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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-5: The Battle For LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court Edition


Top 10 Conservative Idiots #7-5: The Battle For LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! What’s up Dallas??? We made it! Whew!!! We are done with our Texas roadshow! We have traveled some 1600 miles all the way up and down the great state of Texas to find out… what’s up? And we did. So tonight is a celebration as we are done with this part of the 7th season before heading off to Georgia for the start of our college tour. We had a lot of fun doing this and we will be back soon. Do we have time for the thing? Good. So how about that US Women’s National Team? Can I get a “fuck yeah”???? Well while the rest of sane America is celebrating the amazing victory and the 2nd world cup for the USWNT. That was quite the epic victory and celebrate it ladies, you earned it. Of course some on the other side won’t have any of it. Ann Coulter said it was a “war on soccer”. I mean right. Also, what’s wrong with soccer? Or football as it’s known in the rest of the world? And then there was this guy. Save your boos before I read the whole tweet:




BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Shut up!!! Come on, she got caught up in the celebration, anyone could have done that. But really you guys protest way too much. Enough with the phony patriotic outrage, why does everything involving the flag have to be a federal case with you people? But really, shut up. So what if Megan isn’t worshipping the flag enough? Stop it with that nonsense already. Although that’s certainly not the worst thing anyone’s done with a flag:



God that is so fucking creepy! And conservatives cheerlead this kind of crap. OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first all our shows are in reruns so it’s hard to pull clips so I’ll show this Lewis Black where he discusses the ups and downs of CBD:



So where do we begin this week? In the first slot this week we’re going to do something different and give @realDonaldTrump (1) a history lesson after his ridiculously dumb claim that the founding fathers seized the airports during the revolutionary war. In the second slot this week, we’re also going to talk about our current leader, @realDonaldTrump (2). And this time around we’re going to recap his insane MAGA parade that cost oh nothing much, just 700% over his allocated budget, and imagine how much money that could go to support people who actually need it! In the third slot this week is also @realDonaldTrump. Why does Trump want to alter the census and what could be the impact if he decides to delay it over a racist dog whistle question? Taking the fourth slot this week is the Alt Right (4) and the Proud Boys took their fight against Antifa from the streets of Portland to our nation’s capitol, and well, calling this a “logistics nightmare” is quite an understatement! For the fifth slot this week is our weekly investigative piece Top 10 Investigates, and this week we’re going to take a look at the latest developments surrounding Boeing’s ill-fated 737 Max-8 and while none of it is good, the problem is becoming a lot more obvious. And in the 6th slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit”, and this week what’s GAWD doing to help our government? Our resident pastor will examine this issue while also maintaining his tax exempt status. At number 7 is our favorite segment “Beating A Dead Horse”. Conservatives, OK, we get it! You hate Nike! You really hate Nike!! What did they do to piss you off this week? Only one way to find out! In the number 8 slot this week, after pulling a dick move that could cost his state millions, we add Arizona governor Doug Ducey (8) to the ever-growing list of “People Who Somehow Got Elected”. In the number 9 (NEIN!!!!) slot this week is “I Need A Drink” – everybody’s favorite trash talking playground activity, Dodgeball, is under attack! The people who are advocating for the ban are about as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop. And finally this week, it’s the final part of our “What’s Up With Texas” docuseries and this week we’re going to take a look at what’s going on at two very different and rivaling campuses – University of Texas in Ft Worth, and Texas A&M in College Station! Plus to cap off the end of our Texas roadshow, we’ve got some live music from the voice of Phish himself – Trey Anastasio will be stopping by! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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We got to talk about Jeffrey Epstein for this top spot this week. Now as is Top 10 policy that we don’t joke about things that are too horrifying to make fun of, we will still be adhering to this policy. So out of respect for the victims, we’re going to be replacing all our usual funny memes and clips with pictures of Trump hanging out with people who “are his type” as he famously said about a woman accusing him of rape a few weeks ago. And by Trump’s type – I mean billionaire sexual predators with a messianic complex and a massive ego. So just how bad is the Jeffrey Epstein situation?

Wealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is due in court following an arrest in New York on new sex-trafficking charges involving allegations that date to the early 2000s, according to law enforcement officials.

Epstein, a wealthy hedge fund manager who once counted as friends former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain’s Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump, was taken into federal custody Saturday and is expected to appear Monday in Manhattan federal court, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.

One of the officials said Epstein is accused of paying underage girls for massages and molesting them at his homes in Florida and New York.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending case.

A message was sent to Epstein’s defense attorney seeking comment. Epstein is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.
https://www.apnews.com/bb41822a39a147ccb03501acf049b58c




Just so you’re clear – Jeffrey Epstein is a billionaire financier who hangs with the wealthy elite and owns private jets and high rise apartments. But any time he moves somewhere, just like Jesus in the Big Lebowski, must go door to door to inform people that he’s on the registered sex offender list. Now just how bad is the situation? What are the implications? And could he actually do some real prison time out of all of this? Well, we don’t have time to provide accurate insight into all of those questions. So let’s get to the jist of it:

Billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged Monday with sexually abusing dozens of underage girls more than a decade after he secretly cut a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid nearly identical allegations. Now some of his alleged victims are speaking out.

Sarah Ransome claimed she was recruited and trafficked for sex by Epstein in 2006 and 2007, the Miami Herald reported. On Monday, Ransome said she's encouraged Epstein has been charged in New York.

"The news of my abuser's arrest today is a step in the right direction to finally hold Epstein accountable for his crimes and restore my faith that power and money can't triumph over justice," Ransome said.
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Virginia Giuffre claimed Epstein forced her to have sex with his attorney, Alan Dershowitz, and others beginning when she was 16. Giuffre, who is suing Dershowitz for defamation, praised federal prosecutors in New York for showing the case is "being taken in a serious way."

In an interview with the Miami Herald for their investigation into dozens of allegations against Epstein, Giuffre said, "You know, before you know it, I'm being lent out to politicians and to academics and to people that – royalty and people that you just, you would never think 'How did you get into that position of power in the first place?'"
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeffrey-epstein-jailed-victims-speak-out-after-billionaire-financier-charged-with-sex-trafficking/




Yes that’s Donald Trump with Jeffrey Epstein. “He’s a great guy folks, truly terrific!”. Of course you know by now that Trump is of course dismissing himself from the fact that he knows Jeffrey Epstein. And you might be thinking “hey wait a minute – what about Bill Clinton???” Well if he’s implicated then that will play itself out. And we won’t get to that this week. But we will get to Alex Acosta, who offered a plea deal for Epstein 10 years ago, and is now coming back to bite him in the ass hard.

President Trump's secretary of Labor is back in the spotlight for his connection to Jeffrey Epstein after the billionaire was charged Monday with sex trafficking.

Alexander Acosta, who as a U.S. attorney oversaw a favorable 2008 plea deal for Epstein, is likely to face growing pressure as new details emerge about the financier’s alleged victimization of young girls in New York and Florida.

House Democrats have renewed their calls for Acosta to step down, and some of Trump's allies view the Labor secretary as a political liability moving forward.

“The president's going to be furious,” said former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg. “I can’t imagine that he’s going to stay there for very long.”
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/452084-epstein-charges-put-trump-labor-secretary-back-in-spotlight




Yes, that is Donald Trump having dinner with billionaire sex offender Robert Kraft.


