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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #9-8: Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad NRA? Edition

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #9-8: Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad NRA? Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! How’s everybody doing? Are you guys doing fucking good? I know, right? Well especially this year, there’s never been a time where you just want to stop wheat you’re doing and say “fuck it”. There’s just so much bad shit in the news right now and it all sucks, we know things will get better down the line and we’ll try and keep it light for you guys this week. But first, why don’t we get some music going?

Oh man that is such a great song. So this was actually pretty cool this week is that there was a multi-generational listening party online for this song, from groups of all ages. I honestly don’t know why they chose this particular song, but who doesn’t love it? But a lot of people who were mere babies when their parents saw Mike Tyson air drumming to this song in the party suite in “The Hangover”, are just now figuring out why their parents loved it so much. And it actually is kind of a beautiful thing. Maybe we can all end madness, as Will Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy character would say, through the majesty of song! Really, something has to come along and stop this! Let’s get “In The Air Tonight” blasting everywhere, in every town in every city. Come on people, come together! OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first Bill Maher is back and he gives a “eulogy” for Trump:


Well while we’re still holed up in quarantine thanks to Coronavirus, there have been some interesting developments this week! Taking the first slot this week is the epic battle between the NRA and New York Attorney General Letitia James. It seems that James has dropped the big one and the NRA could be indicted and prosecuted for their involvement in Russiagate! In the second slot this week is Kanye West (2). So Kanye basically admits what we’re all thinking – he’s being used as a prop by the GOP to influence the election and siphon votes from Biden! This could get very ugly very quickly! In the third slot this week is the guy who we inexplicably still call president, Donald J. Trump (3). He went on HBO’s Axios TV last week and his interview is quite the stuff of insanity. We will break down some of the more insane claims that have been made. Taking the 4th slot this week is Jake Paul (4). The Youtube star got nailed in Calabasas by the FBI with a boatload of weapons and drugs and well, he’s going down. It’s certainly worth checking out. Taking the 5th slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week the Murder Hornets are back, but they’ve been caught! What can we learn about them and how close are they? Closer than you might think. Taking the sixth slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and this week is a holy war brewing over COVID? Our resident pastor shakes his head over the insane claim about keeping churches closed and this could also get ugly. Taking the seventh slot this week is a new Beating A Dead Horse (7). And this week, the glorious star of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, got married at America’s oldest plantation, and now he regrets doing it, but was he really wrong in doing so? We will find out! Taking the 8th slot this week is a new edition of the segment that attempts to explain the unexplainable – Conspiracy Corner (8) and this week, Q Anon trolls are taking on… dolls from the movie Trolls! We cannot make this up! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week is a new I Need A Drink and this week we’re going to get drunk and discuss some cartoon reboots – a lot of the cartoons we grew up with are getting reimagined for the modern era. Some good, some bad. Finally this week in Road To The White House (10), who is Karen Bass? The LA rep and possible VP nominee has been in the news a lot and we will introduce you to her if you are uninitiated! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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[font size="8"]The NRA
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Well well well, who's afraid of the big, bad NRA? Well, NRA members for one thing. And Trump and the GOP too. One thing I will say about conservative America is that they do love their guns. And there is no organization that’s more uniquely American than the National Rifle Association. Yes, the NRA is an organization that thinks that the 2nd amendment, particularly those four infamous words “shall not be infringed” shall be taken way too literally. And they are definitely not afraid to shoot first and ask questions later. They think that life is a Rambo movie. But could their reign of terror finally be coming to a long awaited end? A lawsuit in New York is challenging the NRA’s right to exist as a lobby organization could finally dissolve the entity once and for all.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D-New York) reiterated Friday that she is committed to a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA.

On Thursday, James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association, citing illegal financial misconduct by the organization’s leaders. She announced the lawsuit at a news briefing in New York City.

Later that same evening, the NRA released a statement, and filed a counter suit against the Attorney General, claiming that New York was simply targeting the organization for political reasons.

Now, James is responding to reactions to the lawsuit, which quickly became a national story, with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) and even President Donald Trump (R) weighing in.

Come on, everyone knows that guns are for keeping the King Of England out of your face! So that is a thing that is happening. So could it happen? Could the NRA cease to exist in its’ current form? It’s entirely possible. But now the NRA is fighting back, and they are hopping mad. You don’t want to get on their bad side, because they have guns and they’re not afraid to use them. So does the NRA get the right to call itself a “charitable organization”? It’s a bit complicated.

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday she has filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association. The lawsuit charges the influential pro-gun organization with illegal conduct, alleging it funneled millions of dollars away from its charitable mission.

At the center of the lawsuit, NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne Lapierre, who was born in Schenectady, and is the national face of the NRA.

The NRA is registered as a non-profit organization in New York State. In the complaint, James alleges Lapierre and three other NRA executives used millions of dollars from NRA reserves for personal use, and extravagant lifestyles.

The lawsuit alleges NRA executives awarded contracts to financially benefit close associates and family, and doled out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty.

Now it's not uncommon for an attorney general to go after non-profits. Just within the past few years, there's been several high-profile cases. However, the NRA is massive in size and scope, families across the country have literally been members for generations. It's that robust nature of the group that's the difference maker here.

Yes, you are most definitely compensating for something! But what? You know it doesn’t take a financial genius to see that the NRA is committing fraud on a felonious level. But could this, for lack of a better word, backfire on them>? Well yes it most certainly could, and no it couldn’t. The NRA is in some absolutely deep doo doo, and it’s going to take a miracle to get them out of this.

Though the NRA, the preeminent gun advocacy group, has been a political flashpoint over the years, this lawsuit revolves around its internal operations and whether they comply with the nonprofit laws in New York state, where the organization is chartered. New York’s top legal authorities allege that the NRA improperly made millions of dollars in payments to benefit executives, disguising compensation as business expenses.

The alleged improprieties involve Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s longtime leader; John Frazer, the group’s general counsel; Wilson “Woody” Phillips, its retired treasurer and chief financial officer; and Joshua Powell, who formerly served as LaPierre’s chief of staff.

The allegations fall into three primary categories: First, NRA funds were improperly spent to personally benefit its executives. Second, its executives also received personal benefits from organizations doing business with the NRA. Third, the group failed to properly disclose these and other transactions in its annual regulatory filings.

Separately, District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine is suing the NRA Foundation, a charity tied to the group, for allegedly diverting donations to the NRA itself, which then used them for non-charitable purposes.

How has Homer not been shot yet? But the good news is that James’ lawsuit against the NRA is warranted – they’re not just throwing shade at that most American of institutions. But even going so far as to call it a “terrorist organization” really isn’t that far off either – these guys could definitely be considered terrorists, considering that a lot of the guns they’re selling aren’t being used for the advertised purposes.

