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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #13-6: Money, That's What I (Don't) Want Edition

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #13-6: Money, That’s What I (Don’t) Want Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Yoooooooooo! What’s up, San Diego? How are you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Always great to be back in the 619, love it when I’m here! We have a great show for you tonight. Are you guys ready to have some fun at the expense of our elected right and far right officials? I know that I am! Hope everyone had a great Monday off! We have the legendary Elvis Costello here performing with us tonight. So do we have time for the thing? Of course we do! So I don’t know if you heard about the crazy lightning storm in Colorado that happened last Friday but it was quite intense. I was actually at Red Rocks Amphitheater expecting to get rained on at any minute, but thankfully that didn’t happen. But the real craziness was occurring across downtown Denver at the Phish show at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. So the storm got so intense and there was a lightning strike actually near the stadium that caused people to evacuate. But we got to show that footage. Can we show that please? See look there was the crowd evacuating the field… uh… uh oh! We got a streaker! That’s probably the best image that accurately sums up the year! Just a hippie streaker at a Phish show running across the field! Even funnier was when Phish was finally allowed to start playing, Trey changed the lyrics of Carin to reflect the streaker guy. Can we show that? Oh man that was awesome. OK enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver is back and he looks at the future of AI – OMG, the rise of the machines! Everybody run!!!

So where do we begin this week? Well I don’t know if you saw President Biden’s speech against fascism in Philadelphia last week, but caused the MAGA community (1) to collectively lose their fucking shit, and we are enjoying every minute of it! In the second slot this week, we also have conservative reactions (2) to Biden’s student loan forgiveness program. Gee, who would have thought fighting against predatory student loan companies was a bad thing? Only in this country. In the third slot this week we have Truth Social (3). So Trump’s personal social media platform where he can say anything he feels like is facing some money problems, and it also got banned from the Google App Store because – wait for it – there were concerns about violent content. Gee, ya think? In the number four slot this week, the midterms are a mere 6 weeks away and we are taking a look at two of the crazier candidates running – Dr. Oz in PA (Q – Infowars) and Herschel Walker in GA (Q – Batshit) In the number 5 slot this week is Joe Rogan (5). So after all the shit that conservatives have put us through in the last six years and especially the last two, guess what his message is? That’s right – vote republican! Fool me once, shame on you, whatever. 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, our resident pastor did some undercover detective work – he found out that right wing cell phone company Patriot Mobile caters to the far right, but they have an even more sinister agenda of converting America’s school boards to Christian nationalist viewpoints. If they come to your city, beware! In the number 7 slot this week, we add New York’s increasingly insane MAGA sycophant and woman who may kiss Trump’s ass more than Marjorie Taylor Greene, Elise Stefanik (7) to the growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected. In the number 8 slot this week is a new Conspiracy Corner (8). So there’s a growing concern about who might have seen the classified documents at Mar-A-Shithole, and if you guessed that Trump showed them to anybody who kissed his ass enough, you might be right! In the number 9 (NEIN!!) slot this week, we have a new “I Need A Drink” (9) and you might have heard about a little known concept in the corporate world called “quiet quitting” but is it really quiet firing we need to worry about? Little column A, little column B. Finally this week we have our World Tour 2022 destination #5 and we’re going to the land of the Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triumph, and the best wine and cheese money can buy, France! Plus we have the legend himself, the great Elvis Costello joining us! Buy his new album “The Boy Named If” or you are no friend of this program! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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[font size="8"]MAGAs For Unity
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In case you haven’t noticed, the MAGAs have spent the last six years and especially the last two years dividing the hell out of us. Everything from race to religion to the programs we watch to the content we consume online to music to whether or not we got the vaccine to what books we read… everything is apparently on the table now. But I am loving this. So after Joe Biden gave his speech in Philadelphia last Thursday on the fact that we should be aware of the rising tide of fascism and political violence in this country, we should now be focused on… unity? Ha, that’s rich! I don’t know if you’ve watched Tucker Carlson (ed. Note: although I’m guessing if you’re here, you’re definitely not watching Tucker Carlson) lately but Fox News is turning up the hate way past 11. So needless to say I’ve been spending the last week watching the MAGA meltdown on social media and it has been rather glorious!

Republicans are in a rage over President Biden’s speech in Philadelphia, in which he flatly declared that the American democratic experiment is in serious danger due to Donald Trump and the Republicans who remain allied with his political project.

So here’s a question for those Republicans: What exactly in Biden’s speech was wrong?

Many objections have been general: Republicans say his speech disparaged millions, that it was angry, or divisive, or political, or hateful, or depicted Republicans as the enemy.

In coming days, these Republicans will retreat into right-wing media safe spaces to fulminate without facing cross-examination. But when they venture into mainstream forums, they should be pressed on specifics.


Yeah Biden hit ‘em where it hurts! Now of course my producer is telling me that we do have MAGA people lurking here, and I have to say MAGA lurkers – if you’re offended by what Biden said last Thursday, then guess what? You’re part of the problem! But Biden really hit the MAGAs where it hurts by exposing their extremism. That’s how we fight back against these clowns is to expose them for what they really stand for. And if they’re worried about Biden suddenly turning the MAGA brand toxic? Well that might actually work. And it is definitely hitting a nerve!

Now that Biden has gotten so much of his agenda enacted, and with the midterm elections looming, he has switched to a more combative mode. His Thursday speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia was billed as a salvo in the continuing battle for “the soul of the nation,” but it was really a well-justified expression of rage and despair about what the Republican Party has become. The president is finally telling Democrats what they want to hear: “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” This comes only a few days after he described the MAGA philosophy as “semi-fascism.”

As if on cue, Republicans screamed bloody murder, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) accusing Biden of choosing “to divide, demean and disparage his fellow Americans.” So does this mean that Biden’s previous commitment to working with Republicans was merely transactional and has now been discarded in the heat of the campaign?

That is certainly the right-wing interpretation of his speech, with conservatives accusing Biden of discarding his campaign pledge to “unite our country” and not stoke “division.” (Republicans demonstrated their own commitment to unity and uplift after the speech by comparing Biden to Hitler and accusing him of being a “raving lunatic.”)

But note that Biden wasn’t calling out all Republicans — he was not, contrary to the GOP talking points, attacking “half the country.” He was careful to differentiate between normal Republicans and MAGA Republicans. “Not every Republican, not even the majority of Republicans, are MAGA Republicans,” he said. “Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology.”

And here’s the thing – not every republican listens to Infowars and Tucker Carlson and subscribes to far right extremist ideology. And Biden is not calling out all republicans. He’s identifying the actual extremists who seek to takeover the government, which is a paltry 28% of identified republican voters. I mean if you’ve seen the meltdown on social media, it’s truly a thing of beauty. But seriously you can’t be offended when your party attempted to overthrow the government and murder half of Congress when your guy has a sad because he lost the election.

President Joe Biden charged in a prime-time address that the “extreme ideology” of Donald Trump and his adherents “threatens the very foundation of our republic,” as he summoned Americans of all stripes to help counter what he sketched as dark forces within the Republican Party trying to subvert democracy.

In his speech Thursday night at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Biden unleashed the trappings of the presidency in an unusually strong and sweeping indictment of Trump and what he said has become the dominant strain of the opposition party. His broadside came barely two months before Americans head to the polls in bitterly contested midterm elections that Biden calls a crossroads for the nation.

“Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal,” he said before an audience of hundreds, raising his voice over pro-Trump hecklers outside the building where the nation’s founding was debated. He said he wasn’t condemning the 74 million people who voted for Trump in 2020 but added, “There’s no question that the Republican Party today is dominated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans,” using the acronym for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

Yeah that’s pretty much every MAGA republican right now. But like I keep saying if you’re shocked by Biden’s speech calling out MAGA extremism, then you are 100% a part of the problem. He is correct, we are seriously at the threshold of losing our freedoms in favor of a party that thinks that a Hungarian Nazi is a model leader (see: Top 10 #12-16 ). If that’s your idea of a model leader, conservatives, you really need to have your head examined. You can’t scream freedom one minute and then praise a fascist authoritarian the next. It doesn’t work that way, you can’t have it both ways.

President Joe Biden accused former President Donald Trump and his supporters of promoting an extreme ideology that threatens democracy in rare prime-time remarks Thursday as he stepped up attacks on conservatives ahead of the midterm elections.

“Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic,” Biden said in the speech from the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.

He accused so-called “MAGA Republicans,” a reference to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, of refusing to recognize free and fair elections, increasingly talking about violence in response to actions they don’t like, and of being determined to thwart "the will of the people."

"MAGA Republicans have made their choice. They embrace anger. They thrive on chaos. They live not in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies," Biden said.

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[font size="8"]Conservative Reactions To Student Loan Forgiveness
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We need some music for this one!

Or maybe:

One of the things we love to do here at the Top 10 Conservative Idiots is that we love to point out conservative reactions to the hot button issues of the day. And last week after Biden passed the controversial Student Loan Forgiveness Act, we can handily say that the MAGA tears coming out from this were salty and sweet. For the sake of this piece, let’s call it “Money, That’s What I (Don’t) Want”. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… 13 seasons in and we still have janky production values. That’s why we’re in that coveted Thursday afternoon time slot at the Chuckle Hut and not after the Daily Show. But one thing we should be theoretically able to agree on is that everyone wants to have money to be able to live comfortably, right? And not be in crippling debt with unpayable loans for the rest of their lives? Well, I mean, right? Well not if you live in backwards “I won’t do what you tell me” MAGA la la land, where up is down, black is white, good is bad, and 2+2 = 5.

One of the most vocal critics of President Joe Biden's student-loan forgiveness recognized it might not be so easy to challenge the policy in court.

After Biden announced up to $20,000 in student-loan forgiveness for federal borrowers making under $125,000 a year last week, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas didn't hold back on his opinion. He blasted the policy for benefitting the "slacker barista" who took out student loans for a "useless degree." Along with many of his Republican colleagues, he called the loan forgiveness unfair, bad for the economy, and costly to taxpayers.

Another big criticism surrounding Biden's relief is that it's illegal, with many conservatives arguing the president does not have the authority to cancel student debt broadly. Some politicians and groups have already threatened legal action — but Cruz acknowledged in his podcast that suing the administration might not be that easy.

"The difficulty here is finding a plaintiff who the courts will conclude has standing," Cruz said. "That may prove a real challenge."

Well duh, Ted, you think it might be a challenge? Face it, you got nothing. The sooner you face that, the better you will be. The MAGAs don’t have any solutions, they only have complaints. And by the way republicans, I don’t want some barely educated dolt who barely passed high school on the 4th try like Lauren Boebert lecturing me about student loans, OK? I don’t need advice about paying for college from someone who wasn’t able to pass the entrance exam. Just the stupidity and hypocrisy coming from these idiots is reaching unprecedented new heights on a daily basis!

Rep Lauren Boebert has come under fire for a “homophobic” rant where she claimed that President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan will be used to fund “Karen’s daughter’s degree in lesbian dance theory”.

The Colorado congresswoman raged about the president’s plans to scrap up to $20,000 of student debt for millions of Americans in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity earlier this week.

“How the heck can Joe Biden call America First conservatives a threat to democracy with a straight face and a dry diaper?” she said.

“He’s the one who has allowed millions to invade our southern border.

“He’s the one who is robbing hardworking Americans to pay for Karen’s daughter’s degree in lesbian dance theory.”

OK… two things. First… Why? OK make that three things. The second is – who goes to college to study “lesbian dance theory”? I didn’t even know that was a major! Most of us go to college to study things like math and science and athletics and finance and economics and art and law, so we can have careers with dignity and not have to own a gun themed restaurant that gave its’ patrons bloody diarrhea. And the third thing, Lauren – Biden is toilet trained and eats at a table with a knife and fork, like most civilized adults do. Trump is the one who wears diapers, craps on the floor, and eats shitty fast food in bed and throws the wrappers on the floor. Can’t believe I had to point that out. If that wasn’t crazy enough, then there’s North Carolina who wants to impose a tax on anyone who collects on the loan forgiveness. Yes, they are that evil.

Student-loan forgiveness will be considered taxable income in North Carolina, the state's Department of Revenue said on Wednesday.

Although the Biden administration's student-loan-forgiveness plan is exempt from federal tax, the debt relief is triggering some individual state taxes.

In North Carolina, student-loan relief is taxable because the state has not fully adopted a specific section of the Internal Revenue Code. Congress used the provision — Section 108(f)(5) — to exempt forgiven student loans from between 2015 and 2021 from federal taxes as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

The department said in the press release: "The North Carolina General Assembly did not adopt Section 108(f)(5) of the IRC for purposes of the state income tax. Therefore, student loan forgiveness excluded pursuant to IRC 108(f)(5) is currently considered taxable income in North Carolina."

Does anyone see the fucking irony here? The GOP has been taken over by fucking idiots like Lauren Boebert and Charlie Kirk, who are telling me that my decision to actually go to college was apparently a terrible one. Just… AHHH!!! I’m so tired of stupid fucking people!! I do have to say that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the MAGA meltdown happening in the last 20 months since Biden has been the president. It’s been sweet. But is it really any surprise that the states that are taxing people collecting on the loan forgiveness are the heavily MAGA states? I just give up sometimes.

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, on Wednesday, Joe Biden announced that the government will forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loans for Americans making under $125,000 a year individually, or $250,000 a year as a married couple. While the move is projected to overwhelmingly benefit the middle class—the White House estimates that almost 90% of the relief will go toward people earning less than $75,000 annually—Republican lawmakers reacted to the news as though Biden had declared that starting Friday, members of his Secret Service detail will be going house-to-house to shoot blue-collar workers in the face. Also having a meltdown about the whole thing? Donald Trump Jr., who we’re guessing has never had to live under the weight of crushing educational debt on account of the whole born-with-a-silver-spoon-in-his-ass business.

“Canceling student debt is a tax on the most responsible people in the country,” Junior, whose tuition to the University of Pennsylvania was presumably footed in full by his father, tweeted on Wednesday. (At Penn, my colleague Emily Jane Fox reported in her book, Born Trump, the ex-president’s namesake was nicknamed “Diaper Don,” on account of the frequency with which he would get drunk and wake up in strangers’ beds “covered in piss.”) He similarly suggested that the loan forgiveness plan is ”nurturing incompetence and irresponsible behavior while penalizing hard work and fiscal responsibility,” asking, “How long can this continue before we collapse as a society and a nation?” (As Don is presumably unaware, many countries actually allow their citizens to go to college for free and are somehow doing just fine.) Responding to Congresswoman Cori Bush’s statement about the startling disparity between the debt held by Black borrowers versus white ones, the ex-president’s eldest son sneered that Biden’s loan program “discriminate[s]” against “Those that saved their money, skipped cool toys/trips and already paid their debts” and “those that went to work rather than getting a $300K gender studies degree.” (For those of you keeping up at home, the “gender studies” line is a popular one among the MAGA crowd.)

