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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #9-19: 2020 Year In Review (Worst Year Ever) Edition

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #9-19: 2020 Year In Review (Worst Year Ever) Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! We made it everybody!!! Woohoo, the nightmare year that is 2020 is finally over!!! Well, in 12 days anyway. And no, unfortunately we don’t have our usual big, end of the year celebration or anything like that. But instead we will look forward to next year when things like unrestricted travel and live sporting events will come back. That day is coming soon! And we will get back to touring. We have a huge tour lined up for the second half of 2021 as well as the debut of our new segment – Red State Diaries! That’s right – we have been renewed for season 10 and 11, I don’t know about having a season 12 yet. That remains to be seen. Season 10 will of course bring back our favorite segment – Stupidest State 2021, and we should be able to have the full live production you love again! But for season 11, which will start in June, we are going to go to the places that sane people fear to tread. We will be touring as much of Red America as we can possibly see, and find out what makes these states so red. As part of our determination to understand your average angry Trump voter, we will be heading into red territory such as Idaho, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee to find out what makes these states tick. Or not. But anyway enough about that, this is our 2020 year in review edition. Joe Biden won, and we are going to get back to having normal post-pandemic lives in 2021. So let’s get on with that! But first we have to play the finale of John Oliver, because he ends 2020 in the most John Oliver way possible:


Well we made it everybody!!! The nightmare of a year that is 2020 is finally over!!! Woohoo!!! Here’s to a much better 2021! So with that in mind it’s time for our 3rd annual Year In Review! So let’s get right to it, shall we? In the number one slot of course is January – February (1) where we saw the impeachment of our still current loser president Donald Trump and the sad, tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant in a fiery helicopter crash. In the second slot is March – April (2) which saw the rise of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and the end of society as we know it, replaced by this tragic pandemic world. In the #3 slot this week is May – June which saw the misery brought by COVID continue, while Trump went full Krusty The Klown and sought to be the only source for entertainment in town! Although that whole shindig really didn’t do him much good. Taking the fourth slot this week is July – August (4) which saw the death of George Floyd in a shocking act of police brutality and worldwide protests against American police! It also drove America even further to the left! In the #5 slot this week is September – October which saw the misery continue with the sad, tragic death of legendary SCOTUS justice and humanitarian icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg (5), and also saw conservatives extremely quick to nominate her replacement in Catholic cultist Amy Comey Barrett! And we round out the year with slot #6 with November - December which finally saw some good news in the development of a COVID vaccine and the election of Joe Biden as our 46th president! In the seventh slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and our resident pastor is going to reflect back on the year that was 2020 and some of his favorite idiots! Taking the #8 slot this week is a new edition of Conspiracy Corner – where we are coming to you live from an underground bunker with Trump’s latest batshit theories about the election! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week we have a People Are Dumb (9) that reflects on some of our favorite stupid people in 2020, and boy there were a lot to pick from! Fiinally in Road To The White House (10), we take a look back at the year that was 2020 and look forward to what we hope will be a much better year in 2021! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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[font size="8"]January – February: The Impeachment Of Donald Trump
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So you might be wondering – how the fuck did this year come to be the nightmare that it is? We here at the Top 10 face this question every year – how do you boil down an entire year’s worth of stuff into just 6 short entries? When we left off in 2019, things were getting pretty interesting because Trump had gone too far in peddling conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden and Ukraine, and in attempting to dig up dirt on the subject, using super creep Rudy Guilani as an international detective, he went too far. As Trump always does. But 2020 started off in a very unusual way because at the end of 2019, Trump had got his ass impeached by Nancy Pelosi! So how did that affect him? Well about as well as you could possibly expect because he did the one thing you’re always advised against on the Apprentice: He got his sorry ass fired like the intern who drinks too much at happy hour! Except that Trump is the creepy old weirdo who curses at you before pooping his pants and waddling off. Yeah that happened!

Nancy Pelosi was right.

The Speaker of the House has not been present in the Senate chambers during the impeachment trial of President Trump, but Pelosi's presence looms large over the proceedings. And one of her most consequential choices in pursuing that impeachment — refusing to submit the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate until after the holidays — is bearing fruit: She wanted the Senate trial to include witness testimony, a prospect that seems much more likely now than it did just a few days ago.

Why? Thank John Bolton.

The New York Times on Sunday reported that Bolton, President Trump's former national security adviser, had written a book in which he says Trump told him he wanted to withhold military assistance to Ukraine until that country's officials there helped with an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. On Monday, the Times added that Bolton privately told Attorney General William Barr last year he was worried that Trump was granting personal favors to autocratic leaders.

Big stuff. So big, in fact, that Republicans who had seemed opposed to introducing witness testimony at the impeachment trial — preferring instead to rely wholly on arguments made by the president's lawyers and House impeachment managers — on Monday were starting to waver.

That is right! They walked out of the trial just like the Deltas in Animal House, though we secretly suspect that they are more like the Omega House. And of course Trump does his best George Bluth impression because he has the absolute worst attorneys. I mean come on, the guy has Rudy Giuliani as his primary lawyer. You might as well have Lionel Hutz or Barry Zuckerkorn as your attorneys. But yes these guys really are the bad guys in this case.

The team of lawyers representing President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial dove into their arguments in defense of the president on Monday, which they had previewed over the weekend.

Trump's lawyers condemned impeachment as partisan, and deployed some anticipated arguments to push against Democrats' allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to open investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and 2016 election interference.

They went after the House impeachment process, pushed back against additional witnesses and honed in on Hunter Biden's role in Ukraine.

Their day in the Senate came after reports surfaced that Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton, had firsthand knowledge of a linking of investigations to nearly $400 million in military aid that was temporarily withheld by the administration.

And in other news, remember the Doomsday Clock? It inched a few seconds closer to midnight this year, and it may have to do something with this. Remember Trump’s precious border wall? Well it blew over, thanks to his continued and completely egregious denial of climate change! That’s right, keep denying that it exists, Trumpers. It will eventually kill you all, and there’s unfortunately no cure for that. But this was one of my favorite things to happen in the early part of the year.

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

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

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

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

The 30-foot panels buckled under gusts of 40 mph. Damaged panels had been replaced by Thursday, officials said.

But then I can’t get out of here without mentioning the beginning of what is going to be the shittiest year ever, and all of the things that I just mentioned are starting to come together. And that was the absolutely tragic helicopter crash involving Kobe Bryant. As a die-hard and life-long Lakers fan this shook me to my very core. There’s literally nothing funny I can make of this terrible atrocity so I won’t even try. But that was just the first of the worst news yet to come and oh boy is it going to get worse.

Yesterday seems like it wasn't even real. The tragic news broke that Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were among nine people (including the pilot) that were killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California. There were no survivors. The other victims of the crash that we know about so far were John Altobelli, a longtime baseball coach at Orange Coast College, as well as his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa. Alyssa and Gianna were basketball teammates. They were on their way to an academy where Kobe Bryant coached their team. Pilot Ara Zobayan, girls basketball coach Christina Mauser, and Sarah and Payton Chester were on board as well. Payton, who was Sarah’s daughter, previously attended Harbor View Elementary. The authorities in Los Angeles County said it could take several days to recover bodies from the crash site because the helicopter crashed in rough terrain. The cause of the crash is under investigation. L.A. weather was extremely foggy Sunday morning, and air support was grounded because of it. Kobe Bryant is survived by his daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months, along with his wife Vanessa, 37. Kobe Bryant was considered one of the best players in N.B.A. history. He entered the NBA straight out of high school. In 1996, he became the youngest player in NBA history. He won five NBA titles in his time with the Lakers, and two Olympic gold medals playing for the United States. He's fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list with 33,643 points! This week also marked the 14-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's 81-point game against the Toronto Raptors, still the second most points ever scored in an NBA game behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100. He was 41-years-old. We are definitely thinking about all of the souls who lost their lives and their loved ones.

