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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #10-15: The Gang Creates The Gas Crisis Edition

Top 10 Conservative Idiots #10-15: The Gang Creates The Gas Crisis Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! How is everybody doing tonight? I mean look at all you beautiful people! So happy to be back doing this shit in front of a live audience again! Look, we’ve been cooped up at home way too long. But I do have some great news – live Idiots are coming back! That’s right – after nearly a year of being locked down and doing this thing from home, then in what seemed like forever in front of that blank, blue void, live Idiots are finally coming back! We’ll be announcing the tour during our Season 11 best of on 6/16! Also – starting in season 11, we’re dusting off the famous Wheel Of Corruption! That’s right – the wheel you know and love is coming back! Unfortunately we were putting this thing together this week so we won’t have time for the Matt Gaetz scandal or the Mississippi abortion trial – but plenty of that next week! But this week is our penultimate Idiots of the season for the year 2021. And as I said on Twitter, we’re going to be taking a couple of weeks off in June but we’ve got some big plans for the Idiots when we come back on July 8th! Including the introduction of our new series – Red State Diaries! That’s right – we’ve toured the world, we’ve toured the US government, we’ve even toured the great state of Texas. Now we’re going to tour the Red States of America and find out what makes the m so red! And in 2022, we will have a new docuseries – our “What’s Up With Florida” series that we originally planned for 2020! So that said – time off in June, but big plans for the remainder of the year! OK enough of the intro – we have a lot of idiocy to get to, but first John Oliver is back and he examines the controversial “Stand Your Ground” rule:

Where do we begin for this one? In the number one slot this week is the conservative war against Liz Cheney (1) because they are determined to get rid of her after she dares to have an independent thought against the Trump cult! Taking the second slot this week is the Red State Gas Crisis (2) which they pretty much brought on themselves after the southern Colonial Pipeline hack. Panic buying in a fit of hysteria gets you nowhere, people! Taking the #3 slot this week is Rep. Andrew Clyde (3). You may not know the name but his remarks about the Capitol Riots place him firmly in Q-Batshit territory, and we’ve also got the latest from this group of crazed criminals! In the number 4 slot this week is our old friend, Marjorie Taylor Greene (4), who from here on out will be referred to by my new favorite nickname for her, Honey Cuckoo. Yes, we have to talk about her scuffle with AOC and how that is leading to a security probe with Congress. How has she not been fired yet? In the #5 slot this week is our weekly investigative piece, Top 10 Investigates (5) and this week we’re going to take a look at Elon Musk’s claim that Bitcoin is bad for the environment so how bad is it? It looks pretty bad! In the number 6 slot this week is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” (6) and this week – we’re taking a look at undisputed claims from conservative clergymen calling themselves “prophets”
and if you think last week’s were isolated incidents, oh man are you wrong! Taking the number 7 slot this week, we have a new edition of People Who Somehow Got Elected, and this week, after flaunting federal gun control regulations, we’re adding Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (7) to that ever-growing list! In the number 8 slot this week, we have a new edition of Conspiracy Corner (8) and this week our investigative team on crack, Project Veritas, got caught in a bizarre twist involving intentionally setting up the FBI! See how they got caught with their pants down again! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week, we have a new I Need A Drink, and this week after the end of the Ellen Show, and Chrissy Tiegen getting taken down a few pegs, is there any celebrity we can trust on social media anymore? Well there’s always us! Finally this week – it’s time for Stupidest State 2021! It’s the Final Four people – and this week we’ve got #1 Georgia battling #3 Nevada for the Layover League crown, while over in the Flyover League, #2 Texas is taking on #4 Arkansas! Anything goes in the Final Four! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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[font size="8"]The War Against Liz Cheney
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Conservatives are a cult. And like all cults, they do not like anything that doesn’t fall lockstep 100% in with their group speak. So when one of them has an independent thought, as we have witnessed with their backlash against Mitt Romney for deciding how dangerous Former Guy was, this is when that kind of thing is frowned upon. But this week – another member has dared to speak out against the cult, and that member is Liz Cheney. But we here at the Top 10 do get what Liz Cheney is saying. I mean does the GOP want to set a good example for America or do they want to be the party that smears poop on the walls of Congress? Well it does not seem like they’re choosing to be the former. Oh no, my friends, they are choosing the latter. And it’s not going to end well.

Rep. Liz Cheney has lost her post in the House Republican leadership on Wednesday after publicly rejecting for months former President Donald Trump's lie that he won the 2020 presidential election.

House Republicans, who ousted Cheney by voice vote behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, are instead likely to replace her with New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, who has a less conservative voting record than Cheney but has emerged as one of Trump's top defenders. Cheney did not back down in a speech on Tuesday evening, touting her conservative credentials amid criticism from Trump's allies.

"I am a conservative Republican, and the most conservative of conservative principles is reverence for the rule of law," she said in a floor speech. "The election is over. That is the rule of law. That is our constitutional process. Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution."

Despite her feud with Trump, House Republicans overwhelmingly voted in early February to keep Cheney as the No. 3 House Republican, who is in charge of executing the conference's message to the public.

So yeah Liz Cheney had an independent thought and went against the MAGA cult that’s slowly taking over Congress, then the world. It’s like a pandemic – it starts with a few cases here and there and suddenly it erupts into a global problem! But fortunately the MAGA virus can be contained. The damage has been done though, the further the GOP tips toward the right, the worse it gets! At least Liz isn’t going down without a fight!

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, who appears likely to be stripped of leadership duties by her fellow House Republicans, does not plan to stop blasting former President Donald Trump for repeating the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from him, according to people familiar with the matter.

Cheney, a staunch conservative, has been telling key donors and supporters behind the scenes that she is going to continue to hold Trump and the Republican Party accountable for what she has called the “Big Lie,” said these people.

Her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, has been involved in these talks as well, the people said.

These people declined to be named in this story in order to speak on a private matter.

Yeah so Liz Cheney has had an independent thought and it’s not going to end well for them. Of course it’s good to know where the conservatives’ top priorities lie. Never mind that we’re in a raging pandemic, there’s a major recession because of said pandemic, mass shootings are at an all time high, or there’s a self-inflicted gas crisis. Their priorities lie in – wait for it – cancel culture! Yay! And this is after they canceled Liz Cheney too!

A coalition of conservatives launched a grassroots advocacy organization on Monday to “oppose cancel culture and fight back against the woke mob and their enablers.”

The organization, dubbed Unsilenced Majority, said in a statement that it will serve as a platform to “fight back against the rising tide of left-wing intolerance.”

The group says its key focus areas include promoting free expression without fear of punishment, defending American workers from the “woke mob,” fighting “cancel culture” in education and objecting to “corporate wokeism.”

The organization said that “fundamentally, cancel culture is just another term for intolerance and suffocating dissent,” claiming that “the left’s modern political project” involves silencing its political enemies by means of intimidation, financial ruin and censorship.

Yeah so none of the important issues, just canceled and “woke” culture. If you ain’t woke you’re broke! I just made that up just now! But here’s the thing – as conservatives are getting weirder and nuttier, not to mention ruder and cruder, it’s good to know what they fear. They don’t fear anything but outside opinions. So yeah just call them what they really are – a cult! And like any cult, they do not take kindly to outsiders.

Rep. Liz Cheney, who was fired this week as chair of the House Republican Conference, is leading a fight in the GOP against former President Donald Trump. Many people on the left are cheering her on, while many on the right think she’s a sellout. But Cheney hasn’t changed a bit. Her case against Trump—articulated in a Washington Post op-ed last week, a House floor speech on Tuesday, and TV interviews on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday—is resolutely conservative.

Cheney sees Trump through the lens of foreign policy. He’s a character familiar in other countries: the ruthless demagogue and aspiring tyrant. In her op-ed and her speech, Cheney recalled her experiences with attacks on democracy in Kenya, Poland, and Russia. “I’ve worked in countries around the world that don’t have peaceful transitions of power, countries that have autocracies,” she told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “It can happen very, very quickly.”

