

CLEVELAND — On July 22, 1796, Moses Cleaveland arrived at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River and determined that the land adjacent would be the capital of a new territory.

On July 18, 2016, Alex Jones stood in the same spot screaming “Hillary for Prison” at the top of his lungs.

On the first day of the Republican National Convention, the conspiracy theorist and Infowars radio host was nearing the end of a near 15-minute tirade, his hair swaying with the gentle breeze, as he was met by an unlikely foe.

A group of men blowing shofars announced the arrival of comedian Eric Andre, who trudged through the crowd holding a microphone attached to what appeared to be a mile-long stick. By the time he waded to the front, with interjections of Jones referring to him as a “Daily Show guy,” he was invited onstage so that the world could watch as he was humiliated by Jones’ supreme knowledge.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/18/alex-jones-roger-stone-bring-the-crazy-to-cleveland.html


Hillary for prison? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…. You know Alex the uber-wealthy don’t go to the same courts you and I were to go to. I mean due process doesn’t simply apply to the uber-wealthy and societal elite. And yes there is tape of this, sadly.



But there’s more. Alex Jones and his frequent collaborator Roger Stone were out in full force staging a 2-man protest against… something. What it is we’re not exactly clear of.

Many chaotic moments have occurred inside the Quicken Loans Arena this week - most notably the thunderous boos that greeted Ted Cruz last night and coincided with a technical glitch that made all the LED screens in the arena flicker and die, giving Cruz the aura of a supervillain bent on destroying not only the Trump campaign but the very building itself. But amidst all this onstage bedlam one moment in particular felt personal to me. It happened on Monday - Make America Safe Again night - right at the end of Pat Smith's speech. Pat Smith lost her computer programmer son, Sean, in Benghazi in 2012. It was a heart-wrenching speech. At one point she yelled - her voice raw, as if sandpapered by years of grief – “I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”

And then came the moment. It started with a woman on the delegate floor yelling out, “Hillary for prison!” And Pat Smith replied, “That's right. Hillary for prison. She deserves to be in stripes.” Hillary for prison. With those three words Alex Jones - the man who coined the phrase - finally made it onto the stage of the Republican National Convention and right into the heart of mainstream American politics.
http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2016/07/21/the-2016-rnc-or-the-week-conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-went-mainstream-on-the-floor-of-the-convention-hall


There you have it folks. Infowars has become self aware.




RNC Dissenters


You know it's official now - Hillary Clinton is the democratic nominee for president!!!

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton is now officially the Democratic presidential nominee, making history as the first woman ever to secure the backing of a major American political party.

Clinton was formally nominated on the second evening of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, more than nine years after launching her first presidential bid. It was largely an evening of unity after an opening night marked by resistance from die-hard supporters of Democratic runner-up, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As a symbolic gesture, Sanders' name also was placed in nomination. Her former foe smiled and applauded from a box seat as supporters praised his "revolution" and his fight for progressive policy proposals during the nomination procedure.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/hillary-clinton-becomes-first-female-nominee-major-u-s-political-n617406


So last week I mentioned that Rush Limbaugh is going to take one for the team if it means that Hillary Clinton loses in November.

In an effort to describe how much he doesn’t want Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States, media titan Rush Limbaugh said he would be fine with giving up his radio show if it guaranteed the former secretary of state would lose to Donald Trump.

“If Hillary Clinton losing meant the end of this program, then that’s what I would be for,” Limbaugh declared on his Monday broadcast. “If that’s what it took to save this country – meaning she loses, and that means my radio show goes away – then that’s what I would do.”

“I have no self-interest in this whatsoever,” Limbaugh continued. “I’m not looking forward to Hillary Clinton being in the White House so I can seek greater advertising revenues. I don’t have a problem with that as it is. I don’t need Democrats in office to be successful. My success is not determined by who wins elections and it never has been.”

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/limbaugh-ok-with-losing-radio-show-if-it-means-hillary-loss/#OP4B7vOSRBQYwhGu.99


Remember when Ted Nugent said he'd be dead or in jail? Yeah it's 100% pure grade a, unfiltered bullshit.