New York Attorney General Letitia James made national news when she filed suit last week against the leading gun rights advocacy group, the National Rifle Association. Charges of engaging in self-dealing, diverting the nonprofit’s funds for personal use and awarding contracts to close associates are among the accusations laid out against leadership at the NRA, leading James to call for the group’s dissolution.

The organization quickly fired back that James’s action stems from political bias, referring to it as a “premeditated attack aiming to dismantle and destroy the NRA” in a statement. Critics have also pointed to James’s promises on the campaign trail to investigate the NRA’s nonprofit status and comments referring to it as a “terrorist organization” as further proof of her targeting the institution.

But experts in nonprofit law say that there is substantial enough evidence against the NRA that questions of political bias are rendered moot. “The case speaks for itself,” said Daniel Kurtz, former assistant attorney general-in-charge of the state Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. “That’s essentially just a distraction. Motive is essentially irrelevant. Why did you bring this? I don’t know, it’s pretty egregious.”

A result of an 18-month investigation into the conservative pro-gun membership-based group, the state’s lawsuit specifically targets four top officials affiliated with the NRA, including CEO Wayne LaPierre. LaPierre is being accused of spending more than $3.6 million on travel consultants, taking at least eight private flights to the Bahamas with his family using NRA funds and awarding himself a $17 million post-employment contract without board approval.

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[font size="8"]Kanye West

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Spoiler Alert!!!! Kanye West is completely full of shit! But if you’re here and you’ve been following our reporting for the last few weeks, you already knew that. This week however, the Yeezy for president campaign took a turn when he got caught admitting what we all pretty much could have figured out the obvious – his campaign is a spoiler campaign meant to help Trump and hurt Biden. But what you may not know is that he’s being used and abused by GOP operatives, and he doesn’t care. You also might be wondering when Kim is going to step in and put a stop to this. I would say normally Kanye’s hair brained schemes fizzle out when there’s something good on TV. But we’re in a pandemic and there’s no new content being produced.

Kanye West's unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the country, fueling suspicions he's being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support away from Joe Biden.

The rapper qualified for Colorado's presidential ballot on Thursday, after the Secretary of State's office verified that nine electors he submitted are all registered to vote in that state. One of those was Matthew Zielinski, is a former Republican congressional candidate who served as an officer with a county Republican Party in suburban Denver.

Zielinski tweeted that he believed in "fair ballot access" but declined further comment.

A similar pattern has played out in in Wisconsin, Ohio, Vermont and Arkansas, where lawyers or activists with GOP ties have been involved in securing the star's place on the ballot. The successful effort in battleground states Wisconsin and Ohio in particular raised red flags for Democrats, who are braced for a close race and anxious about any third-party candidate drawing voters.

Seriously, I could just post clips from that South Park episode and it would not really be that much different than what’s going on now. But let’s do a little bit of onion peeling here. See, if we take a pairing knife to the onion and start removing the layers, this story stinks. Of course he actually admits to being a spoiler in the election and it’s a hell of a lot worse than you might think.

Amid various reports that Republican and Trump-affiliated political operatives are trying to get Kanye West onto various state ballots for November’s presidential election, the billionaire rap superstar indicated, in an interview by text today, that he was in fact running to siphon votes from the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden.

Asked about that directly, West said that rather than running for president, he was “walking,” quickly adding that he was “walking . . . to win.”

When it was pointed out that he actually can’t win in 2020—that he won’t be on enough ballots to yield 270 electoral votes, and that a write-in campaign isn’t feasible—and thus was serving as a spoiler, West replied: “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.”

West rebuffed various attempts to clarify who was driving his ballot access or strategy and whether it’s being coordinated by or with Republican-affiliated officials. He does, however, appear to have a continuing relationship with the Trump White House. West says that he’s “designing a school within the next month” and that “I’m meeting with Betsy DeVos about the post-Covid curriculum.” (The Secretary of Education’s press office hadn’t responded to a request for comment by the time we published.)

“I like Kanye very much,” President Trump told reporters at the White House yesterday. “No, I have nothing to do with him getting on the ballot. We'll have to see what happens.”


We already have one batshit crazy, completely unstable egomaniacal jackass running the show, do we really need another one? Hell no! and we also don’t need this coming around in 2024 either. So what’s stopping Kanye? Well, there is this thing called the Federal Election Commission, which we profiled during our tour of the government (see: Top 10 #5-18 ). So yeah they’re stepping in in the great state of Illinois!

Kanye West's Presidential run just got a death blow, at least in Illinois, where election officials say more than half his submitted signatures are invalid ... and that means he's off the ballot.

TMZ broke the story ... multiple people stepped up to object after Kanye submitted his petition to get on the ballot in his home state. That triggered a review -- from the State Board of Elections -- of all the 3,128 signatures on his documents.

The tally is in, and 1,928 were ruled invalid ... which leaves Ye way more than a thousand short of the 2,500 needed to be a Presidential candidate on the state's ballots. What we don't know is what was wrong with the bad ones.

It could be any number of issues -- fake names, fake addresses, unregistered voters in Illinois -- or even simply an illegible signature.

Bottom line is Illinois will be officially removing him on August 21, or he still has the option to gracefully announce he's withdrawing.


God, I would certainly hope not! But wait until you see *WHY* Kanye is not getting on the ballot. Sure, he may have racked up those signatures pretty quick, but it turns out that a good majority of said signatures are complete bullshit. See, you know people aren’t taking his campaign seriously when they start fucking with the petitions and putting fake names on it. But even more so when they put names of celebrities and cartoon characters. Well, Kanye is kind of a cartoon character.

On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Michael Curran, an attorney for rapper Kanye West’s independent presidential campaign, is demanding Democrats prove their assertion that Mickey Mouse didn’t really sign West’s petition to qualify him for the ballot in Wisconsin.

“Curran … dismissed most of the other technical challenges as ‘misguided and ill-informed,’ including the claims that the nomination papers included obviously fake names, such as ‘Mickey Mouse’ and ‘Bernie Sanders,'” reported Daniel Bice. “He said the complaint must prove these are fraudulent signatures.”

Kanye West, who is running under a self-created political entity he calls “the Birthday Party,” has filed to run in a number of states, aided by Republican election strategists who appear to hope he will pull votes from former Vice President Joe Biden. His bids to get on the New Jersey and Illinois ballots failed due to irregularities with the petition signatures, and his campaign is accused of similar problems in the Wisconsin filing.

In addition to fake names, the challenge alleges that West’s signature-gatherers lied to at least six people about what they were signing, and filed the paperwork just after the deadline. Curran denies anything improper in West’s petition process.