There’s no magic force field around America that protects us from falling into anarchy or tyranny. What protects us—what makes us “exceptional,” in Cheney’s words—is a system of elections, laws, and courts, which in turn relies on enduring popular support for these institutions. Cheney understands how easily this consensus can be shaken. In the NBC interview, she recalled her awe in 2000 when Al Gore, who had won the popular vote but lost a razor-thin recount in Florida, conceded the presidential election. In that moment, the stability of the system rested on the honor of one man. This year, on Jan. 6, Cheney saw what a presidential loser with no honor could do. She told Guthrie that after the attack on the Capitol, she wondered whether her sons, like people in other countries, could no longer count on the peaceful transfer of power.

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[font size="8"]The Gas Crisis
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You know sometimes I feel like we’re living in a really fucked up episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Can we get some music for this one? For the sake of this piece, let’s call this episode “The Gang Creates The Gas Crisis”.

Come on people, did we not learn a damn thing from last year? You know panic buying literally gets you nowhere. I mean we saw this when idiots were hoarding toilet paper and were unable to sell it on the black market and wound up taking losses on their investment. But here’s the one thing they don’t tell you about gas - gas is one commodity that has no resale value. You use it, it’s gone. And if you hoard it in unsafe conditions, it’s going to quite literally blow up in your face. But here’s the thing about the latest gas crisis, or Gas Crisis 2021, is that it’s all on the MAGA community’s fearmongering. In fact they really created it themselves.

Over half of the gas stations in Virginia are without gasoline. Things are even more grim in North Carolina, where almost three-quarters of stations are out of petrol, according to Gas Buddy, a company that helps consumers find real-time gas prices. Governors in both states have declared the crisis a State of Emergency.

This is a portrait of the southeastern U.S. following a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline—and a subsequent shutdown of the portion that supplies gasoline and jet fuel from Texas to New Jersey. While the pipeline is back online, drivers have already been panicking and racing to local gas stations for more than just a last top-off.

By Wednesday, demand for gas in the U.S. had already skyrocketed 14.5 percent, according to Patrick De Haan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. Hoarding behavior has become so extreme (and bizarre) that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has even warned the public it's not a good idea to fill plastic bags with gasoline. Yes, really.

The fear of a gas shortage has perpetuated the crisis. It's a cyclical problem: As drivers buy up gas in excess, stations run dry, more people see the empty pumps, buy more gas, and further increase the scarcity.

Yeah come on people! Don’t panic buy! And especially don’t panic buy a finite, natural resource like oil that is highly volatile and also highly flammable! In fact the panic buying was so intense that it actually prompted the US Product Safety Commission to put out this tweet. Can we show that?

That happened! So if you’re keeping score at home, in 2021 so far, we’ve had a raging pandemic, an energy crisis, and now a gas crisis. Come on!!!

Widespread gasoline shortages along the U.S. East Coast began to ease slightly on Saturday as the operator of the nation’s biggest fuel pipeline said it was back to delivering “millions of gallons per hour” following last week’s cyberattack.

Ships and trucks were deployed to fill up storage tanks after the six-day Colonial Pipeline shutdown, the most disruptive cyberattack on record, triggered widespread panic buying that left filling stations across the U.S. Southeast dry.

"We have returned the system to normal operations, delivering millions of gallons per hour to the markets we serve," said the company, which had begun gradual restart of the pipeline on Wednesday.

More than 13,400 gas stations surveyed in the east and south by fuel tracking app GasBuddy were experiencing outages on Saturday, down from 16,200 early the previous day.

Yeah so the gas crisis is over for now. But the damage has been done. Just like the raging pandemic, though, the gas crisis is going to come in waves! Coming this summer: just when you thought it was safe to go back to the pump… GAS CRISIS 2021 ELECTRIC BOOGALOO DIE HARDER! Get ready for $10 gas and $100 gas bills everybody! Electric vehicles never looked better, have they? Cue the fearmongering music because things are gonna get ugly!

Millions of people stuck at home for more than a year are expected to hit the road for much-needed post-pandemic vacations this summer. Good luck finding gas.

Not that there's a looming shortage of crude oil or gasoline. Rather, it's the tanker truck drivers needed to deliver the gas to stations who are in short supply.

According to the National Tank Truck Carriers, the industry's trade group, somewhere between 20% to 25% of tank trucks in the fleet are parked heading into this summer due to a paucity of qualified drivers. At this point in 2019, only 10% of trucks were sitting idle for that reason.

"We've been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it," said Ryan Streblow, the executive vice president of the NTTC. "It certainly has grown exponentially."

Indeed, drivers left the business a year ago when gasoline demand ground to a near halt during the early pandemic-related shutdowns.

Yeah so cool, extreme panic buying, conservative fear mongering , and general stupidity, are going to create an even worse gas crisis this summer! You know I have been saying that the next large scake terror attack in the US is going to be a cyber one, because we had a president who didn’t give a shit about cyber security. This was but a mere sneak preview of what that could look like. But while the pipelines are back on and the fuel is flowing again, expect things to get much worse!

asoline shortages that have plagued the U.S. East Coast slowly eased on Sunday, with 1,000 more stations receiving supplies as the country's largest fuel pipeline network recovered from a crippling cyberattack.

The six-day closure of Colonial Pipeline's 5,500-mile (8,900-km) system was the most disruptive cyberattack on record, preventing millions of barrels of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from reaching fuel tanks throughout the eastern United States.

Thousands of gas stations ran dry as supplies failed to arrive and drivers fearing a prolonged outage filled tanks and jerry cans. Refiners and fuel distributors are racing to recover before the Memorial Day holiday weekend at the end of May, the traditional start of the peak-demand summer driving season.

"Colonial Pipeline is currently shipping at normal rates, based on shipper nominations," company spokesman Eric Abercrombie said in an email. "It will take some time for the supply chain to fully catch up."

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[font size="8"]Riot Deniers
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We’ve said it before and we’ve said it again – we were all horrified by the events of January 6th, but for us, it’s been the gift that keeps on giving. We’re approaching our 5th anniversary of the Top 10 this December, but the Capitol Riots are going to be giving us material for probably the next 5 years because of everything that’s going on. But what’s really scary is that the new trend among conservatives is that they are downplaying the events of January 6th. And that the Capitol Riot was just a “harmless tourist visit”. Yeah never mind the poop smeared on the walls, the makeshift gallows, and the thousands of people screaming that they wanted to hang the vice president, it was a harmless tourist visit! Oh and the people arrested are being “abused”.

Far-right US Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene has joined GOP opposition to a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol insurrection.

In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, the congresswoman asked a series of “what about” questions to deflect from an investigation into the attack, fuelled by former President Donald Trump’s false “stolen” election narrative and amplified by his GOP allies like Ms Greene.

She said: “The question that comes to mind is this: What about all the riots that happened during the summer of 2020 after the death of George Floyd? What about the damage caused to federal buildings, churches, people’s businesses and innocent people that were killed? ... Is that not an insurrection?”

She also claimed that Capitol rioters have been “abused” in jail and “held for 23 hours a day in solitary confinement”.

Oh boo fucking hoo! They tried to overthrow the government and used the Capitol building as a toilet and looted the place for selfies. They’re no better than ISIS or Al Qaeda, and they don’t deserve fair treatment. In the words of our former first lady – I really don’t care, do U? But now that most of the dust has been settled, conservatives are turning the spin cycle up way past 11. And let the whining commence!

Multiple Republican members of Congress on Wednesday offered a false retelling of the devastating events that occurred during the Capitol riot, with one calling the entire event a “bold faced lie” that more closely resembled a “normal tourist visit” than a deadly attack.