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[font size="8"]Truth Social
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Let’s go through the ridiculously long list of business failures associated with the 45th president of the United States. Or at least the guy we used to call president. There’s Trump Steaks. Trump Airlines. Trump Bottled Water. Trump University. Trump Vodka. Trump Hotels. The United States Of America in 2020. And now we can add Trump Social Media, aka Truth Social to the list. But in order to go forward, we must go back to the beginning. I mean who thought it was a good idea to hire Mr. Russian Security Breach himself, Devin Nunes, as the CEO? And you know that Truth Social is just seethin with trolls and probably federal investigators looking for threats. But with Truth Social struggling to even just keep the lights on, why do people see Trump as an effective leader? He can’t even lead his own fucking echo chamber full of crazy people!

The blank-check acquisition firm that agreed to merge with Donald Trump’s social media company failed to secure enough shareholder support for a one-year extension to complete the deal, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

At stake is a $1.3 billion cash infusion that Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which operates the former U.S. president’s Truth Social app, stands to receive from Digital World Acquisition Corp, the special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) that inked a deal last October to take TMTG public.

The transaction has been on ice amid civil and criminal probes into the circumstances around the deal. Digital World had been hoping that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is reviewing its disclosures on the deal, would have given its blessing by now for the transaction to proceed.

Most of Digital World’s shareholders are individual investors and getting them to vote through their brokers has been challenging, Digital World Chief Executive Patrick Orlando said last week.

Seriously, how does the self -proclaimed richest guy in the world not have enough money to keep the lights on his own social media echo chamber? The idea of him getting reelected is not funny, though I do have to say it would be absolutely hilarious if he had no way to convey his message to the people, because he’s banned from all major platforms and his own platform went broke! Really, the MAGAs want to run the country? I wouldn’t trust them to run a 7-11! But what’s even funnier is that Truth Social got banned from Google Play over concerns about violent content! Big tech!! Section 230!!!1!

Truth Social, the would-be Twitter competitor created by Trump Media and Technology Group, remains unavailable on the Google Play store.

Google said the app lacks effective systems for moderating user-generated content, which violates the store’s terms of service.

“On Aug. 19, we notified Truth Social of several violations of standard policies in their current app submission and reiterated that having effective systems for moderating user-generated content is a condition of our terms of service for any app to go live on Google Play,” the tech company, which is owned by Alphabet, told CNBC in a statement Tuesday.

Axios first reported the Google statement.

The restriction means that Android users, who make up 44% of smartphone users in the U.S., can’t download the app. Google will not let the app go live until the content issues are addressed. Truth Social acknowledged Google’s concerns and said it would work on addressing these issues, according to Axios.

Yeah so color me shocked! Who knew that Truth Social was attracting violent users who had a grudge against the government? Oh yeah we called that two weeks ago! But this might be my favorite statement made by the Slobfather. When asked about his social media site hemorrhaging money, he claims that he doesn’t even need financing! Yeah try not paying your bills for a couple of months. I think that crazy woman who declared herself queen of Canada knows a thing or two about what will happen to you if you don’t. Just what the absolute fuck do people see in this guy that they want him to be an emperor? It’s just… ahhhhh!!!

Donald Trump was mocked after he asked his followers on Truth Social “Why are people so mean?”

The one-term president, who has been infamously rude to his political opponents and critics over the years, asked the question during a 60-post spree on his social media website.

Mr Trump, the subject of a recent FBI search at Mar-a-Lago, also shared a string of QAnon-linked conspiracy theory accounts as well as 4chan message boards.

The ex-president posted a series of memes, “retruths”, and angry statements in the wake of the raid by agents who seized classified material at the Florida estate.

The president has yet to formally explain why he had documents against the wishes of the National Archives, but has suggested that Joe Biden, who could face Mr Trump in 2024, knew about the raid.

Yeah we don’t need your money. By the way, you got a billion dollars we could borrow? And this from the morons who in the same week turned down free college money because, oh yeah they didn’t go to college. I don’t need financing because I’m really rich. I’m the richest guy ever. Oh god, go shove it where it don’t shine, Donny. But this is one instance where even a billion dollars couldn’t save Trump’s expensive little experiment. Because like we said, this website is hemorrhaging money and it’s only a matter of time before the lights are turned off for good.

Truth Social, the social media platform former President Trump started after he was booted from Twitter, faces an uphill battle as it reportedly racks up debt while generating little revenue.

The social media platform owes more than $1 million to RightForge, the service that hosts the app on the web, Fox Business reported earlier this week, citing three people with direct knowledge of the matter. According to Fox Business’ sources, Truth Social sent only three payments to RightForge — and hasn’t paid the company at all since March of this year. The sources claim RightForge is considering legal action to recover the $1.6 million it is owed, while sources tell The Washington Post that the two companies have been communicating exclusively through lawyers in recent weeks.

But at the moment, RightForge — which positions itself as supporting free speech and opposing “Big Tech censorship” — is still publicly supporting Trump. “We fully stand behind the president and his endeavors,” RightForge’s chief executive, Martin Avila, told the Post.

Truth Social may be struggling in part because traffic numbers are declining. The Post reported views on the site have declined significantly from when the site launched — down 300,000 views per day from the 1.5 million daily views it saw its first day. In addition to technical failures and a spate of fake accounts, the company has also faced setbacks in acquiring a trademark for “Truth Social.” The U.S. Patent Office noted that two other companies with similar names would lead to a “likelihood of confusion” if Trump were to get the name trademarked, so it declined the application. Trump will likely appeal the decision.


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You know with “friends” like Dr. Oz and Herschel Walker, who needs enemies? These two are horrifically batshit insane. And just about par for the course for the MAGA crowd. In a crowded 2022 midterm field of election deniers, insurrectionists, white supremacists, and batshit crazy religious zealots, Herschel Walker and Dr. Oz are standouts. How do they stand out exactly? Because they are just that batshit fucking crazy. Seriously, when Saturday Night Live comes back, they don’t need to lift a finger, they just need to follow Herschel Walker around and write down whatever he says. It’s kind of like the Governor Dunston episode of 30 Rock. When comedy and reality are that close, the comedy writes itself! So you might be wondering, what do these guys stand for? Well, they stand for everything that you don’t, and they told me that you guys look like dorks. Well let’s just see what Dr. Oz stands for on the pressing issues of the day, shall we?

The problem with being a celebrity before you enter politics is that you’ve definitely already said too much. And considering that Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for the Pennsylvania Senate, has already been saying too much as a candidate, you know the things coming out of his mouth must have been pretty bad before.

In an interview with morning radio show The Breakfast Club in February 2014, host Angela Yee asked Oz to weigh in on a question sent in by a listener about someone struggling with an incestuous relationship.

Oz went on to give a basic rehashing of genetics with the hosts. “Every family has genetic strengths and weaknesses,” he explained. “And so the reason we naturally crave people who are not so like us is because you just mix the gene pool up a little bit so that if I had one gene for, let’s say, hemophilia, which is a classic example where you bleed a lot if you cut yourself, I don’t want to marry a cousin who has the same hemophilia gene, because the chance of our child having both those genes is much higher.”