And then there was February – where not a whole lot happened because March was only one month away and we all know what is coming, so we will save that. But by then the coronavirus had been identified and was spreading rapidly. But another virus that has been infecting the GOP for 40 years now may be on its’ last legs. That’s right – I’m talking about Rush Limbaugh, everyone’s favorite pill-popping shock radio DJ – has terminal lung cancer. Nothing funny you can make about that, but considering that he’s made fun of deadly diseasese in the past, everything is off the table!

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

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

But cancer is something else altogether.

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

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

Winter is over, now it’s time for:

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[font size="8"]March – April: COVID-19: Your Worst Nightmare Come True
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By now you might have been hearing reports of an incredibly deadly illness spreading in various parts of the world. The illness was identified as SARS-COVID-2. In fact, we even reported on COVID stories in the early parts of January (see: Top 10 #8-4 ) and in February (see: Top 10 #8-7 ) and while we weren’t sure what to make of it in the beginning ,we knew it was coming. And by the middle of March, a full blown pandemic not seen since 1918 was declared and literally life as we knew it had come to an end. Everything was gone. International travel gone. Any large festivals and events, gone. Your vacations, business trips, sporting events, any activities you had planned, gone. And the restrictions on how to deal with this virus just kept coming. The death toll this virus was taking started rising. And it tanked the economy in the process because many businesses just had zero revenue because of it. And your life changed too. Your favorite restaurant became your kitchen table. Your office, school, and social life was your laptop, replaced with this video chat service called "Zoom". And we were wondering – what’s it going to take to get things back to life as we knew it? Well it’s going to take a lot. But then again we have President Shit For Brains at the helm, and when public health officials first became alarmed, he was doing his best impression of the Army guard from Animal House.

Vice President Mike Pence said Sunday that it is certain additional people in the United States will contract the new coronavirus spreading rapidly across the globe, but he said the risk to the average American remains low and the government is doing "everything possible to prevent the spread."

"There will be more cases. There's no question," Pence said on NBC News' "Meet the Press." But, he said, "the vast majority" of Americans who become infected "will be treated, they will recover."

President Donald Trump has put Pence in charge of a task force charged with coordinating the government's response to the outbreak. Pence stressed that the administration was taking "a whole of government approach."

"I'll have one of the most renowned experts in infectious diseases literally joining my staff in the West Wing tomorrow. We're going to bring the best scientific minds, experts together," Pence said, "We’re going to work every day to, to contain this disease, to treat those that are contracted.".

Of course he didn’t. Trump is, as Al Franken would call him, a lying liar who lies, and don’t worry, we’ll talk about his infectious disease “experts” in the next entry because that is the stuff of pure insanity. I mean we used to laugh at these idiots. Now they are making policy. In fact we went on hiatus the week the pandemic was declared. Which forced us to take some extended time off to do some soul searching and well, we ultimately came back better off. But everyone was hurting and Trump’s only stimulus during the early months of this thing left us with mere peanuts while other countries were getting thousands in stimulus money.

With the goal of blunting the financial effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the US government committed to a $2 trillion economic stimulus package that includes payments of up to $1,200 to US taxpayers. Checks may start to arrive in three weeks -- assuming you're eligible to receive a stimulus payment.

It's expected that roughly 9 of 10 households could receive a recovery rebate of some amount under the economic stimulus law, which also provides financial aid for businesses staggered by the virus, and expanded unemployment and student-loan assistance. But not everyone will receive the complete payment, and some won't receive a stimulus check at all.

Here's what we know about the individual and household coronavirus relief checks that are part of the federal package -- including finding out if you'll be eligible, how much you can expect to receive and how to receive your payments. We'll update this story as developments occur. (Here's how you should spend the money when you get it and how else you can get financial relief.)

The total amount of your stimulus check will be based on your adjusted gross income, or AGI, from your 2019 federal tax filing or -- if you've not filed this year yet -- your 2018 filing.

But that said, with everyone hurting from the newly imposed shut down orders because of the virus, what does Trump do? He rubs salt in the wound. Because like the sadistic psychopath that he is, guess who he puts in charge of handling the pandemic? Jared Fucking Kushner. That’s right, he has a superpower – he can turn a bustling high rise into a rat infested shithole in single inspection! So why him? Well it’s either that or the My Pillow Guy.

As the coronavirus task force gathered for their now-daily press briefing, a familiar figure joined them on stage: President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

"Today you're going hear from Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the President of the United States, but someone that the White House Coronavirus Task Force directed to work with FEMA on supply chain issues," explained Vice President Mike Pence. "And in recent weeks, he has been leading a working group, in conjunction with FEMA, that literally has identified millions of medical supplies around the nation and around the world. And we're grateful for his efforts and his leadership."
Er, OK?

Kushner, it would appear, has insinuated himself into a prominent role in coordinating the administration's coronavirus response despite no obvious qualifications -- he isn't a doctor, an infectious disease expert or someone who has run large organizations -- for such a prominent role.

"Because of his unique status, he has made himself the point of contact for many agency officials who know that he can force action and issue decisions without going to the president. But while Mr. Kushner and his allies say that he has brought more order to the process, the government's response remains fragmented and behind the curve."

Aw… he went to Jared. Though this Jared won’t give you a credit-card maxing diamond ring the size of a small car. This Jared will screw everything up and let his father in law sort it out, and fine mess of a job he’s doing. Of course by this time the pandemic is dominating the news, and everyone was forced to do things differently than they have known their whole lives. Hell even Trump suggested his own cure for this deadly virus, and well, it didn’t go over well. At least the memes were hilarious!

Presented with incontrovertible evidence that Donald Trump is stupid and clueless and that the American people should not follow his advice, reporters and editors in America's top newsrooms averted their eyes.

Home delivery subscribers to the Washington Post, for instance, wouldn't have a clue that Trump on Thursday evening proposed injecting patients with disinfectants to see if they would kill the coronavirus in lungs, as they do on the kitchen counter. There was no mention of it in the print edition.

Yes, Trump actually asked, after hearing a presentation on how bleach and rubbing alcohol can kill the virus on surfaces: "Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning? Because, you see, it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it would be interesting to check that."

Is there a stupider, more dangerous thing he could possibly say? Could he possibly give a clearer indication that he is manifestly unfit to lead the nation during a public health crisis? Small children know better than this.


Spring is over (finally!). Now it’s on to the beginning of summer, where…

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[font size="8"]May – June: The Misery Continues
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The pandemic is over! Wooooooooooooooohooooooooo!! We can go out and party again! Oh wait, no, it’s just beginning! In a raging pandemic, nothing is real. Everything is far away. You can’t see anybody you care about. You can’t visit places you care about. Many small businesses and large chains were going under because they had essentially zero revenue. Hell even your toddlers have to live out their baby years under this video chat service called “Zoom”. And like that Zoom became a household name because that’s how we had to live. Your commute to your office was however long it takes you to walk from your bathroom to your desk. Business attire became sweatpants. Your vacation was Netflix. Your weekends were Netflix. So much damn Netflix!!! Even your social life was your beverage of choice and a Zoom chat with your buddies. And it even forced campaigns to stop and go underground. And of course our Dear Leader wasn’t having any of it and was resorting to doing his best impression of the Simpsons’s Krusty The Klown. Think of the ratings! And the protests against these incredibly harsh lockdown restrictions were getting weirder and scarier. Just look at what happened in Michigan.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan issued a rebuke of the armed protesters who gathered inside the state capitol last week in defiance of statewide lockdown orders, saying the demonstrators embodied some of the “worst racism” of the nation’s history.