And you know who else is considering deflecting if Hillary becomes president in November? This guy!

Appearing on Breitbart News Daily, reality TV star, apocalyptic anti-gay preacher, and child bride-advocate Phil Robertson made a promise regarding GOP nominee Donald Trump that we’re going to hold him to.

While urging the public to get out the vote for Trump, Robertson reminded listeners that the Republican party is currently locked in “spiritual warfare” with “the Evil One.”

Robertson, who formerly supported Trump’s now bitter enemy Ted Cruz, warned that the alternative to a Trump presidency is “depravity and “moral bankruptcy” – a condition that Robertson thinks is untenable.

“If the Republicans and the evangelicals do not get off their posteriors and vote, I think I’m going to head back to the woods and hide out.”
http://deadstate.org/duck-dynastys-phil-robertson-says-hell-to-go-into-hiding-if-donald-trump-loses/




And there's still more! Sean Hannity is threatening to leave the GOP!

The Republican establishment is furious at the success of conservative businessman Donald J. Trump. It’s clear that no establishment candidate can earn enough delegates to win the GOP nomination before the RNC meets in Cleveland.

Now, there are rumors that the rules might be changed to stop Trump so the power-brokers of the Republican party can install their own candidate. Perhaps Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney?

But Sean Hannity of Fox News is speaking out and made a bold threat against the GOP! He’s promising that if the election is stolen from Trump, he will walk away from supporting the party… and so will millions of his listeners.
http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/sean-hannity-makes-huge-threat-gop-steals-election-trump/




And if *you're* thinking of leaving the USA assuming Donald Trump gets elected in November, here's a few reasons why you might want to reconsider:

3. You really can’t afford it. Reason 6 above puts you in another country using your own resources. It neglects what bills you’ve left behind. A 2015 Harris Poll survey cites typical American debt at $130,922, with $15,762 on credit cards. That’s a lot of money. Even if you sell most of your stuff, some folks here are not going to want you to go. Get a Dave Ramsay book maybe, and dig yourself out of debt. He talks about freedom a lot. It sounds great, but working in another country is yet another hurdle.

2. You’re not a liar. Saying “I’m leaving” is just a way of expressing frustration. Unless you’re a Republican running for the nomination, probably no one calls you a liar. Don’t put yourself in a position where someone calls you up on Nov. 9, 2016, offers to help you pack, and you have to say something stupid.

1. You’re not a coward. This country is worth saving. No matter what side you’re on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are two of the most wonderful documents ever written. In the past, few have ever followed up on these empty threats. Stay. Get active in your party of choice. Donate. You’ve got a voice. It’s better to use it than to run.
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20160314-mary-ann-taylor-10-reasons-you-wont-leave-america-if-hillary-or-trump-are-elected.ece



Rio Olympics


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The Olympics. Where you cheer for the USA to get the gold medal in that particular sport, despite the fact that you don’t know all the rules of said sport, nor do you know who’s playing said sport, nor do you really give a shit about said sport. I mean when any other time do you watch discus throwing? Or Greco-style wrestling? Well if you thought last week’s RNC was a shit show, wait until you see what Rio has in store. I mean what’s coming out of Rio is quite possibly batshit insane. I mean the Russian doping scandal is all over the news.

Nineteen more Russian rowers have been banned from competing at next month's Olympics, taking the number of Russian athletes suspended this week to 37.

Earlier on Tuesday, eight athletes across canoeing, modern pentathlon and sailing were banned, as seven swimmers and three rowers were on Monday.

Governing bodies are making the rulings following the damning World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report into state-sponsored doping in the country.
http://www.bbc.com/sport/olympics/36894519


But that isn’t stopping Russia even if it means it has to host its’ *OWN* Olympics:

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the outspoken leader of Russia's LDPR party, has called for the country to host its own Olympics if track-and-field athletes are barred from competing at the upcoming games in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro.