I’m pretty sure that Dr. Oz doesn’t know what the meaning of incest is. And I’m not sure that’s going to go over well with his right wing fan base either. I mean come on, his favorite president wanted to date his own daughter! It doesn’t get much more incestual than that! Oh and it gets weirder. It seems that Dr. Oz is fundamentally seeking out the WRONG answer to everything. Like you know how the old saying goes that a broken clock is right twice a day? Well, Dr. Oz would smash that clock with a hammer repeatedly before the clock struck midnight or noon. Just because he could.

ennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dr Mehmet Oz has said he does not believe Americans have a right to health care, but he thinks the uninsured should have access to 15-minute checkups in a “festival-like setting”.

The celebrity doctor made the eyebrow-raising comments while speaking at the National Governors Association winter meeting.

He pitched governors on the idea of working with local health providers to host 15-minute screenings "in a festival-like setting" that would be inexpensive for the state and the participating hospitals.

He noted that when he held similar events in the past, many of the people who took advantage of the service had jobs but did not have health care coverage.

"Give them a way of crawling back out of the abyss, of darkness, of fear, of not having the health they need, and give them an opportunity," he said. "They don't have a right to health, but they have a right to access, to get that health."


Like seriously are they trying to drive away voters? I mean just… AHHHHHHH!!!! It’s totally insane what they are doing, yet people keep voting for these idiots! Speaking of idiots, let’s check in on Herschel Walker (Q – Batshit) who it seems is also following the Dr. Oz model of intentionally coming up with the wrong answer for everything. Like let’s take the environment for instance. Trees are a good thing, we can all agree with that, right? WRONG!!!! Well at least if you vote or speak MAGA. Trees, which benefit the environment, are now apparently bad.

Georgia Republican Herschel Walker said the Biden administration’s sweeping new climate law represents unnecessary spending because it sets aside money to plant and protect trees.

“They try to fool you and make you think they are helping you out — they’re not. You know that some of this money is going into trees? We got enough trees — don’t we have enough trees around here?” Walker said Sunday in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Essentially, no — the planet does not have enough trees to neutralize the impact of burning fossil fuels.

While a 2015 study found the earth has over 3 trillion trees, the number of trees here now is far less than at the beginning of human civilization — and not nearly enough to offset the devastating effects of climate change, scientists say.

The Inflation Reduction Act, passed by Congress without a single Republican vote, allocates $1.5 billion over a decade to the Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, which funds tree-planting in cities like Atlanta that struggle with poor air quality. Especially in lower-income areas, scientists agree that trees are beneficial, helping to reduce air pollution and temperatures.

So let me get this straight – trees are good and beneficial to the environment, unless you’re a liberal politician who is attempting to enact life-saving climate change standards and regulations, then suddenly they’re bad? Oh my god, I can’t even. And by the way in case you’re wondering – no, Herschel Walker has no ties to law enforcement. Despite the fact that he’s the most rootin’ tootin’ sheriff this side of the Rockies. Seriously, how long is it until the midterms? My producer is telling me that we have six weeks to go. Six weeks! Ah fuck!! That’s what too many blows to the head does to someone!

In September 2019, Herschel Walker stood in front of an auditorium of soldiers in combat fatigues at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The motivational talk was, by now, familiar; Walker traced the obstacles he had overcome, including his struggle with mental health. But more than 30 minutes into the speech, Walker wandered off topic.

“I worked for law enforcement, y’all didn’t know that either?” he said. “I spent time at Quantico at the FBI training school. Y’all didn’t know I was an agent?”

It wasn’t the first time Walker said he was in law enforcement, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found while reviewing dozens of speeches and motivational talks by Walker that were posted online.

”I work with the Cobb County Police Department, and I’ve been in criminal justice all my life,” he said in 2017.

In 2000, he told Irving, Texas, police that he was “a certified peace officer,” according to a police report.

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OK, remember the old saying “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me… you won’t get fooled again!”. Oh wait, that was the wrong saying. That was from former president George W. Bush. Well, the correct saying – “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”. And you know in the last few weeks, we’ve pointed out the problems with living in an echo chamber because it really starts messing with your head. Well that echo chamber is about to get a whole lot bigger. Look, Joe Rogan, what the fuck are you doing? You command millions of listeners. And assuming we don’t repeat the mistakes that were made in 2020, we will again. Especially with this flat out bullshit. We lost over 1,000,000 people due to COVID-19 and that number is still climbing. So what’s the takeway Joe Rogan is giving to his millions of followers who hang on his every word? That’s right – keep voting for the same douchebags who put us in harm’s way time and time again. Come on, really, do you want a country run by the dude bros who work out in Crossfit gyms? I know I don’t! I wouldn’t trust these people to run a 7-11.

Media personality Joe Rogan said that many people who are angry over COVID-19 protocols during the pandemic that forced their businesses to close should “vote Republican” in the upcoming midterms.

In an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Rogan added that now that the pandemic is over, “people are going to recognize that some serious errors were made and not repeat those.”

“That’s the best you can get out of it. But as far as compensation for all those people that were forced to close their businesses and keep their doors shuttered and lost everything they’d worked for decades to build. Now they’re … they’re just going to be angry,” he shared.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a guest on the podcast, then asked Rogan what he would tell those people, and Rogan replied: “Vote Republican”.

The podcaster also quoted an Associated Press article from July that highlighted a political shift taking place across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party’s gains in recent years are becoming Republicans.

Oh Aaron Rodgers, don’t think we haven’t forgot about your bullshit either. I mean come on, we lost a million fucking people to COVID-19. The most of any developed nation. And everyone knows someone who lost someone to this damn virus that has plagued us the last two years. So you’re going to tell me that the answer to stopping the next pandemic is to keep voting for the same assholes that made 2020 possible? And come on Aaron, you’re not even from California, so you don’t get to trash my state, you got that? No you don’t. You’re not welcome here, and we’ll definitely boo you when the Packers play the Rams, Chargers, and 49ers.

After Rogan finished his point regarding the lack of evidence that closing outdoor dining meaningfully reduces spread of the virus, Rodgers wanted to discuss beach closures. Newsom had a very public feud with Orange County officials after ordering that they close their beaches that spring.

"Joe, they closed the beaches in California," Rodgers said. "They closed the beaches where I live in California and all around the coast."

The pair then discussed the paddle-boarder arrested in Malibu for violating the state's stay-at-home order, with Rodgers joking, "He's passing COVID to the dolphins or what?"

Rogan concluded by stating that he thinks people angry about COVID-19 restrictions should "vote Republican," a remark that drew a chuckle but no subsequent comment from Rodgers.

Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Holy shit! Talk about not learning a god damn thing from the pandemic. And it’s people like this that are only going to make the next pandemic that much worse. The 1918 influenza pandemic fundamentally changed society. COVID will too. Some things we used to take for granted will be permanently gone and that’s what happens with these kinds of things. But making completely idiotic comments like what Rogan and Rodgers were doing just minimizes the impact that a pandemic has on society, and will only serve to hurt the next one further. Well, at least it’s getting people talking about a Spotify boycott. Again.

Spotify is facing calls for a boycott once again after Joe Rogan recently voiced support for the Republican Party in the upcoming midterm elections.

The controversial podcast host recently said he felt business owners who were forced to close during the coronavirus pandemic should vote for GOP candidates in the fall. His comments came during a Saturday episode of Spotify's The Joe Rogan Experience, which featured NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers as a guest.

Occupy Democrats, a liberal political organization and media outlet urged people to boycott Spotify following Rogan's remarks. The streaming giant has faced boycotts in the past over Rogan's COVID-related content, including from prominent musicians such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell.

"We had never had this before," Rogan said about COVID-19 during the episode. "No one that was alive today had ever experienced a true pandemic, and I'm hoping that now that this is over, people are going to recognize that some serious errors were made and not repeat those."