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Yes, sadly, COVID-19 is still a thing. And look we get it, we’re all fucking bored as hell. Reruns, video games, and leftovers can only get you so far. But right now COVID is running the show, as much as we don’t want it to. And we get that all your favorite events have been canceled. I lost a lot of money in tickets and travel when the pandemic started, I get it! So while we’re all suffering, one event hasn’t canceled. That event is the annual gathering of Harley Davidson enthusiasts in Sturgis, South Dakota – a town whose population nearly triples in size during the week of the Festival and nothing else. So what is not stopping bikers from attending? Come on, even the Harley Davidson people aren’t attending this year!

The 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, has already attracted thousands of bikers despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, but Harley-Davidson staff were not in official attendance due to the Milwaukee-based manufacturer's travel ban.

"We will be focusing our support in ways that are consistent with our health and safety goals instead of large consumer activations. Fortunately, the Sturgis Rally isn’t restricted to concerts and parties – the true experience is rooted in riding and the spectacular routes that surround the event," a Harley-Davidson spokesperson said in an email.

The 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally runs from Aug. 7-16. Normally, Harley-Davidson would send staff and executives to promote the company. Instead, it is encouraging socially distanced riding through its "Let's Ride" campaign.

"More than building machines, Harley-Davidson stands for the timeless pursuit of adventure,” Harley-Davidson general manager of brand marketing Jon Bekefy said in a press release. “The Let’s Ride Challenge is Harley-Davidson’s invitation for all riders in this challenging time to rediscover adventure through socially-distanced riding to find freedom for the soul.”

Seriously, I think even the Sons Of Anarchy are sitting this one out. OK so people aren’t going to follow the rules that the rest of us are following. But there is one thing that the Sturgis rally is known for in years when there aren’t pandemics – crashes! And fighting! You know, biker culture! So while nobody cares about the virus during the Sturgis Rally, it’s good to know that it’s business as usual!

South Dakota authorities on Sunday reported the first haul of crashes, arrests and citations from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the western part of the state. The annual rally started on Friday, drawing thousands of maskless riders to the streets and bars of Sturgis.

While organizers have said they expect fewer visitors than in other years, the Argus Leader reports the number of arrests and citations have increased from last year.

The Department of Public Safety reported that police made 84 arrests for driving under the influence or drug-related offenses during a 24-hour period spanning from Saturday into Sunday morning. That's up from last year, when 76 people had been arrested in a similar time frame.

Police have also issued more citations, with 226 people getting tickets. The figure is 37 more than last year. But it appears police are less lenient this year and are letting fewer people off with warnings.

So far, police in the region have reported 18 crashes, which is down from last year's mark of 20. None have been fatal.

Holy shit!! Crashes have actually increased! I’m sure that it has nothing to do with the fact that people are packing the bars in Sturgis like there’s nothing wrong going on. Now let’s talk concerts. Music festivals around the whole damn world have been canceled because of COVID fears. But that’s not stopping Sturgis. Nope. But let’s think about this for a minute – of all the bands you could risk your life to go see, this is who you pick? Really? I guess people really are that desperate for entertainment!

Smash Mouth's concert on Sunday in front of a packed crowd at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota drew widespread outrage.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of bikers poured into the small city of Sturgis on Friday for the start of the annual motorcycle rally. More than 250,000 people are expected to attend the 10-day rally, making it one of the largest events to take place during the pandemic.

South Dakota has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks.

The band was one of the headliners at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip music festival.

Smash Mouth was one of several musical acts — including Trapt, Night Ranger, Saving Abel, Buckcherry, Reverend Horton Heat, 38 Special, Quiet Riot and Big Skillet — to play at the multi-day festival where admission to the entire event cost $360 per person, according to the Buffalo Chip website.

Woohoo! Now we can relive all the excitement of Woodstock 1999! No dude, you don’t risk your life to see Smash Mouth. The Rolling Stones are a band worth risking your life to see. The Foo Fighters are a band you risk your life to go see. AC/DC is a band you risk your life to go see. Guns N Roses and Iron Maiden are bands you risk your life to go see. You go see Smash Mouth during a 1990s “Where are they now” celebrity montage. Of course none of the good bands are touring right now, so sacrifices must be made, damn it. But it does seem that COVID, and logic are taking a holiday at Sturgis. Well, see you at the ER in two weeks!

Bill Converse had never attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally before, but this year he drove 29 hours from Georgia to sell his conservative pro-second amendment novelty T-shirts at the famous annual South Dakota event.

The 10-day rally brought hundreds of thousands of bikers to the small city of Sturgis, in the middle of a pandemic. While more than half of the local residents wanted the event to be canceled, city officials knew people would show up anyway and did their best to prepare.

Since Friday, visitors have packed into bars, used communal Slip n Slides, and — for the most part — flouted advice from local officials to wear masks.

Between the event kickoff Friday and early Monday morning, there were nearly 90 drug arrests and 286 total citations within city limits, according to statistics provided by the South Dakota state highway patrol.

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[font size="8"]The Maskholes: Party Boat Edition
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Look, believe me, I get it. It’s a pandemic, and one that is happening once in a century at that. Everyone is bored as fuck and looking for any excuse to get out of the house and away from their webcams and Zoom meetings and video chats. But don’t be a maskhole. And don’t go and make things worse for the people like me who are trying to take this seriously. So if you can’t go to a party and mingle with people in person right now because of COVID restrictions, where do you go? How about cruising around international waters? That’s right – one industry that is thriving right now is the party boat! Yup, if you’re brave enough to go mingle in public, you can take the party to international waters, because as we learned from the Simpsons, you can do just about anything!

There is one less party boat in the water, and the popular Liberty Belle was not at its usual dock at Pier 36 after police moved in and made arrests on Saturday night.

Officials met the boat at the pier and arrested the owners and the captain of the boat, claiming it did not practice social distancing and did not have a license to serve alcohol.

"How a charter boat could put together a crowd on deck and leave. It's disrespectful, it's illegal, it not only violates public health, it violates common decency," said Governor Cuomo.

As other boats left the same pier on Sunday, the crew of the Majestic Princess, which is a different company, told Eyewitness News that they sanitize hands, they take everyone's temperature and they operate at 50% capacity so that passengers can safely enjoy a ride around the city on a hot summer day.

"If it's crowded, I won't take it," said passenger Yahaira Salinas.

Is that shit really helping? Having hand sanitizer to protect from a virus that’s transmitted by respiratory droplets is like putting a piece of duct tape on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg. Go on, try the buffets, they’re the best buffets! Amazing, tremendous buffets. And the shuffleboard court, tremendous, tremendous shuffleboard. But New York isn’t the only place that is cracking down. Even Europe is cracking down on illegal parties right now.

Nightclubs around Europe are closed. But that doesn’t mean the continent’s party people are staying home.