“Some of the outrageousness of what happened at our capitol depicted some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history in this country,” Whitmer said during a Sunday interview on CNN’s State of the Union.

Last week Donald Trump had said of the protesters: “These are very good people.”

Hundreds of protesters, many not wearing protective face masks and some armed legally with “long guns”, gathered inside the statehouse in Lansing on Thursday as lawmakers debated the Democratic governor’s request to extend her emergency powers to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The tightly packed crowd attempted to enter the floor of the legislative chamber and were held back by a line of state police and capitol staff, according to video footage posted by local journalists.

And then things really started getting ugly. There were anti-lockdown protests springing up all over the country. People had enough, and I totally get it. We are all miserable right now and it doesn’t look like that misery is ending anytime soon. But that said, one of the craziest protests happened in the blood of my blood, Orange County, and the beach side community of Huntington Beach. And I’m not at all surprised that the anti-lockdown protests and MAGA supporters are going hand in hand.

Thousands of protesters have flocked to Huntington Beach to protest coronavirus lockdowns in the days following a mandatory closure of Orange County beaches. Angered by the forced closures, the protesters ignored social distancing guidelines and demanded the beaches be reopened.

Crowds took to the streets Friday — many without face masks — backing up traffic for at least a mile along Pacific Coast Highway, The Associated Press reports. "Freedom is essential," "Surfing is not a crime" and "Newsom is a kook" read some of their signs, which also called for the reopening of all businesses.

Last weekend, California made national news as an estimated 80,000 people gathered on Newport Beach and Huntington Beach during a heatwave. Orange County was the only county in the area where beaches remained open, as counties north and south had previously shut down public spaces.

"This virus doesn't take the weekends off," Governor Gavin Newsom said Monday. "This virus doesn't go home because it's a beautiful sunny day around our coasts."

On Thursday, Newsom announced the decision to close Orange County beaches. He again stressed that the "vast majority" of Californians have followed the stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines, but said "specific issues" on some beaches "have raised alarm bells."

At least we got a break from all the virus insanity when Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that he named his newborn son a series of unpronounceable syllables, and that he was going to be one of the first people living on Mars. Wait, what? You heard me. And he’s even got the backing of Trump’s insane Space Force division to go along with that. Why don’t we try solving some of the problems here on earth before we go ruin other planets, shall we?

A city on Mars? SpaceX has been training this whole time, Elon Musk declared Sunday.

The SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to decry his company's slow rate of progress in sending humans to Mars to set up a city. The firm is currently working on the Starship, a fully-reusable rocket designed to transport humans to Mars and beyond, which Musk noted is step one of three toward reaching this goal.

Musk also explained how the company has been working on step two of three through its existing resupply missions. The second step is orbital refilling, which will enable the Starship to refuel in space and continue its mission to the red planet.

On Sunday, YouTuber Tim Dodd asked Musk about current progress on the firm's research in this area in collaboration with NASA. Musk responded:

SpaceX has a lot of experience berthing & now docking with [the International Space Station], which is very difficult. Orbital refilling should in theory be easier, since Starships dock with themselves & will be uncrewed at first.

So by now Trump press conferences featuring special guests like quack doctors and the My Pillow Guy for a while, were our only source of entertainment. That’s right – no sports, no concerts, no movies, no new TV shows. Just Trump blabbing about his bullshit every night to people who were willing to listen, and he finally gave people an excuse to put their Netflix and Disney Plus subscriptions to good use, but then 2020 started getting even weirder. Because, wait for it, the Pentagon proved that extraterrestrial aliens exist! Someone call Tom DeLonge quick!!!

The Pentagon has declassified three previously leaked top secret U.S. Navy videos that show "unexplained aerial phenomena" and that some believe could show Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in an effort "to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos," said a Pentagon spokesperson.

"The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified,'" the spokesperson added.

The videos, previously acknowledged by the Navy as being real, captured what Navy fighter pilots saw on their video sensors during training flights in 2004 and 2015. They were published by the New York Times in 2017.

"The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017," said Susan Gough, a Defense Department spokesperson in a statement released Monday.

"After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena," said Gough.

Summer is just beginning. Now it’s onto the heart of summer!

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[font size="8"]July – August: The Death Of George Floyd
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We here at the Top 10 home offices in Burbank, California, were throwing around ideas as to how to best broach this subject. But that said, I’m going to use an analogy from one of my favorite movies of 2019, Joker. It’s about an anarchist who takes over the most powerful human beings in one of the most corrupt cities in the world. Oh wait, that’s Q Anon. It’s about… oh wait that’s also Q Anon. My point is, the movie does not paint the father of Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist Thomas Wayne, in a positive light. And if you know the Batman franchise, Joker ends with the murders of Thomas and Martha Wayne in a dark alleyway that sets off Bruce Wayne becoming the Caped Crusader. But Gotham is in such disarray that the citizens are rioting thanks to the actions of the Joker and that’s where this story kicks in. I’m of course talking about the Death Of George Floyd and the international firestorm that it set off.

George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, said on "The View" Tuesday that he believes "everybody is getting closer to justice" for his brother "because everybody's feeling united" in protests.

The demonstrations demanding police reforms and in support of Black Lives Matter have drawn thousands of people around the world in the weeks following George Floyd's death while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

"I just would like to thank everyone for doing so much in this world today. They're just tired right now. Enough is enough," Philonise Floyd said on "The View." "It's gonna be a marathon. But right now, everybody is getting closer to justice because everybody's feeling united. We're coming together as one."

"I'm just so proud right now just to see change in this world happening," he added.

Philonise Floyd also told the co-hosts that Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who prosecutors say held his knee on George Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, and the three other officers involved in his brother's death “deserve life” in prison.

And the shit really hit the fan with protests, riots, and looting all over the world, in some instances it really did mirror the ending of Joker. But with any protest in the Donald Trump era, you know that some bad hombres are going to crash the party, and that gave birth to a dangerous and scary new group of anarchists called “The Boogaloo Bois”. In fact their shit is so insane that we’ll cover that in the next entry when it came to a head in Michigan. But these guys you don’t want showing up at your next protest!

During recent months of unrest over coronavirus shutdowns and deaths of unarmed Black Americans in police custody, a right-wing extremist group aimed at overthrowing the government has been growing, experts say.

The "boogaloo" movement – named for a 1980s breakdancing movie and characterized by members who carry weapons and wear Hawaiian shirts and tactical gear – looks to exploit unrest in order to start a second civil war.

But there are various facets to the loosely organized group: One generally stems from its original ties to neo-Nazis and white supremacists, while a newer facet is libertarian.

"There's a lot of overlap and the boundary is blurry because they both evolved together," said Alex Newhouse, digital research lead at Middlebury Institute's Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism. "It is very difficult to know if the 'boogaloo boi' you see standing in the middle of the street at a protest is there in solidarity or to incite violence."

Yeah so the world is burning and everyone’s infected with a new disease for which there is no cure, at least not yet, but vaccines were in development and looked promising. But then things got weird. While everyone was looking for a way to cure COVID, which was ravaging the country, Trump went all in on a drug called “hydroxychloroquine” which was banned, then banned, then repeatedly banned again. It was banned more times than the New York Jets have wins in 2020. Hey o! Remember when we talked about aliens in the last entry? Well, I don’t want to say it was aliens, but it was aliens!

A Houston doctor who made false statements about the coronavirus in a video that was removed from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube this week has previously made other unfounded claims about medical conditions, sexual contact with spirits, the U.S. government, children's television shows and more.

