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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #13-15: Wheel Of Corruption: The Rise Of Gru Edition

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Top 10 Conservative Idiots #13-15: Wheel Of Corruption: The Rise Of Gru Edition

Welcome back to the Top 10 Conservative Idiots! Yo what’s up Honolulu? We made it! We are in the HNL! Mahalo! How are you guys doing? You doing fucking good? Great! You know what? We have 2 more Top 10s before we say goodbye to this insane year that was 2022! How about that? We come back home to Irvine. Unfortunately one of our planned shows at the Constellation Room (12/8) had to be canceled. Of course ending with our big annual Year In Review edition! Do we have time for the thing? Of course we do! It’s my show, I make the rules! OK so we are very thankful that we get to perform live again, and trust us, until the show ends, we won’t take this for granted! But OK… Morrissey, WTF? I mean most people who know, know that Morrissey is a far right fascist who is not ashamed to let his far right views be known. And he’s also NOTORIOUS for canceling shows and bailing on tours. Well, it happened again last week. The Greek Theater in LA, had its’ last show of the season before closing down for the winter, and it was Morrissey. So what happens? He literally walks off stage and ends the show about ½ hour into it. Yeah, imagine paying a hundred bucks for a ticket and probably another hundred in merch, food, etc, and then having the artist literally walk out on you? And the venue for hosting because it was the last event of the season? Oh wait… I’m told that our guest Morrissey this week walked out on us, but we got Rebelution so I consider it an upgrade! OK that’s enough of the intro, we have a lot of idiocy to get to. But first John Oliver is back and he has a bizarre (and also completely fucking hilarious) way to get back at the British Monarchy for canceling his segment on King Charles:



Hey everyone, the Wheel Of Corruption is back! YAY!!!!! Holy crap, this was a banner week for conservative idiocy! Like truly insane! So where do we begin for this week? Well in the number one slot this week it goes to the 2022 election (1). Yeah the GOP is most likely going to take the House, and the Senate is still in limbo, but it wasn’t exactly the conservative bloodbath the media was anticipating! It was more of a gross miscalculation! In the second slot, speaking of misfiring, is our old buddy Elon Musk (2). Yes, the CEO of Tesla and Space X is continuing to tank his newest toy, purchasing Twitter. And it’s an absolute dumpster fire now and a class on how not to run a business! In the number 3 slot this week is that guy who we inexplicably used to call president (3) and he was a massive factor in how the 2022 midterms played out, and not in a good way, but that’s not stopping him from running in 2024 anyways! Ugh. In the number 4 slot this week is more midterm propositions (4). This week we’re looking at abortion referendums around the country, and it looks like the Christian right is 0 – 4 since the overturning of Roe V Wade! In the number 5 slot this week is Alex Jones (5). Yes, the Mad Man Of Infowars got his hateful, sorry ass handed to him again, and we really wonder – does anyone still listen to this POS? No. in the number 6 slot this week of course is our weekly visit to the Holy Church Of The Top 10 in “Holy Shit” and this week our pastor is going to have some fun reliving recent history by taking a look at the new Hulu documentary “God Forbid” that takes a look at the Liberty University Pool Boy Scandal that took down Jerry Falwell Jr! in the number 7 slot this week, we add the new governor of Arkansas and former Trump dumpster fire press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to that ever-growing list of People Who Somehow Got Elected (7). In the number 8 slot this week is a new edition of Conspiracy Corner (8). And MAGA supporters – yes, the usual group of idiots, are already claiming that the 2022 midterms were stolen. So what keeps a good conspiracy theorist down? Nothing! In the number 9 (NEIN!!!) slot this week we have a new People Are Dumb, because stupid doesn’t take a holiday and neither do we! Finally this week we have the next stop of our 2022 World Tour and this week we’re heading to the land of kangaroos, boomerangs, and the Sydney Opera House, the Land Down Under, Australia! Plus to close things out, we have some live island music from the great Rebelution! Enjoy! And as always don’t forget the key!

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Hey kids, it’s time for the: WHEEL. OF. CORRUPTION!!! YAY!!!!



Of course you know the rules by now – I spin the wheel and we have to talk about whatever the subject it lands on. Of course if it lands on the guacamole option, you know that it costs $1.50 extra. And the wheel is all new with lots of items on it! Here’s what is on the wheel this week:

- Guns
- Crime
- Abortion
- Poverty
- The 2022 Midterms
- The Insurrection
- Treason
- Buy A Vowel
- Donald Trump
- Midterm Elections
- Clip Without Context
- 5,000
- Nazi Germany
- Fox News
- Russia
- ‘Merica
- My Pillow
- Bankrupt
- International Politics
- Chance
- Fox News
- Something Random In The News
- Whammy
- Twitter
- Community Chest
- The Hurricane
- Death
- Space
- Drink
- Homosexuality
- The US Constitution
- Greed
- Clip Without Context
- Top 10 Investigates
- Beating A Dead Horse
- This Fucking Guy
- Intermission
- Holy Shit
- A Random Tweet
- World Tour 2022
- Double Whammy
- Buy A Vowel
- Drink
- Conspiracy Corner
- Random Movie Reference
- Guacamole
- 10,000
- People Are Dumb
- I Need A Drink
- Infowars
- Go Directly To Jail
- Random TV Reference
- T-Shirt Cannon
- Infowars
- People Who Somehow Got Elected
- COVID-19
- Lightning Round
- Bonus Spin

Let’s get this party started! Come on, spin that shit! No whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop! Oh and it’s one of our patented Clips Without Context!



Dude, seriously, their obsession with military tribunals and public executions is creepy as fuck. Stop it already! Having the military counting votes isn’t going to do anything, and you’ll still lose! OK spin it again! And it lands on… the 2022 midterm elections! Folks, I don’t need to tell you that the 2022 midterm elections basically painted a picture of just how polarized this country is becoming. Like, picture a middle school dance and the boys are on one side and the girls are on the other, and nobody crosses over to the middle. Not even during the chicken dance. But the one thing that is on everybody’s mind of course is the previous administration. And it’s no mistake that his middle of nowhere pity parties didn’t exactly help things. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that in the next entry. But one thing is for certain is that we’re going to see yet another divide. Kind of like the stages that a cell goes through when splitting. We’ll see the MAGA die-hards split with moderate (sane) conservatives right down the middle. And it’s gonna get ugly.

Today, Republicans engaged in a full-scale brawl as the party grappled with its failure to win the Senate majority and the likelihood of a narrow edge in the House despite GOP predictions of significant gains in President Biden’s first midterm elections. The fallout from the disappointing performance was evident in the Senate as Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Tuesday announced a challenge to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has led the party since 2007. While McConnell dismissed the challenge, insisting he has the votes, Scott received his first public endorsement in the race from Indiana Sen. Mike Braun (R).

In the House, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was nominated by fellow Republicans to be speaker in the next Congress, surviving a challenge from Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) on a 188-to-31 vote. The real test will be in January, when McCarthy must win a majority vote of the full House — 218 votes — which could require offering concessions to disaffected Republicans.

Later Tuesday, former president Donald Trump is expected to announce a 2024 White House bid in Palm Beach, Fla., even as many in his party blame him for a weaker-than-expected Republican showing in the midterms. The announcement is scheduled for 9 p.m. Eastern time. President Biden remains in Indonesia for the Group of 20 summit.

Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/11/15/mccarthy-speaker-house-control-midterms/




Yeah that’s what it is going to be like the next two years if the GOP does indeed capture the house as many are predicting. But the even bigger loser that nobody is talking about is the media. Yes, remember we used to have a place to go to actually watch and read about the news and what was happening in the world? I miss those times. But Fox News is one of the biggest losers in this election because that “Red Tsunami” they predicted was going to happen? It was more like a red “low tide wave” and it wasn’t even much of a wave at that.

The headlines coming into Tuesday’s elections almost uniformly predicted a Democratic wipeout. Here’s just a small sampling:

So what happened? Political journalists were suckered by a wave of Republican junk polls in the closing weeks of the campaign. They were also swayed by some reputable polling organizations that, burned by past failures to capture MAGA voters, overweighted their polls to account for that in ways that simply didn’t make sense. And reporters fell for Republican feints and misdirection, as Republican operatives successfully created an artificial sense of momentum by talking about how they were spending money in reliably blue areas.
An extraordinary profusion of bad partisan polling flooded the media late in the campaign, coming from GOP outfits such as Trafalgar (which had Blake Masters over Mark Kelly in the Arizona Senate race, Don Bolduc over Maggie Hassan in the New Hampshire Senate race, among others) and Rasmussen (which gave Republicans a five point edge in the generic ballot).