As coronavirus lockdowns are eased, illegal raves are growing in popularity. Outdoor events for hundreds, or in some cases thousands, organized via social media and messaging apps, are in full swing every weekend, causing headaches for police forces and lawmakers, and stirring public debate and news media panic.

Tom Wingfield, a senior lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said in an email that there were no medical studies about the coronavirus and outdoor parties, but that a likely lack of social distancing posed risks for transmission. Throw in alcohol or drugs, and those risks could be exacerbated, he said.

Some countries have tried bringing nightclubs back. In Switzerland, most regions let venues reopen in June, provided they kept attendees’ contact details. (After many partygoers gave false information, ID checks became mandatory in some areas.) Clubs in Barcelona, Spain, reopened at the end of June but shut again a few weeks later as the virus surged in the city.

Gambling, drinking, no masks during a pandemic… what else do you need? You know who else can’t help but party when there’s a deadly super virus that’s roaming the landscape? One of our favorite punching bags – Jerry Falwell Jr! Yes, the Liberty University captain was caught steering the ship off the waterfall, and I’m not even going to link to the absolutely disgusting picture that’s been circulating around the internet. You can Google that shit yourself!

You probably had a normal Monday. You got up, gave some ham slices to the cat, started your workday. You took a break, checked Twitter and Wonkette, gave some ham slices to the cat, went back to work. Maybe you ordered lunch takeout from a local eatery you like. You watched your shows last night while casually giving ham slices to the cat, and you fell asleep. Besides how you gave the cat at least 34 ham slices, which is way too many, you are normal.

Jerry Falwell Jr., though. Apparently he was busy deleting this on Monday, from where he had posted it on Instagram this weekend, we guess, until people started noticing it. This is not normal.

OK, you fucking nerd.

If your worldview is so weird that you are concerned with us knowing that you only have "black water" in your glass, instead of telling us why your pants are unzipped and you are showing us your quarantine belly and your upper pubic mound region, which is covered by some kind of stupid underwear thank God, your worldview is fuckin' weird.

That is a good question! And I honestly don’t want to know the answer to that! But while we’re all stuck at home and going ridiculously stir crazy, people like Falwell are not resisting temptation and going out and partying like it’s 1999! Even Donald Trump Jr and his COVID-diagnosed girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle couldn’t help themselves and shacked up on a party boat in the part of Long Island famously known as “The Hamptons”!

Donald Trump Jr, his sister and girlfriend took part in a 'Trumpilla' in the Hamptons on Friday ahead of a potentially lucrative weekend of fundraising in the region by the president.

Trump is hoping to rake in $15 million in campaign cash on Saturday in a series of fundraisers in the Southampton area of Long Island, including a stop at the home of Don Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle.

On the eve of the event Don Jr, 42, was spotted participating in a Trump rally on a series of boats off the coastal town of Montauk, 25 miles along the coast from Southampton.

Also at the boat parade was Don Jr's sister Tiffany, 26, and her boyfriend Michael Boulos.

In a blue swimsuit and white loose-fitting pants, Tiffany waved from the deck at the other participants in the 'Trumpilla'.

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[font size="8"]Top 10 Investigates: Murder Hornets
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It’s time to investigate beyond the headlines! This is Top 10 Investigates!

Back in June, which during a pandemic, seems like an eternity ago, everyone was obsessed with the latest bug developing out of Asia. Though this was no ordinary bug. The insect, an unusually large cicadia wasp, originating from central Japan, was dubbed the “murder hornet”. The murder hornet is an insect capable of ravaging bee and honey populations, destined to wreak havoc on the environment. The first one arrived in Washington State last week. And has been caught. What can we learn about these so called “murder hornets”? And are there more coming? Maybe this is the proverbial “storm” that Q Anon fans are going on and on about. But there’s more to it than just the hornets got caught – how close are they to your backyard?

Washington state has trapped its first Asian giant hornet -- or, what we've come to know as the "murder hornet."

Scientists have been trying to trap the invasive insects and prevent an infestation since they were first spotted in the state last year. More than two inches long, the hornets get their nickname from their propensity to attack and kill honeybees and potentially, people.

Up until now, five giant hornets had officially been sighted in the state. This is the first one found in a trap, according to a news release.

Officials announced Friday that they had identified the Asian giant hornet earlier this week from a trap collected near Birch Bay on July 14.

"This is encouraging because it means we know that the traps work," Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist for Washington's Department of Agriculture (WSDA) said in the announcement. "But it also means we have work to do."

Yes, bees can defend themselves. And the murder hornets are called that because they have an unusually large stinger. So how do murder hornets differ from that of native hornets? And why are native hornets being mistaken for these killer insects? Well that’s because there’s already a similar hornet that’s native to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that looks very similar to the Japanese murder hornet.

People in West Michigan are mistakenly identifying Eastern Cicada Killers for the dreaded Murder Hornet.

The United States was introduced to the concept of the Murder Hornet, or Asian Giant Hornet, back in May. Though the only confirmed sightings of the frighteningly-named insect have been in Washington State.

"But Washington, it seems to be doing everything very, very right. They are putting lots of time and effort into surveillance," said Mark VanderWerp, a Certified Board Entomologist with Rose Pest Solutions.

"So if they keep that work up and they continue to get the word out to people to submit sightings in Washington, not Michigan, there's a very real chance that these things will be eradicated and not established permanently."

Of course, only time will tell. But VanderWerp says it would take many years for the little buggers to make it all the way to Michigan.

Not bees, hornets. No, this guy is not on board with us. But thankfully the hornets won’t be showing up in your backyard anytime soon. If you saw what you thought is a murder hornet, you probably saw one of these instead. Because the actual murder hornet is only one of a small species of hornets and there’s already bees and hornets that look similar to native American populations, but don’t have the destructive and killer nature of the ones originating from Japan.

Read the room, 'murder hornets'! Can't you see society is in no mood for you?

It turns out the hornets may be better at obeying this wish than expected. Asian giant hornets, or 'murder hornets,' have not been documented on the East Coast — though social media is full of people who say they've seen one.

The Asian giant hornet made headlines in early May when The New York Times reported that the insect had, for the first time, entered North America.

Experts who spoke to the Times expressed fears that the invasive hornets would wreak havoc on honeybee populations, not to mention humans — the sting was reported to feel like "hot metal driving into (the) skin."

These hornets are held responsible for 50 deaths a year in Japan, though it should be noted that dozens of bee sting-related deaths also occur in the US each year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Asian giant hornets have almost entirely yellow-orange colored heads, with a dark thorax (the midsection where wings and legs attach) and an abdomen with dark brown and black bands. Their presence in Maryland is "highly unlikely," the Maryland Department of Agriculture tweeted May 4.