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We need some music for this one:



Yes, Trump don’t know much about history. Or biology. Or the French he took. Ever since our president, @realDonaldTrump, got a taste of France’s grandiose military celebration known as Bastille Day, Trump has always wanted him a piece of that sweet, sweet, dictator chic. So of course, he’s throwing a parade the size of his ego, with a budget to match. I mean he originally had a budget of $1 million and it came out to about $93 million. Any director who went 547% over budget would be fired instantly. And of course it was also a total shit show. Because this happened. You know what? Let’s show the clip first.



And come on, even Mick Jagger was taking shots at you. Here’s what he said at Gillette Stadium:



Anyway with that out of the way, how dumb was @realDonaldTrump’s remarks?

President Donald Trump celebrated "the greatest political journey in human history" Thursday in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy, cheering crowd of spectators, many of them invited, on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. Supporters welcomed his tribute to the U.S. military while protesters assailed him for putting himself center stage on a holiday devoted to unity.

Trump called on Americans to "stay true to our cause" in a "Salute to America" program that adhered to patriotic themes and hailed an eclectic mix of history's heroes, from the armed forces, space, civil rights and other endeavors of American life.

While the president avoided diversions into his agenda or re-election campaign, his speech, however, contained historical errors. In outlining the history of Independence Day, Trump claimed the Army "took over the airports" during the American Revolution and evoked the battle of Fort McHenry, which occurred decades later during the War of 1812. There was no air travel in America in the 18th century.

"In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York," Trump said. "... Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant."
https://www.necn.com/news/politics/Washington-Fourth-of-July-Trump-Military-512210491.html




I love that graphic so much! OK so Trump says that they took over the airports in the Revolutionary War, but wait a minute – airports didn’t exist in the Revolutionary War! It’s not like the Founding Fathers ambushed the British army during the battle for the LaGuardia Terminal C Food Court. Oh wait, that never happened! But at least George Washington and his men dined on plenty of Long John Silvers afterwards! Yes, the first flight didn’t commence until 1903! But here’s where it gets good. Remember the endless amounts of shit that the GOP threw at Obama for years for reading off a teleprompter? Well…

President Donald Trump said Friday that a teleprompter mishap led to his much-mocked July Fourth flub in which he talked about defending airports during the American Revolution.

"The teleprompter went out," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"It just went out – it went kaput."

During his Independence Day speech paying tribute to the military, Trump sowed confusion when he began talking about air defenses during the American Revolution, which took place more than a century before the invention of the airplane.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/05/donald-trump-faults-teleprompter-airports-revolution-flub/1657077001/


You know what? Don’t blame the teleprompter. In fact let’s show that picture of his view:



Dude, seriously, you're standing behind 4 1/2 inches of bulletproof glass. I would think the teleprompter is the least of your worries! And seriously, you have rooftop snipers and F16s flying overhead and tanks on the streets, paranoid much? And just remember what Sarah Palin said about teleprompters, anybody remember that?



Yeah that happened! Just the sheer stupidity of it… AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! But you know was Trump’s July 4th Americagasm Spectacular a celebration of all things extreme right wing toxic patriotism or was it a chilling preview of what martial law might look like? I’d say it’s more the latter than the former.

Tanks for President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration were seen arriving in Washington on Tuesday morning, just days before the event is scheduled to take place.

NBC News captured video of the tanks — two Bradley and two Abrams tanks — purportedly en route to the National Mall for Thursday’s event. Also in transport are support vehicles, including an M88, used to help recover heavy armored vehicles.

A photographer for the Associated Press also spotted two M1A1 Abrams tanks along with four other military vehicles on a freight train in southeast D.C. on Monday night.

On Monday, Trump told reporters that tanks would be stationed outside of the Fourth of July celebration, but gave no further details.

Two U.S. defense officials familiar with the planning confirmed that Trump's remarks at Thursday's event are expected to be roughly 20 minutes long, with approximately four minutes dedicated to each service of the military.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/tanks-arrive-d-c-trump-s-fourth-july-celebration-n1025786





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We need to talk about the Census. Is it OK to ask if a person is an American citizen? No! And add to the fact that Trump is taking some absolutely scary steps to bring America closer to Nazi Germany, this latest racist dog whistle of an abomination is rearing its’ ugly head once again. So we all know that Trump doesn’t know history. But he also must have skipped the class about the US Constitution too, because SCOTUS shot down the question, but he’s determined to override that decision – which could be dangerous, deadly, and definitely frightening. Add to the fact that he’s got an attorney general with his head up his ass and this could be a Category 5 Shit Storm.

Attorney General William Barr said Monday he sees a way to legally require 2020 census respondents to declare whether or not they are citizens, despite a Supreme Court ruling that forbade asking the question.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Trump administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to add the controversial census query. Barr would not detail the plans, though a senior official said President Trump is expected to issue a memorandum to the Commerce Department instructing it to include the question on census forms.

The Supreme Court recently blocked the question, at least temporarily, saying the administration's justification "seems to have been contrived." That was a blow to Mr. Trump, who has been pressing for the government to demand information about citizenship.

The U.S. Census Bureau's experts have said requiring such information would discourage immigrants from participating in the survey and result in a less accurate count. That in turn would redistribute money and political power away from Democratic-led cities where immigrants tend to cluster to whiter, rural areas where Republicans do well.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/barr-census-citizenship-question-sees-legal-way-to-add-it/




Yes so the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants is just turning into a colossal “fuck you” to areas where they don’t have total control over the populace. You know, like those pesky major cities for instance. But some good news is that if this is the hill that they choose to die on (among the thousands of other hills), this could have some serious consequences for the attorney general.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that the House will vote “soon” on a contempt resolution for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents on the proposed addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

“Before the break, the Oversight Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to hold the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce in contempt of Congress for defying the Committee’s bipartisan subpoenas for documents that would shed light on the real reason the administration added a citizenship question,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to other House Democrats. “We will be moving forward in the whole House soon.”

However, the Speaker did not provide details on when that vote will be held, or what kind of contempt resolution lawmakers might be voting on.

The Hill has reached out to Democratic leadership for comment.

Pelosi earlier Monday also criticized the Trump administration over the citizenship question, calling it an attempt to "make America white again."
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/452104-pelosi-house-will-vote-soon-on-contempt-for-barr-ross-over-census-docs




Yup, make America white again is probably the most apt description of what they’re trying to do. So what else could possibly be in store if they decide to keep fucking with the census? And that by the way is something you do not fuck with. But of course, like everything else Trump takes a dump on, he leaves a trail of bad decisions, and fired employees along the way. Just look at how many lawyers he’s gone through trying to pull this off:

We don’t know whether the Department of Justice lawyers working on the census case were fired en masse or quit. Either way, Sunday’s announcement was a genuinely shocking development in President Donald Trump’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 count. It’s bizarre to the point of being unprecedented for the government to change horses like this in the middle of such a highly time-sensitive legal process.

The move signals that the Trump administration is very likely on the way to making some doubtful legal claims — claims that will have to be in stark contradiction to what the Department of Justice has already said to the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, in a lawsuit brought by civil-rights groups trying to scrap the question.

In case your long July Fourth weekend was enjoyable enough to lose track of the census saga, here’s a recap.