“If our team can't go to Rio, I think it would be appropriate to host our own parallel Olympics in Russia,” Zhirinovsky said to journalists on Monday. .
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russias-zhirinovsky-proposes-parallel-olympics-if-athlete-ban-upheld-53369




But that’s not all – there’s more to Rio’s pending disaster and possible international incident and it has more to do than just Russian dopers. Of which there are many.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Health experts in Brazil have a word of advice for the Olympic marathon swimmers, sailors and windsurfers competing in Rio de Janeiro’s picture-postcard waters next month: Keep your mouth closed.

Despite the government’s promises seven years ago to stem the waste that fouls Rio’s expansive Guanabara Bay and the city’s fabled ocean beaches, officials acknowledge that their efforts to treat raw sewage and scoop up household garbage have fallen far short.

In fact, environmentalists and scientists say Rio’s waters are much more contaminated than previously thought.

Recent tests by government and independent scientists revealed a veritable petri dish of pathogens in many of the city’s waters, from rotaviruses that can cause diarrhea and vomiting to drug-resistant “super bacteria” that can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/27/world/americas/brazil-rio-water-olympics.html?_r=0


You know I’m no environmental expert but I’m pretty sure that the key words “toxic stew” and “super bacteria” are bad.



But the environmental disaster isn’t the only thing plaguing the Rio Olympics. Blocked toilets, leaky pipes and exposed wires. Kind of like the hotel you stay at when you book the “Traveler’s Special” on Wikipedia.

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Blocked toilets, leaky pipes and exposed wires -- just a few of the reasons Australia's Olympic delegation has refused to move in to the athletes village, now open to arriving Olympians.
The village, comprised of 31 17-storey towers, opened its doors on Sunday, less than two weeks before the start of Rio's Summer Games on August 5. But the first day was marred by controversy.

"We felt that our building was not safe, because of a combination of plumbing and electrical issues," the Australian Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller told journalists, adding that a stress test had been carried out -- opening taps and turning on lights simultaneously -- and discovered "significant leakages."
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/25/sport/olympics-2016-rio-village-australia/




And there’s a condom surplus among the Olympic Village in Rio. I am not making this up.

Seventeen days, 10,500 athletes, 33 venues, and 450,000 condoms. That’s how many camisinhas (little shirts in Brazilian slang) are being supplied by the International Olympics Committee for the 2016 Rio Summer Games. Forty-two per athlete, to be specific, which, even by Olympic standards, is a hell of a lot.

Welcome to the most promiscuous Olympics in history. The provision of 350,000 condoms, 100,000 female condoms and 175,000 packets of lubricant for Rio’s Olympic Village – the usual mix of ripped athletes, condos, shops, bars, clubs and, erm, McDonald’s - is three times higher than the London 2012 allowance of 150,000 condoms, which prompted tabloids to dub it “the raunchiest games ever”.

“It is an absolutely huge allocation of condoms,” admits Olympic rowing gold and silver medallist Zac Purchase, who retired from rowing in 2014 and competed in London and Beijing. “But it is all so far from the truth of what it’s like to be in there. It’s not some sexualised cauldron of activity. We’re talking about athletes who are focused on producing the best performance of their lives.”
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/shortcuts/2016/jul/18/rio-2016-42-condoms-per-athlete-olympic-village-sex


Absolutely huge… excuse me a minute!
#Absolutely Huge




Caitlyn Jenner


You know most longtime viewers of the rebooted Top 10 know that I’m a fan of the Twittersphere. But the other day I was checking my feed, and I couldn’t help but notice that Caitlyn Jenner was trending. For what? Did she win an award? Did Keeping Up With The Kardashians finally get cancelled (which would be the greatest news ever!)? No it’s because she said something so jaw-droppingly batshit stupid in an interview it practically broke Twitter.

"It was easy to come out as trans. It was hard to come out as Republican," said Caitlyn Jenner at a Republican National Convention outside of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Wednesday morning.

She was mostly-joking, but had a point: Other than Donald Trump, himself, she was the most famous celebrity to touch down on Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. (And she wasn't actually speaking on the convention floor.)

Attendees at the event, which was put together by conservative group American Unity Fund and featured remarks from TV host Montel Williams, cheered for Jenner.