Stella Immanuel appeared in a video this week published by the right-wing outlet Breitbart News.

The video shows people in white lab coats holding a press conference in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The group calls itself “America’s Frontline Doctors,” and in the video, Immanuel argues that “you don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of COVID-19. She also claims that studies showing that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating the disease are “fake science” and sponsored by “fake pharma companies."

President Trump posted versions of the video on Twitter on Monday; they were later removed by the social media site. The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also tweeted the video, and Twitter announced that it has limited his account for 12 hours...........................

But Immanuel, who is a licensed physician in Texas, according to the Texas Medical Board, has previously claimed on YouTube and in articles on her website that gynecological problems, such as endometriosis, cysts and infertility, are caused by individuals having sex with demons and witches in their dreams.

Yeah seriously, where are Mulder and Scully when you need them? Oh and what else happened during the summer? Oh yeah longtime Trump ally and hardcore racist Steve Bannon got arrested, in perhaps one of the stupidest stupid criminal schemes to ever scheme. And these people think they’re capable of running the country better than Democrats? Good freaking god. And we sit here in front of our Zoom meetings wondering why we can’t have nice things. Well, here’s the reason.

Steve Bannon’s indictment in a scheme to defraud donors to a fundraising campaign to help build Donald Trump’s wall on the southern boarder cast a spotlight on a web of prominent figures adored in conservative and anti-immigration circles.

On Thursday, Bannon and other leaders of the We Build the Wall nonprofit group were indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan for scheming to “defraud hundreds of thousands of donors” in relation to the online fundraising campaign.

But the list of well known names associated with We Build the Wall goes far beyond the figure of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and populist firebrand Bannon.

The group’s website is a roll call of top figures in Republican and conservative circles.

It lists Kris Kobach, the former Kansas secretary of state and a prominent Trump cheerleader, as its attorney general. Bannon was the advisory board chairman. Erik Prince, founder of the private military contractor Blackwater USA, is a member of the organization’s advisory board. Former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo, an icon in conservative anti-immigration circles, is also on the advisory board, as is former Milwaukee county sheriff Dave Clarke and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling.

That’s it for summer! Now it’s time to start the fall season! At least we get new TV!

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[font size="8"]September – October: RIP Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hello Amy Comey Barrett
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We’re getting into fall now. Unfortunately COVID is still here. Some good things were starting to happen. My basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers, had secured their first title in the NBA's COVID bubble in Orlando, and honored Kobe's memory in the process. And the Los Angeles Dodgers had won the World Series playing in Arlington, Texas. But this might be one of the worst things to happen in an otherwise nightmare of a horrible shitty year. I’m almost certain that everyone knows where you were when you heard the news that SCOTUS justice, feminist icon, and the original social justice warrior Ruth Bader Ginsburg had finally succumbed after a long bout with lung cancer. And we needed her to live past this horrid administration so Joe Biden could appoint her replacement. But unfortunately, Trump got yet another SCOTUS nomination, and he chose Amy Comey Barrett – who’s a member of a bizarre Catholic cult that’s taking over Indiana at an alarming pace. And if you thought Heaven’s Gate was deranged, I see your Heaven’s Gate and raise you: People Of Praise!

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In 2002, when Amy Coney Barrett moved here to begin her academic career, she joined the faculty at the law school where she’d been a student, attended Notre Dame football games and eventually joined a Primal Fitness gym where she’s currently known for her fierce pullup workout. She also connected with one other local community: People of Praise, a charismatic Christian group founded here in 1971.

Many aspects of her life dovetail with a typical high-achieving résumé: the summa cum laude law degree, the steady stream of academic papers, the family’s picturesque 3,800-square-foot brick home and the legendary Mardi Gras parties they’ve hosted over the years, bringing a little flair from her native suburban New Orleans to Indiana.

Her spiritual group, however, has drawn more questions. People of Praise is one of a number of groups that rose up in the 1960s and '70s to offer intense, highly supportive religious communities, in the style of evangelical churches, within the Catholic tradition. The group, though mostly Catholic, is outside control of the church itself. The group has a website, but doesn’t let reporters visit its worship center. When Barrett was nominated for her federal judgeship in 2017, she didn’t disclose her involvement. Critics, even those wary of making religion an issue in a judicial appointment, have questioned what role its member agreements—it’s “neither an oath nor a vow, but it is an important personal commitment,” the website notes—plays in her legal philosophy. Former members have called it “secretive” and a “cult”—and, above all, it has remained something of an opaque chapter attached to the life of an increasingly public figure.

What’s difficult to understand outside South Bend, however, is just how deeply integrated this group is into the local community. Though the group has only a few thousand local members, and keeps a low profile as an organization, its influence and footprint in the city are significant. That influence, and its resistance to liberal changes in the wider culture, are likely to arise as issues in her Supreme Court nomination hearings, expected to begin Oct. 12.

Ha ha ha ha, I love that movie! In campaign news, Joe Biden had been made the Democratic nominee and was polling way beyond anything Trump could ever imagine. But there was another candidate who burst on the scene and was every bit as batshit insane as you could possibly imagine. I’m of course talking about Kim Kardashian’s baby daddy Kanye West. And his campaign was quite the stuff of insanity and thankfully he had no rhyme or reason as to what he was doing and his campaign pretty much ended before it started.

In less than three months, rapper Kanye West's surprise presidential bid has transformed from a viral tweet into a briefly serious political effort, before sputtering out with mediocre results.

As the embattled musician’s campaign struggled to meet deadlines and form a cohesive identity, it also raised concerns he would aid President Donald Trump's re-election in the process.

At the moment — six weeks from the November 3 election between Trump and Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden — West’s name will appear on the ballot in 12 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Utah.

One former campaign operative who helped West’s efforts early on tells PEOPLE there are “too many chiefs” within West’s campaign, causing disorganization and resulting in the failure to get the independent candidate’s name on the ballot in at least 38 states.

That former operative would only speak with PEOPLE on the condition of anonymity while others have refused interviews, citing non-disclosure agreements with the campaign. West’s political operatives have most often avoided interview requests, while his music representatives have largely refrained from commenting about his politics.

Whew, we dodged that bullet! One bullet we did not dodge though is the worst president of all time, Donald J. Trump. Though thankfully it was during this time that his favorite punching bag, the New York Times, nailed him on his taxes. While the GOP conspiracy theorists were snake-oil scamming their way into yet another “scandal” involving Hunter Biden, for which they got absolutely nothing, a real scandal was brewing with Trump’s taxes. Oh yes and it was fun too, made you forget about COVID for a while!

On Sunday, The New York Times published a blockbuster report on the President’s tax returns, revealing details from decades of confidential filings and information related to Trump’s businesses. The report paints a picture of a president whose business interests are in financial distress and whose looming money challenges could push him into bankruptcy in the near future. The findings pose a troubling, but important, question to ask:

Is President Trump actually broke?

The explosive reporting by The New York Times is based on a review of two decades of Trump’s personal and corporate tax record, ranging from his days as a high-profile real estate developer to the beginning of his tenure as President. In publishing their findings, the Times explained the rationale behind their decision.

“We are publishing this report because we believe citizens should understand as much as possible about their leaders and representatives — their priorities, their experiences and also their finances. Every president since the mid-1970s has made his tax information public,” the Times wrote in an editor’s note accompanying the report. “Mr. Trump, one of the wealthiest presidents in the nation’s history, has broken with that practice.”