On the last day of its term, June 27, the Supreme Court held in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts — joined by the court’s four liberals — that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had not given an honest explanation for why he wanted to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census in the first place. Roberts also held — in a section of his opinion joined by the court’s four other conservatives — that, in principle, there is nothing unlawful or unconstitutional about asking people for their citizenship on the census. Roberts sent the case back to the district court in New York.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-07-08/trump-census-battle-continues-with-new-justice-department-lawyers




And by the way in case you’re wondering what this could mean, what the constitutional significance of this is, well, don’t ask our president, because he doesn’t really know. In fact he doesn’t know that there’s two different types of the Census – a short form and a long form. And the long form questionnaire comes every other decade and switches with the short form every 10 years.

The census has been conducted every decade since 1790 to get a national head count used most critically to decide the distribution of congressional representation. At first it was conducted by U.S. marshals, but later surveys were sent to most American households, with census workers helping those who didn't promptly return their surveys.

The last time a citizenship question was among the census questions for all U.S. households was in 1950. That form asked where each person was born and in a follow-up question asked, "If foreign born — Is he naturalized?"

In 1960, there was no such question about citizenship, only about place of birth.

Sanders mentioned the year 1965 on Tuesday, but the census only comes every 10 years, so it isn't clear what she was referring to, and the White House did not respond to a request for clarification.

In 1970, the Census Bureau began sending around two questionnaires: a short-form questionnaire to gather basic population information and a long form that asked detailed questions about everything from household income to plumbing. The short form went to most households in America. The long form was sent to a much smaller sample of households, 1 in 6. Most people didn't get it.

Starting in 1970, questions about citizenship were included in the long-form questionnaire but not the short form. For instance, in 2000, those who received the long form were asked, "Is this person a CITIZEN of the United States?"

The 2000 long-form survey, sent to a subset of Americans, asked about citizenship. The more widely distributed census short form that year did not.
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The short form kept it simple: name, relationship, age, sex, Hispanic origin, race, marital status and whether the home is owned or rented.
https://www.npr.org/2018/03/27/597436512/fact-check-has-citizenship-been-a-standard-census-question





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Oh Proud Boys, what have you got yourselves into this time? You know if you didn’t see last week’s edition, we asked how the Proud Boys vs Antifa was still a thing. Well you know everybody’s favorite alt right fight club is always out looking to kick some ass. But when you’re looking to kick some ass, don’t be surprised and go screaming to mama when somebody actually does kick your ass. After all, you’re the ones who started the fight. And you know wherever the Proud Boys show up, Antifa is almost sure to follow. Kind of like moths to a bug zapper, it’s inevitable. So before we get into it, here’s my favorite thing about this recent rally – it seems they don’t know how to do logistics!

Organizers of a “Demand Free Speech” rally planned for Saturday in Washington, D.C., told the National Park Service that they expect up to 1,000 participants—but wrote that there “could be more or less”—to attend their demonstration. Given the fact that, per the sponsoring group’s permit application, they’ve rented only one toilet, perhaps they’re banking on the “less.”

A copy of an event permit application the National Park Service provided to The Daily Beast shows event organizers’ stated plans for the rally, which is expected to attract members of the Proud Boys, identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and followers of far-right personalities including Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, and Gavin McInnes, who have been removed from social media platforms for violating community guidelines. The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reports that the application has been approved and that counter-protesters plan to rally across the street from Freedom Plaza.

Event organizers told NPS in their application that they will assemble an event space with 10 chairs, five tables, one tent, and just one portable restroom. Organizers stated they will have space for 50 camera tripods but will not assemble a press riser. They are expecting one bus and 22 speakers, and wrote on the permit that “no marches or parades” will happen during the event.

In a section stating expected disruptions to the event, event organizers wrote “Antifa” and “All Out DC,” which is a coalition of groups organizing to oppose their rally on Saturday. Rally organizers state that they will have 50 event marshals providing “protection and security” at the event who will wear “red stop hate hats.” Those marshals, organizers state, will use 20 handheld radios and 10 bullhorns at the event.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-free-speech-rally-expecting-1000-participants-one-bathroom/




Damn right!!! Pass the butter. That sounds like the worst festival ever. Oh and by the way, just like their favorite president, Trump, the Proud Boys love inflating crowd sizes. Because unlike their actual estimated crowd size, they were far outnumbered by hundreds of counter protestors. So while the Proud Boys shoot their mouths off, they really are a bunch of snowflakes when you think about it.
A gaggle of far-right political activists, members of the Proud Boys, and hundreds of supporters gathered in downtown Washington, D.C., on Saturday for a rally that sought to highlight personalities who have been banned from various social media and payment-processing platforms for violating community guidelines, who demanded that they have their accounts reinstated on the grounds of “free speech.” The rally took place on one of the hottest days of the year at the shadeless Freedom Plaza, which is across the street from the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Despite organizers’ estimate, as stated on a permit application, that they expected up to 1,000 people to attend their rally, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes and other far-right speakers took to the stage to address no more than a few hundred people and plug new websites and endeavors they have launched since their social media bans marginalized them in the broader conservative movement. However, The Daily Beast’s Will Sommer reported that the “free speech” message from the stage “was often overshadowed by threats of violence from the rally’s other speakers and a booming rival demonstration nearby,” where counter-demonstrators gathered and held a go-go dance party.

Coming on the heels of an altercation in Portland between antifascists and Quillette writer Andy Ngo the prior weekend, tensions flared leading up to the rally. Right-wing social media stars circulated unverified claims that they had received threats from antifascists of acid attacks and other violence ahead of the rally. Speaking of a counter-demonstration taking place nearby, Yiannopoulos warned attendees of the right-wing rally that there were “400 people a block or two away who want you dead;” those allegedly murderous counter-demonstrators, Yiannapoulos said, get their cues on who to attack from journalists. He told the crowd, “There’s every chance that someone will beat the shit out of you on your way home.” Photographs and videos from the day’s events show many rally attendees at the perimeter of the rally, attempting to heckle and goad their opposition.

Scuffles were anticipated, but never materialized; Washington police strictly enforced a barrier between groups gathered at Saturday’s rally and yanked otherwise eager provocateurs out of crowds before situations escalated. Photos taken outside the event did show Washington police officers behaving approvingly toward members of the Proud Boys.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/far-right-rally-sizzles-on-washington-pavement/




Oh, Milo, Milo, Milo. Paranoid, much? Here’s the thing – you can be a paranoid, racist piece of shit all you want in private, but when you take that shit public, be prepared to suffer the consequences! Think of it like trying to bathe a cat – you know you’re not going to simply dunk that cat in the bathtub without it wanting to scratch your eyes out. Just ask Nick Fury. What, too soon? Oh and the hits keep getting worse for the Proud Boys, because this happened.

After posting bail in March for a member of the often-violent, far-right Proud Boys group, Nicholas Carefelle was let go last month from his position at the GEO Group, a private prison contractor that runs immigrant detention centers for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, reports Willamette Week.

Donovan Flippo, a self-professed member of the Proud Boys, had just been arrested in for an alleged assault against an anti-fascist activist that took place in 2018 when Carfelle stepped up to pay Flippo’s $750 bail.