"Thank you, thank you, but they already nominated Donald last night," she said. "But I can make a difference."
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/20/caitlyn-jenner-rnc-trump-cleveland/87337344/




Let’s contemplate that sentence for a second. “It was easy to come out as trans. It was hard to come out as Republican”? Is it? Is it really? I mean she’s only one of the wealthiest people on the planet. So yeah in that regard it was easy for her to come out as trans. Or was it?

Fresh off a divorce from Robert Kardashian and saddled with four young children, Kris Jenner thought she had found her Prince Charming in Olympic gold medalist, Bruce Jenner. Within months of their whirlwind courtship and quickie marriage, however, the shocking truth came to light: According to an insider, Kris walked in on Bruce secretly wearing her clothes, sparking a hateful meltdown and years of bitter humiliation and shame. Jenner has been living as a woman behind closed doors in Malibu and will break his silence about his transformation in an upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer.

“Kris had come home from early from a playdate with the kids, and she walked in on Bruce in one of her dresses,” the source revealed. “She was absolutely stunned, and immediately shamed Bruce, and told him to never let it happen again.” “Immediately going into denial mode, Bruce really wanted to explain it to his wife, but she wasn’t having it. Kris said if the information was ever made public, they would go broke as a family because back then, Bruce was the sole bread winner for the family,” the source continued. “It was a very sad, dark time for Bruce and it was never forgotten.”

Even after all these years, said the source, “Bruce still has the scars from that horrible time with Kris. There was hardly any information about people suffering from gender identity issues back then. Bruce didn’t know how to explain it other than he liked wearing women’s clothes. And Kris didn’t help the situation.”

Today, her reaction hasn’t been much better. After formally telling ex-wife Kris recently that he planned to undergo a sex change operation, her reaction “was less than enthusiastic,” a source told Radar. “Her main concern was how Bruce was going to go public with it, and if it could hurt the Kardashian empire. The only thing Kris has ever cared about is the superficial: designer clothes, over-the-top vacations and her public persona.” “This could have been a great moment for Kris to step up and support the father of their two daughters, Kendall and Kylie. Sadly, it’s just not who she is,” the source added.

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2015/02/kris-jenner-shamed-bruce-jenner/


And the reaction to the announcement was less than enthralling for the public:

In addition to thinking the interview wouldn’t last long, Phil also believes Jenner may be “kind of past prime” to make the transition. “You’re almost 80—what’s the point?” Phil said of the gold medalist. (Jenner is actually 65.)
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/04/23/dr-phil-bruce-jenners-transition-hes-kind-past-his-prime





Republicans V. Musicians


So by now you know that Donald Trump made his grand entrance to Queen’s “We Are The Champions”. In case you missed that well here it is again:



And in case you also weren’t aware, we had a problem of our own at the DNC. Yes they did bring out Paul Simon playing Bridge Over Troubled Waters. I mean really DNC??? Is that what you’re going to pull to bridge the gap between Hillary supporters and Bernie supporters? Really? Is that the song that really needs to be played? Why not Gwar’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends”? Can we roll the tape on that disaster?



Sarah Silverman is a great comedian and die hard liberal but really Bernie supporters that was a colossal fuck up. I thought we were better than this. Now that Hillary is the nominee, this is neither here nor there. The official stance of the Top 10 is that we support democrats 110% and we will not be divided here. I’m getting carried away here. But you know musicians and politicians generally do not get along – that is if you’re a republican. You know John Oliver had a great piece this week where he discussed the ramifications of what happens when politicians use songs without their permission.



So with that in mind there’s a few of these and we’ll go down the wormhole. You know last week this happened – once again the Republicans don’t get it.

British rock band Queen has blasted the GOP and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for using the group's 1977 rock anthem "We Are the Champions" at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, charging that neither Trump nor the party is authorized to use the song.

"An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes — Queen," the group posted on its official Twitter account.

The song's publisher also released a statement complaining that "Sony/ATV Music Publishing has never been asked by Mr. Trump, the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization for permission to use 'We are the Champions' by Queen.