It was telling that Republican campaigns didn’t release their own polls to confirm the dubious results Trafalgar and Rasmussen were producing. Still, such polling helped skew handicapping websites. RealClearPolitics, for example, moved Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) into “toss-up” status in the closing days of his reelection bid. Bennet beat his Republican opponent by double digits.
https://wapo.st/3DZuxH8




Yeah it was pretty much that much of a miscalculation! There was some good news though is that America elected more female governors during this midterm election than any other midterm election in recent history! Yeah how about that? There’s one governor who can sit out and should probably be in prison, and that’s Kari Lake. She can go bye bye. But the nice thing is that America seems to be making progress in the never ending circular firing squad that is the battle of the sexes, even if it is a very slowly progressing one!

Twelve women have been elected to serve as governors in the US, a new record following Tuesday's election.

Ten have already been confirmed and two will emerge from women-only contests in two states, Arizona and Oregon.

There are currently nine female governors in the US - and women will also form at least 24% of the total in the newly-elected Congress.

State governors are key figures with enormous power, controlling many aspects of American life.

From education to abortion rights, governors have a say on issues decided at the state level.

According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, women standing for and elected as governors will comprise at least 24% of all governors in the country.
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more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-63564060




Yes, good news everyone! And the other good news – is that Kari Lake lost! Yes, that’s right – Katie Hobbs is the next governor of Arizona! Or… is she? Because the MAGA conspiracy theorists are having the biggest shit fit over this election. See, Kari Lake has gone completely and totally psychotic, which is about par for the course for the MAGA / America First crowd. But while we can expect a good fight, we pretty much think that Kari will go quietly into the night, like the losers that they are.

The two Republicans who control the elected board in a rural Arizona county have sued their own elections director to force her to conduct a greatly expanded hand-count of ballots cast in the Nov. 8 elections, a standoff that could affect certification of the results.

They want Cochise County Elections Director Lisa Marra to hand over the roughly 12,000 ballots cast on Election Day to the county recorder, an elected Republican. The elected county prosecutor warned the private lawyers representing the two GOP board members that taking ballots without authorization could subject their clients to felony charges.

At a raucous board meeting Tuesday, several members of the public berated the two Republicans on the three-member board for pursuing the hand-count and seeking to pay for the case with county funds. One called a board member a “demagogue” who is “making a disgusting sham” of the democratic process.

The push to hand-count ballots in the Republican-heavy county in the state’s southeast corner, which is home to the iconic Old West town of Tombstone, gained impetus from false claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies of widespread fraud and voting machine conspiracy theories in the last presidential contest. There has been no evidence of widespread fraud or manipulation of voting machines in 2020 or during this year’s midterm elections.
https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-arizona-government-and-politics-3f61a9901101e72b1af39fb56caac854





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Let’s spin the wheel shall we? Come on… spin! Wheel goes round… wheel goes round… where it stops, nobody knows! And it lands on… Twitter!




Yes, that’s an actual Twitter account that combines sinister looking cats with black metal lyrics. A great use of the platform! Spin it again… and it lands on… oh Twitter again!

You know we’ve often joked that Elon Musk is just a furry cat and an island fortress away from becoming a full blown real life Ernest Starvo Blofeld. Ever since he decided to insert himself into the social media landscape by purchasing Twitter and making it a free speech haven for neo Nazis and MAGA supporters, it’s no secret that site has just turned into a complete dumpster fire. And it looks like Elon is preparing to go down with the ship. And the ship metaphor is definitely just because he’s channeling his inner slave driver and basically ordering the staff that’s still there to “do extreme work or leave”. Yeah he is a fucking mad man and he’s gone mad with power. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a full blown James Bond villain. I can’t imagine that if I were on the Twitter staff that I would stay after this announcement.

CEO and sole director Elon Musk sent a companywide email to remaining employees of the social media business on Wednesday, demanding they commit to working “long hours at high intensity” or receive “three months of severance,” if they did not consent to these conditions, or support his vision for “Twitter 2.0.”

The companywide ultimatum, sent around midnight in San Francisco time and shared with CNBC by current Twitter employees, comes after Musk has already fired key Twitter executives, laid off half of Twitter’s full-time employees, and slashed the number of contractors working with the company without notice. This week, he also fired veteran engineers at Twitter after they criticized him in public, or in the company’s internal Slack channels.

Since Musk, who’s also CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, took over Oct. 28, he has announced sweeping changes planned for Twitter. One change that he insisted the company roll out quickly, called Twitter Blue verification, had to be rescinded, however.

The $7.99/month Blue subscription service allowed people to pay for a blue check mark that looked like the mark previously reserved to show an account was verified or official.
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/16/elon-musk-demands-twitter-staff-commit-to-long-hours-or-leave.html




No don’t abandon the ship just yet! Although you should probably abandon the ship. Because the flaming monster is rising up and destroying Twitter. Though he’s most likely just tanking it. But apparently those who actually still work at Twitter are speaking up at the monstrosity that is Elon Musk as CEO. The guy is an absolute monster. And it’s about time that the whole world knows exactly where he stands. Not only is this affecting Twitter, but it’s affecting Elon’s other businesses like Tesla and Space X, and he’s giving a master class on how to *NOT* run a business.

Elon Musk has publicly clashed with a growing number of Twitter employees about the state of the platform, and fired at least one of them in a tweet, in an unusually visible sign of corporate chaos after his $44 billion takeover of the influential company.

Musk on Monday got into a dispute with software engineer Eric Frohnhoefer on Twitter that ended with the billionaire tweeting “he’s fired,” and Frohnhoefer confirming he’d lost access to Twitter’s internal systems. The public termination came after Frohnhoefer tweeted evidence suggesting that Musk was “wrong” about his claims that Twitter was running, in the billionaire’s words, “super slow” in various countries.

Frohnhoefer told CNN Monday night that he found out about the firing when a friend sent him Musk’s tweet and said that “no one even reached out to me from Twitter.” Frohnhoefer added that he had been “willing to give it a try” under Musk and described himself as “in the wait-and-see camp,” but that “everything that has been reported is true.” He described working for Musk as a “total sh*t show” and the current state of affairs as pure “chaos.”

At least one other employee who chimed in offering context on the issue had also been fired as of Tuesday morning, according to a tweet by that employee. And a handful of other Twitter employees said Tuesday on the platform that they were fired by an email that said their “behavior has violated company policy,” with some speculating that the move may have been a reaction to comments they made in internal Slack channels. Sources have indicated to CNN that employees in recent days had been very candid in criticism of Musk in the company’s Slack. (CNN has attempted to contact fired employees to confirm.)
https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/15/tech/elon-musk-twitter-employees/index.html




Holy shit! Seriously, Elon is giving a master class in not only how to *NOT* run a business, but also how to tank an existing and highly successful one at that! There’s no doubt that Elon is the giant flaming monster (Surtur) who will destroy Twitter for good. But let’s face it, when we first heard word of his meddling in the social media site – we had no idea that things would tank this fast. It’s only been what, two weeks? And in that time, he’s laid off half the staff, fired nearly all of the board members, and is basically operating on what is the social media equivalent of the Titanic. Where’s the iceberg? Oh yeah ice berg!!! RIGHT AHEAD!!!

On Thursday evening, after a full day of chaos on the timeline, Elon Musk’s Twitter halted new enrollment into its $8-a-month Blue subscription offering. Offering anyone the chance to slap a “verified” badge on their account had led to widespread impersonation of government officials, corporations, and celebrities. The resulting mayhem, which led to memorable hoaxes from accounts misrepresenting themselves as Eli Lilly, Tesla, Lockheed Martin and others, had triggered an advertiser pullout and a general sense that the platform had descended into chaos.

As the significance of all this began to register with Musk, he tweeted that satirical accounts must now include “parody” in both their name and bio. But if any of the fallout had come as a shock to Musk and his team, they can’t say they weren’t warned.

Days before the November 9th launch, the company’s trust and safety team had prepared a seven-page list of recommendations intended to help Musk avoid the most obvious and damaging consequences of his plans for Blue. The document, which was obtained by Platformer, predicts with eerie accuracy some of the events that follow.

“Motivated scammers/bad actors could be willing to pay … to leverage increased amplification to achieve their ends where their upside exceeds the cost,” reads the document’s first recommendation, which the team labeled “P0” to denote a concern in the highest risk category.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/14/23459244/twitter-elon-musk-blue-verification-internal-warnings-ignored




Yeah so Elon’s plans to make Twitter better are backfiring on him faster than you can type out a 240 character message! It’s truly insane and we can stay here all day and talk about how much of a shitty plan this is. And Elon is definitely planning on going down with the ship here. But needless to say that things at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco are looking pretty grim at the moment. And it’s also affecting his other businesses like Tesla and Space X. But how could things possibly get any worse for the platform? And what could go wrong? Just… this will go down in history as one of the all time worst financial disasters in history.