During a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Jan. 6 riot, Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., said the House floor was not breached and that the supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol behaved “in an orderly fashion.”

The comments by Clyde and others on Wednesday marked the latest attempt by some Republicans to revise the narrative of what occurred and came just hours after House GOP members voted to strip Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., of her leadership position after she repeatedly criticized Trump over his lies that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

“As one of the members who stayed in the Capitol, and on the House floor, who with other Republican colleagues helped barricade the door until almost 3 p.m. from the mob who tried to enter, I can tell you the House floor was never breached and it was not an insurrection. This is the truth,” Clyde claimed.

I’m sorry… what part of a “normal tourist visit” involves attempted murder and smearing poop on the walls? I remember as a kid visiting Congress when my parents took me to DC, I don’t remember doing any of those things. Oh yeah that’s because even as a kid I was more civilized than those dolts! And by the way – the actual footage of the riot nearly contradicts everything being said here. All of the right wing in Congress should be forced to watch this and own up to their terrible behavior.

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) attempted to falsely claim at a hearing Wednesday that the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol never happened ― as if there were no video proof.

The Georgia congressman made his comments during a House Oversight Committee hearing on what went wrong in police preparations before the Capitol riot.

“Let me be clear: There was no insurrection,” Clyde said. “And to call it an insurrection, in my opinion, is a bold-faced lie.”

Clyde also claimed that video taken during the insurrection looked like “a normal tourist visit,” even though five people died and more than 100 police officers were injured.

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/andrew-clyde-video-capitol-riot-insurrection_n_609c5adce4b0909247fef7ea

But the bad thing is the MAGA wing of the party may be permanently infused with the GOP, and if you try to separate them, it will result in a big, oily mess that will be impossible to clean up. And of course one of our favorite drones, Lindsay Graham (R-obviously) is warning that if Trump fans break off and start their own party, that it won’t end well for the GOP. So the sad thing is even though the latter group is utterly despicable, we may be stuck with them for a while.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R- SC) has made it clear over the past week he wants the GOP to embrace Donald Trump as its leader and thinks the party can’t move forward without him.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum spoke with Graham Tuesday and asked him about Senator Joni Ernst (R- IA) deeming the House GOP vote to oust Liz Cheney as “cancel culture.”

Graham took issue with that and said, “You’re not entitled to be a leader. You have to earn that right. And if people don’t think you’re leading them well, they can fire you.”

He said Cheney lost the confidence of House Republicans because “she’s trying to make the argument that the Republican party is better off without Donald Trump, that he’s disqualified from being a member of the Republican party, that he should never be allowed to pursue office again."

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[font size="8"]Marjorie Greene
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Marjorie Greene, or as she shall be referred to from here on out by my new favorite nickname for her, Honey Cuckoo, doesn’t know when to shut up. And really let’s think about this – in literally any other job, if Ms. Greene had exhibited the kind of behavior that she’s shown toward her Congressional colleagues, she would have been shitcanned before the first day is over. So why is she still allowed to be such a boorish, loathesome person who nobody wants to be around? Well not only is that standard operating procedure among the few people left who still support Trump, AKA Former Guy, it’s pretty unforgivable. But never mind, it’s just Margie putting on her tough guy persona. But in terms of TV characters, think of Marjorie Greene akin to Jimbo Jones or Nelson Muntz from the Simpsons. She’s a schoolyard bully who hasn’t really moved on from the playground.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tried to "aggressively confront" Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, shouting questions about why the New York Democrat supports "terrorists and antifa," according to a report.

Two reporters from the Washington Post said they witnessed the interaction outside the House chamber. The report said Greene yelled to Ocasio-Cortez, and the Democrat continued walking. Greene reportedly tried to catch up and continued to ask questions. Greene also brought up her desire to debate Ocasio-Cortez, the paper said. At one point, Greene reportedly shouted, "You don’t care about the American people."

Neither office responded to an after-hours email from Fox News seeking comment.

The Post reported that Ocasio-Cortez never stopped to talk, but at one point turned around to throw "her hands in the air in an exasperated motion."

You know maybe it’s just me, and I am just throwing this out there, but if you listen to Infowars and believe that Antifa is actually a thing, then you probably shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the government. Just saying! Oh and if you think this is an isolated incident, you are wrong, this is actually a pattern of insane behavior represented by Ms. Greene. It seems she really has a thing for AOC and it’s most definitely not that kind of thing.

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez outside the House chamber on Wednesday afternoon. The incident, first reported by The Washington Post, was just the latest of several hostile confrontations the Georgia congresswoman has had with her Democratic colleagues, but her interactions with the New York Democrat predate Greene's election to Congress in 2020.

During a February 2019 visit to congressional offices at the US Capitol with associates who include a man who would later enter the Capitol during the January 6 insurrection, Greene -- then a conservative activist -- can be seen taunting Ocasio-Cortez's staff outside the congresswoman's locked office by talking through a mailbox slot urging her to come out.

In the video, from a since-deleted Facebook Live of Greene's that was saved by CNN's KFile, Greene tells Ocasio-Cortez to "get rid of your diaper," referring to the congresswoman's office as a "day care." Greene repeatedly indicates throughout her stream that security has been called on them.

"We're going to go see, we're going to visit, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Crazy eyes. Crazy eyes. Nutty. Cortez," Greene says to the camera on the way to the congresswoman's office, mispronouncing "Ocasio."

Oh Margie, when are you going to learn that there’s no such thing as take backs on the internet? Once you say something, that thing can come back to haunt you! But we think Margie should definitely put down the pipe and back away from the Infowars hate sphere. Because that shit will rot your brain, though her brain may be rotted beyond repair. Again, that’s standard operating procedure for most of the MAGA crowd anyways, it’s the kind of mind that Trump attracts.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took a swipe at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Thursday, likening her to the “kinds of people that I threw out of bars” after the Georgia Republican aggressively confronted her outside the House chamber the day before.

"I used to work as a bartender. These are the kinds of people that I threw out of bars all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Capitol Hill.

“For me, this isn't even about how I feel. It's that I refuse to allow young women, people of color, people who are standing up for what they believe, to see this kind of intimidation attempts by a person who supports white supremacists in our nation’s Capitol,” she continued.

Greene is facing blowback from Democrats off the heels of a Washington Post report that she harassed Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday and shouted at her as the two left the floor.

Now come on really, GOP, is this the kind of image you want to present from here on out – is the image of a drunk getting tossed from a bar? That kind of behavior? No, that’s not the image that anybody really wants. But Marjorie Greene is kind of steering the party that way, though that is also the behavior exhibited by Former Guy. Now we here at the Top 10 love to show you that actions have consequences, and this is a perfect example! Now where’s Nelson when you need him?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes that a "verbal assault and real abuse" by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., toward Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., should "probably" be investigated by the House Ethics Committee.

"It's so beyond the pale of anything that is in keeping with bringing honor to the House or not bringing dishonor to the House. It's so beyond the pale that you wonder that is probably a matter for the Ethics Committee," Pelosi said during her weekly press briefing.

While leaving a congressional hearing Wednesday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez was confronted by Greene, who repeatedly shouted, "Hey Alexandria" to get Ocasio-Cortez's attention, according to a Washington Post report.

"You don't care about the American people," Greene shouted at Ocasio-Cortez. "Why do you support terrorists and antifa?"

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

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stunned the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency community when he announced that Tesla would no longer be accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment because it was bad for the environment. But just what does that mean? How can an entire industry based on an electronic currency use fossil fuels to pollute the environment? Well a recent environmental impact study determined that the use of PCs designed specifically for coin mining have a carbon footprint that’s equivalent to almost 2 million cars on the road every year. That’s a lot to impact the environment. But here’s exactly what Musk said about Bitcoin’s impact on the environment.