"On behalf of the band, we are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign."

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/queen-asks-republicans-to-stop-using-we-are-the-champions-at-rnc/




And there’s more than just Donald Trump. Like how about “The Boys Are Back In Town” by Thin Lizzy?

The mother of “Thin Lizzy” singer Philip Lynott said this week that she was very offended at the Republican Party’s use of her son’s song “The Boys Are Back In Town” to introduce Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during last week’s Republican National Convention.

“As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney’s opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay – which is not something that Philip would have supported. He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States,” Philomena Lynott said in an interview with music magazine Hot Press. “Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas.”
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/09/04/thin-lizzy-singers-mother-blasts-republicans-for-abusing-bands-music/





Or how about the Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”?

Punk rock and politics may have always shared a common unification, but that doesn’t mean bands like The Dropkick Murphys will allow their music to be used for just any political purpose, especially if that politician is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

When Scott recently took to the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to speak in front of many key members of the Republican party, he did so to the tune of Dropkick Murphy’s cover of the Woody Guthrie song “”I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” reported conservative news source Twitchy. Walker apparently didn’t realize that the Dropkick Murphys are assertively pro-union — an interest unlikely to find any common ground with the governor. Walker has become a national whipping boy for the anti-union cause, previously reported Inquisitr.



http://www.inquisitr.com/1785170/dropkick-murphys-order-scott-walker-to-stop-using-their-music-we-literally-hate-you/





Yes – the Dropkick Murphys literally hate Scott Walker. And as John Oliver pointed out, they actually used the word “literally” correctly. And they do like Martin O’Malley:

In interesting sidebar to what has been a bonkers presidential campaign–still four months until the Iowa caucuses–has been the candidates use and misuse of music.

Scott Walker got it started in a way only Scott Walker can–by using a Dropkicks Murphys song without the band’s permission. Then Rick Perry had his own music for his short-lived campaign. Most recently, Mike Huckabee, via his proxy Kim Davis, cued up Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” again without the band’s permission.

Leave it to a Democrat to get things right. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a musician in his own right, took to the stage this past weekend in New Hampshire to the strains of “Shipping Up to Boston” by the aforementioned Dropkick Murphys. Judging from their response, the band and O’Malley are singing from the same sheet of music.

http://bluenationreview.com/martin-omalley-strikes-a-chord-with-the-dropkick-murphys/


You know why don’t the republicans use some actual music from musicians that actually support the republican party? Like Ted Nugent?

Ted Nugent didn't refer to President Obama as a "subhuman mongrel" on Friday night. Nor did he issue calls for Obama and Hillary Clinton to be hung for their roles in the attacks on the American compound in Benghazi, as he's done in the past. In fact, Nugent — AKA the Motor City Madman, AKA "The Nuge" — was remarkably restrained for at least the first half of the Warehouse Live leg of his "Sonic Baptizm" tour, introducing familiar tunes like "Gonzo" and "Free-For-All" early on and generally coasting on the goodwill of the well-lubricated crowd.
www.houstonpress.com/music/ted-nugent-still-loves-guitar-solos-hates-obama-8574884




Yeah because he’s a friend of the Sean Hannity show ya know!



And you know what? There’s a lot of musicians that the GOP could pull from – and it’s not just limited to Scott Baio and Ted Nugent:

Jesse James
James, a TV personality and founder of West Coast Choppers, posted a lengthy Facebook message in January supporting his former "Celebrity Apprentice" boss.

Stephen Baldwin
Baldwin, who was fired by Trump on two different seasons of "The Celebrity Apprentice," said during an interview with Don Lemon on an episode of "CNN Tonight" that Trump would make a "great" president "because he's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks."

Hulk Hogan
TMZ asked Hogan which 2016 Republican presidential candidate he would want to face in the ring, but instead of answering the question, he said he'd want to be Trump's running mate.

Wayne Newton
The Las Vegas entertainer announced his support on "Fox & Friends." "I love Donald, and he would make a great president," he said. But he also voiced his support for other hopefuls, such as Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson.