Elon Musk’s on-again, off-again quest to acquire Twitter has already cost Tesla shareholders a fortune this year, but the pain won’t stop there.

His chaotic reign over the social media platform has soured investor demand for Tesla stock so thoroughly that Morgan Stanley fears it could wipe another quarter off its value in the coming weeks.

In a research note published by the investment bank on Monday, veteran auto industry analyst Adam Jonas warned Musk’s management style could deter consumers from buying his cars and predicted price cuts for its key domestic market.

“Tesla shares are currently in the throes of bearish sentiment momentum,” wrote the longtime Tesla bull, predicting Tesla could test his $150 bear case price target before the year is out.
https://fortune.com/2022/11/15/elon-musk-twitter-tesla-stock-price-morgan-stanley/





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Let’s spin the wheel, shall we? And it lands on… come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… STOP!!! Chance!



Nice! A get out of jail free card! I’ll just put that away for later! Spin it again! And it lands on… speaking of get out of jail free cards, Donald Trump!

It's no secret that the exit polls from the midterms revealed that Trump’s middle of nowhere rallies actually hurt conservatives more than they helped them. And I’m also not at all shocked in the slightest that his fanbase consisting of mostly older, wealthy far right Christian males is staying exactly the same as it was back in 2016. Yeah diversity and youth are not exactly what one would call strengths in the republican party. The GOP may be trying to attract young voters, but their attempts to do so are ridiculously laughable. Yes, we know Trump made his big announcement last night as we were putting together this week’s edition. We’ll get to that in a minute. But there’s no mistake that this country is getting younger. And the youth vote definitely is not in tune with how increasingly far right the Christian right is getting. And there’s one guy who’s absolutely to blame for all of this. That’s right – it’s their favorite president!

Imagine you knew the results of the 2022 exit polls in advance of last week’s election. That the Republican Party would be trusted more to handle crime (52 percent to 43 percent), immigration (51-45) and foreign policy (51-45). That inflation would rate as the most important issue among voters, and that the GOP would be the party trusted more by voters to handle it — by a double-digit margin (54-42).

Further, imagine those same exit polls revealed that voters said Republicans should control the House, by a 50-47 margin. That President Joe Biden’s job approval rating would be underwater (44-55) and his favorability rating would be even worse.

Between those numbers and the historical precedent of the party out of power picking up seats in midterm elections, it would have seemed like the GOP was poised for a runaway victory. Instead, Democrats have held the Senate and control of the House remains up in the air, almost one week after Election Day.

Abortion rights played an important role in altering the dynamics of the 2022 election. But the exit polls and the still-unfolding House and Senate map increasingly tell the story of an election where Donald Trump torpedoed his party — and, on the eve of his widely expected announcement of another presidential run, he might do the same again in 2024. The more races are called, the more obvious it becomes.
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-nightly/2022/11/14/how-donald-trump-torpedoed-his-own-party-00066875




You know, I got to be honest here for a minute. Like most people, I was fully expecting the bloodbath that all the media – both right wing and left wing were predicting. But we didn’t get that. The “red tsunami” that was supposed to happen turned into more of a red “light stream”. And don’t get me started on Herschel Walker either. Ugh that guy is the worst! But Trump is the product of the GOP propaganda sphere and it now looks like they’re quickly abandoning the Frankenstein monster that they’ve created. But there’s no mistake that this country is more divided than ever.

Disgruntled and polarized, voters rendered a split decision on Tuesday that left control of Congress still in doubt 12 hours after the polls closed.

According to voter surveys, broad swaths of the electorate disapproved of the job Joe Biden is doing as president and described the economy in negative terms.

And while Republicans are still favored to win the House majority and could yet flip the Senate, too, their gains were curtailed — in large part because even dissatisfied voters viewed the Donald Trump-led GOP as an unpalatable option and because of anger over the Supreme Court’s abortion decision this summer.

In the National Election Pool exit poll, conducted by Edison Research, roughly three in four voters described the condition of the U.S. economy as either “poor” or “not so good.” And 73 percent said they were dissatisfied or angry about the way things are going in the country today.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/09/exit-polls-biden-trump-abortion-divisions-00065922




Yeah everybody! Get a load of this loser! Well, Trump must love losing because as we mentioned, last night, he announced! Save your boos! That’s right – he’s going to run in 2024 whether we want him to or not. That’s right – he’s trying to be the next Grover Cleveland. Though actually those comparisons are pretty justified, seeing as how Cleveland was one of the least liked presidents in history and by all accounts, he was a truly colossal asshole. So 100 years later, I guess that nothing has really changed at all, or has it?

Former President Donald Trump, aiming to become only the second commander-in-chief ever elected to two nonconsecutive terms, announced Tuesday night that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

“In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,” Trump told a crowd gathered at Mar-a-Lago, his waterfront estate in Florida, where his campaign will be headquartered.

Surrounded by allies, advisers, and conservative influencers, Trump delivered a relatively subdued speech, rife with spurious and exaggerated claims about his four years in office. Despite a historically divisive presidency and his own role in inciting an attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, Trump aimed to evoke nostalgia for his time in office, frequently contrasting his first-term accomplishments with the Biden administration’s policies and the current economic climate. Many of those perceived accomplishments – from strict immigration actions to corporate tax cuts and religious freedom initiatives – remain deeply polarizing to this day.

As Trump spoke to a roomful of Republicans who expect him to face primary challengers in the coming months, he also claimed the party cannot afford to nominate “a politician or conventional candidate” if it wants to win back the White House.
https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/15/politics/trump-2024-presidential-bid




Yeah BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Come on, just like the late great Freddie Mercury, I don’t have time for losers! And you know the old saying – fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, you won’t get fooled again. Yeah I heard a guy on TV say that once! But let’s not make a mistake that the announcement was nothing more than just a glorified MAGA rally. And one that was held in an actual city that people go to instead of a farm in the middle of nowhere. That no one goes to. and of course he keeps lying his ass off!

Former defense secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday sharply criticized his old boss Donald Trump after the ex-president announced his 2024 presidential bid.

"I think he's unfit for office," Esper, who served under the Trump administration from 2019 to 2020, said of Trump on CNN.

At his Mar-a-Lago club on Tuesday evening, Trump announced to a crowd of supporters that he's launching a third campaign for the White House. His remarks, which lasted more than an hour, "were very subdued and uninspiring," according to Esper.

"I think it's time for the Republican party, and frankly both parties, to move on to a next generation of leaders," he added.
https://www.businessinsider.com/mark-esper-says-trump-cant-win-elections-after-his-2024-launch-2022-11





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Let’s spin the wheel shall we? Come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… stop!!! Oh it’s one of our patented Clips Without Context!



So it’s basically “The Secret” but for deranged psychopathic conspiracy theorists. Got it. Spin it again and it lands on… abortion!

Folks, I don’t need to tell you that abortion is the hottest of all the hot button issues facing this country, with guns tied for first place. Well, it’s no secret that since the shocking overturning of the landmark SCOTUS decision known as Roe V Wade, that the hottest hot button issue in this country has only got that much more intense. But there is one thing that is perfectly clear. One of the biggest losers in the 2022 midterm elections? The Christian right. That’s right. For this particular segment we’re going to find out how the states that had abortion referendums on the ballots did. And well, the results were about as expected – a bit of a mixed bag. And also shows just how divided we are as a country that we can have something like this happen. The first state was the good state of Montana. That’s right, Montana – one of the most hard right states in the union – rejected one of the most hard lined abortion bills in the entire country!

Montana voters have rejected a legislative referendum that raised the prospect of criminal charges for health care providers unless they take “all medically appropriate and reasonable actions to preserve the life” of an infant born alive, including after an attempted abortion.

Health care professionals and other opponents argued the proposal could rob parents of precious time with infants born with incurable medical issues if doctors are forced to attempt treatment.

“Today’s win sends a clear message to state leadership: Montanans demand our right to make private health care decisions for ourselves and our families with the help of our trusted medical teams — and without interference from politicians,” Hillary-Anne Crosby, a spokesperson for an organization called Compassion for Montana Families that opposed the measure, said in a statement Thursday.