OK , I will give Joe the benefit of the doubt here – he is right about that. We’ve never experienced anything that is on the magnitude of COVID-19 in our recent history, and we may never experience anything like this ever again. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from it. The biggest error was the rampant misinformation coming from social media that definitely brainwashed folks. But the biggest takeaway is not to vote for the idiots that put us in this position in the first place. Had we had a competent president in the early days of 2020, instead of the bloviating jackass, things would be a hell of a lot different. But Joe got a much different takeaway. And if he thinks Biden “can’t talk right” then what the hell was Trump doing that whole time?

Joe Rogan has opened up about why he did not vote for Joe Biden in the last presidential election, noting his concern with how the president speaks.

"He can't talk right anymore," Rogan said of the president on The Joe Rogan Experience this week.

In his latest podcast episode, Rogan was joined by fellow podcaster Coleman Hughes and their discussion turned toward the 2020 election.

"That was one of the things that people were saying, that I was a Trump supporter during the election because I said I would vote for Trump before I would vote for Biden," Rogan said.

"But I didn't vote for either," he explained. "The reason why I said that was like, 'You don't see this? Are you guys out of your f****** mind? You guys don't see that this guy can't, he can't talk right anymore?'"

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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 that we always say around here that change happens at the local level, and today it is my reminder to you that it most certainly is that! Last week, one of my parishioners brought this to my attention. The reason why I say change happens at the local level is because there are currently dark forces at work looking to make changes to things they don’t agree with. Now there is a phone company based out of Texas, naturally, that is catering exclusively to fans of the Unholy, Ungodly Dark One! I of course speak of a man so foul, so depraved and disgusting that his name dare not be spoken in my church! And once again, you know that we love to examine cause and effect around here. But before we tell you what these evil purveyors of cellular data are having on its’ customers, we must first tell you about their evil agenda! For it is not an agenda that the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want now, is it?

A conservative Texas-based phone company is planning a takeover of political offices in the US state, starting with public schools.

Patriot Mobile, which calls itself “America’s only Christian conservative wireless provider”, has been fueling an extremist conservative movement taking over curriculum in public schools across Texas

Leigh Wambsganss, the executive director of the company and its political arm, proudly declared victory in 11 out of 11 school board seats in the last election cycle in school districts around the Dallas-Fort Worth area on behalf of the company and conservative American Christians.

She said: “What this means is that now in north Texas, over 100,000 students who, before May, had leftist leadership now have conservative leadership!”

Earlier this year, the company established a political action committee, Patriot Mobile Action, which allows them to legally fundraise and finance political campaigns.

You know I think this question must be asked – how depraved is your political lifestyle that you need your own boutique cell phone company to cater specifically to your viewpoints? You can’t use Verizon or T-Mobile like the rest of us? Sigh… the polarization of this country is getting worse by the day I fear and it’s all thanks to extremist propaganda. That is the work of SAYTAN! And by the way in case you’re wondering – yes, the evil phone company and its’ minions are already at hand doing the work of the devil, because you know that this is what it’s coming down to!

Even though many of the titles passed the district's book challenge process, a school district in north Texas pulled dozens of books from its library shelves one day before the school year began. In response, concerned parents and educators are bringing attention to the conservative playbook implemented in Texas, which includes a cell phone company's mission to take over school boards.

Keller Independent School District principals were asked last minute to remove challenged books from classrooms and libraries on Tuesday, August 16.

Among the 42 books removed are the Bible, a graphic adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe.

Books were to be removed by Tuesday night before classes began on Wednesday, August 17.

The district's curriculum director, Jennifer Price, sent an email that said in part, "Please collect these books and store them in a location. (book room, office, etc.)."

That seems to be the way Christian conservatives are taking the country! It’s getting nuttier and weirder by the day everybody. But this isn’t what the good LAWRD JAYSUS would want now, is it? Because it says in our Good Book to love thy neighbor, which these people very clearly don’t. But if Patriot Mobile comes to your city, you should beware that they are clearly up to no good! Look at the damage that they are doing in San Antonio – and it could take a long time before this damage is being repealed. Sigh, we are currently being run by stupid people who worship the unholy Dark One. We’ve got to put and end to this in JAYSUS’ name!

A Dallas-based Christian conservative wireless provider known as Patriot Mobile funded the election of 11 new school board members in multiple North Texas school districts, according to a recent Axios report. Patriot Mobile was also responsible for getting a majority of conservative candidates elected to the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD school board that recently passed a "Don't Say Trans" policies.

The wireless provider backed the conservative candidates via its political action committee, Patriot Mobile Action, which also pushed for the transphobic policies that prohibit teachers from discussing anything related to "gender fluidity." The policies also prohibit conversations on critical race theory.

Patriot Mobile Action hired two Republican political consulting firms, Vanguard Field Strategies and Axiom Strategies, earlier this year. Those companies targeted school district races in Tarrant County, which Axios reports is the largest conservative county in the U.S. All together the PAC spent over $600,000 school board candidates in Southlake, Grapevine-Colleyville, Keller and Mansfield school districts.

Patriot Mobile Action also sent out mailers to residents in the area saying the school board members that were on the board earlier this year endangered students with "woke" ideologies. One of those mailers had a photo of a child that read, "They're not after you. They're after me."

Same vibe. Now in case you’re wondering, yes, Patriot Mobile is a company that practices what they preach, even if their practices are absurdly evil and they are the exact opposite of what our founding fathers intended. If your neighbors have a Patriot Mobile subscription, you might want to think about moving to a different area. Because this corporation has an agenda, and it is most absurdly evil. We need to deliver us from this evil, oh good LAWRD JAYSUS! Be gone with these devils who worship the unholy Dark One!

The Christian conservative Patriot Mobile donated signs that read “In God We Trust” to Southlake schools Monday.

The Texas-based wireless provider is tied to Patriot Mobile Action, a political action committee that spent big money to support conservatives in North Texas school board races this year.

During Monday night’s Carroll ISD board meeting, the company made a presentation related to a new state law, which passed last year, that requires a public school to display the national motto if a poster or framed copy is donated to the campus.

Scott Coburn, chief marketing officer for the company, held up one of the framed blue posters, emblazoned with the national motto in white, all caps above the American flag while addressing the board.

“Patriot Mobile is here today to donate these beautiful ‘In God We Trust’ framed posters for each school,” Coburn said before posing for a photo with the trustees. “A full 15% of Patriot Mobile’s employees live here in Southlake. We live here. Our kids attend school here.”

Now if your neighborhood has gone backwards and is banning books and putting In God We Trust signs in your kids’ classrooms, you know where this madness is coming from. It’s coming from the purveyors of Z-grade cell phone data service! I can’t even! 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 it’s New York representative Elise Stefanik (Q – Batshit). You may have heard of her because she’s a hardcore MAGA sycophant and fervent Trump ass kisser who may be duking it out with Marjorie Taylor Greene for the title of MAGA’s Next Top Vice President. Well we’ve often stated that the MAGA world doesn’t know what they want as far as a leader goes, because they don’t believe in having an education. All they know is that liberals are bad because that’s what the TV and the radio tell them and that’s all they listen to. After all, who needs to think when Fox News can tell you how to think for you and if you speak conservative long enough, they’ll believe anything you say? But as republicans fight each other in Congress and on social media – you can bet one thing, they now know how democrats feel when the midterms happen. Or maybe they don’t. Yeah they don’t.

As if Republicans don't already have enough problems with the midterm elections nearing, the Daily Beast is reporting that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) have opposing ideas who should be the Republican nominee for a House seat representing New Hampshire as they back opposing candidates.