Bitcoin's (BTC-USD) environmental impact is in the spotlight after Tesla (TSLA) abandoned plans to accept it as payment due to environmental concerns.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said on Thursday his electric vehicle company would no longer pursue plans to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies sunk on the news.

"We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for bitcoin mining and transactions, especially after coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel,” Musk tweeted.

The move came just months after he announced plans for Tesla to accept bitcoin. Musk and Tesla had been publicly criticised at the time for the climate implications of this decision.

Bitcoin's environmental impact stems from bitcoin mining. Bitcoin mining is a process whereby new bitcoins are created and awarded to computers that solves a complex series of algorithms. The system incentivises computers to do the work of running the bitcoin network, without having any centralised bureaucracy.

So what’s the solution? There’s many being floated about in the Bitcoin community. One such solution is something called “Greencoin” which as you can imagine, combines everything you don’t know about computers, with everything you don’t know about economics, and now adds the added layer of everything you don’t know about the environment. The idea of making bitcoins green depends on something called “proof of stake”.

All cryptocurrencies are built on a proof-of-consensus algorithm that validates the network.

Bitcoin’s proof-of-consensus method is a proof-of-work method, which is one of the more environmentally “unfriendly” proof-of-consensus methods since it results in all the energy and electricity used by the losing parties to solve the hashing function being wasted.

The solution here is what is known as a proof-of-stake method.

Proof-of-stake turns the competitive game of proof-of-work methods into a collaborative game, wherein a person can mine or validate block transactions based on their “stake,” or how many coins they hold. Each person does this, independently, so that there are no losing parties and no energy or electricity wasted in the validation process. Proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies are far more computationally efficient and environmentally friendly than proof-of-work cryptocurrencies.

So, if you’re looking to invest in altcoins that are more environmentally-conscious that Bitcoin — or “Green Coins,” as they’ve come to be known — you need to look for altcoins built on proof-of-stake blockchain platforms.

Well as you can imagine this news has had a profoundly negative impact on the major forms of cryptocurrency. That’s right – with one statement, Elon Musk impacted billions of dollars in cryptocurrency – including his own Dogecoin – a currency that was mostly started based on joke internet memes. Hey wait, that’s what we do here! But this is sending the markets into a freefall as they try to stabilize.

The crypto bubble that inflated Bitcoin’s value past $1 trillion and added billions to nonsense digital tokens overnight is bursting.

Bitcoin plunged almost 22% to $35,000, wiping out more than $500 billion in value from the coin’s peak market value. It has erased all the gains it clocked up following Tesla Inc.’s Feb. 8 announcement that it would use corporate cash to buy the asset and accept it as a form of payment for its vehicles. Ethereum, the second-biggest coin, sank more than 40%, while joke token Dogecoin lost 45%.

Bitcoin is now down more than 50% from its record of almost $65,000 set in April. Fueling the volatility is Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose social-media utterances have whipsawed the crypto community. A statement from the People’s Bank of China on Tuesday reiterating that digital tokens can’t be used as a form of payment added to the selloff.

The selloff dominated market chatter on a day when equities also were tumbling and the Federal Reserve was set to release minutes from its latest meeting. #Cryptotrading was trending on Twitter, where critics and fans alike were in a tither over the rout. Critics had warned for weeks that the moves in crypto assets were unsustainable and that any sign of a selloff would lead to a rout.

But the question is – is Bitcoin really as environmentally impactful as people have speculated? Well the answer is yes and no. it’s no secret that mining computers utilize a lot of energy to keep them on and keep them running 24 hours a day. Solutions like using hydrogen based power have been talked about in countries like Canada. The fact of the matter is that some estimates speculate that Bitcoin uses less than 1% of the world’s overall energy. Still a lot but not as much as feared.

The news outlet admits that the cryptocurrency is energy-intensive, as individuals, businesses and groups known as miners use specialized hardware to mine the cryptocurrency. They process vast volumes of transactions by grouping them into blocks and racing against each other to find a random variable that meets the pre-established protocol requirement.

Uncovering that variable enables the block to be added to the blockchain, but it also consumers quite a bit of energy in the process. Miners are rewarded for the computations carried out on their machines with the issue of new bitcoins. Mining becomes profitable when the value of the new bitcoins is more than the cost of the power used to mine them.

CoinDesk questions whether bitcoin mining needs to consume as much energy as it generally does. The publication notes that the cryptocurrency was created for transactions between two parties without a middleman, decentralizing the payment network. For both parties to trust each other, they must agree about who owns what and with strong enough security on the network.

According to CoinDesk, "Bitcoin's energy-intensive consensus protocol is how the network achieves that consensus and integrity. If consensus were easy to achieve, then the network could be easily attacked. Mining is energy-intensive so that it is prohibitively expensive to attack the Bitcoin network."

That’s it 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 pew and pass the collection plate, for the Holy Church Of The Top 10 has convened and it’s time to remind you that the holiest among us are the most full of:

My fair congregation! You know I don’t normally do this but I want to expand on a topic that we discussed last week. Because I feel like it needs expansion. It seems that our brothers and sisters on the right are once again taking the LAWRD’s name in vain! That’s something that we here at the Holy Church Of The Top 10 do not tolerate! But it’s becoming a problem and I expect it to get that much worse. I mean think of the crazy and think of the ego it must take to call oneself a prophet. And you’re not really a prophet. You’re just a crazy guy with a few followers and a megaphone. But see? According to them we are currently engaged in spiritual warfare of the highest variety. And this is only among people who think this way. So how far does it go? Well it goes all the way to the president! And I don’t mean by the current administration. I mean by the former guy. Yes, that guy.

Right-wing pastor Robin Bullock used his church service Tuesday to urge his fellow “prophets” to come together and call former President Donald Trump back to the White House, declaring that if they will do so, “God will supernaturally move things out of the way” to allow Trump to return.

Bullock is among the various self-proclaimed “prophets” who guaranteed that Trump would win the 2020 election. Like many of those other “prophets,” Bullock still refuses to accept that his prophecies were wrong even though President Joe Biden has been in the White House for over a month.

“Prophetical authority has to start being used by God’s prophets,” Bullock declared. “We’ve got to come up now to another level and start speaking with authority. Not just declaring, speaking with authority. And the Lord is going to give you words to warn people and speak to people in high-ranking positions. Whether you think they’re listening or not, they’re listening.”

“The stage is set,” he continued, “but you’re going to have to pray for the rightful president, whether he wants to walk back into this or not. You must pray that he wants to do it because God won’t make him do anything. Is it his will? Yes. Is he the president? Yes. That’s why he could just walk right back in, and God will supernaturally move things out of the way.”

Now that’s the religion of those who worship the Dark One! Yes, of course I am referring to him but not by name. I of course speak of a man who is so foul, so repulsive, so ungodly that his name shall not be spoken in my church that was once the leader of the Free World! But even the so called Prophets of the unholy Dark One are raging spiritual warfare among… themselves! Even they can’t agree on what is right and what is holy!

In the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, a variety of self-proclaimed “prophets” were nearly unanimous in their announcements that they had all heard from Heaven that Donald Trump would win the election and serve a second term as president.

Even though that did not happen, many of these “prophets” have vehemently refused to admit they were wrong and continue to insist that God will vindicate them by miraculously returning Trump to the White House.

Concerned about these false prophecies and the refusal of such “prophets” to acknowledge them, a collection of conservative Christian leaders recently signed on to a document laying out standards for the prophetic movement, declaring, among other things, that those who refuse to abide by such standards run the risk of being designated as “false prophets.”

It is no surprise that the “prophets” who have been most vocal in insisting that their false election prophecies will soon be proven true did not sign on to this “prophetic standards statement” and have, in fact, been quite vocal in criticizing it.

Now here’s the thing – if you call yourself a prophet, you must trust the plan! But what is the plan? I mean what is their plan to worship the almighty and bring about mankind’s salvation? Well let’s put it this way – it’s the exact opposite of what the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want! In fact they are telling their flocks that the ungodly Dark One is the one that rightfully won the election! That’s right – that’s their so-called “plan”.