Well there won’t be any honey if the actual murder hornets show up on American soil. But no, if you think you spotted any murder hornets in your backyard, don’t worry. You’re safe for now. At least that is one thing that you don’t have to worry about possibly killing you in 2020, because we’ve already had lots of other things that could. But there’s no murder hornets on American soil right now and let’s try to keep it that way.

As the Texas summer rolls on and you spend more time outdoors, you're likely to encounter insects flying and crawling around, including ones that are big and mystifying.

Recently, KVUE viewers have shared photos like the one below of what they believed to be Asian giant hornets or "murder hornets," as some people in Japan call them because they're known to kill people.

But the two-winged, striped insect shown in this picture is not an Asian giant hornet. It's actually an eastern cicada-killer wasp, which is native to Texas.

In the U.S., the Asian giant hornets have so far only been discovered in Washington state. There haven't been any confirmed reports of the insect in Texas, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension experts.

Asian giant hornets can grow to be as long as two inches, while eastern cicada-killer wasps typically don't get much bigger than 1.5 inches.

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

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Gather around my fair brothers and sisters! It’s time to take a seat in the virtual pew make an online donation in the LAWRD’s VENMO 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! This year has been a year of plague! In case you don’t know, COVID-19 is a thing that we must deal with. This wretched, EVIL virus has divided many of us. And none of our nation’s congregations can well, congregate like we used to. But does that mean that there is a holy war brewing among the nation’s faithful? Look, there’s nothing that says that you cannot worship. No! We are free to worship as we see fit! Because that is a right that is guaranteed to us under the Constitution of the United States Of America! But the unholy, ungodly Dark One, whose name shall not be spoken in my church, has a really different theory!

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced a list of business sectors required to close as the number of coronavirus cases continue to increase substantially across the state.

California's average daily new cases hit 8,211 over the past week and 23 people died due to virus-related complications in the past 24 hours.

Bars and indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, zoos and family entertainment centers like bowling alleys are required to shut down in all counties — he previously ordered these closures in 19 counties with a concerning number of COVID-19 cases on July 1. The closures emphasize that outdoor activities are much safer than mingling with people inside, though Newsom said he'd prefer residents limit socializing all together.

Counties on the state's targeted engagement list were also ordered to close additional businesses on Monday. The targeted counties, which account for 80% of the state’s population, are required to close indoor operations of fitness centers, places of worship, offices for non-critical sectors, personal hair services, and indoor malls.

And he most certainly does! If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! So if you cannot hold a live, in-person congregation right now because of the pandemic, where can you go? How about we go to the place where one can usually indulge their fantasies, to a place called Sin City! That’s right, the Christian right are taking their show to Vegas! Well, it’s quite literally the only show going in Vegas right now!

Hundreds of people packed the Ahern Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday for a faith-based campaign event for President Donald Trump headlined by the president’s personal pastor, Paula White.

“Our president understands how important faith is to our country,” White said.

According to organizers and one speaker, the Evangelicals for Trump event proceeded despite warnings from city and state officials, including several attempts by police to shut it down as it unfolded.
Ralph Reed, a political consultant and chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the City Council threatened the owners of the Ahern Hotel with fines and license revocation if they allowed the event to proceed.

White added during her speech that Gov. Steve Sisolak also attempted to block the event.

Hey it’s a virtual congregation, everyone must be seated in front of their webcams right now! But don’t call it a “holy war”. Don’t call it a comeback either! Because I’m certain that’s not what the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want now is it? So Evangelicals for the unholy Dark One, a man so disgusting and ungodly that his name must NEVER be spoken in my church, even if it is virtual, are attempting to bypass the current rules and restrictions! And what is that getting them?

Evangelicals for Trump held a prayer and praise event at a Las Vegas casino Thursday night, circumventing the state's restrictions on church gatherings that are not imposed on casinos.

More than 500 evangelicals attended the event held at the Ahern Hotel, according to The Las Vegas Review-Journal. The hotel lobby’s maximum capacity is 1,600 which allowed the event to follow the 50% capacity rule for hotels and casinos.

Featured speakers at the event included Paula White, head the White House's Faith and Opportunity Initiative, and members of the president's evangelical advisory board, Pastor Jentezen Franklin and Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., along with Pastor Jack Hibbs of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, California, who reopened his church on Pentecost Sunday.

Ralph Reed, chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, shared a video from the event that was retweeted by Vice President Mike Pence. Reed and hundreds of others sang and prayed together before speakers shared why they planned to vote for Trump. In Reed’s video, most attendees wore masks but some did not.

That could happen in Vegas! And I hope that when travel restrictions are finally lifted on this nightmare pandemic that we’ll be able to go preach in Sin City again. But here’s the sad thing the COVID holy war isn’t going away, and when the religious right is done with Sin City, they’ll take their show elsewhere. So the moral of the lesson here? Don’t shoot the messenger. And that’s exactly what Vegas did!

The city of Las Vegas has fined a hotel for hosting a religious campaign event for President Trump that broke Nevada's restrictions on large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A mandate issued by Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people in either indoor and outdoor areas.

The group Evangelicals for Trump, however, held an event at the Ahern Hotel on Thursday with more than 500 attendees, The Associated Press reported. The event was reportedly headlined by the president's personal pastor Paula White.

Organizers told the AP that masks were required at the event, and a temperature check was conducted. Las Vegas spokesperson Jace Radke told the news wire that the organizers and the hotel owner were issued a citation from the city that included a $250 fine.

Per the AP, the Trump campaign has maintained that hotels can hold events at 50 percent capacity and aren't subject to gathering limits that have been placed on places of worship and other venues across the country during the pandemic.

And that’s why some things should probably stay in Vegas! Virtual mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:

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Let’s talk about weddings. Everyone has their vision of the perfect marriage ceremony. Beautiful backdrops, everyone’s friends and family there, ravishing looking wedding parties, free flowing booze, and an overall good time. But could you regret where you have said wedding? Well, lately with racism being erased all over the world after the death of George Floyd, it’s hit the glorious star of everyone’s favorite wise-cracking, foul-mouthed, murderous superhero Deadpool, the great Ryan Reynolds, pretty hard. See, he and his wife Blake Lively got married at one of America’s oldest plantations. Which sounds pretty innocent until you start digging deeper and find out the true history of where he got married.

"Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds said he and his wife, actress Blake Lively, are "deeply and unreservedly sorry for" for holding their 2012 wedding ceremony at a South Carolina plantation.

"It’s impossible to reconcile," Reynolds told Fast Company, in a profile published Tuesday. "What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy."

Reynolds and Lively got married at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, which features nine slave cabins, referred to as "Slave Street." The move was criticized at the time, but came under renewed scrutiny in 2018 after Reynolds tweeted in support of "Black Panther," the first superhero movie to feature a majority Black cast, and was accused of hypocrisy.