As the Beast's Jake Lahut wrote, McCarthy has put his money and name behind former Donald Trump adviser Matt Mowers for the seat currently held by Rep. Chris Pappas (D), while Stefanik, who is third in line in the GOP leadership has thrown her weight behind her former press secretary, Karoline Leavitt.

That has led to a pitched battle as Republicans choose up sides and McCarthy spends big in an effort to get Republican voters to hand his candidate the nomination.

According to the report, "House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Congressional Leadership Fund has already spent more than $1.3 million boosting Matt Mowers, a former Trump White House adviser at the State Department. The super PAC also placed a $407,369 ad buy for Mowers on Friday," before adding, "The endorsements in the primary—with Mowers and Leavitt neck-and-neck in the latest University of New Hampshire poll from the end of August—have largely fallen along similar lines to other MAGA proxy fights, but the demographics of the district and the involvement of House leadership give this power struggle its own flavor."


Yes, the GOP has to keep their composure. After all, how are they expected to own the libs if they keep fighting themselves? That’s not going to work is it? So while the right wing must navigate between going MAGA and going far MAGA, Rep. Stefanik tries to get ahead of the January 6th committee. That’s right – remember that whole treason thing that happened last year? Now that Liz Cheney is gone the right wing is doing everything they can to sweep that whole incident under the rug. Sorry about that whole trying to kill you thing, other half of Congress. Oh did we say we’re sorry? We didn’t mean it.

House Republican Conference Chair and Donald Trump ally Elise Stefanik this weekend tried to get ahead of the January 6 select committee's public hearings by portraying the prime-time slotting of Thursday's high-profile presentation as proof that Democratic leaders are more interested in putting on a show than uncovering the truth.

House Republicans have attacked the legitimacy of the panel, which includes GOP Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, since its creation last year. Stefanik, who the New York Post reports is scheduled to join the twice-impeached former president Monday night for a fundraiser at his golf club in Briarcliff Manor, New York, added the timing of Thursday night's hearing to the GOP's laundry list of complaints about the politically charged investigation during an interview with right-leaning Breitbart News.

"Most committees in Congress start in the morning. That's the business hours," Stefanik said on June 4. But airing this committee's year-long investigation into the deadly siege at the US Capitol just in time for highlights to make the nightly news, Stefanik said, shows that "all they care about is trying to take back the narrative to try and target patriotic Trump supporters across the country."

The January 6 committee is tentatively expected to hold six public hearings this month, starting with the agenda-setting meeting at 8 p.m. on June 9. Recent media reports have outlined Trump's swirling counterprogramming plans, a team effort that's projected to include Stefanik, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Freedom Caucus members, MAGA-friendly media outlets, and Trump's fledgling social media channel.

Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/trump-ally-rep-elise-stefanik-161353117.html

Yes, never mind that there was an angry mob that was out to murder half of Congress. But while Liz Cheney is the prosecutor of January 6th convicts, Elise is attempting to defend them. Wait, what? You can’t defend this crap. They had makeshift gallows and assault rifles and hand axes. That’s right – hand axes, in case you confused this for the 2nd century. But was the raid on Mar-A-Lago an “overreach”? For those of us who actually live in the real world, it wasn’t. But for those who live in batshit crazy make believe conspiracy theory land, it was.

House Republicans pushed back on the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home on Friday, as all eyes are focused on a release of the search warrant that could come as soon as today and provide more information about what authorities were seeking.

Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee held a press conference on Friday on the FBI search with a notably different tone than earlier this week, pledging support for rank-and-file members of the agency and condemning an attack on an FBI office in Ohio. But some reiterated claims made among Republican lawmakers earlier this week – even after major developments on Thursday – that the investigation is politically motivated and an “abuse” or “overreach” of the agency’s authority.

“House Republicans are committed to immediate oversight, accountability and a fulsome investigation to provide needed transparency and answers to the American people regarding Joe Biden and his administration’s weaponization of the Department of Justice and FBI against Joe Biden’s political opponent,” Rep. Elise Stefanik, the No. 3 House Republican, said on Friday. “President Donald Trump is Joe Biden’s most likeliest political opponent in 2024 and this is less than 100 days from critical midterm elections.”

Yes that’s pretty much what it’s like in Republican la la land right now. Because what we are witnessing right now is a party that is out for absolute power and they want blood for the 2020 election. If we don’t stop them in 2022 and the 2024 elections, things are going to get real ugly really quickly. And Rep Stefanik won’t be surprised if Trump announces a run for the 2024 election. Which will most likely be an inevitability if he’s not stopped. The republicans already took down one road block by getting rid of Liz Cheney. But with Rep. Stefanik, the MAGA influence runs deep.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said Sunday she expects former President Donald Trump and Republicans generally will derive political benefits from the FBI’s execution of a search warrant at Trump’s Florida residence.

When asked by CNHI if she was concerned the FBI investigation could erode support for Trump, who has yet to say whether he’ll mount a run for his old job in 2024, Stefanik responded: “Absolutely not.”

“It’s energizing Republicans because they see the politicization of the FBI,” added Stefanik.

In her nearly eight years in Congress, the 38-year-old Stefanik has a shot of becoming the most powerful female congresswoman in the nation if control of the lower chamber of Congress is captured by her party in the November election. She is now the House Republican Conference chair.

Stefanik argued the public has reason to be suspicious of the FBI in the surprise raid at the former President’s home last week.

Yes except there’s just one party that’s politicizing the FBI, Elise, and that’s your party. That’s noted Trump ass kisser Elise Stefanik, yet another hard right toxic politician to add to the ever-growing list of:

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Welcome back to our segment where we attempt to explain the unexplainable, Conspiracy Corner! In these dark times or when people just don’t feel like actually reading the news and thinking for themselves, they turn to conspiracy theories because they just make shit up. We of course are coming to you live from our underground doomsday shelter deep in the New Mexico badlands. Just let me adjust my tin foil hat for maximum government interference – they are reading yours and my thoughts, after all! Well this week the noose is tightening around the classified documents that Trump stole from the White House and was stashing at his Miami mega mansion Mar-A-Lago, or as we sometimes refer to it around here, Mar-A-Shithole. Yes, those are actual images from health and building inspectors looking at Mar-A-Lago.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, who has covered former President Donald Trump for decades, speculated that documents seized last week by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago could have been "personally advantageous."

Haberman, who is a New York Times reporter and a CNN analyst, appeared on Tuesday's episode of the podcast "Hacks on Tap" and discussed potential scenarios for why Trump held onto those documents.

She suggested that the former president could have kept the documents simply because he thought "something was cool."

"Another bucket is: He sees something personally advantageous — either because it's something that he can use to bolster himself or it's something that he believes will help him in his business or his personal brand," Haberman added.

"There's not just a possibility that a foreign adversary could accidentally see these things, there's also the possibility that Trump could have been — and I'm not saying this is the case for those listening, we don't know, there's a lot we don't know — but among the concerns are Trump has business ties overseas," she added.

Oh come on! Trump has been throwing keggers, raves, mixers and weddings at Mar-A-Lago and has been seen playing songs on his iPad there like he’s some kind of weird isolated DJ. You know he was waiting so he could show those documents to the highest bidder. And by the way in case you’re wondering – yes, Trump and his cronies are doing their hardest to quietly sweep this egregious act of espionage under the proverbial rug. Because as the noose keeps tightening around Trump’s crimes, expect his cronies and enablers to crank up the hate and the calls for political violence way past the 11 mark.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies say that any sensitive White House documents he brought with him to his Mar-a-Lago estate had been declassified, but some legal and presidential record experts are skeptical of that claim — and say that Trump could be in criminal jeopardy regardless.