The outcome comes after a series of wins for abortion rights supporters in states around the country where abortion was directly on the ballot during the midterm elections. Voters enshrined abortion protections into state constitutions in Michigan, California and Vermont. They also voted down an anti-abortion constitutional amendment in conservative Kentucky, just as voters did in Kansas in August.
https://www.heraldstandard.com/news/national/montana-voters-reject-born-alive-abortion-referendum/article_1885e3a2-6ab8-5c38-93f6-149c98a8794a.html




REJECTED!!! Oh man that felt good. Especially after this upside down election where people actually voted for a guy who admitted to having an abortion and illegitimate children… oh wait, wrong state. I do digress, though! This year has been absolutely insane with the Christian right firmly implanting it’s middle finger to the rest of America who doesn’t buy their Jesus fascist beliefs. Next up – my home state of California! Did they approve or reject an abortion referendum on their ballot? Well it won’t surprise you to learn that Californians voted overwhelmingly in favor of keeping abortion rights!

California will amend the state constitution to guarantee the right to abortion and contraception. Voters approved the ballot measure known as Proposition 1, according to a call by The Associated Press.

Proposition 1 was a direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court's Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling. State Democratic leaders introduced the proposition language after a draft of the Dobbs decision leaked last spring. Following the high court's final decision in June, the Democratically controlled state Senate approved putting it on the ballot.

The language voters endorsed will add to the California Constitution that "the state shall not deny or interfere with an individual's reproductive freedom in their most intimate decisions, which includes their fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives."

Current state law allows abortions before the fetus is viable, generally around 24 weeks into a pregnancy. Abortions can also be performed after viability, but only if a doctor determines a pregnant person's life or health is in danger.
https://www.npr.org/2022/11/09/1134833374/california-results-abortion-contraception-amendment-midterms




So two for, and zero against! How’s that feeling of rejection hitting you, MAGA Christians? Not very good, I bet! Next up – Wisconsin! That’s right, the Badger State is another state that voted to end a cruel and unjust abortion ban in the state that was once again the product of far right, uber religious state legislators. Another state where there was a lot of turmoil and protests from both sides after Roe V Wade was overturned. So how did Wisconsin vote? Well not surprisingly, they voted in favor of overturning the ban!

In a series of advisory referendums Tuesday, residents in several Wisconsin communities voted overwhelmingly in support of repealing the state's abortion ban and for the legalization of marijuana.

In Dane County, 85 percent of voters said they wanted the state to repeal its 1849 abortion ban, while 71 percent of Racine residents voted yes on a similar non-binding referendum, according to unofficial election results. It's another indicator of Wisconsinites' views on the issue, as national polls show the majority of Americans want abortion to be legal.

Meanwhile, 81 percent of Dane County voters and 74 percent of Milwaukee County voters said marijuana should be legalized and regulated across the state.

Election results from eight Wisconsin cities and counties showed similar numbers for legalization through advisory referendums in their communities, including in more rural areas in the state, showing support for marijuana legalization is rising in popularity.
https://www.wpr.org/wisconsin-voters-show-overwhelming-support-abortion-rights-marijuana-legalization-through-advisory




Yes, approved! Take that, MAGA Christians! Last but not least – Kentucky! That’s right the Blue Grass State keeps electing shitheads like Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell to the senate. Surely even they would vote along party lines for these bills, right? Wrong! Yes, even Kentucky might be finally waking up from the damage that the right wing is continuing to do to that state. So while most of the anger lies with SCOTUS for this incredibly damning and damaging decision, how did the Blue Grass State vote on this referendum? Did they approve or reject? The results might surprise you!

The result here follows three other pro-choice victories in this year's midterm elections: Vermont, Michigan and California have all enshrined the right to abortion in their constitution.

However, in Kentucky the result won't automatically reverse the state's current legislation, which almost entirely prohibits abortion.

The wave of ballot initiatives - which were voted on alongside other midterm elections - comes on the heels of the June Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade, ending a national guarantee to abortion access.

In a hotel ballroom in downtown Louisville, Kentucky hours before the results came through, pro-choice advocates milled around, exchanging small talk and nervous smiles, the roomed flanked by bright yellow balloons, emblazoned with the words "Bans off our bodies".
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-63564062





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Spin it again! Inforwars? Come on, do I really have to? Make me! Fine I’m having a sit-in. OK here it goes.

We here at the Top 10 Home Offices in Santa Ana, California, have been wondering how does the Alex Jones saga end? Yes, between him, Kanye West, and Elon Musk, who is out in a quest to lose the most money? Well of course the mad man of Infowars has already lost nearly a billion dollars after he chose to mock and threaten the families of murdered children, so he’s definitely in the running. You know those “how it started / how’s it going” memes? This is definitely one of those, and the downfall of Alex Jones really just shows how completely out of touch the republican party is. And here’s the thing they don’t tell you about being rich – it’s extremely easy to lose it all. Whether it’s one foolish night in Vegas or it’s the systematic destruction of the families of the children and teachers involved in that horrifying tragedy at Sandy Hook. Well, of course the latter only applies to one guy, while the former can happen to just about anybody. And here’s how that is going!

Infowars host Alex Jones and his company were ordered by a judge Thursday to pay an extra $473 million for promoting false conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook school massacre, bringing the total judgment against him in a lawsuit filed by the victims’ families to a staggering $1.44 billion.

Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis imposed the punitive damages on the Infowars host and Free Speech Systems. Jones repeatedly told his millions of followers the massacre that killed 20 first graders and six educators was staged by “crisis actors” to enact more gun control.

“The record clearly supports the plaintiffs’ argument that the defendants’ conduct was intentional and malicious, and certain to cause harm by virtue of their infrastructure, ability to spread content, and massive audience including the infowarriors,” the judge wrote in a 45-page ruling.

Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, said he hopes the award sends a message to conspiracy theorists who profit from lies.
https://apnews.com/article/entertainment-shootings-business-connecticut-alex-jones-c6d0563dc17e7bfa83a881b44e7b9eec




Thank you Nelson! For those of you keeping score at home, that now brings the total to… let’s see… carry the one… $1,473 million or pretty close to $1.5 billion. Yes, that’s BILLION. With a B. So yeah you know that old saying that when you’re in a hole, stop digging? That’s exactly what Mr. Jones should do, but no, he continues to dig a hole and it’s getting worse for him. Which, you know, I hate to kick a man when he’s down, but Alex Jones has built an entire career out of kicking and heckling people when they’re down. And the death threats. Don’t forget about the death threats.

A former FBI agent and families of eight victims killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are set to receive an additional half a billion dollars in damages from Infowars host Alex Jones, a Connecticut judge ruled Thursday.

Jones was ordered by a Connecticut jury last month to pay 15 plaintiffs $965 million for lies he told about the shooting, including that the massacre was a government-engineered “false flag” to take guns away from American citizens.

On Thursday, a Waterbury judge ordered him to pay an additional $473 million in punitive damages.

“Our hope is that this serves to reinforce the message of this case: Those who profit from lies targeting the innocent will face justice,” plaintiffs’ attorney Chris Mattei said.

Judge Barbara Bellis awarded two punitive damages in this case: one to cover attorneys’ fees and nontaxable costs for plaintiffs and another for a violation of the plaintiffs’ civil rights under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
https://www.ctpublic.org/news/2022-11-10/alex-jones-ordered-to-pay-473m-more-to-sandy-hook-families




Yeah… dig up, Alex! Oh no, would you rather make it $2 billion? $3 billion? More? Well it’s your funeral, I can’t feel sorry for you. So you’re a billion and a half in the hole, what does a guy do to regain that kind of money? Well, as the Joker pointed out, it’s not about money. It’s about sending a message. So of course he’s going to seek a new trial and he’ll probably still get found guilty. Maybe that judge in Florida who let Trump get that consultant could probably get Alex off the hook. But we’re not going to give him any new ideas now, are we?

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has asked a Connecticut judge to throw out a nearly $1 billion verdict against him and order a new trial in a lawsuit by Sandy Hook families, who say they were subjected to harassment and threats from Jones’ lies about the 2012 Newtown school shooting.

Jones filed the requests Friday, saying Judge Barbara Bellis’ pretrial rulings resulted in an unfair trial and “a substantial miscarriage of justice.”

“Additionally, the amount of the compensatory damages award exceeds any rational relationship to the evidence offered at trial,” Jones’ lawyers, Norm Pattis and Kevin Smith, wrote in the motion.

Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the 15 plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Jones, declined to comment on the filing Saturday, but said he and other attorneys for the Sandy Hook families will be filing a brief opposing Jones’ request.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/alex-jones-seeks-new-trial-after-965-million-verdict-in-sandy-hook-lawsuit




Now don’t think that we’ve heard the last of Mr. Jones, at least not yet. Yes, he is currently $1.5 BILLION in the hole. And especially with Trump’s latest announcement, who knows what could happen when it comes time for the 2024 election? Well let’s not begin speculating just yet. But the fact that he’s allowed to remain free and spew his bile and garbage every single night for those who are insane enough to actually listen to him, well, he should be in jail. Because what he did crossed multiple lines and it should be enough for anyone who still believes in a sane America.