But speaking of COVID, while we were celebrating the news that Trump’s ass was as broke as the chain stores that were losing their businesses because of the COVID “hoax”, Washington got another unwelcome visitor in the form of COVID-19 infecting nearly the whole damn West Wing! I mean shit, the whole place is probably a biohazard by now and I hope that our incoming president Biden will do some serious deep cleaning!

President Trump, who spent the weekend in the hospital being treated for COVID-19, made a theatrical return to the White House on Monday evening, disembarking Marine One and walking the staircase to the South Portico entrance, where he turned to face the cameras, removed his mask and gave his signature two thumbs up.

Shortly before, a masked Trump had emerged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was receiving treatment, pumping his fist and giving a thumbs up as he ignored questions from reporters.

In a video recorded at the White House that he tweeted later, the president seemed somewhat more circumspect about a virus that he has often downplayed, along with measures to halt its spread, such as wearing masks.

Trump thanked the staff of Walter Reed and said that during his three-night stay he had "learned so much about coronavirus."

"One thing that's for certain – don't let it dominate you. Don't be afraid of it. You're going to beat it," he said. "We have the best medical equipment. We have the best medicines. All developed recently. And you're going to beat it."

Trump still has a month before he goes full Howard Hughes! Then things got weird, because that’s practically expected. While we were all laughing our asses off at the Vice Presidential debate, when a fly landed on Mike Pence’s head and stayed there for a whopping 10 minutes, this happened. Remember when Trump tweeted to “Liberate Michigan” back in the early days of the pandemic as a moratorium on Governor Whitmer’s lockdown restrictions? Well the Boogaloo Boys decided to act on it, and attempted to kidnap her in… a PT Cruiser! I mean come on guys if you’ve got sub machine guns and are armed to the teeth, maybe try using a vehicle that’s more threatening than a PT Cruiser, OK?

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday revealed new and sometimes shocking details of the case they have built against six men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Defense attorneys began their efforts to shoot holes in the government's story, suggesting through questions they directed at an FBI agent that some of the plotting was just talk and that there was no specific kidnapping plan, just a range of ideas being tossed around.

Five of the six defendants sat with chains around their waists and wrists, sometimes nodding to family members or friends in the courtroom in the Grand Rapids federal building, as assistant U.S. Attorney Nils Kessler showed photos and videos and drew testimony from an FBI special agent.

The sixth federal defendant is still in Delaware, where he was arrested. All six are charged with conspiracy to kidnap and have been held in custody since their Oct. 7 arrests.

Seven other defendants face state charges brought by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, including supporting terrorism, gang membership, and possessing a firearm in commission of a felony.

That’s it for fall! Now Winter Is Coming! Yes, all caps for the Game Of Thrones reference!

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[font size="8"]November – December: The Attempted Stealing Of The Election Of Joe Biden
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We’re almost done, folks! So close to the end of the year and we’re finally starting to get some good news. Especially now that the election is over and we can say that Joseph R. Biden is the 46th president of the United States of America! We did it!!! Well, he’s still president elect, right? So Trump’s plan for an “October surprise” in the form of yet another “scandal” directed at Hunter Biden failed big time and even got them blacklisted from social media sites. Finally! In an otherwise dismal clusterfuck of a year we were beginning to get some good news! That plus the vaccine! So we elected Joe Biden and we got a vaccine. OK yeah I know those two go hand in hand, but yeah otherwise, fuck Trump! OK I am rambling here, here’s more.

Joe Biden won the presidential election on Saturday after the Associated Press called him the winner in Pennsylvania, pushing the former Vice President past the 270 electoral college votes needed to clinch the White House.

Less than half an hour after the news, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, alleged without any evidence that the electoral system in Philadelphia, which had contributing to Biden’s victory, was riddled with fraud. It was the latest indication that, even as Trump’s path to victory evaporates, his campaign will continue to fight the outcome in court.

In the past week alone, the Trump campaign blitzed state and federal courts with roughly a dozen new lawsuits, most attempting to halt the vote-counting process or disqualify tranches of ballots. The majority of the Trump campaign’s lawsuits were filed in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Georgia, and Michigan—states where either Biden’s margin of victory is relatively slim, or where a winner has yet to be called.

After Biden declared victory on Saturday, President Donald Trump seemed poised to continue to fight in court. In comments from the White House, he vowed to pursue a lawsuit in Pennsylvania. But legal experts say his chances of meaningfully challenging the election are dwindling. Many of his campaign’s lawsuits filed this week have been dismissed on lack of merit, and the ones that have gained some traction are unlikely to change the outcome of the Presidential race.

That’s right!!! Victory!!! Finally four long, frustrating and angry years of listening to that fucking pathetic excuse of a douchebag of a leader that is coming to pass. But sadly he’s not going anywhere. We expect him to ditch Twitter for Parler like so many conservatives are doing, and it’s going over really well. Don’t worry, we will cover their social media exodus in a minute. But if you expect Trump to go quietly, well, being quiet was never his strong suit.

President Donald Trump on Friday sought to reframe his unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud, proclaiming in a statement that his push to ensure the integrity of this year’s vote “is no longer about any single election.”

He also vowed to pursue a fair and transparent vote counting process “through every aspect of the law,” despite there being no evidence of broad wrongdoing.

The president struck a slightly less combative tone than he has previously this week, ditching his pleas to “stop the count” of ballots as his opponent Joe Biden pulled ahead in two states that would hand him the presidency.

“We believe the American people deserve to have full transparency into all vote counting and election certification, and that this is no longer about any single election,” Trump argued. “This is about the integrity of our entire election process.”

Sigh… god damn it. So when your children grow up and have children of their own, and they ask you why we can’t have nice things, point them to this administration. But while we at least got one candidate to succeed, and that’s Kanye West, that didn’t stop President Turd Burglar from holding other marches and rallies, and that’s exactly what has been happening and if you guessed that they would turn violent really quickly, well, you’re not wrong!

The Trump administration is ending the same way it started: spreading false claims about crowd sizes in Washington, D.C.

On Nov. 14, thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters rallied in Washington to support false claims that he had won re-election. But White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted an alternative estimate of the demonstration’s attendance.

"AMAZING! More than one MILLION marchers for President @realDonaldTrump descend on the swamp in support," McEnany said in the tweet, which has been shared more than 56,000 times.

The post took us back to January 2017, when Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, claimed the crowd at Trump’s inauguration "was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period." We rated that claim Pants on Fire!

Since Trump retweeted a claim that more than a million people gathered in Washington to support him, we wanted to take a closer look at McEnany’s tweet.

Though now we are finally back to the present! I do have one of my favorite things that has been coming of the last few weeks and that is concerts. Man do I miss live music. Remember when NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts were a thing? And they probably will return once this god forsaken pandemic is over. But Trump actually did his best impression of NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts and gave a Tiny Desk MAGA speech, and well, it wasn’t the same thing.

President Donald Trump's press conferences often go awry in one way or another, but on Thanksgiving it was a peculiarly tiny desk that grabbed the spotlight.

On Thursday evening, Trump delivered an address from the White House that began with a recap of his calls to service members on the holiday. From there, it quickly devolved into him bragging about the Space Force and repeating lies about voter fraud, calling the election "rigged" once again without any evidence.

He also took questions from members of the press and at one point snapped at a journalist from Reuters, calling him a "lightweight."

"Don't talk to me that way. You're just a lightweight. Don't talk to me that — I'm the president of the United States. Don't ever talk to the president that way," he told the reporter, while pointing at him.

Overall, there were awkward moments abound, but it was all underscored by the visual of Trump carrying this all out while sitting behind a comically small desk with the presidential seal attached.