Kid Rock showed his support for the presidential hopeful in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying that he's "digging Trump." He also added: "Let the motherf------ business guy run it like a f------ business. And his campaign has been entertaining as s---." Loretta Lynn
http://www.eveningtribune.com/zz/news/20160721/30-celebrities-who-love-and-endorse-donald-trump?Start=2




Or how about Gene Simmons?

Gene Simmons has been enjoying watching Donald Trump subvert the presidential race, calling it the most fascinating election he can remember and saying it was "bound to happen" in what he calls the "Age of Kardashian." "He is the truest political animal I've ever seen onstage," the Kiss vocalist-bassist tells Rolling Stone. "He has no speechwriters, no editing, no nothing. He's actually on tape going 'motherfucker.' You cannot turn away."
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/gene-simmons-on-donald-trump-hes-good-for-the-political-system-20160330





Or how about Mike Tyson?

Mike Tyson

The former heavyweight-boxing champion announced that he would endorse Trump while appearing on HuffPost Live in October 2015. "He should be president of the United States," Tyson said.


And he’s a guy who you don’t want to fuck with!




Or how about Tiffany Trump?



Bonus Idiot:
The Holy Land Experience


You know if you have seen Bill Maher’s documentary flick Religulous, you know there’s a scene in the movie where he visits the Holy Land Experience in Florida. Can we roll tape on that?



Well here’s an update for you, the theme park is unloading its’ assets in an effort to avoid bankruptcy! Can’t say we feel too sorry for them but that’s what happens when you make money off the uber-religious – eventually like all audiences, they will lose interest. I mean it’s not Jurassic World – people would still want to come see live dinosaurs despite that there was a “containment anomaly” in the last movie.



But it turns out no one is going to the Holy Land Experience:

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando's Holy Land Experience is selling off some of its property to help with a financial crunch.

The Christian theme park launched an estate sale Thursday.

Some of the items up for grabs include a motorcycle, nativity statues, mannequins and a gold-and silver-painted throne.

The Holy Land Experience is holding the sale amid declining revenue and fewer contributions.

IRS documents show that in 2014 the theme park had anywhere from $1.9 million to $2.5 million in contributions, down from $42 million in 2010.
http://www.clickorlando.com/news/holy-land-experience-to-hold-estate-sale-amid-financial-trouble


Ouch!!! That is a hard pill to swallow. Although what the fuck is a theme park that takes place in Bible times doing with a Harley Davidson? I don’t remember that passage in the Bible!



There is literally a meme for everything. And you know speaking of using religion to control others, Jan Crouch recently passed away who owns the giant cathedral in my neck of the woods, Costa Mesa, CA:

The spread in front of me includes gold thrones with lion heads for arm rests, a life-size horse statue covered in a mosaic of tiny mirrors and what might be called a holy Harley — a motorcycle decked out in chrome and gold-painted angel wings.

If Noah and Liberace ever teamed up for a yard sale, this is what it would look like.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-holy-land-jan-crouch-beth-kassab-20160722-column.html




But TBN has been experiencing some problems of its’ own:

This comes as Trinity’s revenue has taken a precipitous dive, from $207 million in 2006 to $121.5 million in 2014, according to a Register review of its most recent tax filings. More on that in a minute.

Trinity is moving toward an internet-based model for the gift shop because people simply don’t visit brick-and-mortar gift shops like they used to, and “it simply is not economically sound to continue to operate under said conditions,” said spokeswoman Tanya Wiley. “This is a decision which has been reviewed and discussed for well over a year.”
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/trinity-722411-million-crouch.html




And here's where the Holy Land Experience was named the worst theme park by a site called "The Daily Meal":