A Connecticut jury on Wednesday ordered conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion for defaming the families of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting victims. Given Jones’ wealth, which was estimated at $135 million to $270 million if you include his media company, this verdict would seem bound to put Jones out of business. (To be clear, that damages number, which includes penalties imposed in a previous trial in Texas, will also likely change; Jones has one more trial left, and state sentencing caps and other considerations could ultimately limit the financial payout.) No matter how many millions Jones will ultimately have to pay, many are finding solace and relief in the fact that he has to pay at all.

This is natural, and fair. But we must keep in mind that Jones is just one of many conspiracy theorists and provocateurs who spread hate and falsehoods. And even he is not going down without a fight.

As soon as the verdict was announced, Jones called the lawsuit a political weapon for the Democrats. Holding his head high, he called on his followers to donate money and vowed to keep speaking his truth while claiming he would not have to actually pay out the damages. Clearly, defamation lawsuits alone cannot break the lie machines created by men like Jones, which have inflicted tremendous pain on private individuals, eroded citizens’ confidence in democratic institutions and radicalized segments of our society to engage in violence.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/alex-jones-getting-sued-lawsuits-are-not-enough-rcna52179





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Of course they were, Mike. I know a place you can go with a nice padded cell and they give you a straight jacket for warmth. Come on, spin it again! Hey, it’s time for Holy Shit!

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! Please be seated! You know we’ve been talking about a lot of extremely dark stuff in the last couple of weeks. But we’re in Hawaii this week and I decided that we need to take a week off and have some fun going down memory lane! Because I was watching the Hulu documentary called “God Forbid” about the Jerry Falwell Jr. Liberty University pool boy scandal. And like any good scandal, there’s multiple layers to it. Add even worse that it happened while their favorite president was in power and they were servicing his every move. I’m of course talking about the unholy, ungodly Dark One and you know who he is, a man so foul, so depraved and disgusting that his name dare not be spoken in my church! But if there’s one thing I love, it’s a good story about Liberty University, because as we’ve often discussed, that “school” is nothing more than a front for a right wing political organization. Like most churches are these days.

You might well recall the basic elements of the salacious scandal that toppled Jerry Falwell Jr.’s reign as arguably the most powerful evangelical in the country, with Falwell and his wife Becki getting involved in some sort of ongoing “throuple” relationship with a Miami pool boy. But as we’re reminded in the wildly entertaining Hulu documentary “God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty,” there was a whole lot more to the story.

The skilled and versatile veteran director Billy Corben is a native of South Florida and he has consistently mined his home state for fast-paced, visually “popping” films that often play like non-fiction versions of Scorsese’s work, from the “Cocaine Cowboys” docs to “The U” and “The U Part 2” on ESPN to last year’s “537 Votes,” which revisited the 2000 U.S. president election in Florida. With “God Forbid,” Corben serves up a neon potpourri of slick visuals, quick cuts, clever re-creation techniques, needle drops such as “Jesus Piece” by The Game, the use of archival footage and sit-down interviews to tell the incredible but true story of one of the most stunning sex/religious/political scandals in of this century. (And let’s face it, that’s saying a lot.)

“God Forbid” kicks off in March of 2012 and the party scene at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, where one Giancarlo Granda, just 20 years old, was working as a pool attendant when he saw a woman in her 40s not only giving him the eye but snapping pictures of him on her cell phone. “She was attractive, you know, she was a cougar,” says Granda, who comes across as mostly empathetic albeit naïve in the extensive interview sessions featured in the doc. “She tells me, ‘Don’t waste your time with the younger ones, they don’t know what they’re doing.’ … She makes a proposition, ‘You wanna go back to my hotel room?’ ”
https://chicago.suntimes.com/movies-and-tv/2022/10/31/23431114/god-forbid-review-hulu-jerry-falwell-jr-documentary-becki-giancarlo-granda




Of course we have! But the real scandal there was the pool boy. And it’s true what they say about the people more likely to be the more righteous among us are the ones more likely to commit the most horrifying sex crimes known to man! But I digress, that’s what happens when you only worship GAWD and JAYSUS in name only now, isn’t it? But like most scandals, it gets weirder the more you dig down into it to see the very real stories behind the shock and awe that is presented in the documentary. It is quite insane, that’s all!

Granda was a pool attendant at a Miami hotel when he met Falwell and his wife, Becki, in 2012. Today, he alleges that he was persuaded to have sex with Becki while Falwell watched, and that the pair engaged in an ongoing campaign of communication with him that could be described as coercive. His energies were consumed with managing their tempers and occasionally threatening behavior, and he blames the swirl of scandal around them for derailing his professional future. Plainspoken and only occasionally visibly emotional, Granda is his own best advocate as he describes a couple who, he says, craved his body and were willing to discard the rest of him.

This is a baleful and unfortunate tale; one feels for Granda, who describes his suicidal ideation at one point. But director Billy Corben’s attempts to connect his collision with the boomer-generation Falwells to the broader story of evangelicals in the United States seems at times like a stretch. Sure, Liberty University has been a key landing pad for various Trump-era figures, including the 45th president himself, and Falwell Jr. was a key early endorser. But that mutable morality, the idea that the weight of a purportedly biblically rooted movement has been put behind an ungodly figure, is, first, a somewhat trite point the audience will have picked up elsewhere already. It also demands more time to unspool its historical basis — the question of how we got here — than “God Forbid” provides.
https://variety.com/2022/tv/reviews/god-forbid-hulu-review-1235409557/




Or have sex with pool boys for that matter! But when you’re in a cult, you do more to please “the leader” than you do to actually protect yourself or your loved ones, and the MAGA cult isn’t any different than any of the other radical cults out there. the cult is out to please the Unholy Dark One and hide their many scandals, of which there are plenty to choose from, my fair congregation! And if you love a good political scandal, you should definitely check out God Forbid! And if you’re a pastor going to Liberty University for a weekend, don’t be surprised if your wife hits on the pool boy!

Hulu is exploring the private life of Evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. The streamer has dropped a trailer for “God Forbid: The Sex Scandal That Brought Down a Dynasty,” an upcoming documentary exploring the scandal that lead to Falwell’s fall from grace in his community.

The documentary is built around interviews with Giancarlo Granda, who met Fallwell’s wife Becki as a pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach and engaged in a years-long affair with her. Granda alleged that the affair occurred with the knowledge and approval of Jerry Falwell, and that he occasionally watched the two have sex, which he has denied.

News of the affair became public in 2020, when Reuters published a story based on Granda’s account. The resulting controversy forced Falwell to resign from his position as president of Liberty University, the Evangelical University established by his father. Since then, it has been reported that both Donald Trump and his then-attorney Michael Cohen assisted in helping Falwell keep the affair a secret.

“As a pool attendant, I’ve been hit on, but if I would have known that accepting this woman’s invitation to go back to her hotel room would have lead to a scandal involving the president of the largest Christian university in the world and the president of the United States, I would have walked away and just enjoyed my private life,” Granda said in the trailer.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/10/god-forbid-sex-scandal-hulu-trailer-1234771957/




Yeah… think about it! But if there’s one thing that we’ve learned in the 5 years that we’ve been doing this, is that if you can’t beat ‘em, then sue the shit of them! That’s what the unholy Dark One does and he does it to everybody so dares looks at him funny! Of course that’s what happens when you sell your soul to SAYTAN! But the pool boy is doing his best to make sure that nobody sees God Forbid, because otherwise his reputation might be damaged. Excuse me? His reputation was already damaged quite a long time ago!

A lawsuit filed in Miami seeks to block Hulu from airing Billy Corben’s new documentary on the Jerry Falwell Jr. sex scandal, with one of the men involved in the saga suing over audio recordings he said were made without his knowledge.

Gordon Bello is a former friend of Giancarlo Granda, the young man from Miami branded “the pool boy” in the media storm surrounding his business and personal relationship with Falwell and his wife, Becki, after meeting them as a 20-year-old working at the Fontainebleau resort. The Hulu documentary “God Forbid” includes recordings comedian

Tom Arnold made of Bello talking about his dispute with Falwell and Granda over his alleged piece of a South Beach hotel deal, a falling out that allegedly included threats by Bello over personal photos of Becki Falwell he had obtained.