While the Justice Department has a long history of prosecuting cases involving the mishandling of classified information, no such case has ever been brought against a former president — the one government official who can declassify information at will.

"As the facts stand now, his defense would be, ‘I declassified those documents. I am not therefore in possession of classified documents now,'” said Charles Stimson, a senior fellow with the conservative Heritage Foundation and a former federal prosecutor.

Others take a different view — including, it seems, the FBI, which executed a search warrant at Trump's Florida resort on Monday tied to classified information Trump allegedly took with him from the White House in January 2021. Trump lawyer Christina Bobb said Tuesday that the warrant left by agents indicated they were investigating possible violations of laws dealing with the handling of classified material and the Presidential Records Act.

Now why do I suspect that this is a big steaming pile of grade A bullshit? Come on, do I even need to suspect it? We know Trump is lying his ass off here! And come on, we know that all Trump wants from the public is their undying loyalty and to give him a blank check to do whatever he wants. Like his fanbase doesn’t want a president, they want an emperor. But the fact that Trump hid the documents in other things he took from the White House, really shows what an insane sociopath he really is. Even his own former attorney general said there’s no reason for him to do this.

US District Judge Aileen Cannon on Friday released a detailed inventory from the Mar-a-Lago search that the Justice Department previously filed under seal in court.

The search inventory released showed that classified documents had been mixed in with personal items and other materials in the boxes in which they were stored.

Federal investigators also retrieved more than 11,000 non-classified government documents from former President Donald Trump's Florida home and resort.

One box containing documents marked with confidential, secret and top secret classification identifications also contained "99 magazines/newspapers/press articles," according to the inventory from last month's search filed in federal court in Florida.

Yeah probably! Oh and it gets weirder – next week we’ll have the full details for you but there’s reports coming that a MAGA judge in Florida – again not in the slightest bit surprised that Florida is involved here – is giving Trump a “special master” appointee. You know things are fucked up when the people who accuse you of running a conspiracy racket are the ones committing the conspiracy themselves, and all this is doing is delaying and obstructing. Delaying… and obstructing. We may honestly never see the end of this shit, with all these MAGA douchebags going to prison, but one can only hope!

A federal judge intervened on Monday in the investigation of former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of sensitive government records, ordering the appointment of an independent arbiter to review a trove of materials seized last month from Mr. Trump’s private club and residence in Florida.

The judge, Aileen M. Cannon of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida, also temporarily barred the Justice Department from using the seized materials for any “investigative purpose” connected to its inquiry of Mr. Trump until the work of the arbiter, known as a special master, was completed.

The order would prevent, at least for now, federal prosecutors from using key pieces of evidence as they continue to investigate whether the former president illegally retained national defense documents at his estate, Mar-a-Lago, or obstructed the government’s repeated efforts to get them back.

While the order may ultimately serve only to delay the criminal inquiry into Mr. Trump, the scope and candor of Judge Cannon’s language and reasoning pointed to broader themes. Her ruling seemed to carve out a special exception to the normal legal process for the former president and reject the Justice Department’s implicit argument that Mr. Trump be treated like any other investigative subject.

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

So of course you know that the idea behind this segment is that we have some drinks and while we are drinking the only rule on the table is that we don’t discuss politics. Also, swearing is not only allowed but encouraged, so much as it’s not at someone, only with. Because we care. You know, there’s a lot of dark shit in the world, and sometimes the only correct response is to say “fuck it” and crack open a nice cold one! Or two or three. This week, we’re going to talk about the concept of “quiet quitting”. You may have heard this term being thrown around a lot lately, but what does it mean? Anyway before we get into that topic, tell me bartender, what’s the ideal drink for this subject? The “fuck it” cocktail? What’s in that? That sounds like a Mule but you don’t give a shit what else goes in it. I’ll just have my usual Jack Daniels mixed with Jack Daniels. I call it the “Double Jack”. So what is the concept of “quiet quitting”? It’s a very complicated one and it can have multiple definitions of the meaning of the phrase depending on who you talk to.

The pandemic created a slew of changes. One of which is how people work.

Where they work, how long they work, and how long they stay in a job have all changed, and so too has a term that could easily fit in the same wheelhouse as the 'great resignation.'

It’s being called “quiet quitting.”

It's defined as performing a job that’s assigned to a person, but there’s no above and beyond action, extra work on those days off, or answering emails 24/7.

Natasha Bowman said this is nothing new. Rather, it's an updated name with a hashtag and an old adage.

"Which is something that has been around forever. I will tell you I have once or twice in my career been a quiet quitter," Bowman said.

Yeah keep ‘em coming! So the concept of “quiet quitting” is when someone has decided to quit their job but hasn’t exactly told their employers. So they just do everything really half-assedly. See, Homer Simpson had the right idea! But the question for America’s workers is this – is it quiet quitting we should worry about or is quiet firing the more worrysome trend? Both sides can be attributed to work from home models and some employers worry that employees are taking advantage of being able to work from home. But really it’s been two years since the pandemic, you’d think they would catch onto this by now.

There's been a great hue and cry lately over "quiet quitting"- also known as "working to rule," "lying flat," or otherwise declining to go above and beyond what you are paid to do in your job. Quiet quitting looks to many like a reasonable retreat from the round-the-clock hustle culture. But to others, quiet quitting represents disengaged employees sandbagging and shirking all but the minimum effort, not expecting - or not caring - that their employers might fire them for it.

But if we're going to accuse workers of quiet quitting, we should also acknowledge the phenomenon of "quiet firing," in which employers avoid providing all but the bare legal minimum, possibly with the aim of getting unwanted employees to quit.

They may deny raises for years, fail to supply resources while piling on demands, give feedback designed to frustrate and confuse, or grant privileges to select workers based on vague, inconsistent performance standards. Those who don't like it are welcome to leave.

The "work from anywhere" business model offers opportunities for both quiet quitting and quiet firing. Some remote workers, as I discussed recently, are moving out of commuting distance for personal reasons. And some employers are reducing and relocating their office spaces for business reasons. When employers or employees make these changes without due regard for the disruption it causes the other party, it starts to look like they're daring one another to end the work relationship.

Somehow I don’t think that bottle is big enough. So there’s quiet quitting and quiet firing. But here’s the thing – in the social media era, where everyone is connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, where there’s no such thing as free time anymore, can you really just blow off your responsibilities just like that? Or do you have your employers watching you all the time? Employers expect you go to above and beyond the usual duties in order to advance in your career, but these days people are taking more of a “fuck it” approach to that concept.

Quiet quitting or quitting the idea of going above and beyond at work is a concept that is gaining traction. In July, TikToker @zkchillin (now @zaidleppelin) made a video on quiet quitting, explaining that it simply meant quitting the idea of going above and beyond what you are getting paid for and not deriving your self-worth from your job. The video soon went viral and has already racked up more than 4 million views and nearly 500,000 likes.

Quiet quitting is a philosophy that champions prioritising an individual’s well-being and mental health by doing exactly what one is paid to do – nothing more, nothing less – to avoid job burnout. This means, no working weekends unless you’re being compensated to do so; no working overtime; no overpromising on projects and deadlines; and definitely not taking on extra responsibilities. It means that instead of burning out or actually quitting out of frustration, you establish clear boundaries between your work life and your beyond-work life. However, there might be work cultures where even what you are paid to do might be inherently toxic with unrealistic demands, as was the case with Para who realised that he was being ripped off for barely any money. If he had understood his boundaries earlier and demarcated them with his employer, perhaps he wouldn’t have been overworked to the bone.