Holy Land Experience, Florida

If you’ve ever seen the episode of The Simpsons titled “I’m Goin’ to Praiseland,” you’ll probably have a good idea of what to expect at the Holy Land Experience in Florida — even though that episode was written prior to the park’s existence. The main difference is that the real version doesn’t have a hallucination-inducing gas leak (as far as we know), and instead contains a whole lot more guilt. Notice that it’s not called Holy Land Amusement Park; that’s because when the main “attraction” is a bloody Jesus walking around screaming in pain and waiting to be crucified, tortured, and killed, it’s hard to call the park amusing — especially after he makes his second trip of the day. Other features include a 2,000-seat auditorium, a “Scriptorium” library/research center, the Jerusalem Street Market, a model of the ancient “Eternal City,” and numerous prayer gardens. If this venue existed solely as a museum or a serious education center (and didn’t try to pass itself off as a fun theme park), then we could let it go. It’s worth noting that Holy Land also boasts the creepily named “Smile of a Child Adventure Land,” featuring rock climbing, face-painting, a game area, and a mini golf course. Just how Jesus envisioned it.
http://www.thedailymeal.com/travel/are-these-7-worst-amusement-and-theme-parks-america-slideshow/slide-5




Bonus Idiot #2:
Milo Yiannopoulos


You know since we are taking a break next week we've got one more bonus idiot for you. Like I said I'm a fan of the Twittersphere, but having such an open platform can generate controversy. Especially when something causes a certain group of people, say the scourge of the internet, men's rights activists to go overboard. Like the new Ghostbusters movie for instance.

What really sets off the haters is when women do things that men have traditionally done: Firefighter, sportswriter, Army Ranger, video game designer, commander in chief. Even a made-up occupation — Ghostbuster — is apparently off limits to women.

Yup, turns out that this weekend’s opening of the Ghostbuster’s movie reboot has turned into a ridiculous, gender-charged standoff.The haters vow that they’re not going to spend a dime or a minute on the update of their beloved movie, sullied by female leads. Feminists are calling on all women to head to the box office this weekend and get their ectoplasmic ooze on to support women’s rights.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ghostbusters-the-bros-who-hate-it-and-the-art-of-modern-misogyny/2016/07/14/1dfba61a-49bd-11e6-bdb9-701687974517_story.html




Yup! Didn't stop the haters from coming out in full force despite the movie made $60 million on opening weekend, and that one guy went completely overboard. I'm looking at you, Milo. We may explore this further detail next time but for now there's even more to this and it's about as crazy as you would expect, and despite that Twitter has protections on online harassment, Milo is championing himself as a free speech icon.

A day after Leslie Jones complained to Twitter that she was being bombarded by racist and offensive tweets, the social media site announced today it had taken action against some users, which appears to include a permanent suspension of conservative commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, who also serves as Breitbart’s tech editor.

"People should be able to express diverse opinions and beliefs on Twitter. But no one deserves to be subjected to targeted abuse online, and our rules prohibit inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others," Twitter wrote in a statement to ABC News. "Over the past 48 hours in particular, we’ve seen an uptick in the number of accounts violating these policies and have taken enforcement actions against these accounts, ranging from warnings that also require the deletion of Tweets violating our policies to permanent suspension."
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/twitter-suspends-conservative-commentator-ghostbusters-star-leslie-jones/story?id=40731147






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Stephen Baldwin Says Gays Should Start Their Own Church If They Want To Marry

While attending the Republican National Convention this week, actor Stephen Baldwin offered up some eyebrow-raising views on same-sex marriage.

The 50-year-old “Usual Suspects” star told Katie Couric in a July 19 Yahoo! News interview that his stance on marriage equality was a bit of a “Jedi mind trick.” Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, he said, if they started their own churches and institutions that give them that right.

“I think anybody should be free to do whatever they want, but they shouldn’t ask other people to compromise what they believe in order to do so,” he said. “I don’t think there should be anything wrong with that at all.”

When Couric pressed him further, Baldwin noted that some of his “best friends in the world are gay folks,” before attempting a clarification that somehow wound up making his stance more convoluted than it had been previously.

“If they believe that they should have the right to have that kind of a union, and they believe that they should have the rights that come along with that,” he said, “they shouldn’t ask, for instance, the Catholic church to change its doctrine to accommodate that.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-baldwin-gay-marriage_us_57926ae1e4b02d5d5ed18bde?section=


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