So with that said, now that we are finally back to the present, where do we go from here? How do we close out this absolute nightmare of a year that is 2020? And where do we go in 2021? Well there’s plenty of ways that 2021 could go wrong and there’s also a lot that could go right. But all I know is I am looking forward to the end of the right wing takeover of America. Oh man I am so ready! At least we won’t have to see or put up with Jared or Ivanka anymore!

If the celebrations that spilled into the streets of New York City in the wake of Joe Biden's victory made one thing clear, it's that the Trumps aren't welcome here.

For the President, who changed his primary residency last year to Florida, that's perhaps no major loss, but for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the block parties celebrating the demise of the Trump administration may provide a glimpse of what awaits them once they exit the White House.

Now that their political lives in Washington are over -- the question for this once-golden power couple is what their time in the political spotlight has meant for their brand, particularly in their old Manhattan stomping grounds.

"[The President] was so awful and divisive about New York, saying it's a nightmare or that it's empty, or a has-been," said Jill Kargman, a writer, Upper East Side resident and daughter of the former chairman of Chanel who has socialized at events with the couple in the past. "No one here is going to forget that. To even come back here after everything he's said, it's not going to work."

We did it everybody!!! We made it through 2020!!!!

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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 virtual 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 virtual congregation! We are finally almost done with this nightmare year that is 2020, but before we go, you are probably like us and wondering how you should spend the high holidays with your family and friends. Well, if you’re wondering what you should do, there’s a right way to do things and there’s a wrong way to do things. And if you want to know how to do things the wrong way, look no further than Dave Ramsey. If you don’t know who Mr. Ramsey is, he is a Christian economist, but he’s more of a snake oil salesman. Anyway Mr. Ramsey employs 800 people. And in this time of a great pandemic, Mr. Ramsey also employs mandates against masking and social distancing, and that’s a big no no. So here’s what is happening so far.

Workers who catered the company Christmas party of Tennessee-based personal financial guru Dave Ramsey were instructed not to wear gloves and masks to the event — even though hundreds were expected to attend and coronavirus cases in the state have been steadily rising in recent weeks, according to a complaint obtained by NBC affiliate WSMV.

The complaint, which was filed Dec. 12 with the city of Franklin, Tenn. — where Ramsey’s company, Ramsey Solutions, is based — was confirmed Monday by city administrator Eric Stuckey.

The vendor who filed the complaint, whose name was redacted by WSMV, said Ramsey Solutions told workers to ditch the protective gear so as not to "scare those in attendance.”

Between 700 and 900 people were expected to attend the Dec. 12 party, according to the complaint.

In a story published Monday by the Huffington Post and local newspaper the Nashville Scene, an unnamed employee of Ramsey Solutions told the outlets that at least 1,000 people appeared to be in attendance, most of them without masks.

Yes and that devil’s name is Dave Ramsey, who the good LAWRD JAYSUS would probably have smited by now, because it’s pretty clear that Mr. Ramsey does not give a shit. Yes, as I have stated repeatedly, we’re allowed to swear in my church. But that stated, you don’t want this to happen at your holiday Christmas party whether it’s in this nightmare year of 2020 or any year!

Even as Americans are being infected, hospitalized and killed by COVID-19 in record numbers, the scene Saturday night outside the headquarters of Christian financial personality Dave Ramsey’s Ramsey Solutions looked like a festival designed to flout public health guidelines. The talk-radio host who preaches debt-free living and business success threw a maskless indoor company Christmas party at the company’s Franklin, Tenn., headquarters with more than 1,500 people invited to attend.

Across different floors of one building, guests drank and line-danced together, gorged on barbecue, gambled in a fake casino and partied in a "silent disco," according to a map meant to help revelers navigate the bash. Outside there were igloos, dessert food trucks and carriage rides to be had. Several open bars were scattered throughout the building.

One worker estimated there were at least 1,000 guests in the building — the vast majority of them without masks — as well as several dozen workers like himself. "There was absolutely no [social] distancing being practiced," says the worker, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared losing his job.

Ramsey has become a hugely influential figure in personal finance, with an especially strong following among Christians. The “Boots & BBQ” event, at which vendors were allegedly urged to not wear masks, is consistent with how he has approached the pandemic since the beginning.

Yeah well you can only remember the Sabbath day if you have parishioners who are actually you know, alive to keep it holy! You know we may have to do a deep dive into Dave Ramsey in a future issue because this guy is a gem. And by the way, he’s not the only one throwing a COVID Christmas party, because if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s for the unholy, ungodly Dark One, whose name shall not be mentioned in my church, to always be one to defy orders.

For many Americans, the transition from the summer months to winter is full of trade-offs: sun with snow, beaches for backpacks. But the negatives are softened by the annual holiday trifecta: Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November and then a monthlong celebration in December leading up to New Year’s. But amid the growing crisis of Covid-19, the 2020 holiday season is different.

Absent an available, safe and effective vaccine, stopping the deadly spread of the coronavirus requires personal responsibility. Wearing a mask, watching your distance, washing your hands and avoiding indoor gatherings is the mantra, repeated over and over again by public health officials, health care workers, journalists and the White House coronavirus task force.

Yet, the message has not sunk in. As Americans around the nation are being told in no uncertain terms to stay home, avoid crowds and even sacrifice cherished time with their loved ones for the sake of public health, the head of the government is still doing the opposite. Nowhere is this dangerous disconnect more apparent than in the White House’s holiday party schedule, which is chock-full of events this December expected to draw hundreds of people together in the nation’s capital.

That’s what you get when two pastors start fighting each other. But when you plan your COVID Christmas party, always think do not do what they do, do what is righteous! Because these people do not do what is righteous, whether it is Dave Ramsey, or the Dark One, or even the governor of Mississippi. As much as people are tired of this virus ruining our lives, let’s adhere caution so we can have parties again!

Gov. Tate Reeves has planned several Christmas parties at the Governor’s Mansion, despite warnings from state health experts against such gatherings amid the pandemic, and the governor’s own orders limiting the number of people allowed at such events in Hinds County.

This follows a fundraiser held by a hospital executive on the Coast last week for Reeves for more than 20 people, despite Reeves’ orders limiting gatherings in Harrison County because of record COVID-19 outbreaks.

Statewide and districtwide elected officials received an invite for a governor’s Christmas party for Wednesday evening, several officials told Mississippi Today. The governor has also invited lawmakers to separate parties for the House and Senate next week, several lawmakers said.

As COVID-19 statistics continue to set new records almost by the day, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs and the health department have warned Mississippians to avoid holiday gatherings beyond closest family and to avoid any groups beyond school, work or “essential gatherings.” Dobbs called the holidays a “perfect storm” for “explosive outbreaks” of COVID-19 and warned, “We will see deaths, absolutely, around holiday gatherings.” Health officials warn that Mississippi hospitals are overloaded with patients as pandemic cases spike to record levels.

Oh but all things are about JAYSUS!!! And that’s it for Holy Shit in 2020, we will see you in what will hopefully be a much better 2021! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:

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[font size="8"]Conspiracy Corner: The World Of Parler
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Welcome back to our segment that attempts to explain the unexplainable, Conspiracy Corner. Because in this trying time, people attempt to explain the unexplainable, so they turn to conspiracy theories in an attempt to explain them. We are coming to you live from an underground doomsday prepper shelter from deep in the alkali flats of the New Mexico badlands! Just allow me to adjust my tin foil hat for maximum government interference… there we go. So this week we’re going to talk about the new safe space of the right, the social media website called Parler. And on Parler, everything is a conspiracy and everything is the fault of those dirty, scheming libtards! Because only they could come up with a word as lazy as that. In fact Parler is most likely the 2020 equivalent of My Space. Remember My Space?