“In my first job as a photographer, I was made to work three to four nights straight for almost 13 hours at a stretch, shooting those endless weddings,” he said. “My official title in the job was ‘candid photographer,’ which meant whatever the employer wanted it to mean. [I was] expected to shoot random skies as well as gruelling weddings for the same pay.”

Yeah light the drinks on fire! Now we’re talking! So that being said, what are the employers to do if they catch an employee in the act of “quiet quitting”? They can’t exactly quiet fire someone or quiet file a complaint with HR. The thing is, if the office is going to be redesigned in the coronavirus era, employers have to listen to their employees. Think of this as the “it’s not you, it’s me” phase of the break up with someone. Seriously, we’ve all been there at some point. But the employers need to listen to their employees more if working from home is becoming more of a reality.

“There’s no easy fix with office design because every office, every company, and every country are markedly different,” says Hinge. “Research-based design is needed to understand what employees want to do in the office and what they expect from the office.”

Redesigning goes beyond “putting up a potted plant or painting the wall blue”, he says, so listening to employees’ preferences and knowing which aspect of the office to tackle is paramount.

“Companies have to focus on what enables the experience that employees get when they come through the door till the time they leave,” says Hinge. “You have to understand what they like doing, seeing, and hearing so you can keep them coming back again.”

For instance, one of the most under-delivered aspects of the office experience according to employees is the quality of acoustics, JLL data shows. The lack of sound privacy and excessive noise levels, especially in open areas and hot-desking workstations, are affecting the workplace experience for some.

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Welcome back to our World Tour 2022 everybody! Our World Tour is well underway as we finally hit Continental Europe! In the last few weeks we’ve visited two very different sides of the USA, then we hit the Great White North, Canada, and last week we hit the United Kingdom! This week we’re taking a look at what’s going on in France! As you know France is home to the City Of Lights, Paris. Which not only has some of the best food in the world, it’s also home to such world renowned landmarks as the Arc De Triumph, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre. And it’s also home to some fast cars and racing with the Formula 1 League, and the Monaco Grand Prix, which you’ve seen in movies like Iron Man and TV shows like Archer. You know what else France is the home of? It’s the home of some of the most extreme results of the global climate crisis.

France's river Loire, famous for the hundreds of castles gracing its shores, is a shallow river at the best of times, but this year even its flat-bottom tourist barges can barely navigate waters greatly reduced by a record drought.

Even some 100 kilometers from where the Loire empties into the Atlantic Ocean, sand banks now stretch as far as the eye can see, large islands connect to the shore and in places people can practically walk from one side of the river to the other.

The Loire valley - a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for majestic chateaux such as Chambord, Chenonceau and Azay-le-Rideau - has suffered historically low water levels before, but this year's drought should be a wake-up call, said Eric Sauquet.

"The Loire's tributaries are completely dried up. It is unprecedented," said Sauquet, who is head of hydrology at France's National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE).

We’re seriously setting up for a Mad Max Fury Road scenario in the near future, aren’t we? And when we’re in a crisis, it helps to have competent leaders in charge. Because in a recent election, far left president Emmanuel Macron once again spanked MAGA-adjacent Marie La Pen in the most recent general election. And here’s a pro-tip for the MAGAs: the thing is when leaders like each other, they help each other out. You can scream that it’s a “global elite conspiracy” all you want, but the truth is that people help each other out. The MAGAs don’t.

France will send gas to Germany if needed while Germany stands ready to provide it with electricity, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday, saying this showcased European solidarity in the face of the energy crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine.

European gas prices surged, share prices slid and the euro sank on Monday after Russia stopped pumping gas via a major supply route, in another warning to the 27-nation EU as it scrambled to respond to the crisis ahead of winter. read more

"Germany needs our gas and we need power from the rest of Europe, notably Germany," France's president told a news conference following a phone call with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The necessary connections for France to deliver gas to Germany when needed would be finalised in the coming weeks, he said, adding that France, which had long been a net exporter of electricity, will need help from its neighbours because of technical problems its nuclear plants face.

Nah, not here. Just two countries that like each other helping each other out. That’s how we make progress in this world, kids! Yeah, the kids like progress! And I don’t know if you have heard or not, but there’s a country called China, and a country called Taiwan. And Taiwan has been in a conflict with China over its’ independence for the last 50 years and it recently escalated. Well, when Nancy Pelosi went to Taiwan a few weeks ago, it was received by the right wing extremely poorly, and the reactions were about what you’d expect. Here’s how French diplomats were received when they recently went to Taiwan.

The French cross-party delegation is being led by Senator Cyril Pellevat, the vice president of the French upper chamber's European Affairs Committee.

The lawmakers are scheduled to meet with Taiwan’s Vice President Lai Ching-te, and Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, amongst other high-ranking officials to discuss a range of issues, including regional security, technological innovation, and reinforcing industrial supply chains.

It is the fourth visit by French lawmakers to Taiwan in the past 12 months.

"The arrival fully demonstrates good friendship between Taiwan and France," Taiwan's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou said.

The parliamentarians will stay in Taiwan till Monday.

Yeah that’s about what the China – Taiwan situation is like, but we’ll save that for another episode! And by the way, even though we make fun of all flavors of conservatism here – right, far, right, Infowars, conspiracy theorist, full blown Nazi, we’re just making fun. We don’t backstab and threaten to murder our political opponents the way the MAGA lunatics are. Shit, even in France their threats don’t escalate to murder. But while we’re dealing with the MAGA dipshits, France has their own version of the MAGAs called the Yellow Vests, and here’s what they are up to.

The most potent protest movement in recent French history, the Yellow Vest uprising looked at one point like it might bring a premature end to Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. More than three years after it was smothered, its politicised remnants are counting on their ballots to finish the job.

France’s upcoming presidential election has been described as the least suspenseful in decades, a lopsided contest in which Macron is widely expected to prevail over a motley crew of challengers rejected by a majority of voters.

It’s a prospect 56-year-old Jérôme Batret finds hard to stomach, more than three years after the farmer from rural Auvergne first donned a “yellow vest” in protest at Macron’s government – joining an unconventional insurgency that caught Paris elites napping, rattling the government, baffling commentators, and eventually inspiring copy-cat protests around the world.

Named after the now-famous fluorescent waistcoats that are mandatory in French cars, the Gilets jaunes (Yellow Vests) staged more than 60 consecutive weeks of protests against economic hardship, mounting inequality and a discredited political establishment. They manned roundabouts across the country night and day, took to the streets of towns and cities on every Saturday, and at their peak in December 2018 even stormed the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris, amid scenes of chaos not witnessed since May 1968.

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Tourism: A
Culture: B+
Political Spectrum: B+
Liberal Appeal: A+

Overall: A-

Change from 2017: The right wing was once again defeated in France, making it safe to visit again! Just make sure you don’t accidentally step in a Yellow Vest protest!

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Next week we’re heading to the land of the Vatican, fast cars, luxury villas, and the best pasta dishes in the world – Italy!

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Ladies and gentlemen my next guest has a great new album called “The Boy Named If”, you can see him at the Austin City Limits Festival December 2nd. Playing his song “The Man You Love To Hate”, give it up for Elvis Costello!

Thank you San Diego! This was fun! We’re off to fabulous Las Vegas next! See you next week!


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