The wedding industry has also been responding to plantation weddings' role in glamorizing sites of violence against Black people. Last year, Pinterest and The Knot banned pictures of all plantation weddings on its platform, including Reynolds' and Lively's.

That’s like what? 16 walls? Yes, that probably was a bad idea to begin with. And this might be a good topic to explore in the future but who knew that weddings could be racist? I mean aside from when your creepy drunk uncle gets up during the toasts and makes uncomfortable remarks about white supremacist content he found on Facebook – and hey we’ve all been there, right? So why is this not OK to do something like this?

When planning their nuptials, some couples dream of having a “classic Southern” wedding at a grand, columned mansion with oak trees covered in Spanish moss and fireflies winking at dusk—a picturesque affair hosted on an antebellum estate that has made its facilities available to rent for parties and events. In other words, a plantation wedding.

But there’s a growing consensus that there’s something deeply wrong with this concept. A beautiful mansion and sprawling estate cannot be separated from a horrifying violent history. These are monuments to American slavery, not a place to hold a celebration or a backdrop for beautiful photos. “If anyone wanted to get married at a plantation, you must ask, ‘What are you doing?’ ‘what exactly are you saying about yourself?’” says Steven Hahn, a historian and the author of A Nation Without Borders: The United States and its World in an Age of Civil Wars.

White Southerners may be the most likely candidates to choose a plantation wedding, as it might be the popular venue in the area, but they are far from alone. Speaking to representatives for plantations like Middleton Place near Charleston, they say that people from all over the world, of all races and genders, opt to have their ceremony and reception there.

There are even celebrity examples. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds (who are from California and Vancouver, respectively) married in 2012 at Boone Plantation in South Carolina. Though they received mostly positive coverage at the time, it has sparked criticism on social media since and it is something Reynolds says he and Lively now deeply regret. “It’s something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for,” Reynolds recently told Fast Company.

No wonder Southern people are always clamoring for “heritage” – they want that sweet, sweet Antebellum lifestyle! Which really if you think about it, is really just a trashy version of the rich life from Pride & Prejudice. Mr. Reynolds would say that this is a mistake. But that said, I am sure that Deadpool would be mocking you before slicing and dicing you after saying that. I’m just saying.

In the wake of the racial justice movement renewed by the death of George Floyd, Ryan Reynolds apologized for his plantation wedding with Blake Lively. The two wed in 2012 at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, a location fraught with painful history as a site where Black slaves lived and produced bricks and crops. (Pinterest and The Knot have since restricted promotions of plantation weddings.) In an interview with Fast Company on Aug. 4, Reynolds said the decision is one that he and Lively will “always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for" — and that it was "impossible to reconcile."

“What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest," Reynolds said. "What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy.” He revealed that the two got married a second time at home — but “shame works in weird ways.” Reynolds continued, “A giant f*cking mistake like that can either cause you to shut down or it can reframe things and move you into action. It doesn’t mean you won’t f*ck up again.” He added that “repatterning and challenging lifelong social conditioning is a job that doesn’t end.”

The interview comes after Reynolds and Lively donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in June and acknowledged their own history of complicity. “We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything, all of it,” Lively wrote on Instagram, in part. “We look back and see so many mistakes which have led us to deeply examine who we are and who we want to become.” She also pledged that she and Reynolds would “stay educated and vote in every local election” — and use their “privilege and platform to be an ally."

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[font size="8"]Conspiracy Corner: Q Anon Vs The Troll Dolls
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Welcome back to the segment that attempts to explain the unexplainable, Conspiracy Corner! Yes, we are still holed up here in a doomsday shelter in the the remote alkali flats of the Iowa badlands while we anxiously await the end of the world. Oh, you say that’s actually going on? Great. Just allow me to adjust my trusty tin foil hat for maximum government interference. So what’s so batshit crazy this week? Well, we have to talk about the group that is off their rocker known as Q Anon. Last time we reported on the Q, they were accusing furniture manufacturer Wayfair of human trafficking because they have too much free time on their hands. This week they’re taking their fight to actual trolls. Which came first? The trolls or the troll dolls? That is a question only real trolls can answer!

Hasbro is removing a Trolls doll from store shelves following a number of complaints about an inappropriately placed button that some people say promotes child abuse. The company announced its decision to discontinue the doll on Wednesday thanks to an online petition that received more than 300,000 signatures.

A now-viral video of the Trolls "Poppy" doll shows one button on its stomach, which is advertised on packaging and another, which led to confusion among buyers. It says clearly on the back of the box that if you press the first button on the stomach, the doll will say ten phrases and sounds. But there’s no mention of a button under the doll’s skirt placed on the “private area,” the video noted. When pressing that second button, the doll gasps and makes sounds like, “Whee!” and “Oh!” which people have complained are a disturbing sexualization of the children’s toy.

The parent who made and shared the video said they felt it necessary to show the hidden button as issues related to child abuse, grooming, and child sex trafficking receive more national attention right now. The video she made, which garnered over half a million views, sparked an online petition to pull the Poppy doll from shelves entirely.

Yes, that is a good question! And normally this is where I would say that Q Anon fans should get a hobby, but the sad reality is that this probably is their hobby! But that said, there is some good news for the Q Fans – Hasbro was just named one of the most ethical companies in the entire world for the 9th year in a row! And it’s probably because they don’t listen to Q Anon trolling dipshits!

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hasbro, Inc., a global play and entertainment company, has been recognized by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2020 World’s Most Ethical Companies. Hasbro has been recognized for nine consecutive years and is one of only three honorees in the consumer products industry this year.

In 2020, 132 companies spanning 21 countries and 51 industries were honored.

“Hasbro’s commitment to integrity is central to our purpose to make the world a better place for children and their families, and it is evident in every aspect of our business,” said Brian Goldner, Chairman and CEO, Hasbro, Inc. “From our environmental initiatives, like our first-in-the-sector toy recycling program, our goal to eliminate plastic from our packaging and our plans to become carbon negative; to our commitment to workers in our supply chain with our industry-leading Ethical Sourcing Academy, we believe every day is a chance to do better. We are honored that Hasbro was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the 9th consecutive year and are proud to be recognized for our dedication to using our business as a force for good.”

“More than ever before, employees, investors and customers are seeking out companies that demonstrate their commitment to leading with integrity and to using their business as a force for good,” said Ethisphere’s CEO, Timothy Erblich. “This is the 9th consecutive year that Hasbro has earned a spot on the World’s Most Ethical Companies list, a testament to their commitment to making the world a better place by blending profit and purpose in a meaningful way.”