Self-proclaimed “prophet” Hank Kunneman hosted a “Prophetic Pulse Conference Call” Wednesday night, where he continued to insist that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, mainly because he cannot accept that “all of God’s messengers, prophets, intercessors, [and] Christians were somehow wrong” while “the enemy” and the “fake news” were right.

Kunneman is among the various self-proclaimed “prophets” who guaranteed that Trump would win the election and now refuse to accept that their prophecies were wrong even though President Joe Biden has been in the White House for over two months.

“President Trump won the election,” Kunneman asserted. “So, for people to say, ‘Well, people prophesied that he’d win,’ he did win, and so we had a stolen election.”

“President Trump is not going anywhere,” Kunneman added. “If you don’t like President Trump, that’s your problem because he’s not done talking, and God’s not done with him.”

Yes, look at the floor. Keep staring at GAWD’s floor! But here’s the thing – last week I said that the “prophets” do not like to be questioned! And that remains true. But what do you do if your prophecies don’t turn out the way you had planned? Just keep pushing back the plan! Yes it was January 20th, then it was February, then March, and now it might as well be next year! But don’t overlook the danger of those calling themselves “prophets”, they know not of what they speak of!

Since the moment he took office, President Donald Trump was hailed by his evangelical Christian supporters as a man personally chosen by God to save the United States.

Trump’s right-wing Christian base was so firmly convinced that he was “God’s man” that the movement provided fertile ground for various self-proclaimed “prophets” to rise up and create names for themselves by boldly declaring that they had heard directly from God that Trump was guaranteed a second term in office.

With President-elect Joe Biden set to be inaugurated today, we decided now would be a good time to take a look back as some of the false prophecies proclaimed by the likes of Pat Robertson, Curt Landry, Jeff Jansen, Sid Roth, Charlie Shamp, John Benefiel, Frank Amedia, Tracy Cooke, Rick Joyner, James Goll, Etienne Graves, Francine Fosdick, Jeremiah Johnson, Loren Sanford, and Robin Bullock.

In our review, we found that some “prophets” were so adamant in their prophecies regarding Trump’s reelection that they deserved their own video compilations chronicling the multiple instances in which they declared that it was guaranteed that Trump would win the election and serve a second term.

So yes they may speak of prophetic visions, but their prophecies are really just false, which makes them false prophets. And we know how the good LAWRD JAYSUS feels about that! Mass has ended, may you go in peace! That’s it this week for:

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

This week – Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts. In a time when mass shootings are at an all time high, and fear and paranoia among people who own guns is at an all time high, this is a toxic cocktail just waiting to erupt in a powder keg. The latest insanity is that gun nuts are urging their states to become a “sanctuary state for guns”. In other words – a land where national gun laws can’t overpower the local authorities, who might be much more relaxed on the subject. And this isn’t just a problem unique to the city of Nebraska. It’s becoming a national problem and officials should be very worried, at least competent ones should be. Nebraska is but merely a model of how this insane legislation from gun nuts is going to pan out.

Doubling down on his pro-gun rights credentials, Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a symbolic proclamation Wednesday designating Nebraska as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State.”

The proclamation comes as President Joe Biden recently announced a plan to address gun violence.

A growing number of Nebraska counties have adopted similar “sanctuary” resolutions. A bill also is pending in the Nebraska Legislature to allow counties to opt out of the state requirement that gun owners register and take a gun safety course to carry concealed weapons.

“The White House and U.S. Congress have announced their intention to pursue measures that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms,” Ricketts stated in the proclamation. “Nebraska will stand up against federal overreach and attempts to regulate gun ownership and use in the Good Life.”

Seriously? Is this where we are at in 2021? There’s equal paranoia among the people who think their guns are going to be taken away and the people who are afraid of being shot by them. But the scary thing is right now, it’s the latter that is winning and not the former. With things like this, expect mass shootings to get that much worse. And as we said, Nebraska isn’t an isolated incident here. In fact, his administration just proposed that a “2nd Amendment Preservation Act”. Do we really need this? NO!

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Wednesday signed a proclamation declaring Nebraska a ‘Second Amendment Sanctuary State.’

“The White House and U.S. Congress have announced their intention to pursue measures that would infringe on the right to keep and bear arms,” Ricketts said in a tweet. “Nebraska will stand up against federal overreach and attempts to regulate gun ownership and use in the Good Life.”

A growing number of Nebraska counties have declared themselves as sanctuaries, a way to combat perceived efforts by the federal government to enact and enforce certain gun control measures.

Seward County joined several others this week in making a similar declaration.

A legislative bill from Sen. Steve Halloran dubbed the Second Amendment Preservation Act was introduced earlier this year with the same aim.

But this poses an interesting question and potential SCOTUS case down the road – can these radical ideas trump federal laws? Well it’s funny that the people who don’t believe in big government are the ones who want government to be as big as possible. Or they just flat out tell government to fuck off, as is the case here. And expect a lot more mass shootings in Nebraska once things start opening back up.

After being forced to abandon his attempt to allow permitless carry of concealed firearms in most Nebraska counties, Sen. Tom Brewer of Gordon is planning a counteroffensive in 2022.

Brewer, a decorated military veteran and competitive shooter, said he will seek approval of “constitutional carry” of concealed guns statewide, not just in 90 of 93 counties as his recently revised bill would have done.

He’ll have a powerful ally, Gov. Pete Ricketts, as Brewer seeks for Nebraska to join 20 other states, including Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, in rescinding the current state law that requires state approval of a concealed carry permit, after a background check and completion of a gun safety course.

“There’s good momentum for it right now,” Brewer said. “And next year is an election year. We’ll get a really clear up-and-down vote on the Second Amendment.

Now here’s where gun nuts are getting creative. It’s not enough that they’re calling it “concealed carry”, they’ve changed the terminology to “constitutional carry”. But nonetheless, this is having a ripple effect in the Cornhusker State. Pete Ricketts it seems has made him some powerful allies and also some equally powerful enemies. Don’t question the gun lobby or they will come after you.

More Nebraska counties have approved resolutions declaring themselves “sanctuary” Second Amendment counties.

On Tuesday, the Adams, Harlan and Polk county boards all unanimously approved the resolution.

Kearney County Clerk Myra Johnson said the Board of Supervisors discussed the resolution at its Tuesday meeting but will not vote on it until its May 4 meeting.

York County Clerk Kelly Turner said the Board of Commissioners also discussed the Second Amendment sanctuary resolution and will consider it at its May 4 meeting.

The proclamation comes as President Joe Biden recently announced a plan to address gun violence. The “sanctuary” designation allows for counties not to enforce federal gun laws they consider too restrictive.

At least if the Biden administration has its’ way! But as more and more gun nuts are telling the Biden Administration where they can stick it, this is posing a very tricky legal challenge. What would happen if enough gun nuts simply rewrote the definition of gun rights? Well it’s something that could go all the way to the Supreme Court, and if it does, be afraid. Be very afraid. Because it’s starting in Nebraska and the idea is spreading to other states like wildfire.

Over the past several years, the U.S. has seen a new kind of a sanctuary movement rising — from the far right. Borrowing language from the sanctuary movement that began in the 1980s, in which U.S. cities declared themselves safe havens for undocumented immigrants, Republican-led states and localities throughout the nation are now declaring themselves "Second Amendment sanctuaries," adopting resolutions that express opposition to any form of firearms regulation.

The term "Second Amendment sanctuary" was apparently coined in 2013 by the Board of Commissioners in Carroll County, Maryland — a relatively conservative area northwest of Baltimore in an overwhelmingly Democratic state — in response to the Maryland State Firearms Act, which instituted a series of gun reforms. From those modest beginnings, the Second Amendment sanctuary movement has seen exponential growth in recent years. According to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, since 2018 nearly 270 counties across the country have passed resolutions declaring themselves part of the movement. Last year, The Trace found that 400 municipalities in 20 states had drafted resolutions — and the numbers have only risen since then.