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Proud Boys as a hate group due to its members’ repeated use of violence and extremist rhetoric, and are known for expressing anti-Muslim sentiments. Willamette Week’s Katie Shepherd was unable to determine the exact nature of Carefelle’s work for GEO, or whether he had direct contact with immigrants. However, before Carefelle was fired by GEO, she reported:

[Carefelle] performs work for the federal government under contracts with ICE. The GEO Group has access to government information about immigrants and access to immigrant detainees through detention centers, probation services, and transport operations. GEO Group, which specializes in incarceration, runs “residential centers,” or detention centers, where ICE houses detainees awaiting hearings in immigration court.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/proud-boy-member-fired-by-ice-contractor-following-expose/




Holy shit!!!! When you’re too racist for ICE, that’s pretty fucking racist!!! I mean we all know that ICE and CBP are run by some ridiculously crazy people but when you’re too far out there for them, that’s pretty fucking far out there! And of course wherever the Proud Boys go, you can rest assured that what will follow is their usual shit show of police and Antifa. But yeah… how is this still a thing? Oh yeah drugs, you got to have drugs.

A far-right rally scheduled for downtown Washington on Saturday has been thrown into disarray by dramatic allegations centering on cocaine, a love triangle, and the far-right Proud Boys men’s group.

“The Proud Boys? More like the Joke Boys,” Republican congressional candidate Omar Navarro, a key player in the bizarre feud, told The Daily Beast.

The drama has torn apart one-time allies prominent on the pro-Trump internet and cost the so-called “Demand Free Speech” rally at least one speaker, after other prominent right-wing celebrities already cited other reasons for not appearing. While the rally was meant to protest the banning of conservative figures from social media, the surrounding drama has cast a shadow over the event.

On one side of the fight: Navarro, a perennial challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) whose losing campaigns against the liberal stalwart have become a cause celebre on the right.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/proud-boys-rally-rocked-by-sex-cocaine-allegations





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



It’s no secret that the 737 Max 8 has been the most controversial plane in Boeing’s lineup and its’ troubled recent history has had buyers be obviously skeptical about purchasing the plane. It’s also had passengers’ fears about buying tickets on and riding these planes escalated. Which is naturally understandable after two easily preventable crashes stemmed from corporate greed and extremely shady business practices that have since come out in the open. So why is the 737 Max 8 so controversial? Well there’s many theories. But here’s what is actually happening with the ill-fated jetliner.

In the final, harrowing seconds of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the pilots tried desperately to keep their Boeing 737 Max aloft.

Nothing worked. Not pulling back on the yoke to try to get the nose up. Not attempting to adjust the trim, the preliminary report on the crash would show. Making matters worse, multiple alarms, clackers and other audible warnings distracted the pair. The jet crashed in March outside Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing 157.

The crash laid bare Boeing's shortcomings in having designed an automated flight system that overrode the actions of the flight crew. But it also raised questions about pilot experience — whether mistakes were made in the cockpit and whether foreign airlines require pilots to have enough training. Those questions will be at the fore Monday, when a committee of the United Nations-backed body that sets international standards for air travel is scheduled to take a fresh look at pilot requirements.

In the U.S., 1,500 hours. Overseas, 240 hours

In the U.S., copilots must have a minimum of 1,500 flight hours, the same as pilots, before they can take the right seat in a commercial airliner. Internationally, it's only 240 hours and can include a mix of time in simulators.

While the preliminary accident report in the Ethiopian crash showed the 29-year-old pilot had 8,122 hours of flight time, the 25-year-old first officer had only 361 total hours, having received his commercial airline license three months earlier.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/07/06/boeing-737-max-crash-grounded-problems-flight-training-pilots-faa/1641781001/




So the rest of the world is way behind the US on the amount of flight time training that the US has to endure before one becomes a pilot. But that’s not the only thing plaguing the ill-fated jet. There’s also that faulty software that could steer the autopilot right into the ground or ocean. And the reason why the software is faulty will make you either wretch or seething in anger.

Sources close to the ongoing effort to recertify the 737 MAX 8 told CNN that flight simulator testing uncovered a completely different way that the plane could suddenly pitch down, and that this one could have been even harder for a pilot to handle in an emergency. According to the report, a microprocessor failure in the 737 MAX 8's computer system could result in something known in the industry as runaway stabilizer trim.

The stabilizer is the smaller, horizontal wings on the tail of the aircraft that normally stabilizes the aircraft in flight, and the degree to which they are facing relative to the wind passing over or under them--known as the angle of attack, or AOA--can lift the tail upward or push it downward relative to the rest of the plane.

Too far in either direction and it is said to "runaway", at which point a pilot is supposed to cut power to the stabilizer using a wheeled lever in the cockpit. This should correct the stabilizer and return it to its normal, mostly forward-facing angle.

This mechanism is at the heart of the MCAS anti-stall system whose malfunction investigators suspect was a major factor in the crashes of Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. Those crashes, both 737 MAX 8 aircraft, occurred less than six months apart, prompting the worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX 8 back in March which is still in effect. In the case of the MCAS, if the aircrafts AOA sensors detect an angle that indicates the plane is at risk of stalling, the MCAS is supposed to increase the stabilizer's AOA to compensate, leveling the aircraft out.
https://interestingengineering.com/new-flaw-in-737-max-8-computer-found-that-could-send-plane-into-nosedive




So combine faulty software engineering already resulted in a very toxic and dangerous combination that will be sure to cause a crash or two. And it did. But why, after nearly a year, is the plane still being grounded? Well, this is what happens when excessive corporate greed gets in the way of producing a safe product for the general public consumption. And the problems still continue.

Boeing’s 737 Max problem keeps getting worse. The plane has been grounded for months, after Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 both crashed, killing all 346 people aboard the two aircraft. In the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash, the FAA eventually mandated that the planes stay on the ground while Boeing worked out a fix. That fix has now been delayed again, due to the discovery of another flaw that can lead to the nose of the aircraft being pointed inappropriately downward. “Government pilots discovered that a microprocessor failure could push the nose of the plane toward the ground,” CNN reports, adding that “it is not known whether the microprocessor played a role in either crash.”

This appears to be distinct from the problem with the MCAS system, which is believed to have been critical to both previous crashes. In these events, the planes — which relied on data from a single, potentially faulty angle-of-attack sensor, without a backup sensor — drove the aircraft directly into the ground, despite pilot attempts to override it. The implication of the CNN report is that the microprocessor failure is separate from the AOA sensor failure, but there’s nothing to identify what subsystem the chip is in, or whether there are redundant parts that are supposed to take over the functionality in the event of a failure.

Once again, this will mean additional delays for the 737 Max’s return to the skies. Reuters reports that Boeing will not conduct a recertification flight until July 8, best-case, but that the delays could stretch on for several weeks more. There’s a bit of uncertainty on whether a hardware change might be required. CNN states: “Boeing engineers are trying to determine if the microprocessor issue can be fixed by reprogramming software or if replacing the physical microprocessors on each 737 Max aircraft may be required.”
https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/294128-new-737-max-flaw-keeps-jet-grounded-as-past-boeing-problems-surface




Yes they may actually have to shrink like Ant-Man and go in and physically replace the defective microprocessors in the flight controllers. Except oh wait – that’s not real and the Pym Particle doesn’t exist. So how can Boeing resolve this problem? Throwing money at the problem won’t help and it has hurt their pending sales big time, which could cost the company millions. But don’t expect a fix any time soon.

Boeing's very bad year just got worse. It is now facing the very real possibility that the 737 Max crisis will stretch into next year.

Even after it gets the planes back in the air, it will have to make deliveries of new planes to its customers. Until that backlog is cleared up, its earnings will suffer.

The company, had its best-selling 737 Max grounded in March following two fatal crashes, said this week that it will have to delay its efforts to get the plane back in the air because a new potential problem with the jet has been discovered during testing.