At one point in 2015, Michael Cohen, then a lawyer for future president Donald Trump, intervened on behalf of the Falwells to negotiate with Bello’s lawyer to keep the photos private.

Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article268027977.html#storylink=cpy




But these people don’t feel bad about themselves! That’s what happens when you vote for the Dark One, everybody!I might need to go watch this movie again. Mass has ended, may you go in peace!That’s it this week for:




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We’re back! Spin it again! And it lands on… People Who Somehow Got Elected!

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 – the former press secretary under the Trump administration and the new governor of Arkansas, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Before we go any further, we want to emphasize that Trump is not the president. He is the leader of a scary and deranged cult that’s out for dominant power, and probably absolute power. So this latest round of midterm elections isn’t about so much running the country as it is for scoring points with the cult which will translate into votes for future elections. It’s not about running the country, it’s about pleasing the cult. And Sarah Sanders has convinced her voters that it’s about pleasing the guy who we once inexplicably called the president. And it’s also truly disturbing that they still refer to him as “president”. But then again that’s one of the signs that you are in a cult is that it’s all about pleasing “the leader”. And there’s no one on earth that likes getting his ass kissed more than Donald Trump. Nobody.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Tuesday's election a "huge victory" for President Donald Trump -- even though Republicans lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sanders appeared on NBC after the network projected that Republicans would retain control of the U.S. Senate but lose the House.

"I think [it is] a huge victory for the president tonight," Sanders said, "with the announcement of the Senate looking like it's going to stay with Republicans and pick up a couple seats. The president spent the last week campaigning heavily for Senate candidates and we're seeing that pay off."

NBC host Savannah Guthrie asked Sanders if she had spent time with the president and if he had reacted to the news that Republicans lost control of the House.

"I have and he's happy," Sanders insisted. "We had a great night particularly when it comes to the Senate, and still some solid wins in the House."
https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/sarah-sanders-proclaims-huge-victory-president-republicans-lose-house-control/




That’s right, Sarah, you’re not helping by referring to him as the existing president. The correct answer to the question “who is the current president?”, that would be Joseph R. Biden. And by the way if this is the kind of thing that Sarah says on the campaign trail, just imagine the kind of stupid things she will say as governor. Come on, kids are as safe in the womb as they are in the classroom? What kind of fucked up logic is that? And somebody want to tell her about gun fatalities in her home state? It must be nice to be able to shut off reality like that.

On May 24, 2022, Arkansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a campaign promise that touched on the subject of abortion, saying, "We will make sure that when a kid is in the womb, they're as safe as they are in a classroom, the workplace, a nursing home. Because every stage of life has value. No one greater than the other." This was a genuine quote.

Sanders said this during her victory speech after winning the Republican nomination in her home state's 2022 primary election. The victory came just hours following the deadly massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Nineteen children and two teachers died in the mass shooting. The tragic incident reignited the debate over enacting stricter gun control laws in the U.S.

While Sanders indeed made the remark that compared the presumed safety of fetuses in pregnant people's uteruses to nonbiological spaces such as classrooms on May 24, the video of her statement did not spread widely until the next month.

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which effectively stripped away the constitutional right to an abortion. Two days later, progressive political commentator Brian Tyler Cohen tweeted the video of Sanders making the in-question remark. According to retweet and "like" numbers on Twitter, the tweet took off like a rocket, receiving well over 100,000 engagements. Cohen's tweet was also quote-tweeted by film actor Mark Hamill, which gave it a big boost in shares.
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/sanders-abortion-womb-classroom/




The sad thing is that republicans could probably run a trained monkey for any office in Arkansas and they’d probably win, because conservative propaganda has a stranglehold on that state. Yes, Sarah Sanders is the new governor of Arkansas and the first female governor this state has ever seen. That’s right – in nearly 200 years as a state, Arkansas has never elected a female governor. And this is who they chose? Remember the freakout at the Red Hen restaurant (see: [link: https://upload.democraticunderground.com/100210798615 | Top 10 #5-3] ) ? But like most MAGA cultists, Sarah Sanders also has a beef with the press, and after remembering that stupid incident, we can clearly see why!

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended her avoidance of local media in her bid for Arkansas governor on Friday as she appeared in her only debate ahead of next month’s election.

Sanders, the Republican nominee who is heavily favored in the November election, has conducted few local interviews during her bid for the state’s top office. Sanders had agreed to only one debate with Democratic nominee Chris Jones and Libertarian Ricky Dale Harrington.

Sanders said she’s been speaking directly to voters by campaigning around the state.

“Freedom of the press is incredibly important, but with freedom of the press comes a great deal of responsibility,” Sanders said. “When they don’t live up to their end of the bargain, it forces some of us to go outside the box, which I have done every single day for the past two years.”
https://katv.com/news/local/at-debate-sarah-huckabee-sanders-defends-avoiding-arkansas-press-president-donald-trump-white-house-secretary-republican-democratic-chris-jones-baptist-pbj-libertarian-ricky-dale-harrington-asa-hutchinson-covid-freedom-gala-pbs-joe-biden-associated-press




Yes, Sarah, the party that hates the press and wears incredibly offensive shirts that say things like “Rope, tree, journalist, some assembly required”, has no idea what “freedom of the press” actually means. But that’s what happens when you elect a petulant man baby who wants the world to worship him and build statues of him like he’s some kind of god. But do we not forget about how Sarah Sanders just blatantly lied to the press on a daily basis while shilling for Trump? And that one time she actually told the truth, Trump simply replaced her with someone even more slightly to the right and way more insane.

Sanders’ record of taking questions as a paid interloctur for Donald Trump’s lies was spotty and eventually non-existent. Is that what we can expect in a Sanders governorship? Will she hold news conferences? Or will she answer only written questions through intermediary Judd Deere (another Trump alumnus)?

Issues? Sanders is for motherhood and apple pie, of course. But you could also read between the lines of her non-specific written responses easy enough:

First, it’s all about the “radical left” in Washington. Though she is running for governor of un-radical Arkansas.

Teacher pay raises? She’s for them, of some unspecified amount, particularly merit pay. In this system, teachers fortunate enough to have higher-income students generally tend to rewarded disproportionately for success with students most likely to succeed anyway.
https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2022/10/16/sarah-huckabee-sanders-mail-in-candidate-for-governor




So lying for Trump and then praising him even though he’s not the current president. That’s Sarah Huckabee Sanders, yet another politician in the inexplicable and ever-growing list of:




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Welcome back to our segment where we attempt to explain the unexplainable, Conspiracy Corner! Of course when the times are dark, and people just don’t feel like reading the news, they just make shit up and hope that something sticks. Which is why we have conspiracies. We of course are coming to you live from our underground doomsday shelter deep in the heart of the New Mexico badlands, undisclosed location of course! Let me just adjust my trusty tin foil hat for maximum government interference – undisclosed location of course! Ah there we go! This week… you know folks, the dust is still settling from the 2022 midterm elections to end all midterm elections! And here’s what we know – the biggest loser from the midterm elections are Donald Trump and The Conspirators. Which would not only make an awesome band name, but hate and conspiracies just aren’t selling the way they used to! So what’s the right wing to do? Resort to more conspiracies, of course! Like the election was stolen… or was it?

In the run-up to the US midterm elections, a trend emerged that set off alarm bells for those concerned about the stability of United States democracy. An estimated 345 Republican candidates embraced the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump through massive fraud, according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC-based think-tank.

Those fears eased slightly as the Republican Party underperformed in the polls on November 8, disappointing predictions of a “red wave” at the ballot box.

Election deniers lost closely watched contests in swing states and failed to gain new ground in about 95 percent of statewide races, according to an analysis by States United Action, an organisation that tracked races with election deniers on the ballot.

On Monday, President Joe Biden hailed the midterm results as a “strong rejection of election deniers at every level”.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/15/election-deniers-lose-key-races-in-us-midterm-elections




Thank you Nelson! But there’s no mistake that hate, conspiracies, and just flat out reality denial are a losing proposition! And of course you can’t keep a good conspiracy theorist hate monger down. These people are clinically insane, and that’s no question about it. So what happens when you lose an election after being told that you’d win by… right wing pundits? There’s only one thing to do – you make shit up and hope that it sticks! Also if you’re Nick Fuentes, you call for a dictatorship because damn if people have the will to choose, and they don’t choose you!

Nick Fuentes, the racist, misogynistic, antisemitic, America-hating, Christian fascist leader of the white nationalist America First movement, reacted to the results of the midterm elections by declaring that the failure of Republican candidates to take sweeping control in a “red wave” is precisely why this nation needs to be taken over by a far-right-wing dictatorship.