More recently, the movement has seen support from entire state governments. Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Rick Abbott, a Republican, vowed to make the entire Lone Star State a Second Amendment sanctuary following President Biden's announcement of executive actions addressing "ghost guns," or unregistered firearms that can be assembled at home. Biden's announcement also provoked Nebraska's passage of a similar resolution last week, in which the state promised to "stand up against federal overreach." Last month, the Arizona legislature also passed its own resolution, declaring that the state will, as an Arizona Republic op-ed put it, "ignore any federal gun law it doesn't like."

Giving gun rights more rights than people and possibly making our already dire gun situation in this country that much worse. That’s Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts – yet another politician to add to the back catalog of:

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Welcome back to the segment that attempts to explain the unexplainable, Conspiracy Corner! We of course are coming to you live from our underground bunker deep within the New Mexico badlands – undisclosed location of course! Let me just adjust my tin foil hat for maximum government interference – they are trying to read our thoughts after all – ah there we go! This week we might have an actual conspiracy brewing! And it involves our old friends in Project Veritas. Yes, that conservative sting operation owned and operated by professional tool James O’Keefe may have finally stepped in it big time! How you may ask? By setting FBI agents up on wired dates, and the women recording them to say anything bad about Trump. Which would prove… absolutely nothing. They’re allowed to have opinions too! Here’s how that went down.

Project Veritas, the shadowy yet wildly incompetent far-right group that stages sting operations to film and release hoax exposés on liberals, enlisted a British spy to help run an operation intended to discredit the FBI and suspected enemies within Donald Trump’s administration, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

The Ouroboros of an operation, which involved efforts to smear Trump’s own advisers, reportedly involved a $10,000 a month base of operations in a Georgetown residence, female operatives recruited to date FBI staffers, and former British spy Richard Seddon—who Project Veritas affiliate and mercenary contractor Erik Prince previously enlisted to help the group infiltrate labor unions and political campaigns. The Times reported that Project Veritas operatives launched surveillance of FBI employees in the hopes of recording something that could be twisted into evidence of an FBI conspiracy to dethrone Trump. Some of its members also planned a sting operation to send a woman with a hidden camera to meet with then-national security adviser H.R. McMaster with an identical objective, though the Times noted it they couldn’t verify Project Veritas actually directed it.

The Times report also doesn’t assert that Trump or the White House was actually aware of the effort, though one of the amateur agents claimed they had access to inside information:

OK… now that I got that off of my chest, here’s how ridiculously stupid of an organization Project Veritas is. Sure they may have got lucky attempting to expose anti-Trump bias in organizations like CNN, but that’s expected. Now they’re attempting to go after the big guys in the FBI. You can’t spy on the spies, they know all of your dirty tricks! You’re wearing a wire? They’ve probably got wires in places you haven’t even thought of! And come on, all of their sting operations haven’t really got anyone fired. They’ve just ended with “So what?”.

A conservative activist group, helped by a former British spy, secretly surveilled government employees during the Trump administration with the goal of discrediting perceived enemies of former President Trump, The New York Times reported, citing people and documents on the matter.
Project Veritas — with aid from a former British spy and Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater — was part of a campaign that involved surveillance operations against members of the FBI.

The overall effort, the Times wrote, also included a plan for a sting operation against Trump’s former national security adviser H.R. McMaster that involved some Veritas staffers, though Veritas itself has denied any involvement with that plot.

Both, the Times alleged, were intended to reveal anti-Trump sentiments.

A spokesperson for Project Veritas did not comment on the Times story but pointed to a video posted to YouTube featuring James O’Keefe, the head of Project Veritas.

So what if they had exposed anti-Trump bias? It’s no secret that Trump had one of the lowest approval ratings since the office of the American president has existed. Except among his own fans where he had a 150% approval rating. Did I do that math right? Eh doesn’t matter in this case. But the thing is that Project Veritas may have stepped in it big time. But think of it this way – imagine if the 3 Stooges ran an intelligence agency and you might have something vaguely resembling Project Veritas.

There’s never a good result when you concoct a screenplay in which Machiavelli’s The Prince will be acted out by the Three Stooges. But the evidence is piling up that something like that was what passed for a national government in this country for four years. The New York Times gives us a deeper look at what a snake pit Camp Runamuck was, albeit a snake pit that sheltered some of the dumbest, clumsiest snakes in all of snakedom, a writhing ball of Buffoon Vipers.

This, of course, was exactly the plan that Gordon Liddy presented to John Mitchell with regard to his plans to blackmail delegates at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, except that Liddy was going to rent a yacht. On one of the White House tapes, White House counsel John Dean told President Richard Nixon:

This was what Camp Runamuck handed over to…James O’Keefe. (Comparing O’Keefe to Liddy is like comparing Huckleberry Hound to the Hound of the Baskervilles.) And it was reportedly directed first at H.R. McMaster, then the national security advisor. Which does not mean there was no real muscle behind the effort.

O’Keefe is a burlesque figure, but Seddon and Prince are serious people, Prince being one of the least excusable human beings on the planet. And then there is some dynastic ratfcking going on in there, too.

But here’s the thing – what good does Project Veritas do as an organization? None. What are they trying to prove? Nothing. And who are they proving it to? Just the MAGA fanbase who use it as an excuse to get away with whatever they want. And that’s exactly what these douchebags do. They are attempting to use anti-Trump bias as a way of riling up the base and claim that the other side is against conservatives by stifling free speech. Here’s the real deal – nobody likes boorish jackasses, and that’s exactly what Trump is! Do you get that, Project Veritas? And of course the smear artists would claim that people are smearing them back. Guess it takes one to know one?

A new report indicates that Project Veritas and a former British spy used a $10,000-a-month home in Georgetown as their home base in a campaign to the FBI and people they believed were the enemies of former President Donald Trump.

According to the New York Times, the conservative activist group plotted against H.R. McMaster – Trump’s national security advisor – and tried to expose anti-Trump sentiments in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe described the Times' story as a smear piece.

O'Keefe is currently suing the paper over their portrayal of Project Veritas' reporting on alleged voter fraud in Minnesota's 5th Congressional district - which is represented by Ilhan Omar.

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

Of course you know that the idea behind this segment is that we have some drinks, and while we are drinking we discuss literally anything in the news as long as it doesn’t relate to politics, and also COVID since we are still in a pandemic. This week we’re going to discuss celebrity trolling. Look, don’t do it. It won’t end well for you. So tell me bartender, what goes well with a story about trolling? Troll juice? I mean really what’s in that? Blue curacao and green food coloring? Um yeah no I will just stick with my regular Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. Well this week, not one but two trolls were in the news this week for very different reasons. I mean if you can’t trust Chrissy Tiegan or Ellen DeGeneres, who can you trust in this wacky world in which we currently live? No one? I thought so.

Model Chrissy Teigen has apologized for her tweets insulting fellow model Courtney Stodden and messages telling Stodden to kill themselves. In her apology, Teigen said she was an "insecure, attention seeking troll" when she published the offending messages in 2011 and 2012.

The tweets were sent after Stodden's 2011 marriage to 50-year-old actor Doug Hutchison. Stodden (who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns) was 16 years old at the time. Their mother gave them permission for the wedding. Stodden said numerous media members publicly shamed them as a slut after the wedding.

Around that time, Teigen tagged Stodden in public tweets saying that they looked "like an idiot" and were "so effing weird." Stodden said that Teigen also sent them private messages telling Stodden to kill themselves and wishing they were dead. Stodden was a teenager at the time.

"Not a lot of people are lucky enough to be held accountable for all their past bullshit in front of the entire world," Teigen said in a series of tweets published Wednesday. "I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be."