Experts have been expecting that the planes could be back in the air by August. The three US airlines that own the 737 Max -- Southwest (LUV), United (UAL) and American (AAL) airlines - had canceled flights using that plane only through early September.

But now a Boeing (BA) official confirmed to CNN Business that the company does not expect to submit a new software fix to the US Federal Aviation Administration for testing until September. "We believe this can be updated through a software fix," said the official. The new time frame was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/29/business/boeing-737-max-outlook/index.html




That’s just one problem

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




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



My fair congregation!!! Today we are engaged in spiritual warfare of the highest caliber and it involves our government and our entertainment industry. And with today’s sermon I am going to test the limits of our tax exempt status! Yes, we are a church, which means that we enjoy the fruits of our labor without having to pay Uncle Sam, but that also means that we have limits on the things we can say or not. Well, today I am going to test those limits! How you might ask? Well there’s many ways the good LAWRD intended for us to do so. I mean you know that the White House is a holy land and everywhere we stand on it is holy?

Last month, Paula White, a televangelist who is a key spiritual adviser to and supporter of President Trump, preached at The River Church in Tampa, Florida, which was founded by fellow right-wing pastor and radical conspiracy theorist Rodney Howard-Browne. During her sermon, White proclaimed that she is making the White House “holy ground” simply by her presence.

“The church is Christ’s body in which he speaks and acts and by which he fills everything,” White proclaimed, “including the White House, including government halls.”

“How does he do that?” she asked. “He does that through you. He does that through me. Wherever I go, God rules. When I walk on White House grounds, God walks on White House grounds. When I walked in The River, God walked in The River. When I go in to the dry cleaners, that dry cleaning place becomes holy. I have every right and authority to declare the White House as holy ground because I was standing there and where I stand is holy.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/paula-white-the-white-house-is-holy-ground-because-where-i-stand-is-holy/




Yes, somehow these people still tend to maintain their tax exempt status, and that to me is a good mystery, but how can the LAWRD solve it? Well, he can solve it through the art of spiritual warfare which comes about in so many different ways. Can I get an amen??? Now one way that the LAWRD is working is through the US Women’s National Team. Oh wait, that’s SAYTAN’s work you godless heathens!!

While many Americans were thrilled over the World Cup victory of the U.S. Women’s National Team, some conservatives weren’t so thrilled about the team’s outspoken players, especially standout star Megan Rapinoe, a lesbian who has made her disapproval of President Donald Trump extremely clear. Janet Boynes, who spoke at the recent “ex-gay” Freedom March in Washington, D.C., published a column in Charisma on Friday saying that Rapinoe’s emphatic declaration that she would not visit the White House “proves we are in a spiritual battle.”

Like many Religious Right leaders and activists, Boynes was sharply critical of President Barack Obama. However, during the Trump administration, she quotes Bible verses encouraging people to submit to their leaders. From her column at Charisma, a Trump-promoting media outlet with a largely Pentecostal audience:

I am convinced that we are in a spiritual battle. We need God more than ever. Hebrew 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will must give an account. Let them do this with joy and not complaining, for that would not be profitable to you.” When we say we love God, we should also want to obey His commandments.

Those who do not submit to God will not submit to those in authority. Rapinoe is asking her team to support her by not going to the White House. We get the sense that she feels the need to control everyone around her.
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/megan-rapinoes-criticism-of-trump-a-sign-of-spiritual-warfare-says-ex-gay-speaker/




Yes, those people too enjoy their tax exempt status! I mean why don’t I? I’m just a simple pastor here, so the question remains: Why do I still have to fill out my 1040-EZ form like a commoner? I ask you oh LAWRD!!!! I mean I can talk about anything and tie it back to JAYSUS, like the end times (which we have done), like the Dark One (which we do every week), and even like guns (which we have)!

Right-wing “comedian” Steven Crowder interviewed Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton for a “masterclass” on the meaning of the Second Amendment, during which Barton insisted that the Second Amendment grants average citizens the right to own tanks or any other weapon of war.

Barton has repeatedly insisted that the Founding Fathers intended for there to be no limits whatsoever on the Second Amendment and that citizens are therefore entitled to own any weapon they might need to fight off a foreign invasion or even their own government, including fighter jets, and he repeated this claim to Crowder.

“The deal was you have a right to defend yourself,” Barton said. “So, the biggest weapon in that day would have been a cannon—hand’s down, a cannon. You’re allowed, as a citizen, to own cannons.”

“Whatever the government had, you could have,” he added, “because we might have to take on the government some day. We hope that never happens, but in case it does, we defend ourselves from anything that comes after us; whether it’s from foreign or domestic, whether it’s a gang, whether it’s a government, whether it’s a crazy uncle, we don’t care. So, for them, there was no limitation on what you could use or how you could defend yourself.”

“They were OK with cannons and that would be our equivalent of high-capacity magazines or machine guns,” Barton insisted, “or it could be equivalent to a tank.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/david-barton-the-second-amendment-protects-your-right-to-own-a-tank/




And that is true, good reverend! No one is saying those things. Instead they’re saying Dark One this, and guns that, and Fox News that. Yet, they don’t pay any taxes, so why should I? I ask you, my fair congregation!!! Can I get an amen??? But really, apparently GAWD is working through spiritual forces to ensure another 4 years of the Dark One – whose name shall not be spoken in my church, to make sure his reelection happens. Come on IRS!!!

On July 3, right-wing pro-Trump pastor Hank Kunneman held a special “Pray For America” event at his Lord of Hosts Church in Omaha, Nebraska, during which he called for Heaven to release “angelic reinforcements” to protect President Trump and Vice President Pence and ensure that they will control the White House for the next 12 years.

During the service, Kunneman, who brags of being “known for a strong prophetic anointing as he preaches,” spoke in tongues, passionately hugged an American flag, and proclaimed that when the fireworks were shot off during Trump’s “Salute to America” event on the National Mall on the 4th of July, it would be a signal that a “myriad of angels” were being released from Heaven.

“May there be a divine protection, angelic assistance, angelic reinforcements for President Trump,” Kunneman preached. “Angelic reinforcements, angelic reinforcements, we call for the command for the army of the hosts of Heaven, we speak to the commander of the army of hosts, more angelic reinforcements for President Trump. Lord, more angelic reinforcements. We call upon the God of Heaven, angelic reinforcements over the agenda that you have placed in the heart of his president, over this administration. More angelic reinforcements!”

“We speak a divine protection,” he added. “Not one hair on your head, President Trump, will be harmed in any way … We break the powers of darkness. Every satanic altar of evil where your name is mentioned, President Trump, we speak and command the fire of God to bring it to ashes.”
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/hank-kunneman-calls-on-god-to-release-angelic-reinforcements-to-ensure-trump-wins-in-2020/




So, IRS, are we cool? I thought so! Mass has ended, may you go in peace!!! That’s it this week for:




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OK conservatives – we get it! You hate Nike! You really hate Nike! Now I want you to show me on the doll where the swoosh hurt you. Just in your mind? That’s it? Stop it already. What’s the latest conservative beef with the shoe company? Well, Nike had planned to roll out a shoe featuring the Betsy Ross flag on it. And well, their boy Colin Kaepernick had some concerns about it. Which of course got the conservatives’ underwear in a wad over who is the more rootin’ tootin’ ‘Murica worshipper than the next guy. Because in addition to hating Nike, they really hate Colin Kaepernick!