Fuentes has been very open about his desire to see a “white uprising” in the United States that will install former President Donald Trump as a dictator, cancel all future elections, and impose Christian fascism throughout the country, allowing for women to be burned at the stake.

During a Wednesday night livestream, Fuentes admitted that the election results showed that his agenda is wildly unpopular and therefore the only way he can achieve his goals for this nation is by literal force.

“You gotta recognize the fact that this is a godless country,” Fuentes said. “I hate it. It’s immoral. It’s wrong. It’s heinous. It’s evil. But this is an evil country, and this country will surprise you with how evil it is. And that’s why you’ve got to get this out of your head that there is some silent majority cavalry that’s going to come out of the woods and save us at the last minute. It’s not.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/nick-fuentes-says-the-results-of-the-2022-elections-prove-why-we-need-a-dictatorship/




Hey Nick, if you hate freedom and diversity, and you prefer a religious fascist dictatorship, then maybe you might want to consider the possibility that America isn’t for you. Russia or Saudi Arabia might be more up your alley. India and Pakistan too. But nevertheless, Fox News is in full blown meltdown mode, and they’re also in “nothing to see here, please disperse” mode. Because what happens when they’ve been telling their base how they’ll be big winners in 2022 and then they lost big time? Well, they just make shit up!

As voters head to the polls today, a right-wing campaign to sow doubt in the 2022 midterms is underway.

Since former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election and tried to overturn the election results by alleging voter fraud, the GOP has fallen in line behind him, making so-called “election integrity” a key component of its platform. Nearly 300 Republicans who have denied the results of the 2020 election are running for office this year, and many refuse to say whether they will accept the results of their elections should they lose. A network of right-wing groups has set the groundwork by fearmongering about widespread voter fraud, with groups like True the Vote catapulting their voter fraud conspiracy theories to propaganda hits.

Perhaps no one was so blunt as to what all of this election denialism means as Ali Alexander, the leader of the so-called Stop the Steal campaign, which after Trump’s loss in 2020, worked to overturn the election. “Any election I don’t like is stolen,” Alexander said during a livestream last week. “If I don’t like it, it’s stolen. If I like it, it’s not stolen. If you win, it’s stolen.”

Election deniers running for office are playing by the same rules. In Arizona, Kari Lake built her gubernatorial campaign on denying the results of the 2020 election. When asked if she would accept an election in which she lost, Lake said she wouldn’t lose. “I’m going to win the election, and I will accept that result,” she said. “The people of Arizona will never support and vote for a coward like Katie Hobbs.” As the New York Times noted, this sets “up a framework in which, if Ms. Hobbs were to win, Ms. Lake could present the result as evidence of election fraud.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/how-the-right-is-sowing-doubt-in-our-elections/




That is a good question and we don’t know the answer to that one! But when your neighbor with a giant Ford F-150 and a MAGA hat and a Stop The Steal t-shirt starts spouting insane conspiracy theories he heard from the dark corners of the internet, it’s good to know where they’re getting their information from. And their theories are only getting weirder and nuttier, folks. Don’t expect that we will ever see the end of the hate in this country any time soon. It’s only going to get worse. Don’t think we haven’t seen the last of the Q nuts like Kari Lake… yet.

Last month, GOP nominee for governor of Arizona Kari Lake suggested it would be impossible for her to lose without Democrats cheating. Today, with 70 percent of the vote counted, Lake trails in the polls by less than a percentage point, but she points to printer errors in Maricopa County that delayed the tabulating of votes as evidence of a potentially nefarious plot to stymie her win.

“We had a big day today,” Lake told a room full of her supporters late Tuesday night. “And don’t let those cheaters and crooks think anything different. Don’t let them doubt. Don’t let them put doubt in you.”

Such claims by Lake, and other Arizona Republican candidates, harken back to the so-called Stop the Steal movement, a disinformation campaign aimed at overturning the 2020 presidential election and which had a strong foothold in Arizona. Like then, Lake has lashed out at election officials over the conduct of this week’s elections.

“The fake media back there tried to tell us we were wrong for asking questions about our elections,” Lake said on election night. “We needed another stark reminder that we have incompetent people running the show in Arizona.”
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/arizona-election-deniers-see-cheaters-and-crooks-in-delayed-results/




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Sure, it was demons! Right! I mean come on, just admit it! You lost because you had terrible candidates and no messaging, and that’s it! People are tired of your “own the libs” shtick, this isn’t 2016 anymore, guys! Spin it again! And it’s time for… People Are Dumb!

Hit it!



Of course you know by now that people are people, and people are dumb! So who is dumb this week you might ask? Well before we go any further, I want to preface what makes a People Are Dumb story, and it couldn’t be more clear. So a guy robbing a McDonald’s? Not a People Are Dumb story. But a woman who goes berserk and destroys a McDonalds because they ran out of chicken nuggets? Now that’s a People Are Dumb story! So who is dumb this week? I think we’re going to do one of our famous all Florida editions of People Are Dumb, because the Sunshine state always brings the crazy! Well I want to start with this story out of Tampa and it combines two things that if combined are usually spelling disaster. First is flying one of the bottom 3 airlines. I’m talking Frontier, Spirit, Allegiant. Pretty much anything goes on those airlines. The other thing? Florida. So combine low budget travel with a crazy Florida man and here’s what you get.

The Transportation Security Administration said its employees did not follow standard procedures when a man made it through a checkpoint with box cutters onto a flight to Tampa.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the “unruly” passenger ended up causing an emergency when the crew found him with the box cutter, causing the flight to be diverted to Atlanta.

He was then taken into custody by Atlanta police and the FBI. The TSA said authorities also found a second box cutter in his carry-on luggage.

A statement given to 8 On Your Side said the traveler went through the TSA checkpoint at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

When he put his two backpacks and loose items into a bin for screening, the CT technology did not detect the box cutters. According to the TSA, a review of the incident found that the machine’s image review abilities “were not fully” used by the CT operator.
https://www.wfla.com/news/hillsborough-county/tsa-employees-allowed-man-to-keep-box-cutter-before-he-boarded-tampa-flight/




WTF! How do you get a box cutter through security in this day and age? Just… WTF man! Next up – here’s a perfect People Are Dumb story! And this comes to us from the nearby city of St. Petersburg, and it’s crazy. You know the old saying “never bring a knife to a gun fight”? Well in this case never bring anything to a fight where a sword is involved. Yes, folks, we have a good old fashioned sword fight here and let’s hope the other person involved doesn’t have a bigger sword on them otherwise we would have a Black Knight situation on our hands!

A St. Petersburg woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after police say she allegedly threatened a man with a sword.

An arrest report said Quiana Manning, 41, had gotten into an argument with the man over a parking spot in her apartment complex.

Police said the woman exited her vehicle and approached the victim’s box truck while wielding a sword, described as being approximately two feet in length.

According to the report, the woman raised the sword close to the man’s open driver’s side window and told him “you can get f— up.”

The document said the suspect did not have any intention of killing the victim, but the man still was afraid of being harmed.
https://www.wfla.com/news/pinellas-county/you-can-get-f-up-st-pete-woman-threatened-man-with-sword-over-parking-spot-police-say/



Oh come on it’s merely a flesh wound! How did the one legged man win the ass kicking contest? He had a leg up! OK bad joke, I know! Next up – you know how we always say that if you give an idiot a gun, don’t be surprised when they do something stupid with it? Well in this case, not only was the guy being stupid with a gun but he could have got a whole lot of innocent people killed. At least he admits that he was being stupid with it. So I guess that’s a consolation prize? Either way he’ll be going away for a long prison stay.

A central Florida man faces a host of charges after deputies accused him of shooting towards two people and pointed a rifle and laser at a sheriff’s helicopter Saturday night.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Kenneth Massey, 48, was arrested near Avon Park.

In a tweet, the sheriff’s office said Massey told detectives that he did everything because he was “being stupid.”

Massey faced two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful use of a laser device and discharging a weapon under the influence of alcohol.

Records showed Massey remained in the Polk County Jail as of Monday.
https://www.local10.com/news/florida/2022/11/07/sheriff-florida-man-says-he-shot-at-2-pointed-laser-at-helicopter-because-he-was-being-stupid/




OK next up – Florida is a state that elects politicians as stupid as the people who inhabit it. And if you’re sponsored by a crypto currency company and your crypto is worth a mere fraction of what you originally invested in it… well can’t say that we feel too sorry for you. And crypto currency is bad, OK? It’s worse for the environment than actual paper money is. But you know the old saying – buy low, sell high. You can’t really sink that much lower than this. Think of it like that scene from Office Space… or maybe you prefer Superman 3.