Holy shit!!! That is some seriously vicious trolling there. And that caused me to do my first spit take in all the times we’ve been doing this by the way. Apologies to the clean up crew. Anyway back to drinking, so yeah that happened. And of course we love to show you that actions have consequences, and of course Chrissy Teigan’s actions have some series consequences. Of course I do dabble in cooking, and I had no idea that Mrs. Teigan, wife of John Legend, has a cooking line! Or had one.

Chrissy Teigen’s cookware line has been taken down from Macy’s website just days after she apologized for being a troll who encouraged Courtney Stodden to take a “dirt nap.”

The former supermodel’s Cravings by Chrissy Teigen line — already dropped by Target — was marked “unavailable” on Macy’s website by early Sunday, according to The Sun.

By Monday, while the Cravings line still registers in the search box, it appeared to be now completely offline, with a message telling shoppers, “We couldn’t find a match for your search.”

It comes just days after Teigen — who has two kids with husband John Legend — issued a groveling apology for her attacks on Stodden, who accused her of encouraging suicide.

Ah thank you, I needed that! So yeah actions do have consequences and that’s what we like to show you in this segment. But another celebrity who’s been accused of vicious trolling is Ellen DeGeneres. Now you know that her talk show is ending this year. Wait, people still watch that show? But how could a show that emphasizes its’ message of people being kind to each other devolve into such a toxic work environment? Well come on, have you been alive in 2021?

In her first on-air appearances since announcing the end of her eponymous daytime talk show, Ellen DeGeneres called the press cycle around allegations of toxicity at her workplace “orchestrated” and “misogynistic”, and elaborated on her reasons for stepping down after 19 years.

DeGeneres, 63, revealed to the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that the The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s upcoming 19th season, which will end in 2022, would be its last, saying the show was “just not a challenge any more”. The announcement came after months of negative press for the daytime host, following a July 2020 BuzzFeed report that detailed allegations of racial insensitivity, sexual harassment and bullying behind the scenes, based on interviews with 36 former staffers.

Asked by the Today host Savannah Guthrie on Thursday morning about the allegations, DeGeneres denied that they had factored into the decision to end the show. “If it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year,” she said. “I really did think about not coming back because … it was devastating,” she said of the report. “I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy.”

DeGeneres also revealed that she had learned about the allegations from the press. “I had no idea, never saw anything that would even point to that,” she told Guthrie.

So Ellen of course denied the allegations of a hostile work environment. Of course that can happen when you employ hundreds of people and you don’t know exactly what every single person you employ is doing. But how can a talk show whose motto and mantra is “Be Kind” be anything but kind? And like I keep saying if you can’t trust Ellen DeGeneres or Chrissy Teigan, is there anyone out there who you can really trust? How about me? I get paid to drink on camera and you know my show is going to be fun!

Despite the "Be Kind" facade, former and current employees are calling out The Ellen DeGeneres Show for promoting a "toxic work environment" full of racism, intimidation, and fear.

A new BuzzFeed News report features interviews with one current and 10 former employees of the daytime talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres who all spoke anonymously about what they experienced while working on set. From a Black employee highlighting racist microagressions that resulted in her walking off the job to others claiming they were fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals, they paint a picture of a behind-the-scenes culture that clashes with the onscreen values touted by the show.

"That 'be kind' bulls--- only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show," one former employee said. "I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show."

In the report, a Black female former employee detailed the racist comments and actions she experienced while working there for a year and a half, like when she was hired, a senior-level producer told her and another Black employee, "Oh wow, you both have box braids; I hope we don’t get you confused." She also said that at a work party, one of the main writers told her, "I’m sorry, I only know the names of the white people who work here," and other coworkers "awkwardly laughed it off" instead of coming to her defense.

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16 states will enter and only one state will become the new Top 10 Conservative Idiots Stupidest State!

Welcome welcome welcome!!! We are in the home stretch of this tournament here! It’s time for the Stupidest State Final Four! We have all of the four corners of stupidity and insanity very well represented here! From the Batshit Conference, the only #1 seed in the entire tournament still left standing, they barely squeaked past a strong performance from Michigan, give it up for the #1 state, Georgia! Representing the Fiscal Irresponsibility Conference, you know them as the home of the casino and gambling industry, their first Final Four in state history, give it up for #3 Nevada! Representing the Gun Nut Conference, they have utterly destroyed the competition so far, give it up for #2 Texas! Finally a Cinderella Story! Representing the Family Values Conference, give it up for #4 Arkansas! All four of these teams are rested and ready to tangle! Let’s go live to the floor in Phoenix for more!

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The Peach State is a hot mess and they managed to squeak by Michigan last week for one reason – they are in a battle over NCAA athletes making endorsement deals and earning money. Oh the horror of an athlete actually getting paid for their work! So Brian Kemp, in his infinite wisdom – signed a bill allowing athletes to get paid for their work, but it has some huge caveats. A lot of which are very shockingly, but not surprisingly evil. And I thought conservatives hated wealth redistribution.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a bill Thursday that will allow student athletes at colleges across the state to make money off their images.

The new law will protect student athletes from NCAA punishment if they make a profit off of their image or brand, WSBTV reported. The bill will take effect July 1.

“I think it’s just a sign of things to come and gives us another tool in the toolbox. And sure this issue will develop over the years,” Kemp said. “Thanks to [the bill], student athletes from across the country will have Georgia on their mind when they’re looking for a campus and a university that can give them a world-class education but also the chance to compete at the highest levels of college athletics.”

But there is a caveat: The new law includes a provision giving universities wide discretion over funds, allowing a respective institution to take up to 75 percent of an athlete’s endorsement, according to Yahoo News. The money could then be placed on hold in an escrow account or pooled for athletes who can withdraw the year after they graduate or leave the school.

Yeah 75%! So yeah you can make money as an athlete but you just won’t get to keep any of it! Oh and by the way in case you’re wondering just what kind of criminal racket they’re running in Georgia – it really is a criminal racket! In fact a Regent of the University of Georgia got busted on running a racketeering charge along with running a ponzi scheme. Are these the people who you really want in charge of wealth distribution?

Former Board of Regents member Dean Alford was indicted Tuesday on several charges involving allegations he ran a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of several million dollars, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr’s office announced Tuesday.

Alford was charged with five counts of forgery, one count of racketeering, one count of computer forgery and one count of criminal attempt. The racketeering charge has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Alford created fake invoices, contracts, and other documents to show that his company was owed money from state agencies and forged the signatures of state employees on those contracts and other documents. Alford wanted to obtain approximately $1.7 million by selling fake accounts receivable invoices valued at approximately $2.2 million, prosecutors say.

Efforts to contact Alford were unsuccessful Tuesday.

“Acts of fraud and corruption have no place in Georgia’s state government,” Deputy Attorney General for the Prosecution Division John Fowler said in a statement. “Those who are trusted to be public servants must discharge their duties ethically and honestly, and when they do not, this office and our law enforcement partners will hold them accountable.”

Read more: https://www.ajc.com/education/former-georgia-regent-indicted-on-racketeering-forgery-charges/2O6SBJGU3FHDBIO3GQXDVLTWWE/?outputType=amp

[font size="2"]Nevada [/font]

Last we checked in on the Silver State, they were still reeling from virus related shutdowns that affected most of the casino, gambling, and lodging industry, or about 95% of Nevada’s tourism industry. But there is some good news and some light at the end of what’s seeming like a very long tunnel – Burning Man is finally coming back! Yes that festival of debauchery in the desert has long been a staple of northern Nevada tourism and Reno really missed it last year. So much that it nearly broke the city. But now here’s what is happening.

Burning Man festival organizers have said that they are considering requiring attendees to prove they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 if the organizers move forward with plans to hold this year’s counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert.