Nike pulled an American-flag-themed shoe design after the former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who endorses Nike, said he and others found the specific flag design offensive, associating it with the time of slavery in America, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

The company had meant for the Air Max 1 USA to go on sale this week in tandem with the Fourth of July. The heel of the shoe featured a version of the US flag with 13 white stars, which was created circa the 1770s during the American Revolution and is commonly referred to as the Betsy Ross flag.

Citing unnamed sources, The Journal said Kaepernick contacted the company after images of the shoe started appearing online and said that people, himself included, considered the Betsy Ross flag an "offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery."

As The Journal noted, the flag also sparked controversy back in 2016 after students waved it at a high-school football game in Michigan. Some parents and students left the game "unsettled," as the flag was seen by some as a symbol of white supremacy and white nationalism, according to the local news outlet Mlive.com.
https://www.mysanantonio.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Nike-faces-backlash-on-social-media-after-pulling-14065729.php




That’s a good question and I’m sure that conservatives are probably thinking that right now! I mean if you hate them, then you must hate Jesus! But we get it conservatives, you love your flag more than you love life itself. And that’s not a bad thing, but really, lighten up guys. You know why Nike pulled the Betsy Ross shoe? Well if you don’t then you’re part of the problem.

The decision caused an instant backlash among conservatives who accused Nike of denigrating U.S. history, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tweeting that he is asking the state's Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives promised to Nike to build a plant in the state.

Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the Betsy Ross flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.

The Anti-Defamation League does not include it in its database of hate symbols. Mark Pitcavage, a senior research fellow for the ADL's Center on Extremism, said extremist groups have occasionally used it, but the flag is most commonly used by people for patriotic purposes.

"We view it as essentially an innocuous historical flag," Pitcavage said. "It's not a thing in the white supremacist movement."

Nike said in statement that "it pulled the shoe based on concerns that it could unintentionally offend and detract from the nation's patriotic holiday." The company pushed back against criticism that the decision was being "anti-American."
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-nike-kaepernick-betsy-ross-flag-20190703-53bqcmqhkzh7dad5dgvpcopkqi-53bqcmqhkzh7dad5dgvpcopkqi-story.html




Oh come on conservatives, lighten up and have a sense of humor. Seriously, Nike only committed the worst kind of discrimination – the kind against you. It’s not about the American flag – it’s about you personally. Nike hurt your feelings. But your ego is so big that you think that Nike hurting your feelings is hurting America’s feelings.

Nike’s sales have only grown since it seized attention with its ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. So, the shoemaker deferred to its star endorser when he raised concerns over a sneaker featuring an early American flag.

Nike pulled the Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on the heel. Kaepernick reached out to Nike after learning they planned to release the sneaker to explain that the flag recalls an era when black people were enslaved and that it has been appropriated by white nationalist groups, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press.

The person requested not to be named because the conversation was intended to be private.

Nike decided to recall the shoe after it had been already sent to retailers to go on sale this week for the July Fourth holiday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Others expressed surprise that the symbol known as the “Betsy Ross” flag, so named after the beloved Philadelphia woman credited with designing it, could be considered offensive. Although some extremist groups appear to have appropriated the flag, it is not widely viewed as a symbol of hate, and is used in museums that focus on 18th century U.S. history.
https://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/national/report-nike-pulls-flag-sneaker-after-kaepernick-complaint/




OK so white supremacists adopted the Betsy Ross flag as a symbol of modern white supremacy. You know, they’re not like your dad’s white supremacists. They’re the hip, trendy white supremacists you see on social media. Conservatives love to fight weird battles. And they’ll get pissed about a pair of sneakers before they get mad about children sitting in concentration camps. Yeah it’s that fucked up isn’t it? Oh and by the way, conservatives, keep up the Nike boycotts. Because guess what? While you’re complaining and moaning about Nike, they’re busy doing that thing called making money!

Nike's controversial decision to stop selling a patriotic Betsy Ross shoe at the behest of Colin Kaepernick has had a significant impact on the athletic company's market value.

While the company is taking a beating in the public relations department, Nike's market value increased significantly this week after the controversy boiled over, TMZ reported.

As of market close on Friday, Nike shares were up 2 percent in just three days, which added a whopping $3 billion to Nike's market value, which closed at $136.38 billion on Friday.

Kevin O'Leary, an investor on "Shark Tank," told TMZ he believes Nike manufactured the controversy as a marketing ploy.

This is not the first time Nike has capitalized on controversy with Kaepernick.
https://www.theblaze.com/news/nike-market-value-betsy-ross





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Politicians at the state and local levels who are so toxic, you wonder how they’re able to get away with the things they get away with. This is:



This week – Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. How did this guy get elected? Well let’s think of his state here for a minute. Arizona has a long history of electing some absurdly batshit crazy politicians like Joe Arpaio, Jan Brewer, Kirsten Sinema, Jeff Flake (FLAKEY!!!!), and Ron DeSantis. So how did Gov. Ducey make the list? Well, for starters, Gov. Ducey has packed the Arizona state supreme court with a whopping 7 white male conservative justices. Which begs the question – did Gov. Ducey help the court or did he really help himself? Most would suggest the latter than the former.

As he signed legislation expanding the Arizona Supreme Court in 2016, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey promised Arizonans "swift justice."

Dismissing the critics who had accused him of packing the court — and the justices who had said they could handle their caseloads just fine — he argued that moving from a five- to seven-member bench would result in "more voices" and allow the court to "increase efficiency, hear more cases and issue more opinions."

But three years later, the court doesn't seem to operate in a markedly different way than it did before the expansion — despite costing the state an extra $1 million a year.

The number of case filings has increased, but the seven-member court has decided a smaller percentage of them than in many prior years.

There are new voices on the bench, but they all belong to conservative men.

And while the court published more written opinions in the first two years after the expansion, it's unclear whether that trend will hold.

“I don’t want to create the impression that I’m dismissing the idea that there has been some benefit of increasing the size,” Arizona Supreme Court Justice Scott Bales, who served as chief justice through last month, told The Arizona Republic.
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/07/08/arizona-governor-said-expanding-supreme-court-would-bring-benefits-has-it-doug-ducey/2842733002/




Of course who needs to buy things when all you have left to buy is politicians and judges? That’s one way Gov Ducey will pad courts and rig trials. And by the way, just how firmly are Gov. Ducey’s lips placed on Donald Trump’s ass? Well, no one loves getting their ass kissed more than Trump does, and no one loves doing the kissing more than Gov. Ducey does. In fact, he would actually close the Arizona – Mexico border if Trump decided that he wanted to go there.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey softened his stance on a possible U.S.-Mexico border closure after meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday, saying he would support Trump if he opted for a shutdown but hoped any closure would be "as short as possible."

The Oval Office meeting came two days after Ducey had said he "of course" did not want to see the border close. He'd pointed to Mexico's status as "our No. 1 trading partner, times four" and said he wanted "to see us continue to be able to trade," confirming that the White House was aware of his position.

Ducey again called trade with Mexico "incredibly important" after his Wednesday discussion with Trump.

"But, border security comes first," he told reporters in Washington, D.C.