Miami and cryptocurrency truly are a match made in hell. While the city is sinking beneath sea level with the rest of South Florida, digital currencies are also taking a nosedive into the drink.

Just this week, Sam Bankman-Fried, onetime-billionaire CEO of crypto exchange platform FTX, pleased cryptocurrency skeptics fond of schadenfreude when he lost the vast majority of his wealth in a matter of days.

Bankman-Fried's company and bank account collapsed as investors rapidly pulled out of FTX, leaving him with a paltry fraction of his previous net worth, once estimated to have reached more than $20 billion. Competitor exchange Binance also pulled out of a deal to purchase FTX, sending Bankman-Fried scrambling for cash to keep his company afloat.

Meanwhile, the prominent cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been on a steady collision course over the past year. Bitcoin's price reached a low of about $16,000 per coin on November 9, down from an all-time high of $66,000 in November of 2021. Other cryptocurrencies are also facing an intense crash.
https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/five-francis-suarez-cryptocurrency-tweets-from-before-the-ftx-downfall-15676667




Finally this week – OK you know how we say that nobody is immune from being in a People Are Dumb story. Doesn’t matter where you are from or what you do. Although if you live in Florida you’re probably 100 times more likely to appear in a People Are Dumb story. It’s science. Maybe not an exact science and definitely not statistically accurate, but it’s true. And this is a perfect pre-Thanksgiving story, but it’s multiple levels of stupid. Bringing a gun on a plane? Check. Bringing raw meat on a plane? Check. If you combine both, well it’s perfect for People Are Dumb!

A prospective air traveler was roasted by the Transportation Security Administration on social media on Monday after officers with the federal agency said it caught the person trying to conceal a gun inside a raw chicken stashed in their carry-on luggage.

The weapon was flagged by TSA at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, where officers found it wrapped in what looked like thin paper packaging and hidden inside a raw chicken.

A post shared to the official TSA Instagram account on Monday included photos of the uncooked bird being examined in an airport security screening area and the gun once it was removed and unwrapped. Its caption leaned heavily into Thanksgiving-themed puns, starting with, "There's a personal fowl here..."

"The plot chickens as we barrel our way closer to Thanksgiving," a TSA spokesperson wrote. "For us, it's a time to be thankful that our officers are always working around the cluck to keep you safe. Take for instance this 'hen you believe it?' find at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tsa-gun-raw-chicken-carry-on-bag-plane-florida/




That’s it this week for:




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Let’s give the wheel one final spin this week! And it lands on… come on no whammy no whammy no whammy no whammy… STOP! Oh it’s another Clip Without Context!



No! I don’t know a lot, but I definitely know for sure that’s not how ballot counting works! Spin it again… and it’s time for the World Tour 2022!

Part of our mission statement here at the Top 10 Conservative Idiots is that we view conservative idiocy not just as a uniquely American problem. No, it’s a global problem and conservatives are ruining everything they touch all around the world. Which is why we present to you:



[font size="4"]Destination #13: Australia[/font]

Good day, mates! We’re here in the Land Down Under – Australia! Australia is a country with a land mass that’s about equal to the United States, but is broken up into just 7 territories. It’s home to some of the most beautiful nature in the entire world. I’s also home to two natural wonders – the Great Barrier Reef, and Ayer’s Rock, which you can see Tom Cruise climbing here in Mission: Impossible 2. It is also the home of Australia Rules Football, which is basically American football without the helmets, larger dudes, and much higher scoring. It’s also the home of the legendary Sydney Opera House. But what else is Australia famous for? Well it’s also home to some of the most notoriously anti-privacy tehc companies in the entire world. Think like China’s Huawei that we talked about last week, but much, much worse!

Australia has confirmed an incoming legislative change will significantly strengthen its online privacy laws following a spate of data breaches in recent weeks — such as the Optus telco breach last month.

“Unfortunately, significant privacy breaches in recent weeks have shown existing safeguards are inadequate. It’s not enough for a penalty for a major data breach to be seen as the cost of doing business,” said its attorney-general, Mark Dreyfus, in a statement at the weekend.

“We need better laws to regulate how companies manage the huge amount of data they collect, and bigger penalties to incentivise better behaviour.”

The changes will be made via an amendment to the country’s privacy laws, following a long process of consultation on reforms.
https://techcrunch.com/2022/10/24/australia-privacy-law-update/




And speaking of data breaches, crypto currency! You might have heard of a crypto currency based company called FTX, and they’re in a lot of hot water right now. We may have to cover their troubles next week in Late Stage Capitalism. But unlike America, Australia is a country that actually punishes its’ white collar criminals. So what’s next for the embattled retailer of the 21st century equivalent of fool’s gold? Well it turns out that they’re going to get their license pulled in Australia. So keep that in mind next time you see a Miami Heat game (which is at FTX Arena).

Australia’s financial markets regulator has suspended FTX Australia’s financial license following the appointment of a voluntary administrator to help nearly 30,000 Australians and 132 Australian companies get their funds back from FTX.

The announcement was made by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on Nov. 16 local time, which suspended the Australian Financial Services (AFS) license of FTX’s local entity until May 15, 2023.

Before its suspension, FTX Australia’s AFS license permitted it to create a market for derivatives and foreign exchange contracts to Australian-based retail and wholesale clients. Australian traders who signed up to trade digital assets were routed through FTX Australia.

FTX Australia has however, been permitted to provide limited financial services that strictly relate to the termination of existing derivative contracts with its clients until Dec. 19.
https://cointelegraph.com/news/ftx-australia-s-license-suspended-as-30k-aussies-left-in-the-lurch


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I always wonder if people from Australia love or hate this kind of stuff? If you’re from Australia, let us know in the comments! But Australia is also home to one of the world’s premier sporting tournaments with the Australian Open. And of course one participant in the sport of professional tennis – notorious anti-vaxxer conspiracy theorist douchebag Novak Djvokovic (see: Idiots #12-1 ). Well, the pandemic is finally winding down so I guess… they can let him in now?

The Australian government confirmed on Thursday that Novak Djokovic had been granted a visa to compete in the Australian Open in January a year after he was deported over his stance against COVID-19 vaccination.

The 21-time Grand Slam singles champion had his visa canceled on public interest grounds on Jan. 14 and lost an appeal against deportation in the Full Federal Court.

Immigration Minister Andrew Giles said he had approved Djokovic’s application to revoke the cancellation decision because the ground for canceling the visa no longer existed. The visa ban could have lasted for three years.

“Mr. Djokovic has subsequently been granted a temporary visa to enter Australia,” Giles said in a statement.

The 35-year-old from Serbia is clear to compete at the Australian Open, which runs from Jan. 16-29 in Melbourne.
https://apnews.com/article/novak-djokovic-health-sports-australia-immigration-17a9c21acdd77b5f2db1748e5da2804c




Ha ha ha… right? Well in case you’re wondering what could go wrong, we do have an answer for you! So yeah the pandemic is still a thing and it’s not going away anytime soon. So why do we get mad at anti-vaxxers, you might ask? Well you’re an anti-vaxxer by choice. No one is born this way. You choose it through hate and misinformation. In the coming months, we’re going to see how disastrous zero COVID policies were from countries like Australia, New Zealand, and China. Sure, people are probably going to die because of this bullshit. But yeah, let a guy who spread baseless conspiracy theories like Novak Djokovic in the country. It’s only lives, right?

Covid hospitalisations have increased by 11% in the past week, the federal health minister Mark Butler said, as he announced new vaccines have been approved to boost supply.

However, a fifth vaccine dose has not been recommended by the Australian Technical Advisory Group of Immunisation [Atagi] for the general population at this time, Butler said. However, he said this may change next year ahead of winter, particularly if other variants emerge.

Butler said the Omicron subvariant XBB, now present in Australia, led to a “short and small” wave of infections in Singapore, with severe disease and death very rare for people who had at least two vaccine doses.

This was part of the evidence that led to Atagi’s decision not to recommend a fifth vaccine dose, he said.

Atagi has recommended an Omicron-targeting vaccine from Pfizer be added to the booster doses available, and it will be available for people aged 18 and over from 12 December. Meanwhile the paediatric vaccine from Pfizer for children aged six months to five years will be available in limited circumstances for vulnerable children.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/nov/15/confused-mask-rules-in-hospitals-pose-major-covid-risk-for-holiday-season-ama-president-warns




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

Overall: A-

Change from 2017: Australia has been through a lot, but now that the lockdowns are over, it’s safe to visit! Just be sure you’re fully vaccinated!

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When we come back on 12/1, we’re heading to the home of anime, sashimi, and more hardcore baseball players than the US, the Land Of The Rising Sun, Japan!



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