The organizers backed off an earlier statement indicating that they had already decided to make the shots mandatory. They say they won’t decide for sure until the end of the month whether the event that was canceled last year because of the pandemic will take place this summer.

Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell said in a video message posted on the group’s web site on April 8 that “vaccines will be required to come to Burning Man.” She erroneously said at that time that the state of Nevada requires that people have proof of being vaccinated at large gatherings.

She acknowledged last weekend in an updated statement on the group's web site that she “misspoke.”

Read more: https://wacotrib.com/news/national/burning-man-mulling-mandatory-covd-19-vaccines-for-august/article_4c78b574-2055-5a1b-9d95-2265d6a06528.html

Yeah I wonder how exactly they are going to enforce this? Look we’re all vying to go back to our old lives and for good reason. But there is some good news too on the horizon! Remember that high speed rail line between LA and Vegas that’s been touted for years? Or as Fox News called it – “The Disneyland To Vegas” route? It’s a go! So we can all hop on the party train next year! Well, maybe, hopefully!

A top executive behind a high-speed rail project that would lay tracks between Las Vegas and Southern California contends construction is on schedule to start in the second quarter of this year.

However, Brightline West CEO Mike Reininger did not give the Reno Gazette Journal a definitive date on when shovels would strike dirt to commence the 170-mile Vegas-to-Victorville, California route.

“The world changed as a result of the pandemic, but we continued to work wherever we possibly could towards advancing the ball,” Reininger said. "The project remains a very high priority for us."

Brightline, the country’s only privately owned passenger railroad, sent a letter to the Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority in January and revealed the pandemic year created significant hurdles to fund the train expected to reach top speeds of 200 mph.

Read more: https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2021/04/09/brightline-ceo-vegas-la-high-speed-rail-line-track-2021/7161675002/

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Not a contest! Georgia utterly routes Nevada! They are up by 27 with less than a minute to go, they are just showboating for the crowd. Georgia has the ball, it’s in! They defeat Nevada by a score of 30 to win the Layover League! Final score: 91 – 61! That was a beatdown! Cut the net guys, you earned it!

[font size="4"]Layover League Championship: Texas Vs Arkansas [/font]

[font size="2"]Texas [/font]

The Lone Star State isn’t the king of the Gun Nut Conference for a reason! They may duke it out with their conference rivals in Florida, but this year Texas has literally every other state beat when it comes to guns. In the last one we mentioned that Texas has something like 10,000 pieces of pro-gun, NRA sponsored legislation in the works. But you know what else Texas has in droves? Neo Nazis! That’s right – rural Texas is a hotbed of racism and white supremacy, but their rallies always attract a crowd!

White nationalists and neo-Nazis in North Texas haven’t put on an impressive show of force lately. Last month in Fort Worth, the three or four people who came out to protest under the “White Lives Matter” banner were outnumbered by counter-protesters.

Unable to get bodies in the streets for their cause, consistently outnumbered by anti-racists and anti-fascists, and under the watchful eye of the feds, far-right groups in North Texas have gone back to simply putting up propaganda stickers and spray painting graffiti.

This week, white nationalist groups on the messaging app Telegram posted photos of far-right and racist stickers they’d put on lampposts, walls, crosswalk signs and other surfaces, including in Dallas, Fort Worth and Frisco.

The Telegram channels for the local far-right “White Lives Matter” group and the white nationalist Patriot Front are among those spreading the propaganda.

In Dallas and Fort Worth, Patriot Front spray-painted stencil graffiti that reads “Not Stolen, Conquered,” ostensibly disputing the notion that the genocide of Native Americans was, in fact, bad. Another stencil reads “Reject Poison,” with an X painted over images of a pot leaf, a syringe and pills. (They sound like they'd be a real hit at parties.)

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/unable-to-get-people-to-protest-north-texas-neo-nazis-resort-to-stickers-and-graffiti-12021144

Yeah where are those guys when you need them? And speaking of groups who you don’t tell anybody that you belong to, Q Anon! Yes, just like Neo Nazis, the Q cult has a very strong hold in Texas, and they are growing in numbers. To the point where they are having their own convention, which is really just a way to funnel money into Sidney Powell’s pockets! But still… you know how to give any group importance is to throw a convention! I’m a beer drinker, we have our own convention. Just saying!

Although we’re not exactly sure where, the QAnon-affiliated For God & Country Patriot Roundup is supposedly still on in Dallas over Memorial Day weekend.

The lineup of speakers includes retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the ex-national security adviser to former President Donald Trump, and Sidney Powell, formerly a lawyer for both Flynn and Trump.

With admission ranging between $500-$1,000, some of the proceeds are set to go to Powell’s nonprofit, Defending the Republic. Organizers say the high price, in part, will weed out potential infiltrators. Powell has called her nonprofit a legal defense fund to protect the integrity of U.S. elections.

She and several others were sued by Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based voting technology vendor, for spreading lies the company aided in stealing the election from former President Donald Trump. (There is no evidence the election was rigged.)

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/sidney-powells-questionable-nonprofit-to-receive-proceeds-from-dallas-q-convention-12022363

[font size="2"]Arkansas [/font]

The Arkansas Razorbacks aren’t in their second Layover League championship for nothing. Their Family Values credentials are strong. In fact they really don’t seem to give a shit that COVID is still ravaging the state, even one year into this thing. They’re fully open and they don’t care if you don’t wear a mask or not. But as much as Arkansas seems intent on wooing the Family Values crowd, they also seem intent on upping Texas in their quest to kill as many people as possible! They also really hate vaccine passports, too!

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed into law measures preventing state and local governments from requiring the coronavirus vaccine or proof of vaccination in order to access services.

The ban on requiring a vaccine would also prohibit it as a condition of unemployment. The measure includes some exceptions, such as state-owned medical facilities, if approved by Legislative Council.

The other measure prohibits “passport vaccines” in order to access goods or services. Federal officials have said there is no plan to require them broadly, but some Republican governors have issued orders preventing businesses or agencies from mandating them.

“These bills confirm my position that there should not be a COVID-19 vaccine requirement as a condition of employment in state government," Hutchinson said in a statement. “It does make certain exemptions and it specifically exempts private businesses so they can make their own decision.”


No but I’m sure this is how the zombie apocalypse starts. Goodbye everybody! It was nice knowing society while it lasted! And you know what else? Arkansas has become the latest state to declare itself a safe space for gun rights. Come on, you know we think this is one of the dumbest things conservatives have ever come up with. So yeah while they elect people in the name of abortion, these guys exhibit anything but the family values they champion.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he'll sign a bill that would bar state and local law officers from helping enforce new and future federal gun restrictions — a move critics say would be unconstitutional and create confusion about which gun limits the state does recognize.

The new legislation, which is a scaled back version of a bill Hutchinson vetoed, declares invalid in the state any federal gun restrictions enacted on or after Jan. 1, 2021, that violate the constitutional right to bear arms. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines early Wednesday to send the measure to the Republican governor for his consideration.

"It is tough and sends a message that we will protect the 2nd Amendment in Arkansas, but it supports law enforcement and will not jeopardize our critical partnerships in public safety," Hutchinson said in a statement.

Republicans in Arkansas and elsewhere have sought to preempt any federal gun control measures that President Joe Biden's administration might pursue, despite questions about the constitutionality of such legal maneuvering.

Read more: https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/arkansas/story/2021/apr/29/arkansas-governor-sign-bill-nullifying-gun-restrictions/869138/

[font size="2"]And The Winner Is: [/font]

Oh man this was a close one! Way closer than I thought! Arkansas was up with 3 minutes left, but then Texas came back with 9 unanswered points and 2 free throws. Arkansas has the ball with one minute left… they shoot, they miss! Texas has taken the Flyover League by 9 points! Final score: 88 – 79! Texas moves onto the championship to face Georgia! Wow, what a game!

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See you next week for our season finale!


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