The governor indicated the president had not made a final decision regarding a border closure, despite multiple threats to do so over the last week. On Twitter and in conversations with reporters, Trump had repeatedly said Mexico needed to help block the recent swell of migrant families at the border or face the consequences.
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2019/04/03/after-meeting-donald-trump-arizona-gov-doug-ducey-softens-stance-possible-border-closure/3356708002/




And in case you’re wondering how in bed Doug Ducey is, take a look at what he did when Nike announced that it was pulling a controversial shoe with a Betsy Ross flag design. Rather than look at why Nike pulled the shoe, he simply told Nike to go fuck itself, and may have screwed his entire state over in the process.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Tuesday announced that he will ask the state's commerce authority to pull financial incentives for Nike after the company decided not to release a Betsy Ross flag sneaker.

Ducey slammed the move to pull the sneaker, a decision which was reportedly influenced by former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, as the company bowing "to the current onslaught of political correctness and historical revisionism."

Nike was planning a "major" investment in Goodyear, Ariz., Ducey said. He said that he has ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw financial incentives it had been providing Nike to locate there.

"Today was supposed to be a good day in Arizona, with the announcement of a major @Nike investment in Goodyear, AZ," the governor said in the first of a nine-tweet thread.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/451292-arizona-governor-says-state-withdrawing-financial-incentives-from-nike




And by the way Gov. Ducey, if you’re trashing Nike, a word of advice, maybe I don’t know, don’t get caught wearing the apparel of the brand you claim to despise. So in one sentence you claim to despise Nike because, ‘Murica, and in the next you’re wearing their products? Yeah that is what we believe one would call “utter hypocrisy”.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) was criticized online after he was spotted wearing a pair of Nike sneakers on Thursday, days after the Republican lawmaker announced plans to have the state's commerce authority to pull financial incentives for the brand over its decision to yank a Betsy Ross flag-themed sneaker.

In a photo shared on the official Twitter page for the Coconino County Democrats on Thursday, the governor is seen sporting a pair of black and white Nikes at an outing on the Fourth of July.

“Wow, @dougducey standing on principle wearing his Nikes for the 4th of July,” the group captioned the photo on Twitter, adding the “#nikeboycott” and “#Nike” hashtags.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/451845-arizona-gop-governor-sports-nike-shoes-just-2-days-after-blasting




If you can’t trust Gov. Ducey’s opinions on brands, what can you trust him with? That’s Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, yet another in the long and ever growing list of:




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Ah Dallas, it’s the end of our Texas Roadshow. We traveled nearly 1600 miles to get here, and I really need a drink!



So of course you know the idea behind this segment is that we don’t mix booze and politics, but we do mix booze and comedy! So tell me, bartender, what goes well with dodgeball? Oh a poppy flavored lollipop? Well you’re a doo doo head!! Ah you know I’ll just take my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. I call it the Double Jack! Folks, one of America’s most time-honored traditions, the trash talking, playground bullying sport known as Dodgeball is under attack. And really, you are just now figuring this out about Dodgeball? I mean just how bad is our favorite playground pastime?

Most people would call dodgeball a harmless playground activity, but a team of Canadian researchers argue the game is a tool of oppression that can unfairly target students perceived as “weaker individuals.”

The group presented their argument Monday at a conference organized by the Canadian Society for the Study of Education in Vancouver, according to CTV News.

They claim dodgeball — which requires players to eliminate their opponents by hitting them with rubber balls — teaches students to dehumanize each other and creates unsafe conditions in schools.

“Dodgeball is the only game where the human is the target. No other games focus on it,” study co-presenter Joy Butler, a professor at the University of British Columbia, told CTV News.

“It’s tantamount to legalized bullying,” she added.

Butler worked alongside David Burns, a professor at the Kwantlen Polytechnic, and Claire Robson, a professor at Simon Fraser University.
https://wgntv.com/2019/06/09/researchers-dodgeball-is-more-than-a-game-its-legalized-bullying/




Legalized bullying? Seriously, dude, lighten up. Were you the one who always got picked last for softball? Come on, Dodgeball combines two things that are as old as time itself – trash talking and human targets! And I mean come on, if a game of dodgeball breaks out, you should expect to get hurt followed by some trash talking. And I mean really why stop there? Just ban all playground activities while we’re at it. You’re it!

An old State Department of Education document recommending the elimination of “inappropriate” games such as kickball and tag from Alabama physical education curriculums is getting new attention this week.

The state department said it was fielding calls from national media outlets such as CNN and Newsweek on Wednesday after the list was shared by a state department employee earlier this week. As of Wednesday, the document was no longer on the website and the state said it doesn't reflect an official position of the department.

Many of the games and descriptions that are “highly recommended and suggested” not to be allowed in Alabama schools’ P.E. programs also appear to be copy and pasted from one website's so-called "P.E. Hall of Shame," whose director said the recommendations are backed by decades of research.

“Duck, Duck, Goose: A game of minimal participation; the chosen “goose” attempts to get up from a sitting position and try to catch the “ducker” who only has to go about 60 feet and already has a full running head start. Everyone else just sits and screams at ear-shattering pitch and decibel levels,” one item reads.
https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/education/2018/08/29/alabama-recommends-eliminating-kickball-tag-schools-why-old-document-has-received-new-interest/1133618002/




Yeah when kickball is outlawed, only outlaws will have kickballs! Suck on that!! OK I think I might have taken things a bit too far here. Nah, this is the Trump administration that we’re living in here, nobody apologizes for anything! So in case you’re wondering whether or not schools are removing our favorite playground past times, let’s take a look at the list of the reasons why.

Bullying

Bullying has been a hot topic in recent years, as the incidence of bullying and cyberbullying and the resultant student anguish has received national news attention. A closer eye has been taken to the issue of student-on-student harassment. Human target games can encourage students to participate in hostile targeting and can mask bullying under the guise of team sports. Games such as dodgeball can inadvertently promote violence, and it can be hard for authority figures to distinguish what’s a hostile attack from what’s innocent play.

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Individual Capacity

Each student is different, and that means that their physical fitness, strength, and personality are all individualistic. In games like dodgeball, students who fall on the lower side of the physical fitness or extroversion scale become easy targets, typically enduring consistent early elimination from such games. This can weigh heavily on young psyches as some students may be routinely excluded from full participation.

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Quality of Activities

Although some games like dodgeball are old classics, a growing concern lies within the educational aspect of such exercises. Meeting the needs of all children, spurring them to take a vested interest in physical activity, teaching them to work together, and also challenging their brains are all integral parts of a well-rounded physical education program. As the health of the nation becomes a growing concern, teaching children how to become active and participate in sports is part of constructing a framework that can lead them to a lifetime of health and wellness.
https://www.edutopia.org/discussion/fall-dodgeball-why-schools-are-removing-competitive-elimination-games-their-pe-curriculum




Come on, why so serious, guys? There’s plenty of reasons to love competitive elimination contests, and you just listed all the reasons. Did you not see the movie Dodgeball? That was the whole point for the stronger ones to beat up on the much weaker ones! And by the way if you ban Dodgeball, only outlaws will be the ones who have Dodgeballs!