Well do we really have to? I mean we have Q Anon who is really thinking of children just a little too much. No really, in an almost certifiably creepy sort of way. Although the bad news is that Hasbro actually did listen to Q Anon and Pizzagate trolls, and just like Wayfair, it is costing them deeply. So the moral of the story here? Don’t listen to Q Anon dipshits guys! And I mean yeah, we do live in a world right now where there’s nothing better to do than point out the sex characteristics of troll dolls, so what?

Hasbro announced that it will be pulling Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy due to an inappropriately placed button on the doll.

The announcement came after a video showing the button went viral and a Change.org petition amassed over 400,000 signatures. The video, which is in a tweet below, shows a button placed on the underside of the doll that when pushed makes inappropriate noises. According to the Change.org petition, "When you push this button on the doll’s private she gasps and giggles."

Hasbro has since removed the dolls from stores and says they will replace any dolls already purchased with a doll of equal value. The toy maker claims that the button was not intended to be perceived as sexual and was only intended to have the doll react when put in a seated position. You can contact Hasbro's Consumer Care Team to get your doll replaced.

All of that seems completely plausible and most likely just a poor design choice when making the doll, but where and how the outrage came to be is interesting. The original video failed to make any waves online until a QAnon conspiracy theorist decided that the video was worthy of being shared.

Read More: The Weird Story Of Hasbro's Discontinued Trolls World Tour Doll | https://mix957gr.com/the-weird-story-of-hasbros-discontinued-trolls-world-tour-doll/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Yeah I thought they did close the sex cauldron down! And speaking of sex cauldrons, here’s the thing when dealing with Q Anon idiots – they’re just making this shit up! That’s right my faithful audience – they are just making this shit up as they go along, much like the creators of LOST did. Hell with the way things are going this year, I totally expect to find a mystery VW bus that will take us to a part of the island where they’re conducting secret experiments.

The DreamWorks Trolls World Tour Giggle 'n Sing Poppy Troll doll, introduced by Hasbro in its spring toy lineup, has a strategically placed button between its legs that giggles when the doll is placed in a seating position. Several posts on Facebook – and a Change.org petition – describe the button as located in the doll's "private parts" area and suggest it is designed as part of an effort to groom young children for sex.

According to Hasbro's product description, the 12-inch tall doll is aimed at children 4 years and older and "giggles 3 different ways when she's tickled." It sings a version of the song "Trolls Just Want to Have Fun" from the DreamWorks Animation feature movie "Trolls World Tour."

The description adds that the doll can say "How about a hug?" and "Um, cupcake!" Finally, it notes that "when you sit her down, she makes other funny sounds, too!" Not all dolls in the spring collection include such a button.

In one video posting, Jamie Nelson Cornaby, from Utah, displays the doll her child received as a gift, shows how its works and also notes the button located at its "private parts."

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Hey everyone I don’t know about you but I could really use a drink!

Of course you know by now that this is the segment where we have some drinks and while we’re drinking we talk about anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics or to world events, because there’s a lot of dark shit out there. This week we’re going to discuss the rebooting and reimaging of some of our favorite cartoons. You know since the virus hit, there hasn’t been much production going on in Hollywood these days. But now that’s about to change. Tell me virtual bartender, what goes well with a story about cartoons? A dirty martini? Eh, I will just stick with my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. So what cartoons are getting rebooted? Well one of my personal favorites to start with – Beavis & Butthead!

Beavis and Butt-Head are returning to TV.

Comedy Central announced Wednesday that the world’s favorite slacker teens are getting a reimagining at the cable network courtesy of original series creator Mike Judge. Comedy Central has ordered two seasons of the show as part of a new animation deal with Judge and 3 Arts Entertainment. The deal also includes potential spin-offs and specials.

As with the original series, Judge is set to write, produce and provide the voices for both iconic characters.

“It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again,” said Judge.

The series officially launched in 1993 on fellow ViacomCBS cable network MTV. It featured the titular duo offering satirical commentary on youth and adolescence. The show proved to be a cultural phenomenon, generating strong reactions both positive and negative.

Ah that hit the spot! Man I miss my bartender and my audience. Well, maybe Beavis & Butthead isn’t for you. Maybe you prefer the comedy stylings of Nickelodeon’s Ren & Stimpy – the children’s show that was deemed too racy for children! Maybe that’s because series creator John Kricfalusi was outed as being a creepy weirdo. But that hasn’t stopped Viacom from wanting that sweet sweet revenue!

Happy, happy, joy, joy we are getting a new version of "The Ren & Stimpy Show."
Comedy Central announced on Wednesday that it is reimagining the 1990s cult animated series.

The original "Ren & Stimpy" centered on the exploits of a dog and cat duo and debuted on Nickelodeon in 1991 along with two other animated series, "Rugrats" and "Doug."

But with it's dark humor and themes "Ren & Stimpy" was considered more of an adult series than a children's show.

"We are excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio," Chris McCarthy, president of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group, said in a statement.

You know folks, maybe we really have reached the end of ideas! Because there’s over 30 shows being remade and it’s not just cartoons either. Maybe you’re more interested in some real nostalgia, like the remake of Looney Tunes. Yes, all your beloved Looney Tunes characters are getting a much needed 2020 makeover, and no, their remake does not include coronavirus. Oh did that go too far? Sorry.

Even amidst a pandemic and worldwide protests against systemic racism, online headlines on June 8, 2020 was dominated by... an 80-year-old cartoon series.

The Looney Tunes, one of the longest-running properties in the history of animation, was suddenly back in the news because the creators of the series’ latest iteration — a new batch of shorts titled Looney Tunes Cartoons that recently premiered on HBO Max— revealed in a New York Times profile that their new Tunes contained no guns whatsoever. “Cartoony violence” was okay, said executive producer Peter Browngardt. But Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam would no longer chase Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck with hunting rifles or six-shooters.

The announcement was a dream come true for internet headline writers, who know that few things spark outraged clicks faster than a pop-culture classic everyone knows and loves getting “ruined” by political correctness run amok. A Twitter search turns up dozens of angry tweets insisting that without guns the new Looney Tunes “will suck.” One article claimed Looney Tunes without guns “makes no sense” because (and yes, this was a real argument against the change) “Elmer Fudd is a hunter, not a wheat farmer, after all.”

While I am a stickler for extremely accurate depictions of hunters in cartoons about talking rabbits, I finally decided to check out the new Looney Tunes this weekend. They are, without question, the best anything made with Bugs, Daffy, and the rest in decades. Even without the guns, they’re also the most authentic Looney Tunes since the glory days of Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng.