The popularity of a social media platform hinges in large part on a robust exchange of views. But what happens when it turns into an echo chamber where most people there share the same opinions?

That's the hurdle now facing Parler, a Twitter-style social media platform that has gained popularity mostly among President Donald Trump's supporters and right-wing conservatives. After the 2020 presidential election, experts ABC News spoke with say they believe it's unlikely the platform will ever grow to rival the size of networks like Twitter or Facebook, though it could continue to influence a smaller sphere.

Parler was founded in 2018 by John Matze and Jared Thomson, two Nevada-based conservative programmers. The app receives financial backing by Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager and the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, who revealed her involvement in a post on the app on Sunday.

"John and I started Parler to provide a neutral platform for free speech, as our founders intended, and also to create a social media environment that would protect data privacy," Mercer said in the post. "The ever increasing tyranny and hubris of our tech overlords demands that someone lead the fight against data mining, and for the protection of free speech online. That someone is Parler, a beacon to all who value their liberty, free speech and personal privacy."

Yes the people who are on Parler seem like perfectly normal, sane folks. Oh who am I kidding? They are all batshit crazy conspiracy theorists who think everyone and everything is out to get them! But in fact, Parler attracts the people who not only read misinformation, they revel in it. But for the last three years in particular we have seen conservatives go nuclear in their attempts to bring free speech to social media sites, and it has backfired on them spectacularly!

Parler looks a lot like Twitter. It’s a microblogging platform where users post short updates, called “Parleys,” which can be reshared by others. Just like its well known competitor, it uses hashtags to link content and account handles begin with the at symbol.

But the social media app, which caught fire with supporters of President Donald Trump during the election, isn’t based in Silicon Valley. It’s headquartered in Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas.

Parler owes its newfound popularity to promotion by right-wing media figures and its promise to never censor users, unless they post illegal content, spam or pornography — a major draw for conservatives who object to recent reforms on Twitter and Facebook designed to limit the spread of misinformation.

But experts warn the site is becoming a right-wing echo chamber, where average Republican voters are exposed to conspiracy theories and extremist propaganda.

Oh stop your rabbling people! The only reason we’re in this mess is because you’re so unhappy with everything that you have brought on us! I mean with enemies like these, who needs friends? This is what free speech looks like!

Come join the Proud Boys! You'll own the libs and look fabulous doing it! Oh wait, you'll also have the proud distinction of being a national embarrassment on social media. Good luck finding employment guys! Yes, grab a skirt and flash “fuck Antifa” on your ass because, owning the libs! And we bet all of these many men have Parler accounts! And on Parler everything is a conspiracy theory.

Google experienced a massive service interruption for about an hour on Monday morning, and some users of the social media network Parler quickly offered up their thoughts on what happened. Their responses ranged from accusatory to just plain unbelievable, though it's not clear if the more over-the-top theories were written at least somewhat in jest.

"Chinese are starting their invasion," wrote one person. "They're probably in the process of deleting all conservative websites, videos and documentaries," wrote another.

Parler bills itself as the "free speech" alternative to Twitter and Facebook because it does not censor or delete user posts. The platform launched in 2018, but saw its membership grow substantially in the past year, particularly following the presidential election when new membership nearly doubled in one week alone to more than 8 million users. Much of this tremendous growth came from conservatives, particularly those who are staunchly pro-Trump, who flocked to Parler to express their views (and sometimes fraudulent election claims) without restraint.

Many right-wing celebrities and high-profile politicians have also extolled the advantages of Parler, such as Scott Baio and Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Though it was lesser-known users who garnered attention this morning, after the Twitter account Parlertakes posted responses from Parler about the Google outage. (If anyone is wondering about Parlertakes' agenda, the Twitter bio for the account states: "I look at Parler so you don't have to."

So with those guys at the helm in Parler, the platform’s original intent of free speech goes the way side for a plethora of batshit crazy, and they just keep one-upping each other. I could spend all day talking about the craziest of the crazy, but instead I’m just going to give a shout out to a Twitter handle called @Parlertakes, because they wade through that sewer pretty awesomely. But these guys redefine the term “crackpot” because their worldview is so distorted.

Since the election, President Donald Trump and his allies have faced fact-checks, condemnation and restrictions when trying to spread inconclusive evidence of voter fraud and leftist violence on social media.

But over on Parler, there’s a new, millions-strong MAGA universe where conservatives are freely spreading these claims and reinforcing their belief that Democrats have stolen the election from Trump.

Hashtags on Parler denoting Trump’s favorite conspiracy theories — #Dominion, #Sharpiegate, #QAnon — trend freely, without the restrictions Twitter and Facebook have instituted to suppress them. Stories from fringe sites pushing baseless allegations of voter fraud are not flagged as disinformation, as they often are elsewhere. Videos from the Million MAGA March depicting heated confrontations between MAGA supporters, counterprotesters and D.C. police are shared as evidence of rampant antifa violence, omitting necessary context that would show otherwise.

The setup gives MAGA conservatives an easy way to simply dismiss the postelection beliefs of the public at large, the widely accepted reports in mainstream news outlets and the word of experts and even some government officials. There is now a robust, consequence-free echo chamber for them that confirms a worldview in which a rigged election system falsely gave Biden a victory, and leftist thugs are taking to the streets to ensure the outcome isn’t overturned. And with over 4 million new downloads since Election Day — nearly doubling the site’s user base — that echo chamber is expanding rapidly.

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Hit it!!

Of course you know by now that people are people, and people are dumb, and this is my favorite People Are Dumb of the year because go back through all of the crazieness that happened in 2020, and there were and still are a lot of really fucking stupid people in this world! I want to start with this story out of the Bayou State, Looooooooooooooooooooosiana! Now here’s the thing people, don’t go wearing your name on your sleeve like this. This reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer saw an alien and Marge is wearing a “Homer Is A Dope” shirt. But yes, this really is that level of stupid. Now where’s Leonard Nimoy to narrate this story?

A Louisiana woman is behind bars on a felony drug possession charge after police discovered her methamphetamine stash in a small plastic container that was helpfully labeled “Dope.”

Cops responded Saturday night to a West Monroe residence after an unidentified complainant reported finding “suspected narcotics” inside the apartment, which is home to Candyce Neel, 41.

According to a probable cause affidavit, through “further investigation,” an officer found the “Dope” container with “suspected methamphetamine inside.”

Neel, cops say, left the apartment “prior to deputies speaking with her.” However, she was later arrested after being found hiding behind the residence. After being read her rights, Neel reportedly “admitted ownership of the suspected narcotics.”

And look at the fine stitching on Dope. Next up, as always we have to talk about good old Florida Man, hailing from the Sunshine State. America’s most penis-shaped state. Of course we kid, we kid. But while Florida may bring the crazy, this brings the concept of “idol worship” to an entirely new level. Going to get dialysis is never something anyone wants to do, but if it’s something you don’t go through, maybe don’t bring an emotional support cardboard cutout of Donald Trump!

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

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

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

Gibson said no one complained.

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

No one complained, he said, adding that some people even took photos with it.

Next up – we unfortunately had to bid farewell to one of our People Are Dumb hall of famers, a Bakersfield member of the Flat Earth society known as Mad Mike Hughes. In fact the guy was so convinced that the earth was flat that he was building his own homemade rocket that would take him to the outer banks of the earth’s atmosphere to prove it. And well, as you can guess, it ended about as spectacularly as it would expect! In fact we dedicated a whole segment to Mad Mike in Idiots #8-9.

Michael “Mad Mike” Hughes was an enigma on a mission — to inspire and to upend.