The game everyone from the sports teaching know almost. During Dodge ball, two Teams are formed, which are on each side of the field. Then it comes to the players of the opposing team with a Ball to throw, until only one player is left. For generations, international ball is a part of the teaching of sport in Germany and many other countries. And not a few students have carried on from their time at school, a veritable dodgeball Trauma that has developed for some is also a General aversion to ball sports.

scientists from Canada have engaged in a study of how students perceive the game. They came to the conclusion that Dodge ball can be “oppressive” and “dehumanizing”. These are the findings of a survey of students presented to three researchers at a Congress in Vancouver and the “Washington Post” reported. In North America, is played with “Dodgeball” is often an even more stringent version of the international ball, at the several balls at the same time be used.

especially weaker students suffer from dodgeball

“dodgeball is the equivalent of legalized bullying,” said Joy Butler, one of the authors of the study, the TV station CBC. Butler teaches in Vancouver at the British University of Columbia and has worked long as a teacher. The study will soon appear in the journal “European Physical Education Review”.
https://www.oracleglobe.com/breaking/legalized-bullying-scientists-want-to-ban-dodge-ball-from-physical-education-11758.html





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What is up with Texas? That’s the question on the table. Through four parts we’ve journeyed nearly 1500 miles and talked to all kinds of people through this great state. In part 1, we set out to find the real border crisis in El Paso. In part 2, we took a nearly 550 mile road trip down the border to a town that literally shares roads and municipalities with Mexico, the town of Laredo, to find out how bad the border crisis was (turns out, not really). In part 3, we visited the capitol of Austin, where governor Greg Abbott was more concerned that a fried chicken joint didn’t get a stall at the terminal food court than he was about kids being trapped in cages and separated from their parents. And in part 4 we toured the Gulf Coast to find out what’s going on after one of the worst natural disasters in recent history. Now we’re looking at going to college. Texas is home to two very different and unique universities – Texas A&M and University Of Texas – both of which hate each other immensely. For our last segment, we decided to have some fun and talk about sports. And football and sports life dominate Texas A&M and the University Of Texas. Much like USC vs UCLA, Ohio State vs Michigan State, Alabama vs Georgia. I could go on and on. In fact, outside of the major cities, football is practically a religion in the Lone Star State. But just how much does it?

As the summer rolls on, anticipation builds higher and higher for another college football season.

While most will focus on how individual teams are preparing for the 2019 season, some are even breaking down players individually whose potential performance on the NCAA stage provokes plenty of its own excitement.

The Athletic's Bruce Feldman is counting down his top 50 'freaks' heading into the 2019 college football season, and a familiar face in Aggie-land has made the cut.

Five-star freshman tight end Baylor Cupp clocked in at No. 48.

From Feldman: "Jimbo Fisher's had a good run of tight ends, and this early-enrollee five-star freshman figures to be the next one. Fisher gushed about Cupp's athleticism when I spoke to the Aggies coach right after he signed the towering tight end. 'Cupp is 6-6, 245 pounds, runs in the 4.6s, maybe high 4.5s,' he says. 'He can bend, run, has power. In the state track meet as a junior, he ran 22.4 (200 meters) electronic and then turned around and threw the shot 52 feet.'"
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesports/2019/07/09/aggies-reloaded-five-star-texas-am-recruit-makes-bruce-feldmans-2019-freaks-list




Well hopefully the season wont end that badly! So my quest to know more about Texas A&M football took a rather dark turn. In fact the t-shirts the students were wearing were some very, well, off color shirts, to say the least. And their rivalry with the University Of Texas is something that will stand the test of time. They look like dorks!!! Yes, I got caught up in the moment. And they do too.

Texas A&M football struggled in pass defense in 2018. They finished just inside the Top 100 in yards allowed and didn’t get the pass rush going until about halfway through the season. One person who is aiming to change all that is the 2018 class’ top recruit, safety Leon O’Neal.

O’Neal was the No. 75 overall prospect and No. 8 safety according to the 247 Sports composite. He sat most of the season behind Donovan Wilson, occasionally coming in the game when Wilson got ejected for inexplicable targeting calls. He got his only start of the year in the Gator Bowl, a win over NC State in which the Aggie defense held a Top 6 passing attack to just 139 passing yards and 13 points.

The Cypress Springs High School product had six tackles and his only interception of the year, a crucial one coming in the final minute of the first half with the Wolfpack driving. Even with his high ranking as a recruit and his solid showing in the Gator Bowl, O’Neal feels he is being underrated compared to All Big 12 recipient Caden Sterns, also from the 2018 class.

O’Neal took to Twitter to make his displeasure known in the comparison.
https://gigemgazette.com/2019/07/08/texas-am-football-leon-oneal-triggers-texas-fans-glorious/




One thing is certain – if you live in Texas, whether you are liberal or conservative, Texas A&M, or Texas University, don’t insult the Cowboys. Never, ever insult the Cowboys. While that’s happening, at the University Of Texas, they are having one of those “we almost got him” kind of moments. Because they almost had one of the winningest coaches in college football, Nick Saban. Almost.

Nothing ever completely dies in the misinformation explosion of today’s media. The old, bogus claim Nick Saban almost relocated from Tuscaloosa to Austin keeps oozing out and resurfacing. It happened again over the last few days. Twitter has been full of it. Notice, I did not say Twitter is full of it.

Twitter and other social media platforms are not the problem. The problem lies in the content generators themselves, whether they be major media figures or just misguided fans. In terms of the ‘pros’ in today’s media world, eyeballs reign. A click, quickly leading to another click away from b.s. content counts just as much as a someone who values the content.

Splash anything, no matter how devoid of substance, onto the public consciousness and the tote boards ring with a payoff. Admittedly, many of the tote boards are measuring return in pennies – but buzz-creating, homerun content can gin up more than pennies, sometimes a lot more.

Anything casting Alabama football or Nick Saban in an unfavorable light has an above-average chance of garnering a high number of eyeballs. The sizzle generated requires no relationship to reality.
https://bamahammer.com/2019/07/10/alabama-football-stop-nick-saban-texas-nonsense/




Oh come on, there’s no “whataboutism” in football. Or sports in general for that matter. And why are we talking about sports for the last edition? Why not I say! We took a 550 mile road trip down the border and now we’re having some fun for our last stop. And remember my “they look like dorks” comment earlier? Turns out that if you take sides in this fight, well… it won’t end well for you, like this guy found out the hard way.

Bevo is going to be bummed about this. Sports Illustrated is throwing the penalty flag on the University of Texas Longhorns as one of the most overhyped college football teams ahead of the 2019 season.

In a new piece published by SI.com, four college football writers were asked to opine about which college teams being heavily touted during the offseason might not live up to the hype. Two of the four writers singled out Texas.

“For all the constant talk about how Texas is back, especially after winning 10 games for the first time this decade (there are many that have picked the Longhorns to make some national championship noise), the lack of depth — especially on the defensive end — has to have [head coach] Tom Herman concerned,” observed one of the writers, Scooby Axson (who, we must emphasize, is a University of Oklahoma grad).

Axson cited two particular weaknesses for UT: a lineup with eight new defensive starters and a flimsy contingency plan in case quarterback Sam Ehlinger gets injured. Much to the chagrin of Texas fans, that one-two punch “might have Texas looking up at Oklahoma once again,” Axson wrote
http://austin.culturemap.com/news/sports/06-12-19-sports-illustrated-ut-longhorns-football-hype/






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There is no next week! We are done, finished! Thank you to my staff and crew for indulging this long and strange trip through the Lone Star State!



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Ladies and gentlemen, my next guest, you know him best as the voice and guitar of Phish, you can see him on tour this August. Playing the title track from his new album, “Ghost Of The Forest”, give it up for Trey Anastasio!




Thank you Texas! We had an awesome time on this roadshow! We’ll be back soon! We’re off to Athens, Georgia for the first stop of our college tour next! See you next week!

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