Read More: HBO Max’s ‘Looney Tunes’ Is the Best Reboot of 2020 | https://screencrush.com/looney-tunes-2020/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

So we have Beavis & Butthead, Ren & Stimpy, and now Looney Tunes. Anything else getting the modern remake? How about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Yes, the original Saturday Morning Cartoon that’s had more remakes and reboots than Star Wars is going back for yet another round! And do we really need Seth Rogen helming this one? Does that mean that the Turtles are going to smoke copious amounts of weed before consuming all the pizza in New York City?

Deadline has learned that Nickelodeon is rebooting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the big screen with Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver producing, and Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected) directing. Brendan O’Brien (Neighbors: Sorority Rising, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) will write the screenplay. Paramount will be handling global distribution on the film.

This time around, the feature adaptation of the Kevin Eastman-Peter Laird-created comic book, will be CG animated. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature franchise has accumulated $1.15 billion across six movies from three studios since 1990. The last two movies, released by Paramount and Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes in 2014 and 2016, were live-action and together accounted for $730.6M. The last time there was a feature CG version of Turtles was Warner Bros.’ 2007 TMNT ($96M WW).

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie reps Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s first-ever CG theatrical production, in partnership with Ramsey Naito, EVP, Animation Production and Development, who is overseeing production for Nickelodeon. Josh Fagen is overseeing for Point Grey Pictures.

Said Brian Robbins, President, Kids & Family for ViacomCBS: “Adding Seth, Evan and James’ genius to the humor and action that’s already an integral part of TMNT is going to make this a next-level reinvention of the property. I’m looking forward to see what they do, and I know that Ramsey Naito and her team are excited to take the Nick Animation Studio into another great direction with their first-ever CG-animated theatrical.”

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Welcome back to… ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!! Ooh that was some good reverb there! Of course you know, thanks to COVID-19, we’re in what seems like literally the longest election year ever with each day slower than the one before it. So has presumptive nominee Biden chosen his running mate yet? Oh I see, maybe next week? Of course, the three stooges – Trump, Johnson, and Bolsonaro, are sadly, still inexplicably still in power. With two of those clowns having the virus and one shockingly still doesn’t. So the original piece that I had planned to do is no more, because it’s official! We have a running mate! And it’s who I called way back when the campaign started, and as a Californian, I couldn’t be happier for this nomination!

Kamala Harris was the front-runner to be Joe Biden's running mate pretty much since the moment the presumptive Democratic nominee announced in March that he would pick a woman to be on his ticket.

She was a safe pick and a practical one. She's also now in the position to be the heir apparent for the Democratic Party - whether it's in four years because Biden loses in November or doesn't run for re-election or eight years if Biden serves two full terms.

That could be why it seemed that there were so many attempts to knock Harris down a peg, or advance alternative candidates over the past month.

This was, in effect, the first fight of the next presidential nomination contest, and Harris - whose ambitions are clear - now has a step on the competition.

But determining future Democratic nominees is a battle for another day. The pressing concern for the party at the moment is how Harris might help Biden win the White House. Here are some strengths she brings to the ticket and, perhaps, some concerns Democrats may have.

Yes that is a good point, while the rest of us are attempting to embrace diversity, the GOP is thinking of it the same way that Ron Burgundy does! So how did Kamala get to be the vice president on what is going to be the ticket that will end Trumpism once and for all? Well, her list of qualifications should surprise no one, and especially no one that’s been following California politics for quite some time!

Joe Biden thinks he is going to win the White House in 84 days' time.
That's the unmistakable message he sent just after 4 p.m. Eastern time when, via text, his campaign announced that he had picked Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his vice presidential nominee.
Harris, who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year, had been the front-runner to be Biden's pick for months because, well, she simply made sense.

* She's been vetted on the national stage due to her own 2020 bid
* She has experience in government -- as both the California attorney general and as a US senator since 2017
* At 55 years old, she represents a younger generation of leader -- something that Biden, who will be 78 on Inauguration Day 2021, said was a major factor in his choice
* She is a historic pick as the first Black and South Asian American woman to appear on a major party's national ticket
* She's from California, a massive treasure trove of both Democratic votes and Democratic donors

Hell yeah let’s do this thing! We are fired up and we are ready to send Donald Trump and the Christian right packing! We need a real leader to lead us through these times so we can get back to doing what we love doing. And only Joe sees the dire straits that COVID-19 has put the US in, and it’s going to take a near Herculean effort to lead us out of this. But Joe and Kamala are ready to take charge on day one and do what needs to be done!

US presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's selection of Senator Kamala Harris gives him a running mate who can appeal to African American voters who are core to Biden's base of support and serve as a fierce critic of President Donald Trump's record in office.

A former top state prosecutor in California, Senator Harris brings a law-and-order career record that will help Biden steer a tricky, centrist line between Black Lives Matter protesters and white Americans who worry about attacks on police funding.

At the same time, picking a woman who competed with Biden during the presidential primaries and attacked him memorably on race during a debate, shows Biden asserting a degree of self-confidence that he can forge a cooperative, working relationship with her, political analysts told Al Jazeera.

"Biden faced unprecedented pressure to pick a Black woman," said John Jackson, a professor at the Public Policy Institute of the University of Southern Illinois.

"He wanted someone who is going to command some respect and will balance the ticket with demographic characteristics of gender and race," Jackson said.

Yes let’s do this! Finally after 3 years of hell and 6 months of living in an absolute fucking nightmare, we are ready to tackle this thing. And at the end of this segment, I have a special message for the guy who we call president, Donald J. Trump. Hey Trump, guess what? You’re fired. And it’s time that we get a real president and a real vice president who know what they are doing, and Joe is ready! It’s time to kick their sorry asses to the curb and send them packing!

During his final debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden vowed, “If I’m elected president my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country.” With Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, he has taken an important first step toward representing the diversity of the Democratic Party and the nation.

If Biden wins the election in November, his Cabinet will represent an opportunity to rally underrepresented groups and interests around his administration. As Biden considers candidates for these positions past presidents can offer him a helpful road map for creating a successful Cabinet. The best Cabinets throughout the history of the United States have been filled with competent, engaged and disciplined secretaries who present diverse views and actively disagree with the president.
The historical importance of a diverse Cabinet

In 1789, President George Washington set this precedent for effective leadership by selecting men who represented different regions of the country, backgrounds and ideological interests. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson was a wealthy plantation owner from Virginia, owned hundreds of enslaved people, and brought critical diplomatic expertise to the administration. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean, before making his home in New York City and cozying up to the merchant and mercantile elite in cities. Jefferson and Hamilton disagreed on almost everything and Jefferson later described their Cabinet meetings as a “cock fight,” evoking the bloody, brutal nature of their disagreements. While Jefferson hated these confrontations, Washington knew that he benefited from having both perspectives and pleaded with Jefferson to stay and provide “the check of [his] opinions in the administration in order to keep things in their proper channel and prevent them from going too far.”

Hey Trump! Guess what?

See you next week!


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