The 64-year-old daredevil limo driver taught himself rocket science, crowdfunded the money to build his own steam-powered rocket out of spare parts and launched himself into the sky three times. He was also a flat-earther who didn’t believe in science. Or gravity, for that matter.

Those may sound contradictory, but maybe they’re not.

He also ran for governor of California in 2018, held a Guinness World Record for longest limo ramp jump in 2002, hosted a flat earth conference in Las Vegas in May 2019, had a documentary made about him called “Rocketman,” had an upcoming Science Channel TV show called “Homemade Astronauts” and harbored fringe beliefs about the government.

On Feb. 22, Hughes launched himself for the third and final time in his homemade rocket, just off Highway 247 in Barstow, California.

Yeah it was kind of like that. Next up – the year 2020 brings about a whole new variety of stupid people, the COVIDiots! Yes, the coronavirus pandemic has brought about not one, but two breeds of COVIDiot – the people who don’t wear a face mask, and the people who don’t believe the virus exists. And that COVIDiots’ name? Boris Johnson. Yes, the PM of the UK was in fact one of the biggest COVIDiots around!

Whitty, who has appeared alongside Johnson at many of the daily press conferences held at Downing Street in the past two weeks, said he would spend the next week at home. "After experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19 last night, in line with the guidance, I will be self-isolating at home for the next seven days. I will be continuing to advise the Government on the medical response to Coronavirus, supported by my deputies," Whitty wrote on his Twitter page.

The announcements come just over a week after a top government adviser on the virus, Neil Ferguson, said he believed he had been infected and warned: "There is a lot of Covid-19 in Westminster," referring to the area of London that is home to the UK Parliament and other government premises.

Ferguson had met with the Prime Minister, as well as Whitty, and Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance. It was unclear, however, where Johnson may have contracted the virus.
Days earlier, the heir to the UK throne, Prince Charles, revealed that he had contracted the virus and was isolating himself at his estate in Scotland.

Johnson had been criticized for continuing to shake people's hands in public while government advice was to keep around two meters away from other people. The Prime Minister, Whitty and Vallance have been giving regular in-person press conferences to journalists on the virus after meetings.

Thankfully PM Johnson is taking this way more seriously now, can’t say the same for our own president, because fuck it. So how do you follow Boris Johnson? Well of course we go back to the great state of Florida. And if you’re going to give the police a fake name, maybe don’t use the name of the world’s most famous movie gangster. Yes, so maybe don’t go against the family on this one!

Florida cops allege that James Ransom--carrying open containers of Natural Light beer and Captain Morgan rum--caused a disturbance Thursday night on the boardwalk at Indian Rocks Beach, just west of St. Petersburg.

Ransom, 54, was allegedly seen accosting and “yelling loudly at citizens,” according to a sheriff’s deputy.

After being detained, Ransom repeatedly told cops that his name was “Michael Corleone.” But when deputies did a computer check on the name, they came up empty. It was only after Ransom was “submitted to a fingerprint scan” that investigators confirmed he did not actually share a name with Al Pacino’s character in the “Godfather” movies.

In addition to being charged with providing a false name to law enforcement, Ransom was also cited for disorderly intoxication. Ransom yesterday pleaded no contest to both misdemeanor counts. After entering his plea, Ransom was released from the county jail after serving two days in custody.

That’s it this week for:

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Welcome back to our coverage of the 2020 election to end all elections in… *cue reverb* THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!! Oh man that was some good reverb there. Well so we are just about done with this year, but somehow the election is still not over? It’s no surprise that Joe Biden won the election but now with all the votes certified, tallied, and certified again. But there are those who are still living in an alternate reality, complete with an alternate election. I guess that’s what you get when you deny reality for 4 years and live in your own bubble. I mean just look at this map and you will see that the right wing has truly lost their shit. Can we throw that up there?

Yeah they still think that! Meanwhile the rest of us who live in sane America are celebrating Joe Biden becoming the 46th president. Man I wish we had an audience because I would love that applause! But anyway that said here’s the latest developments.

All 538 electors voted Monday in the Electoral College, formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election. Their votes will next be sent to Washington to be counted by Congress on January 6.

Hawaii's four electors voted shortly after 7 p.m. to make the final tally 306 Electoral College votes for Mr. Biden to 232 for President Trump. At 5:30 p.m. ET, California's electors cast their state's 55 Electoral College votes for Mr. Biden, putting him over the 270 needed to win.

Mr. Biden spoke Monday night after the count had concluded, urging Americans to move forward after the election. While he struck a unifying tone toward the end of his speech, he also highlighted some of Mr. Trump's many legal challenges and his refusal to concede, calling it an "assault on democracy."

Mr. Trump's last-ditch legal attempts to overturn the results have been quashed in the courts. On Friday, the Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that sought to stop electors in four key battleground states from voting Monday.

See that Trump? Unlike what you did, what we did was called “winning”. You have now lost two elections and have occupied the White House for four inexplicable years. Just imagine if we had a competent president in charge right now! But right now we don’t, and no matter how many times he gets knocked down, he… gets knocked down some more. Such sad attempts from such a sad, pathetic little man. At least PRESIDENT BIDEN has finally got some recognition!

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) officially addressed Joe Biden as president-elect on Tuesday, saying in a speech on the Senate floor: "The Electoral College has spoken."

Why it matters: McConnell is the most prominent Republican to concede that President Trump lost the November election and congratulate Biden on his victory.

Most Republicans on Capitol Hill have refused to acknowledge that Biden had won given Trump's extended legal battle contesting the elections results.

But after Biden officially secured 270 electoral votes in Monday's meeting of the Electoral College, a growing number of GOP lawmakers are conceding that Trump lost and preparing for the next administration.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/mcconnell-biden-electoral-college-1f38ad08-3138-497a-8dc8-e5da0f7318a8.html?stream=politics&utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alerts_politics

So now you might be thinking this was supposed to be a preview of what Biden’s first 100 days are going to look like. Well I have your answer. But I wanted to address the sheer assholery coming from the Trump administration. Now that I’ve done that, we have a preview of what the first 100 days coming from the Biden administration are going to be. And it’s not going to be what one would call a “cake walk” but given the disaster that Trump has given us, Biden is going to have a lot of mess to clean up on his hands, and I’m not just talking about Trump’s shit!

President-elect Joe Biden will take office in January with a lot of promises to keep. He has pledged to enact new policies swiftly that veer the U.S. off President Trump's current path.

Biden ran a heavily policy-focused campaign, releasing dozens of lengthy and ambitious plans ranging from large-scale economic and environmental initiatives to broad actions on racial justice, education and health care. A significant amount of Biden's agenda also centers on reversing or updating positions taken by the Trump administration, especially on immigration and foreign policy. Biden heads into office with strategies to address the COVID-19 crisis and the search for a vaccine as well.

The sheer volume of Biden's plans could make it a challenge to execute them all. On immigration alone, he has proposed more than a dozen initiatives to complete within 100 days of taking office, a feat that could prove difficult to execute.

As the president-elect sorts through which priorities to push first, he'll need to consider that he is likely to face a divided Congress. Control of the Senate is still up in the air, with two Georgia runoff elections set for January, but Republicans are poised to maintain control. Democrats also have a slimmer majority in the House of Representatives, where the GOP made gains contrary to most party leaders' and analysts' predictions.

That’s it folks! We are done with season 9 and the worst year ever! Season 10 starts on 1/13/21 with our Goodbye To The Trump Administration special edition! That’s right we will dedicate all 10 entries to the best (and worst of) the Trump administration through all four years of this nightmare from when he wormed his way down that gold escalator to the Electoral College cementing the vote against him!

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Stay safe everybody! See you in January!


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